Here's one I really didn't see coming. Evidently, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks -- the notorious No Wave combo fronted by equally lovely and lethal Lydia Lunch -- are actually reforming for a pair of gigs at the Knitting Factory in June. The shows are being held to celebrate the release of a new tome on the No Wave era by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley, although you should all go check out Marc Masters' own book on No Wave that recently hit shelves. It's great -- go fetch.
I can't help thinking that the whole notion of any of the No Wave bands getting back together for what is essentially a nostalgia trip flies squarely in the face of that whole scene's scorched earth aesthetic, but what the hell do I know? When those bands were destroying people's ear drums in 1978, I was in fifth grade, obsessing over Kiss and attempting to perfect the ultimate Darth Vader vocal impersonation.
In other NYC Punk news, I'm happy to report that the strenuously lamentable CBGB "gift shop" (really, what else would you call it?) on St. Mark's Place is closing. And fuckin' Amen to that.