Arturo Vega (pictured-Left) in 2008 for SPIN, Artistic Director of the Ramones, leaves behind a legacy that has inspired millions. Not only was he punk royalty, but his talent and reputation preceded him as a savant of punk rock design and torch-bearer of the Ramones brand. He will be missed greatly. I hope his influence carries on to future generations.
Friday June 7th, 2013
The Oblivians have just released their first full-length album since 1997. Desperation came out this month on In The Red to high praise and the original kings of garage rock are set to tour this summer. On Friday they played at the Seaport Festival with Memphis’ Ex-Cult under a tent despite inclement weather. Afterwards I saw them again at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn just in time for the A-Bones and The Remains- who also played a stellar show with an all-original line-up. It was pretty cool to have a whole group of people responsible for so many good records all in the same room. Lenny Kaye jumped into the picture making for a Norton/ Goner/ Nuggets power-trifecta. What a meeting of the minds!