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On Baboon Dooley Rock Critic! and Cometbus

Out Demons Out!: Baboon Dooley and the Hardcore Hall Monitors

"By the early 1980’s you couldn’t crack open a punk fanzine without a self-appointed expert running down their version of history of punk. Even worse, they would force their yardstick criteria of what was admissible as punk and what wasn’t allowed, so an entire subculture that encouraged anarchy now had these hall monitors throwing down restrictive rules.

One of the few blasts of fresh air during this dark period were an indefatigable series of cartoons from a guy named John Crawford who mercilessly cut through all the punk rock double-talk and hardcore bullshit courtesy of a Neanderthal character named Baboon Dooley

According to ZineWiki, the punk fanzine Wikipedia, Mr. Crawford’s comic strip ran in over two hundred different fanzines, like Forced Exposure, Flipside, and Maximum Rock ‘N Roll, who eventually tired of his attack of said fanzine…”

Read the entire story @  Out Demons Out!: Baboon Dooley and the Hardcore Hall Monitors 


"Aaron Cometbus is most famous for publishing the zine Cometbus, which he began in Berkeley, California in 1981.

Cometbus consisted of band interviews, personal diaries, artwork, and observations on the punk subculture in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The zine captured a slice of life in Oakland and Berkeley, California from the late 1980s through the 1990s. This includes squatting, collective living, falling in love and other perils of the punk rock lifestyle. Cometbus’s writing is characterized by stories of loneliness and alienation, tempered with episodes of brightness and perennial hope in the ability of humans to connect to one another.

Cometbus has a very identifiable aesthetic: the author almost always uses black and white, and uses his photocopier as a tool for distorting and manipulating images and text. His handwritten print, in which almost all of the zine’s issues are written, is very identifiable and is often closely associated with the zine. This aesthetic follows Cometbus to his bands, where he often does the layouts and artwork.” - Cometbus WikiQuote

(Aaron Cometbus, Green Day tour guide, 1990)
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Russian artist Petr Pavlensky sews his mouth together in support of punk rock group Pussy Riot, currently under arrest for their anti-Putin protest. 

“Sewing up my mouth, I showed the situation of the contemporary artist in Russia, living in an environment where there’s a ban on publicity, the tightening of censorship and suppression of public statements in contemporary art.”

As reported by Dazed Digital, more than 100 Russian cultural figureheads have signed an open letter calling for their release, while over 12,000 (and counting) participants have supported Amnesty International’s text campaign.

Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant


CD: Beyond All Defects

The debut CD from Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and W. David Oliphant (Maybe Mental / Life Garden) will be released on August 21, 2012. This disc, the first in a series, was composed and recorded live in the studio in Phoenix, AZ (December 2011). Limited Edition CD: 500

"There are secrets hiding in the deep caverns of this music. One of them is that no great art is made without the slaughter of innocence… A happy amalgam of Himalayan ritual music, avant-garde atmospheres, and the penetrating, processional drones of the Orgies Mysteries Theater. Bravo!" - Michael Gira / Swans

More information, and pre-order direct from the artists, at ChodpaMedia.

[ the official CHODPAMEDIA TIMELINE/BIO blurb ]

Richard Bishop and David Oliphant first met in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981 when the sprawling desert city was culturally young and somewhat innocent. The local underground scene was still new, open to all forms of DIY expression. Any given show could include punk, folk, free jazz, prog rock, noise, poetry and even comedy. But before long, hardcore and new wave became more commonplace and the experimental side of the scene was forced further underground by this increasingly specialized set of musical standards. Bishop and Oliphant refused to go along with what had become the new normal and over 30 years later, they have remained true to their experimental ways… (more details here)

Suicidal Tendencies & Bro-Loaf | Saturday, June 16th, doors open 6:30pm | Marquee Theater | $22 | All Ages

With more info HERE

UPDATE (SHOW POSTPONED): The shows scheduled for this weekend in Arizona had to be moved. The new dates are Sept 21 Phoenix, Sept 22 Tucson. Your old tickets are still good for the new dates.


In celebration of International Yarn Bombing Day, Phoenix’s own introduced a little fiber into the city’s diet with some colorful art street action.

The pre-planning activities were loosely coordinated by The Downtown Phoenix Mothership, which reportedly touched down "in 2012. The Mothership exists to strengthen Downtown Phoenix and to encourage an environment of high weirdness, creative activity, and true vitality. To accomplish this, the Mothership provides enhanced cultural services to this area, including street performance, ephemeral art action and unexpected community development."

[yarnbombing photo documentation by the artists (top to bottom): Ja Jure, Esther Groves, Pete Petrisko, Ja Jure]

For more on the art of crochet and knit graffiti, see YARN BOMBING.

Shooting victims were members of folk band God’s Favorite Beefcake

On May 30 at 11 a.m. at Café Racer Espresso in the University District, a still unnamed man shot and killed three people and injured two, according to the Seattle Police.

It appears that two of those killed were members of local Seattle folk band, God’s Favorite Beefcake, a favorite at Ballard venues.

Drew “Shmootzi The Clod” Keriakedes and Joseph “Mashuguna Joe” Albanese were regulars at Café Racer, where the band frequently performed…

- from the Ballard News-Tribune, read the full story HERE.


Joe Albanese hailed from Phoenix and played his role (several roles, actually) in the birth of the local punk scene…

The Brainz would be the first band in what spawned that whole Placebo Records/Phoenix punk scene. 3/5 of this band would eventually be in Mighty Sphincter and be a contributing force of that scene at the time.

The band consisted of Wayne Frost, Doug Clark, Clark Stokes, Joe Albanese, and John Stewart. Wayne, Doug and Joe would all end up in Mighty Sphincter at some point.” - Terra video description

"The name Mighty Sphincter was conceived by Doug Goss and Doug Clark, some two years before the band actually formed. About ‘79 or ‘80 when the respective Dougs were close friends. Joe Albanese invited both Dougs to his place for an “experiment”. Neither of them knew the other would be present, so shortly after their posturing, Joe Albanese says that he assumed the obligitory role of mediator, host, and instigator. Both Dougs apparently possessed a justifiable ego, so according to Albanese, it wasn’t difficult to grapple them each and give each a good stroke. Somewhere in the transition of the band’s initial dialogue, Joe suggested the creation of a band to meet up with the Mighty Sphincter name because of the way it made the initial band members feel.” - via MIGHTY SPHINCTER COLLECTION

Our condolences to the families & friends of those killed in this senseless tragedy.

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On Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan

“For many of us, Brautigan was a door into a consciousness that was liberating in its playfulness and here and nowness. Reading Brautigan is like taking a pure hit of oxygen. Things sparkle. There is a sense of boundless delight and eroticism in his prose and poetry - a promise of the unspeakable, where language transcends itself…” - from Dangerous Minds (review excerpt)

Jubilee Hitchhiker is a biography of the late novelist and poet, described as “part history, part biography, and part memoir (that) etches the portrait of a man destroyed by his genius”, hardcover, 880 pages worth.


“Brautigan is noted for his detached, anonymous first person point of view, his idiosyncratic, autobiographical, quirky, yet easy-to-read prose style and episodic narrative structure full of unconventional but vivid images powered by imagination, strange and detailed observational metaphors, humor, and satire, all presented in a seemingly simplistic, childlike manner.” - The Brautigan Library

“His prose would sometimes lurch fowards in wacky, surreal anecdotes, or in wide-ranging observations and similes that crashed into each other with jarring incongruity. Other times, his prose was simple and country-plain. He liked to stitch novels together out of short, paragraph-length chapters that slipped back and forth between sudden expressions of emotional complexity and remarkably simple depictions of everyday life.” - LitKicks

Best known for the 1967 novel Trout Fishing in America, his work often employs dark comedy, parody, and satire. Brautigan died in 1984, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, leaving a suicide note that simply read: “Messy, isn’t it?”

“All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds.” - Richard Brautigan

[ You can purchase Jubilee Hitchhiker here. ]