Chokebore

"A chokebore is a mechanical device. I was looking for graphics in a book and I stumbled upon this story of the man who invented the chokebore shotgun, a device to make the shotgun shoot further and more precisely. It sounded nice, and it was a nice little story." (Jon in Salt For Slugs #1)

Dictionary definition:

  1. A shotgun bore that becomes narrower towards the muzzle so that the shot is not scattered.
  2. A shotgun having such a bore.

Dana Lynn

Dana Lynn was the band's name before they changed it to Chokebore when signing with Amphetamine Reptile Records in 1993.

The band recorded a demo tape in 1989 and released two 7-inch vinyl records.

Their debut 7″ single Circle, holding the demo's first three songs, was released in 1991 by Dionysus Records. 1,000 copies were pressed on different vinyl colors. It is still available through the label's mailorder (catalog number: ID074514).

The second 7″ (untitled, referred to as "guns") includes early versions of Chokebore songs (Nobody, Chokebore's debut single, and Sadavia, Van McCoy and Shine, found on the debut album Motionless). Released on the band's own Chokeboresound label, it is still available directly from the band.

Additionally, Dana Lynn contributed the previously unreleased track Line Crush (another early Chokebore song) to Thrasher magazine's 1991 Explicit Sk8rok Volume 10 compilation. The band also appeared in skateboard video soundtracks (among which The Acme Skateboard Video from 1992).

Doombuggy

A rock loving farmer from North Dakota released the limited edition Tractor Tunes Volume #1 compilation with issue #5 (winter - spring 2000) of his fanzine "Fresh Cow Pie". The last track of the CD is credited to Doombuggy, and includes a mysterious hidden track. As the liner notes explain:

Doombuggy is Vernon Rumsey. Borstal was written by Dale Flattum and Darren Mor-X and is performed by Doombuggy. The "hidden track" was written by a pretty popular group from England a long time ago and is performed by Chokebore and Doombuggy. Both of these tunes were recorded in November and December of 1999 at Mag Rec One by Vernon Rumsey. Vern is also a member of a pretty famous band and he runs an ass-kicking record label in his spare time.

Vern Rumsey is the founder of the label Punk iN My Vitamins (who released Black Black in the USA), and he played bass in Unwound (the band split up in 2002).
Borstal is a Steel Pole Bath Tub cover. The hidden track is a cover of the Beatles song Her Majesty (from their 1969 album Abbey Road), performed by Chokebore with Vern on vocals.

Interestingly, this cover ends the compilation the same way that the original song ended Abbey Road: as a hidden track after a long gap of silence, starting with a very loud chord. See All Music's review of the song Her Majesty for more details.

Microinternational

"Microinternational is a group of artists that come together to execute various events, avoiding a concrete basis of identity while generating several concrete manifestations."

Jonathan is an active member of this group, together with Kevin Hanley, who designed the artwork of several Chokebore records.

The left-hand photo on the cover of A Taste for Bitters was taken by Nicoletta Munroe during a performance titled "The Twilight Waltz", which took place at the Acme gallery in Santa Monica, CA, on January 7 1995. In the album credits, the photo is referred to as "documentation of a performance by microinternational".

See their website at http://www.microint.org/