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KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: The Displaced Find a Home In Rock Music

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In high school, I was obsessed with San Diego rock band, The Displaced. Comprised of founding members Jen Jansen and M. Simon Mandel, The Displaced are a true 90’s revivalist band – whether they mean to or not. Think the spitfire sarcasm of The Pixies matched with The Breeders and the man/woman vocal harmonies of Hazel…

They are one of the hardest working bands I have ever known, self releasing their own work, creating their own elaborate photoshoots and music videos archive. Eventually, we became friends and paled around the San Diego music scene and even went on a tour together once Jon and I formed Swallows (with an adorable weenie dog as the co-captain)

After a haitus from the standard rock arena – (for a few years they took a detour into a Kills-esque duet using drum machines and samples) – The Displaced are back to doing what they do best: rocking hard as a three piece.

Here is some footage from a show they played at San Diego’s famous venue, The Casbah.



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Horribly cheesy but to good too resist the following statement: Throwing Muses = my new muse. Last November, a friend with impeccable music taste related Swallows to early Throwing Muses after our Ground Kontrol show, inspiring my curiosity in the band. I plugged them into my Pandora playlist and fell merciless to the feet of Kristin Hersh and the gang (not that my band reaaaaallly sounds like TM but I can see the comparison).

Since then I have been pretty much obsessed in small doses. I am still a long way from hearing the entire Throwing Muses catalog. Currently, I have only heard tunes off of their indie-polished, University and an earlier record Jon bought me for Christmas entitled The Fat Skier. The latter is more raw, edgy and sporatic while University glides along in a produced psychedelic wave.

What I find so interesting is the band’s dedication to putting out music for decades. It is interesting to see the different eras of the band and how the musicians have changed and grown together.

Witness, “Bright Yellow Gun” circa mid-nineties television show

In this early performance on a UK television set, Kristin Hersh screams like a maniacal Laura Palmer and discusses the difference between cerebral and “gut” music


Seven Inch Saturday…


…Hazel – Blank Florida b/w Motor Sport Daredevils (1994)

I recently found this along with 2 other Hazel 7″s that I had never seen before, and now I think I have everything they released.  Hazel is one of my favorite Portland bands of all time.  They were a lot more melodic and spunky than most of the Seattle based label-mates on Sub Pop.  This 7″ looks like it was basically self-released, I doubt there were more than 1000 of them.  Oh, and these tracks were recorded by Donna Dresch, enjoy!

A: Blank Florida″

B: Motor Sport Daredevils″



Seven Inch Saturday…


The Breeders – Head to Toe (1994)


I was very lucky to find this gem from the Last Splash era.  The title track is my favorite, sounding a lot punchier and punk influenced than is typical for the band.  Shocker in Gloomtown is a Guided By Voices cover for which they made an awesome video.  I featured it a while back on Music Video Monday… check it out.

All these songs are short and sweet.  This is the Breeders at their funnest, and definately one of my favorite things they’ve released.  Hope you enjoy!

Head Side: Head to Toe / Shocker in Gloomtown″

Toe Side:  Freed Pig″

Seven Inch Saturday…







Ruby Falls – The Spirit Is Willing (1994)


Before boarding the big gay cruise ship we hung out for a day in Los Angeles, West Hollywood to be exact.  We did a lot of fantasy shopping at fancy boutiques where we can’t afford anything, and finally ended up buying a ton of shit at Amoeba records in Hollywood.  This seven inch was one of the things we picked up, for only $1.99!

The Spirit is Willing″


And here’s a bonus Ruby Falls track from the Welcome to the Villa Villa Kula Compilation (which Jon bought when he was 16), it’s about being gay…


The Way of Colleen″



KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: 90’s Nostalgia! / Music Video Monday!

Hellooooo and happy Monday! Time to get back to the ole grind.

What better way to do it with a live 1991 performance of “Mad Pilot” by Babes in Toyland.


gaby: everything I know about music, I learned from Beavis and Butthead


I must admit, barely a day goes by when I don’t think about this show. Do you know that they cut all the music videos out of the re-runs they show on MTV2? Why, MTV?? First you wait 18 years to put Daria out on DVD, and now this. I’m out of goodwill!

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