A second of your life...ruined for life.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

That dress bugged her.

Eszter Bálint has joined Ceramic Dog, on violin, vocals, and melodica...

Maybe now they'll do "I Put a Spell On You."

At Trafó in Budapest, 10/17/09

(I didn't know they were from Budapest or Hungary or any of those places...)

At the Knitting Factory, 11/10/09

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Letter D and the Number 6.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of "Sesame Street"...

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, "Waiting for the D Train":

(When I lived in New York, I didn't have many escapades on the D train, but I did once take it down to Coney Island, and I heard the ocean's roar. It was kind of a bore.)

(Hey, that song starts kind of like "Bunnies," by electric eels, but it's not...)

As a bonus, here is Ono's other great train song,"Mindtrain," live in Tokyo:

Rubén Blades, on the other hand, had to wait on the Number 6:

More Berlin...

I heard on the radio that there was a big concert in Berlin on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, including Bon Jovi.

Bon Jovi?!

I'm sure that they could get something/someone better...but didn't the German public want David Hasselhoff to play there in 1989?

Or, I'm sure that Berlin could get the reunited Public Image, Ltd., but Jah Wobble wouldn't be there anyway...from 3:AM http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/some-kind-of-noble-savage/:

‘John called me. He said: Do you fancy it?’ Wobble reveals. ‘It was very much a case of John having decided what drummer he wanted, what guitarist. It was definitely not a case of: Do you want to get together, and how do you think we should do it? So, at that point it was: I’ll get my people to talk to your people and find out the lay of the land. You’ve got to take care of business in life, but the business in this case was appalling, so I turned it down.’

In the wake of John Lydon's and Martin Atkins's books, Jah Wobble has his own:
"Memoirs of a Geezer: Music, Life, Mayhem."

I am a type of donut.

Twenty years ago, I got home from my job slanging rap records to the
hip-hop populace in downtown Cleveland, and my flatmate John was listening to NPR and said
"Hey, they're tearing down the Berlin Wall!" We celebrated by setting
up a gig at The Bauhaus, this punk dive in Akron...
We had a duo called the Magnetic Dog Sisters, two bass guitars...
John showed me the chords to "Holidays in the Sun" by The Sex Pistols and we took off, probably stopping at the Hamburger Station for gyros. Our other main
piece of gear besides our basses and amps was a coffeemaker that we used
to brew up some rocket fuel coffee, as neither of us were drinking;
we traveled with our own machine and coffee because most places in Cleveland
and Akron weren't set up for coffee service. We even tried to have an
all-coffee party at our apartment (a/k/a The House of Happiness, as we were
two miserabilist grumpy young men), but this was when coffee was neither
profitable nor popular, so it was a bust.
I don't think the young Akron punks and Stowbillies really "got" the MDS;
maybe there wasn't anything to get...
I may even have a cassette somewhere (like, in the garage) but I'm not
going to go digging for it, and anyway, I haven't learned to digitize
off of cassettes, so you don't get to hear The Magnetic Dog Sisters, but
here's a clip of The Sex Pistols playing it the day I turned "18"...
now we got a reasonable economy: