Mecha-Mania Boy (Devo Cover) – Restored from a 20-year old cassette.

DEVO (Red Energy Dome icon)I think it was around 1994 when I was approached to contribute something for a compilation CD of Devo covers. At that time, “Mecha-Mania Boy” was only available (as far as I know) as the B-side of “Jerkin Back And Forth”, and it would still be a couple of years before it would be released on a CD. Only hardcore DEVO-TEES (and their close spud friends) had ever heard it – which is a shame, because it was one of their best.

Read on, and hear the full recording!

New! Old! Whippany Electronics MELOSONIC 350 Combo Organ

Just scored this little retro curiosity for REAL CHEAP. I’m really excited for what I might end up doing with some of these old Combo Organs. Click on these images to enlarge.

It has a few issues and it will definitely need some TLC, but I’m very thankful for this awesome article on the “synthrepair” blog. Check it out for some great repair tips, and some decent shots of the organ’s innards.

Issues: the lowest E flat key is missing (I’ll probably never find a white one, so I think I might carve one out of hardwood or something). You can’t shut off the internal rhythm unit. There is a stuck note. Some keys are out of tune.

I also plan to take the hinges off of the keyboard lid so that it can actually be removed. Then the keyboard enclosure will become a good place for small keyboards and other gadgets. The Poly-800II seems to fit the space rather perfectly, but I could imagine some combo of a drum machine, the MS-20, the Microbrute, perhaps an fx pedal or two – this is actually the first self-standing keyboard I’ve ever owned and the possibilities excite me more than they would probably excite a normal person.

OM Reunion Project Summer Solstice Festival 2014

ORP Summer Solstice 2014

Let’s get dirty again!

It’s that time of year. Fun, frolic, community, awakening, cleansing. Singing, dancing, art, and workshops all intertwined with nature’s fragile beauty.

OM Reunion Project web site

Facebook event page

This year’s entertainment includes Juggernaut friends Dharma Lab, VJ Guy, Hans Ohm, Kristian Moonflower, LeeLee Mishi, Lexifer, Loopsy Dazy, The Love Orchestra, Machine Elf, martin fazekas, Mental Floss, Mr.Figgs, Mythrophan, nebula, purrpelle, Rollin’ Cash, safety dept, siren sativa, Soma: Space Time Trip, SpooloopS, T-Minus, TRANSISCO, Virtual Light, Zum One — and many, many more!

Check out the full 2014 Entertainment Line-up!