Amoeblog: DemeRock, or Demer as most address you, can you briefly give your history and a bit about your legendary NYC crew, The Wallnuts, for folks who may not know about you and your rich graffiti legacy?
Demer: Well, I'm originally from New York City. I started writing in the early 80's, hitting NYC subways. Then, after the city won the train wars, I retired for a few years. Then in 2001 I came back and I haven't stopped since.
Amoeblog: So starting out during the New York subway graff days is going back a while, right to the roots of NYC graf history. What year exactly did you start?
Demer: i must have started around 1982.
Amoeblog: Wow! And you still actively go out and paint! I know one time about two years ago I went out with graffiti photo-journalists Jim and Karla Murray, who were shooting you and your work as you painted on a Sunday, which you told me was a regular day for you to go out and do your art at various spots. How often do you do graffiti now-- every Sunday?
Demer: When I was hitting trains it was an everyday thing. We lived it back then-- from when you got up in the morning until you went to bed. Sunday was, for some reason though, a big graff day for a lot of people.
Saturday August 8
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
11:59pm, All Tickets $7
August 15 Halloween II (1981)
The Nightmare Isn't Over - First screening of a BRAND NEW 35mm print!
August 28 & 29 Evil Dead Marathon
All Tickets $10. One Ticket Admits You To All Three Films!
The Evil Dead (1981) 7:30pm
Evil Dead 2 (1987) 9:30pm
Army Of Darkness (1992) 11:30pm
The former frontman of Mink Deville passed away yesterday from recently found pancreatic cancer; he was 55. Making his initial splash with Mink Deville during the mid/late 70's in the early days of the CBGB's scene. The band, like many of their contemporaries, got lumped in with the then-fashionable punk scene. For Mink Deville this was especially ridiculous, as their whole schtick was about as far from the Dead Boys as you could get.
Their first LP, produced by Jack Nitzsche and called Cabretta, is an important piece of the late 70's NY puzzle. To me, it gives the listener a real street level glimpse of the time period that few other records from the era can match. Kill City by Iggy & James Williamson and Lou Reed's infamous ranting on Take No Prisoners cover similar bar sleaze territory, but Cabretta tempers all that with soothing background singers, classic
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 08:07:09 - c/o Luis
2) Solillaquists of Sound No More Heroes (Anti/Epitaph)
3) Poison Pen The Money Shot (Gold Dust Media)
4) Dorrough Dorrough Music (E1 Entertainment)
5) Dudley Perkins Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)
Classic Hip-Hop Reissue of the Week:
Marley Marl In Control Vol. 1 (Traffic Entertainment)
Thanks to Luis, the hip-hop buyer at Amoeba Music San Francisco, for this week's top five, which includes in the number one slot the brand new triple CD release from Kool Keith, Lost Masters Collection. The record dropped on the Ultramagnetic hip-hop living legend's own Dmaft Records this past Tuesday. This 3 disc set (50 songs in total) is a must get for fans of the veteran, prolific, freaky-minded emcee. Also just released this past Tuesday is the full-length from popular Dallas native Dorrough, who previously scored a hit with the song "Do Tha Muscle" as a member of the group Prime Time Click. Simply titled Dorrough Music on E1 Entertainment, the new album features the hot summer 2009 radio/club song and riding anthem "Ice Cream Paint Job" (see video below).