When I was a young drinker, I went to see the Dwarves open for L7 at the Kennel club in 1990. I was Djing at KFJC and the Sub Pop record Blood, Guts & Pussy was in heavy rotation.
The Dwarves took the stage, Blag with his long hair, and they fought with the crowd, slamming microphones on peopleâ€™s heads in the front row and played a little under 15 minutes before destroying the whole stage. I looked on in the distance.
In the bathroom after their set a guy was sitting on the floor trying to regain his composure, blood gushing down the side of his head.
L7 was forgettable after seeing the Dwarves. For the next few years, every time the Dwarves played, whether at the Omni in Oakland or other dives around the Bay Area, I was there. Iâ€™ve seen Blag, the lead singerâ€™s, penis more than anyone else I know, except of course for He Who Cannot Be Named, the guitar player and constant penis swinger of the band. They were notorious for playing naked and stage diving in the buck. Crazy ass mo-fos.
About five or six years ago I took my wife to see the Dwarves at the Independentâ€¦.or was it the Justice League at the time? I canâ€™t remember. While the violence and bottle throwing was minimal, Blag had shaved his head and the band rocked hard.
Now, Blag, still the leader of the Dwarves, is putting together camp counselor type songs, singing solo and playing his own acoustic guitar. He plays some Dwarves songs as well as new stuff heâ€™s putting together.
Blag Dahlia, aka Blag Jesus, aka Blag the Ripper is playing Saturday, June 3rd at CafÃ© du Nord for a benefit for the West Memphis Three.
â€¦..and thatâ€™s my intro and hereâ€™s the shitâ€¦.
Blag played an acoustic set on my radio show on April 22nd. With a live studio audience, scotch, beer and cameras rolling, Blag busted out songs like â€œBitch, I Love Youâ€, â€œThis Jihadâ€ and â€œSaturday Nightâ€. There were about 12 of us in the studio. It was an amazing intimate experience.
He brought his hot girlfriend from Italy and Terry Zwigoffâ€™s wife who he went to school withâ€¦.which was funny because I interviewed her husband last week. He was supposed to show up, but didnâ€™t.
Blag, still punker than Satan, even if heâ€™s a gay-ass-acoustic-guitar-folksinger, he sings about the ways of the pussy and fucking and everything youâ€™d expect from the punk as all fuck Blag.
Donâ€™t miss his show @ du Nord. And, Iâ€™ll have a few video clips uploaded with this review when I get to it.
Hereâ€™s a couple of photos of his performance at Pirate Cat Radio:
Blag tunes his guitar in the hallway outside of Pirate Cat Radio
Blag sings â€œFuck so Goodâ€
Blag humors my drunken blubbering, we hugged right after this photo was taken, I will never wash again.
Live studio audience member Sammy after 9 beers and the badest assed acoustic punk show heâ€™s ever witnessed. Hail Satan.
For more information about the Dwarves go to www.thedwarves.com or click on the official Blood, Guts & Pussy girl below (who happens to have her poetry published in the anthology Chemical Lust edited by yours truly).
Big thanks to Jim for helping me with sound check, bringing microphones and keeping me from having my usual mental breakdown whenever I put something like this together.
BTW, Pirate Cat Radio IS THE ONLY place for bands to play, to get the respect they deserve, to not have some smooth talking DJ who doesnâ€™t know who the hell you are, just so long as he can get all his commercial breaks in while he talks to you with notes that his ugly ass intern wrote up for himâ€¦..and he bows to the call of Cunt Channel so he can have health insurance and keep paying rent.
Some of us DJs at Pirate Cat are homeless and have no health insurance, but weâ€™ll make sure you rock the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Los Angeles and piratecatradio.com webstream to give you the respect you deserve.
Playing live or doing an interview at Pirate Cat Radio should be the first thing on your agenda. Tell your pants-suit-wearing-cunt-publicist, before you go to Live 105 or whatever other sell-out crapola you have scheduled in San Francisco, return to your indie roots for one hour and get drunk with us, play our studio and youâ€™ll still hit thousands of listenersâ€¦â€¦.itâ€™s demographics, itâ€™s mathematics, itâ€™s, itâ€™s, itâ€™s the smart corporate decision.
Thanks to Blag for playing Pirate Cat…..I’ll have an mp3 of some of our interview linked here as well at a later time…..and video, i said video right? Give me a week or so to square that away.