Archive for July, 2016

3 Wildfest photos

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Wildfest was a couple of months. I brought my 6 and really wanted to snap some pictures but it was not meant to be. As of late, the sucker has been giving me trouble. Either the batteries (which are really specific and hard to find) are goin dead, or something is really jammed up in there.


Because we lost Rob McAllister all these good people got together to make it happen for his family. I knew it would pretty much be a high school reunion, or at least the type of high school reunion I would actually go to. Fuck a real one. Before my camera jammed up I started taking some paparazzo type deals. Here’s one of Doug and Stipell.


The whole weekend was very sick and I did get to see many people I hadn’t seen in years. Plus a few people, like Greg and Liz, who I just haven’t seen in months.


Here’s Dan. This was when the camera started being weird. His focus is lightly shifted. Anyway I think I have a couple of camera phone shots taken after this, but who cares. Point of the thing is, over the last few months it has been really incredible watching people come together to help Rob’s family in this way. Everyone volunteering their time to do it for such a good cause. It made me both really sad and really angry when I heard the news of Rob’s death. I always hated the nickname “Wild Dad” because to me, as the type of person I am, you become a dad and you drop the “Wild”. That is probably a controversial opinion. Angry straight edge guy type opinion. But I have to realize that is my selfish outlook on the world and people are who they are. I just miss the friend I lived along side of in this scene for over a decade. At least I have a recorded history, both audibly and visually, to look back on.

Them Super Natural Psychos

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Last week was a super good time. New York City’s greatest psychedelic rock band, Super Natural Psycho, played a number of times at various venues and I tried to make it to them all. Missed the third one, but 2 outta 3 ain’t bad.

SNP is Reggie from NYCHH’s other band, and he introduced me to that crew via our short lived attempt at making a talk show. I’ve been a big fan of everyone in the band since. Here you have Mikey, the brains behind the operation, and Darien, the newest drummer. He also plays drums in my new band.

The lady Chuck D and I headed out to their show at The Ludlow House, which is a SoHo House off shoot. Basically a place where the fancy go to socialize. And basically not fer me. Or at least not my DNA. Regardless, they have good taste in music.

A friend of the band invited them to come play and it turned into a pretty tight party. DJ Joey C was pumping the jams which had Mikey and VRN on the dance floor all night.

SeƱor Shaun Spencer was also out for the night and he and I shared the experience of wearing matching uniforms all night (hat, band shirt, camera on right shoulder)

The show was funny cause you had to put your name on a list. When you get in a young fabulous person greets you and tells you “you’ll be in the velvet lounge tonight”. Ok.

In between moments Mikey an Darien went out to use their reefers and we met a couple of characters on the street. Mikey, being the generous individual he is, shared that reefer with many a passerby. One got talking about the specific flavors of reefer and happened to be from the same home town as Darien in Florida.

Vrn had her little party dress on an was dancing about all night, she is a little ball of positive energy it’s quite funny to see.

Bryan is also a very funny dude, we got to talking about 90s hardcore later in the evening in the “green room”and that was hilarious. Talking about extreme veganism like low-key throwing a brick through a McDonald’s window.

The set was a sounding very tight due to the fact that their homie who has recorded them came out.

I was pretty pumped to hear them play their two new songs, which are a little more like jammy rock songs, the kind of shit I like.

The crowd was sitting in a semi circle and was a little strange, people were definitely digging it, but I gotta say as a person who plays music I know how strange it is to play to a room full of seated people.

They got a great reaction overall though and sounded awesome.

We chilled into the wee hours after the set and discussed many a thing.

But it was also so relaxed back there it was hard not to fall asleep

The original drummer, Eric, was back in town from Colorado also hanging out. So it was good to see him.

Emma showed up right as they were going on in these crazy ass 60’s pants

Hernik was also out chillin, but toward the end of the night was getting a bit tired and decided to order a cappuccino

This is a poorly aimed selfie. I ended up leaving around 1:30, getting a couple of quick tacos from San Loco and taking the long train ride home.

Unfortunately, recent news broke that current staple venue The Acheron will be closing its doors to shows in July. This really sucks as It’s been a place to play for about 5/6 years. Anyway, SNP got added to one of the last remaining shows with Title Fight. Got to see big Alex Kapps.

And also Ivan.

They played another great set, though the sound wasn’t as amazing for them at The Acheron as compared to The Ludlow house but they killed it.

Plus they got to play to an entirely new crowd

Mikey was doing some good stuff that night, he did some D Boon moves, plus the shirt didn’t hurt the comparison.

Good week

I missed the third show but I’d bet it was just as good. Until next time.