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The Halloween Demos: Hillbilly with a Meat Cleaver

Our story so far: Inspired by Ashbury Height’s “Skeleton Tree” experiment, I decided to do the unthinkable – release five of the dozen or so demos I’ve sent to the other Milkmen over the past year. I’ve  already posted “Her Name is Witch” and “Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll”. I’ve accelerated the releases a bit as some folks have taken notice of them.

Hillbilly with a Meat Cleaver was not inspired by American Horror Story’s  “Butcher” character (Although I do live that show and Kathy Bates is a joy to watch in that role – she’s really getting into it), but by Eric Powell’s brilliantly twisted  “Hillbilly” comic books. (“The Devil’s Cleaver will suffer no witch!”).

The Halloween Demos: “Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll”

Our story so far: Inspired by Ashbury Height’s “Skeleton Tree” experiment, I decided to do the unthinkable – release five of the dozen or so demos I’ve sent to the other Milkmen over the past year. On Friday night I posted “Her Name is Witch”.

Billy Wants a Voodoo Doll was inspired by the much more disturbing “Billy Wants a Doll” from Marlo Thomas’ 1970’s “Free To be You and Me” special. All I really remembered about the original song was my dad’s comment that Billy probably didn’t live in a steel-town.

Anyhooo, I always wanted to write a song about New Orleans, so here it is…

The Halloween Demos: “Her Name is Witch”

I’ve probably written fifteen or sixteen songs this year. Of those, I’ve submitted at least a dozen to the Milkmen as demos. Out of those five or six will probably land on the next Milkmen album if I’m lucky.  That’s the way songwriting works in our band: everybody writes and  submits songs (or parts of songs) and we keep a few and the rest are never heard form again. It’s pretty much the same process the Duggars use to decide which of their children they’ll allow to live.

Normally, I don’t share my demos with people outside of the band. This is because the songs always tend to sound better after the other guys contribute to them. Or, in the case of the songs that get scrapped, I relieved that I was sparred the embarrassment.

That said, of all the songs I’ve submitted in the last few months, five were of a particular spooky nature. These I’ve christened “The Halloween Demos”.

The first of the lot is “Her Name is Witch” which was inspired by a radio play about former witches being reprogrammed as witch-hunters.

Here’s the song…

The playlist for the October (HALLOWEEN!) edition of RATYHTL (The Radio Show)

Don’t Fear the Reaper (Radio Edit)Heaven 17
Halloween ThemeIszoloscope
RitualAri Mason
Monster (Inside The House) –  Pretty Addicted
Z.O.M.B.I.E.Santa Hates You
Astro Zombies [Explicit]The Misfits
ZombieJuno Reactor
Jesus Was A Zombie [Explicit]Zombie Girl
You Wish Me Dead Get In LineAlien Vampires
Keep The DarkLucifer’s Aid
As Darkness FallsSolemn Novena
I Have a Devil in Me [Explicit]Go Fight
666 On The Crucifix (Be My Enemy Mix) –  Caustic
The Devils In The ChemicalsEgo Likeness
Devil In MeFlesh & Fell
Afterglow (The Rain Within Remix)Assemblage 23
DARK DRIVEThe Rain Within
Foreshadow  – VIO
Haunting Me [Explicit] –  Stabbing Westward
BlackThe Soft Moon
The Killing MoonEcho and the Bunnymen
Ghost Requiem – Delirium
Mass For The Dead Reactor7x
Black Heart –  Black Heart
Teddy –  RazorBladeKisses




Project Rein Down on Yo’ Ass: Did We Win?

Rick: Well, are you going to let us win?

Bambi: No, of course not, the posh kids win, they always do. Come on.

So, it would that despite our best efforts, Rein’s magnum opus, “I Don’t Get Anything But Shit From You” is tragically NOT 2016’s Song of the Summer.

Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2016


Apparently, according to the website above, the 2016’s Official Summer Song is Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne). I don’t know about you folks, but that song didn’t even crack my top 500 songs of 2016’s summer.  I get the feeling that anyone who voted for that song is REALLY excited about the possibility of getting a craft Popsicle store in their neighborhood.

Since there’s now way in Hell that I’m gonna post a the video for “No Problem” (Nothing against Chance, put I’m sure he’s getting enough publicity), here’s a cool new 3Teeth video…


Project Rein Down on Yo’ Ass

As a ZZZ-list celebrity, I give so much and ask so little. That’s why, on those rare occasions that I do ask you folks to help out, you know it’s something serious.

I really, really, really need all of you go to this URL and enter “Rein” under Artist & “I Don’t Get Anything But Shit From You” under Song (Please see photo):…/v…/franchises/song-of-the-summer/


Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it because “I Don’t Get Anything But Shit From You” is a fun little angry song. Do it because the people who’ve been posting in comments section of the poll are UNSPEAKABLE MONSTERS! Don’t believe Me? OK, here’s an actual quote:

“Nice, but I’m gonna have to go with ‘Because I’m Me’ by the Avalanches. That song breathes summer.”

If that songs breathes summer, then I want to be the one to hold a pillow over its face until it STOPS breathing summer. Or anything else, for that matter.

If you’re like me (and these days, who isn’t?) you live in a city whose airwaves are dominated with shitty Alt-Rock. This means that WE have to hear THEIR music, but THEY never have to encounter OURS. We have to consistently endure their upbeat Poptomist   anthems, but they rarely, or ever, get a taste or our angry songs. Well, “Project Rein Down on Yo’ Ass” hopes to address that issue one poll at a time.

And just what a shock it will be to these people to hear an angry female voice. I swear by God and a dozen other mass murderers, that Hipster are the most gender-normative subculture since the Birchers . Think about it. All of their men look like lumberjacks and are into bacon and all of their women are doe-eyed knitting enthusiasts who speak in squeaky child-like voices. If you saw that shit in a horror movie, you’d flee from the theater.

Many, many years ago, an acquaintance of my got burned on a coke deal so he got his shotgun and drove to the dealer’s corner only to find it occupied by four dudes sporting Uzis. Vastly out-gunned, my neighbor just set low in the driver’s seat, then drove for about half -a-block before fire his gun into the air. “I just wanted them to know I was thinking about them”, he would later explain.

So, there you have it. Like my acquaintance, we too are vastly out-gunned. but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a little noise from time-to-time just to let other folks know that we’re thinking aout them.

So let’s get going; there’s no other choice. God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural fluids.



You’ll Bomb to Anything

This is what happens when I have too much time on my hands: I’ve remixed Caustic’s “Bomb the Clubs’ into the Dead Milkmen’s “You’ll Dance to Anything”

To hear twelve other artists who did a much better job than I did, go here.

Remix Our Chica Vampiro Song Or Be Cast Out As “Unclean”!


Hello gherkins,

You’ve had over a month to get to up close and personal with our Chica Vampiro track, now it’s you turn to see if you can improve on perfection! This is your chance to remix a song by the greatest super-group since Simon and Garfunkle and Malmsteen and Dawn!

Get the remix kit HERE

Then remix the song.

Then let us hear your remix.

Then relax in a pile of filthy, filthy money, because this shit WILL make you famous!


Chica Vampiro: The Song


Everybody dig a grave. Dig a grave.
Everybody dig a grave. Dig a grave.

Look over there! To your right. Hit the play button!

Hey gherkins, it’s been a tough week. If you’re in need of a little cheering up, then my friends The Gothsicles, & MC Lars, and I have a song that just might help. It’s a tribute to our favorite Spanish-Language teen vampire show: Chica Vampiro.

You can download it from Bandcamp for free But if you do decide to throw some money our way, be assured that, for the first month,  ALL proceeds will go to charity (and not “Charity”, who is a very talented and flexible pole-dancer).

Here are the lyrics:

Saturday, one o’clock
I turn my TV to Mondo Fox
‘Cuz there’s a show I’ve got to watch
There’s a show that just plain rocks!
A high school girl named Daisy O’Brian
Who’s also a vampire. I ain’t lyin’
The acting is better than Robert De Niro
It’s time to watch…

Reruns of “Buffy” can be OK
But I just can’t watch ’em everyday
Not when there’s so much at stake
So drop that hero and get with a zero
It’s time to watch…

Chica Vampiro, me gusta mucho
Telenovela, amor y justo
Colombian hit, ninos pequenos
Scaring their parents and haunting their sueños
Max de la Torre puede bailar
cuando Ulises O’Brian is far
Twilight it’s not, but still rocks the spot
Chica Vampiro, voy a mirar a lot

[Approximate translation by someone who doesn’t speak Spanish]
Chica Vampiro, your wombat is rabid
Now we must flee; flee to the volcano
For you are the one with the webbed toes
You are the one with a greatest TV show.


2015: The Busiest Year of My Life. Part 2 – My Life with the Thrill Kale Kult

I’m going to make a brave and possibly futile attempt to document some of the more interesting things that happened to me in 2015 (the busiest & strangest year of my life) over a series of posts. I hope you enjoy them.

It’s approximately 2 AM on the morning of Sunday, February 1st, 2015, and I am wading through a a group of  roughly two dozen women who are making out with each other, shouting “Look out for those knives!” 

Clearly, some backstory is called for. ..

Back in October of 2015, my friend and fellow DJ Neska came through in a big way for the Dead Milkmen by setting up a show for us in Baltimore (Due to a miscommunication, we’d had some other shows canceled, so this was a godsend…technically a “Neskasend”). During our messaging back-and-forth, Neska informed me that Bryan & Christof from Velvet Acid Christ would be attending the show. I thought she was joking. I think it took her a couple of weeks to convince me that she wasn’t.

I’ll get to the knives (they’re really more like swords) and the massive all-girl lip-lock fest in a minute, but right now I need you to understand that I am really huge (and not just because I’ve gotten fatter) Velvet Acid Christ fan.

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