Posts Tagged ‘Screeching Weasel’

This episode’s guest is guitarist / vocalist Ray Carlisle aka (Ray Bottlerocket) from Wyoming punk rockers, Teenage Bottlerocket. While the band were in Melbourne, Ray and myself sat down to chat about all things punk rock including records, venues, tour stories, recording at the Blasting Room and heaps more! It’s a fun time and it was awesome to see them in Australia again. They have a new album out of punk rock covers which is talked about here and you should probably buy it cos it’s great. You can listen to this episode right now by clicking HERE.  Also, if you like what you hear, why not subscribe over there on the left side of the page. Thanks for listening!

 

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This week’s guest is none other than Kamala Parks! Fans of the Berkeley punk scene would no doubt be familiar with her work. Not only was she the drummer for bands like Kamala And The Karnivores, Cringer, Naked Aggression, The Gr’ups, etc. but she was also one of the key people in starting The Gilman Street Project; the iconic punk rock DIY venue that gave such bands as Green Day and The Offspring a place to play before they were launched into the mainstream in 1994. This inspiring interview has Kamala opening up about her involvement in the Berkeley punk scene from booking shows in her hometown to touring Europe – all before she was 20 years old. She tells of working with the likes of Green Day and The Offspring as well as the story behind the Screeching Weasel song, Kamala’s Too Nice. This interview is really something special. If this doesn’t make you want to get up and start making things happen, I don’t know what will. We all need a Kamala in our lives to show us that anything is possible. I hope you enjoy the show which you can listen to right now by clicking on THIS LINK. Don’t forget to subscribe by clicking on the link on the left.

Enjoy these bitchin’ tunes:
Cringer – Petrograd
Cringer – Pay To Play
Cringer – Rain
Cringer – Triangle Pt 2
The Love Songs – All Branches, No Trunk
The Pathogens – Johnny Hit & Run Jenny
Screeching Weasel – Kamala’s Too Nice
Citizen Fish – Next Big Thing
Kamala And The Karnivores – 29 Degrees
Heartless Folk – Coffin Nail
Subhumans – Supermarket Forces
Cringer – Signals

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Episode 115

Well this week’s show is freakin’ awesome! Our special guest is none other than punk rock engineer / producer, ex-Screeching Weasel bass player, and founding member of Squirtgun, Mass Giorgini. If you’re a fan of 90s pop punk, then chances are you’ve been listening to records he’s either engineered, produced or played on. This episode is filled with stories revolving around working with the likes of Ben Weasel, Danny Vapid, Jughead, Dan Panic, Dan Lumley, Zac Damon, Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt, The Hard-Ons, Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Green Day, and the list goes on. He talks about his time at The Lookouting and that one song that shot them straight into peoples homes with the movie Mallrats. This is a two hour interview of solid punk rock goodness and you’re gonna love it! Listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK. To keep up to date with future interviews, click the subscribe button over there on the left hand side.

Enjoy tunes by anyone and everyone Mass talks about on the show.

There was no way possible The Lookouting’s Saturday night show was not going to sell out. Gilman St was packed solid for the extravaganza of punk rock shenanigans that would come from the event’s strongest line-up of Lookout legends.

Kicking off the antics was none other Groovie Ghoulies frontman, Kepi Ghoulie playing his brand of pop punk rock inspired heavily by the Ramones. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I never was a fan of the Groovie Ghoulies, they just didn’t connect with me, but tonight was still an entertaining and fun show featuring a cover of Billy Bragg’s A New England which wasn’t bad at all. (Young Statues also cover this song acoustically with Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw and it’s freakin’ awesome! It’s on Run For Cover Records, look it up!). If the kids weren’t fired up before, they certainly were now.

The head honcho behind Lookout Records is no stranger to those in the Berkeley punk scene or to anyone who is into punk rock music and Larry Livermore’s own band, The Potatomen were up next to dish out their stories of yesteryear and to play some tunes. Having bought both of Larry’s books, it’s interesting hearing him tell stories in between the songs and it should be noted that The Potatomen’s drummer was none other than Chris Appelgren who is the man behind the artwork found on Green Day’s Kerplunk LP. Seriously, there was a whole tribe of Berkeley royalty amongst the crowds at this event. It was pretty awesome.

From the laundromat to the stage of Gilman St, Brent’s TV were definitely a hell of a lot of fun. These guys were so hilarious and a good time was had by all. I didn’t even remember a single song until the moment they started playing them and then the memories came flooding back. These guys are well worth your time. Check them out, especially if you like laundromat garage rock n roll with a stand up drummer.

Squirtgun were the biggest surprise for me. I dig ’em but had no idea what it was going to be like as bassist Mass Giorgini was the only original member on stage. Still, backed by drummer Danny Panic (ex-Screeching Weasel), guitarist Zac Damon (Screeching Weasel), and vocalist Kevin Sierzega (ex-Teen Idols), Squirtgun put on one of the most fun sets of the whole weekend. Besides playing tracks from Squirtgun, they also played covers of Screeching Weasel, Common Rider, and Teen Idols, before finishing off with their hit, Social (you know, the song that plays over the opening credits to the movie Mallrats). Good times!

How good are The Smugglers? I think “heaps” is the word you’re looking for! They are one hell of a fun band. Making the trek down from Canada, more than a few were saying that they stole the show. That could very well be true considering they were flawless. Some bands just stay awesome no matter how many years they have been broken up for and it seemed like they had never gone away. They were just as fun now as they were when they toured Australia with Mach Pelican and the Hard-Ons a gazillion years ago. Heaps rad band! Now if only I could just find their vinyl in Australia life would be so much better.

I hadn’t seen Pansy Division since they toured Australia in ’95 and here I was 22 years later seeing them again. They are so much fun. Hilarious songs and now having two guitars is the best thing they could have done. Joel Reader (ex-Mr T Experience, The Plus Ones, The Avengers, etc) has the distorted guitar while vocalist Jon Ginoli has the jangly guitar and when you mix the two together, you get the sound that Pansy Division should have always had. Their set consisted of classics, both old and new, kicking off with Fem In A Black Leather Jacket and smashing through their golden greats like Denny (Naked), Bad Boyfriend, Blame It On The Bible, and Dick Of Death which featured an oversized blow up penis being thrown around the venue. And why not? They were tops and I am stoked they’re still together and doing what they do because they are an important band for breaking down walls and boundaries and fighting homophobia.

If you’ve been listening to the show then you would have heard the interview with Dr Frank of the Mr T Experience (hey, I’ll plug it as much as I want… it’s my show after all) and how much of a fan I am of MTX. Seeing him play with the full band is something I’ve only dreamed of cos I really do dig this band bigtime. I have every single record they have ever released (an impressive accomplishment cos it’s not easy) and I couldn’t wait for this day to finally come. It has to be said that they didn’t disappoint. They played everything I wanted and more. Opening with At Gilman Street and following through with classics like I Love You But You’re Standing On My Foot, Cinthya With A Y, I Fell For You, Swallow Everything, Dumb Little Band, And I Will Be With You, Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba, Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend, etc etc… it was all the hits! All of them. It was so much radness and fun combined and I really wish this band was way bigger than they are because these songs are just like wow and you should all be listening to them. I mean, why wouldn’t you? Not listening to them is just nonsensical.

Once the night was over, I was exhausted but extremely happy. Such a good night for great bands and I really wish I could see bands like this all the time. I shan’t complain though cos the Descendents are touring Australia soon with Nursery Crimes supporting so if that doesn’t scream “Hey America, now it’s your turn to be jealous!” then I dunno what will. Nursery Crimes are amazing. Go listen to All Torn Up Inside on YouTube and try and tell me otherwise. ANYWAY, there was one more night to go and I needed sleep. Bad. Let’s rock!

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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The Mr T Experience

This week’s episode features part 1 of a 2 part interview with non other than Dr Frank of the California pop punk rockers, The Mr T Experience. This is one helluva ride! Dr Frank talks with Michele and Damo about the band’s humble beginnings and career highlights up til and including the album Our Bodies, Our Selves (part 2 follows from Love Is Dead onward coming October 4th). This is one awesome chat and is so much fun as Dr Frank goes into detail about his song writing and tales surrounding those around him. There’s chats about Gilman Street, Lookout Records, Kevin Army, The Queers, movies,  being understood, being misunderstood, antics, shenanigans, etc. It’s awesome and you can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

All music by The Mr T Experience, of course.

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Episode 93

 

This week Michele and Damo return with a bunch of bitchin’ tunes for your Monday blues. Yep, new tunes from Airbourne, Green Day, Ohm Rune, and Blues Pills, while not forgetting all the good time classics from the record collection of awesome! It’s all here and you’re gonna dig it! To get started right away just click on THIS LINK and don’t forget to subscribe to the show on the left hand side.

Enjoy tunes by:
Airbourne
Blues Pills
Diamond Dogs
Green Day
Redd Kross
Nada Surf
Have You Heard
Sprung Monkey
The National
Mea Culpa
Plow United
Screeching Weasel
Marble
Nifters
Starmarket
Blink-182
The Porkers
Ohm Rune

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