Ed's Not Dead

Hammell on Trial makes a good living getting punk from an acoustic guitar

I hope not. Having reassessed his records before witnessing the Knit residency I wish I'd pumped harder, I believe they grab and hold. But I'm enjoying the new CD's "Apartment

At the Knitting Factory, March 3
photo: Willie Davis/Veras
At the Knitting Factory, March 3

4" more now that I've heard him explain each episodic verse after he sings it. And I suspect Ian Dury would have imparted more delicacy to "Jerkin' " 's tender counterpart, "Socializing." Hamell has dough to make among the loyalists he's accrued in the U.S. and Europe and won't return to New York until June or later. Catch him before he goes to DVD.

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