Sunday, July 31, 2005

Robert Crumb's "Girls Girls Girls"--hear him today on the Hangover Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Just finished reading the Sun Ra bio "Space is the Place" a must read for any musician. Posted by Picasa
George D. Wallace, a versatile actor whose career ranged from starring as Commando Cody in the Republic serial "Radar Men from the Moon" to playing leading roles in Broadway musicals, has died. He was 88. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Even Satan takes a holiday, fer christsake... Posted by Picasa
I wish I was on A HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!All work and no play makes the Rev a dull boy. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Crysler's Pop-Art pavilion was one of the largest at the Fair and one of the most imaginative and fun places to visit. An over-sized engine, 55 feet high and 100 feet long with a dragon for a crank shaft stood on one island for the visitor to explore. Its Design Island was dominated by a giant car, 80 feet long from bumper to bumper. Its wheels were more than 20 feet high. Beneath the car, which sat seven feet off the ground, was an exhibit area in which visual displays stressed the company's automotive styling. There was also a zoo of metallic monsters and a giant rocket poised on the lake. Posted by Picasa
I Saw This!!!!!!!!!! Posted by Picasa
Talked about the 1964 NY World's Fair on today's show--Here's the Tire building I mentioned and it really was a Ferris Wheel-I thought it was Firestone but it was U.S.Rubber! Posted by Picasa
Traveler's Insurance Pavilion
The Traveler's Insurance pavilion presented the two-and-a-half billion year story of life on earth, beginning with the earliest cell and culminating in modern man's leap into space. Under the red dome that symbolized the Travelers umbrella of protection, were 13 dioramas using life-sized models, stage sets and sound and lighting to re-create the most significant eras and events.

The red domed Traveler's Insurance Pavilion.

The approach to the pavilion was through an 80 foot covered walkway, which along its length was a glass and plastic mural depicting the origins of our planet. On the pavilion's ground level was a three-dimensional display that traced the evolution of life from one-celled organisms to early land creatures.

The second floor featured a 21 minute tour of 13 dioramas in the Progress of Man exhibit. Man progresses from inventing tools, discovering fire, and developing religion, then developing early farming and cities. The Roman era was shown at its peak, then under barbarian attack. Other dioramas showed the perils of the Black Death during the Middle Ages, the rise of modern man as depicted by Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the sun, Columbus's voyage of discovery, pioneers taming America, and finally man on the verge of exploring space.

Copyright � Jeffrey Stanton 1997
All Rights Reserved Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Upcoming Hangover Specials

July 31 Sunday:

"The Sunday Morning Hangover" features Robert Crumb's "Sweet
Shellac" Radio Show Part 1-New Orleans Jazz 78's from the 1920's and
1930's- 8am, KWVA 88.1 FM.

August 7 Sunday:

"The Sunday Morning Hangover" features Robert Crumb's "Sweet
Shellac" Radio Show Part 2- Jazz from the Weimar Republic,pre WWII German
78's- 8am, KWVA 88.1 FM.

August 14 Sunday:

"The Sunday Morning Hangover" features Robert Crumb's "Sweet
Shellac" Radio Show Part 3-French Jazz 78's before Django- 8am, KWVA 88.1

August 21 Sunday:

"The Sunday Morning Hangover" features Robert Crumb's "Sweet
Shellac" Radio Show Part 4-Black American String Band 78's- 8am, KWVA 88.1

Thursday, July 21, 2005

This Week's Weekly with the "Best of" ballot on the back Posted by Picasa

Eugene Weekly's Best of the Best


1) This week the Eugene Weekly has on the back cover the official ballot for the best of Eugene readers poll. And every year some lameass radio show like the STORM AND DENNIS show, 94.5 FM wins best radio show. Rather than having some corporate happy talk loser show that plays wimpy top 40 soft rock win again this year, strike a blow for free form radio that doesn’t suck and vote for “The Hangover”.
2) My show “The Sunday Morning Hangover” has been entertaining Eugene for almost three years playing obscure and forgotten popular music from the early 1900’s up to present day sounds.
3) In the space of Two hours on Sunday mornings on KWVA 88.1 FM I have covered musical genres such as Exotica, Lounge, International, Found Music, Stupid Songs, Bizarre Children’s Music, Jazz, Rock, Country, Folk, Classical, Nostalgia, and Comedy while trying to maintain a palatable mix entertaining enough to listen to even with a Hangover.
4) Past shows have featured Rare and Unreleased tracks not commercially available and unheard on other radio shows.
5) I have produced and obtained Biographic Specials about artists such as Martin Denny, Ray Charles, The Bonzo Dog Band, Brian Eno, Peggy Lee, Henry Mancini, William Shatner, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd.
6) Special segments include musical explorations of Bossa Nova, Stolen Melodies, Whistling Recordings, Song Poems, Doo Wop, Vintage 78’s and Bird Records.
7) The Hangover is not just about music. Talk and Discussion segments have included info on the Arts, Hangover Cures, Entertainment News, Obits, Tributes, Horoscopes, Political Comment, Weird News, and Pet Parades.
8) Topical Specials have entertained and informed you about Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Labor Day.
9) All of this is accomplished free of charge on a strictly volunteer basis with benefits to me other than sharing my love for music and thoughts about life, with NO COMMERCIALS.
10) The Tenth reason to vote The Sunday Morning Hangover Best Eugene Radio Show is to feed and stroke my massive ego, and everyone knows all radio DJ’s are egomaniacal assholes who need constant attention.

So there you have it. PLEASE VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN and get your votes in by my Birthday, September 2.
If my show appears anywhere on that list I will be able to die with a smile on my face.

Thank You.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Jars -Berkeley California 1980 Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Gary Nervo and Armin Hammer’s Recollections about our early 80’s New Wave Band “the Jars”

You've seen mine & the Rev Marc Time's names on the boards for quite awhile now. Here's some of our early work together that we've been threatening to put up.
From '78-81, The Jars were considered part of the top 3 Berkeley bands along with The Mondellos & The Young Adults. We put out an EP through Subterranean (1 of their 1st releases) & a single on our own Universal Records (Time Of The Assassin, which got international airplay). In '81 we spent the summer with free recording time doing a 12" EP for Fantasy, which never got released, as well as a proposed live flexi-disc of instrumental covers, which also never came out.
Though all this got massive airplay on UC Berkeley's KALX-FM at the time, this is probably the 1st time it's been heard in nearly 25 years. It's never been re-issued, though we heard that the bootleg series Killed By Death was thinking of booting it a few years back . Yeah, there's some official releases, but they're ours - we own the rights!
I put probably too much info in the info files, so check it out. There's also promo & live pics & artwork including early stuff from Grammy-winning artist Hugh Brown. Feedback is appreciated.
So lets get back to the days when New Wave was fun & not a business!
Original Masters - released & unreleased
Berkeley CA 1980-82

Mik Dow (Mikkel McDow) - guitar, vocals
Gary Nervo (Gary Mollica AKA GaryM) - Farfisa, keys, pedals, synths
Armin Hammer (Gary Hobish) - bass, vocals
Marc Time (Marc Gunther AKA The Rev Marc Time) drums, percussion, hadnclaps
added in '80 -
Mike Montalto - guitar, vocals (currently in Red Meat)
This could be a book, or maybe a website, so I'll try to do the short version
I'd grown up with Marc in Connecticut, with early bands being Leak & The Columbian Fathers (approx '69-'72) - I went to Cleveland, Marc went to Berkeley. In '78 Marc was in a band The Beauty Killers (formerly SST), with legendary artist Irene Dogmatic, when the guitarist, bassist & drummer (Marc) decided to start another band with a young singer Johnny Savior (Jeff Buhl) called The Saviors, which Irene re-named The Jars cuz they were so poor they used old jars as drinking glasses. Marc got me to move out (78 was one of the coldest in Cleveland history) 11/78 to play keyboards. I played with the band at a party the day I arrived, & the next day we had our 1st rehearsal. We started getting notoriety in Berkeley & was offered free time at Fantasy Studios to do a demo. Soon after, Johnny was jettisoned, so the band was a 4 piece. With Mik now lead vocalist, the band did a 3 song EP recorded at Subterranean Studios with Mike Fox of The Tools/ Code of Honor producing. This was our 1st single, released through Subterranean.
I took a shoddy Berkeley record shop called Music Faucet & turned it into a punk rock haven & hired Marc, who had been working at the legendary Rather Ripped Records. We turned the business around that we moved "up Telegraph", 1/2 block from UC Berkeley campus & renamed the store Universal Records. The owner Ron Blakeman, wnated to put some money into us, so we did a 2nd 45 on our own Universal label, Got near the top of the charts on UC's KALX.
In the summer of '81 we again got time at Fantasy to record a 12" EP. Mike Curb was running for governor on an anti-drug platform, so we did 2 of his pro-drug songs from his hippie days, Teenage Rebellion & Make Love Not War, got to play with all Fantasy's equipment & came up with a great 12". Fantasy passed & gave us the tapes back.
Another project we had - all in the band loved surf music & instrumentals - one time we did an all-instrumental gig at The Mabuhey as a surf band called The Dow Tones. Our final project was going to be a live instrumetal flexi-disc EP with mostly covers. which again never came out. We were offered a long-term contract from a new label started by the local club Berkeley Square, but the day we got the contract we broke up the band!
Here's's our legacy on vinyl, most of which got heavy airplay in Berkeley, in SF (Jar Wars was Howie Klein's radio theme before it was even released!) & on the SF Rotten Record Charts. Please note that even though the 1st 5 tracks are "official releases", we own the rights to them.

SINGLE #1 - Subterranean Records #3 early '80
1) Start Rite Now (Jars)
2) Psycho (The Sonics)
3) Electric 3rd Rail (Jars)
SINGLE #2 - Universal Records RON 1 late '80
4) A SIDE- Time Of The Assassin (Jars)
5) B SIDE -Jar Wars (Jars)
6) Make Love Not War (Mike Curb)
7) Turn Out The Lights (Jars)
8) You & I (Silver Apples)
9) Boys Night Out (Jars)
10)Jar Wars (with overdubs) (Jars)
11)Teenage Rebellion (Mike Curb)
12) Munster's Theme (TV)
13) Nervo's Tune (including The Liquidator) (Jars/Harry J Allstars)
14) Untouchables Theme (TV)
15) Time Is Tight (Booker T & MGs)
16) Jar Wars(Jars)
The tracks were put onto CD by Gary Hobish, who became a professional engineer due to the time at Fantasy & has worked on numerous projects at Fantasy including the OJC's early Creedence CDs, & currently works for Water Records where he's done many things including the recent Pearls Before Swine re-issues & is currently working on Can't Stand The Rezillos. The 1st 2 45s were done from copies of the 45s (you can hear some vinyl crackling), the Fantasy EP was taken from an actual Fantasy test pressing. & the EP was from the original cassette.
Mike Montalto, '80-81 guitrist, is currently in alt-country band Red Meat - they wrote music for the film Monster's Ball & won an Academy Award!
Gary Nervo

Not to challenge Mr. Nervo's recollections, but there are some items in the info file that I remember slightly differently.
Most importantly, the source of the 2nd single ("Time Of The Assassins/" "Jar Wars" ) here is not from vinyl, but from the original master tapes, which I transferred to digital back in 1988. I'm glad I did, because so many analog tapes from that era now resemble that melting guy from RoboCop I. The source for the "Start Rite Now" EP is indeed vinyl, as the original master tapes were erased for re-use by Subterranean, a not-unheard-of practice for indy labels back in the day. I have better tools available to me these days for restoration, so you can expect an improvement to be uploaded soon (now that Nervo has thrown the gauntlet!)
As to the pre-Jars history of the band, I actually played rhythm guitar with the Beauty Killers; the bassist, I believe, was Matt Markham. (That band also included Jim Goodwin, later of Sparks and The Call.) It was said that the Jars got their start "opening for the Beauty Killer's rehearsals." Marc Time and I did some early recordings around this time as the Vinyl Junkies, one of which was a cover of "Interstellar Overdrive" played on a home-built PAIA synth and some tupperware. The song (sans kitchen equipment) remained a staple of some of the longer Jars' sets.
The 12" EP (engineered by me and produced by the band) was never a demo for Fantasy; we were allowed to record there as a courtesy of the fact that I had joined the staff there soon after our original demo sessions (which were produced by Richie "Dr. Schnozz" Corsello and engineered by Danny Koplelson; these sessions yielded "Time Of The Assasins" ). We always had control of those recordings and I was always disappointed they were not released. I'm happy they're available to you here!
As far as our "big contract" was concerned, as I recall it was such an immensely one-sided document that we quickly rejected it. Before we could negotiate something that wasn't so, well... stupid, the record company (unnamed here to protect the principles, wherever they are now) went out of business. "Internal forces" tore us apart soon after.
Nervo mentioned Mike Montalto (as noted, currently with Red Meat). Before that he was with the Movie Stars, who made 2 great albums you should be looking for. Before Mike officially joined, he had been a member of our Berkeley contemporaries the Young Adults, and also served time in ex-Jar J.D. Buhl's band, The Belivers. He had done the occasional gig with us throughout our history- including the historic "phone burning in the fireplace" first ever gig (which was that first appearence GaryM refers to).
Jeez, I guess we really DO need a website!

Tanx Armin for refreshing my memory--yeah and I also remember that not only did you play bass but also played some guitar on the Fantasy sessions. And that sax break on "Boys Night Out" was me.
I wonder if anyone out there remembers Gary and myself in the Art Faggots 82-83, or in the late 80's-90's at Gilman Street as Bo?(Or even Armin's bands like Pimpslap, Highball and True Margrit.) I have plenty of that stuff on tape as well. Bo played punk- blooze and opened for acts like Rancid, Green Day,Crimpshrine and Offspring,and even got played by John Peel on the BBC
Marc Time

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Ilove this roasted red pepper spread! Get it at the Kiva or other health food stores or go to: Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 08, 2005

Don't Wait Till You're Dead Posted by Picasa
I just read "Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Secret Saudi-U.S. Connection"
by Gerald L. Posner-and even though I hate his other books THIS one is a must read. Posted by Picasa

Cops Watched Sex Offender's Blog

Here is an excerpt from the Wired News article about that pervert killer child molester animal that was found with the 8 year old girl last week--the link to his blog is at the end...

By Kevin Poulsen

02:00 AM Jul. 08, 2005 PT

Law enforcement agents tracking then-fugitive sex offender Joseph Duncan had been carefully monitoring the suspect's weblog in the hopes that he would reveal his whereabouts, officials told Wired News this week.

"We went on and hoped that he'd tip his hand as to where he was, but he never did," said Sgt. Jeff Skuza of the Fargo Police Department in North Dakota, where Duncan lived until becoming a fugitive from Minnesota child-molestation charges in early May.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Steve Sawada (Freaks in the House, Weekly Music Reviewer) is moving to Seattle. Bye Steve. Posted by Picasa
This is a real photo of clouds that look like butts. Posted by Picasa
Have you ever been to Alsea Falls? Drive North on 99w,turn left at Monroe and drive 10-15 miles and look for the signs. A beautiful shady romantic spot on a hot day. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 03, 2005

This is the back cover of the Jars second single "Time of the Assassins/Jar Wars" released in 1980-Marc Time second from left. Posted by Picasa