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Like Hundreds of San Franciscans in 2000, Jimmy was officially served with a 7 day notice of eviction in early July and wasted no time finding much smaller digs in the same hood.
378 San Carlos in the heart of the Mission District is where Jim lived nearly 13 years and was a place with a lot of memories. Among the finest hours there included some wild keg party shows in the garage in the mid nineties. Shotwell actually formed there when Aaron from Cometbus was living nearby. Local Barkeep and MaxRR writer Pete Simonelli learned to play drums in that garage and eventually replaced Steve Moriarty of the Gits.
Hopefully the scoring of new digs will enable Jim & Co. to keep making music in S.F. Unfortunately , SF as a whole is going through a rental space crisis, poor folks are losing and the band has itself lost two living spaces & two rehearsal spots in 2000. The latest debacle is the closing of Downtown Studios which is forcing out some 500 bands at once...(Ed Note: I didn't even know we still had 500 bands left in town!)
Jimmy's been living in SF since the late 80's when he moved here from the midwest. He played guitar in a band called X-tal that released 3 albums with him involved on Alias Records. Jim grew gradually apart from the lighter college rock fare offered by X-tal and joined Strawman with Tommy Strange in the early 90's. They toured and released a few records on Allied before parting ways.
always was and still is a friendly
presence to those helping keep the underground alive. His green monster
truck and maroon mini van's have hauled countless tons of gear and beer
around the Bay Area and beyond. Never content to play by the rules, Jim
has flourished outside the mainstream employment and musical scenes. A dedicated member of the
Komotion International musical collective during it's early nineties
heyday, Jim helped out with shows by many bands including Pinhead
Gunpowder, Citizen Fish, Sublime, Rancid, the Ex, Fifteen, Beat Happening, Fugazi
and more. One night at the cajoling of the webmaster he even helped
invent Punk Rock Karaoke between sets at a Bikini Kill and MDC show. His
main musical influences are punk band's from the old school such as The
Clash, Circle Jerks, Stiff Little Fingers, old Misfits , Ramones, and Johnny
Thunders. All of the a forementioned became part of the Punk-araoke repetoire.
Jim, fascinated by most things that move fast is somewhat of a super 8 film aficionado. He's produced a couple lo-budget flix including Down On The Dime starring J.C hopkins (producer of Victoria William's latest CD Water To Drink) and Shotwell : Under Law album length music video. He also is a great resource and can sometimes help locate cool old school film gear...
to contact him try his salvaged phone mo-chine at
415 648 2136
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