On the Street: Monroe Mustang, Pigasus Remembered, and Other Important Discussions of Our Time

"What Would Costanza Do?"

Letters (to the On the Street Penthouse Suite)

#1 All That's Old Is New Again

In this email is a link to a site where one can upload an image of oneself in what seems to be various high school archetypes - the BMOC, the nerd, the guy with the afro...

http://yearbookyourself.com/ is fun

I have no idea who that person is but I think he knows a lot about psychology and vitamins and aliens.

#2 Better Late Than Never

Who: Leslie Raymond


Where: Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Gallery 4

When: September 4 - 30, 2008

Special Press Viewing: Tuesday August 26, 3-5pm

At Blue Star Gallery 4

Hope to see you on Tuesday!


#3 Ghostrider

Mark, I was riding on the southside the other day and came across the 1st ghost bike I've seen in town. It's on the SW corner of Roosevelt and SE Military Dr. (in front of the Bill Miller's). Are there others? Hope you are well; see you on the road. jack

OTS has coverd the fallen ghost bike project before with fotos from some early species in Austin on W. 6th Street. According to OTS Insider Jack, this may be the first here in town.

Monroe Mustang Reunion

On Saturday I slipped up to Austin for a rare reunion show by the band Monroe Mustang. They put out some albums on the label Emperor Jones owned by King Koffey (drummer from former SA freak band Butthole Surfers).

There an interesting group of talents, with many of them working for the Austin Chronicle, or now living abroad. I would describe the sound as 4 track Beatles with ambient overtones.

Here is a sample to listen to from what appears to be a new digitally released album of old material.

One fan came all the way down from Canada to see the show. That made me feel less awkward and out of place in driving up. In that context, I was practically in the neighborhood.

(Across the street from the Mohawk Club {formerly some sort of French named bar that may or may not have shut down before the feds came in on a coke bust} is a horrendous new loft on Red River. Already the residents are complaining about noise levels, that is after they built the place in the middle of "The Live Music Capital of the World" bar district. I can't imagine this happening in SA - not the live music capital aspect but the complaining part. Yes, Sunset Station has reverse issues with the hotel next door, but that is a far cry from people knowingly moving into a bar/music district and then complaining about it. I'd like to think in SA this dispute would be handled all Raymond Burr/Alexander Hamilton style, but I could be wrong...)

Fotos from the show (and many of them extremely repetitive)...

Pigasus Remembered

After the announcement of Joe Biden for VP, it's hard for any of us to get any work done. The excitement, the hyperventilating we all share - it's clearly too much. Sure, there was some concern that Obama was abandoning his initial principles but luckily that notion has been set to rest with selection of a real grassroots organizer named Joe Biden.

On the other hand, there's this opinion of him by the loveable curmudgeon. Yeah, maybe that's more like it.

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Meanwhile, for more time reunionisms, here is a foto from outside the DNC in Chicago in 1968 which was full of several crucial moments of street protest, some of which is captured in Haskel Wexler's film Medium Cool, though most of it is lost in the great memory hole.

In addition to Wexler's addition to the legacy are the Yippies nominating a pig, Pigasus, for President. Above are the Chicago cops arresting the pig, which might make it a political prisoner if one was so inclined.

For further reading on the matter, try this.

Here is an excerpt...

THE WITNESS: We were arrested announcing the pig's candidacy for President.

MR. KUNSTLER: Did Jerry Rubin speak?

THE WITNESS: Yes, Jerry Rubin was reading a prepared speech for the pig---the opening sentence was something like, "I, Pigasus, hereby announce my candidacy for the Presidency of the United States." He was interrupted in his talk by the police who arrested us. ...

MR. KUNSTLER: Do you remember what you were charged with?

THE WITNESS: I believe the original charge mentioned was something about an old Chicago law about bringing livestock into the city, or disturbing the peace, or disorderly conduct, and when it came time for the trial, I believe the charge was disorderly conduct.

MR. KUNSTLER: Were you informed by an officer that the pig had squealed on you?

MR. FORAN: Objection. I ask it be stricken.


THE COURT: I sustain the objection. When an objection is made do not answer until the Court has ruled. . .

And so goes another week on the streets of San Antonio (and beyond). As always, to be continued...


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