Saturday, October 15, 2016

Going Deep To The Core at Ramen with Frank Moore #50

Recorded at the infamous Burnt Ramen in Richmond, California.

This episode features:
“The Freedom to be Human Ball”, May 4, 2002, PART 5: Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band
plus Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band December 14, 2006.

See all of the performances from “The Freedom to be Human Ball”:
Opening/Dorothy Jesse Beagle []
Frank Moore singing "Totalitarian State" []
John The Baker & Frank Moore []
Audience/Around Burnt Ramen []
Azigza []
More Audience/Around Burnt Ramen []
Fluff Grrl []
Michael Peppe as Sol Divus []
Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band []

For more about “The Freedom to be Human Ball” :

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Frank Moore at the Whole Note Series, September 2002

Recorded September 24, 2002
with Ron Jones

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cherotic All-Star Band at Burnt Ramen - August 31, 2006

Recorded August 31, 2006
Raw footage of Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band at Burnt Ramen, Richmond, California for the public access series "Going Deep To The Core At Ramen with Frank Moore".

... And it was time for the Cherotic All-Stars’ jam! Lob, Dr. O. and Zack (the only cherotic virgin of the night!) held onto their instruments. John the Baker took over the roto-toms. Dr. Gruve stepped in with his harmonica. Linda and Erika in only rings and pearls started tickling each other as they vocalized with me. Hey, I didn’t have on even rings or pearls! The tickling melted into dancing, rubbing together into each other, absorbing me into them, exploring secret inner places and pleasures, floating on the music, feeling the bass … music expanding into everything strobing multi-colors. The jam started there and floated deep into the warm body.

Free audio file download available here:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Berkeley Community Media Board Meeting on Censorship

Recorded February 12, 2002.

This is a recording of the Berkeley Community Board meeting that was part of a censorship battle on BTV, Berkeley’s public access cable TV channel. This meeting was at the beginning of an almost year-long fight. WE WON! Once the ACLU got involved and  threatened to sue the City of Berkeley, the proposal disappeared ... and the adult programming continues to play on B-TV uncensored after 10pm.

Here is the censorship item that was being contested:
26. Scheduling of Adult and Sexually Explicit Programming on Public Access Television
From:  Councilmembers Armstrong, Hawley and Olds
Recommendation:  Direct the City Attorney to develop an ordinance that regulates the hours during which Berkeley’s local public access television station may schedule programming self-described as “for adult viewing” and/or “sexually explicit.”
Contact:  Polly Armstrong, District 8, 981-7180, Mim Hawley, District 5, 981-7150, Betty Olds, District 6, 981-7160

Here is Frank’s speech:

Here is the link is an archive of the censorship battle on BTV:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Episode 4 - Roots of Performance - Let Me Be Frank

Originally we had planned to do a documentary about Frank's life and work because we have so much footage and so many photographs. But we did not want to do a "normal" talking head style documentary. We realized that Frank had already written a biography of sorts in his book, "Art of a Shaman" so we decided to try to use that as the "script" for the video. We decided to see if we could get people who were important to Frank and had played a part in his life to each read a chapter of the book. After drafting the email and sending it out we were blown away at the immediate response and the project took off. We assigned chapters to readers using the random principle ... as Frank loved to do ... pulling a piece of paper with a chapter number written on it from a bag as we read a person's name.

Once we had all of the recordings of the readings and added up the time, the documentary was going to be at least 3 hours long ... and it was going to take a really long time to put together. We then had a eureka on a walk one day.... we could put each chapter out on the web as we create  them  ... as episodes!

Several musicians are now creating "background music" for each episode.

Way back at the beginning, when we first had the thought of even doing a documentary about Frank, we asked Vinnie Spit Santino if he would write a song for it, without any idea how we would use it ... or what we were even doing with the documentary. Vinnie wrote the amazing "Let Me Be Frank" that will be the opening song for each episode ... and the title of the series!

Thumbnail photo by Linda Mac.

"Art Of A Shaman" Chapter 4 text:

Follow the Let Me Be Frank Channel:

Reading by:
Annie Sprinkle

(in order of appearance)

Opening music:
Piano by Frank Moore.
An excerpt from a live performance,
“Sing Along, Jam Along, Play Along, Dance Along,
Rub Along, Move Along with Frank Moore”
for Leslie Baker's Salon, Montreal, Quebec, Canada via Skype
Recorded March 10, 2012

“Let Me Be Frank” (the song)
written, arranged, performed and produced by
Vinnie Spit Santino
recorded, mixed and mastered at Vinali Creative Group, Van Nuys, CA by
Vinnie Spit Santino
Vinnie Spit Santino - lead vocals, all guitars, bass
Frank Moore - vocals on bridge
Rebecca Kyler Downs - backing vocals and all harmonies
Gary Ponder - drums
Drake Peterson - trumpet
Tony Rinaldi - trombone

Chapter title animation music:
by Michael LaBash

Background music:
by Sander Roscoe Wolff

Chanted by Michael LaBash
Background music:
excerpt from “Body Music”
performed by Frank Moore’s Chero Company
Leigh Gates, Michael LaBash, Alexi Malenky & Rourke Smith

Background music:
“Happy Dance”
written by Jerome T. Youngman
performed by Mutant Press
from the album “Strung Out On You”
500 Pound Weasel Records

Background music:
performed by Father of Skins

Closing credits music:
“Jesus Was A Punk”
written by John the Baker
performed by John the Baker with Slimy Penis Breath
from the album “LIVE”

“To Be Free”
written and performed by Tha Archivez
Longhorn Entertainment

Photos by:
Jim Appleton
Les Barany
Julian Cash
Ken Jennings
Tracy Kauffman-Wood
Eric Kroll
Michael LaBash
Daniel Lorenze
Linda Mac
Alexi Malenky
Debbie Moore
Dave Patrick
Kevin Rice
Annie Sprinkle
David Steinberg
Mary Sullivan

Illustrations by:
Lee Kay
Charles R. Knight [Public Domain]
Michael LaBash
Frank Moore
Justin Page
John Seabury

Additional footage:
Dave Swan’s Dog House
Betty Boop: “Minnie The Moocher” by Max Fleischer [Public Domain]
Betty Boop: “I Heared” by Max Fleischer [Public Domain]
Three Stooges: “Disorder In The Court” [Public Domain]
Life and Passion of Christ (1903) [Public Domain]
Stock footage: Mitch Martinez

Editing, Animation, and Title Design:
Michael LaBash

Produced by
Linda Mac & Michael LaBash

Directed by
Frank Moore

Thanks to all of the readers so far ...
Tha Archivez
Kenneth Atchley
Dr. Susan Block
Paul Couillard
Steve Davis
Stephen Emanuel
Paul Escriva
  Edna Floretta
Barbara Golden
Fred Hatt
John the Baker
Dr. Richard Kerbavaz
Michael LaBash
Kirk Lumpkin
Linda Mac
Alexi Malenky
Jake McGee
Kayla Moon
Corey Nicholl
Carl Off
Vinnie Spit Santino
Erika Shaver-Nelson
Russell Shuttleworth
Linda Carmella Sibio
Gerald Smith
Megan Soriano
Annie Sprinkle
David Steinberg
Veronica Vera
Martha Wilson

And thanks to all of the musicians who have created and contributed music for this project so far …
K. Atchley
Stephen Emanuel
Father of Skins
Barbara Golden
Phog Masheeen
Vinnie Spit Santino
Sander Roscoe Wolff
Jerome T. Youngman (Mutant Press)

Thanks to the crew at Coffee Conscious for keeping us going!

Thanks to Vinnie Spit Santino for the title!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Frank Moore interviews The Pope of Punk, Dirk Dirksen

Recorded September 6, 1995

In 1995, I actually got Dirk to come over to the house for the following interview. It was supposed be Part One. But he died before Part Two. He is that kind of guy.

Frank Moore
(written 11/24/2006)

Interview with Dirk, Pt. 1

In the late 70s, Dirk Dirksen “produced”/booked the shows at the North Beach new wave club, The Mabuhay Gardens.

During the rehearsals of my play, Glamour, when the strip joint got unbearably boring after hours upon hours, I took a walk along Broadway, into what then was the West Coast hardcore punk center, the Mabuhay Gardens or the "Fab Mab". Since I did not have anything else to do, I asked the gruff manager if I could do my next production at his club. To my surprise, Dirk Dirksen was a visionary who, instead of seeing a crip asking for a hand-out, saw me somehow as a misfit artist perfect for his new wave cabaret. Dirk gave me a sheltered theatre for six years, with complete artistic freedom and moral support. The first production was a raping of a high-brow comedy, Meb, which I turned into a multi-media farce, full of camp, nudity, sex, violence and rock n'roll. The straight playwright walked out in horror, the club owner wanted us out, and only a handful of people came. But Dirk wanted to extend the run. He loved it.

Interview transcript:

Deep Core Magic #87

Recorded February 25, 2005
“Exploring with Erika” Part 1
More episodes:
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