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High Waisted, 5J Barrow, The Shorts Show Live Comedy, The Year Punk Broke and more (5/9-11)

It’s another weekend packed full of cool shows. Here are some I’ve got my eyes and ears on. Continue reading

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Missing Foundation – The Most Underground Band You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Recorded on Kingsland Ave (1988)

On an afternoon in 1988: I turned on my television set after school and saw an upcoming promo for week long “special report” on CBS about a band called Missing Foundation. The series was done by journalist Mike Taibbi, and it was dubbed “Cult of Rage.”

What caught my eye initially was their iconic symbol that was literally plastered everywhere below 14th street and parts of Williamsburg when it was a drug infested wasteland. The symbol which was an upside down martini glass with three lines below it and a strike through, was powerful and it invoked the message “the party’s over.”

That party being the rapid gentrification of the lower east side in the late eighties. I knew this symbol, but did not know at such a young age what it meant. The report was fairly inaccurate though it filled me in on some of what this was all about.

A bit sensationalized, the report basically let me know:  1. They are from the lower east side.  2. They were involved in inciting the Tompkins Square Park riots  3. They were beyond Punk Rock.  4. The singer used to set himself on fire.  5. They worshipped the devil!

I became an instant fan.
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