Within the last 14 months, Icepack has spit lots of verse about the South Philly wrestling venue known as the New Alhambra, the New New Alhambra, ECW Arena, Viking Hall and Asylum Arena. I hung with Mickey Rourke and Darren Aronofsky on the set of The Wrestler there, watched my share of rockabilly shows there and spied The Joey Eye Show hard at work there. The Troc’s Joanna Pang, with and without AEG Live, leased the space and left the space before they could turn it into a concert venue. Now, a juicy rumor has several of the property’s owners (names you’ll recognize) trying to make the still-unnamed new arena (yes, they’re looking to clean it and keep it wrassslin’) part of a sports-centric complex that could involve some of Forman Mills with the Comcast brand atop the enterprise. Presently, everyone’s just tawkin’ here, but seriously talking.
Do you still buy DVDs? Maybe telling you these releases have local ties will spur you on: Former Eagle Hank Baskett and former Playboy mate Kendra Wilkinson Baskett drop an entire season (really?) of Kendra on Top a couple weeks before filthy ex-Philly comedian Bob Saget unleashes That’s What I’m Talkin’ About.
Michelle Zauner and Kevin O’Halloran ain’t in Post Post anymore. Deven Craige is no longer a tree in the Strand of Oaks. Ian Dykstra stopped drumming for Titus Andronicus. The four of them are Little Big League, whose debut album of ’90s guitar-scrawl, These Are Good People, drops Aug. 6, with an LP-release jam happening July 25 at The Fire.
Also on the local CD tip, one-time Philly baritone Daughn Gibson (now in Carlisle, Pa.) just released his huckle-bucking Sub Pop debut, Me Moan. Look for an August show date through R5.
Wait six years, Paula Deen. All will be forgiven. I’m guessing that’s the moratorium now that Don Imus is back on Philly radio at WWIQ 106.9 FM. He lost all kinds of markets (Philly included) in 2007 when he made racist comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
Found out three things talking to guitarist Mike Tyler (LL Cool J, Goats) the other day. One: He’s a colonel in the state of Kentucky. Two: He’s recording a blues album at an off-South-Street studio. Three: The legendary jazz-soul-blues space, Robert’s Twi-Lite Lounge on 20th and Bainbridge, now has DJ nights as well as select live-and-loud Wednesdays with Mr. Tyler himself.
With the sorrowful passing of Glee actor Cory Monteith, questions arise: What becomes of the still-in-post-production film he shot here in 2012, McCanick, co-starring area actors David Morse and Mike Vogel? Condolences also go to the family of Abington-born Amar Bose, the CEO/founder of Bose Corp.
More Icepack through research at citypaper.net/criticalmass.