Thursday, November 20, 2014

Zine in my Spleen

Who doesn't love a good zine? Ok, well maybe the answer is most people. But I have always been inspired by them, by the energy, the slipshod graphics. Do it yourself please. I recall a trip to LA in my youth where we would eyeball the Punk shops on Melrose for all it was worth. I recall picking up this zine as well as a few others. They were xeroxed to the max and beautiful in so many ways. This one turned into a record label not unlike Sub Pop releasing all manner of punk rock bands from Big Black to the Butthole Surfers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Broncho-that's the band name

Broncho—Sure, ok. But yes, The Class Historian is a monumental place to be. Oklahoma power-pop rock and roll outfit, recent time period, that is all.

Class Historian

Thursday, November 13, 2014


I saw these guys play a couple of times in Los Angeles and they were a really great band. Origianlly they were a 3 piece, drums and 2 keyboard players. They later added a female vocalist. This song is from there first release with the rubber stamped cover. This release contains Work, Cowboy, High Preasure Days, and Cannibals and was released in 1979. All 4 songs are fantastically terrific. They are originally from San Francisco and I was surprised when they didnt become more popular.For a synth band they tapped into incredible energy in the live setting.

High Pressure Days

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bird house in my soul

When I was a young boy my Brother, my Mother and I moved from Australia to Phoenix, Arizona. I was always into making stuff and playing. My Grandfather, Orbie, and I made this birdhouse one day. He had some basic hand tools and some wood lying around, and we made this terrific house. We painted it glorious white, which helps with the heat in the Arizona sun. I vividly remember us climbing up on the roof to put it on top of the house on Coolidge Street. It sat there for many years and last year when I was visiting I saw it in the shed. Still looks pretty good with that 40 years in the sun look.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Novel approach

I'm writing a novel without any words. Here is a small snippet, but apparently this is one of the parts that does have words.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Mt. Goats

I have been a fan of the Mountain Goats for some time. They have released quite a few records and I have most of them. This is a band that I will usually buy the new releases as they come out. The band is mostly the work of John Darnielle, he was the sole member for many years and writes all the songs. And often plays solo shows playing an acoustic guitar. This track below is from an EP called Babylon Springs, released in 2006. The drummer also plays in Superchunk, Jon Wurster. Peter Hughes plays bass. I love great song writing and he delivers. He has a nasally, slightly annoying voice, but it doesn't seem to effect my love of his music. He is a very interesting fellow and recently published a novel. And also has a love of death metal.

Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise