Louie Mercado RIP

IMG_0749Just found out that my old buddy Louie died almost a year ago in a motorcycle accident. Xochitl and Louie (and their family) were loyal friends to the end, despite me being the horrible drunk that I was…I will never forget that. Very bummed about this news, but she and their three adult kids are doing well, which is a true blessing. He will be missed (flags are at half mast here at Mustard Relics central)!

Insurgent…


my son Liam and his buddy Jonathan came out for a quick visit on their way from north Carolina to phoenix…if’n yer ever half way between Kansas city and Denver on interstate 70, come stop by the mustard mansion and we will make you feel uncomfortable…hahahah.  no, they had a good time, managed to get my mom’s old Subaru stuck in the mud, took in the greenness.

Distal_Biceps_Tendon_Rupture…of course ‘ole Mustard having surgery to repair a distal biceps tendon rupture on Friday hindered the visit but I don’t think the presence of an old man drooling bothered them.  typing one handed is a drag but I’ve been drug through worse shit…what’s that saying…this too shall pass.   as a buddy told me the other day, it isn’t the pain that will kill you.  starting to do range of motion type stuff, oh joy, but I’m just stoked that I will most likely have full use of that arm again.  itches like a motherfucker, can’t imagine having to wear a cast for months at a time.  anyway, i’ll be rubbin’ one out again in no time…

ran across this tune in that disturbingly calculated youtube way and is disturbingly accurate in describing how I was before I set the bottle down for the last time.  fer ya humboldt heads circa 1990, don’t they remind you of brent’s tv with accordion?

lots-o new Lee Hardcastle!  enough said…watch!

everybody’s pal Darryl pointed me in the direction of Mrs. Betty Bowers America’s best christian, it is a scathingly satirical look at human hypocrisy.  written by some dude using a pseudonym and an actress, dude probably has some agenda, but wtf, he is spot on with his criticism and you can’t go wrong with his irreverence…

Reagan_Youth_Los_Angeles_84Got a request for some Reagan Youth via my old pal and long time Mustard Relic, Brian F.  the frontman extraordinaire, Dave “insurgent” Rubinstein has quite the story, although very short and hopelessly sad. i’m thinking I got into them, in the early/mid 80s probably at the hands of the now legendary PEACE compilation (if you haven’t yet and yer wanting to educate yourself on punk and hardcore punk, there is no better place to start…listening to it myself at the moment). at the time the band only had one release, a 12″ ep, that was just a perfect look at our society in those days. the other source of music at this time by them was the vid of the show below…

1984 DK flyerI had a chance to see em in 84 at this show, which if you’re in the know, by the lineup up of acts, was fucking huge…’an international event.’  Damn straight!  alas young Mustard did not go to this one, like so many others (god there was so many in those days around the LA area), for one reason or another…was probably getting drunk at the park.  i’m sure this one was gnarly, they all were back in those days, but the Olympic was huge which meant a high ratio of assholes.  most of the time when we would go to shows we would go with a bunch of people, rollin’ deep, so for the most part didn’t get hassled by the cowardly gangs of thugs. I asked my buddy Freddy Alva his thoughts and of course he did me a huge solid with this wonderful take,

“To answer your question about Dave; his band Reagan Youth were kind of an oldies act when I saw them circa 1987-88. Of course, they were legendary for putting out a classic 12″, but they seemed kind of dated by then and looking like Deadheads w/tie-dyed shirts plus playing at events like the Pot Parade, which was organized by 1960’s-psuedo radical holdouts The Yippies, didn’t really help matters. I believe they were actually playing, or were about to play, under the ‘House Of God’ moniker by then, having promised to change their name when Reagan left office, so I respected that. I didn’t really think about Dave until the infamous events surrounding the murder of his girlfriend by serial killer Joel Rifkin in ’93, which were so bizarre, that they deserve to make it onto a book or movie one day. He died shortly thereafter and throughout the decades, as I befriended people that had known him from the early days, there is always one constant observation: how brilliant and charismatic he was. I’ve always seen him as a tragic case example of someone that got caught up in extreme radical politics to the point that nothing short of an armed insurrection will do. The realization that, hey nothing remotely resembling that will happen anytime soon, can be crushing. Coming down from that political high can lead to a downward spiral & Dave was an unfortunate casualty of that mindset. I cherish his legacy of being the prime mover in one of the most ferocious Hardcore Punk bands NYC ever produced, RIP Dave.”

discography!

B Boys giving proper respect back in the day and covering RY…