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Joly from Punkcast

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14 2007 8-12pm

Secret Project Robot

210 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

(& Metropolitan)

(entrance on River St)

In September 1997, UK punk band One Way System came to play NYC.

Their manager John B was a friend, and had run Jettisoundz - a UK

punk video label. I was working on internet stuff and suggested

the event be webcast. He was keen to do it live, but I explained

the merits economical and reachwise of making the meat available

on-demand with as little fluff as possible - thus punkcast.com

was born. I myself was inspired by the fan-run ftp sites for both

Bjork and Prodigy, which way outstripped all other internet music

efforts of the day. We hired a cameraman to come and shoot video

and put up some pix, the entire audio from three shows, plus a

postage stamp size mpeg clip. John B, inspired, went back to the

UK and on his own next shoots - Hawkwind (taken down,

regretfully, earlier in 2007), and Goldblade - made audio

punkcasts. He returned to the USA in Jan 98 to shoot Jane Couch -

a Women's Boxing Champion who is the sister of One Way System's

drummer, and later in the year posyted audio of the UK Subs

playing in his local in Lancashire. The arrival in NYC of Peter &

The Test Tube Babies in Sep 1998 was sufficient impetus for me to

buy a camera for punkcast, and over the next year I shot about

half a dozen more old school bands I knew, including a quartet of

NYC hard core favourites - Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, Murphys

Law, and Leeway. In 1999 when Ari-Up re-appeared on the scene for

her first shows in over 25 years I was there. She's a compelling

subject and I shot her several times, plus some of the local

reggae scene, which brought the punkcast count up to around 20.

In late 2000 I started paying Sean P. Murphy to shoot local punk

& hardcore, mainly at CBGB, and over the next year he shot about

70 odd shows, only a couple of which I actually got round to

posting. During this time punkcast also got it's first taste of

the NYC indie scene when Leesaw Andaloro contributed a Touchdown

clip for #50. The count was just #100, in September 2001, as

Punkcast entered its 5th year. I'd found I enjoyed shooting so,

with the well burst internet bubble giving me more time, I

decided to do more. Two local bands interested me in particular -

anti- folk heroes the Moldy Peaches and hot hipster outfit the

Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I shot & posted both in short order, and also

discovered that both bands were the tips of the iceberg of

extensive associated scenes that would provide grist for years to

follow. Shooting old pal Joe Strummer in April 2002 for 4 nights

in a row allowed me to experiment and is when I really

established the style I maintain to this day. By September 2002

the count was up to #200. It was then that I seriously started to

shoot in Brooklyn, discovering Mighty Robot and Todd P. After

clandestinely shooting some great shows such as The Gossip in Jun

2003, I was fortunate to gain a carte blanche to shoot in the

Knitting Factory, greatly expanding the possibilities. This was

an exciting period as the YYY's, Liars etc broke out

internationally, while new and interesting bands such as TV On

The Radio were appearing. I embarked on shooting a series of

avant showcases - titled 'Mutiny' - put on by The Social

Registry. The city had started it's own TV station NYCtv and,

after being approached by producer Shirley Braha, I supplied the

bulk of the content for it's nascent new music show NY Noise. In

September 2003, after 6 years, the count was #320. A year later,

in September 2004, the count was #540. Doubling the shoot rate,

however, meant that fewer shows got posted. I had moved the

studio to close to the Knit, to better take advantage of the

opportunies it presented. One shoot #431 - The Fall - was so

successful the band released it on DVD. Apart from frequent

Mighty Robots I was also regularly shooting at Pianos, Sin-é,

Southpaw, Trash Bar, and a new warehouse space in Brooklyn called

Volume. I was also VJ-ing weekly at BP Fallon's Death Disco at

The Delancey. The summer saw the first series of East River Park

shows. The Cake Shop opened. 280 shoots in the year pushed the

count to #820 by September 2005. Even less got posted but those

that did, like The Long Blondes, Oneida, and Todd P's first

acoustic BBQ, were spectacular. With the advent of the video iPod

came the Punkcast Podcast - the first posted was #840 The Gossip

blockbuster 'Standing In The Way of Control', also Punkcast's

first ever YouTube clip, currently closing in on 80,000 views. In

March 2006 the Knit withdrew my privileges. I was just able to

get in there for one last shoot - of my old pal Nikki Sudden, who

sadly died the following morning. The favorite punkcast venues

became The Cake Shop & Tonic. Bands posted included Oakley Hall,

Gang Gang Dance, and Awesome Color. In the summer I shot nearly

all the free McCarren Park Pool shows. In September 2006 I was in

CBGB for the last days, as the count reached #1020, down to 200

shoots in the year. This last year has seen the annual rate drop

even further to 180, as we've seen the closures of Sin-é, Tonic,

and North Six, and right now I'm just on #1202. The flipside has

been, of course, that I've had more time to edit, and it's been a

record year for output with 74 posted. This last year has seen

the first official public screenings with exhibits at Secret

Project Robot in Brooklyn and Point Ephemère in Paris.

It's a lot easier to shoot than to process. A few years back I

reckoned it out that, if I stopped shooting right then, it would

still take me, at the rate of 4/5 bands a week, around 5 years to

catch up. God knows what that figure is now. I trust that I will

live long enough to get around doing it all justice. Probably out

of the 1200 shoots 700 or so merit the effort - the others likely

don't have good enough audio. There are something like 270

punkcasts there right now, with around 700 individual clips.

In 4 hours at Secret Project Robot I'll be able to show, maybe,

around 50 clips.

Flier: http://punkcast.com/punkcast10years.jpg

Video of Paris exhibit: http://punkcast.com/filmerlamusique.mov

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