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Michael Lee Nirenberg’s feature length directorial debut, Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story, based on his father’s experiences as creative director at Hustler Magazine in the 1970’s and 1980’s, will be released Juy 15, 2014 on most VOD platforms in the US.

Currently working on an Untitled Documentary on the History of Computer Hacking.


Entries by Michael Nirenberg

A Conversation With Delia Gonzalez

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Delia Gonzalez's debut titled In Remembrance is released on April 28, 2015 through DFA Records. This is not an average record release. This record has taken several years and is part of a larger multimedia project. In Remembrance...

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Book Review- Neighbors From Hell : An American Bedtime Story

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:32 PM

In the 1990's when I was a dumb college kid I was kicked out of the student dorms at University of the Arts. I was selling low-grade marijuana, dropping acid, starting wild sex parties and pursuing fun. After several icy meetings with...

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Music Suggestions for Early April 2015

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:18 AM

Several tracks have crossed my path lately. I find them all important for different reasons. I don't want to argue about music with you. Enjoy.

Uniform - "Perfect World"
Elements of the postpunk you grew up with. It reaches transcendent aggression.

Antwon - "Living Every Dream"
My favorite rap record of the moment. Let Kendrick put everyone else to sleep. I should mention that the video is great. Especially if you are old enough to remember and feel the '90s. Excellent work. Note the Hanoi Rocks shirt.

Josef Van Wissem - Partir To Live Soundtrack
High Art. Save it for being alone, reading, or contemplating chaos.

Zig Zags (debut) - My boy Travis put me on this today. It's some of the alive rock n' roll. I felt something like a feeling.

Krieg - "In Order of the Solitary Round"
These guys are doing wonderful work. it's almost a little acidy and hardcore. It reminds me a little of that wonderful moment in the mid-'80s when there were solid crossover thrash bands like The Crumbsuckers.

John Maus - "Keep Pushing On"
Simply a perfect ghostly pop song.

Cheena - "Did I tell You Last Night?"
This album reminds me why I think it's important to keep the skeletons out, so everybody can see how Rock R Roll looks. The rock n' roll seems sincere, it's alive.

Foetus - "Soak"
Some artists who start off as portrait painters end up later painting landscapes. Sonic layering. style, singing and dancing are just a few elements here. This record has so many moods and textures.Soak is probably best enjoyed alone as so many great records are.

*Ozzy Osborne's last great record Bark At the Moon gets an honorable mention for weekly obsessive...

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Notes on Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 6:33 PM


Sacred Bones Records here in Brooklyn is one of my favorite record labels to emerge in recent years. One of their latest releases is Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple.

Here are my notes on that record in a...

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Book Review: Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye's Final and Darkest Era

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 5:38 PM


At first glance the drawings of Lee Brown Coye have an almost simplistic, naive quality. Once you spend some time with the drawings in Pulp Macabre, the intricacies and subtleties reveal themselves starkly in black and white.

According to Mr. Coye's son Robert...

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The Future of Music Is in Your Hand

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 10:36 PM


Pat Noecker and I decided to catch up over beers recently in Bushwick. It had been too long. I always felt he was one of the most forward-looking artists I know. When I met Pat several years ago, he was in

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7 Questions for CineKink Founder Lisa Vandever

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 6:45 PM


This Tuesday on February 24, 2015, "the kinky film festival" CineKink NYC opens its 12th season. On occasion of my own film being in this year's lineup, I asked CineKink founder Lisa Vandever these 7 questions:

MN: I know you have answered this...

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Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Recently Pop Star A and Pop Star B were both nominated for a prestigious music award. Pop Star A uses songwriting teams and producers. Her music is heavily processed and is designed for mass consumption. Pop Star B writes and performs his own songs yet still makes songs for mass...

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Musings on Kim Fowley and Edgar Froese

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Edgar Froese founder of Tangerine Dream, and Kim Fowley, the music producer/songwriter/professional creep, both died this week. They both had long-lasting careers on the edges of rock n' roll. These two artists couldn't be any more different, yet each had enormously prolific outputs that have influenced culture directly...

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Black Metal: The Evolution of the Cult

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:18 PM


Black Metal: The Evolution of the Cult is the first book that I'm aware of that treats the subject of black metal music with academic seriousness. Journalist and photographer Dayal Patterson is clearly aware that history is messy and non-linear, yet...

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Why Thrash Metal Now?

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 2:48 PM

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Retro-cycles are now a normal part of pop culture and have been for sometime. It is well documented that it's traced to the emergence of 1950's youth culture and their post WWII expendable income. You wait 20...

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Discussion with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 12:16 PM


Eleven years before the release of Nirvana's juggernaut Nevermind during the apex of glam metal, Sub Pop Records was a fledgling Xerox-and-X-Acto-knife-produced fanzine that championed local music scenes across the country. They produced cassette compilations that showcased regional music from every little scene...

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Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 3:57 PM


My generation discovered the big-eyed waifs at grandma's house or in the marginalia of our local thrift shops. The generation older than me knows that at one point Margaret Keane's big-eyed paintings of children were everywhere. From those cheap reproductions in your grandmother's...

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The Archivist's Dilemma: Q&A With Oddball Films' Stephen Parr

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 8:53 PM


While working on my new film in the Bay Area this summer, I had the good fortune of being introduced to Stephen Parr and his massive 6000 sq. ft. archive aptly named Oddball Films. My colleagues and I caught a real...

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Spill The Blood -- Book Review: Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years by D.X. Ferris

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:22 AM


The phenomena of the thrash metal band Slayer is hard to explain to people who didn't listen to them in the latter part of the 20th century. This may be due to the fact that Slayer fans are cult-like, yet it...

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Book Review -- NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 3:16 PM


After reading a good oral history such as NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman, it should feel like you have just hung out with a bunch of people you just met and learned a whole lot from....

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The Maker Faire New York

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Spinning things, optical illusions, drone aircrafts, cheap microcontrollers, and 3D-printed robots. You know its gonna be good when you see Emmanuel Goldstein of 2600 at the starting gate in the morning. The World Maker Faire New York is a lot to take in. I'm not sure I really...

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Rap Was Bloated With Champagne

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:20 AM

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed." -- William Gibson

There is a whole generation of young people who would have been entering the job market for the first time during the economic collapse of 2008 and its dubious long recovery.

In that time...

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The First Hasidic Rock Band

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:48 AM

Last week an all female post-punk band played on the lower east side. No big deal you think? Well they were hasidic women, and as their religion stipulates, no men were allowed to watch them so it was an all girls act to an all girls...

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No Security: HOPE X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 3

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:43 AM

Day 3 of my filming diary at HOPE X. You can read Day 1 here and Day 2 here.

10:45am- arrived at HOPE X for day 3. I ingested 2 cups of coffee, 1 Lexapro, 2 levocetirizine, 1 vicodin and one apple. Certain enthusiasms...

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