Friday, July 07, 2006

REAL ART (and politics and culture)

Joan Jett is back...

REAL ART (and politics and culture):
"Her new song, 'ACDC,' and, yes, it is about bisexuality, but not hers, seems to wipe away the shy act. And it's a fucking great tune; gone is the absurd late 80s heavy metal production style she used for a while on songs like 'I Hate Myself for Loving You,' which is still pretty good in spite of the hairspray: this new tune goes back to the classic Blackhearts hard rock sound that I grooved to when I was in the eighth grade."

This song truly rocks...
it's been a while Joan -

The Adding Machine

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Defenestration Unit - Cafe Brasil - Friday Night - Jazz Funk Fridays - Free

I think it's all pretty much there in the subject...
come on down and check us out
and drink some wine or fancy beer or somethin'
oh yeah, Brasil is at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy if ya didn't know...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Kid Ornery presents... William Switzer - The Final Solo Recordings

William Switzer was Jason Bill and Mike Switzer (Kid Ornery's given name).
We released one CD - The Illusion of Technique - on Fleece Records...
The critics, well, they mostly ignored it, but some, well, some hated it.
The girl I dated for a brief period after we recorded it asked if we were depressed at the time, and if we were listening to what we were doing...
and of course we think it's a fun record, and we were listening as closely as either of us were capable of at the time...
This is our last duo session - probably recorded at the Charalambihouse.
I also have unreleased trio sessions with Dave Dove, and Heather Murray.
Just got a call from a friend saying that Christina Carter will be on the next DJ Shadow record...
I need to see if I can contact her about releasing some of the CCM recordings - Christina Carter, Charlie Naked, Mike Switzer - some of her earliest piano work and all kinds of interesting noises.
But anyway, back to William Switzer...
We were awesome and sometimes unlistenable...but mostly awesome.
Jason went on to record with Jack Rose and Migrantes...
I went on to do all the crazy stuff you've been listening to on previous eps of this podcast...
and now - I'm directing a play -
and Charlie Naked along with members of TDU, Free Radicals, Infant Mortality Rate and Friendship Bracelets (among others) are making the music for the show...
should be amazing...
blah blah blah...
just listen to the craziness already -
4 tracks
various instrumentation

Ken Lay, Enron founder, dead at 64 - Jul. 5, 2006

Ken Lay, Enron founder, dead at 64 - Jul. 5, 2006: "NEW YORK ( -- Enron founder Kenneth Lay died early Wednesday in Aspen, Colo., a family spokeswoman said.

Lay, 64, was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of conspiracy and fraud in the Enron trial in May.

In a statement, spokeswoman Kelly Kimberly said, 'The Lays have a very large family with whom they need to communicate, and out of respect for the family we will release further details at a later time.'

A spokeswoman for Aspen Valley Hospital confirmed that Lay arrived at the hospital at 1:41 a.m. MT and was pronounced dead at 3:11 a.m. MT.

CNN affiliate KPRC in Houston said Lay was admitted to the hospital with a massive coronary.

In a statement, the Pitkin County Sheriff's office said a coroner's autopsy is pending and autopsy results will be available later this week."

The feds been inducin' massive coronarys fr years...
easy enough for them...
the Bush body count grows!!!

the Mc5 - the true spirit of America

Well I feel pretty good
And I guess that
I could get crazy now baby
Cause we all got in tune
And when the dressing room
Got hazy now baby

I know how you want it child
Hot, quick and tight
The girls can't stand it
When you're doin'it right
Let me up on the stand

And let me kick out the jam
Yes, kick out the jams
I want to kick'em out!!!

Yes I'm starting to sweat
You know my shirt's all wet
What a feeling

In the sound that abounds
And resounds and rebounds
Off the ceiling

You gotta have it baby
You can't do without
When you get that feeling
You gotta sock'em out
Put that mike in my hand

And let me kick out the jam
Yes! Kick out the jams
I want to kick'em out!!!

So you got to give it up
You know you can't
Get enough Miss Mackenzie

Cause it gets in your brain
It drives you insane
With the frenzy

The wigglin guitars girl
The crash of the drums
Make you wanna keep-a-rockin'
Till the morning comes
Let me be who I am

And let me kick out the jam
Yes, kick out the jams
I done kicked em out!!!!!

-MC5-Kick Out the Jams

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. - ralph bakshi - MIGHTY MOUSE

Go watch the cartoon that influenced Ren & Stimpy and almost everything else since...

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

Bakshi's "Adventures of Mighty Mouse" was not just hilarious, it revitalized creator driven animation in the U.S.

The Adding Machine on Myspace

Go make computer friends with my play!
I demand it!

-Kid Ornery

happy 4th

Professor Griff:
They claim we’re products from the bottom of hell,
‘Cause the black is back and it’s bound to sell.
Picture us coolin’ out on the fourth of July,
And if you heard we were celebrating that’s a world wide lie!
Yo Chuck!
The fed-dead-arals, man, trying to pull a 2-2-6 on ya G,
Yo man,
Show ‘em what you got!
Sh-Show ‘em what you got!

Chuck D:
This style seems wild.
Wait before you treat me like a stepchild!
Let me tell you why they got me on file,
‘Cause I give you what you lack,
Come right and exact,
Our status is the saddest,
So I care where you at, black!
And at home I got a call from Tony Rome,
The FBI was tappin’ my telephone.
I never live alone.
I never walk alone.
My posses always ready, and they’re waitin’ in my zone.
Although I live the life that of a resident,
But I be knowin’ the scheme that of the president,
Tappin’ my phone whose crews abused,
I stand accused of doing harm.
‘Cause I’m louder than a bomb.

C’mon, C’mon.
Louder! Louder. (C’mon, C’mon…C’mon)
Louder! Louder. (C’mon, C’mon…C’mon)
Louder! (C’mon Track Cut)

Hey yo D!
Show ‘em you on the block
Show ‘em you on the block, D!

Chuck D:
I am,
A rock hard trooper,
To the bone, the bone, the bone.
Full grown - consider me - stone!
Once again and,
I say it for you to know.
The troop is always ready.
I yell `Geronimo’.
Your CIA, you see I ain’t kiddin’.
Both King and X they got ridda’ both.
A story untold, true, but unknown.
Professor Griff knows…
“Yo, I ain’t milk toast!”
And not the braggin’ or boastin’ and plus,
It ain’t no secret why they’re tappin’ my phone,
although I can’t keep it a secret,
So I decided to kick it, yo.
And yes it weighs a ton, I’ll say it once again,
I’m called the enemy - I’ll never be a friend,
Of those with closed minds, don’t know I’m rapid,
The way that I rap it,
Is makin’ ‘em tap it, yeah.
Never servin ‘em well, ’cause I’m an un-Tom.
It’s no secret at all.
Cause I’m louder than a bomb.

C’mon, C’mon.
Louder! Louder. (C’mon, C’mon…C’mon) (X6)
Louder! (C’mon Track Cut)

That’s right boy
The D is on the block, boy
Don’t forget it!
Kick that shit, D!
(It’s Yours)

Chuck D:
Cold holdin’ the load,
The burden breakin’ the mold.
I ain’t lyin’ denyin’, because they’re checkin’ my code.
Am I buggin’ ’cause they’re buggin’ my phone,
for information,
No tellin’ who’s sellin’ out or power buildin’ the nation so…
Joinin’ the set, the point blank target,
Every brothers inside - so least not, you forget, no.
Takin’ the blame is not a waste,
Here taste,
A bit of the song so you can never be wrong.
Just a bit of advice, ’cause we be payin’ the price,
‘Cause every brother mans life is like swingin’ the dice, right?
Here it is, once again
this is,
The brother to brother,
The Terminator, the cutter.
Goin’ on an’ on - leave alone the grown
Get it straight in ‘88, an’ I’ll troop it to demonstrate
The posse always ready,
98 at 98.
My posse come quick,
because my posse got velocity.
Tappin’ my phone,
Never leave me alone,
I’m even lethal when I’m un-armed.
‘Cause I’m louder than a bomb.

C’mon, C’mon.
Louder! Louder. (C’mon, C’mon…C’mon) (X7)

Tell ‘em what happened, D!
Prove ‘em, man
Go and prove ‘em, man
That’s right, go and prove ‘em, D
Show ‘em all what’s hot, D
Tell ‘em how loud you is, D
They can’t mess with you, D
(All Right)

Chuck D:
‘Cause the D is for dangerous,
You can come and get some of this.
I teach and speak,
So when its spoke, it’s no joke.
The voice of choice,
The place shakes with bass,
Called one for the treble
The rhythm is the rebel
Here’s a funky rhyme that they’re tappin’ on.
Just thinkin’ I’m breakin’ the beats I’m rappin’ on.
CIA, FBI, all they tell us is lies.
When I say it they get alarmed.
‘Cause I’m louder than a bomb!

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Adding Machine

is getting nearer and nearer...

In case you haven't figured it out,
I'm directing a play.
Elmer Rice's "The Adding Machine"
A Kid Ornery Production
in association with the Federal Entertainment Authority (FEA)
under special arrangement with the Samuel French Company

July 21,22,28,29 $10.00
pay what you will July 24
FrenetiCore Theater
5102 Navigation

Featuring - in order of appearance:
Julie Boneau - Mrs. Zero
Mark Carrier - Mr. Zero
Liz Seabolt - Daisy Diana Dorothea Devore
Stephen Foulard - The Boss/Mr. Six/Lt. Charles
Jeremy Carlson - Mr. One/Young Man
Valerie Lawrence - Mrs. One
David Anderson - Mr. Two
Karen Lawrence - Mrs. Two
Tom Zermeno - Mr. Three
Emily Henderson - Mrs. Three
John Dunn - Mr. Four/Shrdlu
Ruthie Langston - Mrs. Four
Pete Sullivan - Mr. Five
Kira Vincent - Mrs. Five/Judy O' Grady
Dana Pike - Mrs. Six
Ken Watkins - Policeman/Head/Joe

With music by - The Adding Machine Band
under the musical direction of Charlie Naked

Charlie Naked - Guitar
Ken Watkins - Guitar
Jeff Miller - Bass
Phil Krieg - Theremin
Ruthie Langston - Cello
Pete Sullivan - Baritone Saxophone
Tom Zermeno - percussion, etc.

Ayn Morgan - Set Design/Props
Dana Pike - Costumes
Rebecca Ayres - Light Design
David Anderson - Stage Manager

I read the script, fell in love with it,
found a space and conned a bunch of folks into helping out...
it's gonna be outta this world!
don't miss it!

The Gospel of Judas

I'm reading about the Gospel of Judas and I'm beginning to think my early church experiences were weirder than I previously thought...
I remember it being mentioned in Sunday School that Judas was supposed to betray Jesus...
that he was playing his part. Now it may have just been a "God's Plan" explanation, and not a "he and Jesus worked it all out in advance" explanation but I don't remember being taught ever that Judas was some kind of satan-inspired monster...
So, was my church secretly some kind of haven for Gnostics?

Daily Kos: Lieberman can't be a "petitioning Democrat"

The pro-war anti-modernity DINO is on the way out...

Daily Kos: Lieberman can't be a "petitioning Democrat":
"Just take a moment to savor what happened today -- Joe Lieberman humiliated himself by admitting that an 18-year incumbent who was the vice-presidential nominee for the party in 2000 doesn't think he can win his own party's primary."

felt the need to grab...

some of that stuff from the old page...
so below this is a brief selective history
of the Hawthorne Improv Collective...

DJ T-Biscuit

DJ T-Biscuit:
"D.J. T-Biscuit

One of the most mysterious figures of the deep DEEP underground Houston rap scene, producer, rapper, and keyboardist D.J. T-Biscuit began as the house D.J. for deep DEEP underground Houston label Jimmy Hat Records, after learning the ropes under the tutelage of Louisiana underground rap legends Jam Master Chuck, MCA, and The Middle Man in the short-lived group MAC in the late 80s. D.J. T-Biscuit first gained recognition recording with forgotten Houston greats Def Dave, Gangsta C and D.J. Swisher in the early-to-mid 90s. After the relative success of the group's single 'With These Hands (My Jimmy's Gettin' Thicka),' D.J. T-Biscuit launched a solo career, releasing his first album Bitches and Food in 1996 in a limited pressing. After the success of the album's single 'Manicotti,' T-Biscuit began work on a new album, Screaming Itches in the Crotch (Makin' Ya Wanna Dance!), which he released the following year.

Though critics panned the album for its 'creative' production techniques (including a backing track of live locusts that ran throughout the entire album's length), the single 'In the Summer' did respectably well, and the album's closing track 'D.J. T-Biscuit Speaks with his Casio' has been cited as influential in HIC member Charlie Naked's usage of cheap analog keyboards, featured on his own album The Magnificent Octopus. Naked actually appeared as one of three saxophone players on Screaming Itches..., while HIC member Charlie Horshack played guitar on several tracks on Bitches and Food. In 1998, Jimmy Hat Records folded, leaving T-Biscuit without a label, and with no way to reissue his two albums, so due to the efforts of Naked and Horshack, HIC Records proudly presents:

Bitches and Food

Two seminal albums combined for the full mid-90s D.J. T-Biscuit experience. All the 'hits' are here... as well as several of T-Biscuit's skillz-flexin' instrumentals, for layin' back, lightin' up,"


"The band that essentially introduced Charlie Horshack and Mike Switzer to one another,
Horshack started as a jam band at then-drummer Andre Beskrowni's home in the winter of 1992, playing (and recording) versions of various blues songs ('Stormy Monday,' 'Hoochie Coochie Man') and Neil Young guitar workouts ('Cowgirl in the Sand,' 'Down By the River'), as those comprised the only initial common ground between the disparate members of the group. After some early performances at Zelda's and on the University of Houston campus, resulting in a 'fan base' of primarily dormitory residents, the group went on to perform in various clubs around Houston, including Goats Head Soup, Catal Huyuk, and Epstein's.
The group changed drummers several times, and with Tom Turner as drummer, recorded their one and only opus, Kicking Jim Morrison's Ass, at guitarist Karl Eifrig's residence, next door to Mike's place, a scant block or two away from where the HIC would later take up residence on Lawson street. Horshack broke up shortly after, just as Avijit completed work on their first proto-album Salamander, though Horshack did 'reunite' for two more shows (with local substitute drummer and guitarist): the final University of Houston Perpetual Park Party (for which they were paid a handsome $500), and the party following the wedding of Andrew and Tonya Nicolaou, at which they played so loud everyone went outside."

Horshack is on myspace.


in trying to hunt down a little TDU history Tom went searching the internet archive, and found this...


You can still grab some mp3's there.
It's nice to see the old site.

The old home page is there
and all the band links work,
and take you to pages with MP3's...

The Carter Administration

The Carter Administration:
"Every Sunday we would have an open jam at the Hawthorne House.
Many people showed up and played;
Ann Panopio, Chris Nine, John Sears, Leroy Bell,
Charlie Naked, Mike Switzer, J.J. Watson,
Ajda Snyder, and others.
This little group became known as The Carter Administration.
We recorded off and on for awhile.
The resulting CD is a memento of great times if not always great music."

We Need Fewer Secrets

A few words from the only decent president in my lifetime:

We Need Fewer Secrets:
"The U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) turns 40 tomorrow, the day we celebrate our independence. But this anniversary will not be a day of celebration for the right to information in our country. Our government leaders have become increasingly obsessed with secrecy. Obstructionist policies and deficient practices have ensured that many important public documents and official actions remain hidden from our view."

Ya know, for a reptile this guy is o.k...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Adding Machine

The Adding Machine:
"Rice's assumption is that once we gain an awareness of our alienated situation we will act to change it. "