Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Anchor, Kingston NY 12/30/13 NCM / The Swamps! / The Fly & His One Man Garbage / Pitchfork Militia

"One Night Only!  Two bands live from Japan!"  On a Monday night in Kingston and I got the next day off?  Yep, I'll check it out.

This was a cool four band show at the Anchor with the two bands from the far away land sandwiched between two locals.

NCM were scheduled to open, but the whole band couldn't make it so singer/guitarist Pete Crotty did a solo opening set to start off the festivities around nine.  I'm afraid I got no shots of Pete as I was concentrating on ordering and then drinking some vanilla porter, but it was a nice solid set that went down smooth like my brew.

Next up were The Swamps

Imagine a band with Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground on drums, Chuck Berry/Johnny Ramone on rhythm guitar and Link Wray on an acid trip on lead guitar.  Bass?  They don't need no stinking bass.  Vocally many of the tunes were a mix of Lux Interior of the Cramps meets Cookie Monster (especially when the vocals were done through the guitar's pickups as they were on many of the tunes).  

At times it was noise trash rock and at others they locked into a serious rock rhythm.

Next up was The Fly & His One Man Garbage.  Who brought some class to the occassion, taking the stage dressed to the nines.  

He ripped right into a righteous set of blues with killer licks and some great slide work.

I think many, including myself, were up front at first to check out the gimmick, but it was the music that kept us there and brought those sitting at the bar up as the crowd grew along with the applause throughout the set!

The Fly came back for an encore with his buddy from the Swamps!  The only problem in the set was his kick snare stand broke, but there was always someone to jump in quick to fix it (or simply hold it in place as was done here) so the rock could continue.  A great set!

Closing out the night were Pitchfork Militia who did a great set of their country/punk/funk/rock mix of music with songs about their chainsaw and crack pipes alongside some stellar covers like Tom Waits' "Way Down In The Hole" (The theme song from "The Wire") and ending with Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile"

Four Bands + Five Bucks + Great Venue + Cool Staff and Owner = Good times indeed!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Issues: Flip Teen Magazine - April 1971 "Neil Young: A Groovy Guy on the Go!"

"Issues" is a feature I'll be presenting on a regular basis.  I deal in collectible magazines on the side.  My favorites being music, entertainment and pin-up.  "Issues" will look at a particular feature of a magazine that I hope you enjoy.

I recently acquired about twenty late 60's/early 70's "Teen" mags including this issue of Flip Teen Magazine from April 1971.

Overall this is a pretty standard teen mag of the time with plenty of pin-ups and features on the likes of Bobby Sherman, The Osmonds, The Brady Bunch and David Cassidy.  What I like most about these magazines is when they include coverage on those outside their normal poster boy collective.

This issue had one article which jumped out that I wanted to share - a double profile of two upcoming artists titled "Meet 2 Groovy Guys On The Go!".  One of these groovy dudes is the one and only Neil Young (along with B.J. Thomas)

Now I was a mere five months old when this mag hit the stands, so maybe Neil was a mainstay of publications of this ilk, but I don't think so.  I tend to think that once in a while a writer or editor was given free range to push something "they" liked.

Enjoy this quick profile which in four short paragraphs covers his personal life and family, his musical history from the Squires through Buffalo Springfield through CSN&Y to his "fringed costumes" fashion sense.  I'm not sure too many gals tore down the David Cassidy centerfold in this issue to replace it with this small photo of Neil staring intently at them, but if one or two did, then kudos Flip Teen Magazine - job well done.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Deap Vally - Mercury Lounge, NYC December 8, 2013

On this snowy night in New York City, Deap Vally brought the heat.  Second to last show of the tour in a packed Mercury Lounge, they played all of their killer album "Sistrionix" ending with the cant-get-it-outta-your-head-so-damn-catchy "Baby I Can Hell."  They were sticking around afterward but the midnight train and long ride back upstate had me scrambling for a cab to Grand Central as the last note faded.  It's too bad, don't expect I'll ever see them in a place this small again where such a meet and greet is plausible, but  glad I made the trek down.  Here's some views of the rock goodness they delivered. 

Lindsey Troy on guitar and Julie Edwards on drums sharing the vocals.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Overkill / Kreator - Stage 48, NYC November 23, 2013

There were a lot of folks at this show hungry for their Overkill fix.  While they played New York City earlier in the year, it was on Valentine's Day on the Dark Roots of Thrash Tour (with 4Arm, Flotsam & Jetsam and headlined by Testament).  Myself and quite a few people I know just couldn't pull that one off and we planned on doing the show at the Paramount on Long Island a few days later.  It turned out Overkill would have to cancel that show due to vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth getting the flu so it was great to see the "Legends of Thrash" Tour (Kreator / Overkill / Warbringer) would be ending with a two night stand at Stage 48 in NYC with Overkill in the headlining slot (unlike most of the rest of the tour.)

Me and my (wrecking) crew decided to get tix for the first show on Saturday.  We headed down to the city early for a few hours of hang time at Manitoba's, the best rock bar in Manhattan, then headed uptown to Hell's Kitchen arriving at Stage 48 at just about seven.

For some unexplained reason, the start time of this show was moved forward an hour earlier in the week.  We got inside missing Warbringer and with about five minutes to spare before Kreator hit the stage.

Before we discuss the show, I have to talk about security.  These bands have been around a long time and the average age of the crowd was probably about 40ish.  Why is there still some kind of thought that heavy metal shows = violence?  I guess I understand a little pat down, but goddamn!  I thought I owed the security guard a fifty with the handjob I got to cap off the security check to actually get inside.  At one point I thought he was attempting to practice his new hobby of puppetry because I'm pretty sure he tried to slide his whole hand up the crack of my ass.  So Stage 48...guess what, we're actually coming to enjoy the music, not start a gang fight, you can settle down next time something heavy comes through!

As is probably obvious from my description so far, I was really here only to see Overkill.  I know some Kreator and appreciate good thrash, but basically that's all their set was to me, just an average thrash set, so here's some pictures from their set, then I'll continue with a full review of Overkill and plenty of shots as well.

Kreator - let me say one thing you can probably tell from the pics below.  While as of earlier that day, this show was not listed as sold out, I find that very suprising.  It was PACKED out for Kreator.  The New York Crowd gave them a great response.

Here's the initial view as I was coming down the stairs (Stage 48 is two levels and you enter, get every orifice checked and walk up stairs to the balcony level to enter the performance area of the venu, then you have to come back downstairs to get to main floor)

You can view Kreator's setlist here.

Once Kreator ended, the giant pit that had been raging filled up and I was able to get a much better spot to enjoy Overkill. It would be a wait though.  It was a very long time between sets, but the lights finally went down at about 9:10pm with Overkill opening with the classic "Deny The Cross" off of 1987's "Taking Over"

As can be see above, Bobby was his usual fantastic front man self with his vocals as strong as ever and D.D. Verni was a maniac on bass. The whole band is amazingly tight with the twin guitar attack of Dave Linsk and Derek "The Skull" Tailer plus Ron Lipnicki holding it all down with his brutal drumming.

"Bring Me The Night" from 2010's "Ironbound" album was next...

This led right into "Electric Rattlesnake" from their newest album, "The Electric Age."

Two from their debut album "Feel The Fire" were next with "Hammerhead" and what is basically the metal anthem of The Big Apple - "Rotten To The Core."

Overkill did an excellent job with the mix of old and new during this show, but the key to that is the fact that their new material is as strong as the classics.  They are one of those few bands who haven't "lost it" or had a bad string of albums before some kind of come back.  They have an incredibly strong catalog that flows great together.  No "beer run" songs in this set.

One of their bonafide MTV "hits" was next with "Hello From the Gutter"

After which we were treated to the title track from "Ironbound."

into the title track from "Necroshine"

"Thanx for Nothin'" from "Horrorscope was next before going back to one of the earliest classics, the original "Overkill" from "Feel The Fire.

Another staple from Headbanger's Ball was next with "Elimination"

The upbeat "Elimination" led into the crushing doom of the title track of "Horrorscope"

It was then time to end the night with the classic singalong with their cover of the Subhumans' "Fuck You".

Overall a fantastic set but with some minor complaints.  Mainly only 70 minutes?!?  A homecoming show in front of a rabid audience that got moved to an hour earlier start time and we got the exact same 13 song set played on every other date of the tour?

It was a great 13 song set...a great 70 minutes...but c'mon, throw us a few extra tunes (No "Wrecking Crew" even?). I shouldn't be walking out of a show at 10:15pm on a Saturday in NYC!

Before the show I was debating going down the next night, but the fact that they didn't change the set at all from the rest of the tour made me think I would just see a repeat performance.  I was wrong.  The next night they switched out multiple songs (songs played at that show and no other on this tour included Wrecking Crew, Come and Get it, Who Tends the Fire, Coma and In Union We Stand (I didn't think they ever played that anymore!).  Oh well - what can you do.  I hope next time Overkill tours, it's not a package "co-headlining" tour and we get a true, at least 90 minute, headline set.

What we did get Killed!