Saturday, December 31, 2011
I finally learned what an Ulster Fry is, oftentimes on the daily menu specials at the Heritage (but not tonight) this item is listed. I previously surmised that it was a "fried food platter" and that Ulster is "a place" and I was right on both counts (Ulster is geographically located at the top of Ireland and the contents of the plate was rattled off to me so expertly and quickly that I can only remember that there were Beans). This information was provided by members of the wait staff who had ended their shift and were counting out receipts at the very table next to which I set up my Drum Kit and as it was getting closer to showtime I went ahead and set up around them, they were all very sweet but realized once the band "came in" that this was a bit loud and somewhat intrusive. Oh Thats Right SHOWTIME, this entry is about the show.
It being New Years eve the Heritage was its usual lively self with a few extra well wishers 'Round Midnight, this place has fans and a core audience that need no explanation once you have experienced the Heritage spirit.
Tonight there were 2 Michael Jackson's at one point but dont worry I know who the real one is and I aint telling, there was also some breakdancing during "Sister Christian" which was instigated by Rob, Well... at least that sounds right to me, I was in prescription shades in a dimly lit room but I mean who else would do that!!!. This is also the show that I experienced a common drummer nightmare, that of the band being onstage ready to start without you, I was at the bar getting a third set Guinness discussing the band Rush with a patron when I heard Rob introducing the opening number "Anyway You Want It" by Journey.
Thanks Steve for delivering the Stout to me.
The Two Michael's
Is this a Material Girl ?
Welcome to the Jungle.
Note: White Wedding t-shirt
Rockin' The Heritage.
The band played very well and it was nice to have Nancy back in the fold for the evening. Nancy had a blast as well, I was there.
We got there early (Sean drove me) and actually got a seat at the bar along with Nancy & Paul. I purchased a Heritage Bar polo shirt since they treat us so well there (and its a nice shirt) and finally tried their Sliders which were very tasty.
Dave and myself vamped behind MC Rob counting down the new year for the crowd after which I meant to shut off my digital camera but forgot so we get 18 minutes of audio from tonights show instead of five, ALL for the price of a dime.
This Is Show # 148
Saturday, December 24, 2011
After experiencing the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Societies cinematic take on "The Call Of Cthulhu" (2005) I could only have extremely high expectations for their sophomore effort and a few years ago I was enthralled with the teaser trailer and very pleased that their followup choice would be "The Whisperer In Darkness" a story rich with mystery, intrigue, suspense and of course bat winged creatures from Pluto. Since a majority of the original story is told through the correspondence in written letters a certain amount of padding had to be utilized to create a working finished product as a film and I have not one single complaint from a fans standpoint, sure they removed Akeley's guard dogs and added a biplane replete with aerial Mi-Go's but it all works splendidly and befitting (through the magic of Mythoscope) of a picture from 1931.
The acting is top notch and I do not use this term lightly, in most cases the heart is in the right place (the lost skeleton of cadavra comes to mind) but falls a little short in the thespian arena when it comes to fans making movies for the fans. Barry Lynch (Henry Akeley) and Matt Foyer (Albert Wilmarth) play their roles flawlessly and convincingly. Will Masterson (Caspar Marsh) and new favorite Daniel Kaemon (P.F. Noyes) also get special kudos for their performances but everyone just did an amazing job right down to Brain Cylinder B-67 (portrayed by producer & director Sean Branney).
Horror Fans, Sci-Fi Fans, Strange Fiction Fans, Fans of the Fantastique and H.P. Lovecraft Fans should all be most pleased with this proper adaptation to the screen of the twentieth centuries greatest, most important writer and architect of All the genres mentioned above.
Teaser Trailer (2007)
Trailer One (2011)
H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
The Whisperer In Darkness Blog
The Whisperer In Darkness Press Kit
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Callbox Lounge (which is really a sports bar nestled betwixt the Kingsland & Meeker avenues in Williamsburg) was a unique place from an "ensemble" (band) standpoint where WE could watershed songs and arrangements without the pressures of being "on the clock" in a rehearsal studio proper, We could be casual AND this place SERVED BEER.
THIS WENT ON FOR FIVE YEARS !!!
In the beginning, we were performing as The Airwaves (Mike, Nancy, Tawni, Dave, myself and our singer also called Mike) The thing Was Mike (Doc Brown) lived two blocks away from the Callbox and once we had a handful of songs prepared he offered them a show gratis which was accepted and became our first "gig". We played to a handful of people and strictly for experience but we officially became a performing band that night. Afterwards the owner of the establishment offered us the opportunity to rehearse there once a week at our leisure which we accepted and exponentially with time we grew as musicians, performers, people and collaborators in many ways, we gained So Much and that is mostly why I will miss the Callbox, so much learning and growing went on in that room.
Speaking freely for White Wedding / The Airwaves during its creation and fruition I can only give thanks towards the Callbox and its owner Freddie for affording us Hundreds of hours rehearsal time, our first "gig" proper (and a few after that too), storage of equipment, allowing us to load gear at unimaginable hours, and most of all... The Experience.
Nancy watches her step.
The Call Box Awning.
Mike's yellow school bus Ludwig drum kit which has served well under many a performance (12/12/07).
The Airwaves outside of the Callbox (left to right) Mike, Steve (our second singer), Nancy, Dave, Tawni, Spike (7/19/07).
Not since my Nana was alive has there been fresh baked homemade cookies in my midst to make the holidays that much more festive. I didnt so much get to make the cookies from scratch or even get a chance to see that done but I am that much closer and less hesitant when my turn comes soon at making Butter Cookies. I got to use the Zester to collect some Orange Zest and helped shape the cookies for the sheet (and dropped some in the case of the Drop Cookies) and of course enjoy some. Here are Chef Jamie's words (copied and pasted off of Facebook) to describe each cookie.
Greek, Kourabiedes (Walnut Sugar Cookies).
Italian Anginetti (iced lemon cookies).
American Vanilla Drop Cookies.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Quite the Frenetic and Energetic crowd out on the dance floor from our opening "A Little Respect" to the closer "Fight For Your Right", We have learned to expect a certain degree of AWESOMENESS from the O' Flanagans Saturday night patrons but this being Pre-Christmas weekend "Weekend" there were a few parties being held on the premises adding to the fun and if any night was going to have the crowd yelling "WHITE FU**ING WEDDING !!!" then tonight was it !
Those Rowdy Drunkard's certainly let us know,.... Beer, Sports, Gyrations, Rock Music and use of the "F" word where applicable and
WHITE FUC**ING WEDDING !!!!!
I was entertained by the audience's reaction and playfulness in front of a capable band but also by the bands reaction towards a capable audience. Thanks to my blonde bartender friend for all the Bass Ale Pints.
This audience knew what they were in for as soon as the DEVO hats came out.
Robert Smith contemplates.
What might they be chanting and was the "F" word involved ?
She's Got Legs.
Ran into this fan as he was trying to nick a pair of Rob's 80s shades during load out and then again was informed minutes later by Paul that "theres some guy outside wearing Rob's shades" after which I went to retrieve them, they were finally returned to Rob and we posed for a pic.
Since MTA.org is So Reliable with up to date transit info (All Sarcasm Intended) as it has fed me in the past I took the quick walk over to the 79th street "D" train to find there was No Manhattan bound trains ALL weekend. On the way back I decided to check see if they had the "Lard Bread" at Palermitana Bakery (7821 17th avenue) of which a most reliable source has told me therein the Good Bread resides.
This Is The Real Deal "Lard Bread" and not the Prosciutto Bread (which is loved on its own merits) that I have been eating over the years, you can taste the Bacon Drippings in every bite of this Delicious Loaf ($3.50).
This Is Show # 147
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Jamie resurrected her Fuscia Christmas tree for this holiday season of 2011 and threw a little tree trimming party for Denise, Sean and myself replete with Sausage Bread, Spinach Bread, Broccoli Rabe Bread some Merlot Wine and Vodka Drinks. The tree was decorated before, after and through dinner and as the evenings festivities grew we found ourselves in a half moon around the tree singing Elton John's "Empty Garden" along with the John Lennon "Imagine" ornament.
What Empty Garden and Christmas have in common no one knows but we love it just the same.
It was great to SEE the wEYEde variety of Christmas ornaments in Jamie's collection.
EYE saw mommy kissing Santa Claus.
12/15/11 - a different tree, this one is a little bigger.
Friday, December 9, 2011
This is not someones prank especially not mine, the poster above was drummed up by the ad men at Zeppelinhall and I must say for the record that we did 11 Costume Changes Tonight NOT the advertised 10!
So That's One Louder Innit!!!
I appreciate the poster and am always taken aback when you find one has been made for you with an angle, its interesting to see how your project is received and appears objectively.
The band played great with Rob and Paul performing on the dance floor much to our mirth for a portion of the evening. Many people passed the bandstand throughout the performance and as I peered past my bandmates asses was quite entertained myself, I have said it before "A Drummers life is a series of asses".
Premiered tonight was the Number One song of the 1980s "Every Breath You Take" by the Police.
Zeppelinhall of Jersey City is becoming one of my favorite places to play. in lieu of a green room this Biergarten is spacious with at least three distinct areas to Eat, Drink and Be Merry of which I did my best.
Our fan Giseli poses with her shirt, this photo and the one above were sent to us by Giseli as well. TY
EAT TO THE BEAT.
"go out and get a bite and you'll still be hearing that one"
Its Bono, Two Cups and a White Balloon BUT What Does It Mean ???!!!
Mmmmmmm, Biergarten Potato & Cheese Pierogies, Mmmmmmm,....
from the "ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL" department. I arrived at the Callbox right around the designated time for load up and found Tiffany sitting in front of a Closed Bar, gas barbeque cooker grill over the cellar door (our only alternative form of entrance) fastened by a Kryptonite lock, fortunately Smiley showed up and came to the rescue opening the entire bar for business (the afternoon girl called out) and we loaded our equipment to and fro via bungee door, trapdoor, zipcar and back again.
Thank's for taking the photo's Steve
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Tonight was Tiffany's first performance with us in front of an audience and she certainly rose to the occasion more than can be expected from most with so little time to properly prepare and only one dress rehearsal under her belt. Regaling the crowd with impersonations of Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna she was literally out in the crowd demanding (in a proper way) more people to the dance floor of which particularly J.C. and myself were pleasantly surprised. I said to Dave at one point between songs "She's pretty good isnt she ?" as a side note Tiffany's rebellious stage came at the tender age of 12 so this may explain things.
Debuted at this show was "I Love Rock & Roll" by little Joanie Jett.
For all the Billie Jean and Nancy fans out there, Don't worry we are not letting her off that easy, she is still playing New Years Eve (at the Heritage) and a private party with us.
taken from my vantage point during "Don't Stop Believing"
Tiffany in our newest outfit, Joan Jett
Is Mike wearing Joan Jett's pants ?
Is Rob jealous of Joan Jett's pants ?
J.C. and Spike play along happily dressed in red (J.C. is even wearing a red belt). Dave was dressed in red as well, This was NOT planned, see the photo below.
Hey that's NOT Joan Jett, That's Madonna !!!
Thanks for taking the pics Sarah.
Famished and on the Q train at a godforsaken hour I realized I had a Chinese Ham & Cheese Bun in my presence and proceeded to take care of that.
from the website.