Jerry Lewis’s The Day The Clown Cried

Often considered the apex of Jerry Lewis’s delusional search for comedy, the movie “The Day The Clown Cried” is the largest smear and/or question mark in his prolonged career. I’ve seen a script (it’s been widely circulated in Hollywood for years, often getting celebrity filled table reads at comedy clubs), and hoo buddy is it bad. Harry Shearer is the only person who has claimed to see it, and it will only be seen by us mere mortals some time in the 2040’s thanks to Mr. Lewis endowing it to the Library of Congress.


Elevator pitch of “Clown”: Jerry Lewis plays a clown that cheers up kids at a children’s concentration camp. Let that sink in for a second.

But now, some enterprising film buff has found 30 minutes or so of footage and has put it on line. I strongly recommend watching it now before it’s gone tomorrow.

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Pylon “LIVE” 2xLP available now for pre-order

“Randy Bewley and Michael Lachowski’s simple lines display untoward rhythm and melody, respectively. Curtis Crowe bangs away so obdurately it’s hard to understand why he didn’t become rich. Vanessa Briscoe Hay barks and brays whatever incantatory phrases seem called for. Timeless. Cool.” Robert Christgau, Dean of American Rock Critics 

“[Pylon] stands as shockingly modern and unparalleled these many years later.”  Michael Stipe, R.E.M. 

1983 was a banner year for Pylon. The Athens quartet released their second album, Chomp, on Atlanta-based DB Records, toured the country extensively, and played several opening slots for then-up-and-comers U2. And then, without a hint of explanation, they quit. 

Their final show at the Mad Hatter in Athens, Georgia, was, as was always the case, a frenzy of minimal disco thud, post-punk guitar scree, and deliriously inspired howl. Oh, and dancing — always dancing — both in the crowd and on stage. The gig was recorded (both audio and video) for a failed PBS pilot called Athens Shows, and the tapes were put away and forgotten. That is, until now. 

Around three years ago, after Pylon’s DFA reissues hit the street, Chunklet CEO (and card-carrying member of the Pylon Fan Club) Henry Owings emailed the band bemoaning the lack of bonus material on the CDs, which sparked a larger conversation. “My favorite Pylon is live Pylon,” said bassist Michael Lachowski, with which Henry wholeheartedly agreed. Following a cordial sit-down at Michael’s apartment over the New Year’s holiday of 2015, an exhaustive search began for live recordings by Pylon. More specifically, live recordings from Athens in the early ’80s. Oh, and that sounded as good, if not better, than their proper full-length albums. 

Numerous dead ends followed, but finally, and somewhat fittingly, the multitrack recordings of Pylon’s final performance at the Mad Hatter in 1983 were unearthed. Once the tapes were transferred and subsequently mixed, the explosive and compelling sounds raised one very significant question: Why in the world did Pylon quit? 

For a band whose legacy, in their original incarnation at least, was two full-length albums and a handful of singles, Pylon were first and foremost a live band who weren’t as interested in working in a studio. Pylon’s raison d’être was performing for a crowd, and now there’s conclusive validation. 

Pylon Live is a double vinyl album recorded on the band’s home turf at the culmination of their powers, and the results could not be more stellar. An all killer, no filler set with nothing left on the cutting room floor, Pylon Live includes powerful versions of the Pylon canon from their first and second LPs and even the hard-to-find song “Party Zone” (previously available only on a DB Rec comp) and their never-before-released rendition of the “Batman Theme.” 

When compared to the band’s prior body of work, Pylon Live bookends all of it; some might even say it’s a better representation of this Athens quartet, who thrived on bouncing around on stage infinitely more than sitting in a studio. 

There’s little arguing that the Athens powerhouse trifecta of R.E.M., the B-52’s, and Pylon is peerless. And while all three bands have achieved great critical acclaim, only the first two had the commercial acclaim they deserved. Pylon Live intends to correct that. 

Pylon Live is being released on July 25, 2016, the birthday of deceased Pylon guitarist Randy Bewley, with release events scheduled for this summer in Atlanta and Athens. 

Pylon Live is for sale at, iTunes, Amazon, and wherever digital music is sold. 

Limited to 200 on magenta vinyl. 

Limited to 200 on clear vinyl. 

Unlimited on black vinyl.

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Athens, Georgia Legends Pylon Release Two Live Tracks in Anticipation of Double LP!

At the height of their powers, Pylon performed their final show at the Mad Hatter in their hometown of Athens, Georgia in the winter of 1983.

Two enterprising gentlemen professionally filmed and recorded this show as a pilot for a potential Austin City Limits-style show called “Athens Shows,” but quickly abandonned the project. Shelved and forgotten about for over 30 years, this single marks the first newly released Pylon since the early nineties.

The sounds of Pylon are nothing new to hardcore fans, but this propulsive and powerful recording will be sure to keep you dancing and waiting in blissful anticipation for their double LP “Live” which will be due out on Randy Bewley’s birthday in late July.


CHK7010 copy


First newly released Pylon in over 25 years

Live show professionally recorded

Mixed by Derek Almstead

Mastered by Drew Crumbaugh

Design by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski

Cut direct to lacquer at Chicago Mastering Service

Torche/Part Chimp split 12 Reissued!

Ten years ago, I (somewhat) intentionally started a love affair between London’s Part Chimp and Miami’s Torche. The Chunklet SXSW shindig that was held at Sound on Sound in north Austin was the place and the two bands were amidst 20 other bands, but clicked almost immediately. Back then, I suggested the two groups do a tour and a split release together and in 2011 it became a reality. The 12″ you see here arrived at the first show with not a day to spare. Fortunately, it sold out in a flash, but to this day I still have people ask where they can buy one even though I have a grand total of two copies to my name. Well, here you go. In honor of this stellar release and the (now scrapped) dates the two bands will be performing together in May, here’s a repress. 100 mail order copies come on clear vinyl.

Part Chimp turn in two scorchers, `Dr. Horse’ and `The Watcher’ while Torche send a love letter to the boys from Dayton and cover three Guided By Voices songs (`Exit Flagger,’ `Unleashed! The Large Hearted Boy’ and `Postal Blowfish’).

This was available only during the band’s tour up the East Coast in November and the Chunklet website for a limited time.


2015 Reissue edition of 300.

100 clear (only available here)

100 gold (available only from the bands)

100 black (distro)

released originally on 06 December 2011

TREVOR CLAXTON did the artwork.

NOLEN STRALS did the type and layout.

HENRY OWINGS put it all to bed.

Legendary Wendy’s Prank Call Released by Chunklet!

Prank calls are nothing new. The Jerky Boys took them to dizzying heights. Earles & Jensen took them to perverse lows. But the Corporate Office’s calls stand in a league all their own. Whereas most calls revolve around the caller’s shtick and the time before the other person hangs up, The Corporate Office relies more on action/reaction, less on routine. More than ten years ago this call was up on the Chunklet site and became an enormous hit. And now? It’s available again, and now for the first time on vinyl! Available as a one-sided 12″ in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket in an edition of 100, this 6 minute Wendy’s call immediately ends up in the prank call hall of fame. And yes, this call is 100% real.Edition of 100 Mastered by Drew Crumbaugh Thanks to Emmanuel CHKLP019 A Chunklet Industries Release Manufactured & Assembled in U.S.A.

Chunklet’s Best of 2014

ObliterationsPoison Everything (Southern Lord)

Hank Wood & The Hammerheads Stay Home (Toxic State)

Nots We Are Nots (Goner)

Raspberry BulbsPrivacy (BEB)

ExhaustionBiker (Aarght!)

The GotobedsPoor People Are Revolting (12XU)

The Blind ShakeBreakfast of Failures (Goner)

King BrothersHell Oh! USA (self released CD)

Good ThrobFuck Off (White Denim)

Frontier Folk NebraskaFFN (No Chaser)

The YoungChrome Cactus (Matador)

Reigning SoundShattered (Merge)

The Unholy TwoTalk About Hardcore (12XU)

Watery LoveDecorative Feeding (In The Red)

Sleaford Mods Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sound)

Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right (Hardly Art)

WussyAttica! (Shake It)


Ukiah Drag Dirt Trip 7″ (Wharf Rat)

Deaf WishSt. Vincents 7″ (Sub Pop)

Video(Join The) Hate Wave 7″ (Total Punk)


Jack Ruby Hit & Run (only the good parts that weren’t wanky) (Feeding Tube)

CrimeMurder By Guitar (Superior Viaduct)

Georgia stuff

Night Cleaner Greensleeves (Geographic North) & live at 529

Circulatory System Mosaics Within Mosaics (Cloud)

Wymyns Prysyn Head In A Vice (State Laughter)

Ricer live at 529

The Rock*A*Teens live at Le Poisson Rouge

A Stunning Early Record by Thee Speaking Canaries Discovered!

Before he was known as the drummer/octopus of Don Caballero, Damon Che had a one-man project called Thee Speaking Canaries. At the beginning of the 90s, before he recorded his debut record “The Joy of Wine,” Damon Che composed and performed an entire record’s worth of material. Now, twenty four years later, we get to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

Playing all instruments and with a creative zeal that’s part Sonic Youth and part Van Halen, “Platter Base” serves as an essential release for fans of the Canaries, Don Caballero or just plain guitar histrionics. Get in on it now, because it won’t ever be reissued.

Limited to 350 copies.


Grandfathered-In, In North Career

Winning Son (unvoxed)

She’s Been Ethereal

You Should Have Sang On This One (Snowman)

MCMXLVII Mitchum Dope

Toblewee Uslywus (unvoxed)

Unless We’re Not Martians


Intent To Honor With Substance and Very First Fruits of Produce (This is Fine)

Hall of Force

Aqua Snoot (No Lie Version)

Hope Ye All Learn From This


Cut direct to lacquer at Chicago Mastering Service

Download code included

Design by Chunklet’s own Henry Owings