Ryan Katastrophe

Ryan Katastrophe
Because one man's trash is another man's treasure

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cheap Thrills #5




Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue - Kill Me (RadioActive/Big Sound)
Protex - A Place In Your Heart (Strange Obsessions/Sing Sing)
Moonhearts - I Said (Self Titled/Tic Tac Totally)
Ex-Humans - Shakin' (Self Titled/Rob's House)
Unwed Teenage Mothers - Stick Around (Tic Tac Totally)
Crusaders Of Love - Looking For Us (Never Grow Up/Douchemaster)
Oblivians - Oblivion (Vice)
999 - My Street Stinks (The Punk Singles Collection/Captain Oi!)
Davila 666 - Dos O Tres (12in EP/Rob's House)
Parting Gifts - Keep Walkin' (Strychnine Dandelion/In The Red)
Thee Oh Sees - A Flag In The Court (Help/In The Red)
Kontakt Mikrofoon Orkest - Do The Residue (MCCB)
Nerves - When You Find Out (Penniman)
Rollerball - Savage Eyes (Sing Sing)
The Raincoats - In Love (Self Titled/Kill Rock Stars)
Doom Town - Worthless Ones (Demo/Self-Released)
The Doubt - Time Out (V/A Power Pearls Vol. 6)
Leyton Buzzards - I'm Hanging Around (V/A Shake Some Action Vol. 1/Shake Some Action)
Straightshooter - She's So Fine (Sing Sing)
Gentlemen Jesse & His Men - She's A Trap (Douchemaster)
Protex - A Night Of Action (Strange Obsessions/Sing Sing)
Gories - Goin' To The River (I Know you Fine, But How You Doin'/Crypt)
Off! - Upside Down (Vice)
The Poets - Merry Christmas, Baby

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Magic Kids / Bosco Delrey 11/17/2010

We rock & roll on Wednesday nights.

Bosco Delrey

Magic Kids

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Beat 'N' Soul Festival

This weekend, I celebrated two nights of Beat and Soul action at the Off Broadway. Here are the highlights of the festival for me.

From my favorite city in the world, Memphis, TN comes the River City Tanlines. RCT's hit us with a no bullshit set of hard rocking garage punk with good pop sensibilities.

Also from Memphis, the Bo-Keys which features some legendary musicians of the soul genre. Charles "Skip" Pitts, who is responsible for laying down that funky wah-wah guitar on the Isaac Hayes classic Shaft. He was also a guitarist for the Isley Brothers prior to Ernie Isley taking over on lead guitar. Another, is the legendary Ben Cauley who is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed Otis Redding and the majority of his live backing band, the Bar-Kays. Bassist, James Alexander was on another plane. The Bo-Keys laid down some original Booker T & the MG's styled instrumentals as well as some of the material the members played on. Skip Pitts of course played Shaft and It's your Thing by the Isley Brothers. Ben Cauley sang a stunning version of Otis Redding's These Arms of Mine and later, Sitting On The Dock of the Bay.

Charles Walker & the Dynamites laid down some pretty solid soul and an excellent version of Tyrone Davis' A Woman Needs To Be Loved. Charles cut a lot of records back in the 60's and 70's but had never really hit the big time. As you know, that makes not one bit of difference to me.

Night two of the Beat 'N' Soul fest was heavy on the beat side of things. Kicking things off was a band I've seen many times before. St. Louis' own, the Nevermores.

Picking up right where the Nevermores left off was Philadelphia, PA garage rockers Mondo Topless. Mondo Topless delivered an energetic set that included a garaged up rendition of the Bad Brains tune Pay To Cum!

Following Mondo Topless was Detroit rock band the Sights. The Sights had a sound derived from the 1970's but not necessarily in a bad way. Take one part blues rock and add a touch of power pop and you get the idea.

I'll be the first to admit, I've never been a huge fan of the Fleshtones on record. What their recordings lack in rawness and energy, they certainly leave at their live shows. These guys were all over the place and were an excellent choice to close the weekends festivities.

Time out for push ups during their song Push Up Man

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cheap Thrills #4

If you can't dig this, you can't dig nuthin!

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Knots - Action (1977)
Elton Motello - Jet Boy Jet Girl (Victim of Time/Attic)
Spits - Tonight (IV/Thriftstore)
Jim Jones Review - Who's Got Mine (Self-Titled/Cargo)
Cheap Thrills - Saturday Night Shutdown (Savage)
Bad Sports - Sinking You (Self-Titled/Douche Master)
Ty Segal - Cents (Lemons/Goner)
Parting Gifts - Sleepy City (Norton)
Magic Kids - Superball (Fat Possum)
So Cow - Shut Eye (Meaningless Friendly/Tic Tac Totally)
Slippery Slopes - Bikini Binge (Floridas Dying)
Bradfor Trojan - Amanda (Randy)
Mean Jeans - R U Mental? (Dirtnap)
Cheap Time - When Tomorrow Comes (Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations)/In The Red)
Tunnelrunners - I Can, You Can, Fall In Love (Sing Sing)
Boys (US) - (Baby) It's You (V/A It's All Pop!/Titan)
Toms - Wasn't That Love In Your Eyes (Self-Titled/Black Sheep)
Baby Huey - Hard Times (The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend/Water)
Barbara Lewis - Hello Stranger (Baby, I'm Yours/Atlantic)
Box Elders - Hole In My Head (Alice and Friends/Goner)
Fe Fi Fo Fums - One More Chance (Shake All Night/Boom Boom Castle)
Woven Bones - If It Feels Alright (In and Out and Back Again/Hozac)
Carpettes - Radio Wunderbar (Small Wonders/Last Years Youth)

Friday, October 29, 2010

So Long Scene of the Crime

It's with a heavy heart that the St. Louis punk rock community say goodbye to one of it's institutions. Scene of the Crime, a radio program specializing in punk rock, hardcore, DIY, power pop, and no wave is gone after over a decade of dedicated service by hosts Jason and Ann Rerun.

A plan was put together to celebrate almost 12 years of Scene of the Crime. We were to have a sidewalk party just outside of the KDHX radio station. The station manager caught wind of our proposed celebration and quickly nixed the idea. Many of the shows listeners, I'd assume are not keen on being told what they can and cannot do. Our group was no exception. We quickly decided that we would go anyway if only for short periods of time.

So long Scene of the Crime. I've learned about so much great music through that show and I'll remain grateful for that. Thanks Jason and Ann!


Waiting for Jason and Ann to exit

Standing ovation!

Group shots

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Haunting We Will Go-Go

I've always been a huge fan of ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, and the unexplained. Something about the Fall weather seems to magnify that love. Over the course of the last month, I've been doing my damnedest to get out there and check some these 'supposedly' haunted places out. Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.

Nathaniel Hanson Mansion/The Enos Sanitarium - Alton, IL

Nathaniel Hanson had this house constructed back in 1857. It was designed specifically as a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves on their way to freedom in the north. The house itself is up on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river. A maze of tunnels were created right off the bank of the river all the way up to the basement of the home. Escaped slaves would have to know specific steps to take in the pitch black tunnels, otherwise they would find themselves completely lost. This was a precautionary measure taken to ensure that anyone else who may find their way into the tunnels, not find their way out. As you can imagine, anyone caught harboring runaway slaves would have severe consequences.

Here is a photograph of the underground tunnel escaped slaves would have to sit and wait days, weeks, or months in before they could continue North. It is located in the basement of the house and keep in mind, there was absolutely no light source at that time, not even a candle was permitted.

Dr. W.H. Enos would purchase this home in 1911. He added another wing and story to the house and converted it into a tuberculosis hospital. At this time, there was no cure for the disease and the only form of treatment was fresh air. Needless to say, people were dying by the boat load. I'd say that if any building had the perfect ingredients for a haunting, this one had it.

This place is now known as the Enos Apartments. That's right, you can live there. Many tenants however, do not stay long due to the unexplained noises and strange happenings. Rent is pretty cheap though!

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion - St. Louis,MO

Henri Chatillon resurrected the first part of this house in 1848. It was later sold to Dr. Nicolas N. DeMenil, who would reconstruct the farmhouse into a Greek revival mansion.

On this particular visit, the house was decorated as it would be in the Victorian age as if someone in the house had died; A house in mourning. The mirrors, and paintings of the deceased and/or photographs would be hidden behind a black cloth of some sort. Many post mortem photographs were on hand and so I took advantage of those with my digital camera. Here are some of those:

A casket

A death wagon

The Missouri State Penitentiary - Jefferson City,MO

The Missouri State Penitentiary was a functioning prison from 1836-2004. Prison life has never been good, but was especially bad in the facilities infancy. The prison halls were segregated and all of the cells were overcrowded. In the black sections, as many as 8 men could be crammed in a cell that should uncomfortably hold two. Prisoners were often beaten and tortured. One man spent 17 years in the hole for repeatedly attempting to set fire to the prison. Many people suffered and died here. A perfect prelude to a haunting...

This cell housed a then, future heavyweight boxing champion, Sonny Liston.

Better clench your cheeks tight. The only crappers available on this tour are in the cells.

The gas chamber

40 men and women were executed in the gas chamber.

Go on, have a seat