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An LJ buddy, now a Dreamwidth buddy came to visit. Jon is sight-impaired, so he had his friend Temre drive him down yesterday, she is also a really fun person. I dragged them to my main haunts, The Pint Pot and Old Nick's. I drove them to the top of Skinner Butte for a nice view, obviously Jon is sight-impaired, but the train whistle made it kind of audible where we were.

I've been playing nautical music, and "bawdy sea chanteys" (in the style of Canadian Folk Music Legend Oscar Brand, and yes OK The Sex Pistols!) and combining that music. Partly, these ideas were inspired by my love of Flogging Molly, as well. I first attended 'Seadog Nights' way back in 2009, and mostly had a rough time, trying to wrangle the group, Man Overboard. Somehow I got stuck basically baby-sitting a violent drunk for a while. ew.
They were a challenging group, with oversize egos, and a thirst for alcohol.
I felt ripped off because I had invested time in practicing with these guys and learning THEIR songs and we didn't really get much chance to play
but another LJ pal ("bychoice") cooked some amazing meals on that trip
the area gets hot as balls, there is a river nearby, but its very slow-moving and manky.
Usually, the vendor area is a little cooler, and that's where we'll mostly be, pimping the wieners, but its supposed to be 92 tomorrow and 99 saturday.

I go there to make music, drinking is OK, but its easy to over-do it when everyone wants to share grog with the chantey-man,

do the LARP-ers bother me? Heck no, its meant to be an immersive experience, and I'm, in effect, breaking character, and being 'not period'. Like, I actually DO get heckled, by people who ARE staying in character,, and its difficult for me to kind of, bite my tongue, and nod stupidly, I guess, if something like this is going to RUIN your immersive experience, then maybe ... stop taking your fun so seriously? any who,

Sea dog Nights and Gypsy Carnival was the first event, and they expanded to include an adults only event in September, called Tortuga. Last year a third was added, Port Royal. and it must be driven by the merchants, because its basically an unregulated market, and there are lots of (white) people who go absolutely nucking futs for this shit. As a musician, we just camp with Scot and Maggie and their 'Willie's Wieners' hot dog cart.
so we can get free hot dogs, but we haven't had much luck passing the hat, and again with the alcohol consumption, people go literally overboard...

I'm thinking of going to Port Royal with the Willie's Wieners camp. I may even take a cooler with fruits and cheeses. and I've reached out to Alika from the original Man Overboard, though he's a bit of a recluse lately...

So Le Petit Mort will play at Sea Dog this year. But I think Scot hates the LARPers, at least the kids (they call them 'smalls' and they rove in packs, with foam swords, they try to shake you down, and they are "allowed" to "steal" only flags, as that's an inclusive event that you don't need a fancy expensive costume to participate in.

and maybe again at Tortuga.

Davy Jones Locker Combo will play at Tenmile Mountain Jam in Yachats in August. The campout has been extended by one day, in order to allow a (hopefully) great view of the solar eclipse! So Le Petit Mort will also probably play there, these bands share the same three members....

Tenmile Mountain Jam is famous for great barbecue, lots of fireworks, Rollo does his peculiar brand of mind-melting mashups and bizarre cover tunes, The Harvel Hangover on Sunday morning. He has actually been doing that for 14 years, through the campout's three different locations,

I'm headed down to the Bay Area for Burger Boogaloo

I'm taking my son James, and his buddy Dylan. We'll stay with my brother in Berkeley July 1 and 2, then drive to L.A. July 3rd, which is my sister's birthday.
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I had been preparing a lot of stuff that day, but my solo act suffered from poor sound.
once the Locker Combo guys came up and joined, we rocked very hard.
high points were my Rare Ould Times, Broad Majestic Shannon, and our old Titanic song, etc

Slow weekend, I may have found a new tenant.  I broiled some salmon indoors, usually not the best idea, but I'm "Smudging" using good food smells to drive out any lingering spirits that don't belong here, that's a thing, right?
Cause the sage thing ain't for me, personally.
It didn't rain today, so I cleaned the guttrers and tended to the downspouts, and checked the sump pump
I'll throw my leftover salmon in with some red curry sauce, with some green beans and pineapple chunks, over basmati rice I made in the cooker last night. Food police are shutting me down.

Tour Spiel

Feb. 4th, 2016 05:14 pm
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Taxi Follies:
Then there was this little older couple on their way to the airport, they go every Christmas to Hawaii. Talk about their timeshare. And then the guy says that he's afraid to go snorkeling because of poisonous snakes well I'm not afraid of poisonous snakes. the snorkeling was awesome! I'm sorry that you live such a sheltered and secluded and secure life.... you should've seen the way that he set all the alarms and passed out notes to all the neighbors that he was gonna be gone for a few days, well actually three weeks. i thought I was paranoid....

Our little DJLC tour:
It started with a 'double' at Black Forest, as Davy Jones' Locker Combo opened, X-Boyfriends played what is supposedly their last show ever, then Le Petit Mort finished. The bands had $180 to split, and we opted to give X-Boyfriends half, instead of just one third.
Satya's friend offered us the use of her 16 foot camper trailer, with the caveat that she come along with it, cook our food, etc. She actually bought a whole lot of food, cooked some of it for us, but it was cramped and claustrophobic inside that trailer, also I'm ashamed to say the brake lights didn't work, and I opted to drive it anyway. The truck was a RAM 1500 with 4 wheel drive, new tires, the truck was in great shape. but we used the trailer to haul all our gear, more or less 2 bands' worth, since we are all members of Davy Jones' Locker Combo AND le Petit Mort (the acoustic group which includes my banjo , and Satya's upright bass)
about 5 on Friday, we dropped off waffles (my dog!) at my dad's, then really hauled ass up to Tukwila, WA, outlying Seattle area. We texted ahead that we might be late, but it turned out fine. The 'door guy' for the evening was Meat Pie, who plays in a group called Space Waster. Meat Pie directed me to park out back of the club, and just pull up as close as I could to the club, since there wasn't much traffic, no problem.
the bands were Everwood Pines, Nordis, Davy Jones' Locker Combo, and Dwight Dickinson. Dwight shared our drummer, Charlie Hustle, so he was a sweaty tired mess by the end of it. it wasn't TOO cold, but it was pretty cold.
we parked the trailer in a Wal Mart parking lot, and had to stow the gear in the truck of the cab while we slept. The trailer has a queen and two singles, one of those singles is a little claustrophobic, but that's where I slept.
My band members are fucking potheads. so much pot did they smoke.
Saturday, we had 2 shows in one day! We headed down to Vancouver, WA to play at 'Writ Fest', which turned out to be a festival of introverts at a very mellow house party, which was totally cool with me. Erik Anarchy played, and a few other acts, then we played, using borrowed equipment of the house members, the drum kit was falling apart as Scot played it, so that was a challenge, but we rocked. Chantel made some enchiladas that were out of this world. We were out of there by 5, and headed to Longview, WA, where we played at a Chinese Restaurant! It was off the hook! Most of the bands incorporated some folk-punk elements, like banjo, acoustic bass, harmonica, etc. The first band was banjo, snare and acoustic bass, called Stealin' Your Booze. Davy Jones played second, to a sweet spot packed house and nearly tore the roof off the place with some sweet slam dance action in the front, next was Dwight Dickinson, doing his patriotic schtick, then "Long-tucky picks and the faulty grip" and they played for over an hour. We parked the trailer outside the house of some of the Longtucky guys, and they fed us breakfast next morning.
Sunday we rolled into Portland the next day with plans to play at an open mic at the Laurelthirst pub, but we didn't get a good spot, and the constant rain made the long wait sound like a drag, so we stayed over Scot's friend's house near the trendy North Mississippi area, Chantel made us a beef roast.
Monday we went back to Seattle again. I got us a KOA campsite, we dumped the septic (whew!) Scot was very nervous about booking the Monday night show, and his fears were not unfounded, as the club was pretty disappointed at our (lack of) turnout. but we did manage to swing by the U district and pickup my friend JT, and brought him along to the show. This was another 'double' where we played as 2 separate bands, but of course that means fewer spectators, and therefore paying customers. I don't know what they expected on a Monday, but I had fun.
I was really getting tired of driving the trailer, so we came back to Eugene Tuesday. Last night, we drove up to Portland again to play at Ash Street Saloon. not a big show, but super fun. Friday we go back up again for the Tardis Room show with Dwight.
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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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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.


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 ( and also sells on etsy.

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 ( 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 ( 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.
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" (

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.


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 portrait

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.

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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.

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Mertz appearing:
Friday, Feb 15th - Double Deuce with Stone Foxes at John Henry's. 21+, ?$
Saturday, Feb 16th - Double Deuce with Bomb Pots and Brain-Ake & the Family Mullet at Tiny Tavern. 21+ free.
Saturday, March 2nd - Double Deuce with the Sawyer Family at Oak Street Speakeasy. No Cover!
March 16th - THE SOOTHESAYERS are proud to join Pierced Arrows (ex Dead Moon, Fred & Toody) at Luckey's +more tba (hopefully The Underlings!)
Friday, April 12th - DOUBLE DEUCE with Brain-Ake & the Family Mullet + TBA at Black Forest.
Stay tuned for an upgrade to this site, & more music online.dd


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