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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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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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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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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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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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also this: JP will be graduating this coming week. JP was good about going to Santina's ballet peformace yesterday with the family, inlcuding my (paternal) Dad, who drove down from Portland for the ballet... JP's pretty active on soundcloud, when he should be probably working on illustrating a book, 'Strong Jay'- but this is what he's been up to: ♠JUNES♠.



Nuxie's guppies had babies! We rounded up as many as we could and put in an isolation 'nursery' that separates the babies (fry) from adult fish, because the fry get eaten... by everybody. The frogs eat 'em, mommies and daddies eat 'em, even the neon tetras got a piece of the action, by eating the babies. On a less joyous note, while cleaning Nuxie's tank, I noticed tiny white worms (planaria) which are not harmful (but totally disgusting imho) so I vacuumed the substrate (gravel) and we did a 35% water change, the results have been good. Next thing is to stop feeding the fish (except the babies!) for a few days and be more careful about overfeeding... I tell ya, its the darn frogs! You want to make sure they're getting food after all, but I guess they can probably go a few days wihtout food, expecially after binging on babies!

Mertz Manor will be full to the brim with family visitors for the graduation next Saturday. Then, Soothesayers play at Kelly's Olympian in Portland, June 15th and Davy Jones Locker Combo plays an acoustic set June 29th at Cozmik Pizza.

LATEX
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I got calls today from both Royal Ave Project and Safe Haven to work relief shifts. Unf'ly I can't work either, as I have classes this aft, but its nice to know I'm high on the list. I still haven't done case management at Royal, and I'm anxious to get into more ACT sessions and find out about the 'wisdom journeys' (and perhaps take one or two for myself).


this video is of a song my family used to sing in the car on long trips, kind of a campfire/drinking song. The boy scouts have their version, which is called the Quartermaster's Store and obv'ly doesn't include the alcohol references. The singalong parts are meant to be shouted lustily, I'm sure I'll get to do a more rousing version again soon with some participants singing along but for now, this is it. cheers, thanks for watching, or, whatever. up yours.
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went to VLV with Nux and Candy. Stayed at the Rio. Saw Reverend horton Heat, Slim Jim Phantom (stray cats), Dick Dale, Little Richard, The Rockats, and lots of other great rockabilly groups. Drank a fair amount of Sailor Jerry rum and single malt scotch. Saw a great burlesque show at The Orleans.

Davy jones' Locker Combo is kind of back, since I left Double Deuce. DJLC plays at Wandering Goat coffeehouse 4/26 with Hohumdrum. Its free, and it will be the newest lineup, no upright bass this time, it'll be Mr. Jonny Birchwood on bass, Charlie Hustle on drums, possible Justin Brandmeyer on percussion, myself on vocals guitar and harmonica, and I'm hoping we'll be joined by a sax player??!

Soothesayers have a gig 4/24 at The Tiny Tavern. The touring act features an ex-member of The Breeders.
The Soothesayers also have a gig 4/27 at Black Forest with Black Delany.

cheers!
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...sorry!


Davy Jones' Locker Combo, possibly last show ever, we will probably do at least one more show, but it will be in the town of St. Helen's OR, NW of Portland at a classic car show. DJLC at Cozmik Pizza
Saturday 6/18 w/ Justice Beagle and Strange Dichotomy.... I know. I thought we wouldn't go out like THAT, but there it is. Also, its on the same night as Face To Face @ WOW Hall, so we may lose some of our audience to that show.... I was only able to add one new song for Saturday's set, but at least I changed up the order and added a few surprises.

bon voyage

Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:15 pm
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Davy Jones Locker Combo @ Black Forest tonight. Kinda unexpected, we're filling in for one of the other groups. I know its us first, Bad Luck Blackouts probably 2nd. we'll go on @ 9 pm, its free.

DJLC played at Delphina Clothing Store on Last Friday artwalk,. .... well, last friday. then we played Angelo's in Portland Saturday with the mighty strange Dwight Dickinson.

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this song been bouncing around in my empty brain for 2 days.

"So many rivers I've got to cross..."

AWESOME SHOW LAST NIGHT @ WOW HALL

Memorial for ‘Evil Eve’ Sabrina Cienfuegos with Dog Mage, Hot Drama, The Soothesayers, Free Beard, Ara, and Soul Scythe. Also, it was Chris Heathen's birthday. I pounded a few bottles of Guinness to spite the Queen.

I played the Blue Iceman again, Jimmy’s back was doing a little better. the sound was great and its nice to have a big stage to flop around on, which I did. Me and Tim did this ‘gargoyle’ thing where we knelt in front on either side of Samantha, I hope someone got a picture of that…

Soothesayers played 2 awesome gigs this weekend, neither was really publicized, and we didn’t really have to try hard for either of them: Miss Whiteaker Saturday and Eve’s Memorial last night, both really really fun and I think we sounded great, we’re past the ‘suck’ period finally.

Davy Jones’s Locker Combo plays at Delphina Friday, and Angelo’s in Portland Saturday.

Citizen Fish plays WOW Hall on Tuesday, the opening group is my former bandmates, ManOverBoard.
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Dude, LIVEJOURNAL is loading more and more slowly on my macbook, anyone else having troubles?

Davy Jones Jocker Combo appears 4/20 at Kowloon's THE CITY Lounge, 2222 Martin Luther King Jr Bl
Eugene, OR 97401-2475. Kowloon's restaurant has been locally owned and operated since 1987, and our bass player, Creeper Collin works there as delivery guy. Girls, that is your in- order some Chinese Food, tip well (he may accept herbal offerings) with PIRATE RADIO and TBA. Don't know what/if cover charge, stay tuned for furthur on the enterprise. We'll also be playing 4/29 at the newly remodeled ASTORIA POKER LOUNGE, and that WILL be a FREE show.

The Soothesayers are finally back! we'll be playing 5/6 at th Grand Re-opening of Dawn Baby Salon on Willamette, I guarantee a good time will be had by all, and now there is a little more elbow room, to stash the keg, and um, do some kegstands! Dawn Baby Salon's last Soothesayers party became fodder for a new(ish) song titled BRING THE PAGNE! written by yours truly, Fred X Mertz, you can hear a rough mix of it on our Reverbnation page.

a roota manta golly, knocka shemba wemba doo.

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Getting back into kickboxing regimen , not doing much music lately- the Davey Jones Locker Combo's drummer appears to be burning out, I have a hard time reaching him by phone lately, and then he cancels practices. we are supposed to do a show Sunday night at the old Shoji's on Willamette. If we play it will be at about 11 ....

there were a couple shows I wanted to go to last night, but after two giant beers and tons of cheese and salami, I wound up snoozing on the couch as Santina watched an awful animated movie called 'FLY ME TO THE MOON' about some house flys that ride in the apollo moon lander... yeah.

I ordered a mic pre-amp that I've needed forever... should be churning out some sweet demos soon



then without further ado (Can't believe I haven't posted this here already...) DJLC, Dracula's Daughter!
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Happy 2007: the year of DOING STUFF, not GETTING STUFF. and it will be topped off with Xmas 07, the BUY NOTHING XMAS!

(Nuxie gasps in horror!)

the 07 Tournament of Roses Parade was STORMED by troopers of all nations, as the grand marshall was George Lucas.


courtesy of Bonnie Girl


http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonniegrrl/



Mertz might be playing tin whistle, banjo, and harmonica in a pirate music group here in Eugene. The unfortunate name of the group has nothing whatever to do with pirates , tho... 'AUDIO ACOUSTICA'. I will be doing a CD of the 'Puddletown Pattys' but there will be some lineup changes.

I turn 37 on 1/9/07. the Tom Waits tribute show is at Sam Bond's on 1/13/07 & I'm hoping to get 'Audio Acoustica' to do a number or 2. HAPPY BASTARDS are playing Friday 1/5/07 @ Le Sous Sol and 1/7/07 at Tiny Tavern.

I plan on paying much closer attention to MERTX Jr's academic life, due to his poor grades at 1st term. His advisor has not repllied to either of the 2 emails I've sent, but I've had some contact with the Vice Principal and a Counselor - we've got a meeting set for Friday and my son will be tested for A.D.D. on thursday...

hope everyone had great holidays, much love and respect,

XOX

MERTZ

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