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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Dead Milkmen member Joe Jack Talcum: Monday at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

Posted By on Sun, Jun 24, 2007 at 5:22 PM

My pal D.X. Ferris in Cleveland (the only man I know who loves R.E.M. and Slayer equally) sends an updated version of this missive about Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen, who's playing a show Monday night at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. A to Z totally spaced on this show, so we hope that people still go out and support. YouTube footage after the jump, Ferris' words just below:

Former Dead Milkmen member Joe Jack Talcum is back on the road, winging his way through a boppy set that won't disappoint faithful Deadheads, who remember the gnarlieness of some of the happiest punk rock ever. "I usually don't use set lists, but I do at least 50-percent Dead Milkmen songs -- often more," says Talcum. "I do take requests, but there are a lot of songs I can't remember. I've performed both 'Bitchin' Camaro' and 'Stuart' in my acoustic sets in the past, but only with help from someone in the audience. Indeed, it is all acoustic solo. I don't have what you would call a tender style, though. It's usually a casual and fun vibe." It sure as heck is. Turnouts have been spotty on the underpromoted tour -- a report from Friday night's Pittsburgh show said the (truly) gross attendance was around 20 -- so go see him; you can tell your friends you sang 'Bitchin' Camaro' with the 'Punk Rock Girl' guy.

-- Annie Zaleski

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