June 03, 2004 at 13:33:47 (EDT)
Oh! you pretty things
Still no word on whether Motico
has a review in Punk Planet or not, but we finally got reviewed
All the CDs MRK sent out months ago are finally coming to fruition!
The new review is quite complimentary, which I should probably
accept with an arrogant rockstar sneer, as is the fashion. Time
for Motico to have some super-preening photos taken! Why is
it bands always looks so ridiculous in their studio press photos?
I guess these days it's tougher than ever to come up with something
that doesn't look absolutely stupid, what with our post-ironic
times and all.
Back in the day a band like Led Zepplin could retain their
rock cred with a rather unassuming shot:
Could be the Allman Brothers
But as time lurched onward, such rudimentary photos no longer
cut the mustard. Today most bands seem to follow either the
"Quirky-Ironic" look or the "Too Cool for School"
They Might Be Giants
The Sexy Magazines
Trail of Temper
I've always liked Shellac's publicity shots, they're straightforward
but mildly goofy:
latter photo may have been meant to look like Slint's Spiderland
Of course, Slint made a few wrong turns in their presskit
as well, but then they were mere youngsters when they took
Some bands go for an approach that doesn't try to embody
the music, but rather embraces a "We're nice people"
philosophy. Here's Babe the Blue Ox and my old band, Planet
Babe the Blue Ox
Planet of Pants, circa 1994
At any rate, I'm pretty sure we can keep from embarrassing
ourselves if we live by the rule, "Do the Opposite of
Whatever Perry Farrel Thinks is a Good Idea":
Posted By Jimmy Legs
June 02, 2004 at 10:37:32 (EDT)
There's always one step lower you can
hanging out with members of the elusive Detective Computer the
other night, we got to talking about the history of dive bars.
We were, naturally, at the Alibi, trying to determine what exactly
qualifies as a dive versus a "shithole," which is
like a dive but without a certain allure. Eventually we realized
that we didn't know exactly where the word "dive"
came into play as descriptive noun for this sort of establishment.
So days later I have finally looked this up:
- emerged 13c. from O.E. dufan "to dive, duck, sink"
(intransitive, class II strong verb; past tense deaf, pp.
dofen) and dyfan "to dip, submerge" (weak, transitive),
from P.Gmc. *dubijanan. Past tense dove is a later formation,
perhaps on analogy of drive/drove. Sense of "disreputable
bar" is first recorded Amer.Eng. 1871, perhaps because
they were usually in basements, and going into one was both
a literal and fig. "diving."
Dive Patrons: Then
comes as no surprise that the term "dive bar" appears
to be an American invention. I'm having trouble locating more
specific information, but I haven't had my requisite 40 cups
of coffee yet. From what I have read in other sources, it
appears the dive bar is a direct descendent of the bars that
evolved on the ground floors of tenement buildings in New
York. Many tenements leveraged their sub-par amenities with
super-cheap watering holes on the way out of the building.
The film version of Gangs
of New York gives some indication of the level of
service at such venues, featuring the popular "needle
beer," which was a concoction of leftover rancid beer
spiked with turpentine. Yummy! You could forget all about
your poor family, rapidly starving in the pitch-black room
upstairs, suffocating under the heat and the stench from the
human sewer that existed behind the building (ironically,
today many of these back yards have become lovely outdoor
gardens of bars that were once horrible tenement dives).
Dive patrons: Now
From this grand tradition comes the dive bars we now know
and love, like Fort Greene's own Alibi,
which is a pretty good example of modern dive. Of course,
they are talking about renovating the bathrooms which may
endanger their standing in the dive world. Still, when it
comes to the debate between "True Dive" and "Faux
Dive" compared to the original hell-holes from the 19th
Century, few bars could truly qualify for True Dive status.
And for that we should all probably be thankful.
Posted By Jimmy Legs
01, 2004 at 12:33:42 (EDT)
Who wrote the night?
Six show on saturday, the management decided to hold the
show in the weird basement space instead of the usual main space.
Bob, drummer of Aqui,
seemed convinced they did this to 'punish' his band because
they were playing later that night at the Black
Label Bike Club's show at Volume
(which the Fire Marshal had shut down, forcing the show to move
Farfetched though it was, we bought this explanation. Nobody
stopped to consider that because it was Memorial Day weekend,
a period when the city traditionally empties, perhaps the N6
folks just didn't want to have to clean up the big room, knowing
that not many would make it out to the show. They were right.
The basement is not a bad place to see a band, but it is the
polar opposite of the space upstairs. Small, with no real sound
system, but despite the caliber of musicians scheduled it never
got packed. USAISAMONSTER
kicked ass as usual, and I think Aqui was good (it was hard
to tell over the huge amounts of delay on the vocals), and Sicbay
was totally bitchin'.
returned home and I, drunk, decided to throw Mr Bones over
my shoulder like a sack of potatoes, and then when I wouldn't
put him down after several warnings, he bit my nose. Fangs
bared! Blood flowed! But I didn't learn my lesson until I
had hounded him a couple more times and he scratched up my
hands and head pretty good.
spent the rest of the weekend fighting a stupid cold, but
at least I didn't have to work. Despite my infirmity I went
out in the rain yesterday, trying to track down a copy of
the newest Punk
Planet, as we have it on dubious authority that Motico
got reviewed in it. But none of the places listed on their
site had any copies (indeed, several locations do not even
seem to exist at all), so it was kind of a waste of effort.
If anybody sees a copy, let us know if there is indeed a Motico
review, and if it's favorable enough, we might actually buy
Posted By Jimmy Legs