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START: Nov 1, 2003
END: Dec 8, 2003
Contact: Jason Schwartz
JasonS 'a t ' Mobilization.com
(Please pass on this announcement to appropriate
"How to Destroy the Universe Festival Launches
- Extreme Art and Music Showcased"
MOBILIZATION.COM, LAUGHINGSQUID.COM, and radio
station KFJC 89.7fm (KFJC.ORG) Co-Present
a new performance series dedicated to building community among extreme
artists in the punk/industrial scene.
"How to Destroy the Universe Festival - Part
A day that will live in infamy!
Early show on Pearl Harbor Day in San Francisco
$8 Advanced, $10 at the Door
21+ with ID
Possible web-cast on http://www.kfjc.org
BANDS (first to last):
** NEITHER NEITHER WORLD - sensual dark gothic pop cabaret
** PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA - 40 piece orchestra perform Punk classics
** F-SPACE - Frenetic and Maniacal Industrial pyro post-punk mantras (members
of Savage Republic, Chrome, and Scot Jenerik)
** THE MERMEN - Off the Meter Psychedelic surf
** THE SEROTONINS - Performance-art Rock Mayhem from Los Angeles
Guest Master of Ceremonies:
**Dr. HOWLAND OWLL (Church of the SubGenius)
** FERNANDO - Thunderdome/DeathGuild/Assimilate
** MC CHRIST - KFJC
** CHARLES GADEKEN - BurningArt.com artist
** JIM JOCOY - "We're Desperate" Early LA/SF Punk Photography
Bring a dish to share
Discounted Advanced tickets available from
Mobilization Recordings is hosting a series of rare events dedicated to
building community in the DIY/Underground art and music scene. The series
is inspired by the early Theoretical (http://theoretical.com) and Anti-Club
shows run in Los Angeles in the 1980s, and by the recent "Beyond
the Pale" festivals in San Francisco.
The first "How to Destroy the Universe Festival"
combines artists that have performed at Burning Man over the years with
artists working on creative documentation and preservation of early Punk
(Note: This event is not sponsored by, and is independent of Burning Man).
This primal punk/industrial energy and frenetic creativity was common
in both the early San Francisco music scene and the early Burning Man
community but more recently has been largely diluted and coopted in both
Any of the artists can be contacted for press interviews
JasonS ' a t ' mobilization.com
ARTIST PRESS INFORMATION:
Guitarist Jim Thomas has re-invented the Surf guitar
with a unique and fluid psychedelic/hard core style.
Formed 1986,in San Francisco, Ca.
Since then the band has had six releases,
Krill Slippin' (Kelptone)1989
Food For Other Fish (New Albion) 1994
Live At The Haunted House (Shitone)1994
A Glorious Leathal Euphoria(Atlantic)1995 (Mesa)1995
Songs Of The Cows (Atlantic)1996
The Amazing California Health And Happiness Road Show(Mesa/V2)1999
PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA
The Punk Rock Orchestra: Anarchy in the first chair
Hailing from San Francisco, CA the Punk Rock Orchestra
is a 35+ piece strong orchestra that plays punk rock tunes you know and
love on classical instruments. Their set list is a journey through the
great punk bands: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Sex Pistols, Circle Jerks,
Fear, Suicidal Tendencies and so on. All the members are classically trained,
many of them by recognized masters of their respective instruments. From
mosh pits to orchestra pits, you won't hear anything like this anywhere
Members of the Orchestra have played with many
local symphonies and ensembles including: San Francisco Symphony, San
Francisco Opera, San Francisco Civic, Oakland Civic, Peninsula Symphony,
Sacramento Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Napa Symphony, Pacific Wind Ensemble,
Deutscher Musik-Verein, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, Berkeley Lyric
Opera, Symphony Parnassus, SF Concerto Opera, SF Repertory Opera Orchestra,
Community Music Center Orchestra and the San Francisco Composers Chamber
Members have also played with such local bands
as The Dead Kennedys, The Residents, The Woodyz, The Inciters, Apocalipstick!,
Pick-Pocket Opera, Cotton Candy Cabaret and Staranova.
Maximum Rock and Roll, the New York Times of punk,
called them "Shocking". The San Francisco Bay Guardian describes
their music as "...low brow music on high brow instruments,"
and Charles Osgood of CBS Radio said "Now you've heard everything."
The Punk Rock Orchestra is the experience of a
lifetime. Don't miss them.
(.mp3's available on website)
Address: David Ferguson
Institute For Unpopular Culture
1592 Union Street #226
San Francisco, CA 94123
F-SPACE is a musical project by San Francisco sound artists Ethan Port
and Scot Jenerik based upon the intense spectacle of performance, concentrating
on alternative sound and flame sources. The project is frenetic, intelligent
and visceral. The project still eavily references traditional rock, pop,
punk, ethnic and psychadelic melodies (influenced by the time Ethan Port
did time in the 1980s seminal Los Angeles art punk outfit SAVAGE REPUBLIC)
but within a new sonic architecture.
F-SPACE relies heavily on it's own unique custom built percussive instruments
to define a new audio and visual quality that is at once organic and electronic.
The instruments of metal, springs, strings and other hardware (often immersing
the band in 15 foot fire balls) produce the bands now trademarked "Shop
"like the kind of music you'd write to drive
your 7th grade metal shop class into a screaming frenzy".
In 2001 F-Space moved to a more song structured
"band/collective" with Ethan Port, Aleph (drummer from CHROME)
and on occasion, Joel Connell (drummer from MAN IS THE BASTARD, and the
SAVAGE REPUBLIC 2002 reunion tour). The project still focuses on sonic
percussion -- noisy and explosive with melodic overtones.
The resulting F-Space sound is violent, sinister
and encompassing, filled with passion and intimacy that transforms the
listener to an altered state of bliss.
In 2003 F-Space "toured" Burning Man,
playing 8 "Hit and Run" performances out of the back of their
van with a PA and generator. The result was spontaneous bliss catching
most people completely by surprise. People are talking about F-SPACE.
The first full length studio F-SPACE CD titled
"Preliminary Impact Report" is scheduled for December 2003 release,
with US, European and Japaneese tours in the works for 2004.
NEITHER NEITHER WORLD
"Nature prohibits nothing" A caption from the quote by the Marquis
De Sade etched in bold letters on the inside of Neither/Neither World's
first CD, Sociopathic Pleasures. The statement best captures the movement
of this band. They blend the perfect sounds of bands like Mazzy Star and
The Creatures to create their own lush and unique aesthetic.
Some contributors that have been on previous releases
are Monte Cazazza, Elden M of Allegory Chapel and The Haters, and drummer
of the infamous Dwarves. Singer/Songwriter Wendy Van Dusen limits herself
to nothing, composing music that forces the listener to the inner reaches
of their psyche and spirit. She is also known to work with bands such
as Dive, IT (Minus Habens), as well as offering her haunting vocals to
In Neither/Neither World live performances, the
audience is always certain of one thing, they never know what to expect.
Drawing a crowd from all areas of the world, the shows themselves become
a sort of voodoo rite of passage at the end of the world. It is always
exhilarating but maybe somewhat frightful to the uninitiated. Wendy Van
Dusen, who has been known to saunter on stage wearing a cat suit and wielding
an ax, carries the air of an exotic villain, and has the vocal range to
mimic the very cry of demons residing in our minds, or to resonate through
the audience like a strong torch singer from a sultry past. Wolves cry
in the night in celebration of magnificence and boundlessness of nature
as does the limitless compositions of the music of Neither/Neither World.
There have been a million revolutions that have been lost in thirty strokes,
one grunt and a dirty gym sock. The greatest ideas usually are thought
up by the laziest people. Never to be known by more than a few and whoever
was in the know wasnt exactly sure what the hell they
witnessed in the first place. Tall tales are created, most are forgotten
and a few people with scrap books remembering how wonderful it all was
and how Goddamn crappy it is now. What does this all mean? Im not
but lets continue.
Anyway, just before the year 2001, eight of the strangest, creative brains
had come together in the most random ways. Its like how did the
first heterosexual people decide that anal sex might be a fun thing to
do? I bet it was an accident
one happy, stinky accident. Okay, so
it happened. We had something that was more than just special. It was
real. We had created a musical energy that could change the way people
lived their lives. It certainly had changed all of ours. We wondered what
the ramifications would be if we could somehow grind up our little secret
and sprinkle it on to the eardrums of the world?
The summer of 2002 and it was time. Everyone knew we had to document where
we were as a band in order to grow as a band. We had two options. Go into
a recording studio, crank out all we could in limited time or buy the
equipment ourselves and make it happen ourselves. We chose the latter
and Unkforshire studios was born in our basement rehearsal space. Donations
from family and friends, credit car debt and one hell of a change drive
bought us (list equipment).
We found a producer and engineer on the recommendation of a friend and
we were off to the races. A marathon race that is! One year later, we
had been through what would have broken up most bands (will save the details
for our VH1 Behind the Music special). Instead, we had an album that we
all were proud of and, in turn, grew to have a deep appreciation for being
fortunate enough to be part of The Serotonins. For the first time all
eight of us realized that this wasnt just a band
this was our
Now, what to name the album? There were so many
ideas and it seemed that for every title at least one band member hated
it. One of the original working titles for the album was Easier
Than Learning to Read. This was a line taken from one of Rev. Daves
earliest songs, Animal Abuse that always got a big belly laugh.
Josh Flemming (unofficial 9th member of the band, who, among countless
other things, handles our artwork) came up with the cover concept that
fit this title perfectly. Wheeew! End of headache and our album had a
title. Now, Rev. Dave starts off the new song Ghetto Snow
with the lyrics, Easier Than Learning To Read. To bad, Ghetto
Snow isnt on our first album. Oh well
Okay, enough back-story. Time to strip off your Aquaman underoos, put
on the nipple clamps, spray your cheese whiz in an unusual place, lick
your Mighty Mouse hallucinogenic stamp collection and crank up the Serotonins
debut album, Easier Than Learning To Read! I think this party
started right now!!!
Only the Beginning!! The Serotonins cd "Easier Than Learning to Read"
is the freshest music out there. "Outthere" could definitely
describe it. Each song starting with JLo has an essence and vibrance to
it that most bands cannot capture in cd form. Songs like "People
of America" , JLO , and "Good Day" really speak to issues
in our society and culture. Then it isn't missing the party songs either.
"Killing Nouns" gives new meaning to white rapper and with a
killer horn section comes off nicely. "Reefer Madness" puts
any past pot smokin' song in the category of a nugget that should be smoked.
"Reefer" should have been on the soundtrack of the latest Kevin
Smith movie. Don't miss this wild ride.
Reviewer: Chad Bell
Fernando, the original THUNDERDOME DJ (Burning Man), is infamous in the
San Francisco industrial scene (DeathGuild, Assimilate) for combining
disparate extreme musical genres into a gyrating "Mad Max" punk/goth/industrial
has worked with KFJC 89.7fm, one of the worlds only surviving Free Form
radio stations since high school in the early 1980s. M.C.CHRIST combines
a deep musical history with a need to shake and rock. M.C.CHRIST recently
presented a 24 hour special on KFJC on the life and times of THROBBING
Slides from his new book "We're Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography
of Jim Jocoy SF/LA 78-80"
This photo show was featured at Aquarius Records
"There was a new excitement of music in the
air: punk. It was coming from London (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation
X), NY (Television, Blondie, The Ramones), and now from San Francisco
(The Nuns, Avengers, V.X.A.) and Los Angeles (The Germs, The Weirdos,
X). I started going to the Mabuhay Gardens (the seminal punk club in San
Francisco) regularly to meet with friends, artists, musicians, and performers.
Everyone was dressing up and there was a new excitement and energy in
the air. I decided I wanted to capture this on film -- I would ask people
if I could take their photo and they would locate a setting/background
nearby where I would snap a couple of shots. These photos became my records
of the social/musical scene of that period." --Jim Jocoy
Features Never-Before Seen Photos of Legendary
Icons Including Darby Crash, Iggy Pop, Lydia LuNch, Sid Vicious, John
Waters, Johnny Thunders, Bruce Connor, members of X, Dead Kennedys, the
Go-Gos, The Cramps, The Avengers, Flipper, The Screamers, and The Nuns,
and more !!
The Illumination Project creates monumental and fleeting works of art,
revocable interventions on the landscape that appear and disappear like
the shadow of a cloud passing before the sun. The installations transform
the environment with color and form through impossibly large paintings
that float just above the earth. Then they vanish in a dance of wind and
fire. The Illumination Project has joined realization with destruction
to create a new union where planning, creation, transition and remembrance
Charles Gedeken also created the "Hand of
God" at Burning Man 2003, a 10 foot metal hand that shot 100 foot
flames into the air out of each finger.
THE SPECIAL GUEST MASTER of CEREMONIES:
DR. HOWLAND OWLL - CHURCH OF THE SubGenius
Harry S. Robins, (aka Doktor Howland Owll, aka
is a renown underground comic artist and his work has appeared in Last
Gasp's Weirdo, Salon Magazine's Dark Hotel and many other publications.
For over a decade he has been the co-host of KPFA's bizarre radio show,
"Puzzling Evidence". Rev. Hal is the "Master of Church
Secrets" for The Church of SubGenius. As Dr. Howland Owll, he has
served as MC for many unique San Francisco events including Chicken John's
"You Asked For It!" game shows. Recently, Hal contributed his
unique vocal talents to the award-winning interactive game, Half-Life.