• A still from the new Tijuana Hercules video

Last week Kevin Warwick wrote about the Seen and Heard Music Video Showcase that’s coming up September 16 at Chicago Filmmakers. What he didn’t mention—because it’s a late addition to the program—is the animated video for Tijuana Hercules‘s “Quicksand Passin’ Through,” drawn by front man John Forbes.

One of my old bosses at the Reader once told me a story about the time she first met Forbes. It was at the headquarters of Skin Graft Records, and if I recall correctly he’d only known her for an hour or so when he presented her with a drawing he’d made—a cartoon portrait of her with a Christmas tree up her ass. I can’t remember if Hitler was in the drawing somehow too, but at the time, he tended to be.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.