Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mt. Holly Citywide Garage Sales!

Thursday, June 4th 10:00 - 7:00
Friday, June 5th 8:00 - 5:00
Saturday, June 6th 8:00 - 2:00

Loads of stuff.

Highlights! 1977 Pinball Machine (project), 1964 Lambretta (Project), Apple 2 computer loaded with Sim City, Oregon Trail, and Scarab of Ra. Old tables and chairs, weird A/V stuff, Books.

Plus these leftover items from previous sales: yeti scalps, hybrid animals, hj/bj/tj, board games, Jonathan Living Seagull record, tukes, canned foods, soviet cold-war secrets, a brick, the real Hope diamond, prosthetic limbs, old radios, bikes, chairs, free books, shrunken heads, Matisses, Picassos, hopes, dreams, genomes, baby clothes, toilet brush, giant sea monkeys, the jaws of life, deathrattles, cochina dolls, linaments and ointments, fireplugs, shell-o-phones, enigma machines, golden fleeces (2 for 1), rubiks links (unsolved), spanish fly, kitchenware, nuclear secrets, taxidermy, personality inventories, anti-gravitational technology, doilies, traceless firearms and ammo - lots of ammo.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

McCall's Serial Killer Sewing Pattern.

McCall's Serial Killer Sewing Pattern.
Originally uploaded by mthaeg

It's what the coolest in Juvenile sociopaths will be wearing this Halloween!

Love Triangles are Wrecktangles

love triangles
Originally uploaded by mthaeg

As I've been rooting around, getting things ready for the upcoming Mt. Holly Citywide Garage Sales, I stumbled across this gem of a single color postcard. It's a Motto Mailer From the Lindgren Turner Cco. Spokane, Wash. Date? I'm guessing early to mid 60's.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Mt. Holly Related Blog - A Facemelting Blog of Staggering Riffage.

Now that I am on permanent summer vacation the posts here in the Mayor's Office may taper off a bit. Even more so that Casey "Superbeast" Brewer and Sean "Jovi" Whipps and I are posting a mind destroying playlist of epic proportions over at our new blog: A Facemelting Blog of Staggering Riffage.

Strap yourself in for the heaviest Summer ever!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Drawing with Water. Making the Art for the graphic novel Alan's War

Alan's War
is a great first hand humanist look inside the life of an American GI, Alan Cope, who never returned to the US after WWII. It is a tremendous read and an appropriate one as we move closer to Memorial Day. Watch as Emmanuel Guibert creates an image of Cole using his special technique, drawing with water, then adding ink. The effect is magical.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Remembering our veterans. Get your Poppies!

Here's a little video about a British poppy factory and the help and honor that these little paper flowers present to our veterans.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Solar Birdhouse Leaves the Lights On.

My pal and seasoned technologist (sounds delicious doesn't it?), Nate Hunsaker sent me a link to these OOOMS designed birdhouses that provide more than just a roof for their residents:

During the day sunlight feeds the solar panel , charging a small battery inside. At twilight the transparent stick will light up and cast a tiny light on your garden.
This light attracts an easy nighttime snack for the bird; all she has to do is stick her beak out of the hole and wait for the buzz.

Zak Sally Art Show Tonight!

Friday May 15
the good people of Foiled Again hair salon are hosting an opening reception for Zak Sally (fancy pants illustrator, comic art guy, and head honcho over at La Mano press),
whose selected works will adorn the walls of the salon for the next month or so. fun starts at 6:30, with live "entertainment" and "music" by the always amazing Lady Hard On at 8pm, followed by NoiseQueanAnt around 9pm. standard art opening fare will be on hand - refreshments & beverages of different kinds, but it's probably a safe bet to bring your own libations for the long haul.

630 - ?pm, free for all ages.
Foiled Again Hair Salon
2807 Johnson Street NE

Fatal Farm Revisits Our Favorite TV Shows

Fatal Farm

Thanks to Sean Whipps for the share.

Get a haircut.

A fine head of hair adds beauty to a good face, and terror to an ugly one. ~Lycurgus

This haircut is the best I've had in recent memory. I got it down by Floyds'Barbershop down on Lake & Freemont. It's a new joint opened up by my friend Rob Franks of Blogfoot fame. Super unpretentious from it's prices (below $20) to the friendly barbers. I appreciate a good straight razor cleanup and they even dish out shoulder massages. Yuck fou, Franks, for beating me to my dream job.

The photo (for a liquor store ad, seriously) terrifies me. But, I gotta say it was a great honor to be shot by Curtis Johnson. I swear every photographer friend of mine has done a stint supporting Curtis and they all love him.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mayor's Picks for Art-a-Whirl this weekend

#1 SS Infinite Regress - Houseboat Installation/Film/ Music/Jumpsuits

The folks over at Creative Electric Studios have a special treat in store for you down on the banks of the Ol' Mississip!

Music Line up:

Friday, May 15, 2009 at dusk
-Gay Witch Abortion (plays on a free floating raft down the Mississippi!)
-Knife World

Saturday, May 16, 2009 morning/afternoon
-Jon Olson & Caveman play acoustic set during coffee time at the dock
-Adam Wirtzfeld & friends play in the afternoon

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at dusk
-White Map (with Zak Sally)
-Allison LaBonne (of the Owls) with friends
(screening of Allison's new music video by Phil Harder during the performance!)
(and maybe more floating music as well!)

Outdoor BBQ at Sample Room Above Docks
Friday and Saturday Evenings Starting at 6 pm
$5 gets you A Beer and A Brat


View SS Infinite Regress in a larger map

#2 Guzzard Reunion!

One of the best MPLS Bands from back in the day. Recorded a song named after my old band (Zip Jet the Supersonic Enemy of Evil). Broke up in 1996. Part of a whole day of music at Grumpy's NE.

1:00-1:20 Little Irvy
1:40-2:00 the Short Cuts
2:20-2:40 Iquano
3:00-3:20 Fiero
3:40-4:00 Lady Hard On
4:20-4:40 Beaver
5:00-5:20 Best Bitch in Show
5:40-6:00 Bitter Spills
6:20-6:40 Bastard Saint
7:00-7:20 Awesome Snakes
7:40-8:10 Gay Witch Abortion
8:30-9:30 Guzzard

#3 Johnstock

29th & Johnson NE Minneapolis

FRIDAY, MAY 15: Approx. 8:30pm
Movie in the Merchant Parking Lot at dusk. This year's feature is The Muppet Movie!!!

SATURDAY, MAY 16: 10am - 8pm.
40+ craft and art vendors in the lot and surrounding businesses.
11am Pirate Pete Kids Show!!
Live, local music all day.

12:00 Acoustic Death Orchestra
1:00 The Don Sellers Mystery Project
2:00 Backstories
3:00 Still Pacific - My pal Brad's new band
4:00 Draper Daniels
5:00 These Unknown
6:00 Eyes of the Dead Sun

Down the street, at Shannon Aleczander Salon: Free Face Painting and Crazy Hair + Goodies and Gift Basket Drawing!

SUNDAY, MAY 17: 11am - 5pm.
More live music. Vendors are back!

11:30 Wayne and the Boys
1:00 Mellow Roar
2:00 Rising Side
3:00 Backstories

#4 - Art-a-Whirl

Download a map of all of the open studios here!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz. Why? Read the reviews!

Our UX brain and Yogic guru, Azmir Saliefendic, sent this around today under the heading "The Importance of Product Reviews".

From Azmir:

The more reviews you read, the more they seem to make sense.
There are so many gems on this page – keep clicking.

Every review of the 1000+ is rockin’.

Read the Reviews on Amazon.

Anyone got a plate of cookies?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat.

And meet Keyboard Cat! Mt. Holly has become so jaded about passed-along video that this is the only way we can enjoy them anymore. Thank you Keyboard Cat.

Meet Simon & Simon

Simon and Simon

Behold the regal protectors of the Mt. Holly mayoral mansion. It's a cat's and cat's life.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Today is the Minnesota walleye fishing opener which means I'm up on Mille Lacs with my father-in-law netting some lunkers.

If you're not fishing you can print out and assemble a papercraft version of the band Flipper's tour van from the cover of their 1984 LP Gone Fishin'. Flipper rules!

Flipper suffering for their music. Now it's your turn.

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Saddest Music in The World + Guy Maddin Live!

From the folks at The Talkies:

“If you’re sad and like beer, I’m your lady”- Lady Port-Huntley

It may be cliché but what better way to ease our financial-minded woes than to gather round the silver screen to witness Lady Helen Port-Huntley’s (Isabella Rossellini) contest to end all contests: who can produce THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD?

Blowing in from the northerly diabolic region known as Winnipeg Guy Maddin’s live commentary marks The Talkies’ 5th installment. Uniquely gifted to push this nascent notion into uncharted waters Maddin, the maniac behind the expanded viewing spectacles such as Branded Upon the Brain and the beautiful essay My Winnipeg, innately understands how special the space in the cinema can be and will, on June 18th, transform The Heights Theatre into the best Talkies experience yet.

Arrive at 7p.m. on June 18th for a 35mm screening of THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD starring Isabella Rossellini and Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall) . At 9:00p.m. this celluloid salvo screens again with the extra somethin' somethin' that only The Talkies provides: live commentary from Guy Maddin himself.

June 18th
7p.m.- THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD -screening only 7/advance & 8/door

9p.m. THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD with GUY MADDIN- 18.50/advance & 22.00/door

The Depression Special- Both shows for 20.00



A Joe Meek Showcase

Joe Meek was a huge innovator in music from the 50's on through most of the 60's. He started a powerful independent British record label, Triumph, and production company, RGM. Although much as been written about his obsession with the occult, homosexuality, and the murder suicide that ended his life, Joe Meek will forever be in my heart and ears for the wonderful sound that he created. Take a listen.

The Tornados brought Joe his biggest stateside hit with the instrumental Telstar. Here is a rare scopitone of the band playing their 1963 song Robot.

Although it hit #1 in the UK, Have I the Right by the Honeycombs stalled at #5 in the US. The Honeycombs, featuring drummer Honey Lantree seem to be trying to catch up with the track in this clip from the film Pop Gear. They should be. To add more energy to the track, Joe sped it up in the mastering process. Notice the stomping percussion performed by the entire band during the chorus. It's another signature Joe meek move. He had the entire band jump in unison on his studios wooden stairs to get just the right sound.

Johnny Layton was just one of the many vocalists that brought Joe many UK hits. Check out the footage of Joe manning his beloved tape machines in this video.

Rumors abound about how Joe's infatuation with Tornadoes bassist Heinz Burt, shown here singing the title track to the film Live It Up, led to Joe promoting Heinz as a solo singer and allegedly using another vocalist to actually perform the singing. This video of Heinz lip-syncing along to his Meek produced Cochran tribute on a show called Oldie Parade does little to dispel the myth.

Sorry there's no live footage of The Outlaws, and the image of Richie Blackmore here is a bit out of place since he didn't join the band until later in their career, but what a great tune. I implore you to find yourself a copy of The Outlaws Ride Again or Dream of The West and to spend the summer spend your summer in full western gear.

If this has whetted your appetite for more Joe Meek. Check out the dramatic tale of Joe's life, Telstar, which should be out this summer in the UK or be patient for the in-the-works documentary A Life in the Death of Joe Meek.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

RIP Meinhardt Raabe - Munchkin Coroner UPDATE!

The last living munchkin has passed away. It's fitting that the actor who played the coroner outlived all the other citizens of Munchkinland.

(ed. 05/07/09) This is all wrong. I jumped the gun and I sincerely apologize to the dear coroner! It turns out that Micky Caroll one of the munchkin soldiers has passed.

Remaining living munchkins (can you believe it? The movie was filmed in 1939!)

Ruth Duccini
Karl Slover
Jerry Maren
Margaret Pellegrini
Meinharte Raabe

Check out for munchkin bios!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Steve Lambert art shiow (SP?)

Steve Lambert solo show walkthrough from Steve Lambert on Vimeo.

Another great find from over at Dinosaurs and Robots. Yes, I'm talking about an actual rare and elusive Frauenfelder penned typo! (I know, I shouldn't cast any stones around typos myslef.) Look fast or you may miss it! Plus, this video walkthrough of Steve Lambert's amazingly beautiful new art show. Man, that feller is good.

My Drawing Kit

My Drawing Kit
Originally uploaded by mthaeg

It's a good day at my digital job when my desk gets this analog.

Monday, May 04, 2009

World Famous Wrestler, THE MYSTERION, Will Draw a Picture of Himself Kicking Your Ass for FREE!

For the past couple of years, I've been getting the cold shoulder from our postmaster. I finally found out why. It seems that as a result of a redesign oversight, this line disappeared from the bottom of each issue.

Philatelic Collectors mail to: 305 Holmes St • Mt. Holly, MN 55379 - all postcards answered by Mt. Holly postmaster & outlaw professional wrestler, the Mysterion.

Since retiring from the squared circle in 1994, the Mysterion has devoted much of his free time to making personalized drawings of himself mutilating all who challenge him by sending him their photo in the mail. The Mysterion speaks:

You senda da picture anda stamp, I unleash powerful fury of ALMIGHTY MYSTERION on you face anda body areas. I crack skulls. I wield foreign objects. I tear apart. I send back drawing and photo. You cry big tears like spring rain growing flowers for you own funeral.

In a message of goodwill (and fear for my own personal safety) this is a PSA for our good friend, The Mysterion. Send a photo, a stamp, and a nice letter of introduction to:

The Mysterion
305 Holmes St S
Mt. Holly, MN 55379

You can expect or receive your ass-kicking in 2-3 weeks.

Pablo skates his Baseman autographed deck

I love the fact that our friend's George and Jen have a boy thrashing around town on an autographed Gary Baseman deck. Apparently, Mr. Baseman did too. He signed the deck above the wheels where it won't get ground off. Smart!

Art Boat Party! Creative Electric SS Infinite Regress Opening

Safe House Boat
Originally uploaded by jennysalmela

For all of you artsters who will be looking for a relief from being packed into small studios in former grain silos, feed mills, and casket factories during this year's Art-a-Whirl. Take a break down at the river with the Creative Electric crew aboard their floating artscape!

Here's the skinny:

Creative Electric Studios to launch SS Infinite Regress during Art-a-Whirl 2009

DATES: May 15-May 17th
Bands / Dancing /special events at dusk on Friday and Saturday

LOCATION: Behind the Sample Room ( 2124 Marshall Street NE, MPLS) on the Mississippi River

Creative Electric Studios pulled the Safe House Boat into drydock over the winter and after extensive modifications the boat will be rechristened SS Infinite Regress and launched this May in time for Art-a-Whirl.

The public is invited to experience the infinite finite space inside the SS Infinite Regress. Visitors will be asked to don sterile white suits upon boarding. Once suited up visitors will be allowed entry to the bridge. Films will be projected and reflected through a series of glass mirrors onto the white suits, making them both the observer and the observed.

The design of SS Infinite Regress was predicated on this principle:

Infinite regress: in a series of propositions arises if the truth of proposition P1 requires the support of proposition P2, and for any proposition in the series Pn, the truth of Pn requires the support of the truth of Pn+1. There would never be adequate support for P1.

in other words ...

"an attempt to solve a problem which re-introduced the same problem in the proposed solution. If one continues along the same lines, the initial problem will recur infinitely and will never be solved. Not all regresses, however, are vicious."

Other christening ceremony events include:
Floating musical performances by White Map, Allison Lebon (of The Owls), Gay Witch Abortion
plus Modern Dance performances
(events subject to change)