Bulb Records co-founder Pete Larson visits from Kenya, Mark talks art with Yen Azzaro, and we attempt an on-air swap meet… on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

ssp13When I first met Pete Larson, over 25 years ago now, I think he’d just moved to Ann Arbor from Mississippi. He was a skinny kid with a long, scraggly beard like a goat, and a love for dangerously loud, life-shortening music. My first memory of him is at the Club Heidelberg, standing with one foot on the stage, slapping his knee maniacally to the beat of something like The Jesus Lizard, as I, across the room, stumbled from table to table, looking for unfinished glasses of beer to down. He looked out of place, like a long-deceased Civil War veteran reanimated by the power of rock and roll… I can’t remember how it happened exactly, but we’d go on to become friends, and form one of the most important bands known to humankind… Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink. They were strange, exciting times in an Ann Arbor that no longer exists. And, on Saturday night, I hope to relive a good portion of it with Pete, who just arrived back in the states a few days ago from Kenya, where he eats field mice roasted on sticks and studies infectious disease transmission in livestock. So, if you have any interest in the story of Bulb Records, Kenyan witchcraft, or the enigmatic recluse behind such bands as Couch and 25 Suaves, tune in. It should be, as Pete would say, “interesting.” [Pete, seen below holding a container of grits alongside Skink members Dan Richardson and Mark Maynard, will also be performing live in the studio.]


In addition to Dr. Pete Larson, we will also be joined in the studio by Yen Azzaro, co-owner of Ypsilanti’s Chin-Azzaro studio, with whom we’ll be discussing the business of art and Ypsilanti’s budding gallery scene, among other things.

And, this week, for the first time ever, we’re going to try to host an on-air swap meet. I know it probably doesn’t make much since, as most people have access to sites like Craigslist, Ebay and Freecycle these days, but I love the idea of local people calling into the show and offering things up in trade. There’s something kind of beautiful in that, I think. Or at least I remember it having been beautiful when I’d occasionally pick up swap meets on AM radio when driving around rural Georgia… So please be prepared to call in at 6:50 with things that you’d like to trade, OK?

And, of course, we’ll be joined by our regular cast of characters, including Chris Sandon and Jim Cherewick, who will be telling us about their trip down south, and Brigid Mooney, who will be sharing more painfully intimate details about her life.

Oh, and there will be plenty of surprises too… including a mystery call from New Orleans.



If you’d like to tell your friends about the show, feel free to share the Facebook event listing. As of right now, it looks as though only a few dozen people are planning to listen, so, if you don’t like crowds, this may be a good one to tune in to.

Unless you live really close by, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of TuneIn.com.

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing. We love phone calls. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’ve been assigned to… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening.

Oh, and if you don’t live close enough to the AM 1700 studio to pick us up on the radio, and you don’t have access to a computer, I’m told that, again this week, the folks at 826michigan will be hosting a listening party at their downtown Ann Arbor Robot Supply Store. So, if you can’t hear it any other way, or you’re just curious as to what Annarbourites look like when they listen to the radio together, head over to Liberty Street and pound on the door until they let you in.

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 17, 2015 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    How shall I prove to him that I’m straight? Should I offer to masturbate to straight porn in front of him?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted April 17, 2015 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Hopefully it’s obvious, but my last comment was meant for the post on the auto repair shop owner who has said that he would turn away gay customers.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 17, 2015 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    To put a finer point on it, I was not offering to masturbate in front of Pete Larson.

  4. XXX
    Posted April 17, 2015 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Peter Larson has the distinction of being the only PhD in Skink. (http://markmaynard.com/2013/03/introducing-my-friend-doctor-peter-larson/) I’d like to know if he encountered any difficulty conversing with the rest of the band.

  5. Mr. Green Jeans
    Posted April 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Doctor is to Larson
    Captain is to Kangaroo

  6. Posted April 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Another crazy, solid show. Thank you, everyone.

  7. Posted April 19, 2015 at 7:04 am | Permalink


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