Sunday, December 09, 2007
Hello. Thanks to everyone who came out to see me at Savalas in NYC last Friday. Me and Jonathan Toubin had a blast.! I will make my Washington DC dJ debut this Sunday at a new party hosted by Kalaniof Gypsy Eyes records called "Sunday Sessions" that is gonna be a new vibe at brunch time (2pm to 9pm) . Looking forward to it! Here's the poop:
December, 16 2007 at DJ SET. "SUNDAY SESSIONS" AT THE SPACE
903 N ST. NW, WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Cost : FREE
Opening day of Sunday Sessions presented by Gypsy Eyes records. Free entry, drink specials, free food cooked on the BBQ. DJ sets by Kid Congo Powers, Ashish Vyas of Theivery Corperation, Dust Galexy, and GoGo Airheart, and Gypsy Eyes record’s own KALANI and NICKI P. STARTS 2PM and ends at 9PM. THE SPACE, 903 N ST NW
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND...KID IN NYC: ANTS IN YR PANTS DANCE PARTY, SAVALAS - Friday, December 7, 10pm, free to the public: Kid Congo Powers and New York Night Train Soul Proprietor Mr. Jonathan Toubin are back in the saddle again. This time the dynamic duo are spinning records all night for your dancing pleasure at Ants In Yr Pants Dance Party! Come fter the King Khan show at Don Pedro's in Greenpoint!..
285 Bedford, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA http://www.myspace.com/savalasbar
285 Bedford, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA http://www.myspace.com/savalasbar
Monday, November 05, 2007
HI , I will be DJ in NYC again this week at 2 parties! I will be playing Soul, Garage, 70's Glam, and trashy electro for your trashy pleasure. Please attend. I love you......KID
WEDNESDAY Nov. 7th FONTANAS from 8pm on!
105 Eldridge St, New York, NY
CHERRY'S 10 YEAR Anniversary Party!
Bands: Woman of Color (San Francisco) www.myspace.com/womenofcolorband
Fierce Perm (Olympia) http://www.myspace.com/fierceperm
DJ: KId Congo Powers, Joshy Pants, and Person.
THURSDAY Nov 8th. Club Midway Upstairs From 10pm on!
25 Avenue B
New York City 10009
FREE!...........photo of Kid at Glasslands Gallery by Paula Rameriz
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
HELLO FRIENDS. NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN'S JONATHAN TOUBIN AND KID CONGO POWERS FROM WASHINGTON DC , WILL DJ THIS FRIDAY NOV.2 AT SAVALAS IN WILLIAMSBURG FOR NYNT'S ANT'S IN YER PANTS DANCE PARTY. 70'S BRITISH GLAM SOUL ELECTRO DISCO ROCK N ROLL JELLO MOLD RHINESTONE HOT PANTS NEVER COLD DANCING ALL NIGHT LONG. FROM 10PM TO 4AM. COMEBY SAY HI. STAY HI. FLY.
285 BEDFORD AVE
BETWEEN S.1ST AND GRAND
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN (L TRAIN TO BEDFORD AVE STOP)
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Paris May 22,07
Well this has been a great trip for seeing my music friends and meeting some new people. The day we left NYC from JFK, our plane was delayed for about 3 hrs, which was no big deal to me (meditation helps!). As I took a seat on the floor against a wall the American Airlines newly made international terminal, whom should I spot but my dear friend, Nels Cline, getting some cash from the ATM next to me. It had been a while since the last time I saw Nels; maybe since the first year he was in Wilco. I was happy to see his lanky body and smiley face. I asked him if life was good and he replied, “life is thriving…” I liked hearing that; it made me feel good inside. Due to that delay at JFK, when we arrived in Brussels we had for sure missed our connecting flight to Lyon. Luckily, American Airlines had already booked us on the next flight, 6 HOURS LATER! We had just been on an overnight flight, not getting much sleep, so I was pretty out of it. As seasoned travelers will know, getting comfy to take a nap at an airport is no easy feat, unless you feel the thought of being shoved into a grand piano is a comfy bed. So what is there to do but wander around and spend money on overpriced food and drinks and Internet access to while away multiple hours? I phoned the promoter to let them know we were re routed but got voicemail. I had been engrossed in reading “Against The Stream” by Noah Levine, but reading was just a mass of blurry lines and headache in my overtired state. Yes, walking around and shopping for things I absolutely did not need seemed to be a good way to pass the hours. Down by the Hermes store, I spotted some hipster musician, tall and thin, with a guitar on his back. He had a similar look to my friend, and collaborator, Khan. At first I thought it WAS Khan, as I knew he had been touring to promote his album, “Who Never Rests”. In my blurry state I surmised it was NOT Khan, and went on waxing philosophical about the evils of Hermes scarves to myself. A bit later I had met up with equally aimless Kiki and out of the corner of my eye I spotted the Khan guy again, this time in the company of a girl. This sighting was out of the corner of my eye, so didn’t pay much attention, as by this time, I had no attention. A second later I heard a singsong “Yoo Hoo” in a familiar French accent. I turned around to realize it was Francoise Cactus, and Bretzel Goring from Stereo Total, friends of mine from Berlin! Now it dawned on me that the familiarity to Khan was a Berlin “look” that made Bretzel remind me of Can. As coincidence seemed to be the mood of the trip so far, it was coincidental that Stereo Total was also killing time with no sleep before returning to Berlin. They had just played the previous evening at Nuits Sonores festival in Lyon, which is where we were headed. It was nice to see them, even for a few minutes, and Francoise said she would cook some “French cuisine” next time I visited Berlin. I will NOT forget that offer! Luckily, by this time, we were both close enough to our respective flights to head to the gates and wait the last hour before departure. I thought to myself, “airports can be THE place to be!”
Arriving in Lyon, we were met by the promoter, Violaine, and driver, Florian. While we waited for the sax player from Violent Femmes to arrive, I told Florian the story of our long wait. As it turns out he had dropped off Stereo Total at the airport that morning and was waiting for us. For hours, before he got word we were delayed. Serendipity continues. We arrive at the hotel and who should be on their way out the door but my friend, Jim Thirwell (Foetus)! He informed us those Kraut rock originals, Cluster, were performing that evening and we made a plan to rendezvous. But wait a second, a phone call in the lobby for me from our beautiful friends, Patrice, Letmiya and Valerie from the great La Feline Bar in Paris! They are in Lyon and want to invite us to dinner. Hell yeah! A plan is made to meet. So, finally, I get to my room, shower, and head out to dinner. After a great dinner I had to call it quits. It had been a long journey and sound check was at 1pm the next afternoon. Being a sensible professional (sic) I hit the sack. Missed Cluster, Jim and others told me it was amazing. The next day bright and early whisked off to sound check and lunch at the festival site. Lyon is beautiful, and from the stage you looked on to the hills with houses and trees. After sound check back to the hotel and napped before dinner and another long long night, as we were going onstage at 3AM! YIKES! Waiting for the rest of the band for dinner we ran into Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes, whom I had met way back when they first signed to Slash records in Los Angeles, in my first Gun Club days. He told me he had moved to Tasmania (birthplace of Katy Beale) and we had a mutual friend in Beast of Bourbon’s Spencer P. Jones, everyone’s fave rave and mine. After a great Gastronomy meal, waiting for the van to the festival, I met another friend I hadn’t seen in a million years, F.M. Einheit, otherwise known as Mufti. When I was in the Bad Seeds and he was with Neubauten in the mid Eighties, we both lived in Berlin (West Berlin) and I always found him a warm and welcoming person to know. Many years later, the feeling is exactly the same. I was excited and delighted by seeing him personally and DUG his performance the most. When we arrived at the festival site we ran over to see The Raincoats, one of the “must see” bands on my list. Wow, it was so hot in the room they were playing in, but worth sweating over to see these true originals, sounding fresh and modern and ahead of the game, even the older songs! I always marvel when, without much technical bluster, the bands of the “post punk” still sound so individual and original. It is so much abut the ‘way” they play more than what they play it on! Case in point was the ironical Chicks On Speed, whom was up next. I had delighted in the sarcastic art school student sneer of their first LP, but was not in the mood this night. But the crowd loved ‘em . Then I ran out to the big stage to See The Violent Femmes. Not really being the nostalgic type (or so I tell myself), I was still taken with the songs from their “Hallowed Ground” LP. Maybe I AM nostalgic, or maybe I am just realizing that old songs that people love that we made are just timeless, and that is what works for people. Certainly I loved The Raincoats, dug the Violent Femmes, and still thrill to concerts by The Cramps or Jerry Lee Lewis. Timeless music can still challenge and thrill, even my own material after a while. I have to remember that everyone in the audience is not an old curmudgeon as me! Even curmudgeons can change their mind and melt and give. I guess I learned that giving is NOT pandering. DUH! Please, at my age! So after FM Einheit’s hypnotic set I was ready to finally play at 3 am. France has always been great to all the bands I have been in so it was a good feeling from the time I got onstage until I left. We threw in a lot of “oldies” for this set, and I was glad we did as we were met with screams. Nice end of the evening. I am glad I bought a new suit for the occasion! Next day we checked out of the hotel, said bye to Mufti and headed to catch a train to Lillie, where we would play that evening. As luck would have it, we were traveling on the same train as The Raincoats, in First Class I may add! That was fortunate because We got to meet them and I got to tell them how much I enjoy their music. They are cool folks indeed. At Lille, we bode farewell to The Raincoats and were met by the promoter and taken to the hotel, which was luckily next door to the Venue. This evening we played early, opening for the popular French band Las Wampas. It was great, as we had played so late the night before. Also it was great that they had a super young audience, which was different from my usual peer group age audience. I really felt like a dirty old man, and loved it! Andre Williams-ville here I come! After our set it was good to meet some fans, sexy fans, while I manned the merch stand, although my more “hardcore” fans dismissed Las Wampas, I was glad they came to see and support us! Me, Danny and Kiki hit the hotel early, as we had only slept a few hours and were off to Paris the next day. I thank the promoter and bands that made Lille a cool experience. Wake, coffee at the station, and then a train to Gare Du Nord. Lionel, Sarah Jane and Barbara, and Barbara’s sister with black hair met us. To the hotel, and luckily, it was a day off in Paris. My friend and sometimes collaborator, Julee Cruise with Pluramon, was performing that evening at a David Lynch visual art exhibition at the Foundation Cartier, I had been in touch with Marcus from Pluramon via Myspace and luckily scored one ticket to this most coveted special event. I had not seen Julee or Marcus since the three of us performed at my record release / 25 year recording anniversary party at the dearly departed Tonic in NYC last year. Usually held in an outdoor garden setting, the show was delayed and moved indoors due to rain. I was happy they didn’t cancel. But this meant waiting outdoors in the rain for over an hour. Luckily, I brought an umbrella, and more luckily I ran into Fred whom had been at the Lyon festival, and he gave me a place in line. Also ran into Pascal from Le Vueve Electro, a friend from the past years. When Khan and me first met Pascal, he looked and dressed exactly like Fassbinder! While waiting, who should walk right up thru the crowd but David Lynch himself! Everyone was surprised and dumbstruck, so unbelieving what they were seeing, as he nonchalantly got to the entrance gate, the crowd broke into polite applause. Suddenly the rain stopped and everything and everyone took on a surreal quality. Funny how his suggestion is so ingrained in our psyches that you are suddenly thrust into his world, just by seeing him walk by! I don’t take drugs or drink anymore, so this kind of “tripping” is always welcome, just like his films! Finally, we are let in the downstairs gallery of the exhibition where Julie and Phramon will perform in a theater in “Eraserhead.” How perfect was this going to be seeing Julee Cruise sing n a David Lynch theater set with David Lynch sitting in the front row? Well, it was fantastic. They did an entire set of Pluramon/Julee songs, which sounded fantastic in this small room. Julee played my favorite neurotic, extreme characters I have grown to love since playing with her in our “Khan” years. I dug the Phramon songs very much. I was also impressed that they saved “Falling” and “The World Spins” for the encore. People were freaking out!! Tears and Goosebumps through the room. I caught up with Julee and we had a love-fest of friend and comradereship-ness. As we caught up on personal stuff she told me that it was the first time DL had come to see her sing. Then I knew I had witness a both special and historic night for Julee, and David Lynch! All of us (me, Julee and Pascal) assumed David had “left the building” as he was whisked away at the last note of the set. But just as we said that an aid said “David is in the next room, come say hello.” It was great to see he and Julee reunite for this night. Also it was great to be introduced to David Lynch and shake hands. He has a warm eye-to-eye greeting. I can tell he is a mediator, certain calmness. I have recently taken up meditation myself and whish I had started years ago – what a difference it makes. Anyways meeting David Lynch was COOL! Pascal got an autograph and we left to let Julee catch up in private. Thanks Julee, Marcus and Phramon. Can you believe none of us had a camera?
After me and Pascal went back to LA Feline to wind down, but all our band and friends had gone home. It was Sunday night, our friends had got back from Lyon, and so I don’t blame them. In the bar across the street we ran into a few people I had met the last time we played and I watched them all get drunk while I drank Perrier. Then to the hotel to sleep. The next day, Monday, was filled with eating and shopping. A lot of the galleries were closed on Mondays, so I didn’t get to see any art. After the souncheck Kiki and me bought jeans and tripped around the area, on bridges and generally ate and stopped at cafes for coffee. The show was fun again at Le Club. Blutt, featuring our friend Baldo, opened the show. I met great people, Randy Kaye’s sister Kourtney, and cool band guys. I recognized lots of folks from our last show at La Feline last December. For a Monday night, it was a cool, intimate turnout. The DJ was great, whoever it was; I didn’t get a chance to tell him. Thoroughly wiped out, I called it an early evening. Maybe it was late! The next morning we had a last band breakfast and me and Kiki went to the David Lynch exhibit and freaked out. Fun. Danny stayed on for the holidays in Switzerland and Kiki and me flew back to NYC where I caught a train to DC (made it!) and Kiki to a flight to Austin, TX (did he make it?). More on that next blog….
Friday, May 04, 2007
Hello and thanks to all who bought stuff from my sale in the last few weeks. There are still a few things left, so whatever is still listed below is still around and available.
I have been very busy working on my memoirs and that has kept me silent, isolated and broke most of the winter, but as the sun comes out, i am starting to emerge into a bit of Washington DC community, meeting new people and seeing what's happening in music and art and food. I am looking to join a writing memoir writing group, if anyones knows of a great one in DC, let me know..Will report as it happens in the near future.
Band news is that we will be playing some shows in France this month, as follows:
May 18 2007
Nuits Sonores Festival LYON http://www.nuits-sonores.com/index.php
May 19 2007
L´Aeronef LILLE http://www.aeronef-spectacles.com/home.htm
May 21 2007
Le Klub PARIS http://www.myspace.com/leklub
The band will be ME, Kiki Solis on Bass, and Danny Hole on drums.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
More Spring cleaning has unearthed 12 of these 19 x 13 inch posters for a Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds with Khan & Kid Congo Powers supporting April 18 and 19th (with Pinetop Seven) 2002 at The Warfield in San Francisco. I will autograph the back, or front, if you request. These will be $15. , shipping included, I will send in a tube as not to crease the poster. I have seen them on ebay for up to $35 bucks, so I hope $15 is good for you fans. Only 12 copies. Tanx!
Friday, March 30, 2007
I Have autographed 10 copies of my latest comp/ Solo Cholo , and guess what. It is only $15.00!!! Postage included. This features work I have done starting in 1986 with Fur Bible, and going thru solo work with Robin Guthrie and Barry Adamson, The Knoxville Girls, Congo Norvell, Abby Travis and Paul Wallfisch, Die Haut and Lydia Lunch, Khan, and more. Remastered and has cool liner notes by BOB BERT of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Bewitched, and Knoxville Girls fame! Only 10 autographed copies left from my last tour!
I HAVE 6 Vinyl album copies of Philosophy and Underwear by Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds for sale. I have autographed each copy personally , and am charging only $15.00! There are only 6, so if the paypal button doesn't work, leave a message with email and I will get in touch.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Here is a size small (altho i think a medium easily can wear it!) Grey Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds hand screened T shirt with blue ink. You can see that's me wearing it in the pic, so if you know, I wear small, but this feels close to medium. There is only this one in this color. again, only $15.00 !
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Int'l Shades, and Thalia Zedek play NYC, Tonic , Saturday, February 10.
Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Int'l Shades, and Thalia Zedek play NYC, Tonic , Saturday, February 10.
The show starts at 8:00 PM, admission is $10 and Tonic is located at 107 Norfolk St between Delancy and Rivington 212-358-7501 / http://www.tonicnyc.com
Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds "Philosophy and Underwear" (New York Night Train Records) 4 stars
Starting his recording career at the dawn of the 80's, Kid Congo Powers
sidestepped the prevailing shallowness of that
decade to appear on some of the finest records of that era- The Cramps
"Psychedelic Jungle" and "The Smell of Female", Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds "Tender Prey"
"The Good Son" and Barry Adamson's "Moss Side Story" to name a few.
This latest addition to his discography easlily lives up to that pedigree.
Songs such as "The Last Word" with superbly discordant guitars and anguished vocals, call to mind the first Voidoids
album, whilst JOHNNY could be Blitzkreig Bop put thru a blender and sung down a telephone.
Most of the lyrics on these songs wouldn't have disgraced even the most laconic
of Warhol's Factory hands "It's the weather, it's the war/ I'm confused, I'm a whore." MOJO music magazine
Recently back from a mind boggling, wig twisting US and European Tour, KCP&PMB's (Kid:Guitar/voice, Kiki Solis:(Knife in the Water, Rhythm of Black Lines)on Bass, and Danny Hole (Nikki Sudden, The Warlocks.) on Drums, finally play a proper NYC show! Songs from Kid's past (Gun Club) and present will be in the set! Will have CD's, some vinyl, and t-shirts from the tour for sale.
Int'l Shades was formed in 2003 by legendary underground
musicians, drummer Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Knoxville Girls)
and Mark C ( Live Skull, Spoiler) guitar and vocals. Bob and Mark are
joined by Tim Foljahn (Two Dollar Guitar, Cat Power, Half Japanese) on bass and vocals,
and Alexa Wilding (Dumbo's star singer songwriter) on vocals and synthesizer.
Their first release, Hash Wednesday, is available on colored vinyl and cd on Cass Records.
The Big Takeover says, "Int'l Shades play appealing post-punk pop that's as light as it is dark.
This isn't nostalgia, this is fresh."
Thrill Jockey recording artist Thalia Zedek, in a newly expanded 5 piece band featuring Winston
Bramen, Daniel Coughlin, David Michael Curry, and Mel Lederman, will be playing brand new material, along
with the usual original chesnu