Episode 30 is a conversation with Boston area guitar player Scott O’Dowd. Scott has played in various bands in the Boston area, his current band Cortez are a great hard rock/stoner rock band, and Scott draws influences from all over the place as he talks about in this episode. Scott has a diverse taste in music and we talk about all different types of music from Black Sabbath to Foreigner (who the episode is named for) as well as all of the different bands he’s played in including hardcore band Suckerpunch. Scott was a great guest as his passion for music is unparalelled and this conversation shows that throughout.
Episode 29 is a conversation with Boston area photographer Coleman Rogers called The Power to Believe. As you’ll hear in the conversation Coleman is more than just a photographer, he has a long history working as a recording engineer, and is extremely passionate about all of the creative outlets he’s been involved in. We talk about his beginnings growing up outside of Detroit, through his time in Boston working in various recording studios, up to his process capturing live music. Coleman was a great guest, his enthusiasm and drive is inspiring to say the least.
Episode 26 is a conversation with JJ Gonson. JJ is a photographer from the Boston area who has shot everyone from Youth of Today and the Descendents to Janes Addiction, Nirvana and everyone in between. JJ’s photographs of bands on stage, off stage as well as her amazing shots of the crowds at hardcore shows in Boston from the mid 80’s to the early 90’s are amazing and capture moments in time that are important and historical. JJ is a perfect guest for this podcast, her passion for all different arms of the creative world, cooking, travel and life in general is on full display here from stories of how she got started taking photos for xXx Fanzine, a few Nirvana stories as well as running her catering business Cuisine en Locale and club ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, MA.
Episode 25 is a great talk with my friend Mike Lucantonio. I’ve known Mike since I was a child and we talk about his connection to my family and getting into music as well as his times years later playing with thrash band Temporary Insanity (the story of how his song My Brush was first recorded is hilarious), his time in the seminal Boston band GangGreen as well as numerous other musical endeavors. Mike is a humble, down to earth guy, and absolutely hilarious. Glad to have him as a guest for my 25th episode.
Episode 23 is a conversation with Scott Helland. Scott has been playing music for over 30 years, getting his start as a teenager forming the hardcore bands Deep Wound and Outpatients. We talk about both of those bands, as well as his various musical projects he’s been involved in through the years and ones that are still very active. Scott is an extremely passionate and intense guy, especially talking about music, so of course he was the perfect guest for the show. Scott talks about the things behind his drive to play music, including a tragic event when he was a teenager that fueled a lifelong motivaton to live life to the fullest. This episode is named after a record by the heavy metal band Accept, which ties into the early part of Scott’s musical journey.
Episode 22 is the longest episode yet, at almost two and a half hours. My guest is Steve Karp, guitar player and founder of the New York Hardcore band Yuppicide. Steve is one of the funniest people I know and is a hell of a story teller. Steve is a perfect guest for this podcast, as you’ll hear he is intensely passionate about everthing he talks about here and I was glad he talked about so much in this jam packed episode. Listen to Steve talk about discovering music as a young kid with his friends through his time in Yuppicide. Also, most importantly find out if Steve is a Faith guy or a Void guy!