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Recording Company Owner Also Plays Bass For Star Pimp

Fri., April 7, 1995

For years, Boner Records owner Tom Flynn, who also plays bass, has released albums for some of the most sonically abrasive and deliciously demented bands the underground has to offer.

The list includes the Melvins, Steel Pole Bath Tub, Fearless Iranians from Hell, Warlock Pinchers and many others.

So, it’s fitting that Flynn plays in a mentally disturbed, female-fronted, low-fi punk band like Star Pimp, which is also part of the Berkeleybased label’s roster.

Star Pimp, which stops at Mother’s Pub on Tuesday, has unleashed two widely accepted recordings, an EP called “Treasure Trail” and an album titled “Seraphim 280Z.” Both take the listener on a freakish journey into the absurd world that surrounds the four-member band.

Velvet Pelvis and Boycott open.

Both all-female groups and a host of other local bands will be appearing on an upcoming Too Many Records compilation called “Lie Lack City.” The label is also gearing up to release a six-song 7-inch for Velvet Pelvis.

Music starts at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $3. Bring ID.

Elsewhere in the night

Double Dan’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1011 W. Broadway, celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 1.

Respected Jamaican reggae singer Edi Fitzroy plays the Big Dipper on Tuesday.

In Jamaica, Fitzroy is one of the most-respected reggae musicians. There, his albums and singles consistently dominate the charts and the airwaves.

For three consecutive years, between 1988 and 1990, Fitzroy received an award for “Most Culture-Oriented Artist” at the International Music Awards.

Like most politically conscious roots reggae musicians, Fitzroy’s songs echo the frustrations of the impoverished, oppressed Jamaican people.

Massawa, a Jamaican reggae band which relocated to the United States in 1992, opens for Fitzroy.

Massawa is led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Louis “Chelem” Roxburgh, a veteran musician who was the musical force behind the legendary Itals for many years.

Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Larger than a herd of cattle, wider than the Columbia River and bluesier than any Northwest blues band … it’s … dut duttah dah … the Fat James Band, and the Seattle quartet will hole up at the Fort Spokane Brewery tonight and Saturday.

The Fat James Band, led by 400-pound singer-guitarist Fat James Grosvenor, is one of the Northwest’s hottest blues talents.

In 1993 and 1994, the group cleaned up at the Washington Blues Society’s Best of the Blues Awards taking home a mother lode of awards including best band, best guitarist, best keyboard player, best bass guitarist and best songwriter.

In November, the group issued its first album, appropriately a live one, called “Live! at the Central.”

Music starts at 9:30 p.m. on both nights. The cover is $4 both nights as well. Bring ID.

The Smalls, a diehard do-ityourself band from Taber, Alberta, plays the Big Dipper on Wednesday.

The four-piece group is one of those fringe bands that incorporates several different genres - punk, blues, jazz, country and metal - to anchor its sound.

The band’s most recent album “To Each a Zone,” distributed by Cargo, was produced by Cecil English, a producer known for his work with jazz punkers NoMeansNo and Victim’s Family.

Wicked Stitch opens.

Showtime’s at 9:30 p.m.

San Francisco’s Preacher Boy and the Natural Blues, which fuses Delta blues, ragtime and country blues, performs at the Big Dipper on Thursday.

Led by Preacher Boy, whose gravelly voice is reminiscent of that of Tom Waits, the blues unit recently released its self-titled debut album on seminal blues label Blind Pig Records.

This is a must-see band.

Music starts at 9:30 p.m.

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