The Johnny Chiba PhotoJournal Experiential
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Monday. Oct 21. 08
Tuesday. Oct 22. 08
Bang Bang Eche @ The Delancey (featuring Murray from Flights of the Condoms)
Tracy Shedd @ Ace of Clubs
I'm a fan of Tracy Shedd's music, an emotional indie songstress with a love for distortion,
inspired by hubbie-guitarist James' excellent guitar shredding and shedding of riffs.
I animated a couple pics that let you catch an optic whiff of his full-frontal guitar attack.
Only years of practice and playing together will let one experience such craftiness and rocking.
From Boston to Tucson, Tracy Shedd is an accomplished artist, soon to be discovered by y'all.
H.R. @Crash Mansion - upstairs
As the singer of the Bad Brains, H.R. has influenced thousands of hardcore kids, from DC to Cali H.R.'s latest incarnation brings him back
to his reggae roots, with a killer guitarist in tow. After a lengthy wait, as H.R. attempted to plug in his guitar, he appeared extremely high on life,
spoke softly ala Michael Jackson ("here's a new song I wrote, for you...") and performed new songs to the delight of his adoring throng.
Stand up for your Human Rights!
Wednesday. Oct 23. 08
Battle Circus @ Crash Mansion
Art @ Crash Mansion and Rivington Street
Bang Bang Eche @ Crash Mansion
Mostly Bears @ The Charleston
As I walked into The Charleston in WIlliamsburg Brooklyn, 3 hairy barechested guys barreled up the basement stairs
(mostly bare!), and proceeded to smear on day-glo paint, readying the Mostly Bears anthemic, tribal attack.
(After introducing myself, I drew a pair of arty day-glo tits on the back of the drummer)
The band was impressive, visually and musically, with a dash of John Lennon-esque vocalage.
Overall, I found them to be Mostly Awesome. Desert Space Rock from Tucson AZ
Thursday. Oct 23. 08
mr. Gnome @ Knitting Factory (Fanatic/Redeye/Panache party)
Brass Amazons vs. Brass Bed
into the brass band-clad amazons of Wet
Secrets, their 6-inch heels enticing me to bust in on the sausage party
surrounding them, with "hey studs, who wants to take my picture with these gals". They were prime-time Canadian Mount-tease.
I filtered downstairs to the KnitFact's old office, to catch the over and above interesting indie rocktones of Brass Bed
from Lafayette Louisiana. Fine rocking with an extra dose of gravy, nice lead picking and harmonies. Brassy Chiba!
Lymbyc Systym @ Webster Hall
These Modern Socks @ National Underground
The New Surreal @ Alphabet Lounge
Global Hip Hop Throwdown @Drom
few songs from These
Modern Socks at the quaint Nat'l Underground, which is really underground.
Five guys from St. Paul/Minneapolis
do the pop savvy, savory pop tarts of simple, yet intricately intelligent tunes. Park on guitar was a good player yo!
The Alphabet Lounge for surreal popsters The
New Surreal. Nice vocals and smooth poptones were part of the
giant disco ball atmosphere, complimented by the LES gabbing crowd, paying more attention to each other than the band.
Everyone I talked to knew the band and liked the music, but no one knew the elusive Don from Sunset Records...
up to DROM nightclub on Avenue A, hoping to catch DJ Soulscape and Drunken TIger
at the Global Hip Hop Throwdown. Unfortunately, they were running late, so we caught some cool raps from King Reign from Toronto,
who got off dissing NY being on Toronto's dick, which solicited boos from the crowd and audi-2000 from Chiba, once we realized
that the next DJ was from Haiti, and not Korea. Haiti-ed it!
Friday. Oct 24. 08
The Fader Fort (Levi's) presents a way cool day party
All The Saints
Snake Trap @ Lit
Akimbo @ The Knitting Factory
Cabbed on down to the
KnitFact to catch Akimbo running an hour late. Thankfully.
The trio were heavy hairy heaviness, steeped in sabbathian tones and metallic shards. Awesome Akimbo!
trodded downstairs to watch the Japantics of one of this planet's best rock bands, known collectively as....
DMBQ @ Knitting Factory (Tap Bar)
Pictures speak 1000 words.
The good points of seeing DMBQ up front are being
able to see the 2 guitar players make horror-mask faces, hold guitar in teeth, spit and kick and
rock the world fantastic. The bad points are getting spit on, kicked, having beer and water flung
at you from crowd and band, and having to hold the drummer up in the air, when they do that
thing they do. An overall awe-inspiring performance, we were too tired to hang out for Monotonix
who were to play ater 1AM that night, but we knew another show was tomorrow...
Saturday. Oct 25. 08
Monotonix @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Party)
We had plans to go out
again that night, to catch Monotonix again, along with Die! Die! DIe! and
as well as the late night Australian Cattle God party, but we suffered from exhaustion, exhausted by suffering of
the constant running, constant fun of CMJ Music & Film Marathon.