Unused Bar-Mitzvah Thank-You Note, summer 1977 - I had a lot to be thankful for, considering that I received a green Vistalite 5-pc. Ludwig drum kit, with a chrome snare and Zildjian cymbals (my drum hero at the time was John Bonham, who had an orange Vistalite kit), all for singing a little Hebrew in shul. I also chose the paper grade, color and typeface for these notes; how, um, epicene for a 13-year-old boy.
Lo-Fi Live Gig Flyer, designed by the late Terry Folger - I still maintain that I was the first person to use the term "lo-fi" in a public forum. Lo-Fi, begun in 1986, was a weekly half-hour segment of my WFMU show, devoted to home-cassette recording artists, comprised solely of contributions solicited via the mail. Many of the performers that evening went on to be good friends and collaborators of mine. Many of these bedroom-rock Gods still perform or exist in some form today; others were one-offs or have since faded into obscurity. Here are web links for some of them: pHoaming Edison, Jolly Ramey, Jet Screamer, Ray Zinnbrann (aka Ray Brazen), Azalia Snail. The group S!T!O!I!N!K! included members of Fly Ashtray, the latter having just released a fantastic new CD. The great Modern Day Carpetbaggers (also see this) were in attendance that night, but did not perform. Bad Jack and the Rope Trick were a Berger/Folger collaboration, complete with a tasteless name, backing tapes blasted through the P.A., McCartney and Wings covers and surgical masks worn throughout the set. Oddly enough, this flyer was addressed to R. Stevie Moore in Terry's hand, and was either a duplicate, or was never sent.
Xmas postcard from my future wife, circa 1994 - Though I rarely responded to her regular, thoughtful and often hand-designed correspondence, the gal still up and married me in 2000. Thanks again for that.
Teen Beat Records 10th Anniversary Banquet Invitation - This event was held annually. We performed one year, attending two years in a row, seated both times at what I like to think was the "grownup's table," with Bridget Cross (of Unrest), and Brendan Canty, Guy Picciotto and Joe Lally (of Fugazi). You haven't lived until you've attended a dinner banquet with Butch Willis.
Jeffies 1994 - The year I won honorable mention as Programmer of the Year. The Jeffies were compiled and awarded by avid WFMU listener Jeff Grieco; not sure what year he stopped presenting. Many other interesting entries herein.
Uncle Wiggly tour diary - undated excerpt, typed out here for readability: "Raleigh, NC - Fallout Shelter - Because of club's name, a certain 2-line couplet from (Don McLean's) "American Pie" has been stuck in my head all day. If reading this brings it to yr. mind as well, I pity you. Playing once again with Earshot (Cape Cod) & locals Metal Flake Mother." Crossed-out section reads: "Foreseeable problem: We just don't ROCK like these 2 other bands; rumors of a local skinhead battalion showing up cause some apprehension. Everybody wants to be liked y'now..."
(Metal Flake Mother) turn out to be quite good, stirring up my warm feelings for Link Wray, Ventures & James Bond music. Show turns out to be the best so far for us, climaxing w/our psychedelic breakdown of War's "Low Rider".
We part ways w/7-piece Earshot, w/whom we've played 1st 3 shows of tour, quite by accident. Bass player Erik abruptly & somewhat violently French kisses me goodbye @ the last minute—I remain in shock over this for a few hrs."
We stay @ home of Nina, Fallout Shelter's sweet & adorable promoter, who pays us our guarantee despite less than terrific turnout—Nina's cat Hobbs & I bond deeply & he climbs on my head most of the night, hence a somewhat light & fitful sleep."
I have an incest dream in which I have a sister who looks like Madonna in the "Borderline" video, but w/dark hair. She calls me in from the backyard to do the deed. I can only hope that I wasn't exclaiming "do me!" & "baby baby" out loud in my sleep, as Nina was sleeping just a few feet away across the room."
For my previous post along similar lines, see Shit From and Old Glove Compartment.