About

This blog has been created to help celebrate and archive the work of the Towson-Glen Arm teenage artists community which existed in Baltimore County, Md. USA from 1992 to around 1997. This blog will also promote the new series of music compilation records called Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts. If you have any questions or comments regarding this blog or any of the informaton and content that’s part of it, please contact mikeap.ichella(at)gmail(dot)com (note: the header photo here features – from left to right – Susan Murphy, Daphne Davis, and Dave Willemain in a photo taken by ?? in 1993 or ’94)                                                                          

5 Responses to About

  1. clint. nichols. says:

    Mike,
    Email me.
    I took pics of everything I have noise wise.
    I will dig out all the flyers soon.
    (I have a kick ass Jet Ball Tiawan flyer!)

    peace,
    clint.

  2. Sky Yukna says:

    I don’t see anything about my brother’s band here (Alex Yukna). They were called “Sick” and they ruled.

  3. Sky, thanks for the feedback, your comment brings up an interesting point.

    Like any part of suburban/rural America, north Baltimore County had tons of teenaged/college aged artists creating d.i.y./’outsider’ art and record releases from the 1960s to the early Aughts. A site/project covering all of these creative folks would be encyclopedic, interesting, and informative, but, despite my extremely nerdy knowledge of d.i.y. culture, I’m not the person who can really successfully cover every single important artist that ever came out of Maryland, I just don’t have the time. Also, I mean, I’m not sure how much you’ve read here, but me and the TGA crew were a pretty spacey bunch of kids and I for one have DEFINITELY grown up to be one of the spaciest adults you’ll ever meet, so encyclopedic projects probably aren’t really gonna my specialty.

    (btw, for a solid desk reference compiling tons and tons of info on both underground and mainstream Maryland bands from the ‘classic rock’ era I highly reccomend you check out the book Baltimore Sounds: http://www.baltimoresounds.com/book.html )

    My blog is essentially a chronicle of the Towson-Glen Arm art style and not much else. I was one of the earliest boosters of this stuff, so my knowledge of this is both comprehensive and first hand which is why I have absolutely no problem about expounding on TGA at great length.

    More importantly, you must remember that the name “Towson-Glen Arm” is used here mainly as a descriptive term applied to a specific aesthetic.

    Sick shared concert bills with some of the Towson-Glen Arm acts, and I’m positive those guys were friends with some of the Towson-Glen Arm artists or at least were accquainted with them.

    I also know that Sick performed a style of music that was part of a long standing mostly Euro/British/American movement which was (depending on who you ask) either called the “alternative” rock scene or the indie rock scene. Whatever you wanna call it, this underground rock movement was essentially an outgrowth of the punk and hippy movements that had been going on in the 30 odd years prior to the mid 80’s when the indie/alternative rock culture as we know it began to develope in the western hemisphere.

    Towson-Glen Arm began, developed, and ended under very unusual circumstances, and it existed for a very short time. It owed as much to solidarity with the ongoing world-wide struggles of oppressed people as it did to a connection with the west’s more well known 20th century youth counter-culture.

    Sick was a band whose work was a pure product of its time, they essentially were reacting to their surroundings with 110% immediacy. To me, there was nothing serendipitous about Sick or their work.

    Towson-Glen Arm art was the product of pure serendipity and, therefore, it contrasts massively in comparison to what was produced by all the indie rockers, Sick or otherwise. Because their work isn’t clearly characterized by a wide variety of influences similar to TGA’s inspirations, Sick’s music and many other awesome examples of the 1990’s Maryland underground (i.e., rock music by Juice, Voodoo Love Gods, Stranger Than Fiction, Motor Morons, Tommy Keene, performance art by The Deviled Eggs and Dawn Culbertson, and t.v. programs like The Arch Campbell Show, Three Stories Tall, Atomic TV, etc.) will not get any coverage here.

    I hope this makes sense Sky. Thanks again for the feedback!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do you have any way to get a hold of josh marchant? We used to hang out a lot from 90-96. I went to dulaney. Email me at jan_snyder@hotmail.com . Thanks!

  5. ayukna says:

    Re: Sick- That may be the nicest thing anyone has ever said about music I’ve made. Sick was exactly that- a reaction to the late 80s rock scene and a want to just brute force DIY-ness. Sick was a ton of fun and ran from 1990-1999 when we changed out name to Pulaski (and veered more in to genre-hopping moods). We had a fun reunion shiw in early 2015 and may do something in the future. For what it’s worth, Roy (lead vocals/guitar) and I (bass first, then lead guitar) are still creative partners: we just opened Waverly Brewing Company with some friends in Nov. 2015. Cheers!

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