True story, I'm never going to give up going to shows or hustling for the shot so this past Saturday I went out to not one, but two house shows. I didn't get pics of every band that played at both shows, but I got some good shit from a bunch of them. Check it out!
First stop was way down by the water in South Brooklyn for a Basement Dwellers show. These kids have been putting on all ages house shows for a while there and became part of Punk Island this year too. They are keeping DIY shows and culture alive outside of the "hot" areas of BK and really have an awesome thing going. It was my first time heading down there, and I definitely will be back.
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Stick n pokes with Sa'ar
Bedpan Fight old friends of mine and the most sarcastic pop punk you'll find in NYC
Witchslap is an "almost all-girl skater band in Brooklyn" and they'd been on my list to get out to see for a while but I kept missing them cuz of work or other shows. That's also funny because I share a practice space with them for one of my bands haha. Glad I finally made it out and would love to see them again/play with them.
After a fucking raging set, you gotta cool off in the pool!
Damn Broads CT Cunt Punx. They played at Punk Island the last 2 years but somehow I managed to miss them both times. I like how all 3 of them share vocal duties seamlessly throughout their songs
Julio hiding his face but repping the BX
Enziguri feat. guest vocals from Mike of Almost Aimless
Enziguri Bronx hardcore and really rad guys/friends of mine. Their new album "Uptown Boogie Town" is available on Bandcamp and Spotify, you should do yourself a favor and check it out.
A portrait of Mike outside
Next, I made my way back up to Bushwick to a show at a house called The Bronze. I know I wasn't the only one pretending they were hanging with Buffy and the Scooby gang.....hahahaha. I got there a little late and missed one of the bands I wanted to see, and needed a bit of a rest so I didn't take pics of the next two bands, Mean Siders and Wild Moon. They were pretty good so I'd like to see them again and get some shots. My pals Ellen & the Degenerates played last and I got some shots of them. They're always fun to take pics of, they make my job pretty easy haha.
They've got a new 7" out and will be playing a release show on Sat 9/2 at Bushwick Public House, you know I'll be there taking pics hahaha
All photos copyright Kate Hoos. If you use these for social media, cool, but give me a credit plz and a link. For all other uses, or hi-res versions of any of these photos for print usage etc, get in touch for info/rates :D
Photography, thoughts, etc by NYC based punk nerd Kate Hoos.
Friday, August 11, 2017
This is a new little gadget I just picked up, the Fuji Instax SP2 Smartphone printer. It is a super rad little thing which basically means I turned my phone into an instant camera (sort of) and that is pretty awesome in my book.
But really, isn't technology an amazing thing? It sure is! I know that this little gadget has been out for a year but it's new to me so I'm going to gush over it just a little bit here and maybe this is a pseudo product review? We'll go with that haha.
I was originally going to buy batteries for my Instax camera but found this printer instead and opted for it over just using the camera itself for 2 reasons. First, I can print whatever is in my archives that I want to and second, because of that, I can curate the content and make whatever edits I need ahead of printing so I'm not wasting time/money/resources with bum images I don't like cuz the film is expensive and I just don't want to be wasteful, throwing out stuff I don't like or sticking them in a drawer somewhere.
I tested it out and played around with images from a wide variety of sources then scanned all of these with my desktop flatbed. I applied no filters and made no adjustments in Photoshop, just cropped off the edges. I made some prints for some band friends too which I think they liked because I got some good reactions! I do plan to incorporate this into some work going forward, probably in a collage/mixed media capacity. I really miss making collage based work so I am itching to get back to it.
Anyway, take a look at the goods....in no particular order...
2017- Bushwick, Brooklyn- taken with my iPhone 6.
I applied the Instax app "Intelligence "filter which seems to boost the brightness and contrast a bit. This is the only print I used that in app filter on. I took this in the evening when the light was fading a bit so the colors didn't pop quite as much as I'd have liked so the filter helped.
This is as is, no filter applied. The blacks get a bit muddled, so since her eyes were mostly closed when I took the picture, the detail gets lost in that. Full disclosure that I got this printer mainly to make tons of miniature instant prints of my cats, duuuuuhhhhhh
The above 2 are Downtrodder in Philly 6/2017 and Namatay Sa Ingay 7/2017 in Brooklyn, both taken with my Nikon D750.
I'm pretty sure these were hi-res files that I used for these and they were very sharp but I see a definite loss of detail in these prints. I'm not sure if it's because the software tried to compress it some or because there's just a lot going on, but I am going to try again with a lower resolution file and see if that works better. Ironic that a professional full frame SLR with the high resolution is the best camera I used on this list and the images I took with it were the ones that the prints were just a little off when I made them haha.
I'm not complaining though, because there is plenty of other stuff I can do with the hi-res versions plus since long exposure is a staple of my live band shooting style, it's really cool to see that come to life as an instant print even if it's not super crisp. I would have never been able to do that with the Instax camera I have, so I am REALLY glad I shelled out the extra money for this printer vs getting batteries for the camera.
2017- Queens- taken with my iPhone 6.
No filter, printed as is. The colors are crisp and pretty well saturated which I like. It was a bright summer morning when I took this, which helped for sure. I just love that goofy face, reminds me of myself haha just needs some glasses!
The blacks again get a slight bit muddled and look a bit flat but not terribly so. I have loved this phrase/image for many years so a print of it has hung in various apartments I've had over that time.
his is a double whammy as I scanned the pic and posted it to IG a little while ago. Then I took a screen shot, enlarged it a little in the app (which warned me if I went any larger, it would lose quality. That is a nice feature to avoid making bum prints that are low quality) and made the print. Not bad for all that! Even some of the detail in my hot super fashionable overalls is visible. I would like to make a print from the original file to compare side by side to see if more detail comes through
BAST circa 2000-ish Nikon FM2 35mm camera.
This is another image I have just loved and loved for so long so it was top of the list to print. I found this randomly walking around in lower Manhattan going to the old Knitting Factory, so it was in the area of Leonard, St. In fact, a faded larger print of this still hangs in my apartment today. I made a hi-res scan of the negative at some point in college which then sat on an external for over 10 years until I pulled it off to test out for this print. The slight gradient appearance of the robot is on the original scan so the Instax printer did a good job of keeping the blacks looking nice.
Another brilliant childhood picture of myself hahaha. I believe this dates to around 1985 or 86, I took a picture of the print with my phone and posted it to IG. This is a screenshot of that, so not too bad i n terms of detail. I am going to make a scan of the original print and use that to do another Instax print to compare side by side.
2017- Blue Skies- Scan from 35mm negative taken with a disposable camera.
Some details are lost in the clouds but nothing to get upset about. Took this out the window of a van when I was touring with my friend's band this summer. I think it's somewhere around Kentucky or Indiana, I'm not 100% sure though.
Glad I got this little gadget, it's fun. I have some other rando things I've been tinkering with that maybe I'll review too. None of it fancy expensive stuff or even new really, but doesn't matter to me.
Stay tuned, more punk photo nerd stuff to come, thanks for reading :D
Don't use these images without asking/crediting me THX!
Thursday, August 3, 2017
2 weekends ago, my band Lady Bizness teamed up with Basic Bitches for a mini weekend tour which was pretty freaking rad if I do say so myself. I of course intended to get these pics up sooner but got distracted by life stuff but mostly 3 old hard drives jammed full of pics so I spent more time going through that stuff than I should have without having these done. But there were many gems I unearthed so I was taking a stroll down memory lane and being very distracted by that, boo! There are some epic show pics in there so stay tuned, as I get those sorted I'll post stuff.
Anyyyyyway, take a lil look. The first night was the best in terms of my photographic output, but I got fun shots of BB all 3 days. Any pics of Lady Bizness were obviously not taken by me so I credited who took the pic below it.
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Night 1- Milkweed, Sugarloaf NY
First things first, there was a cute kitty in the yard outside and we spent some QT getting pets in before the show. There was also some hula-hooping action which I did not get any pictures of and now regret. Okay, onward to the show pics.......
The Orgonauts [NY pop punk. Their lead singer Gabe hooked the night up and is one of my fellow Punk Island organizers. He also booked one of my old bands in 2006 so we go back a bit!]
Basic Bitches. Our tour mates and #bandbesties They killed it as usual, duhhh
Taking care of Bizness in Sugarloaf (pics by Lysa)
Fat Chance [NJ ska/crust/skate punk. It's been a very long time since I have played with a ska band- and of course I got no good pics of their sax player :/ boo- cuz you know, I'm old lololol. These kids brought the noise and the energy and were a ton of fun to watch. I def would love to shoot them again]
Night 2- Willimantic Records, Willimantic CT
Damn, stole our record cover idea :/
I love the window gorilla 4e
Johnny (from Sister Munch) came to hang out got a little meta with the Dead Milkmen hahaha
Connecticut Bizness (pics by Johnny)
Breaking the 4th wall yo
Cuz who doesn't love getting METAAAAAA (and also shallowwwww depth of field) ?????
I didn't get pics of the other bands well I just suck, what can I say? haha
Night 3- O'Brien's, Coram NY
Lady Biz does Long Island for the first time (pic by Naomi)
That's how you close out a fucking night in case you were wondering.
Clearly, we had a blast and we def plan to do another weekender with Basic Bitches so hopefully we can make it happen and come thrash in a town near you :D
Thanks to everyone else we played with and who helped hook up shows, we really appreciate it!
Some Basic Bitches and Lady Bizness love at the end of the road (photo by Lysa)
Bands, you know the drill, credit me if you post on your social media ;)