nyc barbecue benefit this saturday


From RANA’s email list (via Good Times Roll, since I can't seem to find it):
So we fuckin park by the Warfield in our buddy Sarno's Toyota Previa, go in to enjoy show, hang with Warren and meet the Dead. We return to the van only to find broken glass, no window, no les paul and pea bass along with Sarno's laptop and discman. Ouch. Chalk it up to crack. Here are the deets on a benefit to raise money for these stolen goods:

Robin's Roof Top (57 Pitt St #19, NY)
Saturday, May 15, (3:30 - 10:30pm)
Phone: 646.245.9827
$25 suggested donation for the band.

Please join us for the first (and hopefully last) Rock-Roll barbecue benefit. This sad and touching story has moved us to take action. Let's help the boys recover some of what they lost by throwing a bad-ass afternoon throw-down benefit.

WE will provide the food and all the fixins for a nice afternoon of eating in the sun and the bar will be stocked with plenty of mixers and ice, (we will also have some beer on hand to help the party get started). YOU should show up with your appetite and a bottle of whatever it is that you plan on mixing at the bar.

We hope to see you there...

In case that wasn't clear, my favorite Jersey rockers RANA got their tourvan burgled while in San Francisco this spring (I mentioned the incident briefly last month), so Saturday's BBQ will serve to help the band restock their gear & will hopefull send some nasty karma out to the f**kers that robbed them. I'm pretty sure that Les Paul was a christmas present from Ma & Pa Metzger - so sad. I encourage all my NYC folk out there to drop by if you've got the time & are feeling generous. Lend a hand to a solid bunch of guys & a great band (whose new LP should drop any day now).

This will be my final day of shilling for Upper Class Recordings. Early North American is the second LP from Girls Are Short, a techno-pop duo from Toronto (though their first album, Contact Kiss (2001) was recorded while splitting time in Brooklyn) consisting of two guys named Alex and Daniel. Being mid-May & all, I thought this album was appropriate to plug, since it just screams "SUMMER!" - which should upon us any minute now. Here are the album's first two tracks:

MP3 Girls Are Short - "Earlynorthamerican"
The title track from Early North American pretty much sums up the carefree feel of the rest of the album. The mixture of dance beats, computer voices, & vocal samples will hopefully set the tone nicely for the rest of your summer. It makes me want to put on shorts.

MP3 Girls Are Short - "Sunshine"
This is blatantly infectious pop music that cynics & jaded hipsters will likely scoff at. "The new girl sound is where it's at" - what's up with that? Well, to such critics I would suggest that they lower those eyebrows & relax a little bit. It's the weekend - go grab a volleyball & fire up the BBQ. "Get outside!"

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