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Look who/what jumped the gun…

The “Space Dykes…” piece got such a swell reception on my facebook account that I decided to go ahead and make it into a T-Shirt. They’ll be going for $15 a pop at some local skateshops here in Panama; hope it does as well on the physical market as it did in loserville-I mean facebook.
Here are a coupla’ pics of it. Oh, and just in case… to anyone interested, I accept paypal and I’m willing to ship internationally (contact me here jfrochaux@gmail.com).

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J.

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All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2010. So be kind, rewind.

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CJ RAMONE Poster
August 6, 2010, 6:49 pm
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It really is a thrill when somebody commissions you to do a piece for something directly related with one of your heros. Here’s a poster I worked up for an upcoming CJ RAMONE show here in Panama. I spoke to the promotor and worked it out so that I’d be able to personally give CJ a silk screened pressing of this poster at some point during his visit. As anyone can imagine I’m pretty psyched. I’m really happy to be involved with this show in some way, it really is a privilege.

I don’t care what people say, CJ is as much a Ramone as any of ’em. The only Ramone I have a mild beef with is Richie, I honestly don’t feel he brought anything to band except for a couple of mediocre songs and some pretty sloppy drumming.
I remember once seeing an interview where CJ said that he was doing it for the fans, ’cause he himself was a fan and knew how lucky he was to be playing in The Ramones. I gotta’ say, you have to admire that kind of talk.

So without further ado, here’s the poster of CJ, there’s a hint to the Road To Ruin album cover in there for ya’.

Ok,
J.
CJ poster

Remember folks: If you are interested in using any of the illustrations that appear on this blog, and/or have any questions regarding John Frochaux’s (me) work and services please contact me at frojax@frojax.com.


All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2010. So be kind, rewind.



Franken-Rod
March 19, 2010, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Been away for a while but it looks like I´m back. Here´s one fresh from the oven. Another gear-head monster; cranked this out less than two days ago. I´m pretty pleased with the way the motor came out.
I want to do a series of these Hot Rod Monster characters, maybe in the end silk screen them onto canvas and t-shirts.
So without further ado I give you… Frankenrod!

Remember folks: If you are interested in using any of the illustrations that appear on this blog, and/or have any questions regarding John Frochaux’s (me) work and services please contact me at frojax@frojax.com.


All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2009. So be kind, rewind.



Been busy; think Kosinski

Pardon my absence lately; I’ve been caught up with a series of things in need of my extended immediate attention. I’ll be back on the blogging horse soon, but for now I leave you with an excerpt from, the master of form, Jerzy Kosinski’s “The Devil Tree”, my favorite and yours:

“… I can be described as neither a hostile nor a sympathetic person. My sense of myself is entirely relative. My hostility and sympathy vary, depending on whom I’m with: I compete or I pity. Either I’m not good enough for anyone or I’m too good for everyone. Being in the group has made me incredibly agitated. I want to give up contemplation and get out and move.”

As said to himself by main character Jonathan Whalen, in reference to not being able to continue attending his weekly group therapy meetings.



Panama Drum Fest ’08 featured Frojax

After a month of non-stop rehearsing at our (Factor VIII’s) rehearsal space, last Saturday (1/5/08), I participated in the 2nd annual Panama Drum Fest. I had the honor of sharing the stage with other fine percussionist from right here in Panama, as well as from around the globe, most notably Billy Cobham. The idea of shelling out a solo right before a living legend such as Mr. Cobham was a bit intimidating, but in the end things turned out well.
I guess the reason as to why I never wrote about this here at the ‘ville was because sometimes I was a bit consumed by the irregularly long hours of practice in preparation for the festival (4-7 hours a day, five/six days a week from mid November to January 5), another thing was that I was in the studio by myself most of the time for extended periods. Something that can be equally as pleasant as it is “cabin fever” inducing. On a normal rehearsal schedule (w/o Factor VIII), I only run through stuff for 1-2 hours a day 4-5 days a week.
In short: by the time I’d get home I’d be pretty fried and hardly in the mood to talk about drum related happenings.
Aside from some minor monitor issues the day of the performance, the festival was a smash and everyone seemed pleased with the performances given by all the artists.

*I truly apologize to anyone that noticed that at the end of my set I didn’t acknowledge your applause with some kind of wave or bow. As I walked out of the stage door this was pointed out to me by my brother Chris. All I could say was “Oops!”
The reason I didn’t follow my performance with a bow was just due to a minor case of nerves. I don’t normally get on stage without my usual gang of primates (FVIII) serving as a barrier to take the brunt of any public scrutiny. FVIII’s absense caused me to storm off the stage in somewhat of a nervous little run/walk; I really hope that my absent mindedness didn’t bum anybody out. Thanks to everyone that came out, next time I’ll bow two-fold.

I’d like to credit the talented Jaime Anibal de Leon with doing a great job on stage as well as for putting together a great festival. I’d also like to thank my dear friend Omar “Mole” Torres (from the band Propiedad Privada) and his masterful bass chops for helping me put the solo together, also for just being an all around soldier during the past couple of weeks.

Here are some pictures:

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08



Songs of Interest #1: Johnny Cash and Jimmy Eat World

The day after x-mas, all that racket, lightning fast, money spending, month long insanity, and the main event is over in only 24 hours; funny how much preparation goes into the realization of just one day. I always try to take in as much as I can before it’s over.
Today I will attempt to start a weekly, if not monthly, segment here at the ‘ville.
Cue “Songs of Interest”: a segment dedicated to great songs. Once a week/month, I’ll sit down and handpick a slew of songs that I, for any reason, feel hold some degree of relevance in music today and in the past.
Aside from this being another attempt at self-assigned task fulfillment, my aim is not only to entertain myself and my small demographic of readers through self absorbed ranting about cool songs, but also to provide a good reference point for anyone looking to venture off in search of new music.

Today on “Songs of Interest”:
“Kill” (from the record “Futures” by Jimmy Eat World)
Jimmy Eat World writes almost flawless records with damn-near perfect tunes on them. This song has a great hook that clocks in at no later than 35 seconds after the songs starts. The lyrics on this tune are well written to say the least, and the vocals are very well done. The chorus has a nice ¾ staccato feel, adorned with beautiful vocal harmonies, and responding backing vocals. I’d say “A+” for Jimmy.

“Cocaine Blues” (from the record “Live at Folsom Prison” by Johnny Cash)
Here’s a guy that’s “dressed in black”, hair slicked back, in front of a crowd of convicts singing about how he “took a shot of cocaine and shot his woman down”. When I first heard that line 6 years ago I was sold, ever since then I’ve been a devout Johnny Cash Fan. Contrary to popular belief, this song was not written by Johnny Cash but by a man named TJ Arnall, “Cocaine Blues” is a reworking of an old folk ballad named “Little Sadie”. Authors and credits not withstanding, Johnny’s conviction-laden delivery and vocals really brought this song to life when he performed it live in 1968 at Folsom Prison in front of crowd of murderers, thieves, and all around outlaws to be recorded for a live record that would later be fittingly titled “Live at Folsom Prison”.
Johnny always had a keen sense for singing very colorful, morbid, and extremely intriguing songs; and contemporarily speaking, Johnny Cash’s stark posture on and off stage made many of the musicians of his heyday (and today) look like a slew of love sick little boys with interesting haircuts.
The song clocks in at 3:00 minutes flat, and its content explicitly pokes a stiff finger in the rib of 1960’s society and the recording industry of that time. Like most his songs, it has a great riff (even if its that same two-step riff repeated forwards and backwards); if you don’t like the tune, I can bet you’ll love the raconteur-esque lyrics.

Here’s the MP3: “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash

Here’s a video of another wonderful song performed by Johnny Cash titled “A Boy Named Sue” from “Live at San Quentin”; taped live at San Quentin State Prison, California.



The Merry X-mas Men

As we enter that time of year where a person’s self-worth is measured by how fast he/she can max out their newly approved credit cards; my somewhat-twin cousins and myself have decided to add more glitter to the mass hysteria by posting an x-mas “card” (or message) here at the ‘ville. Just to remind everyone of what Christmas is really about: good attitudes, nice shirts, odd ties, and distant relatives.
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