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Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico

Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico

By Steev Riccardo
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico is long time music industry veteran Steev Riccardo's wacky and twisted view of the music industry both past and present. The podcast features weekly guests and reviews of both records new and old and many of his rock n roll road stories and other lively music discussions. Following Steev on Instagram and Twitter @twistedrico
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Doug Carrion on Field Day, The Descendents, Dag Nasty and more
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.
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 and more...
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
January 4, 2021
Twisted Rico Radio Holiday Special featuring some of our favorite songs of all genres...
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 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
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....
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
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...
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
December 14, 2020
All around cool dude Glen Stilphen talks about joining Gang Green as a teenager, Mallethead, Northern Skulls and more..
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. 
December 7, 2020
Alt-Model, sex worker, star of Onlyfans, Collibrina returns for some hot Q&A, plus tunes by Loretta and Tomato Monkey
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 
November 23, 2020
Merrily Ruth Rosso talks ghosts, NYC pandemic survival, Mary's stripper bar in Portland, hot times in Phoenix and more..
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
November 16, 2020
Punk and Hardcore talk with Suburban Voice's Al Quint, who dishes on Government Issue, Discharge, Boston HC, and more....
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 
November 9, 2020
Neighborhoods Bassist and old friend Lee Harrington on touring with Bowie, working with Brad Whitford, and how the journey started...
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. 
November 2, 2020
Talking Black Flag with their biggest fan - Duncan Wilder-Johnson, celebrating Aloud's "Exile" album ten years later, and more....
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"
October 26, 2020
Alt-Model sensation Collibrina and ace photographer Chad Cote talk sex work, onlyfans, art, naked yoga and more...
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 
October 19, 2020
Ace Of Hearts Records Rick Harte the coolest producer in Boston history talks about The Lyres, Mission Of Burma, Neighborhoods etc..
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 
October 12, 2020
Encore Appearance from Cowboy Mach Bell, author of "Once A Rocker Always A Rocker"
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
October 5, 2020
Why Wargasm has every reason to be angry, a great track from Reverse, and the stripper from Richmond Virginia
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. 
September 21, 2020
The great punk rock brawl of 79, for the love of Flexie, Lucinda Williams "Essence" and more...
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"
September 14, 2020
The incredible life of Soul music icon Bobby Womack and great new music from Tiger Bomb and 50 FT. Furies
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 
September 7, 2020
College Radio paved the way, worst concerts we've ever seen, and Chilly Kurtz the show crasher...
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" 
August 31, 2020
Worshipping The Outlets, embarrassing moments, our least favorite songs, Healthy living, and Brunettes vs. Redheads
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"
August 24, 2020
Pandemic survival kit, new music from Field Day, a classic from Motion City Soundtrack, and rock n roll road stories...
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 nd 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" Field Day "Searching For The Answers" Motion City Soundtrack "Antonia"
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...
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"
August 10, 2020
Porn, Podcasts, meeting Ian Hunter, and lots of love and admiration for Amy Schumer...
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"
August 3, 2020
Talking Weed and A Smarter Kind Of High with Tim Jr, of Salem Research plus that psychology degree you need before managing bands..
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)
July 27, 2020
Art talk and online dating with Artist Diya Ghosh and freaky advice from Herb on how to get those dates....
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"
July 20, 2020
The Faces were the coolest band ever and how our host went to the wrong airport in Denver in 1995
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" 
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...
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.  Recorded at New Alliance, Somerville MA.  Music: The Charms "So Pretty" The Real Kids "Somewhere West Of Nowhere" Merrily and The Poison Orchard "I've Been So Good" 
July 5, 2020
Its time to get rid of the Confederate flag for good, new music by Trailer Swift, Creem Magazine, Almost Famous and more!
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"
June 25, 2020
Applauding Rick Harte and "The Ace Of Hearts Story" and admiring The music of The Neighborhoods old and new
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"
June 22, 2020
Back from quarantine and blowing some heavy smoke with new music from Poor Jim and songwriter Bill Trudell!
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"
June 16, 2020
Revisiting the brilliant "Mass Ave" compilation which featured bands from the Boston scene 1975-1983
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.  
June 5, 2020
Ten Albums that have influenced our host and he would never leave home without plus a long list of Honorable mentions!
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...
May 18, 2020
Tribute to our old friend Bob Garcia, The Black Flag 1982 demos, and The Lemonheads "Lick" album (PART 2)
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".  
May 8, 2020
Tribute to our old friend Bob Garcia, The Black Flag 1982 demos, and The Lemonheads "Lick" album (PART 1)
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". 
May 8, 2020
How to not get an A&R job at a Major Record Label in the 90's...but the interviews were great!
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. 
April 20, 2020
How my 1986 KNAC radio interview ended up in documentary about the LA Metal Scene
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".  
March 23, 2020
The Quarantined episode: Strange Times, the brilliance of Magnapop, and home recording PART 2
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.  
March 16, 2020
The Quarantined Episode: Strange Times, the brilliance of Magnapop, and home recording PART 1
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! 
March 16, 2020
Boston based photographer/musician Duncan Wilder Johnson talks Sam Black Church, The Descendents, Punk, Metal etc...
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
March 8, 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!
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 M.G. Lederman "Restaurant" The Charms "So Pretty" intro and outro music
March 2, 2020
Never too old to rock n roll, Elvis tribute, road stories with Chilly Kurtz and Charles Rivers
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 Fuck Yeah Dinosaurs "IRS" Pretty Poison "World" The Charms "So Pretty"(intro and outro music)
February 24, 2020
Where we've been, where we are going, and music by Carissa Johnson
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 Carissa Johnson "Carry On" The Charms "So Pretty" intro and outro music
February 10, 2020
The Charms (and kids) join the podcast to talk about the bands roller coaster ride plus new music from Chastity Belt!
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 "Gimme Your Love" Chastity Belt "The Process" The Charms "So Pretty" intro and outro music
February 2, 2020
"Once A Rocker Always A Rocker" with Cowboy Mach Bell (Joe Perry Project, Thundertrain)
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" intro/outro music
January 26, 2020
Adventures in Jarva Land, new music from The Gala U.S. and the usual overall chaos
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 Jessica Jarva unreleased mystery track The Gala U.S. "Gimme Gimme" The Charms "So Pretty" intro and outdo music
January 20, 2020
Alyson Hell dishes out some metal plates full of Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Winger and more...
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 Dead Girls Don't Say No "Dead Girls Don't Say No" Eviction "Wake Up!) The Charms "So Pretty" intro/outro music
January 13, 2020
Rock N Roll Road Stories from the 90's and yet another ode to The Homisides and the Steel City
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.    Featured Tracks:   The Homisides "Section 8" Caged Heat "Get To You" Intro Music - The Charms "So Pretty"
January 4, 2020
Final show of 2019 features "Stadium" tour talk, a new "Hoods" album, and lots of Thank you's!
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! 
December 26, 2019
All Mod Cons talk about their long history of touring and covering songs by the legendary UK band The Jam
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! 
December 23, 2019
Rev. Hank Peirce talks about his punk rock roots, American Hardcore, and life as a Minister
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. 
December 2, 2019
No holds barred with Chilly Kurtz
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. 
November 24, 2019
From Alt-Country to Wilco with special guest Charles Rivers
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.  
November 16, 2019
Gang Green, in defense of The Goo Goo Dolls and Y'allsberg!
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
November 11, 2019
Carnivore and Pete Steele's love of Reindeer brains
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! 
October 26, 2019
Veteran rocker Greg Allen blows smoke with Twisted Rico
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"! 
October 20, 2019
New Alliance's Alvan Long talks music and hoop
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)" 
October 13, 2019
Remembering Ric Ocasek and appreciating the longevity of The Lyres
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!
October 7, 2019
Brandi Cyrus and The Gala US give good instagram and we still love Roxy Music
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.
August 26, 2019
Queen is still king, Adam Lambert wins us over, and Field Day wigs out!
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" 
August 26, 2019
Loving new music by Geoff Palmer, Ex Hex, Freeloader, Death Valley Girls and more...
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!
July 19, 2019
Hanging out with Richard Marr at Galaxy Park in the witchy city of Salem.
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! 
June 6, 2019
Rambling on about compilations and saying goodbye to the Steel City
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! 
April 15, 2019
No one makes Tacos like Zach Shell, and looking back at The Love Me Nots.
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! 
February 25, 2019
Talking punk rock with Pittsburgh punkers The Homisides!
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. 
February 8, 2019
Talking Neighborhoods, Giant Records, and why isn't Joy Division and Bad Co in the RNRHOF!
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. 
January 25, 2019
Yes he really signed The Great Kat and we talk Poison, Chris Doherty, and the film Bohemian Rhapsody!
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. 
January 18, 2019
The greatest live shows of 2018 and 20 records that blew our minds!
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 !
January 9, 2019
The Rock N Roll journey that brought us here
 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.
January 3, 2019