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Flesh Eaters Live in SF 2018

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I had a really cool time getting to see The Flesh Eaters. This was interesting to me ’cause the last time they played in 2015 my band Andalusia Rose opened for them at Great American Music Hall…the time before that in 2007 at Slims my band with Javier Matos “Hud” opened up for them, which was the first time that classic line-up reunited in a really long time. Before that in the 90’s, as most of you know, I played guitar with the band and we released an album in 1999. So this was the first time I got to just watch the band and enjoy the music without being in that headspace of having to perform or load gear or whatever.

The chemistry between these guys is awesome, and having played a lot of these songs in a line-up that consisted of 2 guitars, I worked the most with Larry Schemel currently of Death Valley Girls, getting to hear the sax and vibes treatment was really cool. They even played a song I co-wrote from that 1999 release and that was a trip and an honor to hear coming from these guys. They also had a copy of our cd Ashes of Time along with the classic albums at the merch table.


There are still a few old fart punk bands out there and these guys have been around as long as anybody, but these were some dapper gentlemen laying down some heavy vibes (no pun intended…well maybe yes, the vibes were the loudest thing in the mix last night!) Hahahaha! Great show and an excellent turn out for a Sunday night! Glad I went.

This video shot by my friend Lil Mike actually captures a funny moment where Chris remembers, onstage that he forgot to put a certain someone on the list…someone who played guitar for him for years! hahaha! It was well worth the price of admission. Enjoy the fellas versions of “Green Manalishi” by Peter Green and “She’s Like Heroin to Me” by The Gun Club.


Adolescents/Wasted Youth (Coconut Teaszer West Hollywood 1989)

Enjoy this beautiful chaos. It’s a wonder the bands got through this show. This footage puts you on the stage with the bands as they navigate crowds of rowdy fans pushing up on the stage and the security crew with their backs to the band to protect them and gear from getting trashed. Many stoppages and busted mics but the show went on and looked like blast. Skate rock at it’s best!



visit Louis Elovitz on Vimeo for many more of these old school live shows from LA.

The Weirdos (Live at Bogarts 1991)


Another excellent upload from LAPunk13

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.


Keith Morris “My Damage”(Instore)


I’ve never seen Black Flag or The Circle Jerks…or OFF! even, but when I lived in LA I was lucky enough to run into Keith Morris a bunch of times. It was almost always in a record store, whether at Bleeker Bob’s on Melrose or when I worked at a small record store on Sunset Strip or at a Pasadena Swap meet and he was almost always with Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster). We talked about all sorts of music and I was always impressed with his depth of knowledge about a wide variety of genres…Bob too! We never talked about any of his old bands or the short lived Hollywood punk scene heyday which centered around The Masque, a bomb shelter rehearsal space that had some legendary shows, the earliest punk shows, run by Brendan Mullen. I was just as lucky to get to meet Brendan as well at a Punk Rock Bar B Que I attended with Chris D. around 96 or so. Brendan did a dj set of old jazz 78’s! Spectacular! Anyway, Keith was always a blast to talk to, high energy and his enthusiasm for music always came through.

What I’m really happy to see is that these Hollywood OG punks are all releasing their perspectives on the scene in written form. Alice Bag’s Violence Girl,  John Doe’s Under The Big Black Sun and My Damage by Morris, all recently published, are welcome and much needed perspectives on such a short lived scene. A handful of these artists were able to maintain a prolonged ‘career’ of playing music after the initial wave imploded scattering most of these bands to the 4 winds. Keith’s perspective is unique also as Black Flag were from Hermosa Beach and pretty much considered outsiders in the Hollywood scene but the sheer rawness and purity of their music endeared them to Brendan Mullen who considered them his favorite band, so they were sort of honorary members and rightly so.

Following is a video of Keith reading from some of his book, which seemed like a bit of a task as he kept jumping from the page to a more natural telling of the story and it was cool to hear his voice and his perspective this way. I look forward to reading this one.

Available via Da Capo Press

The video is by Louis Elovitz who has a ton of great LA/Hollywood Punk related videos on his vimeo channel. He has video he shot in the old days as well as new happenings by people from the original scene who are still active.


” My Damage ” release
skylight books hollywood
aug 26 2016
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Video Louis Elovitz LApunk13.com
Keith Morris is a true punk icon. From Black Flag and the Circle Jerks to OFF! and FLAG no one else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore. Over the course of his forty–year career, he’s battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry. MY DAMAGE is a look at rock ’n’ roll through the lens of someone who has shared the stage with just about every major figure in the music industry and appeared in cult films like The Decline of Western Civilization and Repo Man. It’s a Hollywood story from a native’s perspective. MY DAMAGE is Morris’s streets, his scene, his music—as only he can tell it.

Keith will be joined by his co-author Jim Ruland for a spirited conversation.