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The Elusive Dr Frank Web.  ICYMI, lots of stuff happened this week. ICYMI means "in case you missed it."  OF COURSE YOU MISSED IT!  The internet discommunication channels are deliberately engineered to make you miss stuff and to make the stuff you missed hard to find if not invisible when you look for it. They call this "optimization."  And I'm pretty sure they count all the times you bang your head against the keyboard in frustration and throw your laptop across the room as "engagement".  Well, engage this:  — Dr Frank stuff available now!!  — The Devils of the Internet… call-out culture, witch hunts, moral panic, and four quotes from Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun, essay on Medium.  — Years ago I wrote a song based on a paper I wrote in college, in which E.R. Dodds’s The Greeks and the Irrational was footnoted. Our friend Patrick brought a copy of that book to our show in Chicago and this was the result.  — Is Amazon censoring my band, is it possible to tell, and if it is, does it matter? Stepping off from my earlier essay about Spotify and problems with the integrity of digital archives, a little thing about how the digital version of the MTX cover of Blondie’s “Sex Offender” got disappeared from Amazon:   — MTX Shards vol. 1 is alive, that is, it has been manufactured, packaged and shipped to Sounds Radical HQ. Release date June 8. 180 gram blue vinyl, super limited. You’re gonna have to hunt for it! Details here. — Just a bit of MTX Shards vol 1 test pressing spin on video, “Whistle Bait” (Collins Kids cover):  — Just a really cool pic of Lorrie Collins’s guitar.   — Birra Franketti. (It's a picture, worth clicking to see in my considered opinion.)  — Flipper / Dead Milkmen / Mr T Experience. Did this show actually happen? I remember doing several shows with each of those bands and at that venue, just not all at the same time.   — The Mr T Experience - “What Do You Want?” live in Southampton, UK, 1992. Video.  — Minor Secrets of “What Do You Want?” Revealed!    — That show so far.  — Philip Roth, one of America’s greatest novelists, died this week but I couldn’t think of anything to do about it but posting a pic.  — an unlabelled tape, the story of my life. — just a really cool pic of Groucho Marx’s cameo on I Dream of Jeannie. (Roger, granted a wish by Jeannie and wanting to be more attractive to women, wishes to be the funniest man in the world. Jeannie blinks and changes him into Groucho. Groucho hands Tony his cigar, says “you hold this,” and grabs hold of Jeannie, adding: “and I’ll hold this.”   — Friday morning “Hitler”  That's it.  See ya next week ish.… more
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The Mr T Experience - "What Do You Want?" (live) 1992, Southampton UK.  "Minor secrets" write-up here.… more
2 days ago
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It's alive! RAD-003-1, a/k/a MTX Shards, vol. 1, has been pressed into 180 gram blue vinyl disks and has arrived at Sounds Rad HQ. Check it out. Sweet, yeah? Cut by Dave at Lucky Lacquers. Art by Chris Appelgren. It sure took a lot of doing, but it got done and here it is. Man, I love records.  It's very, very limited. If you're one of the 200 people who called dibs and "pulled the trigger" on the purchase, you'll get one in the mail probably somewhat in advance of the June 8 release date. I don't have them in hand yet, but I'll have a small number at the upcoming shows in Baltimore, New Brunswick, NJ, and Boston -- pretty sure they'll all go over the course of those three days.  Beyond that, the only way to acquire one of the remaining 200 copies of this record will be to find it at one of a handful of participating record stores throughout the country that will have it in stock.  Think of it as a fun, frustrating treasure hunt.  We will most likely do a re-press, but we don't know when or what it will be like, only that we're not going to make any more of these 180 gram blue ones. I wish you the best of luck in your search, those of you who want one (and you know you do, they’re mad cool.)… more
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Stepping off from apparent censorship of the MTX Blondie cover on Amazon, more thoughts about our dystopian digital future.… more
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The Devils of the Internet:  Four Quotes from Huxley.  New from me on Medium.… more
5 days ago
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SHOWS THAT ARE HAPPENING, June/July. Let's try this again.  We did our midwest MTX weekend and it turned out just beautiful. Thanks for coming, please come again.  Notes: the Dr. Frank / EIB / Mikey Erg shows are next up and they're gonna be epic, as are the shows in  June with Screeching Weasel, and the following ones with Nerf Herder and Kepi.   Fri. June 8, Baltimore, MD: Dr. Frank solo w/EIB, Mikey Erg, Braceface, at the Windup Space.. Tix here.  Sat. June 9, New Brunswick NJ: Dr. Frank solo w/EIB, Mikey Erg, Erotic Novels & Ramona, at the Court Tavern. Tix here.  Sun. June 10, Boston, MA: Dr. Frank solo w/EIB, Mikey Erg, Witches with Dicks at O'Brien's. Tix here.  Fri. June 29, Portland, OR: MTX w/Screeching Weasel at Dante's. Tix here.  Sat. June 30, Seattle WA: MTX w/Screeching Weasel at the Crocodile. SOLD OUT Fri. July 27, San Francisco, CA: MTX / Nerf Herder / Kepi Ghoulie at the Bottom of the Hill. Tix here.  Sat. July 28, Los Angles, CA: MTX / Nerf Herder / Kepi Ghoulie at the Troubadour. Tix here. We neither encourage nor discourage anyone from attempting to acquire tickets to these shows, but should you wish to know what the shows are and the respective links to consult, should you decide, just theoretically speaking of course, that you might like to investigate the vague possibility of attending one of them, links, that is, wherein one might find detailed instructions on how one might, hypothetically, go about accomplishing such a thing, such instructions and other pertinent and relevant information may be found in the list above.… more
May 18, 2018 • Edited
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The Weak in Dr Frank -- it was quite a week indeed, though, rock and rolling over the weekend kept me off the web a bit.  However, Milwaukee with Direct Hit, Chicago with the Smoking Popes, Kepi, and Telethon, and a nice intimate solo acoustic show with Kepi.  And I sang a Buzzcocks song with the Smoking Popes which I will not soon forget. Here, though, relive it all through the magic of internet links! The only way to combat shadowbanning and other algorithmic skullduggery is relentless, mindless, soul-deadening repetition.  Click 'em twice! Also the release of MTX Shards Vol 1 is imminent.  Street date June 8.  Behold the majesty.  You have till Monday to get on the "dibs list."  And here, I took a cell phone video of the test pressing as it played "Whistle Bait". — Kochalski’s Concertina bar in Milwaukee, where we played on Friday.  — the last of the Packers MTX shirts were sold in Milwaukee over the weekend.   — Go Ahead Spotify, stab yourself repeatedly and make it count. My slightly tour-addled ruminations on Spotify and censorship, blacklisting, shadow banning, etc. on Medium.   — video of Dr Frank singing the Buzzcocks’ “What Do I Get?” with the Smoking Popes at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, 5/12/18.    — Minor secrets of “What Do I Get?” revealed!!!  — “This is a post about a girl” - lovely, rather touching story about serially discovering the Buzzcocks, MTX, and the Smoking Popes and then having it all come together in one on-stage cameo.   — Just a really cool pic of Pete Shelley with his sawn-off guitar.   — MTX and Dr. Frank shows still to come. I neither encourage nor discourage you from attempting to acquire tickets to these shows, but if you want to know what the shows are and respective links, should you decide you’d like to attend one of them, wherein may be found instructions on how to go about accomplishing such a thing, you may find his information here.   — THE WAY WE USED TO... Flipper / the Dead Milkmen / Mr T Experience .. did this show really happen? I have clear memories of playing several times with each of these bands and at that venue, just not all at the same time.  — Your Friday morning “Hitler… more
May 18, 2018 • Edited
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