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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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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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Finally hooked my tape player up after 3 years. First tape is The Stimulators Loud Fast Rules! ROIR Cassette.


Thought I’d start with The Stimulators Loud Fast Rules! ROIR cassette.
It has been awhile. I don’t think I have listened to this tape in 20 t0 25 years.

Featuring a young Harley Flanagan from the Cro-Mags on drums/”Sophisticated Skins”.

The Stimulators also features founder Denise Mercedes on “Loud Fast Guitar”, Patrick Mack is “the Singer”, and Nick Marden is on “Bass Action”.

Recorded live at The Pier in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 31st. 1981.

Features a cover of KISS’sRock ‘n’ Roll All Night“.

The track listing is as follows:

Side One:

1. Facts
2. Crazyhouse Rock
3. Cradle Robber
4. Dancing in the Front Lines
5. Hopeless
6. Blind Ambition
7. Not the Same
8. M.A.C.H.I.N.E.

Side Two:
9. 100x Before
10. Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night
11. Dah Dah Dah
12. $ick of George
13. Got a Right
14. Loud Fast Rules!


Stimulators - ROIR Cassette

Stimulators – ROIR Cassette

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C’mon Everybody! It would have been Eddie Cochran’s birthday today. Man, that’s Somethin’ Else.

Eddie Cochran – Great Hits

Poor Eddie Cochran died in a taxi cab accident in the UK on the way to the airport in 1960 when he was thrown from the car and sustained a fatal head injury. Gene Vincent was with him, and suffered a broken leg which caused him to limp for the rest of his life.

Standout track on this one for me is Eddie’s original “Twenty Flight Rock“.

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Liner notes by Brian Setzer


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Standout track for me is Yazoo Street Scandal on Side 1:

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Partying in someone else’s basement



Rather dusty, don’t think I have listened to it since 1985. I’m such a hoarder. Great tune though, his fingers made me a bit dizzy, so I totally get the name.


Chet Atkins “Dizzy Fingers” Flexi disc from Guitar Player Magazine Soundplayer #44 January 1985. Still plays good.


Honky Tonk saved my life and introduced me to Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge & Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia three times in one year.

Headed off to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia for another episode of “Colonel Josh & the Honky Tonk Heroes plays at Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park”.

We play on Saturday, September 7th from 9pm until close, and then again on Sunday, September 8th for Jim McCoy’s Patsy Cline Tribute, although we’ll be playing all George Jones songs that day since his birthday is coming up too.

We are considering this event our long awaited CD Release Party.

Check out Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park’s website for more information.

Print off a poster for yourself:


Jim McCoy’s Troubadour Lounge and Park


Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond


Meet Jim McCoy himself


Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Grill some meats on this special smoker

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

And experience views like this

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

Photo by Joseph P. McRedmond

and hear tunes like this


We do sure hope y’all can make it.




“Necropolis, Amphibians & Reptiles” – The Music of Adolf Wolfli Performed by Graeme Revell (SPK), Nurse With Wound, and Deficit Des Annes Anterieures


Sometime in the mid 1990s I stumbled across this LP record of interpretations of music composed on paper trumpets, and laid out in strange paintings and drawings by Adolf Wolfli, who was incarcerated in a Swiss institution in the early 1900’s. Found the record at Bonifant Books in Wheaton, MD, which was my favorite record store until they disappeared. The buyer was a former employee at Joe’s Record Paradise and he knew his records.

Necropolis, Amphibians & Reptiles – The Music Of Adolf Wölfli was released on vinyl by Musique Brut (BRU 002) in 1986.

Of course you’ll want to hear one of the interpretations, this one by Graeme Revell:

If you like this it looks like you can purchase or download the entire record.

It’s worth a visit to the official homepage of The Adolf Wölfli Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Switzerland

to educate yourself more on Wolfli should you be so inclined.