Yeah…it has been five years!
Five years and almost 90 shows of punk, garage, soul, pop, and surf.
I’m gearing up for 5 more with a new logo designed by Shawn Dickinson.
The old Dewey is 5 years wiser, beaten and bloody, and sitting pretty on his throne!
Get ready for to spit blood at the cameras and smile smile smile.
To start it all off, here is THIS ISLAND SURF 12 – Magnum P.I.
The Cucarachas Enojadas – Postal Surf
Atomic Mosquito – Financial Panther
The Madeira – Journey to the Center of the Surf
The Other Timelines – Vampcamp
The Twang O Matics – Payback
Black Flamingos – Okinawa
Creepxotica – Haunted Hulu
Lovage – Book of the Month
King Khan – The Boy is Mine
The Shadows – Wonderful Land
TarantinosNYC – Son of a Preacher Man
Cartas a Felice – El Bar Muerto
Satan’s Pilgrims – Small Craft Advisory
Gold Dust Lounge – Riff Raff
Ding Dong Devils – Voodoo Man
Shockwave – Take on Me
The Ampfibians – Watusi 5 O
The Surfside Swamis – Monkey Knife Fight
Reverberati – Combat Surf
Jason Lee and the R.I.P Tides – Caped Crusader
The Dragtones – Deathroller
It’s March here in the Northeast corner of America and there is four feet of snow outside my window. But cabin fever is for the weak!
It’s the perfect time to crank your stereos, brew some coffee, and warm yourself on great tunes and B-movies!
This month goes out to the wild and brilliant Tura Satana.
There really isn’t too much to say that hasn’t been said about Shawn Dickinson already this month and in this current podcast. Shawn is one hell of a good person. If you like this music, and you like trash culture, pick up his book, a print, or one of his shirts. This media blitz comes from nothing more than really respecting the guy whose work I’ve been promoting for a month straight.
That said, as this month closes out stick around for an amazing July. Ixnayray and I are launching a new show called AudioBiblioCool. It a genre-less show that promises to please anyone with a diverse musical palate. And if you don’t like it, well, I don’t really care, as it was fun as hell to make and works for any social occasion minus funerals and police bookings.
There seems to be a trend amongst comic book writers and artists who want ‘Creator Owned’ characters and stories, but still rely on established companies to sell their stories. I don’t begrudge these creators (many of them make my favorite books), but I do feel it smacks of having one’s cake and eating it too. It’s like working at McDonald’s but wanting ownership of your signature dish. Looking out for the individual is not how the Big Guy stays in business: If you are going to cook in their big kitchens, than you serve what’s on their menu. Don’t like it? Open your own bistro. Sure, you may not reach the volumes you want, but at least you choose the course.
That said, there has also been a lull over the past few years of truly great and interesting creator owned books. A majority of the indie work I come across tends to be melancholy slice of life stories or poorly drawn zombie tales. For all the recycled garbage floating around, it seems the Charles Burns, R. Crumbs, or Harvey Kurtzmen, have been buried in a landfill of vapid- faux-geek-pixie-dream-girls and ironic tales of undead romance. In a world where offending anyone is the greatest crime imaginable, consumers are being force fed the safety of recycled tropes. The danger here is that with each new round we get that much more bored with the sterile products. What is really needed is something dangerous. We need trash.
Trash in the way MAD Magazine and EC scared the shit out of parents. Trash in the way subcultures were feared before they became child safe mall kiosks. Trash like Schitzles Der Cat.
Schitzles Der Cat is perfect and reeks of outsider 1960’s comix (when the X meant a rating and wasn’t just to be different). Had I not the pleasure of sharing beers with artist/writer/creator Shawn Dickinson and grilling him about his actual age, I would swear this book was a reissue of an early Gilbert Shelton or Gary Panter book. Make no bones about it; this book will offend, but it will also make you laugh hysterically as you hide pages from curious snoops while simultaneously pointing out perfectly executed jokes and panels.
Dickinson’s art, with its bold lines and hyper-contorted eye popping, bone breaking, vomit spewing 50’s style, fills the page with so much eye candy, you’ll get diabetes. He doesn’t stop there, though. The jokes are timed perfectly and pulled off so well you wish you wrote them. The book is cut up into various quick punch-line gags that could work in chronological order, but also shine as individual strips. I don’t want to ruin any particular joke, but favorites include a cat- sitter, a mouse who decides to bring back ‘Hi-Fives’, and the severed head of a cop. Again, these are the comics your parents hid under their beds and the comic code tried to bring to a halt.
Schitzles Der Cat is a book for garage punks, gear heads, surf rats, and those who understand comics don’t have to be sterile.
For those unfamiliar with Shawn’s work, it’s comprised of “spooky, crazy, fun, cartoony comics, album art, posters, t-shirts, stickers, all things rock n’ roll, garage/punk, surf & hotrod art, car-toons, caricatures, gags, jokes, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…….” And that is just the start.
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Call ’em what you want, we got 20 Limited Edition buttons designed by the stupendous Shawn Dickinson .
All you have to do is be one of the first 20 people to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org – Atten. Button!) your address (world wide is cool) and I’ll make sure you get one! I ask only two things in return (a small price to pay for a badass 1.2″ button and free shipping!).
1) Wear it proudly on an article of clothing of your choice
2) Snap a picture of yourself wearing it and send it on over
Rolling Stone interviews Grant Morrison who is too cool for complete sentences.Despite my uneven stance on Morrison, the interview raises enough interesting points that I just may try reading Supergods.
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick comes out this Fall. I could have sworn I already owned it.. and I do. But this is a revamped edition with loads of new articles.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is only two months away from its release date.
Artist Shawn Dickinson’s Creepy, Rockabilly, and 1930’s animation styled art.