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Noteworthy Photography

  • Burning Flags Press
    The website of Glen E. Friedman. Renowned for both his work with musicians like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slayer (and many, many more) as well as his groundbreaking documentation of the burgeoning skateboard phenomenon in the late `70's, Glen has been privvy to (and has summarily captured on film) some of the coolest stuff ever. He's also an incredibly insightful and nice guy to boot.
  • SoHo Blues - Photography by Allan Tannenbaum
    Allan Tannenbaum is a local photographer who has been everywhere and shot everything, from members of Blondie hanging out at the Mudd Club through the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th. You could spend hours on this site, and I have.
  • Robert Otter Photographs
    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
  • oboylephoto
    Just some intensely cool photographs of abandoned places.
  • Rikki Ercoli's Legends of Punk
    Much like Glen E. Friedman (see above), Rikki Ercoli has managed to catch some amazing bands in their manic element.
  • Lost & Found Film
    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
    NYC landmarks shot through a pinhole lens. Neat-o.
  • Eugene Merinov
    Compelling shots of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave band performing live in various long-lost venues in a pre-sanitized New York City. Great stuff!
  • Edward Colver

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February 23, 2017

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DrBOP

Somewhat Off-Topic-Kid with a nice trip around the city:

http://www.messynessychic.com/2017/02/23/bar-murals-of-new-york-city/

The MessyNessy site is an endless hole of interesting posts.....search "music" or "records", but only if you'vegot the time ;^)

NoOriginalArt

This is actually decent, given Japanese pop was dominated at the time by corporate-manufactured, consciously marketed "idol" music. (Pink Lady, anyone?) Malcolm McLaren was an honest newbie compared to what Sony and EMI Music Japan were doing in the late 70s-early 80s. Maybe it's because of Lenny Kaye this particular song doesn't sound as if a robot pieced it together in a studio; maybe it's the New York setting and the old school breakdancers in the video (which would have been extremely daring in racially homogenous Japan).

[Though yeah, appropriation of African American pop culture in Japan, including lip synching to recorded music in blackface, has been a thing for long while. I'll stop here, before this turns into a David Foster Wallace meditation with footnotes and brackets.]

Lenny Kaye

Thanks for the bit o' time travel... Go Ohgami came to America with his manager, Yoshio Takeuchi, and wanted to make an album. I enlisted my band at the time, the Lenny Kaye Connection, with Paul Dugan on bass, David Donen on drums, and C.P, Roth on keyboards and we made a delightful paean to American pop in the year 1984...dig those analog synth sounds! I have no idea what happened to Go, but he really enjoyed being on the lower east side. The record was only released in Japan. And while a fun song, I can't claim to have written it, since Go brought it with him on his jaunt to New York...

Best: Lenny Kaye

Alex in NYC

Wow. Holy crap! Lenny Kaye weighs in!!! It never fails to amaze me when individuals I mention here suddenly comment. Cheers, sir. I shall duly amend. Thank you!!!

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