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Black Spring
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Braintree
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Clockmaker
Cottage Cheese
Cry
Doxie
Entangled
Eve Black
Eye Teeth
Fatsack
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Genius Hired Guns
InOurselves
Killswitch
King Tammy
Konichi Wah
Lung
Misanthropy
Morsel
The New York Room
Obtrusive Mode
Overman
Purple Dave
Resin Mattress
Rollinghead
Screwtape Y1.993K
Selling Heaven
Sexplosive B
Shroud of Secrecy/People Love Dreams
The Sinatras
The Sleestacks
Snorkel
Son of One
Table
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Tounge Tongue
Twitch
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Area 51
Astrid Flood
Crick
Dead River Drag
Fortune and Maltese
Joe Lawless/Sherwoods
L.A.P.D Riot Midgets
Lo Fi Scorpio
Love Offering
Gift Horse
Meet Sally
Monster Zero
Owsla
Paupers Field
Pimp Genetics
The Shills
The Sinatras
Sleet
Sonic Tribe
Trocar
Veronica Speedwell
The Waterladies
BARKIN' TUNAS or "we have a college radio station?" (1985-1990)
BAV
Boom & the Legion of Doom
Catharsis
Godbullies
Crowded Morgue
Desecrator
J2 K2
Man Alive!
Memories of Tomorrow
Misanthropy
Murder of Crows
The Sinatras
Skillkrane
Spite
Violent Apathy
POST-SHORTWAVE or post-Harvey's or post-9/11 (2000-2007)
Berwer
Big Sam
Burning Tent Revival
The Casies
Cosmonaut
Exotic Foxes
First to the Fence
Hornet
Hudson Debacle
Kiss me quick
Knives are Quiet
The Landlords
Lollygore & Marie Laveau
Monoglot/Dynamic Ribbon Device C
Oceans of Regret
Phil A. Sheo / Goods
Posi
Quixote
Rural Electrification Act
The Sinatras
Sounds Like Sunday
Undercast
JOEL WICK's righteous brothers or the post-hardcore scene (1989-2006)
Broken Hearts are Blue
The Deconstruction
Fletcher
Firesale
Last Laugh
Lockheed Electra
Mesa
Ordination of Aaron
Spork
So this is Outerspace
Panic Button
Vine
LEPPOTONE BANDS or "K" in K-Klub stands for "Klever" (1986-Present)
Leppotone itself
Fortune and Maltese
Goldstar
Jabberwock
King Tammy
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Triplemint
New Real People
Port Wine Lads
Sinatras
Sleestacks
Twister

RECENTS, ACTIVES and REACTIVES (now!)
Apache Trail
Colin Bradford
Chris Bryers
Bill Clements - Clements Band
Dan Roe/Good Doctor
Dave Grant and Mike Roche
Gooferman
I Am Spoonbender
Hackneyed Quips
Geoff Halsey
The Hovering Lights
Ron Muniz + Plastic 5
Mesa
New Real People
Northern
Joby Purucker
Mike Roche and Aaron Wright
Silo
Christopher Lee Simmonds
The Sinatras
Spirit Horse
TASM Lab
Tether
The Soft Takeover
VS THE SUCT
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The Bremens
The Erj
In Autumn
Jonnie with an Eye
Jah Kings
Keeper Wild
Knee Deep Shag
Mom Handy
Saucy Jack
The Verve Pipe
Water for the Pool
OTHERS AND ADJUNCTS or non-bands
Broadside Productions
Bryan Charles, Author
Darrin Doyle, Author
Joel Wick / HITW
Faultline Productions
Leppotone Electrical Recordings
the Venues
ARTICLES, MEMOIRS and other fun stuff
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Doug Garnett's Amalgamate comp
Jim Cherry writes
Club Soda Calendars (02/14/09)
Harveys the Movie (07/24/07)
As I remember it - Jeff Till (5/24/07)
Education of a Metal Band - Dan Roe (4/01/07)
John Henry against the machine


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Darrin Doyle, Author, "Revenge of the Teacher's Pet

(Someone please submit a real bio) Darrin was the guitar player for King Tammy and other projects which had funny names but no one ever saw (um, like Fatty Two-by-four). He was also an actor in some of the Yer a dope, chris S. video productions. And an all around great guy. My band used to practice at the King Tammy house, so I forever owe these guys my love and respect. Darrin now lives in Kansas with his wife Courtney and his two boys and teaches fiction writing for a university.



BUY THE BOOK FROM AMAZON
Book report by Jeff Till

I picked up Darrin's book after seeing his site listed here. It's about 10 bucks on Amazon and YOU should get it NOW.

While it has little to do with Bryan Charles' book, I have to mention Bryan since he is the OTHER guy from the clique (do you guys prefer 'scene'?) who also wrote a book. Like Bryan's book, it is a sip of a read (i.e., shortish), and takes place in Kalamazoo. Unlike Bryan's book, you'll find little of the nostalgia of being young in Kalamazoo (e.g., that fun of reading about where you've been, like when the news features your street or a magazine reviews your favorite neighborhood restaurant). In "revenge..", Kzoo merely serves as the cold, dirty backdrop that it can only be. (locals will hear mentions of the green top, the raddison, and a few other areas. The only scene connection is breif mention of Bill Clements, although he is errantly described as turning his bass up especially loud to acheive his one-handed technique. Bill probably certainly turned his amp up, but who doesn't?)

The plot of the book surrounds two ugly middle-school teachers whom have an unlikely love affair via marriage. Mr. Portwit is an aging science teacher with sort of brash social tendencies and a semi-autistic love of logic and interspection. He's married to an obese fellow teacher, Mary Ann, whom he has food fetish sex with. Neither of these points are spoilers (but appetizers!).

The characters are all (including the secondary ones) loaded with quirks and idiosynchrasies, similar in fashion to say John Irving, Tom Robbins, Chuck Palhunik, where each foible provides a curio of activity while also representing a themetic output of the character's psyche. This goes doubly for the events of the plot, where unusual actions, habits and memories all serve to entertain with their strangeness while revealing more deeper aspects of the characters' personalities. As a reader, we get to play JV psycho analyst on the characters saying "ah ha, I know what psychological drivers led Mary Ann to keep lists".

This sense of analysis of course is beholden to the reader. Doyle artfully plays out the psychological puzzle, slowly placing peice by peice, revealing the complexity of the picture as he lays out the story. This is the craft of a great writer who is able to artfully lay the story out while letting the reader beleive that they are the ones doing the heavy mental lifting. In fact, I could probably safely bifurcate the valuable/great aspects of this work in two ways: first, Doyle has created a very entertaining set of wierdos that give the reader a strange and unique voyeristic experience unto some miserable folks, and secondly, the slow presentation/revealing of how complex their psyches are.

I can't imagine this ever being filmed. It's scope and compactness/tightness of plot would lend to it, but goodness are the characters ugly. I don't think Brad and Angelina could pull it off. And it couldn't fit in the 'Happiness' vein either, as it resolves nicely. Maybe if Chris Simmons has stil got his camera he could take a whack.

If I had any complaints (and wouldn't that credentialize my book report?) is that Darrin sometimes uses too artful a phrase which reminds the reader that they are reading ("jumped like mercury from the touch of a zippo"). These are rare enough to not warrant serious issue. The other thing is that I thought the title of the book feels trite/campy to me, and might be too 'small' for the work itself.

All in all, I'm greatly impressed with my friend's effort and encourage you all to buy a copy.



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