The BLACKJACK RECORDS “Poo Poo List”, aka newsletter, postmarked August 5th, 1991 and mailed to me from Santa Barbara, CA.
This was a record label and later a robust mail-order catalog that operated out of Oakland by Scott Derr; at this time it was a tag-team operation between Derr and Tom Krueger. Derr had recently finished being the bass player and sometime singer in Monshock, version 1; the band would reform in Oakland two years later and go on to record their 45s and album.
MONOSHOCK – “Lost Shock, Volume 1” and “Lost Shock, Volume 2” CD-Rs
There were multiple bent angles
to this early 90s SF Bay Area trio, but the one that seems to have pushed the
most posthumous buttons for folks is the heavy, blown-out, shit-fi psych side,
which posits (correctly) that Monoshock were easily of a par with multiple resin-fingered
forefathers as well as their then-peers Mainliner and High Rise.
The band also
occasionally trafficked in more “song”-like fuzzed/damaged punk rock, most in
evidence on their 45s and on the “Runnin’ Ape-Like From The Backwards Superman”
collection, but there are only mere whiffs of that stuff on these two new
archival CDs. One could ungenerously call these releases shoe-scraping; I
prefer to see them as onion-peeling, and those heads who ache for more of the
howling free-void blues that Monoshock sonically plumbed for about six years
will find much to damage their synapses with here, particularly outstanding long-form
instrumental scorchers like “It’s Not There” and “19th Street
There are marginally recognizable covers stuffed into corners throughout
the two discs as well, from demigods and in-jokes as diverse as the Pink Faeries,
Von Lmo, Howard Werth, Lee Hazelwood, Black Clothes & Pointy Shoes and
Social Distortion. Monoshock left it all on the table, every time, and
obviously left anything that remained on the tapes that make up these two discs. (Silver Current; silvercurrentrecords.com) –
Review of MONOSHOCK’s first 45 from 1994 by Bill Meyer, Puncture #31.
From the debut MONOSHOCK 45 “Primitive Zippo” from 1994, put out on my own Womb Records.
The Monoshock fellas were extremely accommodating to my layout/insert ideas, and allowed me to include the excellent “Foot Print of the American Chicken” bumper sticker that I copied from some book about the 60s I had lying around – as well as to flog my own fanzine.
MONOSHOCK and LIQUOR BALL, live at San Francisco’s Chameleon around ‘93 or so. The Mummies had to cancel for some long-forgotten reason.
From the KCSB-FM “Live Wire” magazine, circa 1988. My first band. Picture taken at 6639 Sabado Tarde in Isla Vista, aka my garage.
MONOSHOCK, from a second reunion show this past month, up in Portland, OR at something called The Bender Festival or something like that.
Brandan Kearney, formerly of World of Pooh, Caroliner, The Steeple Snakes, Faxed Head, The Three Doctors Band and many more, is playing sax w/ the band here. What? How?
Rubin Fiberglass of MONOSHOCK, pounding the skins like a feral beast circa 1995. Courtesy of the Monoshock Facebook site, maintained by the band.
Flyer for May 20th, 1989 MONOSHOCK live show/party in Isla Vista, CA.