I hope everyone has a good 2020. As always, have paint, will travel (smile). There are 3 new boards on The Killing Floor site. The book I did the illustrations for [Ghost Notes] can be preordered at Amazon. Webb Gallery has some pieces I have done for sale in case you are looking.
Dec 4th Wednesday, Up Around The Sun is playing at The Cactus, with Ken Waldman (the fiddlin' poet). Pretty much the same idea as what we did a while back at the Long Center. January the 12th (Sunday), there will be an art show with Bruce Webb and Will Johnson at the The Kessler in Dallas. The book release for Ghost notes will be Saturday March 21 at 2 p.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel. Up Around The Sun will play and I will have art for sale. The book is written by Michael Corcoran and I did the art. It's about Texas Gospel, and how it's the root and influence for a lot of the music we have today.
June 1st weekend, I am painting a wall on the music building of the oldest Elementary School in Los Angeles (ChinaTown)
June 21st, Lowe Mill, Huntsville, Alabama art show
August, second weekend Studio E in Seattle The Eyes Have It big group show curated by me
In September I will be headed back to Japan to paint a mural at an elementary school in Fukushima with Yusuke and HiDutch . There will be 2 pop up art shows as well.
The first weekend in November will be a solo art show at Vitrine in Albuquerque New Mexico.
I am working on going to Hawaii sometime next year for a show. As always, have brush, will travel. Let me know if you have a place and would like me to come.
2019, here we go.
Up Around The Sun is playing at the Long Center with Ken Waldman on Saturday, August 18th. Proof positive you have no idea what might could happen next!
Max took this photo. Next up is helping Beth with a class at the
School Of The Alternative in Black Mountain, NC.
Then it's off to California to paint a mural at 10th st. Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles, a pop up show with lots of great folks at Cerritos College (thanks to Hagop) and play music with the kids at Wirtz Elementary! Also with a lot of great folks. Then itss off to San Jose for a solo show at Seeing Things Gallery and a possible mural in Oakland. Then July 9th starts a week long zine class at the Coyote Cental in Seattle. The week after I am in Portland for an art show with Adam Young and Mike Combs at
Australia was really great . A painting of Peter Norman was delivered to his daughter! and a mural and art show happened at the Byron Bay Surf Festival.
Coming up March is a show at the Neighborhood in Dallas with me, Yusuke, Hi Dutch and Michael Sieben. There will be a closing party with all the artists Saturday March 31 and Up Around The Sun will play.
I am painting with Peelander Yellow Sunday the 11th (my birthday) starting at 1, and Up Around The Sun Will Be playing at 5:30.
Thor and I are having an art show here in Austin that opens March 17 and Up Around The Sun is playing at 5.
Thought you might like to see this short about Up Around The Sun that Ben just made ..... share if you like (smile).
1st batch of Byron Bay surfers for a show at the Byron Bay Surf Festival Feb. 22-25th, and yep , Beth and I will be there. (big smile). I grew up 20 minutes from Surfside Beach on the Gulf Coast of Texas. I began physically surfing in Jr. High, after mentally surfing on steel and clay wheels in elementary school through the early 60s. By 1970, my first year in High School, I had made my own twin-fin shortboard and was going out to the beach anytime I could get a ride. As cool as surfing was to me, surfing was absolutely NOT cool with the majority of my so-called peers. It did not help that all my close friends were older so that by my junior year, I was pretty much the weird loner kid who listened to John Martyn, Nick Drake, soul music and country blues instead of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. High School was not a great memory for me, but music, surfing and Beth got me through it. My graduation summer trip was to surf up and down the west coast with a friend. I was about as hardcore as you could get about surfing though I did not really read the magazines or know the names like I did later with skating. It was just something I did, like breathing, and like breathing, it saved my life.
I headed to Austin after that summer of '74 to be with Beth and go to college. Since the beach was three and a half hours away now, I started skating on the then brand-new urethane wheels that had just come out. As the years went by, I got caught up in the whole DIY movement. Being in bands, helping book shows, recording bands, and making art took the front seat. I slowly stopped physically surfing... though mentally, I was, and still am , surfing every time I step on a skateboard. After 25+ years of not physically surfing. This last year or so, I have slowly been bringing the physical side of surfing back into my life and now long to head right, and slide along the wall of waist-to-chest-high mellow waves. For the rest of my waking days and dreaming nights.
I am really looking forward to this and giving something back to something that has always had a part of my soul.
#miishkooki I first was aware of John Maloof and Vivian Maier through a street photography site. Seeing the photos that Vivian Maier had taken was a kick in the butt and a call to arms to start taking photos again. I thanked John then, and I am excited now to do this show with him. Come say hello and support John's gallery when you can. He is one of the good ones. Saturday August 26th in Skokie/Chicago. I am painting a mural there, too, a couple of days before the show.
I am really proud of this mural that I did in Birmingham, Alabama. I hope it causes more murals in that city.
I will be writing/painting a sort of Red River district history on the wall at the corner of 7th and Red River with a possible big mural at Red River and 9th. There is an art show opening this Thursday (July 13) at the Safe Room At The Texas Theatre in Dallas. August 26th, I will have a solo art show at John Maloof's gallery in Skokie just outside of Chicago.
Friday April 21st is the opening of Volcom Garden here in Austin. Michael Sieben has put together a group show for it and asked me to be a part. Up Around The Sun will also be playing at it as well (8 pm). May 6-12, I will be in Black Mountain, North Carolina, teaching a class in doing a mural for the Alternative School. Also that weekend (May 6/7) and the following weekend (May 13/14) I will be showing art for Austin's WEST at the Yarborough Library. June 6th from 2-5 will be the BBall Junkie solo show.
In these times, now more than ever voice your voice! This last week in Seattle doing this mural for Coyote Central, has really shown me once again the power of self expression. My friend Rich said it best .... "share your art, there is a drought." In the works or on the calendar. Third Man Records is reissuing the Poison 13 records. Big Boys doc is still in process. Still saying it will be released this year. Next up for art .... I am part of a group show at Elbersons Fine Art Center Salem College. It will be Black Mountain School attendees from last summer. There will be a group show at the new Volcom Gallery here in Austin in March. I will be in WEST this year in Austin at the Yarborough Library April - May. In the works is North Carolina, Chicago (Milishkooki Art Space), New Jersey and Indiana. I am REALLY hoping I get to do a SunRa mural in Birmingham as well!
MonkeyWrench is going to Australia! Shows from November 17th-25th and an art show "pop up" at Outre in Melbourne (opening party Saturday at 2 on the 19th). Between now and then MonkeyWrench is playing at Sound on Sound (Sunday late afternoon). There is an art show with Chris Johanson & Jo Jackson among others, here in Austin at CoLab Projects opening Friday November 11th, and I will have art up with Lydia Emily and Billy Bishop at Leona Gallery for East, the second and third weekend of November. You can get art from my show in Portland at AKA PDX through October.
Making a concerted effort to get music back into the equation and add an old friend (surfing), to the mix. Begin today ..... This Short for Arts N Context is now in rotation for KLRU / PBS.
August 18th weekend Beth and I will be in Dothan to paint a mural for the Boys and Girls Club there. September 3/4 is an art show in Dallas at Neighborhood. October 1st is a art show in Portland at AKA PDX. November 20-26th is a pop up art show at Outre in Melbourne, Australia.
The back to back experiences at Wirtz Elementary School in LA and Black Mountain School in North Carolina were really AMAZING!
June 25th is a one night only pop up show at Hardy & Nance Street Studio in Houston Texas ....6-9+ brought to you by the Paper & Space Collective residency
July 9th opens a solo show at Studio E in Seattle. August 6th opens a solo show at Daniel Rolnik Gallery. September 3rd opens a show with Will Johnson at The Neighborhood in Dallas. October 1st is a solo show at akapdx. The Big Boys doc that Joe Salinas is making is moving along and is slated to maybe debut at SXSW March 2017.
As far as music ..... MonkeyWrench will be playing some shows in Portland and surrounding area in October to raise money for airline tickets to Australia! in mid November. We will also be playing Sound On Sound festival here in Austin the first weekend of November. 2 records have been recently released that I was involved in ..... Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee 's last recordings are now on vinyl .... and the last Lord High Fixers last cd release on In The Red is now being released on vinyl through Omentum.
So the posters for the ATP poster show that did NOT happen, are now on sale here. All the posters are great so get what you like but I will say that MonkeyWrench is trying to go to Australia in Nov so if you buy the one that I did, it goes straight into the travel fund (smile).
60 times around the sun and time to start updating the site when we can. Thanks so much to Hugo for setting this thing all up way back when, and Ryan for taking it under his wing and keeping it going for me.... really big smile to them both. Here is what is coming up ..... MonkeyWrench is playing CrockShock in Seattle, Thursday April 21st then ATP, now in Manchester, Sunday April 24th and last ..... London on Tuesday, April 26th.
There is talk of a possible FunFunFun appearance Nov 2016 for Austin texas 1st up for art is a new mural the first of June at Wertz Elementary school in Watts, Ca.
June 9th I am honored to have been chosen to be a guest lecturer at the new Black Mountain School Project in North Carolina. Really humbling to get to be a part of that history.
June 25th will be a show in Houston ....details to come
July 8th will be a solo show at StudioE Gallery in Seattle. August will be a solo show at Daniel Rolniks new gallery in LA area .... more info to come September I will be back at the Neighborhood in Dallas with Will Johnson. October is a solo show in Portland at AKA PDX. more in the works .... one foot in front of the other.
also check out the downloads here ....we are fixing the links and adding to them ....music, videos, etc... The Big Boys doc is set to be finishing up this fall in hopes of a SXSW debut March 2017. Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee's last recordings is out on a split release from Ben Webster (Insect Records) and Mark Twistworthy (Twistworthy Records) AND there will be a vinyl version of the last Lord High Fixers record with extras coming soon as well.
There is a new gallery in Austin. Please come to our opening friday March 4th. Art shows coming up in Seattle (July) and MonkeyWrench will be playing in Seattle April at CrockShock (thursday April 21) before heading to England to play ATP in Wales (sunday April 24) and an after show in London (tuesday April 26).
Not 1 but 3 articles! In self expression, the only validation you need is your own... but it is pretty cool to be recognized sometimes. Thanks to Wez Lundry, Michael Sieben, and to Sandy Carson for the great photos. Really big smile seriously, I am in this thing 3 times .... I bought 2!
East Austin Studio Tour 2015 is coming. Be sure and put stop #394 - Pack Film Pack - on your agenda. Sean Carnegie, Woody Welch, Craig Crutchfield and Myself would love to see you.
Beth and I will be in Huntsville Alabama for the art show I am doing at Lowe Mill.
We made it home! Japan for 2 weeks, home for 4 days, then off to Montgomery for a week ..... We did it!! I cannot express how honored I was to get to do this show at the Rosa Parks Museum and the mural for Montgomery. It is one of the biggest things I have gotten to do in my life along with marrying Beth. If you are anywhere close, and you are part of Beth and my extended family, I will be really really bummed if you do not go see the show and mural. The art show will be up until June 19th. I want to thank everyone that helped with the mural and came to the show. Daniel Scott Neil and Creighton Tynes, I can not even begin to know how to thank you. It is really a big big deal for me. The red names around the border are local people from Montgomery who had a LOT to do with helping out during the bus boycott. My way of thanking them for what they didThanks to all that fed our animals. We love you all. This photo was taken by David Campbell.
the Big Boys documentary is now called ..... You Can Color Outside The Lines, The Big Boys. The next art show will be at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City MO. feb. 18-22. Jerry and I (Up Around The Sun) will be playing there on that saturday at 3. There will be the annual group art show they ask me to put together at End Of An Ear through the month of March. Beth and I will head for Tokyo for a 4-man show I am in at Beams Cultuart on friday April 10th. Then the week of April the 20th, we will be headed to Montgomery Ala for my solo show at the Rosa Parks museum. More shows coming up in June in Dallas and San Francisco at Needles and Pens. Last but not least, check out this interview with Lomography.
Saturday Dec. 13th, I will be in San Jose at Seeing Things Gallery. It's a group show with a lot of good people in it, that Rich Jacobs has put together. Me and him will be playing music at it as well.
Just got back from Victoria where I was one of many artists painting on an abandoned bank. It was hosted by the folks at Film Exchange who are working on a documentary about street art in Victoria. It was a really cool experience. Speaking of Documentaries .... Joe Salinas is starting work on a Big Boys doc.
Next up is the TurnTable Tour that came about from the idea of touring art and artist the same way bands do with their music. It's a call to arms to start something up in YOUR town with your friends and their friends and then share the info, so maybe a network could startup just like we and many others did way back with the music. October 11th I will be in Houston for SkateStock.
Big Boys got played on the new AMC series Halt & Catch Fire. Next up, July 5th, and a couple of days after at Billy Bishops shop. I will be doing a mural with Lydia Emily. She is an amazing person/artist. I head for Portland to record the Chemicals near the end of July.
Was at Wirtz Elementary to help my friends paint a mural. Beth and I will be in Nashville this weekend for Ode To Otha. Money goes to a great cause.
next up ..... friday May 16 is the solo show at SweatShop gallery in Omaha. come say hello! It's part of the Punk Reunion that goes through the weekend. Light In The Attic is releasing the last two Big Boys lps on tuesday May 20th. There will also be shirts from Minor Thread. May 30th weekend I will be one of the artists painting a group mural at Harry Wirtz Elementary School. Really looking forward to that and meeting and playing music with the kids on their homemade instruments. The weekend of June 6th Beth and I will be in Nashville for Ode To Otha and also will be painting a mural at FOND object.
Really looking forward to this show in Water Valley Mississippi at Yalo Studio. Come if you are close by.
Friday april 11.
I am now painting for the solo show in Mississippi at Yalo Studio the weekend of April 11th. For all the folks here, and the ones coming to SXSW, there will be a closing show Saturday at 6 pm March 15th at Common House. David Yow will be there as well as me and Dennis. Also stop by End of An Ear to buy records and see art from me and a group of friends that I will be putting up the first part of March .... one foot in front of the other, steady as she goes (smile)
We hardly ever play, so please come and bring friends if you want to see this. We go on at 7 and it goes till 9. I am super proud of the record and you can get that at Monofonus. I think they only pressed 300.
There is the conversation around this time as to what do the Big Boys think about Fun Fun Fun. I am saying right now a big thanks to the Fun Fun Fun and Loop crew. Chris Gates wrote that song and I think Biscuit would have been just as honored as we are that we had any part whatsoever, in the promotion of self expression and the idea that there ARE alternatives. This weekend was full of all sorts of styles of music, skating, BMX, art and even wrestling! If some kid (young or old) walks away from that festival with a new idea to start up his or her own self expression, I for one am honored! If YOU have a problem with them not recognizing us more as part of that festival ..... that is most def YOUR problem.
print+addiction X tim kerr
Friday October 25 | 6-9PM
Industry Print Shop
618c Tillery St
T-SHIRT PRINT PARTY
ART TIM KERR
8+ DESIGNS ON THE PRESS
OK Y'ALL, GO START YOUR OWN... band, zine... shirt!
PRINT+addiction brings Tim Kerr to our 8 color screen print press with 8 of his designs where you get creative on a shirt.
purchase a blank shirt for $20 (or BYOS for $10), choose your layout with as many designs as you like to create our own one-of-a-kind shirt.
Industry Print Shop will be releasing 3 new prints and skate deck by Tim, be the first to buy it. Tim will also stack the walls with his art for purchase. THIS IS LEGENDARY SHIT.
I started skating in the 60s on steel wheels because I wanted to surf. I then started surfing and made my first board with the help of Jimmy Ancona. When I left for college in 74 I was now 4 hours away from the beach and urethane wheels had just came out so I got Cadillac wheels then Kryptonics. Big Boys started because we were all friends from skating and decided to see if we could get a band together and play once at Rauls. All of this now ALWAYS points back to that, and I am honored, humbled and proud to be any part, no matter how small, of skating history. Lists like these always leave out so many and are pretty silly but damned if this didn't make my day! (really big smile). thanks Anthony.
Black Book Gallery in Denver went well and here is the link to see/buythe art from the show.
Monofonus has the Up Around The Sun records and you can get them here. We will be playing at Fiddlers Green on friday Sept 27th with Aidan
who have a new release and then at End Of An Ear on saturday October 12th with Ralph White who has a new release as well. I have been asked to do a solo show at the Rosa Parks museum in 2015. Really really excited about that!
Next up is a solo art show at Third Man in Nashville on July 7th (sunday afternoon eve). They have never done an art show here and I am honored they asked. It will also be the first performance (hopefully the first of more) where I will be playing music with Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave under the name the 3 Way Tie. There will be poetry readers as part of Chet's Poetry Sucks series and Lee Bains will also be playing. Our set will be recorded and could be a release unless we suck (smile)
So finally back home for a bit. The next two shows are March 2 here in Austin and March 9th in Hollywood. They both will coincide with the reissues of 2 Big Boys records .... Fun Fun Fun and Where's My Towel/Industry Standard. Please come if you can
You can also get CD versions of all the Big Boys recordings on the two Touch & Go reissues and the Gern Blandsten Reissue.
Sunday afternoon Jan 27 2013 will be the opening of Cosmic Telephone Party Line @ Webb Gallery Waxahachie. It's me and Dan Higgs. I will be there but I don't think he will be able to come but never say never, it IS Dan ... (smile). It's my first show of the year and it's sort of a different show for me in terms of just a specific subject. I had always thought it would be really cool to do a show of Visionary artists where I do portraits, and then hanging around the portraits I have done, is that artist's work. You could really only pull this off with someone that has a big collection of Visionary artists and Bruce and Julie Webb do. Really excited about this and am hoping we might get a chance to show this part of the show elsewhere as well.
Jerry and I (Up Around The Sun) will be playing at the opening and watch for a record that Monofonus Press will be putting out sometime later this year.
What a crazy first week of the new year! Lots already going on and the Stereo boards are a reality! FINALLY!! Photo was taken from Chris Pastras at the trade show going on this weekend.I am really proud of these.
New Years is around the corner and I am getting ready for the show with Dan Higgs at Webb Gallery the last sunday in Jan. (jan. 27th) This is Mary T Smith for the series of Visionary artist I am doing for that show . The world did not end so gotta paint paint paint which is a good thing all the way around. Speaking of Dan, the board I did for Animals and Children is now out and you can order here. They made shirts too.
Monofonus will be putting out the recordings Jerry and I are doing under the name Up Around The Sun . There will be a art show /happening (smile) in L.A. at my friend Libby's shop Ranch & Roll march 8th. Two Big Boys records will be reissued on Vinyl at that point too ..... Where's My Towel and Fun Fun Fun. Looking forward to 2013 .... Stepping into tomorrow with both feet on the ground.
so I got On The Road (the original scroll version) recently and got this crazy idea to paint on a big roll of paper and then take the whole roll up to Vancouver for the show at AntiSocial skate shop. If somebody wants something off of the roll , you just cut it out.... It's part of the La-Ti-Da Records music festival the first weekend of November.
Next up though is the Pythagoras show here in Austin opening Friday sept 7th. Coming up later (most likely next year) is the reissue of Wheres My Towel that Light In The Attic are doing. Real skateboards will be doing a Big Boys board to coincide and also look for boards with graphics I did on Animals and Children
and Big Mess and of course Stereo.
There is also going to be an art show with Stereo at This gallery Feb 8th.
Details will follow when I get more info ....
Happy last day of summer . Dave Bessenhoffer just finished this short for me for the upcoming Stereo boards release. I did the music/art/and some skating and he did all the film stuff. Watch for Clancy (our dog)! Super happy with this .... thanks Dave!
Domy Houston! see you tomorrow night (friday August 3) 7-9. Saturday night gonna spin some records for my friend Jonathan Toubin at the Red 7 anniversary. Next week record No Age ... last recording at Sweatbox EVER!
Bold Street Coffee in Liverpool currently has my art up. Here's where I've been and will be going...
5th july - The sky and the ground - Wexford
6th july - Crane lane - Cork
7th july - Mc Gilrs - Leitrim
8th july - Roadside tavern - Lisdonvarna
9th july - Tinney's – Derry (drive to belfast that night to catch
Liverpool ferry next morning)
10th Liverpool Bold St Coffee
11th Huddesfield Zephyr Bar
12th Preston Continental
13th Leeds Brudenell Social Club
14th Harrogate Blues Bar! (We're also playing a wedding in Stamford in the daytime!)
Sun 15 Jul 2012 London The Windmill
Mon 16 Jul 2012 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Tue 17 Jul 2012 Canterbury The Beercart (this one is maybe)
Wed 18 Jul 201 Brighton The Albert
Trip has been great so far with Bold Street being a big highlight. Great show and great people with lots of skaters. I will be at Domy Books in Houston on Friday August 3rd for the opening of a solo show there.
The show in Dallas went great and is up for 3 more weeks so go see it if you can and thanks to everyone who came to the opening. Here is a writeup on the show. Next up is a trip to Baltimore. I am painting a 16 foot/16 foot portrait of Baltimore's own Glassman for Peacock's involvement in ArtScape. It won't go up until July but it's the only window of time I can get up there to paint it.
The next show is The Kettle Gallery in Dallas and the opening is Friday April 27th. I am hoping we will have an Irish session at it as well. I have a board graphic coming out with Animals and Children... also might have an old school board design as well with them! The graphics for Stereo are a go and word is they will be out at the end of the summer. Beth and I are going to be in Berlin the first week of June for an art residency I have. I am in a show that opens at the Luggage Store in San Francisco mid-May and will be doing another impromptu music piece like I did in Providence the closing weekend Friday, June 22nd. Looks like I will also be coming to Ireland and England in July to play old time with an art show in Liverpool.
Three weeks before the premier screening, I received an email asking for approval to use two Big Boys songs in a documentary about the Bad Brains. In '82 and '83 the mainstream press and even the bigger "alternatives" (MTV, Rolling Stone) were not interested at all in the DIY culture, known as punk/hardcore, but all the DIY fanzines of the time were writing articles and editorials about the Bad Brains' visit to Austin Texas and their homophobic "freak out" when confronted with gay singers Randy Biscuit Turner (Big Boys) and Gary Floyd (Dicks).
I have had to tell the Bad Brains/Big Boys story at least once every 5 or 6 months for the last 30 years. So much information, misinformation, peoples' "truths," and hearsay have been written, that even when facts are given, is usually accompanied by some sort of disclaimer. As Chris Gates said recently, "It's their Altamont." The Bad Brains have tried to downplay this whole Austin incident and/or put the blame for it onto us or just Biscuit. It has always been looked at by them (and others) as a gay issue, when in fact for us, that was only a small part of a bigger picture. In a scene where everything was based on community, they took money from Biscuit and defaced property of the very people who had opened their home to them (Beth and I). In all the years that people have stayed here, we have NEVER had a problem except when the Bad Brains stayed.
The Bad Brains came to Austin to play a show we had set up. They stayed at our house (Beth's and mine). Most of the door money that night had gone to the Bad Brains because as always, most of the door back then would go to help out the touring band. When the show was over, HR had complimented Biscuit on the show and he then asked Biscuit if he was gay. Biscuit said yes. The HR/Bad Brains freak out began and here is where the accounts of the story get skewed by others who were not even there. Biscuit DID NOT make a "pass" at HR -- period. Beth and I were both there and this did NOT happen.
In all the years we all knew Biscuit, even though he was certainly not a saint, the man never acted inappropriately. His sexuality was never at issue. Biscuit had acquired for them, in good faith and below cost, something they needed and he was told they would pay him the next day. Needless to say, after the big freakout at the show, when we all got back home, things were now uncomfortable and stressful for Beth and I. Even though we did not agree with their views we wanted to stay respectful to their beliefs for the rest of their stay with us. It most likely would have been left at that, but the next morning, while I was at work and Beth had stayed home from work, MDC came over and started it all back up again. Beth called me at work and was really upset. By the time I got home there was a yelling match going on in our little front yard. The subjects ranged from women needing to be at home, barefoot, cooking, and having babies to holy religious sermons. EVERYONE but Earl was involved not just HR . Beth was in the kitchen in tears and I had to go out and put my (shaky) foot down to stop the whole ordeal. MDC left but it still took the Bad Brains several hours to leave. We still were courteous to them, but Beth and I were both emotionally drained and the atmosphere was very uncomfortable by this point. We gave HR a foam pad for his bedroll and tried as best we could to help them speed up the process of going.
When they were headed out the door HR handed Beth a thick sealed envelope addressed to Biscuit, so we did not open it. I can believe the possibility that money was put into an envelope by one of the band members as the documentary states, but in the emotionally charged atmosphere of that afternoon, and after all we all had been through the night before, I have a very hard time believing that there was ever a friendly message on the envelope as depicted in the documentary's animation. We certainly did not receive anything saying "thank you, Bad Brains."
When they finally left, we discovered that they had defaced an historic poster in our bathroom that had actually gotten Raul's (an original Austin punk club) shut down. They could have easily told me it offended them and I would have covered or removed it. I also saw that the big 3d oversized post card of the pope that I was using in a painting I was working on was now gone. That escalated the whole affair for Beth and I as we had NEVER had any band take or deface something of ours. The next day when we gave Biscuit the sealed envelope that was supposed to contain the money he was owed, there was no money. There was a multi-paged letter/sermon/rant that ended with "…may you burn in hell, the Bad Brains." When word got out, sides were taken, as all the zines reported on the incidents and then printed letters from readers. They stressed the gay issue rather than the whole disrespectful way we all had been treated. The Big Boys started getting mail from all over, pro and con on the gay issue even though we had never made a band issue of Biscuit being gay because, IT WAS NOT AN ISSUE. A year or so later we were finally sent the money owed by one of their crew.
As hard as they try to downplay it, it really was a huge deal at that time in the DIY community. Other bands even wrote songs about it. Chris is right, it was their Altamont and became a big part of their history and some say downfall. Like Ken Burns documentaries, the Bad Brains one will become a truth and the Austin incident will become a small footnote.
Just goes to show you that history is indeed his story. I'm just adding a footnote of my own for the record.
March 3rd through end of March, there will be art up at End Of An Ear . Me and a bunch of my friends. For all those coming to SXSW, End of an Ear is a great record store to check out. Check out Breakaway and Trailer Space as well.
There will be art up at End of an Ear through March. If you are coming here for SXSW, it's a really great record store to go to. Also check out Domy Books.
Here is a blurb about the show at Webb Gallery. They have a lot of things for sale from the show so ask if you are interested. I will have a show at Kettle Art in Deep Ellum at the end of April.
One of the coolest things I have ever had the honor to be a part of! Thanks so much to Erik and everyone involved.
Saturday Jan the 28th my friend Rich Jacobs has a solo show at New Image art gallery in los angeles. It will be free and at standard opening time like 6 to 9pm or 7 to 10 pm ish. Thanks to Eric Caruso, that day and the next day me and Rich and a few other artists will be painting some murals at an elementary school that has no official art program right now in Watts. Just one teacher who is into teaching the kids more than the school is currently offering them. THANKS Eric for being that person. Thanks also to Russ Pope and Vans for supplying our paint for this project and helping me with my ticket to get out there. Very generous people make the world better for everyone else.
Dec 22 is the winter solstice and we are having a soul party that night at ND. All the money will go to help Jonathan Toubin. It's me, Gabe and Josh from Breakaway Records, Butcher Bear and DJ Sue. Please come if you can. I just finished the panels for a 20 foot mural of Willie Wells. It goes up the first week of Jan in the neighborhood a couple of blocks behind YardDog and Uncommon Objects (south congress). It will look over to his old house (smile).
Here is a shot my friend Elliot took with his panoramic camera of me and the room I lived in at the last of my stay in Providence. You can hear the music piece we did the last night I was there. Just Seeds has the prints Erik and I did. I sent 16 board designs to Stereo so maybe just maybe there will be boards in the future. There are shows coming up at Webb Gallery in Feb and Kettle Art in Dallas the end of April. I will be part of a show in San Fran in early May and will give more info when I get it. Painting a big mural for a friend here in Austin of Willie Wells. It will go up the first week of Jan. As always, if you know of a place that might want to do a show, let me know.
Woohoo October! This is my room for the month here at As220 in Providence. I will be painting stuff for my show at Space 1026 in Philly and will be doing a one-off music piece here with whoever I can get from this community on saturday October 29th. You can buy art from the Domy show in Austin till October 20 on their site. The show in Philly is friday Nov 4. There are also 4 prints (small runs) you can buy from Poster Cabaret. Don't know if they are up yet so ask. There are shows coming up at Web Gallery, Rich Jacobs show at New Image in LA at the end of Jan. I also might get to paint a mural at a school in Watts while there! Pretty excited about that. Right before I left Austin I helped with Recording Schmillion.... cool band
This story is so amazing as well as her work. Go to vivianmaier.com where you can see more. They are always updating the fotos as well. The show in Portland was great and you can still buy art from them here.
My next show is at Domy here in Austin sept 17th with Jim Houser, Merrilee Challiss, Chrissy Piper and maybe just maybe Dan Higgs. Lots more coming up with a residency at AS20 in Providence RI, a show at 1026 in Philly, a show at the Dock in Ireland, then San Fran, LA, DC, Waxahachie and a residency next summer in Berlin. Info to come.
First off a really BIG thank you to Hugo in Portugal for putting this site together and keeping it up for the many years he has worked on it. I was sort of embarrassed when he first wanted to do it but I was also really happy and proud of it. He is a busy man these days so he asked me if I wanted to find someone else that would want to keep the site going. He was so in depth with the information on the site that it seemed sad to just let it go so I asked my friend Ryan here in Austin if he would/could host it. In the next month or 2 there will be some added headers... Like where to buy art, etc... And now I will now be in charge of keeping the news updated. The address has been fixed so that if you email this site, I will get the email.
There are 3 group shows coming up in the next couple of weeks that I am part of . Beth and I will be at all of them.
1st is the show in San Diego on Friday, June 24th
2nd is the show in LA on July 1
Friday, July 1 · 6:30pm - 10:00pm NOMAD Los Angeles - Print Studio, Gallery, Art Compound
1933 Blake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Move & Tee Pee Records present: "Twin Infinities"
Curated by Rich Jacobs & Sam James Velde
A group art show featuring:
chris duncan / sean greene / karoline collins / calef brown / sam james velde / rich jacobs / sandy yang / billy sprague / mike sutfin / ryan patterson / damon robinson / cynthia connolly / jeff coad / bert queiroz / ben clark / jordin isip / melinda beck / james gallagher / calef brown / matt leines / tim kerr / chris johanson / pat graham / chrissy piper / clint woodside / james ross / sonny kay / jason farrell / ross farrar / josh turner / atiba jefferson / cali dewitt / mark mcCoy / nina hartman / otis bee / lee spielman / james wall / malia james / magdalena wosinka / jim brown / david pajo / chris shary/ brian walsby......and more!!
*Musical performance by surprise guest to be announced.*
This saturday (Dec 11), the "Party
Crashers" group show opens at Artisphere,
in Arlington, VA. This is a collaborative, two-location exhibit
between Artisphere (1101 Wilson Boulevard) and the Arlington Arts
Center (3550 Wilson Boulevard) that explores the influence of
the comic on contemporary art and exposes the art worlds
On the same day it's day one for the "Art
on the ART Bus" who will launch with the opening
Crashers. This is a mobile gallery on one of Arlington
Countys ART public transit buses. Run by Artisphere Visual
Arts Curator, Cynthia
Connolly, this unique bus features original works of art.
This dynamic connection between public transit and original art
makes the commute as exciting as the destination, cultivating
a vibrant arts experience for transit riders between point A and
point B in Arlington County, Virginia. Following the programs
launch in December 2010, this bus will rotate throughout the different
routes available to ART bus passengers.
Press is reissuing "Your Name Here", Tim's art
book that Altamont originally did. You can see the whole book
And order a copy aswell.
There's a new solo art show opening next week in LA. It's called
"As Long As The Grass Grows - Paintings of Native Americans"
and it will be held at Ranch
& Roll. Rumours say there will be some sort of an
"oldtime jam" at the show.
Also if you end up watching the new TV show "My Generation",
keep an eye out for some of Tims art. They were wanting
to film a scene at Sweatbox and saw the paintings so ended up
using them in a scene or two.
There will be two painted skateboards that Tim did for Wounded
Knees auction. They are a really great skate company, check
out what they are doing here.
The Art Bus panels are painted and delivered (16 in all) to the
Transit System. They will go inside a bus that will be
a shuttle for the shows this December, "Party Crashers".
More info in their website.
Tim will have art up in a new group show that he's curating at
and Pens. Opening is December 1st. He also just designed
a T-Shirt for a Vans
new project where six persons do six T-Shirts.
"Friends Making Things Happen" group show opens friday
August 13th at Machines
With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI. This art show features
works by Tim, Jaie Devore, Mike Leslie, Jen Corace, Mike Taylor
and Jo Dery. After the opening there will be music by Jacob and
the Terribles, Idiot Vehicle, OK Fuckyall Radio, Siren Cult.
3 art shows coming up .....
May 28, Austin TX at End
Of An Ear for "Chaos In Tejas".
June 4, Philadelphia PA at Space
1026. Tim is part of Rich Jacobs group show. Asa and his
band Zomes will play. Tim and Rich might play something as well.
June 12, Austin TX at Yard
Dog with Jad Fair for a record release for Victor Mourning.
Both Jad and Tim are on a song or two of this release. Cool band.
Tim is going back to Alabama to finish mixing Lees band. They
dont have a name yet but his vote is Jones Valley Parkway.
Monofonus Press will be doing a book and CD release of Rich Jacobs
and Tim Kerr.
There might still be some of the Altamont books left at Domy,
or Needles and Pens, or Family. There were only 100 so act fast.
Tim is really really proud of it!
A Kill Soulless Bullshit Happening is taking place
at Family 436 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA. on Feb.13,2010.
Tim Kerr with the help of Family, Altamont, and lots of friends,
will be showing art and playing music in hopes of planting self
expression seeds in others. Tim and Mike Watt will be playing
a song with No
Age and there will also be an open old time session as
well. Altamont is doing a book for it!
The next art show will be in April in Birmingham
at the BottleTree.
There is also a show at the end of this year in Washington DC
where Tim will also be doing the art for the inside of the Real
Regarding studio work, Tim is recording Shanghi
River right now and will be recording the Dexateens
from Jan 15-17.
There's a collaborative art book between nine year
old boy Cohen Morano and 118 artists called "The Rest is
Up To You". It was released by Chronicle
Books and Tim has a piece in it. More info in here.
Face posted on their website
some photos of the "If, Then Maybe" group art show that
took place at Needles
& Pens, featuring works of Tim Kerr, Russ Pope, Mathew
Rodriguez and Micahel Sieben.
Tim just returned from a 5 weeks trip to Ireland
and here are the latest news:
There are videos on youtube of Tim and his friend Jay playing
oldtime tunes in the kitchen of the Curfew Tower where Tim was
living for the residency. Dick Glasgow shot them and put them
(browse them in the right column).
Domy Books in Houston is showing the group art show "Friends"
right now. If you are there and out and about, please go see and
support the store and what those fine folks are doing. More info
Jordin Isip asked Tim to be part of Dime Bag 3 at Giant Robot.
The show is over but there is info here.
The next art show is called "If, Then Maybe" opens
on October 3rd at Needles
and Pens in San Francisco with friends Russ Pope, Michael
Sieben, Mathew Rodriguez and Tim.
Tim will also be part of a group show that Rich Jacobs is doing
at Upper Playground that opens October 1st.
Coming up is the art show in Seattle the weekend of November
27/28 with possible music performances with friends during the
art openings and MonkeyWrench shows the following weekend.
Books in Austin, TX, posted some photos of the group show
they hosted. Here
is the link.
a video that O shot on is cell phone at Tim's house. A great chance
to see Tim's work space and his paintings. Also, here's
a video made by some irish friends (Johnny Fitz & Aaron Twisty)
magazine published a big interview with Tim done by Steve Olson.
Check their website for more info.
Please note: There is a NEW e-mail address: web (at) timkerr
(dot) net. This is just for the website, but I'll be more than
happy to forward any messages to Tim. Several e-mails were recovered
from the old account and will be replied soon. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Hugo (timkerr.net webmaster)
On January 24th, 2009, Tim will have a piece in Rich Jacobs Move
portion of the "New Image Art 15 Year Anniversary Show"
to be held at New
Image Art in Los Angeles, CA..
In April two art shows were scheduled. The First one will take
place at Zombo
Gallery, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and opens on the
3rd. The second will take place at Domy
Books, in Austin, TX, and it's a group show with Tim,
Rich Jacobs, Cynthia Connolly and Bill Daniel, with an opening
reception sceduled for the 23rd.
In the Fall, an art show in Seattle will take place at Fantagraphics
where it is possible that there will be some sort of MonkeyWrench
music being played.
Tim will be doing some stuff for Altamont
in the shape of shirt designs, a 10 of music and the cover
for their spring 2010 catalogue.
Tim will be in Ireland for two weeks in February.
Also in the next month or so there will be a big piece (see
image below) commissioned by the store Eleven, on an outside wall
in Manhattan at 11 Prince St. It will be up for 4 or 5 months.
The book "Temporary Conversations: Tim Kerr" was published
last saturday by Temporary Services Publications. You can order
it via Half
Letter Press. Cover below.
Here's a picture of Tim, taken by Lindsey Kuhn at the "We=3"
show, which took place at Andenken Gallery in Denver.
Tim will fly to England this thursday to spend most of his time
working with Matt Stokes and Alistair Anderson in Newcastle.
Services book will debut on November 15 in a book party
at Domy Books, in Austin.
Calendars will debut on Nov. 13 and Tim is also part of this book.
There's a new solo art show in Pitsburgh the first of April 2009
Below you'll find the tryptich made for the "We=3"
art show that opened on October 3rd at Andenkin
Tim will be going to Ireland between 1-14 Feb 2009 as a guest
playing old time music with the Pine
Hill Haints. The good people at Stitchy
are putting together the shows and Beth and Tim, along with good
friend John who will be filming the whole mess, are pretty excited
about the trip and getting to play music with alot of people while
over there and working on art.
The book that was put together of his show in Duseldorf is almost
ready. They are working on the slip covers right now. Write to
October 3rd Tim will be in Denver at the opening of the art show
with Lindsey Kuhn at Andenkin
Stokes is working on two projects that he has asked Tim
to help with. One is about the DIY scene and its late 70s roots
in Austin that will exhibit at the ArtHouse
in Austin Jan 2009 and then travel. The other is on the Camden
Folk Society which might have Tim coming over to London this fall.
Rich Jacobs has a traveling skate zine show "there is xerox
on the insides of your eyelids" that Tim is a part of. The
music they have been doing may be coming out soon.
Tim has a show up at the YardDog
Gallery in Marfa right now (July/August 2008) and Tim
is honored to be asked to be one of the artists to help out Emancipet.
Books has asked Tim to do an art show next May (2009)
and he have asked Bill Daniel, Rich Jacobs and Cynthia Connolly
to all be part as well.
Art news updates:
I will be part of a group show at Gallery
Lombardi that opens in march here in
Lindsey Khun has asked me to be part of the show he is having
in Denver in the
I just did a big murral of Doc Boggs for Mike at Sweatbox. I
think its the biggest thing I have ever painted to date.
I am waiting on word right now if I have been one of the folks
chosen for an artist residency at the Museum Of Modern Art in
Dublin. If I get accepted, I will be in Ireland for the summer!
(I hope I hope!!!)
Face site and the Needles
and Pens site have fotos and blogs up on
the show that Rich Jacobs and I had in San Francisco. It opened
There is also blogs and fotos on the Fecal Face site about the
group show they
just had here at O Kay Mountain. On that blog, there are photos
of our house
and where I paint. And while on that site go to the podcast of
Rich and I. There is also photos and a youtube clip of the show
in San Fran up at Needles and Pens site.
I also want to give a shout out and a big THANK YOU to Skyler
Fell who fixed my
button accordion! and Andrew from Needles and Pens who drove me
to her shop
also Warren for the return trip.
the story (sad smile)...Friday was rainy all day and I made the
mistake of wearing my desert boots with the creepe souls. Both
Rich and I were loaded down with art and instruments. We were
on the bus and it shifted into a gear and sort of shot forward
and i slid and fell back and snapped off the wood bar under the
buttons on my accordion. It was pretty heartbreaking since its
the most expensive instrument I have ever bought. I took it to
a woman there (Skyler Fell) and she fixed it overnight! and I
had it in time for the show and was able to play with my friends
and the Irish session I had set up for the show! (thanks Daniel
for helping with that!) Really great. Its got a battle scar now
but that gives it character and soul
(big smile) happy ending!
is doing a book on the solo show that happened in Germany in October.
They also have fotos up on their site of the show.
The MonkeyWrench record will finally be out on Birdman Records
late Feb. The
date had been Feb.12 but now its a little later in the month.
There is talk of
shows but until I find out about Ireland, I can't commit to anything
I am now part of a music collective known as "If Bricks
Had Wings". Our first "show" was january 12th ,
at the opening of the group show at O Kay Mountain.John has fotos
of us up at his blog on the Fecal Face site. We will be playing
March 13th at the Gallery Lombardi show.
There are two dark videos up on YouTube of the RioRita sessions
that have been going on here in Austin on tuesday.These were shot
on New Years day and the sound is great and thats whats important
... not the folks playing but the music! (smile) here is the info
my friend wrote up when he put them up on that site:
"The quality is pretty poor, but just as well, we don't
want to scare the children and small animals. I've listed everyone's
name in Irish to protect the innocent... erm, I mean guilty."
When you listen to this, you will get a good idea of what If
Bricks Had Wings
I will be going into the studio (Sweatbox) next weekend with
Kyle from SugarShacks new band called the Welfare Mothers (i think
thats the name?) The Dexateens (Ala.), the Crazed Farmers (Slov.),
and Chet and Craigs new band
Silver Lion's 20/20 (which I am doing the covers for as well)
... all want me to record them at some point in the near future.
The stuff I did with Rich Jacobs may be coming out and I will
be recording with If Bricks Had Wings soon.
Note: Spammers "fished" the website's e-mail address
so I had to delete the old e-mail account and created a new one:
web (at) timkerr (dot) net. If someone didn't got a reply in last
months, please e-mail again. It's possible that it got flooded
by spam e-mails. thanks.
Although the website has been on hold for almost a year Tim
has been busy as usual. Painting and learning Irish and old time
tunes took most of his time.
In the last months "The Loop" (a dance piece with music
composed by Tim for the Kathy
Dunn Hamrick Dance Company) was performed on June 10th
and the One World Theatre in Austin, TX.
Tim and Rich Jacobs played music at the closing of the group
show that Rich curated at the Cinders
Gallery, in New York, that Tim and his wife Beth also
took part in on Feb 17.
In the upcoming months more action will follow in the art field.
On August 30th, Tim and Maldon Meehan will have an art show at
Street Pub in Portland, Oregon, called "Old Truths".
If you live in Portland the Alberta Street Pub is located on 1036
NE Alberta Street.
On October 20th Tim will be in Dusseldolf for the opening of
a solo art show to be held at Galerie
Slowboy. Later on (December 8th) Needles
and Pens, in San Francisco, CA, will hold another art
show with Tim and Rich Jacobs art.
If you're into skate, you'll like to know that Tim designed 3
skateboards for Clique and one for Zorlac. Check their website
for more info.
In the music field Tim will be recording the Chooglin',
from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the fall at the new Sweatbox
Studio. He was also invited to get in the studio with
Dexateens again sometime soon, after doing an amazing
job in both Dexateens self-tittled debut and "Red Rust Rising"
albums released by Estrus
Records. Check their myspace pages and make them your
Monkeywrench's new album titled "Gabriel's Horn" is
not out yet, but word is that it will come out soon on Birdman
Sound Group is pretty much on hiatus indefinitely. No
news on what will happen to the recordings of their second album.
There is still talk of putting out a recording of Rich Jacobs
Still in the music camp Tim has been spending most of his energy
learning Irish tunes on the button accordion and old time tunes
on the banjo (clawhammer not bluegrass) If you are in or around
Austin every Tuesday starting at 8 pm, Tim and some friends meet
to play Irish and old time music at Rio
In conjunction with the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Block
Party, Chicago art gallery, Open-end,
will be hosting an exhibition of visual art by the same artists
gracing The Hideout's block party stage on September 8-10. Twelve
Touch and Go
/ Quarterstick Records artists accepted an invitation
to pack a few canvases alongside their instrumental cargo and
hang them in open-end's space on 2000 W Fulton Ave from September
4-8. The assortment of pieces on display will include painting,
sculpture, photography and Mekon art (yes, it is a newly certified
genre). The list of artists contributing to the event includes
the following: Jon Langford (Mekons), Eric Bellis (Rico Bell /
Mekons), Tim Kerr (Big Boys), Mick Turner (Dirty Three), Bianca
Casady (CocoRosie), Pall Jenkins ( The Black Heart Procession),
Tom Greenhalgh (Mekons), Tara Jane ONeil, Sam Coomes (Quasi),
Tim Harriss (Kepone), Jeff Mueller (Shipping News), Jason Noble
(Shipping News). Open-end will be open on weekdays preceding the
Block Party-Monday, September 4 through Friday, September 8 from
9-6 pm. For more information on the art space (parking, directions,
etc.), call (312) 738-2140.
Another group show hosting Tim's art will take place at the Hyde
Park Art Center (Galeries 1 & 3) in Chicago on October
15, and it will be called "Interstellar Low Ways - Pathways
to Unkown Worls: Sun Ra, El Saturn of Chicago's Afro-Futurist
Underground, 1954-68". The show will run until January 14th
Other art shows include a solo show at 2040 Gallery, in Austin,
starting October 21, a group show called "Painting for Music
is a Better Noise" to be held at P.S.1
Contemporary Art Center , in New York, from October 22.
In the works aresolo shows in Birmingham, Alabama, and group
shows with Rich Jacobs.
These are most of the paintings that will make it to "a
toast to the people", a group show featuring the art of Tim
Kerr and Rich Jacobs to be held at 96
Gillespie gallery in London. The show runs from May 12
to June 4 2006.
The same day Total Sound Group play at Beerland, another solo
show opens in Portugal. "Sight On Sound" solo art show
opens May 4th at Casa
das Artes, in Famalicão, featuring works using
record covers and 12" vinyl records. Show ens May 31st.
Tim is now a part of the print project "Said
and Done". They are trying to increase the size of
the show and have as many talented artists/designers involved,
so if interested please get in touch with them via their website.
gallery in London present "a toast to the people", a
group show featuring the art of Tim Kerr and Rich Jacobs. The
show runs from May 12 to June 4 2006. At the same time the Total
Sound Group will play at All
Tomorrow's Parties festival.
"Sight On Sound" solo art show opens today featuring
works using record covers and 12" vinyl records. It's in
Lisbon, Portugal, at Trem Azul jazz store and it will be held
from April 1 till the end of the month. Afterwards it will be
help at Casa das Artes, in Famalicão, Portugal, from the
4th of May till the 31st.
Poison 13 will be playing a reunion show to help raise money
for Sweatbox Studios (another fire happened this weekend in the
building that has been hosting the studio!). The show will take
place at Emo's on friday 24th. Other bands playing include Knife
in the Water, The Meat Purveyors and Possessed by Paul James.
Total Sound Group will also be playing a warm up show in May
right before the band fly to England to play at All Tomorrows
Tim has three new art shows coming up. First will be "Sight
On Sound" in Lisbon, Portugal, at Trem Azul jazz store in
April (1-30), then a show with Rich Jacobs at London's 96 Gillespie
Gallery in May (to coincide with All Tomorrows Parties festival)
and Los Angeles in June, with Russ Pope. Currently, he has some
paintings on "Think that thought, a lot" group art show
Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CA.
Sound Group will have a rare apearance outside the US.
The band will play in England at The United Sounds of All
Tomorrow's Parties festival in May 12/13/14, 2006. Total
Sound Group's night will be curated by Mudhoney and this is your
one and only chance to see them live as the band will not play
any other shows in Europe.
2006 Group Show will take place on March 24th & 25th 2006
and it will be a two night festival that will include performances
from The Melvins at both openings. The show is presented by OX-OP
and will be at two locations in Minneapolis (OX-OP & SOO Visual
Arts Center) and Tim was invited to participate with some of his
He was also invited to participate in a print project".
Entitled "When it's All Said and Done", that was created
by John Antoski and Dustin Koop. The project is to create a series
of 60 original prints, and have 60 selected artist from around
the globe collaborating. The goal of this book project is to feature
the individual artists style, as well as push the creative art
practice through collaboration. The final piece will be published
on line, as well as a one off artist book will be created that
will be featured in a gallery show in Monteal, in 2006.
Tim is going to do a t-sirt design for Maximum
Rocknroll Radio. MRR Radio is where it all began - Tim
Yohannon started the show in 1977 and it grew into a weekly syndicated
show, the MRR comp LPs, and the fanzine as we know it today. Nowadays
the show is an Internet download/podcast that's syndicated on
lots of stations and other websites.)
Monkeys record that Tim recorded in Scotland, is being
mastered this week and should be out soon. He finished 7 songs
last week with Those
Peabodys at Sweatbox.
Both Monkeywrench and Total Sound Group new records were re-scheduled
to be released sometime next year by Estrus.
Speaking of Total
Sound Group, their website was redesigned by Scott Pellet,
the guy who runs the Big
Boys website, and is now back online.
In the art field there is already talk of art shows in LA and
Portland in 2006.
"Way Up Under the Radar", Tim's upcoming solo art show,
will open Friday October 7th at End
of an Ear record store (2209 South First Street) in Austin,
Total Sound Group regret to inform that they will not be able
to play at Emo's,
Austin, TX on October 20th. However, this all ages show will still
happen with with DMBQ,
Flying Guillotines and Camp X Ray.
The Gospel Swingers had their self titled record, that Tim produced
in 2002, finally released by Lonestar
Records. This 180g vinyl only release is a limited edition
of 500 copies.
From Tim and Beth:
"You guys... I will try to get to everyone as soon as I can
but I am in Scotland for a week and a half recording a band. I
just turned on the computer and got my mail and was overwhelmed
with the news and the love from all of you. I think that if you
want to celebrate his life... be creative... We all have it in
us. We both appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns for us.
We will celebrate the man he was and the man he could have been.
I'm sorry for this being a mass e-mail but its all we both can
do at the moment. Much love and respect, Tim and Beth"
Tim will have a solo art show that will open Friday October 7th
in Austin at End
of an Ear record store.
The show at Camp
Fig curated by Tim was a big success! A lot of fine folks
contributed to this and Tim is really proud of it. He wishes to
thank everyone, especially Rich, Katie, and Lee. Camp Fig have
pictures of it up on their website.
The "Boxing Show" went really well at YardDog
and is still up, featuring, among others, the art of Tim, Jad
Fair, Scott Griffin, Paco Felici, Jon Langford, Tom Russell and
Joe max Emmimger.
and Pens in San Francisco asked Tim to show his art there
with Bill Daniel and Vanessa Renwick. The date for that opening
will be Saturday, September 17th, and both Beth and Tim will be
Last weekend (August 11-14) Tim was at Sweatbox with Those
Peabodys. Wednesday, August 17th, Beth and Tim will leave
for Scotland to record the Grease
Monkeys. Tim's great grandmother was from there (great
grandfather from Ireland) so he's pretty excited and will have
some days off after recording to see the sights!
September 22nd and 23rd, Tim may be in Sweatbox again with Dave
Bessenhoffer's (The Blow Up, The Gimmicks) new band called New
Fangs. Thursday, October 20th, Total Sound Group will
be playing an all ages (!) show with DMBQ,
Flying Guillotines and Camp X Ray at Emo's,
is Austin, TX.
Scott Pellet, the webmaster of the great Big
Boys website, is working on a new site for Total
Sound Group that will be up soon.
As stated earlier the Monkeywrench record is done.
It's called "Gabriel's Horn" and here is the idea for
the cover, designed by Tim. Tentative release date is set for
November 8th, through Estrus.
The Total Sound record now has all the horns on it and is almost
Tim went to see the Minutemen
documentary ("We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen")
the other night. "It's really cool and everyone should go
And PAY ATTENTION! to what they are saying the "definition"
of punk rock is/was. (big smile)" Tim
"A friend of mine, Dixon,
is now gone. Sad because his light was a great beacon to all those
lost in the sea of sheep mentality. Proof that anyone reading
this needs to celebrate their friends and lives at all times because
you never know who is leaving out the back doors, front doors,
windows, etc... at any given time. Me and a bunch of friends are
having an art show at Camp
Fig that opens this Saturday at 7 pm. If you are close
to the area... please come... bring your friends and celebrate."
Bill Daniel will be showing his film "Bozo Texino",
a film/historic document of rail yard writers, on June 12th in
Austin, TX., at Beerland on his way to the debut showing in LA
on June 15th at the Los Angeles Redcat Art Center in conjunction
with Margaret Kilgallen's art show. Tim did the music for it.
Tim will have some of his art at the first annual 'Incitos Civitas'
art/music exposition, in Corpus Christi, TX. Opening will take
place on Saturday July
There's an upcoming group art show at Yarddog gallery, devoted
to the theme "Boxing" and Tim did three paintings for
it. The "Boxing" show runs July 16 - August 28.
Another band is most likely to be added to the studio work section.
They are called Those Peabodys, and are schedulled to hit Sweatbox
Studios with Tim in August.
The new Monkeywrench album was finally finished last weekend.
No name or release date was settled yet, but it's most liketly
that the band will play a few shows around the date of it's release.
More news on this soon.
The recordings of the new Total Sound Group record are doing
great. Tim said that "the new songs are leaning more towards
the "Friends are Friends" sound. We are going back in
this week to do stuff and then we will sit on it until end of
July when Ben gets back from his travels and go in with whatever
else we decide it needs after listening and add horns, etc...
and mix. We are really happy with what's coming out and at this
point we have over 40 minutes worth of music. In the end of July
we will be finishing and mixing the Total Sound Group stuff."
After finishing the Total Sound Group record Tim will be recording
some acoustic stuff with Rich Jacobs and Koen under the name Press
Play (working name).
Tim will be in Seattle and Bellingham the first week of May.
First he will be helping mix 3 or 4 new songs from Monkeywrench
to complete the new LP for Estrus. Then he will be in Bellingham
to record more stuff for the '76
Charger. In August 17th Tim and beth will head to Scotland
where Tim will record the Grease
In August Tim will have a group art show at Camp
Fig, in Austin, TX. So far, besides Tim, there will be
works by Rich Jacobs, Bill Daniel, Michael Sieben, Lindsey Kuhn,
Brian and Dorra and alot more friends. Press Play will be playing
at that opening.
"An Extraordinary Day", Tim's third dance piece that
he wrote for choreographer Holly Williams in 2003, was posted
in the downloads page. "Las
Historias", another dance pice he wrote for Holly Williams
was premiered on April 9th and 10th at the Lobero Theatre, Santa
barbara, CA. The "Spin" dance piece composed for coreographer
Hamrick, was also premiered on April 9th and 10th, in
San Francisco, CA, and will have it's first Austin showing on
April 30th-May 1st at the State Theatre.
There's a new set of photos from Tim's house taken by Rob Filardo
(The Priests) in the Gallery
Yard Dog, in Austin, TX, has some of Tim's new paintings for
sale on their site.
A new interview with Tim was published in Verbicide
magazine and was added to the Press
Total Sound Group started the recordings of the new album yesterday
at Sweatbox. It will be released on Estrus
Records who settled the release date for October 11th,
There's a new compilation called "Superfuzz OST" on
featuring a track by Monkeywrench. "Superfuzz" is a
weekly comic strip dedicated to the life of Paiva, a record store
owner and rock'n'roll lover. Other bands in the compilation are
188.8.131.52's, Soledad Brothers, The Dt's, Buff Medways, etc.
There's a new set of live photos from Poison 13 taken by Joe
Marchi in the Gallery
has made two sets of prints by Tim dedicated to Jazz (John Coltrane,
Pharaoh Sanders, Albert Ayler) and Skate (Tony Alva, Jay Adams,
A new Jack O'Fire interview from Spontaneous Combustion magazine
was added to the Press section.
"I got the sad news that Hideaki Sekiguchi, who we all knew
only as Billy of Guitar Wolf died of a heart attack today. Both
Beth and my hearts go out to his friends and family. He spoke
the joyfull universal language of music and he will be missed."
Two new sets of Jack O'Fire photos, taken by photographer Bill
Dozer at the Blackout Records and Empty Bottle (Chicago, IL),
were posted in the Gallery.
The recordings of the new Das
Boot record will take place at Sweatbox from tomorrow
(March 21st) until wednesday (March 23rd). One more band was added
to the recording schedule: it's called Grease
Monkeys, they come from Glasgow (Scotland) and they are
likely to enter the studio in their hometown with Tim in August.
"My dads grandfather was born in Tyrone, Donegal county,
Ireland. He went to Edinburgh, Scotland, to study medicine and
met my dads grandmother there. Happy St. Patricks Day! This is
a painting of Seamus Ennis who was an uilleann pipe player and
collector of stories." Tim
The new "Move" group art show opens today
(March 17th) at the Clementine
Gallery in New York. The opening is from 6-8 pm andthe
gallery is located at 526 West 26th St, Suite 211 (between 10th
& 11th Aves.) Besides Tim, there will be scores of artists
from around the world represented, including Os Gemeos, Bert Queiroz,
Eddie Janney, Cynthia Connolly, Rich Jacobs, Hisham Bharoocha,
Jordan Isip, Pushead, Pat Graham, Daniel Higgs, Jeff Winterberg,
Josh Wildman, Abby Portner, Mark Gonzalez, Mark Borthwick, Jim
O'Rourke, Hiroshi Kimura, Chris Shary and many others.
Don't forget that Total Sound Gropu play Saturday,
March 19th at Sound On Sound record store (on 53rd Street, Austin,
TX) around 6 pm. Admittance is free. Also playing is japan's finest
and label mates DMBQ.
The good people at Secret
Handshake Designs, from Chicago, IL, have a series of
artist t-shirts available for purchase. One of them has a design
by Tim in a homage to Sun Ra (see image below). While you're at
their website, be sure to read the small, but cool, interview
they posted in Tim's page.
In the last issue of Arthur
magazine, from New York, Byron Coley and Thurston Moore included
Tim Kerr in their "Bull Tongue: 80 Goddamn Good Things of
2004" column. This is what they had to say: "19 - TIM
KERR s paintings. After many years focusing mostly on things
musical, Austins greatest citizen has returned to painting,
and the results are fantastic. His portraits of musicians and
radical cultural figures have great powerful uses of color and
form, all underpinned by strong political and musical conviction.
Great shit.". A downloadable pdf version of the complete
issue can be found here.
Twenty two new paintings were added added to the Art
section of the Gallery and more photos were added in Tim's
photo gallery, courtesy of phographers Aubrey
Edward and David Earl Noe.
Total Sound Group will be recording in April at Sweatbox the
follow up to "The Party Platform Our Schedule is Change!",
their first album released by Estrus,
which plans to release the new record on October 11th, 2005. Don't
forget that Total Sound Group will play one of their rare gigs
on March 19th at Sound On Sound record store (on 53rd Street,
Austin, TX). The show has free admittance, starts around 6:30
pm and label mates DMBQ,
from Japan, are also on the bill.
The Milan art show tentatively scheduled for March did not work
out, but Tim and Beth will attend the opening of "Move 13,
on March 17th, at Clementine
Gallery in New York. In March Tim will have some paintings
at a group art show to be held at Yard
Dog, in Austin, TX. An art show featuring works of Tim,
Rich Jacobs and Bill Daniel will happen in August at Camp
Fig, in Austin, TX.
Lindsey Kuhn and Tim did a series of prints called "Dogtown
Forever", which will be available soon at Conspiracy
In the studio field, Tim will record Das
Boot from Japan at Sweatbox, on March 21-23, then he will
be back to Bellingham, WA, in late April to record more of '76
Charger and also try to mix the last of the Monkeywrench
stuff, that will make the follow up to 2000's "Electric Children".
In June Tim will fly to Croatia to record The
Babies (June 26-29) and Crazed Farmers (June 30-July 3).
Tim and Rich Jacobs will be recording some things together in
Tim is working on a new dance piece for choreographer Kathy
Dunn Hamrick. It's his fifth dance piece and it will be
performed in San Francisco in early April. Tim's second dance
piece that he wrote for choreographer Holly Williams in 2003 was
posted in the downloads page.
Monkeywrench will take part in the upcoming "Superfuzz:
Original Soundtrack" compilation to be released by LowFly
Records. "Superfuzz" is a weekly comic strip
dedicated to the life of Paiva, a record store owner and rock'n'roll
lover. Other bands in the compilation are 184.108.40.206's, Soledad Brothers,
The Dt's, Buff Medways, etc.
In the last couple of years, Tim has been writing music for choreographer
Holly Williams. To some it will be a totally different approach
from all the bands he has been in, but for those who know, its
just another interpretation of Tim's work. The first piece he
did was called "Freddie" and it is available for download
other three dance pieces will be available in the following weeks.
Total Sound Group will be playing live March 19 at Sound On Sound
record store (on 53rd Street, Austin, TX) around 6 pm. Admittance
The group art show that Rich Jacobs is putting up in New York,
NY, will be at Clementine
Gallery. The opening is on March 17, 2005 and it's one
more element (#13) from a series of art shows called "Move".
It closes on April 16 and Tim will be a part of it with 4 or 5
paintings. In August there will be a new art show at Camp
Fig, from Austin, TX.
In June, when Tim goes to Croatia to record The
Babies, there's also the possibility that he records a
band from Ljubljana, Slovenia, called Crazed Farmers.
January 29th Tim will be mixing Brotherhood of Electricity at
Sweatbox. Ben "Snakepit" White (J Church) and Paddy
(Dillinger 4) with others are doing some sort of project and invited
Tim to help them record. This may be done at a house, on February
March 17th there will be an opening in New York for a group art
show that Rich Jacobs is putting on. Tim will be part of this
show, so more info on this soon.
Back to Sweatbox on March 21-23, Tim will record Das Boot from
In April Holly Williams's dance, for which Tim did the music
for, will be performed.
Tim will be in Croatia from June 26-29 to record local rock and
roll combo The
Other things in the works are a tentative art show in Milan (Italy)
andTotal Sound Group finally recording.
Here's the flyer for the upcoming opening of "Move (twelve)
- Raw Dogs".
January 8, 2005 is the opening on "Move (twelve) - Raw Dogs",
a group art show curated by Rich Jacobs. It will take place at
Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, CA and it will feature
Tim Kerr, Tobin Yelland, Larry Clark, Mofo, Ben Clark, Pat Graham,
Gary Davis, Neckface, Matt Leines, Rotgut, Rich Jacobs and Theo
Fitzpatrick, among others. Both Tim and Beth will be present in
the opening reception.
The opening of the 96
Gillespie art show was a success. Hope to have photos
from London real soon.
In the meantime, if you live in Chicago, IL, you can visit "Drawing
To An End" exhibition. Here's some info:
"Drawing To An End..."
December 03 - December 19, 2004
Opening reception: Friday, December 3, 6-10pm
Foundation Gallery opens below ground level with "Drawing
to an End", an
exhibition of drawings related to time, featuring fifteen artists
Foundation Gallery's "past, present and future".
Artists participating in the exhibition are: Frank Brenner, Nick
Craig Dransfield, Chris Duncan, Justin Fines, Sayre Gomez, Dan
Tim Kerr, Russ Pope, Mark Price, Matthew Rodriguez, Jay Ryan,
Serigraphie Populaire, Patrick Walsh III, and Andrew Zbihlyj.
These artists have previously shown with the gallery or will exhibit
the gallery in the upcoming year. The matter of "drawings"
has become a
subjective object and process and Foundation Gallery is proud
fifteen artists all with an unique perspective on the notion of
Appropriate to the season, wrapping up another year, the artists
a loose, universal theme of time to work with. The theme carries
on as we
are drawing to an end of the first full year for Foundation Gallery
beginning our second exciting year of solo and group shows. Check
website for updates www.foundation-gallery.org
Foundation Gallery, 700 North Carpenter Street BN, Chicago, Illinois
Open Sundays 1-5 and by appointment (One block south east of the
Chicago / Milwaukee / Ogden intersection, Chicago stop / CTA Blue
According to Tim, the recording of Alex Cuervo's new band Brotherhood
of Electricity at Sweatbox went really well. Mixing will take
place in January. Today he finishes the recordings of Camp X-Ray,
also at Sweatbox, which is more like his second home.
This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb new record "Three
Way Tie For A Fifth" produced by Tim is out now on LP and
CD through No
Idea Records and Plan-It-X
Records, respectively. The image that was used on the
front cover is a painting by Tim. Also, the upcoming album by
"Red Dust Rising" is scheduled for release on February
22nd, 2005 through Estrus
Records, who also released their self-titled debut.
These are two bands that Tim loves and two records that he's
very proud of. Vinyl versions of both Dexateens albums will
be available soon through Sweet Dog's (Dexateens drummer) new
Records. See Studio
Work section for more detais.
November 26th is the opening on "Move (eleven)", a
group art show curated by Rich Jacobs. It will take place at 96
Gillespie gallery in London from November 27 to December
22, 2004. Tim will show some of his most recent paintings and
he and Beth will both attend at the opening.
Here's the concept behing "Move":
"MOVE was originally created by Rich Jacobs as a zine that
cross checked art, music, and ideas from the fringes of American
society ie. skateboard culture, grafitti, street art, punk rock.
Later Rich teamed up with Los Angeles curator Marsea Goldberg,
founder of the New Image Art Gallery to launch his now legendary
MOVE group exhibitions.
The MOVE shows have broken ground in uniting the most vital artists
of the young American generation. Many have developed national
and international reputations: Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee,
Mark Gonzales, Shepard Fairey, Chris Johanson, Thomas Campbell,
Michelle Lockwood, Eric White, Pat Graham and Chaz Bojoroquez
to name a few.
The aesthetic is marked by broken boundaries between street culture,
high art, skateboarding, illustration, graffiti, photography,
painting & typography. Rich Jacob's has worked to tie these
artists (from San Francisco, L.A., San Diego, Washington D.C.,
Orange County and New York City) into a powerfully cohesive movement.
Featuring many of the usual crowd: Barry Mcgee, Mark Gonzales,
Thomas Campbell, Erika Borboa, Dalek, Ed Templeton, Tobin Yelland,
Tim Kerr, Pat Graham, Cynthia Connolly & Cheryl Dunn; MOVE
(eleven) delivers art by over 80 artists who are pursuing a running
discourse with their own societies from within.
Expect wall to wall installation, a patchwork display of what's
happening now, in America & over here.
Rich Jacobs was born in Long Beach, California (1972). Jacobs
is an internationally acclaimed artist who has exhibited throughout
the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He
is also the curator of the on-going series of exhibitions titled
MOVE. His work appears in magazines, publications, and on a broad
range of media from fashion products, records and printed work.
Rich Jacobs currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York."
During December Tim split his time between writing the new dance
piece for Holly Williams and painting for the upcoming art show
Image Art gallery in Los Angeles, CA. that will open in
January. December 3rd opens in Chicago, IL, "Drawing To An
End..." a group exhibition of drawings related to time, featuring
Gallery artists "past, present and future" including,
among others, Tim Kerr, Dan Grzeca, Serigraphie Populaire, Frank
Brenner or Nick Butcher.
December 17 Tim will be doing a Soul Party at Beerland,
in Austin, TX.
The downloads page if finally
up. There you can find a small selection of Tim's favourite tracks
from all his bands (past and present). More tracks will be posted
Nine new paintings were added to the Art
section of the Gallery. These will be in exhibition at Tim's solo
show at Delilah's,
that opened October 31st. November 26th Tim will be in London
for the opening of a group show at 96
Gillespie Gallery. From December 3rd to 19th will be a
part of the "Drawing To An End..." group show to be
held at Foundation
Gallery in Chicago, IL., featuring drawings related to
time. In January Tim will also be a part of a group show at New
Image Art gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
November 12-14 Tim will record Alex Cuervo's (The Now Time Delegation,
The Gospel Swingers, This Damn Town) new band at Sweatbox. There
he will also record Camp X-Ray from November 18-21. In May 2005,
it's likely that Tim will be going to Croatia to record local
Between November and December Tim will be working on the soundtrack
for "Bozo Texino", a film by Bill Daniel, and he will
also be finishing a new dance piece for Holly Williams.
Tim's solo show at Delilah's
opens Sunday, October 31, on Halloween night. Tim will be DJing
a "soul party" the opening night, so don't miss it!
Delilah's is located at 2771 N. Lincoln [on the east side of Lincoln
Avenue, a few doors south of the intersection of Racine (1200W)
and Diversey (2800N)], in Chicago, IL and can be reached by phone
at (773) 472-2771.
Good news for all Jack O' Fire fans. A new single
called "The Lost Lessons" was just released in a joint
venture between italian labels Shake
Your Ass Records and Solid Sex Lovie Doll Records, featuring
two unreleased songs: "Jack The Ripper" (Screaming
Lord Sutch) and "Shake Yer Hips" (Slim Harpo). It's
a very limited and numbered edition of 349 copies featuring
four diferent covers. See Discography
page for more details.
Freesoul Magubane Riot
Juke Joint edition
Another skate magazine featuring an interview
with Tim Kerr is out. It's called Bad
Egg and comes out of Denver, CO. Read this great interview
in the Press section.
Also out are two records produced by Tim. The
Priests's "Tall Tales" is out on Get
Hip and Thee
Butchers' Orchestra's "Stop talking About Music"
Rhythm. Check Studio
Work section for more details on these releases. The
Midnight Evils sessions ended up earlier (yesterday) so expect
the results of those sessions in 2005 in the shape of a single
(February 22nd) and an album (March 22nd) both on Estrus
Six paintings were added to the Art
section of the Gallery. As Tim says "now it's paint paint
paint!!!!!", because the Delilah's
show opens October 31st.
Just in is a great set of Big Boys photos,
live at Inner Sanctum Records, Austin, TX, on May 7, 1983, courtesy
of photographer Patrick Scranton.
Skateboard culture Bail
Magazine from Chicago, IL published a long and excellent
feature with Tim in their new issue (03). Go to the Press
section and read it all.
Good news for all Big Boys fans! To celebrate
the 20th anniversary X-Mist,
a german label, will re-release on vinyl only, "Lullabies
Help The Brain Grow" and "No Matter How Long..."
as a double LP on October 25, 2004. Both LPs, originally released
in 1983 and 1984, have been sold-out since many years, and now
for the first time officially (!) available again - packed into
one full-color gatefold-sleeve with the original artwork from
both LPs, plus a poster-like insert including all the lyrics
and photos from the original inserts, plus liner-notes! These
are also still available on the great Touch & Go CD release,
"The Fat Elvis".
The Yard Dog show is doing great! It will end
on October 24 so you still have some time to go and see some
of Tim's paintings. If you don't live in the area please visit
website and you'll be taken on a small tour to some of Tim's
art he had at that show. Some of these paintings will make it
into the Chicago show along with new paintings opening October
31, 2004 at Delilah's.
It will be a solo art show and Tim will be DJing a "soul
party" the opening night. In January Tim will participate
in a group show at New Image Gallery in Los Angeles, CA that
Rich Jacobs is curating.
(Tim Kerr putting up the show at Yard Dog gallery.
Photo by Beth Kerr)
Tim was commissioned by Holly Williams to do a
20 minute piece for the Santa Barbara Dance Company and has
been very busy (as usual!) recording several bands: from September
23 till 26 he mixed the new Dexateens CD (which will be released
on Estrus in January 2005), recorded 5 songs of Attack Formation
from September 27 to 29 and since yesterday, October 4th, till
Sunday October 10th, he will be at Sweatbox recording the new
Midnight Evils record. In the second week of November Tim will
record a side project of Alex Cuervo (The Now Time Delegation/This
Damned Town), that also features David Bessenhoffer (The Blow
Up) and Alyse Mervosh (The Winks) followed by Camp X-Ray (Austin)
the week after.
Regarding Total Sound Group, there is talk of
them playing around in January 2005 at another gallery opening
for Rich Jacobs in LA. Total Sound Group is going to try and
record new stuff in December.
Dont forget that Tim (and Beth) will be in London
for the opening of a group show curated by Rich Jacobs at the
Gillespie Gallery. The opening is November 26, 2004
and he will have 6 or 7 paintings in the exhibition.
Tim's solo art show at Yard
Dog opens September 11, 2004. The gallery is located
at 1510 S. Congress Ave (Austin, TX.) and it's open Wed.- Sat.
(11:00 AM - 6:00 PM) and Sunday (Noon to 5:00 PM).
The Shows page
was devided in two sections (Sound and Sight) so that both the
shows from Tim's bands and his art shows (solo or group) can
Last, but not least, the Press
section is open. There's still way too much material to be posted
(interviews, reviews, articles...) but we had to start with
something. If you have some material that you'd like to share
(specially from the Bad Mutha Goose and Poison 13 era) feel
free to get in touch.
After reading Tim's report from the show in Denver
take a look at the pictures posted in Total
Sound Group's photo page. While you're in the Gallery
page dive in the Flyers
section and you'll find a couple of flyers from Tim Kerr exhibitions
and Total Sound Group show in Austin.
Tim just got back from Denver where the Total
Sound Group played at Mile High Mayhem and asked me to post
his report of the journey.
"We made it in at 4:30 this morning from Denver (18 hour
van trip) and yep ... I'm at work. (smile)
The show went well. There was another scooter related show going
on at the same time so the "expected crowd" was somewhat
divided. We showed up at 4 to load in and sound check but ran
into the age old "rule" that the headliner HAD to sound
check first, even though we were all there and in the middle slot
so that our stuff was moving no mater what. We were there for
over an hour before the headliners showed up and then it was almost
another hour before we did get to sound check which meant I missed
the main part of the art opening I was suppose to be at. The sound
guys were nice enough to let us sound check and from what I heard,
the other bands sounded great so they did a good job with running
the sound. The reaction to us was good ... part really really
into it, and a bigger part really really wondering what the hell
was going on. (smile) I was informed after we played that the
sound people were trying to stop us, because we had gone over
our "allotted" time, but gave up. (smile) The club was
nice but the stage was too high (though I did finally jump off)
and it was divided into these levels with guard rails Not
a very 'we are all in this together' kinda vibe. At the end of
the show we were told somebody is gonna get seriously hurt if
you don't shut the side door which opened to the parking lot where
our van waited to be loaded up.
We were then told that the neighbours would complain about the
music... which my answer is ... "the show is over! turn the
fucking 'adult rock' off while you are picking up cords so we
, can open the door".... Which I didn't say, but thought.
We were then told we had to take our equipment out the front,
which meant carry a 400 pound Hammond organ up and down levels
..."but dude ... if you go to the other side there are ramps
between the levels!" Yes words were said and we got the hell
out of there. Pretty fucking ridiculous (!) and one of the strong
reasons for not wanting to play in clubs anymore. The Mile High
Mayhem folks did a really really great job and had rented out
the theatre for a night. I was told by the friends we were staying
with, that that wasn't the usual sound guys at that club and that
the place IS a really great place to play. They did let us sell
our stuff without taking a percentage which was really cool.
The coolest thing were all the really great scooters! Some really
really nice Lambrettas! The Mile High folks were really great
and the people I talked to at the show were nice, the REVO gallery
people were really great! And I wish we could have played in their
space instead, where it would have been all ages..... AND
AND I SKATED!!!!!!!!! (really big smile!!!!!)
Now remember I have not really skated since I broke my leg. I
have kinda skated/slid around down the hall of Sweatbox, but that
is really it. We took our boards (3 of us skate in this band)
because we knew that Denver had a lot of free cement parks...
which they do!!!!!
On the way we stopped for gas in Lubbock right next to a good
sized skateable ditch. I took it slow and rolled in and right
off felt really awkward .When I got to the other wall and slid
I could tell my leg just wasn't working right ... damn .... I
then skated back to the van on the flat asphalt, and the knee
I was pushing with went weak, which sent all my weight on one
leg and I nearly went over the front of the board. I was not a
happy camper. The next morning we go to the first park that had
a really great banked area (my favourite thing to skate!), but
I chickened out because I was still a bit freaked out from the
day before ... BUT.... after watching everyone skate I was determined
to skate again if only just to carve and lip slide for the rest
of my life... When we got back to Lindsey's warehouse (SWAMP)
I skated on the flat floors for a lot of the day. After the first
3 or 4 back and forth runs /slides ... it started feeling natural
again and my knee wasn't giving out. I was determined to skate
a banked wall so the next day we went to another park with banks
and... I SKATED!!!!! .... granted I took it easy and didn't even
lip slide yet but it felt natural again and I was back surfing
in my mind doing some cess slides etc... So I was happy!
Overall it was a great trip (!) and we really are thankful to
the people that helped out."
Also, here's some artwork done by Lindsey
Kuhn, specially for the ocasion.
Huge update in the Links
page. Tim asked me to add a number of links that might give
you a little bit more of a "rounded picture" of him.
Note: the links are not in any particular order.
Total Sound Group will be playing again in Austin,
TX. The show will take place at Beerland
on the 20th of August, to celebrate Billy's birthday. Camp X-Ray,
This Damn Town (featuring members of the Gospel Swingers) and
The Video Screams will also be playing.
Check out a massive update in the "Art"
section with seventeen new paintings. Also, two sets of photos
from the Total Sound Group show in Austin, on July 3rd 2004,
were posted in the bands photo
page. Photos were taken by Bryan Nelson and Robert Chacon
Jr. There's also a new set of Tim Kerr photos by Doug Cohenour
It's today! Total Sound Group will be back on stage to play in
Austin. Don't miss this if you're in the area. It will be the
"Dependence Day" party to be held in a warehouse at
2000 7th Street, with free admittance. I got this info of the
event: "There is a large boat that will be rocked as Gorch
Fock is playing on it. There will be beer, but bring whatever
you think you should. Attic Ted will be there wearing masks and
rocking out! Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee will be
there rocking out! A party! It's near the post office on south
5th and West Mary. From the post office go west on Mary, towards
lamar and the train tracks. Before you get to the train tracks,
turn left!!! Go that way until you see the party. Starts early,
like 6pm I think. Goes til 11pm. This is going to be a big, bad
ass weird Austin party!!! Don't miss it!!! Gorch Fock has a lot
of surprises in store. You want to see it."
Also, don't forget that Total Sound Group will play July 31 in
Denver, CO, at the Mile High Mayhem. As part of the Mile High
event Tim will have a solo art show at the REVO
Gallery opening that very same day.
Anothet solo art show will be held at Yard
Dog, in Austin, TX, opening September 11. On October 31
(Halloween day) another solo art show will be held at Delilahs,
in Chicago, IL. Tim will also be DJing that night at the same
venue. November 26 Tim will be in London at the opening of a group
art show at 96
Gillespie gallery. Other shows for art and Total Sound Group
are in the works, so stay tuned!.
Between June 23-29 Tim was in New York to record The Priests,
then back to Austin he will record Brodeo at Sweatbox from July
5-10 and Defenestration Unit from July 16-18 at the same studio.
In August he will be in the studio again with The
Dexateens, in Alabama (5-10), then in September Tim will
be in Bellingham (2-7) to record the '76 Charger.
An excellent interview with Tim has been published
Them Eat Led website. Max Dropout made a great job and
had Tim answer "questions pertaining to the cyclical nature
of the music scene, the return of Total Sound Group, and his
painting endeavurs". Not to be missed!
Two major updates have been made in the Gallery
section. Both Art and Posters
sections have been remade and more art pieces and posters have
been added. As usual, if someone can help with more images of
posters, flyers, postcards, etc, please get in touch.
Total Sound Group announced one more show. It
will take place in Austin, on July 3rd, in a warehouse party.
Admittance is free. Do not forget that the band is also scheduled
to play in Denver on July 31. See Shows
page for more info. The band will also be working on new songs
and recording will take place soon. Tim started to work on a
new dance piece for a festival to be held in Dallas late this
In the studio front there is a change of plans
Dexateens recording sessions. These will take place
in Alabama from May 15-19. Mixing will be done later. After
that Tim will be in Seattle from June 11-14 to mix The
Earaches at Egg Studios, then New York from June 23-29
to record and mix The Priests and then back to Austin where
he will record and mix Brodeo, a band from Minneapolis, at Sweatbox
from July 5-11 and The Defenestration Unit, from Houston, from
July 16-18. In September 2-7 Tim will be in Bellingham recording
and mixing '76 Charger. In the meantime Tim will also be mixing
the Dirty Sweets at Sweatbox.
More art shows with Tim's work have been announced.
The first one will be at the Yard
Dog Gallery, in Austin, opening saturday September 11,
followed by one at Delilah's
whose opening will be on October 31, Halloween day. In the works
are more art shows in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Big update in the "Gallery/Photos"
section, with a lot of new photos. As usual, if someone can
help with more images, please get in touch.
The cool people at Skateboard.com choosed our
website for their "site
of the week" section.
Work" section is finally up. It represents all
the work Tim has been doing in the studio helping other bands.
There is some info missing, so if someone can help with that
please get in touch.
There's a Big
Boys tribute single out. It's simply called "A
Tribute To The Big Boys" and features Throw
Rag covering "Red/Green" on one side and The
Riverboat Gamblers covering "Fun, Fun, Fun"
in the other. It's released by Dateshake Records and Tim did
the insert artwork.
There's a new compilation called "Tracks
and Fields" on Kill
Rock Stars featuring an unreleased Total
Sound Group song. "Wake Me Up When I'm Over"
was recorded at Sweatbox, Austin, in the same session as the
Estrus "T.S.G.D.A.C." single. This double CD includes
41 unreleased tracks by bands such as The Buff Medways, Xiu
Xiu, Devendra Banhart, Gas Huffer, Young People, Superchunk
or Gravy Train.
Tim got back from Portland and Seattle and brought
a lot of news with him. While in Seattle he recorded The
Earaches at Egg Studios. They did fifteen songs that
will be mixed in June. Tim also got together with The
Monkeywrench and recorded four new songs for the long
promised new Estrus album. Two were new songs and two were covers
(Really Red's "Aim Taste Good" and George Jones's
"He Stopped Loving Her Today"). All it's left to finish
the album is mixing that will be done in the next couple of
According to Tim, the "Wheelbite" opening
went really well. Keep checking JonesDesign
website because there will be a Tim Kerr print available around
Talked About Murder have called it quits so Tim will
not be recording them. On the other hand he will still be recording
in Nashville, not Mississippi. If you don't have their Estrus
release, you should get it! Tim will also be recording The
Priests in New York in June and Brodeo in July.
In the art field Tim has upcoming art shows at
in Austin in September and Delilahs
in Chicago opening Halloween. He will be DJing a soul party
there that night as well.
Tim also had the honor of being asked to be on
a panel for the Tape
Op Magazine Con, an event that they have once a year.
Unfortunatly Tim will not be able to attend.
Back home Tim is now painting more than ever and
working on new Total Sound Group songs. The Young Lions Conspiracy
compilation is currently on hold...
Saturday April 3rd Tim will attend the "Wheelbite"
group show opening at The Pharmacy in Portland, OR. This is
a group show with new works by Chad Kelco, Eric Franco, Rich
Jacobs and Tim Kerr. It's organized by JonesDesign
and Tim will have a limited edition print available aswell.
Still regarding the "Wheelbite" group
dedicated a page to Tim Kerr in their Art
There's a new compilation available with a song
by The Now Time Delegation. "The International Rock Congress"
is released by Cornflakes Zoo in Bordeaux, France, and features
"Raise Your Hand" taken from The Now Time Delegation
album "Watch For Today". Other bands included are
Cato Salsa Experience, The Henchmen, The Come Ons, The Dirtbombs,
Sweatmaster, The Flaming Sideburns, etc.
Finally, the first signs of this website are up.
There's still a lot of work to be done, but I didn't wanted
to take any longer. Some links are still closed but will be
open very soon.
More news from Tim Kerr's field...
March 22nd and 23rd Tim will be mixing This Bike
Is A Pipe Bomb, a band he really likes a lot.
March 26th to 30th, he will be at Egg Studios,
in Seattle, recording/mixing The Earaches in Seattle with Johnny
During that period Tim will joing the other members
of Monkeywrench to finish the long promised new album. Estrus
has a tentative release date for the fisrt semester.
Tim is djing for a Beerland
benefit saturday January 24th.
The dance piece he did the music for ("An Extraordinary
Day" by Holly Williams) will be performed at the end of this
month as part of the Sharir Dance Company show.
February 12-15 Tim will be recording This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb
One of his art pieces will be in a show of Rich Jacobs work in
March 25th Tim will be in Seattle recording The
Earaches at Egg Studio, then he'll stay there a week to work
on the new Monkeywrench album and attend the opening (April 3)
of the group art show he's participating at the Pharmacy, in Portland.
Speaking of art, one of Tim's pieces will be in a show in Austin
during SXSW at the Lombardi Gallery.
April 16-19, he will be recording We Talked About Murder, again
at Sweatbox, and on May 12-18 he will be recording the The Dexateens
in Mississippi, at the Moneyshot Studios, where most of the stuff
on Fat Possum is recorded. May 22 is scheduled to mix We Talked
Tim just returned from Brazil where he recorded The Butchers
Orchestra, saw Os Gemeos and Nina graffiti work and bought several
samba records. Also went to the beach and the mountains and loved
every minute he was there. No dates were given for the release
of The Butchers Orchestra CD, but i'll try to keep you updated.
Here's a photo of Tim in Brazil. (photo: Psycho)
Next sunday (January 18) Tim will mix the Dirty Sweets. At the
end of the month his dance piece will be performed. Then it's
paint, paint, paint... He will have some art pieces in Philadelphia,
Austin and Portland.
After this there's more studio work to be done with Earaches,
Dexateens, We Talked About Murder, Cynics, Fireballs of Freedom,
Total Sound Group and Monkeywrench.
Tim was in Seattle a couple of
weeks ago mixing Dt's debut album and getting together with Monkeywrench.
The result of this reunion was two and a half songs. The album
is scheduled for an Estrus release on April 6th 2004 and Tim told
me there might me a couple of Monkeywrench shows in the northwest
On October 4th Tim was in the
studio helping local all female band Jackie Ono, and on October
10th, Tim DJed at Beerland on a benefit for Pat from The Riverboat
Currently, his priorities are
the dance piece he's writing for a coreographer and his paitings.
After breaking his leg playing
with Total Sound Group, Tim has recovered almost 100% and is ready
for more action.
Late August Tim was in Seattle
recording the debut album of The Dt's, the new combo from Estrus
Records and former Mono Men and Watts guitar player Dave Crider
along with singer Diana Young-Blanchard of Madame X fame, Phil
Carter on drums and Patti Bell on organ.
September 25th and 29th Tim will
be in Seattle mixing the Dt's stuff and getting together with
Monkeywrench to start the songs to finish the new record.
November 1-4 Tim will be mixing
and finishing up the Faux Jean (Minneapolis) record at Sweatbox
Model Citizen (Birmingham, AL.)
will be at Sweatbox from November 12th to 17th recording a new
album with Tim leading the sessions .
December 26th may see him heading
to Brazil to record the Butchers Orchestra. More info on this
In between now and the end of
the year Tim will be working with new and old Total Sound Group
Direct Action Committee recordings, doing a new dance piece for
an Austin based choreographer.
In the art field he's been working
on some paitings for an upcomming traveling show that will happen
next year with Rich Jacobs. As this website is being constructed,
there's a documentary about him being done. More info as I get
tim can be reached at: moveonup2
(at) gmail (dot) com