“I Saved Latin” signed by Mike Watt and Secondmen

from Instagram: As a fan of #WesAnderson movies, indie rock and #vinyl, this rare unique gem from @Americanlaundromat was a must have.

Filled with surprises no doubt but, I provided a surprise for #MikeWatt and his #Secondmen at a show at my favourite dive bar #Winters @nocrapontap in #Pacifica California.

After another stunning, breakneck performance in which they played a variety of classic #Minutemen songs with D. Boone’s guitar and vocals handled instead by a man pounding the shit out of a #Hammond B3 organ with a spinning Leslie speaker to boot, and accompanied by a manic drummer who played more like hard free jazz then a rock ‘n’ roll man, I asked them “do you guys remember recording the #RollingStones’ Streetfighting Man?” They replied “yeah like two years ago… but not sure where that ended up…” So I pulled out the black gatefold vinyl to their amazement.

I had a paint marker for them to decorate the album with drumsticks and keyboards and I told him how I caught their show the night before opening for the legendary #punk band #X on their 40th anniversary tour.

Then, CJ the Sasquatch-like owner of #Winters took me upstairs where the kindly Mr. Watt, who is a personal hero and I’ve seen a dozen times in various incarnations over three decades, completed the trifecta by signing it personally to me, #UncleWeed with “much bass”. The signatures smudged due to be abundant beer and pouring rain but makes it all that more unique.

PS #JelloBiafra was at the show – when he was standing next to me I leaned over and said “I am the suede denim secret police, here to steal your uncool niece” of course he got the reference from one of his own #DeadKennedys songs, and exclaimed “I didn’t even have one of those jackets in my hippy days!”… He was wearing a US flag embroidered Western-style shirt which later he layered on a hoodie and a leather jacket when he headed out in a 1963 Plymouth Valiant in the dumping rain. Alas, I forgot my copy of Jello’s first spoken word album “No More Cocoons” so that will wait for another time.

Vinyl tell stories like streaming just can’t.

#VinylOfTheDay #AmericanLaundromat #collectable #Artifact

#vinylgoodtimes Jack Kerouac Spoken Word, 4 LP collection

#Vinyl from a 25-year-old time capsule – disc 2 of 4
For the record, I just picked up a couple of crates of vinyl which I left in a friends dad’s basement in Salt Lake City when I left Grateful Dead tour in 1991 and ended up in Europe, Japan, Micronesia, Cascadia and many departures between. Collecting them now, feels like 20-year-old self wrote a letter for me to receive just when I needed it most. #MusicHeals
#Kerouac #Beat #Literature #SpokenWord #Renegade

from Instagram:

Fresh Postcards from Moo with Paintings and Collages

I enjoy ordering from for mini “friendship” cards and luxurious postcards. The paintings turn out great and the “static montage” collages are sharp as well. Do you wanna Moo? I can help you and you can get $15 off your first order.

Meeting Authour Nick Bantock (of Griffin and Sabine fame)

Who said you should never meet your heroes?

Not too many mixed media masters creating ephemera-laden epistolary literature weaving intriguing mysterious relationships, international intrigue, and postcards. That gets a smile out of this lad – still with a heavy heart. I took my mom’s copy of his book “Griffin and Sabine” and he provided a most wonderful signature with stamps of various kinds. . . . . #Writer #Art #Culture #Mentor #Hero #UncleWeed #NickBantock #Victoria #MixedMedia #Creative #Ephemera #Creativity #Artist #Beards #Glasses #Victoria

Thinking about Mom, snorkelling at Starsand Beach in Guam

Pardon the terrible snapshot of a snapshot through glass but, this made me laugh and shows how intrepid Mom is/was. Here she is snorkelling at Star sand beach club where I toiled as a Japanese speaking club host… yes my job was to make sure people were having a good time on the beach all day and I was very good at it… Brother Anders and her came to visit one day and Mom jumped into all the activities with her usual bravado and enthusiasm.

#Mom #Lauralee #LoveYouForever