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This section is to post sketches, recordings, writings or other odds and ends. It functions as both a sketchpad and a personal archive. I'm uploading old posters, handbills and other things I've collected here, for lack of any better place to put it.

Renderers, Pineal Ventana, Blazing Bulkheads, Meisha

posted almost 4 years ago; from 30 October 1996

This was the first 'real' show I ever played, in the Blazing Bulkheads, with Weird Paul. Our first actual show was in Rochester, PA at a place called the Outlet, maybe a few weeks earlier. I was at a show in the summer at Luciano's, and I told Manny (who didn't really know me then, except by face) that I was in a band with Weird Paul, and soon we had this offer. Meisha played before us and I loved it. I talked to Mike Tamburo for the first time that night. Later we became close friends who have since drifted, but I miss him and should get back in touch. I don't remember Pineal Ventana and I don't think anyone else does. The Renderers I became more of a fan of later - I barely remember their set, but I remember the guitar player watching us from a chair right in front of the stage, and he mouthed along the words when we covered the Modern Lovers' 'I'm Straight'. Later in life I became a massive New Zealand music fan and also got more into country and folk sounds, of which the Renderers had a slight influence. I don't think we were very good, but this was an important rite of passage for me.
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Devo's 'Smart Patrol' covered by me in 1998

posted over 6 years ago; from 01 October 1998

I was digging through cassette tapes tonight and found some real gems, which I will digitise as I get around to them. This is a cover of Devo's 'Smart Patrol' that I recorded for a Devo tribute compilation that Scott Beibin was supposedly releasing. I'm not sure if it ever actually was released or if this appeared on it, but I did it in one night on Jesse Trbovich's 4-track. I'm pretty sure this is 1998 and I remember it being an autumn night, but I also think Jesse had moved to Philly by '98 so maybe this was actually done in '97.
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Handshake Garden - 'Waving Standing Turning'

posted about 7 years ago; from 08 August 2012

Recorded evening of 8 Aug 2012 at Ptarmigan, Tallinn.
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'Symmetry dies'

posted about 7 years ago; from 08 August 2012

Recorded evening of 8 August 2012 at Ptarmigan.
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Three Penny Opera alternate poster

posted over 7 years ago; from 20 July 1999

Alternate poster design, which I think came sooner, because I remember the Positive Ensemble were supposed to play. This was a group of kids that called us up from Goleta, CA and explained that they were putting 11 people in a van and driving around American all summer to spread positivity. They didn't play any music, but they would jump around and try to make people happy and they had t-shirts. The whole thing sounded amazingly stupid but kinda funny, especially if you lived in a world where HeartAttack and Punk Planet were your major sources of media. Anyway, they had to cancel their tour -- how positive is that ? -- so we made the other poster, which was actually much less readable than this one.
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Three Penny Opera, Acrobat Down, Creta Bourzia, Hovland

posted over 7 years ago; from 20 July 1999

i feel like such an amateur historian doing this - documenting a slice of the Pittsburgh independent music scene from 13 years ago - and the one thing that is "complete" about this poster archive would be for the shows at the Stevenson Theatre, a short-lived venue in East Liberty that I had a hand in running. I have every poster from every Stevenson Theatre event that Doug Mousrak and myself organised, which were the majority of the shows there. Besides us, I remember Manny booking Overhang Party and Primordial Undermind there once (which was AMAZING -- a weird Luke-less lineup of Land opened up and Overhang Party were totally amazing; all stayed at my parents' house); I remember Shawn Brackbill organising Texas is the Reason there. And I also saw Ida and solo Warn Defever, when I asked Warn if he would record the Land album. That's about it though, but perhaps I am forgetting some.
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Elf Power, Of Montreal, Sonic Rob & Ollie, Auspice

posted over 7 years ago; from 12 October 1998

Another Elephant 6 related concert - I'm going to get all of these out of the way. This tour came through before either band had really hit; I think Elf Power just had a 7" out, and Of Montreal were something I had only heard of. Both would later go on to modest success, particularly Of Montreal who managed to separate themselves from the E6-identification and probably still put out records today (I don't follow them).
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Atom and His Package alternate poster

posted over 7 years ago; from 21 September 1999

A lot of these Stevenson Theater posters have more than one version, sometimes with different information, suggesting we jumped the gun a bit on making them.  I have no idea why we put black militants on this one; I think Doug made these as they are too well-done to be my own work.
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Atom and His Package, 53rd State, Control Group, El Camino Club

posted over 7 years ago; from 21 September 1999

If one thing is complete about this scattered 'archive' of Pittsburgh indie music posters, it's the ones from shows I booked myself at the Stevenson Theater in Shadyside/East Liberty.  Doug Mosurak and I booked a bunch of things together during our brief partnership of 1999 and because we made the posters ourselves, I had a lot left over so I'm pretty sure they are complete.
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