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Micronotz: Live At Voodoo Manor in Lawrence, KS 10-27-84 / “Underground Music Festival” Booklet

January 4th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Probably the lowest-fi audio I’ll be posting, this is also the earliest recording I have of the Micronotz second incarnation and a document that sounds exactly like what it is; a noisy Midwestern house party. Held at “Voodoo Manor” (the Micronotz practice space and partial residence) over the 1984 Halloween weekend, this was a really fun night. I sure wish I could tell you the names of every other band that played but, while I kind of think Ritual Romance started the show, the only group I remember for sure were the amazing Gardrails and sadly my recording of their preformance has slipped away over the years, perhaps lost forever. (Hey! Anybody have any Gardrails video? C’mon!)

Coming 6 months after Dean’s last performance (at the Underground Music Festival, see below for more) and subsequent Art School exit, this was only the second time I’d seen the revived group with Jay on vocals. While almost every one of these songs was very new to me at the time, it’s safe to say that they quickly became seared into my brain thanks to a combo of the band’s regular gigging presence (click here for a dazzling list of Micronotz performances) and my homemade recordings of as many of their shows that I had blank tapes for. Honestly I only wish I’d started taping them a year earlier too.

So yeah, the sound quality here is pretty rough (at turns muffled, distorted and full of audience chatter) but a house party has always been my favorite way to experience live music. In fact one of the highlights of this recording is probably during “Invisible” (the chorus of which my girlfriend Stacy always sang as “My baby thinks that I’m an imbecile”); just listen to the build of those audience generated “woah-oh-oh-oh” backups. Hey! That’s pure house party!

To set the stage, here are a few representative snaps of the guys playing and hanging around the house that the show was recorded at, all courtesy of (or “swiped from”, if you prefer) the photo pages on Mike Blur’s awesome Micronotz website.
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Micronotz: Live At Voodoo Manor in Lawrence, KS 10-27-84 (192 kbps)
01 Oh Baby (3:27)
02 Born To Kick Ass (1:25)
03 The American Ruse (MC5) (2:26)
04 Invisible (2:39)
05 Whatcha Trying To Do (4:19)
06 Your Mind Is Empty (4:26)
07 Brain Arrangement (2:58)
08 Polyester Slave (3:58)
09 Run My Life (2:29)
10 Gimme Some Skin (Iggy Pop) (2:26)
11 Way Too Long (Incomplete) (0:10)

And hey, for a little “value added bonus”, I’m also posting scans (just click the thumbs to enlarge) of the complete “Underground Music Festival” guide booklet, which gives a nice snapshot (circa April 1984) of the following bands:

Lions and Dogs (Michael Connie Welsh, Jade Gurrs, Todd Newman)
Orange Doe-Nuts (Larry Kenski, Mark Biemuller, Kurt Witt, Donny Byrom, Mike Sims)
Sinclairs (Jean-Paul, Bill Burns, David Olds, Pat Hopewell, Brian)
Mental Crisis (Coby Ellison, Matt Bramlette, Chris Hartman, Brian Green)
The Yardapes (Chris Fowler, Frank Womack, Lisa Vader, Ron Achelpohl, Bruce Eddy)
The Blinkies (Brian English, Doug Snodgrass, Mike Janas, Larry Snodgrass — Say! Does anyone have a copy of the Blinkies demo tape?)
Non Plus (Laird McKay, Vance Hiner, “Boom Boom”, Mark Roseberry)
Gardrails (Tomy Splash/ Tommy Nepsted, Hutch Trash/ Kurt Mangold, Frank Off/ Frank Morris, Bobby Fizz/ Rob Fitzgerald)
Pillbox (Chuck Mead, Vince Ramirez, John Nevin)
Slabs (Joey Dog, Lantz, Jeff, Dave Scar)
Pedaljets (Darrell Laham, Mike Allmayer, Max Worth — Say! Does anybody have a copy of the Other Geese demo tape? Got it! Thanks FJ!)
Micronotz (Dean Lubensky, David Dale, John Harper, Steve Eddy)

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Front Cover | Lions and Dogs | Orange Doe-Nuts | Sinclairs | Mental Crisis | The Yardapes |
The Blinkies | Non Plus | Gardrails | Pillbox | Slabs | Pedaljets | Micronotz | Back Cover

A little more background: The Underground Music Festival was a two night event held at the Lawrence Opera House, and was ostensibly broken up into vaguely “Pop” and “Punk” evenings. It mostly pulled from Lawrence and Kansas City for talent, and as I recall a couple of the bands didn’t actually get to play (Mental Crisis for sure). I also seem to remember that both nights were to be recorded, but since they weren’t recorded by me, I’m afraid that the booklet is the best I can offer. Enjoy!

  1. January 4th, 2009 at 06:55 | #1

    Non Plus–wasn’t that Der Stil? Seems like it. I have a few pix of the Notz, Rails and Der Stil at the UMF. “Boom Boom” is probably John Wulf–a dual allusion to his drums as well as his gun collection. (The Lawrence scene had it all then, including a gun-collecting postal worker!)

  2. January 4th, 2009 at 06:57 | #2

    Woops. Looking at the Non Plus photo, “Boom Boom” is Doug Hitchcock. L to R in the pic–McKay, Hiner, Roseberry, Hitchcock.

  3. Jason
    January 4th, 2009 at 11:36 | #3

    I think Der Stil was slotted in to replace Mental Crisis, who couldn’t play the show (though a few of the MC guys were out in attendance; this was when I picked up a copy of their demo tape).

    Non Plus played a lot right around this time, opening for the Micronotz at the Loft a few weeks earlier (you were there!), and for Hüsker Dü at the Foolkiller a few weeks later (you were there too!).

    As a side note to that KC Hüsker Dü show, for some reason Mark Roseberry couldn’t make it to play, so my older brother Craig filled in for him on bass. Even though Craig had been playing music for as long as I can remember (he even taught me how to play a dumbed down version of “Sonic Reducer” on the guitar when I was in 7th grade which remained as the only thing I could play for the next 10 years), I think that gig remains the only time he ever played out live.

    …and just to drag this out even longer, my memory of that whole “Sonic-Reducer-thing” was the reason I used that song for the first panel in this “How to Play Guitar” graphic I made for Razorcake magazine a few years back (I used “Back to Bataan” for the last panel both because of the great guitar sound on that record & because I had just seen a local Tucson band called The Okmoniks do a cool cover of it the week before.)

  4. Andre, no giant
    January 4th, 2009 at 20:02 | #4

    I was wondering when you were going to give props to your brother. I thought he was a permanent member of Non Plus. I even chatted him up, little knowing that he was your kin.

    The only public performance! And I was there!

    Also, this is the second time you’ve hinted at the Mental Crisis tape. It’s about time for you to deliver the goods, isn’t it?

  5. terry
    November 26th, 2009 at 08:39 | #5

    In case you don’t remember me, I do remember you! Umm… I’m the one who ran The Loft on Mass Street.I am so glad you have archived these wonderful bands and their music. It was a very special time in music history and I know I am glad to have been a part of it in some way. I saw Dean often in NYC, after he and I both left Lawrence as well as Renee.Lost touch as people often do- I used to have the tapes from the UMF, but with time have lost them.Yeah, I know you should have done them.Cuz, as I remeber , the tapes were pretty shitty, but ageless to me.
    E-mail me you asshole! (you see I haven’t changed) Terry

  6. Stevie_D
    December 15th, 2009 at 14:13 | #6

    Mike, i looked at this last January and it didn’t register. I’ve got photos from this show, half of the band i was in “Invisible Order” and half of i think “Ritual Romance”, but there might be a couple of the GardRails. Actually, i thought the pics with Mangold in them were NOT the GardRails – i always thought it was another band like “Chapter of Fear” or something similar to that, or maybe Kurt just sang with them that night or something?

    In fact, we had just lost our drummer and hadn’t yet picked up Tony Marlotti and Tony Staples (roomies at the dorm!) so Steve Eddy practiced us with us that afternoon and played our set that night. He’s in a couple of the pics. I need to dig those out and scan them and get you copies.

    Is that Terry Cavenaugh (sp?) posting or am i thinking of someone else?

  7. Vance
    January 13th, 2010 at 01:43 | #7

    Terry! It’s Vance. I’d love to hear from you. Email me at vhiner@hotmail.com.

  8. terry cavanaugh
    March 6th, 2010 at 06:15 | #8

    Yeah, it’s me.The Loft Days were really fun! It’s good to here about what went on after I left.Well, some things anyway.(David Dale upset the shit out of me) Anyway, I wonder, what happen to all the crazy, yet very talented people that made up our scene.And, by the way, I moved back to NYC and lived in San Fran for a while, our little Lawrence bands , had a lot to offer the music world!

  9. March 31st, 2010 at 20:12 | #9

    Good idea
    Good post – i’m creating video about it after i will post it to yahoo video !
    if you want to help or just need a link send me email !

  10. Hector Savage
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:04 | #10

    Stevie D…

    Are there any mp3s out there of Invisible Order’s 7″?

  11. Steve Wippich
    September 6th, 2011 at 00:06 | #11

    Yeah, I remember that show. Very fun. Invisible Order played. I’d forgotten that Steve Eddy was playing with us. I do remember using John’s amp which was loud as hell and more distorted than mine was which was cool. The song where I’d always try for feedback but not quite get fed back perfectly.

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