Month: October 2020

  • Ep211: Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3)

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    The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo. Did anybody expect “new” Mr. Bungle? Did they expect it in this form? Well, SURPRISE!

    The iconic guitar player and composer breaks down playing and recording songs written in high school in Humboldt with thrash heroes like Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo. Flexing different muscles on the lost Bungle “thrash record” and relearning those songs. The difference between the architect/director of a band like SC3, vs JUST being the guitarist. Repairing non-standard/esoteric instruments on the road. Time signatures that are not actually odd. Ches! Danny! Orthodox Theology and Byzantine Chant.

    Oh yeah, and King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime by Faith No More too.

    All that and some high minded concepts, ideas and conception about composition, tones and what is and is not paint by numbers.

    Listen in to THE GRAND INQUISTOR (Conan Neutron) break it down with Trey.

  • Ep210: DEVO – Something For Everybody 10 Year Song by Song Breakdown with Jerry Casale

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    It has been 10 years since the release of the both groundbreaking and  still somewhat lesser known Something for Everybody. As with many things  DEVO, it came out just a little bit before its time. Sounding  purposefully “modern,” and focus group approved, the energy hats were  changed to the more pleasing color of blue, and everything from the  mastering to the song choice was meant to shine a light on the world of  music ala 2010.

    Join us for a song by song breakdown, as well as a larger exploration  of this fascinating record, with founding DEVO member Jerry Casale. A  Protonic Reversal special.

  • Ep209: Ian Mackaye (fugazi, Coriky, the Evens, Minor Threat, Dischord)

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    AWESOME. Been wanting to do this talk for a long time. In this episode, you will find: Some talk about podcasts (on a podcast), Coriky! The ecosystem around record stores and pandemic logistics. Starting on piano and moving to bass and then guitar! Baritones! Suggestion! fugazi demos! Instrument (but just the jerks). Lack of interest in nostalgia.  Sitting down and standing back up, memes and mortality, Ian’s memory palace, being made into “content” and for what reason, some discussion on the psychological effect of social media and what you can and cannot control and some very thought provoking advice and perspective on maintaining sanity in crazy times. Be enCOURAGED and don’t give them your joy.

  • Ep208: Chris Murphy (Sloan)

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    An incredible career in music and an incredible catalog of songs. Sloan are a force to be reckoned with, an instrument switching band with equal parts songwriting duties and cut of the money. Major label rollercoaster and continuing work long after, we get some sloan songwriting power rankings, some details about the recording of the various records (NAVY BLUES!) and a whole lot of the Chris Murphy ethos. Oh yeah, a little bit about Scott Pilgrim, listen in on a music lifer who has forged a unique path forward and continues to do really cool stuff. 

  • Ep207: Jimmy Watkins (Running Punks)

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    Running Punks! Punks! Running! It has become quite the phenom. Album reviews by a man running and shouting at his phone. An online community motivating people to run all around the world that have a shared interest in weird music. Jimmy also spent time in Future of the Left and the Vega Bodegas playing guitar, but this thing with the running seems to really connect to people. 

    Turns out sticking to running isn’t such a bad thing after all.

  • Ep206: Shannon Selberg (the Cows, Heroine Sheiks)

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    Not just one of the most iconic and Idiosyncratic front men of all time, Shannon Selberg has stories for days. Being “the heel” in the scene/support slot, cover choices, forcing the audience to be in the moment, WALTZES, musical “jokes”, Thor’s non-euclidian geometry guitar work, and eating a major label rep’s business card. All that and a wee bit of Heroine Sheiks too. Draw yourself a marker mustache and dig in.

  • Ep205: Patrick Tape Fleming (Gloom Balloon, Poison Control Center)

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    Patrick was 1/4 of the incredible Poison Control Center, an indie psych band that presented live as a HELL ASS ROCK BAND like the Who or something. In recent years he has done the more cerebral, and baroque multimedia (and mostly one man) band Gloom Balloon. Who has a new record. “Bergman Uses Bach To Get His Point Across, I Feel Like I Have Chosen Rock But At What A Cost”on Grand Phony. What better time to discuss “Why we do, what we do?” right?? It’s in the dang album title. Anyway, a far ranging discussion with the pride of Iowa. 

  • Ep204: Ed Fraser (Heads., Kino Motel)

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    Ed started late in life, and moved to another continent to put together his dream band. He did and it is awesome. Heads. is a perfect exemplar of a working band that makes music far outside the mainstream that means a whole lot to who it is for. Great talk with a song by song breakdown of the most recent record “Push”.

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