Archive: May, 2010
|Michael T. Regan|
|Dave P loves a good crackhead.|
One night at Transit a crackhead off the street managed to sneak in the back door of the club during the party. At some point she made it onto the dancefloor in the basement and proceeded to take ALL of her clothes off and dance for a pretty long time. The whole dancefloor cleared and the woman danced naked directly in front of the DJ booth until finally a security guard escorted her out. There was an amazing picture of the woman dancing, completely naked, with one of the guest DJs, JDH, looking very serious, probably not noticing that the only person he was playing for at the moment was a naked crackhead. I need to find that picture.But that ain't all, says Hope. She shot us this letter:
I was lucky enough to be next to the naked crackhead in the basement at Transit, and remember a little more: she sauntered downstairs, took off her wig, dropped her tracksuit which had nothing else underneath, and started MASTURBATING. We all scootched as far as we could in the small space while she furiously abused herself and danced. Then a bouncer came up to her, politely said "Ma'am, you'll have to leave", and she calmly picked up her wig and clothes and waved like Miss America on the way out. I haven't thought of that in years, it was awesome. Thanks, Dave!No, thank you, Hope.
On board to pay tribute will be Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell, Jay Leno, Cher, Marie Osmond, Frankie Avalon, Ann-Margret and the Spinners. [snip] "It was time for us to talk about Dick Clark and his influence on on daytime," said Daytime Emmys exec producer David McKenzie. "He had a huge influence on television, and was a tremendous cornerstone of the music business as well. We couldn't pass up the opportunity."The article promises a show heavy on performances that will take advantage of the telecast's new Las Vegas home, including acts like Jeff Foxworthy and Cheech and Chong (hellllooooo cultural clusterfuck!). Clark totally deserves it. Without Clark's clean-cut looking on Bandstand legitimizing the then nascent rock 'n' roll, the genre would surely never have risen to prominence as quickly as it did. Watch a golden age video above, featuring South Philly crooner Al Martino. But let's hope they don't forget about the voice who introduced the original American Bandstand, "Wee Willie" Webber, who passed away last weekend.
The Futureheads always seemed like they were having way more fun than their U.K. compatriots in the mid-'00s "angular" wave, jutting out from the somewhat dour likes of Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand with their absurdly endearing, brusquely bouncy vocal harmonies and a choppy pop-punk urgency bordering on goofiness. That energy never really went away, despite a few albums bogged down in refinement and diminishing returns, and their newest, The Chaos (Phantasm), feels gleefully reinvigorated, living up to its overdetermined title with scrappy nuggets like the manic, chord-a-second "This Is the Life" and dead-hooky "Heartbeat Song."
And we want you to go see 'em! The first person to answer this trivia question gets two tickets to see the Futureheads at the Church this Wednesday. To enter, e-mail molly [dot] eichel [at] citypaper [dot] net. Here goes:
The Futurheads got their named from the album title of some psychedelic Oklahoma City denizens. Name the band and the album who inspired the band.
Frank correctly answered The Flaming Lips' Hit to Death in the Future Head
Contemplated the answer while listening to "Struck Dumb."
Wed., June 2, 8 p.m., $13-$14, with The Like, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 877-435-9849, r5productions.com.
Collectors of pretty things, take note: Every week, we're rounding up a what's-what of what we [heart], culled from the scores of design blogs, artist sites and Etsy treasuries we stalk on the regular. So many treats to share with you on this hot, hot Thursday:
- Purchasing a pink foot-long Pocket Axe might be the closest we ever come to bearing arms. The tagline? "Hickory, steel and sex appeal." Pretty much. $95, Best Made Co. (spied first at PAPERMAG)
- Confuse your dinner guests by asking them to place their wine glasses on slices of whole-wheat bread. Then laugh when they realize they're just cork coasters. Silly friends. Oiti (spied first at Desire to Inspire)
- Snakes on a print! This Ryan Berkley-created I've Got a New Attitude print screams "change is good." $18, Little Paper Planes
- Nan Lawson's hipster-but-not-hipster series is sweet all around, but we're particularly fond of the 5-by-7-inch I Love My Typewriter. $10, etsy.com/shop/nanlawson (spied first at The Storque)
- We've never been to the Olympic peninsula, but we heart it just the same. $25, Paper Cut Works (spied first at I Heart Handmade)
- Grocery lists, snarky messages, to-do lists: We have big ideas for this little Chalkboard Thought Bubble. If only we weren't left-handed. $28, Red Velvet Art (spied first at Poppytalk)
- If you run a tape head over these half-cassette tape/half-thread ties, they're audible. How cool is that? This fact alone should be enough to sell you on the expensive-but-awesome Sonic Fabric Necktie. $120, Alyce Santoro via Supermarket (spied first at Design for Mankind)
|The members of Free Energy contemplate cereal salad|
- K. Ross Hoffman chats with Paul Sprangers of Free Energy in anticipation of their Friday show at the First Unitarian Church.
- Holly Otterbein rounds up May's Last Chance, including exhibits at Bus Stop, Crane Arts and the ICA. Catch 'em or regret it.
- A.D. Amorosi asks the members of Univox why it took so long for them to drop their lush, textured debut album.
- Robin Rice heads to the Gershman Y to Re:View an exhibit all about the siren song of cartography, "Mapping: Outside/Inside."
- In Hang the DJ, J. Edward Keyes compares the hyperkinetic new Janelle Monáe album, The ArchAndroid, with Nachtmystium's not-nearly-as-sexy Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II.
- Shaun Brady gives Survival of the Dead a C in this week's Flick Pick. Basically, "it's The Big Country with zombies," and that's not a good thing.
- David Anthony Fox was none too pleased with Philadelphia Theatre Workshop's production of 516 (five sixteen). For a play about academia, its main character "seems to know very little about how a university works."
- Kaleidoscope quick hits on Lost States, The Harvest: Spoken Soul 215 Open Mic, Okayplayer's 10 Year Reunion, and the fiction issue of The Atlantic.
- A&E Picks on Of Montreal, Black Pearl Sings, Holy Fuck and more
- An Agenda section full of goodies, like Icepack, a preview of Shmitten Kitten's Mister America Pageant, Picks and Shopping Spree, newly helmed by the one and only Julia West
- Our Summer Fun Guide! Make sure to take a look, and then complete all the tasks at hand.
|Photo | James Haskins|
Leaving runs May 26-June 20, $36-$55, Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824, wilmatheater.org.
On Tuesday the Kennedy Center announced that it would present its annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Ms. Fey, the "30 Rock" star, "Saturday Night Live" alumna and occasional cribber of punch lines from her daughter, Alice. In the 13-year history of the prize, Ms. Fey will be the third woman to receive it: it was previously presented to Lily Tomlin in 2003 and Whoopi Goldberg in 2001.What did you think of 30 Rock this season? I thought it was up and down; some episodes felt like the writers were stuck in a rut and some guest stars felt completely flat (JULIANNE MOORE), while other episodes were spot-on (like last week's season finale, above) and felt like earlier seasons. NBC is moving 30 Rock out of it's cushy post-Office timeslot next season and it will now follow Community at 8:30 p.m., and I'm honestly a little worried about it's future. It's had four years to establish an audience and, despite critical acclaim, ratings are low. So how do you think it will fare without a powerhouse lead-in (although, Community was stronger than The Office this year on the whole). No matter, though, without Tina, I wouldn't have an unnatural infatuation with Jack McBrayer or the ability to make Kabletown jokes. Therefore, I salute you. RELATED >> INTERVIEW with 30 Rock's Scott Adsit: "So now in bars across the world, you can spend 50 cents and hear Liz Lemon and Pete Hornberger yelling at you to 'shoot it up the ramp!'" RELATED >> I wouldn't bitch about my cable bill so much if I had Kabletown RELATED >> 30 Rock takes on the Comcast buy-out
Porktamer use a Venture Bros. clip in one of their songs makes them fucking awesome from the get go. The song spins out of control into spastic math rock and then they totally sample Yes, you know, the song about chess. I might have a huge boner for this electro mine field of a band, and I'm not quite sure how that even works. With OK Ikumi, My Pet Tiger, Forest World and Bouyant Sea, 8 p.m., $5 - $10, Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave. Tuesday: If your brain didn't leak out your ears from Monday's show or even if it did youneed to re-coop by hearing Holly Miranda's ambient and dreamy voice. It really is like butta, drifting sweetly across a soundscape of delicate synths, heartbreaking strings and fancy bells. Yes, fancy. With Grooms, 8 p.m., $10 - $12, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919. Wednesday: Admittedly, High Kick can come off a little, well, annoying at first. They have catchy licks and while they aren't singing about blue skies and daises, they have this happy-go-lucky sound that is obnoxious. At first. After just a few songs you may find yourself secretly letting loose and getting into the bluegrass-fused contemporary rock. You may have the urge to play a washboard. With The Groovement and Late Night Drifters, 9 p.m., FREE, Millcreek Tavern, 4200 Chester Ave., 215-222-9194. Thursday: Fang Island are just so damn likable. The Brooklynites make straight forward indie rock with peppy guitar solos. Serious guitar worshippers, here. The lyrics are just kinda there, except when they unilize the ever loved chanting boy choruses, a trick that rarely fails. With Univox, 7 p.m., $10, Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 215-423-8342. Friday: It's hard to describe Tim Fite's music since it tends to vary from song to song. At times he's self aware, self conscious and guarded. But then he's weird and witty, with goofy lyrics and light-hearted keys. Fite is described as a singer-songwriter, not because he he's a folkie he's not but probably because he sings and writes songs, and that's the easiest way to pin him down. With Wailing Wall, 7:30 p.m., $8, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919. Saturday: Experimental sugar poppers Of Montreal will bring their sweet, other-worldly selves to the TLA tonight, and you should be doing the same. Their beautifully layered harmonies and crazy synths will give even the worst dancer feet of soul. You know who these indie darlings are, so just go, okay? With Noot D'Noot, 9 p.m., $24, TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011. Sunday: The Restarts sound like a live transmission from the gutter. The punks hit hard with fiery guitars and a precious Tim Armstrong/ Lars Fredericksen-style alternating vocals. And both singers have a well perfected Tim Armstrong snarl. So, yeah, theses guys sound like Rancid. They really do. But they do a good job at it with the rebellious choruses and blinding licks that'll make any punker want to take back the fist pump. With Star Fucking Hipsters, Guilt Trip and Population Zero, 8 p.m., $10, The M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 215-739-5577.
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