Downtown New York drummer and team Dee Pop dies at 65


Besides his brother, he is survived by his mother; one sister, Tara Papadopoulos; one daughter, Nikki Ziolkowski; one son, Charlie Papadopoulos; and a granddaughter. Two weddings, with Elizabeth Vogdes and the musician called Deerfrance, ended in divorce.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Pop began hosting a series of weekly performances in the East Village featuring avant-garde music live. He started at a small cafe called the Internet Cafe before moving on to the CBGB, where he secured the club’s basement space on Sunday.

“I wanted diversity,” he said of the series. “I wanted to challenge people.

After CBGB closed in 2006, Mr. Pop moved the series to Jimmy’s # 43. The Village Voice called him a “vanguard”. In recent years, he’s put on shows at Troost, a bar near his apartment in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood.

Bush Tetras reunited around 2015, recorded an EP, “Take the Fall”, in 2018, and then released a single, “There Is a Hum” on Third Man Records. A box set, “Rhythm and Paranoia: The Best of Bush Tetras”, is due out next month on Wharf Cat Records.

Mr. Pop died the day before a release party at the Howl! Happening arts space in the East Village. The gathering turned into a memorial.

As video clips showing her enraged drums played on a projection screen, Pat Place and Cynthia Sley stood in front of the crowd, holding each other as they remembered their bandmate.

“He lived to drum,” Ms. Sley said. “He loved the Bush Tetras.”

She choked.

“Bush Tetras,” she added, “is a force that cannot be stopped”.

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