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Bernie Sanders

I saw Bernie speak in island park in Springfield Oregon. It was so inspiring! There have been a few socialist heroes such as Eugene Debs, Jill Stein, Ralph Nader, and the other day I got to be a part of history and see senator Sanders deliver his heart -warming message! He said that people have called him crazy for dreaming too much, for “out there” ideas, but we need wild ideas to change the status quo, an economy that works only for the top one percent! Bernie isn’t admitting defeat. He brings huge crowds and has inspired many people who have felt disillusioned with politics to become democrats to vote in the primary. Whether or not he becomes president, his message is getting out to millions, inspiring a new generation to enter politics and fight for the 99% of us who aren’t millionaires! Here is a video of the event, but he has given so many speeches lately, and they are mostly all great.

There were many children, teens, and women present. I only saw a few people of color, but the crowds were very enthusiastic. 

This was a big crowd! Some sources say four thousands, others eight thousand.

Members of the press.

I went to see Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul when they came to Fairbanks Alaska, and this was much more exciting.
Then finally, just to be silly, I made a Bernie sanders out of play dough.

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“Iceberg Social Club” live from Eugene, Or.


I played a show here in Eugene at the Wandering Goat, opening for Eleinvaders, an indie jazz swing band.  Thanks for watching! I’m so lucky to have Shane Connor from the Longshots on tenor sax.


and as a bonus, here we are playing “Stanford Prison Experiment”

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Eleven Eyes and WIl Blades

Eugene’s best jam band! ELEVEN EYES


They opened for young Organist Wil Blades, who plays with Stanton Moore and Billy Martin and many many others! I made the error of spelling his name with two “l”s but I fixed it in the second drawing… colored pencils… nice tools.100_3586 100_3587

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I learned many things at the Shrewsbury Renaissance Festival

Primarily, that i’d like to attend more Renaissance Festivals! I drew more drawings but gave them away without snapping pictures first. I hope to make it back next year, it was really magical in the woods and how nice that all performances were 100% acoustic! No microphones!

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Mood Area 52 and Geo 4

100_2908 100_2910 100_2907 100_2906Some drawings I made of the always wonderful Mood Are 52… and the band they opened for “GEO 4” a new jazz group that leans towards tango, funk, gypsy and (in my opinion) loungy surf rock like “the Aquavelvets.”

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Bend show, Horned Hand with Silvero and Isaac Pierce, plus ALPACAS!

I played a show in Bend Oregon March 28. I had a great time. Callie, is the bartender, booker and owner of the Horned Hand.

She was super cool. I urge us all to support independent venues! Feeding Frenzy and Brandon Reid played here, as does Larry and His Flask.


I tried something kind of new at this show, which was to force an unsuspecting audience member to be the one who delivers my punchlines. I think its fun. The volunteer’s name was Gage, and he was quite embarrassed at some of the things I had him say. In these pics you can see the impromptu comedy team and the weird wacky decorations at the venue.

The Horned Hand!

The Horned Hand!

Me and a volunteer telling jokes at the horned hand

Me and a volunteer telling jokes at the horned hand

He was a trouper! I think I’ll do this at all my shows now. That’s what makes it an “awkward situation.”



Silvero played as the headliner, and they didn’t disappoint. I have listened to their album hundreds of times and the songs were played quite faithfully. They have a new bass player who lives in Portland, and has to travel when they play, so we were fortunate to have him late at night on a Thursday. They killed it with their own blend of garage, psychedelia and proggy blues crooned and howled by Nella Diesel. Jim and James play the guitar and the drums…


Some of the Silvero songs are 9 or 11 minute pieces, with three or four separate planned parts that aren’t verses or choruses. After the show we discussed bands that play LONG songs, and they had some recommendations for me. I have to look up: Wolves In the Throne Room, Sick Alps, and Sleep. Of course I know Silver Mt. Zion and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. I listened to “Lift your Skinny Fists like antennae to the heavens” on my plane ride home. What a beautiful song! A 22 minute expression of fury and joy! I really wish i could see and draw them someday. a little research turned up Sleep’s “Dopesmoker” on Spotify. It is an hour long song that had to be recorded in 4 takes because the tapes were only 22 minutes long. Wow.  


Isaac Pierce

Isaac Pierce

Opening Act was Isaac Pierce. I gave his album a listen before hand, but was really impressed with his solo act. He delivers his songs with a passion, it isn’t easy to understand him, but he gives the impression that every thing he says is terribly important. He reminded me of Built To Spill, Pavement, or Karate. I wish him and Fey well on their travels. He is based in Portland and sometimes plays with a full band.



During my set I said something like “if any of you would like a drawing, come see me after the show. I’ll draw any of you for tips. I like to say that when I play crowds smaller than 200.” This time I actually got two people to come get drawings, they told me about zombie makeup and things to do in town.

A cutie at the Horned hand

A cutie at the Horned hand


As a special bonus, I drove around the old Redmond Highway and drew horses, donkeys and Alpacas! Which are basically a sheep-giraffe that some people confuse for a furry llama. I definately think they were inspirational to George Lucas for his Taun Taun designs and if you strapped a brown one with a bandolier it would resemble Chewbacca.


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Comics workshop and Kamishibai Presentation at the Bend Library march 27

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Many talented kids and their willing parents attended my lecture and played along with improv comic games today. Thank you April, Jill, Heather and all the kids who came!



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Silvero, G string Orchestra, Kill the BAND

G string Orchestra
I do not have a cd review yet for this band, but their new album is very good. I wanted to show you this drawing.

Silvero (Bend, OR)
Spiritual Vamp
Recorded at Olympia, WA at dub narcotic.
engineered by ephraim nagler
mastered by carl saff
Nella D-vocals, James Ryan Adams-guitar, vocals. James Bigknife-drums, Annika Kat-bass

Crashing cymbals, overdriven guitars and a powerful female voice are the three primary sonic elements that punch you in the face on this debut EP from Bend, Oregon’s “Silvero.”

On the opening track, (Longhornz) there is a funky rhythm and cowbell that will make you pump your fist in the air. Perhaps a radio edit could cut the first minute of slow building intro and just rock right out the gates.
Nella D enchants with her confidence and fucked up lyrics. “Normal boys are so mundane… They can’t give me what I want.” She condemns normality and praises insanity and addiction, shouting “We’re addicted to life’s afflictions.”
“Give me what I want to hear, cuz this girl’s got a special ear.”
The first half of Terrebonne Honey; “If I die let me die in the army of the lord” hasn’t got much in the way of lyrics, but evokes mood in spades. Her voice is looped around the hook, each time she sings it, the subtle variations shine through. The second half picks up and chugs along to tremendous crescendo.

The third track is a Randy Newman Cover, “Guilty.” This band seems to own it and renew it. “Bad man” is also a cover, from the Oblivians, should I have heard of them?

“Overturf” contains some sweetness. Vem kan segla in Swedish and the last is the heaviest, most fearsome grunge, yet its a singalong in the style of 50s rock n roll. The album ends with odd reverbed twinkling, which is just the way it began, perhaps it was designed so that it could be played on repeat. Bass player Annika Kat helps out on the vocals on this hypnotic song.

Most of the tracks have lots of space, a minimalism that is refreshing. My only suggestion would be that Nella’s voice could be clearer if the production was more clean. We hear every amp buzzing and Jim’s careful, reserved drumming isn’t lost in a sludge of overdubs. This bare bones approach to blues is part of what made The Black Keys so exciting back in the 2000s.The listener pays more attention to the words Nina says, as she sometimes makes us wait for eternities between lyrics. The band ebbs and flows through slow dragging tempos and powerful upbeat rhythms. These songs are long, with many changes and variations. This album hits on all four cylinders. Its a gem, that accurately reflects the sound of the band playing live.

For fans of The Pack A.D. Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, The Dead Weather, Janis Joplin


Kill the band (NYC)
Mock Bottom
Recorded and mixed by Jimmy Goodman at Leopard Studio
mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling sound.

KIlly Dwyer infuses each word with inflection and melodrama. The band is consistent and competent whether they are emulating heavy rock, country, lounge, a funk – porn groove or even gospel. Like in their live performace, songs stop abruptly sometimes to have a lounge breakdown or for the band members to indulge themselves or fight.
You can certainly forget that the drum sounds are coming from someones mouth, its Nicholas Fox providing all those percussive sounds. Blair Frowner’s saxophone provides the perfect cheesy ambiance in the second and third tracks.
Fourth track “See Something say something” has that mad glee that Killy is known for. It is a twisted children’s song. The premise is absurd, throwing a cat into the river because you think its a bomb, yet the song’s protagonist must realize it is a cat, as she frequently gives hints that she knows the truth. “I had to stop that bomb from meowing down to zero!” Everyone who rides crowded subways will recognize the situation and the paradox that their catch phrase asks you to report suspicious packages, yet there is no one to report to because budget cuts have removed personnel from many of the subway stations.

On Mock Bottom she makes the joke “On a scale of Lindsay Lohan to Mel Gibsen, I’m a Charlie Sheen.” This is another song about being a tortured, alcoholic artist, or wanting to play that stereotype.
The best track is Ben KIngsley, and sums up the artistic frustration minorities must feel when they are played by actors in films. “No one respects a retard, unless he’s played by Leonardo Dicaprio,” There something so wonderful about humorous, angry lyrics, sung beautifully in harmony; through the sarcasm a touching message shines through.

There was no need to include two versions of “Girl Balls” and “Don’t Attack Me With Your Happiness.” Those are fine recordings, that could be available as downloads for fans on the internet who just can’t get enough Kill the Band. Repetition is tricky when you are doing comedy music, it seems fine live, because some audience members will miss the joke the first time, so a band becomes used to playing their songs with lyrical repetition. If the band had to have two versions, the jokes should be different, the lyrics should have more variation, the variation was all in the mood, and that wasn’t different enough for me.

It is neat to hear the bonus track “I Turned You Gay.” which dates form an earlier era when Killy was always performing solo. She provides the percussion and backing music with her voice into a looping pedal.

This album is fun and weird, and captures well the band’s live set. Something about it certainly encapsulates New York City. Track 5 is a sketch about the frustrations of recording in a studio. Mike Milazzo (guitar) gets to show us his angry voice. There is some of that in “Clone U” as well, with the sound engineer chipping in that he will “fix that in the mix.” Yet, he didn’t. Its a joke, its meta- its postmodern, an album that knows it’s an album.

FCCwarning 1, 5, 7,8 ,11, 12

For fans of ??? Killy Dwyer? Its pretty unique, not much like other humorous rock acts.


and just as a bonus, a drawing if Georgia’s Sarah Peacock, who played Fairbanks this August at the Tanana valley State Fair.

Coming soon, drawings of Ukulele Russ, The Sweeteners, Broombox and more. Laters…

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