Tuesday, May 31, 2011


In the late 90's, I began using the moniker BURNT PLOSIVES for my creative projects.  This began as a small record label in Missoula, MT. with only two releases that came to fruition, but it become the name I used to produce experimental videos, installations, and performances after I moved to Portland.  Sometime in 2001 I began making experimental film & videos.  For the soundtracks / scores I began working with long time music collaborators Scott Sloan (...WORMS) & Sam Schauer (Dutch Flat, ...WORMS, SAM HUMANS).   

These films are a mixture of super 8 film I shot, found footage, then much of it was scratched, bleached, and colored.  All editing was done by hand, using an Elmo Super 8 Film Editor.  Here is one called WAR IS HELL.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2011


Here's a vid I made with my friends Sam Humans & Papi Fimbres while touring the Seattle area with Sam Humans & the Light.  We were on route to Port Townsend for a show, and stopped at a little beach for a stroll.   Finding shells of different sizes that we could click together to create different tones, etc. we created this sweet jam!  Hope you enjoy...

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Last night I went to see a dance performance my friend Loren Chasse scored.


The performance was good, although I feel the score was the best part; a mixture of natural recorded sounds (wind, waves, etc.), drone, improv on a variety of instruments, and who knows what else.  Loren created an amazing atmosphere with this score, so that the dance could open up into movements reacting to the sound, which helped define the movement and it's premise.  Loren and I got talking about his process, working with choreographer Jim McGinn and how their shared musical influences were few, but included King Crimson, among a few others.

King Crimson has existed from 1968 until the present in some form.  KC's releases spanning the late 60s up until the early 80s are all amazing.  This band was at the forefront of the prog rock / psychedelic movement of the 70s and heavily influenced the genre, that in the 90s became known as MATH ROCK.

Larks Tongue in Aspic!

Larks Tongue in Aspic II!

Saturday, May 28, 2011



Hey there Portland, I'm here to tell you about an amazing show happening tonite!  My friend Sean Croghan's band The Needful Longings is opening for Subpop popernauts Jaill!  The Needful Longings consists of Sean Croghan (Crackerbash, Jr. High), Chris Slusarenko (Guided By Voices, Boston Spaceships), Jim Talstra (The Dharma Bums, Maroons) and Paulie Pulverenti (Jr. High, Elliott Smith).  So much talent in this group.  I'm hoping I can hit this, but times are tough in this economy, if I can't make it, I will at least write about it.  


I remember in 1991 or 1992, when Crackerbash came to play in my small town at the college in Eastern Washington.  I was 16, and pretty much went to any sort of rock show that came up.  As a result, early on in my teens, I was able to see many amazing bands of the 90's.  Mudhoney, Steel Pole Bathtub, the Melvins, The Fastbacks, Hazel, Heatmiser, Treepeople, Unwound, and yes Crackerbash!  At that point in my life, never had I seen a band harness so much energy on stage.  Screaming into the microphone, Croghan swung his guitar around his body like some sort of out of control sprinkler hose, feedback blaring, a storm of energy surging into blissful punk rock anthems, his guitar duct taped to his body.  This band alone heavily influenced me as a musician and performer.  After that show, I knew.  I wanted to rock.  And now, 20 years later, Sean is my friend.  Greatest honor was when my band, ...WORMS opened for Crackerbash at the infamous Crocodile Cafe in Seattle.  Our singer was ejected from the venue, after consuming many a PBR, and in a fit of joyful catharsis tried to toss one of the monitors at the band.  I think they laughed it off, as his intention was to show them his love.

I couldn't find any good live videos of Crackerbash, but here is a track on Youtube:

And here is a ...WORMS vid!

So go check out The Needful Longings tonite, I assure you they will not disappoint!

And Jaill is pretty good too!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


This is crazy!  A true Kitchen Slayer!!!


My old pal Jeff Albertson (sometimes fondly known as Jeffrey with one F Jef...rey!), has a band out of Seattle called Summer Babes!  Jeff played bass in Seattle rock / psych / punk outfit The Lights for over ten years, and I've know him for double that.  I'm not going to say The Lights are no more, so let's just say they have gone on a very long hiatis!  I'm sure they'll be some sort of reunion down the road, but for now we have Summer Babes to enjoy.  Check em' out, they are great, and they have a new album out digitally June 3rd, hard copy June 4th.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Hey y'all, my old friend Tom "Dewdrop" Dewar collaborated with Mike Force on this week's cover for the Seattle Stranger!  Check it!

Tom has made many rock posters over the last 10 plus years, check out his work on these sites:




Ok, I'm very lucky to live within a 15 minute walk from Portland's Belmont Station. 


This establishment is great, they claim over 1000 beers, hailing from all over the world.  Norwegian IPAs, Belgian sours, Mead, German beers, and beers from all over the country!  They also have a tap room with 17 always unique and always delicious beers to choose from.  My wife and I stopped by last night to sample a few.  They offer small for just a taste, a glass, or a pint, but you can also bring in a giant mason jar and they will fill it to take home.  Their current line up is very impressive, although upon our arrival they had just tapped the Pliny the Elder keg, DOH!  Portland's Bridgeport was there sharing samples of some of their beers, and we tried a few of those. 


They are onto their second year of Stumptown Tart, a golden ale brewed with fruit. 

Last year it was made with cherries, and was tart, hence the name.  This year, was with strawberries, the flavor really comes through, though not really tart, but still good.  I enjoyed their Old Knucklehead, a strong ale with a rich caramel malt flavor, some fruitiness, and vinous streaks.  We also tried their Summer Squeeze, which was good, heavy on the lemongrass, with a bready finish.  We sampled a few others, but the finisher was Walking Man's Iron Man Double IPA, WHOA!  A very hoppy IPA that balances out nicely due to the addition of honey and agave.

More later!! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Ok ok, so I like films of all genres, but I do have an affinity for horror films.  When I say horror, I mean in the classic sense as well as it's current interpretation; so think Edgar Allan Poe, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc., etc.!!  I also think that some films that are considered Science Fiction or Thrillers can easily work their way into this list, so keep an open mind.

Here is my top 20 list of all time!  I'm trying to do some post's that might call for a response or debate to gets some comments rolling in.  I know you are out there and I know you've been clocking my junk up on the interweb, so speak up, otherwise I'll just think you all agree with me!  Ha!!!!!

20. The Serpent & The Rainbow, 1988, directed by Wes Craven.

19. 28 Days Later, 2002, directed by Danny Boyle.  When zombies started to actually run after you and not just stumble around with their arms out...

18. Carrie, 1976, directed by Brian De Palma.  One of the scariest Mom's ever portrayed in a horror film!

17. Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984, directed by Wes Craven.  One two, Freddy's coming for you, three four, better lock your door...

16. Kwaidan, 1964, directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

15. Let the Right One In, 2008, directed by Tomas Alfredson.  Kids always make a movie creepier...

14. Silence of the Lambs, 1991, directed by Jonathon Demme.

13. Evil Dead, 1981, directed by Sam Raimi.  Dead by dawn!

12. The Tenant, 1976, directed by Roman Polanski.

11. Night of the Living Dead, 1968, directed by George Romero.

10. The Shining, 1980, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

9.  Sheitan, 2006, directed by Kim Champiron.  Vincent Cassel at his best!

8. Alien, 1979, directed by Ridley Scott.

7. Halloween, 1978, directed by John Carpenter. Again kids are scary! 

6. The Descent, 2005, directed by Neil Marshall.

5. Rosemary's Baby, 1968, directed by Roman Polanski.

4. Pan's Labyrinth, 2006, directed by Guillermo Del Torro.  Guillermo Del Torro's movies are all great, he has the ability to take an already terrible scenario, add ghosts, demons, etc. and show us all this from a child's point of view.  I'm not talking about his english speaking films, but Pan's Labyrinth, The Devils Backbone, and Cronos all hit the mark!

3. Suspiria, 1977, directed by Dario Argento.  Crazy sets, amazing soundtrack, and insanely choreographed kill scenes, WOW!

2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974, Tobe Hooper.  Scariest scariest scary!

1. The Exorcist, 1973, directed by William Friedkin.

Monday, May 23, 2011


This trailer is way better than the first one I posted for Witchboard, I need to revisit this movie, but if I remember correctly ever time I have watched it in the past, I am disappointed, yet entertained! 


Back in the late 80s and early 90s I was way into Rap, here's one of my old school favorites! 

More Ouija board movies!

LONG TIME DEAD - This preview doesn't give the movie justice, they should remove the techno song and re cut the trailer so the pacing doesn't make the film come off like a rave movie.  It's a fresh take on the Ouija board.  A group of friends set out for a night of partying, after a bit of libations, their conversation turns to "what's the craziest thing you've ever done?", which leads to "let's set up a Ouija board!"  Without giving away too much of the story, I'll just say that one of the friend's family has a past in the occult, although he's repressed it, channeling spirits via the homemade board lets something in and the past comes rushing to meet the present...


Prisencolinensinainciusol - ALRIGHT!

The Italian Elvis - Adrianno Celentano!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Ok, not sure if this Rapture thing is happening as planned, but a volcano did erupt in Iceland earlier today, so maybe that has something to do with it.

I love estate sales, or actually my wife loves them and takes me along, but I've finally admitted that I love them too!  It's unfortunate that it usually takes a death to bring these events along, but hey so it is in the cycle of life.  Records, records, records, always cheap, always random, sometimes good....

This particular house had a lot of old games, a few of which I scored!

A Ouija board possibly derived from the French and German words for "yes", (oui and ja), also known as a spirit/fire key board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words 'yes' 'no' and 'goodbye', and other symbols and words are sometimes also added to help personalize the board. Similarly pronounced Hindi word Ojha means the ones who deal with spirits. The Ouija board was invented as a means to deal with one's spiritual self, to access a part of the soul not usually accessed. However is more commonly believed to be a way of communicating with spirits of the dead. Although nobody knows where the idea for such a device came from, there are records of Ouija-like instruments being used in ancient China, Greece, Rome and many other countries. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. The fingers of the séance participants are placed on the planchette, which then moves about the board to spell out words or become physically manifested. It has become a trademark that is often used generically to refer to any talking board.

Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond in the late 1890s, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I. Mainstream Christian religions and some occultists have associated use of the Ouija board with the threat of demonic possession and some have cautioned their followers not to use Ouija boards.

While Ouija believers feel the paranormal or supernatural is responsible for Ouija's action, it may be parsimoniously explained by unconscious movements of those controlling the pointer, a psychophysiological phenomenon known as the ideomotor effect. Despite being debunked by the efforts of the scientific community, Ouija remains popular among many young people.

One of the first mentions of the automatic writing method used in the Ouija board is found in China around 1100 BCE, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as fuji 扶乩 "planchette writing". The use of planchette writing as a means of ostensibly contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. Similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been widely practiced in Ancient India, Greece, Rome and medieval Europe.

Films, my blog is also supposed to be about films too, anyone remember this one:

My final score from the estate sale was this game that I'd never heard of...

George Joseph Kresge (born January 12, 1935), who had his name legally changed to The Amazing Kreskin, is a mentalist who became popular on North American television in the 1970s. He was inspired to become a mentalist by Lee Falk's famous comic strip Mandrake the Magician, which features a crime-fighting stage magician.  And he made this game in the 1960's, thanks George!

Armed with my Ouija board and Kreskin's ESP, I will attempt to contact the late owner of the house I purchased these from and ask her about the Rapture, more on that later...


Love me some sour beers, Monk's Flemish Sour Ale is pretty good.  I need to make a visit to Cascade Brewing here in Portland, OR soon though.  They have some great sours on tap, for now I'll have to suffice with Monks.  More on sour beers later, and speaking of MONKS.

Friday, May 20, 2011






Thursday, May 19, 2011


RACK DAY!  Today, I racked a beer I brewed up about a week ago.  It's a Saison, which I have done before, but this time I went a little crazy with the ingredients, changed up the grains, used amber belgian candy sugar, used different hops, different spices, etc.  So this is kind of a backyard Saison, the hillbilly farmhouse ale.  I'm thinking of calling it THE DELIVERANCE, but we'll see.

I'll throw down the recipe in another week or so, after I've bottled!  Cheers!










If you like beer and live in Portland, you have no excuse for not visiting the Horsebrass Pub on SE Belmont. 


With over 50 different beers to choose from, about 30 of which are constantly rotating, many a night have been spent drinking up these suds.  They offer 20 oz imperial pints (whoa), and, what I fondly call, "the little guy", the half pint version.  I'll often work with these "little guys", so that I am able to try more beers without getting completely trashed.  Usually, I'll work my way through whatever IPAs, Kolsch, Sours, and other Belgian style beers they have, but last night I stuck with the amazing circuit of IPAs HB was offering.  Or as I'll refer to it as... THE TRIFECTA!

I started with a pint of Russian River's Bling Pig IPA.


Light Malt, bitter hoppiness, some fruitiness, citrus, but none of this is overpowering.  Overall a nicely balanced very drinkable IPA, but... I do feel Russian River's Pliny the Elder is a much more interesting beer. 

Next I had a "little guy" of PDX's local hero, Hair of the Dog's Blue Dot Double IPA.  A much different IPA than the former.


I'm not sure if you can tell from this photo, but this beer is almost murky.  It's cloudy and has sort of a peach golden hue to it.  This is good, this is definitely one of my top 5 beers.  Notes of honey, apricots, citrus, and flowers give this beer a hefty blast of aroma.  Hoppy bitterness and grassy notes balance nicely with the fruitiness of it.  It's thick, and I ended up having two "little guys", because it's so good.

In between the two LGs of Blue Dot, I had an LG of Walking Man IPA.  Walking Man Brewing Co. is out of Stevenson, WA along the Columbia Gorge.  This is a very drinkable IPA, a nicely balanced hoppy, fruity, malty IPA. 


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Wow, yeah, so beer, music, food, and movies, but also ALIENS!  Or maybe not, but NPR has a very interesting story about Area 51 and the conspiracies and secrets that are lurking around this topic.

Check it out:

It is interesting and enlightening! 


For anyone that lives in the Northwest and loves to RAWK, you should check out TOTALFEST!


Totalfest occurs in Missoula, MT and is on it's 10th year.  Over the years I have seen many amazing bands and performances at this festival hailing from all over the country.  Oneida, The Lights, Unnatural Helpers, Last of the Juanitas, Fireballs of Freedom, Lana Rebel, the list goes on and on....  

The festival is always loads of fun with organized river floats, hiking around mountains and valleys near Missoula, rad BBQs, the record swap, and a plethora of great bands.

This year it's happening August 18 - 20, and SAM HUMANS & THE LIGHT is playing!


Sam Humans is a long time friend and collaborator of mine, and along with Papi Fimbres on drums and moi on bass, we will bring the LIGHT!  We're definitely more on the pop side of the spectrum for this festival, but considering the history of the festival, it's quite the honor for us to play.  Over the years, Sam and I have participated in the festival in at least 3 different bands, plus my long time friend Josh Vanek is the juggernaut behind the fest.  Check out his label Wantage!



Hello and thanks for checking out my blog!

Today, I bottled my Mystery Beer.  A recipe created from left over ingredients I had from other batches.  I couldn't even tell you the grain combination I used, but I gave this one a continuous hopping of 2 oz. Centennial hops for 60 minutes, adding grains of paradise, black pepper, coriander, and orange peel in the last 5 minutes.  Plus I used Rogues own special Wyest to create a strong ale with a higher alcohol percentage. 
Check out the Wyeast website to read up on this yeast! 

During secondary I added more Centennial hops for dry hopping.

Before bottling I tasted the concoction, and I'd say this is definitely going to come out more like an Imperial IPA, keeping my fingers crossed, but we'll see.  I only had enough ingredients for about 2 gallons, so this will be a very limited batch, especially since I don't have the recipe, HA!  Looking forward to sharing this with friends in 3 or 4 weeks.