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A few kind words about the spider... letter from Stewartstown,
This is Jeff Burk that use to be in Stewartstown, PA. Years ago you
came and played our shitty small town to a small group a kids that could
not have been happier. It was organized by myself and my girlfriend
Angie Molinar. We we're just two teenagers and we had organized a day
long benefit music festival for an AIDs charity.
It has been about six years (I think) since then. Angie and I are still
together and that day was a defining moment in our lives. Since then
we have both gotten highly involved in political organizing and activism.
I have become highly involved in the anti-war movement and was the president
of a peace activism organization in our new home of Indiana, PA. I am
also pursuing a career in writing. Angie works with labor organizing
and is pursuing a graduate degree to fulfill her dream of becoming a
When we heard Zak died we were both crushed. As long as I live I will
never forget him shouting out on stage at our concert. Everyone who
was there that day still talks about his performance and the poem he
wrote especially for the event about getting stuck and lost on the way.
That concert also had an impact on the community. Every year since then,
the local high-schoolers have held a day long benefit concert for a
AIDs charity. Angie and myself had nothing to do with anything but the
first one. The local youth community needed something like that so badly
that it automatically sprang into a life of its own.
That day I bought a tape and a vhs from you and a poster of Zak that
has always hung next to me by my desk. As I type this both flyers we
made for that show hang in front of me. Since then I have gotten almost
all of your releases (poverty can be a bitch for music purchases) and
have played Team Spider to too many people to count. Everyone from hippies
and metal heads have come away with a big smile.
I just thought you might like to know the impact that Team Spider had
on myself, Angie and Stewartstown for performing that day. That event
taught Angie and myself that we were capable of doing anything. Everyday
since then has been spent pursuing our dreams. Many people and bands
helped make the show a success but you were our favorite band at the
time. Everyone who was there, even the other bands, sight the highlight
as your performance.
When I read a mention of the Stewartstown show in the NY Times obit
I was touched. I wished I had written all of this sooner, that Zak could
know this. Better later then never.
Thank you for the impact Team Spider made on so many people.
yo... thanks Jeff, been feelin' down this weekend for
some reason.. this really means a lot. XRIS
SUMMER @))* !!!
Tompkins Square Punk RETTURNS!!
AUG. 2nd and 3rd 2008
The 20th anniversary of the Tompkins Sq. (police) riot...
live music, films, more
Voice Article on Permit Strugglefor mo
Article on Park Show Permitsre info visit Sliding
we've had quite a fig
So... Punk Rock has lost another cool elder...
Hilly Kristal, the man who thought he opened a "Country Blue Grass
& Blues bar",
& ended up becoming the caretaker to a generation
of freaks, rejects, and geniuses, has passed away... ;-(
His only requirement for those wierdos, soon to be dubbed 'Punks'...
was that they play "originals".
Well, here's an original... Written by ZAK,
performed by Team Spider:
"Hilly Thanks New York, New York Thanks Hilly....."----Rest
in Peace friend...
--------Xris / TS
SPIDER - HILLY THANKS NY (song/video)
u CAN USE#########################################
- TEAM SPIDER in the Studio, recording a new record....
Peak- at the track listing:
My Life, Your Rights
We own the streets
Sum May Say
Father Tells Me
peak at the painful recording
SPIDER heading to the U.K.
007, our first euro-tour... U have hook ups for England, Ireland, Holland
shows/crashpads???: Hook us up!
NOW HAS A YOUTUBE CHANNEL !!!!
YOU can watch VIDEOS
from JELLO WRESTLING, & SHOPPING CART CARNAGE, to REINDEER ATTACKz>>>>>>
part- you !SUBSCRIBE! and it tells you every time we post a new VID...
new Team Spider 7 inch Vinyl comin out
too broke to put it out,,,, you wanna release it? CONTACT
the New Tracks / Final Mixes Here : MUSIC
============NOTE * we are Sold Out of the NO CA$H/TEAM
SPIDER SPLITS... so please don't order them!!==========
GOOD NEWS: Asst.
Chief of Police BRUCE
SMOLKA, HAS RETIRED
!!!! Who was HE?
main architect of the crackdown on NYC CRITICAL MASS BIKE RIDES,
head of the "task" force that fired the 41 shots fired into
famed for "ripping women off their bikes and arresting them"
the Subject of the Team Spider underground hit SONG: "The Smolka
in honor of this happy day, Xris
and Christopher, built Chiefy this bike, THE SMOLKA CRUISER
which was presented to him at
the Lucky 13th Precinct
clik to HERE
read newspaper article on THE Smolka Cruiser
NEWS / REMEMBRANCE
======================= TO ALL FRIENDS OF ZAK===================
The sad news is true,
ZAK has passed away…
On DEC 13th, at approx. 6:30 PM
Joseph Bernard Zak passed away at the St. Lukes hospital in his hometown
of New York City.
He was 80 years old.
Widely regarded as the oldest punk rocker ever, he often preferred the
“Most Prolific Songwriter in the History of the World”.
And believe it or not, that statement was most likely not an exaggeration.
Zak wrote approximately 30,000 – 40,000 original song lyrics.
The exact number may be never known. Even those of us in his punk rock
band, TEAM SPIDER lost track after he copyrighted the first 20,000 or
so. Collected in his aptly titled “ZAK OPUS”. Being Team
Spider’s vocalist and guitarist, I recently found myself having
to haul over 40 boxes of lyrics out of ZAK’s old apartment. If
asked how many songs were in there, I can only describe the quantity
as somewhere between “back breaking,” and “spine crushing.”
The exact details of ZAK’s life were always a bit of a mystery.
Even to those of us closest to him. What we do know is that baby Zak
was born in 1926, somewhere in upstate New York, near Albany. He never
knew his parents and appears to have been primarily raised by Franciscan
priests. Zak thought the way of the cloth would be the way for him,
and he studied feverishly to become a priest himself. Along the way
he became an expert on religious texts and several languages, including
the original Latin language in which the Christian Brothers’ documents
were written and how they were read during mass
It was ultimately his sharp tounge and knowledge of Latin that got him
expelled from the brotherhood, just shy of taking his final vows. Towards
the end of his endoctranation, Zak was leading a mass alongside a high
ranking priest. Rather than recite the texts he knew so well, he broke
from script, saying “beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing”
while motioning to the exhaulted priest. A move lost on most of the
parishioners listening to the Latin language Mass, but an act of defiance
not lost on the target of his remarks, or his superiors.
As Zak recalls, he was given a 24 hours to “get out of town.”
So, without many choices, Zak ended up in the Navy, serving in the Pacific
during World War 2. Although he was concerned he may never return from
sea, Zak observed that “The good lord apparently had other plans
Those plans were for Zak to become a teacher and mentor at a home for
delinquent boys. Zak identified with the young troublemakers and spent
his days and nights trying to help guide and be a friend to those who
needed one. He made it his daily mission to steer these young men in
positive directions despite the tough hands they may have been dealt.
Because with WW2 having ended, the nation’s prosperity seemed
just on the horizon.
During his 13 years of shaping young men’s hearts and minds, Zak
had been composing musical lyrics. Eventually he felt it was time leave
the boy’s home and head to Nashville to try his hand as a professional
lyricist. In his spare time, he composed over 200 biographical lyrics
about a young man named Elvis Presley, whom Zak thought to be an “amazing
talent , with a great future.” Although Zak’s lyrics were
received well by the scores of Nashville musicians, no one could figure
out how to commercially produce a piece, that appeared to be about as
lengthy as the King’s life thus far.
Undaunted, Zak continued writing lyrics, passing them to every Nashville
based or travelling performer that caught his eye. Even composing lyrics
for U.S. Presidents, whether they requested “official national
songs” or not. Then one night, a raging fire took Zak’s
Nashville home, and with it, all of his lyrics. He decided “the
good lord wanted me out of Nashville.”
Armed only with his wit, and a new found distaste for unattended candles,
he headed to the town whose official lyric forever challenges: “If-you-can–make-it-there…”
New York City.
To support his fervent lyric writing, Zak took, as he described them,
many “odd” jobs. The more time they left for writing, the
better. He ended up finding himself w/ several security and night watchmen
jobs. Due to his honorable ways and strong work ethic, Zak was often
promoted to a Commander or Captain level. Unfortunately for the security
biz, Zak had little interest in climbing rank and viewed it all just
as a means to support his writing. At one point, in true early punk
D.I.Y. spirit, he even formed his own small record label, releasing
a vinyl run of a song he composed, and that he thought should see the
light of day. Fortunately it did sell, but being not attached to material
items, Zak sold every single copy and none of records from the pressing
seem to be in active circulation today. Although his band mates and
fans still flip through the old vinyl bins hoping one day to find a
original Zak Records release.
Some time in his 50’s, Zak landed a job as a doorman for a fancy
hotel. Some might have said it appeared to be a step down from his previous
jobs, where he was the supervisor of scores of men. But Zak, being an
independent spirit, preferred the solitary duties and responsibilities
of a doorman. Plus, the job came with a perk, staff housing for the
length of his entire life. So Zak packed up and moved into the Empire
Hotel on Columbus circle, right across from the Metropolitan Opera and
the Julliard School of music. For years he worked his doorman duties,
cheerfully greeting guests of the city, while keeping guard against
the unsavory types that he was so skilled at unveiling. Zak often crafted
custom poems and lyrics for the travelers whom he would come to meet
during their New York stays.
He found much time to focus on his beloved work, deep within the world
In his off time, Zak spent countless hours at the Julliard library,
translating ancient plays from Greek, Latin, or any of the other languages
he spoke fluently, to his native English. All in the hope that the works
would be able to reach a new and wider audience. During this time he
could often be found befriending and amusing the talented Julliard music
students who, thinking they would head to the library to finish some
work, often found themselves leaving with the knowledge that they had
much more work to do. Sometimes, that work consisting of direct assignments
Zak eventually collaborated with a professor/composer at Julliard on
a piece that was performed at the end of the year for the entire school.
Again, all copies of this “lyrical symphony” appear to be
lost to time, due to Zak’s lack of material possessions, but what
a night it must have been.Upon reaching retirement age, Zak settled
into his private room at the Empire Hotel for possibly his most creative
period yet. Each day he busied himself writing, re-writing, photocopying,
and then copywriting, his lyrics. Each month he would send his packets,
each often containing hundreds of lyrics, to the Library of Congress.
It was during one of his many trips to a local “mom and pop”
photo copy shop near the Empire Hotel that Zak would meet his long time
collaborator: Xris Spider, aka, me. My best friend Les and I were in
that fateful photocopy shop using a machine that printed small quantities
of professional looking business cards, for as little as 5 dollars.
This was very handy for the many cons that a young Xris and Les had
crafted during their down and out days in a basement squat on the Lower
East Side. During a different period of his life, Zak may have protected
himself and others from these apparent ruffians. Maybe it was his earliest
days as a “teacher of delinquent boys” that attracted Zak
to these desheveled 20 somethings, or maybe it was the guitars on their
backs. Quite possibly it was the smilely face logo that stated “jesus
loves you” printed on the business cards that were spewing into
their hands from the machine. How was Zak to know that the logo was
used in jest, and the cards were in fact being used to promote the new
timeslot for their irreverent public access show? A necessary promotion
after being kicked out of their previous timeslot for “Sabatoging
other people’s shows.” Most famously, an alleged psychic
advisor who would broadcast live from the neighboring studio at the
same time as Team Spider’s live broadcasts.
Well, whatever it was that inspired Zak, soon he was telling them that
they “look like they need a lyricist!” And, that he was
just the man for the job.
Now, young Xris and Les, were quite used to dealing with lunatics, and
thought Zak seemed like a harmless enough character. They assumed Zak
was probably just an old man ranting about whatever popped up in his
senile mind. They may have been right about the lunacy, and most definitely
the ranting, but they were wrong about the harmlessness and/or senility.
Zak had a razor sharp wit, and extensive knowledge of politics, religion,
and human relations, all filtered through the wisdom of his years.
The “New York City Phone Book” size stack of lyrics the
photocopy clerk handed back to Zak, showed he was anything but faking
being a prolific lyricist.
So, a youthful version of myself, handed Zak the first of the business
cards that had come out of the machine, and said “if you want
to perform some lyrics with us, come to the Manhattan Cable Building
on this day and time. Our band is called Team Spider, we do a lot of
strange stuff and perform live music on TV, you can do something if
Satisfied, Zak headed off, and the young Xris and Les assumed, that
was probably the last they’d ever see of the crazy old lyricist.
They were wrong.
Zak showed up on the night described, lyric packet in hands, ready to
Which may explain why I, thumbing through Zak’s pages, pulled
out a song entitled,”Jump on the lyric.”
- if you want to sing a beautiful sound,
- come join the music
If you want to swing a beautiful sound,
come join the music
Jump, Jump, Jump on the lyric
Join, Join, come Join the music.
Curiously, the lo tech Atari 2600 video game images that the band projected
behind themselves during musical segments, came in right on cue showing
footage of a game called Q-Bert. The game features a furry little character
who really does nothing more than just “jump jump jump”
around. It all came together poetically.
Of course, once again, Xris and Les assumed this might be the last they’d
see of the old man. But Zak showed up for the next show, and the next
show, and every show after. Whenever Team Spider had a concert, whether
it was a dirty illegal squat, a urine stained punk club like CBGB’s,
or even a warehouse party miles out of state, Zak would show up, with
a fresh batch of lyrics each time.
Zak would cram in vans with squatter punks, scrunch in the back of our
“Smashed on every side” VW Golf hatchback. He would even
fly on a jet plane if the gig was far enough away. Which was something
noteworthy in that Zak had never flown before in his life, save for
a 10 minute crop duster ride he paid a nickel for in the 1930’s.
After which he had decided “That was enough for me.” But
for Team Spider, he entered the world of jet travel, climbing aboard
his first airliner at close to the age of 80.
Kids, punks, poets, and radical personalities of all sorts began to
expect and look forward to seeing Zak perform at just about every event
they could imagine. It did not matter whether Zak was officially on
the bill or not. He would usually take the stage, and start some lyric,
often ending in a chant–like version of his latest creation. He
would then be seen exiting the stage w/ a huge smile on his face, leaving
in his dust the event organizers who has no idea what had just happened,
or why every one in the audience would not stop chanting “ZAK
Now myself, being a bit of a documentarian, was rarely seen without
some dumpster retrieved video camera rolling away on all of the shenanigans.
With VHS becoming replaced by High 8, then Mini DV, and DVD standards.
I had a seemingly limitless source of big old cameras, and raw tape
stock gathered by myself, Zak, and other Team Spider members who would
frequently find boxes of VHS tapes outside of video stores, adult boutiques,
or just in the common trash.
The results were aired each week on our public access show, aptly titled
VHS or LESS. The show, pre-dating so called “reality” television,
and challenged the bloated formulaic world of commercial TV. The basic
concept? That Zak and Team Spider’s reality was more creative
and interesting then the best fiction that the television industry could
apparently imagine. VHS OR LESS was also a pre-cursor to a formula later
made famous by the MTV show JACKASS. TSTV usually showcased many insane,
often illegal, stunts and schemes. But with out the protection of a
major network like MTV, the episodes often ended with Zak and company
fleeing from, or clashing with, or being arrested by the New York City
Police. Eventually, after successfully irritating and alienating enough
of the cable access building’s newest batch of administrators,
TSTV was sentenced to a 3am Monday morning timeslot. Refusing to take
it in stride, Zak and company secretly turned the show into “Team
Spider Television”. Under the new name, the gang would, as we
put it, squat the prime time airwaves, where we were clearly not wanted.
By changing the title, producer name, and now exclusively using home
rigged video editing equipment, we were able to once again get the staggering
output of lyrics and music back on the air, to a wide audience, without
ever slowing down.
So Zak, without a record label or any traditional means of distribution,
releasing only on the spit and glue label they called Team Spider Records,
and had several underground hit songs. Ranging from his “So-un-punk,
that its punk again”, love song “Know that I love You”…
No matter that all lyrics stall
Know that this is true
It matters that love’s epic is true
Know that I love you, know that I love youto his infectious anti-Bush
anthem “BUSH BUSH BUSH.” Which never failed to have people
chanting along at every show…
BUSH BUSH BUSH
A BUM BUM BUM
He BOMB BOMB BOMBED
The above Bush ditty, which Zak had originally titled “Bomb the
Constitution”, was written in a not so distant past, when criticizing
the President was more likely to score you a fist fight and/or a boycott
of your records, than a record deal.
Zak also kept his ear to the local ground penning lyrics about New York
City’s crack down on Right To Assembly. Most clearly evidenced
by Mayor Bloomberg’s arrest of over 200 bicyclists during the
Republican National Convention.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg Hates Bikes
Rogue Cops Support Him
Mayor Mike Bloomberg Hates Bikes
Bikers Report Them
The judge has given the Okay
The Judge has Spoken
So make way
Mike Bloomberg Hates Bikes!
Zak understood the wider implications of the city’s actions. That
the cyclists, who gathered monthly to promote safety and recognition,
were facing a danger not limited to just the cell phone talking SUV
drivers. They were also victims of an attack allowed by the sleep walking
politicians who were busy signing away the rights and privacies that
Zak had valued for his entire life.
My Life, Your Rights
They slowly drift away
(listen to )>>>
For all of his public visibility, Zak also enjoyed thoroughly his privacy.
Rarely discussing old relationships or why he never chose to marry.
He lived in the Empire Hotel for 10 years with out ever letting one
of his bandmates up to see his room. Not a single member, not even once.
“It’s a mess” Zak’d say. “Ahhh, why do
you want to go up there?” Leaving us to wait for him outside,
or to sneak in to the downstairs Iridium bar where his fellow cool old
guy Les Paul, pushing 80 himself, held a weekly jam with visiting rockers.
What was hooked up to the Hotel Empire’s water supply, the fountain
of youth? Our stealth skills would have to be utilized, as we’d
put our guitars on our backs and sneak past the 20 dollar door fee by
saying we were here to “Jam with Les.” Really waiting for
Zak to wash up and bring down his latest lyrics before we all headed
down to the Lower East Side.
The last time I saw Zak was just a few days before his passing. After
rushing around on my bicycle to drop off the latest episode of our cable
show at the MNN building, I headed up for an unexpected visit to the
Kateri Assisted Living Faciltiy on 87th street. The friendly enough
place that had Zak called home for the last 5 months. My visit happened
by chance to be the same day that an a’capella girl-group had
arrived to perform for the seniors. The young ladies sang Christmas
songs in a style popularized by the Andrews Sister back during World
War Two USO tours. Within minutes, Zak was a 5th member of the singing
quartet, giving the much needed deep baritone echo of “Silver
Bells” after each time the ladies sang the chorus. He was as loud
as the four ladies put together.
The residents and singers alike had wide grins and shared much laughter
as Zak worked himself into every song they put out there. He was a master
stealth artist, and he his skills clearly hadn’t dulled with confinement.
Uncharacteristically, I did not have my video camera. And I now realize
that I and that group of seniors had unknowingly witnessed Zak’s
final live performance.
After the dinner show we headed back to Zak’s room, but not before
dropping some smuggled cookies to one of his bed ridden neighbors, (
Zak appeared to be the ring master some elaborate stolen cookie ring
which I never fully grasped the complexities of ). Zak was tired. Just
before the impromptu cafeteria concert, he and I had spent the afternoon
recording some new tunes. Although it was a rare luxury for me to own,
nor less carry around a fancy new piece of equipment, I had brought
my new laptop computer with me. Our traditional “by-any-means-necessary”
approach led us to use the build in keyboard microphone as an impromptu
vocal mic, allowing us to immediately record the unplanned, freshly
conceived , secret hits. The results? Lo fidelity, but sonically interesting,
and most importantly; satisfying to Zak. Zak also penned a birthday
lyric on a card for Team Spider guitarist $am, who, in possibly the
widest age gap in any band’s history, was turning 21 that night.
Although Zak quickly feel asleep, I decided I wasn’t leaving without
giving Zak a copy of the newly recorded songs. I stayed, mixing the
new tunes, until it was pitch dark outside. Eventually I was able to
burn them to a CD for him to listen to in his bedside boom box. That
boom box was his single worldly possession, If you din not count his
single set of clothes, yellow tablet and a pen. The boom box was much
appreciated, collective gift from the entire band. People often would
ask if Zak had any family. To which I always replied “Besides
us?” I think Zak was the most frequently visited resident of the
entire Kateri Facility. He most certainly had the widest age range of
So, not wanting to wake him, I left a note taped to the railing on his
bed that excitedly stated: “Zak, 4 new songs! In the CD player.
One of the final lyrics he recorded, was the aptly titled: PULLING TEETH
It’s like pulling teeth
Awake or asleep
For a song we can keep
Where can I find inspiration
To write a new song
Where can I find inspiration
It’s gone too long
It’s like pulling teeth
Just before heading out, I took, unbeknownst to me, my last look at
Zak. Sleeping soundly, famously toothless, looking like a new born baby
under his blankets. I exited into the night, unprepared for the cold
weather that arrived during the creatively productive hours spent in
the Kateri House.
Cursing the cold wind as it cut right through my minimal layers of a
T-shirt and a leather jacket, I bicycled past the ghost bikes erected
for cyclists killed on the sanctuary known as the West Side bike path.
I did not know that just the night before, a 22 year old cyclist was
mowed down on the bike path by a drunk driver. A driver who had driven
the isolated and concrete walled bike lane for nearly a mile before
finding a victim. Another flower covered, white, ghost bike memorial
would be arriving shortly.
So, we can take solace that Zak most definitely lived a long, long,
and productive life. 80 amazing years. Never securing a record deal
or any commercial success as measured by mainstream standards. A fulfilling,
and abundant life nonetheless. And now, thanks largely to our world
wide Web known as the Internet, a whole new generation of fans are finding
inspiration in his punk rock words, wisdom, and ways.
Children today are born into a world where creative outlets and distribution
may be limited only by their imagination and creativity. Just as Zak
personally inspired all those he met in life, his memory can act as
an inspiration to all the future, untamed, prolific spirits as they
venture into territories unknown and wholly uncharted. Zak’s tale
will most certainly be galvanizing to the people whom society deems
too old to live their dreams. He may be particularly emboldening to
bands and lyricists who think that although the things they wish to
say may not be popular, they are still worth saying. But ultimately,
his life can inspire all people. Whether it be artists working in music,
film, video, and other future media forms, or maybe just someone who’s
looking to make some new friends, Zak’s example can speak volumes
to them. All they while simply stating, that perhaps rather than conforming
to existing roles, outlets, and ideas, maybe it’s time to create
some entirely new ones.
“Remember, I’ll be there for you!” -Joseph Bernard
*The most prolific lyricist of all time.------------------------------------------------------------written
by Christopher J. Ryan
aka Xris Spider
to Read NY TIMES ARTICLE on ZAK and T.S. TRIBUTE EPISODE
has his own MYSPACE page !!! ====10/5/06
everyone now has a place to send their personal messages to ZAK.
http://www.myspace.com/teamspiderzak ( also reachable thru our *TOP
8* at myspace.com/teamspider)
We will hook ZAK up w/ access so he can see all, and even respond to
thanks to all the well wishers as Zak adjusts to his new RETIREMENT
castle, and fights the powers that be
as they try to force him into "BINGO" and "HAPPY FEET"
NEWS: TEAM MISFITS
invades MYSPACE ===10/31/06
for a limited time we will offering FREE DOWNLOADS of your favorite
TEAM MISFITS HITS FROM HELL,,, recorded by candelight on
Halloween Night, only to have entire system crash before properly backed
up.. so these rough board mixes are all you'll ever get!
RARE, but Bloody Cool, Download and add em now!... TEAM MISFTS will
return to the Grave after the Hallows Eve.
NEWS: BILL CLINTON
attacks XRIS for photo opportunity.=== 10/30/06
Despite Xris' attempts to lay low at a recent Stones concert he was
stealthing in ( past secret service none the less )
Xris was singled out, rapidly approached, and sucked into a photo-op
by / with BILL CLINTON.
This pic was snapped by Xris' friend, another "OFFICIAL"
photo, w/ classic "meeting the prez" pose, ( and Xris giving
the "Dio horns" )
was snapped by Clinton's Personal Photographer... we are trying to
track down that photo as well.
described by XRIS as "First SCARY.. then SURREAL, now just CONFUSING..."
the former Prez appeared slightly drunk, but very charasmatic and nice
NEWS: BRAD WILL,
long time friend and collaborator MURDERED by
Mexican Police... ===10/29/06
still getting all the facts, (more info available at indymedia.org)
We are overwhelmed right now, Brad, an amazing person, videographer,
and friend was
gunned down in MEXICO last friday,, his crime : videotaping
* historic note* Brad was actually the person
who inspired / encouraged Xris to start doing live Public Access TV.
When the Fifth Street Squat caught fire ( almost 10 years ago )
and the building was scheduled to be demolished,( despite a Judge's
Stop Order)..... rather than just taking it to
the STREETS, they took it to the SCREENS ( television screens) ...
IMMEDIATELY! not in a flashy Doc. 3 years late....instead... LIVE, NOW,
RAW on TV
by the people, for the people..... sadly 5th street squat was ultimately
wrecking balled, ( even after BRAD's infamous direct action)...
to much too get into! will get nostalgic later... BRAD.. you will be
missed! check times-up.org for memorial bike
a VIDEO of Tribute / Protest at Mexican Embassy... WATCH
Brad's final video, doing what he loved
Brad sing "I really like the Cops" ( 2nd song in video) and
see the production value gradually rise!!!
arrested en route to gig...====9/13/06
her "CRIME": riding a bike, her "CHARGE": interfering
w/ a drug bust...
luckily DaV Spider Was in crowd and filled in on bass Duties... will
keep you posted on what happens in
BUG vs. (Police) STATE OF NEW YORK
NEWS: TEAM SPIDER
closes out CBGB's... one last gig, with our friend's
MISCHIEF BREW =====9/11/06
read full account at the Blog.... at myspace and at blogspot
SONGS: presented in -Cassette Cöre- **
LIFE/ YOUR RIGHTS ** ANNE
FRANK HOUSE ** IN
DONT WANT TO HURT YOU <DRUNK version>
**< ACOUSTIC (also drunk) version>
* * Everybody
Loves Something **
TO THE NEW TUNESmore
music..... misc. lyrics
LISTEN while you LEARN
this week on TEAMSPIDER TELEVISION: The
Superbowl of Hardcore Special, (airs Wed april 19th, NYC )
featuring PART ONE,
of an hour long interview with JIMMY
G. of Murphy's Law,
( Superbowl of Hardcore: Sunday April 23rd, @
SPIRIT, NYC feat. Murphys Law, Underdog, Killing Time ++++)
+ Zak's new song "John Dolan, Take your
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UPDATE!!!--3-17-06 sadly, Zak is back in Hospital============
it does bring a cool, heartfelt opportunity to.....
be on - ZAK's
i am going to give my iPOD SHUFFLE to ZAK, ---"loaded",
with songs he likes, but more importantly:
/ GET WELL WISHES / JOKES / SONGS / POEMS, by YOU !!!!
not to scale
just make a
file, any format, and email it to: ZAPZAK ( ((@))))teamspider.com
--here's a song, to get your ideas goin':)
KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU - by Zak
it can be 10 seconds, or it can be a LONG poem
you either wrote, or just love enough to read to him, whatever u want
most computers have a built in mic, so it should
not be hard to pull off, and it will much appreciated...
***if its a big file, also send us a text email
so we can confirm we got the file and it didnt *bounce*
thanks, xris/team spider
ZAK is in Hospital: He went in for a check up, and they put him in I.C.U.
He seems to be doing well, they have moved him
into the cardiac unit
and hopefully he will be in PHYSICAL THERAPY
you can send an email to : zapzak ( a.t.) teamspider.com
filmmaker imprisoned in China
our fellow doc. filmmaker, punk loafer
check us out at interpunk,
blogger, and your sister's
----note** ZAK IS BACK
info how you can hook ZAK up w/ VHS movies
NEWS: CRACTOBER RIOT
DVD's are here
thanks to all who ordered em and helped tsp-911 happen
have a couple extra CRACKTOBER Riot DVD's and TSP 9-11 T-SHIRTS
that we will sell off here (teamspider.com), maybe at http//:www.interpunk.com
... but only 100 were made,
so if you want one of these very LTD. edition
items, get em quick... ( TSP shirts avail. again, see below)
SPIDER /LEFTOVER CRACK: NEW YEARS EVE ( !)
12-31-05... a great time, The Mad Conductor had his record release,
sort of a rude beastie boy / like emimen if he wasnt black,
TS kicked some ass with old school spydrrr: DAVE filling in on BASS!
as Ladybug was lost in work/traffic/delusions...
THANKS DAVE !!! you rock
ZAK literally "phoning in" a heartfelt rendition of KNOW
THAT I LOVE YOU, a masked Xris terrorizing the audience,
and L.O.C. feat. Ezra kicking Ass on guitar and B.U. Vox.... Great
show, great venue, lets hope 4 many more at THE HOOK, a wild / tolerant
the owner Pleasantly recalled last time we played there,
-july4th2005- when the police showed up, just in time to be passed on
by a completely nude bike messenger
who dove off his bike to tackle someone in a full pink bunny suit...
the police approached the naked man
pummelling the off duty energizer icon, 'till they looked at Dave, the
owner of the HOOK,
who just shrugged and waved them off...
like he had it under control....
so... the police got back in their car, and were seen
laughing as they exited the illegally blocked intersection.....
"NEW YEARS WITH
12-28-05 ....in honor of the birth of your lord jesus christ / excessive
partying / travelling / sleeping...
TEAM SPIDER combined their laxidaisy ( spelling? ) practice schedule
w/ their drunken TV schedule=== and had their practice,
live ON AIR, from the 59th street MNN buidling.... in a brilliant display
of multitasking, over extending, promoting, drinking, stressing,
answering phones and breaking bones, the TS posse, including a sick
LADYBUG , rocked out songs by request, pieced together a set list,
communicated w/ retards, and even did a hi-tech ZAK collaboration from
the hospital... a good time. *thanks to $am's mom for loaning us
her van, and watching TEAM AMERICA w/ us afterwards ( including the
fecal sex scene which i doubt Mrs. Cleaver would've made it thru. )
***more posts at our new BLOG****
a holiday special on TEAM SPIDER TELEVISION
CHOKING VICTIM will be appearing live on
WED, DEC 14th, 11:30 pm, ch 57
they will be performing SONGS and fielding
PHONE CALLS, please
have a comment and or
question PREPARED and get to it quickly,
we are on a TIGHT schedule.
WAtcH Cv VideOs from the Show
(at out new videoblog)*... HERE
!!!!!!!!!!!! to the tstv
video blog and immediately know when a new video is posted...
28th----- 10:30 pm,=====================================
TEAM SPIDER =Live= on TSTV
31st 2005---3pm sharp---=====================================
T.S. live in Red
Hook--NEW YEARS EVE (matinee)
!! TEAM SPIDER / LEFTOVER CRACK / MAD
doors at 3,
the show will start on time
the hook lists times as
-3:15 Mad conductor
-3:30 Team spider
-4:30 Planned collapse
-5:50 Leftover crack
where : THE HOOK, Brooklyn ****matinee show****---doors
3pm -shows over at 6pm
so be on time, THE HOOK VENUE: INFO
TSP-911 shirts NOW AVAILABLE
available on RED shirt, or ARMY
plus 2 bucks shipping n handjob
THE TSPshirtPay Pal buttons didnt work, and since we suck at allowing
you to give us your hard stolen ca$h, one crafty fan figured out how
to get us money... whether we want it or not...
: hey, thanks for getting back to me, yeah i wanted a small army green
tsp 9/11 shirt.
the way i did it was i just went into my own paypal account and clicked
on "Send Money"
then typed in the email of the person
im sending it to ( c h r i s ( at) team spider . com ) , and just filled
out what it asks
(money amount, type of currency, what
its for..etc) then "continue"...then yeah its pretty much
self explanatory from there..hope that helps
thanks again for helping me out, i emailed xris once about it but he
never replied back...but yeah thanks again
sorry Nick,, get behind on these email thingys, sendin you a free cd
for being a crafty lil fuk, welcome to TS, no escape
---------------------more shows just added--!!!--TS@C-SQUAT:
Nov. 5th, and
FOR UP TO DATE AANOUNCEMENTS...
check our spankin' newTEAM SPIDER MY-SPACE
-----------------NOW WE ARE ON INTERPUNK:
ZAK in hospital.
sadly zak is forced to spend this THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY in the hospital.
He was in the hospital last weekend ( nov 20th) to have minor
surgery to rewire his pacemaker,,, they discharged him the next day,
after less than 24hours at home, he fell and couldn't get up,
Zak eventually managed to call 911, and is back in hospital for observation.
We are bringing ZAk a homecooked Thanksgiving Meal- as cooked by our
neighbor SQUEEZE. ( thanks Squeeze)
****again, you can WISH ZAK WELL
on the FORUM
and we will print all your messages out for him
TEEN Spider no more...
$am is the final spydr to bust out of teen deliquency. As of friday
( dec 2nd )...
$am is 20 years old. old enough to stink, not old enuff to drink--wish
him a happy one
other news: MNN CABLE ACCESS BUILDING IN DANGER
I rushed up to drop off our thanksgiving "SUE THE INDIANS"
episode, pulling up on my bike at 3:59pm ( 32 seconds to spare ), &
seemed different. The front door was covered with BUILDING INSPECTOR
notices, these notices are usually seen on Squats, not 4 year-old new
construction multimillion dollar cable facillities, but apparently
the building adjacent to MNN collapsed, and they are afraid to let people
in to MNN.
we'll see whats up w/ this months live Call In epsiode ( to air nov
CRACKTOBER RIOT! DVD
it is coming along, at least 90% done, trying to squeeze as much as
we can on to the dvd, just acquired STILL PHOTOS that
help complete the story since so much of post-show madness happened
under the cover of darkness
skipping thanksgiving with the family to work full time on it this
will start posting some complete songs on the blogspot account to tide
over people who have been waiting
!!thanks for patience!!! X.
CITY HALL PUNK" CRACKTOBER was a
culminating w/ ZAk smashing to the earth.
Somehow ZAK lost his footing and fell backwards over an amp and off
the back of the stage during the first to last song of the night
(sadly the final unperformed song was Zak's anthem to the world: "KNOW
THAT I LOVE YOU".)
Strangely ZAK took his spill during " LILLY's TREAT", right
after the final lyric, "neighborhood got good, and the good, it
then Zak disappeared.
somehow he landed, with his head closer to the stage then his feet,
which i assume means he did some jackie chan style flip.
everyone rushed to his aid. he was bleeding from his head, but it turned
out to be a minor cut that did not even require stitches.
Paramedics came, took Zak to a hospital and they did a Cat Scan and
everything in Zak's noggin looked fine.
the hospital discharged him a couple minutes ago,
and Courtney ( who performed the Falum Gong / China persecution songs
) is spending the night with Zak at his place ( Zak you dog ) just in
case he needs anything.
that prety much sums up the entire day. a lot of pitching in, looking
out for each other, good food, free pot, good politics, good music,
and suitably bad people. on a great 'Go old people' final note , with
all of the chaos of Operation: Save Zak-ty Dump-ty, we were VERY late
returning the stage and generator. in both cases people stuck around,
un-paid, to let us in late. At the stage rental place, it was a 70 year
old guy working the freight elevator who slipped us in after hours.
amazing. if we all can stay that cool, that long, the world could be
a cooler place.
++++++++++++++++WISH ZAK WELL ON THE FORUM+++++++++++++
please respond / post here if you want to say hi, wish zak well, send
a thought, whatever...
we will print and bring to him since he has no internet, and a computer
made in the 70's.
----------------feat. TEAM SPIDER
(plugged!), COTTON & the CHORE BOYS
DAVID PEEL,--- COURTNEY
DOWE ... plus-------------------
--------------super special appearance by TEAM
MISFITS, featuring, BOBBY STEELE
of the original Misfits,--------
----------------also... -9/11 Conspiracy Detectives, Hemp Activists,
& People off their meds----
---------ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL !!!!!!!!!
Monday Oct. 31st 2-6pm, ---------
------------CITY HALL PARK: (Broadway
it's CRACKTOBER! ...in October?
that can't be right.
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===on WED. OCTOBER 26th 2005:==
TEAM SPIDER TV is proud to welcome
*******COTTON and The CHORE BOYS*******...
featuring members of Choking Victim (and
just about every other band that calls C-squat home...)
COTTON and Co. will drag their Washtub basses out of the house and up
MNN TV studios to help welcome Team
Spider back from the depths of TV
<<<<to find out why the team was banned for the last 3
months from using the MNN facitlites, visit http://teamspider.com/news.html
****those in new york shitty can watch the event on their tele's at
11:30 pm, Channel 57
*******those with hi-speed internet can watch at http://www.mnn.org
<<ch 57 icon>> at 11:30pm
(*note: anyone can call in and bug us live on the air)
****those w/ "no TV, Phone, Friends" will be able to see it
posted at our new amazing video hosting site..
( go their now to see Choking Victim video, and Riot! trailer )
.......so much more to posted there over next few weeks it'll blow yer
HOLY CRAP! TEAM SPIDER'S VIDEO LINKS
yes, we have new video hosting! http://www.teamspider.blogspot.com
where we will host our AMAZING VIDEOS,
constantly put new ones... and coolest of all:
you can SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE and
be informed whenever we put a new one up.
lots more photos comin' in, but for now,,, heres
the FIRST PICS FROM TSP-911 show,: .....................taken by $am's
TSP-911 was awesome, thanks to all for making it happen,
thanks to Garrett from York, Pa. for hauling water to the show
(putting the whitehouse / national guard to shame)
n Lara for making the shirts (we will
put some x-tras 4-sale on the site..feat:' Dubya n Jenna' showin their
love 4 satan)
to all the bands, gear sharers, clean up volunteers, people who pre-ordered
the RIOT! DVD, and anyone
are forgetting... in the words of Ozzy: "WE LOVE ALLLLL"(
We're GONNA DO... PAARRRRRAAANOID!)"
soon: HALLOWEEN on the steps of City Hall,
so keep supporting' by buyin' the RIOT DVD, xtra shirts etc...... X.
********this week's VILLAGE VOICE, declares what we already knew: ZAK
IS THE MAN
HERE to see video explaining exactly why Zak is the Man.
NEW CHOKING VICTIM REUNION VIDEO
FROM TEAM SPIDER TELEVISION's
HERE TO VIEW CHOKING VICTIM paying tribute to their Mom, Cyndi Lauper
SUPPORT FREE OUTDOOR SHOWS.
- PRE-ORDER THE
LTD/ #'d edition CRACKTOBER RIOT! DVD:
coming soon, preorder now
(sorry for the delays, completely fucked
by our "editor", who missed every deadline,
permanently fucked up our hard drive,
& "lost" only copy of what she allegedly did
so... we started from scratch and they
will be done ASAP, w/ some extra cool stuff )
Team Spider, LoC, 2 Man Advantage, X-Possibles, the infamous after-show
Police Riots, much more
HERE TO SEE THE TRAILER: NOW COMPRESSED, For
$25 Donation(US)/$28 International Order
Your Donations help us put on the Outdoor Free Shows we all know and
other way to support: ......GET the CRACKTOBER
in AUGUST!2001 DVD
5 cameras, 8 bands, one love
feat. LoC, MDC, TS, INDK, much more
====click here for samples
/ order info!====
n honor of the Choking Victim Reunion... coming soon: a rare CV on
NEW TEAM SPIDER TUNES: PRESENTED IN CASSETTE CORE
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