As soon as the intro music plays—a bloodcurdling scream—you know you’re in for something different. For more than 10 years, Wesley Tanenbaum, a.k.a. Filthy Rotten Wes, has played “raw, wild and outrageous tunes for finks and goons” on his Sunday-night KUCI-FM 88.9 show Trash-O-Matic Garbage A-Go-Go. You can tell he lives and breathes obscure music and radio oddities, from monster-music novelty albums to long-lost exotica. His DJ persona is something akin to classic radio hosts Alan Freed or Don Steele, gleefully playing lowbrow rock & roll singles untouched for decades, while at the same time apologizing for their tastelessness and eccentricities. But he’s no codger; he mixes in new punk, surf and rockabilly bands for contemporary enjoyment, creating an all-around wicked brew of kooky sounds with a punk sensibility.
Summer Twins at The Observatory The Zombies recently came back from the dead to play The Observatory, and brought the Allah-Las and Summer Twins with ‘em. Shaka Sista DJ Boop and DJ Adrian (Sonic Sandwich/60 Cycle Hum) were there to capture the magic.