Dr Frank Weakly Reader for 9.13.2019
Happy Friday the 13th, and welcome to another edition of the Dr Frank Weakly Reader: all the stuff you missed, edited, augmented, illustrated, etc. etc. Been gearing up for the upcoming shows and working on some forthcoming things that are too secret to mention at the moment. Otherwise, it’s been a week like most of them, and I’ve been curating my oscillating web presence as best I can. Part of that includes constructing this “index” so this stuff may be searched for and found in future instead of buried unrecoverable in social media sludge.
One bit of late-breaking news: the lacquer for RAD-009–1 (Mtx forever) has apparently been cut. More on that soon, I’m sure.
Anyway, best of luck to of you and don’t take any unnecessary risks today.
And now on to the weak that was….
— SHOWS: MTX in Sacramento and Lisle IL and Dr Frank solo in Minneapolis are coming up next week. Hope to see you there.
Here’s the full list of upcoming shows coming up for you to come to:
— Friday September 20: MTX with Kepi and Motorcycle, at The Blue Lamp 1400 Alhambra Blvd Sacramento, CA 95816. Get tickets here.
— Saturday September 21: MTX at Punk the Burbs Fest 3, Basecamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Dr. Lisle, IL 60532. Get tickets here.
— Saturday October 19: MTX, Sicko, and the Pathogens at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th Street (17th @ Missouri) San Francisco, CA 94107. Tix here.
THE COOL COOL MR T EXPERIENCE
— With Looks and Your Bra: a classic via Kristina.
— A sad tale with a happy ending, I suppose, from Michael in Italy, who has the shirt to document it. I remember this Fisherman’s Wharf 4th of July show quite well. Really bizarre that they invited us to such a legit sort of event.
— Clayton’s Mtx forever tattoo, that shield design, MTX Rock & Roll, and the minor secrets thereof.
— “King Dork Approximately”: any occasion to repost this video, I’ll take.
— Coupla Revenge Is Sweet… pieces from the website/blog Keep Track of the Time, here’s:
[a] a generous assessment of RISASAY in a 1997 “that was the year that was” style retrospective. From which I learned (via social media comments) that “Some Foggy Mountain Top” has a lot of detractors among fans of the album. I can only speculate that it’s the yodeling.
[b] from a few years back, a similarly generous song-by-song attempt to construe a narrative direction in the sixteen track sequence. Works for me!
— Odin XIX: the Continuing Minor Secrets of the Mr T Experience: the latest compendium of Song for Odin write-ups, in a new post on Medium. Table of contents: “Danny Partridge”; “Last Time I Listened to You”; “Lawnmower of Love”; “On the Team”; “I Was Losing You All Along”; “Can’t Get There from Here”.
— and this week’s Song for Odin™: The Mr T Experience — “That Prozac Moment” live at the Point in Atlanta, September 15 1996. Video on YouTube.
The “minor secrets” write-up, on the history of the song’s composition, its place in the Love Is Dead album, and the theory and practice of chemical psycho-therapy, is rather a doozy. Proceed with caution.
— Ryan’s prom picture: best thing I’ve seen in awhile. Starship forever.
DR FRANK CORNERED
— My guitar my self. Just a pic.
—Septmember is Buy Your Husband a New Guitar Month: A swell idea, but I doubt there’s room for even one more guitar in here.
— My YouTube channel: every time I beg people to subscribe, I get two or three takers. Here it is again. Do it!
— Milestone: One million views on minds.com, that is. Here’s to a million more, one day. Minds is the best social media thing going right now. If you’d like to sign up and get in the action use this link.
OTHER PEOPLE’S MUSIC
— The Smoke — The Smoke: The Smoke was a studio project LA psych-pop group, featuring Michael Lloyd of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. (Not to be confused with the British band from York of “My Friend Jack” fame.) Their sole release is a little-known psychedelic art rock masterpiece.
The LP is scarce and expensive, even the re-issues (it’s not rocket science, is it?)
— Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: Tom Breihan of Stereogum writes up the Elton John / Kiki Dee single in his series on the Billboard number 1s, and to my slight amazement includes a mention of the MTX Dr Frank / Kim Shattuck duet that appeared on B side of the “…and I Will Be with You” seven inch. Here’s my “minor secrets” write-up from a few months back.
And finally, here’s Valerie Bertinelli and MacKenzie Phillips doing it on One Day at a Time.
— Behold: the Art of Japanese Bed-Fighting; auto-voodoo by Robert A. Maguire; Maria Bambina; from Royal Wedding paper doll book found in discount bin in supermarket; beware of the skeleton hands; Nicola da Tolentino; S.O.S. Brenda Starr; Protus & Hyacinth; Same time tonight, honey? You know it, man; detail from van Eyck’s Ghent altarpiece to commemorate the Holy Name of Mary; “Still living that existentialist novel?” — Anna Karina in The Magus; the Dream of Eulogius.
— Oh so mature and unsafe for work or what have you: Lenna Sjooblom, 1972 (trigger warning: she’s naked); Jane Birkin, Playboy, 1970, je t’aime moi non plus (exercise extreme caution: nipples); Love Life.
— a Friday the 13th reminder:
— …and, finally:
IN THE NEWS
— Dear God… a FB “memories” status post from September 2010:
Dear God: you’ve let me down before, but I’ll forgive you for Police Squad, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Spaced, and Ellery Queen if you promise to not to let them cancel Louie. Amen.
That’s what I get for not being more specific (Monkey Paw lessson learned, as Nate pointed out in the comments when I reposted.) Back then I had no idea it was possible to cancel whole human beings and not just their shows. I should have just kept my prayers to myself.
— Almost Everything About Goodreads Is Broken: Boy, I’ll say. This essay on Medium makes good points but fails to give proper emphasis to the site’s horrific, toxic, perverse, soul-destroying Lord of the Flies culture that rather neatly epitomizes our greater society’s horrific, toxic, perverse, soul-destroying Lord of the Flies culture. Stay away, especially if you’re an author. It’s a hornet’s nest you don’t want to poke.
— This is why we can’t have nice things: Jesse Singal sorts through the ContraPoints deplatforming saga.
— Daniel Johnston died. I posted a photo.
— Two tickets to Paradise: Eddie Money died this week as well. I posted the customary photo.
And that’ll about do it for this week’s Weakly Reader. But for those who have made it all the way down this far on the page, here’s a picture of a nice-looking portable record player:
See you next week.