Friday, April 21, 2006

B.C. Classic Albums Live presents Compton, Mesmer, Smith and The Pretenders, Learning to Crawl

Boog City's Classic Albums Live presents

The Pretenders, Learning to Crawl

Tues. April 25, 8:00 p.m., $7

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (and 1st Street)

with readings from:

Shanna Compton
Sharon Mesmer
Jenny Smith


The Pretenders, Learning To Crawl
will be performed live in order by:

Casey Holford
--Middle Of The Road
--Back On The Chain Gang

Phoebe Kreutz
--Time The Avenger
--Watching The Clothes

The Sewing Circle
--Show Me

The Leader
--My City Was Gone
--Thin Line Between Love And Hate

Erika Simonian
--I Hurt You
--2000 Miles

Hosted by Boog City editor and publisher David Kirschenbaum

Directions: F train to Second Avenue, or 6 train to Bleecker Street. Venue is at foot of 1st Street, between Houston and Bleecker streets, across from CBGB's.

Call 212-842-BOOG(2664) or email for further information

poet and musical acts' websites

poet and musical acts' bios

Winnow Press published Shanna Compton’s Down Spooky in fall 2005. Compton is also the editor of GAMERS: Writers, Artists & Programmers on the Pleasures of Pixels (Soft Skull, 2004). Her poems and essays have recently appeared in The Tiny, Coconut, MiPoesias, Spork, Court Green, Verse, and in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2005, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, and Digerati. Originally from Texas, she has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 1995.

Casey Holford is a member of the bands Dream Bitches and Urban Barnyard, as well as several other revolving musical projects. He has a new solo album and also a new EP, which a Boog City cover story says sounds like what you might hear "If Elliott Smith's Figure 8 was twisted through the buttcrack of Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual." He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Phoebe Kreutz is a little joke folk gal who likes her thrills as cheap as her beer. She's always singing songs about silly stuff. This spring she's headed off to confuse and delight audiences on her first tour in the U.K. Then she'll come home and release her new album, tentatively titled Feelings Up the Wazoo. She's very excited for this chance to pay homage to Chrissie Hynde, who had such a large influence on not only Phoebe's bangs, but the bangs of her entire generation.

The Leader is a bass and drum duo with plenty of harmony. A little country, mostly rock, and lyrically obsessed with the sh*t hitting the fan.

Sharon Mesmer is the author of In Ordinary Time (stories, Hanging Loose Press, 2005), Ma Vie à Yonago (stories, Hachette Littératures, France, in French translation, 2005), The Empty Quarter (stories, Hanging Loose Press, 2000), and Half Angel, Half Lunch (poems, Hard Press, 1998). Lonely Tylenol, an art book from Flying Horse Editions/University of Central Florida (2003), is a collaboration with the painter David Humphrey. She writes a seasonal column for the French magazine Purple Journal and music reviews for The Brooklyn Rail. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in New American Writing, Van Gogh's Ear (France), Lungfull!, Gargoyle, Tears in the Fence (UK), and The Brooklyn Rail, and on the websites Respiro, theeastvillage, the2ndhand, and Nerve. She teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction-writing and literature courses at the New School.

The Sewing Circle is a musical collective centered around keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Preston Spurlock, with frequent collaborations from his first cousin Chase McGuire. The project started in West Palm Beach, Florida in the summer of 2003. Since then, they have recorded two full albums and are currently working on a third, and have had several live performances. The Sewing Circle specializes in songs about cryptozoology, extinction, and sleep.

It's Erika Simonian’s unique combination of talent and personality that critics have repeatedly celebrated about her. Having been compared to Liz Phair for her straightforward lyrical tone and Aimee Mann for her songwriting craft, Simonian continues to defy the stereotypes of the female singer/songwriter with her prickly sense of humor and her characteristic air-and-light-infused delivery. There's something in that voice--a cat and mouse playfulness--that lets you know that Simonian's in control even when she seems most vulnerable. “Her superb CD All the Plastic Animals is the gold standard for slowly smoldering, fearlessly intelligent songwriting, infused with barely restrained rage and subtle wit.” -Alan Young of Trifectagram and New York Press.

Jenny Smith is the author of Egon and Wait a Minute, Harriet. She writes poems and takes pictures and is currently trying very hard to find an inexpensive tuba so that she can play the tuba, too. Please find a tuba in your basement and sell it to her.

David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher
Boog City
330 W.28th St., Suite 6H
NY, NY 10001-4754
For event and publication information:
T: (212) 842-BOOG (2664)
F: (212) 842-2429