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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby Charlie D on Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:06 pm

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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby chrisc on Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:21 pm

Stephen Tanner is putting out a new album under the name Music Blues. The whole thing is streaming at decibel for free right now. Sounds pretty similar to Harvey Milk so far but it's a little different. I haven't listened to the whole thing yet but its been really good so far.

And of course there's this.

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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby andyman on Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:39 am

Man, I've wanted the t-shirt of that for so fucking long.

On a related note:
Over the years, Harvey Milk have become known for bathroom drawings on shirts that really have no direct connection to the band’s music. Tanner, who is the mastermind of these designs, reveals the process it takes to make the designs. “When it comes time to think of new T-shirts, I try to think of the most ridiculous stuff I can think of, and I call Pat [of New York City's Pollution]. We get f—ing smashed, and he laughs and draws it. He draws those things in six or seven minutes.”

One of the bands most famous designs is one of a Steven Spielberg alien drinking, smoking a joint and wearing a shirt reading ‘No Woman No Cry’ on it as the band’s name lauds over him. “That was always an inside joke,” Tanner says, explaining the root of the shirt as coming from a late night hanging out with former Melvins‘ bassist and previous Harvey Milk collaborator Joe Preston. “Joe’s got a bunch of tattoos, and he doesn’t party or anything. And we’re hanging out one night and I was f—- up, and he has some bulls— tattooed on his arm. And I was like, ‘What the f— does that mean?’ Is that ‘No Woman No Cry’ in some weird language [I] don’t know?’”

On the bands most recent tour, Tanner was shocked but is still enjoying a good laugh over the amount of fans that came to him displaying that shirt’s design tattooed on them. “The idea was to take something iconic like E.T. and apply how I hate reggae music and love Coors Light … so that’s how that goes.”

With a new album on the horizon and a summer tour being planned, Tanner has to begin thinking of new designs. “I haven’t put any thought into it,” he says. “Usually it just takes getting f—ed up and hanging out with Pat.”

Of course, not all of these drawings end up inked over top cotton, so he could always use an old one or one that most fans have never seen. “We made a small batch of these T-shirts a while back with Shaquille O’Neal holding a pizza with Ronnie James Dio in a track suit standing on the pizza,” smiled Tanner. “It’s really f—ing kick ass.”

But Tanner sometimes wonders if these designs stop them from selling more merch on the road “We’d probably do better if we didn’t do stuff that wasn’t as goofy,” he contemplated. “People look at them and think, ‘I can’t wear this bulls—.” The Harvey Milk way is not for everyone, and most of those folks aren’t really fans anyway.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby jbar on Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:11 am

I have one of the Shaq/dio/pizza shirts. Righteous.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby Charlie D on Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:07 pm

andyman wrote:
One of the bands most famous designs is one of a Steven Spielberg alien drinking, smoking a joint and wearing a shirt reading ‘No Woman No Cry’ on it as the band’s name lauds over him. “That was always an inside joke,” Tanner says, explaining the root of the shirt as coming from a late night hanging out with former Melvins‘ bassist and previous Harvey Milk collaborator Joe Preston. “Joe’s got a bunch of tattoos, and he doesn’t party or anything. And we’re hanging out one night and I was f—- up, and he has some bulls— tattooed on his arm. And I was like, ‘What the f— does that mean?’ Is that ‘No Woman No Cry’ in some weird language [I] don’t know?’”
I've occasionally wondered about the story behind that design; I get a lot of questions whenever I wear that shirt.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby timpickens on Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:44 pm

I get a lot of qeustions when I wear the Texas shirt.

"Harvey Milk? He was from Texas?"
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby thelonelymastodronus on Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:50 am

Man, this Music Blues album is so great. It almost makes me not sad there's probably not going to be a new Harvey Milk album for some time.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby Plastic Eggs on Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:53 pm

thelonelymastodronus wrote:Man, this Music Blues album is so great. It almost makes me not sad there's probably not going to be a new Harvey Milk album for some time.


Agreed. It's awesome and oddly therapeutic. Great stuff. I really hope Harvey Milk isn't done, though.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby taylor swiftboat orgy on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:14 pm

So far so good with this band although is the later work less massive and drone? I seem to recall running into something that I would hardly call massive.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby jbar on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:26 pm

The last three -speshwish, Life..., Small Turn...


Are all three very different beasts.

Speshwish is painfully poppy in some parts. Like a trudgey Queen album.

Life.... Is Stephen being drunk and no one else wanting any part of it. I feel like he was the only one that wanted it made.

Small Turn is just a comedy album. So dark that it's funny.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:27 pm

I tried out Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men once and felt like I could take it or leave it, but when I read a description of the Music Blues albums a few months ago, it made me laugh out loud. Kinda curious to hear it at some point.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby blunderbuss on Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:19 pm

jbar wrote:Life.... Is Stephen being drunk and no one else wanting any part of it. I feel like he was the only one that wanted it made.


If true, drunk Stephen did the right thing. If it isn't, the band the did the right thing for their own reasons. Regardless, Life... is a superb and an inspiring piece of sonic art.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby J_Temperance on Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:12 pm

I sort of have a holy trinity of heavy/"extreme" music...I used to listen to a lot more of it at some point, but the only stuff I still listen to on a regular, "home listening" basis is said trinity...and it goes...Neurosis...Jesu...and last but certainly not least, the Milk...

Yeah it reads like some prototypical "hipster beardo metal Adult Swim" thing but the thing is, I found, these three bands really do/did something special and intelligent with the whole "being brutally heavy" thing, not "intelligent" in the metal sense that they could play solos and blast beats in 13/6 time at 500 BPM with their dicks (though Harvey Milk did have some of that, technical profficiency I mean, and ironically out of these bands they were the ones called "hipster" the most) but that they, I don't know, were all smart and shit with their arrangements and melodies and stuff in such a way that their music can stir some actual emotions in someone who's not a metalhead or 16 years old or both...you know.

So for injecting droves of humanity to the Melvins' sludge while still keeping said band's rhythmic profficiency (something 95% of the Melvins' followers DON'T) AND humor while also adding an ever so subtle classical influence in there...the Milk get a resounding NOT CRAP from me. One of my faves.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby goatbreather on Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:56 am

I think Harvey Milk are great, fantastic, superb, fucking phenomenal. I love 'em. Hope they'll play again someday. I would travel great distances to see Harvey Milk.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby jbar on Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:44 am

Harvey Milks uniqueness lies in the fact that they seemed pretty unconcerned with sounding heavy, like it happened on accident .

And writing really genius stuff, like "old Glory." That song sounds like Leonard Cohen with a backing band comprised of Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's basically a classic rock version of "the partisan"
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby spaceJam on Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:38 pm

jbar wrote:Harvey Milks uniqueness lies in the fact that they seemed pretty unconcerned with sounding heavy, like it happened on accident .


[citation needed]
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby jbar on Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:16 pm

spaceJam wrote:
jbar wrote:Harvey Milks uniqueness lies in the fact that they seemed pretty unconcerned with sounding heavy, like it happened on accident .


[citation needed]



I imagine the first HM practice, Creston was tuned down 2 steps because he was playing along to Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche" earlier that day, and they just rolled with it.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby goatbreather on Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:29 am

Some cool Creston Spiers stuff here. A bunch of songs from a band called "A" he was in, some Cohen covers and a few originals. One of my favorite singers/voices period. Deep in a Harvey Milk/all things related hole right now.

http://southernshelter.com/category/creston-spiers/
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby eephour on Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:58 am

Thats a great set.

God, I miss this band.
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Re: Band: Harvey Milk

Postby Andrew. on Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:49 am

Thanks to PRFer JL for posting this on FB. Two-hour interview interspersed with HM and Creston Spiers tunes. Great listen for fans.

https://www.mixcloud.com/feelthingsradi ... rvey-milk/
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