Thursday, April 21, 2016

Agrosoul / Mona Lisa Overdrive (1989-1990)


Agrosoul

Dave Camp (RIP) - Guitar/Vocals
Jason ??? - Bass
??? - Keyboards
??? - Drums

Mona Lisa Overdrive

Dave Camp (RIP) - Guitar/Vocals
Jason ??? - Bass
Rich Cuellar - Drums


I just found out today that Dave Camp passed away in Portland last year after a battle with cancer; he was only 47 years old. I knew Dave a bit back in the late 80's into 1990 when Agrosoul was just splitting up and Mona Lisa Overdrive was forming. Dave's optimism and enthusiasm were rare qualities, genuine. I wish I had more to share from the Eugene days but the four tracks below are all that I have. The two tracks from Agrosoul are sourced from a soundboard tape of the band live at the EMU ballroom. The two Mona Lisa Overdrive tracks were recorded by me and Patrick Yonally on a Fostex 4-track back in 1990 at the band's practice space, as far as I know the only two tracks the band recorded in their brief history. I still remember Dave singing into my oven because we didn't have enough money for anything to throw reverb on the vocals. He was the one who thought of it! Dave was involved with numerous musical projects in Portland over the years and touched the lives of countless people. RIP Dave.

Agrosoul

1. 7/26/89
2. Butt Funkin'

Mona Lisa Overdrive

3. Alien
4. Mona Lisa Overdrive



Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Klorox Girls - I'm One, Me Too 7" (Grinning Idiot, 1995)

Nick Tucker - Guitar/Vocals
Mike Healy - Bass/Vocals
Gordon Kenyon - Drums/Vocals

I never saw the Klorox Girls but I was fortunate enough to obtain the single, only 300 pressed! Not sure whether the band thought of itself as a side project, Nick was also in Oswald Five-O, Mike in Kpants and Gordon in Compost.  This is the only single the band released. Not sure if they recorded more or not, probably would have been a good question to pose to Nick when we were messaging yesterday.  I wish things like that didn't happen all the time.  I also forgot to ask whether Mike or Gordon sang Rapunzel's unrest, sounds like Nick on Color My Imagination.

Here is the single with a bonus track by Beradino (Nick with Gordon drumming and maybe Mike playing Bass, Nick couldn't remember but Mike did record the track) which originally appeared on Mike Healy's Pollen Count compilation cassette (HERE).

I'm One, Me Too (7")

1. Rapunzel's unrest
2. Color My Imagination
3. When I Was Hot (Beradino)

DOWNLOAD HERE


Friday, March 11, 2016

Elgin (1993)

Charlie McClain - Bass/Vocals
??? - Guitar
??? - Drums

Elgin was Charlie's post-Now William band. I never saw them, I think I moved out of Eugene not long after they formed.  Someone want to help me out with personnel and history? Grinning Idiot released their lone 7" in 1993 and here it is:

George and Pearl b/w Eastern Grouse download


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hershel Bloom (RIP) - The Mother Teresa of Eugene






I did not know Hershel Bloom. I was a fan after hearing the 36+ minute version of Loose Change on The Way of Things compilation recorded live at the Calkins House in 1987.  The song is a long list of the changes Hershel had taken notice of over the years in Eugene, businesses coming and going, buildings being built and torn down, etc. The amazing thing about the song is that every detail is correct.

As some of you know, Hershel passed away earlier this week having lived the last years of his life with some severe health issues. I was able to put a couple of you in touch with him last year and I should have done more in that regard, including posting the material below a year or so ago. If anyone has any additional recordings of Hershel, please send them here so that we can add them to this page.

The first set of recordings are from the Calkins House compilation cassettes The Way of Things and Cuneiform  Although Hershel only has three tracks, due to the length of Loose Change (a MUST listen) this clocks in at over 40 minutes.

Hershel Bloom Live at the Calkins House, 1987 & 1988 DOWNLOAD

The second set was provided by one of Hershel's caregivers at the facility where he spent his final years. This guy was really amazing, even taking a guitar in so Hershel could play for a few minutes everyday. I believe he digitized this for Hershel off an old cassette simply entitled The Basement Sessions. I have no idea on the year.

Hershel Bloom The Basement Sessions DOWNLOAD

The third set is the last I have, at least for now. I pulled the audio off the DVD Erich Boekelheide was kind enough to burn for me of the footage he shot of a Lenny's Nosh Bar Late Sunday Show which appears to have been a great live music option for 12am-2am or so every Sunday at the time. This was shot sometime in 1986.

Hershel Bloom Live at Lenny's Nosh Bar 1986 DOWNLOAD

Here is the video of Hershel playing at Lenny's.




DOWNLOAD VIDEO

the download includes Hershel's set and a couple of sets by the Rupert Pupkin Quartet

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Nads - Live at Taylor's 1980 and a demo! (all unreleased)


Jon Wallace - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
John Barley - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Mark Spangler - Guitar
Bob Beisser - Drums

This was recorded live in 1980 at Taylor's by Wally Box who was kind enough to share it with me. The lone demo track was provided by Ron Kleim who had recorded it from the Gibson's Garage radio show many years ago. Apparently there was going to be a Nads e.p. on Moxie but it never materialized. Anyone have more demos or live stuff?


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

George Lane - The Snoozefest (Unreleased, 1989)


Greg Sutherland - Vocals
John O'Neil - Drums, Guitar
Mike Johnson - Drums, Guitar
Adam Glogauer - Drums
Christopher Cook - ??
Steve Nordby - Bass?

Another in the seemingly endless number of Eugene recordings that went unreleased at least as far as I know. I think Greg Sutherland was the driving force behind the band. I believe they played live a few times and that Steve Nordby engineered the tape. You now know as much as I do and the list of personnel listed above is guesswork and almost surely incomplete. Enjoy the Snoozefest!

George Lane - The Snoozefest (Unreleased, 1989)
1. The Penney
2. Dream Association
3. Rest Stop
4. Rooted
5. Long Distance
6. The Turn
7. Her Keys Pt. 1
8. Her Keys Pt. 2
9. Ruben
10. Bushed
11. Together
12. Postcard
13. Circle
14. Keep Your Hands Out of My Suitcase
15. Searching For a Five
16. The Breather
17. Overdrive
18. Hard-Boiled
19. Unsettled
20. Instrumental
21. Long Distance

DOWNLOAD HERE


Monday, October 6, 2014

KLCC's Modern Mono with Dave Damage




Way back in the ancient pre-internet times, you had to listen to the radio and hope against reason that they'd play something interesting that you hadn't heard before. In Eugene and the surrounding areas, there were three hours a week you could count on: KLCC's Modern Mono every Friday night from 11:30pm until 2:30am. 

I don't know for sure but I believe the show was started by Lenny Goldberg aka Lenny Tone (visit his blog here) who was eventually joined by Dave Damage. Not sure when Lenny departed but Dave was doing the show by himself by the time I discovered it in late '82 as an impressionable 12 year old. Modern Mono played the first local music that I ever heard and broadened by musical horizons on a weekly basis. Dave eventually stopped doing the show and Lucy Kerley aka Lizzard started it back up on KRVM, I think that was sometime in '84 or early '85? 

I managed to hold onto a few tapes of the show during the Dave Damage period but it depresses me to know that at one point I had 30 or 40 hours worth and this is fewer than 10. I did manage to contact Dave directly, he saved a few shows but they are with his brother. We're working on a way for the tapes to find their way to me so I can digitize and add more shows to this page but this project has been brewing for a long time so what I've digitized below may be all that survives:

10/8/83 - partial show, 124 min.
10/29/83 - partial show, 12 min.
1/6/84 - partial show, 76 min.
1/13/84 - partial show, 92 min.
2/3/84 - complete show, 86 min.
Unknown date (Tape 3) - partial show, 63 min.
Unknown Date (Tape 15) - partial show, 49 min.