This was one of the many things going on celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘The Summer of Love’ here in SF. If you saw my recent post on Susanne Ciani at the Berkeley Museum you might remember I shared a photo with some friends including V.Vale. from Re/Search Pubs. This post features him speaking in front of a photo taken by Jim Marshall during the summer of 1967. He is featured in the foreground of the photo and just the look on his face captures the awe and wonder of what it might have been like to arrive at that infamous corner of Haight and Ashbury at that time. While most of those people have moved on in life or have since passed, Val manages to still have that curiosity in life and culture/counterculture and remains in a perpetual state of awe and inquisitive-ness.
The first few minutes of this video is from part of the guided tour of the photos that line the hall in the basement of SF City Hall including a couple of bits of insight to what was happening in some of the pics, such as the story behind the Moby Grape album cover that was censored and how Otis Redding really stole the show at Monterey Pop. There were plenty of photos of The Dead and Jefferson Airplane as well as some great pics of various Hippies and Diggers and counter-culture icons like Ginsberg and Ken Kesey.
Val’s talk was mostly a deconstruction of the photo he was in which provided some really cool behind the scenes info about the original line up of Blue Cheer. Not a lot of people know that Val was a founding member let alone that Blue Cheer was originally a 6 piece (that was news to me too). They just happened to be on the way to Golden Gate Park for a proper band shoot when this was captured.
Enjoy this first hand account of the Summer of Love SF by someone who was there:
SFAC also has a show up called Tiny Bubbles a group show that Val also has a bunch of photos in which is up until August 19th.
Even in 1991 there was a fun spirit to this set by LA OG’s The Weirdos who were one of the first punk bands to hit the LA scene in the mid to late 70’s.
It’s nice to see this as back on the East Coast where I grew up in 1991 most ‘punk’ shows were really aggressive and violent. The element of a fun time was pretty much absent. This show represents a different time in punk music when people got together to enjoy a kick ass band and have a good time being an outsider…and there’s ‘pogo dancing’!
On a side note I was lucky enough to play with Dix Denny a few times when he auditioned for the Flesh Eaters around 98-99. He came to a few rehearsals before realizing we were going to do some shows, he thought he was going into the studio with us…he didn’t want to do any shows! That would’ve been fun…alas.
Check out LAPunk13 for more great video from the early LA scene.
Once again I was invited back to perform at HSP 2017. I missed the first 2 days but here is a bit of video from day 3 including my set. I always enjoy these events and the cross section of local talent it presents.
Here’s a 2 angle video of my set on March 5th day 3 of Hardly Strictly Personal, a post Beefheart themed event and a benefit for Homeless Action and Earthjustice. This went down in Berkeley Ca at The Finnish Kaleva Hall and was organized by Mika Pontecorvo and NextNow
I caught a bit of video of United Separatists set featuring Tim Orr on drums/percussion and Drew Wheeler on waterphone, effected guitar etc.
I also got some footage of Ebola Buddha’s set. They perpetuate ‘literary happenings’ crowd participation encouraged:
Event Flyer by Jason Barry
The schedule changed a bit as things developed, but here’s the general line up:
I contributed a track to this podcast via a challenge issued on the fb page Electronic Music Philosophy which is hosted by the same guy from the Absurd World blog. I’ve been enjoying the more critical and probing aspects of this blog as it addresses deeper meanings and ideas behind what we do as experimental and electronic artists while shying away from the focus on gear. There are so many angles and aspects to come at this artform from and it is refreshing to interact with some folks who have a deeper understanding or the desire for a deeper understanding of the process and motivations behind it. I’ve been exploring this realm since the early 90’s and it never ceases to evolve.
This particular challenge was to create a piece utilising a single sound source. I originally wanted to use my ‘Monoscillatron’ since it would have really illustrated the theme well but I discovered that it had ceased working since my last gig back in October.
Instead, I used a Buddha Box. I recorded multiple tracks first onto a Tascam 4 track tape recorder and then live mixed that into my DAW where I did some further collaging.
It’s a 2 hour show full of excellent sounds and my contribution can be found at the very end! I’ve been following the podcast for awhile now and I’m honored to be included in one! Enjoy!