Tuesday, January 22, 2008
When Punk Rock Grows Up
Back in 1979 or so, The Plimsouls playfully posed with all these 6-packs of beer... they also posed under some bubble helmet hairdryers... goofy fun young band stuff... which they countered with their solid live performance and their music.
Three decades later, the band's frontman, Peter Case has been nominated for a Grammy in the Traditional Folk category... OK - its not punk rock, but he's right there continuing to make music in a genre that also boasts other seminal punk rock heroes such as X's John Doe and Dave Alvin of the Blasters.
If you're in Los Angeles, you can catch Peter playing a free show at the esteemed Getty... Peter will be making two concert appearances in Los Angeles in the next few weeks and both are likely to sell out pretty quickly so get your tickets asap! His free show at The Getty (Harold Williams Auditorium) on Friday, Feb.1st at 7:30pm requires reservations which will start being taken today!, Tuesday, Jan.22nd at 9am PST. Call 310 440 7300. Also see www.getty.edu
The show at The Mint on Friday, Feb.8th is a special Grammy celebration being presented by Yep Roc Records and will feature Peter along with the other two Grammy nominees for Yep, Jim Lauderdale and Doyle Bramhall.
In addition to the The Mint show, Peter, Jim and Doyle will be appearing on Chris Morris's Watusi Rodeo on Indy 103 (Los Angeles) on Sunday, Feb.10th at 8:30am.
Richard Lloyd one of the twin guitar heroes of Television, the band that kick-started the whole scene in lower Manhattan at CBGB has parted ways with Television last year but continues on his solo career, and is currently playing a residency of Sunday nights in NYC at Otto's Shrunken Head in the East Village. There's just one more Sunday left in this month, so if you haven't gone to see Richard Lloyd perform material from his new album, The Radiant Monkey yet, this Sunday, January 27 is the last day you can do so in such an intimate setting.
I call him punk rock's Most Valuable Player, you know him as Clem Burke from Blondie. Clem has had a long and distinguished career of playing only the best music. Its not a bad life to have led... in addition to Blondie, Clem has played with the above-praised Plimsouls, The Ramones, Chequered Past, Dramarama, Eurhythmics, Nancy Sinatra, and served a very long stint in The Romantics, before Blondie started touring again on a regular basis.
David Johansen & Syl Sylvain
Fellow NYC punk rock pioneer, Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls is another one who kept making music... and now that the Dolls are back as big as ever, Syl's on stage and on record right alongside David Johansen just like in the good old days.
Clem Burke & Syl Sylvain, 2004