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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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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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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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Danny Elfman and the mystic knights of the oingo boingo got a lot of airplay on the Doctor Demento radio program back in the day. This must have been a 2 way street, because I'm pretty sure Danny Elfman picked this infectious song up from Dr. D.

Having some Lambrusco and Stawberries,


I just might vandalize my republican neighbors' yard if I get 'D' enough later.
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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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We won't be passing thru Reno on our way down, but I shure wood <3 to see the Sonics!

Slovenly Recordings & Sticker Guy! present
Reno, Nevada, USA. 22-24 March 2013


7:30pm - doors open

with DJs Jello Biafra & Vinyl Avenger
11:45 curfew -- sorry kids!
(We support lowering the drinking age to 18 -- these people are fighting for it!)

21+ EVENT @ Paddy & Irene's starts at 8pm
with DJs Russel Quan, Pete Slovenly, the Thing With Two Heads, DJette Dulcinea, and Jello Biafra
spinning records (vinyl only!) til 6am... and beyond

21+ EVENT @ The Alley starts at midnight
with DJs Jello Biafra, the Thing With Two Heads, Russel Quan, Vinyl Avenger, Dahbeeb Brustafa
playing wreckords (vinyl only!) til 6am... and beyond

Hump Day

Mar. 20th, 2013 06:33 pm
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Nuxie and I are preparing for our trip to California and Las Vegas' 'Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend'. Her birthday (40!) in Monday, and we'll be with the flarbees doing passover seder in Redondo Beach. Wednesday we will go with my adorably pothead Sister-in-law and her significant other to Vegas, she has some insider deal through a pal of hers, of which I don't have details yet, for deluxe accomodations.

I made some brown rice smedley, beenie-weenies (turkey chili with Hebrew National 'higher authority' dogs) Nuxie is going to do hers with Fritos. mm-mm good.

Going to jam with a rolling-stones-ish band of a friend o mine in Springtucky, then record banjo portions and some guitar solos for the newly-christened annoying crapheads (o fuk i forgot) formerly Syndrome of a Down: the guys who brought you rock&roll banana. ( OK, Greg Santana & the Queens of the Civilized Age. I must say, their music is not really captivating, but they are prolific in the local Tollywood realm.
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thx to [ profile] wortschmiedin for this! I do NOT easily get bored, tho. au contraire!

I'm (Fred Nefarious) in second life again. I tried to have a date with Miss Nuxie (Nuxie Roar) in SL the last few nights... If you're in SL, you're likely to find Fred Nefarious at the Blarney Stone or Fibber Magee's in Dublin!

regarding Double D: No! not Darkwing Duck! Don Drummond, 'the man with the big trombone'! One of the original SKATALITES, he played the Bass Trombone! all of the OG Skatalites are/were GIANTS in music, but DD was a giant even amongst them.

from the WIKI:
He became a household name in Jamaica, before suffering mental problems. He was rated by pianist George Shearing to be amongst the world's top five trombone players.

In 1965 he was convicted of the murder on January 1, 1965 of Anita "Margarita" Mahfood, an exotic dancer and singer. He was imprisoned at Belle Vue Asylum, Kingston where he remained until his death. The official cause of death was "suicide", but other theories remain; some of his colleagues believed it was a government plot against the Kingston musical scene, and some believed that he was killed by gangsters as revenge for the murder of Mahfood.
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i'll pay you off in poems
in songs and dreams and wild ideas
the exchange rate might not be so good now
so be prepared for installments
maybe just once a week, I can fill up your ears
stimulate that damn cranial switchboard
and wire you hundreds of half-baked pearls
wisdom and shame, fortune and scandal, history, mystery and wide-eyed tomfoolery
from the midway to the guarded palace gates
you can cash these in any language, any country, any port
they can get you out of a jam, they don't take up any space
from your lips to god's ears, interest free.

(4 Miss Nuxie)


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