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Mark Twain on Witches

 

“During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.”

 

Mark TwainBible Teaching and Religious Practice

I found this quote while reading about the early history of persecution against witches.

Unfortunately, I found way to much horrific information while reading “The Horrors of the Church and its Holy Inquisition” on the Bibliotecapleyades website. No one knows for sure how many people have died as a result of centuries of witch-hunts. There is a section at the bottom of the above listed web page that lists all the known “witches” who were hanged, burned alive, or otherwise murdered over several centuries up to the 1990s.

Witches by Hans Baldung Grien (Woodcut, 1508)

Witches by Hans Baldung Grien (Woodcut, 1508)

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Halloween Related LP Records that We’re Listening to this Year.

This posting will have to be considered “undead” as it may or may not be added to as more records are discovered in and around the facility. Records will be included when discovered and listened to so stayed tuned and check back Jack.

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Whodini – The Haunted House of Rock 12″ – Zomba Productions Ltd. 1983

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The Dream Syndicate – The Days of Wine and Roses LP – Ruby/Slash 1992. Has a song called “Halloween” on it.

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Basil Rathbone reads Edgar Allan Poe – Caedmon Recordings.

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Basil Rathbone reads Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3 – Caedmon Records 1965

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Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju – Polydor 1981. Specifically “Spellbound” & “Halloween”, but the whole damn album is great.

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Hell Comes To Your House Part II Compilation Bemisbrain Records

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STAR WARS – Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams. Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra.

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The Gun Club – Miami – Animal Records, 1982. Produced by Chris Stein.

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X – Under the Big Black Sun – Elektra Asylum Records 1982. Produced by Ray Manzarek.

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The Never Released “The Boom – 3rd LP” Recorded at Trans Am’s National Recording Studio

The Boom in Germany 1999

The Boom in Germany 1999

After The Crownhate Ruin broke up, Fred immediately started a new band called The Boom. Initially, they rehearsed in the basement where we lived, and then Fred moved and they rehearsed over there. They released two LP’s, “Movin’ Out” and “Any Day of the Night” on Slowdime and did a US tour.

I ran into Fred in the winter of 1999 at The Raven, and he told me they were planning on a European Tour in the late spring of that year. I jokingly said I wished I was going, and also told him that when I saw them recently at the Galaxy Hut, I loved the new songs where he played trumpet instead of guitar. Maybe I could play guitar with you I asked. And suddenly I was in the band.  I learned all the songs from mostly Any Day of the Night, and some from Movin’ Out. The line up that rehearsed in the Spring of 1999 was:

Fred Erskine on trumpet

Carlo Cennamo on saxophone

John Wall on bass

Joseph P. McRedmond on guitar

J. Carrier on drums

I believe we played at a party in Mt. Pleasant, WDC right before we left for the tour. We started the European tour landing in Amsterdam by way of Iceland and had a hell of a time and played everywhere. John Wall was booking more shows to the end of trip as we went along.

After we returned home, Fred and Carlo got to work on writing new songs, and recorded a 4 track demo to show us their ideas. It was at this time also that J. Carrier decided to join the Peace Corps, and he left the band to be replaced by Justin Wierbonski. Josh LaRue joined on electric piano.

We played only 2 shows with this line up. One at the Black Cat, and one in Baltimore at the Ottobar. We also recorded the material at Trans Am’s National Recording Studio, which was broken down into 7 tracks, but meant to be presented as one whole body of music. We had a tour planned of the US in August with this line up, but Justin suddenly left the band just prior to the start date and could not be replaced. The tour was cancelled. The gentleman in Belgium who was going to put the 3rd record out disappeared off of the face of the Earth. Fred and Carlo moved to Chicago to form HIM, and John went to Law School.

The songs are below to listen track by track, and if you like, the zip file is available below that for your downloading pleasure.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Track 7

The Boom 3rd LP in zipfile form

The Boom in Rotterdam opening for The Subhumans

The Boom in Rotterdam opening for The Subhumans
Photo by Pat Graham maybe?

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Cassette Tape 2: Getaway Car demo featuring Kim Thompson, Mike Fellows, and Guy Picciotto recorded live at the 9:30 club in 1993

Getaway Car Demo Cover

Getaway Car Demo Cover

Here I am at home listening to the 2nd cassette I found after just hooking my friend’s tape player up. I moved 3 years ago, and haven’t looked at the box all the cassettes were packed in since then. And even before the move, I wasn’t listening to many cassettes at home, though I did listen to a lot in the car, as I used to drive a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with a kick ass factory installed cassette player. The car was burgundy both interior and exterior. Sure do miss my Camille.

Anyhow, today I am listening to the Getaway Car demo. This demo tape was recorded live off of the soundboard at the old 9:30 club in Washington, DC in 1993. I cannot for the life of me remember if I went to that specific show, but I did see them live at the time, as I had just moved to DC in 1991. I bought the cassette demo directly from Kim Thompson at one of their shows, just not sure which one. Feels like it was at a party, and I feel like when I saw them it was just Mike Fellows and Kim, with no drummer. But it was 20 or so years ago, so it’s kind of hard to remember. The demo tape was released on Rodeo Recordings which was Kim Thompson’s label.  Her goal as stated on the insert (pictured below) was “dedicated to making available music that might not otherwise be released, such as bands that have now dissolved, project bands and live tapes.” It was the second Rodeo release, and the only one that I am familiar with.

The line up on the demo is:
Mike Fellows (guitar & vox):  Insurrection, Government Issue (G.I.), Rites of Spring, Happy Go Licky, Little Baby, Miighty Flashlight , Silver Jews, Royal Trux and Will Oldham , and maybe more.

Kim Thompson (guitar & vox): Cupid Car Club (check this link out for their demo), Apehouse,  and The Delta 72.


Guy Picciotto (drums):  
Insurrection, Rites of Spring, Happy Go Licky, One Last Wish, Fugazi, Black Light Panthers, Brief Weeds, record producer and  back-up musician for the late Vic Chesnutt.

This recording definitely has all the elements you would expect considering the other music the players have been involved with over time. Royal Trux, The Cramps, The Velvet Underground, and The Dream Syndicate are what come to mind while listening to this tape over and over again (it’s pretty short). Also important to note is that although this was recorded live, none of these songs sound out of tune, therefore they will not be listed on my previous post.

Track Listing:

Side A.

Whatever You’re Hard On

Knockout Artist

Hey Saturn

Fuck On Off

Kreem Me Man

Side B.

Sony Radio

I’m Not So Strange

He’s My Thing

Thanks for the Time of Day

You may ask yourself, “How do I get to hear these rare pieces of music now that you got me super excited about it?” And I am going to answer you. I was originally going to go through the tedium of burning the songs off of the tape onto a CD once I hook the Sony CD burner up, and then transfer to my computer, and then post for you a link to access the songs on some media storage site, but then I found that someone already went through this process in 2010.

If you check out this page over here at Chunklet, make sure you thank him for allowing you to listen and download the Getaway Car demo. I did not need to do this, because, you know, I have the cassette. That’s what I’ve been talking about this whole time.

Getaway Car Demo Insert

Getaway Car Demo Insert

Please note that the below address may no longer house any Getaway Car occupants.

Getaway Car Demo Cassette

Getaway Car Demo Cassette

Please let us know if you have a copy of the Apehouse demo also featuring Kim Thompson.

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Ongoing list of songs recorded out of tune that still sound good

This list will be ongoing as I hear or think about specific “out of tune” tunes, and can only be made better if you contribute.

Deadline for completion is June 30th, 2025.

Again, I encourage you to contribute. We are making history people!

Please be sure to check back once or twice a year to see where we are at with this. I’m thinking that by 2018 at least we should have something deemed definitive.

I’ll start the first two that I was just listening to back to back, and they were definitely more than slightly out of tune, yet still sounded good. I am including links to quotes about the writing and recording of the songs, not to the recordings themselves, as I am sure you can find them anywhere on your own:

1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

2. Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones

3. Hog Bottom – Phleg Camp

4. Iggy & the Stooges – Gimme Danger

5. Bob Dylan – Queen Jane Approximately

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Happy birthday to hometown hero and American composer, Glenn Branca.

A big happy birthday to American composer,  Glenn Branca, a hero from my hometown, Harrisburg, PA.

Born on October 6, 1948, he turns 65 today.

He is another musician I first discovered from listening to an early ROIR cassette.

65 is a good age. We wish you the best and keep on doing what you’re doing.

I can’t really add anything that hasn’t been said before, so fill yourself in here.

Or you can hear it from the man largely responsible for what became known as No Wave:

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