Ryan Katastrophe

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

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

Monday, October 4, 2010

King Khan & the Shrines/Gentlemen Jesse & His Men 10-3-10

Fresh off the heels of the Scion Garage Fest, King Khan & the Shrines and Gentlemen Jesse & His Men hit St. Louis, MO. I'd just made it back from the Scion Garage Fest myself with enough time to eat, poop, and check my Facebook messages and it's back out to rock & roll. This show takes place at a cool new venue, 2720 Cherokee. There is a pretty cool art exhibit upstairs that you can check out between bands.

Gentlemen Jesse/Men kicked things off with some excellent Power Pop.

King Khan & the Shrines hit the stage with some funk/soul fury. It was quite a party. Apparently the wonderful and legendary Gino Washington joined the Shrines the previous night but we were not as lucky. Still, a fantastic show and a ton of fun.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Scion Garage Fest 10-2-10

This past Saturday me and several friends packed up and headed to Lawrence, Kansas for a long night of Rock & roll debauchery. Here is what we saw in chronological order, at least to the best of my memory.

Up first, we saw one of my favorite bands, Natural Child at the Granada. These guys are just hilarious to me and always have a funny story to tell before kicking a song off.

Natural Child

Next, we walked over to the Jackpot Music Hall to catch the Power Pop stylings of the White Wires.

White Wires

We stuck around at the Jackpot Music Hall for the next two acts. Toronto, Canada's Teenanger and all the way from Denmark, Cola Freaks. Both put on great sets of straight ahead, 80's influenced punk.


Cola Freaks

We then made our way back to the Granada to catch Digital Leather who performed a set of synthy punk tunes.

Digital Leather

We then made the trek over to the Bottleneck where we caught the tail end of Thee Oh Sees set. I wish I could have caught more, they were great and people were really into it.

Thee Oh Sees

My memory gets a bit hazy from here but I believe we took off back to the Granada to check out Hunx and His Punx next. They played some catchy songs about homo love.

Hunx & His Punx

We then made our way back to the Bottleneck to check out a fantastic set by Tyvek. The band kicked out a relentless barrage of punk rock songs and the people were wild for them.


Back to the Jackpot Music hall for the Gories, who were absolutely amazing and my pick for best performance of the night. To me, they were even better than when I saw them in Memphis last year.


We headed back to the Granada next to check out the grand finale, the mighty Oblivians. Another great show by these Memphis legends.


Unfortunately, by this time my camera was completely dead so that's it on the pictures. After the Oblivians set, we had gotten word that Brimstone Howl would be playing the Replay Lounge just down the street. We headed over there to check them out. Not only was Brimstone Howl tearing it up inside but I noticed Greg Cartwright (Oblivians) getting set to DJ out back on the patio area. Greg proceeded to slay the dance floor with some of the best Soul 45's I have ever heard. A perfect way to end the night. Earlier in the night, we were told that the Spits would be playing in a home basement just around the corner. By this time, we were all good and tired so we did not attend. A great time was had by all and a big thumbs up from me to Scion for putting this shindig together!