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Sketched Sounds Podcast

Sketched Sounds Podcast

By Justin Bieggar
This podcast is an expansion on my work in music journalism. Through casual conversation over coffee, or just out and about in the world, I get to know the artists and creators who keep this existence interesting.
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68 – Steven Wesley Guiles embraces Transitions
Steven Wesley Guiles is a San Dimas-based musician whose forthcoming album, Transitions, explores the pangs of leaving faith, rattling realities, and finding one's way out. We geeked out on music and reflected on the industry while he strummed in between. Listen in and be sure to subscribe to the Sketched Sounds Patreon!
02:14:58
August 03, 2022
67 – Elk Ring riffs between songs
Elk Ring is a local musician based in Covina, whose history across Southern California is captured ethereally through guitar and stream of consciousness. This is the first video podcast a la Spotify, so be sure to check it out! Video was acting up and doesn’t start until . Better quality incoming.
01:56:56
August 01, 2022
66 – Paul Roessler breaks down The Turning of the Bright World
Paul Roessler is the owner and producer of Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles, whose latest record, The Turning of the Bright World, marks his return from behind the soundboard since 2020 and a triumphant return to songwriting. His early work with the Screamers, Nina Hagen and 45 Grave codified his place in the punk lexicon and he has continued work with the likes of Josie Cotton, Hayley and the Crushers (Episode 63), and Crowjane, among others, who carry the spirit of punk into the future. Listen in!
02:49:14
July 06, 2022
65 – Journalist Michael Goldberg remembers Jimmy Wilsey
Michael Goldberg is a music journalist, photographer and veteran of the 1970’s San Francisco punk scene. His latest book, Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey, recounts the life and tragic death of James Wilsey, bassist for seminal SF punk pioneers the Avengers and driving force behind Chris Isaak’s otherworldly sound. Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey is out now through Hozac Books
01:24:12
June 06, 2022
64 – Elder Island swim through souls
Elder Island are a UK electro-pop trio touring on their latest full length, Swimming Static. We had a great conversation about music, their beginnings and how music reaches the soul. Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EnbnmqrrvApHJs6FMvYik?si=XATjfATUQc-q3ORQxbT-AQ Bandcamp: https://elderisland.bandcamp.com/ 64 – Elder Island swim through souls Sketched Sounds Podcast
01:11:16
May 27, 2022
63 – Hayley Cain of Hayley and the Crushers
Hayley and the Crushers bid farewell to the Viper Room last Saturday in a blast of a show, followed by a podcast! Hayley and I talked music, influence, nerd culture and all the rages of all the times. Listen in!
01:24:41
April 08, 2022
62 – Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
INDIE ROYALTY IN THE HOUSE | This episode is with Keith Murray of We Are Scientists, discussing their latest record, Huffy, out now on all platforms. This one was released mid-pandemic in 2021, which highlights their knack for self-examination and working out the kinks of life.
33:29
February 19, 2022
61 – Photographer Tyler J Furtado is in it for the shots
Tyler J Furtado is a video editor and music photographer based in Los Angeles. We've been covering some of the same shows and have finally met.
01:15:58
February 08, 2022
60 – Human Offline logs on to fight Imposter Syndrome
Andrew Long is back with his latest Human Offline EP, Imposter Syndrome, out now on all platforms! We caught up on life under Omicron, reigniting internal fires and maintaining mental health.
01:29:59
January 24, 2022
59 – Memory Milk bring the feels from La Puente
Memory Milk are a a band out of La Puente/Norwalk, whose ethereal tones and emotional lyricism bring light to dark hearts and local venues. We had way too much fun on this one! Stay tuned for more music and shows.
02:12:20
January 21, 2022
58 – Kollahge is connecting the dots of our humanity
Ash of Brain Fragment is working on new music under the name Kollahge. We talked about the creative process, balanced diets of food and music, and her goal of channeling humanity’s rich tapestry into her work.
02:12:13
December 03, 2021
57 – Photographer Adam Ziegenhals shoots from the fire pits of the LA punk scene
I spoke with LA photographer Zugunruhe, aka Adam Ziegenhals, about shooting in the LA punk scene, wild shows under the overpasses and dancing around bonfires. Be sure to follow his work on IG: @zugunruhe and a big thank you to dba256 for the hospitality!
01:10:03
October 16, 2021
56 – Black Market Drugs offer their Double Doses Diagnosis
This episode is with locals Black Market Drugs to highlight their latest single, “Double Doses Diagnosis”. We talked studio time, the band’s creative process and of course, weeeeeeeeed.
01:17:00
October 08, 2021
55 – Brain Fragment help relight the flame of shit-talking
I’m back! And so is Brain Fragment to catch up on a year of new developments. Thanks to luckily running into Ash downtown and setting this all up, I feel like hitting the ground running. More to come, so stay tuned!
02:31:01
October 04, 2021
54 – Human Offline and K talk raves and preconceptions
Human Offline has teamed up with newcomer known as K to take things up a notch. “Who Are You?” explores existentialism on the dance floor, breaking recent trends while keeping the warmth of our favorite electronica alive.
01:11:21
July 09, 2021
53 – Anthony Covarrubias talks music, passion projects and Narrow Arrow
This episode is with Anthony Covarrubias, former member of Seditionist, Mas Malo, and is the host of The Narrow Arrow Podcast where he talks musician to musician about the art. We met up at dba256 in downtown Pomona to talk music, passion projects and his current music project under the name Your Tallest Boy.
02:17:52
June 14, 2021
52 – co-ed talk San Pedro, punk and the future
This one’s been a long time coming! I’ve been wanting to record an episode with San Pedro’s co-ed since coming across their EP last year and we’ve finally done it. They have since released two more singles on Spotify, livestreamed with The Satellite for a segment called Bad Decisions and are releasing their EP on tape THIS FRIDAY, April 2nd a la Sludge People. Be sure to snag a pre-order and listen in on Bandcamp and Spotify.
02:01:58
March 29, 2021
51 – Andrew Long was our ghost all along
Andrew stopped by the new place to catch up and talk about Human Offline's latest single, "I Was Your Ghost", AI art and mushroom music.
01:38:45
March 09, 2021
50 – Young Winona
Today’s episode is with Cassie and Nick Gaffaney of Young Winona, whose latest single ‘LA Waste’ has been a hit on their recent livestreams. This single also commemorates their inclusion onto the Poor Man Records roster, so congrats to them on that! I interviewed Cassie a few years ago after catching a show at Harvard & Stone, one of those solid small cap venues we all hope to see at the end of this yearlong tunnel. We talked New Zealand and dystopic visions as they teased another livestream and single in the coming weeks.
01:01:55
March 03, 2021
49 – Devil Love talk "Broken Things" ahead of new record
Peter Buzelle and Chuck Ferreira of Devil Love fill me in on the Boston music scene, collaborative history and of course, their forthcoming record out 2/12
43:12
January 15, 2021
48 – Johnnie Gonzales Returns!
Local comedian Johnnie Gonzales and I catch up on how we've been keeping busy. As he takes a small step away from standup, he bolsters his new YouTube channel.
44:22
December 03, 2020
47 – Andrew and Vinny collab on "Towards Darkness"
Andrew and Vinny are back! We talk shop, life and their latest collab, “Towards Darkness”.
01:37:56
December 03, 2020
46 – Kalen Lister (Death By Piano, KALEN)
This episode of the podcast is with Kalen Lister, the woman behind atmospheric electro-synth projects Death By Piano, whose latest release “Nightwalk” is out now via Hi4Head Records; KALEN and Late Sea, all of which have new releases! We talked PRE-election, so ignore any cynicism on my end. Kalen just became a mother and is finding the balance between creation and, well, post-creation. Her work across the board is a beautiful mix of instrumentation and elegant digital gems that accentuate the world of sound around us all.
01:00:40
November 11, 2020
45 – Brain Fragment share M.U.S.I.C
Brain Fragment return to talk about their forthcoming live experimental record, M.U.S.I.C, out Oct. 16th on all platforms
02:20:41
October 16, 2020
44 – Carter Ray (Filmmaker, Trans Activist)
Carter Ray is a filmmaker, actor and trans activist living in Los Angeles. His upcoming short film, The Change Up, covers the tension of coming out in a budding relationship.
02:25:53
October 15, 2020
43 – DJ Spacio (Carlos Meza) | Como Asesinar A Felipes
This episode of the podcast is in collaboration with Girl Underground Music and features fellow Chilenos Como Asesinar A Felipes, a hip hop / jazz fusion group formed in 2006 with their ninth record, “MMXX” out October 16th. We talked music, Pinochet and the protests going on around the country. They’re sharing their latest single, “Hemos Vuelto del Abismo”, along with two remixes from Sepultura’s own Iggor Cavalera and Jamaican dub producer Scientist. Here’s the original cut, and be sure to check out the remixes a la Girl Underground Music who set this up!
32:31
October 10, 2020
42 – Elle Belle
Elle Belle returns with 'Post Everything'! I joined musician and songwriter Chris Pappas at his home studio in Los Angeles to catch up on music, his work and the insane goings-on around the world.
02:25:58
October 09, 2020
41 – Human Offline
This episode is with Andrew Long, LA-based synthwave producer under the name Human Offline. He’s been cranking out singles in isolation since the lockdown began, refining a retrofuturist aesthetic from a cinephile’s perspective.
01:51:08
September 25, 2020
40 – Stephen Clair
This episode is with Stephen Clair! He is a lifelong singer-songwriter kicking out the jams on the heels of 2019’s full length Strange Perfume with his pre-Covid recordings The Small Hours. We talked process, his teaching style and the art of the three piece.
50:14
August 28, 2020
39 – Kailynn West and Chris Clark of Tiny Stills
Tiny Stills are an LA-based pop-punk band whose recent release, 'Craigslist Bed', playfully reminisces on the harsh pain of splitting your stuff after a breakup. We talked about their forthcoming EP, the future of shows and this damn quarantine.
01:42:12
July 08, 2020
38 – Skylar Watkins, Sad Punk Press
Skylar Watkins is a music photographer and founder of Sad Punk Press, a quarterly print publication featuring multimedia works on music and culture in the digital age.
38:38
April 17, 2020
37 – Peter Barnes | Photographer, Musician
Peter Barnes is a touring music photographer based in Nebraska as well as lead guitarist for the post-hardcore band Been Better.
50:44
April 12, 2020
36 – Jessie Lace of LACEI
Jessie is an indie/dark pop musician based in Los Angeles. She works closely with recent guest Viktor Ahlgren and played one of LA’s final holdout shows in an alley. Cops didn’t like that.
59:46
March 31, 2020
34 – Chopping it up with Chris and Ned of Sorry Party
Sorry Party’s Chris and Ned joined me for another #Quarantinecast! We caught up about the lockdown, guilty displeasures and how good shows always overshadow numbers.
01:17:50
March 25, 2020
33 – Viktor Ahlgren, of DEEPS and LACEI, is working from Sweden
Viktor is a Sweden-based musician and producer, working with Los Angeles favorite LACEI and is 1/2 of electronic outfit Deeps.
39:35
March 24, 2020
32 – Jon Valdez is stuck in San Jose
Jon Valdez and I catch up amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. Jon is stuck in San Jose and we debate whether or not he should come back down.
02:04:02
March 22, 2020
31 – E Scott Lindner offers a soundtrack for deep thought
E Scott Lindner is a composer, producer and audio engineer based in Long Island City, NY, where he maintains Pinch Recordings – his own studio among a network of creatives. His recent release, In Flowers Through Space, is a concept album based entirely on the Fibonacci Sequence, a mathematical principle found throughout the universe on a scale from micro to macro. Check it out on multiple channels below:
49:12
March 21, 2020
30 – Quarantinecast! with Austin Adams and John Owens
An impromptu podcast with Austin Adams and John Owens. Austin is a guitarist and frontman of Mire, whose work in the local scene can be heard across the Inland Empire. John is a musician, audio engineer, and host of The Sunday Show with Johnny O.
01:11:34
March 16, 2020
29 – Bridgetown Vagabond talk La Puente and local music
This episode is with Bridgetown Vagabond, La Puente three piece whose roots in punk, rock and a bit of jazz make for pleasant hits of nostalgia with an ear for the future.
01:34:28
March 02, 2020
28 – Brain Fragment return with stories and a new record
Episode 28 is with Brain Fragment, a local No Wave outfit with a new record in the works. Originally a noise duo, the band has expanded to five members with even more creative juices flowing. This one is just shy of two hours, featuring stories from the road and the process of recording an album in twelve hours. Listen below.
02:09:17
February 13, 2020
27 – El Haru Kuroi talk music, style and gentrification in Boyle Heights
The long-awaited El Haru Kuroi interview is here! We talked about music, Los Angeles and the obnoxious overpriced tag of gentrification.
59:47
January 25, 2020
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January 20, 2020
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29:21
January 13, 2020
23 – Jen and Henry are Aloud
This episode is with Jen and Henry of Aloud – Miami-born, LA by way of Boston quartet whose mutual love of the classics in British Invasion bears overwhelming fruit. I was introduced to Henry at I believe the Polartropica residency at Bootleg, though we didn’t speak until much later. It was a loud one. A loud. Aloud. Well I reached out for an interview and met Jen who was happy to set it up. We all got together at their place in Hollywood. I couldn’t believe I found parking.
01:51:09
October 23, 2019
22 – Richard Jankovich and I at Arlington Gardens
Richard Jankovich leads Big Mother Gig, alternative rock band originally formed in Wisconsin, who is working on a new record due for release in November. We talked music, shows and strange genres in the beautiful Arlington Gardens of Pasadena.
01:19:03
September 17, 2019
21 – Azam Ali
Today’s episode is with Azam Ali, Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist whose latest album, Phantoms, explores a multidimensional reality from a sonically ethereal perspective. We hung out at Teragram Ballroom in LA just before her set and talked about the new record. Big thanks to Girl Underground Music for the collaboration! Check out Girl Underground Music for the article and more photos.
24:20
August 30, 2019
20 – Justin Hates the Simpsons #2
Episode #2 of the sub-series Justin Hates the Simpsons is out! Jon and I talk movies, news and spoil the hell out of Another Life. Listen in.
02:23:32
August 25, 2019
19 – LA punks Dangerously Sleazy tell stories from the road
Episode 18 of the podcast is with LA punks Dangerously Sleazy, the three piece about to hit the road again to support their forthcoming EP, Sleep Apnea.
01:37:02
August 12, 2019
18 – Justin Hates the Simpsons #1
Jon Valdez and I hung out at the old cafe to talk movies, shows and things we both missed.
01:51:07
August 06, 2019
17 – She Past Away, Twin Tribes + Aurat
So I saw my first show at the Echoplex and got instantly hooked to anything Part Time Punks wants to do. She Past Away played the final show of their US tour the other night with locals Aurat and visiting Texans, Twin Tribes. Check out the full write-up at www.girlundergroundmusic.com
07:31
July 30, 2019
16 – Human Offline
Hey friends! This episode is with Human Offline, the electronic project of Andrew Long. He and premiere podcast guest Vinny Macias worked together on the latest HO single, “False Dreaming”. Does it sound weird? Don’t worry, I’m learning. Enjoy.
01:48:07
July 23, 2019
15 – Johnnie Gonzales
My extended break from podcasting has been due to a move and scheduling issues. But wait! Episode 15 is here with local, up and coming comedian Johnnie Gonzales. We talked upbringing, travel and of course, comedy. Listen here as well as Spotify and iTunes!
01:29:22
July 13, 2019
14 – Sebastian Aguirre
Today’s episode is with Sebastian Aguirre, OC-born songwriter and classically trained musician. He is currently working on his forthcoming album, with an exclusive piece featured here. Thank you Klatch Coffee in Rancho Cucamonga for the space!
54:19
April 13, 2019
13 – Bianca Ornelas
This week I met with Bianca Ornelas – local muralist and illustrator whose political portraits have attracted a lot of attention in recent months. We met at our mutual favorite dba256 in Pomona, which was gracious enough to let us hang out for a few.
01:31:39
April 05, 2019
12 – Daniel Zuniga | Mono Vision
Hey folks! Sorry for the short break, but it’s been busy. This episode is with Daniel Zuniga, or Mono Vision to those fans of venue projections. I’ve wanted to follow up with Daniel since he joined Mire and I on a recent podcast, and we finally made the time. Thanks again to Rad Pro Studios for letting us hang out!
45:46
March 20, 2019
11 – Cassie Gaffaney | Young Winona
Cassie Gaffaney is a New Zealand-born musician and 1/3 of Young Winona – a reimagining of her previous band Santa Barbara. We talked origins, local music and what she has in store. Thanks again to The Snug in Burbank for having us.
01:44:60
February 28, 2019
9 – Mire w/ Daniel Zuniga
I met up with Mire at Rad Pro Studios in Ontario last week for a photo shoot and podcast. Our mutual friend Daniel Zuniga, projectionist and musician you’ll recognize from around town also joined us before the band headed in for rehearsal. Thanks again for having us!
48:46
February 12, 2019
8 – Thee Azmatics
I met up with Jorge and Joseph of Thee Azmatics at dba256 in Pomona (thanks for letting us hang out). We talked music, day jobs and scenesters while The Ramones played on the speakers in tribute to the absent Jacob. Show up next time.
01:49:35
February 06, 2019
7 – Vic Alva | Emo Night Pomona
I met up with Vic Alva of Emo Night Pomona to talk about his history with the event, working with artists both iconic and on the rise, as well as Emo Night’s new home at dba256. This is a longer one, so strap in.
01:44:46
February 01, 2019
6 – Andrea Esperanza Martinez
Andrea is a musician, choreographer and dance teacher who fronts two bands – Funk’d Martini and Popgun Rerun. We met up in Pomona where we talked about her history in music and life as an entertainer. Thanks to Acerogami for letting us hang out.
01:14:49
January 26, 2019
5 – Elle Belle
I met up with Chris Pappas of Elle Belle to talk about his latest record, No Signal, studio discipline and bands we never got into. Big thanks to the charming Figaro Bistrot for the hospitality.
01:38:03
January 19, 2019
4 – Kriist Long + LaRae Ewing
Kriist Long is a multi-instrumentalist, former drummer with Harriers of Discord and is currently working on his own project, Quintessence. LaRae Ewing currently works in special needs education and has a history in the entertainment industry.
01:15:51
January 16, 2019
3 – Sade.img
Just in time for the Christmas-New Year squish, I hung out with fellow music photographer Sade de la Espriella (@sade.img). We talked some shop, music and people with camera phones at shows.
01:32:58
December 26, 2018
2 – Brain Fragment
Hey folks! This episode is with Brain Fragment, the LA-based experimental trio featuring one of my oldest friends, David Craig. This one was two hours of talking a lot around music, with hints of that industry talk I teased you with before. Check it out here, on Spotify and iTunes!
02:16:45
December 20, 2018
1 – Vinny Macias
I spoke with Vinny Macias, former bassist of Jetpacks And Laser Guns (disbanded in 2015) and current filmmaker. We ran into each other a few weeks ago at Claremont Craft Ales after years of lost contact, so it was time to catch up on his work.
02:22:58
November 29, 2018