MSP Music Expo 10AM-4PM Sun May 4 @ Ramada Plaza, 1330 Industrial Blvd., Minneapolis

1 Jan

You never know who’s going to show up! (Above) Jimmy Page & Lynn Zecca at the Kensington Olympia Record Show in London.

You can buy records from gojohnnygo- live in the flesh-at these upcoming events:

MSP Music Expo 10AM-4PM Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at The Ramada Plaza, 1330 Industrial Blvd., Minneapolis

Minnesota Record Show 9AM-4PM Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at The Ballantine VFW Hall, 2916 Lyndale Av. S, in Minneapolis

Sound + Vision Collectibles Show 9AM-3PM Saturday, sometime in July, 2014 at Valley Creek Mall, Valley Creek Road & Wier Dr., Woodbury, MN

Rochester, MN Music Expo 10AM-4PM Sunday, sometime fall 2014 at Best Western Plus Soldiers Field, 401 6th St SW, Rochester, MN

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Disturbed: Demo 1987 “Disturbing the Peace”

19 Apr

Disturbed were a metal band from Minnesota during the 1990′s. We came across this six song demo and really wanted to share this with you! The band consisted of:

Earl Root: All Guitars & b/u vox hellnoize & screams

James Odegard: Vocals & hellnoize

Mike Nelson: Drums & Thunder

Gregg Bleaker: Bass & Rumble

This recording was made on June 15th, 1987 and had been together about month at the time of recording. There are six songs total on the demo ready to thump your ears and wake them up!











1. Kill ‘Em (Before they X)

2. Tear it Apart

3. I Don’t Kare

4. What the Fuck!?!

5. Comatose

6. Bought & Sold

We would like to thank Nancy Root for allowing us to share this with you.

Amazing artifacts from Flyte Tyme’s early days

23 Jan

Thank you Barney & John Kjellberg.





Ultra-Rare Rockabilly 45s played on the radio, 1985

25 May

111229rocker9-22-85. Thanks to KFAI, Zuzu Spadaccini, Vern Sanden, & Mark Trehus for broadcasting this & allowing me to present it in the internet age.







What? Jazz Fusion from the suburbs in the 1970s & 1980s? CROSSOVER

15 May

Crossover Jump B&WCrossover at Bobbies(this post is second in a series saluting the estimable BILL AXELROD)


cvr#1CROSSOVER came together from the ashes of two White Bear Lake-area bands: Watersign, which included Enrique Toussaint (bass), Dan Fashing (drums), Greg McNeely (keyboards), Tim Moeller (guitar), Rick Odell (sax– pre-Lamont Cranston), & John Elms (vocals, ex- Copperhead) and City, which featured Jimmy Lawrence (vocals & congas), and Bill Axelrod (tenor sax & percussion– post Fabulous Flippers). Watersign were regular performers at The Sunset Bar in White Bear Lake and The Dugout in Willernie. City played throughout the Twin Cities area & Groucho’s at Hwy 61 & 2nd Avenue in White Bear Lake.

 Members of Crossover throughout their history included:


Josh Weaver (bass)





Greg McNeely





Ron Lundquist (drums)





.Jimmy Lawrence





Bill Axelrod




Tim Moeller

Enrique Toussaint

Josh Weaver (bass)

Dave Sletten (sax)

Ricky Washington (drums)

Johnny Hodges (vocals)

Bruce Jackson (keyboards)

Paul Johnson (bass)

Lee Blaske (keyboards)

Jim Barringer (guitar)

Head to the Sky

I Know

cvr#9Pioneers of jazz fusion with a stage entirely covered in congas & other percussion, Crossover was one of the first jazz fusion groups to play The C Sharp Jazz Room at The Oz Night Club & Disco in Downtown St Paul. They played at Taste Show Lounge & Chicago Bar in Minneapolis, and at the 617 Bar in White Bear Lake too, kicking off the start of jazz fusion music there.

cvr#7The self-titled LP on Atomic Theory Records (c 1985 1002) is Greg, Johnny, and other Twin Cities musicians along with some stellar L.A. studio musicians, including Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. (You can buy a vintage brand new sealed unopened unplayed copy of this sought-after wax right here.)













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Civil Defense VIDEO & PHOTOS– St Paul Punk Rock 1982-1984

27 Apr

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Civil Defense bio courtesy of Mike Reiter. It is also included in Civil Defense CD “Propaganda vs. Civil Defense” (buy it here).

In the early 80’s, Prince was beginning to make a dent nationally, but if you were a punk rocker in the Midwest, you had no reason to think of a “career” in music. So you played like you had nothing to lose. And at places such as The Longhorn, The Seventh Street Entry, and Goofy’s Upper Deck, plenty of young bands did. Those bands included: Husker Du, The Replacements, Loud Fast Rules (later Soul Asylum), Rifle Sport, and a young band from the East Side of Saint Paul, Civil Defense.

pics 2010 201  Civil Defense began in 1982 as a three-piece featuring Dale Schuster on guitar and vocals, Vinnie Karshnia on bass and vocals, and Mike Reiter on drums. After honing their sound for a few months in Mike’s basement, they played mostly parties and rented halls. They first appeared under the name “Propaganda.” Soon, they played the  legendary “Upper Deck,” appearing with many of the local and touring punk bands of the time. Three songs from one of those performances (billed as Propaganda) appeared on the cassette-only release “Kitten Compilation.” It would later be re-issued on CD in 1999 by Reflex Records.

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Later that year they would add Scott Grubich on guitar and vocals, and make their debut at The Seventh Street Entry as “Civil Defense.” The band’s sound was compared to The Buzzcocks and Radio Birdman. However, songwriter Dale’s prime influences were The Kinks and The Beatles.

In March of ‘83 they headed into Blackberry Way Studio in Minneapolis, the site of The Replacements early recordings, to produce what would become the “Gun Control EP.”

pics 2010 214  Due to the usual circumstances, the band would dissolve in ‘84. Dale and Vince would work together for a number of years. Dale still records under “The Throwbacks.” Scott would move to L.A. and join a band with skateboard legend Tony Alva, and then move to Australia for a time.

pics 2010 198 Mike would join The Dig with Ed Ackerson. He would go on to play in The Mighty Mofos, The 27 Various, and many others, including an appearance with Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker. Mike is still performing and recording, and is currently appearing with The Mood Swings on Susstones Records.


Thanx to my homeiz for allowing me to post this. Civil Defense were not only a favorite of mine, but they changed my life.

KBCA Jazz Radio, February, 1976– more than three hours of broadcast

10 Apr


Sometime about 10 years ago, I met a guy at a garage sale in the Battle Creek neighborhood of St Paul. Bill was a jazz drummer in his sixties, and told me about some Sunday all-day jam sessions that some cats would hold in South Minneapolis back in the 1970s. He had some old Staples Singers records, and a box of reel to reel tapes. Hoping he had tapes of the jam sessions, I volunteered to transfer them to digital, so we could examine the tapes further. What popped up instead was this set or recordings. Bill said that when he was in L.A. for a few days, he had recorded some radio in his motel room with his portable deck. Commercials, gig announcements, and news reports are intact. It’s a great snapshot of how Jazz was presented on commercial radio back then. Thanx, Bill, wherever you are.




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