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Remembering the 'Buddy Rich' of punk, and Tiny Tim's Tin Pan Alley soundtrack

Published May 18, 2017 at 12:08 PM PDT
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The Romans, 1982 or 1983. At Kelbos on Fairfax, as a "surf punk" ensemble. L-R: the late Keith Mitchell, Michael Uhlenkott, the late Mikey Borens, Juan Gomez, and Pat Delaney
Lynda Burdik
The Romans, 1982 or 1983. At Kelbos on Fairfax, as a "surf punk" ensemble. L-R: the late Keith Mitchell, Michael Uhlenkott, the late Mikey Borens, Juan Gomez, and Pat Delaney

A new album from the late oddball singer Tiny Tim, who was, among many other things, an astounding musicologist, with a focus on obscure Tin Pan Alley songs. ... A new investigation by NBC-4 raises serious questions about possible collusion between the owners of a kids camp and a state agency that oversees toxic sites. ... RIP Keith Mitchell, famous drummer for Mazzy Star, but also the "Buddy Rich of punk rock." (That's him far left in Lynda Burdik photo of The Romans)

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The late Keith Mitchell showed his stuff early in Monitor and The Romans, adventurous, seriously fun bands of the 70s and 80s.
It's a perfect storm of anachronisms. Burger Records, the LA label, just released an album from the early 1970s ... of Tinpan Alley songs ... on cassette ... recorded in the early 1970s ... by Tiny Tim.
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