Joe Jack Talcum (of the Dead Milkmen) with Coolzey and Not A Part Of It

April 16, 2018 - 8:00pm

On Monday, April 16, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome to the WOW Hall Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen and Coolzey plus Eugene's own Not A Part Of It.

The “Entertain Your Membrane” Tour combines an acoustic punk rock performance by Joe Jack Talcum with a hip-hop show by Coolzey.

Joseph Genaro (Joe Jack Talcum) founded The Dead Milkmen in 1983, initially establishing the group as a bedroom-based home-recording project with a mythological back-story prior to their evolution into a traditional four-piece band shortly thereafter.  The members of the group regularly employed pseudonyms, and Genaro most frequently called himself "Joe Jack Talcum" (stemming from the character of Jack Talcum that Genaro had imagined as the leader of the band in their mythology) in the context of the group, although he also used the pseudonyms "Butterfly Fairweather" and "Jasper Thread" on certain records.

Joe Jack Talcum has consistently recorded solo material since the early 1980s. Between 1984-1999, he self-released eight cassette tapes composed of home recorded songs. A four-piece group calling itself Butterfly Joe (after one of Genaro's pseudonyms, and featuring Dead Milkmen drummer Dean Sabatino) assembled to perform Joe Jack's solo material and released a self-titled, full-length album in 1999. The group went on indefinite hiatus in the immediate years following.

HHBTM Records recently released the 2nd Volume in Joe Jack’s home recordings series on vinyl.  It is titled Home Recordings 1993 - 1999.

Says Talcum, “I perform original songs and Dead Milkmen songs (which I helped write - I am an original member of that band) with acoustic guitar and harmonica.”




Coolzey is described as Golden era hip-hop roots planted in black Iowa dirt and tempered by 90s alternative era rock influence that yields a juxtaposition of the dark, horrific nature of life paired with a slapstick and comedic view of the world.  This allows for a wide, unpredictable arsenal of material ranging from soul-spilling indie bedroom rock to wise-cracking battle rap and on to radio pop.

Coolzey stepped into the public eye around 2005 with a demo album and a series of exploratory DIY tours with rapper/comedian and friend Schaffer the Darklord.  Interest spread quickly and Coolzey found himself touring alongside hip-hop legends from Brand Nubian and Jurassic 5 as well as punk rock heroes like The Dead Milkmen.  His first album The Honey was released in 2010 and the second official full-length Hit Factory in 2013.  In these albums as well as in a number of EPs, collaborations and side projects, he finds his niche as a songwriter, navigating hip-hop, rock, punk and pop in the spirit of genre defying influences such as Ween, Beck, The Beastie Boys and Outkast.

Coolzey’s love for multiple genres can also be evidenced in his record label Public School Records, which curates music from the classic hip-hop of Bru Lei to the art pop of Belly Belt.


Not A Part Of It consists of songwriter/vocalist/guitar player Jason Burton, bass player/back-up vocalist Daylon Liles, and drummer Jay Castle. All the musicians are accomplished, in their own right, having been past members of local and national bands like New York Hardcore band Murphy’s Law and Wetsock. The trio came together in February 2014, as the result of an unexpected line-up change and an already booked west coast tour. After two weeks of intense practice the tour commenced as scheduled Not A Part Of It been performing and writing together ever since.

As a punk rock band from Eugene, Oregon Not A Part Of It is dedicated to creating original politically conscious rock ‘n roll. This trio has created a sound all their own. It comes complete with a live performance so full of raw energy that the passion and conviction of the songs, along with the band, is at once clear upon the first note played.

To date, Not A Part Of Ithas completed six U.S. tours, sharing stages with bands such as U.K. Subs, Angry Samoans, Dr. Know, Dwarves, D.O.A., Leftover Crack, MDC, Conflict, D.R.I., Oi Polloi and more, recorded two full length albums: “Don’t Let the Bastards Down” (2015) and “The Nine Lives Of The Night Life (2017

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.

Partial seating available; first come, first served.



Door Time: 
April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
$10 Advance, $12 Day of Show