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*********************FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*********************
START: Nov 1, 2003
END: Dec 8, 2003

Contact: Jason Schwartz
JasonS 'a t ' Mobilization.com
(650) 619-3695

(Please pass on this announcement to appropriate channels.)

"How to Destroy the Universe Festival Launches - Extreme Art and Music Showcased"

http://www.MOBILIZATION.com/destroy1.html

MOBILIZATION.COM, LAUGHINGSQUID.COM, and radio station KFJC 89.7fm (KFJC.ORG) Co-Present
a new performance series dedicated to building community among extreme artists in the punk/industrial scene.

"How to Destroy the Universe Festival - Part 1"

A day that will live in infamy!

Early show on Pearl Harbor Day in San Francisco
$8 Advanced, $10 at the Door
at Studioz
21+ with ID
http://Studioz.tv

Possible web-cast on http://www.kfjc.org

BANDS (first to last):
** NEITHER NEITHER WORLD - sensual dark gothic pop cabaret
** PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA - 40 piece orchestra perform Punk classics
** F-SPACE - Frenetic and Maniacal Industrial pyro post-punk mantras (members of Savage Republic, Chrome, and Scot Jenerik)
** THE MERMEN - Off the Meter Psychedelic surf
** THE SEROTONINS - Performance-art Rock Mayhem from Los Angeles

Guest Master of Ceremonies:
**Dr. HOWLAND OWLL (Church of the SubGenius)

DJs:
** FERNANDO - Thunderdome/DeathGuild/Assimilate
** MC CHRIST - KFJC

ARTISTS:
** CHARLES GADEKEN - BurningArt.com artist
** JIM JOCOY - "We're Desperate" Early LA/SF Punk Photography slide show

Bring a dish to share

Discounted Advanced tickets available from

http://www.mobilization.com/destroy.html
or http://www.ticketweb.com

More Information:
Mobilization Recordings is hosting a series of rare events dedicated to building community in the DIY/Underground art and music scene. The series is inspired by the early Theoretical (http://theoretical.com) and Anti-Club shows run in Los Angeles in the 1980s, and by the recent "Beyond the Pale" festivals in San Francisco.

The first "How to Destroy the Universe Festival" combines artists that have performed at Burning Man over the years with artists working on creative documentation and preservation of early Punk (Note: This event is not sponsored by, and is independent of Burning Man). This primal punk/industrial energy and frenetic creativity was common in both the early San Francisco music scene and the early Burning Man community but more recently has been largely diluted and coopted in both worlds.

Any of the artists can be contacted for press interviews through:
JasonS ' a t ' mobilization.com
(650) 619-3695


ARTIST PRESS INFORMATION:

THE MUSICIANS:
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The MERMEN:
Guitarist Jim Thomas has re-invented the Surf guitar
with a unique and fluid psychedelic/hard core style.
Formed 1986,in San Francisco, Ca.
Since then the band has had six releases,
Krill Slippin' (Kelptone)1989
Food For Other Fish (New Albion) 1994
Live At The Haunted House (Shitone)1994
A Glorious Leathal Euphoria(Atlantic)1995 (Mesa)1995
Songs Of The Cows (Atlantic)1996
The Amazing California Health And Happiness Road Show(Mesa/V2)1999

http://www.mermen.net

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PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA
The Punk Rock Orchestra: Anarchy in the first chair

Hailing from San Francisco, CA the Punk Rock Orchestra is a 35+ piece strong orchestra that plays punk rock tunes you know and love on classical instruments. Their set list is a journey through the great punk bands: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Sex Pistols, Circle Jerks, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies and so on. All the members are classically trained, many of them by recognized masters of their respective instruments. From mosh pits to orchestra pits, you won't hear anything like this anywhere else.

Members of the Orchestra have played with many local symphonies and ensembles including: San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Civic, Oakland Civic, Peninsula Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Napa Symphony, Pacific Wind Ensemble, Deutscher Musik-Verein, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, Berkeley Lyric Opera, Symphony Parnassus, SF Concerto Opera, SF Repertory Opera Orchestra, Community Music Center Orchestra and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra

Members have also played with such local bands as The Dead Kennedys, The Residents, The Woodyz, The Inciters, Apocalipstick!, Pick-Pocket Opera, Cotton Candy Cabaret and Staranova.

Maximum Rock and Roll, the New York Times of punk, called them "Shocking". The San Francisco Bay Guardian describes their music as "...low brow music on high brow instruments," and Charles Osgood of CBS Radio said "Now you've heard everything."

The Punk Rock Orchestra is the experience of a lifetime. Don't miss them.

Website: www.punkrockorchestra.com
(.mp3's available on website)

Contact Info:
Telephone:
Email:
Address: David Ferguson
(415) 986-4382
david@ifuc.org
Institute For Unpopular Culture
1592 Union Street #226
San Francisco, CA 94123

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F-SPACE:
F-SPACE is a musical project by San Francisco sound artists Ethan Port and Scot Jenerik based upon the intense spectacle of performance, concentrating on alternative sound and flame sources. The project is frenetic, intelligent and visceral. The project still eavily references traditional rock, pop, punk, ethnic and psychadelic melodies (influenced by the time Ethan Port did time in the 1980s seminal Los Angeles art punk outfit SAVAGE REPUBLIC) but within a new sonic architecture.
F-SPACE relies heavily on it's own unique custom built percussive instruments to define a new audio and visual quality that is at once organic and electronic. The instruments of metal, springs, strings and other hardware (often immersing the band in 15 foot fire balls) produce the bands now trademarked "Shop Rock" sound:

"like the kind of music you'd write to drive your 7th grade metal shop class into a screaming frenzy".

In 2001 F-Space moved to a more song structured "band/collective" with Ethan Port, Aleph (drummer from CHROME) and on occasion, Joel Connell (drummer from MAN IS THE BASTARD, and the SAVAGE REPUBLIC 2002 reunion tour). The project still focuses on sonic percussion -- noisy and explosive with melodic overtones.

The resulting F-Space sound is violent, sinister and encompassing, filled with passion and intimacy that transforms the listener to an altered state of bliss.

In 2003 F-Space "toured" Burning Man, playing 8 "Hit and Run" performances out of the back of their van with a PA and generator. The result was spontaneous bliss catching most people completely by surprise. People are talking about F-SPACE.

The first full length studio F-SPACE CD titled "Preliminary Impact Report" is scheduled for December 2003 release, with US, European and Japaneese tours in the works for 2004.

http://www.f-space.com

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NEITHER NEITHER WORLD
"Nature prohibits nothing" A caption from the quote by the Marquis De Sade etched in bold letters on the inside of Neither/Neither World's first CD, Sociopathic Pleasures. The statement best captures the movement of this band. They blend the perfect sounds of bands like Mazzy Star and The Creatures to create their own lush and unique aesthetic.

Some contributors that have been on previous releases are Monte Cazazza, Elden M of Allegory Chapel and The Haters, and drummer of the infamous Dwarves. Singer/Songwriter Wendy Van Dusen limits herself to nothing, composing music that forces the listener to the inner reaches of their psyche and spirit. She is also known to work with bands such as Dive, IT (Minus Habens), as well as offering her haunting vocals to movie soundtracks.

In Neither/Neither World live performances, the audience is always certain of one thing, they never know what to expect. Drawing a crowd from all areas of the world, the shows themselves become a sort of voodoo rite of passage at the end of the world. It is always exhilarating but maybe somewhat frightful to the uninitiated. Wendy Van Dusen, who has been known to saunter on stage wearing a cat suit and wielding an ax, carries the air of an exotic villain, and has the vocal range to mimic the very cry of demons residing in our minds, or to resonate through the audience like a strong torch singer from a sultry past. Wolves cry in the night in celebration of magnificence and boundlessness of nature as does the limitless compositions of the music of Neither/Neither World.

http://www.zoskiasounds.com/artists.html

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The SEROTONINS:
There have been a million revolutions that have been lost in thirty strokes, one grunt and a dirty gym sock. The greatest ideas usually are thought up by the laziest people. Never to be known by more than a few and whoever was in the “know” wasn’t exactly sure what the hell they witnessed in the first place. Tall tales are created, most are forgotten and a few people with scrap books remembering how wonderful it all was and how Goddamn crappy it is now. What does this all mean? I’m not sure…but let’s continue.


Anyway, just before the year 2001, eight of the strangest, creative brains had come together in the most random ways. It’s like how did the first heterosexual people decide that anal sex might be a fun thing to do? I bet it was an accident…one happy, stinky accident. Okay, so it happened. We had something that was more than just special. It was real. We had created a musical energy that could change the way people lived their lives. It certainly had changed all of ours. We wondered what the ramifications would be if we could somehow grind up our little secret and sprinkle it on to the eardrums of the world?


The summer of 2002 and it was time. Everyone knew we had to document where we were as a band in order to grow as a band. We had two options. Go into a recording studio, crank out all we could in limited time or buy the equipment ourselves and make it happen ourselves. We chose the latter and Unkforshire studios was born in our basement rehearsal space. Donations from family and friends, credit car debt and one hell of a change drive bought us (list equipment).


We found a producer and engineer on the recommendation of a friend and we were off to the races. A marathon race that is! One year later, we had been through what would have broken up most bands (will save the details for our VH1 Behind the Music special). Instead, we had an album that we all were proud of and, in turn, grew to have a deep appreciation for being fortunate enough to be part of The Serotonins. For the first time all eight of us realized that this wasn’t just a band…this was our family.

Now, what to name the album? There were so many ideas and it seemed that for every title at least one band member hated it. One of the original working titles for the album was “Easier Than Learning to Read”. This was a line taken from one of Rev. Dave’s earliest songs, “Animal Abuse” that always got a big belly laugh. Josh Flemming (unofficial 9th member of the band, who, among countless other things, handles our artwork) came up with the cover concept that fit this title perfectly. Wheeew! End of headache and our album had a title. Now, Rev. Dave starts off the new song “Ghetto Snow” with the lyrics, “Easier Than Learning To Read”. To bad, “Ghetto Snow” isn’t on our first album. Oh well…


Okay, enough back-story. Time to strip off your Aquaman underoos, put on the nipple clamps, spray your cheese whiz in an unusual place, lick your Mighty Mouse hallucinogenic stamp collection and crank up the Serotonins debut album, “Easier Than Learning To Read”! I think this party started right now!!!

Review:
Only the Beginning!! The Serotonins cd "Easier Than Learning to Read" is the freshest music out there. "Outthere" could definitely describe it. Each song starting with JLo has an essence and vibrance to it that most bands cannot capture in cd form. Songs like "People of America" , JLO , and "Good Day" really speak to issues in our society and culture. Then it isn't missing the party songs either. "Killing Nouns" gives new meaning to white rapper and with a killer horn section comes off nicely. "Reefer Madness" puts any past pot smokin' song in the category of a nugget that should be smoked. "Reefer" should have been on the soundtrack of the latest Kevin Smith movie. Don't miss this wild ride.

Reviewer: Chad Bell

http://www.theserotonins.com/open.html

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THE DJs:
FERNANDO:
Fernando, the original THUNDERDOME DJ (Burning Man), is infamous in the San Francisco industrial scene (DeathGuild, Assimilate) for combining disparate extreme musical genres into a gyrating "Mad Max" punk/goth/industrial experience.

M.C.CHRIST
has worked with KFJC 89.7fm, one of the worlds only surviving Free Form radio stations since high school in the early 1980s. M.C.CHRIST combines a deep musical history with a need to shake and rock. M.C.CHRIST recently presented a 24 hour special on KFJC on the life and times of THROBBING GRISTLE.

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THE ARTISTS:
JIM JOCOY
Slides from his new book "We're Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography of Jim Jocoy SF/LA 78-80"

This photo show was featured at Aquarius Records June-August 2003.

"There was a new excitement of music in the air: punk. It was coming from London (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X), NY (Television, Blondie, The Ramones), and now from San Francisco (The Nuns, Avengers, V.X.A.) and Los Angeles (The Germs, The Weirdos, X). I started going to the Mabuhay Gardens (the seminal punk club in San Francisco) regularly to meet with friends, artists, musicians, and performers. Everyone was dressing up and there was a new excitement and energy in the air. I decided I wanted to capture this on film -- I would ask people if I could take their photo and they would locate a setting/background nearby where I would snap a couple of shots. These photos became my records of the social/musical scene of that period." --Jim Jocoy

Features Never-Before Seen Photos of Legendary Icons Including Darby Crash, Iggy Pop, Lydia LuNch, Sid Vicious, John Waters, Johnny Thunders, Bruce Connor, members of X, Dead Kennedys, the Go-Gos, The Cramps, The Avengers, Flipper, The Screamers, and The Nuns, and more !!

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CHARLES GADEKEN
The Illumination Project creates monumental and fleeting works of art, revocable interventions on the landscape that appear and disappear like the shadow of a cloud passing before the sun. The installations transform the environment with color and form through impossibly large paintings that float just above the earth. Then they vanish in a dance of wind and fire. The Illumination Project has joined realization with destruction to create a new union where planning, creation, transition and remembrance become art.

Charles Gedeken also created the "Hand of God" at Burning Man 2003, a 10 foot metal hand that shot 100 foot flames into the air out of each finger.

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THE SPECIAL GUEST MASTER of CEREMONIES:
DR. HOWLAND OWLL - CHURCH OF THE SubGenius

Harry S. Robins, (aka Doktor Howland Owll, aka "Hal")
is a renown underground comic artist and his work has appeared in Last Gasp's Weirdo, Salon Magazine's Dark Hotel and many other publications. For over a decade he has been the co-host of KPFA's bizarre radio show, "Puzzling Evidence". Rev. Hal is the "Master of Church Secrets" for The Church of SubGenius. As Dr. Howland Owll, he has served as MC for many unique San Francisco events including Chicken John's "You Asked For It!" game shows. Recently, Hal contributed his unique vocal talents to the award-winning interactive game, Half-Life.

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