These aren’t all of the pieces, fyi! Below is Jen Tong.
2012 was a pretty great year for shows, but of course, some are way better than others. Here are my top 10!
Psychedelic Furs play tiny Maxwell’s in Hoboken, recapturing some of the magic from the first two awesome albums (at least until they play “Heartbreak Beat”).
Bruce Springsteen! At Madison Square Garden! My first time seeing Bruce live. Everybody should go at least once and soon. He’s the hardest-working man in showbiz.
Swervedriver at Bowery Ballroom. The juggernaut returns! Frontman Adam Franklin is awesome singing in this band and solo.
Asobi Seksu at Highline Ballroom. Yeah, man! The coolest band in the world keeps smokin’!
Agnostic Front at Warsaw. Three decades along, the veterans show the whippersnappers also on the Power of the Riff bill how it’s done.
Asobi Seksu at Brooklyn Bowl. They count again because Yuki sang through a cold for this show. She is like so great!
Grimes at Hudson River Park. The show almost didn’t happen due to warnings for a thunderstorm, but Grimes could not be denied. Not my sort of music at all, but from the standpoint of delivering a live show — she killed it!
Ringo Deathstarr at Cake Shop. My favorite new band will go on to rule the fucking universe!
Public Image Limited at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. John Lydon has a never-ending supply of bile.
Corrosion of Conformity at St. Vitus. The Animosity-era lineup is having the time of their lives playing shows, judging by the smiles and jokes. “How’s the weather?” asked singer/bassist Mike Dean. This was about a week after Hurricane Sandy. “Too soon!” yelled back an unflappable audience member. New York. You gotta love it.
GR Correspondant Dean Gojobori hit Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Here’s what he saw:
Photos by Kat Rivera. It was an amazing day. Thanks to the JANM staff for the effort that made so many people smile.
What to do on a cold night that’s close to XMas and it’s still an art opening? It’s Printed Matter which isn’t just 2d prints, but also things made in multiples, but at the same time, it’s also Holidays, so that means, Gingerbread house making. Yes, our guests were invited to make cute homes that they could eat later! Some ate them on the spot! Thanks for the visit so close to XMas!
Installation of Post It 8. Hopefully a video coming soon.
Thanks to Dean Gojobori, Cate Park and Tony Sugano for pics. There’ll be another set soon!
The Target Free Saturday at JANM was a hit drawing 1000 folks. Kids made robots out of cardboard boxes, film canisters, crepe paper, and spare junk parts. Many also learned about comics with Yumi Sakugawa and did some watercolors with Rob Sato.
An awesome opening night featuring the works of Mari Inukai, Sena Inukai, Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fumi Omori, Katsuya Terada, Kent Williams, Sean Chao, Stella Im Hultberg, Tessar Lo, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Thanks for coming out. The below photo features Kaonashi from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. That’s Audrey Kawasaki on left, Mari and Sena Inukai on right.