Jimmy Razor Enters NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Welcome Jim Churski

After laying low from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 due to the COVID quarantine, The Molars have two major announcements.  The first is an encore of our Halloween 2019 show at the Rumba Cafe.  We return Thursday, July 15 at 7:00 PM with our friends Betty Bangs and Jesse Blankenship. Cover is set at $5.00 per person.  Get there early and enjoy a night of Alt-Country, Electric Americana, and Greasy Rock 'n' Roll. 

The Molars welcome lead guitarist Jim Churski to the band.  He is an experienced player with much Blues and old-school Rock 'n' Roll experience.  We think you will enjoy what he adds to our lineup. 

See you at the Rumba Cafe, Thursday, July 15 at 7:00 PM.

An Author in Our Ranks

Our very own Jimmy Razor just published his first novel under his given name, James E. Hutter.  Dear friend and honorary Molar Pete Vogel wrote a review of this literary effort.

Just The Normal Abuse is a novel about Jim’s fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Wagner (his name was changed for privacy’s sake).  Mr. Wagner was a tortured, creative, talented and frustrated artist/teacher who preyed on his students for various reasons.  At times his antics were quirky and hilarious, other times heartbreaking.  The role of a teacher in the ‘70s was far different than today’s politically-correct environment; teachers were cops as much as instructors.  All of us who grew up in that era can recall a teacher who was emotionally and/or physically abusive—I went through 12 years of Catholic schools and could easily rattle off a half-dozen teachers who wouldn’t survive in today’s climate. 

The ‘70s education system was far different than today’s—many aspects of our culture were severely lacking, especially regarding the education of children.  Jim reminisced about the harsh treatment he and his classmates endured by Mr. Wagner.  Some of the abuse was meant to humiliate an individual in front of his/her peers, other times it was because Mr. Wagner had a warped view of humor, justice and authority. 

“You inconsiderate, ignorant, selfish, lazy, stupid, insolent, moronic PIG!  You don’t want to learn.  You only said that because you’re afraid!  You only come to school because you’re afraid of the manin that little tan car, the truant officer!  You know your parents will whip your little behind if you play hooky!” 

One child in particular—Delbert Muntz—was endlessly ridiculed by Mr. Wagner.  He called him “Del Butt” and ripped up his artwork in front of the class.  He also compared his brain to a grain of puffed wheat: “Kind of looks like your brain, Muntz.”  While classmates laughed at the ridicule, Delbert Muntz was sullen and depressed by his being tormented by his teacher. 

Mr. Wagner did all sorts of things to belittle his students: from poking fun of their names to calling troubled students “pieces of trash” to openly ridiculing them in front of the class.  At times Mr. Wagner’s tirades were amusing and charming—other times they were downright cruel.  The author does a brilliant job of portraying an emotionally-challenging rollercoaster ride through his fifth and sixth grades. 

Taking inspiration from James Thurber and Frank McCourt, Hutter does a splendid job of painting a picture of what life was like in the working-class neighborhoods around German Village.  That area was quite poor in the 1970’s, and Jim had to endure many hardships—not just at school but at home.  His only sibling—an older brother nine years his senior—became a role model to him because of his emotionally distant parents.  In many ways, Jim’s brother became a father figure to his emotionally-stunted sibling.  Many passages of the book detail the hardships of a distant father and emotionally unavailable mother.  Jim had nowhere to turn. 

This book is a real page turner—its brevity (110 pages) makes for a quick and easy read.  But I have to admit it’s heartbreaking in the same way that “Angela’s Ashes” is heartbreaking.  To endure a hardscrabble life on the south side of Columbus was a harsh, bitter pill to swallow.  Many of his classmates never even made it to middle age without the long-term effects of mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism and death.  Poverty, loneliness, cruelty and neglect were secondary characters in this character-laden novel.  It’s definitely given me a newfound respect for the hardships that many people endured in rough neighborhoods like the south side of Columbus.  I grew up in the UA bubble, and even though we had similar challenges, they were far easier to endure than the abject poverty on the south side of town. 

I sure hope this is the first of many books from Mr. Hutter.  He has one quality that any writer could ever hope for: an eidetic memory.  Jim remembers the smallest details about much of his past, a past riddled with pain, frustration and angst.  I hope he decides to share these thoughts and feelings with his audience, because voicing these hardships is a way to overcome them.  It also unifies those with similar stories as well.  I find it especially important to document these types of experiences for the world to better understand what goes on inside our heads and hearts.  Every one of us is living out a novel that is yet to be written—Jim has definitely inspired me to reflect on my past and come to terms with it. 

Consider me a fan of the author James E. Hutter.  I hope you will give him a chance as well.  Congratulations, my friend.

Copies may be purchased through Lulu Press.  It may be necessary to copy and past this link into a new browser.

https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/james-hutter/just-the-normal-abuse/paperback/product-enez4v.html?page=1&pageSize=4

 

Straight Scared

A Columbus Tribute to the New Bomb Turks

It is finally here, "Straight Scared: a Tribute to the New Bomb Turks." 

Hear The Molars perform our interpretation of "Veronica Lake." Mike and Shane make their vocal debut with John and Jimmy lurking in the choruses. 

Enjoy other Columbus rockers, like Shorty Allen, Bloodthirsty Virgins, and Lizard McGee, perform their own versions of New Bomb Turks anti-classics.

100% OF THE PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE SALE OF THIS ALBUM ARE BEING DONATED TO CHARITY.

We wanted to do something a bit different than release just another regular old compilation album. After a bit of brainstorming, we landed on the concept of putting together a compilation album made up of local artists, and combined that with paying homage to the local and legendary bands that paved the way in the Columbus, Ohio music scene over the years.

It was decided rather quickly that the New Bomb Turks would be the perfect band for this project, as they are marking the 30th anniversary of the band's genesis in 1990. After meeting with the band and making our pitch about the project, they were on board with the concept and allowed us to move forward.

We asked 12 local bands to participate, with each covering a song by the New Bomb Turks. As an added twist, we hand-picked the songs for each participating band. Everything was coming together nicely, and then the covid-19 global pandemic brought it all to a grinding halt in March, 2020. After a few months of quarantine, and when it was safe enough to do so, the bands got together and recorded their individual tracks for the album.

From the very beginning, we knew that we wanted to donate to charity. We quickly struck upon the idea of having the New Bomb Turks choose where the proceeds from the album sales would be donated.

With the band's blessing, we pulled this project together with 100% of the profits from the sale of the album (as chosen by the New Bomb Turks) being donated to local, live music venue Ace of Cups in Columbus, OH.

We are eternally grateful to all of the bands that said "yes" when we contacted them to be part of this project. They've taken the New Bomb Turks' songs and put their own spin on them, allowing you to hear these songs in an entirely new way.

We are also extremely grateful to the members of the New Bomb Turks... Matt Reber, Eric Davidson, Jim Weber and Sam Brown... for giving us the go-ahead to take our compilation/tribute concept and make it into a living, breathing reality.

We hope that you enjoy our little contribution to the local music scene, and this homage to the New Bomb Turks.

Rick Gethin
Oct. 2020 

credits

released December 4, 2020

All songs originally written by New Bomb Turks.

Album Producer: Rick Gethin
Album Mastering: Eric French
Album cover image: Chad Kessler
Album cover artwork: Rick Gethin / Music In Motion Rocks

This compilation/tribute album is a Music In Motion Rocks production on Cat Club Records© 2020

all rights reserved

Get your download on Bandcamp. All proceeds go to charity. 

https://musicinmotionrocks.bandcamp.com/album/straight-scared-a-columbus-tribute-to-new-bomb-turks

Record Store Day Editions of "Cavity Search" Now Available

With all of the musical event cancellations due to the COVID 19 pandemic, The Molars temporarily postponed the release of the Record Store Day edition of "Cavity Search."  It has now seen the light of day.
You can now purchase our own RSD version of our debut EP.  It comes in colored vinyl (red or green) along with an inner sleeve and full-color cover.
If you are interested, you can place an order via PayPal.  Just send $10.00 USD to themolars@themolars.net and we will mail you a copy. Please indicate preferred color.