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‘Dirty Girls’: 13-year-old riot grrrls don’t give a shit what you think of them, 1996
03.08.2013
01:35 pm

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Fascinating amateur documentary about some spirited and independent-thinking 13-year-old riot grrls who publish their own ‘zine. They’re the outcasts of the school and they just don’t give a shit.

When you meet their classmates, it’s easy to understand why…

Everyone in the schoolyard held strong opinions about these so-called “dirty girls,” and meanwhile the “dirty girls” themselves aimed to get their message across by distributing their zine across campus.

This was posted on YouTube just a few days ago and hasn’t had too many views yet. I wonder if these girls—well, they’ll be nearing their thirties now—have seen it?

If I was one of these self-possessed young women, I think I’d watch this today—it’s International Women’s Day, of course—with great pride. I wonder what became of them?

Shot in 1996 by Michael Lucid, when he himself was a high school student, and finished in 2000.
 

 
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Punk roots: Television, with Richard Hell, rehearsing in downtown NYC, 1974
03.07.2013
01:56 pm

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Here’s some cool footage of an early incarnation of Television, with Richard Hell, rehearsing at Terry Ork’s loft in 1974.

Terry Ork’s loft was a safe house for unsafe music. With money he made working at my favorite store devoted to the movies, the long gone Cinemabilia, Ork funded one of the few really great DIY labels to come out of New York City, Ork Records. Releasing 45rpm records by Television, Alex Chilton, Mick Farren, The Feelies and The Marbles, among others, Ork had a great feel for what made Manhattan’s downtown music scene special.

I would go to Cinemabilia to thumb through the movie books, magazines and posters. I really loved the place and I grew to really like Ork. We’d shoot the shit on film. I knew him as, a film geek. Although I was a musician, with a decidedly punk outlook, I had no idea that Terry had an indie label until one day when I was in Cinemabilia he handed me a record with the Ork label on it. The record was a single by Television called “Little Johnny Jewel” and it occupied both sides of the seven inch vinyl. My already high esteem for Mr. Ork escalated into the stratosphere.

Update 3/8: longer, better.

Billy Ficca: drums    Richard Hell: bass    Richard Lloyd: guitar   Tom Verlaine: guitar
 

 

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‘Nuggets’ on video: Sixties garage rock, proto-punk megapost (Part 1)
03.07.2013
11:22 am

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The other day I was listening to Lenny Kaye’s immortal Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 box set and it occurred to me that there must be YouTube clips of many of the groups represented there, even ones you might not expect. Sure enough, this was the case. Not everything on the Nuggets box can be found there, but what is available is a great treat.

Here’s the original album, or at least what I could find of it. I highly recommend toking up and hooking up your computer to your HDTV for these and rocking out. Big fun.

The Electric Prunes miming to “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” on American Bandstand:
 

 
The Standells do “Dirty Water” on The Mike Douglas Show, 1966
 

 
Quite a bit more “Nuggets” after the jump…

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Malaria! Early 80s, all female New Wave group from Berlin that you should know about
03.06.2013
03:38 pm

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German New Wave (or “Cold Wave” if you prefer) group Malaria were one of the most interesting groups to come out of Germany in the early 1980s. The all female band was formed by an alliance of Berlin art scenesters Gudrun Gut—an early member of Einstürzende Neubauten—and Bettina Köster. Both had been members of Mania D, a group championed by John Peel.

A 1982 EP called New York Passage introduced UK and US audiences to the group, with the record even going top ten on college radio charts. Malaria toured with the likes of John Cale, The Birthday Party, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Nina Hagen. I loved ‘em, but it seems like they basically fell apart before much more came of them, a real tragedy.

At a certain point over the past ten years, DJs specializing in “Cold Wave” have put Malaria back on the musical map. There are a few visual reminders of the group in their prime:
 
“Your Turn to Run”:
 

 
More Malaria! after the jump…

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Lipstick Killers: The New York Dolls, live, Halloween 1973
03.05.2013
02:24 pm

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The New York Dolls playing at the Waldorf-Astoria’s Grand Ballroom for Howard Stein’s Halloween bash on October 31, 1973.

Oh my God, the Waldorf-Astoria regret that gig! Hundreds of FREAKS strolling around the entire lobby area, blowing minds. The Dolls made us wait like an extra 90 minutes and then were hilariously drunk. They were totally awful, but, looked great. It made sense somehow.” Binky Philips.

Now this would have made for a memorable mid-70s Halloween! Crank it up!
 

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Comic style ad for Sham 69’s ‘If the Kids are United’
03.04.2013
09:10 am

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This little nugget of copyright infringement is actually a paid advertisement from the center of the 1978 UK Comicon program. Punk and comics, best friends forever!

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Probably bullshit wealth-tracking website declares Ian MacKaye to be worth $25 Million
03.04.2013
09:08 am

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Well la-di-da, Mr Moneybags!
 
According to The Richest, earnest punk rocker Ian MacKaye is supposed to be worth $25 million. First of all, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is just a number they pulled out of their asses. I can’t imagine Ian MacKaye boasting about his net worth.

Second, the only purpose I can possibly imagine for publishing this “information” is rage bait, but it’s just not doing it for me. I get that I’m supposed to feel betrayed or something, but I just can’t bring myself to care if Ian MacKaye made a bunch of money from Fugazi or Dischord Records or Apple stock. I mean, is it even liquid? Is it wrapped in a bunch of investments? Are those investments in the music business, or does Ian MacKaye own a bunch of Subway® sandwich shop franchises? Because that would be a much more awesome story.

Below, MacKaye’s short-lived band Embrace performs “Money,” 1986: 
 

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It’s Lou Reed’s birthday so check out this amazing live performance from 1973
03.02.2013
06:17 am

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Lou Reed is 71 years old today. The guy went through hell as a kid and pushed himself to the edge as an adult and he fucking survived, proving that sometimes rock ‘n’ roll will ace electro-shock and heroin.

In this hauntingly cool video, Lou, looking like a stoned extra from Les Enfants du Paradis, rocks out as he nods out at the Olympia Theater in Paris, Sept. 17, 1973.

Stripped of his guitar and touring in makeup with Alice Cooper’s backing band on the orders of RCA, he performed entire concerts unable to stand up, much less sing.” Keith Heffernan.

Songs:

“Walk On The Wild Side”
“Heroin”
“White Light/White Heat”

This is the best Lou Reed footage I’ve seen and I want more. It was shot for French TV. Does the entire concert exist somewhere on video or film?
 

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French post-punk rocker Daniel Darc has died
03.01.2013
02:10 pm

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Daniel Darc, the former lead singer of French post-punkers Taxi Girl, died yesterday of an apparent drug overdose.

Of the many French bands who were influenced by the dark romanticism of British groups like Joy Division, The Stranglers and Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark, Taxi Girl reigned supreme among French rock fans during the late 1970s and early ‘80s. In addition to the synth-pop aspects of their sound, Darc and his collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzaï brought an edgy authenticity and street sensibility to their music that recalled The Velvet Underground and Darc’s hero Patti Smith.

In addition to Smith, Darc was a devotee of aphotic bards like Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Serge Gainsbourg, Iggy Pop and Johnny Thunders and they provided some of the inspiration in the creation of his own noir mythos. Sadly, he may have followed the darkness further than he intended.

In addition to his work with Taxi Girl, Darc recorded several solo albums, of which Nijinsky is a personal favorite.
 

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‘King Heroin’: No Wave legend James White and the Blacks on French TV, 1980
02.28.2013
11:35 am

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James Chance/White purveying his single-minded skronky musical melting pot of funky, free jazz, punk and disco—an unholy No Wave gumbo that sounds like James Brown meets Ornette Coleman—in these four numbers taped in front of a French audience in 1980.

“I Feel Good,” “King Heroin,” “Put Me Back In My Cage,” and “Contort Yourself.”

Some of the best James Chance footage I’ve ever seen. Courtesy of the Bedazzled blog.
 

 
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