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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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April 16, 2017


David George

I have boxes and boxes of such tapes. I do still have a decent cassette deck, but generally don't have much reason to delve into them. But they're all like diary snapshots: I can usually remember a lot of the circumstances from the time I made each of them (where I was living, which girlfriend I was with, etc.) Can;t bear to part with them.


I used to have a plastic crate full of old tapes, but my old Panasonic tape deck broke (it was part of the RS series, impressive looking with its brushed steel shell and dials and switches) and I couldn't find anyone who could repair it. I was also downsizing to a smaller apartment, so I couldn't justify taking them with me. It was either those or my boxes of vinyl records, and I did have a working turntable.

Looking through those tapes one more time however brought back a ton of memories. We played those tapes during our many roadtrips through the Western US. When I hear "Bastards of Young" I think not of Minneapolis, where I did live for a while, but of driving through the Utah desert on a weirdly cool, gray day in August. When we finally reached the Great Salt Lake, it began to rain and we were surrounded by seagulls that shat all over the old black Mazda we were driving. By the time the tape began playing "Alex Chilton," the car looked like a Holstein cow with big white spots all over it. So now I associate the song with seagulls. Aural memory is weird.

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