The Poisoned Stage

Saturday, October 2, 2021 Oakland, California Uncle Morty's Pop-Up at 3630 Telegraph Ave. 11am-4pm in the Embalming Room
Sunday, October 3, 2021 San Francisco, California Alamo Square Cafe art show 3pm-6pm w/Lester T. Raww
Sunday, October 17, 2021 San Francisco, California Sidewalk performance Details TBA
Sunday, October 31, 2021 San Francisco, California Bottom of the Hill w/The Mummies, Isaac Rother and The Phantoms


I've been experimenting with a creative process called Trepanning. It involves boring a hole in your head with an electric drill (don't try this at home; use the shed) to let in new ideas. The results are this danceable ditty and accompanying short film, which features startling communications from the flaming fist in the sky, the appearance of alien life forms as well as the plastic magic of Lite Brite. Thanks to Rani Goel (cinematography), Bulk Foodveyor (visitation from space) and Ed Goldfarb (music production).


Writing a song in the latter part of 2020 is like taking a screwdriver made of weasels and inserting it into your own aching gut. In my second attempt at making music this year, I undertook a harrowing tour of my interior landscape of fear and madness, scooped out what I could, and threw it on a wall for others to (hopefully) enjoy. Produced by brother Ed Goldfarb, mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman, and cinematography by Rani Goel. Photo above by E. F. Kohler


The first song I wrote after the coronavirus hit the fan. Called "Garden Gone Wrong", it's my attempt at capturing the strangeness of the times. I home-grew a recording (that whining noise is a Stylophone) and painted myself entirely green for the video.

For more motion picture poisonings, visit The Slow Poisoner YouTube Channel.


The Slow Poisoner (alias Andrew Goldfarb) is a one man surrealistic singer-songwriter who hails from San Francisco and has been playing to audiences across America since 1996. He plays catchy, offbeat songs whose lyrical subjects include swamp witches, sinister flowers, strange hungers and giant worms that drive hot rods. Like a late night horror movie host or a creepy camp counselor, the Slow Poisoner invites the audience into a weird world of his own design. He displays paintings to accompany the music and puts on a theatrical performance inspired by the morbid humor of predecessors such as Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Screamin' Lord Sutch, Roky Erickson, Robbie the Werewolf, Zacherle, Brother Theodore, Tom Lehrer and The Cramps.

The Slow Poisoner started out as the leader of a five piece band, "The Slow Poisoners," named after a chapter in Charles Mackay's 1854 book "Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" which detailed a murderous fad among 17th century European wives. Over the course of ten years the group slowly became thinner and thinner as the other members disappeared; eventually an apparition of an eight-fisted cephalopod (the Rocktopus) instructed Andrew to go it alone, and since 2005 that is what he has done, touring across the country and playing venues that range from libraries to science fiction conventions, beauty parlors and laundromats.

Click here for a list of past shows.

Click here for still photographs and press pics.

From 1996 through 2004, prior to going solo, Andrew Goldfarb led a band called The Slow Poisoners.