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V. VALE RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER AUG 2008: Dream Machine, After-Crass, V. Vale/ Piano@Homestead



1. SUN AUG 3, 7-10pm free! Winston Smith Art Opening at 417 S. Van Ness/15th St, S.F.
1A. THUR AUG 7, 7:30PM: the San Francisco debut of “FLICKER” starring Brion Gysin, W.S. Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge, Iggy Pop, etc. See it on the big screen at Yerba Buena Arts Center, Howard/4th St, S.F.! “THIS IS A “MUST – BE THERE!” – V. Vale!
2. Sat AUG 9, 6:30pm: RE/Search’s “COUNTER CULTURE HOUR” (with host V. Vale). S.F. Cable Channel 29, 2nd Sat of month, 6:30pm (set your recorder). Or go to – link to “access 1” at showtime. Tonight: “Punk 77 Panel Night” at Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles. NOW simulcast on-line – You can see it wherever you are. – click on “channel 1” – September begins our new season of programs!
2A. Sun Aug 10 6pm, FREE. SFAI main auditorium: V. Vale on “Creativity” panel, PAHFEST.
2B. Mon Aug 11 8-11pm. FREE. V. Vale plays piano at HOMESTEAD, Folsom/19th St. Email what songs you want to sing and i’ll try to learn ’em (no Bartok please!) to, or call 415.362.1465. Bring your friends! Bring song lyrics!
3. Aug 27, 730pm. Meet RE/SEARCH at Million Fishes, 2501 Bryant/23rd St. FREE! A party featuring a Counter Culture Hour episode of our Punk 77 Panel at Beyond Baroque, L.A. Guaranteed fun! Beverages; RE/Search books on sale, too.
4. Wed Aug 6, 730pm – V. Vale plays piano accompanying a 55-minute silent film debut by Lanny Baugniet at HYPNODROME, 575 10th St/Bryant, S.F. Vale also plays piano at HYPNODROME’s “THEODORA SHE-BI-TCH OF BYZANTIUM” play Fri nights, Aug 8 and 15, 7:30pm. Lots of free parking!
5A. Stephane von Stephane column
6. What We’ve Attended…
7. What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent…
8. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friends Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, Derek B. & Others
10. Feedback from Readers

1. SUN AUG 3, 7-10pm free! Winston Smith Art Opening at Glamarama, 417 S. Van Ness/15th St, S.F. Nuff said!

1A. THUR AUG 7: Thanks to Joel Shepard, YBCA Curator: the San Francisco debut of Nik Sheehan’s “FLICKER” starring Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Ken Anger, DJ Spooky, etc. See it on the big screen! Super-highly recommended by V. Vale. THIS IS A MUST! See full reviews at and

Here’s a little paragraph sent by Joel: “The dream machine looks simple enough: A light bulb, a motor, and a rotating cylinder. Just close your eyes, and wait for the visions to come. The dream machine offers a drugless high that its creator – poet, artist and mystic Brion Gysin – believed would revolutionize human consciousness. With a custom-made dream machine in tow, director Nik Sheehan takes us on a journey into the life of Gysin – his art, his complex ideas, and his friendships with some of the 20th century’s key counterculture figures. Featuring luminaries like William S. Burroughs (in archival footage), Marianne Faithfull, Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV, Iggy Pop, Kenneth Anger and DJ Spooky, FLicKeR is a hypnotic documentary. (2008, 72 min, digital video)”

2. Sat AUG 9, 6:30pm: RE/Search’s “COUNTER CULTURE HOUR” (with host V. Vale). S.F. Cable Channel 29, 2nd Sat of month, 6:30pm (set your recorder). Or go to – link to “access 1” at showtime. Tonight: “Punk 77 Panel Night” at Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles. NOW simulcast on-line – You can see it wherever you are. – click on “channel 1” – September begins our new season of programs!

2A. Sun Aug 10 6pm, FREE. SFAI main auditorium: V. Vale on “Creativity” panel, PAHFEST.

2B. Mon Aug 11 8-11pm. FREE. V. Vale plays piano at HOMESTEAD, Folsom/19th St. Email what songs you want to sing and I’ll try to learn ’em (no Bartok please!) to, or call 415.362.1465. Bring your friends! Bring song lyrics!

3. TBA. Meet RE/SEARCH at Million Fishes, 2501 Bryant/23rd St. FREE! A party featuring a Counter Culture Hour episode of our Punk 77 Panel at Beyond Baroque, L.A. Guaranteed fun! Beverages; RE/Search books on sale, too.

4. Wed Aug 6, 730pm – V. Vale plays piano accompanying a 55-minute silent film debut by Lanny at HYPNODROME, 575 10th St/Bryant, S.F. Vale also plays piano at HYPNODROME’s “THEODORA SHE-BI-TCH OF BYZANTIUM” [great play; can’t say enough good things about this one] Fri nights, Aug 8 and 15, 7:30pm. Lots of free parking! Support local, independent theater — it’s as if RE/Search were to come alive onstage! For advance tickets: or 1-800-838-3006. See visuals/reviews on their website: – a Bay Area Local Treasure, so support it and keep it here alive and well. They’re taking this show to NYC (the Living Theater) for four days…


() AFTER-CRASS, independent documentary by RE/Search’s Marian Wallace has been accepted to the Raindance Film festival in London for its premiere in October 2008. Watch for details of tickets if you’re in that part of the world this fall. The 35 minute film/video documents Crass members Gee Vaucher and Penny Rimbaud’s 2008 trip to California. is a great resource for independent film makers as well as having festival information for filmmakers and attendees alike. Our personal fave – “10 Stupid Mistakes Filmmakers Make.” Last years judges included Iggy Pop and Mick Jones.

() AUGUST 2008 “Free Theater in Bay Area Parks” – by John C. Sulak

In August there are five different plays being performed in different Bay Area parks, and they’re all free! You can bring your family and friends, sit under a tree, have a picnic, and see a great show. And most are easy to get to by public transportation.

— Woman’s Will, who usually perform Shakespeare in the parks, are doing Bertolt Brecht’s political satire “The Good Person of Szechuan.” They feature an all female (and very talented) cast:

— Berkeley’s Shotgun players are doing “Ubu for President,” which is adapted from Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi.” (The band Pere Ubu also took their name from the original play.):

— “Romeo and Juliet” is Curtain Theatre’s summer play. They’re up in Mill Valley, but it’s worth the effort to go see them because they perform in a beautiful redwood grove. If you only know “Romeo and Juliet” from the movies or from reading it in school, you’ll be amazed at how great it is to see it live:

— The San Francisco Mime Troupe is doing an original production called “Red State.” As usual it’s political and funny. They’re traveling all over the place with it, including a stop at the Democratic Convention in Denver. But there will be plenty of opportunities to see it in local parks:

— The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will be bringing “Pericles” to San Mateo in August and San Francisco’s Presidio starting on Labor Day weekend. “Pericles” is not one of the Bard’s best plays, but it does have some great dialogue and can be very entertaining. And, hey, it’s free! So check it out: Have fun! – John Sulak

() WANNA MAKE A 6-MINUTE FILM? DO YOU HAVE A SCRIPT? Check out PAH Nation, a new media festival founded by Christopher Coppola, is coming to the Bay Area next month (August 10-17), and are seeking coaches for our Mobiflicks competition, where 10 teams from the Bay area are selected to turn their stories into 6 minute short films. The festival will provide the teams with everything to make their films: coach, camera/sound equipment, editing software/computer, and technical staff. Coaches will mentor and guide their respective teams to develop, shoot and edit their stories. Festival will provide coaches with an HONORARIUM of $750, and coaches must be available from August 10-15. Traveling across the US and abroad, PAH Nation is a new media festival that empowers every day people from the local community to tell their stories using digital tools. For more information on the festival, please visit For consideration to be a coach, please e-mail your resume to Moon Cho @ or call 213-284-2269. Sun Aug 10, 6pm V. Vale will be on “Creativity” panel at S.F. Art Institute, main auditorium.

5A. Stephane von Stephane’s column on IRON MAN (movie):

When I first heard they were making a film based on Iron Man, I thought, “Oh great, this could be a military propaganda film for sure,” since the Iron Man’s real self is a weapons manufacturer, billionaire industrialist, etc. It would be just like certain types in Hollywood to turn out a pro-war piece to boost the military agenda.

Then I saw that Robert Downey Jr. was playing Tony Stark/Iron Man, and I hoped that he would not be in THAT film. Thankfully, it is not THAT film. Not so sure about the possible sequel, though. At the end of the credits (for those film freaks like me who wait around till the very end) we got a sneak peek at Tony Stark coming home to find a mysterious intruder (played by Samuel L. Jackson) from the secret government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Some Homeland Security type thing. Who knows what’s gonna be up with that?

Now, I have to admit, as much of a comic-book geek as I am, I was never into Iron Man (more of a Daredevil type), so any geekier geek-a-zoids than me feel free to fill me in on the backstory. I also have no idea what the politics are of the writer/creator of the comics Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and those guys. I can’t really comment on this film based on whether or not it follows the original intent or events of the comic book or not. All I asked myself is; is it worth the price of 2 and half gallons of petrol? And the answer is Yes. Yes, it is.

Just to watch Robert Downey Jr. do anything is worth the price of admission. Tony Stark starts out as a selfish, egotistical, brilliant, mechanically creative engineer international playboy type convinced that the weapons his company makes are for the good of world peace. Circumstances force him to change his idea of his place in the world and of what his legacy will be. Classic. We get plenty of the before and after behavior and it’s handled with perfect comic/tragic touches. For instance, he sleeps with a hot magazine reporter who interviews him and then he wants nothing to do with her the next day, so his longtime assistant Pepper Potts (played by Gwyneth Paltrow, whom I never think is going to reel me in as the love interest in any film, yet somehow she always does) is charged with showing her the exit. The catty reporter says; “So, you’re still JUST his assistant after all these years…” or something like that, implying that she hasn’t played her cards right to land the guy. Pepper replies; “I do anything Mr. Stark asks me to do, including take out the trash.” Zing! Gotcha.

And; selling an insidious mega-weapon to the American military in Afghanistan with an operatic display of himself framed in front of the gigantic explosion arms raised in a power & glory stance. Followed by him being escorted out of the war zone by some young soldiers in a hummer, he in his natty power suit, chatting up the female soldier smooth as the scotch he’s drinking. The soldiers get out the digital cameras to have their photos taken with him and are rudely interrupted by bombs blowing the whole thing to shreds.

He wakes up in a cave with an electro-magnetic device crudely implanted in his chest to keep the shrapnel from piercing his organs and killing him. The co-captive surgeon who saved his life turns out to be the voice of conscience cluing him that maybe his life to date wasn’t what he imagined. Now he must re-create his newest w.m.d. for the terrorists, they’ve collected enough Stark Industries products to make this possible. Instead he creates a prototype Iron Man suit in order to escape with a chance to change his destiny. The suit propels him airborne and into the middle of the desert where he wanders in a daze till his company hovers by in helicopters and picks him up. The company wants to hush the whole thing up, but Stark wants to call a press conference immediately to announce the change in direction away from weapons production. First, though, he needs an American cheeseburger. Who wouldn’t want that after such an ordeal? He has all the reporters sit on the floor to be more casual just as he is whilst eating the burger. Excellent product placement for Burger King — even made me want a cheeseburger. (Damn, I hate it when that stuff works.)

Naturally everyone is aghast that he’s done a 180 and from then on we don’t know for sure who is with him, or who is against him. We’re pretty sure Pepper Potts is with him, and in love with him. Nice little love story amidst all the special effects. As he creates a sleeker more powerful Iron Man suit and tests it, we get better and better effects. Particularly fun are the robots he has created to help him with his inventions, and all the hi-tech junk in his super bitchin’ Malibu house. He becomes the mad scientist down in the lab, obsessed. Very convincing. His new plan is to destroy all his own companies old weapons, in the meantime working on a new type of energy, which powers his suit. We are not really clear what this is but it is meant to be the new income source for Stark Industries, the larger version of the implant in his chest and without it he cannot live. Along the way, there is the inevitable nemesis and showdown, all of which are highly entertaining. Is it worth 2 and half gallons of petrol? Yes, and what is taking so long for that new energy source? — Stephane von Stephane

6. What We Attended (reverse order): See V. Vale’s blogs at www.

() Fri Aug 1 Vale played piano at Hypnodrome, watched The Girl’s Guide to Dating starring Eric Tyson Wertz, THEODORA SHE-BI-TCH of BYZANTIUM, sexy film shorts, JACK IN THE BEANSTALK (Adult/”Socialist” version), OOMPAHPAH by Jef Valentine, and a great mini-concert by JILL TRACY, plus the terrifying blackout with ghosts flying everywhere. Fun! As Val Wallace remarked, “I love the Hypnodrome!” Saw Mary Lawler’s sister “Therese” – have hardly seen her since the Punk Rock Seventies…

() Thur July 31 Naut Humon & Babalou over – discuss pros/cons of moving to Berlin. Found out “the hard way” that the North Beach Police Station public garage closes at 10pm, and doesn’t open til 10am. Overnight parking costs $26. So beware! Naut stayed over in a guest room.

() Wed July 30: Ulrika Andersson hosts RE/Search Party; shows RE/SEARCH video w/Jerry Casale, Johanna Went and Graeme Revell. Free. “John” (robot maker) helps project the video.

() Sat July 26: PIONEERS OF PUNK at Fillmore, Program order: Target Video (Joe Rees + Jill Hoffman – Jackie was unfortunately unable to attend), Negative Trend, Mutants, Avengers, Flipper, all emceed by Neil Hamburger. Great evening, from 7PM til 3AM. Too bad it wasn’t sold out, because Sally Mutant remarked that she didn’t think she’d do any more “Mutants reunion” shows (she comes all the way out from NYC). Our response: “NO — Never Say Never!” 65 Minutes of Flipper’s music was called by Ted Falconi “Ouroborous” and by RE/Search: “Trance Churn.” Also videotaped Joe, Jill, & Sally Mutant earlier in the day for future episodes of The Counter Culture Hour. Look for a fuller report by Stephane von Stephane, next newsletter.

() Fri July 25 Cliff Roman (Weirdos guitarist) and V Vale play QUEENS NAILS art opening (after Vale plays piano at Hypnodrome). 4 Songs: Search & Destroy, Holiday in Cambodia, Blitzkrieg Bop and Mongoloid – sung by guest vocalist BEE. Very DADA, as we don’t think BEE had ever heard any of the songs before. Very Punk Rock, too. Tentative new band name: DESTROY ALL MUSIC. Thanks to curator, Julio.

() Sat-Sun July 19-20 SF ZINES FEST at 9th Ave/Lincoln Way. AIDSWALK traffic jam. Fun! SUN 3PM went to TODD BLAIR BENEFIT at Rhythmix in Alameda – great event, super crowd. Beautiful Todd Blair Gear Wall actually works! Matt Heckert DJs. Too much to detail right now, but photos on Flickr.

() July 16 Ben and Susan from Chicago visit. Very smart and fun folks – gives hope to meet souls like them. Finally someone visited! You can have the specialty one-to-one bookfair experience if you come by the office!

() Sun July 13 Crafts Fair at Fort Mason – see the incredible, dazzling, wholesome, fun MUCCA PAZZA “Astounding Circus Punk Marching Band” from Chicago. (google ’em) 20-30 people! imagine keeping a group of that size together… They pay homage to our local, pioneering EXTRA ACTION MARCHING BAND, and deliberately try to be different… Funny, another marching band from Providence, R.I. was here recently: What Cheer Brigade. And, Hot Pink Feathers now boasts their own mini marching band. Is this a micro-movement?

() Tue July 8 Eneko from Spain, punk band NCC, visits. His band played with the ZEROS a few years ago in Spain. His encyclopedic knowledge of the early SF bay area punk scene belies his youth! He is a huge LEWD fan.

() Read in New York Times about 2 (separate) couples who had sex Every Day for 100 days / a year (to spark the marriage, presumably) …and then wrote books about it. Now here IS something to try at home!

June 29-July 1 Take the great, fabulous, cheap ‘California Shuttle Bus” – – to Los Angeles and stay with our friend David C. Next day visit Laurie Steelink at Track 16 and see the very impressive art of MONDONGO from Argentina being installed. It’s hard to get the impact from a still photograph, but they are making huge scenic mosaics using all order of “pieces” from pin-sized strips of plasticine to mirrors, crackers to disney-stickers. See images here:
That night Gary C, David & Cousin Gail drove us to the Disney Hotel for an independent publishers exhibit, American Library Association Convention. Great desserts. Next day we take the California Shuttle Bus back to S.F. It only cost us $12 each way per person, and is described as an “upscale bus” which was way more fun than driving OR flying. Recommended for your next trip between SF and LA. Advance booking and more than one traveler all subtract from the list price of $45 per ticket per way…

7. What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent: see V. Vale’s blog at www.

() COMING SOON: JEAN JACQUES PERREY’s new CD (w/Dana Countryman), DESTINATION SPACE. Order it from, or go to Again, we at RE/Search have played his CD “Circus of Life” at least 100 times – it’s a total classic; in fact, all of JJP’s work is “classic.” The Hypnodrome plays it regularly, too, after hours. OCT 1 **Jean-Jacques Perrey (w/Dana Countryman) will play one live show in NYC at le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, NYC 11205 (18+), 7pm. Contact Justin Kantor AT 212.796.0741, or OR CALL 212-505-FISH. OCT 3 MONTREAL SHOW!!

() Cut-Outs and Cut-Ups: Hans Christian Andersen and William Seward Burroughs, ed, by Hendel Teicher – artbook (google to find it)

() ALLAN KAPROW new big artbook thanks to Charles Gatewood, who met him. Cliff Roman, WEIRDOS founder/guitarist, took a class from him. (google to find it)

() THE BIG TAKEOVER #62 with V. Vale interview (part one), Michael Stipe, and MORE: Jack Rabid continues his decades-long zine production. He’s now gearing up to interview DEVO-founder, Jerry Casle for the next bi-annual release.

8. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friend Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, & Others who sent us the below:

() the long awaited (?!) new moju-video is here: but it is still mute…so, please have a look and feel free to do your own soundtrack. just get in touch to know more and don’t hesitate to forward the link – hope to hear from you soon – thanks & greetings
michel. – –

() “John Waters was guest on Wait, Wait:
PS – I just saw the new “Hairspray” (good, but lacks the charm of the original). Waters made a Hitchcockesque cameo of about ten seconds; Tracy is walking down the street singing, and you see him walk by in a trench coat, and flashes people. I keep trying to explain to my wife that he’s not really a per-vert in real life, but it gets difficult sometimes.” – Phil G

() Book burning:

() Attack Ad:

() “Novelty rap metal band, indeed:

() TV News Oopsies, pretty funny:

() Oliver Stone takes on G.W. Bush: – should be an interesting film

() “early Gondry: – my favorite surrealist director”

()”iconic image of the 21st century:

() – “It really is the biggest drawing in the world.”

() “The more you weigh, the more you pay:

() From Ferrara Pan: “America!”

() From Suzy Prince – “Check out Nu-de magazine, Poke-in-the-Eye publishing ltd, Po box 587, London, WC1H 9WB – +44 (0) 20 7833 0050 – – ”

() “George Carlin – another good man down (died June 23, 2008) – Here two of his best stand ups, brilliantly mixing truth and comedy, hitting the nail on the head. George Carlin on “The American Dream” – – George Carlin on “Voting” –

() from James McN: “You’re gonna love this kid/tyrant: “Oops, this was all acting – I thought it was for real.”

() from Johnny S: “School officials pull insane prank and then deny it was a prank”

() from Derek B:

() From SM Gray: “German TV commercial:

() From Primal Jules: “This video is simply amazing! It takes a minute to hit its stride, so be patient at first, but then it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you smile… It was sponsored by NASA .. and it’s a lovely testament to the beauty of our planet and the people and life on it! Paz!

() from Bruno R:

() Great Bo Diddly doc:

()”Iggy’s rider” – pretty funny:

() from Gil Hanson: – “Dedicated to ost’s and out of mainstream and curious records on vinyl…..and more!”

() from mako sano:


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() “You can fake intelligence, but you can’t fake wit.” – Oscar Wilde

() A disturbing bit of news: “Australian doctors have raised concerns about clinics offering vaginal cosmetic surgery, warning the trend towards so-called “designer vaginas” may be exploiting vulnerable women. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said procedures being offered included “vaginal rejuvenation, revirgination, designer vaginoplasty and G*spot amplification.”

() recent Chinese fortune: “Uncover secrets not supposed to be seen – this is your quest.”

() “The secret of eating less is to eat what you don’t like.” – M.W.

() “Be true to your teeth or they’ll be false to you.” – dentist met at a party

() “You’re not sick – you’re just in love.” – Ethel Merman song

() “He who knows how to be poor, knows everything.” – unknown

() “By dint of not following our nature, we have no nature to follow.” – John Stuart Mill

() “When you feel good, you feel nothing.” – Buckminster Fuller

() We’re greatly enjoying FRANKLIN ROSEMONT’s JACQUES VACHE & THE ROOTS OF SURREALISM from Charles H. Kerr, Publisher – given us by Tammy Smith. Here are some quotes from it:

() “All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.” – Baruch de Spinoza

() “It is in the essence of symbols to be symbolic.” – Jacques Vache

() “…the grandeur of silence.” – ibid

() “…Vache conceived of an infinitely changeable model of the cosmos, not unlike the “pluriverse” that Benjamin Paul Blood proposed as an alternative to what he called “the parochial and suburban notion of the universe.” – quote from the Vache book cited above

() “All negation is also affirmation.” – Hegel

() “…contradiction is inseparable from being free.” – Jacques Vache


() “Dear V. Vale – just fyi, i mentioned RE/Search in an interview here:
actually, i told the chronicle in their interview as well but that particular fact didn’t make the cut. Two of my operas have come from things i saw first in RE/Search: Mordake and Queer (the Burroughs’ Queer). So thank you.” – Erling Wold, S.F. playwright/writer, Search & Destroy subscriber (so many years ago), and friend of singer Jill Tracy

() “FREE 411 DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE: “An occasional 12 second ad pays for the service. Check it out on the Snopes link and program it into your cell phone.When you need to use the 411 Information option, simply dial 1(800) FREE 411, or 1 (800) 373-3411 and you will incur no charge. This works on your home telephone as well.” from Mako Sano

() “DEVO SUES MCDONALD’S OVER HAPPY MEAL TOY – Quirky rockers Devo are suing the bosses of fast food chain McDonald’s over the use of the band’s likeness in a Happy Meal toy. The hitmakers claim the “American Idol” tribute figure, New Wave Nigel, was based on their famous image, as seen in their “Whip It” video. Devo bass player Gerald Casale, who came up with the band’s odd jump-suited look, says, “We’re in the midst of suing them. They didn’t ask us anything. Plus, we don’t like McDonald’s, and we don’t like American Idol, so we’re doubly offended.” – sent by Michael S. Pawloski

() sent by Hokan: “The Zen of Sarcasm
01. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
02. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
03. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
05. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
06. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
07. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
08. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
09. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.
12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
21. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.”

() “I wore my new Mr. Death T-shirt today and people loved it!” – Tim Macys, back East.

Department of Justice Fails to Appeal Dismissal”
Kurtz Speaks about Four-Year Ordeal – Buffalo, NY–Dr. Steven Kurtz, a Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY at Buffalo and cofounder of the award-winning art and theater group CriticalArt Ensemble, has been cleared of all charges of mail and wire fraud…” “Email:
Dr. Steven J. Kurtz: (716) 812-2968. Lucia Sommer, CAE Defense Fund: (716) 359-3061. Edmund Cardoni, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center: (716) 854-1694

() RE: GORGEOUS SPK BOX SET from “Vinyl On Demand” of Germany: “That Frank is really “Ultra-German” – meaning perfectionist, fastidious, finicky and particular to an almost anal degree about every little thing to do with his precious babies. He is a really nice guy, too. That boxed set is an amazing document… It looks great! A wooden box — very classy & w/ 7 live albums + 3 singles inside plus a booklet. Looks great, too — typeface, production impeccable, etc. Hope you are all well & have a pleasant summer… – Sinan Revell” To buy the SPK limited box, go to WWW.VINYL-ON-DEMAND.COM, write Frank at Frank Maier, Hochstrasse 25, 88045 Friedrichshafen Germany or email

() FROM TED OLIPHANT: “Mabuhay Records Best of Vol #2” will be out this summer after we relocate to New Orleans. Vol #1 will be off to you this week, ted@mabuhayrecordscom

() FROM JOHNNY GENOCIDE: “Hey Vale, I wanted to touch bases with you and simply say Howdy. No Alternative is working on a new CD and auditioning a new bass player (I’m doing all the bass work for the recordings). However, of greater interest (well, at least to me) is my current business: Rogue Chemist Labs. Essentially RCL is a design, prototyping and fabrication studio my wife (Jennifer) and I run. My background in chemistry allows us to take standard materials used in metal and plastic fabrication and make them do amazing things. We turned the first floor of our house into a research lab and digital workshop. I always thought music would be the only career for me, even though I tried my hand at teaching, but this business allows me to work with 90% of the knowledge I’ve gained over the last 20 years. My health is holding up and the cancer business I dealt with last year is still in remission. We’re going to build a website with some of our fabrications (I am currently building some stuff for some of the folks over at Dolby Labs. I do a lot of computer-aided drafting and illustration for my work and would like to show you some of the stuff. I am also doing a bunch of soundtrack music in my home studio. There’s no rest (or sleep) for the wicked. I look forward to seeing you one of these days. In middle age I’m more interested in those who are breathing than those in the obituary pages. Jennifer wanted me to ask you if you had a chance to see or speak with Chuck Palahniuk (she loves his writing). You always get to meet the really neat people in life (I’m currently sick of the word cool and thus use the word neat in it’s place). Sincerely, Hugh Patterson aka Johnny Genocide (”

() FROM DALE HOYT: “Look at and follow the links to my video excerpts. Mine inexplicably warranted a parental advisory. I’ve just finished packaging a 4-disc DVD collection. It’s called “The Remastered Dale Hoyt, 1991-2006″ and is $50, $35 artist discount. Shalo P produced it. Order from: Dale Hoyt, 150 9th St. Suite 304, SF, CA 94103.”

() From RANDY GREIF:”Hey, did you ever get around to watching The Three Trials DVD I sent a while back? — Randy Greif” RANDY, it’s on our “shortlist” to watch the next time we get a spare 90 minutes without guilt. Google Randy Greif The Three Trials” to order a copy…


How’s it going? This is your circa 2000 intern Rick (wow, that was nearly a decade ago). I’ve been living in Budapest for the last couple years, being financially minimal and traveling around Eastern Europe whenever I get the chance.

So, I was reading through your blog—which is great, but the way—and got all excited when I came across your December 4 2007 entry where you mention Goran Bregovic. If you’re into that kind of music, I wanted to recommend this incredible CD comp of Balkan brass bands called Golden Brass Summit:

Which documents bands that play at this huge Balkan brass festival in Guca, Serbia. I think it stretches back to the 1960s and maybe even earlier. Tens of thousands of people show up, and there’s dozens and dozens of bands playing all over the place.

I actually managed to get to Guca twice, and it’s insane. I wrote an article about it at my blog (with pictures!) if you’re interested:

I was gonna go this year too but the current political situation there has made me rethink that plan.

Personally, I’ve got mixed feelings about Goran myself—-he’s really talented, but many of his songs are just arrangements of traditional tunes that he slaps writing credits on. I’m not so high-fiber that I can’t still enjoy his stuff, but some of my Serbian acquaintances have had pretty horrible experiences with him, claiming that he’s stolen stuff they’ve composed. (Copyright law isn’t priority number one in Serbia right now.) That being said, the Underground soundtrack RULES, and if it hadn’t been for that music I probably wouldn’t be out here right now. And when I saw him at Guca in 2007, the crowd went nuts.

OK, I’ve gone on too long. Just wanted to say hello. I hope all is well! — Rick”

() A set of 8 SEARCH & DESTROY tabloids from 1977-79 are STILL AVAILABLE for only $30 from www. –, or 415-362-1465. Complete set of 11 issues (a few left) are $100 plus shipping. (C’mon; they’ve been archived for 30 years; imagine those storage charges alone!)
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