Saturday, July 31, 2010

Barney Cauldron takin' it to the mean streets of West Oakland!

Tuesday, August 3rd, Barney Cauldron will be playing in West Oakland, as part of the Synanon Free Street Fair. I've also heard of this event under a different name, National Night Out. I kinda like the latter moniker a bit better.
BC will play 8:30-ish, at 32nd. and Adeline. There will also be a Gospel choir and a dog show. Fuck yeah!
Unlike for the Ovipositor show at the Hemlock Tavern, there will be photos from this show. I guess I'll have to get a haircut or something.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Ovipositor at Hemlock Tavern, 7/29/10

It looks like there will be no photos.
That said, I felt like Ovipositor played ragged, but oh, so right. Cartographer and Generalissimo are bands with sounds built upon precision playing, and Ovipositor stuck out like a sore thumb in terms of that approach. Still, there was an energy to our set that left me really buzzing and SATISFIED.
The previous evening had Tom Herman opining that all 1960's Rock-n-Roll bands had to have a spot during which someone yells "HEY!" I figured that during Ovipositor's impromptu version of Tom's great Tripod Jimmie tune, While I Wasn't Looking, I'd pay homage to Tom and yell out some "Heys!" myself.
It was a fun night.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ovipositor plays the Hemlock Tavern in SF, 7/29/10

Dig the groovy flyer, made by Max Sidman! This should be a really good show. The Hemlock Tavern is a fun place to play, Cartographer will have a bass player, and Generalissimo are releasing an actual LP! I'll try and ask someone to take some pics with my trusty digital camera!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Barney Cauldron live at the Black Cat Bar in Penngrove, CA 7/16/10

As mentioned in the previous post, Barney Cauldron took our "Post-Everything Free Rock" up to Penngrove, in Sonoma county, for a show at the fabulous Black Cat Bar.
BC played there one time last year, but with a very different lineup. This show's version of Barney featured Dan Kennedy on bass, Dylan Haas on sax, keys, percussion and vocals, Scarp Home on horns, percussion, vocals, and loops, Scott Jones on guitar, and myself on drums and vocals.
As there was no other band booked, we got to play two sets. Set number one was the tighter of the two. We played one extended 45 minute jam, and actually had people dancing. I feel that if someone is going to dance while I'm playing music, I'll honor that and try to play rhythmically for them. It was nice to see people having a good time to our weird spaced out sounds.
Set number two was looser and weirder, broken up into three or four jams, including Barney Cauldron's version of Free Bird (played by request, yes there are actually ass hats who still call out for that old warhorse as some kind of ironic gesture).
Sadly, we found out that the Black Cat has been sold, and this 28 year old spot will most likely go through some serious changes. I'm sure everyone had fun while it lasted. Nothing lasts forever.
Above: as usual, I'm somewhat perplexed by it all.
Below: the boys in the band shout "SKYNYRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Barney Cauldron plays the Black Cat Bar in Penngrove, CA, Fri., 7/16/2010

Leave it to Scarp to come up with a flyer like this! Gotta love the guy. This will be BC's first out of SF/Oakland show with our current line up. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully we can deliver the goods!

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Ahab was a band that I played in from 1997 until 1999. It consisted of Bill Raymond on guitar and vocals, Tom Siebert on bass, along with myself on drums.
I was introduced to Bill through a friend of my sister. Our first conversation was  over the telephone, in which was talked mostly about Shellac, as I recall. We started to play together about a week later, and rehearsed with a religious zeal for the next two years.
Ahab was a very music-focused band. It seems to me that bands have all kinds of focuses. Sex, drugs, money, scenes. For Ahab, the focus remained firmly on music. At one point we rehearsed three times a week. We would have long talks about Rory Gallagher or James Blood Ulmer or John Coltrane.
Bill called the shots in Ahab. A native of Maine, he has an independent Yankee spirit, along with a real love of nature. He's a very meticulous guy, and one hell of a guitar player. I consider him to be the best guitarist I've ever played with. The tunes posted here were chosen for the most part to show just how ripping Bill can be when he solos. I still marvel at his tone and songwriting. He's also enormously generous. He bailed me out of more than one financial jam. Along with all that, Bill also turned me on to SF Giants baseball. Thanks a million, Mr. Raymond.
Tom Siebert played the shit out of a great old Fender Jazz Bass. Bill and I could jam for an hour, non-stop, and Tom would calmly lay down these great walking bass lines, up and down the neck of his axe, without ever going out of time or key. His playing was so important to the band. Tom was obsessed with Buckethead, and attended/recorded his SF Bay Area shows fanatically. In a previous phase of his life, he'd been a major Deadhead. There is a famous picture of the Dead playing their last run of shows at the Winterland. Smack dab in front of stage right, you will see a red-headed guy clapping and smiling. That's Tom. Tom also had the foresight to record all of our shows, along with select practices. Tom showed me the importance of documenting your stuff. Up to that point, I hadn't really cared too much about doing that. Tom's mid-Western upbringing in Minneapolis gives him a bit of a reserved demeanor. He's a pretty sensitive guy, and this cruel world has often been tough on him. I hope he's doing well these days.
San Francisco was at that time going through the Dot Com boom, an event which changed the city, probably forever. Many of the smaller clubs, in which bands could easily get shows, had begun to shut down. The live music scene started to get really competitive as the pool of clubs began to shrink in the wake of city-wide rising rents. None of us in Ahab were particularly inclined to put in the extra hustle needed to book shows, so subsequently we did not play out that much. All of the practicing began to wear on me, and I left the band in early Spring of 1999. With hindsight, I wish I could have just suggested we take a few months' break. Ahab is the one band I've been in that I regret having left.
 The two tunes featured here were recorded at someone's warehouse/loft on Capp St. in S.F., probably in 1998. We were asked to play the show by a guy named Mark, who played  in a band called Helivator. Also on the bill were Hammerlock and the Solvents, among others.