Thursday, December 23, 2010

From The Santa Fe Reporter...


HAIR OF THE DOG WITH MONKEYSHINES, MANBY’S HEAD, BLOOD DRAINED COWS, ANGOLA FARMS AND THE FLOORS 9 pm Saturday, Jan. 1 $5 Corazón 401 S Guadalupe St. 983-4559 DJ James Reich Blood Drained Cows
Punk Resolution
Corazón’s Hair of the Dog event unleashes such a furious wave of punk from some of Santa Fe’s most tried and true musicians that the nü-metal kids should be ashamed of themselves. Watch in utter awe as longtime Santa Fe punk favorites The Floors, Blood Drained Cows, Angola Farms and Monkeyshines join together with Taos outfit Manby’s Head for a show so hard-rockin’ you’re bound to forget your hangover and abandon all your New Year’s resolutions. Special guests descend upon the event like punk rock specters of Christmas past, and include The Floors’ original singer Brock Sternberg, ex-Roky Erickson bandmate Billy Miller and Gregg Turner of seminal punk band Angry Samoans. Each band has its own take on punk: The Floors crams in blues rock; Blood Drained Cows channels psychedelic garage rock of the ’70s à la The Kinks; Angola Farms fits snuggly between your dad’s old station wagon and those empty paint cans; Monkeyshines would’ve been at home at CBGBs in its heyday; and Manby’s Head sticks to the bar-rock end. Think about it, kids, these dudes are old enough to be your dads, yet manage to out-rock you with minimal effort. The first of the year will be a good day for punk and an even better day for Santa Fe music lovers. (ADV)

NB: New Year's Resolution- to play Psychedelic Garage Rock like the Kinks did in the 70s (!?)

Monday, December 6, 2010


"For that first hangover of the year, what better cure than to go straight back to the bar and listen to five loud rock bands. MANBY'S HEAD features Peter Greenberg of the Lyres and DMZ, BLOOD DRAINED COWS features ex Roky Erickson cohort Billy Miller and Gregg Turner of the ANGRY SAMOANS, and the FLOORS feature their original lead singer Brock Sternberg traveling all the way from Denmark for his first public appearance with the band in over 20 years!"

Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:00pm - Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 2:00am
Location CORAZON
401 South Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM

Monday, November 29, 2010


Stephen W. Terrell's (MUSIC) Web Log: TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST: "Sunday, November 28, 2010 KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time Host: Steve Terrell Note: KSFR's Signal is down but..."

Monday, November 22, 2010


Stephen W. Terrell's (MUSIC) Web Log: TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST: "Sunday, November 21, 2010 KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time Host: Steve Terrell Webcasting! 101.1 FM email me d..."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mad Hatter's Ball

In case anyone sees this and is interested, Manby's Head will be performing this evening at The Mad Hatter's Ball at Seco Pearl in Arroyo Seco. 7 pm.

Monday, August 30, 2010

More songs here:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

From The Taos News

Into the light

Local underground bands play the Seco Pearl

By Rima Ralff

f there’s one redeeming aspect of Arthur Manby’s infamous life, it is perhaps found in the band called Manby’s Head.

This four-piece rock band, whose moniker refers to the mysterious death of one of the Southwest’s most notorious characters, takes the garage-rock genre to new heights.

Saturday (May 15) at 8 p.m. at the Seco Pearl, 590 Hondo-Seco Road, Manby’s Head, along with Art of Flying, will give audiences a glimpse into the intriguing Taos underground music scene.

If you think garage rock should be relegated to the tone deaf or musically illiterate, this band is dead set on turning your head around.

Guitarist Peter Greenberg described the genre as a blend of 1960s’ rock, punk, blues and R&B. “It’s a pretty common term that refers to a style of music that’s unpretentious,” he said, “but with an attitude, not homog­enized to satisfy a target audience.”

Originally from the east coast, Green­berg was a founding member of several Boston-based bands, including DMZ, The Customs, and most notably Bar­rence Whitfield and the Savages. Guitarist and vocalist Michael Mooney is another veteran of outsider rock and spent most of the 1980s and ’90s in the Los Angeles underground rock scene. Bassist Paul Reid is well-known locally as a former member of Bone Orchard and current member of Kim and the Caballeros. Add
to the mix the high-energy drum work of 24-year-old Eric Whitlock and you have what the band’s bio refers to as “a unique group whose songs give a nod to the great psychedelic garage rock tradition …” The band debuted last summer and played their first gig at Taosound Tape and CD, a performance that one fan described as “crisp and distinct” with a “sledge­hammer” sound. But no worries, this isn’t noise — this is engaging music with thoughtful lyrics that burnishes contem­porary angst with Eric Burden-style rock.

Commenting on Mr. Manby and the band’s decision to honor him, Mooney said, “One of the reports on Arthur Manby’s death has his corpse discovered in one room and the head in another, apparently having been removed there by his dog Lobo. Another states that the head was missing entirely, never to be found. A third states that it wasn’t him at all. I found the idea that Manby’s head might still be out there someplace, possi­bly on someone’s mantel or other display, an intriguing one. It’s a reference I felt locals would get, while going straight over everyone else’s, ahem, head.”

One of Taos’ most esoteric bands, Art of Flying will be playing their final gig before heading off for a tour of Italy.

This cutting-edge trio always offers something engaging for the musically adventuresome. Both crude and refined, their sound has been described as resem­bling the hiss and howl of wind, squeaky chairs, Herman Melville, Nick Drake, Kate Bush and sand through an hour glass.

They gain their inspiration from a diversity of sources including, Peter Tosh, Yehudi Menuhin, the Dalai Lama, Ques­ta’s Gilbert Santistevan, the natural world, war, peace and more.

Admission for this event is $5. For more information call (575) 776-1225.

Manby’s Head takes its name from an infamous Taos historical character.

Courtesy photo

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Manby's Head with Art Of Flying

Manby's Head with Art Of Flying

Public Event
Who: Find Tickets Manby's Head
Saturday, May 15, 2010 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM MDT
Where:Seco Pearl
590 Hondo-Seco Road
Arroyo Seco NM 87514

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

More airplay. Thanks, SWT...


Sunday, March, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Get it On by Grinderman
The Beat Goes On by The Pretty Things
Around the World by Delaney Davidson
Cigarettes and My Old Lady by Andre Williams
I Need Somebody by Manby's Head
Box-o-Wine by Dirtbag Surfers
'Sup by The Fuzzy Set
Action Packed by The Del Moroccos
Dig That Grave by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Courtesy of farrfeed

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Manby's Head can also be found here:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Airplay from an actual city


Sunday, March 14, 2010
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Just Like Me by Paul Revere & The Raiders
Maid of Sugar Made of Spice by Mouse & The Traps
The Snake by Johnny Rivers
Valley of Neptune by Jimi Hendrix
Stain by The Laundronauts
Sick by The Ultimatemost High
Wig Wag by Manby's Head
Cysco Sanchez Has a Drink by Cysco Sanchez Supergroup
Super Hero by Electricoolade

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Manby's Head with !!The!!Gang!!Bang!!

Saturday, March 27
at Seco Pearl
590 Hondo-Seco Road
Arroyo Seco, New Mexico 87514
Cost: Sliding scale
7 PM

Monday, February 22, 2010

Retail locations

The Manby's Head EP CD can now be purchased at:
Taosound Tape & CD
314F Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-0323

Available next week at:
Soul Food/ Hate Record Shop
Via San Giovanni In Laterano 192/194

or directly from Manby's Head at this address (see previous entry.)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

BAM! POW! URK! Gibble, fribber, splat. Hoogahoogahoogahooga boom. EEEEYOWWW! Urk.

Courtesy of our friend John H. Farr (

Manby’s Head: Medicine!

by JHF on February 21, 2010 · 4 comments
You meet your gurus in the strangest places. Sometimes it’s like the messenger of the Lord.
(For behold!)
I went to hear a band debut in a record store in downtown Taos. Manby’s Head draws its name from a figure of local legend, one Arthur Manby. After arriving from England in 1892, he spent more than 20 years acquiring title to much of Taos and environs by hook or crook (mostly the latter), in the process stirring up enough dark karma to make you shiver from the reading of it. One July day in 1929 they found his ripe, four-day-old, headless body in his house in Taos, locked inside with the dogs. (Or was it Manby’s body, for how could anybody tell?) The coroner ruled that Manby had died of natural causes, his dogs having supposedly eaten the head. The obvious conclusion to draw might be the wrong one, though, if anyone could be that clever. In any case, there wasn’t any head, not until now.
The leader of the band had commented here before, I think, or maybe on a Facebook page. I’d listened to a couple numbers at the Manby’s Head Myspace page, recognized the names of other bands the members had been involved with, and knew I wanted to hear them play. I messaged that I’d be at the gig.
And behold, I actually left the house and showed up. Good thing, too.
Oh Jesus, what a relief!
LOUD, fast, big fat chords and no apologies. American music with a vengeance, just what the doctor ordered. With the first song, they had that ear-crushing, high-speed, roar and drone. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy! (My culture LIVES, right here in Taos, New Mexico…) I hadn’t heard anything that good since I don’t know when. It was like the end of celibacy, like opening a floodgate, just like I would play if I were any good: dangerous and bad for you if you were normal! Not kids, these guys, either, so I was there.
And behold. Oh, how and behold.
After about the third song, the guy called out, “Where’s JOHN FARR?” (We’d never met before, remember.)
“HERE!” I yelled out from the back.
“Please to meet you!” he shouted.
“This is GREAT!” I whooped. “MORE!!!”
Which is exactly what they did. I felt so pleased and hip, I could have danced nekkid and turned everybody blind.
After the show, I went up to introduce myself and thank him. He was pumped from playing, in a state I recognized that follows sacrifice and letting go. I told him the show was “medicine,” and I meant it. He said he always read my blog, mentioned “commonalities,” and thought I had a lot going for myself. At this point, the house sound system came back up and I had a little trouble hearing–not surprising anyway, considering–he was still bouncing, eyes shooting all over the place, and then it happened (the words I quote here may be paraphrasing, but the elements were all there):
“The thing about your blog, the way you write, it’s honest… and what I take from it is you have a beautiful wife, all these things and all this going for you, and it’s NOT ENOUGH!”
BAM! POW! URK! Gibble, fribber, splat. Hoogahoogahoogahooga boom. EEEEYOWWW! Urk. Urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk urk. POOT! Uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh. BOINNNNNNGGGG…
(For behold!)


Saturday, February 20, 2010


From The Taos News:



Manby’s Head debuts

Arthur R. Manby was a real life British entrepreneur who was called one of the most hated men in Taos. When his headless body was discovered in the 1920s, many people said he was murdered, despite a coroner’s statement that his death was from natural causes and that his own dogs had done the rest.

Today, Manby’s Head is back, but as the name of one of Taos’ newest rock bands. Its debut show is planned Saturday (Feb. 20), 6 p.m., at Taosound, 314 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is free.

“Individually, the musicians bring a wealth of experience with them,” a press release states. Peter Greenberg is the founding guitarist of DMZ, The Customs and Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, and remains a charter member of Boston’s legendary Lyres. Bassist Paul Reid has been a key player in the Taos music scene for the past 15 years, while singer-guitarist Michael Mooney served time in the ’80-’90s Los Angeles rock underground. Add the high-energy drum work of Eric Whitlock and you have a unique group whose songs give a nod to the great psychedelic-garage rock tradition, while remaining firmly rooted in the present.

Friday, February 19, 2010

CD available now...

Manby’s Head debut six song CD is now available and for sale. To buy directly from Manby's Head - the price is $10 delivered to addresses in the lower 48 U.S. States and $12.50 everywhere else in the world. We will accept PayPal only paid to Please contact Webb Juice at this address with questions.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Meet the management team:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

February 20, 2010

Taos, New Mexico. Details T.B.A.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A rather self-serving piece

appears here:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Live appearance... be announced shortly.