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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Interview With Apache For High Times RAW AND UNCUT

High Times used about a quarter of this. Here is the whole darn thing. 
Photos by Jackie Roman, transcribed by Leah Fishman.

I don't wanna be known as one of those music writer guys that constantly throws around the obvious and over used word "infectious" but what is just as infectious as their music, chicano dialect/bay area slang & their all around good vibe is there need for weed. It just works. I myself go through different phases of pot smoking. These days its commonly a few days a week. But whenever I'm out west rollin' around with these 'crazy fools', it seems like the only sensible thing to do is to get skroached as fuck all day every day.  Originally from El Paso Texas, front man Omar 'Mijo' Hernandez & bass player Carlos 'Chuck' Palacios  grew up with some very neat things in common. Like most people I am closest with it all started with a love of early punk and hardcore. Throughout the years that was followed by a growing love of 70's heavy rock & power pop. Like many a Mexican American they were raised on the solidest of golden oldie doo wops. Both eventually finding themselves in San Francisco, these ever so righteous burnouts molded this all into a cultish little yet larger than life band called Apache. 'What can I expect from Apache's live show' you ask? a throbbing glittery menagerie of groovy pounding punk rock music. Omar, looking like he walked straight home from a shift guarding Pablo Escobar's Medellin compound, went home, put on a glittery jacket and then walked right on over to his microphone snaking around the stage like some sort of snake like gypsy spider monkey. Chuck (I realize I already said "glittery" and now I'm about reuse another one because that's just how it is. I'll just add an extra O to it) laying out some seriously GROOOVY bass lines, makes me reminiscent of Leatherface during his famed chainsaw dance. Over all this is perfectly fitting, simplified, tighter than a dolphins asshole punk rock drums and six strings. Through the years they have had a revolving door of guitarists & drummers from a very tight knit circle of outstanding Bay Area musicians coming in and out like it aint no thing. Apache's current lineup consists of lead guitarist Nick ______ of which whom I have trouble picturing in my mind without his mirrored aviators, rhythm guitarist Ray Seraphin (who was MIA for this interview/photo shoot because he had to fly back home the day previous, for he may or may not be in summer school. As in high school summer summer school.), The ever so dapper Dan Rincon and then of course Chuck and Omar. Bringing us such no nonsense gems as Finger Banger, the outstandingly bouncy Crystal Clear which in my mind is one of the greatest singles of the past 20 years & the the mellow teenage anthem On The Outside which is so cool that I don't care that it sounds a whole lot like an old favorite of mine that I will skip listing here. Dan and Omar work in marijuana for a living. It being the West Coast it is of course all completely legal and still completely mesmerizing to us folks back East. The session that is seen in the photos here consisted of us smoking a $200 salad consisting of different types of delightful East Coast skroach that was delivered to us about 15 minutes before this all began. High Times contacted me and said something along the lines of 'talk about music a bit but mostly just talk about weed'. I feel I got the music part pretty covered. No magazine could be more fitting for these guys than the one you are holding at this very moment. So I bring to you, direct from a New York City rooftop...

Andy: How do you feel that High Times has brought me to you?
Omar: I'm fuckin stoned right now dude--- thats how I feel.  they just gave us a bunch of weed to smoke. 
A: Dan. You work at a--
Dan: I work at as medical marijuana delivery driver In San Francisco, the Vapor Room. Yeah.
A  And what does that entail?
D  I drive around all day taking weed to patients
A  What kind of people? How do you feel the whole vibe is all around? How about all of that?
D   Everyone's pretty fucking happy to see you, you know? They give me candy and shit, its cool
O  Really? they give you candy?
D: Yeah some guy brings me muffins with like bacon and stuff on them. Everyone's super stoked.
A: I heard somebody you know went to high school with Richard Ramirez, the famed night stalker.
O: that would probably be my mom.  Not exactly sure, at the same time, I think he dropped out at fifteen, I dunno-- but I think it was like a year apart.  It was Thomas Jefferson High school, home of the silver foxes, El Paso Texas.
A: What is murple?
O: talk to Chuck, ask Chuck
Chuck :it's… a plant…(everyone laughing)
O: alright, it's weed.
A: does it provide some powers?
C; it's purple marijuana
O: it's like a hybrid of both purple and marijuana
A ok, i get it!

A: Mission style munchies. you got any recommendations?
O I like tacos from, i'll be honest, from El Farvidos (??)
A: how do you say that?
O: El Farolito is the way it's written on the wall
Nick: Barfarito, el fartolotta
C Taco Loco, they got good carnitas
O they have the best carnets. taco loco.
A: What do you guys recommend there that people wouldn't know about?
O: snachos. just go straight up to the fucking thing, you want carnets snachos.
A: What's snachos?
C (laughing) snachos!
O: just order it. you'll figure it out. i'm sure you've had some (everyone laughing)
 A: well i'd like to find out! So are you gonna tell me, or..?… oh boy. .. How do you guys feel about the term "skroached" that we use on the east coast?
D I don't even know what it means. what does it mean?
O yeah i'm not exactly sure, what is it?
C sounds like scrogging to me, which is..
O yeah, which is fucking, right?
A skroached just kind of became the word that we used for weed or "a roach" , so "getting skroached", or  "let's smoke some skroach" and "yo man, i'm skroached out"
O: hey man, I'm bilingual, I can deal with that.
C; we say jay-ter
A you say what? how do you do a j? you do a jay-ter, is it?
N You light a darth jay-dar
O nooo….. no, you don't
A: jay-ter, like jaded?jade? like jasmine and jade?
A: ok. chuck and omar, you guys have known each other for the longest, right? you grew up in el paso together. did you start smoking weed together?
O; No
C: actually, I tried to get him stoned and he wasn't into it
O I wasn't into smoking weed at first, i was into punk and shit dude
C yeah he was like, straight edge
A; punk'll bring you out of that for a minute right? 
O for a minute
A and then you just kinda realize-
O: you know who actually got me stoned at first was james and eric johnson, the black guy, this black dude and my good friend, and we fuckin smoked a joint, like in the backyard, and then after that, like we went inside and they put the stooges funhouse record on, which i was always like (nerd voice) "ehhhh, i don't know about that one, i only like the first one" and then like they put it on and I sat on the bed like by myself and listened to the whole thing, like rocking my head and shit I was like "yeeeeeah, this is pretty good!" and they were like "you're just stoned man! you hate this shit!" and i'm like "Nahhh, dude!".. That was the first time I got stoned, it was pretty cool.
A: tell me about all your first times. chuck?
C: ahh, i was smoking weed with DLB
O: hahaha! dead little bats!
C: dead little bats were like a punk rock gang in el paso and they were all like misfit-ed out, you know, like? they looked like the misfits
A: devil locks?
C: some of them had devil locks.  they were like skate- rockers.
O: they were punks
C they were punks, yeah.
A; tell me about the first time you smoked with them
C: ahhh, they got me hella smoked and they put on the beatles and the beatles still kinda scare me a little bit sometimes, because i kinda got scared, and then i went into this room with hella velvet paintings and shit, and it freaked me out, and i was like "what the fuck??" and then..i.. tripped hard, i dunno, that was it! (laughing)
O: damn man, you sure that wasn't your first acid trip?
C: No I was hella stoned, it was….
D: my first time was behind my parents house on the train tracks
O: with this prostitute!
D: with a bunch of weirdos that would hang out there… and i tried to roll a joint and i fucked it up and they realized it was like my first time getting stoned and everyone made fun of me. then i went to a show. and i was blasted.
A: it's a little confusing the first time, right?
D: i didn't know what to do
A: why don't you tell us about your first time nick?
N: the first time i ever actually got high--like there were a couple times when i just smoked like (some word i don't understand) shit and like didn't get high, the first time i actually got high me and two of my other friends just bought an eighth of like some , it was actual, like legit, it was like the first time we got legit weed and we like rolled all of it into 6 or 7 j's and we were super paranoid about the cops so we climbed onto the top of this elementary school because like nobody could get up there, nobody could see us, so we just smoked all of them in a row and we didn't think we got high until we all stood up and we realized that like we were not going to be able to get down.  so we ended up having to wait there for like 5 hours until we weren't so high so we could climb down from there
A: that's pretty funny. and you enjoyed it?
N: oh yeah. and ever since then we managed to get to the point where we could climb down it even when we were stoned.
O: I still remember listening to Jimi Hendrix and shit for the first time when I was stoned, it was like with Mike Morales (former Apache drummer) , i used to cruise with him, we'd get fucking stoned listening to Jimi and Led Zeppelin, which is like his favorite band and shit… that was tight. 
C: how much weed do you smoke, like averagely?
A: me, i just smoke like a few days a week these days, you know unless i'm on the road or something like that
O: then it's less?
A: no it's way more, yeah.  And when I meet up with you motherfuckers in san francisco it's like a whole other fucking dimension
O: we come to new york and everyone's like "maaan, you guys like weed!" everyone's shocked.
N: how much more weed do we smoke than everybody here?
everyone: a lot! so much, like 50 million times more, 70 million bong hits more, etc
O:that's the thing, no one smokes bongs in new york-- no one has a bong! that really irks me!
C: and theres bong stores everywhere!
O: you guys spend all your money on alcohol
A: what is the name of the place you work at, do you mind telling us?
D: it's the Vapor Room cooperative.
A: so this is totally legal
O:in california!
D: yeah, i'm licensed
A: sounds pretty legal to me
C: I'm licensed to have weed
O: i'm not but i just roll joints for a living

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Welcome To My Life

When I was younger I would often find myself in

 situations where i would be putting my clothes on after 

getting busy with a chick and her dad would start 

slamming on the door screaming about how he doesn't 

want me in his house. Every time that happened I would 

morph into a doberman pinscher and attack him.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Groupies '87

I just watched an episode of Oprah Winfrey from 1987 with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley featuring famed groupies Jackie Collins and Pamela Des Barres discussing the subject of just that. Groupies. Good watch. These two caught my eye.

Here is another  girl I like from an episode of Geraldo from around the same time in which Gene and Paul + Willie Nelson delve a little deeper with such subjects as love, rejection and marriage. But it's mostly about fucking groupies. Some guy asks Gene if he has ever written any songs about groupies. This guy had obviously never heard a single song by THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD, KISS!!!!! Another good watch.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Exclusive song: Andy Animal - Now

My rendition of Now by the great Dion DiMucci, Originally from his masterpice album Wonder where I'm Bound. I listened to this one quite a bit when my good friend Jonathan Toubin was in the hospital in Portland Oregon after a terrible accident involving a car crashing through his hotel room and pinning him against a wall in the middle of his sleep. After the news came that he miraculously awakened from the whole ordeal it made perfect sense that this song was for him. I was more than happy to sing this with my newly formed Andy Animal Family Band at his big comeback show at Brooklyn Bowl. Recorded in Los Angeles with former NYC band/good old pals The Witnesses. Bonnie Bloomgarden on Bass and vocals, Darian Zahedi on guitar and Oakley Munson on drums, organ and xylophone. Oakley produced it as well. I'm very happy with it.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DJ Trickery

When I used to DJ a lot, people would come up to me and ask if I had any Hip Hop or R&B. I would say "I got some R&B." and show them a Fats Domino record. They would get confused and walk away. Then there were the people who would ask me (all good DJs get this one) if i could "play something we can dance to" as I would be spinning some righteous dance music like T.Rex or what have you. I would usually just stare at them until they got uncomfortable and walked away. Sometimes if I could just tell that they were gonna ask a stupid question, I would put on my headphones and hold up my finger like 'HOLD ON A SEC' and just keep doing that until they lost patience and walked away.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Long Island Teen Scene: Me & The Others

I hounded my old man for years to track down this single. Apparently there were 12 made. a few years ago he finally went to his high school reunion and ran into the singer who happily sent 
him an MP3 copy. New Hyde Park Long Island's own ME & THE 
OTHERS!!! My dad was the bass player and backup vocalist. 

Recorded in 65 or 66 at Ultra-Sonic Studios in Hempstead, Long Island by a man 
with no legs. 

Yes I will eventually record my own versions of these TWO killer teen bumout anthems!

If you have any leads as too how I can get an original copy, please contact me!!!!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

18 Different Versions of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Bob Dylan created an instant standard with this one. His most covered song as far as I know. I have covered it on numerous occasions. It's just beautiful. Here are some of the best ones starting with the original and ending with my favorite. See what happens if you play all of them at once!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


"Was that written and produced by Brian May? Its one of the most 70s pop songs I've ever heard."
-Ian Sorceress
It sounds like a combination of ABBA, The Beatles & The Raspberries. The video is one of the most surreal things I've seen in a while. I thought these guys were lame when I was a kid. I take it back.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe

May 11th at Lady Jay's in Brooklyn (short matinee preview) with Mighty Fine

  May 18th at Glasslands in Brooklyn with VietNam

  June 1st at The BOS Festival at Lone Wolf in Brooklyn 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Trix Are For Kids

Oh now I get it. The Trix bunny. Like magic tricks. Like pull a rabbit out of a hat. "Trix are for kids". Like how kids commonly enjoy magic tricks more than adults. The rabbit is part of the trick. "Trix" are for the children's enjoyment. The rabbit must be hard at work or the "Trix" would not exist. Thus making... Wait i'm confused

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Carolina Camera

I have just discovered my most favorite Youtube page. Extremely fascinating stuff here. Here are just a few highlights...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

A man named Richard Morton used to come in to my kindergarten  class and sing this while we all sang along. He was married to our teacher. I had a cassette tape recording of it. I wish I still had it. What a cool song...

We also sang along to a song with a chorus that went "King Kong, the gorilla, playing ping pong with Godzilla". Any of you heard that one? Both Songs had a lasting effect on me. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Imagine if...

An early photo of The Beach Boys, gathered at a park in Westchester New York in 1964. This just so happens to be the same park where Dennis, Brian, Al, Carl and Mike would often perform Satanic rituals. The Boys left behind demonic spray painted images on the walls of a cave in the park, better known by locals as The Satan Cave. These images are still visible amongst the crushed beer cans, syringes and animal bones. In later days some say that David Bekowitz AKA The Son Of Sam was up to similar activity in the same location. SURF'S UP!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Adventures of Super Pickle: Fame, Identity Theft, Sexual Frustration & Death

When I was just a tiny little Animal, one of my all time favorite toys was a stuffed superhero pickle who simply  went by the name of Super Pickle. I was reminded of him during one of my vintage toy searches  on Ebay. these searches tend to stir up quite a few memories for me (I can remember things from when I was a baby). Upon my journey I ran across a Bananaman item. Bananaman was a british cartoon I used to watch on Nickelodeon in the mid 1980's. This obviously reminded me of Super Pickle. With his long, gangly, multi colored, striped legs & huge orange converse he was the pride of all my toys. Upoun further searching I saw that he was now going for $299.99 on Ebay, even with a missing nose and stains. Through further further investigation I found out that there was a series Hallmark popup books that went by the same name. 
Here is what the Wikipedia entry on Super Pickle has to say. I have trouble doubting the legitimacy of an entry covering the history of Super pickle 
" is a pop-up book written in 1972 by Dean Walleyillustration by Mike Strouth, book design by Dick Dudley. This was printed as one of a series of Hallmark Pop-up books published by Hallmark CardsIt sells for up to $249, but experienced a bit of a pop culture resurgence in 1995 when Dick Dudley's sister Courtney Dudley-Vantassel suggested in an Oprah interview that her brother had used pickles as a sexual metaphor. Some retailers removed the books from their shelves furthering the iconic books' demand and sealing the legacy of "The Adventures of Super Pickle" as a timeless treasure for all ages. Sadly, Dick Dudley was never able to shake the stigma and died in seclusion in his self fabricated cottage in 2003.
The Adventures of Super Pickle chronicles the life of Dillbert, a mild-mannered pickle who lives in small town peopled with vegetables. Dillbert secretly pines for a lady pickle named Lilly. At the first sign of trouble (i.e. an evil cabbage, a baby pickle in distress) Dillert hops into a pickle jar and emerges as Super Pickle, borrowed directly from Superman. In the end Lilly realizes that Dillbert and Super Pickle are one and the same and the two pickles get married."
The doll and the book do not seem to have any relation 
although I could be wrong (do you really care). Oh yeah. 
Super Pickle (the toy) had a girlfriend named Fickle Pickle.
                                                                     Fickle Pickle 

It looks like AM Toys also made SUPER PEANUT!!!


Miles Jaye - Sensuous

Sunday, January 6, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Abandoned Florida

Me and some of my buddies taking a detour from Daytona Bike Week to the abandoned Strawn Citrus Packing House. ENJOY!!! Featuring young motocross champion Jake Quick and motorguru Tommy Romano.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Roger Patterson's Famed Bigfoot Footage... HOAX!

I hate to crush your boners but this lecture by legendary costume designer Phillip Morris seems pretty legit. Tons of Youtube users disagree. I will start by showing you the famed Roger Patterson Bigfoot footage from 1967. Followed is an interview with Morris, who claims to have made the costume for Patterson. Decide for yourselves!