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The Mr T Experience - "Told You Once" OFFICIAL VIDEO.   From the album MTX Shards Vol 2, available from Sounds Radical on LP, CD, and cassette.  "Minor secrets" are here.  More such videos may be found on my YouTube channel.… more
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Gary Gilmore's Eyes and Me - new post from me on Medium, about a longstanding favorite song and why it's a favorite song, and why it's "longstanding."   I post some sort of essay every Tuesday.… more
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The Dr Frank Weakly Reader for 09.14.18.  The weak that was, the Dr Frank web presence made flesh.  Such as it is. Happy Shards vol 2 Release Date Day.  What that means is that the Shards vol 2 vinyl LP is officially released into the wild today, as well as all the Shards-related materials (including the double CD of both volumes.)  For the vinyl, all the label copies reserved for people who called "dibs" are spoken for (and will be going out starting today.)  200 copies have been unleashed and scattered to stores... you'll have to hunt for them.  But in the coming weeks we'll be giving tips on sightings, so stay tuned for that. Lauren Banjo baked a cake, so it's official. And now, the links: MTX FOREVER LINKS -- The Mr T Experience - "Spider Man", live in Southampton UK, 1992.  -- Minor Secrets of The Mr T Experience - "Spider Man", live in Southampton UK, 1992.  -- Teasing the last (?) of the Lookout MTX vinyl stock. I plan to do another two day sale of this stuff when I find the time.  -- "Love American Style" lyrics in the ladies', courtesy of Cydne and the Girls Bathroom Society  -- And here's Cydne doing a swell multi-tracked vocal-only rendition of "Now that You Are Gone"  -- THE WAY HOW WE USED TO RECORD RECORDS LIKE The master tape of the "Love American Style" 7":  MESSAGES FROM THE DR FRANK-UH-VERSE -- "There is no conceivable circumstance under which I would place myself in a line of other people, positioned in a rank of such lines, and participate in a synchronized dance..."" I Am Spock: "Collective Effervescence" and Me. A kind of personal essay from me on Medium. -- "I'm an old fashioned guy who wouldn't recognize a "dip switch" if it came up and bit me on the ass." A new line of gimmicky Gibsons  with fancy tech that it's hard to imagine anyone actually wanting, sparked me to resurrect some old posts on my volatile but cherished '57 Les Paul Jr. Here and here.  HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE'S SONGS -- Song for Mon. Mama Cass - "Jane the Insane Dog Lady".  Here.  Song for Mon. explanation here. -- As I explained last week, I've been posting about selected items from my record collection, along with a little sort of personal essay with each, on the minds.com Vinyl Collector group.  Here's what happened this week:  Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well";   Emitt Rhodes;  The Flamin' Groovies - Teenage HeadThe Dickies and the sardonic punk rock cover.    -- mc chris and me  IN THE NEWS  -- It's not easy being Green.   -- Is this really the way scientific research and publications are administered in this country? If so, we're in big trouble.   -- Sex was forbidden, then it was fine, then it was obligatory/ironic. And then it just got weird.  -- If I didn't know better I'd think that this article is just a shameless excuse to publish cleavage photos in hopes that people will share the link on their social media pages. But it didn't work on me.  THE WORLD IN PICTURES -- Farewell Bill Daily  -- Farewell Johnny Strike  -- Just a really cool pic of Benny Hill:   -- Have you ever heard of a black hole, Captain?  -- Purple Gypsy Girl  --  Just a really cool video of Edgar Winter doing "Frankenstein":  -- Just a beautiful, charming video of Kirstin Dunst doing "Turning Japanese"  AND FINALLY... -- Thought for the Week:  "I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness. The very language about magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art as it is about supernatural events. A grimoire for example, the book of spells is simply a fancy way of saying grammar. Indeed, to cast a spell, is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people's consciousness. And I believe that this is why an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world that you are likely to see to a Shaman." ~ Alan Moore  -- Your Friday morning "Will You Still Love Me When I Don't Love You?"  from Cydne.  More on that here. See ya next week, weirdoes.… more
6 days ago • Edited
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Sounds Radical HQ Department of Reminding Me of Things reminds me that tomorrow is the release date of Shards vol 2 plus associated materials.… more
6 days ago
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THE WAY HOW WE USED TO RECORD RECORDS LIKE Speaking of "Spider Man", this is the tape of the Love American Style 7" (LK 45) March 1991, with note from Kevin Army to John Golden reading: "Please cut extra loud and thanks." More here.… more
7 days ago
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The Mr T Experience - "Spider Man" live, Southampton UK 1992.  Video on YouTube.  "Minor secrets" here.  See my YouTube channel for more things of this nature.… more
Sep 12, 2018 • Edited
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I Am Spock:  "collective effervescence" and me.  New from me on Medium.… more
Sep 11, 2018
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THE DR FRANK WEAKLY READER FOR 09.07.18.  It's another doozy, if doozy means what I think it does.  Scroll down for the note on my minds.com activity and attempts to crawl out from the "web 2.0" wreckage.  Annotated links from the week that was, in hopes they won't get lost and forgotten.  Shards is out in one week.  Don't forget that, anyway. -- The Shards vol 2 vinyl came in and they're beautiful.  And they sound great.  Even the CDs are beautiful.  It's really cool to be putting out records again.   -- "Physical strength is necessary to finish listening to 32 songs and all of them securely." Shards all formats release date is 09.14.18 and Japan is ready.  -- Had a great time in Bodega Bay playing at High Tide Books with Kepi and Dan Janisch. The show was out on a patio area right by the road, serenading the bikers basically, a first for me. It was also rather windy. Toward the end of my set, a big gust of wind caught the sun umbrella of one of the tables, upended it, and tipped it over, spilling and then falling on the three elderly people sitting on the far side bench. Damnedest thing I ever saw. There was this moment where it stayed upended, perfectly perpendicular. It was a long, long moment. Then it suddenly tipped over. Amazingly no one was hurt. They could have been: it was a heavy table and all the glasses shattered. But they just popped up and said "we're fine, on with the show." So I wrapped it up with a final "Grooviest Girl in the World" and we were done. I will always remember the Great Bodega Bay Table Incident. Bodega Bay is beautiful. We may do another show there again one day. In the meantime go there and visit High Tide Books and say hi to the folks in there, they're very nice.  -- The Mr T Experience - "I Fell for You" live at the Troubadour, 07.28.18.  Video on youtube. -- Minor Secrets of The Mr T Experience - "I Fell for You" live at the Troubadour, 07.28.18.  Write-up here. -- Silky hair on ordinary clothes. Seen on twitter, and by way of google translate, a moment of pure poetry.  -- Songs for Mon, the Series:   I collected my "Songs for Mon." posts from the past month, with an explanation.  Post on Medium. -- a interesting episode of Chris Gethard's great podcast here.   And here's why. -- The way how we used to hang out at the bar in Poland like. -- As a salute to the recently departed Burt Reynolds, here's Jerry Reed doing a great "East Bound and Down"  -- Good morning world: Los Shakers - "Rompan Todo";  The October Country - "My Girlfriend Is a Witch";    George Harrison - "What Is Life";  Bruce Haack - "Electric to Me Turn"   -- turns out, you get really good wine when monks in Georgia bury it in consecrated ground for nine years.   -- an interesting story, with links, photos, and video of how Malcolm McLaren met Gene Vincent. -- just a really cool video of Thin Lizzy doing "Whiskey in the Jar"  -- just a really cool pic of Ingrid Bergman from Hitchcock's Spellbound:  -- Joanna Braithwaite's painting of a fish in rowboat really speaks to me:  -- just a really cool pic of a chick in Pac Man underwear playing Ms Pac Man:  -- just a really cool pic of some legs in a chair -- The Mark of Satan  -- I'll talk to Godzilla. Godzilla is my friend.  -- Hee hee hee hee hee hee hah hah hah hah hah hah. -- Black is the color of my true love's soul. (Just a sort of bon mot, if bon mot means what I think it does)  -- Is there a technical or German or Greek term for a stunt performed when no one is looking? Because if so that'd describe nearly everything I've ever done.   Another sort of bon mot. -- minds.com In trying to sort out my digital life in this scattered world we inhabit nowadays, I have, for a variety of reasons, gravitated to minds.com as a kind of "home base." They don't censor you, they don't hide your stuff, and they don't spy on you. (Or so they say: at least I've noticed none of that action.) The links work, and are permanent; the comments routine works well enough. The whole "not being hidden or manipulated" thing is a big plus for me, as you'll know if you've followed all of my previous whining on the subject.  What I really want to do, if I'm honest, is to try to contrive a work-around to the current chaotic system of unreliable, occasionally nefarious, and ultimately ephemeral "platforms" to recreate something like the pre-"web 2.0" world and do basically a "magazine of me" with meaningful interaction from interested people where it is warranted. For those people who are interested, I want them to be able to go to a central place where everything is laid out clearly and completely, and permanently, not dependent for visibility or findability on the algorithmic schemes of companies and the dubious structural integrity of their ever-shaky "platforms." (Because platforms can fall down, or you can get thrown off -- and all your "stuff" is thus constantly in jeopardy.)  I want it to be in chronological order, not all scattered and mixed up. I want to be able to go back refer to things, and be able to cite them, and for everything to be permanent and findable. With this, I am doing the best I can with the tools I'm aware of. As I've said before, the main thing missing, even on minds, is a reliable index. And this is what I'm trying to create manually by doing this weekly, annotated link round-up.  At least I, and we, to the degree that there is a "we", can refer to these posts on Google to see what happened and find it. (Of course, that's only as long as Google lets it exist. I'm not saying it's the perfect solution.) I know I could just start a new blog, and I may well do that. But, as I've said before in one of these rants, that's not the way the internet of now works, and it wouldn't be sufficient. People don't come to blogs anymore. They passively wait for "platforms" to deliver them a selection of material, on the basis of undisclosed criteria. And they seem fine with that. The people have spoken, the bastards. Still, as I say, I'm doing the best I can.  So, that out of the way, here's the minds stuff I've been doing.  -- I joined a group called "vinyl collector" and have been posting write-ups of my favorite records:  X-Ray Spex;    Judee Sill;    Andwellas Dream;   Thin Lizzy;    The CliqueThe Adverts.  I will probably collect these posts in a Medium series when the time is right (kind of along the lines of the "minor secrets" and "Song for Mon." series... an aggregate when there's enough to aggregate.)  -- I've also been "shoring up" some of material by re-iterating it on minds. Mostly because you never know when a platform will collapse or throw you off so it's good to have a back up plan. But also because it's a chance to share things in a new context, to people outside our little club. It's been fun, and interesting. So I've been gradually going through videos and other material, beginning with the fingerpicking vids and the "official and semi-official music videos." It's mostly just the "minor secrets" many of you have seen before, but sometimes I have stuff to add as well. Here: "Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba";   "I Fell for You";   "Cingular Wireless Worse than Hiter";   Dr Frank & the Bye Bye Blackbirds "Even Hitler Had a Girfriend";  "She's Coming" live at RCKNDY;  "Our Love Will Last Forever and Ever";   "...and I Will Be with You". -- Finally, if you'd like to join me over there, you can use this referral link.  -- Your Friday morning "Hitler": well, actually folks, I regret to say I've finally run out of interesting "Hitlers".  But here's Cydne's lovely "I Don't Need You Now."  Covers playlist, which includes many of the "Hitlers" past, here. That wraps it up.  See you all next week I guess.… more
Sep 7, 2018 • Edited
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