southern electric

exeunt-pursued-by-a-bear  asked:

Oh are we doing band names? I hav list. The Gay Intersection, Downlink Priority, Parasol Slingshot, Four Weeks of Deathwater, The Other Side of the Mermaid, Abnormal Vandalism, Ghost Hippie Commune, The Assumption of Titties

I mean, I guess we’re doing them now! I didn’t know that me making up gimmicks based on fake band names was a thing people wanted, but here we go.

The Gay Intersection: An all-bisexual, three-person indie group specializing in cutesy summer rock love songs about all genders. They wear red, yellow, and green outfits, respectively. Like a traffic light!

Downlink Priority: This band is going for a They Might Be Giants vibe, but because their only instruments are three keytars, a Theremin, and a melodica, they have a hard time. They’d have an easier time if they didn’t insist on playing in full space suits. You just can’t really get at that melodica through the helmet, you know?

Parasol Slingshot: An all-girl southern belle electric string quartet. Duh.

Four Weeks of Deathwater: The general subject matter of your average pop punk band, but through a horrendously grimdark country-goth lens. Imagine, if you can, Tom Waits covering a Front Bottoms song. That’s about what we’re dealing with here.

The Other Side of the Mermaid: Lesbian pirate rock. Next.

Abnormal Vandalism: It’s Scooby Doo for the modern era up in this bitch. By day, they play politically charged dance music. By night, they’re hunting cryptids.

Ghost Hippie Commune: I think this one’s probably just a Grateful Dead cover band that’s playing at the state fair.

The Assumption of Titties: Genderqueer nerd rock group that writes songs about Victorian literature.

Southern Girls
Cheap Trick
Southern Girls

Cheap Trick “Southern Girls” - The Steve Albini Sessions bootleg

Cheap Trick rerecorded the entire In Color album with Steve Albini in the late 1990s as they were never happy with the overproduction of the original album.  Of course it never got released.  Of course it sounds like a Steve Albini recording, just 4 guys in a room playing.  I think the Albini sessions smoke the original album, the rerecorded versions sound raw and tight and more alive.

Train Watching. Spring 1959, Carson, California

When I was five years old, in the Spring of 1959 (the month on the slides is May), my father, Robert Vredenburgh, drove the family down to see the steam locomotives lined up along Alameda Street just south of Carson Street. Soon they would be towed to National Metal and Steel Corporation scrap yard on Terminal Island.  

Southern Pacific cab forward 4241. May 1959. Carson, California 

From the tender of Southern Pacific 4241 view to south. The red truck in the distance is on 223rd Street – now the alignment of the 405 Freeway. Alameda Street is on the left. Gasoline refineries (which still exist) are on the right in the distance. May, 1959 Carson, California.

Southern Pacific 2818, 2527 etc. view to the north. The Dominguez Hills behind the last visible box car. May, 1959 Carson, California.

Southern Pacific 1226, 2851. May, 1959 Carson, California.

The final resting place. National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Long Beach, California.  Notice the stacks of Pacific Electric street cars in the background. May 1959.

Pacific Electric street cars waiting to be scrapped. National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Long Beach, California. May 1959. We used to take family outings in my dad’s sedan to this Terminal Island scrap yard just to  look at heaps of street cars and locomotives. No guards, no gates, no junk yard dogs.

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“End Of The Line” by Traveling Wilburys

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)