Hey there, y'all. Please pardon, once again, the delay in regular service here at Flaming Pablum. It was a busy week over at the Job, and next week promises to be even busier, as next Wednesday, February 9th, is the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, which my organization will be covering with a vengeance. In any case, I thought I'd take this opportunity at the end of the week to check in here and do some updating.
The first item of business I want to address is regretfully yet another addition to the ongoing tally of great New York City landmarks that are shuffling off the shaggy, lugubrious way of the wooly mammoth. I'm sad to report that the endearingly shoddy haven of ribald rock'n'roll that is The Continental will no longer be featuring live music. Throughout the 90's, I spent many a sweaty evening in a state of ill-advisedly advanced refreshement, wobbling blearily in front of bands like Nashville Pussy (above), The Unband, the Pleasure Fuckers, The Upper Crust, the Candy Snatchers and many others in an what must have seemed to the layperson like a fervent and largely successful quest to deafen myself (I developed a piercing case of Tinnitus in my right ear in October of 1999, and I'm sure the hours I logged at the Continental contributed heartily to it). In any case, while I probably haven't caught a live show there since the turn of the millenium, I shall sorely miss the experience. The bar itself isn't leaving, but without live music, there's really no reason to go, as far as I'm concerned. It's at this point that I'm going to turn the floor over to my friend Rob of The PR/HM—K Band who will go into greater detail. Take it away, Rob....
Please join us for the final three installments of punk rock/heavy metal karaoke at the Continental (25 Third Ave, btwn St. Marks Place and 9th Street, Manhattan), which will take place on the next three Mondays: 2/6, 2/13 and 2/20. Editorial types—please note that we would very much appreciate listings, plugs, etc etc…
After seven years (and two club residencies) of providing the musical backing for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of folks every single Monday, the pr/hm—k band will for the near future be operating as free agents, playing clubs like any other NYC band.
Many of you may be aware that the Continental, a bastion of hard rock of one sort or another for 15 years, will no longer be presenting live music, opting instead to sling cheap drinks for (the following are the club's owner's words) "the bridge and tunnel" crowd starting in the spring. While this is hardly surprising, given how the neighborhood's real estate environment is no longer hospitable to club-level music (or that cool kids migrated elsewhere long ago—take your pick), it's kinda sad. You could point out that the club's booking was not terribly competitive, and we wouldn't disagree.
The band decided to end our residency there before we knew of the club's decision. With a copycat band playing at the club that hosted us for six years, and in light of other similar acts spread around town, it was simply unfeasible to continue at a place that, punk rock bona fides aside, was located in a neighborhood where folks don't go to hear music anymore.
So we'd like to find another residency at another club and on another night eventually. In the meantime, we'd be thrilled to see you throughout Feb. If you wish to sign up for our mailing list, please proceed to our website : Punk Metal Karaoke.Com, where you may do so. Also, like every living musician, we have a page on Rupert Murdoch's recent acquisition: MySpace.
Let us know if you have any suggestions for bookings, or if you are interested in booking us for a party.
Dave, Devin & Rob