June 4, 2015

Charlie Deal - Vinyl

2015 Abalone Season Off To Deadly Start

This year is proving to be one of the more dangerous abalone diving seasons. So far, five abalone divers and one scuba diver have died off the Sonoma / Marin / Mendocino coasts. Every year, abalone divers perish, many succumbing to what is known as the Sacramento Syndrome (too eager, lack of experience, unable to read the weather / tides / conditions, etc). The season runs April 1 through December 1, but is closed during July.

May 5, 2015

A little clip of Moss with Zero, 1992, Last Day Saloon, SF, CA. With left to right (Moss, Martin Fiero, Steve Kimock, Greg Anton).

May 2, 2015

Marlene Olive - 16 yrs. Old

Here is a poem / song I wrote inspired by Richard Levine's book called "Bad Blood" about the China Camp BBQ murders of 1975. Written by Jeffrey Moss Charles - 2015.

I had my doubts,
when the sun came out,
should I put on my shorts,
or a skirt?

I looked under my bed,
All I saw was red,
Am I still alive,
Or dead?

My name is Marlene,
I had a dream,
I'm only sixteen,
Full of lead.

Should I put on his coat?
Should I put on his tie?
Should I continue,
To tell my lie?

All I could do when,
The sun went down,
Was look at you,
In the eyes.

I saw the hole in your head,
And I knew you were dead,
And all I could say was good-bye.

Oh yeah all I could say,
Was Good-bye.

I put them in the Nova,
I didn't know what to do,
So I drove them out to China Camp,
For a final Barbecue.

I took one look,
At my buddy Chuck,
And told him what to do.
If he loved me and meant,
What he said,
He'd help me get them dead,

Yeah, he'd help me,
Get them dead,

It wasn't much longer,
Maybe a weeks in time,
When the Officer's came out.
They said, "hold it right there"
With their pistols in the air,
And I knew right then,
We're all dead.

Yeah, I knew right then,
We're all dead.

Oh, my name is Marlene,
I had a dream,
Did I tell you,
I'm only sixteen?

April 30, 2015

February 6, 2015

Moss' Top Ten Favorite Radio Shows

1. Gil Gross Talk Show- iHeart Radio -  KKSF
2. Bob Tanem - America's Happy Gardener - KSFO
3. A Prairie Home Companion - Garrison Keilor - NPR
4. The John Batchelor Show - Syndicated
5. Coast to Coast AM - George Noory
6. Dennis Miller Show Live - KSFO
7. Terri Gross - Fresh Air - NPR
8. Michael Krasny - Forum - KQED
9. West Coast Live - Sedge Thomson - KALW
10. Ronn Owens - KGO

October 6, 2014

Ludwig Orange Mod

I've had many drum kits over the years...but nothing compares to my second kit. It was a 1968 4 piece Orange Mod Ludwig kit (see above). A true classic in every sense. No, the Ronald McDonald doll did not come with the kit, but it did make it sound better.

October 4, 2014

Henry Rollins

Great book, great artist...all around great guy!! Mister Henry Rollins....one of his many titles. This one is a must read...and a must look (many classic photos).

September 30, 2014

These three books are must reads for non-fiction murder mystery types. Richard Levine's only book, written in 1981 focuses on the grisly BBQ China Camp murders that took place in 1975. Dan Schultz hits a home run with Dead Run, and Deanne Stillman does it again with Twenty Nine Palms. I've never been to the Mojave desert, but Stillman's descriptions of the mojave desert and it's culture of down and out tweakers, Marines, the working poor, etc. makes me feel like I've been there before. All three are highly recommended.

July 28, 2014

Abalone diving continues to be deadly

While only three abalone divers have died this year in Northern California while attempting one of the most deadly leisurely activities one can partake in, the season is still young. I've been reporting on this dangerous hobby and illegal black market opportunity for years. The deaths range from heart attacks, falls, kelp hold-downs, and more... also known as "Sacramento Syndrome." People make plans and travel from all over and the last thing they want to do is go home empty handed.
There is also an illegal trade where gangs of mostly Vietnamese and Chinese poachers buy, sell and collect the mollusks. Yesterday's New York Times published a very comprehensive account of this ongoing plight. Click here to read the article. The season resumes August 1st.

July 22, 2014

June 7, 2014

Watts Towers

For your information:
The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town"), are within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park, in the Watts community of Los Angeles, Southern California. They are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures, the tallest reaching a height of over 99 feet (30 m). The towers and walls were designed and built by Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879-1965), over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of 'outsider art' vernacular architecture and Italian-American naïve art.[4][5]
The Watts Towers are located near the 103rd Street / Watts Towers Los Angeles

June 5, 2014

Charlie Deal was the Real Deal

There used to be a cat that hung around Marin and sold his "famous" toilet seat guitars. His name was Charlie Deal and he was about as cool as they make 'em. His "deal" was being a regular at the Marin County Fair and other events where he demo'd and sold his masterpieces.
Ckick here to read more and see videos of Charlie.