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16 April, 2007

A funny thing happened on the way to Punk Rock Monday

A few hours ago, I had intended to just say fuck PRM, post a couple of John Denver vids, and say, "Anarchy in Aspen, biznits! Go fuck yourselves!" just to be ironically pomo and punk rock. Probably very, very poorly.

But then pattyjoe posted this blurb on SST band Saccharine Trust, with whom I was not familiar. "Aha!" I said to myself, "A quick and easy with little in the way of research post!" After a search through the approximately four actual ST YouTube posts, I stumbled upon these two vids of Mike Watt and the Missingmen from a March 31, 2007 performance. I found the accompanying text to be extraordinarily powerful, and I'm of the mind that some things do happen for a reason, so I'm reposting it along with the vids:
This performance is from The F.O.R. Benefit (Friends Of Richie) took place at Safari Sam's in Hollywood, on Saturday March 31st 2007.

Richie Hass is an amazing multi-instrumentalist musician. Alumnus of Zoogz Rift's band, he is best known these days for playing in Saccharine
Trust and also with Joe Baiza's Universal Congress - probably the top vibraphonist in Southern California.

Richie was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, and since he is a self employed musician, he has no health insurance.

The LA music community was rocked back on their heels by this news. Everybody loves Richie. So a group of musicians, together with the IMF, put together this benefit in Richie's honor. And while the benefit was held in Richie's honor, he has opted to donate the proceeds to the International Myeloma Foundation for much-needed research to find the cure for this disease.

To donate or learn more about The International Myeloma Foundation

Richie's my space page

So enjoy and maybe consider kicking down a few bucks to a good cause.

Oh, and go fuck yourself.

"The Red and the Black"

"Three Girl Rhumba" and "Ex-Lion Tamer"



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