Wham! Just like that: another day, another episode! Although it’s another week of canned music – this is the good stuff. Iconic Reno-based sound engineer Tom Gordon stops by to share with us more stories from behind the scenes in the glamorous life of an audio recording professional.
Tom and Dr. D are celebrating 40 years of recording at the (now) iMirage Sound Lab. It just so happens that Tom brought some of his favorite tracks from over the years, along with their backstories. Much of the work is out of love, for the music, but also for others, including Battle Scar, a production benefitting the American Indian Graduate Center and Washoe County School District Music Education and also the greatest Rush song you’ve never heard of – tune in to catch the rest of the story!
We could talk to Tom all day about his adventures in engineering, but all good things come to an end, until next time – always next time. We do have some great events to plug – this weekend’s Punk Rock Flea Market Fleas the Season, and a kickass kickoff preshow and grand after party! A great time to get some DIY gifts for the holidays and beyond. It is a family event – kiddos 12 and under are free – with events like the plushie pit, the popular car smash, full size whack-a-human, rage yoga and more.
As always, thanks for listening.
Well, hi there – does anyone still listen to this show? It’s been a few weeks since we put out an, between a holiday, new work schedules and a few bouts with COVID. We were so excited to bring you our friends, Slutzville, LIVE from the luxurious Dogwater Studios. But nay; the weather and automobiles have conspired against us this month and kept Nat and Jessi on their side of the mountain early this season.
We were able to get a Zoom show in with them (and my dumbass forgot to take screenshots, so all you get are their own stock photos). It was a lot of fun talking about their busy year. Unfortunately, they also had to cancel their set at Mortville Pride at Holland Project the following weekend. We will keep you posted on when they come back to town – we need to get them in the studio!
Punk Rock Flea Market’s Fleas the Season is coming up. Rev is hosting at the event – 4 days of music. Holiday Chaos! Listen in for details and more details in the next episode
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This week is Marianarchy days 3 and 4, so who better to come in than the band with our beneficiary Andy Hernandez in it. No, not Los Pistoleros (although both guest are in that group), it’s a new country murder-ballad project by Murderock drummer Zachery Johnson, aptly dubbed MR. JOHNSON . That’s right metal/horror rockers: country western music! And it’s good! Zach never really sang much in Murderock, but DAAAAAAaamn – it turns out he can croon! Combined with story-songs and Andy’s slap bass, this act is ready to jump in the van and tear up the road.
We listen to how they started; how death, near death, and living, continue to shape both Zach and Andy’s driven attitude. Andy shares some of his experience that lead to him being hospitalized, as well as the recovery after. It’s nothing short of miraculous. We’re so happy Andy is alive and well. Still playing music with good friends like Zach and kicking life’s ass with love and positivity. It’s wonderful to see and hear.
Kim reports on OffBeat, Nick reports on days 1&2 of Marianarchy. Great folks. Great talk. Come see Mr. Johnson at Marianarchy this Friday 10/14 6:30 at the Elbow Room. Life is short and fragile. We really do love you all.
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Welcome back, O Constant Listener! Its always a good time with Todd Ballowe in the studio and we hope you enjoy this episode. We didn’t realize just how ling it has been since he’s been on the show, so there was a lot of catching up to do, on and off mic.
Aside from being a little isolated like everyone else since 2020, Todd has been through some legit travails, battling it all with a smile. Fires, ailments, and being old dads; the show gets a little “old man shouts at cloud” heavy, but bear with us – we are only in the early stages of senility. Todd has also been busy opening Yonder Aerials and Dance in the North Valleys with his lovely partner, Jole .
We also devote a good chunk of the show to talking about Marianarchy XVIII: A Benefit for Andy Hernandez. The event will be over two weekends, Oct 7-8 and 14-15, at Alturas and Elbow Room, respectively. Two weekends featuring 40+ of your favorite local acts, to benefit Andy Hernandez, noted Reno bassist with Los Pistoleros who was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in the Spring of 2022. Andy has since recovered and regained the ability to walk and obviously is saddled with enormous medical bills. Come on out to one of the shows and throw some support. There will be some form of raffle as well.
We are adding a new element to Marianarchy – a Memorial where we can remember the names and faces of those we have lost over the course of the past few years and the past two decades, such as Tom Plunkett and Kahele Dunn, who were not only dear friends to many of us at WLP and also Marianarchy beneficiaries, but also ardent supporters of Marianarchy every year they were able. We invite you to participate in this memorial with us, and add a photo, a name or a memento. It is planned to be a permanent fixture at Marianarchy, going forward, a living testament to our community and those we’ve been lucky enough to spend time with.
Hope to see you at the show – Todd goes up early on Day two at Alturas.
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Hey, kids: Do you like Nine Inch Nails? Ministry? Skinny Puppy? Foetus? If so, put on your dancing boots because this episode is for you. We are joined by longtime Renoite, now a Midwest émigré, Jason Hollis. Through the miracle of Zoom we were able to catch up a bit with the founder of Reno Noise Night/MEAT and hear his musical projects RetCon and Endif.
Dogwater Dick and Jason share their longtime connection to each other and everything gothic/industrial. Jason loves the big city life and has been playing shows and festivals all over, including Minneapolis, Chicago, New Jersey, and Detroit, keeping asses moving to his special brand of sight and sound. We get his take on true industrial music, opening for Front 242, Reno of yore and a really fun Worst Little Quiz.
We close out with a track by 19 year old Rick and Jason dug up in real time, on the show. Amazing. A Cure cover-y thing, no less!
It’s great to see a Reno artist still killing it out in the world. Thanks for spending a Monday night with us Jason. Also a big “thank you, listeners” for being here with us!
Life is short and we love you!
And we’re back! (once again…) Shifting directly into high gear, we have most of a great, high-energy band on this week. 3/4 of Last One Down was able to join us in the studio and play some tracks from their latest release, “Failing Dreams.” If you like 90s punk; if you like pop punk; if you like skate punk, you’re going to dig their sound.
Last One Down has been around for a couple of years, but have been making some waves for themselves in 2022. They are ‘of an age’ of many of the fans and hosts of the show and their music reflects that – nostalgic and new at the same time. The Rev felt transported, back to the 90s when life was irresponsible and credit scores were a thing other people worried about. For the regular listeners of the show – these guys came ready to play (and I don’t think they’re listeners, just naturally a little twisted). We also have a segment where we try some Taco Truck flavored jelly beans – this is peak fake radio stuff!
Lost of shows on the calendar to promote this week: First up, we want to make sure everyone knows about the D.R.I. 40th anniversary tour at the Elbow Room on October 25. Get your tickets now and lets all show up for some great fucking punk rock. This weekend though our pick is One Ton Dually with Heterophobia and Deaf Animals over at the Cellar Stage on Friday Night. The very next night, check out an exclusive engagement at the Cellar Stage with Voted Best Band & Guests (fuckin love those guys). …Honestly, it’s late and we promoted a bunch of shows at the end of this episode, so … listen for yourself (and we’ll post links as we get closer to everything, like Marianarchy and The Flea.)
Anyway – enjoy the show and thanks for Listening!
WLP ON THE ROAD: Nick Drives the Bus for Eddie and the Subtitles
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to another WLP on the road episode!
This time out Nick is tapped to drive the bus for Eddie and the Subtitles! (for this blog their name shall henceforth be referred to as EatS!)
Join us as legendary SoCal punk rocker Eddie Subtitle (born and bread in Reno!) takes a mini tour to Pacifica and San Francisco California.
It’s a short but sweet romp with a really fun band.
We visit a taqueria, check out the venues, hit the beach and hear live music from EatS, including an exclusive preview of new material.
We get a minute with lead Control Freak (also from The Rip-Offs) Greg Lowery , who was totally stoked to be playing with EatS. Mikie shares a stage moment and we hit Ikedas in Auburn on the way home for a heaven scented conclusion to a really fun weekend with friends.
Again a shout out to Dogwater Dick for the awesome post production razzmatazz.
Life is short and we love you!
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WLP ON THE ROAD: Nick and Rory’s bromantic encounter with MC Chris
Welcome loyal listeners to a very special episode of the Worst Little Podcast! A bold new “ on the road“ approach to episodes is experimented with by our hosts Nick and Rory on their first solo(no wives) Bromantic adventure to see The Randy Savages, Crunk Witch and the legendary nerd core rapper MC Chris at the Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz. There and back, like Sam and Frodo! Their mount Doom? A (quick) interview with MC Chris, a high wizard of words, casting magic spells penetrating your ears and winding their way to your heart, was the goal and it was achieved!
For those who don’t know, MC Chris is a rapper out of New York who started in the mid ‘90’s. With his unique style and high pitched voice, he skillfully spits bars about Star Wars, D&D, partying, mac and cheese, sex and candy, whatever suits his fancy. He’s gained notoriety cast as MC Pee Pants on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and writing theme songs for Kevin Smith Podcasts as well as having his songs in Smith’s films.
Our hosts talk about Star Trek versus Star Wars and how they met back in the late ‘90s. There’s also a quick visit with Ragg Mopp, Jesse Kotu Williams from the Randy Savages and the man we came to see MC Chris! There’s a visit from drunk Rory and a review of the night. ( “Oh, jfc” – sober Rory, weeks later…)
It was a blast making this special episode. Kudos to our own wizard, Dogwater Dick for the sweet post production and keeping the long winding boring bits out of it! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Life is short and we love you. Thanks for listening!
As summer winds down, our guests this week are still heating things up with their sexy, sexy music. Kat Heart’s Fresh Hot Mess brings it good. A foursome congealed out of dreams and desire, they keep a busy schedule in different configurations. (This sounds sexual, but it totally is not)
This is a sexy sexy band, though – and I mean the music AND the people. We have a great time talking with them, talking shit about booking shows, how they all met and how The Saxman helped put this together. They are a rhythm and rock band, so find someone you want to grind on and put it in your ear.
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It’s a great week here at the Worst Little Podcast. We welcome back our co-conspirator and cohost, Kadillac Kim! We also welcome into the hallowed Dogwater Studios, Reno’s own Trouble Show, a blues rock band that has also survived the trials of the pandemic and is ready to rock your face.
Trouble Show is Brek Lee Durham, Chris Simpson, Greg Souviron, and, unsurprisingly, Kyle Visco. THey had just gotten things dialed in as a band before The Shutdown and were able to keep it going. They have recently released their first EP “Split the Difference”, available digitally in all the regular places.
Their dance card is pretty open right now, but their roadhouse sound and tight execution would round out many a bill. We look forward to seeing them next at the upcoming Marianarchy XVIII: A Benefit for Andy Hernandez, but if you’ve got a slot to fill, give em an ol’ ring-a-ding-ding on the Messenger.
Speaking of shows, There are a few happening this weekend: One Ton Dually Will be opening for Snailmate and Deplete at The Cellar on Friday night on a mixed-bill show. you are not going to want to miss Rock Against Racism: A Mutual Aid Benefit Show featuring none other than the Cobra Skulls with Fleshies and local support THeeeeeee Saturday Knights, Action Bastard!!, and Pussy Velour. Fuck. That’s a sweet lineup.
Trouble Show is a great sounding band that you should definitely keep on your radar. I know we will.
Thanks for listening.