One video and audio from a show in Bethlehem PA from last November. First time I’ve been back to a show in Leigh Valley in a long long time. Secret Art space was a little tricky to find but once your there is was a very relaxed great place to see a show. Reminded me of going to shows at the astrocade. For a review and pictures of the show check out the nice pooper article I only have video for We Are Heaven due to the video of Zomes and Fursaxa coming out too dark. Plus my flip like jvc video recorder I discovered does not have any volume control. So, I tried to get rid of some of the problems that caused but it’s far from perfect. Also, my apologies to the keyboard player in We Have Heaven for not having him in the video (until the very end kind of), nothing personal just bad camera work. We Have Heaven has a new album out which you can buy here.
For more info on all of these bands here are some handy links: Fursaxa
Videos from a Sadistic Exploits show at Abe’s (I think.) The flyer to the left has the same date as the video so I am assuming that this show was at Abe’s Steaks. It looks like it could be Abe’s I’m just not 100% sure. Sadistic Exploits is one of the Philly bands I really regret not being in Philly while they were around. I always loved the Freedom/Apathy 7″ and recently got that and more from Noise Addiction. From everything I’ve heard and you can see glimpses of in the video they were a great band that was also really supportive of other bands and the scene in general. Noise Addiction also has a couple pdf’s of some zines the band put out – click here for a link to the zines. Thanks to Bryan for filling me in on the song titles.
My favorite Philly band of the late 80′s and I guess into the early 90′s (I’m not sure when they broke up) Scab Cadillac was Doug Bhen-Nyet (formally of Homo Picnic and Kremlin Korps) on guitar, Paul Hazlet (formally of Blue) on drums, Bob Dickie (from lots of bands including King of Siam and the Reformed Strapping Field Hands also see my post on them) on bass and Jack Gory singing. They released this single White Trash Menthol 100 plus an album Tagged and Numbered which is still available from Rave at least to download. I assume if you download that album you don’t get all the artwork, inset and lyrics so I put that together here if you want it
If you look at the flyers below you can see they played at probably every place in Philly at the time. I was listening to the 7″ again as I was recording it and the song Pious Hatred about the religious right seems just as applicable today as back in the 80′s. Maybe it’s because he also was a big guy but Jack’s singing always reminded me of Gary Floyd from the Dicks. The first time I remember seeing Jack was at a show at Pi Lam (I’m not sure who maybe Youth of Today?) as he was drunkenly rampaging through the pit and then fell asleep on the stage. Soon after I starting see Jack all the time; guarding the keg at parties or holding down everyone’s sofas. Jack was a great guy he always seemed really happy to see you and really seemed to care about how you were doing or what you were saying. Sadly Jack passed away while working at a hot spring/spiritual healing community in Northern California. I remember there was a tape of music he had made while he was in California but unfortunately I don’t have it. If anyone does please let me know I’d love to put it up. Here is an interview from a KDU communique
Videos from a Ruin show at St. Mary’s on Jan. 25th 1986. Another one of the transfers off of Pete at Drugmusic.com’s old Beta Tapes. Hopefully this video will further show why Ruin was the best Philly band ever. It has a good mix of songs from He-Ho and Fiat Lux plus a few that were not on either album. I tried to clear up the video as much as I could I’m not sure if the reddish-pinkish color is from a red stage light or something that happens to old video tapes.
Alastair Galbraith & Peter Jefferies from (I believe) their first tour of America. This was recorded in the audience at the Khyber on 8/19/93. I tired to figure out all of the titles but both of them were in a lot of bands and other projects so I couldn’t get them all. If anyone can fill the titles in please let me know. I was and still am a big fan of New Zealand music and they were in some of the best bands like Nocturnal Projections, Plagal Grind, A Handful of Dust, The Rip,
This Kind of Punishment and all of their solo albums and projects. I skipped going on a vacation road trip because this show was happening while I was supposed to be on vacation. The show turned out to be worth missing the trip. If you want to check out more this is Alastair Galbraith on Siltbreeze’s site and Peter Jefferies’ site Also here is a pdf of an interview with Peter Jefferies from a New Zealand zine Alley Oop Thanks to Jim for the updates on the Peter Jefferies song titles.