Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Target Video at PFA/Berkeley Art Museum

Sorry to all of you who were turned away from the PFA show last Saturday. It's exciting to have a sold out show, but a drag for those who missed it. Try again at the "Pioneers of Punk" show at the Fillmore on July 26th. Tix in advance from the Fillmore. Target Video is up first, so get there early!
We were glad to see many old friends including Sam Edwards (Target,) John Gullack (The Mutants,) V.Vale (Search and Destroy,) legendary photographer Ruby Ray and former Damage Magazine writer Shoshana Wechsler.
See you at the Fillmore!


  1. Joe, Sam, and everyone:

    So, the next morning, Friday last week, I realized what I really wanted to say, or to ask Joe Rees. frous..
    Here goes:

    1) The iPod and iTunes have completely ruined popular music. Listening to a teeny match book sized box, with ear buds stuck in your ears in your own little personal bubble, is terrible. Even a boom box on Sproul steps is better. Compare it to the experience we all just saw on the screen (Target). Young people, next to each other, experiencing live music, live art, humanity, deaf club, expression, sweat, throbbing vibrations, smoke, sexy girls, fine men, sharp spikes, as a group ... all together. In person. The iPod has taken that away. Now think about music stores (Rather Ripped, Universal) ... and compare to the iTunes store. Sorry mate. Young people do not get the sage advice of a Marc Time or Gary Nervo explaining Pere Ubu or Iggy Pop to them. or to see their peers in person and rap about record in a group. And bump into new ideas with people and learn to talk, learn, posture, create in person. Now take the cover art. Cover flow on the iPod excuse me. This does not compare to a Peter Saville album cover, or holding the art in your hands, big and expressive, when sitting cross legged and putting the needle on the record.

    2) YouTube. Conversely, I think YouTube is actually good for video. This is a case when the technology frees up the already packaged, prefabricated nature of a pre-made contained piece (video), and allows it to be found, searchable, viewable, indexed, by millions. And to get the art out to people. Transmit a frozen period in time to others not there. The difference here is that Video is Video. And Punk Rock is Punk Rock. The video leads itself to transmission. While on the other hand, the music can only really live in a club. A venue. With greater than one human being interacting. At a live event. At Barrington, or the Geary Temple, or the International Cafe. With the faces for the friends and band and the fabric and 3-dimension emersion of the live experience. Thus, the iPod is as far away from Punk Rock as you can get. While YouTube is an okay way to watch, archive, and share video.

    3) Question: So, Joe Rees, what do you think? What do you think about YouTube?

    Thanks, -Peter Montgomery
    peter_mont AT yahoo.com

  2. Hey Joe,

    I'm a student organizing a series of film screenings to be hosted in Orange County sometime early spring of next year. We would be stoked to host a TARGET night. Email me if you think their is some possibility in that.