Back in the early ’80s, there wasn’t a wilder gig in town than a meeting of Carsickness and The Five.
Thursday at Howler’s, members of the two legendary punk/noise bands will assemble for an evening of trance and oud music that shouldn’t require ear protection.
Carsickness members Steve Sciulli (electronic accordion) and Dennis Childers (drums) will share a stage together, debuting Standing Wave, an Americana trance duo whichthat Mr. Sciulli describes as “imagine King Crimson writing the soundtrack for the movie ‘Deliverance.’ ”
The two musicians had been part of the post-Carsickness Celtic roots band Ploughman’s Lunch in the ’90s with singer Karl Mullen, who is partly responsible for this current reunion.
“When that tsunami hit Japan a while back,” Mr. Scuilli says, “Karl was contacted by a Japanese guy whose prized collection of Carsickness albums was destroyed in the flood. He wanted to try and replace his precious records.
“At that point Karl contacted me and Dennis about a possible Carsickness reunion mainly to record new music. We were all up for it. At the same time Karl’s new Americana band The Wandering Rocks started to take off so the idea was put on hold. Dennis was coming out to see my bands Life in Balance and Raised By Machines, and we started talking about doing something together again.”
Mr. Sciulli and Mr. Childers played together last year in a brief project called The Darkroom, but Mr. Sciulli was looking to do something more intimate.
“The accordion seemed like an organic choice, so as we rehearsed with this new instrumentation we found that the other musicians we were playing with didn’t share our collective telepathy. Besides, we surprisingly had a full and big sound together. And, boy, did we have fun playing together.”
He says tonight’s gig, billed as a “Pre-Valentine’s Day Show: Music for Cynical Lovers,” will be the first time in more 30 years that ex-members of Carsickness
Ploughman’s Lunch will hook up with a Five member, in this case Tom Moran (electric oud/electric sitar/guitar) and wave drummer Katabu Masudi as Moran/Masudi.
“Tom’s been expanding and exploring beyond his musical boundaries for a few years now. I’ve been wanting to set something up with him for a while, and this seemed like a good fit: A pre-Valentine cynical love fest. We’ve always been friends. Music is a benevolent presence constantly available to all and we need to share this presence with those who have restricted hearing.”
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with music at 9 The show is at 9 p.m. at Howler’s, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. Call412-682-0320 or www.howlerscoyotecafe.com.
My love for Joe Fresh once again inspired my New York Fashion Week outfit. Most of the apparel I wore on my fourth day covering runway shows across the city this season were from the brand. It's also bitterly cold in the Big Apple, so something cozy yet chic is essential.
Black-and-white textured sweater and faux leather trimmed skirt with exposed zipper, from Joe Freshfor J.C. Penney, and blouse with studded collar, from Forever 21: These pieces are comfortable, both in terms of how they feel on and the warmth they provide. The sweater is pretty casual so I dressed it up by layering it atop a white blouse with a studded collar.
With the blinged collar adding visual interest to the neckline, I opted to go with no necklace and simple silver hoop earrings and silver statement ring.
White Mountain boots, QVC.com: My boots are back! I did a lot of travelling across the city as my shows for the day were not in a centralized location, so I needed something comfortable that would hold up when trekking across ice patches and through the large snow piles that line Manhattan's streets.
Overheard snippets of conversation between a young couple on the train yesterday morning (with an explanation of why it's relevant to follow):
"You'd better shape up or ship out. If you don't shape up in a couple days, I'm outta here."
(Jealous words follow about the chat rooms each of them have been visiting, including the ones she visited while he was serving time in jail.)
"..I'm tired of waking up and seeing that look on your face."
"So don't wake me up."
"You can't get a job if you sleep all day. I'm gonna get a job, take some responsibility."
Lost souls, to be sure, and in more than one way. It's hard to know which comes first -- broken relationships, verbal abuse, bleak job prospects, made all the bleaker by the stigma of a criminal record, and a desperation too raw to conceal among strangers. So what does this have to do with popular belief?
Only a fool would try to break into an argument like that and start an interview -- though I was tempted, because I wanted to ask if either of them has a connection to any religious congregation. That may sound beside the point. It isn't.
It's commonly believed that the growth in people with no religious affiliation is taking place among the elites -- people with too much education or money or both to need religion. But actually, it's growing more among the have-nots.
We will be holding a live chat for today's Czech Republic-Sweden men's hockey game.
The game will be televised on USA.
The chat and the game begin at approximately noon, EST. Booing Jaromir Jagr (above) is optional.
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