I bought this Grace Jones 12” of “Demolition Man” b/w “Bullshit” in Boston at Looney Tunes back in the 80s. It is branded by it’s original owner, Jerry H, who also embellished it with the Island Records logo, albeit his own hand drawn style.
Now, if you’re from Boston, you may actually be familiar with Jerry Holloman, or as he is alternatively known, DJ Nite Train, the Silent DJ. I used to see Jerry on Boylston Street in my neighborhood, and I think back then, he had a boombox that he’d carry around, DJing into his headphones, and having a grand time. He’d go shopping at Looney Tunes, and I bought a few of his records over the years.
Here’s an article about Jerry in Boston.com, as well as a video of him more recently. The boombox is gone, but the invisible turntables are still there.
Mo-Dettes - White Mice I’m a fairly recent convert to the cult of Mo-Dettes, having picked up various 45’s over the past few years. This one I found at the WFMU record fair this weekend, and boy is it fun! Apparently it was their first single, self released in ‘79.
Love the DIY lo-fi video FX. Goes to show that you don’t need a big budget to make good product.
Concert 061 Saint Etienne Monday, December 14, 1998 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY $17.00
This was the first show I saw at Bowery Ballroom, opened in ‘97, and still one of my favorite places to see a show. This was also the first time I saw Saint Etienne live, and probably the first time for a lot of American fans. As far as I know, they had never toured the US, only performing a few random shows since their inception in the early 90s.
Their most recent album, Good Humor (spelled the American way), was produced by Tore Johansson who was responsible for the sound of the Swedish pop group Cardigans. And it lent itself to a live setting very nicely, a much more band-oriented sound than Saint Etienne’s previous work. Although lead singer Sarah Cracknell was not the strongest singer in a live setting, the fans were rabid and the energy was very up! Lots of dancing and singing along to hits like “Sylvie” and “He’s On The Phone.”
Side bar: Before the show, there was a meet-up of fans. I believe it was at Beauty Bar on 14th Street (still there!). We were a group who communicated online about the band via a listserv called “Avenue.” I think it still exists.
Concert 060 Sonic Youth Wednesday, June 10, 1998 Irving Plaza, New York, NY $17.25
How many times have I seen Sonic Youth at this point? I’m already losing track. This must be the fourth time. And the first time in New York.
It’s ‘98, so they were touring in support of their album A Thousand Leaves, which I did not buy and still don’t own. (Although I did buy the 45 “Sunday”.) That decision was based partially on reviews and partially on budget. Speaking of budget, this is the first show I saw in ‘98, and it’s June!
This may be the first time I was at Irving Plaza, which was (and is, although I haven’t been there in years) a great place to see a show. Here’s a set list I dug up on the inter webs.
Anagrama French Tickler Sunday Karen Koltrane Female Mechanic Now On Duty Wildflower Soul Hoarfrost Ineffable Me Hits of Sunshine Heather Angel Stil Shadow of A Doubt Death Valley ‘69
Complete confession: I don’t remember this show. It does lean heavily on their current release, but with that finale of “Death Valley 69”… amazing! I never saw a Sonic Youth show I didn’t like, so I’m gonna have to assume this was good too.
No idea why I have two tickets. Obviously someone went with me, and I’m going to guess it was Ben and that I inherited his ticket after the show.
Here’s a full show from the Philly stop of the tour:
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