My Photo

For Those About to Blog,...We Salute You!

June 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

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

Big Laughs

Blog powered by Typepad

« 'Back Then, Nobody Went to Brooklyn!' | Main | Welcome Back to October »

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.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)