Episode 43 is a conversation with Daniel Brockman. This episode, recorded over the phone, is named after The Stooges song of the same name, the nature of this episode is indeed pretty loose. We don’t really get into Dan’s former Boston area bands Medea Connection and The Hidden at all but instead focus more on his experiences writing about music, interviewing artists from Danzig to Robyn Hitchcock. Daniel has some unique and fascinating takes on music and I’ve always enjoyed talking to him about music. His writing has appeared in such places as Vanyaland, Spin and Rolling Stone.
On episode 42 I sit with my co-hosts Brian Smith and Guy Wetherbee and we talk about Rush. Five minutes before we hit record we each wrote down five Rush songs and we would then go around the table and talk about the songs, why we picked them, some we gave a little background and history. We get deep enough that long time Rush fans should enjoy our takes on these fifteen songs but never too far out there that a non fan won’t appreciate the conversation and hopefully track the songs down themselves. This is the first round table episode with Brian and Guy and we look forward to doing many more like this as well as other subjects and formats.
Episode 41 is a conversation with Duane Bruce, Duane is best known for his work as a DJ on WFNX out of Boston (Well, Lynn), Massachusetts. He got into radio at a very young age, listening to and eventually working in radio in Maine where he grew up. We talk about his time as a DJ and how he eventually made his way to Massachusetts and everything else in between. Duane is a great storyteller and has some great stories about everyone from Stephen King to Nirvana who this episode is named after. Duane has a current radio show called American Debauchery and also authored a book called Hang the D.J. which talks about his time in radio.
Episode 40 is a conversation with Kevin Norton. Kevin played bass in the excellent Boston hardcore band Eye For an Eye and now he’s still playing music with his current band The Eulogy based out of Southern California. We talk about growing up in Lynn Massachusetts and what it was like getting into metal and hardcore in the early and mid eighties when metal and hardcore were regularly crossing over. Kevin has never stopped and his passion for music make him a perfect guest for this podcast, his work in the labor movement is discussed as well and Kevin talks about how being involved in the hardcore scene has informed his career and work ethic.
Episode 39 is a conversation with Brian Smith and Guy Wetherbee. Brian and Guy are lifelong friends and also collectively have a group called Four Way Anal Touchfight. They talk about the origins of that project here. We spend over two hours talking music from their formative years, sharing music with each other and by the end of the episode you’ll understand why the title “Chemistry” (after the Rush song) is so fitting. We talk about everything from Rush to Gorilla Biscuits to Asia to the B-52’s and Krokus. As we talk about in this episode Brian and Guy will be appearing on some future episodes as well.
Episode 37 is a conversation with Randy Larsen. You may know Randy from his band Cable who have been putting out good quality heavy music since the 90’s and are set to release a new record next year as he explains late in this episode. We talk about how he got into music, other musical projects he’s been involved in as well as his guest hosting on the Everything Went Black and Metal Matters podcasts. Randy was a great guest for this podcast, his enthusiasm and humble, down to earth personality made this feel like I was talking to an old friend.
Episode 35 is a conversation with author Michael T Fournier. Michael has authored a few books including the 33 1/3 series book on The Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime record, his work appears in Maximum Rock & Roll, Razorcake and RS500. We talk about growing up in New England and getting into music, his writing both fiction and writing about music. Michael is a great writer and made the perfect guest for TATP, his enthusiasm and knowledge of music is extensive as shown in his writing, so it was great to be able to sit down and talk to him in person.