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Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico

Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico

By Steev Riccardo
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico starring music industry veteran Steev Riccardo features weekly guests mostly from the world of music including musicians, songwriters, record producers, label managers, roadies, publicists etc. There are also new music segments, new songs, reviews, and other lively rock n roll road stories. Follow Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico on Instagram @blowingsmokewithTR contact Steev at twistedrico@gmail.com
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158. Jim Saxton - Host of the Temple Of Bleh Podcast, Director of The History Of RoadRunner Records documentary...
In a bit of a twist, Jim Saxton, who hosts the UK based Temple Of Bleh podcast and is currently producing and directing "The History Of RoadRunner Records" documentary interviews Steev Riccardo, the host of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico about his history in the music business. Originally recorded on Zoom by Jim Saxton, additional recording and editing by Steev Riccardo. This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage    Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico Watch the interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sBxuVwjEiTk
01:29:56
June 27, 2022
157. - Al Quint - Sonic Overload, The Cowboy, Husker Du, SSD's big announcement, The Big Boys, and more...
Al Quint joins us on the show and recommends some of the new punk and hardcore releases (The Cowboy, MAZE, Anti Machine, PCP & The Knives etc) that he's been playing and listening to the last couple years. We also get into the Record Collector's scene, the impact of Husker Du, the announcement that SSD's first album is being re-released on Trust, the greatness of The Big Boys, and the status of the live underground scene. Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) The Lawrence Arms "Eviction Notice" The Cowboy "El Pono" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on June 18, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage    Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico #BlowingSmokeWithTwistedRico #AlQuint #Punk #Hardcore #HuskerDu #SSD
01:01:46
June 20, 2022
156. - Ken Cheppaikode - Dirtnap Records on The Ergs!, Scrunchies, Fox Face and more....
Ken Cheppaikode from Dirtnap Records joins us to talk about the Milwaukee based label's 22 year history and some of the labels bands including The Ergs!, Scrunchies, Fox Face, Proud Parents, Personality Cult etc.. We also talk about the huge Dirtnap anniversary weekend happening in Madison Ws. on June 16 & 17. Music The Charms "So Pretty" The Ergs! "Half Empty Strip Mall" Fox Face "Slow Burn" Recorded on Zoom, with additional recording and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on June 11, 2022.    This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage    Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
50:28
June 13, 2022
155. - Todd Porter - Eviction, The Cheats, June 2022 Playlist, LA trip....
On this episode of the show, we are joined by Pittsburgh Rock legend Todd Porter as thrash heroes Eviction prepare to play their first shows since the early 90's. Todd talks about the early days of Eviction and the path that led to the bands' deal with Metal Blade Records. We also talk about Todd's hard working punk band The Cheats and more cool stuff about the Steel City. Plus the June 2022 Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico playlist!  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Eviction "Idiot Pit" Eviction "Not Again" Recorded on Zoom, with additional recording and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on June 4, 2022.    This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage    Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
55:33
June 06, 2022
154. - Nicole Laurenne - The Darts
On this episode of the show we are joined by lead singer/keyboardist Nicole Laurenne of the Darts. Following a six album run with garage rock legends The Love Me Nots, Nicole and fellow Love Me Nots bassist Christina Nunez formed The Darts in 2016. They put out two self-released EPs, before releasing "Meow" on Dirty Water Records and soon thereafter signed with Jello Biafra and Alternative Tentacles. In 2018 came the critically acclaimed "I Like You But Not Like That", followed by lots of touring both in the States and in Europe. Hot off the heels of a new single "Love Tsunami" the Phoenix AZ. rock machine are touring again and will release their third full length album this year... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song" The Darts "Love Tsunami" The Darts "New Boy" Recorded on Zoom, with additional recording and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on May 21, 2022. This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
46:40
May 30, 2022
153. - Alec Peters - Promoter, Artist Manager, A&R, film maker...
Alec Peters booked some of the earliest punk and hardcore shows in Boston when he first brought bands like The Dead Kennedy and Flipper to town. He later moved on to Artist Management and  most notably repped  Gang Green and Meliah Rage and help them both bands get record deals. A&R was next, as he landed a gig at Mercury Records. These days he's working on an animated film called Eddie's Saloon.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Freeze "American Town" The Homisides "Just Head" Interview recorded on zoom, with additional recording and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel in Somerville MA. This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
53:31
May 23, 2022
152. - Chris Doherty, Rev. Hank, Keith Bennett - Punk Rock N Roll Round Table
A Punk Rock N Roll Round Table for the ages starring three repeat offenders of the show - Chris Doherty (Gang Green), The Rev. Hank Peirce, and Keith Bennett(Casket Rats). Things get a little out of control at times, but we manage to reel it all in and have a fun conversation about Boston punk/hardcore/metal present and past etc...also a classic tune from The Outlets and great new music from Minneapolis' Scrunchies! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Outlets "Knock Me Down" Scrunchies "No Home Planet"  Recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on May 7, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
01:01:50
May 16, 2022
151. - David Judson Clemmons - Damn The Machine, new solo album, living and making music in Berlin and more...
David Judson Clemmons, who just released a brand new solo album called "Lights For The Living" joined us for an interview from Berlin, Germany. David is perhaps most famous for singing and playing guitar in the LA band Damn The Machine, which featured legendary lead guitarist Chris Poland and was signed to A&M Records. We cover a lot of ground in this interview in which David talks about growing up in Virginia, moving to LA, Pittsburgh, and then back to LA before leaving the country and settling down in Germany. And also in some surprise news, David tells us there may be a Damn The Machine reunion in the works! We also play great two brand new tracks from Davis's new album.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) David Judson Clemmons "Death Is A Room" David Judson Clemmons "Berlin" Recorded on Zoom and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on May 7, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
01:14:02
May 09, 2022
150. - JJ Gonson - Legendary Music Photographer on Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Once Somerville, and more fun stuff...
On this lively episode of the show, we are joined by renowned music photographer JJ Gonson, who shared some incredible stories with us about her wonderful career. We talk about her early days shooting for XXX Magazine, her move to Portland OR., shooting Elliott Smith (who also recorded his debut album in JJ's basement), Nirvana, etc and returning to the Boston area and starting up Once Somerville... We also play a new tune from The Darts and a classic from Fabulous Disaster. Its all happening on this show.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Darts "Love Tsunami" Fabulous Disaster "Rich Bitches in Volvos Piss Me Off" Recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on April 23, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
58:25
May 02, 2022
149. - Scrunchies - Laura Larson and Danielle Cusack, "Feral Coast', Minneapolis, MN scene and more...
Laura Larson and Danielle Cusack of Scrunchies, who refer to themselves as "post everything rock n rollers" join us on this episode to talk about their fabulous new album "Feral Coast" which is already a hit at college radio, reaching #1 on huge stations like WMBR(Cambridge MA).  Hailing from the always cool Minneapolis, MN scene, Laura and Danielle were joined by Bassist/all-star engineer Matt Castore before recording "Feral Coast" and the trio have become a force to be reckoned with. We talk about a little of everything including their debut album "Stunner"(2018), Hüsker Dü and Babes In Toyland, and what the city of Minneapolis has gone through the past few years. One of our favorite shows so far! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(Theme song) Scrunchies "Parallel" Scrunchies "Absolute Maximum" Interview recorded on zoom on April 17, 2022 with additional recording and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on April 23, 2022. This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico Contact Steev Riccardo at twistedrico@gmail.com
54:03
April 25, 2022
148. - Dan Kopko - Watts, The Shang Hi Los, The Peppermint Kicks...
Dan Kopko aka Danny The K, joins us on the show to talk about what it's like playing in three bands that are all making an impact - Watts, supergroup The Shang Hi Los, and his project with ex Stompers front man Sal Baglio, The Peppermint Kicks. We hit it off like a couple of long time buddies....and even find out something that we had in common that we didn't know...It was a blast!  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Watts "Loud & Fast" The Peppermint Kicks "Hey Fanzine!" Recorded on zoom with additional recording and mix by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on April 16, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
53:11
April 18, 2022
147. - Thommy Price - Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Billy Idol, Scandal, Downtown Phantom...
Thommy Price joins us on the show to talk about his long career as a drummer for Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Billy Idol, Scandal, Mink Deville, Tom Verlaine etc as well as his recent project Downtown Phantom(with Johnny Rao and Joe Vasta). We hear some great stories from the man who plays drums on "Rebel Yell", "The Warrior" and spent almost 30 years as the drummer behind Joan Jett in the Blackhearts.  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Downtown Phantom "Some Strange" Downtown Phantom "Tangerine" Recorded on zoom with additional recording and mix by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on April 9, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
49:25
April 11, 2022
146. - Mike Piehl - Reverse - On The bands last album "What's Your Problem, and lots of Drummer talk... #146
Drummer Mike Piehl joins us on this episode to talk about Reverse, a band that many people in the Boston music scene will tell you was one of the best bands around. Unfortunately, they lost their prolific leader Ian Kennedy before their outstanding 2019 album "What's Your Problem" was released. We talk about "What's Your Problem", Ian Kennedy, and drummers in general. We also play a couple tracks from the incredible last Reverse album... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Reverse "Yeah Yeah Yeah" Reverse "Red Drum" https://reverse6.bandcamp.com Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on March 26, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
57:22
April 04, 2022
145. - Benjamin Horner and Jerome "Jerry" Poynton - The Marijuana Report Magazine, John Sinclair, Herbert Huncke, and more...
Benjamin Horner and Jerome "Jerry" Poynton were in Boston for the New England Cannabis Convention and  joined us on the show to discuss a host of topics from Ben opening the first Marijuana dispensary in Flint Michigan, his magazine "The Michigan Marijuana Report", to Jerry's connections with John Sinclair, Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, etc.. We also play some cool tunes from The Dirtbombs and Mellow Bravo... Check out the Marijuana Report Magazine here: https://mimarijuanareport.com Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Dirtbombs "Fire In The Western World" Mellow Bravo "Ridin" Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on March 19, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
40:02
April 01, 2022
144. - Lynda Mandoyln - Tiger Bomb, Crystal Canyon, Inside Out, Fabulous Disaster, playing with Lee Harrington and more...
Lynda Mandoyln started her rock n roll journey in Detroit as a member of punk legends Inside Out, rocked out in San Francisco with great bands like Fabulous Disaster, and now is part of the Portland Me./Boston rock scene in two really cool bands like Tiger Bomb and Crystal Canyon, and most recently a fantastic collaboration with Lee Harrington(The Neighborhoods). In this fun interview we talk about her musical journey which seems to get better and better with every new project. Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Crystal Canyon "Turn Blue" Tiger Bomb "Baby Come On" Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on March 19, 2022 This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico 
50:43
March 28, 2022
143. - Allan Kraut - Sound Engineer on The Rat, Mama Kin, Teaching Live Sound at Mass Comm/The New England Institute of Art, and more....
Allan Kraut was the sound engineer at several Boston venues including Bill’s Bar, Venus, Axis, Avalon, Quest, and Mama Kin, before moving on to The Rat where he mixed over 1000 bands in less than 3 years. He later did sound at The Linwood in the Fenway. He also Taught for 20 years at Mass Comm/New England Institute of Art, where he developed the Live Sound program. AND if that's not enough he is now recording under the moniker of Ashton Martini. We had a fun zoom interview for your listening pleasure...Plus we threw in a classic from Hello Dragon to end the show! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Ashton Martini "Stop Drinking" Hello Dragon "Stephen Hawking" Additional recording and mixing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA This show was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos and Disorder Vintage. 
01:04:49
March 21, 2022
142. - BONUS EPISODE - AKA Penny Lane returns to rank the songs on the White Album and leave us with an epic rant on LBGTQ and Women's Reproductive Rights...
AKA Penny Lane is one of the biggest Beatles fans we know and since she's a millennial, that makes it even more special. On this show we pick our ten favorite songs from the incredible Beatles self titled masterpiece, which has always been referred to as the "White Album".  The real story here is that after we talked about the Fab Four, AKA Penny Lane left us with an inspiring no holds barred closing statement with her thoughts on how the LBGTQ community and Women's reproductive rights are being looked at and treated by certain politicians in certain states. We support her views and her opinion and that's why they were left on this special bonus episode. Recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on March 14, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
29:27
March 18, 2022
141. - Ryan Haas - Disorder Vintage - On the vintage tee shirt market and the upcoming "Faded" show, plus new music from The Gypsy Moths...
Ryan Haas the man behind Disorder Vintage joins us to talk about buying and selling vintage tee shirts and the curating of 80’s & 90’s alternative music products. We also talk about the upcoming the "Faded" show which will be happening in late May in Providence, Rhode Island and will feature artists such as Joey Mars, Joe Perez, and Sean Taggart. Plus we play a classic from Magnapop and a cool new tune by The Gypsy Moths, who just signed with Rum Bar Records. Music The Charms "So Pretty" Magnapop "I Don't Care" The Gypsy Moths "Effortlessly" Recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on March 12, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
44:10
March 14, 2022
140. - BONUS EPISODE - New music reviews on Juliana Hatfield and Gymnasium, Best albums of 1971, Spotify controversy...
This bonus episode is a mixed bag of goodies featuring a look at Juliana Hatfield's 19th album "Blood", and a new single from Guitarist Charles Hansen's super cool project Gymnasium. Also, inspired by the Apple TV Series “1971:The Year that music changed everything”, we rank our top ten albums from what was a magical year in music. We also throw some views out there on the controversy surrounding Spotify.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Juliana Hatfield "Suck It Up" Gymnasium "Tavern At The End Of The World" Recorded and edits by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on February 28, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
21:43
March 11, 2022
Steve Peck - New Music Review - Frank Turner, Tears For Fears, Manchester Orchestra, Royal Blood, WDJM memories, and more #139
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Steve Peck, who not only did time with the host at WDJM back in the 80's but also let him stay in his college dorm room when he was booted out of his own dorm room. Its a great Mini WDJM reunion and a lively discussion on a bunch of new releases by Frank Turner, Tears For Fears, Foals, Royal Blood, Johnny Marr, The Record Company, Nothing But Thieves, and yes we do talk about the "old days" as well. We also play a WDJM favorite by The Sex Execs and a brand spanking new track by Bird Language. Music The Charms "So Pretty" The Sex Execs "Tami-itis" Bird Language "Apoplectic"(new album 625 Days on in May 2022) This episode was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on March 5, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA. and Disorder Vintage, Brookline MA.  Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
01:00:39
March 07, 2022
BONUS EPISODE - Rating the songs on The Beatles Sergeant Pepper album from bottom to top with AKA Penny Lane.... #138
AKA Penny Lane is back for the third installment of our own tribute to The Fab Four. Yes we know there are a lot of Beatles podcasts out there, but here you've got two generations of fans with different views from different times geeking out. The first two episodes we did together are only available on YouTube, but the next three including this episode will be available as audio podcasts. This time around we talk about "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and rate the songs on this iconic album from bottom to top! Recorded on Zoom with additional recording and editing done by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
34:23
March 04, 2022
Joe Milliken - Author of "Lets Go! Benjamin Orr And The Cars" #137
Author Joe Milliken joins us on the show to talk about his fantastic book entitled "Lets Go" Benjamin Orr and The Cars", a biography of Benjamin Orr's career, which started in the early 60's in Cleveland Ohio and ended tragically at the age of 53 due to a losing battle with cancer. The book and the interview tell us a lot about the lifelong musicians journey. We also play a track from the outstanding 2019 Avoid One Thing album "Right Here Where You Left Me"... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(opening theme song) Avoid One Thing "Right Here Where You Left Me" The interview portion of the show was recorded on zoom and all additional content was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on February 21, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
50:01
February 28, 2022
Mike Gitter - VP A&R Century Media Records on XXX fanzine, SSD, Bad Religion, Opeth, Ice-T, and more... #136
Mike Gitter has had a long storied career as both a music journalist and an A&R guy. He started his fanzine XXX in the mid 80's and then began booking all ages shows in the Boston area. He then went out to work for Atlantic Records and signed Bad Religion among other great bands, spent 12 years at Roadrunner Records, where he signed many bands from Opeth to Megadeth, and now is currently the VP of A&R at Century Media Records in Los Angeles. He also spent some time fronting the band Apology and helped yours truly connect with some influential punk bands which ended up on Giant Records. We had a fun zoom chat and spoke about all this and more.... Music The Charms "So Pretty" Apology "Pass Me by" Uniform Choice "Region Of Ice" The interview portion of the show was recorded on zoom and all additional content was recorded and  edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on February 19, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
59:55
February 21, 2022
Joanie Lindstrom - WMBR, 35 years on the Radio and still going strong... #135
Joanie Lindstrom recently celebrated her 35th anniversary as a DJ at WMBR in Cambridge, MA(MIT) and she came on the show to talk about radio, past and present, and her extensive knowledge of punk, hardcore, metal etc. We also talk about the road that brought her to the Boston music scene, and being a huge football fan, she even shared her Super Bowl prediction with us...more fun times in the studio! Music The Charms "So Pretty" The Adverts "Bored Teenagers" White Dynomite "Don't Tell Me That I Need A Doctor" This episode was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on February 12, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
52:04
February 14, 2022
John Lynch - Watts, The Neighborhoods, Dirty Truckers, Avoid One Thing, Steppenwolf #134
Drummer John Lynch aka "Johnny Rock" joined us in the studio for a fun interview. We talked about all the great bands John has played with including Watts, The Neighborhoods, The Dirty Truckers, Avoid One Thing, and also his fill-in dates with the legendary John Kay and Steppenwolf. ..Oh and did we mention KISS, John's favorite band? Yes we did.... Music The Charms "So Pretty" Watts "Queens" The Neighborhoods "ByGone Era" This episode was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on February 5, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
41:24
February 07, 2022
Jesse Ahern - Boston singer/songwriter performs live in the studio and talks about touring with the Dropkick Murphys and more...#133
Singer/songwriter Jesse Ahern joins us in the studio and plays a song from his new album "Heartache And Love" and tells us about the road that got him from the club scene to touring with the Dropkick Murphys and Europe and beyond... *disclaimer - Baby Loves Tacos is located in Pittsburgh PA not Pittsburgh MA because there is no Pittsburgh MA(Covid Brain Fog)! Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Jesse Ahern "Just A Moment" (Live in the studio) The Paybacks "When I'm Gone" This episode was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on January 28, 2022 This episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA  support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
32:32
January 31, 2022
Michael Crockett - Hazel Eyes Studio/Trailer Swift on Album Art and the marriage between Art and Music... #132
Artist/Rocker Michael Crockett joins us to talk about Album Artwork including the several album covers he has designed, as well as his outstanding work that he does at Hazel Eyes Studio. We also discuss some of our favorite album covers from Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" to The Beatles "Revolver". The latest on Crockett's band Trailer Swift and we play a track by them. Also a great hidden gem from the band Lost Lake! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Trailer Swift "Rhyme Or Reason" Lost Lake "Dairy Queen" This episode was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on January 22, 2022 The episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA   support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
53:30
January 24, 2022
BONUS EPISODE - Duncan Wilder Johnson "We're Coming For Your Band" - Worcester County Ma. Bands #131
PREVIOUSLY ONLY AVAIL ON PATREON - This episode was recorded in the Fall of 2021 ands was previously only available on Patreon. This is a special bonus episode of the podcast featuring Musician/Photographer/Spoken Word Star Duncan Wilder Johnson. We recorded three episodes together in which we call "We're Coming For Your Band". In part three of our series, we talk about some of favorite bands that we loved while growing up in Worcester County in Massachusetts, where we are both from.... Here are some of the bands and other related topics we talk about - Zip's Penthouse, Pretty Poison, The Espresso Bar, The Lucky Dog Music Hall, The Palladium, Overcast, David Minehan, WCUW, WAAF, The WAG, Ed McNamara, Killswitch Engage, Garrison, Crazy Jack & The Automatics, The Lynch Mob, Blue Moon Band, August... and yes me did miss some...who knows maybe there will be a part two?  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Additional music and editing by Duncan Wilder Johnson Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA Please support the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
38:37
January 17, 2022
Jen D'Angora - The Shang Hi Los, The Dents, Downbeat 5, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents #130
On the first episode of 2022, we are joined by Jen D'Angora, who has played in several cool bands over the last twenty years including The Downbeat 5, The Dents, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents and most recently Boston supergroup The Shang Hi Lo's. Jen also recently joined up with the legendary Genya Raven for a duet. An all around fun interview... Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) The Dents "Mistreatment" The Shang Hi Lo's "Sway Little Player This episode was recorded and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA. on January 8, 2022 (Interview portion done on Zoom) The episode was sponsored by Baby Loves Tacos, Pittsburgh PA
43:59
January 10, 2022
2021 The podcast year in review and a look at some of our favorite albums of the year #129
The last recorded epsiode of 2021, perhaps one of the most bizarre years in recent histiory. We talk about just every guest we had and then look back at some of our favorite releases of the year! Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Lee Harrington & Lynda Mandolyn "Real Love" Freeloader "Gimme What's Left Of Your Love" Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on December 20, 2021 Support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing
32:38
January 02, 2022
Cam Ackland - The Prime Movers, The VooDoo Dolls, Port Charles Quintet, The Black Souls #128
On this episode we are joined by Cam Ackland, who played an instrumental role in the early Boston garage punk scene as the singer of The Prime Movers. We also talk about several of Cam's other projects including the VooDoo Dolls, Port Charles Quintet, and his current band The Black Souls. A garage rock treat for the ages indeed.... Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) The Prime Movers "Where Its At" Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on December 13, 2021 support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing
54:50
December 27, 2021
Matt Kelly - The Dropkick Murphys #127
On this episode we are joined by the man that never misses a show, Dropkick Murphys drummer of the last 25 years, Matt Kelly. We have a great conversation about Matt's musical upbringing in Central Mass and the road that brought him to the Dropkick Murphys. Matt has recorded ten studio albums and done numerous tours around the world with one of the hardest working bands in show business. A fun talk with a real nice guy!  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Dropkick Murphys "Good As Gold" The Dropkick Murphys "Blood" Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on December 11, 2021 support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing
01:12:56
December 20, 2021
Darryl Shepard - Talks about the latest KIND album, Milligram, Slapshot, Roadsaw, Test Meat, and more... #126
Darryl Shepard joined us in the studio to talk about the latest KIND album "Mental Nudge". We also took a look back at his long career as one of the staples in Boston's heavy music scene.  From Head Cleaner to Roadsaw to Test Meat and all in between, we were able to cover much of Darryl's career. He also did the Hosts' job and answered some listener emails for us which he handled marvelously! The man definitely earned his Notch Beer!  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Kind "Helms" from Mental Nudge Kind "Faster Number Two" from Mental Nudge Recorded and mixed by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on December 4, 2021 support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing
01:03:43
December 13, 2021
Kenny Chambers- Moving Targets, Bullet LaVolta and more #124
Kenny Chambers has been writing songs, making records, and touring for a long time. On this episode, we talk about his long career as a member of The Moving Targets, his significant time and contributions to Bullet LaVolta and his may other projects. Music The Charms "So Pretty" Moving Targets "Apart" from "Humbucker" 2020 Moving Targets "Fear Of God" from "Wires" 2020 Interview recorded on zoom Additional engineering and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on November 27, 2021 support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing
49:56
December 06, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - Rating all 15 QUEEN studio albums Bottom to Top #125
Queen is our favorite band and on this episode we rate the band's 15 studio albums bottom to top. If you are a Queen fan you are in the right place. We obviously love all their albums and knew this was a difficult task but this is what we came up with...Listen and enjoy!  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Engineering and edited by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on November 27, 2021 support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing
15:38
December 03, 2021
Brett Milano - Accomplished music journalist and author joins us to talk about the Mass Ave compilation, Scott Miller, The Cars, The Lyres and more... #123
On this episode we are joined by long time music journalist and author, Brett Milano. Brett has written for numerous publications, authored several books, and even worked at some record labels including the legendary Rhino Records. Mostly he is a big fan of music! Music The Charms "So Pretty" The Nervous Eaters "Loretta" The Atlantics "Lonely Hearts" Interview recorded on zoom Additional engineering and editing by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on November 20, 2021 support the podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico This episode was sponsored by Notch Brewing 
52:02
November 29, 2021
Jim Weeks & Mike Kelly - of The Jim Weeks Band perform two songs live from their outstanding self-titled debut album and talk about how the band formed... #122
Jim Weeks and Mike Kelly of the Jim Weeks band perform two songs live in the studio and talk about the road that brought the band together which led to them making a great record with Producer David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Studios. If you are from Central Massachusetts, you will especially enjoy this episode of the three of us talking about every stinking town in Worcester County. Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Jim Weeks & Mike Kelly "Every Good Movie" Live at Voice Motel Jim Weeks & Mike Kelly "Everything" Live at Voice Motel Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on November 13, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
46:56
November 22, 2021
Mike Skill - The Romantics Bassist/Guitarist talks about his new solo record and his long run with the Detroit legends #121
Mike Skill(Bassist/Guitarist) of the legendary Detroit New Wave band The Romantics joins the show to talk about his new solo record and growing up in the "Motor City" a town that has produced some of the biggest bands in the world and of course Motown! Plus two brand new songs from Mike, including his collaboration with MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Mike Skill "My Bad Pretty" Mike Skill  "67 Riot"(featuring Wayne Kramer) Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on November 5, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:02:50
November 15, 2021
Spencer James - Of Special Messages on the song "Donora" and the Donora PA. Smog Museum... #120
Originally a Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast YouTube zoom exclusive interview, here is the full episode of our show with Spencer James of the North Carolina based band Special Messages, who talks about the song "Donora" and the Donora Smog Museum located in Donora PA. An incident that happened in 1948 that changed the Pennsylvania town forever and fantastic the lo-fi song that has caught our attention.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Special Messages "Donora" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on November 5, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
44:47
November 12, 2021
Bob Nalbandian - Heavy Metal Writer/Director talks about his films and his early role in the LA Metal scene and more... #119
Bob Nalbandian is one of the original behind the scene dudes of the 1980's Los Angeles Metal Scene. His documentaries are a great starting point if you want to find out the real history of the LA metal scene, since Bob was writing about the scene when it all began. Starting with 2014's "The Pioneers of LA Hard Rock and Heavy Metal", Bob's documentaries have always included interviews with the people that helped the scene get started. Whether it be Lars Ulrich, Steven Pearcy, Joey Vera, or Don Dokken, Bob covers all the bases. If you are a fan of the LA metal scene or just a fan of heavy metal in general, you need to hear this podcast... Music The Charms "So Pretty: (theme song) The Preston Wayne Four "The Hearse" The Preston Wayne Four "OUI" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on October 30, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is sponsored by Notch Brewing.
42:34
November 08, 2021
Nicole A. -New Music Review - Idles, Teezo Touchdown, Zack Fox, Iron Maiden, Sprints, Adele and more #118
Welcome to another episode of the "Ellie Vee and Nicole A. New Music Review"! Nicole and Steev talk about a wide variety of new songs by Adele, Iron Maiden, Idles, Ministry, Teezo Touchdown, Zack Fox, etc.  Nicole also tells us about her experience of running the Chicago marathon and her love for the band WEEN. We missed having Ellie with us on this show but we somehow survived and covered a variety of new releases for your enjoyment.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Lee Harrington & Lynda Mandolyn "Sweet Child" Special Messages "Donora" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on October 23, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is sponsored by Notch Brewing. This show is dedicated to the memory of David Volckhausen.
01:01:10
November 01, 2021
Shake The Faith - 80's rockers return, Algorithms, and more... #117
Boston 80's rockers Shake The Faith(Casey Lindstrom, Todd Erickson, Jesse Mayer) do a zoom interview with us and talk about how the band got together and spent several years as one of the cities top live rock bands. We also talk about how two of the band members have battled Cancer along, with their upcoming reunion gig. In our new music trends segment, we get into Algorithms and their role on Spotify and other steaming services. Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Shake The Faith "Already Gone" Shake The Faith "Wild World" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on October 16, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is sponsored by Notch Brewing.
46:00
October 25, 2021
Muck And The Mires - On working with Kim Fowley, Producer Jim Diamond, meeting Pete Best, Ape Hangers, and more... #116
Muck And The Mires joined us in the studio on this episode and we had a blast talking about their fantastic twenty year career as a band. They shared their experiences about working with Kim Fowley, Producer Jim Diamond, sharing a trailer at The Underground Garage festival with Pete Best, and how Pedro Muck (Peter Sjostedt) joined the band. And of course since Pedro was in the room, we revisited his legendary rock trio The Ape Hangers and the Empire Records soundtrack, and how he ended up remaking the classic "I'm Your Man" with Muck.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Muck And The Mires "This Time I Know I'm Right" Muck And The Mires "I'm Your Man" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on October 16, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is sponsored by Notch Brewing.
59:50
October 18, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - Duncan Wilder Johnson "We're Coming For Your Band" - Dag Nasty
This is a special bonus episode of the podcast featuring Musician/Photographer/Spoken Word Star Duncan Wilder Johnson. We recorded three episodes together in which we call "We're Coming For Your Band". This the second one, a critical review of one of our all time favorite bands - Dag Nasty! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Additional music by Duncan Wilder Johnson Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA Please support the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
43:43
October 15, 2021
Slapshot - Mark McKay, Steven Risteen, Rev. Hank Peirce on Slapshot/SlapNot #113
Fun time with two original members of the legendary Boston hardcore band Slapshot, as we are joined by drummer Mark McKay and guitarist Steven Risteen, along with the bands longtime roadie Rev. Hank Peirce.  We talk about the band's beginnings and anniversary weekend planned for November including "SlapNot" an afternoon of karaoke and special guests on Sunday November 21 at The Middle East in Cambridge MA... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Slapshot "Back On the Map" Slapshot "Chip On My Shoulder" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on October 2, 2021 This episode is sponsored by Notch Brewing. Please support the podcast: patron.com/twistedrico
01:01:46
October 11, 2021
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico Trailer #2
Whats the show about??? Listen and find out! Support us! pattern.com/twistedrico  Music The Charms "So Pretty"
00:51
October 09, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - Duncan Wilder Johnson "We're Coming For Your Band" Black Sabbath
This is a special bonus episode of the podcast featuring Musician/Photographer/Spoken Word Star Duncan Wilder Johnson. We recorded three episodes together in which we call "We're Coming For Your Band". This the first, a critical review of one of our all time favorite bands - Black Sabbath! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Additional music by Duncan Wilder Johnson Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA Please support the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
54:35
October 08, 2021
Rob Potylo - On Joanie "Chyna" Laurer, Quiet Desperation, The Gong Show, and his alter ego Robbie Roadsteamer #112
Rob Potylo aka Robbie Roadsteamer joined us in the studio for a fun and lively session as we covered a myriad of topics. As a producer of the recently released documentary about former WWE Wrestling star Joanie Laurer, known to most as "Chyna", Rob shared a lot of stories about his relationship with his former roommate and departed star. We also spoke about Rob's successful Boston based reality show, Quiet Desperation, and his move to Los Angeles, and his ongoing comedy career, including an appearance on the Gong show.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Jim Weeks Band "Every Good Movie" The Lyres "Help You Ann"  Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on September 13, 2021 please support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is supported by Notch Beer.
58:07
October 04, 2021
September 30, 2021
00:14
September 30, 2021
Jon Butcher - On Race, Rock, Touring, the Blues and more...#111
Jon Butcher has paid his Rock N Roll dues and shared his plight from Philly to Alaska to Boston and LA with us on this episode. We talk about Jon's early days in New England club favs Johanna Wild, all the way though his long career which included three major label deals, and multiple years of touring as both a headliner and with bands like the J. Geils Band, Def Leppard, and Rush.  And yes we even talk about The Barefoot Servants!  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Jon Butcher "Devil's Train" Jon Butcher "360 degrees" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on September 18, 2021 please support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is supported by Notch Beer.
58:06
September 27, 2021
John Bionelli - Aerosmith Road Manager on his Boston roots, Hollywood Vampires, Black Sabbath, meeting Obama and more...#110
Aerosmith road manager John Bionelli joined us on the show and spoke about his rise from working with bands for free to becoming Joe Perry's right hand man. He shared some incredible stories about not only about his brothers in Aerosmith, but also The Hollywood Vampires, Velvet Revolver, Black Sabbath, and his early days with Boston underground legends Boys Life and The Outlets. Plus an unbelievable story about the time he met President Barack Obama. Fantastic must listen to episode!  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Boys Life "I Found Her" The Outlets "Best Friends"  Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on September 4, 2021 please support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is supported by Notch Beer.
01:08:38
September 20, 2021
Hilken Mancini on Punk Rock Aerobics, Fuzzy, Girls Rock Camp, and more... #109
Hilken Mancini came by the studio on an early Saturday morning for our interview, just before opening her vintage clothing boutique (40 South Street) in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, to talk about some of her many accomplishments. After moving to Boston from Syracuse in the early 90's, her band Fuzzy created quite the buzz and were signed to Atlantic Records. From there she has played in a variety of bands(The Count Me Outs, Shepherdess, The Monsiers etc..) and also started the internationally known "Punk Rock Aerobics" with Maura Jasper, which recently resulted in her appearing in a Green Day video. We also spoke about how she started "Girls Rock Camp Boston" in 2010. A fine and educating time we had.... Music The Charms"So Pretty" (theme song) Fuzzy "Postcard" Fuzzy "Flashlight" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on September 4, 2021 please support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico This episode is supported by Notch Beer. 
59:14
September 13, 2021
Bill Metoyer - Legendary Metal Producer/Engineer talks Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Slayer and more.... #108
It was a honor to have our old friend Bill Metoyer on the show via cel phone from Los Angeles California. Bill has been a permanent fixture along side Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records since the early 80's as not only a Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Mastering Wiz, but as a part of the growth of one of the best independent labels in American history.  We talk about many of the great bands that Bill has been involved with including Armored Saint, Bitch, Slayer, Fates Warning, Trouble etc..   Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Hirax "Victims Of The Dead" The Charms "Gimme That Shot" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on August 30, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
55:50
September 09, 2021
Ken Cmar talks Wonderdrug Records, Stompbox, 6L6, Scissorfight, and more... #107
On this episode of the podcast, Ken Cmar stops by the studio and tells us many great stories about how he moved to Boston to go school and ended up starting Summit Records, which had to change its name to Wonderdrug and how the label became a landing spot for some of the city's most iconic heavy bands of the 90's. A list that includes Stompbox, 6L6, Sam Black Church, Scissorfight, Tree etc.. Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Stompbox "Pick It Up" 6L6 "Yeah Right" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on August 28, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
56:42
September 06, 2021
Ed V. on Q Division, The Gravel Pit, Juliana Hatfield, Abbie Barrett, Mike Denneen, and more #106
Ed Valauskas, known to most as Ed V. has played an intricate part in the Boston music scene since the 90's. Aside from playing Bass in The Gravel Pit, The Gentlemen, Jenny D & The Deelinquents etc. he has been managing one of the areas top recording studios - Q Division for the last 15 or so years and producing and playing on a ton of records over the years. Ed joined us on the show to talk about everything from playing and touring with Juliana Hatfield, backing up Eddie Vedder, and Q Division's move from Somerville to Cambridge. We also touch on the loss of long time working partner and Boston engineering legend Mike Denneen.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) The Gravel Pit "Stingray" Abbie Barrett "I will Let You Know" (world premiere!) Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on August 28, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
53:12
August 30, 2021
Steve Martin of Nasty Little Man on Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, his Hardcore Punk roots, and more... #105
Steve Martin has gone from playing the Hardcore Punk circuit with bands like The Straw Dogs and Agnostic Front to building his company Nasty Little Man into a Public Relations firm that represents some of the biggest acts in the world, including Paul McCartney, The Foo Fighters, Metallica, St. Vincent, Beck, and Arcade Fire. We covered a lot of the bases with Steve who was very candid about his incredible musical journey, which started in the early 90's when we began representing bands like The Beastie Boys, Helmet, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Please enjoy one of our favorite episodes so far...    Music The Charms"So Pretty"(theme song) Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys "The Reckoning Is Here" Magnapop "Need To Change" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on August 16, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
56:53
August 22, 2021
Justine Covault - Justine And The Unclean, Red On Red Records, The Neighborhoods, and more... #104
Justine Covault took time from her busy schedule to talk to us! She not only fronts one of the coolest bands around - Justine And The Unclean - but also started her own label(Red On Red Records) during the pandemic.  Red On Red have already released a bunch of cool recordings and have also put together some solid events both virtually and live. During the interview we hit on a myriad of topics including some exciting news about one of our fav bands, The Neighborhoods, and a legendary band she played in many moons ago (Malachite)... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme Song) Justine And The Unclean "Scorpion Bowl To Go" Lee Harrington & Lynda Mandolyn "Real Love" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on August 9, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
50:54
August 16, 2021
Ellie Vee and Joe Wizda of The Charms: New Music review, Clairo, Torres, Fauve, and more #103
On this episode of the show, we are joined by our friends Ellie Vee and Joe Wizda of The Charms for a lively discussion on New Music as we discuss Clairo, Torres, Fauve etc. Also news on the upcoming "The Town and The City" festival which will be held in October in Lowell MA...   Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Paybacks "Stranger In The House" Classic Ruins "Little OCD" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on August 7, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
47:21
August 10, 2021
Nancy Barile on her book "I'm Not Holding Your Coat..", her Philly upbringing and Punk Rock roots, and her road to Boston... #102
Author/High School Teacher Nancy Barile ("I'm Not Holding Your Coat: My Bruises-And-All Memoir of Punk Rock Rebellion") joined us for a great conversation on her upbringing outside of Philadelphia, where she played a huge role in the early eighties punk/hardcore scene. She also talks about the road to Boston which led to true love and a career in Education, where she has earned many awards and accolades...  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(Theme Song) Field Day "Speak The Truth" Mission Of Burma "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on July 31, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
56:02
August 03, 2021
"Nite Bob" Czaykowski on working with The New York Dolls, The Stooges, Steely Dan, Kiss, Aerosmith, Ian Hunter, and more #101
Legendary Sound Engineer, Tour Manager, All around nice guy, "Nite Bob" Czaykowski joined us for a great interview and shared some incredible Rock N Roll Road Stories about his long career working with bands like The New York Dolls, The Stooges, Kiss, Steely Dan, Aerosmith, Ian Hunter etc.  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Charms "Touch" The Neighborhoods "Hoodwinked" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on July 24, 2021 please support the podcast Patreon.com/twistedrico
01:07:25
July 27, 2021
Rick Jones and Craig Adams talk about their new band Lovely, plus Jerry's Kids, The Dents, Mung, Stranglehold etc... #100
Rick Jones and Craig Adams from LOVELY join us in the studio for a fun interview about the band and also answer every stinking question about their past and other projects as well as their bandmates bands as well. We cover Jerry's Kids, The Dents, The Freeze, The Choir Boys, Mung, DYS, Stranglehold, and more. Drummer Jack Clark gets stuck in traffic and shows up late for the interview but manages to sneak in a quick line! We also review the outstanding new documentary film, "Summer Of Soul".... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Lovely "2020" Lovely "JetSet" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on July 17, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:00:43
July 19, 2021
Thalia Zedek - The Dangerous Birds, Uzi, Live Skull, Come, a magnificent solo career and the 20th anniversary of "Been Here And Gone"... #99
Thalia Zedek has been a force on the independent music scene since the early 80's and she's showing no signs of slowing down. It was an honor to have her as a guest on the show as we covered as much as we could of her storied career. From her early days with White Women and The Dangerous Birds, to Uzi, Live Skull, the amazing Come, and her fabulous solo career which is still going strong, with a new solo record and the 20th year anniversary of "Been Here And Gone" reissue on vinyl...    Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Thalia Zedek "1926" Thalia Zedek "Fighting Season" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on July 10, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:02:41
July 13, 2021
Tom Wilson on being on the road with The Cure, Depeche Mode, Janet, Shakira etc..
On this episode of the show, we are joined by Tom Wilson, who spend most of his adult life on the road working for tons of artists including The Cure, Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Shakira etc.. He started his career as an underage teenager sneaking into shows in Boston by carrying equipment in with mostly hardcore bands and soon found himself working at clubs and local Boston bands and before long on major world tours. BS fans Heather and Nina(who made the host abandon his script and go freestyle) also join us on the show during their New England vacation from Colorado. Yes we let our fans in the room and even put microphones in front of them.  Lastly, we rock you with a great tune from the new Boston supergroup LOVELY. This show is funny as hell and worth a listen or two... Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Lovely "Hate" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on July 3, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:03:29
July 06, 2021
Chris Porter on Booking, Managing Artists, running a Record Label, Bumbershoot, "The Town And City Festival", Hockey, and more... #97
This week we have an interview with Chris Porter, who started his music career in college radio at WJUL, has managed artists, run a record label, booked clubs, and has put together massively successful festivals, including the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and "The Town And The City Festival" in his hometown of Lowell MA! Chris has pretty much done it all in his 30+ year music career, and oh did we mention he loves Hockey and is a fun interviewee....also new music by Lee Harrington & Lynda Mandoyln and Mr. Airplane Man! Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Lee Harrington & Lynda Mandolyn "Real Love" Mr. Airplane Man "Moment" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on June 26, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:15:41
June 29, 2021
Troy Gregory - Detroit's own, on his continued Rock N Roll journey... #96
Detroit's Troy Gregory has pretty much done it all as far as musicians go. He joins us on the show to talk about his time playing with Flotsam & Jetsam, Prong, The Dirtbombs, The Witches, and his many solo releases including the incredible "Xaviera" double album. We also hear an exclusive edited version track entitled "I Want To Thank The Academy" and hear how his new material is influenced by the fab four. Its a great tale and one that is still very much in progress...and yes his two favorite bass players...Chris Squire and Geddy Lee... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Troy Gregory "I Want To Thank The Academy" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on June 19, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:02:13
June 22, 2021
Ted Williams - From Rocker to Stuntman and how the time may be right for Indie Artists... #94
Our friend Ted Williams, who played in Pittsburgh bands like Eviction and The Volcano Dogs, has made a whole new career for himself working regularly on films and TV shows like Wonder Woman and Gotham, and it all started cause he had "the right look". Ted joins us for an interview and we also talk about how being an Indie Artist these days is not a bad thing in our New Music Trends segment, plus new music from Geoff Palmer and Grand Evolution.... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Geoff Palmer "Many More Drugs" Grand Evolution "Wish" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on June 5, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
52:43
June 18, 2021
Ellie Vee & Nicole A. - New Music Review plus "Echo In The Canyon" #95
Ellie Vee (The Charms) and Nicole A. join the show to talk about new music and we hit on a variety of artists such as Beach Bunny, The Voidz, Olivia Rodrigo etc. Nicole also throws us a disco curveball and raves on about Donna Summer. We also talk about music documentaries which are a bigger musical trend than ever and review "Echo In The Canyon", a fantastic film starring Jakob Dylan and friends which covers the LA Laurel Canyon Folk-Rock music scene 65-67 and great bands like The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and Buffalo Springfield... And if thats not enough our friend Mickey Bliss stopped by and put a headset on and listened in on the conversation and even chimed in a little... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Swivel "My Own Cage" The Dents "Want It Back" Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel on June 12, 2021 support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico 
01:02:18
June 14, 2021
50ft. Furies - Tracey Noel and Susan Lutin interview, Is TikTok breaking artists? Beach Bunny, Stand Atlantic, and more... #93
This episode features a fun interview with Tracey Noel and Susan Lutin of New Jersey "Riot Ladies" 50ft. Furies who talk about their amazing debut album "Miss American President", the impact of The  Linda Lindas, Bikini Kill, living through the pandemic, and more. In our music trends segment we hit on whether or not TikTok is breaking new artists and if thats not enough our hosts tells us what new music he's listening to including Chicago Indie-Pop stars Beach Bunny, who are rising fast... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) 50ft. Furies "My Body" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on June 5, 2021 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
52:05
June 07, 2021
Eric Martin, Phil Caruso and Rick Harte revisit The Neats plus the buzz on The Linda Lindas... #92
Fun episode as Eric Martin, Phil Caruso, and Ace Of Hearts Owner/Producer Rick Harte stop by the studio to talk about one of the best bands from the Boston 80's scene, The Neats. In our music trend of the week we explore how The Linda Lindas became the buzz band of the week after a live performance at the LA public library and its subsequent signing to Epitaph Records.  And yes our host does know that Norman Greenbaum was not a member of Spirit.      Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) The Neats "Six" The Neats "Loverman" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on May 29 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:06:55
May 31, 2021
Chris Doherty of Gang Green and who the hell is Finn Askew? #91
On this episode of Blowing Smoke With Twisted Rico, we interview our old friend and hardcore punk legend Chris Doherty, who holds absolutely nothing back as we share some incredibly funny stories from the past. We talk about the early days of Gang Green, Jerry's Kids, and Chris' recovery from a stroke he suffered 3 years ago.  We also take a look at Finn Askew, a 20 year old English musician who's song "Roses" has over 12 million listens on Spotify along with the song's video that has 32 million views on youtube in our music trends segment. Music The Charms "So Pretty" Gang Green "Out On The Couch" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on May 22 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
53:20
May 24, 2021
Darren Hill - The Red Rockers, Paul Westerberg, The New York Dolls, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and lots more... #90
On this episode of the show, we have a fantastic interview with Darren Hill, who started his career in New Orleans as the bassist of punk legends The Red Rockers and later went on to play with The Raindogs, Klover, The Stardarts, and Paul Westerberg. He then made the transition to management and started Ten Pin Management and has worked with many great artists over the years including Westerberg, David Johansen, The Dropkick Murphys, Roky Erickson, and The Mighty Might Bosstones. He was also heavily involved in the reunions of two iconic bands, The Replacements and The New York Dolls. Music The Charms "So Pretty" The Guts "Let It Go" Recorded by Mike Nashawaty on May 13 at Voice Motel, Somerville MA support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico  This episode is dedicated to someone who both Darren and I both knew well, Terri Engeron.  Please support the podcast:  patreon.com/twistedrico 
44:53
May 17, 2021
Special Bonus show with a LOT of shout-outs and a new tune from Margaret Garrett (Mr. Airplane Man)... #89
This is a special BONUS episode of the show recapping many highlights of past shows dating back to our debut in January 2019 when we started this journey back in Pittsburgh PA! If you like name dropping and shouts-outs, you are gonna love this one! We also play a brand new song from Margaret Garrett (Mr. Airplane Man) putting the lovely icing on the cake.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Margaret Garrett "Clouds" Recorded on May 10 by Mike Nashawaty at Voice Motel, Somerville MA  please support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
21:47
May 14, 2021
Keith Bennett - On his wild youth, Boston hardcore, PanzerBastard, Wrecking Crew, Kiss, Motorhead, recovery, and more... #88
On this episode of the show, we are joined by Keith Bennett, who shares some insanely funny stories about his youth including how the KISS "Rock And Roll Over" album changed his life and led him to be the rocker he still is today. We also talk about the Boston hardcore scene, Wrecking Crew, PanzerBastard, Motorhead, sitting in with the Gang Green all-star band, and what recovery has been like for him. Its a real dose of reality and honesty, the way we like it... Music The Charms "So Pretty" PanzerBastard "Grave Robber" The Outlets "Bright Lights" Recorded on April 28 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East, Somerville MA   please support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
01:07:40
May 10, 2021
Margaret Garrett - Mr. Airplane Man, mutual love for The Lyres, Mark Sandman, Inman Square roots and more...#87
On this episode of the show, we are joined by one of our favs Margaret Garrett and chat away about her new recordings, play an obscure Mr. Airplane Man track, share our mutual love for The Lyres, and remember the old days in Inman Sq in Cambridge MA. where she met Morphine's Mark Sandman and how it all started for her...and yes...the 1369 Coffee House....  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Mr. Airplane Man "Louisiana" Margaret Garrett "Dance With Me Recorded on April 28 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East, Somerville MA please support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico 
53:30
May 03, 2021
Rev. Hank Peirce returns to talk about his faith, current affairs in America, and shares a great story about a brawl he may have started at a Slapshot show in Sarajevo! #86
On this episode of the show, our good friend Rev. Hank Peirce, who's path in life took him from a being a punk rock kid in a sleepy Southeastern Mass town to becoming a roadie for bands like Slapshot and The Straw Dogs(The FU's) to his current and ultimate life as the ordained Minister he is today. On his encore appearance on the show, Hank talks current affairs and tells us an insane story on how he thinks he may have started an all out brawl at a Slapshot show in Sarajevo.    Music The Charms "So Pretty (theme song) Government Issue "Caring Line" The Freeze "Warped Confessional" Recorded on April 21, 2021 by Nick Z, at New Alliance East, Somerville MA Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
01:05:02
April 26, 2021
Nat Freedberg talks about his new project Freeloader, The Upper Crust, The Titanics, The Flies, his solo records and more...#85
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Nat Freedberg, who has been playing in bands and delivering great songs since the early 80's. Nat tells us about his latest project Freeloader and we go back and discuss some of the legendary bands he has played in, including The Flies, The Titanics, The Satanics, and of course his internationally known and loved band The Upper Crust! We also talk about Nat's two solo records which have also been released in the last two years and show a different side of his songwriting talents.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Freeloader "Ten Songs Make an Album" (RumBar Records) Freeloader "Gimme Whats Left Of Your Love” (RumBar Records) Recorded on April 12, 2021 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East, Somerville MA Support the podcast here: patreon.com/twistedrico 
55:39
April 19, 2021
Leah Callahan on Turkish Delight, Betwixt, The Glass Set, and the release of her fabulous new solo album "Simple Folk"... #84
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Leah Callahan, who has played in some really cool bands over the years such as Turkish Delight, Betwixt, The Glass Set, and has just released her second solo album entitled "Simple Folk".  We touch all the bases leading up to the release of "Simple Folk" and what lies ahead for the talented singer/songwriter.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Leah Callahan "I Don't Relate" Leah Callahan "Blameless" Recorded on April 7 at New Alliance East by Nick Z Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
53:43
April 12, 2021
"Malibu" Lou Mansdorf (RumBar Records) on The Connection, Muck And The Mires, Genya Ravan, The Dirty Truckers, Astoria NY and more... #83
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by "Malibu" Lou Mansdorf, the man behind the RumBar Records label, who drops more names than anyone in the history of this podcast and enlightens us with great stories about growing up in Astoria NY, working in the music business, the history of RumBar Records, and more fun stuff. We also talk about many of the cools bands and artists on the RumBar label including Geoff Palmer, The Connection, The Shang Hi Los, Freeloader, Genya Ravan, The Dirty Truckers, Muck and The Mires and more....Its one helluva of hoedown between two music industry lifers... Music The Charms "So Pretty" Shang Hi Los "Sway Little Player" (Used with the permission of RumBar Records) Muck And The Mires "I'm Your Man" (Used with the permission of RumBar Records) Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East on March 31, 2021 support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico
01:01:38
April 05, 2021
James McAndrew of Milquetoast & Co and Boston fashion designer Cibeline Sariano talk music, art, fashion, life etc... #82
On this episode of the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast we are joined by Denver Co. based Milquetoast & Co front man James McAndrew and Boston fashion designer Cibeline Sariano. James tells us about his early days in Boston and his move to Denver which gave him a musical resurgence when all seemed hopeless, while Cibeline offers her tasteful spin on the Milquetoast & Co video "Cigarette Burns" and talks about her dream to open an art space on how its all coming into fruition... Music The Charms "So Pretty" Milqetoast & Co "Cigarette Burns" Recorded by Nick Z on March 24 at New Alliance East in Somerville MA support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico 
01:04:55
March 29, 2021
Bob Mayo - Boston metal legends Wargasm singer/bassist on the band's crazy ride, including legal battles and opening for some of the biggest bands in the land... #81
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Wargasm's singer/bassist Bob Mayo, who takes us through the band's history and details their five year legal battle with their label Profile Records to get released from their deal, which kept them from accepting offers from other labels. Special guest co-host Duncan Wilder Johnson(Destruct-A-Thon) comes along for the wild ride and adds his take and insight like only he can. Its a heavy ride through the early Boston metal scene and how Wargasm opened for bands like Slayer, Anthrax, Biohazard etc. culminating with nearly all the bands releases now available in one sweet place on Bandcamp... Recorded on March 17 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East. Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
59:27
March 22, 2021
Taang! Records head honcho Curtis Casella talks about Gang Green, The Lemonheads, Bullet LaVolta, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Slapshot, The Outlets, and lots more...#80
On this episode of the podcast, owner and operator of Taang! Records, Curtis Casella joins us to talk about and tell us great stories about working with bands like Gang Green, The Lemonheads, Bullet LaVolta, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Slapshot, and even chimes in on The Outlets, a band he wished he had on his label. From his early days at college radio, to starting up the label in the Boston area which began as "singles label" and grew into much more than that, to relocating to the West Coast, where he has his Taang! store and label based in San Diego Ca. Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song used with permission of the band) Gang Green "Out On The Couch"(used with permission of Taang!) 
01:17:18
March 19, 2021
Geoff Palmer (The Connection, The Queers, The Guts) brings his positive energy to the show as we talk about his multitude of cool projects... #79
Our pal and hard working positive vibe dude Geoff Palmer (known to the old punkers as Geoff Useless) covers all the bases with us as we start with his early days in The Queers, The Nobodys and the fabulous Guts and work though his cow punk solo stuff and the birth of garage rock sensations The Connection right up to the 2020 release "Your Face Is Weird, a great collaboration with Austrailian Lucy Ellis(The Spazzys). His resume is solid and his attitude is 100% spot on as we find out... Music(used by permission of the artists) The Charms "So Pretty" Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis "Crash" The Guts "Let It Go"  Recorded on March 3, 2021 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East, Somerville MA Support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico
52:44
March 15, 2021
Guitarist Meliza Jackson on joining The Darts, opening for The Damned, Jello Biafra, Vox, meeting Joan Jett, and more... #78
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Darts guitarist Meliza Jackson, who joined the band in 2019 and soon thereafter found herself making an album, opening The Damned's US tour, and flying to Europe to rock the world in a wild and exciting year.  Meliza also talks about her deal with Vox, working with Alternative Tentacles and Jello Biafra, life in Phoenix, meeting her idol Joan Jett, and other fun stuff... Music(used by permission of the artists) The Charms "So Pretty" Intro Music The Darts "Breakup Makeup" Recorded on February 27 by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico 
33:37
March 12, 2021
Magnapop guitarist Ruthie Morris on working with well known producers, political change in Georgia, pandemic survival, and more... #77
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Magnapop guitarist Ruthie Morris as we cover a plethora of topics including the band's long successful career that has seen the release of six studio albums, including records produced by Michael Stipe, Bob Mould, and Geza X, and a bunch of singles and Ep's released both in America and Europe. Morris also talks to us about how the pandemic has affected the band, the positive political change happening in Georgia, and what the future holds for her and long time bandmate, songwriting partner, and singer Linda Hopper. Music(used with the permission of the bands) The Charms "So Pretty" INTRO Magnapop "Open The Door" Magnapop "Need To Change" Recorded on February 27, 2021 by Nick Z.at New Alliance East, Somerville MA.
39:06
March 08, 2021
Long time Boston area club booker/musician/all around nice guy Mickey Bliss shares some epic stories with us... #76
On this episode of the podcast, long Boston area club booker and musician Mickey Bliss shares some fabulous stories from when he started playing shows in the old Combat Zone in Boston in the late seventies, to his 26 years as a club booker for The Kirkland Cafe in Somerville MA and then Club Bohemia downstairs at The Cantab Lounge in Central Square in Cambridge Ma. In one story, which has an hilarious ending, Mickey recalls brawling with another former Boston area booker Martin Doyle. We also play Mickey's still popular single "Cocktails For Two."  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Intro music Mickey Bliss "Cocktails For Two" Recorded on February 24 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East in Somerville MA  Support the podcast here: patreon.com/twistedrico Further Inquiries please contact Steev Riccardo: twistedrico@gmail.com
50:44
March 01, 2021
Our favorite Alt-Model/Sex Worker Collibrina returns to talk about her film "The Feminist", some of her fav tunes, and more fun topics... #75
Sex worker, film maker, naked yoga queen, and Only Fans star Collibrina makes a third appearance on the show and like before there is never a dull moment. We talk about and critically analyze her experimental film "The Feminist"(which we highly recommend), hear a couple of her favorite songs, and turn her on to "My Body" by 50 Ft Furies. And of course there are many other odds and ends about sex, music, and surviving in 2021. Its a blast as usual.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (Intro music) That Handsome Devil "A Drink To Death" Natti Vogel "I don't Want To Find The One" 50 FT Furies "My Body" Recorded on February 10, 2021 by Nick Z. at NewAlliance East, Somerville MA. Support the podcast here: patreon.com/twistedrico Also please visit collabrina.com Further Inquiries please contact Steev Riccardo: twistedrico@gmail.com
01:00:10
March 01, 2021
Feminist punks Bait Bag may be on an island off the coast of Maine but thats not stopping them, AND pop newcomer Gina Phillips talks about her debut single and video "Ego"... #74
On this episode of the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast, we have two guests this time around. Riot Grrrl feminist punks Bait Bag call in from North Haven Island off the coast of Maine, where they are one of only 3 bands on the island! The ladies tell us how it all came together and as their buzz grows, what their plans are once things open up again. Then Gina Phillips tells us how the last year has led to her first single and video for the song "Ego" with the Worcester MA based band Peak Fifteen and how excited she is about her early success as a singer.  Its a real mixed bag and fun time had by all... Music The Charms "So Pretty" Intro Music Bait Bag "Good Guy" Peak Fifteen Featuring Gina Phillips "Ego" Recorded on February 17 by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA Support the podcast! patreon.com/twistedrico 
48:36
March 01, 2021
Twisted Rico Radio Volume 5 feat Geoff Palmer And Lucy Ellis, Ex Hex, Worshipper, Test Meat, Watts, Le Zets, and more... #73
Twisted Rico Radio Volume 5 playlist The Lawrence Arms “Intransit The Green Lady Killers “You’re The One” Cherry 2000 “Sullen Man” Troy Gregory “Makin The Pollution Delicious” Ex Hex “Don’t Wanna Lose” Caged Heat “Betty” Mr. Airplane Man “Don’t Know Why” Worshipper “Lonesome Boredom Overdrive” Watts “Queens” The Dirtbombs “Fire In The Western World” Flexie “Galaxy Park” Hello Dragon “Automatic Friends” Kristin Hersh “Sugar Baby Bikini Kill “I Like Fucking” The Replacements “I’m In Trouble” Le Zets “Red Death Mobile” The Outlets “I’m A Mess” Geoff Palmer and Lucy Ellis “Swim” The Lemonheads “Anyway” Carissa Johnson “Sinking Flying” The Real Kids “Somewhere West Of Nowhere” Test Meat “Bright Blue Sun” Engineered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Support the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico Send Music/Contact info: twistedrico@gmail.com
01:15:52
February 19, 2021
Twisted Rico Radio Volume 4 featuring Death Valley Girls, Aquadolls, Field Day, Nate Zucker, Magnapop, The Outlets and more... #72
Twisted Rico Radio Volume 4 Playlist The Charms "So Pretty" (intro music) The Outlets “Bright Lights” The Paybacks “When I’m Gone” The Charms “Life In Movies” Death Valley Girls “Hold My Hand” The Coathangers “Make It Right” 5o Ft Furies “Bake Sale” Peak Fifteen Featuring Gina Phillips “Ego” The Modifiers “ I Like Her Band” Nate Zucker “Marigold” Aquadolls “Bleach” Stompbox “No Woods” See This World “Reality” The Northern Skulls “Your Eyes Are Why” Mission Of Burma “Academy Fight Song” Field Day “One Song” The Minutemen “This Is Ain’t No Picnic” The Real Kids “Somewhere West Of Nowhere” The Sterns “Sinners Stick Together” Some Girls “The Prettiest Girl” The Neats “Red And Grey” Tips Fourteens “Mr. Riley” Magnapop “Open The Door” Jimmy D’Angelo “Saved By The Bell” Engineered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Support the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
01:21:14
February 12, 2021
Twisted Rico Radio Volume 3 featuring The Darts, Lydia Loveless, Charly Bliss, Motion City Soundtrack, Big Boys, and more... #71
Twisted Rico Radio 3 Playlist The Charms "So Pretty" Intro music Ape Hangers "She Comes Again" The Darts "Breakup Makeup" Greg Allen's Fringe Religion "She's Stoned" Motion City Soundtrack "This IsFor Real" Charly Bliss "Heaven" Lydia Loveless "Boy Crazy" Nate Zucker "Marigold" Limbeck "Honk & Wave" Jim Weeks Band "Every Good Movie" Heidi Saperstein "The Devil I Once Knew" Dag Nasty "Ghosts" Juliana Hatfield "Just Lust" Big Boys "Fun Fun Fun" TSOL "Wash Away" Government Issue "Caring Line" Continental "Millionaire" Y'Allsberg "Slackjaw" Aviso Hara "Standing by" The Charms "Touch" Cracktorch "C'Mon" Zip Tie Handcuffs "City Sewers" Cortez "Vanishing Point" Engineered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Support the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast www.patreon.com/twistedrico
01:27:11
February 12, 2021
Erich Thaler speaks openly about Stompbox, Scratch, D-CON, his early days in Spokane WA, how things went wrong, and recovery... #70
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, Erich Thaler remembers his early days in the Spokane WA music scene and the journey that brought him to Boston, where he found success with Stompbox, who landed a major label record deal with Columbia. In the early 90's Stompbox was one of the most popular bands in the Boston scene but things unraveled which led to some dark times for Thaler. He rebounded with the band D-CON but once that project disbanded moved on the California, got straight, and he rebuilt his life.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" Intro Music Stompbox "No Woods" Recorded February 3, 2021  by Nick Z.at New Alliance East in Somerville MA Support the podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico 
01:03:22
February 08, 2021
Boston hardcore legend/artist Dave Tree gives us a heavy dose of reality holding nothing back.... #69
On this episode of the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast, we are joined by Boston hardcore legend/artist Dave Tree. Dave, who fronted the outstanding 90's hardcore band TREE and is making waves these days with his band SEE THIS WORLD, lets loose on music, politics, art and life, in a raucous way only he can. This is show is heavy and fast the way Dave plays music and creates some of the best art in Boston.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (Intro Music) See This World "Dead People" See This World "Reality" Recorded on January 27 at New Alliance East by Nick Z. Support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico 
01:01:07
February 06, 2021
Sixteen year old musician/producer Nate Zucker tells us how he released two records in 2020, and remembering The New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain...#68
On this episode of the podcast, sixteen year old Nate Zucker tells us how he made not one but two records since the pandemic started and answers every  question we toss at him, including questions from one of his 16 year old fans (Nina) from across the Country. He gets an "A+" from the podcast host. Also a few words about the passing of New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, who played some memorable solo shows over the years(including The Abbey Lounge in Somerville) and was a bright light when The New York Dolls reunited and toured America a few years back for the first time since the early Seventies. Music The Charms "So Pretty"(Intro music) Nate Zucker "Marigold" Recorded on January 20, 2021 at New Alliance East by Nick Z. Support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico 
38:47
January 25, 2021
Twisted Rico Radio Vol 2 featuring 50 Ft Furies, Kind, Chastity Belt, Aloud, New Models and more... #67
Music The Charms "So Pretty " (Intro Music) 50 Ft Furies “My Body” Bait Bag “Safe Word” Tiger Bomb “Baby Come On" Loretta “Laundromat" Boys Life “I Found Her” The Love Me Nots “Don’t Let Him” Flexie “My Rider” Chastity Belt “The Process Bourbon Princess “Supergirl’s Complaint Dead Girls Don’t Say No Poor Jim “Coldcocked” Trailer Swift “Raise The Dead” KIND "Helms" Aloud “Darkest Days" Katie Terrio “Eye To Eye” Lawrence Arms “Right As Rain” The Ergs “Introducing Morrissey” The Lemonheads “Mallo Cup” Mr Airplane Man “C’Mon DJ” The Lyres “She Pays The Rent” New Models “Permanent Vacation” Nervous Eaters “Just Head” The Homisides “ATA” Midnight Creeps “What’s Your Name” Neighborhoods "Mr. Reeves" Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA on January 20, 2021 Please support this podcast at patreon.com/twistedrico
01:30:08
January 22, 2021
Government Issue's Tom Lyle on John Stabb, the early DC punk days, the Giant Records years and more...#66
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by long time Government Issue guitarist/music fan/record collector Tom Lyle. We talk about GI's influence on the early DC punk scene, how they were one of the most active bands in the eighties, how their legacy lives on today, departed singer John Stabb, and more... Music The Charms "So Pretty"(intro music) Government Issue "Public Stage" Government Issue "Where You Live" Live Recorded by Nick Z, at New Alliance East, Somerville MA on January 13, 2021 Support the show at patreon.com/twistedrico 
56:03
January 18, 2021
Doug Carrion on Field Day, The Descendents, Dag Nasty and more #65
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by ex Descendents/Dag Nasty bassist/songwriter and one of the most energetic punk rock guys around Doug Carrion,  who now resides in Field Day with ex Dag Nasty vocalist Peter Cortner. Doug and I take you down memory lane and talk about his early days with the Descendents and the incredible "Enjoy" album, how he ended up becoming pals with Brian Baker which led to the Dag Nasty "Wig Out/Field Day" era, the Giant Records years, and the long journey that took him to where he is now in Field Day. We also talk about Hermosa Beach, DC, and what lies ahead. Its an action packed hour of fun...  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Field Day "Waiting for a Miracle"  Recorded on January 6, 2021 at New Alliance East by Nick Z.
01:04:25
January 11, 2021
Jack O'Neill of the legendary alternative pop duo Jackopierce join us to talk about the group's 33 year run and some great tour memories & more #64
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by one half of the iconic alternative pop duo Jackopierce, as Jack O'Neill calls in from New York City and shares some great stories from the band's long and magical run. Our host was in the right place at the right time in 1993 when the band signed with A&M Records and was able to join them on the road to experience the excitement of a Jackopierce show, many shows in fact.  Its a fun time with our good friend Jack, as we talk about the bands storied history.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Jackopierce "Late Shift" Live version  Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East on December 30, 2020 Support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico
01:03:48
January 04, 2021
Twisted Rico Radio Holiday Special featuring some of our favorite songs of all genres... #63
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we go full on radio show and play all music with a little blabbering in between sets. In fact this could be the pilot for the new up and coming Twisted Rico Radio Show...you just never know...Count how many times the host says "Wow" and "Fantastic" and win a special prize!  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (intro and outro music) Static "California" The Paybacks "Scotch Love" LaPeste "Spymaster" The Neighborhoods "BiGone Era" Naked On Roller Skates "Sugar" Elaine Summers "Ice Thru My Fingers" Mello Bravo "Ridin" Reverse "Red Drum" The Marshes "Clarification" The Homisides "Section 8" Wargasm "Wasteland" Destruct-A-Thon "Slayden(Redemption) 3 1/2 Girls "Chris B.(Wake Up Its Time To Die)" Varsity Drag "Billy Ruane" The Outlets "You Don't Need Them" Merrily And The Poison Orchard "Ive Been So Good" The Love Me Nots "Move In Tight" The Charms "Rock N Roll Magazine" The Real Kids "Somewhere West Of Nowhere" Rosie Huntress "Silver Chain" Peak Fifteen "Like Yesterday" Jeddo Stars "U Came" Caged Heat "Losing You" Dirty Truckers "Little Mine" Mission Of Burma "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA on December 23, 2020
01:32:08
December 28, 2020
Greg Allen joins the show for a 70's geek fest brawl featuring The NY Dolls, MC5, Stones, Faces, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and more....#62
Greg Allen( Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Jerry Nolan & The Profilers) and our host Steev go head to head on what were some the best records to come out between 1970-1973 arguably one of the best timespans for rock n roll of all genres. The boys jab on The New York Dolls, MC5, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and much more. We also hear a great tune from Greg's band ("She's Stoned") and also the brilliant "Stephen Hawking" from Hello Dragon circa 2008. All in all its a spirited slugfest with the highlight coming sometime during a debate on the merits of the great Led Zeppelin and especially their 3rd album.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Greg Allen's Fringe Religion "She's Stoned" Hello Dragon "Stephen Hawking" Recorded on December 16, 2020 by Nick Z. at New Alliance East, Somerville MA
01:06:38
December 21, 2020
Ben Deily spills on his early days with The Lemonheads, Evan Dando, Jesse Peretz, Manson, Billy Ruane, the Ryan Adams sessions and more...#61
Ben Deily, one of the founding members of The Lemonheads, joins us on the show and shares a plethora of great stories about the early days of the band including his early jam sessions with fellow high school mate Evan Dando, Jesse Peretz's role, touring, and life as a Lemonhead. He also explains the Dando/Charles Manson connection, and the Lemonheads reunion sessions in Los Angeles which included Dando, Juliana Hatfield, and Ryan Adams. We also talk about Ben's fantastic band Varsity Drag and one of the best tributes songs ever about the late great legendary "Billy Ruane". If you are a fan of The Lemonheads, and want to know how it all started and the band's early inner workings, this show is for you!   Music The Charms "So Pretty" Lemonheads "Ever" Varsity Drag "Billy Ruane" Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA December 9, 2020
01:01:47
December 14, 2020
All around cool dude Glen Stilphen talks about joining Gang Green as a teenager, Mallethead, Northern Skulls and more..#60
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we are joined by  Northern Skulls and former Gang Green/Mallethead bassist Glen Stiphen.  Glen shares some great stories on how he joined Gang Green as a teenager along with his brother Chuck and went on tour and of course all the chaos that ensued including the making of the legendary "Another Wasted Night" album, arguably the best and most famous Gang Green album.  We also talk about the highly underrated band Mallethead and Glen's latest project Northern Skulls.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Gang Green "Another Wasted Night" Northern Skulls "Eyes Are Why” Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA on December 2, 2002. 
55:47
December 07, 2020
Alt-Model, sex worker, star of Onlyfans, Collibrina returns for some hot Q&A, plus tunes by Loretta and Tomato Monkey #59
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, beautiful alt-model, sex worker, naked yoga queen, star of onlyfans, Collibrina returns for a stimulating encore performance and basically answers every stinking question we throw at her. Collibrina is the coolest and she proves it once again! We also play a cool demo by Boston up and comers Loretta and a legendary track from the Ace Of Hearts story by Tomato Monkey! Music The Charms "So Pretty" Loretta "Laundromat" Tomato Monkey "Come Down" Recorded by Nick Z. at New Alliance East Please support the podcast patreon.com/twistedrico 
01:10:16
November 23, 2020
Merrily Ruth Rosso talks ghosts, NYC pandemic survival, Mary's stripper bar in Portland, hot times in Phoenix and more.. #58
Singer, Songwriter, Keyboard wiz Merrily Ruth Rosso joins us for a lively conversation about surviving in Brooklyn during a pandemic and shares a plethora of fun stories about her time in Portland Oregon, Phoenix AZ(including meeting and hanging out with Steev), and how she settled into the NYC scene and lifestyle. We also hear a song from the brand new Jimmy D'Angelo "Picture Frame" CD, which was recorded 20 years ago and comes out out two years after D'Angelo's passing.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Merrily "Ghosts" Jimmy D'Angelo "Like I Love You" Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East
55:43
November 16, 2020
Punk and Hardcore talk with Suburban Voice's Al Quint, who dishes on Government Issue, Discharge, Boston HC, and more.... #57
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we are joined by Al Quint, the long time music critic, editor of Suburban Voice Magazine, host of Sonic Overload Radio and huge fan of punk, hardcore, and especially the great UK band Discharge. We have a great conversation which includes topics such as Government Issue, the early Boston hardcore scene, and many stories about the many shows Al has attended over the years.   Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Government Issue "Where You Live" Discharge "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing” Recorded by Nick Z. at New Alliance East, Somerville MA 
49:31
November 09, 2020
Neighborhoods Bassist and old friend Lee Harrington on touring with Bowie, working with Brad Whitford, and how the journey started...#56
Neighborhoods bassist, all around cool dude, and old friend Lee Harrington joins us on the show for a fun conversation about the history of one of Boston's greatest bands, making records, touring, hanging with David Bowie, working with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and more.  We also play two of Lee's best contributions to The Neighborhoods and why he thinks the newest album is worth listening to over and over again. Its one of our best shows yet!  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) The Neighborhoods "Tommy" The Neighborhoods "Love Holiday" recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA. 
01:02:07
November 02, 2020
Talking Black Flag with their biggest fan - Duncan Wilder-Johnson, celebrating Aloud's "Exile" album ten years later, and more.... #55
Boston musician, film maker, photographer, designer, huge music fan and last minute guest Duncan Wilder-Johnson joins the podcast with a stack of Black Flag books and a lively discussion about his favorite band. We also talk pandemic survival and the what the future of live music looks like. Plus a celebration of and a song from Aloud's "Exile" album which recently turned ten years old.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Aloud "Darkest Days" Destruct-A-thon "Daisy Cutter"
51:34
October 26, 2020
Alt-Model sensation Collibrina and ace photographer Chad Cote talk sex work, onlyfans, art, naked yoga and more... #54
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we have a great conversation with alt-model/experimental film maker/vocalist/naked yoga queen Collibrina and photographer/tattoo artist Chad Cote about a myriad of fun topics. We also play new music from Pittsburgh metal stars Lady Beast and an oldie but goodie from the short lived but never dull Boston band 3 1/2 Girls. Its a wild ride baby.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (Theme Song) Lady Beast "Metal Machine" 3 1/2 Girls "Straight Edge Boy" Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA 
53:32
October 19, 2020
Ace Of Hearts Records Rick Harte the coolest producer in Boston history talks about The Lyres, Mission Of Burma, Neighborhoods etc..#53
Legendary Boston based Producer Rick Harte who has brought us some of the greatest records of our time, joins us on the show to talk about his label Ace Of Hearts and some of the many stellar records he has produced over the last 40 years. The list of bands that Rick has worked with is mind blowing and includes Mission Of Burma, The Lyres, The Neighborhoods, The Nervous Eaters, The Neats, The Real Kids, The Classic Ruins, Tomato Monkey and the list goes on and on.  Music The Charms "So Pretty"(intro and outro music) Mission Of Burma "This Is Not A Photograph" The Neats "Red & Grey"  Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East in Somerville MA 
50:17
October 12, 2020
Encore Appearance from Cowboy Mach Bell, author of "Once A Rocker Always A Rocker" #52
Cowboy Mach Bell returns to the show to talk about the audio release of his incredible book/diary "Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker" and his 2 1/2 year experience touring and recording as the lead vocalist of The Joe Perry Project. Cowboy also elaborates on some of the great stories in the book and also talks about playing with his outstanding band Thundertrain and what it was like hanging out and playing at the legendary Boston dive The Rathskeller (The Rat) in the 70's.    Music The Charms "So Pretty" Joe Perry Project "Once A Rocker Always A Rocker"   Recorded by Nick Z at New Alliance East, Somerville MA
49:54
October 05, 2020
Why Wargasm has every reason to be angry, a great track from Reverse, and the stripper from Richmond Virginia #51
On this episode of the show, we talk about Boston metal heroes Wargasm and the rough road they had to endure once they got a record deal and how they are not the only band to get shafted by their label once signed. There's a long list.  We also hear a great track from one of the best records to come out of the Boston scene in years by the band Reverse. Steev also shares some memories about being on the road in Milwaukee and Richmond  or at least the story about the lovely dancer he met in a Richmond strip bar while on the road with pop stars Jackopierce. Its a scintillating episode for sure...  Music The Charms "So Pretty" Wargasm "Wasteland" Reverse "Red Drum"  Engineered by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA Thank you to the Moonbeam Cafe and JLS Design. 
29:06
September 21, 2020
The great punk rock brawl of 79, for the love of Flexie, Lucinda Williams "Essence" and more... #50
On this episode of the show, Steev shares a few more chapters from his unreleased auto-biography "Independent Record Scum", including the first time he saw rock bands playing in clubs and the great Wormtown battle of the bands that turned into an all out brawl. We also answer a couple of really good listener questions and hear great music from Boston music legends Flexie and a new song from Jersey City's politically charged riot girls, 50 FT Furies. And if thats not enough we talk about the legendary "Essence" album from one of our heroes, the great Lucinda Williams.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" Flexie "From A Roof" 50 FT Furies "My Body"
33:32
September 14, 2020
The incredible life of Soul music icon Bobby Womack and great new music from Tiger Bomb and 50 FT. Furies #49
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we hear a few early chapters from Steev's unreleased book entitled "Independent Record Scum", Delve into the remarkable rise, fall, and rise again of soul legend Bobby Womack, and hear incredible new songs from Portland Maine's Tiger Bomb and Jersey City's 50 Ft. Furies.   Music featured in this Episode The Charms "So Pretty" Tiger Bomb "Come On Baby" 50 Ft. Furies "Charlottesville" Recorded at New Alliance, Somerville MA by Herb Morsiglio 
31:24
September 07, 2020
College Radio paved the way, worst concerts we've ever seen, and Chilly Kurtz the show crasher... #48
On this episode, Steev talks about how his time at his college radio station (WDJM-Framingham) paved the way for his long music career. Chilly Kurtz (Caged Heat) then crashes the show and joins Diya and Herb in a lively conversation about a myriad of topics including our least favorite concerts, what we would call our band if we could start one, our ideal age, and yes one of us would perform naked and guess who would come out on stage in drag! And if that is not enough, we talk about some of our favorite Instagram accounts and play some classic Boston rock tunes from The New Models and Mission Of Burma! Its a massively entertaining blast to say the least...  Music The Charms "So Pretty" The New Models "Permanent Vacation Mission Of Burma "Academy Fight Song" 
01:00:57
August 31, 2020
Worshipping The Outlets, embarrassing moments, our least favorite songs, Healthy living, and Brunettes vs. Redheads #47
On this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we are all over the place as we talk about healthy living, embarrassing  ourselves in front of rock stars, our least favorite songs, brunettes vs redheads (of course the host said blondes), and a mutual dislike for a certain lead singer. Also, Steev talks about one of his favorite all time bands, the legendary Outlets, who helped frame the early eighties Boston pop punk scene, and we play a great track from Greg Allen's Fringe Religion.  Diya and Herb are along for the ride and its a merry journey in our lovely New Alliance podcast home.... Music: The Charms "So Pretty" (intro music) The Outlets "I'm A Mess" Greg Allen's Fringe Religion "Joe The Tow Truck Driver"
56:56
August 24, 2020
Pandemic survival kit, new music from Field Day, a classic from Motion City Soundtrack, and rock n roll road stories... #46
The Crew talks about survival techniques during the Pandemic, including dating and food. We play a great new tune from ex Dag Nasty Members Doug Carrion and Peter Cortner's Field Day, and a classic from one of our favorites, Motion City Soundtrack.  Also, Diya introduces us to a new segment called Rock N Roll Road Stories in which Steev digs deep into his memory  and shares random stories from the road. As usual its wild, wacky, and it rocks!!! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Field Day "Searching For The Answers" Motion City Soundtrack "Antonia"
54:01
August 17, 2020
The fall of legendary Rock venues all over the America, memories of some incredible shows, and what the future holds for live music... #45
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico we talk about some of the greatest club shows and legendary venues our host Steev has been to and witnessed over the years, plus the slow miserable death of these revered venues all over America. Something that was already happening even before the Virus came along and has shut down even more venues all over the Country.  From CBGB in NYC, to the 31St Pub in Pittsburgh, to TT The Bears in Cambridge, its the sad end of an era. Diya and Herb are along for this wild ride which includes a great tune by Detroit legends, The Witches.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" The Witches "Down On Ugly Street"
44:52
August 10, 2020
Porn, Podcasts, meeting Ian Hunter, and lots of love and admiration for Amy Schumer... #44
On this topsy turvy episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we talk about the Porn industry, some of our favorite podcasts, the time Steev met the great Ian Hunter, and our equal love and admiration for Amy Schumer. We also play a brand new tune from the Jim Weeks Band and a brilliant cover of The Charms "Star Rider" from one of our favorites - Merrily! Music The Charms "So Pretty" (intro music) Jim Weeks Band "Every Good Movie" Merrily "Star Rider"
50:29
August 03, 2020
Talking Weed and A Smarter Kind Of High with Tim Jr, of Salem Research plus that psychology degree you need before managing bands.. #43
On this episode of the show, we are joined by weed connoisseur Tim McFarland Jr. who runs Salem Research, a company that was founded with a simple goal of increasing affordability and accessibility to better health through medical cannabis.  With Tim, we go on a wild weed related journey and learn about a smarter kind of high. Steev also talks about his early days of artist management and drops a bunch of names as usual and suggests getting a psychology degree before managing bands.    Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Caged Heat "On The Sly" (featuring Juliana Hatfield) Recorded at New Alliance by Herb Morsiglio
48:48
July 27, 2020
Art talk and online dating with Artist Diya Ghosh and freaky advice from Herb on how to get those dates.... #42
Boston based artist Diya Ghosh, who relocated to the states from Kolkata India, joins us for a lively discussion on Art and online dating, which results in attempts by both Diya and our engineer Herb giving dating advice to our host Steev on how to use Bumble and other dating sites.  It turns into a bit of a train wreck when Herb advises Steev to post topless photos of himself on dating sites.  One of our wildest episodes yet....  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (Intro music) Jeddo Stars "3D"
39:22
July 20, 2020
The Faces were the coolest band ever and how our host went to the wrong airport in Denver in 1995 #41
Our host tells a crazy story about going to the wrong airport in Denver back in 1995 and then goes on to rave endlessly about one of the greatest rock bands in history - The Faces - and the bands unique arrangement with singer Rod Stewart.   We also look at some of our favorite Instagram accounts and praise this shows sponsor, Baby Loves Tacos in Pittsburgh. Music The Charms "So Pretty" (intro music) The Charms "Talk Is Cheap" (Bill Metoyer mix) Mission Of Burma "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" 
30:12
July 13, 2020
The Art of Playing a Hockey Stick in front of a mirror in the seventies, Montrose makes it last, Merrily's magic tunes, and a tribute to Holly Lane... #40
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we pay tribute to our fallen friend Holly Lane, reminisce on the greatest of Ronnie Montrose, rave about Merrily, praise good parenting, and admire the community work of our sponsors Baby Loves Tacos and The Dark Horse Pub.  Plus we play a couple fantastic tunes by The Real Kids and Merrily And The Poison Orchard. Its a fun time had by all.  Music: The Charms "So Pretty"(Intro music courtesy of the band) The Real Kids "Somewhere West Of Nowhere" Merrily and The Poison Orchard "I've Been So Good"  Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA. 
39:53
July 05, 2020
Its time to get rid of the Confederate flag for good, new music by Trailer Swift, Creem Magazine, Almost Famous and more! #39
In this topsy turvey action packed episode, we talk about the Confederate flag in relation to Southern Rock, play new music by Boston's Trailer Swift, spin an oldie by The Modifiers, reminisce about the Coolest Cats compilation and touch on Creem Magazine and the upcoming podcast with the cast of Almost Famous. We also rave about our sponsor for this show - The Dark Horse Pub, Somerville MA.  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (intro music) Trailer Swift "Raise The Dead" The Modifiers "I Like Her(Band"
24:52
June 25, 2020
Applauding Rick Harte and "The Ace Of Hearts Story" and admiring The music of The Neighborhoods old and new #38
In this episode we touch on the great career of Producer Rick Harte and his Boston based label Ace Of Hearts, which has put out some of the best and most influential music in Rock history and now the brand new release of "The Ace Of Hearts Story", which features 5 previously unreleased songs. We also play and discuss a couple of Neighborhoods songs, including the classic and until now unreleased track..30+ years later of "Mr Reeves".  This is a show deep in Boston Rock history.  music The Charms "So Pretty" The Neighborhoods "Mr. Reeves" The Neighborhoods "Bygone Era"
25:00
June 22, 2020
Back from quarantine and blowing some heavy smoke with new music from Poor Jim and songwriter Bill Trudell! #37
Almost three months later, we are back at New Alliance in Somerville recording next to the cemetery in our beloved basement studio. This new episode features new music from Somerville's own Poor Jim (aka Gun Metal Gray) and their new album entitled "4" and unreleased music from songwriter Bill Trudell, who has co-written a number of songs over the years with The Outlets David Alex-Barton, several of which appear on various Outlets records.   Music The Charms "So Pretty" Poor Jim "Monger" Bill Trudell "Golden Boy"
21:03
June 16, 2020
Revisiting the brilliant "Mass Ave" compilation which featured bands from the Boston scene 1975-1983 #36
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico our host goes on a bit of political rant and finally settles down to talk about three brilliant David Bowie records, and an in-depth critical review of the great Boston compilation "Mass Ave - The Boston Scene 1975-1983"(Rhino Records) which included stellar tracks from bands like The Neighborhoods, The Real Kids, Mission Of Burma, The Nervous Eaters, The Outlets, and The Dangerous Birds.  This lo-fi version was recorded directly to a macbook in Worcester MA. on June 5, 2020.  
24:02
June 05, 2020
Ten Albums that have influenced our host and he would never leave home without plus a long list of Honorable mentions! #35
Our host gives us an in depth look at the albums that have influenced him over the years. This is a special lo-fi episode that covers several decades of releases ranging from albums by The Beatles to Social Distortion and many goodies in between...
16:47
May 18, 2020
Tribute to our old friend Bob Garcia, The Black Flag 1982 demos, and The Lemonheads "Lick" album #34B
In part 2 of this episode, we talk about the legendary unreleased Black Flag 1982 demos and we show our love for the classic third album from The Lemonheads entitled "Lick".  
07:13
May 08, 2020
Tribute to our old friend Bob Garcia, The Black Flag 1982 demos, and The Lemonheads "Lick" album #34A
In part 1 of this episode, our host pays tribute to a former fellow employee of his at A&M Records, Bob Garcia, who recently passed away. Bob was a legendary fixture on the A&M Records lot located at Sunset and LaBrea in the heart of Hollywood, California. He was also a great guy and will be missed by many.   Continue on to PART 2 of this episode for discussion of the Black Flag 1982 demos and the legendary Lemonheads third album "Lick". 
06:46
May 08, 2020
How to not get an A&R job at a Major Record Label in the 90's...but the interviews were great! #33
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, our host Steev talks about the interviews he had with Geffen Records, RCA Records, Arista Records etc. and how he did eventually fulfill his dream of working at a major record label, landing an elusive spot as an employee of the great A&M Records. Recorded lo-fi while being quarantined in Worcester Ma. 
15:48
April 20, 2020
How my 1986 KNAC radio interview ended up in documentary about the LA Metal Scene #32
This week on an abbreviated lo-fi episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, our host Steev Riccardo tells a cool and funny story about how a radio interview he did in the 80's ended up in Bob Nalbandian's  documentary entitled "Inside Metal -The LA Metal Scene Explodes".  
05:04
March 23, 2020
The Quarantined episode: Strange Times, the brilliance of Magnapop, and home recording #31B
In Part 2 of our abbreviated episode, our host continues his praise of Atlanta GA alt-pop sensations Magnapop and raves about a new batch of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico T-shirts made by our sponsor, JLS Design.   Intro music added in post release The Charms "So Pretty" 
04:07
March 16, 2020
The Quarantined Episode: Strange Times, the brilliance of Magnapop, and home recording PART 1 #31A
With our lives being shut down due to the virus, our host finds that recording his podcast without one of the brilliant engineers he has worked isn't as much fun...Especially on an old mac and no real microphones... but the show must go on! Live from Wormtown, Steev talks about one of us favorite bands Magnapop and praises Cowboy Mach Bell on his outstanding book "Once A Rocker,Always A Rocker".  The show must go on!  Intro music added in post release The Charms "So Pretty" 
05:43
March 16, 2020
Boston based photographer/musician Duncan Wilder Johnson talks Sam Black Church, The Descendents, Punk, Metal etc...#30
Boston based photographer, musician, and producer of the Sam Black Church documentary "Leave Behind A Groove In The Earth - The story of Sam Black Church", Duncan Wilder Johnson talks about growing up a huge music fan and his the ten year process of getting the SBC film out, the many hats he wears and he's in three bands too, and his love for the Descendents. Steev also talks about the most recent New Alliance group art show and the local celebs that showed up and shares some stories about the first time he met Mike Watt at the Enigma office in El Segundo CA,, Dag Nasty's signing to Giant Records, and more groovy stuff in this fast and furious episode... Music Destruct-A-Thin "9 Squares" The Charms "So Pretty" intro and outro music
59:46
March 08, 2020
Mel Lederman and Michele Won blow indie rock smoke and talk Victory At Sea, Thalia Zedek, Mel's solo stuff and what the future may hold! #29
Mel Lederman, who spent over a decade making records and touring with Victory At Sea and playing keyboards with Thalia Zedek (Dangerous Birds, Come) as well as releasing two solo records of his own, stopped by the show with Michele Won and her dog Chewy and we had a fun time talking indie rock stuff and more. We also played a track from Mel's solo record and previewed the upcoming New Alliance "Ancient Future Present" group art show which features work from the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico host himself!  Fun time had by all! Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) M.G. Lederman "Restaurant" Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA
31:45
March 02, 2020
Never too old to rock n roll, Elvis tribute, road stories with Chilly Kurtz and Charles Rivers #28
Chilly Kurtz and Charles Rivers both return to the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast and we talk the end of an era as WAAF goes christian music, when should rock stars should call it quits, Charles previews his' "Once Upon a time in...Graceland" Elvis tribute show, and Chilly shares some outrageous moments from tour dates in Troy/Albany NY. We also feature songs by Pittsburgh's Fuck Yeah Dinosaurs and legendary New England seventies rockers Pretty Poison in our Buried/Hidden treasure segment. Its a dandy of a show....   Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Fuck Yeah Dinosaurs "IRS" Pretty Poison "World" Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA
40:50
February 24, 2020
Where we've been, where we are going, and music by Carissa Johnson #27
Short sweet episode which recaps many of our past shows recorded in Pittsburgh PA, Salem MA, Somerville MA and the interesting guests we've had on like Mach Bell, The Charms, Alyson Hell, Jessica Jarva, Charles Rivers, Reverend Hank, Zach Shell, The Homisides, Chilly Kurtz, All Mod Cons, Richard Marr, Alvan Long, and Greg Allen. We also play a cool song by Boston rocker Carissa Johnson. Thank you to the Azorean Cafe in Pittsburgh, Galaxy Park in Salem MA, and New Alliance in Somerville MA for letting us hang and record. Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Carissa Johnson "Carry On" Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA
20:23
February 10, 2020
The Charms (and kids) join the podcast to talk about the bands roller coaster ride plus new music from Chastity Belt! #26
Ellie Vee and Joe Wizda  from the legendary Boston garage rock band The Charms came by the studio with their kids Josie and Preston and we had a great conversation about the bands recordings, past tours, and having to deal with a shady record label. Things got a little crazy in the studio but Herb, our engineer, somehow pulled it all together.  We also feature a great new track from Walla Walla WA band Chastity Belt and say good bye to some old friends that recently passed. Its a lovely roller coaster that is must see video!    Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) The Charms "Gimme Your Love" Chastity Belt "The Process" Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA
56:56
February 02, 2020
"Once A Rocker Always A Rocker" with Cowboy Mach Bell (Joe Perry Project, Thundertrain) #25
Legendary Rocker/Author Mach Bell talks with us about his experiences with 70's rock heroes Thundertrain and his 2 plus years as the lead singer of The Joe Perry Project... AND his new book "Once A Rocker Always A Rocker".   Music Thundertrain "Hot For Teacher" The Joe Perry Project "Once A Rocker Always A Rocker" The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA 
45:55
January 26, 2020
Adventures in Jarva Land, new music from The Gala U.S. and the usual overall chaos #24
Artist, musician, internet star Jessica Jarva invades the show in a way only she can and takes us on a magical chaotic journey. We also play a new track and talk about one of Boston's huge rising stars, The Gala US, and of course the host rips apart the Rock N Roll Hall OF Fame once again. All of this and more in 55 minutes! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Jessica Jarva unreleased mystery track The Gala U.S. "Gimme Gimme" Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance. Somerville MA
56:27
January 20, 2020
Alyson Hell dishes out some metal plates full of Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Winger and more... #23
Alyson Hell, lead vocalist of Mercury Plague and ex singer of Dead Girls Don't Say No and all around Heavy Metal and music enthusiast AND wonderful human being joins the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast and talks Winger, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Peter Steele, Draconian, Rollins, The Charms are more.    Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme music) Dead Girls Don't Say No "Dead Girls Don't Say No" Eviction "Wake Up!) Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance, Somerville MA
49:26
January 13, 2020
Rock N Roll Road Stories from the 90's and yet another ode to The Homisides and the Steel City #22
In the first episode of 2020, we talk about and play a new tune by Pittsburgh punk rock heroes The Homisides and then Steev shares some Rock N Roll Road Stories about being on the road with Damn The Machine, PAW, Jackopierce, and the some of the chaos that existed in what at times seemed like some sort of a fairy tale and other times incoherent behavior.  You never know where this podcast is gonna go.    Music  The Charms "So Pretty" The Homisides "Section 8" Caged Heat "Get To You"
26:31
January 04, 2020
Final show of 2019 features "Stadium" tour talk, a new "Hoods" album, and lots of Thank you's! #21
In this, the final episode of 2019, Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico host Steev Riccardo not only shares some thoughts on the 2020 "Stadium" tour which will feature Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett, he also talks about another one of his favorite bands, The Neighborhoods, who just released their first album out in years! And it all ends with a bang as we thank everyone we can think of for making the first year of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico an immense success!  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (Theme Song)
21:01
December 26, 2019
All Mod Cons talk about their long history of touring and covering songs by the legendary UK band The Jam #20
Glenn Matto and AJ Cretin from the Boston based band All Mod Cons, who have been paying tribute to The Jam for over 20 years talk with us about the great influential English band  that has influenced many American bands like Green Day and especially Boston bands like The Neighborhoods, The Outlets, and Boys Life.  We also hit on All Mod Cons last Boston show coming in 2020 and their final show ever which will be in Las Vegas.  Its a very MOD episode for sure! 
41:12
December 23, 2019
Rev. Hank Peirce talks about his punk rock roots, American Hardcore, and life as a Minister #19
Rev. Hank Peirce has had an interesting life starting out as a straight edge teenager, becoming a roadie that toured with bands like Snapshot, Uniform Choice, and The Straw Dogs, a cool role in the film American Hardcore, to his life as a Minister. His candid interview is one of our best yet! We also talk about more of our favorite instagram accounts as well as hear a great tune from punk rock legends, The Midnight Creeps.  Its a wild ride in this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico! Theme song "So Pretty" from Boston garage legends, The Charms.  Recorded by Herb Morsiglio at New Alliance
55:37
December 02, 2019
No holds barred with Chilly Kurtz #18
Jill "Chilly" Kurtz, (singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica) of Boston punkified blues legends Caged Heat, tells all in this exclusive interview with Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico. We talk about the classic second Caged Heat album which featured an all-star lineup of Boston rockers including Juliana Hatfield, Dana Colley, Asa Brebner, Allen Devine, Bo Barringer, Paul Myers, and Jimmy Ryan and review some great moments in Caged Heat history with stories about James Montgomery, Sylvain Sylvain, and more. Chilly holds nothing back when talking about some of the former members of Caged Heat. Its a classic episode. 
42:18
November 24, 2019
From Alt-Country to Wilco with special guest Charles Rivers #17
We brought in Boston journalist/radio host Charles Rivers and all his expertise to talk about the history of alternative country music from its roots (Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings etc.) all way up to the success of Wilco and of course the host challenges the guest on the merits of Wilco arch-rivals Son Volt!  We also play an outstanding song by Boston's Continental in this fast paced fun episode.  
36:57
November 16, 2019
Gang Green, in defense of The Goo Goo Dolls and Y'allsberg! #16
In this topsy turvy episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we hit on a plethora of topics including Metal Blade Records, The Goo Goo Dolls, Gang Green, and North Carolina's alt country hillbilly rockers Y'Allsberg!  Intro and outro The Charms "So Pretty" and special track by Y'allsberg "Fallen Sky".  Recorded at New Alliance, Union Square, Somerville MA
19:36
November 11, 2019
Carnivore and Pete Steele's love of Reindeer brains #15
Steev flies solo in this episode and tells an incredible story about the late Peter Steele and his band Carnivore (pre Type O Negative) and the Reindeer Brains incident in December 1986 at CBGB.  He also talks about one of his favorite topics - the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame and this years nominees and a list of artists that have been overlooked. Yes he rips Radiohead and The Red Hot Chili Peppers inductions once again.  Also we hear a great tune by the Ape Hangers ("This Is It") and he praises our lovely unofficial BS model Nina! Must listen episode!  Music The Charms "So Pretty" (theme song) Ape Hangers "This Is It"
28:29
October 26, 2019
Veteran rocker Greg Allen blows smoke with Twisted Rico #14
In this episode we have a great time interviewing rocker Greg Allen, who has a long history of playing music in Providence, New York City, and Boston.  We talk about his recordings with New York Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, his various lineups and records over the years, and his current project Greg Allen's Fringe Religion.  And for fun, Greg shares his favorite records of all time with us, not to be outdone Steev also drops his list. We also play a new track from Greg's latest album called "She's Stoned"! 
39:21
October 20, 2019
New Alliance's Alvan Long talks music and hoop #13
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we are joined by Detroit born and long time Boston based musician, artist, owner of Curve Of The Earth Records and New Alliance Audio, the one and only Alvan Long. We talk the history of New Alliance and Curve and its beautiful roller coaster ride and later have some fun with some Boston Rock/Hoop talk. Along with the into and outdo music supplied by The Charms, we also play a track which we both were proudly involved in - 3 1/2 Girls "Chris B(Wake Up Its Time To Die)" 
28:34
October 13, 2019
Remembering Ric Ocasek and appreciating the longevity of The Lyres #12
In this episode, we talk about the passing of legendary musician, songwriter, producer Ric Ocasek, and also Boston garage rock heroes The Lyres, from our new recording studio at New Alliance in Somerville MA!
18:46
October 07, 2019
Brandi Cyrus and The Gala US give good instagram and we still love Roxy Music #11
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico host Steev Riccardo goes off topic and talks about his favorite instagram accounts such as Brandi Cyrus(Yes you read that correctly), The Gala US, and several; others. We also answers a listeners question and twelve into our most played tunes on iTunes. Roxy Music and The Sounds made the cut.
19:45
August 26, 2019
Queen is still king, Adam Lambert wins us over, and Field Day wigs out! #10
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico host Steev Riccardo talks about attending the Queen/Adam Lambert concert and how his opinion of this pairing has changed. He also discusses the semi Dag Nasty reunion  which features "Wig Out At Denkos"/"Field Day" albums era members Peter Cortner and Doug Carrion playing shows as "Field Day". Yes its a reunion galore episode. Music The Charms "So Pretty" 
17:45
August 26, 2019
Loving new music by Geoff Palmer, Ex Hex, Freeloader, Death Valley Girls and more... #9
This is a special short bonus episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico in which we talk about some of our favorite songs of 2019, including songs by Geoff Palmer, Ex Hex, Freeloader, Death Valley Girls and more!
05:02
July 19, 2019
Hanging out with Richard Marr at Galaxy Park in the witchy city of Salem. #8
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, we are honored to have long time Boston Based producer/engineer Richard Marr as our guest.  What also makes this episode even cooler is that we recorded it in Galaxy Park (Marr's studio) which is now located in the witchy city of Salem MA! We talk about Marr's early days at Q Division, his long history of working with numerous stellar bands such as The Street Dogs, Helium, The Charms, Toxic Narcotic, and The Midnight Creeps. Lastly, Marr shares some of his memories of his own band Flexie. This is a good one! 
40:29
June 06, 2019
Rambling on about compilations and saying goodbye to the Steel City #7
In the seventh episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico our host goes off script and talks compilations. There is a lot of rambling but some funny stories and lots of talk about bands that have been featured on the four Twisted Rico compilations. Its also our final episode (for now) recorded in Pittsburgh at The Azorean Cafe. AND music by The Charms, Ape Hangers, Vulgarity, and Caged Heat! 
36:39
April 15, 2019
No one makes Tacos like Zach Shell, and looking back at The Love Me Nots. #6
This episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico has a twist and it is one of our favorites. We sit down and talk with Zach Shell, owner of Baby Loves Tacos in Pittsburgh, about his great taco shop and catering business, and he explains to listeners how and why he hired our host Steev to work with him. We also talk about former Phoenix garage rock heroes The Love Me Nots and ex members Nicole and Cristina's new band The Darts, who are playing Punk Rock Bowling in 2019! 
36:34
February 25, 2019
Talking punk rock with Pittsburgh punkers The Homisides! #5
In the fifth installment of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico things get a little goofy in a punk rock way! Host Steev Riccardo is joined by three fourths of Pittsburgh punk rockers The Homisides. We talk about the history and highlights of the bands career and then everyone unveils their list of favorite punk rock bands of all time from Flipper to The Ramones and all in between, Its a twistedly classic episode for sure. 
38:20
February 08, 2019
Talking Neighborhoods, Giant Records, and why isn't Joy Division and Bad Co in the RNRHOF! #4
On episode 4 of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, host Steev Riccardo talks about his long history with the legendary Boston band The Neighborhoods, as well the New York based punk label in which he ran called Giant Records. He also brings up one of of his favorite topics, The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and two notable omissions - Joy Division and Bad Company. 
37:29
January 25, 2019
Yes he really signed The Great Kat and we talk Poison, Chris Doherty, and the film Bohemian Rhapsody! #3
In this episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, host Steev Riccardo reviews the Chris Doherty (Gang Green) benefit show and discusses the film Bohemian Rhapsody and then goes in depth with an album by album breakdown of some of the British bands greatest songs. And if thats not enough, our host also discusses Poison and The Great Kat and shares more of his twisted musical views and plays a track by the obscure Boston band Flexie. 
36:19
January 18, 2019
The greatest live shows of 2018 and 20 records that blew our minds! #2
On episode 2 of Blowing Smoke, we talk about some of the best live shows of 2018 which morphs off into a discussion of some of the greatest concerts of all time seen by our host Steev Riccardo. We also discuss some of the outstanding overlooked musical gems that slipped under the radar, in a segment called 20 Records that Blew My Mind.  Be sure to subscribe and leave a review !
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January 09, 2019
The Rock N Roll journey that brought us here (pilot)
 In the first episode of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico, host Steev Riccardo talks about his long career in the music industry working for independent record labels like Enigma, Giant, and Metal Blade as well as his stint at A&M Records and the forming of Twisted Rico Management. He later goes on to discuss this years inductees to the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.
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January 03, 2019