Hey there, you beautiful people! Long time no see! Not for any interesting reason, just that work is being kind of a monster.
But I'm taking an end-of-the-semester breather this weekend to go and see the Brooklyn Power Pop Festival at the Bell House in Park Slope.
Tonight, I'm going to do my level best to catch the incomparable Dwight Twilley and Midwest stalwarts Pezband. Twilley, of course, has been setting the house on fire for going on 40 years, and Pezband were one of those lost gems identified by two of the greatest talent scouts of the 1970s: Greg Shaw and Ira Robbins.
(That's Susan Cowsill singing backup, I'm fairly sure)
Then tomorrow night, I'll be in the house, selling copies of Boys Don't Lie and enjoying the performance of some of my lifelong favorite performers, Shoes and Paul Collins.
(That's "Head vs. Heart" off Ignition: what a terrific record.)
And here's one from The Beat's definitive 1979 album:
This whole thing has been gotten up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Trouser Press, still America's best British rock magazine.
I'll be there, simels will be there. Other, cooler people will be there. You should be there! And find us to say hi!