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  • 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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June 04, 2010



the machine was woefully underappreciated, even though about half the songs on both cd's were kind of lame. there were incredible gems, though, like 'i can't read', a classic of bowie offhandedness. and I'll always have a soft spot for them because bowie finally repaid an enormous debt to bryan ferry and roxy music by covering 'if there is something', albeit in a manner that did not approach the quirky heights of the original.

the critics were out to destroy bowie at that point in time after his crap, excessively commercial '80s output. anything he tried was going to be savaged in the was the old 'woman scorned' syndrome--how dare our darling go so commercial on 'let's dance' and 'tonight' and then not snap back to his critic-friendly low/heroes/lodger brilliance? (go back and read a few reviews of young americans, bowie's commercially successful foray into sould...many were rife with 'how dare he'-ness.)

anyway, tin machine was not as bad as the press and still isn't. not his best work overall, but, like 'black tie, white noise', riddled with some excellent songs that proved the bowie brilliance was still alive, unable to be killed by even the effects-heavy guitaring of gabrels (jesus, how many times can one man use the '90s random note generator setting?).

one thing, though: they were very disappointing live. when we saw them, they seemed determined to just stop playing any song that started to groove and get the audience into it. literally, they just stopped mid-song, bowie made an unintelligible crack, and then they went ahead. it was like he was hell-bent to piss everyone off. maybe he didn't like the reviews.

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