Frank Wood Presents
"The Week of Wood"
Celebrating Scorpio Birthdays
Darlings! 'Tis I, The Mighty Afrodite, coming to you from my new home,
here at NY Waste.
And what better way
to kick off my tenure here then with a goddess-eye view (such as it is)
of Frank Wood's week long birthday shenanigans.
I must say, I always
enjoy checking out Frankie's showcases, mainly because of the overwhelming
abundance of talent, and lack of ego. These are Bands and performers who
have fun and don't take themselves too seriously. You can tell that they
sound good to themselves. What I especially enjoy is how you can tell
who inspires any given band, without them sounding like a rip off. Your
music should be about what inspires you, and Frankie's bands never disappoint.
Unfortunately, I was
not able to make it to all the shows, though I did my best. This in no
way reflects the quality of the bands I missed. Let's face it, even
a goddess can't be every where at once.
One: Thursday, November 7, @ The 169 Bar
Heather Larkin with T. J. Jourdan
I missed this show,
due to organizational difficulties (mine).
However, I can confidently
say, that since Frank holds a weekly unplugged showcase here, there is
a standard of excellence to uphold, and none of these bands would've
been invited if Frank didn't think they could uphold it.
to the performers who show up unplugged every week; this is pretty much
where we hear what you really sound like, and it takes some bravery to
strip down for an audience.
Two: Saturday, November 9, @ the C-Note
The Last Show
Brave The Day
Eddie Lee Priest and the Forgotten Heroes
No Show Ponies
I missed part of this
show, due to prior commitments, but if the bands I saw were any indication,
I'm sorry I did. My apologies to those I missed. Don't worry, I'll catch
Chuck Beefalo, Chip Beefalo, Chet Beefalo and Jorge Beefalo
wish I could tell you who played what instrument, but I have a bit of
difficulty keeping it straight myself, mainly because, except for the
drummer, the rest of the Brothers Beefalo kept switching their instruments
around. They even took turns singing. The really fun part was the passing
around of a huge upright bass.
They kicked off their
set with a cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" that was
so well done, you could almost swear they had done it originally themselves.
They continued through their set with an energetic Jazz rock rhythm,
dispensing with the mellow aspect that jazz is known for, and going for
a more swinging feel.
Brave The Day
Jason (Bass), Jason (Drums), Becky (vocals), Joshua (Guitar)
out to be a great band to follow the Unpronounceables with. While their
music was more gently melodic, they had the same flow of energy, and the
different instruments and vocals blended perfectly. They were very much
into their own music, and it carried over so that the audience was included
in the groove.
Eddie Lee Priest
and the Forgotten Heroes
One word: Unforgettable.
Really thumping, shaking,
roadhouse blues, like God (and Johnny Cash) intended . I haven't
heard this kind of good old bar rock since my teenage years, gloriously
misspent in New Jersey Roadside dives.
Show Three: Sunday November
10, @ Otto's Shrunken Head
(former lead singer of 69 Nova) solo acoustic
Jana Peri Band
This was the first
time I had been since the changeover (This used to be Barmacy) and I just
loved what they did to the place. It had a whole Blue Hawaii/Macumba love
feeling to it.
The lineup started
off with Tuesday, the former lead vocalist for 69 Nova, a band
I have never heard or heard of. So I can't make any comparison. Which
is just fine with me.
Tuesday was warm with
humor and unpretentiousness, she was groovy and gracious, she was friendly,
and wicked, and sweet. She referred to her music as "Omni-Cosmic
Rock" and unfortunately, such a phrase calls up images of self-righteous
flakes with no clue as to how the world works. Unfortunate, because to
me, her music is about things that every body thinks about when they are
alone inside their own heads.
I guess her music
is really just about feeling, and listening, and instinct and enjoyment.
Jana Peri Band
set of sound. I always wanted to hear what Connie Francis would sound
like plugged in, and finally, I get my wish. The Jana Peri Band was great,
and fun, and rockin' . Even though their influences where clear, at the
same time, they didn't sound like anybody else. The highlight of their
set for me was their fabulously done cover of "I Love Trash",
the much loved classic of public television first performed by Oscar the
Grouch. They're a really good, classic, NYC rock band, which is a lot
harder than most people think, but Miss Peri made it seem easy. She's
heartfelt without being bitter or hostile.
And the trend of great
performances continued with these guys. Kenn Rowell jumped into the set
with such enthusiasm, I thought he might have pulled something. This was
great punk rock somewhere between the Dead Kennedys and the Dead Milkmen.
Any point they might have made seemed like such a surprise (to everyone)
that I feel compelled to create a new category just for these guys: Socially
Unconscious Punk Rock. He was backed with some excellent composition and
music provided by the rest of the band members, whose names unfortunately
I can't seem to remember.
not least, fresh from the Sauna party, all steamed and squeaky clean,
was Mad Juana.
Their trippy mexican
blues was miles a way from the Mariachi music their name might evoke.
I swear their music could evoke a higher consciousness, at least the kind
to be found in a peyote ceremony (or any well organized Aztec orgy). Their
set was all steam, and quivering flesh, and hot sugar.
Show Four: Monday, November 11 @ Meow Mix
This was a show that
promised some high spirits, being as it was Frank's actual Birthday.
To begin with, I missed
the first band, surprise special guest Headphone Presidents, because I
was having sex (in honor of Frank's birth, of course). Not to worry, they
appeared twice for the Week of Wood, so I did catch them, as I will tell
you about later.
Greg (Guitar, vocals), John (Bass), Tim (Drums), Chuck (the other
This was a
great fucking thrash band, in the tradition of great thrash. Greg started
off with indiscreet cracks about my Mother. Does it get any better than
that? I couldn't understand a word they sang, and the bass playing
was amazing. I loved these guys.
Banana Fish Zero
Prince Hal (Bass), Texas (Drums), John Law (vocals, guitar)
were a truly indefinable rock band. They were snotty, and rambunctious
and they don't behave. They did a cover of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff"
that melted inhibition .They said things out loud that some people don't
want heard and the most unforgivable sin of all, they tell the truth.
Pink Snow (Vocals), Miss Kitty (Stage Show), Levi Fox (Drums), Preacher's
Kid (Guitar), Shelley Lynn (Bass)
sells, but in this case, Porn Rock Sells the sex, and it is not a buyer's
market. With lusty, roaring vocals and a spectacular stage show, Porn
Rock takes control of their sexuality and gives the live sex show a depth
and credibility it never had, until now.
I know what you're
thinking - a show like that usually hides a mediocre band. WRONG!
The band was excellent,
a well put together glam/funk rock band with amazing grooves and incredible
composition. No shit! REAL music, from real musicians!
In fact, I thought
they were soooo amazing, that when the incomparable Pink Snow invited
me to play, I decided to bestow the single highest honor that I, The Mighty
Afrodite, can give any band: I got topless. In fact, I stripped down to
a G-string and my bitch-boots. A lesser band might have quailed but not
Porn Rock. They embraced me as a Sister of the Art.
And of course, they
sang "Happy Birthday" for Frank, and made him some memories
he'll cherish (on VCR tape) for years to come. (Pardon the Pun)
12 @ CBGB's w/ Kipp Elbaum productions
BitchSlapp w/ Felicia Collins
Jerry Agony & the Fluffers
I was screwing as
usual, overslept, and missed this show as well. (But at least it's for
a good cause!) But Frank Wood knows he'd be lynched if he tried to foist
off sucky bands on any one, least of all, on CBGB's. So rest assured,
all of these bands were worth seeing.
Wednesday, November 13 @
Arlene's Grocery w/ Mark Pines Productions
Mark Pines Project
I always like to end
up at Arlene's Grocery, where I don't think I've ever caught
a bad vibe or show.
got a clue! Seriously, these guys had that child-like quality that usually
gets lost during puberty. You know, that sense of silly, harmless fun,
that quality that keeps things simple and uncomplicated, and keeps you
saying exactly what's on your mind. They did a fun, punky cover of "
I want to be Sedated" and I especially enjoyed "I Don't Like
You." They were a fun band to watch and the music was clean and good
As the name
promises, this band delivers a lush vocal and sound quality, redolent
of influences like Santana and Jethro Tull, to name a few. The sheer level
of joy and energy that crashes together on stage gives people the mistaken
impression that they are a Christian Rock Band. To set the record straight,
no, they're not. It's almost a shame though; God's image
could use the help.
Every member has their
own influences, and they tie together seamlessly for a great experience.
Mark Pines Project
and Flutist Bobby Aaron from ripe joined Charley Buckland, Mattan Klein,
Joel Hirsch, Mary Noecher and of course, The inimitable Mark Pines to
throw a little devil into the festivities, with hits such as "She
Don't Deliver" and "Volcano."
And got soulful with
"Nadine's Touch." Every one melded beautifully, and the
effect was heart felt.
always had good things to say about this power house, but then they get
better and I have to pick up the pace.
Wounded has always
shown me a good time but with the addition of Bassist Rob Rescigno, Wounded
has finally achieved untold heights and depths. Their music finally has
that cohesive energy they've always strived for. These guys were made
to play together. Any one can make a great entrance, but it takes consistent
brilliance to keep the night going until dawn. And when they pull out
a heartstopping finale like "Feel This", then finally the sun
a child of the Eighties like me, you've been waiting for this band. It
takes practice, practice, practice to pull together a show with movement,
style and music, and these guys have worked hard. Of course, it all starts
with talent, showmanship and a sense of humor, which these guys had in
spades. They pulled out a fun, fast cover of the "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer" theme, and original tunes, like "Picaboo Street"
and "Tall Glass of Pain" were no less awesome. They rocked,
the way bands should rock.
I had to say: they
inspired me. And at the end of a truly kick ass encore cover of Mötley
Crüe, I stripped topless to honor their spirit!
So, what band
could possible follow? These five of Japan's sons and daughters. The music
was pure metal, and the lyrics were pure rage. Not the mindless banging
or whining prevalent today, they had a sense of the dignity and drama
that characterize Kabuki Theatre. According to Anza, lead vocalist, they
want to demonstrate deep strong feeling. They want to inspire people to
get angry at the pain and injustices committed against them, and in becoming
angry, oppose these abuses.
Well, there was nowhere
to go after this line up but to head to The Cadillac for a night cap,
and then home to dreamland.
Thursday, November 14 @
While "The Week
of Wood" went back to the house of wood, I skipped out to visit my
mom (The Original Mighty Afrodite) and I did not catch this show either.
How ever, no lineup that includes the Lovely and Accomplished Joy Ryder
can slouch. Besides, how much audio excellence can one person be allowed?
Until next time, Great