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New York City, pop culture, art and nightlife. Because nobody else is blogging about those things.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Three venues, one cease and desist letter, one name change later, still going!

Tonight is the third anniversary of the Gameshow Speakeasy, and the show is going to be an all-star bash; I've invited past mystery guests and panelists, some of our favorite performers and artstars to come out and be contestants, trying to stump the panel with their first job. It's going to be a whole lot of fun and if you're in the New York metro area, I expect you to be there to celebrate with us!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

If only Ace Frehley had appeared on the Channel 43 Prize Movie with John Lanigan

Two kind of hilarious videos that combine KISS and nostalgia for the local media of my Cleveland-metro area youth. The first a segment with Paul Stanley from local pop culture news show PM Magazine.

And this one, a hilariously low-key interview with Gene Simmons about comic books by one of the long-running DJs on WMMS, at the time the greatest rock station in the country.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

God gave rock n roll to you

I've been immersing myself in KISS, in preparation for our show at Joe's Pub on the 21st; my memories of KISS are from my brother's 70s-era albums and posters in the basement, both scary and cool to a little kid. Needless to say that's what pretty much anybody pictures when they think of KISS, such as pretty much the greatest album cover of all time, see above. And that's clearly the reference point for our show! But it's easy to forget that between their famous unmasking on MTV in the early 80s and their nostalgic return to makeup, costumes and pyro in the 90s, they were a successful 80s hair metal band! This is also KISS, a classic early 90s hair metal power ballad with an awesome early 90s video, bet you remember this song, but I bet you didn't remember it was KISS.

Anyway, long story short, the show is going to be amazing.

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Face it, you're a neo-maxi-zoom dweebie.

I have not felt the need to add my two cents to the flood of text about all of our culturally iconic celebrity deaths this summer. But man...John Hughes pretty much defined what I think is funny and what I thought it was to be cool and a teenager through my childhood and young life.