Posts Tagged ‘punk’

Wow! Never in my life did I ever think I would be chatting with one of the greatest music engineers and producers of all time but alas, the stars aligned and it happened. My guest this week is none other than Ed Stasium, the legendary producer and engineer of many Ramones albums and cuts. This revealing interview tells all about how he fell into the career of an audio engineer and producer, working extensively with the Ramones, who played what, and he clears up some rumours and urban legends surrounding the recording of the Phil Spector produced End Of The Century album. We also talk about the final Joey Ramone solo album, …Ya Know?, and how that was put together, and so much more. Any fan of the Ramones is going to love this and you can hear it right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

All songs by the Ramones and a couple bonus cuts included from Stiv Bators and Soul Aslyum.

Episode 114

Michele and Damo are back with the first show of 2017. We had a bit of a break over the Christmas and New Years period but now it’s time to get back into the swing of things and we talk about The Lookouting event that we both attended as well as play some tunes by some of the bands that played there. It was quite a hootenanny and you can hear all about it on this episode. You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK and you can subscribe to all the shows by clicking that link over there on the left. ROCK!

Enjoy tunes by:
Horror Squad
Mr T Experience
Tilt
Black Cat Music
Nuisance
Cringer
Monsula
Pansy Division
Squirtgun
The Love Songs
Hard-Ons
Hospital Job
Clowns
Direct Hit!

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So this is it, the final instalment of The Lookouting. It had been exhausting but awesome all the way and tonight was going to end on a high note. Arriving to the venue early enough for load-in, I got to meet the guys from The Jimmies who were opening the show. I have a split LP with them and The Weaklings so I was stoked to see them kick off tonight’s antics.

The Jimmies are from Oregon and they play straight up melodic punk rock. There’s three brothers in the band and I was told they hadn’t played together as The Jimmies in a long time as they all have different bands now but when they got asked to do this, they were down for it. They were a good opener and the crowd really dug them. They were giving away their 7″ and CD cos they didn’t wanna take them home and so I had to grab a copy of each so expect to hear them on the show in the near future.

Juke took to the stage next and I dunno why but I just couldn’t connect with them. They went over well with the crowd but for me personally, I just couldn’t grasp it. Maybe it was because I had never heard them before or the guitar tone which was layered with feedback, I dunno, it just wasn’t my thing at all. Oh well, I tried.

Black Fork were aggressive female fronted punk rock and packed with high energy and hard hitting songs, the punters were into them bigtime. I had never heard them before either but could see why they were so popular tonight. Not bad at all.

Kamala from The Karnivores who played the first night was back behind the kit again for her Lance Hahn tribute with the band Cringeworthy. Unfortunately, due to sickness the band was unable to perform. A real shame for all who wanted to see and hear the songs of Cringer and J Church but she really didn’t look well. Her health is far more important than a show. I can say that I did hear them rehearse and they gave everything 110% so they would have been incredible. Hopefully they will play again.

The Avengers were called to the stage and went on early which was a blessing for myself as I truly was exhausted and longed for an early night. Once again, the Avengers are a band I never thought I would see live. Vocalist Penelope Houston has so much energy on stage and fire in her voice that she still kicks out the jams and has done for four decades now with their most famous anecdote being that they opened for the Sex Pistols at their 1978 Winterland show. Yep, THAT show! The stories she must have would be so interesting. Seeing them play was an honour and they really rocked the place. Seeing them at Gilman St is something truly unbelievable yet it happened and if you weren’t there, you missed out.

Nuisance closed the night and their dedicated following were in awe. They may be older but they still gave the fans what they wanted and that was a show of classics. I liked these guys and while they’re not as straight up punk as the bands who played before them, their melodic style of indie rock was welcomed by all. Great songs and another band I didn’t think I would ever see live. Nuisance were a great ending to an awesome event.

The Lookouting was definitely something special. It was more than just nostalgia, this was also a celebration of a label that truly did things their way before corporate business got their hands on punk rock in 1994 to exploit its radness to a whole new generation of kids. I love the label’s vision and truly felt like I witnessed something really unique and exceptional. I wish you could have all been there to witness such an event. Thank you Alex, thank you bands, thank you to anyone and everyone who had a hand in putting this together. Well played to you all.

Tonight was the first show of The Lookouting’s four day punk rock extravaganza held at the famous 924 Gilman St venue. A venue I have always wanted to step foot in and experience the punk rock collective of the Berkeley punk rock scene. You see, growing up in little old Adelaide, I read about these kinds of places in the pages of Maximum Rock N Roll and always wondered what it would be like to actually be there. In 2009 I came close and got a photo outside the venue but there were no shows on that Tuesday and so that was the extent of my time there. Now, five years later and I am here for what is one huge walk down memory lane, seeing a whole heap of bands I grew up listening to the records of.

Upon arrival I was greeted by Alex, the man who put this whole show together. He gave me my wristband and we had a chat and it was all awesome. I then saw my buddy, Bobby, bass player extraordinaire for The Sorority and El-Presidente for Turbojugend’s Oakland chapter. It was great to see him again as it had been a while. It seemed that word had spread pretty fast that a guy from Australia was coming to these shows and everyone who I either met or just randomly talked to me knew who I was. This was so surreal to me but these were my people and for the first time in a while, I felt no anxiety in this crowd. I feel anxiety around so many people but this was different. Everyone was so nice and the atmosphere inside 924 Gilman St was everything I always believed punk rock should be.

So here I am, standing at the merch booth checking out what’s on sale when I see all the books by the RESEARCH Publishing company. Way back in the day these guys released a book called Incredibly Strange Films. This book, along with the Psychotronic Encyclopaedia of Film, were bibles to me in my hunt for the weird, the strange and the truly bizarre b-movies of years passed. Now, here I was talking to the guy who put this book out. He couldn’t believe someone in Australia read his books. Like most things I have found in life, you never really know how far your art reaches unless someone tells you they read, saw, heard it.

I was purchasing a reissue of the Kamala And The Karnivores 7″ that originally came out on Lookout Records in 1989, and my original has gone walkies so another was needed when this woman comes up to me and asks if I was the guy from Australia. I replied to which she introduced herself “hi, I’m Kamala!” My Brain did a back flip as this woman has drummed on some of my favourite punk singles, namely the records of Cringer. (For those who don’t know Cringer’s music, I wholeheartedly recommend picking up their Greatest Hits Vol. 1 CD if you can find it. It’s well worth it.) Kamala was absolutely adorable and was just super nice. We chatted, I got her to sign some records and exchanged details as I really want her to come on the show and talk about her life in punk rock and playing in Cringer, Naked Aggression, and Kamala And The Karnivores who were playing this event tonight.

I also met Larry Livermore; the guy who started Lookout Records. I bought both of his books and we had a short chat about Australian punk heroes, The Hard-Ons. I am always super stoked to hear when people in the USA like The Hard-Ons or any of our other great punk bands but namely The Hard-Ons cos they’re the best band ever and they deserve all the recognition in the world for being the legends they are. If you’re reading this and have no clue about this band, I suggest you head to YouTube and check out the album Love Is A Battlefield. Trust me, you’ll love it.

First band of the night was Black Cat Music. I only have the October November CD but I was still excited to see these guys and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, these guys were the perfect openers because if this was any indication of what we were going to expect over these four days, we are in for one hell of a treat. They were well loved and it was exactly what I needed to hear. I can safely say that the first band I ever saw at Gilman St was Black Cat Music. That’s not a bad way to start off a conversation.

Kamala And The Karnivores came on next with their stripped back straight up punk rock with humour and a great attitude. Hearing them all sing together on the song Black Thumb was a sweet moment and it was great hearing the songs from the original single which you should all check out. Grab the reissue on 1986’D Records.

The Criminals came on next and we’re on fire. High energy punk rock with a bassist sporting an INXS shirt. Hell yeah, Australia represent!!! These guys were tops and Jesse (vocals) spent more time in the audience than on the stage and it ruled. I don’t own their record and I feel kinda ashamed of that cos I probably need it.

The Sewer Trout Experience was a tribute show to the band Sewer Trout. These guys were a whole lotta fun and even featured Operation Ivy’s drummer, Dave Mello, on guitar and vocals. In tribute to this, someone decided to bring the electronic board game “Operation” and start flailing it around the mosh pit. Why, who cares! It was random and it was hilarious. Original vocalist Jim Maclean sadly took his own life in 2005 so this was a special homage to the music Sewer Trout had made and a perfect night for such a tribute.

Closing out the night was TILT. I’ve had their first 7″ for like 22 years and to finally see this band live was a real treat! They sounded great and it was such a fun show. The crowd was pumped, the band sounded great and Cinder Block is such an awesome front-woman. During a tune-up between songs, Cinder lead the crowd on a sing-along through Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart”. She actually did it justice and if you’re keen, it’s already on YouTube so go check it out.

After they finished, I got my TILT records signed, said my goodbyes and walked away from The Lookouting one very happy Damo. And this was just the first night. Next up, Dr Frank with Surrogate Brains and The Invalids. Let’s do it!

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Michele (with one L) and Damo return for a week of Aussie goodness as we play nothing but Australian music cos Australia has some of the best bands in the world and you all need to hear them. There’s also random shenanigans and we managed to somehow spend half an hour talking about how great the Beastie Boys are. Hot damn! Yep, listen now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy tunes by:
Brother Brick
Frenzal Rhomb
Screamfeeder
Spiders In The Biscuit Jar
The Shine
Nursery Crimes
Tumbleweed
Smudge
The Eastern Dark
Front End Loader
Bodyjar
The Mothers
Toys Went Beserk

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Episode 111

Michele and Damo return with a bunch of rad tunes from Damo’s collection of 45s. We talk a whole bunch of randomness including movie reviews and record buying, using lines to pick up, plus heaps more! You can listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy tunes by:
30 Amp Fuse
Murderburgers
Screeching Weasel
Snuff
The Riptides
Clowns
Flour
Space Cowboys
Pink Lincolns
Supercharger
Shoji with Firestarter
The Unlovables
Parasites
Hellmenn
The Put-Ons
Imperial State Electric

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Michele and Damo return for another week of rock shenanigans as we play a whole bunch of awesome tunes. Michele gets promoted at work and so she heads to San Francisco to review the Pansy Division show at the Bottom Of The Hill to celebrate, and Damo tells the story of the Muscle Car song Single As Usual, his interest in the Manic Street Preachers, and other tales of real life antics. You can listen to the show right now by subscribing through the link on the left or you can just click on THIS LINK and the show will start playing immediately.

Enjoy tunes by:
Weezer
Ellegarden
The Wildhearts
Pansy Division
Born Against
Napalm Death
Volbeat
Manic Street Preachers
Stereophonics
Josie And The Pussycats
Refused
The Hellacopters
The Jujus
Propagandhi

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SIDE NOTE: I know and am well aware that Manic Street Preachers are Welsh. I stupidly said English when I meant U.K. DUH!!! Honest mistake that I make too many times when I say things are English when I mean the whole of the U.K. Apologies to any who get pissed about that. I know Kerry King made the same mistake once too. Geography is confusing sometimes.