Sunday, February 03, 2008


Greetings, Earth people! This email comes to you on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the very first US satellite, Galaxy I a/k/a Satellite 1958 Alpha on January 31, 1958! And in commemoration of that launch, we at Norton blast forth with news of many jet-powered events and releases! Let's get with the countdown-- minus two, minus one... BLAST OFF!

Resident DJ Josh Styles spins mayhem with Billy and Miriam of Norton Records with the MADDEST sounds from Nortonville and beyond! Also appearing birthday gal Jodie Artichoke and talented semi-pro torso twisters! Washable duds, people. THIS IS IT! THE WILDEST!!!! BEAUTY BAR, 231 E. 14th St. Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave. NYC 11PM-4AM

A-Bones attack LA with Roy Loney in tow on Sunday night of this fabulous Presidents Day three night fest costarring a veritable pantload of talent including Nikki Corvette (Miriam's teenage pen pal), Haunted George (Norton A&R genius who discovered the U-Turns), Ape City R&B, Rock N' Roll Adventure Kids, Guilty Hearts, Tina's fab combo Special Ed, the Dazes, Thee Cormans, Wild Weekend, Jail Weddings, Deke Dickerson's All Star Frat Band, Th' Losin' Streaks, the Lateenos, the Jinxes, Les Hormones… and much mo'! This is a rare chance to catch the A-Bones (with Ira Kaplan on piano, no less!) as they tear it up on the West Coast!!! DJ's will be spinnin' wildass records all night long!! MR. T'S BOWL, 5621 1/2 N. Figuera St, Highland Park, CA 323-256-7561 21+ (sorry kiddies!) Promoter sez "Get advance tickets or you'll be sorry!" TICKETS ARE $12 A DAY OR PURCHASE A SPECIAL 3 DAY PASS FOR $30 @ DON'S MUSIC 4873 EAGLE ROCK BLVD EAGLE ROCK, CA (323) 255-3551 OR BY PAYPAL!! SEND PAYMENT FOR TICKET OPTIONS TO:

SAT. FEB. 16 - LYRES, CLUB MIDWAY NYC Boston's fantabulous Lyres return
to bop NYC on the noggin with their superb sound. Last go-round at Magnetic Field, and co-billed at the Warsaw with the Sonics, proved Monoman & crew to be the ultimate contenders. Go, Lyres! Billed w/Black Hollies, 25 Avenue B, NYC

SAT. FEB. 23 - THE A-BONES BAM "NEXT" MUSIC FESTIVAL, MAGNETIC FIELD, BROOKLYN Back from their surfin’ safari, the A-Bones return to their tip top home stompin' ground hangeroo sporting tans, possibly but not probably! Also on the bill for your enjoyment, the Mess Arounds! People, for real, this date commemorates some very important holidays: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day and National Banana Bread Day. It's also the 113th anniversary day of the Tootsie Roll. Wonder when Interstellar Pepto-Bismol Day is? http://www.myspace/theabones

SAT. MARCH 1 ROKY ERICKSON AND THE EXPLOSIVES, WEBSTER HALL, NYC The first of two fab nights with superstar ROKY and the legendary EXPLOSIVES settin' the big town aflame with rock & roll of the highest order. Roky's lauded return to touring last year caused quite a commotion and for good reason- jaw-dropping performances, spot-on delivery, perfect pitch and flawless sets! Not to be missed! Webster Hall is the old Ritz on East 11th Street.

SUN. MARCH 2 ROKY ERICKSON AND THE EXPLOSIVES, MAXWELLS, HOBOKEN Getcha tickets to both shows now, but especially for this exclusive Texas Independence Day performance in glittering Hoboken! How the promoters of this posh venue managed to secure the services of Texas' best and most legendary star alive on a holiday of this magnitude is beyond the big brains at Norton! See you there!

FRI. MARCH 7 & SAT. MARCH 8 THE A-BONES IN MEXICO CITY Los A-Bones invade our southern neighbors for el stomp fest grande! Stay tuned for the nitty gritty and join us on this mid-winter double-header in sunny Mexico! Friday at Bar Grotesk (with Los Sicoticos and Los Mustang 66 and Saturday at Multiforo Alicia with Los Sicoticos, Los Mustang 66 and Los Twangers! http://www.myspace/theabones

SAT. MARCH 15 ALLENTOWN RECORD FAIR Where wax reigns supreme! Miles of aisles of round sound pounders, styrene savagery and shellac sharpies! Start turning in those pop bottles, this show is just six weeks away! 100,000+ 45s and 78s - no LPs/CDs!!

SAT. MARCH 22 MARY WEISS NYC! Dig Mary in Manhattan at the posh Blender Theatre at Gramercy! And as fate would have it, fable fans, Mary's date coincides with the ancient Roman festival held in honor of Minerva, the INVENTOR OF MUSIC! There is no such thing as coincidence, kiddos! Tickets available now!

SAT. MARCH 22 THE SONICS IN LONDON! Josh Styles to DJ! Our revered in-house Gods THE SONICS head acros the pond for their first show out of the US.. ever at Dr Robert's Le Beat Bespoke in London, England! Look out world, this is gonna be a brain blaster, especially with Stalker Josh Styles DJ'ing the event!

SUN. MARCH 30 BLACK ACE BOOKS 29th ANNUAL PAPERBACK COLLECTORS SHOW! 9 AM-4PM Paperback goddess Rose of Black Ace Books presents the ultimate paperback collectors tour-de-force fantasy camp where piles of pulp are proffered! Tons of guest authors will include top icons Victor Banis, Earl Kemp, Charles Nuetzel, Don Glut, Ray Bradbury and more! Outta towners, fear not: "All the rooms are equipped with electronic door locks." Swank! Call Rose at 323 661 5052 or Tom at 818-349-3844 for mo' info! GUEST HOUSE INN (formerly MISSION HILLS INN), 10621 Sepulveda Boulevard, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Late breakin' news! The world famous Pretty Things return to blow our little minds to bits with a pair of NYC shows! Details in next newsletter!

TUES-WED APRIL 29-30 PONDEROSA STOMP! It's still a couple blizzards away, but PONDEROSA STOMP is set for APRIL 29 & 30 in New Orleans with their biggest showcase weekender yet! What a lineup- check the Stomp site for the fll-on ballyhoo, get tix and reserve rooms now for Mary Weiss, Roky Erickson, the Green Fuz, Nathaniel Mayer, Question Mark and the Mysterians, the Collins Kids, Ronnie Spector ... with lots mo' supah-stars!!!! Details at


CHARLIE FEATHERS - WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO BEING APART/IF YOU WERE MINE TO LOSE (45-142) Two more powerful rockabilly offerings from the master! To be followed up by THREE big albums of rare and unreleased Charlie Feathers demos. Sorry for the long wait - we can't hardly stand it oiurselves!

THE BO-KEYS - CONGRATULATIONS/ROYAL PENDLETONS - TELL ME (45-9659) Our popular Rolling Stones 45 cover series continues with our 19th nervous breakdown, yes the 19th single in the series! This double dip of slow drag burners showcases the Mad Lads lead singer John Gary Williams teaming up with Memphis soul sensations the Bo-Keys on the terrific topside, while Southern slop lords the Royal Pendletons tell us they're coming back to us in grand style!

THE DICTATORS - MANIFEST DESTINY Vinyl reissue of their 1977 Asylum platter comes complete with original doofus cover and incredible Andy Shernoff anthems like Science Gone Too Far, Exposed, Heartache, Young Fast And Scientific and mo'!

MARCH/APRIL NORTON RELEASES! Official space helmets on extra tight, loud sounders- we're about to blast out several savage slabs that may cause erratic behavior! We hepped you to a threesome elsewhere in this email but no mo' yap about the others quite yet... just when you thought things couldn't get any better, louder, wilder, more sensational!!!!!!


Two of the biggest stars in our galaxy passed on January 10th. If Vampira and Dave Day had met at a cocktail party, they would have gotten along famously.
MAILA NURMI (1921-2008) Maila Nurmi Syrjaniemi, better known to the clued-in as Vampira,
passed away January 10. Maila, along with Joyce (Sirola) Randolph of Honeymooners fame, represents the greatest of Finnish TV and Movie Stars, that is if you don't count Pamela (Hyytiainen) Anderson. This beautiful, talented femme fatale inspired the careers of countless vamps via her work with Ed Wood in the fabulous PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE, but her legacy includes a deep friendship with James Dean, her own TV Show ("The Vampira Show") and precious cameos in Too Much Too Soon, The Beat Generation, The Big Operator, The Magic Sword and I Passed For White. She also dated dreamboat Orson Welles. Our gal grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio on the banks of Lake Eerie, leaving for Hollywood after high school. She will forever remain the definitive blood countess, although young raven-hair'd vamps would be hard put to match Maila's famous 18-inch wasp waist and mystic gaze.

Super great cat and total NW genius Dave Day of Torquays/Monks fame, headed for the great beyond same day as Vampira. Billy and I first met Dave at Jeff Miller's killer house party in 1998, where an impromptu living-room jam session turned into a garage fan's wildest dream, with Larry Parypa, Jerry Miller, Larry Thompson, Jim Valley and, yes, Dave Day making the scene and making a racket! Dave played rhythm guitar in the Torquays, who formed in 1964 in a US Army base in Germany in 1964. The "de-volved" as Dave put it, into the Monks in '65, one of the most superlatively primal rock & roll combos ever. Dave played banjo in the Monks, but there was no "Deliverance" in his style- he pounded the sucker into submission, forging an new and wild sound that is yet to be replicated. The Monks broke up in '67 when all but Dave returned to the US. The Monks blew everybody's ears into orbit and hearts into some fantastic, distant stratosphere when they blasted away at the 2004 Las Vegas Rockaround, the same weekender that had Sky Saxon storming the stage during the A-Bones set and Rudy Ray Moore and Hasil Adkins providing the ebony and ivory wig-out bookends to one heck of a soundsational sandwich. It was the last show Hasil ever played.

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I was reading Amy Rigby’s latest blog entry about the new Jill Sobule record. The way she’s financing it isn’t groundbreaking but I’m sure it’s going to work out. For every label like Razzia or YepRoc that do a solid job of promoting their artists there are 50 that just coast. That are just an overhead for the artist. I dunno about you but I’d willingly pay a subscription to my favourite artists. To aid their continued existence and to make the music they want to make. I’m not sure how that will pan out but there has to be a way. After all, there are plenty of wingnuts out there who will gladly sign up to their tracking device. On one hand you’ve got U2’s manager – an outfit that has more money than some countries – baying for the blood of the download pirates. Why doesn’t he use some of that untold world to fund some scheme that might ultimately mean that all bands and musicians get a cut? The genie is out of the bottle bigstyle so it’s time to try and cajole people into putting themselves in the acts position. Would we like somebody to come into our house and just have ‘em help themselves? No. And somebody needs to think about the independent shops too, they need to make a living too.

Music is an important staple of everybody’s existence. To a lesser or greater degree. Consider operations like Norton, Ace or RPM. All mining to bring us top grade packages with liner notes, design and information. There has to be several tiers. If some donkey just wants the track for their phone or iPod, that’s one thing. But some of us want more. It would indeed be great if people would attend shows and buy their product direct from the artists. However in these economically challenged times, there’s not a lot of disposable income to go around. So things like music are the first to suffer. It’s an expensive consideration to go to a couple of shows every week.

There’s just so much stuff. It’s hard to process it even if you have the will to do it. I’m swamped, but in a good way. That’s why I want this to be a positive filter. Some folks have asked me, why don’t I publish any bad reviews? Well for obvious reasons. There’s no point. I might be the ultimate grouch but I want to direct you, the browser, to something I think you’ll get a kick out of. Something that’ll give you a lift, even for a second or five. In these days where you can actually hear, and see if you agree, then there’s no damage done. I don’t want or expect everybody to agree. Whether you do or not is immaterial. Not owning an iPod, I’m old school. I want the physical item. Checking out mp3’s is useful but beyond that there’s the whole sound quality argument. It's a pickle alright and no mistake...