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Black, Beautiful & Badass…

Posted in DJ's, Music, Nightlife, Parties with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by thefrogge

When I first heard that Harley Davidson was throwing a launch party for their newest bike, it came as no surprise to me that they chose Don Hill’s as the venue… as they should have! However, nothing irritates me more than walking up to a joint that I frequent, aka live in, and have some dumb blondie ask me if I am on the list. I am not saying that I am The Queen of Sheba or anything, but it’s pretty insulting when you are in fact, a regular at a place and someone asks you if you are on the list. Who was she? Was she on the list? Was she even qualified to be handling the list? That would have never have happened if good ‘ol Thomas or James was at the door… But that’s what happens when Harley Davidson rents out Don Hill’s and decides they need something blonde with large boobies to guard the doorway.

HD Launch Party @ Don Hill’s

I was concerned that because of this “door situation” some of my special friends would not be inside. And although many of them were unfortunately shut out, due to the Fort Knox status, I was pleased to walk in and see my bubbly buddy Kelle Calco, the man behind Ladyland and Ruby Tuesdays. Of course, he was accompanied by his gal pal, the beautiful, the intelligent, the talented Ash Fox, rock & roll photographer and creator of Tit Tees, a handcrafted, rock & roll influenced T-shirt line based out of NYC.Ali Hassan, Wildstreet bassist was present, as well as the always jovial Mr. Marty E, drummer of The Dirty Pearls.Jonathan Murray, ex-bassist of BM Linx was also in the house, when I asked him why he left BM Linx, he said something about “not wanting to grow a beard.” Jonathan leaving BM Linx is old news, but I bring it up because that was something I was genuinely sad about… Their music was good, they were interesting to watch, and I wanted to see how far they were going to go…

Ash Fox & Kelle Calco

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Walking Through the Mine Fields w/ NC Shuva of PUi

Posted in Fashion, Interviews, Music, NYC Bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2011 by thefrogge

Sitting down with NC Shuva of PUi, is somewhat similar to walking through a field of mines. For real. This is because when you are with NC, you never quite know what you are going to get. He alludes to somebody who has two conflicting personalities, somewhat similar to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It almost sounds as if I am insulting Mr. Shuva, but what I just said about NC is something that he would most probably admit about himself. In fact, I am not insulting NC at all. He is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met… And I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole world way feels the same way very, very soon.

I’ve been sitting on this interview for a while now, but the past two months have been incredibly exciting for the band. On Saturday, December 11th PUi sold out The Gramercy Theatre as they headlined Gotham Rocks presented by Live Nation. Friday, January 7th was their big west coast debut as they played The Troubadour, the famed rock n roll venue in Los Angeles. To top it off, they have been in the studio recording their new tracks (which are awesome.) It seems to me there is no better time to post this interview… Enjoy!

The Prince of PUi: NC Shuva

The Frogge: So here’s a question everyone is just dying to know… What in the world does PUi mean?

NC Shuva: It means Chinese-albino-midget!

TF: No it doesn’t…

NC: I can’t tell you what it means, but it’s the hardest question that people ask me…

TF: Why is it a secret?

NC: Because it shouldn’t matter to you what it means! It means something to me. What should matter to you is how the music sounds.

TF: Correct me if I am wrong, but I feel, music is all about sending messages, and sometimes before people actually hear the music itself, they hear the name of your band… So if they can’t understand what it means, what message is that sending?

NC: You’re right. The songs are about sending messages… The name of the band is completely selfish… It is a message, but an introverted message.

TF: Are you a selfish person?

NC: Horribly yes! Very, very selfish.

TF: Well, at least you can admit it. Are you doing anything to try to become a “better” person?

NC: Better? Hmm, I think I am just trying to become more selfish…

TF: Not really sure what I am supposed to say to that… Moving along… Who is PUi?

NC: PUi is a collection of very handsome gentleman trying to make fresh sounding, edgy, heavy, yet melodic, and at times, soft music… We are very eclectic. The members include, Leo Henry (vocals) Brain Hosey (bass) Ory Baum (drums) Tunc (percussion) and myself (guitar, vocals.)

TF: That sounds like a big feat! To be heavy, yet to be soft…

NC: English is my second language… I don’t know what that means…

TF: It means, that it sounds like a large goal to accomplish, in a good way.

NC: When you say you are an artist, you have to create something new… Because if you are doing what someone else has done 20 years ago, you are not an artist… You may be a “performer,” but you are not an artist. When you first see an artist, you should be scared. That’s what Elvis did, that’s what Madonna did. People didn’t know what to do with them, they didn’t understand them at first. I am not comparing myself to Elvis or Madonna because I am not that cocky, but they are my inspirations.

TF: Are you sure that you are not cocky?

NC: I am selfish, but believe it or not, I’m extremely honest with myself. I’m not cocky because I can always admit to my shortcomings. I am the first person to say that “I’m not good at this” or “I can be better at that.” I have to be that way because if I wasn’t, there would be no room for self-improvement.

TF: What do you think PUi does better than anyone else?

NC: That’s a hard question to answer. I think PUi does PUi better than anybody else. I can’t say that I’m the best guitarist, because I’m not. I can’t say that I’m the best singer, because I’m not. But I do think I’m a good performer. PUi does PUi…

TF: I could be wrong, but I feel you are influenced by System of a Down, Metallica, maybe even Tool

NC: In a very general, broad sense, yes. Those are bands that I personally like. When you like something, of course it is going to come into your own music. But, comparing PUi to System of  a Down or Metallica is very general. I guess if I absolutely had to compare us to someone, that would make a little bit of sense.

TF: Do you know what Keith Haring said about influences?

NC: No, what did he say?

TF: Keith Haring said, “I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything and then make something. Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it.” I just think that idea is so interesting… It’s like, what would you, NC Shuva, make if you never heard music before?

NC: You know it’s interesting, I went to art school, and I heard many ideas similar to that the whole time I was there… I actually had to write an essay about this once. Is influence stealing or is it influence just a reference point? I think you need a reference point at some point in time, or your art may be too experimental. That’s the thing with having influences, it’s things that people have early on and you take them… Because if you look too far out, which I’m not the judge of what that is, if you don’t care about selling your albums, if you don’t care about money… Go on your own journey! Go all out! Don’t have a chorus to the song, don’t have a verse, make the song 20 minutes long… Those are all interesting thoughts, but it isn’t the reality.

TF: So are you saying that you care about “money” and “selling?”

NC: No. I don’t care about money.

TF: Really? So what do you care about? What is the goal? If you are not interested in money… are you interested in fame?

NC: I am interested in satisfaction. Because, money, what is money? Money is just paper.

TF: I agree that money is just paper… But I am not talking about the money itself… I am talking about what money can do for you… For example, let’s say you really wanted to go to Thailand… Money can take you there…

NC: I am happy here, doing what I am doing.

TF: That is beautiful. Speaking of “beautiful” I think one of the reasons that I enjoy watching PUi so much, is you are a really great visual band… Tell me about your visual style…

NC: It’s hard for people to believe when I say, and I really mean this, that I am not cocky. I just think confidence is the only way that you could do anything! Even if I fail at something, I want to fail with confidence. If I do fail, I am the first person to turn around and say, “Man, we fucked up,” but let’s try that again! It may look like I care about things that money can buy or that I’m a shallow person, but most of the things I buy are $10 or $20… unless it was a gift from someone or from a very special occasion. I guess I know how to make cheap things look expensive to other people, but they are always very cheap. I love making clothes by just wrapping a piece of cloth around my body.

TF: I did not know that you made your own clothes. Is this something that you learned in art school?

NC: I’ve always had a very visual mind that goes along with the music. Most of the time, I just get these ideas. We have a band stylist, her name is Angella, and she is a lot more talented with making things, so she makes a lot of our clothes. Conceptually, I come up with a lot of the ideas, about the clothes. I know how I want to look… For me, the visuals go hand-in-hand with the music.

(SIDE NOTE: For a closer, more intimate view on NC’s unique personal style, check out his interview on StyleLikeU.com! For those of you who are not familiar with StyleLikeU, they are an online style site dedicated to finding extraordinary & inspiring individuals who tell the story of who they are through the clothing they choose to wear. They recently featured NC and you can catch that HERE!)

NC Shuva of PUi says he's a man who isn't afraid to wear a skirt & F you if you have a problem with it! Photo taken from StyleLikeU.com

TF: So, let’s talk about the music… How do you start writing?

NC: I usually come in with an idea, or a concept, and then Leo will come up with the vocals, then Ory will come up with a beat. So, it starts out with me bringing in something and then together we develop the idea further.

TF: Do you consider ‘For the Gods’ PUi’s single? Ps… it’s my favorite PUi song… And also the new one Maara!

NC: I think ‘For the Gods’ represents us very well because we’re the type of band that has range. We can be angry, but at the same time we’re soft. At times it’s very violent and primal, so it feels basic, but then there are parts that break-in that are more complex.

TF: Do you consider yourself a musician, a performer or both?

NC: I think it goes hand-in-hand. I am a performer, but I am also a musician, I’ve had a guitar in my hands since I was three years old.

TF: Who gave you a guitar when you were three?

NC: My father, who is also a singer in Turkey.

TF: Is your mother an artist as well?

NC: Actually, both of my parents are doctors but my father is a classically trained Turkish singer who happens to be pretty famous. We recently had an honorary concert in his name and the president of Turkey gave him an award. Of course my father’s music is a lot different from what I do…

TF: It seems to me that PUi has a really good support system. I don’t want to use the word “fans” because it seems like the people who support you are more than just fans… But more of a core group of individuals who come together and really get what you are doing… It’s pretty exciting…

NC: I never liked the word “fans” either  because it’s really the people who make the history…

TF: PUi has moved people to the point that quite a few individuals have tattooed the bands symbol, the Crescent, on their body…

NC: Yes, we actually had to tell a few people not to get the Crescent tattooed on themselves! Of course, I want everybody to listen to our music, but if I don’t see you as my family member, I would rather be honest with you and say please don’t get that!

NC's Crescent Tat! Large & In Charge!

TF: So why did you choose the Crescent?

NC: It’s a very nice story actually, and it’s quite meaningful! It goes back to the moon. The moon is very primal, before there was anything people gauged everything by the moon. Batman used the bat symbol because he is afraid of bats. So, if I use the Crescent, I can conquer my own fears. For example, in Nazi Germany, they used pink triangles to label homosexuals, so, what did the gay community do? Instead of being held down by that label, they adopted the color pink as their own. If somebody tries to push you down with a symbol, the best way to not be afraid of it is to adopt is as your own. Now, I am not religious at all, and I do not support religion, in fact, I do not support any form of fanatical nationalism (basically, anything authority based, any organization, I do not support) because at this point, everything is meaningless, it’s like Coca-Cola. There’s no difference. So, I took a symbol, a symbol that labeled me as I was growing up [in Turkey] and I gave the symbol the exact opposite meaning. I have freed myself.

TF: That was beautiful, so I think we should end with that… But, is there anything else that you would like to say to me or tell me??

NC: If I wrote you a symphony, just to say how much you mean to me, what would you do?

TF: Hmmm, probably melt.

People of the Moon! Unite March 18th @ The Highline Ballroom!

P E O P L E   O F   T H E   M O O N !

U N I T E !

March 18th @ Highline Ballroom

 

Love your friend,

The Frogge ❤

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Having a Laugh w/ DJ Louie XIV!

Posted in DJ's, Interviews, Music, Nightlife, Parties with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by thefrogge

The thing that interests me most about DJ Louie XIV, probably even more than his music, is his sense of humor. If you ever have the chance to sit down with him, I highly recommend it as he is nothing short of hysterical. During this interview he had me cracking up to the point where I had to ask him, “Why are you pursuing a career as a DJ and not as a stand up comedian?” Actually, as it turns out, Louie XIV is a trained actor and spent many an hour at the Black Nexxus Studio studying with famed Susan Batson. He said after a while he knew it had to be one or the other. Unlike many other “DJ’s” that called themselves “DJ’s” in NYC, Louie XIV actually treats DJing like the craft that it is (Thank god someone around here does!) He knew that in order to be one of the best, he would have to give it his undivided attention. When he realized that he had more of an innate connection to music than to the theatre, his journey as a DJ began, and he tells us all about it in the interview below… Enjoy!

DJ Louie XIV

The Frogge: I’m here with DJ Louie XIV and we are going to jump right into this interview because tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I gotta get home and cook a Tofurkey! What is your favorite venue that you have DJed at so far?

DJ Louie XIV: I would say that I like The Eldridge a lot. I used to really like Baddies. I’ve spent a lot of time there. I used to DJ there on Saturday nights. I liked Baddies because it was so small; you could establish a high level of intimacy with the crowd. I just think there is something really great about being packed into a small room when you are dancing. But, if you are doing an event, there is nothing worse than being packed into a tight room! I recently DJed an event at the new Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue, on the roof deck, and it was so beautiful, the panoramic views were incredible.

TF: Is there a venue that you haven’t DJed at yet, but for some reason, you feel really connected to it, and you would like to DJ there soon?

LXIV: Everywhere that I haven’t DJed at yet is somewhere that I am interested in spinning! Every venue comes with its own set of challenges. I would definitely like to spin at The Boom Boom Room, I think that would be really fun.

TF: Is that because you are into panoramic views?

LXIV: Yes… Also, I would love to spin at a really big, multilevel club that holds like 20,000 people in Ibiza or in Tokyo.

TF: Interesting that you say that, because the rooms in NYC are so small. With that said, I feel like the size restrictions of the clubs in NYC allow every club to be very “specific.” This club is for “rockers” that club is for “hip hop” that club is “gay” this club is “Euro,” and the list goes on. Because the clubs are small, in reality, they don’t need very many people to pack them out. I feel like this system is pretty much segregating people, what do you think?

LXIV: Well, I wouldn’t say it’s “segregating” groups of people, but I would say I actually kind of like that. Any time a club is trying to establish an identity outside of the individual parties that they host nightly, weekly, monthly, I think it’s a positive. I think one of the downfalls of nightlife in this moment in time is that most of the clubs are invested in these nightly, weekly, monthly parties. They let whoever is “running the party” that night dictate the vibe of the club. In my opinion, this doesn’t create an environment where you’re going to the club because you like the club… It’s more like, “Oh, well my friend is hosting this party on this day so I guess I’ll go there.”

TF: That is definitely true because people will say to me all the time, “You go out, and you know what’s going on, so where should I go?” And at this point in my life, sometimes, I really don’t know what to say to them. It’s because, lately, I haven’t felt very connected to any one place. Actually that’s not true… I do really enjoy Don Hill’s, I think they have something going on there, it feels right, and St. Jerome’s has practically become a second home to my friends & I… but that is because I’m a Rock N’ Roll girl… But aside from that, there are no places that I feel I need to be. If you asked me this question 4 years ago, I would have definitely told you to go to Snitch. I’ll never be over Snitch, it was my favorite place in the world. It was like, no matter what day it was, no matter what time it was, when you walked into Snitch, you always knew what you were going to get. I felt extremely connected to Snitch, I also felt very connected to Collective Hardware… But nowadays, you mostly feel a connection to “your friend” who is throwing the party, or to the DJ… but not necessarily the venue itself. Okay, let’s talk about your set right now, what’s your thing, how do you describe your style?

Check out Louie's Website: http://louiexiv.com/

LXIV: I like to play what’s fun. I know that’s a lame answer, but at the end of the day I like pleasing crowds. I am a performer at heart. But just because I like to please crowds, does not mean I will play anything! I am not a whore. I have very specific tastes, but by the same token, I am not an elitist in any way. If I like it, I will play it, whether is pop-sugar or dead serious Radio Head, to show tunes, Diana Ross, Rihanna, disco, new disco, or hip-hop. My roots are really in hip-hop. That’s what I started DJing, I love hip-hop, and I am the most comfortable playing hip-hop. I could literally stand at turntables for days and weeks and never get bored, never play the same song twice, I just know hip-hop like that. I know the styles, I know the beats, I know the history. When I put a set together, I consider a lot of things; how do these two songs go together? Do they have similar sounds, beats? Do you dance the same way to them? I think about the history, I think about how two songs go together in a cerebral sense. For example, I love playing Disturbia, Bad Romance and Sweet Dreams together. If there was no Sweet Dreams, there would be no Disturbia and there certainly would be no Bad Romance. You can hear the influences with in these songs… Putting these things together not only for the crowd, but for myself is very gratifying.

TF: It’s almost as if you are putting together pieces of a puzzle…

LXIV: It’s like I am weaving a tapestry. I think a crowd can always tell when a DJ is thoughtful compared to when a DJ is just kind up standing up there playing songs with the same BPM rate…

TF: When you aren’t DJing, what are you favorite spots? Where could The Frogge find you in your spare time?

LXIV: Believe it or not, I’m really not a club person. I don’t like going out that much. I’m kind of a homebody. When I am up in the DJ booth, I watch what is going on as if it were National Geographic. It’s really been an experience for me, especially once everyone is wasted and the mating rituals start to take place… Sometimes it’s almost as if I can’t believe what I am seeing… Of course, I completely understand the appeal of the clubs. After all, I do work in this industry. Sometimes I tell myself that I should go out more, because most of the time when I do, I meet someone I like, or something good happens, but after I’m out for like a half hour, I’m pretty ready to go home.

TF: We are complete opposites… I could go out all night, every night… The thing that I like most about clubs though is they are an environment where it is conducive to let out your inner desires. And, as I am sure you know, it is the DJ who is mostly responsible for that. Because the bottom line is, if the music was bad, everyone would leave and nothing would happen. How do you feel about the fact that as the DJ you have the power to completely influence people’s moods and practically cast them under your spell?

LXIV: I adore that! That is why I do what I do, or at least, a very large part of why I do what I do. Any artist, if they are really honest with themselves, is looking to influence and effect people that way.

TF: If you are making art and not affecting anybody than you probably aren’t making very good art…

LXIV: The great thing about DJing is, every time you do it, you are doing in live. It’s not something that you do alone in your room and then bring it out to show everyone. Being a DJ is about live performance and it’s a real thrill. When you have been spinning for 45 hours and you have built up and built up to the climax of the night where every single person in that club puts their hands in the air, it’s really the most gratifying thing. Because you did what you came to do, and it’s really happening in that moment… I’ve cried before in the DJ booth!

TF: Your music is so danceable… And I know that is a funny thing to say, because it seems so obvious, but sometimes I feel that certain DJ’s don’t play music which enables the crowd to dance… I don’t know what they are doing… But it’s really frustrating… Do you know what I mean by that?

LXIV: Yes! They are playing music for themselves. Or, they are trying to act “cool” by showing off “how much music they know.” When I first started DJing, I also had a desire to play obscure music to show “how much music I knew” but I’ve learned to temper that with what actually works. I am very sensitive and I know what works, and what doesn’t.

TF: Okay darling, here is your chance, tell the beautiful people where and when you are spinning next…

LXIV: This Saturday night, the 27th at The Eldridge (247 Eldridge Street.) The party is called BADDITUDE and it starts at 11 pm…

TF: If I come and request a song, will you play it for me?

LXIV: If I like it…

Get your BADDITUDE on! 11/27 @ The Eldridge! Music by DJ Louie XIV w/ guest host Dani Baum.

So there you have it people! The answer to all your problems… You ate wayyy too much turkey and mash… You feel fat, and you are wondering how you can work off all of those extra calories? Clearly, there is no better way to do it than to go get your BADDITUDE on…

Love your friend who has a major BADDITUDE,

The Frogge ❤

Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys… Debut Show @ Don Hill’s!

Posted in DJ's, Fashion, Music, Nightlife, NYC Bands, Parties with tags , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by thefrogge

It all started last winter on a very cold day, curled up on a red velvet couch in the back of The Belmont Lounge. I was introduced to Kelle Calco, who was probably wearing Paisley, a year later at this point, I don’t remember. We were at his beloved Rolling Stones party drinking rum and listening to DJ Ian El Dorado‘s favorite song Can’t You Hear Me Knocking… We became instant friends as we somewhat see in the world in the same way and are concerned about the same things…

Kelle, it seemed, came out of nowhere… but quickly found his place among the Rock n’ Rollers… the Dreamers, the Merry-Makers, the Creatures of the Night. Wherever he went, he brought the good vibes, his peaceful, loving energy, his entourage of peacocks, as he calls them, and a very large bottle of rum.

The Rolling Stones party was the start of a new beginning… New friends, new faces, and a new scene to play in. The Belmont Lounge quickly became The Royalton Hotel, and red couches were replaced by fire places and platters of oysters… And then one day, Ladyland was born… A party dedicated to Love, Light, Laughter, Ecstacy, Inebriation, Grit, and Glamour.. Spreading and celebrating the spirit of a real and infectious musical sound which christened a lifestyle of liberation, libation, and celestial satisfaction.

But this coming Tuesday, November 9th, Kelle has another gift in store for us… His music… Which no one has heard… yet. There have been whispers in my ears saying very good things… very, very good things… And I can’t wait to heart Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys for myself.

Please join StyleLikeU as we invite you to experience the music of Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys for their Debut Show! Come show your love on Tuesday, November 9th at Don Hills … 511 Greenwich Street… 8:30 PM Sharp.

StyleLikeU invites you to experience the music of Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys

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Love your friend,

The Frogge

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Meeting in the Middle…

Posted in Fashion, Music, Nightlife, NYC Bands, Parties with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by thefrogge

It’s been almost a week since Tommy Gunn‘s return to New York City’s Rock & Roll scene. His new debut took place at Bowery Electric last Thursday night… Why is The Frogge posting this article 6 days later, you may ask? The answer is simple. I originally wrote this article for a different publication, not for The Frogge. However, when they received my article, first the editor said, “This is too long.” So I said, “Well, a lot happened.” Then they said, “Your point of view is too strong.” So I said, “I am a Frogge and I have a brain. Clearly, I am going to a have a point of view, and I intend on using it. There are enough so-called writers out there who have no voice. I don’t intend on being one of them.” Then they said, “If you want us to publish this article, you have to take out all the content about the bands.” And thats when I got pissed off. We were at Bowery Electric for Pete’s sake… The venue has a stage… TEN bands played at the party… This was an event BASED ON THE MUSIC. There was no way I was taking that element out. So I said, “You know what, forget it. It’s fine. I’ll post this article on The Frogge, where it won’t be butchered and shredded to pieces. Have a nice day.” 6 days later, here it is babies…

(All photos courtesy of Deena Cavallo)

Thursday April 1st, 9:45 pm: I get an ardent text message from my good friend, rock & roll promoter and host, Samuel Valentine. “Get over here quick,” he writes me, “The line is insane. It’s halfway down the block!” “I’m on the list,” I write back, as I laugh at myself to myself. Did I really just say that? Well yeah, I did, because it was true. “List smhist,” he replies, “If the place reaches capacity, the place reaches capacity, and it’s filling up pretty quickly.”

What was the cause of all this commotion? The answer is simple. For the first time in 20 long years, legendary rock & roll promoter and A-List-party-thrower Tommy Gunn held his reunion shebang this past Thursday night at Bowery Electric on the LES. Apparently, in the 1980’s Tommy Gunn was the go-to-guy for the grandest of times. So the story goes, it was Tommy Gunn who bravely held the blazing torch that paved the path for the rock & roll scene that was known for dominating the 80’s and is still remembered, respected, and revered till this very day.

The Man Himself: Mr. Tommy Gunn

I arrived at the venue in my best rock & roll attire; lace, leather, dark lipstick, and a decent amount of hairspray. Having zero patience for lines, I walked right up to the front. “Hi, I’m on the list,” I said very politely to a woman that I have never seen before.

I took in my surroundings. Who were all these people? What hole did they crawl out of? Was the reappearance of just one man from more than 20 years ago really causing this much chaos? My gosh, the scene at the door was a complete collision of the old-school & the new-school, each category thinking they are more important than the other. The old-schoolers from 20 years ago were thinking, “Who the hell are these pip-squeaks? When they were in diapers, we were at The Limelight, Palladium, Webster Hall and The Tunnel! What could these kids possibly know about The Nightlife… About ‘real’ rock & roll?” And of course, the new-school kids were thinking, “Shouldn’t you be at home with your kids? Your grandkids?? Who authorized you to wear that outfit??? For Pete’s sake, you’re over 45 years old, take off the leather corset!!!!” The unnecessary tension between the old-school and the new-school kind of made me feel like I was back in middle school, but I guess you can’t expect anything different when a massive amount of people are trying to get through one little door with the supposed promise of paradise inside.

Certified New School Scenesters Leo Henry & NC Shuva of PUi

However, once we were all inside, or rather, once those who made it inside were inside, I felt the tension slowly begin to melt away. In the end, it didn’t matter which school you were from. We were all there to support the same cause. We all love, live for, eat, sleep and breathe rock & roll. Now that we were inside, it was time to party like it was 1989!

The party kicked off with a fashion show by ex-Project Runway contestant Stella Zotis. The designs were not my cup of tea, but my wanting the fashion show to end just made me more excited for the bands to come on! There were ten bands on the bill: Natasha Komis (Who you may know from Paris Hilton’s My BFF on MTV and some HOT American Apparel billboards,) Ray West, Wild Street, Brad Factor:10, Dirty Penny, Attention Deficit Society, The Party Death (You may know lead singer Joshua ‘London’ Lee  from VH1’s Daisy of Love,) Electric Mary, The Mighty Pragmatics and Flesh Gordon. Natasha Komis, the only lady on the bill, boldly took the stage first and opened the show with a bang! She looked super hot in her barely-there-see-through-tights, black bra, huge silver cross and teeny-tiny leather jacket.

Rock & Roll's First Lady Natasha Komis opening up the show!

Each band got to play a set of three songs as we listened to DJ Dan Pyro and DJ Supermorgan in between sets. The most memorable bands, in my opinion were Dirty Penny, The Party Death & Brad Factor.

Dirty Penny is comprised of four Young & Reckless boys from Santa Cruz, California; Binge Daniels, Jonny Prynce, Spanky Savage and Tyno Vincent. Watching Dirty Penny is sort of like witnessing a tornado. They blow in, wreck a lot of crap, turn your world upside-down, and then blow out; leaving you paralyzed in your place wondering, “What the F just happened here!?” I absolutely loved their endless supply of energy, beautiful-brother-like-chemistry, and super-catchy-sing-a-long-songs. In my opinion, they are the ultimate “let’s have a sick time and party band.” If you share that attitude, you must check them out when they come to your home state, or better yet, take a road trip to see them!

Mr. Spanky Savage of Dirty Penny. Go check out this band... now!

The Party Death is also comprised of four guys; Joshua ‘London’ Lee, Nathanial John, Jack Nightrain, and Dave Dynamite. They took the stage, asked us if we were “ready to die,” causing the everyone to go crazy, pushing each other (in a loving way, of course,) rushing the stage, fighting to be right up front. Some people even made pretty valid attempts at crowd surfing, including The Party Deaths drummer, Nathanial John who jumped onto the crowd at the end of their set.

Joshua 'London' Lee from The Party Death wanting to know if "We're Ready to Die??"

Brad Factor:10, “The Yuppies from Hell,” (the 10 being silent,) is composed of five guys who used play a lot back in the day at Danceteria and other venues in NYC circa1991. I have no idea where they have been or what they have been doing for the past 19 years, but they came back with a vengeance! They took the stage as if they have never left in their preppy clothing clearly mocking the 9-5er’s in this world making me wish I was around in 1991 to see them rock it back then. They were a blast from the past, and caused everyone in the room to beg for more as they closed out their set.

Brad Factor:10. I don't know where the hell these guys came from, but I hope they come again. I loved these guys.

The party was a great success. The people who attended were truly there for the music, and in return they dressed up to the nines and played the part. After all, isn’t that what ‘a scene’ truly is at its core? A group of people who are passionate about a certain type of music and in return dress the part to express their passion physically? I think that now-a-days certain people in ‘the scene’ are too concerned with seeing and being seen that they forget what its really about. Thank you to Tommy Gunn for coming back from the past to remind us, please don’t wait another 20 to do so!

Love your friend who will not compromise,

The Frogge ❤

You Can Hate My Heart & Chain My Soul… BUT…

Posted in Music, NYC Bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by thefrogge

DON’T BLAME MY ROCK & ROLL!!

I am excited to report that my very good friends The Dirty Pearls have very recently returned home to NYC safe & sound. Thank god that their plane didn’t crash as they flew back home from their journey to SXSW. As I have said before, There’s something happening here, and what it is… is becoming more and more clear every day. The R&R scene is building, slowly but surely the snowball is getting larger and larger. It’s only a matter of time before it takes off and gains tremendous speed… And when it starts to fly down the mountain at full force, if I were you, I’d either join in or get the F out of the way. I know a lot of us kids are feeling this vibe, and if you aren’t… You need to open up your eyes, but more importantly, your ears, or start hanging out in new places (which reminds me… I FINALLY found a new party that I genuinely like a lot… it could, quite possibly, be my new home… definitley more about this later… but in the meantime, I’ll give you a hint, it involves The Stones. YAY!)

The Pearls played two shows at SXSW. Gaining new exposure to a fresh market & fan base. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend SXSW (maybe next year I will make it a point to go) so I don’t personally know the outcome of the shows, BUT, if they were anything like the March 16th show at Irving Plaza or the March 3rd show at Santos Party House, the boys shall be in excellent shape. Both NYC shows were sold out (which is really impressive since the boys sold out The Gramercy Theatre in December as well.) Apparently the show at Santos was COMPLETE chaos, with a line outside that went around the block and a room so packed on the inside that you couldn’t walk. I was unable to attend that show, as my wisdom teeth were pulled out on the day before (yes, Frogge’s have wisdom teeth too!) and unfortunately, I was more of a chipmunk than a Frogge. So, I am going to tell you a little bit about the Irving Plaza show, in case you missed out on all that groovy action.

As Guitarist Johnny B would say, "This pic is THE TITS!" Literally & Figuratively...

March 16th, 2010: The Dirty Pearls opened for culty-fav Andrew WK. I am not into A-WK, but apparently, this was a big deal because this was A-WK’s first show in 5 years and people were freakin’ out. I ran like the wind to Irving Plaza, straight from an audition, since the Pearls were scheduled to play at 8:30… However, in true R&R fashion, they did not grace the stage until about 9/9:15 (I really should know better by now, and just come later, but I hate the idea of missing the opening song.) The first thing that I noticed was that I barely knew anyone in the audience… which is always a great sign because not to sound obnoxious, but I usually know (mostly) everybody in the audience. I think it is really important for a band to play in front of different types of audiences, if possible. Not only is it great to expose your band to new faces, but it keeps things fresh. I found a nice, cozy spot close to the front, right of the stage next to a group of very rowdy boys from… I believe, Indiana…

The lights went down, Rich Russo from 101.9 XRP took the mic, introduced The Pearls, and it was on. The Pearls opened the show with “Whether You Like It Or Not” followed by their two newest songs “Outrun The Sun” and “Caffeine & Gasoline,” which I believe will be their new single. Even though most of the people in the audience were seeing them for the first time, by this point, The Pearls had won them over.

Mr. Marty E... Banging Away Like There's No Tomorrow... Photo By Coco

The band seemed to have a new energy… Something was somewhat different… It was as if they had slightly altered themselves in a new and exciting way… We could all tell that they were super psyched to be there and play for us, which in return, made us psyched to be there and watch them. The exchange of energy was really flowing, especially when guitarist Johnny B played the guitar with his teeth; this made the audience get very excited, especially the girls. Even though this was only Tommy Mokas‘s 3rd New York show, it seemed as if he had been with the band forever. He is a perfect fit into the puzzle that makes up The Pearls, and his level of energy, enthusiasm, and adorableness compliments this quintet quite nicely.

Johnny B & Marty E... Photo By Coco

I know that you are probably very upset if you missed this show, but have no fear. Lead singer, Tommy London‘s birthday bash is coming up soon and The Pearls plan to make a show out of it.

Don't Miss The Pearls! Tuesday April 15th @ The Mercury Lounge!

Tuesday April 15th at The Mercury Lounge! Be there, or… You know the rest. My friends The Party Death are also on the bill… they have never played with The Pearls before, so this is a new combination you don’t wanna miss…

Love Your Friend,

The Frogge ❤

RIBBIT OF THE DAY: The ROTD goes to Johnny B… Quite a few days after The Pearls got home from SXSW, I got the following message on Facebook from guitarist Johnny B… Here it is, directly from Facebook, copy & pasted for your enjoyment:

Johnny B Azari March 23 at 8:07pm Reply: I just now finally shit out the pig I ate Salt Licks BBQ on sat night – can that go in the blog?

The answer is Yes, Dearest Johnny. It can go in the blog 🙂

“Yo, Lemme Get a Tranny with a Side of Pierogi.”

Posted in DJ's, Gay & Lesbian, Music, Nightlife, Parties with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by thefrogge

Good day! Frogge here… I hope that everyone is feeling lovely even though the weather has been so yucky! I have some news for all of you little froggers & froggettes! The Frogge was asked to contribute to ScallywagAndVagabond.com… The Scallywag’s over at Scallywag and Vagabond describe themselves as, “A dissection of pop culture, a platform for the avant-garde, an offering from the arbiters of taste and probing interviews. Imagine; a fusion of editorials from the New Yorker meets the savagery of Gawker with the allure of Vanity Fair.”

I wrote about a provocative party called GERMS, which takes place every Friday night at Club Europa (98 Meserole Avenue. Greenpoint, BK.)

Gorgeous GERMy Girlies Complete w/ Green Jello Shots!

The post starts off like this: Saturday morning. 2.30 am.

As I stepped out onto the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a man (? )approached me, “I knowww you,” s/he howled. Under his strange hat, Lady Gaga style sunglasses, white face makeup, ruby lipstick, and clothes that looked like s/he time traveled here straight from 1994 I could make the tell tale signs of an oscillating mouth.

“It’s One-Half! One-Half-Nelson, sweetie!”

I look at him a little longer, observe the dangling yellow green glow sticks and the barrage of glamorous kids suddenly flowing up the barges of Club Europa and suddenly realize that  I have come to the place that I had been hearing so much about lately- Germs, a weekly party that was ‘going off’ on this side of the universe…

To read the rest of this ravishing post of this post, click HERE! You will be redirected to Scallywag and Vagabond for the rest of the  juicy details. Rock on!

Resident Photographer Elle Rex & Friend Showing the L<3VE @ GERMS!

Love your (sniffly & under the weather) friend,

The Frogge ❤