0060. Dead Felcher – Album Zero [2000]

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This album is a personal classic.  The first time I ever saw Dead Felcher perform was at the Electro Rock show in 2000 (or 2001, I can’t quite remember) when he opened for PT Grimm.  This guy was so hilariously arrogant, he performed with his back to the audience the entire time.  I feel like Dead Felcher is just a giant “fuck you,” to any and all audiences, and I love every minute of it.  This album pisses in your ears and hopes you hate it.  This album feeds off your hate, which makes it even more wonderful.  I hope one day that we’ll see a resurrection of Dead Felcher, because audiences in general need much more of this particular style of abuse.  Enjoy!  Or don’t.  Don’t even bother reading this blog; especially if you’ve already read it.  Yay!  Eat shit.

Wikipedia Says:

Nothing.  In fact, most of the internet has nothing to say about Dead Felcher.  The only thing you’ll find if you Google the name is a Myspace page with a few tracks on it.  Which is another way to say “fuck you” to audiences: making them go back to Myspace to hear your music.  I love it.  🙂

0002. Harmony In My Head – First Broadcast From 05/17/04

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Track listing:

01. The Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head
02. The Stains – Sick And Crazy
03. The Weirdos – Life Of Crime
04. The Simpletones – California
05. Iggy and The Stooges – TV Eye
06. Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers – Chinese Rocks
07. The Ruts – In A Rut
08. Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm
09. Q And Not U – X Pollination
10. Mark Of Cain – The Contender
11. Squat Weiler – Hot For Teacher
12. Rise Above benefit CD – Rise Above
13. Agent Orange – Bloodstains
14. UK Subs – Same Thing
15. Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
16. Negative Trend – How Ya Feelin’
17. A.W. Nix – The Black Diamond Express Train To Hell
18. The Clash – Janie Jones
19. Dee Dee Ramone (feat. Debbie Harry) – Mash Potato
20. Angelic Upstarts – Teenage Warning
21. Slim Gaillard – Yip Roc Heresy
22. The Minutemen – Joe McCarthy’s Ghost

Back in 2007, I was dealing with a lot of emotional bullshit due to a miscarriage, two subsequent failed relationships in which I placed a lot of faith, to say the least, and a tremendous financial loss of over $3600, among several other things. I forget exactly when I delved into Henry Rollins’ work, but it was probably sometime after my birthday that year. I considered that my “re-birthday.” I went to the Rock The Bells hip-hop festival that year by myself. I spent most of the day listening to profoundly inspiring people talk about things that truly resonated with me: issues of social injustices and inequalities. Only once did I hear anyone mention heartbreak. It was so refreshing! I held onto that feeling tenaciously and used it to spur myself forward beyond my petty emotional problems.

Anyway, three artists whose material really helped me out around then were Otep, Immortal Technique and Henry Rollins. I listened to Henry’s spoken word material most of all and it really helped me pull myself out of the hole I’d dug myself. I told him as much when I met him after a show later that year. Anyway, during that time, I discovered that Henry had a radio show that he’d been pretty steadily broadcasting since 2004 called Harmony In My Head. Fortunately, there was this archive site: http://www.rollins-archive.com, (there’s a link to the specific 05/17/04 broadcast behind the clickable picture above) where I could download ALL the broadcasts I’d missed. I haven’t even downloaded them all yet, to be honest (there’s a LOT).

So, while this site was really awesome and all, they released these broadcasts in large chunks of 4-8 files. Since each broadcast is 2 hours, that meant that in order to hear individual tracks, I’d need to search through the file while I’m playing it (much like we senior citizens used to have to do with cassettes). I thought, “Hey, there’s a better way to do this.” So, I made a project for myself. I set out to cut up each of the broadcasts into individual tracks: all appropriately titled and tagged with artwork and lyrics. Then, as I sometimes too often do, I decided to go further and include not only lyrics, but the annotations that Henry wrote for each track he broadcasted. I decided to put those annotations right after the lyrics, if I could find them, and so began this mammoth project of mine.

It’s been over four years now, and due to college, other emotional setbacks and various other shit I had going on, I haven’t made as much progress as I would’ve liked, but I am currently going through the 2007 broadcasts. Due to yet ANOTHER setback (this time, thank Fuck, it’s technological; not emotional), I may have to go back through all the 2006 broadcasts and cut them up again. Frankly, even though I’d like to punt that failed hard drive off a cliff, I wouldn’t altogether mind going through and listening to those broadcasts again because, shit, I went through them once and enjoyed them all. I’d certainly enjoy them all twice.

You might be thinking, “Why, Paul? Why the fuck would you want to take on such an immense project? What purpose does all that work ultimately serve?” I guess the answer falls somewhere between masochism and Fanaticism (capitalized on purpose, by the way), depending on whom you ask. The purpose? Well, I can only hope, but what I’d love to see is someone else pick up on this project of mine and love the fuck out of it like I do. I hope that Henry’s fans (and maybe Henry himself) will appreciate the end result whenever it’s finished. I hope that whomever picks up on it is inspired to take it further: research these artists, delve into their material, make their own material, whatever. Shit, mostly because of Harmony In My Head, I was inspired to start making podcasts, too. I just released my first one this morning. I’m calling it “Monday Morning Aural Sex,” and it’s available right here: http://soundcloud.com/monday-morning-aural-sex/monday-morning-aural-sex-2012.

The track listing for my podcast is right here:

01 Juan Schwartz & the South Park Children’s Choir – Dead, Dead, Dead (from Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics)
02 Sage Francis – Slow Down Gandhi (from A Healthy Distrust)
03 Doormouse – Toxic Jungle (from Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool EP)
04 Dog Fashion Disco – Private Eye (from Adultery)
05 Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – A Hymn to the Morning Star (from Of Natural History)
06 Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Humanity Opens the Discussion (from Of Natural History)
07 Louis Prima -Just A Gigolo – I Ain’t Got Nobody (from Collector’s Series)
08 Einstürzende Neubauten – Halber Mensch (from Halber Mensch)
09 Mudvayne – Poop Loser (from The Beginning of All Things To End)
10 Jeff And Mychael Danna – The Blood Of Cuchulainn (from The Boondock Saints)
11 Defrag – The Stones (from Lament Element)
12 In Flames – Alias (from A Sense of Purpose)
13 Polkadot Cadaver – Chloroform Girl (from Purgatory Dance Party)
14 Matthew Good Band – The Rat Who Would Be King (from The Audio of Being)
15 Deacon Boombastardizer – Deepthroat (from the interwebz)
16 Producer Snafu – Randomness Everywhere (from Tough Titties compilation)
17 Rage Against The Machine – Hadda Be Playing on the Jukebox (Live) (from Live & Rare)
18 Henry Rollins – Maturity (from A Rollins In The Wry)
19 Vistalance – Take It Back (from Emergency Room)
20 Otep – Shattered Pieces (from House of Secrets)
21 Henry Rollins – Stalingrad (from Nights Behind The Tree Line)
22 Louis Jordan – Beware, Brother, Beware (from Saturday Night Fish Fry_ The Original & Greatest Hits)
23 Spike Jonze – Ya Wanna Buy a Bunny_ (from Spike Jonze Greatest Hits)
24 PT Grimm – A Perfect Stranger (demo) (from PT Grimm New Demos)

If you’ve actually read this far, I love you, and I hope you enjoy this stuff as much as I do!

0001: P.T. Grimm – The Exile [2011]

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These motherfuckers… Lemme tell ya, one of my most consistent honors has been that I know and have worked with these guys. Great bunch of people with phenomenal senses of humor, not to mention spectacular artists. These guys stand in a class of their own, but I’d recommend them to any fans of System of a Down, Serj Tankian’s solo work, Scars on Broadway, etc. They once called their music “junk rock,” among several other creative phrases. There are a lot of fascinating keyboard melodies that lead the often brutal riffs and drums, along with Michael H.’s unique vocal style and vastly intriguing lyrics. I heard the album played live back in ’06 and even though it took a while to come out, it was well worth the wait in my opinion. Michael’s a perfectionist, which is apparent by the results he gets. P.T. Grimm was and still very much is a shining gem in a world of shit, but you know, don’t take my word for it. Click the image above and/or watch the video clip below and take a listen to some samples of their latest album. I also greatly encourage you to buy the download, because these guys could certainly use the support.

PT Grimm.com

My favorite tracks:

Epitaph

Past The Con

Go To Sleep

The Red Cradle

A Pig In A Fez

A Perfect Stranger

(Honestly, I think they’re all great tracks. :-))