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The Davy Jonesers had decided on a moratorium from playing live shows until we practiced up about a month's worth. Then Maggie Mayhem invited us to play a barn party with Brain Ache & the Family Mullet, Bomb Pots, and Cuntagious. we couldn't pass it up, what can I say. its September 7th and I guess its 'invitation only' (?) as they don't want too many humans. consider this your invitation. I don't have the address yet but its on Coburg, north of Eugene.
of course I don't get off work til 10:30, so we'll play at 10:45, maybe?

I didn't get my root canal yesterday, but they treated my infected tooth and I'll go back in 2 weeks.

James leaves for PNCA today! Ana will drive my truck, which I've named Tricia Toyota (the second)

Soothesayers might have a show October 3rd with Psyrup and Full Lush.
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So I'm running the music group at the residential treatment facility, but last night's attendance was meager. so the trick is to wrap up some therapeutic ideas in the middle and pull some rabbit out of a hat, like bringing extra instruments or some other stimulus to drum up more interest among residents.



I also got a bit of a talking to, in regards to my dark humor and off-color jokes with staff. I think the offensive word that made some of my co-workers cringe was the title of the DEAD MILKMEN song that Dave posted on my FB profile.

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Greetings Dear Readers,

I did a frightening open mic with Charlie Hustle last night, we did three of his songs (one of which was obviously inspired by his recent breakup with Caitlin, entitled Pink Crutch) but its good practice in engaging an especially judgmental audience. My pulled pork turned out OK, too much garlic in the egg salad.

I have my 'med passer' test today, which will be followed by a training with a nurse from admin, named Jill, whose company I enjoy, so thats good.

went to the dentist, I have an infected tooth and need a root canal.

no gigs setup for anytime soon, going to practice lots of new stuff before next outing.

waff

Nuxiemade is having a sale! Yes, Nuxie is my wife. She makes great hats, skirts and whatnot mostly for young girls, but they are all made by hand with care and conscience. She has her own site (nuxiemade.com) and also sells on etsy.
https://www.facebook.com/NuxieMade

If you want to please me, don't make my tea, SERVE UP THE MAIN COURSE! )

Weekday Afternoons with the Vicar )
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I felt I had a productive day at work yesterday. i was off at 10:30, and went for a night hike with my band-mates of Davy Jones Locker Combo, Mr. Jonny Birchwood and Charlie Hustle, as well as Charlie's buddy Adam. We brought waffles the wonder-pooch, and hiked to the top of Skinner's butte, arriving at the summit at 1 am. The moon was waxing gibbous, and bright. No jackets were required, there was only a light breeze.
Much trash was talked throughout the hike and the height of stupidity was the creation of
the tale of RattleRoid )
I'm very glad that Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite boys will be playing at the Eugene Celebration (http://www.eugenecelebration.com/) on Sunday, so I will be able to attend, IF we aren't headed up to Portland that day to move James into his dorm. yes, James is going to PNCA (http://www.pnca.edu/) art school in Portland!

Friday Night CURRENT EVENTS at the Residential Treatment Facility )

Davy Jones' Locker Combo will play October 6th at Red Room in Portland.
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THE DOMINATOR shipwreck. video collage by Rich Polysorbate.

there's nothing left to see there today, but when I was younger, the wreck was still visible and still drawing people to explore what was there




"stirring a whole toiletful of diamonds"

whitblock

Aug. 4th, 2013 10:17 am
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whit blok 2013 3


MORE )
Thankfully, there was very little smack-talk about "Local Brewing Company", but Tim's "Gentrify this!" t shirts were EVERYWHERE.
more pics coming soon, Soothesayers and maybe Dwight Dickinson. A good time was had.
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Locker Combo at 2 pm, Soothesayers at 8 pm. Other favorites will be Missing Links, Pirate Radio and Wetsock.
You may also find Ricky Bidness playing steel guitar with Dwight Dickinson at the Lazarus Pit.
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Can't believe the fucking coffee maker died...

Whiteaker People's Party is Saturday. I got the day off from work and I'll be appearing with Dwight D @ Lazarus Pit at 1 pm, Davy Jonesers at Tiny's @ 2, and the Soothesayers @ 8 pm. The Whiteaker PP is a response to the Whiteaker Block Party, (Whiteaker BLock Party is now in its 7th year!) Tim (of Soothe sayers) and Jevon organized the "People's Party" last year (2012) outside of the Block Party area, as a kind of act of defiance to the gentrification and monopolization of the Whiteaker neighborhood by Ninkasi brewing, this year the poeples party will be sponsured by Pabst Blue Ribbon, and that fact will be more of a 'two finger' salute to Ninkasi.
Originally, DavY jones' Locker Combo was going to play at the Jesco Club (AA) where Dave was caretaker at the time, THAT was to be the big F.U. to Ninkasi, because it was to be a sober party! but the little area we were to play was too small, and as soon as word got out that there was a 'non-Ninkasi' stage, it started to snowball a bit.
obv'ly not everyone is down with all the trash talking inevitably happens, about 'corporate beer' and the buying up of the neighborhood, whether its true or not, trash talking doesn't really achieve anything. & Where Tim is usually extra careful of what he does day, others close to him pick up the torch and mouth off about it. The politics of this situation makes for yucky band practices, can't we all just get along?

I've inherited the 'games group' at work, and will be running it for the first time tonight, still haven't decided what I want to play with residents. I'm very lucky to work with such great people, the staff at garden is pretty cool.
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Davy Jones Locker Combo has 2 final shows: August 2nd at Tiny Tevern, and August 3rd at 2 pm @ the Whiteaker People's Party also (sigh) at Tiny Tavern. I mostly don't have a lot of time to setup any shows between family, home, work and school. We may stick around in some format under a different name, at least me and Motor City Scott. The Soothesayers are playing the Whiteaker PP at 8 pm.
recap:
DJLC 8/2 at Tiny's with BrainAke & PetitMort
DJLC 8/3 Tiny's parking lot 2 pm
Soothesayers 8/3 Tiny's 8 pm.
Anyhoo, today marks the official start of my new hours at work.


I got my baritone guitar, but it needs a setup (intonation & truss rod adjustment) otherwise it sounds great,


RUSSIAN ska? )
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so I'm gona miss my brother's birthday shindig in Berkeley. I'm trying to negotiate time off for the day off, August 3rd, Whiteaker block party. If I get the day off, It'll be a double header Soothesayers and Davy Jones Locker Trio amongst the entertainment at the 'anti-Ninkasi' block party stage, Whiteaker People's Party at Tiny Tavern.

My baritone guitar will get here tomorrow. Its the 59 re-issue, not the "Dead on 67".





I've been enjoying the book about VOCODERS: "How to wreck a Nice Beach" (http://howtowreckanicebeach.com/)

and trying to wrap up my 5 year long love/hate affair with Thomas Pynchon's MASON & DIXON

this post brought to you by NUXIEMADE handcrafted yarn stuffs.
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hired.


ancient xfr from cassette tape: headphones recommended, expecially at the end of this




fuck no i dont have a pinterest

ABSOLUTE OBSOLETE )

nuke mutey steroid bee hyperbole FRIDAY EDITION )
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SUMMERTIME and WATERMELONS ♫ Summertime 2013 spotify playlist (via naughty miss nuxie)

http://spoti.fi/12WbIOm

#NowPlaying


"INSTAGRAM© your meal for a free CONCUSSION"
"Instead of being with friends we collect friend requests. Rather than savor food we take pix and tweet them." --Linda Gates



twitter crap....
Scot Milligan ‏ @jediscot1
Nature is my temple, music is my fuel, and new experiences and getting outside of my own head is my blooood! Don't take yourself too damn serious!


Fred X Mertz @FredXMertz
Musician, songwriter, producer Oregon.

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Jul. 1st, 2013 02:29 pm
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took the pooch for a jaunt up the ridge line trail, thinking we might be out for 3 hours. after only 1 hour, she and I had to head for cooler climes. I'm not sleepy, but I have to nap for my nocturnal shift 10 pm to 8 am. Then I have class at 8:30, and no other plans for the week.
no one has invited me or the fam anywhere for the 4th.
I'm working on a business plan for a food cart, but don't know where I'll get funding yet.

waffles the tap dancing wonder dog
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its pretty brief, but makes a lot of sense in a 'back to the future' kind of way.

Father's Day tomorrow, I will work 8 am to noon. Yes, that is after a gig in Portland tonight.

LULZy:
http://mydadwasinaband.com/


witness Dave's boy Joey crawling around on the couch during practice...
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Did a gig with Dwight Dickinson last night at Tiny Tavern. It was a benefit for Brain Ake and the Family Mullet, as they got pulled over on their way to play a show in McMinnville, their RV was impounded and they got tons of fines for expired tags, speeding, and I don't know what all. So they raffled some gay porn and PEZ dispensers... Walking Trainsong played, which I didn't see, they're some (other) ex-bandmates of Mr. Mertz...

Soothesayers play in Portland this evening at Kelly's Olympian.



some ambient stuff recommended by STYLSS (Stop Taking your life so seriously)


BLACK LIPS!!!!!!!!!!!
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yes , want.


the Danelectro "Dead on '67" was a copy of the Coral Hornet


here's a dress-up of the DANELECTRO version. He adjusts the tremolo arm, and uses a bit of 'never dull' metal polish


The Coral Hornet:


Eastwood Guitars makes a 'sidejack' baritone like yo:



Sidejack shown here in action:


Soothesayers play portland saturday



peace, love, rise above

xMertz
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JP grad
so proud of JP. He's off to art school in the fall. Our visitors have gone and all is back to (ab)normally quiet.

Once upon a time, I lived in Torrance. We were recording some Juno 6 with me on electronic drums. Nuxie picked up the REsearch 'Modern Primitives' book to a particular page and she sang the words on the page as a song
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JP has graduated. We were kind of biting our nails that he might need summer shcool for a while there. Anyhoo, Mertz Manor crammed to the gills with house guests. Epic dinner Friday was Roast leg of Lamb, salmon, stuft grape leaves (dolmas) roast potatoes, greek salad. Last night after the commencement ceremony, the fam went to PF Chang's, I know neither local nor terribly fresh but they have good gluten free options (JP has celiac's disease) and we were able to reserve a table for twelve at 9 pm on a Friday.

My allergies have been intense, everyone's have: neezing everywhere you go, people wearing dust masks... my eyes watering 24/7, waking up at night all stuffed up. Claritin, Zaditor, Nalacrom and albuterol and still I'm a snotty, drippy mess.



Davy Jones' Locker Combo covers the Pogues (old recording):


LOVE Beth Moore self portraithttps://www.facebook.com/LoveTheBethMooreLoveDocumentary

I've been fooolwing posts from Team Portland on the ALC (AIDS/Lifecycle) ride. I'm going to sign up for the ride in 2014!

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