Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What do you expect from catgut and horsehair?

As many (!) of you may know, Bbob is a creator of instruments, many of them electronic in nature (you can go check out fluxmonkeydotcom/electronoizedothtm for more info), but he has also made some a bit more instrumental in a somewhat traditional sense, such as the 'cellhole, which was a kind of 'cello built on the body of an old acoustic guitar (a Harmony?).  There was also a metal potlid involved, and a pickup.  The tones tended to be a bit harsh, but some sweet sounds could be coaxed from it.


Anyway, back in the 80s, when Bbob was Luigi and I was thin, we had a duo called the Whistlepigs from Zenar which specialized in old-timey music (Bbob on banjo and me on acoustic guitar).  After one of our gigs, Bbob and this sad-faced young old-timey fiddler of our acquaintance came over to my house to hang out.  The fiddler was, you could say, a tad more serious about his old-timey music.  I loved the stuff, though my playing of it was spastic, but I was also interested in a slew of other musics...So, I put on this record by Polly Bradfield, and the young old-timey fiddler exclaimed "I've been trying to make the 'cellhole sound like a violin, and she's making her violin sound like the 'cellhole!"

Click on the header to hear some Polly Bradfield...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Guerilla Toss

Guerilla Toss out of Boston is t'other band we'll be playing with on 01/10/11...this is not a picture of them, though, because I didn't find one:

Why do I have the feeling that we should add a sax and/or a trombone for this gig?  (I wish I still had my trombone...)


One of the bands that we'll be playing with on 01/10/11:

Herculaneum, out of Chicago.

A less sensible image:

Tonguing salutes Beefheart

RIP, Don Van Vliet.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Welcome, Noble Customers

...reads a sign on the desk at the Coventry Library in Cleveland Heights.  First off, I'm bothered that the traditional term for a library's clientele, "patrons," is being replaced by "customers."  The sign refers to the Noble Road Library being closed for renovation.  Click on the link for another Noble person.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Miss Thing, there is no guestlist TONIGHT!

Bbob Drake, d/b/a Fluxmonkey, will have performed at Now That's Class 
(TUE, 11/23/10)

ARVO ZYLO (Mister Fuckhead, Chicago) / Murderous Vision / Fluxmonkey / Black Mayonaise / Node

11213 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102 UNITED

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End Time:

"One 'cello will do. But two vould be better."

Fred Lonberg-Holm, of Ballister, which also includes Dave Rempis on sax and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums.
They played at Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102.

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End Time:

Along with the Alex Henry-Nate Scheible duo.  Hey, Nate's in Tonguing...

Poster by John G.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Two 'cellos are better than one.

Oddly enough, my public musical debut was playing 'cello, in a high school performance of John Cage's 4'33".

Friday, November 12, 2010


Lipograms are where it's at.

Living in he pas, but only mosly.

I am a wee bit tired of making up ridiculous anagrams.

I am not sure why this photo came up while I was doing an image-search for "Luigi Bob Drake," but I suppose that it is an electronic instrument, and the different colored buttons control different parameters, and the candles ranked along the left side are like Theremin antennae.  I could be wrong; stupider things have happened.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This is one pretty graphic, but don't forget, you can prove anything with facts...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

G In On Gut


  • (For Eric) 1966. Drum on something you have never drummed on before / Drum with something you have never drummed with before.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 1. Performer drums with drum sticks or drum brushes over the surface of wet mud or thick glue until brushes or sticks get stuck and can't be lifted.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 2. Performer drums with sticks over a leaking feather pillow making the feathers escape the pillow.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 3. Performer drums over drum with 2 ends of slightly leaky water hose.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 4. Performer drums over drum with rolled newspapers until the rolls disintegrate.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 5. Performer dribbles a ping-pong ball between a hand-held racket and drum skin.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 6. Performer drums with mallets or hammers on a helmet worn by another performer.
  • 1966. Fluxversion 7. Performer drums with brushes inside a vessel filled with cream until cream is thick.
by George Brecht

On Tuggin

Nate's drums after a heavy set.