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Confidential, Tuesday, September 1, 1998
On August 12th, FilmCore unleashed Hellfire ’98, a benefit for the New York Underground Film Festival, held at Coney Island High. In addition to producing the Film Festival each March, FilmCore hosts events throughout the year to promote independent cinema and filmmakers. I attended the benefit, for the cause, of course, but more importantly, as your loyal servant, with pen in hand, ready to report the dirt.
Adding to the eclectic entertainment of the evening was Funktaxi 1533, cutting-edge projection artists who produce live, mostly kaleidoscopic, visuals for groups such as the Chemical Brothers. Funktaxi 1533 are currently "the dominant provider of visuals in the city of New York" says co-founder and creative artist, Josh. They average three parties a week, many of which take place in galleries.
Making the rounds, I bumped into a fellow writer, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, who scribes for Magnet, a bi-monthly indie music magazine. He asked if I had a bio. I told him to check the cover of last week’s The National Enquirer.
According to Webster Hall promoter, Jimi Schultz (aka Cooper Crazy Cat), Webster Hall now has its own label and will be showcasing and signing bands. Good to know.
After Double Dong performed several of their tunes, someone in the crowd yelled "Freebird" to which the band surprisingly and confidently gave their interpretation of the song it seemed to satisfy and quiet the crowd. After their set, I took a moment to chat with the group. They were full of sound bites: Ghost Krabb said, "We're psyched!" while Heaven (the female member) mentioned, "It's a chanting rhythm sextion" and Plen-T-Pac added, "Mmm, porn-punkappella."
Decided to continue on, and ran into friend and one of the sponsors of tonight's event, James, owner of PopSmear magazine. I was talking about how dedicated he is to his enterprise, when he said that he went into the office on Friday morning and left on Sunday. I said, "Are you licking stamps again for the PopSmear mailing list. C'mon, tell me the truth. No, wait, don't tell me. Let me guess. You're trying to change the expiration dates on the McDonald's Combo Meal coupons." We had a good laugh and did the friendly hug thing.
Another long-time columnist, Jill "The Diva" Stempel, was in attendance. Jill's juicy gossip can be found at Cybersleaze.com. No, it's not a porn site, but a daily column reporting the sordid details of the music and entertainment industries. Jill says the type of stories fluctuates, not unlike her cup size depending on the time of the month.
Well, time was ticking and I was still breathing, so I headed over to the Continental. It was almost closing time as I settled in for one last full glass of ice water. In walked Lenny Kaye who mentioned that he was off to California but would be back in a few days and will be performing at a "Nuggets" show at the Continental. He also said he would soon be heading out to Australia to open for Bob Dylan.
More NY Rock Confidential Installments:
10/19/98: DJs Drew Quick and Chumley Twist
07/28/98: Mad Daddys, Nina Hagen, Blondie
06/04/98: the first annual New York City Tattoo Convention
05/02/98: Didi's S&M Special with Flesh Fetish
03/28/98: No More Tears and Soft Parade
02/27/98: Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach, Mick Rock, Lenny Kaye,
12/26/97: Ramones, The Dictators, The Undead, more
11/29/97-12/11/97: Sexus, Princess Superstar, more
09/19/97-10/16/97: Blowtop, Crazy Raymond & the Watchdogs, more
05/21/97-08/17/97: Toilet Boys, Nashville Pussy, Turbo A.C.s, Waldos,
07/23/96-09/09/96: Electric Frankenstein, The Wild Bunch, more