I've never considered this blog to have an overriding theme. That was by design, to afford me the freedom to write about any topic that sparked my interest. Over time, however, certain issues started to gradually define Flaming Pablum. The slow, painful demise of my native New York City's once-thriving network of independent, mom'n'pop record and disc shops certainly edged me in the direction that now guides this blog, but I'd suggest it was one single, specific occurrence that really kicked Flaming Pablum into gear, that being the demise of The Cedar Tavern.
As I've laboriously pointed out in many, many posts on the subject (see arguably authoritative list beneath), the Cedar Tavern was something akin to my second living room. It was the perfect place, ripe for any occasion and any sort of company, cool without being exclusive or sceney and rich with civic history, personal history and personality. I sorely miss it and pretty much lost all faith in humanity when news came that it was gone for good.
It's been about six years since the place closed its doors. Since then, the place was demolished and gutted and rebuilt as a dreadfully shitty condo, but there's been absolutely zero business on the ground floor that the Cedar Tavern formerly occupied.
I walked by 82 University Place this afternoon on my way to the hardware store and was surprised to see something new in the window beyond a "for lease" sign. Evidently, the space that the Cedar Tavern once called home is now going to be a waxing salon.
Yeah, that's great. That's just what our neighborhood needs.
The story thus far...