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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Primitive Sound System at D.C's Tavern February 6, 2014 9PM to Closing featuring the Sub-Brow Art of Bryan Rackleff

Hello Y’all,
Beauty is in the eye-of-the-beholder.  That is as true a cliche as there is.  BUT, this is not true when being critical.  I find this especially true when discussing art and music.  There is no accounting for taste and sadly some people fall far short of knowing how to recognize what is and isn’t good.  It may come as a shock but there really only two kinds of art; good and bad.  To complicate this even further there is “bad” art that is truly amazing.  Bryan Rackleff says he makes scribbles when he gets home late at night.  It may be true that he has thrown a few back with the clock long past yesterday and just hours before sunrise but, these are anything but scribbles.  Believe me, I know scribbles.  I have a child and I have seen all the art parents are so proud of.  "It has a youthful innocence!”  Scribbles.  Bryan’s sub-brow art is a combination of found objects, classic low-brow iconography, flash art and a lot of skeletons and innards.  They are brightly colored and yet look like they may have been drawn sixty years ago.  Lucky for us, they reproduce really well and the dollar store has a shit-load of ready-made frames.  Please join us at the world renowned Gallerie de Classe, located inside high-brow watering hole D.C’s Tavern.  where you not only can study these magnificent blasts of creativity but buy a hand numbered and signed limited edition print… AND WAIT THERE IS MORE… each print comes encased in a shiny finished new frame.  There is no way the Louvre does that!

I will bringing boxes of Punk, Hardcore, 70’s Rock!, 60’s Garage, Surf & Drag, and some Soul and Funk for when people are staggering around drunk but  appear to be dancing.  Your ears will be treated to some of the records I have found during my, “Filling the Gaps,” project.  This includes original releases of The Undertones - “Teenage Kicks,” The Cramps, Buzzcocks “Oh Shit,” The Victims (Plan 9 7-inch re-issue), Skids - “Sweet Suburbia,” Ultravox - “Young Savages,” Urban Waste (7-inch re-issue), Jon & Lee and the Checkmates - “Batman Batusi,” and many more.  I am really excited to play this set of music.

This First Thursday not only features the amazing Cocktails of John Ernst and crew but also the late night scribbles of Bryan Rackleff. The hallowed walls of D.C.'s Tavern's - Gallerie de Classe will be covered in his brightly colored Sub-Brow stylings. Skulls, skeletons, weapons (both musical and deadly), iconography past and present and all things odd-ball and freakish get committed to paper without contemplation.  Bryan has also decided to adorn a limited number of Voodoo candles with his art and has asked Jess Marie a.k.a Zoey Ramone to do hand poked tattoos - http://zoeyramonetattoos.tumblr.com.

I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure D.C.’s is turning into a place I’d like to hang out.  

So, stuff your pockets with cash, buy some art, get a tattoo and drink until whatever you are saying makes sense. Tip the bartenders respect the art and definitely don't feed the DJ.

SEE YA THERE! 

- pat.

Primitive Sound System
VINYL RULES!
"Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters" - http://primitivesoundsystem.blogspot.com

Thursday, February 6th - 9PM to Closing

D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
BACK IN BACK
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dcs-Tavern/111745052195139 - Facebook Local Business Listing

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Primitive Sound System & DJ SummerLivesOn! at D.C.'s Tavern - 10PM to Closing

Hello Y'all,
It seems like forever since the last time I DJ'd at D.C.'s.  Since the last time I have embarked on a a project: "The Gap Sealer."

I love buying records.  I love looking through records.  And sometimes I love looking through piles and piles of unsorted records for hours without stopping for something to eat, drink or even a bathroom break.  If you walk away someone may find that one record you were looking for.  It is an obsession and could probably be classified as a disease.  Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I have never made or carried around a real want list.  If it was a record I knew about and really wanted I would simply remember it.  This "system," left several gaps in my collection.  But, since I did buy what I like and only kept what I loved; the collection did have an over-all focus.  Like I have said before, every record collection should be a portrait or biography of the owner; I hope my collection is just that.  Despite that, the gaps exist, and sometimes I would fall deep inside them and wonder why they existed.  Some of the gaps were created at a time when I focused on Funk, Soul, R&B and Jazz purchases.  At that point I needed to free up shelf and 45 box space as well as have cash to buy what I wanted.  Most of the Hip Hop 12-inches went as well as a lot of Punk 45s.  My rationalization for selling the 7-inches was that I had LPs by those bands and I could still enjoy their music.  Same for the Hip-Hop but unfortunately I did not have as many LPs to cover all the music I needed to clear out.  To this day my Hip Hop collection is definitely not what it should be.  I have recently re-purchsed some of them but I don't think I will ever be able to get back or afford what I had.

Ironically the Punk records have not increased in value like other genres.  My brother and I were recently joking that it is more Punk to just get the music that inspires you then own it on an OG 45 or LP.  It isn't very Punk to be buying these up now but maybe this is how old Punk and Hardcore kids go through a mid-life crisis.  Regardless of the reasons, the inspiration came when I had the opportunity to go through the sale boxes of my buddy Justin.  Justin is know to the world as - CollectorScum (http://www.collectorscum.com).  It would appear that Justin has more records to sell, than he does in his personal collection.  So his philosophy is, buy collections and rare records for cheap, sell them quickly so that you have deep pockets to buy the rarest of the rare records.  His collection is fucking beautiful.  I have seen hundreds of collections in person and possibly thousands, if you count books and online, and I must say, none of them can compare to the focus, quality and organization of his.  It is inspirational.  It will also make you feel as if you have never looked through a single bin of records in your life… ever.  You would be lucky to recognize, know or own even an eighth of what he has.

Fully inspired and ready to go, I sat down and wrote my first real want list.  Turns out it was surprisingly easy.  First off, I needed to complete my Buzzcocks and The Fall 7-inches which I sold because, as I rationalized, I had them on LP.  It pained me at the time to do it and it kills me to even think about it now.  Buzzcocks is now complete and I need one more Fall record.  I am not a completist, I usually have a year that I cut bands off and that was true for both bands.  This cut-off goes for all bands.  It is no different from saying I love Star Wars, but in my world the last three don't even count, they don't exist.  It is few and far between that bands can rally years after they were no longer relevant.  One such band was Mission of Burma but that is a whole other story.  Next came, Sham 69, Stiff Little Fingers and The Ruts.  I considered these the low hanging fruit so I wasn't surprised to be able to knock them off easily.  There were also items on the list that someone either stole the insert or the insert had gotten lost over the years.  I still have these LPs and 45s so the priority isn't high, but i am tired of saying, "It used to have the insert."  One of those is my Minor Threat "Out Of Step" with the black back cover.  I bought it for $3 in a garage sale when I was in High School.  The insert was a letter sized sheet, later pressings have a larger one.  If you took mine, fuck you!  This goes for my Adolescents LP as well.  If you took that one as well, I will have to kick your ass but gladly I can say that is not replaced. 

Other records on the list are ones that I never came across a copy or heard it and loved it, but never pursued it for one reason or another.  I was explaining to someone recently that before computers, the internet, eBay or Discogs you were pretty much at the mercy of what was available in the bins of your local stores or any store you were lucky enough to go to.  If you didn't get it locally you could contact the label and see if you could get a copy but sometimes you were just plain SOL.   This would include the e.p.s by The Worst and Urban Waste.  I love these records and saw the bands but never bought the records.  In some cases the records were already long gone by the time I found out they even had a record available.  Years passed, tastes change, and I was searching for different records and sounds.  I recently went through my entire collection, carefully trimming the fat.  I called up my friend Jeff who has a shop in Brooklyn (Black Gold Records - http://blackgoldbrooklyn.com) and brought them to him.  With the money he gave me I immediately bought up more records on the list.  I have been trimming and pruning and have some more to bring him.  This project and concept has added a new dimension to collecting and since it is one I never actively pursued it has made it exciting again.

Come by Thursday night and I will be spinning a lot of these old - new finds.  

The past few months I have manned the play-station all by my lonesome, but this month I will be re-joined with DJ SummerLivesOn! - aka Chuck Daly so stop by, drink some booze, tip Larry and GET HIGH! 

- pat.

Primitive Sound System
VINYL RULES!
"Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters"
http://primitivesoundsystem.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 5th - 9PM to Closing
Pat. James Longo - Primitive Sound System
Chuck Daly - DJ SummerLivesOn!

D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
BACK IN BACK
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550 

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Open Crates - Final Fridays  - The Dopeness

I am DJing a set of some of my favorite 70's Punk 7-inches at this months Open Crates event.  This one is being held at The Dopeness, a new restaurant in downtown Jersey City.  Due to my schedule this week, I will be spinning the first hour from 6-7.  Green Verde Villaini is also taking an hour plus the usual sets of other people's records spun by the two master minds of Open Crates - Steve Royster and Andres Jimenez.  VINYL RULES! - See you there.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Primitive Sound System and DJ DontCloseMaxwells! - D.C.'s Tavern - June 6 - 9PM to Closing


Hello Y'all,
One brief word on the closing of Maxwell's and then we can all move on, or at least I will.  We started to go to Maxwell's sometime in 1982 or 1983.  I don't remember the order of the shows but I remember the Bongos were the big draw to head down to Hoboken.  Our Dad had been listening to FMU since it first went on the air so it wasn't that far of a stretch to think we would be at Maxwell's and in the City for shows.  I am not sure where other teenagers hung-out at the time… seriously what did they do?  Where did they go? But, we knew this was better than staying home and getting drunk at a friends house.  This was something to du.  I remember Ira and Georgia's wonderful DJ sets and backing John Klages before catching that fly ball and striking out on their own.  The desire to go to Maxwell's wasn't just the bands it was a place we felt comfortable and the characters contained inside were hilarious, creepy, cool, beautiful, ugly, friendly, obnoxious, etc, etc and we felt like we should never leave.  They were all like minded folks that luckily found the best possible place to be.  We never really were looking to be part of a scene so we always stayed on the edges never becoming to friendly or close to many people.  But, you will find that after you frequent a place for over thirty years people start to recognize you.

At one point we actually had gone to Maxwell's over fifteen nights in a row.  We had started a landscaping business which meant we were up early and finished early.  Long naps, some pizza and then we were off to Hoboken.  If the nap was short we tried to hit Pier Platters before driving around to the other side of town and parking down by the river because even then you were lucky if you got a spot really close to the club.  Our prime years were from the early 80's through the 90's so you can only imagine the bands we saw and we saw them all (except Mission of Burma).  I look to my buddy Dave Gilmour (who I first took there in 1985 to see the minutemen) and my brother to clarify the lineups.  I know, for the most part, what bands we saw and sometimes things stick out to help me remember the other bands on the bill.  If I am real lucky, I can possibly recall the time of year.  To me it has been one, big, long, endless bill… until now.

As many bands that we saw, there are a hundred times that in stories we could tell.  When my hair was long Peter Buck once bought me a beer and said, "Hey, Eddie Vedder, this one's on me."  Simply so he could get a laugh.  Of course I said thanks, and then drank it down in one big gulp.  I played my first show there with a band I was in called Love Onion and played one of the last with Hippopotamus, a band I was in for thirteen years.  I DJ'd Latin, Soul and Funk there every Tuesday for six years as well as many of the Christmas parties during that time.  I did some newspaper and magazine ads for the club, the first of which was for a Soul Food night.  I showed my art on its walls on several occasions and began doing pieces for "Weird NJ" because of it.  My son and his friend shared their third birthday in the back room.  As the party was winding down Lou Barlow began loading his equipment in.  At one point he sat on the stage and marveled at the kids running around.  I walked over, stood next to him for a minute and he finally spoke, "I can't believe I am going to be playing a show here and I am following a kids party."  There are a million more, and probably a million I can't remember.  It will be missed but sometimes you just got to know when to say good-bye.

I think that was just one word, right?

Thanks to everyone who ever made Maxwell's great.

Oh yeah, for years my brother and my friend Ronny always said they saw me in this Mudhoney video.  I had never seen the video until a few years back and at the 1:46 mark, don't blink, it is quick, there I is.  The footage was shot at Maxwell's.  What's even funnier is sometimes when you search the video, I am the thumbnail.

Mudhoney - "This Gift"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SRxWz3CDvg

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Chuck and I will engage in our usual battle royale.  Air guitars, drums, bass and any other spastic simulation we can muster will mostly be for our own entertainment.  So come on by, have a cold one, two or three and do something stupid for your own amusement.  Larry The Hunter will be minding the bar while you mind your own goddamn business!  So be kind and tip the man, especially since there are only seconds between reloads.

I spent the this past Sunday at the always amazing Black Gold Records in Brooklyn.  I picked up three very long time want list records as well as some other "must haves."  I also got a care package from the good folks over at Slovenly Records and Black Gladiator Records.  If there are labels putting out more consistently great Punk and Garage I have yet to find them.  I am not sure what I am more impressed with; their "ear" to find such mind-numbingly great bands or the bands themselves.  Who the fuck cares, just buy their records and be happy… or smash things.

Speaking of smashing things, and then I gotta go because this is the longest post ever, I picked up a copy of The Traits - "Nobody Loves The Hulk" after being tipped off by my friend John O'Toole.  Not only is this one of the best Garage records ever it comes in a super sturdy hardboard cover that is silk screened on both sides.  The lyrics on the back and an action shot of the Hulk about to ruin everyone's day.  Contrary to the subject matter, I Love the Hulk!  "HULK, SMASH HIT… RECORD!"  

Come by and let your ears be entertained while you numb your body and lower your IQ.

See you there.

- pat.

Primitive Sound System
VINYL RULES!
"Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters" - http://primitivesoundsystem.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 6th - 9PM to Closing
Pat. James Longo - Primitive Sound System
Chuck Daly - DJ DontCloseMaxwells!

D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
BACK IN BACK
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550

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D.C.'s Tavern Record Swap
Saturday, June 22nd
Starting at 1PM
POSTER: http://www.gigposters.com/poster/161597_Primitive_Sound_System.html

* Disc Jockeys All Day
* Bring some records to trade or sell
* If you have more then a few records, stacks, or boxes - reach out to Theron (tsjammer@yahoo DOT com )and he can make sure you get some real space on the tables

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BLACK GOLD RECORDS: http://blackgoldbrooklyn.com

Tina Britt - "All The Way"  (Minit Records cat. LP 24023)

The Vibrations - The Vibrations' Greatest Hits  (Okeh cat. OKS 14129)

Supertramp - Indelibly Stamped  (A&M cat. SP 4311)

Claus Ogerman and his Orchestra - Soul Searchin'  (RCA Victor cat. LSP - 3366)

Wilmer & The Dukes - S/T  (Aphrodisiac cat. APH - 6001)

The Vibrations - Taking A New Step (Good Vibes)  (Mandala cat. MLP 3006 498)

Quincy Jones - They Call Me Mr. Tibbs  (United Artists cat. UAS 5214)

Johnny Zamot - Tell It Like It Is  (Decca cat. DL 74945)

The Fabulous Counts - Jan Jan  (Cotillion cat. SD 9011)

Hank Marr - Greasy Spoon  (King cat. KSD 1061)

Astaroth - Satanispiritus" b/w "Lady Of The Moon"  (Unseen Forces cat. UF0004)

The Sirs - "He's A Jerk" & "Social Divorce" b/w "Insanity" & "Tight Lines Screamin' Reels"  (Psychic Volt cat. PV 001)

The Sirs - "Miserable" & "Handshakes Of The Industrial Revolution" b/w "Song About Volcanoes" & "Older Sister"  (Psychic Volt cat. PV 009)

Adrenalin O.D. - "Let's Barbeque"   (Psychic Volt cat. PV 006)

The Soft Boys - "He's A Reptile" b/w "Song No. 4"  (Midnight Music cat. DING 4)

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SLOVENLY RECORDS  / BLACK GLADIATOR RECORDS:  http://slovenly.com

The Hussy - "Way With Words" & "Yr Stupid" b/w "Wrong / Right"  (Black Gladiator cat. BG 006)

Obnox - Record One: "Deep In The Dusk" b/w "I'm A Bug (Bugged Out)" & "Flying"  Record Two: "Hang on Sloopy" & "He's Forever"  (Black Gladiator cat. BG 007)

Paint Fumes - "Sally Smoked Dope" b/w "Killed By Puerto Rico" & "Ghost Highway"  (Slovenly cat. 702 - 125)

Las Ardillas - "Linda Nina" b/w "La Buscare"  (Slovenly cat. 702 - 129)

Mouthbreathers - "Nowhere Else To Go" b/w "MindBreathers"  (Slovenly cat. 702 - 130)

Livids - "Your House or The Courthouse" & "Zilch" b/w "New Values"    (Slovenly cat. 702 - 134)

Los Vigilantes - "Mi Siento Azul" b/w "Volvera" b/w "Me Imagino"  (Slovenly cat. 702 - 135)

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Primitive Sound System & Chuck Daly at D.C.'s Tavern - Thursday May 2 from 9:30PM to Closing


Hello Y'all,
I don't think I have been this busy in a very long time.  I didn't get to do a gig drawing which bums me out but I did have time to hit some stores on Record Store Day.  Many, many years ago I read that there were more songs recorded when Husker Du did the sessions for the "Statues" 7-inch.  "Statues" wasn't the breakneck bulldozer that was soon to come on Land Speed Record.  Ironically it leaned more towards what later became their own version of Hardcore, a more Pop or well crafted song played at double-timed speeds.  I picked up "Statues" about a year after it came out and it promptly made appearances on almost every mixed tape I ever made. At one point I read that the remaining songs were to come out possibly on the B-side of a 12-inch but that never happened.  Recently I read that the two songs, "Writer's Cramp," and "Let's Go Die" would finally be released by Numero Group as a 10" on Record Store Day 2013.  Despite all of my dislikes for Record Store Day there was no way I was going to miss out on this release.  I contacted a few local stores and both Iris Records in Jersey City and Tunes in Hoboken said they ordered the single.  I queued up at Tunes at around 8:30AM and made it inside where I was able to get a copy.  It certainly did not disappoint.  Later that day I got to spin a set at Iris and pick up a few more things including a couple of records I have been looking for, for a long while.  If Wretched Store Day is truly about your local record shop than Iris and Tunes are definitely two of my favorites.

As seems to be the routine each of these vinyl holidays, stores and patrons alike wish that the releases could be ordered and then pressed in numbers so that the actual customers that frequent the store can purchase the releases from their favorite record store.  This way they wouldn't have to beat the sharks and assholes that just buy as much as they can, from as many stores as they can get to and then dump the records on eBay.  I assume these are the same assholes that call records, vinyls.    

I have way too many record stores that are or have been my "favorite" to list them all.  I have been able to find amazing records on every vacation I have been on or touring around with my band.  Anyone who ever thought vinyl was dead never really collected records or appreciated how much better analog is to digital.  If you are anywhere near Hudson County make sure you stop at both Iris and Tunes.  If you enjoy both White Man(n)as equally then make sure you also hit The Record King while in Hackensack.  Proof of the enduring nature of the format a friend is opening a shop upstate New York in a few weeks - Clockwork Records 6 Spring St, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706.

Larry the Hunter will keep pouring you drinks until the music stops.  It's like the most dizzying game of musical chairs ever.  It's been a few months since Chuck has been at the tables so this should be a good one.

See you there.

- pat.

Primitive Sound System
VINYL RULES!
"Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters" - http://primitivesoundsystem.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 2nd - 9PM to Closing
Pat. James Longo - Primitive Sound System
Chuck Daly - DJ YouCan'tPutALabelOnMe

D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
BACK IN BACK
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550

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Some new records…

LP's:

Nick Drake - (S/T compilation)  (Island Records Ltd. cat. 3732604)

Big Star - "Nothing Can Hurt Me"  (Omnivore Recordings cat. OVLP - 61 (Orange Vinyl))

The dB's - "Revolution of The Mind"  (Orange Sound cat. ORA 1012 (Clr Orange Vinyl))

Karriem Riggins - "Alone Together" Record 1 & 2  (Stones Throw cat. STH 2296 & 2297)

CSC Funk Band - Funkincense"  (Electric Cowbell Records cat. ECR 707)

Wyldlife - "Time Has Come To Rock & Roll"

Mary Lou Williams - "Zoning"  (Mary Records Inc. cat. M103)

Golden Void - S/T  (Thrill Jockey cat. THRILL 318)

Metz - S/T  (Sub Pop cat. SP 1015)

45's:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Animal X"  (Kobalt Label Services cat. LC 29472 (Pic Disc))

Sir Douglas Quintet - "Interpreta en Espanol"  (Smash / Mercury cat. S2 - 268)

dB's - "Picture Sleeve" b/w "Write Back"  (Orange Sound cat. ORA1011)

Roky Erickson and the Aliens - "Mine, Mine, Mind" b/w "Bloody Hammer"  (Light In The Attic cat. LITA 45-027 (Pink Vinyl))

JD McPherson - "Fire Bug" b/w "A Gentle Awakening"  (Rounder / HiStyle cat. 1161 876-1 (Red Vinyl))

Sir Doug Espaniol

Husker Du - "Amusement" & "Statues" b/w "Writer's Cramp" & Let's Go Die"  (Numero Records cat. 25764 17047)

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson - "The Bottle" b/w "Your Daddy Loves You"  (Charly cat. CHARLY 115 S (Ltd Ed of 300 on Green vinyl)

Mike Watt + The Black Gang - "Rebel Girl" b/w "30 Days In The Hole"  (Org Music cat. ORGM - 2001)

The Rolling Stones - "Five By Five"  (ABKCO cat. 8936)

Elvis Costello - "Live at Hollywood High" ep  (Record Store Day release ltd ed No. 0660)

Golden Void - "Rise to the Out of Reach" b/w "Smiling Raven"  (Thrill Jockey cat. THRILL 332)

Big Star - "In The Street" b/w "When My Baby's Beside Me"  (Ardent cat. ADA 2902)

Dusty Springfield - "Am I The Same Girl? (Soulful Strut)" b/w "Earthbound Gypsy"  (Philips cat. 326 996BF (w/ Pic Slv))

Lyn Collins - "Mama Feelgood" b/w "Fly Me To The Moon"  (People cat.PE 618)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Primitive Sound System at D.C.'s Tavern - Thursday, February 7th - 9PM to Closing


Hello Y'all,
Sometime around 1988 - 1989 I began working at Finyl Vinyl in NYC Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.  Saturdays I worked with the owner Robert who was a character to say the least.  Sundays and Mondays were pretty much my days.  After a while I looked forward to Sundays like a kid looks forward to Christmas morning. Friends, DJs, collectors and customers would come in with their coffee, breakfast and a record or two (some even a box) to sample in the early hours.  I got to listen to music I had never heard before and some records I have never heard since.  One of the regulars was a guy named Mike Gitelson, a.k.a. Blue Note Mike.  Mike's nickname is obvious and pretty much says it all.  He was a huge Jazz head, especially Blue Note titles.  For the most part he listened to Jazz, Dub, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop.  Mike created an imaginary company called Rock Box Productions, with an obvious tip of the hat to RUN DMC.  He would tell record companies, bands, clubs, etc that he was a promoter or writer or whatever and they would send him promo copies of music or put him on the list.  A friend of his even made him a jacket that said Rock Box Productions on the back; more than once I witnessed people come up to him in the store and either inquire about his company or tell him that they were familiar with Rock Box.  Don't you just love humans?

Mike was easily as sarcastic and annoying as I could be and he could certainly give as good as he could take.  Mike came in every Sunday without fail.  He would bring his parents sometimes, his sister and eventually his girlfriend who later became his wife.  Mike and I talked about anything and many times we also fought about everything.  No subject was off limits and his health came up quite often.  He worked as a social worker and some people will remember him because he was the guy who organized the rally at the Nike store with Chuck D after some kids were shot and killed for their Dunks.  The story was published in every local paper and even some magazines.  To most people he probably came across as soft spoken, gentle and maybe even a bit reserved.  But, I could tell if it was business and not the friendly discussions we were having I don't think I'd have faired so well.  He was exactly the kind of person that you'd want as your advocate.

Mike's Dad would come in the store on a regular basis.  His Dad was a huge Jazz fan and was a DJ who also promoted the shows at NYU while he was a student there.  He would tell us stories about how many of the musicians would include some very unsavory demands on their riders and sometimes these things were exchanged in lieu of monetary payment.  He told us that he once contacted Herbie Mann about playing at the school.  He asked him what he needed and waited for a list, coke, alcohol, pills, girls, etc… but…NOPE.  All Mr. Mann asked for was a private phone in a quiet room.  The night of the performance he showed Herbie to the room and asked if he needed anything else.  He later discovered that the phone was so that he could call his home and say goodnight to his kids and tell them that he would see them soon.  Little did he know that Mike and I knew Herbie's son Geoff who was a regular at the store.  Nothing could have been cooler than when we got to tell Geoff the story.  Those kinds of connections were exactly what the store was all about.

Mike's wife told me he didn't have a will.  The only thing he ever mentioned to her was that if anything ever happened to him that she should contact me and I'd know what to do.  It took some time before I was able to get to their apartment but emotionally that may have been for the best for her and us.  Going through his collection spun me back to each of the fifteen years I was at Finyl Vinyl.  There were records I knew he would have, ones I sold him, others I was surprised to see.  There were even records that were once mine.  We found plastic bags with my name on them and even mixed CD's that I made for him.  Believe me, I have cases of audio tapes and CD's that he made me as well, Rock Box Productions of course.  Nothing makes me happier than going through records and as you can imagine this was not easy.  The collection will be sold through Iris Records in Jersey City.  I took a few records for myself and will definitely think of him every time I play them.  I'll be playing some of them this Thursday ay D.C.'s.            

Larry the Hunter will be pouring what you need.

See you there.

- pat.

Primitive Sound System
VINYL RULES!
"Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters" - http://primitivesoundsystem.blogspot.com

First Thursday of Each Month - D.C.'s Tavern

Thursday, February 7th - 9PM to Closing
Pat. James Longo - Primitive Sound System

D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
BACK IN BACK
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550

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I'll also have many Sire Record releases for 1976 - 1978 with me.

Some of Mik's records I'll have with me:

We Got Latin Soul Vol. 2 (Caliente / FANIA cat. HOT 111)

Jackie Mittoo - Now  (Studio One cat. SOL 9016)

James Brown - …Presents His Show of Tomorrow  (King Records cat. 1024)

Melvin Sparks - Spark Plug  (Prestige cat. 10016 (Not For Sale))

Boogaloo Joe Jones - What It Is  (Prestige cat. PR 10035)

Tina Brooks - Minor Move  (Blue Note Records cat. BRP 8043 (Not For Sale))

Harold Vick - Steppin' Out!  (Blue Note Records cat. ST 84138 (Toshiba / Japan))

The Soul Society - Satisfaction from…  (Dot Records cat. DLP - 25842)

The Afro-Latin Soultet - Wild!  (Tower cat. T 5051)

45's:

Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa '70 - "Alagbon Close" Part 1 & 2  (Editions Makossa cat. EM - 2719)

Willie Mitchell - "The Crawl" Part 1 & 2  (Hi Records cat. 45 - 2044)

Kastle - "Getting' Down (With Hoss)" b/w "Why Don't You (Do It)"  (King cat. 45 - 6418)

Mongo Santamaria - Mongomania (ep)  (Columbia cat. Stereo Little LP 7 - 9412)

Lavell Kamma and his Afro Soul Review - "I Know Where It's At" b/w "Soft Soul"  (Tupelo Sound Records Inc. cat. 1444 - TS - 001)

Charles Spurling - "Popcorn Charlie"  (King Records cat. 45 - 6267 (Promotional))

Dance The Latin Funk  (Jazzman Records cat.JMAN 064)

Bumps Jackson - "Funky In Jamaica"  (Alatac cat. ALA 102)

The 13th Amendment - "The Stretch" b/w Eugene Blacknell - "Getting' Down"  (Soulstream / Soul Patrol Records cat. SPR 05)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Primitive Sound System, Chuck Daly & Jake Casualty at D.C.'s Tavern - This One's Got Balls!


Hello Y'all,
My friend and long time bandmate once had a business card that read, Mark Maloof - Chug Metal Guitarist - "If Your Band Needs Balls!"  It made me laugh out loud when I first saw it.  If I remember correctly our friend Liz made him the card.  It was definitely meant to be funny or even ironic but truth be told Mark could have made more bands than I'd like to think sound a million times better.  Regardless of genre the one thing all bands need is balls.  Balls to do exactly what they want to do ad not give a shit what others think.  And of course, I prefer bands that could possibly cause an earthquake at the right volume.  Aggression is not the same as balls.  Many performers are aggressive but they don't necessarily have balls.  Most performance art sucks for this reason.

The Melvins have balls.  Flipper have balls.  Bo Diddley has balls.  Fela has balls.  Miles Davis has balls.  Mavis Staples has balls.  Marva Whitney has balls.  You get the point.  I can also go into a long list of bands that don't have balls but think they have balls.  But I try never to write any negative reviews and that would certainly be just that.  Though that would be a great series of reviews… Attack Attack! - "Balless."  Next….

For the longest time I thought Rush were balless.  I don't get their music at all.  Beyond all the problems that I think are obvious the sound of their records are all treble no bass.  This from a band led by a bass player and a drummer who can't possibly buy enough drums to make himself sound good.  Talk about overcompensating.  It wasn't that I didn't listen.  I tried, especially after I began playing music.  Our band got lumped into the Math Rock genre and most people's Prog point of reference was Yes or Rush.  I dislike both of those bands equally.  About six months ago Chuck Daly - aka DJ WIthANewNameEveryTimeHeSpins - pulled the first Rush record out of his bag.  Not to be rude but I had to pull the, technically this my DJ gig night and with that said… there will be ABSOLUTELY NO RUSH.  I don't have many rules to listening to music and I live to hear something new.  He convinced me i'd be pleasantly surprised and holy shit, he was not wrong.  For the past six months it has become the most played record in my studio.  For some reason or another some bands lose their balls.  Oh well.

From what I know Chuck is a bit under the weather and he was supposed to bring a surprise guest.  That may not be happening but I will have my big box o' band that gots balls.

See you there!

- pat.

Primitive Sound System
VINYL RULES!
"Audio Visual Triumphs and Disasters" - http://primitivesoundsystem.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 3rd - 9PM to Closing
Pat. James Longo - Primitive Sound System
Chuck Daly - DJ Influenza!
and special guest… Jake Casualty!


D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
BACK IN BACK
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550

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Bands Them That Got Balls:

There are way too many to list so just come by and listen.