Monday, April 28, 2014

Chuck Clearwater

Chuck Clearwater (RIP)

I didn't know Chuck Clearwater, he played music in Eugene a couple of years before I started buying and going to see local bands. I assume he moved out of Eugene by 1985 otherwise I would probably have bought something he played on at Earth River or House of Records. I first heard him play in 1983 when I heard The Drills on KLCC's Modern Mono. I've heard that The Drills released a couple of tapes but I've never been able to find anyone that has copies and Facebook messages to the band's former singer have never been replied to. In addition to The Drills, Chuck was also in J. Gallows & the Executioners, Punishment Farm and probably a few more that I don't know about. I had no idea he'd ever released solo cassettes until a kind soul emailed me and asked if I'd be interested in copies. Based on these tapes a strong case can be made for Chuck being one of the best musicians to ever play in Eugene. He seemed to play damn near everything and did it all well. I wish I could have met and known him. 

Beizolded (1983)

2. Theme Song for a New LP
3. I'm Not Special
4. Rock Kids
5. Negligent Homicide
6. Time Without Minutes
7. Love Letters
8. Procrastination
9. What Does It Mean
10. Ballad of Poor Luke & Ralph
11. Tonight
12. Broken Guitar & Pencil
13. Dilemna
14. Falling Rain
15. Oh My Brothers
16. Everyone's the Same
17. Kryssy Blue
18. Real Life (Nov. 29, 1979)
19. Bodies in the Water
20. Going Home Tonight


Actual Sounds (1984)

1. Time
2. Invisible Man
3. Can't Give
4. Stuck Inside
5. Rock Music
6. Tonight
7. Black Rain
8. Actual Sounds
9. Beizoldeo
10. Three Words


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals (1986-91)

Keven Dow - Guitar, Sound Engineering
Bruce Nealley - Drums
Xeres (aka Robert Shepard) - Saxophone, Toy Instruments
Dwan Shepard - Bass, Vocals, Trombone
Lewis Schroeder - Tape Loops
Dave Schwebke - Drums

Never got to see Fate vs Free Will Turn Signals, actually never even heard of them until I got an email from Robert Shepard with links to all the recordings posted here. I've had these for awhile now and should have posted them sooner, I've been digesting these over a period of time and they are now among my favorite Eugene recordings. Driving home late at night listening to these makes me feel like I'm in a David Lynch movie, nervous with a sense of impending doom. I mean that as a compliment to the band. Please check these out! Thank you to walking Eugene music history encyclopedia Joe Lewis for the personnel info!

Wolf in a Pulpit ('87)

1. Would Be Punk
2. Lord
3. Blahs Jam
4. I Saw the Lord in the Frozen Foods Section of the Store
5. Pretty Ugly
6. Huge Glob of Belly Button Lint
7. Inside
8. Myles' Garage
9. I Want to Do Your Laundry
10. Watch Out for Everything Around Here
11. Rifle Range
12. Amy Superspy
13. Mosquito Cafe


Judy Marovingian and the Forbidden Empires ('88)

1. Dignity Express
2. The Man with Birds
3. Wallpaper
4. Eninac
5. Of
6. Girth of Garth I
7. Wheel-o
8. Girth of Garth II
9. Microorganisms
10. Why Am I a Neat Guy
11. Burnt Ice Cream
12. Harem Scarem Scarab
13. Guppies with Hushpuppies


Gug ('89)

1. Sidewalk Protocol and Logistics
2. Monitor Lizard
3. Walking Through the Jungle
4. Vapor Lock
5. Stud Poodle
6. Throckmorton
7. Guppy Farm
8. Shush
9. Gug
10. 911
11. Lord
12. Thank You
13. They Hid the Edge of the World 
14. Scazm
15. Santa Claus is Fat