Meri St. Mary

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Meri St. Mary is a punk poet, singer, musician and artist.

Career[edit]

Meri St. Mary was part of the early punk music scene in Hollywood, California.[1] She was involved in many projects, including a Ramones video and the punk film Suburbia as well as television shows[which?] (new wave theater) and movies.[which?] She also starred in Suicide Line, an underground punk film on 8 mm film, featuring people from the punk scenes of San Francisco and Los Angeles.[citation needed] During the same period she was in two short-lived bands in Hollywood: "Toejam” with Maggie Ehrig, Christina Beck and Suava Smootha (playing KK Barrett's Radio, and introduced by Ice T[citation needed]), and "Roadhog" with Nickey Beat, Smog Vomit, Rhys Williams (playing Cathay de Grande with Fear and The Minutemen.[citation needed] Known in early Hollywood as Meri (wagon) Housecoat, she was photographed by Bruce Kalhberg (and featured in NO magazine),[citation needed] as well as other photographers around the punk scene including Moshe Brakha, Gary Leonard, Eric Mueller, James Stark, Karl Hinz and Gywn Waters. Early influences were live shows by the Screamers, the Weirdos, the Dickies and The Mau Maus, the latter of whom eventually became friends, mentors and inspiration in art, music, visuals.

In the early 1980s she moved to San Francisco and started the band Housecoat Project with Eric Rad Yuncker, Michel Schorro and Erol Cengiz. The band opened for punk bands including Flipper, The Mutants, Skankin' Babylonians, Faith No More, Romeo Void, Richard Hell, Weasel Contingent, A31, Poison Idea, MDC, Afflicted, Smashed Weekend, Three Day Stubble, Spot 1019, World Entertainment War, Frightwig, Bambi Lake, White Trash Debutantes, Seahag, Sister Double Happiness, Tragic Mulatto and Jah Big.[citation needed] until Yuncker died onstage at the Mabuhay Gardens, leaving St. Mary to begin again with a new lineup. Housecoat Project released their first album Wide Eye Doo Dat on Subterranean Records. They also played the New Music Seminar in New York City, at the Pyramid Club in the lower east side; then toured the US. The band disbanded after their second recording in the late 1980s.

In the 1990s St. Mary started a band called "Sex is A Witch" in San Francisco (Mia Simmans, Mark Pino, Rachel Thoele) another short-lived project that played shows like "Making Waves" on Market Street to The Visitation Valley Street Fair, the Valencia St. New College, "Bottom of the Hill" and a benefit for Kathy Peck's H.E.A.R. at 50 Oak Street. That venue had a Vibathon Floor[clarification needed] for deaf participants to take in the music as well as the hearing. This show was the first webcast show in history.[citation needed] In 2007 she resurfaced as an award-winning[citation needed] broadcaster at KVMR in Nevada City with her show The Underground Sound.[2] In 2009 she recorded with Lemon de George [3] and produced her first acoustic solo CD [4] “I’m Back”, distributed through Subterranean Records. She began performing again acoustically with a backup band or solo, collaborating with Michael Belfer, Craig Gray, Dominique Leslie, opening for Fancy Space People, Mr. Lucky, Th' Mole, Aaron Ross and others in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

Meri St. Mary has been featured or interviewed in Punk Globe, RE/Search Pubs, KALX, KUSF, KXLU, KDVS, KPFA, Mutiny Radio and independent stage and television.[citation needed] In 2009 and 2010 she had her poetry published for the first time in the Chiron Review and the San Francisco poetry magazine OutofOur, as well as prose published in Primal Urge: A Journal for Diverse Humans in 2011. Dave Boles of Cold River Press wrote Homage to A Word (For Meri St. Mary) in 2011 as well. The 1989 Housecoat Project album Girlfriend has been remastered and released on vinyl through Subterranean Records with new artwork (October 2010). Housecoat Project's LPs on Subterranean Records are SUB 61 & SUB 66 catalog numbers.[5]

In July 2009, the Housecoat Project (Meri St. Mary, Jay Crawford, Bob Bartosik, Mike Simms, Whitey Cox) performed a reunion show in San Francisco [1] and has continued to perform. In September 2012 Meri St. Mary's first book of poetry and art, YOU TORE US was released on Cold River Press.[6]

Meri St. Mary also hosts a second award-winning (in 2011)[citation needed] radio show "Underground Sound", with podcasts, featuring notable figures of counterculture on KVMR radio.[citation needed]

In September 2012 her song Time To Die was used in an independent film Pig Death Machine by Apathy Productions, which screened at Artists' Television Access in San Francisco.[citation needed]

In November 2014, Meri's first Electronic vinyl EP PROTAGONISTA! (with Th' Mole) was released on Beehive Records, and debuted in Berlin. In July 2015, a remastered CD version of PROTAGONISTA! was released independently, with shows in Sacramento and Hollywood.

In September 2015, the short film NINE DOORS debuted at The Nevada City Film Festival in California. Meri St. Mary wrote, directed, and edited the film in collaboration with Camen Hodges for the song "Nine Doors" in PROTAGONISTA!

In October 2015, Meri St. Mary collaborated with Monte Cazazza for the 20th NorCal Noisefest in Sacramento, playing dueling Theremins.

References[edit]

The Underground Sound - Podcasts on KVMR [7] Meri St. Mary KVMR-FM DJ [8] Subterranean Records [9] Meri St. Mary 2014 Berlin Tour The Union [10] V.Vales Research Newsletter [11] Foreword for YouToreUs written by V. Vale RE/Search Publications [12] 9 Spoken Word Poems recorded for My Audio Universe [13] Robert Christgau of Village Voice reviews Housecoat Project 1st LP [14] Silke Tudor of SF Weekly write up [15] Rachel Leibrock of SN&R write up [16] Dr. Andy's Poetry & Technology Hour Podcast on KDVS [17] See Jane Do: Meri St. Mary w/Elisa Parker Podcast on KVMR [18] Review of I'm Back East Bay Express [19] "Wild Women Don't Die" Interview w/Ginger Coyote for Punk Globe, April 2012 [20] Insight w/Beth Ruyak - Capitol Public Radio - podcast [21] Meri St. Mary & Th' Mole on The Big California Noise Compilation [22] Blurt Magazine: Meri St. Mary – I'm Back review [23] We Are All Pussy Riot/Radar Productions Blog - Michelle Tea - City Lights Reading [24] Meri St. Mary and Monte Cazazza in Rokko's Adventures no 13 [25] "Catching Up with Meri St. Mary" interview in Punk Globe, August 2015 [26] Punk Globe Hot Gossip [27] PROTAGONISTA! new Meri St Mary Berlin CD release Nov 2014 [28] Meri's SF '90s band Sex Is A Witch [29] Housecoat Project on Discogs [30] Meri St. Mary on Discogs [31] Monte Cazazza at NCNF 2015 Duelling Theremins w/ Meri St. Mary (Excerpts) [32] NINE DOORS video [33] Meri plays a TR kid in Suburbia [34]

  1. ^ a b Don Baird (July 9, 2009). "Housecoat Project Comes Back". San Francisco Bay Times. 
  2. ^ "Meri St. Mary, The Underground Sound". KVMR. 
  3. ^ lemondegeorge.com
  4. ^ "Meri St. Mary - I'm Back". CDBaby. 
  5. ^ "meristmary.com". meristmary.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  6. ^ http://www.coldriverpress.org/html/meri%20book.htm
  7. ^ http://audio.kvmr.org/podhawk/index.php?cat=The%20Underground%20Sound
  8. ^ http://www.kvmr.org/users/meri-st-mary
  9. ^ http://www.subterranean.org/main/home.html
  10. ^ http://www.theunion.com/entertainment/14182190-113/mary-berlin-nevada-barbeau
  11. ^ http://www.researchpubs.com/2014/12/v-vales-research-newsletter-134-january-2015
  12. ^ http://www.researchpubs.com/2012/08/v-vales-research-newsletter-107-august-2012/
  13. ^ http://www.myaudiouniverse.com/2014/02/24/meri-st-mary/
  14. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Housecoat+Project
  15. ^ http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/house-of-tudor/Content?oid=2135345
  16. ^ https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/underground-punk/content?oid=16453397
  17. ^ http://www.poetrytechnology.com/past-shows/meri-st-mary/
  18. ^ http://www.seejanedo.com/elisa-parker-with-meri-st-mary-punk-rock-protagonista/
  19. ^ http://www.eastbayexpress.com/CultureSpyBlog/archives/2009/06/19/your-daily-lick-meri-st-mary
  20. ^ http://punkglobe.com/meristmaryinterview0412.php
  21. ^ http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2015/03/03/insight-030315d/
  22. ^ https://tiforg.bandcamp.com/track/meri-st-mary-th-mole-will-u-miss-me
  23. ^ http://blurtonline.com/review/meri-st-mary-im-back/
  24. ^ http://www.radarproductions.org/we-are-all-pussy-riot/
  25. ^ http://www.rokkosadventures.at/heftp13.html
  26. ^ http://punkglobe.com/meristmaryinterview0815.php
  27. ^ http://punkglobe.com/hotgossip0115.php
  28. ^ http://www.beehivesound.com
  29. ^ http://markpinoondrums.blogspot.com/2010/08/sex-is-witch.html
  30. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/2014218-Housecoat-Project
  31. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/2014219-Meri-St-Mary
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIFWW8idbI
  33. ^ https://vimeo.com/144174505
  34. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0720355