Thanks again to YouTube for allowing us access to footage that might have otherwise been forever lost. This Australian TV clip features John Holmstrom and Legs McNeil of Punk Magazine definitively proving that no one has ever made a dime in rock journalism. The clip, which briefly drops into silence, reportedly shows the NYC-based pair in their offices some time in 1977, with the best bit coming after a clip of English punks are shown. The lines of demarcation between the various punk movements have gone down in the annals of history. Here, then, a first hand look at just how seriously they were taken.
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“I’ll laugh all the way to the morgue.” This is what singer Paul Schalda and father Schalda yell at brother Will half way through the video for Pablo’s “Learn a Lesson” as Will sips a can of Bud, apparently unconcerned. This Staten Island brother duo have been performing under different monikers since the early ‘90s, but their latest album There’s Rope to Leave may be their sharpest, most well-honed piece of folk rock making them one of the Island’s greatest exports.
The always affable Michael J. Fox stopped by Live With Regis and Kelly last week, and he sure did have an interesting story to tell. Never one to be shy about his condition, Fox told an anecdote about his Parkinson’s symptoms disappearing while vacationing in the Himalayas. Fox said that by the third day, he hadn’t had to take his meds as much, and even climbed a mountain. How this happened is simply a mystery. Magnetic poles, maybe? Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Lost. Fox appears to be having a great time, even engaging in some self deprecating humor about his condition by saying Live‘s swivel chairs are a “fun ride” for those with Parkinson’s.
Seminal 1980’s cow punk rockers Jason and the Scorchers are back with their first batch of original music since 1996. The CD is Halcyon Days. The single featured here is “Moonshine Guy”. Highlight lyric: “He yells and he roars / Loves the Stones, hates the Doors / Thinks the Beatles sing for girls / He’s a moonshine guy in a six pack world.”
Up and coming San Francisco-based post-punk trio, Tempo No Tempo has released a new video for their song, “Pole Position”. Directed by Bay-Area’s French Press Films, the video features the boys in a claustrophobic, never-ending Escher-like maze of a house. The detailed, DIY-production of the video is refreshing and reminiscent of early Spike Jonze videos or even the work of Michel Gondry. Oh, and the ending has something special. Wait for it…