A Northwest Quatrain (2 of 2) w/ Xeres of Xeron!

A Northwest Quatrain (2 of 2) w/ Xeres of Xeron!

Continuing our four-hour journey into Northwest Music that doesn’t get nearly enough play these days, Xeres of Xeron and I have returned to KMUZ and Northwest Notes to bring you more selections from his personal collection of rare and rarely-heard recordings and performances by artists from right here, where you are from.

This show also happens to be a Pledge Drive show, but don’t let that fool you. We do our best to bring you a huge helping of music, in spite of all of that, and this one gets very personal, in the best possible way. We focus on a handful of artists this show, and dig into their back-catalog with songs from demo tapes and poorly-distributed home-recordings, by artists who have become incredibly popular since their time in the area. And, finally, we delve more into the recorded works of Xeres himself, which is always a wonderful treat.

This one is something I’m quite proud of, and I could never have done it without the hard work and thoughtfulness of Xeres of Xeron himself. So dig in, and enjoy our Northwest Quatrain.

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A Northwest Quatrain (2 of 2) w/ Xeres of Xeron!


Part IV: About Amy

Amy Denio (rhymes with Ohio) has been a prolific stalwart of the Seattle avant-garde jazz scene since the mid-1980s, with a penchant for quirky compositions influenced by international folk idioms and saxophone experimentalists such as Roland Kirk and Pharoah Sanders. In addition to the sax, she also plays accordion, bass, guitar, and whatever else suits her fancy – all of it self-taught. She also sings beautifully and does humorous spoken word bits. Her world travels and collaborative spirit have combined her talents with the likes of Chris Cutler, Derek Bailey, Chuck D, and Fred Frith. She is credited as a performer on a vast diversity of albums by groups such as Curlew, Pale Nudes, Kultur Shock, The Science Group, FoMoFlo, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, and of course Tone Dogs.

Tone Dogs was a project Amy did with bassist Fred Chalenor, along with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (later replaced by drummer Will Dowd.) Perhaps best described as a prog band with whimsical leanings, Tone Dogs released two albums in 1990 and 1991.

41.) Vomit Comet * Amy Denio * Never Too Old to Pop a Hole * Spoot Music (1988)
42.) Marshall’s Whitey Wipes * Amy Denio * Never Too Old to Pop a Hole * Spoot Music (1988)

Fred Chalenor and Amy Denio, Tone Dogs reunion, Olympia, WA, 2013

43.) Czechered Pyiamas * Tone Dogs * 27 July 1991 * Tone Dogs (1991)

Fred Chalenor then went on to found his band Caveman Shoestore, which later evolved into Caveman Hughscore when Fred hooked up with Hugh Hopper of Soft Machine fame. After a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Fred passed away just last summer (2018).

44.) Surfing and Dreaming * Fred Chalenor * Caveman Shoestore demo * Fred Chalenor (1990)

  • Prior to starting Caveman Shoestore, Fred passed out this proof-of-concept demo tape to interested musical comrades. It’s unobtainable, but you heard it here.

45.) A Better Mousetrap * Fred Chalenor w/ Pete da Fraser * Ask the Mice * bandcamp.com (2016)

  • In 2016, spoken word vocalist Pete da Fraser of The Giant Worm visited Fred at his La Center, Washington home to record a series of improvised duets which feature Chalenor on the stand-up acoustic bass. A collection of Fred’s collaborations with Pete and with The Giant Worm can be found at this link.

46.) Disgruntled Postal Worker * Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet * Box * New World Records (1996)
47.) Dubya & His Pa * Amy Denio * Prodigal Light * Spoot Music (2013)
48.) Maybe I Don’t Care * Amy Denio * No Bones * Spoot Music (1986)

Part V: Trey Treasures

Trey Gunn was a member of King Crimson between 1994 and 2003. But in the ’80s he went to college in Eugene, Oregon and got his degree in classical music composition at the U of O School of Music. During this period in Eugene, he had a band called Punishment Farm, and he also produced cassette releases of his solo work. His friends recall that Trey stated his intention to meet Robert Fripp some day, and get some guitar lessons out of him, even though Fripp was not teaching at the time. Yet this is exactly what happened after Trey left Eugene. Fripp founded his League of Crafty Guitarists, with Trey Gunn as one of his prize pupils. Trey is also known as a proponent of the Chapman stick, sort of a combination of a guitar and bass on a single fretboard. Prior to performing in King Crimson with the stick, he toured on his own to demonstrate its virtues and his virtuosity on the instrument. Another cassette-only release documents this phase of his career.

49.) Mighty Joe Young’s Yoga School * Trey Gunn * Food for Thought * Trey Gunn (1983)
50.) Bed Bugs * Punishment Farm * Greatest Hits * Punishment Farm (1983)
51.) XOXXOXO * Trey Gunn * Magic If * Trey Gunn (1986)
52.) Fifth Spin of the Sun * Trey Gunn *  I’ll Tell What I Saw * 7d Media (2010)
53.) Shimmering * Trey Gunn * Raw Power * Trey Gunn (1989)
54.) Nicole * Trey Gunn * Food for Thought * Trey Gunn (1983)
55.) Magnificent Jinn * Trey Gunn *  I’ll Tell What I Saw * 7d Media (2010)
56.) Togaku Ritsu * Trey Gunn * Playing with Borrowed Time * Trey Gunn (1985)


Part VI: Home Recordings

Just some amateur stuff recorded by me and some friends of mine.

57.) Curse of the Devils * Daniel Ramirez * Solo Spam * Daniel Ramirez (1987)

  • Dan was guitarist for Stick Against Stone during their Eugene and San Francisco years. Eugenians may also remember him as the guy who drove the Genesis Juice delivery van.

58.) Oven Door * Keven Dow * Oven Door * Keven Dow (1991)

  • That’s spelled Keven with two E’s. Keven was enrolled in the LCC electronic music workshop when he created this piece as a class project. Although he was a friend of Derryl Parsons, he was not a member of the EEMC. He also played guitar in Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals. This piece was composed on a Yamaha DX7 using samples of a squeaky oven door.

59.) AIDS Quilt * Xeres Furd & Rob Dowling * Radio Jam * Xeres Furd & Rob Dowling (1987)

  • At the height of the HIV epidemic, this somber dirge was recorded as an experiment using samples from a CNN news report run through a rack-mount digital delay.

60.) The Plains of Girg * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Klepto and Other Manias * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals (1988)

  • The percussion for this piece was provided by soda cans, beer bottles, and a toy drum set.

61.) Singin’ Acapello * Blue Light Studio * Bluelight ’88 * Blue Light Studio (1988)

  • Several musicians from the Salem vicinity gathered at Blue Light Studio, which was originally located in the Falls City bedroom of my friend Lee Ballard. Lee played bass and founded a number of Salem bands, including a bar band called Triple Thret. Lee, sorry man, I lost your email address several years ago. Get back in touch with me through this blog if you’re out there!

62.) Circle K * Paul Sturtz & Elizabeth Rieman * Circle K * Paul Sturtz & Elizabeth Rieman (1988)

  • Paul Sturtz was a DJ at KRVM Eugene in the mid-80s. Later in life he served as a member of the Columbia, Missouri city council, and he founded the True/False Film Festival there. Elizabeth Rieman was working at the U of O Bookstore at the time. She is now a massage therapist, coincidentally also in Columbia, Missouri.

63.) Mousey Centauri * The Giant Worm * Mousey Centauri * The Giant Worm (2018)

  • Our first time in a professional studio. Recorded in July of 2018 at dB Nation in Multnomah Village in Portland.

64.) She Heard the Screams of Charles * Daniel Ramirez * Solo Spam * Daniel Ramirez (1987)

Part VII: Remember Valsetz

Valsetz was a mill town in Polk County, west of Falls City, which was shut down by Boise Cascade in 1983, and was subsequently abandoned and completely torn down. The band Remember Valsetz made logging issues the focus of its lyrical content, with sympathy for both environmental concerns and timber workers alike. They were known for performing at the remote locations of timber sale protests, as well as the steps of the state capitol building. Helmed by lead vocalist and lyricist John Dorbolo, nothing could be more Northwest than Remember Valsetz.

26 November 1989 at the Butte Tavern in Eugene, Oregon. Here’s an entire live performance:

65.) Poetrees * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
66.) Woodchuck * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
67.) Big Paul * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
68.) Percussion / Log Jam * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
69.) Spotted Owl * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
70.) Momento Mori * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
71.) The Diff * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)


The First Punk On The Moon (A Grumpy Punk Presentation) (/root_DIR & Xiphoid Process Interviews) (#8.5)

The First Punk On The MoonThe First Punk On The Moon (A Grumpy Punk Presentation) (/root_DIR & Xiphoid Process Interviews) (#8.5)

I cover for Punk Rock with Dropkick Karen on KMUZ, and offer a punk monk meditation on what it would be like to be the first punk on the moon, and the members of /root_DIR and Xiphoid Process call in to lend a hand.

When I first started making mix tapes, I was always saving songs for an “outer space” tape, that would contain all songs about going into the black.  And I started to notice a preponderance of music that contained space references in punk songs, and songs that weren’t just Wipers tunes, either.  While I never got around to making the space tape, I did start obsessively collecting music, and making friends with musically obsessed people, and this only let to me finding more cool records to obsess over.

rootdirTwo such people are Semi-Colin & Capps Lock of /root_DIR.  Full disclosure: I was in a band with Colin, and have done other creative projects involving him over the years, and most recently, I designed the cover of their 7″, Grover Grind.  But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the record, and their particular sense of humor.  Colin has introduced me to a number of incredible records over the years, and it is always great to chat with him about his band.  You should support them, and pick up a copy of the record.  And no, I don’t make any money when you buy it.

11136682_456488091175134_4957384077283316902_nAlso on the line this week: Chris & Joe of Xiphoid Process, calling in to talk about the fun they’re having in PDX, releasing tapes on They/Them Records, and making music on a shoestring.  Full disclosure: I’ve helped them record all the tracks they’ve released so far, but before I started working with them, they already had some sweet tunes in their arsenal.

However, you should keep listening to the whole show, because there will be a plenty of songs about getting to the moon, and what lies ahead for those of us punks who what to take the mosh pit to the Moretus crater.



Spinitron Playlist



The First Punk On The Moon

Part I: I’ve Got A Rock-it

01.) May 25, 1961 * President Kennedy * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records (1969)
02.) Let’s Go To The Moon * Groovie Ghoulies * Fun In The Dark * Lookout! Records (1999)
03.) Rocket Roll * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records (2004)
04.) Rocketship * Dead Milkmen * Bucky Fellini * Enigma Records (1987)
05.) The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon * Camper Van Beethoven * Telephone Free Landslide Victory * Independent Project Records (1985)
06.) Destination Moon * They Might Be Giants * John Henry * Elektra Records (1994)
07.) Texas Man Abducted By Aliens For Outer Space Joy Ride * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True * Matador Records (1998)

Part II: Transmission 1

08.) Semi-Colin & Capps Lock of /root_DIR call in!
09.) Swear Point (Feature Creap) * /root_DIR (feat. kiisu d’salyss) * Grover Grind * Self-Released (2016)
10.) Rocket * Kicking Giant * Halo * Spartadisc Records (1993)

Part III: Transmission 2

11.) Chris & Joe of Xiphoid Process call in!
12.) Flagship * Xiphoid Process * +14 * They/Them Records (2016)

Part IV: One Giant Leap For Punk Kind

13.) Moonface * Guyve * Live Straight Outta KPSU 06/27/2009 * Self-Released (2009)
14.) Dogs In Space * Dogs In Space (Michael Hutchence) * Dogs In Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Atlantic Records (1986)
15.) Vote Fraud On The Moon Base * Men’s Recovery Project * Resist The New Way * Vermiform Records (1999)

The Grumpy Punk (A MOSTLY Vinyl Solution) (#5.5)

flierThe Grumpy Punk (A MOSTLY Vinyl Solution) (#5.5)

I cover for Punk Rock with Dropkick Karen on KMUZ, with predictable results.

When I moved to Eugene in 1994, I was a fan of The Clash, Nirvana, and pretty much anything “alternative” and “rock.”  But very quickly, I met kiisu & Colin, we formed a band, I was given a Germs tape, and I’ve been a life-long fan every since.  My LPs skew heavily toward punk and rock, and when Karen asked me to cover, I jumped at the chance.

Shows like this are fun.  Bring a huge batch of records, turn them up loud, and spin.  Hopefully, when you put this on, you’ll see what I mean.



Spinitron Playlist



The Grumpy Punk

01.) Kick Out The Jams * MC5 * “Kick Out The Jams” b/w “Motor City Is Burning” * Elektra (1969)
02.) Louise * Satan’s Rats * “You Make Me Sick” b/w “Louise” * Overground Records (1978)
03.) World War III * The Rats * The Rats * Mississippi Records / Little Axe Records (2008)
04.) Stukas Over Disneyland * The Dickies * Stukas Over Disneyland * Jem Records (1983)
05.) The Thing That Only Eats Hippies * The Dead Milkmen * Eat Your Paisley * Restless Records (1986)

06.) Fireball * Xiphoid Process * Xiphoid Process / /root_DIR Split Cassette * They/Them Records (2016)
07.) Life In A Bottle * Rich Kids On LSD * The Best of RKL on Mystic Records * Mystic Records (1989)
08.) ‘Merica * /root_DIR * EP * bandcamp.com (2013)
09.) I Hate The Rich * The Dils * What Stuff * Iloki Records (1990)
10.) Dancing Shoes * The Murder City Devils * Empty Bottles Broken Hearts * Sub Pop Records (1998)
11.) Because I Do * X * Under The Big Black Sun * Elektra Records (1982)
12.) Romeo * The Wipers * Over The Edge * Braineater Records (1983)

13.) I Sing!  The Body Cybernetic! * Servotron * Entertainment Program For Humans (Second Variety) * Lookout! Records (1998)
14.) Ba ba ba ba ba * The Mr. T Experience * Love Is Dead * Lookout! Records (1995)
15.) Cool Kids * Screeching Weasel * Bark Like A Dog * Fat Wreck Chords (1996)
16.) Forty Eight * Straightjacket * Modern Thieves * Jonny Cat Records (2005)
17.) Mixtape * JJCnV * Brainiac Handsome * Flab Fjord (2012)
18.) #1 Hit Song * Minutemen * Double Nickles On The Dime * SST Records (1984)
19.) Tomorrow * Crimpshrine * “Sleep, What’s That?” EP * Lookout! Records (1988)