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So on Halloween 2016, The Bronx played at Festival Hall and that’s when the idea came to my mind to organise this week’s guest, the lovely and talented Rebecca Schlappich, to come on the show and talk about her incredible career in music, most notably her work with Mariachi El Bronx.

So while it took a long time to get happening, the good news is that it’s here right now and it’s heaps good. Topics mentioned include things like discovering punk, Alternative Tentacles, My Chemical Romance, Murder By Death, Eyeball Records, Electric Century, Jello Biafra, Richard Wagner, and I even found a way to slip some Manowar into the conversation. And why not?

We also discuss her work with Kiss Kiss, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Age Of Rockets, Quartet 405, Mariachi Divas, and of course Mariachi El Bronx. So as you can see, it’s an action packed episode of radness and you can hear it right now by clicking on THIS LINK. Feel free to subscribe by clicking that link on the left. Enjoy! (more…)

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Episode 34

So this week, Boskie from Sydney heavy sludge riff rockers, Witch Fight, joins the show to talk about all things collecting. If you follow this guy on Instagram, you’d know he has one of the most amazing collections of movies, games and toys and you will ever lay your eyes on. He is flying the flag for VHS collecting in Australia and talks in depth about it all. Have a listen now by clicking on this link. Somehow we even managed to play a John Farnham song. How is this so? Have a listen and find out!

Enjoy tunes by:
Lunachicks
The Dickies
John Farnham
Josie And The Pussycats
No Vacancy
The Short Fuses
The Mr T Experience
Charlie And The Hot Wheels
Genya Ravan
Anarchy 6
Jello Biafra and Kevin LeBlanc
Witch Fight

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Sometime in the first quarter of 2012, Neurosis’ frontman, Scott Kelly, toured Australia for a handful of intimate acoustic shows with support from none other than John Baizley from Baroness and Blackie from The Hard-Ons. Before the show in Melbourne, I sat with Scott Kelly and chatted with him about all things Neurosis and other such delights. Having been a Neurosis fan since the release of Souls At Zero, this interview was long overdue. I had wanted to include Neurosis in an issue of Long Gone Loser for years so when the opportunity came up to interview one of the band’s driving forces, I immediately jumped up and found myself at the Corner Hotel armed with my iPhone and questions to conduct an interview that can now be ticked off the bucket list. Now on the lead-up to his return to our shores in November, I felt that this interview is a good taster to get you guys psyched for the shows that I am sure will be nothing short of phenomenal. (more…)

Australia Uber-Alles Tour 2011

Wow, I never thought I’d see the day when this happened but the good folk at KillRockStar Entertainment are doing the unthinkable. The Dead Kennedys were first in Australia in 1983 and now they are back and ready to shake the foundations of our shores again. Now, I know there is the whole argument of the band without Jello Biafra and believe me, after meeting Jello Biafra and thinking the guy was a downright top dude, I too could easily jump on his side of the fence. The thing is, I grew up with this band. I love those tunes. ‘Plastic Surgery Disasters’ is one of my all time favourite punk rock records. Everything about them was awesome. I followed the band closely through tape trading and managed to score myself a shitload of video footage of the band over the years. This is one segment I do have on tape and since the band is touring again, I feel it is relevant to share it with you now…


(This is not from my own tape, I just found this on youtube)

And I mean, let’s face it, Jello Biafra was the heart and soul of that band. But I think that without the 4 of these guys together, the unique sound and the songs that were born wouldn’t sound the way they do. The Dead Kennedys had a punk sound that was different to the likes of the Ramones, The Clash or the Sex Pistols but what they had was something new and exciting. Those albums still sound as fresh today as they did the first time I heard them in 1988 (yes, I was a late bloomer but I’m not THAT old).

So what am I going to expect from this tour? For me, a celebration of the songs of my youth. I know it’s not going to be as amazing as their shows were in the early 80’s but I also think comparing the 2 is kinda pointless. The guys are older, Jello isn’t with them but the others are still touring, letting us kids who werent old enough to experience it the first time to finally have our turn at enjoying the songs that the Dead Kennedys gave us.

The current line-up has Ron “Skip” Greer on vocal duties. For those not in the know, he fronted a band called the Wynona Riders who released some stuff on Lookout Records. I have a 7″ single and their JD Salinger CD which is pretty cool. I like the tunes so for me, seeing him up there singing for the Dead Kennedys will be an interesting experience. Here’s a song I found on youtube of the Wynona Riders for your listening pleasure…

The rest of the band, Klaus Flouride, East bay Ray and DH Peligro are still the backbone to punk rock’s most controversial group. I say controversial because what they were doing in the 80’s with the Frankenchrist album still remains an important story in punk rock history. Hell, even my mum found Jello Biafra quite interesting. She was watching a Dead Kennedys video with me once while she ironed my clothes for school and thought his views were interesting and he made good points. Either that or she thought he was hot… but I think it was the former.

So anyway, the Dead Kennedys hit Australia in April playing the following dates:

WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL – BILLBOARD, MELBOURNE
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au and www.ticketek.com.au

THURSDAY 7 APRIL – HI-FI, BRISBANE
Tickets available from www.thehifi.com.au/brisbane

SATURDAY 9 APRIL – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au and www.manningbar.com (1300 762 545)

Tickets on sale 9:00am, Friday 11th of February! (That’s this Friday folks!)

Here’s the link to the Facebook event page.

When the Sex Pistols first toured in 1996 on the Filthy Lucre tour, I went. Why? Cos I knew if I didn’t go and it was awesome, I would have been kicking myself about it. I ended up loving the show. I am sure if I don’t go to this, I will be kicking myself again if I miss it so I will assure you, I’ll be there. Let’s rock! Seeya’s there and I hope they play Moon Over Marin.

I uploaded this great interview with Jello Biafra to YouTube as it wasn’t online and I felt it should have been. I attended his spoken word tour that he did a couple weeks after this TV appearance and was well amused, educated and inspired. Jello Biafra is not just a political genius, but he’s an all round nice guy too. I got to meet the dude after the show and after he made some jokes about Venom (I was wearing a Venom top), he signed some records and posed for photos. Anyway, the reason for this post is to show you this 2 part video. Lost until now. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2