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Skycats are GOOOOOO!

Skycats are GOOOOOO!
Season 07

 
 
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S7 E24

Hello and congrats to Famous Dave’s for being voted best Reno podcast! This week your second favorite and ONLY Worst Little Podcast has cooked up something really special for you. We have Skycats in the studio, FINALLY! Yours truly, Kadillac Kim, has been so excited to showcase them on the podcast that I have hardly been able to contain myself. To say that this duo is talented would be the understatement of the century. Or at least like the last few minutes. I’m very dramatic. Anyway, listen up to hear me fangirl all over them (it gets messy).

But first, something completely different! We have on the phone all the way from Texas, Jordan from Portland band Coastlands. They took a minute out of their busy tour schedule to talk to us about their upcoming show at the Saint (while shooting a music video, for fuck’s sake). We have a short interview and a song we’re previewing for you here in internet land. Coastlands is playing at the Saint Aug 26th with podcast veterans Moons Of Vega and Pink Awful. Listen up to get a taste of the shoegazey goodness. I’ll be sharing the video as soon as I have my hands on it, so keep an eye out for that and be sure to go to the show with us! Or at least me, you know I get around…

 

But back to Skycats! Skycats is a collaboration between Reno’s own Grace Hayes and Bazooka Zac. Both accomplished musicians in their own rights, together they make magic. Space magic. Or something. You heard Zac’s beats on last week’s podcast when we featured Redfield Clipper. Grace had a viral hit with the Reno Anthem, and while I’m certain she doesn’t want to be known for a silly diddy about her hometown, Reno is certainly grateful to be featured so positively by such a colossal local talent. So thanks, Grace!

Grace Hayes of Reno synthwave duo Skycats smiling for the camera and being photobombed by Bazooka Zac.

Grace Hayes of Skycats

They sum up their bands sound on their Facebook page calling it a dreampop, synthwave, kaleidoscope of sound and color, exploring the space between darkness and light through hauntingly beautiful jazz vocals and rich electronic textures. Accurate.

Bazooka Zac of Reno synthwave duo Skycats smiling into the camera while recording for the Worst Little Podcast in Reno, Nevada.

Bazooka Zac of Skycats

Keep your eyes on Skycats. They’re going places.

Thanks to Grace and Zac for being excellent guests on this week’s podcast!

This week in Reno music, be sure to check out alllllll the things I am about to drop on you. Are you prepared? It’s gonna be heavy…

Thursday:

Kelly Proud and WLP alumn Brit Straw are making music magic at the Saint with the support of Glen Osburn! Event details here. 21+ 9 p.m. No Cover.

Also Thursday through Sunday, catch Reno native motel grunge band The Run Up at the Terrace Lounge at the Peppermill. They’re wrapping up their summer tour and are promising fun times and cold drinks. 21+ 7 p.m. No Cover

Friday:

The Space Whale lighting is happening at 8:15 Friday night. Come down to see the fully realized version of the Space Whale and to stroke Kim’s ego!

If you’re into Ska, head over to Alturas on the Down Low this Friday night for  Mokey/ American Slacker Society / Abandon Minds. Monkey has been described as America’s most hard working band. Go find out why. 8 p.m. 21+ No cover

Saturday:

This Saturday and Sunday is Reno Art Fest – On The River! Catch live performances from Grace Hayes, Kate Cotter, Milton Merlos, Athena McIntyre, Mel Wade, Tyler Stafford, Britt Straw, Greg Gilmore, Justin McMahon, Todd Ballowe, Nick Eng, The Electric and the Tim Tucker Band at Reno at City Plaza (by the Space Whale!). Fine art, live music, food trucks and beer! August 19 and 20, 2017, 10a.m. until 6p.m. All ages.

Make a point to head to the Holland project to check out Between The Lyrics: A Celebration Of Hip Hop. This fundraiser for Holland Reno will feature artwork from over 40 different local artists, live music and delicious food provided by Nom Eats. This year’s theme is Socio-Political lyrics and each artist was given a random verse to work with. The show will be going down Saturday August 19th at 7pm. All artwork will be sold on a first come first serve basis, don’t miss out!!! All ages.

Sunday:

Closing out Reno art fest is a Grace Hayes solo set with a Skycats chaser. Right by the Space Whale from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a show at Pignic at 7 p.m. Grace is celebrating her birthday by treating Reno to not one, but TWO shows! Thanks and Happy Birthday, Grace!

 

As always, thanks for tuning in and turning up.

 

Tod Ballowe – Insert Witty Title

Tod Ballowe – Insert Witty Title
Season 06

 
 
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Hey kids!

Worst Little Podcast – S6 E18

Todd Ballowe, noted Reno musician, performer and bon vivant, comes by the studios this week, bringing the ever lovely Jole Rector along as well. I’m sure it was swell, but Reverend Rory was not in attendance. Intern X only took two pictures – FAIL!. Nick is playing at Pignic tonight, Thursday 8/4/16 with Loud as Folk. Reverend Rory has Foxy First Friday with Delani White. Go see some stuff.

Todd Ballowe with his guitar

Todd Ballowe

Jole Rector stares out the doorway contemplatively, whilst holding a chihuaha

Jole Rector

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Todd Ballowe – At the Stump

Todd Ballowe – At the Stump
Season 05

 
 
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You never really know what’s going to happen here…. so go ahead… just stick your hand in…

The Worst Little Podcast – S5 E35 – Download Link

Switching gears from the onslaught of recent bands, this week, we went solo. We went old school, with longtime Reno musician, Todd Ballowe getting down at the studio. An ironman of Reno entertainers, Todd has played an active role, in different capacities, in the Reno entertainment and music scene for over 20 years. And yet, he still has time to drop by our shitty little show for a second time! What a sucker great guy!

Todd Ballowe, sitting with guitar, with the text "Simply... todd ballowe" in a fancy script

Experience the smoothness…

Todd was recently a featured performer at Marianarchy Winterball 2015 and you’ll be able to catch him at the upcoming, ressurected, new and improved, Foxy First Friday with the Reverend Rory Dowd at the Foxy Olive on January 1st! Despite NYE being on the day before Todd and I are going to rock the House, down at the Foxy. Won’t you join us?

Todd Ballowe, Reno singer/songwriter, laughing while sitting with guitar

hee hee

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Blaze On You Crazy Diamond

Blaze On You Crazy Diamond
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Worst Little Podcast ->Download Link<- S2 E12

Is it just me or is 2012 a little fucked?

Rhymes with 'shallow'

Todd Ballowe joins us this week on the show! Todd is one hell of a musician. He doesn’t just play his guitar, he manhandles it! Slapping it and choking it enough to make a small symphony come out. But Todd loves his guitar. He always comes back to stroke it and he didn’t really mean it, baby. Todd is also a powerhouse of activity on the Reno show circuit. Coming up here, you can catch him on 5/15 at Tuesday’s Taste of Reno at Java Jungle, or on 5/18 at Swill.

Va-va-voom!

We are also joined by the VERY lovely Elsie Marie. She joins us in the third chair while Chewie is gone. I can tell you that I already MUCH prefer looking at her for 90 minutes than Chewie. She also smells a lot nicer. Elsie is also taking Reno by storm as a model and photographer this year. Check out her work at http://www.cupcakescanon.com/.

Reno has suffered a huge loss this week. Jessica “Blaze” Smith passed away on Tuesday in her sleep. Jess was a good friend to everyone one the show and a guest a couple of times last year – most notably a member of the cast in the Memorial Day Meltdown and And This is Why You Shouldn’t Drink on the Radio. She was a local promoter and true believer. She also gave great hugs. Jess Blaze was a do-er, always backing up her talk with a tight game. She was a founding member of Guerrilla Productions and a driving force behind the Reno Block Party. She was always down for fun. Jess Blaze was an integral and dynamic part of the Reno music scene and entertainment industry. She will be missed, but it’s now our job to carry what she taught us into the future. Let’s make this a kick ass summer. Go out and see a show. We love you, Jess.

There will be a wake for her at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor this Saturday, 5/12.

Thanks for Listening.