Been an interesting September. I never thought I'd get to say this but I have so much new content, it's hard for me to keep up. Let's break it down.
I have a ton of sorting left to do but Jay just gave me 15GB of pictures with about 20 live shows of audio coming to my house this week. There ARE four new videos on the Video Page from Jay's collection, they're from a March 2009 show at Not The Viper Room. I had never seen them before, I think they're pretty solid. I promise to get everything up on the website as soon as I can.
Full grown man, Mike Vivas, just gave me a 29 minute long recording of us playing live at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip circa February 8, 2008. I haven't seen it since it was recorded, the production value is slightly.....dated but it's nice to have. I am wearing a leather jacket on stage, I must have been sweating like a hooker in church. The video is posted on our Video Page.
Tom gave me all the audio from when we played Live on 93.3 WMMR so I posted that to the Audio Page and the SoundCloud. I have a few short videos of the day from Jay but I don't think they are really worth posting, Tom's audio is pretty great.
I don't know if everyone is aware of this but Jay plays in a cover band with Brett Talley of Ike fame called Bangarang. Turns out Vivas, Frank, and I were able to make it to the same show yesterday. Great times were had by all, shout out to Al and Joe Smith for sharing their punch bowl drinks and to Fran for buying us pizza. Keep your eyes on the blog, a ton of new stuff dropping very, very soon.
CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Althea by the Grateful Dead (Live, 12/31/79, Oakland Auditorium)
Holy shit, Jay has so much audio.
I got the pleasure of hanging out with Jay Bones the other night and he showed up at my house with a phone book sized CD case of Fat City audio and pictures. Unfortunately, I have no way to get data off of a CD right now and we'll have to make it a slow leak.
For now, I have posted NEW AUDIO. That's right, brand spanking new, old shit. Jay also came with an old school iPod and I figured out how to rip what he had on it. Stuff I thought was lost forever.
There's Hookahville 29, the amazing festival we were lucky enough to play in May 2008 with the crazy talented Ekoostik Hookah, there's Grape Street 9/21/2006 with Jaxon telling us we suck in the beginning and a ridiculous rendition of Juicy at the end where Frank plays bass and Vivas plays guitar and I can't stop talking into the mic. There's also a really cool five song recording from sometime in early 2009 when we played a place on the Sunset Strip that totally wasn't The Viper Room.
It's all up on the music page. Look forward to a bunch of Bitter End shows, a bunch of Grape Street shows, and who knows what else from Jay's vault. I also heard a squeaky little rumor that Vivas has video of us playing the Whiskey A Go Go that I am trying to investigate as quickly as possible.
Currently Listening To: Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound ft. Frankie Pedano
August 25, 2003 - Fat City Reprise plays their first show ever at Doc Watson's in Philadelphia, opening for a band called Hilliard. It was a Monday night.
Sixteen years is a long time, a lot of people born and dead in that time period. It's pretty trippy to even think about, we were mostly 21 at the time, sixteen years before that we were 5.
In recognition of spending the day struggling with my own mortality, I just dropped a massive photo bomb. There are 183 new pictures in the Random 2004 album, 56 in 2005, 5 in the Press Pictures, and a NEW album with 93 Halloween pictures. I spent the other night hanging out with Trov and he gave me the mother load. Still no new audio, I'm thinking we'll have to take a trip to New York for that. Maybe when Frankie gets back from Kentucky.
I also got the right artwork up for the Black CD Demo and the Monkey EP, again thanks to Trov. Artwork on the Monkey Demo by Johnny Zito.
Another anniversary treat, on the Apparel Page, the original Fat City Reprise Sound Wave shirt is back up and for sale. Before Al Bruno's famous classic logo, we used this guy. Artwork by Johnny Zito, font by Microsoft Word.
One last Easter Egg, in the first blog we ever posted back in 2004, we detailed the story behind a bet between Trov and I about whether or not I could run a mile in less than ten minutes. I ran it in 7:20, at 1AM. We posted pictures that I thought were lost but BOOM SON!
The working man is a sucker.
Got caught up slinging fish this week. Thanks to everyone who is buying shirts and sending files, I really appreciate it. I just got a huge photo dump from my favorite Ohio resident Liz Maher (sorry Junebug, I love you too.) You can see these pictures in the Hookahville gallery as well as the Midwest Tour gallery. There's more pictures in the Random 2008 gallery too, we played Brew's on one of our cross-country jaunts, either coming from or going to Los Angeles some time July 2008.
Minor details escape me, my brain doesn't have a ton of miles just yet but most of them were off road - I'm dinged up.
I have probably talked to Frank more in the last three weeks than the last year. Jay was supposed to hang out with me this week but I think we are bumping it. As always, I will post when I get more stuff. Trov has a MOTHERLOAD of really old stuff I lost years ago, I'm really excited to get my hands on it.
Currently listening to: Life is a Carnival by The Band (Live, Winterland 1974)
Been a nice week in Fat City.
I talked to Tom for a few hours via text and he is currently crate digging. I will probably have a big dose of early stuff from him in the next 5-10 days. He's a Papa Bear now so he's got priorities.
I'm sure everyone has heard from Frank because he is blasting me pictures and gig requests like a frenetic animal. Thanks to the Sisters of Davis for shooting over their pictures. If anyone would like to reach Frank directly, you can do so here: Frankie@FatCityReprise.net.
The Sanner Unit hit me up with some of his pictures. For those who do not know, Dave the Artist Sanner is the artist behind our Ganesh artwork as well as all of the gigantic hand-painted banners we used to drag everywhere and play in front of. I am dropping his pictures here as well as in the Random 2006 folder on the images page. Dave was also the inspiration for the lyrics to our song 'You Are The Art.' Always nice to hear from a homie.
Judging by the blog archives, we played the Bitter End in NYC at least 11 times and I know Paul records everything that happens there for posterity so Frank and I are working on setting up a road trip to grab the files and get groovy with Monsieur Rizzo. We'll get them online as soon as we can.
Currently Listening To: Much Love in the Evil Sound by Diet Kong (Hi Keith)
I'll tell you what, it's been pretty trippy going through all of this old stuff. I mean, 2004 was 15 years ago.
Anyway, I just added six new picture albums, even though they're not super heavy in images yet and I also added these two videos I found. I am pretty sure that this is from Abilene's. We flew drove home to play the TLA (June 2009?) from Los Angeles and we played a surprise show at Abilene's the next night. I don't have a ton of live recordings of the Pirate Radio songs so finding these was great. I never felt like the studio stuff did us any justice anyway. I hope you enjoy.
Today I talked to Jay, Vivas, Tony Trov, Matt Harrow (of Elephant Ride fame,) and Joe Ricci. So far, this website has been a nice revisit to all of my friends. Jay, Vivas, Trov, and Tom all have stuff that I don't have so keep checking back for more content.
I think I'll call Tom tomorrow.
So now I know that I hate making websites but I think it's done for now. New photo dumps will come before audio because I am pretty sure I posted everything I have. I think Trov has a copy of Live at the Bitter End, I know Paulie Rizzo does. There's two good Live at the Bitter End sets from different eras out there, I will find them!
I also learned, this is my favorite picture of me and Jay. (also featured, Larry Goldtop)
Hey, it's me Nick
Frank and I were talking the other day about how there's no repository of all this media we all have and we decided to buy this domain and launch it all in one place. I suck at website stuff so bare with me.
If anyone has any Fat City Reprise audio, images, or anything else they'd like to donate to the site, hit me up at Nick@FatCityReprise.net. I'll try and keep the blog updated when a bunch of new media shows up.