Party Stains – A Weekly Update From Stronger Than Dirt

Posted on: October 19, 2021
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Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday,
October 23, 8-10pm) include Big Boy Pete, Misunderstood, Joe “King” Carrasco
and the Crowns, Wipers, Edith Nylon, Trio, Dukes of Stratosphear, Makers,
Cobra Killer, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: Meat Joy were a mid 80s indie post punk
band from Austin who emphasized art and improvisation in both performance
and product. Their sole release, the self-titled album from 1984 on Flesh and
Blood Record and E.S.R. Records, is a prime example. It came out in an edition
of 1500 with three distinct cover art variants, all utilizing some kind of hand
decorations by band members and friends. This particular cover featured custom
silkscreening on the front by Jean Jordan and Geoff Cordner and uncredited
hand painted art on the back. It came with several inserts including one with
comic book styled art by Cordner (see image).

LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): Junior
Varsity, a garage trio from Houston, played a fun (dare I say innocent?) brand of
rock and roll influenced by the party and sock hop sounds of the pre British
Invasion era. They were active from the mid 90s up until the early 00s, and had
several singles as well as a full length album. “Two Scoops” is an ebullient feel
good rocker replete with hoots and hollers. It appeared in 1996 on their very first
release, the “Go! to the Ice Cream Social” EP on Peek-A-Boo Records. Listen to it here:

Promo art from the Makers’ 2000 “Rock Star God” album on Sub Pop Records.
Photo by Christine Holmquist and design by Jeff Kleinsmith.