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Boog City’s Election Night Extravaganza 11/4/08

I really wish I could go to this I even suggested the damn album, one of my favorites.-ISW


This Tues., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free with a two-drink minimum

Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A, NYC


R.E.M.’s Green Live

performed by

Liv Carrow, Peter Dizozza, Dan Fishback, Casey Holford + Daoud Tyler-Ameen, Phoebe Kreutz, and Ben Krieger

Political Poets

CAConrad, Vivian Demuth, Eliot Katz, Frank Sherlock, and Nathaniel Siegel


Solo Musical Sets

Peter Dizozza and Phoebe Kreutz

Hosted and curated by Casey Holford and Boog City editor and publisher David Kirschenbaum

Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave., Venue is at E.6th St.

For further information: 212-842-BOOG (2664), editor@boogcity.com

Performers’ bios and websites follow album running order

R.E.M., Green

*Dan Fishback
–Pop Song 89

*Ben Krieger
–Get Up
–You Are the Everything

*Peter Dizozza

*Phoebe Kreutz
–World Leader Pretend
–The Wrong Child

*Liv Carrow
–Orange Crush
–Turn You Inside-Out

*Casey Holford + Daoud Tyler-Ameen
–I Remember California
–11th untitled song


**Boog City

Boog City is a New York City-based small press now in its 17th year and East Village community newspaper of the same name. It has also published 35 volumes of poetry and various magazines, featuring work by Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti among others, and theme issues on baseball, women’s writing, and Louisville, Ky. It hosts and curates two regular performance series—d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press, where each month a non-NYC small press and its writers and a musical act of their choosing is hosted at Chelsea’s ACA Galleries; and Classic Albums Live, where up to 13 local musical acts perform a classic album live at venues including The Bowery Poetry Club, Cake Shop, CBGB’s, and The Knitting Factory. Past albums have included Elvis Costello, My Aim is True; Nirvana, Nevermind; and Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville.

**Liv Carrow

Navel gazing, highly biographical, cathartic lyricism, obnoxious punning, moot metaphor, unabashed self-consciousness, and run-on sentences of self-promotion are qualities nary as compelling as in the case of NYC’s Liv Carrow. Her songs are like the little animals that your 4-year-old nieces and nephews make out of play-doh; lumpy yet distinguishable in form, rudimentary to the point of psychedelic complexity, dry and crumbly on the outside but all kinds of squishy on the inside.

The mysterious and oddly lovable bassist from ecstatically weird acts Huggabroomstik and Griffin and the True Believers takes the scenic back road to your heart with her porch-swing guitar folk songs and clever-ish observations on life, death, love, health food, human reproduction, the unseen world of cosmic currents, awkward crushes, metaphysics, and, everyone’s favorite, despair.

Her influences run the gauntlet from Patsy Cline to Kate Bush to Michael Gira. Her debut album, It’s About Time, recorded and produced by Huggabroomstik co-frontman Dashan Coram, is available through Olive Juice Music.


CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets. He is the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press), and The Book of Frank (Chax Press), and, forthcoming next year, advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School).

**Vivian Demuth

A Canadian-American poet and fiction writer, Vivian Demuth is the author of the novel, Eyes of the Forest, and the poetry collection, Breathing Nose Mountain. Her work has appeared in a variety of U.S. and Canadian journals and anthologies, including: The Boreal Factor, Writing the Land, Long Shot, and Political Affairs.

**Peter Dizozza

Peter Dizozza enjoys songwriting and musical theatre production. He performs monthly song sets at Sidewalk Café. In 2007, La Mama E.T.C. produced his musical play, TentagatneT. As director of the newly reopened WAH Theatre, his productions include Prepare to Meet Your Maker, The Golf Wars, The Eleventh Hour, The Sea Heiress, and Paradise Found. His albums are available through Olive Juice Music.

**Dan Fishback

As a solo artist and with his band Cheese On Bread, Dan Fishback has released four full-length albums in the past four years. As a performance artist, he received the 2007-2009 Six Points Fellowship to develop his new play, You Will Experience Silence, which will open in the spring of 2009. In 2006, P.S.122 mounted a mini-festival of his work in “No Direction Homo: The Many Identical Personae of Dan Fishback.” His other theater work has been presented at Dixon Place, Galapagos Art Space, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. His writing has been published in Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer (Alyson Books) and in his two self-published zines, A Very Small Hole and What Have They Done To You? Fishback sat on the review panel for the 2008 Foundation for Jewish Culture New Jewish Theater Projects Grant. He has shared stages with Ani Difranco and Kimya Dawson as a member of the punk dance troupe Underthrust. He has toured North America, Europe, and Canada, and frequently performs at universities across the country.

**Casey Holford + Daoud Tyler-Ameen

Casey Holford was raised on a diet of folk music and comic books in Massachusetts. He started playing piano at 12, picked up his mother’s guitar for coffeehouse and DIY shows at 14, and was performing regularly in the Boston-Providence songwriter circuit by 18. Now, living in Brooklyn at age 27, he has recorded three self-released solo albums, two EPs, and a 7-inch on RiYL records. He moonlights in the bands Outlines, Urban Barnyard, Dream Bitches, and Art Sorority for Girls, playing bass, electric, 12 string, and baritone guitars. Casey is also a prolific producer, helping to document his community by working on projects with fellow bands and songwriters, most recently pop riot Cheese on Bread, visionary Dave Deporis, and upstart Creaky Boards.

Daoud Tyler-Ameen grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan. His songwriting career began in high school with a string of extra-credit projects about literary characters and the life cycles of plants. After graduation he started a new project called the Art Sorority for Girls, a collection of story-songs about the awful messes kids can get themselves into. Daoud’s versatility as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist is the creative glue that has helped to hold Urban Barnyard, Outlines, and Cheese on Bread together. Daoud is working on Art Sorority’s debut long player with Casey, Major Matt Mason USA, and Andrew Hoepfner.

**Eliot Katz

Poet and activist Eliot Katz is the author of five books of poetry, including Unlocking the Exits and When the Skyline Crumbles: Poems for the Bush Years. His forthcoming book, Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out (North America’s Skull), is a collaboration with the artist, William T. Ayton.

**Ben Kreiger

Ben often claims to be a Brooklyn songwriter. Anyone who meets him, however, can immediately tell that he probably grew up in Cleveland. There was a short-lived campaign in the mid-’80s when everyone in Northeast Ohio had a bumper sticker that said, “New York May Be the Big Apple, But Cleveland’s a Plum!” Ben has been a plum among the apples for 10 years.

In the summer of 2008 Ben took over from Lach as “Jay Leno of the Sidewalk.” He books the club and runs the Open Stage on Monday nights.

His latest CD, Class Dismissed, is a concept record about community and the public school system. It is available through Fortified Records. He records himself and others at his home studio, The Rock Closet. He likes to record rock operas.

**Phoebe Kreutz

Phoebe Kreutz is a boozy floozy with a heart of gold. She sings silly songs about the things she likes best: boys and bars and vikings and tacos.

Growing up in New York’s East Village, Phoebe learned a lot about all these things. She also learned a lot about rhyming from Dr. Seuss and the joys of thinly veiled social commentary from “He-Man” and “The Smurfs.”

Now she’s all grown up and still loving life in the big city. She gets to sing in all kinds of fun places like The Knitting Factory, Fez, Birdland, and The Sidewalk Café. It was there that she found the jolly antifolk scene, which has nurtured and indulged her like a benevolent uncle these past few years. It was also there that she met the boys who would later join with her to become the world’s greatest art-indie-rock band that only sings about animals in the city, Urban Barnyard.

**Frank Sherlock

Frank Sherlock is the co-author (with Brett Evans) of Ready-To-Eat Individual, an unofficial State-of-the-City of New Orleans in the Year 1 A.K. (After Katrina). His newest book, entitled Over Here is forthcoming from Factory School in January.

**Nathaniel Siegel

Nathaniel Siegel is a poet, artist, and activist. On Nov. 19, he will be a featured artist at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation in SoHo. His first chapbook is forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

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