SPREADING THE WORD for 13 YEARS!
Tongue & Groove
Sunday August 14
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This
month we proudly feature: Eric Spitznagel “Old Records Never Die”, James
Fearnley (Pogues) “Here Comes Everybody”, Lisa Jane Persky, David Kendrick,
Bruce Duff ” The Smell of Death ” + music by Kaylee Cole
Eric Spitznagel is an Executive Writer at Men’s Health Magazine, where he’s
written about topics like Burt Reynolds, satanism, raw meat eating, sex
robots, and why sperm should never be used as a cocktail ingredient. He’s
also been a frequent contributor to magazines like Playboy, Esquire, Vanity
Fair, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Billboard, Details, The Believer, and the New
York Times Magazine, among many others. He’s the author of seven books,
including Ron Jeremy’s bestselling autobiography The Hardest (Working) Man
In Showbiz, a project that exhausted his literary reserve of penis puns.
He’s also edited several humor anthologies, most recently Care To Make Love
In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?, which features questionable life
advice from people like Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Sedaris. His
most recent book is called “Old Records Never Die.” You can read all about
it at www.recordsneverdie.com
James Fearnley, a founding member of The Pogues, has written a great
memoir, “Here Comes Everybody”, drawn from his personal experiences and the
series of journals and correspondence he kept throughout the band’s career.
Fearnley describes the coalescence of a disparate collection of vagabonds
living in the squats of London’s Kings Cross, with, at its center, the
charismatic MacGowan and his idea of turning Irish traditional music on its
head. With beauty, lyricism, and great candor, Fearnley tells the story of
how the band watched helplessly as their singer descended into a dark and
isolated world of drugs and alcohol, and sets forth the increasingly
desperate measures they were forced to take.
An early participant in the CBGB’s scene, Lisa Jane Persky was a founding
member of the staff of the New York Rocker and more recently a founding
editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. Her work as journalist, photographer
and artist has appeared in Mojo, The Pitchfork Review, The Los Angeles Times
and elsewhere, and her fiction has appeared in Bomb and has been
anthologized in Eclectica: Best Fiction Volume 1. She has appeared on, off
and off-off Broadway and in numerous films and television shows. Lisa also
anthologizes Chickens in Literature at chickensinliterature.com.
David Kendrick came to Los Angeles by way of a phone call from the legendary
Kim Fowley. He has played with 90 bands more or less. Some of note have been
Gleaming Spires, Sparks, DEVO and Andy Prieboy. He is an avid collector of
odd art and some of his finds have appeared in Clown Paintings by Diane
Keaton. David’s ongoing music project – “The Empire Of Fun” to date has
released a box set plus six other collections, including the fiction story
CD set “I’m sorry Mr. Kendrick, there’s a skull inside your head.” Recently
he has had essays on cycads and fear published by the Laboratory Arts
collective Hymn magazine.
Bruce Duff is a thirty-year veteran of the music business, having worked as
musician, producer, journalist, publicist, A&R director, product manager,
and artist manager. As player and producer, he’s worked with Jesters of
Destiny, Cheetah Chrome, Adz, Circle, Jeff Dahl, Prima Donna, 45 Grave, the
Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Thor and Simon Stokes, among many others. As a
journalist, he’s written for LA Weekly, Billboard, Bass Player,
Psychotronic, Rip, Creem, and dozens of other out-of-print magazines. He
retired from journalism in 2005. Duff lives in the Hollywood Hills with his
roller derby-star wife and their two cats.
Kaylee Cole has called the Skagit Valley, Spokane, Seattle, Nashville and
now, Los Angeles home, opened for bands such as The Lumineers, The Head & The
Heart, Damien Jurado, and Emily Wells, performed with the Seattle Rock
Orchestra and Portland Cello Project, and nearly finished a debut album
(recorded and produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio). While her
deftly-engineered love songs may feel heavy and heartbroken at first listen,
it is clear during a live performance that the stories whittled out of the
music more closely resemble aging photographs one would leaf through in a
second-hand shop than scars that still weigh heavily on Cole. Whether she’s
behind a grand piano at an ornate theater, or sitting with a keyboard on her
lap at a cozy house show, Kaylee Cole is a true entertainer who leaves no
audience member without an impression.