26 June 2009

All the endless ruins of the past must stay behind, yeah

Re-reading Daniel Chamberlin's Uncle Skullfucker's Band the other day inspired me to dig out my copy of Heads Ain't Ready, a 7" the cats from Oneida dropped last year wherein they cover a couple tunes from the Grateful Dead's 1967 s/t album. Their version of Cream Puff War is proof to my theorem:

(1971>GD) + O = MC5.

Check it:
Cream Puff War--Oneida

And while we're on the subject of Oneida, they're about to let loose Rated O, the second part of their Thank Your Parents trilogy, and it's a triple LP/disc! Fat Bobby explains over at the Jagjaguwar site:

Head on over to check out a few tracks from this beast. It hits the streets 7 July 09.

The Agit Reader has a Pre-Teen Weaponry era interview with Kid Millions that addresses Rated O.

24 June 2009

i ain't gonna give nobody none of my jelly roll

sweet emma barrett:

dope footage. unfortunate cut.

19 June 2009


The Hobo - John Currin (1999)
Oil on canvas

17 June 2009

Ilissus Delta Blues

Video of George Mouflouzelis and son lifted from the late eighties BBC documentary Rembetiko: Music of the Outsiders:

So dope . . .

07 June 2009


Original short by Shane Acker:

To be made into full length and released in September. Looks dope. Here's the official trailer:

06 June 2009

You Can't Fight City Hall Blues

You Can't Fight City Hall Blues - Dr. West's Medicine Show and Jug Band

B-side to "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" by Dr West's Medicine Show and Jug Band--a pre-Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum outfit that played a sort of psychedelic old-timey music. Greenbaum likened it to "a cross between Captain Beefheart and Spike Jones" but I'm not so sure about that.

This was one of my dad's 45's. I spun the shit out of it when I was a kid. Mostly the novelty tune A-side but the scratches and pops here are undoubtedly the doings of my unsteady 5 year old hands. I came across it for the first time in over 25 years while playing through some stacks of vinyl the other night and thought it was worth sharing.

Man, that a go go records symbol sure has the makings of a killer t-shirt.

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In other late 60's San Francisco psychedelic news, Arthur Magazine recently upped "Uncle Skullfucker's Band," an article from the July 2004 print edition of the magazine in which Daniel Chamberlin gives an account of coming to terms with genuinely digging the Grateful Dead and how to do so without having to fall into the trappings of cliche Deadhead-ism. Mr. D.C. Berman contributes illustrations:

02 June 2009

a handful of snakes

Pekar by R. Crumb

The one and only Harvey Pekar spoke with author Douglas Rushkoff on his WFMU program, The Media Squat, last night.

The audio is here. Is it me or does it sound like Rushkoff put the broadcasting mic next to a speaker phone?

Here's the infamous Letterman appearances they refer to: