Again, Pierced Arrows

Fred and Toody Cole have been playing lowdown, no apologies, trashy, garagey, whatever-ya-wanna-call-it rock & roll since the 1960s—the kinda stuff the great unwashed mainstream (that think they know the music) will have never heard, never cared about, and never...

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Brain Trust Dept: Only in HelLA

“The brain is (…a mass of soft, spongy, pinkish gray nerve tissue…) made up of billions of nerve cells intricately connected to each other.” —The Free Dictionary The thing I like about Rory Uphold is that she has a brain and knows how to use...

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A Declination of Independents

Aside from trying to put a new band together, the most involving activities these past few years have been in the literary and publishing realms. Sounds of Two Eyes Opening was definitely a learning experience. I had originally envisioned a text-based book using...

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Multiple Grinds Grounded

Luna Cafe in De Pere, WI is a classy, enterprising place that roasts its own coffee, sells it directly and distributes to the local area. It’s damn good joe, and they asked me to supply an image for their Anchor Grind blend. I happily obliged since the proceeds...

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Three Sweary Fishies?

Earlier this month I had to look up lyrics for the song “Three Little Fishes,” the classic novelty hit from the 1940s. I needed to confirm the spelling of the signature chorus phrase: “boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem chu…” Made popular...

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The Not Too Distant Past

Having completely revamped this site into its modern, responsive version, I reposted all the interesting and/or important entries that made up the old “quasi-blog.” It was a tedious chore but it gave me a chance to reintroduce the glorious Kamikaze...

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Book Signing w/Carducci

Saturday, Dec 12 was unseasonably warm; the whole month was. It was 60+ degrees in Chicago while doing a Q&A, book signing/reading session with Joe Carducci (Rock & the Pop Narcotic; Enter Naomi) at Permanent Records. The day before, we did three radio...

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OK, Now We’re Rolling

I did an art show at Luna Cafe which opened Sept 10. It gave me a chance to pull some new images into the collection. Guess I’m getting the hang of this kinda thing, haha. That night I played a solo set of music and was followed by Nick Utrie’s Nutrients...

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Senior, Skate, Shhhhurfin’

July 24 was a kinda pivotal day for me. I’d decided it was time for me to “step out,” as it were, and rally the troops! Tim and Beth Kerr came up from Austin to join me in an art show/book signing event at Eos Surf Shop (only surf shop in...

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Going into 2015…

…the book was selling and being reviewed, and I was pickin’ on a regular basis again. March 20 I played a solo show in Madison at Mother Fool’s with Bucky Pope (ex-Tar Babies). It was rife with forgetting chords and words and making a complete fool...

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