Jesse Mercury

SciFi Synthpop Artist and Podcast Host

Month: August 2015

Apex Film Festival


My music video Relativity (or: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Computer) has been selected for inclusion in the first ever Apex film festival, taking place Saturday, August 29th in Rochester, MN. I am beyond excited to have been selected from 400 submissions. According to festival coordinator Avai d’Amico they are only showing “the best of the best.”

As if things weren’t exciting enough, the festival was written up in the Rochester Post Bulletin today, and my video is featured.

Check out my listing on the Apex website.

SciFi #9: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

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Jesse’s guest this week is the lovely Seattle comic Anica Cihla, lover of intellectual science fiction and the #Poopstagram. Together, they read and discuss the Harlan Ellison short story ‘I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.’


I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

I spent my childhood hating the movie Armageddon and this song by association, but I think it’s one of those things where you can’t really understand a good love song until you’ve gone through the experience. I recorded this for Barton and Val’s going away video at Jean’s instruction, and discovered in the process that this song is actually pretty wonderful.

Mugatu’s Final Performance

The final Mugatu show was by all accounts an incredible event. To everyone who came, thank you so much for helping make this one of the best nights of my entire life, and hands down the best rock show I’ve ever been a part of. Special thanks to Butt Dial and Chaotic Noise Marching Corps for joining us, and especially Lu Badu who arranged their participation. Although I will miss this band terribly, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to go out in such epic style.

I left a camera and sound recorder perched above the mixing station at the High Dive, and edited that together with footage taken by my friends Carlos Rodela and Justin Minich to create this video of the intro and first set. If you weren’t there, this will give you a taste of the magical evening. #MugatuForever

SciFi #8: It’s Definitely Great White Buffalo

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Jesse and Audri continue their discussion of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2. Riker holds his own, the Borg get nasty, and Data is consistently adorable. The writers strike is discussed, culminating in an abominable clip show. Also, Jesse plays a sad song, and tells a sad story. Part 2 of 2.

SciFi #7: Guinaaaaan!!!!!!!

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Jesse Mercury and Audri Tapia (the newly christened Bonnie Quest) discuss season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Doctor Pulaski gets her fair shake, and Whoopi Goldberg is adored. Part 1 of 2.

Episode 7

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Mugatu Farewell Show

Be there as the greatest glam-punk post-everything rock band in existence erupts into flames for the final time! We have some special treats planned, it will be a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss. 9:30PM at the High Dive in Fremont, $8, 21+.

SciFi #6: Synth Mantacular

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It’s time to dive into The Great Pacific Garbage Vortex! Jesse’s venerable musical collaborator Barton McGuire is an electronic tinkerer and architect of bizarre soundscapes, building chaotic reverberations for his solo project based on homemade circuits. The boys sit down to discuss his latest collection, inspired by famous SciFi locations.


Come see their final performance as Mugatu at the High Dive on August 8th with Chaotic Noise Marching Corps and Butt Dial, show at 9:30PM. As long as Jesse doesn’t shed his corporeal form, he will also be playing in the Johnny Unicorn Jam Unit at SeaProg on August 9th at the Columbia City Theater at 3PM.

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Featured Guest: Barton McGuire

BartonBarton McGuire (AKA Divatron) is a mainstay on the Seattle creative scene (until he moves to New Zealand, those lucky Kiwis). Whenever he visits Seattle he invariably stops by the podcast to share his latest musical work. He is a founding member of Mugatu and half of the Tiny Baby Talk Show house band, both with frequent collaborator and bromancer Jesse Mercury. If you are lucky you bought one of his guitar pedals at the High Voltage music store, and have experienced the Neverending Fuzz. His solo project, entitled The Great Pacific Garbage Vortex, is the culmination of years of experimentation with modular synthesis and circuit construction.

Barton also wrote the music for the viral hit game Dungeon Highway, featuring an updated 8-bit sound like a thousand Mario brothers exploding in rhythmic unison.

Arguably his greatest achievement is the spawning of Mugatu with Dan Desrosiers and Jesse Mercury (AKA Manners D-Lux and J-Thrlz). Although this project will come to an end when Barton moves to New Zealand, the ghosts of the minds they blew and venues they burned to the ground will forever haunt the streets of Seattle.

His current project Pink Moon is an exploration of historical mysteries set to lush electro/acoustic arrangements.

Barton can be heard in the following episodes:

SciFi #5: Jurassic Parks and Recreation

SciFi #6: Synth Mantacular

SciFi #27: Star Wars the Next Generation

SciFi #30: Bromancing the Stoned (The Story of Mugatu)

SciFi #31: The Solway Firth Spaceman

SciFi #59: Helicopter Hieroglyphs


Featured Guest: Johnny Unicorn


Johnny Unicorn is a psychedelic prog/pop musician, performer and podcaster. He recently launched The Johnny Unicorn Show, a podcast dedicated to his desire to become a raconteur and defeat the social awkwardness involved with speaking. Although he is well known as the keyboardist for Phideaux, his complex and revealing solo albums are his true achievement. He has a unique ability to meld genres and styles, creating a stimulating landscape of sounds, words and textures. He is a regular panelist on SciFi on Trial, and continues to put out music as both Johnny Unicorn and Zorznijor.


John can be heard on the podcast on the following episodes:

SciFi #3: SciFi Dreams are Made of These

SciFi #4: He Blinded Me with Science

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