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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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
20:22
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
56:55
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
45:54
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
55:51
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
49:25
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"
26:31
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! 
21:00
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! 
41:12
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. 
55:01
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. 
42:17
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.  
36:57
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
19:36
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! 
28:28
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"! 
39:20
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)" 
27:57
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!
18:46
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.
19:44
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.
17:44
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!
04:26
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! 
39:52
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! 
36:39
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! 
36:33
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. 
37:43
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. 
36:52
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. 
35:42
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 !
40:28
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.
36:30
January 3, 2019