Monday, August 31, 2020

JOHN BARTLES - "Mating Songs Of The American Alcoholic" (2003)

John Bartles released SO many cassettes and CD's, sometimes, some kind of theme will hit him, and he goes back and digs out and dusts off songs from different releases and puts them in a new package.
That is the case here, and it's a case of Bartles Beer called "Mating Songs Of The American Alcoholic" (A Phenomenological Journey Through The Heart Of The American Drinking Experience) or
"24 Ice Cold American Classic Drinking Songs" (From The Dirty Underbelly Of American Culture)
-Warning: Offensive To All People Of All Ages!!
Here's track 22 that was originally on John's CD "Mamalian Drink Reflex"

Friday, August 28, 2020


Reverend Ivan Stang used to play some Hermanos Guzanos on some of his radio programs, and we corresponded quite a bit back in the 90's, and at one point he sent me this cassette!

 It was titled "New World Odor" and was by a Church band called The Swingin' Love Corpses!

We've been out of contact for many years now, but as far as I can discern, Bob and "The Church of the Sub-Genius" are going just as strong today as they were 30 years ago!

When we were doing our public access TV show called "Offbeat," I asked Reverend Stang for some stuff we could air on the show, and he sent me this tape called  "ARISE," and because of the professional packaging and copyright laws the studio made me get written permission to use it, which the good Reverend kindly provided in a hilarious letter!

"Get Even With Everyone you Hate!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

ED DRURY & CHRIS PHINNEY - "Watchbreaker" (2020)

This was done for Ed's current project Bye-Bye Land, which will be a ways off finishing. Instrumentation: Ed Drury & Chris Phinney.
Photo:C. Phinney
Final Recording 08/18/20

Just in case you don't know who Ed Drury is....
 Ed Drury's Website

Besides being an extremely excellent musician, Ed is also an author....
Ed Drury On Amazon 

What kinds of music does Ed make?
Trance, Ambient, World Beat, New Age & much more.

 It's never too late to learn!
Ed Drury on Bandcamp

Saturday, August 15, 2020


Okay, This is really weird. I just found out that there have been comments going all the way back to 2018 that never got published because I never got a notification.
So unless you said to 'click on your boobs," or called me a fuckbrain, I would have posted all your comments and questions, if I had only known about them!

Here are a couple of the unpublished comments I found:

"A formidable share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing slightly evaluation on this. And he in fact purchased me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If potential, as you turn out to be expertise, would you thoughts updating your weblog with extra details? It is highly helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this blog publish" - on Reverend Tom Frost

"Yo. Have you worked on your lettering? This question should tell you who I am . Don't say name. Hit me back and stop eating MnMs" - on Dark Chaos - Joe E. Sheets

"The refrigerant role in air conditioner is nicely defined. Thanks for the amazing article." - on Humidifier
"Any chance you'll put this entire cassette on soundcloud or something? I was friends with most of them and would love to hear it." - on  INTIMACIES - Austin Poets Audio Anthology Project 

"Hello! Great post...I was in Freeze Dried Death in high school. We were very excited to get a song on this compilation since we had almost no equipment and were just learning to play. Very nice of Paul to have included us! I also remember a really positive review of the cassette in a short lived local free paper called "The Pearly Stone," December of 1989. Is there any way to get a copy/download of this tape? Thanks and take care!" - on How Andy Spent A Night One Week In Bakersfield  

"Stumbled across your blog searching this cassette release. My tape also stopped working. I removed the tape/wheels from the original case & put them in a TDK case. I was able to transfer some songs to my PC using an ION Tape Express cassette player. However, some tracks still would not play well...I even tried on my home stereo tape luck.'s a partial copy of the tape for you & your readers in MP3 format:"
Mark Hanley Yellow #5 partial: - on Mark Hanley's "Yellow"

"Scott Johnson died on May 3, 2008, at the age of 51. Last spring, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his passing, I posted three Love, Calvin videos to YouTube: "Eskimo Kiss," "Robyn Hitchcock and Some Other Guy," and "Gay Bar." Be sure to use the song title in the search line, or else everything for a singer named Calvin Love with pop up." - on Love, Calvin

"Not one soul will perish
who puts their trust in Me."
-Jesus - on The Someday People

So, if you left a comment or a question in the last two years and I never got back to you, I'm sorry, please try it again!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

BURNT MARSHMALLOWS & TEENY BIKINIS - "Various Artists CD - Weenies, Tang, & Lighter Fluid" (2000)

Well, Summer's almost over and it doesn't seem like anybody's having much fun, so here's a blast from twenty years in the past that ought to put a smiley smile on the face of anyone!
"Burnt Marshmallows & Teeny Bikinis" is an amazing various artists compilation CD released in 2000 on the now defunct "Optional Art" records, and is just a whole lot of fun in the sun from the "Wing Ding" at the beginning, to "Summer's Over" and beyond!

"Burnt Marshmallows & Teeny Bikinis" is a labor of love for surf music put together by Rich Horton, and it features a boss array of talent, and it was really difficult to only grab one song off this CD.
The participants include Ed James, Gary & The Masticators, Monsters Under The Bed, Squires Of The Subterrain, The Oohs, Robin Stanley, Jeremy, The Popstars, Bill & The Hodads, Rich Arithmetic, and The French Broads.

This song has been lodged in my brain for a couple of months now featuring John McMullan on Vocals and Keys, Don Smith on Bass & Backing Vocals, Jack Holder playing Lead and Rhythm Guitars, and Robert Hall playing Drums and Percussion.
JOHN McMULLAN - "Summertime Karma Groove"
"Burnt Marshmallows & Teeny Bikinis" is long out of print, but if you want to try and write Rich Horton at he might be able to find a copy to sell you!
(c)Hortones, 1982-2020)

Thursday, August 6, 2020


 "Godspunk Volume Twenty" was released in 2019 on Pumf Records!

"The whole Godspunk series of compilation albums by various artists has been going on since 2003!

 This CD features a multitude of talent and 23 tracks by the likes of artists like Dr. Awkward, Blue Eyes Of The Broken Gonk, Infected Youth, Howl In The Typewriter, Mutant Beatniks, UNIT, The Large Veiny Members, and Nil by Nose!

 "This album is gratefully dedicated to thr Policeman, the Fireman, the Blacksmith, the Doctor, the Teacher, the Court Jester & the Butcher - long may they continue doing the things they do."

Here's just a taste for you, Cut number 20.......
There are a lot of hungry freaks out there, and out of all the krazy shit in the world,the mail is still safe as far as I know! At least go to the Pumf website and check out the samples, it's free so you got nuthin' to lose, except maybe your mind and your dignity!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

THE PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE - Prague, Czechoslovakia (1968 - 2020)

The Plastic People of the Universe is a band from Prague, Czechoslovakia.The band was created in 1968 or 69, and still performs today in one form or another.
Their music was considered to be subversive, so they were not popular with the government and were continually harassed and hassled.
If you think the government of the U.S. is oppressive today, then try wrapping your brain around the fact that the Nazi party abolished jazz upon its occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938.
In 1964, the music of The Beatles was introduced to the whole world, and after that their was no turning back.
Besides The Beatles, The Plastic People Of The Universe were influenced by bands like The Velvet Underground, The Fugs, The Doors, Captain Beefheart, and The Mothers Of Invention, from who they drew their name.
The Plastic People Of The Universe and their tale has been well documented, so if you want to know the whole story, here are a couple of great links!

In 1968, The Plastic People released an LP called "Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club banned."

This song titled "Magické Noci" was from that album and will give you a good idea of how their music sounded!

This "Live" tape was released in 1992.

This record called "Leading Horses" came out in 1983, and there were many more that you can check out right HERE!

These days we live in troubled times, and I don't know of a better example of perseverance in the face of adversity than The Plastic People Of The Universe!! 
 Despite all the pain and sorrow they have had to endure just trying to have fun and be creative, The Plastic People Of The Universe have come a long way!

Thanx to Chris Phinney of Harsh Reality Music for the suggestion!