BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Poughkeepsie-City Of Sin, 1980

While I´m at it, here´s another record I got in Brattleboro. Chris gave me a bunch of records and this was one of them. This  record fits right along a couple of Berlin records that I posted here before: not punk, not new wave, not hard rock but a little bit of everything.  I love it!

This is what wikipedia has to say about Poughkeepsie:

The name derives from a  Native American word (roughly U-puku-ipi-sing), meaning “the reed covered lodge by the little-water place,” referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River, south of the present downtown area. Poughkeepsie is known as “The Queen City of the Hudson.” During the late 1980s through the late 1990s, Poughkeepsie suffered from severe socioeconomic turmoil, serving as a symbol for urban decay in the Hudson Valley.

This is a great ode to a declining small town and a great, silly novelty rock´n´roll song!

Again many thanks for this, Chris!

BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Poughkeepsie-City Of Sin, 1980


Brooklyn, New York

Nicholas and Sarah and their cats put up with us for more than a week in their Brooklyn apartment during the insanely hot New York City Dog Days but we still managed to cram a lot of activities into every day.

We went to the Metropolitan Museum.metropolitan

Took lots of trains to Manhattan and back to Brooklyn. One day this amazing group came onto the train:

Went to high-brow Barbara Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea to see the retrospective of legendary MAD cartoonist Basil Wolverton. I tried to capture a couple of those famous  images  how they were presented:

Nicholas introduced us to Brooklyn based cartoonist Josh Neufeld, whose new book A.D. New Orleans after The Deluge just came out. It was very inspiring to meet a fellow cartoonist, especially one whose work seems to be so close to mine. Josh already wrote about our wonderful encounter here. . You do indeed have a place to stay in Berlin anytime, Josh. We hope to see you soon.


And then eventually I got around to do some record shopping. I bought a bunch of new 45´s of  local Brooklyn groups at Academy Records and also a bunch of cheap old stuff. And then I found The Thing.


The middle of the summer was probably the worst time to check out THE THING, a legendary thrift store located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn on 1001 Manhattan Ave. Here are two short videos that we made there:

Julia left me for half an hour and then returned to see how I was doing. When I saw her I  gasped: Thank god, you´ve come to release me!

It was too much, especially with the heat and the busy days that we had had in NYC. There are more than 100.000 records in that basement. I bought only about a dozen 45´s.

Now, THANK YOU SO MUCH to all our friends who let us stay at their places, fed us and drove us around. You are the GREATEST! Please come to Berlin soon and let us take care of  YOU!