Last night in Williamsburg, I went to see live music for the first time since March 2020. My friend Tommy Mattioli was in town from Wisconsin to play vibes. The band had about eight gigs scheduled for this week, but all but two were cancelled. Their next is at An Beal Bocht in the Bronx on 10/29. The Vibrojets at LIC Bar was the last show I saw before the pandemic hit, so I was glad to get back into it with them. Pete’s is a vaxx-only space, and the back door to the garden was open. The sound, I have to say, was excellent.
This is from the first big rock concert I ever attended. My friends and I talked for weeks about April 10. The set list here is accurate, too. The medley and hurdy gurdy solo are what stand out in my mind. I was in love with the two girls we were with, and amazed at the things one of them consumed—I was having none of that at the time. One of my friends at that show has since died.
It’s amazing that now, 25 years later, this is on YouTube. Sometimes it seems the internet eliminates linear time, and all time is just one giant block, or a tree, to be plucked from. I think physicists see it this way. Buddhist monks, too. Time was presented this way in Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Reading that was the first time I’d ever thought of it that way, and it’s both comforting and disconcerting, depending on mood.
Probably the last live-music event I’ll see in NYC for a while, until the dust has settled from this pandemic. My good buddy Tommy Mattioli’s on vibes, visiting from Madison, WI. Enjoy!
Video of Day 2 of the FLESH tour. Thanks to Jesse, Bored to Death, OC DIY and all the bands.
And here we are at The Grand Victory, now closed since July. Thanks again, Solarstorm2011.
I figured I’d close out the year with some clips of the band. Here we are at Riis Park this past August. Thanks to solarstorm2011, whoever you are.
C’mon out to the beach! Sunday, August 7, we’ll be on at 4pm at Riis Park Beach Bazaar. It’ll be a surf/punk/shoegaze extravaganza, with proceeds going to the WaterKeeper Alliance.
We’re back to the stage for the first time since the fall, next week with a March 31 show at The Grand Victory. Brough to you by Scenic NYC. Doors at 7. Tell everyone you know.
We’ll be taking the stage around 9pm on Monday the 30th at The Grand Victory in another Scenic NYC show. Big Band, Les Bicyclettes Blanches and Telecommunists are also on the bill. C’mon out!