Rock 'n Rollers Don't Bathe


Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club @ Davey's Uptown, KC (4-18/23-12)

April 18th: Diamond Dan, Victor and Penny, Ryan Donegan
Weirdo Wednesday is a weekly supper club hosted by local personality/multi-instrumentalist Amy Ferrand at Davey's Uptown in Kansas City, MO. The vibe at Weirdo Wednesdays is probably the closest I've come to the cabaret/ "anything goes" type atmosphere that I grew to love at places like the Sidewalk Cafe's Open Stage and Show & Tell at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. Davey's Uptown is a Kansas City Institution. You can smell the history as soon as you walk in the place. The wood paneling and vintage pinball machines make it an ideal spot for happy hour locals. The other half of the bar (formerly Jimmy & Mary's Steakhouse) opens onto a sizable performance space with a back bar and a nice PA and stage. Read more »

Saturday 4/28: Brooklyn house show to celebrate the end of a band


Elastic No-No Band as a real live band and not just a pseudonym for yours truly (Justin Remer) came into being some time in 2005. I had started attending the Anti-hoot at Sidewalk, and had started scooping up talented performers to play with me. In 2007, we were really starting to cook. Doug Johnson joined us from outside the Sidewalk crowd, and became known as smiliest drummer on the scene (he has also gone onto be an occasional session drummer for the likes of Thomas Patrick Maguire and Brook Pridemore).

And now, five short years later, we're all washed-up. The release of BLACK NO-NO'S, a CD consisting of new studio recordings, live material, and some outtakes, marks the end of an obscure band I sure as shit enjoyed leading.

To celebrate -- because you should celebrate this type of thing -- I'm having a house show at my apartment featuring solo sets by 3 members of Elastic No-No Band: me, Preston Spurlock, and John Mulcahy (also the leader of The Telethons). PLUS Thomas Patrick Maguire, Debe Dalton, Dan and Rachel, and Joe Crow Ryan.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
no cover, but bring tip money
BYOB, but we'll have some B and some homemade food -- first come, first served
Copies of BLACK NO-NO'S will be given away free Read more »

Bluestocking Exhibition


Hi, everyone,

You are all invited to the New York Society of Etchers' 2nd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints where I have won the honour of exhibiting one of my etchings, Mano Curando #14 a piece about my hands, work, and the history of printmaking in Guatemala which I did with the help of Guatemalan children and their cultural ancestors while living and working there in 2009-10.
The exhibition was juried by David Kiehl, Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art.

The exhibition runs only for FIVE days so keep that in mind when planning to see it!

Opening Reception: Monday, April 23, 6-9pm
Show Dates: April 22-27, 2012

Location: National Arts Club

15 Grammercy Park South
(Bet. Irving Pl. and Union Sq. E.)

New York, NY

More info:
my News page:
NYSE's event page:

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there, if you stop in during the week, please drop me a line and let me know you did so!


Mary Bluestocking (aka Mary Sloan)

Rock 'n Rollers Don't Bathe


This Is My Condition, Folkicide, Holly Hunt & Scraping Teeth at the Percolator Art Space in Lawrence, KS (4-13-12)
I lived in Lawrence, Kansas for 5 years from 1988 to 1993. I saw a lot of good live music in that 5 years. At various times I saw: Nirvana, The Pixies and Urge Overkill at the KU Student Union...Fugazi, Jesus Lizard, and Helmet at the Outhouse....I saw: Sonic Youth, Henry Rollins, and Tool at Liberty Hall. I saw The Butthole Surfers, SWANS and even Bo Diddly at the Bottleneck. I saw countless other great shows at house parties and pop-up venues that have come and gone. I don't remember the last show I saw in Lawrence, Kansas but it was probably during this time. I could never have predicted that it would be nearly 19 years before I saw another show in Lawrence, Kansas. I could never have predicted that I'd be driving a rented Chevy Sonic with my girlfriend of 13 years to the next show I would see in Lawrence, Kansas. I could never have predicted that the next show I would see in Lawrence, Kansas would include 2 old friends from back in the day, sharing a bill with a band that was voted 1998's "Worst band in America" by SPIN magazine, in a back alley Art Space. I could never had predicted that I would be enjoying a delicious bowl of Tunisian Chickpea Breakfast Soup and sipping a local Kansas City Boulevard Pilsner beer as I watched said bands. I never could have predicted any of this but I sure did have a great time. Read more »

Joe Crow Ryan covers Soft Black


Joe Crow Ryan just did some recording with Michael David Campbell (A Fermata, Felt Light Strikes), who produced all the studio tracks on Joe's first two CDs at the Brooklyn Tea Party.

Now, Michael has a studio set up in a space in DUMBO, and he invited Joe to try it out. Joe and Michael have been working on a couple dozen tracks that will end up on Joe's upcoming album, tentatively titled This Machine Kills Purists Part III: Trolling For Purists, or No More Ironing, or What You Will. (...heck, they've been working so fast, there might be enough for a fourth CD too...)

Joe and Michael let me into the space to videotape the sessions on their first day. I'm going to put up a series of videos over the next few weeks.

The first video that I put up today, features Joe Crow's cover of the Soft Black song "Did You Put A Spell On Me?" by Vincent Cacchione (also of the band Caged Animals).

Check it out on Youtube: Read more »

Rock 'n Rollers Don't Bathe


NYC to KC Week 1 (April 4/5/6, 2012)
It was a nice sunny day when we finally arrived in Kansas City. We didn't quite make our 2 day goal. After spending the first night in Western Pennsylvania we were going to try and push through but we ran into a nasty rainstorm just outside of St. Louis. After a bit of a crisis trying to figure out how to turn on the U-haul window defoggers, we decided to grab a hotel and drive the remaining 4 hours the next morning. We figured it would be nicer for Nan's first look at KC to be during the day after a good night's sleep vs. two o'clock in the morning after 12 hours of driving.

As we rounded downtown KC and headed into the suburb of Shawnee (where we will be living for at least the next 3 months), I couldn't help but notice what a job the "strip mall" has done on the landscape here. I'm not saying that Shawnee was ever anything like Mayberry or that the concept of the strip mall had not already been introduced to the neighborhood well before I left. But the thing that seems so disturbing, aside from the illusion that all the buildings along Shawnee Mission Parkway (the "Main Street" of Shawnee) appear to be more or less part of one very long building no more than 2 stories high, is that now they are all bathed in the same bland tan or neutral earth tone color as well. I gotta say it makes a real, lack of, impression on someone just driving through. And if I hadn't planned on living here I would probably have completely forgotten the experience by the time I'd reached the edge of town. I really don't understand this trend of light neutral earthy tones- don't get me started on the waiters in khaki pants and white tennis shoes look- but it feels like the entire city Shawnee has been modeled after a retirement community. Read more »

Dipping my toe in experimental waters


I have a bit of an oddball sense of humor, which comes out in my music and in the movies and videos I direct. However, even my oddest projects come out of a fairly conventional approach to storytelling.

Well, Thomas Patrick Maguire recently asked me to post a video for his recently released song, "How To Fight (Maspeth Buzz)" online. I decided to go really experimental and abstract with it. I admit to being a little fearful with releasing a video like this online now. It's not quick or quick-to-please like a lot of viral-type videos.

But I like it.

Thomas Patrick Maguire - How To Fight (Maspeth Buzz) on Youtube.

Thomas Patrick Maguire - How To Fight (Maspeth Buzz) on Vimeo.

Dog Got Your Cat Tongue by Schwervon!


Dog Got Your Cat Tongue is the sixth song to be released from Schwervon!'s Memphis sessions with Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power). Urban life informed this tune, especially the 2003 NYC blackout and the frequent circling of NYPD helicopters over Nan & Matt's rooftop in the LES. This is the last song to be released before Schwervon!'s move to Kansas City in April 2012. Stay tuned for more Schwervon! song news later in the spring!

Schwervon! Send off Show!!! @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge TONIGHT!


Schwervon!'s Send Off show!
(from NYC to Kansas!)

@ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
89 varet street
(btwn humboldt & graham)
Brooklyn, NY
$8, doors at 8pm, Nite starts 8:30!

8:30 Julie DeLano (of The Leader) and "Gold"
9:15 Silence Kid (from Baltimore)
10:00 Purple Organ
10:45 Schwervon!

(Some of the proceeds of the night will go towards Schwervon's moving expenses!)

Cougar Pride


Cougar Pride is the fifth song to be released from Schwervon!'s Memphis sessions with Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power). The Cougar was Matt's High School mascot. Though the Cougar is a fierce predator of the animal kingdom, "Cougar" also has another meaning in American Pop Culture. A Cougar is defined as "A woman ages 40 years or older who preys on younger men." Nan's High School Mascot was the Bearcat. The question still remains: How can a Bear be a Cat?

(Schwervon! plans to digitally stream a new track every other Friday for the months of January, February and March of 2012. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, each new song will be offered as a free download for the first week of its release.)

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