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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2015: The Busiest Year of My Life. Part 1 – Hot Breakfast, A Song, & A Documentary

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

It’s the after of Saturday, January 17th, 2015, and I am urinating, live, on the internet.

Maybe I’d better rewind a little…

A month or so earlier, our friend an co-conspirator Brain McTear asked us (The Dead Milkmen) if  we’d like to take part in Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series.  Basicly, the series works like this: a band drops by Brian’s studio for two days – one day of recording  and one day of mixing . Both sessions are streamed live over the internet, and later the song and a little documentary are released.  We said yes – otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.

I was really excited about the invite (Here’s my original tumblr post ) for a couple of reasons. First, I really enjoy working with Brian. Second, how often can you turn on your computer and watch a band record and mix a song live? I’m a total studio-spaz; I’m fascinated with the studio in much the same way that Mike Huckabee is fascinated by shiny objects, also, I can think of about 50 bands whom I’d love to watch recording a song. And, finally, it would give the band a chance to record “The Prisoner’s Cinema”  – a song that I’d really wanted to include on Pretty Music For Pretty People.

OK. I’m getting to the urination, but first I’d like to tell you a little bit about the the origin of the song and my friends Kyle, MC Lars and Matt & Jill (AKA Hot Breakfast!). Oh, here’s 10 hours of The Dead Milkmen in the studio, just in case you think I’m making all of this up.

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