Here's another great disc
from Hermosa Records, recorded all in one day in 1998 at a backyard
pool party/jam session/barbecue hosted by drummer Mark Baertschi
of Big Jerks fame.
The music ranges from
quiet jazz grooves to insane heavy metal... the title refers
to the two places this CD was recorded: Barking Dog Studio
( Mark's garage) and Hog Heaven, both in Gardena. Hog Heaven
is Hermosa Records' exclusive facility in the industrial section
of town, that has a full PA and house drum kit with amps...in
a 15,000 square foot room!
The music started at
the barbecue party, and the music was so envigorating that the
players took it to Hog Heaven to unleash the volume. The band
was the nucleus of the Big Jerks (Brian, Karl and Mark) with
guest bass player Dan Malouin. This all-improv disc is a perfect
example of what can happen when good musicians gather in a relaxed
suburban setting and get the urge to push the envelope. Everything
contributed to the musical energy: the pool fight, the barbecue
smoke, the girls making margaritas, the kids running around,
the perfect Southern California summer weather and the vibe at
The song titles: Gardena
Barbecue, Milk Go Bad, Hello There, Plumber, Empire and Ambush.