Shirt: Frank Zappa - I Bought the Box ‘86
Color: Heather Grey
Brand: Screen Stars
Source: Back when i worked at the record store in Sacramento (the Beat it was called), there was this fella i worked with and his name was Scott. I wish i could remember his last name dammit but i can’t. he was a real mellow fella, had a real stride to his step and was probably the kind of guy that carried a comb in his back pocket at some point to take care of his sweet feathered hair he would have at times. mind you I’m not making fun, just painting a picture here, don’t get the wrong idea. we wore flannels and jeans but mostly i remember his walk was as if he was walking through a 70’s movie with total confidence and attitude part stoner vibe part hippie. He was kind of a loner, but by choice i don’t think he completely gelled with anyone at the store, but he clearly loved music and wanted to be around it so he tolerated all of us around him, and made an effort to connect whenever possible. we all got turns to play music and his turn would often consist of Frank Zappa.
Osmosis is a strange way to soak in music, where you are listening to it but not paying attention. in the down time i would get in rock talks with Scott and he would try to explain to me what Frank Zappa was so important, and at the time i wasn’t really getting it. I mean clearly the guy had a lot of albums out, you knew his name and shit, even his kids were famous, so he must have been good. If only Wikipedia existed back then i could a read it and been like OH YEAH, i get it now. i respected this guys opinion tho and wanted to understand, but like i said in a previous post. sometimes you just aren’t ready, or in the right place for certain things. movies, music, hell even food. I hated csh until i was in my 30’s now i love it. you just have to be in the right place in the right mind sometimes. which is why i say unless you are always growing an learning you are dying.
Back to Frank. I don’t know who i could say is a modern day version of him, be kind of hard to say. the only band i really hear when i listen to Zappa is the Butthole Surfers, i feel like they must have celebrated the entire catalog cause i hear so many pieces of music of Franks that could be a Butthole Surfers song. but current day musicians, i have no idea. Frank had a REALLY long really interesting creative career. he apparently invented tons of musical record styles, produced almost all his albums, taught himself who to play music but the most interest fact i learned when i looked up his wiki page that i didn’t knw was this
the Song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple is about Frank Zappa and his band playing in Switerland when some crazy audience ember fired a flair gun at the band caught the casino on fire they were playing in, and burned down the entire place including the bands equipment. apparently Deep Purple was recording in a studio across the lake and watched it all burn down. Thats fucking crazy right??
NOT AS CRAZY as this that happened a few years later
“During the encore, an audience member pushed Zappa off the stage and into the concrete-floored orchestra pit. The band thought Zappa had been killed—he had suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year”
Going to a show, or playing one was dangerous back in the day, damn. PCP!!! Drugs R Bad MMMMK?
So this shirt, while awesome is nothing compared to Frank Zappa’s story but its cool. apparently there was a promo version that was sent out to promote the box set that was coming out back then that looked like this.
then when you bough the box you got this..
pretty cool huh?
so i know 98% of you on here won’t care , don’t know about Frank Zappa and will never read this far but if you did and got sucked in you are surely not regretting it at this point, and that is all that matters. right?
Shirt: Stereolab - The Underground Is Coming 1999 Tour
Color: Baby Blue
Brand: Hanes Beefy-T
Source: in 1999 I went to see Stereolab for what i think was the last time. it was def the last time i would see them as complete band, so sad. a few years later Mary Hansen would be hit by a truck while riding her bicycle and would die. Stereolab would never recover and never be the same. she gave the band a distinct sound that was easily recognized and in my opinion really really missed.
This how in particular was a good one too, the Filmore in SF with Olivia Tremor Control and PapaM (aka Dave Pajo from Slint and Zwan). I bought this shirt and this 7” and some how ended up losing the shirt, or it was stolen, or wherever the shirt vortex is that they go to. whatever it is, this shirt went into it. until recently i found it again and we were reunited. the vinyl..its funny i don’t feel any connection to that at all, but this shirt takes me back.
Shirt: J Mascis - Tied To a Star
Color: Heather Grey
Brand: American Apparel Track Shirt
Source: So J Mascis, main dude from Dinosaur Jr (for those of you who live under a rock) has a new solo album out today called Tied to a Star. I am always looking for good reasons to wear a shirt on this blog but this one hits on so many levels for me.
A: I clearly love Dinosaur Jr. - they have been a big influence on me since my 20’s, no brainer.
B: It’s on Sub Pop. I’ve made my feelings clear here about labels, i don’t love them all that much; I have worked with a lot and Sub Pop is one that is consistently great. Great people, great art, and great artists. I am always happy to support a label like this.
C: I can distinctly remember the first solo J Mascis album he put out, Martin & Me (PS: Sub Pop, wouldn’t hurt if you re-issued this)
I’m fairly confident it wasn’t a hit back then, probably went over way too many heads, but it was a clear indicator that his “acoustic music” had way more power and drive than most rock bands. It did these loud Dinosaur Jr songs justice and that was not easy. AND, full disclosure, there is one of the best Smiths covers of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” that really sold me on this album. If this album was a baseball game and it was J Mascis in the lead 101-98, the cover of “Boy” was the audio version of J doing a 3 point fade away at the buzzer with double team coverage. BOOM goes the dynamite!
D: And most importantly, J, i think, does some of his best music on these solo records. His last album Several Shades of Why was so fucking good. I’m amazed he can hold back these great songs like “Several Shades of Why” and “Too Deep” and not make them Dinosaur Jr songs (PS note to J I would love to hear Dinosaur Jr version of a J Mascis album..just saying). This new album is even better than the last and I’d venture to say it’s the best thing he has done solo ever. Yeah i said it, but i really do believe it. It has a lil Cat Power cameo too, and i know he did it live so i am guessing there is a recorded version of it too, but he does a great Mazzy Star Fade Into You cover.
My point is, if you are reading this blog then i would say chances are you are a Dinosaur Jr Fan already, so going out and buying this album and supporting a guy who has been making great music for punk rock for many many years should be easy for you. I tell you what , skip buying that dumb app you will never use and go to www.subpop.com and support two entities that have been giving you great shit for over 2 decades. FUCK - it is asinine that i have to point out how much of a no brainier this should be really. Get the Loser vinyl (if it’s not sold out), the shirt, and let places like Sub Pop and J Mascis know that you do care and it DOES matter when they do something. If not you might as well turn on your radio station and listen to the garbage that they have been playing. The same dog every hour. I dunno, if you don’t support you might as well get a bumper sticker that says I’d rather be Twerking. Or the Twerk store called and they are out of you.
Shirt: the Damned - Smash It Up
Brand: TAG MISSING
Source: Finally got around to breaking out a few gems that i got from a fellow Tumblr user. stoked to be able to cherry pick a few great shirts and keep them alive for another decade or two.
the Damned is just one of those bands that paved the way hard for so many bands to come. i feel like they should be getting royalty checks from every new punk band for making their lives easier. this band was punk when people were still figuring out what being punk meant. they are hard OG’s that deserve lot of respect. i tip my hat to them fellas.
Shirt: Rocket From The Crypt - Rick Fork Tiki
Color: Heather Grey
Brand: Oneita Power T
Source: Just another great Rick Froberg Drawing. no big. id be psyched tho if i could play guitar, sing, wite songs half as good as Rick AND could draw too! wtf.
Shirt: Big Black - Tools
Source: this is from a Pig Pile box set that was purchased sometime in the late 90’s. actually this isn’t the EXACT shirt. that one was ruined and i recently after much stewing over how much i missed it found and acquired another. i forget sometimes how good this band was. Pig Pile box came with a Live VHS. it never really ever occurred to me of the box was a bootleg or not i think it was official but back then you bought stuff at Tower Records and so you assumed it was all legit form distributors.
Shirt: the Clash - Star and Bars
Color: Atheltic Yellow
Source: this is just me saying happy birthday to one fine frontman , joe Strummer. Happy Birthday buddy. thanks for being punk.