I’m eyeballin’ you with my tough guy look…hahaahahha…I am anything but a tough guy. Never was a brawler, fancied myself a lover, but I could take a punch pretty good and over the course of 50 years I’ve taken a lot of literal and metaphorical punches. Still reeling from the show the other night and this old man is down in the back from the long drive, but it was worth it. Back to work today and it was a decent day (piss off to the folks who didn’t return my calls…I’ve got to TCB and don’t have time for shenanigans). The plate’s full at work (and really just life in general), but I need to remind myself it’s always going to be that way and all you can do is go with the flow (insert your favorite 12 step slogan here).
Fucking GWAR! I may have posted that before…my buddy Shawn recommended it to me and I say to you, carry on wayward son!
Our pal Teddy Spaghetti hit up Mustard Relics as his label, Spaghetti Town Records has a shit ton of releases coming down the pike (new Motosierra!), and in this case he’s hyping a record from He Who Cannot Be Named, specifically a new vid from said artist. My first impression was, “Fuckin love it, Ramones worship at it’s finest.” Thinking about it and listening to the rest of the songs on the album, that was a true statement (who in punk for the last 40 years wasn’t influenced by Los Ramones), but HWCBN is more sophisticated than just that, the music is what rock and roll would be if it existed in the mainstream anymore. I like the simple songs (Ramones), the snotty vocals (Dickies) and that singalong quality (Bad Religion) with well written humorous lyrics (Dead Kennedys). Teddy’s Spaghetti Town Records has a fucking Facebook where you can socialize, a
Big Cartel so you can buy their stuff and a Soundcloud to do all kinds of listening. Here’s the bleeb from the press release…”He Who Cannot Be Named has been playing punk rock for almost 30 years, most of that time with the legendary “Dwarves”. An original member of this San Francisco based combo, he wrote or co wrote many of your favorite tunes from the early Sub Pop albums “Blood Guts and Pussy”, and “Thank Heaven For Little Girls”. He was voted guitarist of the year by “Flipside Magazine” in 1991, but is mostly known for his unusual stage wear, or lack thereof. His trademark look can best be described as “naked and wearing a mask”. According to James Orme from Slug Magazine, He Who… is “maybe the most mysterious character in all of rock n’ roll.”
Here’s the vid
I met one of the Dwarves once, not sure who, I was in unfamiliar territory, high, drunk, dosed…all the above maybe. All I remember was that he made me feel crowded as he took up a lot of space, if you know the kind of personality I’m taking about, they fill a room, ya know? We were in SF with a friend of mine, Mary (can’t remember her last name, she had this giant python type snake that ate full sized rabbits…people’s pet rabbits you know the big lop eared friendly ones that she would buy from folks who they thought the pet they had outgrown was going to a good home…ever hear a rabbit scream?), she went to Humboldt for a while and knew lots of folks in bands. I think Meuter and Steve were there, maybe some other folks. Funny, I don’t remember anything else about that particular trip to the bay and until now I had never knowingly listened to the Dwarves (looks like it was perhaps the singer that I met)…
And then on a completely different tip, our pals over Italy from Kaczynski Editions released Songs from the eternal dump by Zero23 who are a trio composed of Giuseppe Fantini (guitar/electronics), Niet F-n (electronics) and Macarena Montesinos (cello). They hit me up back in November when this was released, but apologetically I only just recently took it for a virtual ride. The first two songs serve as an introduction in to what I will call the meat of the release, the next 6 compositions. First off I love the cello, I love the mood a good cellist radiates with their instrument. I feel it here with Zero23 but this is not neo-classical as you might expect from a project featuring a cello, guitar and electronics, it’s more ambient and avante garde than that. The “hit” for me is the 6th track, a composition entitled “crepusculo” (which means “twilight”). This for me is the type of music you sit back, relax, listen to on a good pair of headphones and breath in the vibe…highly recommended!