can you recall something memorable that you’ve witnessed at a chickfactor party?
stephin the magnetic fields: james mcnew (dump) playing “sunshine, lollipops and rainbows” right after september 11. everyone was sobbing.
daniel handler: I remember my slowly realizing that lois was lois, but I think I kept pretty cool about it.
bridget st john: being completely ignorant of the aislers set’s music and briefly exchanging words backstage with a seemingly reticent linton – and then watching their set and being much affected and surprised by her powerful presence and energy – I love this band!
gaylord cf/wfmu: at the most recent chickfactor party in new york, I saw more people of color than ever in the audience.
janice cf: adrian tomine showing up for the softies set!
michael white: the aluminum group, at the 10th-anniversary soiree in new york, not so much playing a gig as performing a tag-team sit-down comedy set that happened to be broken up with some of the best love songs of the past 20 years.
clarissa cf: I once accidentally walked in on [redacted] making out with [redacted]. it was cute.
rachel blumberg: seeing both small factory and aisler’s set reunite. never imagined either might happen. both were amazing. more than memorable. I can think of something very personally memorable to me, which was when a certain person and i got love potion dumped all over us or something during the first night of the shows at the bell house. ahem.
gordon the fan modine: stephin merritt debuting a dozen or so of the 69 love songs at under acme on a uke way before the record came out. you booked that right? (yes. —editor)
jennifer o’connor: lots of things. 3 favorites include: seeing dump doing his solo looping pedals thing for the first time, aislers set at the 10th anniversary show at fez, gail singing “fuck and run” during the cover girls set.
fran cannane: chickfactor parties are always in the wrong hemisphere but my memory is appalling so I would not recall anyway…
corin tucker: have I been to one? that one at fez? I remember mary timony on stage in braids?
dawn cf: mary timony/joan wasser (later to be policewoman) duo performance.
james dump/yo la tengo: I saw the cannanes beat and rob an audience member at a 1995 CF show at acme.
kendall mascott: I loved seeing brilliantine at the blue cabaret.
gail cf: more euphoria than anyone should be allowed to have. I have a record of them that I will someday publish. along with some footage!
tim dagger: sigh…have never been to one.
chickfactor 17 is out this fall on paper!