Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Alvaro was of Chilean descent, but by the time I got this tape in 1991, he was living in Germany where he still resides! He is still active today I know, because I recently heard him on Lord Litter's radio show! 
It's "Alvaro Awareness Month," And to celebrate, here's a great song from the man who was once in a band with Joe Strummer, just don't expect any Punk Rock!
Here's also the link to Alvaro's website!
ALVARO - "Mariposa"

Saturday, March 17, 2018

HERMANOS GUZANOS - 3 Songs That Gary Likes

Besides being St. Patrick's Day, today is also Gary Wray's B-Day! Gary was the guitarist etc. for Hermanos Guzanos, and he thinks you need to hear these songs for some reason! He's also provided some new artwork to go along with each of them! 

First up is......"Mysterical Sights." This is a song from our first tape called "The Worm's Turn!" At one point in time I thought the guys who did the best golf song in the world, ARTPHAG, were going to do a cover of this song, but I guess it never happened, because I never heard any more about it!

 "Passion In Their Punches" is another song off that first tape! We used to watch a lot of boxing on TV. I always thought, and still do, that boxing was the most difficult way to try and make a living! That's what this song is all about!

From our tape "Back In The Alley," we have...."Plutos On UFOs."
 I think the name speaks for itself!
"Get us the Hell on out of here!"

Friday, March 16, 2018

FOX - TREYFID - "Knots" (1989)

 I've been going through a box of old letters, so now I have more information about these tapes, which is a good thing since my addled old brain doesn't always function as good as it used to! I think I received this cassette from Mr. Treyfid probably because I read a review in "Option" and sent him a tape, and from his letter, it looks like this is what he sent in return, a tape he did with his friend George Fox. The liner notes read "Knots is a multimedia performance based on Thomas Coles Historic "Voyage of Life" painting. It was performed Live May 3, 1989 at the Corcoran Gallery Of Art in Washington D.C." The rest of the participants on this project are David Aub, Elizabeth Fry, Jim Newcombe, Yannis Mouhasiris, Russ Peticolas, Rozi Velasquez, and Beatrice Valdes! Here's the title tune!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

OTOONIES - "The Whale And The Wind" (aT) (1990)

Otoonies: "the whale and the wind" was a 1990 tape released on Carl Howard's 'audiofile Tapes' label or aT for short. I don't know much about Otoonies because this tape was sent to me by Carl, not the band. I think it was a thank-you for sending him old uncirculated three cent stamps he could paste all over a postcard, and piss off the post office! There were three songs on the first side, two new age psychedelic percussive instrumentals and then this out of control rock song! Hang on!!

I guess aT tapes doesn't exist anymore, but Carl is still involved with music and has a radio program called "Space Patrol!" that you should probably check out! 

Actually one of our tapes called "Back In The Alley" was released on Carl's label also in 1990, and to this day the royalty checks have never stopped coming in, but then they technically never started, and I'm pretty sure Carl has all the money in a Swiss bank account because I know for a fact that he must have sold at least three copies! I just also found out that this tape is listed on the Discogs website along with a bunch of other musicians like Pornolicious, Homer and Jethro, Dread Zeppelin, The Fugs, The Smothers Brothers, Frank Zappa, Humpsvakar and other amazing acts in the category of "Explore Parody!" I'm so freakin' honored!!
Hermanos Guzanos - "The Alley"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FRANKY AND THE SHADOW - "Howlin Dog" (1990)

And I quote.............."TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, Franky and the shadow is a collaboration of some of the Bay area's finest musical and poetic talents. The music has high-energy impact without sounding overbearing. The lyrics contain a vision that is necessary for the coming age. If you would like to hear our latest "HOWLIN DOG" we would be more than happy to send you one, THANK YOU, FRANKY" 

Friday, March 2, 2018

THE ID - "what id is" (1987)

 THE ID were from Florida, not the Forbidden Planet! If you wanted to say this band was cerebral, I wouldn't disagree with you! I'm pretty sure this is another tape I got because I read a review of their music somewhere, sent them one of our tapes, and they were kind enough to send something back! The band was Ned Davis : Vocals, guitars, piano, DX7, percussion and bass on one song. John Kuge: Poly-61, Juno-60, and DX7 synthesizers, vocals, piano, electronic drums. Nabil Tamer: Guitars, vocals, bass. With Mike Malinin: Drums, IverThue and Paul Miller: Bass, and John Pszyk and Mike Crudele! This is a great tape, and these guys are all over the place. I have no idea what this song is about, but I like it!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Sometimes I'd read reviews of tapes in magazines, so I'd mail somebody one of our tapes. Sometimes people would send me something back, sometimes I got nothing. Sometimes people would read about our tapes and do the same thing. I'm pretty sure I read about Beatniks From Mars and sent them a tape, and this cool tape was what I got in return! Another guy I traded a lot of music with was Lord Litter, and I'm telling you for the real sounds of independent music of the past and today, do yourself a favor, and go listen to his radio show. It makes a great accompaniment to a cold Winter's breakfast, and will warm you right up!

Recorded "Live" at CBGB in New York in 1989, Beatniks From Mars were Larry White - R & Slide Guitar - Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica and Production. Joh Hirschman - Lead Guitar. Jim Caulfield on the Drums, and Tom Hood - Tom Crotti - Bass. 
They called it "Hound Dogma Music"