Friday, June 15, 2018

REV. TOM FROST - "Mysteries & Manners" (2016)

 Although not from the 80's or 90's, the Reverend Tom Frost is a friend, and a French musician who is a modern day version of that era! Tom is an incredibly talented musician who epitomizes the concept of D.I.Y. music, and is damn good at it, if I do say so myself! Years ago Tom had a blog that was basically a history of early blues, rock, and country music called "Spread The Good Word," that inspired me to start our "Dwrayger Dungeon" movie blog, and this one too!

 Tom not only sings, but he also plays all the instruments on this feel good song that should be blaring on the radio all Summer everywhere! Turn It UP!!!
Rev. Tom Frost - "Lucky Old Sun"

Friday, June 8, 2018

LET US OUT - "Let Us Out" (1991)

 After a couple of years of sending tapes to musicians, magazines, and radio stations, it finally got to a point where people actually started sending unsolicited tapes to me, and I thought that was very cool! This 1991 tape by Colorado's "Let Us Out" is a fine example!

Here's the letter I got from Terry that explains the type of theatre they perform. "Let Us Out" was Terry Gould - writer, engineer, producer! Everything else including vocals, sound effects, and keyboard was done by Sue Niedringhaus, Joe Schultz, Susan Gibson, and Howard Thompson. Howard also did the cover art, and is the narrator on this piece, and Sue was the director. There was also dramatic assistance from Cliff Whitehouse, and engineering assistance from Steve Clayton and Max Hernandez! Grab yourself some chips because you're going to need them to go along with this fishy story!!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

STARK RAVING BRAD - "Stark Raving Brad" (1992)

 Well, I don't know how mad Brad was, but I do know he has some kind of insane sense of humor. I don't have much to go along with this, but it doesn't matter because I think you'll find the music pretty dang entertaining all by itself! So here he is in all his glory, from San Francisco, Calif. in 1992! Damn straight!!

Monday, May 28, 2018

CRASH-N-BURN - Self-Titled (1988)

CRASH-N-BURN was one of my favorite bands of this era, and I wouldn't know how to describe them completely, but let's try Funky Punky Chunky Rock. They covered a lot of bases. The band members were John Sanders on keyboards and guitar, Amy Sanders on bass, Dean Menta on another guitar, and Parry Wolf on the drums.
Here's a song from the first self-titled tape John sent me! Turn it up!
 CRASH-N-BURN - "The Big Business"

John and I wrote back and forth a few times, and this is a flyer for a "One Dead Cow Show and Rodeo" gig that he wrote me a letter on. I've tried to find some current information on the band or it's members, because I just assumed they'd be pretty famous by now, but instead, I can't find anything, so I guess they must have really just Crashed N' Burned!

 Anyway, I liked CRASH-N-BURN so much that I asked them to give me something for my "Refried Dreams" compilation tape, which they kindly obliged, and I got this extra cool sticker too. Check it out, it's another great song called "Last Night Stand."

Saturday, May 26, 2018

HEATHER PERKINS - "Land-O-Newts Sampler" (1987-1988)

Heather Perkins was from Eugene, Oregon, but I think she lives in Portland these days, and she likes to make music that is completely unique! I have nobody to compare Heather to except herself! We traded tapes a couple of times, and this 'land ö ñéwts' Sampler is one of the tapes I got from her. On this song, Heather is doing the vocals, playing the guitar, and the 'drumlike unit.'

The Land-O-Newts website looks a little funny because it's under construction, but if you go there, you'll find a lot more of Heather's music that you can listen to for free! There's also a link to an interview from the Portland Tribune that came out on my birthday eleven years ago that was written by Peter Korn, and that's where this foto of Heather came from also!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

LAME DUCK - "Logo" (1991)

 In 1991 in La Mirada, Calif. there were a couple of zany rebels named Matt Ter and Sadchop, also known as Jon Gillespie and John Zalewski, or Lame Duck! They had heard that home taping was killing the recording industry, and they wanted to do their part to help, so they came out with this tape called "Logo," that has songs like "Ass Sid," "Pass The Butler," and "Depressed Mold," among other things on it!

Friday, May 11, 2018

DEAD OSWALDS - "Not Sgt. Pepper" (1989)

 Dead Oswalds was the brainchild of one Brian T. Gallagher from somewhere in the vicinity of Providence, Rhode Island. As far as I can tell or remember, most everything he ever did was tongue in cheek, you know, like a joke, kinda like another group of guys I know. Fr'instance, the title of the band, the title of the tape, and the title of the songs, none of it is real. In a letter I found from Brian, this is what he had to say about the Guzanos tape I sent him, "I liked it. The Dead Oswald took it home. He must have liked it too. Greedy, selfish creep." Even though this song also has a Beatles title, it is not a cover tune, as are none of the other songs on this tape. If you'd like to be totally confused about the tape scene in the 80's and 90's, this would be a really good place to start! Credited musicians are Ozzy Oswald: Vocals, old newspapers, receding hairline, Donny Oswald: Purposely absent, and Marie Oswald: Cheap second hand guitar, warts, styrofoam!!!

Brian Gallagher was also the editor/publisher of a pretty damn fine zine called "Radio Void" that also featured some fereakin' amazing art by Brian James Riedel like his "Oh God, I swear, no more water balloons" one shot!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "The Videos Of Brian James Riedel" (2018)

 My good friend and fellow worm brother, artiste extraordinaire, and all around good egg Brian, has gone temporarily insane, and in the last week, out of nowhere, has created seven wild and krazy Guzanos videos. They just keep getting better, and there's no telling what this guy is capable of, once he puts his mind to it, so ready, steady, set, get gone.....!!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ELECTRONIC COTTAGE 2018!

 Random things that have had no reference for some 25 or 30 years are suddenly just happening all around me. I've been reunited with old friends locally and internationally, and cool things like Hal McGee's magazine "Electronic Cottage" have resurfaced!
 Don't get me wrong! Guys like Don Campau and Lord Litter have never quit promoting independent music and art from the 80's, 90's and beyond, so this is not exactly a new thing, but then again, in some ways, it really is!

 Just as he did in print, Hal's online version of "Electronic Cottage" is simply great, and besides everything else, also includes an in depth article & interview done by Lord Litter about Hermanos Guzanos, and our other projects just in case anybody's curious! So go check it out, the price is right and Hal is asking for contributions, not monetary, but artistic, and all artists musical or otherwise are welcome to participate!! It doesn't get much better than that! Thanx Hal!!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

GREENHOUSE EFFECT - "Agenda" (1992)

The music you will discover on this site is a blend of home taping DIY artists, and actual performing indie bands. Greenhouse Effect was a real band, with a real sound of their own, from El Segundo, Calif. I don't really care for the image on the front of this tape called "Agenda", but rest assured that the guy named Shark who sent me this tape, was a very nice person, not a psycho! "Agenda" was released in 1992, and the song you're about to hear reminds me of Quicksilver Messenger Service because of the tone of the guitar. So without further adieu..........

Sunday, April 29, 2018

JOHN M. BENNETT & SCREAMIN' POPEYES - "El Ninguneo" (Early 1990's)

Jeff Olson of Screamin' Popeyes and I used to write each other a lot. I even sent him some records I got from Bulgaria one time. I found this letter dated 9-24, but I'm not quite sure of the year, probably 1992 or 93. Here's the first sentence: "Thanx for giving "El Ninguneo" a listen, maybe it all makes sense to John. We had fun with it anyway." The John he's referring to was a poet named John Bennett, and on this tape John does his thing, and the Popeyes provide the spacey background sounds. Give it a listen and hear for yourself! There are no titles or words to describe it!
John M. Bennett & Screamin' Popeyes - "El Ninguneo 02"

Thursday, April 26, 2018

RATTUS REXX - "Echoes Of The West" (1987)

In early 1988, I sent the 113th copy I had of "The Worm's Turn" to Lord Litter, and #116 went to Winfried Pickart in Germany. The rest is literally history! Winnie Pickart passed away a few years ago, but at least we still have stuff like this to remember him by. His partner Gaby Hünnerbein was the other vocalist in the band. Gaby now is known as Gaby Tiger, and she and her band are still performing today! The words and music were written by Winfried Pickart on all but one song. The rest of the credits read like this. Winnie: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Casio, and Xylophone, Gaby on Vocals, Rene Esser playing Saxophone, and Peter Kraff on Lead Guitar on one song. This tape was recorded on a Yamaha MT1X 45SpurRec. This is what I call, "Just Good Music!"
Rattus Rexx - "Twilight Shines" 

Here's a nice candid shot of Winnie and Gaby from back in the day that I got from Gaby via Lord Litter!

Monday, April 23, 2018

TAPE REBEL 7 - "Weed Music" - Winfried Pickart (1989)

 "Tape Rebel 7" was a compilation tape of various artists on the "Weed Music" label based in Germany, and run by a fine gentleman, and a good friend of mine named Winfried Pickart, who I was saddened to find out just passed away a few years ago. "Tape Rebel 7" was made in 1989, and the art was by a Spanish artiste named Miguel Angel Martin. I did lots of tape trading with musicians in Germany, the music was always good, and the people were having fun. I don't know the truth, but I wouldn't be surprised if this whole cassette scene didn't originate in Germany, because they were seriously into their networking! We were lucky enough to be included on this tape along with Frozen Planets, Ignition, Z.B.Z., Schorsch + Die Honka, Heinz Küppers, PCR, Solanaceae Tau, and Winnie Pickart's own fine band, Rattus Rexx. This whole tape was great, and here's one cool little pop song from it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO - "Big Lung Samba" (1993)

I got this tape called "Big Lung Samba" from Arrington de Dionyso in 1993. Arrington hails from Olympia, Washington, and worked at KAOS radio station. He played all the instruments himself.
He calls his new music shamanic seance.......
 

Friday, April 13, 2018

HERD OF THE ETHER SPACE - "Dada's Little Psycho" (1990)

Herd Of The Ether Space were from Oakland, Ca., but this tape was released on the Matthias Lang "IRRE -Tapes" label from Germany. "Dada's Little Psycho" was released in 1990, and if you can't tell by the title that's it's not top forty fodder, then you're in for a big surprise!

They say it takes all kinds to make the world go round, and that's exactly what Herd Of The Ether Space is.....All Kinds, and it looks like those kinds here are George Gibson, Charles Goff III, Robert Silverman, and Killr Kaswan.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dennis Worden's STICKBOY SONG CONTEST LOSERS Compilation (1991)

 In 1991 Comix Artiste Extraordinaire Dennis Worden decided he was going to have a 'Stickboy' song contest. He offered up the lyrics to three songs and the musicians could do their own arrangements! (If that's what you want to call them) I forgot who actually won. The three songs were titled "Could A Heart," "Raw Rat Burger," and "Gotta Be A Ghoul," and this tape featured the losing entries!

 We did a version of "Raw Rat Burger" and killer Comix artiste J. R. Williams, the proprietor of  "J.R. Williams' Fun House!" decided to do a cool version of "Gotta Be A Ghoul!" The rest of the entries besides us and J.R. were Sore Jackson, Iron Duke Melon, The Mary Paul Experience, Karl Hendricks, The Home Rangers, Stephen Hunking, Clevo, Fatner Flint, Free Dummy, and The Mumbles! The Mumbles did a medley of all three tunes and is probably the best of the bunch, but since we're all losers, for now, here's J.R. and....

Because Gary and Dennis were comic buddies, we also got to add another song to the tape that wasn't one of the three choices! It was a song called "GOB" based on one of Dennis's characters, using words from a "GOB" comic that we did on an earlier tape called "Too Close To The Kitty."

Monday, April 2, 2018

DINO DIMURO - "A Real Pretty Rose" (1986)

 Dino DiMuro was an incredibly talented musician from L.A. who was also a good friend of Don Campau, so I sent Dino one of our tapes and this was the tape he sent in return! Needless to say, it blew me away! Our music was impromptu, loose, and sloppy, and Dino's was insanely well thought out, intelligent, and meticulous!  Like no comparison!

Dino DiMuro was a hopeless romantic with a sense of humor who was in love with everyone from amazing cartoon artiste Lynda Barry to Don Campau's daughter Nicole, and the world is lucky, because he liked to write about it!

On this tape Dino is joined by Greg Gray on drums, and Don Campau on one track, but the rest of it is all attributed to Dino! I don't think anyone has ever come as close to the sound of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band as the guitar work on this undying ode to love called "Lynda Barry," so enjoy!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

OLIVER SQUASH - "Wastecoat" (1992)

After a while, things changed and instead of me sending tapes to people I'd read about asking if they would be interested in exchanging tapes with me, people started writing me, and asking if I would be interested in a trade. It really was an interesting time.....

 So in 1992, after reading a review of one of our tapes in Ear Of Corn magazine (Straight outta Stow, Ohio), Oliver Squash from Barnesboro, PA sent me this tape asking me if I would be interested in a trade. I never refused an offer like that so now you can have a chance to hear what the Hell Mr.Oliver Squash was up to back then! From his tape release titled "Wastecoat," here's...
Oliver Squash - "Saturn"

Saturday, March 24, 2018

BIG JED - Good Life" (1989)

 Todd aka Big Jed was a beyond amazing musician, one of those kind of people who was so talented that you never could figure out why they weren't a superstar! I only met him once or twice, and he sincerely seemed to like our music, which to me, was not even in the same realm of what he was doing! The opening act on this flyer was one of our pal Slim's band, 97 Tears.

 This flyer is so legit, it's got the band's set list written on the back! This is another incarnation of Slim's music as opening act called Rainmakers!

So when I met Jed, it was at the same time that I had decided to make a various artists compilation tape of all the cool and unusual indie music I had encountered, so I either asked or he offered to submit these tracks! On my compilation tape called "Refried Dreams" I used his song called "My Town First," so here's something else off of that tape! I lost contact with Todd after this, and I heard that he had passed away a couple of years ago. The background screamer on this song was a very good friend of mine who is also deceased, Suzanne Shelton! This tape was recorded in Todd's home studio, and you'll never know how lucky you are to hear it! The good life, right on! Turn it up!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ALVARO - "THE CHILEAN WITH THE SINGING NOSE" (1991)

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, ART PHAG, were going to do a cover of this song, but I guess it never happened, because I never heard any more about it!
(Correction: 27 years and one month later, and I just found out that indeed ART PHAG did do a cover of "Mysterical Sights." Somebody put the whole album up on YouTube, so I snagged this cut. Now I need to buy the record, but it looks like the only ones available are in places like Norway!)  So here you go, at least they gave us credit for writing, here's the "Gods of Grunge" -
ART PHAG - "Mysterical Sights"

 "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

BEATNIKS FROM MARS - "Live At CBGB" (1989)

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"

Saturday, February 24, 2018

ENORMOUS RICHARD - "Almanac" (30 Skuntry Hits) (1990)

I kept pretty good records of who and why I used to send tapes to, but I would have to go dig through a big box of old letters to find out any more information about Enormous Richard, but I can tell you this! This tape called "Skuntry Hits" was released in 1990 by a bunch of people in Illinois who seem to be having a real good time.The whole tape was recorded 'Live" to 2 tracks, or to quote the liner notes, "Overdubs? Schmoverdubs!" Enormous Richard be: Marshall Boswell - Moved down to Floooreeda too soon to play on the tape. Helped write and make it happen, though. Chris Bess - Played accordion. Mopped his brow. Joe Esser - Played bass. Got married. Matt Fuller - Played drums. Looked skeptical. Chris King - Sang. Played kazoo. Guitar Johnny Minkoff - Played roadhouse guitar. Elijah Shaw - played (a'hem) fiddle, banjo, harp, melodica, shaker, kazoo, guitar, sang bv's. Rich Skubish - played acoustic guitar, sang the operatic lead v's, sang bv's.  And special guests Kip Loui and Dave Melson. Get ready, I had a hard time picking a tune so here's...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THE LIE DETeCTORS - "Good-Bye Ronnie We Love To See You Go!" (1988)

According to my ancient records, I sent the 210th copy of "The Worm's Turn" to The Lie Detectors in Sparkill, New York in 1989. This tape is what I got in return. The Lie Detectors were George Hairamust on lead guitars and vocals, Barry Van Halen on bass, Scotty M. Surrogate playing drums, and Brian "Pecker" Clyde on vocals and rhythm guitar! Ironically enough, the tape I sent them also had a song called "Meltdown" on it!
The Lie Detectors - "Meltdown"
Hermanos Guzanos - "Meltdown" 

Monday, February 19, 2018

SEVEN NEVER EVER SEEN GUZANOS COVERS - (1988-90)

Here are seven late 1980's Hermanos Guzanos cassette covers done by Gary Wray that nobody has ever seen before because they were just made for me. We didn't live in the same town back then, so after we'd have a garage get together, Gary would make me one of these tapes, and sometimes he embellished them with his artwork! These are some of the results!