First Encounter Chronicles by Jim Pyron One soft, warm night in May 1981 I took my place in line at the boarded up corpse of a long dead tenement on Ave. C. I’d arrived in NYC 4 months earlier from Charlottesville, Va. 22 years old looking for action and adventure. Now I stood waiting my […]Read More Welcome to the Jungle
With 12 archival live concerts covering a period from 1983 to 2011, Sonic Youth have treated their fans to countless hours of discovery. Sonic Youth fans will wake up ecstatic this morning. The band have decided to release 12 live albums on their Bandcamp page. What a fucking treat! Among the archival shows is the band’s final […]Read More Sonic Youth release 12 rare live albums online
The Concept “That’s another thing done that night with Glen. Glen had this idea of the band being like, as he put it, “Soho poofs,” I suppose very much like Oscar Wilde, which is where I thought he was coming from. We’re not talking like overtly gay overtures here or anything like that; it’s really […]Read More Glen Matlock about Pretty Vacant
Voivod Live at the Club Soda The last time I had seen Voivod was at the Spectrum in 1990. I had worked on the clips that would be their entry card in Germany (Tribal Conviction and Psychic Vacuum). The album Nothingface was on the verge to be released and they were already playing some tracks from […]Read More Wide Awake
Wild Heart & Rebel Souls Words by BILL BROWNSTEIN, MONTREAL GAZETTE Updated: June 26, 2017 Images by Stikki Peaches Few know what he looks like, and he wants to keep it that way. He is not like most other artists. Hell, he is not like most other people. He is a fast emerging Montreal artist, but he […]Read More Stikki Peaches
In the most bizarre era of history that I’ve lived through in my life, where idiocy and ignorance are looked at as a virtue, the MUSIC is there for me and comes through as usual. In what will likely be the last blog post of the year, I must say that its been a really […]Read More Chromed
Voivod‘s fifth studio album Nothingface was released by Mechanic/MCA Records on October 13, 1989. The album most definitely marked a turning point for the band, expanding their horizon’s and exploring more progressive sounds. It was also definitely their most successful album to date. It’s where I picked up Voivod myself, having worked to make a video […]Read More Nothingface by Voivod
On top: Author Curt Weiss by ©Ernie Sapiro Stranded in the Jungle; Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride Q & A with Curt Weiss by Tobe Damit Intro I have read Curt Weiss’s biography of the master drummer Jerry Nolan, Stranded in the Jungle, at least seven times. Meanwhile I’ve only been able to read […]Read More Stranded with Curt Weiss
Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride by Curt Weiss A REVIEW by TOBE DAMIT The New York Dolls were born in a city in a total wreck, therefore a perfect ground for rock’n’roll to emerge. The Dolls grew out of it just like weeds in a crack of cement. The Dolls are of the rawest band in […]Read More Stranded in the Jungle
Last Days of the Suicide Kid Music by Helios Creed from CHROMERead More Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Explosive New Evidence Suggests the Punk Rocker May Have Been Innocent The murky half-light of a bleak New York winter’s morning had yet to penetrate the small rear bedroom of an airless apartment in the city’s bohemian Greenwich Village. Stepping over empty bottles and half-eaten plates of spaghetti (the untidy remnants of the previous night’s […]Read More Did Sid Really Kill Nancy?
40 years of fights, Drugs, UFOs and Doing All the Wrong Things… The Stranglers are infamously known for inciting a riot in Nice, starting a fight with The Clash, exploiting strippers on stage and writing “Golden Brown” about heroin. Taking H was a conscious decision by the band to see what would happen creatively. Two members […]Read More The Stranglers
Delusions A delusion starts like any other idea, as an egg. A delusion is an idea and that idea can be contagious. Humans are pattern-seeking animals which means we prefer ideas that fit a pattern. In other words, we don’t believe what we see; we see what we believe. But when we’re stressed or our […]Read More Legion
Selfies from Alternate Universes ”All of these digital paintings are based on my humble visage” says Eric Wayne. I been keeping an eye on him and when I saw the first samples of the ”Selfish-Selfies” as he had already called them, I knew he was onto something. Finally someone had found a way to make […]Read More Eric Wayne
(above) Richard Boch with Pete Farndon 1980© by Lynette Bean Questions to author Richard Boch by Tobe Damit NITRO by Damita! ”I really hope my words are worthy….When I woke up this morning the only thoughts in my mind were the realization that perhaps doggy spit held the unforseen properties of exfoliating the dead skin off […]Read More In The Mudd
The Decay Dance of Dr Mudd’s Club First of all I wanna make clear that the title isn’t about the decay of the people frequenting the Mudd Club but rather about the decaying of a society that was in full expansion, artists and musicians of all sorts and parts of them ended ”cleaned up”, being […]Read More The Mudd Club
Instant Light Access the Soviet Filmmaker’s Private Polaroids Andrei Tarkovsky is often cited as the greatest cinematic artist of all time. His roster of just seven films – including Andrei Rublev, Ivan’s Children and Solaris – have made him one of the most lauded directors in history, awarded a Golden Lion, the Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes […]Read More Tarkovsky Polaroids
IN GOD WE TRUST/ IN CARS YOU RUST ” ‘Cause everybody wants what everybody’s got and everybody’s got what everybody wants ” The first time I saw Alien Sex Fiend, they were playing Montreal’s legendary club ”Les Foufounes Electriques” (The Electric Buttocks) that systematically booked them every Halloween night for at least 5 years. I […]Read More Alien Sex Fiend
CHOOSE LIFE! ”Choose life.Choose a job. Choose a career.Choose a family, Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three […]Read More Lust for Life?
The Tragic Story of Charles Duchaussois “A Flash strikes with the fury of lightning combined with the intensive greatness of an orgasm” Flash is a poignant true life story that will leave a very strong, lasting impression. Duchaussois wanted to live life to its fullest but got derailed by a series of unfortunate circumstances. Another way […]Read More Flash
… When photographer Marcia Resnick appears out of nowhere, she’s got on her leather jacket and black hat with a pair of black Wayfarers to keep the moon out of her eyes. When she moves toward the chain the crowd does what Marcia refers to as the ”Red Sea Routine”. Maybe it’s the way she walks […]Read More Marcia Resnick
Born Bad ☠Songs The Cramps Taught Us☠ The Cramps never defined themselves as anything other than a garage band but they are the ones who build a bridge and opened the gates that gave a second breath to an incredible amount of underground hits that would most probably have otherwise sadly sunk into oblivion. They were […]Read More The Cramps
MOURNING SUN by Tobe Damit ”I always felt like some kinda extra-terrestrial, like an elephant in a glasshouse, and all I was saying was fucked up and dumb and clumsy, I had my head up in the sky and there was just no hope for it to come back down on my shoulders.” Woke up […]Read More Mourning Sun
Interview with an American Poet by Tobe Damit Gerard Malanga has been one of the most innovative, inspired, active and versatile artists who’s career spans over almost 6 decades. He is an actor, filmmaker, photographer, poet and he also choreographed the music of the Velvet Underground for Warhol’s multimedia presentation The Exploding Plastic Inevitable. He […]Read More Gerard Malanga
Up-Tight/The Velvet Underground Story Under Review by Tobe Damit At the forefront of modern music are The Velvet Underground. Their story is as strange and twisted as their music. Its ramifications and implications on modern-day music, are as deep as they are Legion. Studded with exclusive, amazing photos, stunningly written accounts, interviews, comments and reviews, Up-tight/The […]Read More Peel Slowly…
Punk was definitely born in Detroit with 3 bands that all took a very daring step towards uncharted territories. The Stooges, the MC5 and another obscure, almost totally overlooked band from Detroit called DEATH. You might think it’s not a very original name but back in 1971 when the trio of brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David […]Read More Death Before Punk
”What’s Welsh for Zen?” John Cale’s autobiography, co-written with Victor Bockris, is a book that you will most definitely want to own for the form as well as its content. What’s Welsh for Zen? is the best illustrated books about John Cale and it so happens to be his only autobiography. By the way, it was […]Read More John Cale’s Autobiography
How Blade Runner got its name from a dystopian book about health care by Adi Robertson “Most fans of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner are aware that it’s based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, and that the book is not called Blade Runner. If you pick up Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of […]Read More Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps?
Protected by U.S. and Foreign Patents Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, Michigan Made in U.S. America ”What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity” -William S. Burroughs NOW… DESTR0Y ALL RATI0NAL TH0UGHT! Grove Press has just put out a spanking […]Read More The Adding Machine
Keith Richards Biography Q & A with Author Victor Bockris This is the second part of my review of Keith Richard’s biography by Victor Bockris that was published in 1992 and the first to recognize Richards’s pivotal role in the Stones’ legend. It has been translated in at least 10 langages and published all around the world. […]Read More Keith Richards Can’t Get No Satisfaction!
Bull Shotgun Paintings During his later years in Kansas, Burroughs developed a painting technique whereby he created abstract compositions by placing spray paint cans in front of, and some distance from, blank canvasses, and then shooting at the paint cans with a shotgun. These splattered canvasses were exposed in various Galleries during the early 1990s. In an interview with […]Read More Weapons of Unique Creation
A Violent Death. An Immortal Photo. The body of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale rests atop a crumpled limousine minutes after she jumped to her death from the Empire State Building, May 1st, 1947.Read More THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUICIDE
Bold, Brutal Concrete Brutalism, perhaps the most reviled of all architectural styles, has seen a bit of a renaissance and it’s now cool to think of Brutalist buildings as forgotten masterpieces. There’s no denying that these striking, massive concrete buildings appear as bold and dramatic in black and white photos as they are austere, dehumanizing […]Read More BRUTALISM
by Tobe Damit Around 1969, Patti became quite involved with the Warhol drag-queen crowd They were part of the same cast in some plays and were all hanging out at Max’s Kansas City, It was around that time that they developed the concept of the Outrageous Lie. The idea was that if you simply lied, […]Read More The Outrageous Lie (Part 2)
The Side Effects of the Cocaïne DAVID BOWIE 01 APRIL 1975 – 02 FEBRUARY 1976 WRITER SEAN T. COLLINS© ARTIST ISAAC MOYLAN© If that flyer of ”Sound” in Berlin, here labelled as ”the most modern discothèque in Europe” means something to you, try clicking on it and then try to find the same image in the clip.Read More The Thin White Duke
Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris Updated after Reed’s death in October 2013, Transformer, The Complete Lou Reed Story definitely offers a lot more than one can possibly expect from a biography. Saying that Transformer encompasses everything you can possibly want to know about the life and times of the rock icon/artist/persona would still be a huge understatement. Going way […]Read More The Beauty of the Beast
The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed by Dave Thompson (3 shows in 3 nights!) A Few Chosen Extracts: Aylesbury Friars would be Bowie‘s final show for a month, before he headed into the studio first and then Mott the Hoople. It was also designed to be Bowie’s introduction to an American […]Read More Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
Terrible Discoveries Hutter’s surreal works are as magical as they are strange. His work is pitched at that enjoyably nebulous zone which lies on the borderlands of fantasy, science fiction and surrealism, from which hybrid visions emerge that are never too defined in one direction or another. His paintings remember the works by Bruegel or Hieronymus Bosch. Related […]Read More Michael Hutter
A New York Dolls Story – Found Tapes: In the early 70’s Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya Beck bought a video camera and filmed around 40 hours of footage from the New-York Dolls. This is a must see!! Artist Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine The New York Dolls created punk rock before there […]Read More All Dolled Up!!
The Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud. British musician David Robert Jones aka David Bowie died in New-York on Sunday January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday. His death really hit me hard. I had often fantasized that if there was a movie to be made about my life, for sure they would have been more than a couple of Bowie’s songs on […]Read More The Man Who Fell to Earth and Sold the World
Ray Caesar Ray Caesar says that issues with his father contributed to the arrival of Harry, an “alternate,” when he was 10. The boy is disguised as a girl in Caesar’s art, and remains present in his daily life as an alter ego. “Harry is beyond anger – he enjoys it,” says Caesar. “My job is […]Read More The Trouble with Angels
The Eye’s Mind I came across Naoto Hattori’s work in Juxtapoz magazine back in the 90’s, and have periodically checked up on his latest creations ever since.He makes swirling amalgams of humans, animals, aliens, dolls, plants…intertwining like a grand mad scientist DNA experiment. Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design […]Read More The Paintings of Naoto Hattori
Gothic Requiem for the Flower Power I thought it would be interesting to gather some bands that, for a short while during the late 60’s had a look that was some sort of mix between romanticism and what is nowadays called ”goth” with a slight psychedelic touch. I thought some of you might not exactly […]Read More The Dark Angels of Altamont
Who is Behind Our Face? Olivier has made the leap from painter and sculptor to a singular presenter of living creation. “I am flabbergasted in seeing to what degree people think it’s normal to be alive. All of my focus is to reveal this strangeness of being in the world.” In 1998 he began a […]Read More The Transfiguration of Olivier de Sagazan
See previous article T. Casey Brennan Copyright 2020 by T.Casey Brennan I need to show Julie Strain my penis to prove that I’m an MKULTRA victim, from the scars from where the implants were. But I’m getting ahead of myself I’m T. Casey Brennan, the has been writer for Warren comics, VAMPIRELLA’s first publisher. I […]Read More CONJURELLA SCARIFICATION by T. Casey Brennan
DOES IT MATTER? I feel I have done more than I’m going to do, like all have been done and said by other people who did that better than I ever will. The dices have been thrown and the result doesn’t make me a winner nor a loser, just a player. It’s already good to […]Read More Alien Zoned!
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