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Musician/Artist/ Silk screener. Grew up in Buffalo, moved to LA in '96' and played with seminal punk band The Flesh Eaters (recorded as well as co-wrote some of the album 'Ashes of Time' (2000).Also worked with my band The Alphastares which disbanded when I moved to SF in 2004. I currently perform (bass/guitar/baritone guitar) with Andalusia Rose as well as my solo endeavors as "Alphastare'.

European Tour Journal Day 3 (Italy)

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We woke up the next morning, still jet lagged in a small town near Pescara or it may have still been Pescara. The architectue around there was a taste of what was to be a constant througout the entire trip, old crumbling buildings, with overgrown vines that really gave you a sense of being somewhere with deep history.

The photos were taken right across from where we stayed and the short video below gives you a sense of the old roads.


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Band shot!
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Our driver Davide!

We had a short drive to Castel Fidardo which was very pretty, mostly farmland.

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We passed Loreto where the Basilica Santa Casa sat shrouded in mist. We didn’t have time to stop but what a sight! Read about the legend of the Black Madonna if you’re not familiar. This is one of the biggest pilgramage sites in the world with nearly 4 million visitors per year! We blazed right by it though, we had to bring the spacerock to the people, no time for infamous pilgramage sites!

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We got to the venue which was also in a really cool area on a hill. We eventually found out that we were in a very special place regarding the history of the accordian. It turns out that the Stratovarius of accordians are manufactured here, and people travel far and wide to obtain one. Furthermore, and perhaps even more interesting is that the club owner, Giampiero, has an uncle who was the guy who travelled to Houston in the 60’s and set up an accordian shop, which directly fed the Tex-Mex and Tejano scene in a major way. Again, the history of this place was pretty special.

The building the club was in was also a music shop, Casa della Musica which was built by the founder of the accordian in the early 1900’s.

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Aside from the heavy music history here, Giampiero was a gracious host, really excited to have us and treated us like family almost! The food was also amazing, we had a nice spread backstage as well as a bar full of prosciutto and cheese plates to pick at.

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Dining with support band Shaolin
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Bar spread

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Also adding to the family atmosphere…family! I’m guessing from the ‘Shaolin’ gear, these were the bands kids, or friends of the bands kids, or maybe they just really attract a young fanbase. Either way, It was a cool experience to see kids hanging out in a bar scene without it being weird or dangerous. These kids knew their way around a pool table as well as a can of silly string!

One of the first observations I made being in Europe was this openeness of culture. We generally wouldn’t dare bring our kids out to a little dive bar like this, I very rarely ever see bands bring their families out to shows, unless it’s a festival or giant tour scenario, but never little dive bar gigs. These kids were so well behaved around pool cues and pint glasses, and these early social experiences are sure to form them into well adjusted adults, actually. they were better behaved than most adults I’ve encounter in bars!

In The U.S., we have such a different stigma around our bar scene. These are dark places where only dark things happen. Aside from rampant alcoholism being an obvious element, these are places where drugs are obtained and consumed, the focus is usually a search for random sex, and gun violence is a frequent occurence. The club scene often has an intimidating gang element, or a vibe of machismo, groups of “bro’s” out looking for girls, which can easily create a predatory environment. Rock and Roll, punk and indie/DIY shows can seem intimidating from the outside, and there is a real lack of all ages venues everywhere which makes it difficult to expose our youth to more diversity in culture and locally generated creativity.

I’m not saying all of Europe is like this, but this one isolated experience was an eye opener, and made me question if this could ever occur in the US where we fear even sending our kids to school these days.

Let me also add that this was a small humble venue, I say ‘dive bar’ but it was a really clean, well decorated venue with a decent sound system and competent sound guy. The bathrooms were also really clean and everyone kept up on that, another phenomenon I would observe throughout our trip.

Here, it was all about good food, music, family and strong coffee! People were drinking alcohol of course but with a different sort of approach that wasn’t so much to escape from something as it was to enhance an already great atmosphere and experience.



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here’s a couple of minutes of the opener that night. Shaolin were a great bunch of young musicians.


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Here’s an excerpt from Maharishi from our set that night:


On the stage at The On Stage!

We had a great set, packed up the gear and drove 15 minutes to our digs for the night in Osimo. Stay tuned for more…

All pics by Jeff K.

“Action Shot” by Imanuele Pirani

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Vinyl for our current release ‘Heavy Metal Mothership’ and select copies of the back catalog are available via our Bandcamp




European Tour Journal Day 1 and 2 (Italy)


Ziggy an Jonesy flew out a day or so ahead of the rest of us. They sent back pics of them at the airport in Rome where they ran into East Bay Ray! Coincidental and Ironic in a sense because TMODM was on Alternative Tentacles at one point.

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“Hello Jello!” Ziggy and Jonesy with East Bay Ray in Rome

They also caught up with Heavy Psych Sounds label honcho Gabriele Fiori to plot our trail of destruction through Europe.

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Ziggy and Gabriele from Heavy Psych Sounds



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The rest of us, drummer Chris Lyman, guitarist Nick Doom and myself departed from SFO on time and enjoyed an 8 hour flight to Dublin. The flight was sparse, so some of us got some rest.

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We had a brief layover in Dublin, where we enjoyed tiny cupcakes to celebrate being in Europe. Then we flew on to Rome where we got picked up and driven to Heavy Psych headquarters. We got some much needed rest in order to prepare for our first show in Southern Italy.

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Tiny cupcakes in Dublin

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DAY 1: Heavy Psych Headquarters

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Heavy Psych guard dogs

We checked out the area. Saw this old wall and some shroomy graffiti.

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very old wall

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Had to get some risotto in me stat! We enjoyed the local diner which was really affordable compared to what they charge in SF for this sort of cuisine.

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We got up and packed the van and drove to Pescara. I shared a series of graffiti pics from this stretch on my photoblog also.

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At one point we stopped to visit The Adriatic Sea up close:



Our first show was at Scumm in Pescara, Italy. The building seemed really old but I never got a chance to ask about it. That scene was cool because it was basically a couple of alleys with various things going on including our thing.

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There were cafes and nightclubs with dance music and some other spaces with artistic happenings. Groups of people could go do whatever and then convene in the alley to smoke cigarrettes and talk.

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The front door at Scumm

There was even this really cool Victorian era dance thing going on a few doors down from us:


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Opening band
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Our merch booth was tight

Here’s a short excerpt from our set. The room was really dark and we were a little jet lagged and settling into the gear for the first time, but it was good to get out there.

Look to our Patreon for full sets and exclusive content to come.

All pics by Jeff K. unless otherwise noted.

Pic of East Bay Ray by Ziggy Minucci and the photo of Gabriele and Ziggy by Jonesy Daysleeper






Turn Me On Dead Man return from Europe


I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I was on tour in parts of Europe with TMODM. I just wanted to get a brief post up here and mention how eye opening of a trip it was. I’ll go into more detail in time. I plan to share a series of posts covering our journey. I shot a lot of street art and architecture. Look to alphastarephotography for a recent post on some graffiti. There will be some video clips and photos, there will also be links to exclusive content which will only be available to our Patreon supporters. The next step is to record the next album, which should be happening in the next few months and any support for our Patreon will help with production costs, so check that out.


Below is an excerpt from Jagerklause in Berlin. This was an amazing show and we hope to return again! This is just the last few parts of “Cassiopeia”, an epic song which will be on the next album. The photos in this post are by Andreas Steckmann.