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Hey folks, I'm working on this media to get them to begin Truth Serum archives. I'd like to finish this before I die. When I started this company I quickly started to get coverage with newspapers, magazines, some TV and radio etc. I posted what I could in different processes, and some I just linked to the papers so that I didn't have to deal with all them. Well that was definitely wrong! I guess papers go away... Then I started producing so many performances I just couldn't keep up with it all. So I grabbed a bunch of the papers and magazines and I tossed them into bins and figured I'd do it when I had time... Well now I do. And it's very slow. Oh well. :)

Aliza Shapiro (they/them)
Xray Aims (they/them)
and Heywood Wakefield (a old man, or your father)

Hey Folks,

I hope your end of the year is full of positive experiences and thoughts. In other words have fun. I'm hoping that 2020 is full of spectacular adventurous times.

The end of 2019 brought back memories of 25 years ago... Versus, one of my favorite bands, was playing a lot and I was working at Pop Narcotic Records... Recently, Versus was in Boston and I was thrown back in time.

You might not know that I had studied architecture at RISD. When I graduated, the economy was really bad, and there was very few jobs at firms for me. I wanted to have experience in carpentry, so I worked at an all women's construction company for a year, and then I joined Local 40 where I worked for a couple of years until I ended up with frozen shoulders (too much drilling in steel in a bad position). I had been going to shows and met Bill of Pop Narcotic and offered to help him out.

I designed and put together two catalogs, amongst other things, which I scanned and put for those of you who are interested. It's totally interesting to think about how this was done.

Pop Narcotic 1995 catalog
Pop Narcotic 1996 catalog

Seeing all the names of bands who played long ago, and who are back at it (or never stopped!), gives me hope that 2020 is going to be awesome.

For New Year's this year, I was thinking about a 20 year anniversary with the band Sugar Plant in Tokyo! It had been so great in 1999-2000 when I had been there. Some time has passed, that their kids are old enough and now they are playing shows again. But unfortunately, I couldn't work it out.

I'm still dealing with the injury I got when I was hit by the Uber person, and the money I am pouring into finding people to help me. I'm still dealing with a small low grade tear in my hamstring... in other words, my right butt hurts a lot and I have to get it to heal. ;)

My left arm/shoulder/neck haven't been bothering me for a couple of months, which is awesome. It had kept me from working on a bunch of projects that I had done in late 2018. And now, I'm slowly getting back to it. You can check it out at

And last but not least... I have gotten your email address (with Benji's help :), have turned it from Constant Contact and $70 a month to MailChimp for free. Hurrah. This will be your last email from Truth Serum / me in this style. you can donate to truth serum by sending $$$ to PayPay Aliza Shapiro... it you'd like ;)

Aliza Shapiro (they/them)
Xray Aims (they/them)
and Heywood Wakefield (a old man, or your father)

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if you need to reach me: alizashapiro @ but close the gaps.

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