We recently had a career ranging chat with Jesse DeFrancesco on Jesse's time in Boston booking and attending house shows, playing music for the first time as Phaze, roadie-ing for Quilt, touring with Steep Leans and Olden Yolk, moving to Philly and socializing in non-music based queer communities.
We caught up with the mighty THIGHS to discuss their debut EP Hellhole by the Sea out via yours truly, KLYAM Records! We also talk the band's formation, shows, and the gritty reality of "suck city."
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We caught up with Carolyn Hawkins formerly of Chook Race and currently in Parsnip and School Damage; some of Australia's finest bands! We first met Carolyn when Chook Race toured through Boston in 2016. We caught Parsnip at Gonerfest last year! We discussed the Melbourne scene, Carolyn's current life in lockdown, and the future of shows in Australia and beyond.
Sweeping Promises is the latest project from Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug. We discussed the group's debut LP Hunger For A Way Out and its relevance in a world that appears to be getting grimmer each day. We also delve into a bit of the past, their new life in Austin, TX, and the potential prospects for the future of artists and society as a whole.
Photo credit: Omari Spears (Oshoots.com)
We caught up with Santiago Cardenas of the former, beloved Boston trio Free Pizza and most recently the electronic output known as F. We discussed Santi growing up in Miami, moving to Boston for college and discovering the underground local scene circa 2008-2014, playing in Free Pizza, and the need for more cultural and racial diversity in Boston and beyond.
We chatted with BJ Snowden, an internationally renowned musician from Billerica, Massachusetts. She has toured all over the globe and appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon shows. She has been called an outsider musician although that term doesn’t make sense to her.
We caught up with the Cantab Lounge's fearless leader, Mickey Bliss to discuss his career over the last 50 years including his original 80s synth New Wave singles, his Club Bohemia show enterprise in both locations (Kirkland Cafe and Cantab Lounge), and several more ditties longtime Boston fans will appreciate!
We caught up with Natalie Hoffmann of the amazing Memphis institutions Nots and Optic Sink! In addition to those fantastic bands, we talked Gonerfest, her old band Bake Sale and contemporaries of the early 2010s including our faves Girls of the Gravitron, legendary Memphis spots like Dairy House and Lamplighter, Hugo B. Hugo, and what's new at Goner. And much much more!
Episode photo shot by Hugo B (Optic Sink at Lamplighter)
We caught up with Angela Sawyer, long-time runner of DIY comedy esque shows, proprietor of the renowned Weirdo Records and performer of wild noise & beyond music in the Boston area, to discuss all those things PLUS quite a bit more.
Playlist featuring music and some comedy mentioned in the podcast below!
Sam Potrykus is the founder of the monthly newspaper the Boston Compass and the Director of the Brain Arts Organization. We caught up with Sam to discuss the history of the Compass, the tireless work of all the Brain Arts' volunteers, and the organization's strive for racial equality and justice.
We caught up with Mr. Boston Hassle himself, Dan Shea! Dan has been an integral part of the Boston music scene for the last couple of decades. In addition to running Boston Hassle, Dan has unleashed countless shows under the Bodies of Waters moniker, set up various local festivals such as Hassle Fest, New England Underground Music Festival, the Boston Underground Summit, and more. You may have caught him on stage (or floor) in several bands including Thighs – keep an eye out for an upcoming KLYAM Records release! In this podcast, we discussed Boston’s rich, often lost, underground music history, the chaotic present, and our uncertain future.
Johnnie and the Foodmasters gather to reflect on our first 5 years as a band and what makes us great (ohh, we're so humble!)! We also dive a bit deep into the history of the golden oldies and how they are seen for better or worse in 2020.
We caught up with Hilken Mancini to discuss her wild days in the 90s band Fuzzy as well as her work with Punk Rock Aerobics, Girls Rock Campaign, and her vintage clothing store 40 South Street. Hilken currently plays in the rock and roll bands Shepherdess and The Monsieurs.
A real kid like you and me, Michael Mambrino, discusses work with the Brain Arts Organization, Boston Hassle, favorite local venues, experiences in the scene, and the future of shows in Boston and beyond.
We caught up with scene veteran, musician, and show promoter Chris Strunk to discuss his recently released zine 'An Incomplete History of Long-Gone Illegal Punk Venues in Boston from 2000 to 2015 or somewhere around there' out now on Free The Future Press (Somerville, MA). We talk to Chris about some of the many fascinating stories in the zine and go in depth on the scene(s) that existed in this time.
We catch up with Ryan Major, Boston musician and leader of the group Love Strangers. From him first getting into music, his days in the Barbazons, up through the present. Ryan is enjoying quarantine - making music (including karaoke), co-hosting the Rock 'n' Roll Film Club podcast and gearing up for a move to Philly.
We catch up with Lily Fein of The Glue and The Glue and Whip Appeal about her early days (through present) in music and ceramics and more recent adventures across the United States. She just recorded a brand new album in Ohio with The Glue and is planning to fire up a kiln in her new Tennessee farm abode and someday play music again.
We catch up with James Coarse - country & rock and roll musician and author of American Light Beer. Boston native now living in Savannah, Tennessee, Coarse discusses his recent winter adventures in a limo down to New Orleans as well a bit of the past!
Hugo B. of Montreal, Canada talks his early days as a hip-hop DJ and nowadays as the mastermind of Time Warp Weekends, an underground punk radio, blog, and photo series. We get into the Montreal underground, the Boston underground, and so much more. We first met Hugo at Gonerfest (Memphis, TN) in 2016 and have been good buds since!
We talk to Jim Leonard who has played in:
Kremlin Bats, Fat Creeps, Al Marantz and the Piffs, Ben Katzman's Degreaser, Golden Retriever, Private Plane, Space Bums, Candy Miami, Oh Ambulance, Pretty Headress, Bad Head, Custodian, Steep Leans, Moontowers
About what Jim has been up to in COVID times, the North Shore music scene, and tons more!