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Episode 18: So Long Ago (A Conversation With Jonah Jenkins)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tx42g-8b2912

Episode 18 is a conversation with Jonah Jenkins. Jonah is best known as the vocalist for seminal Boston hardcore/metal band Only Living Witness. We talk about his time in that band as well as other bands he’s been involed in like Milligram, Miltown and his current band Rawradarwar. He also talks about a new project he’s involved in that sounds great. Although shorter than most episodes this one is full of some great stories, and I finally have someone to talk about the first Boston album with. 

PS the title of this episode is a reference to The Freeze song of the same name!

 

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Episode 17: Find The Arise (A Conversation With Buz McGrath)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s9t58-870b20

Episode 17 is a conversation with Buz McGrath, guitarist from the band Unearth. We talk about the origins of that band, some pretty crazy tour stories, as well as the song writing process he uses to write music for Unearth. We go all over the place in this hour long episode.  

Unearth are a metalcore band from Massachusetts who formed in 1998 (Note: I mentioned knowing Buz and Point 04 in “the early 90’s”, I should have said “late 90’s”, doh!) They are one of the best live acts around. Buz is an amazing guitar player, and a hilarious guy with some great story telling skills as you’ll hear on this episode. 

Episode 15: Candy Girl (A Conversation With Angie C. Shaw)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jwgun-84a858

Episode 15 is a conversation with Boston area DJ Angie C Shaw. Angie is a close friend of mine so of course it was a natural conversation. Her lifelong love of music and the enthsasm to talk about the stuff she loves made her an obvious choice for the podcast. We cover a lot of ground from her early days in radio through the current state of cellestial radio. Angie is a great story teller and there are some good ones here, including some cool behind the scenes stories with some big name musicians. Angie was on WFNX in the early 90’s right as Nirvana broke and into the early 2000’s, she now can be heard on the classic rock station WZLX 100.7 FM. Enjoy!

Episode 14: Ace of Spades (A Conversation With Keith Bennett)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bewvg-83af50

Episode 14 is a talk with Keith Bennett. Keith is a veteran of the Boston hardcore and metal scene and has played in multiple bands, most notably Wrecking Crew in the 80’s and currently PanzarBastard. Keith talks in length about getting into music as a kid, his stories are intense and hilarious. Keith speaks from his heart and gets into some pretty heavy subject matter at times, and yes there is some salty language on this one. All said, this 90 minute episode is packed with a ton of great stories and I definitely hope I can get him back on for another one. 

Episode 13: Definite Choice (A Conversation With Mark McKay)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-f3zvt-82b5c1

Episode 13 is a conversation with my friend Mark McKay, founding member of Slapshot. Mark and I talk about all different types of music from The Clash to Kiss and Dead Can Dance, how Slapshot came to be and their role in hardcore history. We share similar stories of meeting a grumpy Henry Rollins, his love of reading and he talks about some amazng writing endeavors he’s involved in right now. This was a great chat, Mark has some great stories and any fan of 80’s hardcore will enjoy this episode. 

 

Episode 12: Be a Part of It (A Conversation With Kevin Cafferty)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-p6psj-81a302

Episode Twelve is a conversation with Kevin Cafferty. We talk about the film he made called It’s a Bash about RI band Neutral Nation, growing up in Rhode Island, his radio show he had for a long time as well as his work in television. Kevin is an interesting and funny guy and I learned quite a lot from him. 

Episode 11: Something for Nothing (A Conversation With Breaux Silcio)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-qu6rd-7f191f

Episode 11 is a conversation with my friend and former bandmate Breaux Silcio. Breaux and I talk about him growing up in Louisiana. Him moving to Massachusetts and his journeys through different genres of music. This episode is a long one at almost ninety minutes. Breaux is an intersting and smart guy and we talk quite a bit about Rush, Kiss, Sabbath and everything in between. 

Episode 10: Baggy Trousers (A Conversation With Kevin Patey)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ijfsp-7e33d9

Episode 10 is a conversation with Boston area musician Kevin Patey. Kevin played in the rockabilly band Raging Teens, and now performs under the name Jittery Jack performing rockabilly/50’s inspired rock and roll. He talks about growing up in England and discovering music on the radio, moving to the United States as well as a comprehensive story about how the Raging Teens formed around the rockabilly scene in Boston in the 90’s. Kevin is yet another hilarious guest and his stories are filled with anecdotes and details that make him a great guest I hope to have on again. 

Woke Up Depressed

 

The first time I heard the song Flower by Soundgarden I shit my pants. I lost interest in hardcore and punk rock after I graduated high school. Nobody was doing anything new that interested me anyway (I’ve since gone back and discovered a lot of good stuff I missed in the 90’s but that’s words for another time) I had taken a break from “classic rock” and traditional metal like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc while spending a good chunk of my teenage years immersed in the hardcore scene. The first thing I thought of when I heard Flower was the intro to the song sounded like Led Zeppelin with Morrissey moaning along for a couple measures. And then it kicked in and it was all Led Zeppelin, or something. I couldn’t put my finger on what it sounded like. It was new and fresh and that was the moment I discovered this whole other world of music that started happening. Soundgarden were at the very top of this world, no question.

I can’t think of another band I have seen in so many different size venues in Boston and beyond, from The Rat, The Paradise (with VoiVod and Faith No More!), Avalon, Axis (with COC and Danzig!), Worcester Centrum with Guns n’ Roses, Hollywood Palladium with Monster Magnet, Great Woods in Mansfield, MA at Lollapalooza and probably a couple more I’m forgetting. They seemed to always be on tour in the 90’s, I never missed them. That first show at The Rat after Ultramega OK came out, Kim Thayil stood out to my brother and I. We thought he resembled Tommy Chong, and of course they then ended the show with a cover of Earache My Eye. As amazing as Cornell’s voice was, it didn’t hit me right away. The music and riffs were what I really dug. That changed when Louder Than Love was released and at the next show I saw, at Axis. They opened with Beyond the Wheel and Cornell’s voice was out of this world. That song is made for him. It’s one of those songs nobody should ever attempt to cover. If he was away from the microphone or when it went out his voice would still carry throughout the venue. And this band was fucking loud. They closed that night with one of my top three songs by them, the “doomy” I Awake. I shit my pants again. Every time I saw them after this show my eyes never wandered further away from Cornell. That voice, and even as a heterosexual male, let’s admit it, the guy was obviously pretty easy on the eyes. I never got to see Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden fast became my Led Zeppelin. A larger than life rock band that was loud, sexy, perfect in every sense.

 

Up to Louder than Love the lyrics on Soundgarden records didn’t connect with me that well, there was always a mix of humor and clever lines like Hands All Over’s environmental “you’re gonna kill your mother” line but nothing mind blowing. When Badmotorfinger came out that changed for me. The lyrics on that record connected to me, they were smart, sad, hopeful, funny, everything my 20 something Stussy hat sporting self needed. Mind Riot and Slaves and Bulldozers immediately come to mind as ones I wish I wrote.

 

I am at work and can’t really spend all morning writing about Chris Cornell and how big of a deal he was to me, but reading the number of posts from friends who also spent a good amount of their life loving this man’s music I felt like needed to get something out of myself. Every post and little tribute has been refreshing to see in a week of generally crappy things to read on the internet. It took me the entirety of their existence to figure out how and why I loved this man and his band so much. It was and still a long fruitful relationship that has aged well for me. All of their music (Okay, I never liked Spoonman, not to be that guy but) is still listenable, and the reissues they have been releasing have reawakened my interest in them. Thanks to a number of unreleased tracks on all of them you can see how Cornell put some of these songs together and why he was such a monster songwriter and top tier musician. Some of these bigger musicians dying the last few years (Bowie, Prince, etc) have been sad, but this one got my eyes watery this morning when I saw it on the TV in between stories about how sunny and warm it was going to be today and how surreal and sad the government is right now. Cornell was on a Lennon/Townsend/Jagger level for me. On a positive note I still have hours of timeless music to listen to escape to.

Woke up depressed
I left for work
You have a good day
It’s not your fault
I know it hurts

Remember, I love you, love you
Remember, I love you, love you
I love

Woke up depressed
I left for work
You have a good day
It’s not my fault
I know it hurts

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