Resident crank, eater of almonds, harasser of late night DJs, rum-enthusiast, and general landmark preservationist about town Irwin Chusid now has yet another accolade to add to his banner: Blogger. Consider yourself outed, pops. Also, log in to your Amazon wishlists now and be sure to add Irwin's 2nd book on the life and art of Jim Flora, which will be published later this month by Fantagraphics.
Dave the Spazz has so much on deck for February, he's had to cancel his New York Sports Club membership and switch to a liquid diet, but no matter: You can catch him spinning the rock and roll platters both locally and upon foreign shores all month long. At Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Williamsburg) on February 4th & 11th. At Manitoba's (99 Avenue B, NYC) on the 7th, at Big Time Bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo the 18th, at Rock Rider in Osaka on the 22nd, and at Eddie's Lounge in Fussa, Tokyo on the 24th. Phew!
Staying local this month, but no doubt inspiring just as much sweaty dance floor action is Downtown Soulville's Mr. Fine Wine, who can be found spinning the platters of relevance in the following venues throughout the month of February: at APT (419 W. 13th St., NYC) on the 10th, at Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg) on the 16th, and at Botanica (47 East Houston, NYC) every Wednesday.
On the avant-retard front, WFMU's resident stewards of the Phuj Phactory
and Do or DIY franchises (Ergo Phizmiz and Vicki Bennett, aka People Like Us) have been enormously busy of late, and you can download five hours of evidence to that reality right now on ubu.com. Much of the material contained therein, including multitracks, sketches, and final pieces, all went on to become the BOOTS CD, the Honeysuckle Boulevard 10", and the forthcoming Perpetuum Mobile CD. Here's the link to find your way to the goodies. Vicki and Ergo have been doing plenty of independent work too. Vicki's got a 20 minute long session of brand new material, plus a special "show remix" of Radio 3's best experimental music show "Mixing It". Over the last 16 years, Mixing It have been a big supporter of Vicki's, and she's very sad (and somewhat outraged) that it's being axed by the BBC next month for no
good reason. The PLU session will be aired on the last program of the show, and you can find more info about it here. Also, don't forget that Ergo Phizmiz has a new release on Womb Records that's a retrospective of the past five years of silly noises he's made.