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26 years and six leather jackets later

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What Instrument(s) Do You Play
Guitar, Bass, Other
About Me
Bloomington is my hometown. With a couple years overseas, I lived there from 1976 until 1990. Since 1990, I have lived in Seattle, which actually means I have lived in Seattle longer than I did Bloomington. If you were interested in punk rock in Indiana, especially in Bloomington or Indy, between 1983 and 1988 or so, I probably made an effort to get to know you. I have been blogging since 2002 at, and maintain a raft of subsidiary sites, some of which may be of interest to MFT people.

I learned about the MFT project from Jeb just as they were launching it several years ago - I think Jeb found an archive of some Bloomington music I host at and emailed me about the software I was using to present the archive.
What bands are you or have you been in?
Modock, bass (1988-1989),, with Mike Hurtt, Matt Uhlmann, and Dave Cruse
The Vortex, bass (1990), with Mike Goss, Steve Bouton, and Tim Hommey. We only played one show.

Fat Mona, bass, (1992-1993) - Tod Collins, Odin Bettinger, Jim Thompson
The Bareknuckle Boxers,, mandolin, (1996-2000 +/-) - Odin Bettinger, Karel Trubac, Karl Kill, Chelle Wagner, Will Hollauer, Greg Brotherton, Lance Biggs, Barry Semple, Blake Carter, Sean Kearney, and more folks after I left.
What city are you from?
Bloomington and Seattle
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Found a video of Andrew Wagner singing "Unlucky Highway" with Frankie Camaro's mid-80s combo the Truckadelics.

Andrew's memorial service is October 20 in Minnesota.

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 5:19pm

Sophia Travis, RIP

Bloomington musician and politician and friend and collaborator to many on MFT Sophia Travis passed away last night.

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 10:21am — 3 Comments

New Tim Carroll

This just in my mailbox from Gulcher (note the copy credit at the end):

"Tim Carroll


(Gulcher 616)
Tim Carroll cut his rock'n'roll teeth in the late 1970s, as rhythm guitarist for the Gizmos, Indiana's first punk band. After they disbanded in 1982, he spent several years fronting New York City's neo-honkytonk bar-rockers, the Blue Chieftains. Throughout his subsequent Nashville solo career, Tim has clung at least as tightly to…

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 3:30pm

End of the Century

This floated by on Dangerous Minds:

It is "End of the Century - the Story of the Ramones," a 1.5 h doc released in 2003, after both Joey and Dee Dee died but before Johnny did. I. Addition to the dear departed, there is extensive material from Arturo Vega, Danny Fields, and Seymour Stein, among others.

One of the filmmakers… Continue

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 4:03am — 2 Comments


This image floated by on found and I thought certain persons hereabouts would dig it.

Can't use the fancy image-embed controls from an iPad. My Hoosier roots remind me that it is a just punishment for using an uppity device.

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 12:16am — 3 Comments

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At 2:12pm on March 16, 2012, Kurt/Yukki said…

Check this out:

Got it for Christmas, I love it.

At 2:25pm on February 8, 2012, Kurt/Yukki said…

Interesting...That exhibit was curated by Adam Parfrey. He's the head of Feral House publishing. They publish some of my favorite books!

At 6:39pm on February 6, 2012, Kurt/Yukki said…

"I lived with a guy in Bton (well, he just sorta would hang out at the house all the time, like, ALL THE TIME) who was both mentally I'll and an acid casualty, and he would fill notebook after notebook with his ravings about how God had cursed him because he refused to let Jesus fuck him in the ass."

At 6:35pm on February 6, 2012, Kurt/Yukki said…
At 10:34am on February 6, 2012, Kurt/Yukki said…

Have you heard of Paul Laffoley?

At 10:31am on February 6, 2012, Kurt/Yukki said…

Yep, those links worked.

He worked at Harmonix before I cam on board, but I know of him through our art director, who told me about him.

Interesting story.

He came in to visit once, I think...

At 5:55pm on December 30, 2011, Dave Repellent Jr said…

The Life Quartet used to be on the Muncie radio station every sunday..I just converted my vinyl to mp3..enjoy..

At 5:54pm on December 30, 2011, Dave Repellent Jr said…
At 5:53pm on December 30, 2011, Dave Repellent Jr said…

Hey Mike ...You might like this

At 11:37am on December 27, 2011, Kurt/Yukki said…

Mike, thanks so much for sending that! What a crazy batch of data! Anything containing a map of rat bitten babies and dispersal of zombified human post-nuclear dwelling is always welcome information to me.

Hope your holidays are and have been ass-kicking!


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