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A Lot More Feldman

City Abandoned by Vincent Feldman book cover
Legitimate Reason 7" EP front cover
Legitimate Reason 7" EP back cover
Legitimate Reason 7" EP inside - 1
Legitimate Reason 7" EP inside - 1
Lee Harvey Oswald mother letter
Vincent Feldman portrait by Karen Kirchhoff
JAG, Vincent Feldman, Bull by Karen Kirchhoff
Currently Reading: 
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Today's Playlist: 
Eitur by Naðra
In Death by Ancestors
In Thoth by In Thoth
Sirio 2222 by Il Balletto di Bronzo
The Path of Spectrolite by Imaginary Softwoods
Venomous Wine From Putrid Bodies by Demonic Rage

My interview with photographer Vincent Feldman yielded a wealth of ancillary material for you to enjoy.

We have:

The City Abandoned book cover (Paul Dry Books, 2014)

Scans of the front cover, back cover, and insert in the Legitimate Reason 7" EP.

A letter from Lee Harvey Oswald's mother (!) to Feldman's father circa 1966.

A bonus shot of Feldman by Karen Kirchhoff.

A shot by Karen Kirchhoff of my brother Bull and me in Feldman's basement photography studio/workspace on the day of the interview.

 

Darren Addendum

Currently Reading: 
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Here is a message from one of my personal favorite interviews subjects, Thomas "Vosco" Adams of the band Ruin, about Darren Finizio. Thomas wrote this comment on one of my Facebook postings about the Darren interview and I think some of you will enjoy hearing this music:

Pete Sounds and I had the pleasure of being in one of Darren's identity bands, "The Open Minded Men" aka "OMM." He didn't mention the band in the interview though when he mentioned being Open Minded, I thought of us. This was about 10 years ago or more. That experience, seeing the brilliant Hoppy the Frog video, and catching the motivating Muscle Factory live, leads me to believe Darren was born to be a star. Pete has a couple of OMM mp3s available to download from his drugmusic archive mp3 page of his website: http://soundsoftomorrow.net/ and here the link to our theme song: http://drnoone.peregrinesalon.com/OMM.mp3

 

Punk Band Reunions! Or: Something's Gone Off in the Fridge

Currently Reading: 
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

People occasionally ask me if I'll be attending reunion shows of this or that punk band that has been resurrected from the grave to shamble out and do their thing again. While there are a few that seem to have re-formed for legitimate reasons (I did enjoy seeing the reconstituted Amebix a few years ago and Ruin last year), most are embarrassing wrecks out to reclaim fame that was "denied" them (or so their self-aggrandizing narrative goes) or they'd like a cash in because Green Day got rich, so why can't they? The thought of the reformed bands that  have strained the structural integrity of stages across the country with their added bulk makes me want to, as they punks say, gob. My feeling is now and will always be: If you missed these bands the first time around, too bad. You're not really seeing them at the height of their powers. You're seeing a flabby simulacrum. If you saw the band in their prime, congratulations (you're old!). Nostalgia is --  I feel and I have said often -- a form of depression; you are better off with your hazy memory. If you're going to leave your crypt to attend a live performance, you'd be better off seeing a band operating at maximumfuckingintensity. Then you can tell others in the rest home that you saw ____________ back in 2014 before they sold out, man. Besides, did anyone EVER give a fuck about The Addicts?

My treat for you is this note-perfect pisstake of punk's first wave (namely The Damned and The Sex Pistols) from the sharp satirical band Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias.

Splinter Views

Jonesy the cat, familiar of Helen U., and me.
Currently Reading: 
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Today's Playlist: 
Ossification by Officer!

Yesterday my friend Sarah, the creator and maintainer this site, added sound uploading options to the blog area of the site so that I may post Darren Finizio's voicemail messages to me (see below post). This got me thinking about other uses for uploading sound to the blog. My plan as it stands is to sometimes use the blog as an ancillary interview site. That is, on occasional I'll present shorter interviews that may fall outside the focus of this project or follow-up interviews with folks who were previously interviewed here but with whom I may wish to speak about something we missed or things that have occured since the "interview proper." Having the option to present interviews outside the main thrust of the project and without a series of portraits (though they will likely be accompanied by some images, albeit less formal than in the interview section) should provide content for you and will allow me to explore some areas of interest that previously couldn't be brought to the fore in L!F!P!

Darren Finizio: The Voicemail Messages

Currently Reading: 
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Today's Playlist: 
Dead Unique by Officer!
Ossification by Officer!

When I called Darren today to tell him his interview/photos have gone live, he granted me permission to put up the three voicemail messages he left me earlier this month as we played phone tag. In each of these messages (edited together as one audio file) he sings me a song. Darren feels these messages are representative of the music he's making now, so they are, in effect, new and exclusive compositions. Enjoy!

Presented For You: Extra Darren!

Darren Finizio portrait by Karen Kirchhoff
Darren Finizio portrait by Karen Kirchhoff
Darren Finizio portrait by Karen Kirchhoff
Currently Reading: 
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Today's Playlist: 
Dead Unique by Officer!
Ossification by Officer!
Sirio 2222 by Il Balletto di Bronzo
Vestnik Preispednji by Propast
Without Sinking by Hildur Gudnadottir

Here are more of Karen Kirchhoff's shots of Darren Finizio from our shoot/interview last night.

Karen's Photography Exhibit

Dan Yemin and Son
The Ladies of L!F!P!
Currently Reading: 
Shadrach In the Furnace by Robert Silverberg
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Today's Playlist: 
69 Année Mélodique by v/a
Episodes by Richard Soutar
Rock Salt & Nails by Steve Young
Tekeli-Li by The Great Old Ones
The Quest For the Vajra of Shadows by Rahu
The Three Transcendental Keys by Throne of Katarsis

If you live in the Philadelphia area and missed Karen Kirchhoff's photography exhibit opening at the Grindcore House last Friday, June 6, it remains free and open to the public for the next several weeks (or perhaps two entire months). Stop on by to see not only photographs that appear on this site, but alternate and new shots. Some of these new photos will make their way over to the site in the weeks ahead.

Here are two photos from that night. One is of Dan Yemin and his son and the other of (L-R): Helen U., Karen Kirchhoff, and Vicky K.

Also note: New interviews! An interview with John Finn of the Philly HC bands Legitimate Reason and Stepping Razor (conducted by Stacey Finney) is in the can and will go up soon (likely later today). I'm scheduled to interview one of Philly's most interesting characters this Monday. If all goes as I hope (it's a volatile situation), the interview along with photos of the subject by Karen will go up early next week. This should prove to be one of the most popular interviews of the series.

B Movies Radio Show Appearance

Currently Reading: 
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Today's Playlist: 
All Our Own Work by Sandy Denny & The Strawbs
I Feel Lonely In My Town by Fon Klement
Mystic Males 2 by v/a
s/t by The Shivvers
s/t by The Voices of East Harlem
The Feral Wisdom by Wormlust
Thrones by Aurvandil

Last night I was a guest on the B Movies radio show/podcast. We discuss Exhumed Films, Diabolik DVD, L!F!P, a remake of the documentary Shoah, and my most peculiar high school experience (among other topics, some quite silly). If you'd like to give it a listen, it's here.

Or you can go here and click on the "Click Here" next to the Exhumed Films logo.

I am introduced about 16 minutes into the show and I'm interviewed for about the next 30 minutes.

Karen's Photography Show Now Has An Official Flyer...

The Official Show Flyer
Currently Reading: 
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Today's Playlist: 
Punk 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After the Love and Before the Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77 by v/a
Within the Vacuum of Infinity by Arizmenda

...and this is it!

Philadelphia Magazine Profile of Sean Agnew of R5 Productions

Hey, this is mentioned in the Press section of the site, but I want to draw your attention to it: The most recent issue of Philadelphia Magazine has a profile of past interview subject and all-around nice fellow Sean Agnew called "Profile: Where in the World Is Sean Agnew?" In the article (written by Malcolm Burnley, also a super guy), L!F!P! gets mentioned, some past interview subjects are mentioned and/or quoted (Tony Pointless, Dan Yemin), and I have a few quotes. Give it a read!

The link for the online version is below. For the rest of May and most of June it should be on newsstands.

http://www.phillymag.com/articles/profile-sean-agnew-r5-productions/

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