Tuesday, February 14, 2017

eclectic aesthetics

Ralph took me to a lot of interesting shows when I was a teenager.  We saw Hasil Adkins's one man band, and I was fascinated to see this crazed hillbilly perform for a bunch of kids with crazy colored mohawks.  Here he is doing She Said around that same time, the song popularized by The Cramps.

The best aesthetic lesson came from some other show, I forget the music but I'll never forget the visual.  There was a woman with long drak curly hair in a turquoise tanktop and a patterned orangey skirt, socks with sandals but somehow super chic.  I had always matched colors and had a very narrow minded view of palettes.  Nothing here matched but she was perfectly beautiful, an eclectic palette much richer than anything I'd seen before. I was about fifteen or sixteen, and it was an eye opening artistic revelation from one of many funky nights out with Ralph Doyle.  

Monday, February 13, 2017


 1965 Galaxie 500

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Ralph has made a lot of music with Jeff Eyster over the years under the band names 
Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, 
Bureau of Mythology, 
and Victims of Leisure.  
On his own, Ralph has recorded as 
The Loafers, 
and The Butchers.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

herz from hiz

Here are just three of a zillion great bands Ralph introduced me to:
Hüsker Dü  "Every Everything"
 Talking Heads  "Take Me to the River"
The Buzzcocks  "Why Can't I Touch It?"