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September 30, 2015


URL Brenner

I think at the heart of just about all of these changes in New York is that it's seriously lost its value as a place you can come to and (especially for young people) de-program yourself from the life you led, or were forced to lead, in the mainstream world outside of the city. That's the kind of place this town was for a very, very long time. We're talking generations. People like to argue that the city has always changed. Perhaps it has..physically. Spiritually is another matter. The spirit that was here for decades and decades is now dying a slow death and that's really sad but what's even sadder is that most of the people you see flooding in here now are just fine and dandy with that.

Jeff Jotz

In 2015, the Sock Man soldiers on.


Walking into Trash and Vaudeville was like walking into CBGB. You knew immediately that you were in a Place. You had to keep up your end of the bargain of course. Would return to Queens with a t shirt that people would go cross-eyed with envy over. "Where'd you get it?" "The Village." That info was only for best friends.


Somewhat off/on topic.....

Here's a brand new CBC sitcom (starting tomorrow night) authored by and starring Bruce McCulloch of KidsInTheHall fame. It's the story of his growing up in 1980 Calgary as a punk-wannabe. They are also claiming that the soundtrack will be 100% Canadian punk/new wave. Clips look good, but no recommendation here, simply a heads up.....and 'ya GOTTA love the title, eh?


The up side is it is a lot cleaner. I know people think it had "character" when it was a trash strewn, Graffiti'd up mess. And perhaps that is absolutely true.

But, it was also a lot more dangerous (which again, probably gave it a lot more mystique). What is contributing to a lot of this change is not only corporate America's foothold, but also the advent of the internet, where people are just not seeking their society outwardly like they were back then.

For the prior generations it was a necessity, for ours it is an option, amongst a sea of options. One could easily make the argument that we need physical socialization, and there is definitely a powerful case for this. But even stating this truth abruptly would not be encompassing a conversation about the very fact that this generations nervous system, because of so much contact with computers, is just intrinsically different in terms of its environmental reactions than the prior generations nervous systems.

That can change of course, and I hope more balance comes our way in terms of inner and outer environments, but it is a fact nonetheless.

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