Review:  Diet Cig at Ortlieb's in Philadelphia Sept. 29, 2015

Review: Diet Cig at Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia Sept. 29, 2015

Went down to see Diet Cig last night at Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia last night to see what all the growing hype was about.  I think the hype is justified! Singer Alex Luciano was a superstar performer up on the stage, and Noah Bowman was smashing super hard and punchy on the drums.  Together they are very compelling.  Most of the tunes they played were short catchy pop punk to my ears, and their continued road gigs are making them very tight. This is a duo who is usually found performing at house shows, and it’s breaking some new ground for…

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Review:  Julian Casablancas + the Voidz Live in Philadelphia (10/16/2014)

Review: Julian Casablancas + the Voidz Live in Philadelphia (10/16/2014)

On October 16th I travelled over to The Electric Factory to see the first show of Julian Casablancas + the Voidz tour in support of their CD “Tyranny”.  This is a new group featuring the lead singer of The Strokes. I had given their debut album a few spins already and knew this was going to be a very unique and different show. And it was certainly was. One I really enjoyed, one that I will remember for a while as well, as this band had a very original sound that leaves a lasting imprint. Julian Casablancas + the Voidz…

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A History of Transporterraum NYC Part 4

A History of Transporterraum NYC Part 4

After all this time getting the studio together, with the construction, wiring the patchbay, getting the gear, etc, we were finally ready to get to recording.  Fortunately we had a great band in here to start:  The Satellites.  This very talented band came to us via producer Sami Yaffa, currently playing bass for the New York Dolls, and others.   At the time I was playing keyboards and vibraphone for Sami’s band, Mad Juana.  It was a dub style hard rock band – “AC/DC meets Bob Marley”.  Very cool band.  For a bit Mad Juana had been located on the…

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History of Transporterraum NYC Part 3 - A Visit from Upstairs

History of Transporterraum NYC Part 3 – A Visit from Upstairs

We had just started to do a little music finally in the studio.  A lot of money was spent by us, and a huge amount of work.  Then “L1” and “L2″ showed up in our space.  L1 stated ” Um… I see what you are trying to do here, and I just want you to know it will never work.  You need to stop and move out.  Or build a room inside a room for sound reduction.”  (Estimate – $30,000).  Of course we had signed a lease, remember “24 hour access to rock”.  “Tricky” offered no help, as was becoming…

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