Ryan Stark – Putting the ‘No’ in ‘Reno’ – S13 E17

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Ryan Stark - Putting the 'No' in 'Reno' - S13 E17

Hey, friends! Reverend Rory is back this week and is pleased as peaches to welcome to the show one of his and Dogwater Dick’s oldest friends and collaborators, Ryan Stark. A Reno native, Ryan has been involved with the underground and performing arts scenes of Reno for quite some time. He is also the proprietor of No City City Roasters, a wonderful outfit that also has a location in the top of the Great Basin Food Coop – and it’s legit. As long as The Rev has known Ryan, the tall man in black has always has a passionate opinion on coffee.

a close up of a bag of No City Coffee's "Rad City " blend
Rad City from No City

Stark brings a few original songs that he plays live for us, as well as a track from his band-on-hiatus, DIffidence. We talk about old Reno a bit – the Java Jungle and FSU days, basement shows and late night coffee. Chewie also comes through with a Reno connection on tape – Real Rivals, comprised of Reno emigres living in Seattle and recorded at that F.S.U. location in 2005.

a man with greying short hair and goatee holding up a cup of coffee with a wide closed mouth smile
Ryan Stark

We of course end up with an event round up – including Nick Ramirez and Eric Foreman at the Canvas Café, 11a – 1p on 06/10 in Virginia City and ALSO the RPRFM Clown Car Wash on the same day at Shanty Dolans and the Keystone Car Wash!

John White – Sexual Planking – S13 E16

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John White - Sexual Planking - S13 E16

This week we have the incomparable John White of The John Whites! John is a prolific artist who has been making and recording his original music since the age of 17. Uninhibited and (not necessarily dirty but) highly sexual songs and themes run through a John White set. It’s not the only place his tunes go though: there’s joy and pain, life and death.

A bald man with a trim beard sings into a microphone while playing a dark brown acoustic guitar
John White

John puts his life into the art. Some songs come across as blunt but really there’s hidden metaphors going on. Conversely, songs that sound metaphorical may actually be literal, and that’s the fun of it. Like the great artists, his work means different things to different people.

Kadillac Kim has been championing John for years as one of her absolute favorite artists. It was great to catch up with her as well. We get into everything going on with the Reno Punk Rock Flea Market crew.
Jam packed with tunes and great talks about the artistic processes, burn out, trying new things, lofty life goals, and soaking – which also means different things to different people.

Of course we get the where and when for upcoming shows and dedicate the episode to Cameron White, Johns brother who we lost last year and to Nicks stepdad Hans Karlsson who passed a few weeks ago. Hold your loved ones close. Cherish your time together and keep making those memories.

Life is short and we love you. Thanks for listening.

Nick Eng and Percy the Intern – Spring Is Sprung

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Nick Eng and Percy the Intern - Spring Is Sprung

This week we have a great hang with working musician Nick Eng; always a breath of fresh air with his tight indie pop rock. His songs and sound is often called Beatlesque, but it’s broader than just that. Nick’s style and influences have grown. There’s a new angsty edge to his music. Even Nicks vocals sound a little more pained. You can hear a little Elliott Smith creepin’ in his voice. As Nick puts it: “Life happened.“ Mr. Eng shares with us a produced track as well as some live, in-studio performances – and of course there’s a fab cover at the end.

Our other guest/co host is our intern, Percy, who is now referred to by his real life name Max Cwik! It’s his last foreseeable show with us, as he is graduating from his internship and is no longer required to be here. It was nice having you Max. You’re always welcome back.

Max and Nick go head to head on another edition of the worst little quiz and we get the deets on where to catch Nick Eng live.
Take care faithful listeners. Life is short and we love you

Left of the Dial and GLM – Faster Than Boats

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Left of the Dial and GLM - Faster Than Boats

This week we are joined by Robert Derbyshire aka DJ FasterThanYou of KWNK 97.7’s “Left of the Dial,” and actors Jessica Johnson and Claire Hachenberger of “Men On Boats”, currently playing at our beloved Good Luck Macbeth Theatre in midtown Reno,

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Robert Derbyshire aka DJ FasterThanYou

We had a lovely time discussing “Men on Boats,” its relation to American history, and the unique spin the author wrote into the piece. Claire and Jessica were full of info and funny to boot!

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Jessica Johnson

DJ FasterThanYou treats us with selections from his noise and punk selections including a couple Reno legends at the end. Listen to find out who!

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Claire Hachenberger

Speaking of local legends, Chewie is back with his From the Vault segment, with 3 quick tracks from early nineties teenage punkers Dirty Steve, straight off the cassette recording! We discuss a multitude of Renocentric subjects and the guests give a great performance in their debuts on the worst little quiz.

Another stellar show we hope you enjoy.
Life is short and we love you.
Thanks for listening.

Grimer & Sophia Shortz – It’s Grime Time! – S13 E13

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Grimer & Sophia Shortz - It’s Grime Time! - S13 E13

This week we have a super sweet guest host , Sophia Shortz! (last name is real, for real!) She runs an awesome online specialty jewelry store, Shortz Supply, to meet all of your goth/punk/metal/rocker needs. She’s a noted pillar of the Reno music and arts community. Her boyfriend also happens to be drummer and one of the vocalists for this week’s musical guests- crusty black hardcore stoner thrash metal super group, GRIMER. (not to be confused with our dear friends Grimedog!)

Sophia Shortz

Grimer is Emilio (Cruel Ultimatum) on guitar, Candice (Dissidence) on bass, the aforementioned Jake (also Cruel Ultimatum) keeping the beat, and Brett (Heterophobia) on monster vocals. Formed just a year ago, they’ve already played around fifteen shows and are killing it in the Reno underground. They’re fun and funny. We love their dark and what some might call disturbing humor; they fit right in on the podcast and knock out a bunch of rad gems.


Of course since Candice and Sophia are WLP virgins, they are initiated with a Worst Little Quiz. The spliced animal question is a highlight. Wonderfully imaginative contestants to say the least. We also get a review of Dungeons and Dragons the movie (minor spoilers) by Jake and Candice, who have actually seen the film, and also one from Sophia, who has not seen it and yet is surprisingly accurate with her summary. Could be a fun new segment.

It’s a great time with some great people, like we do here at the Dogwater Studios.
Life is Shortz! lol – and we love you!

NULYPHE and Willie Puchert – We Are Community – S13 E12

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NULYPHE and Willie Puchert - We Are Community - S13 E12

This weeks theme is community: We are stoked to catch up with hip hop artist N.U.L.Y.P.H.E. and hear his most triumphant story starting from his last appearance on WLP, just one year ago. On a mission to teach hip hop and pay homage to the pioneers, N.U.L.Y.P.H.E.’s journey has led him to real support from the community and realizing his dream. It’s a great ride. He also provided today’s beats and live performance. We’re grateful for him and his work.

A man seated behind a microphone, wearing a tan Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows hoodie and camouflage baseball hat, making the shape of a heart with his hands.

We also have dear friend and local icon, Willie Puchert. Willie grew up in Reno so we do get a bit nostalgic, reminiscing the biggest little city in the 80’s. Willie is also of the President of the Board of Directors of The Sons and Daughters of Erin (SADOE), a Irish/Celtic community group and cultural organization here in Reno. SADOE is reviving their annual festival in a different iteration and are unveiling a new Celtic music event coming up: Northern Nevada Celtic Ceilidh (pron. kay-lee), complete with fiddles, mandolins, harps, bagpipes, and everything! Listen or follow the link for details.

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Willie Puchert

Speaking of celebrations: Kadillac Kim has of course turned her 40th birthday hootenanny into a fundraiser for Family Soup, a community non-profit out there feeding hungry people. The event is at 40 Mile Saloon on Wednesday April 19th featuring Kelly Proud, Rigorous Proof, Josiah Knight, and (the highly sexual) Grimedog! $5 bux at the door.

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Full Party Mode Engaged

We have a quiz and dish the 411 on some great local shows.

Life is short and we love you.

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Split Persona – Whisper to a Scream – S13 E11

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Split Persona - Whisper to a Scream - S13 E11

Welcome back my friends to the pod that never ends!
We kick things off with a greeting from Clerks 1, 2, & 3 actor Jeff Anderson (Randal)! Thanks dude! After a killer opening tune we meet our guests Split Persona, making their WLP debut!

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split persona

Splitting Image is: Zander- guitar lead vox, Brogan -guitar vox, Jacob- bass, Mike- drums, and their roadie/security/manager, Anthony.
All young dudes in their early twenties. We dive into their tours and early days when they formed,four short years ago. Consisting of three native Nevadans and a Floridian transplant, Split Persona is a tight unit, ready for commercial hard rock radio. Intense songs with cool grungy guitar and a sound that is heavy, beautiful, harmonious and intense.

These dudes have great chemistry , musically and socially. High energy and drive keeps their dream alive even when the road leads to nights with alpacas, empty rooms, mornings with goats and the death of the van.  It’s quite a journey. Of course we give the guys the worst little quiz and find out that they’re not afraid to get dirty. We had so much fun, the show runs a little long. Totally worth it. We hope to see Split Persona again.
Thanks for listening!
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All The Way To Slutzville! – S13 E10

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All The Way To Slutzville! - S13 E10

Welcome back dear listeners. We close out Women’s March with a kick and bang! It’s the OG punk sounds of our good friends, Slutzville.  We had a blast with Jesse (guitar vox) and Nat (drums vox). Slutzville’s origins are discussed as well as a bunch of upcoming shows. They’re on a mission to get as many shows booked as possible.

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If you need fast tight hardcore punk songs with humor and angst , not to mention how fricking cool they are as people, contact them to book for July , September and beyond.
Making it over the hill just to be on our show is above and beyond (and they brought gifts!) ,we can’t thank them enough for a ripping episode. (So happy weather didn’t keep them away again! -ed.) No quiz, they’re WLP vets now.

a person wearing a bandanna and over ear headphones, smiling tight-lipped at the camera behind a drumset

We do a little weekend recap featuring Kim and the Punk Rock Prom . Plus we talk about poop a little too much, maybe. Back to our roots! Put it in your ear!

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Life is short and we love you.
Thanks for listening.

Tenacious Double D – Prom Dream Double Team – S13 E9

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Episode 501! This is not the greatest pod in the world, this is just a tribute!

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Kans Gass

Juggs Black & Kans Gass (Amy and Jen Scaffidi (Wizard Colors, Blunderbusst)) of Tenacious Double D join us for our 501st  episode and third installment of season 13’s salute to women on the scene. We love when the Double D (uh hmm) come and visit us in the last few seasons – it’s become a highlight of our year. The Double Supreme!
(If you’re not familiar with the greatest band in the world, Tenacious D, google it. The ladies’ tribute is always a special treat with their adorable sisterly love and sweet, blood harmonies.)

Jen scaffidi with a pixie haircut and glasses singing into a mic, wearing a black tank top
Juggs Black

Also joining us are Kadillac Kim’s homies from the Reno Punk Rock Flea Market, Ray Frost and Cisco. They are visiting today to talk about the upcoming Punk Rock Prom! The Prom will feature friends of the show: Ozymandias, Heterophobia, and Pussy Velour.
That’s right, Kim’s back! Ian’s back! And Percy the intern is back!
Here’s to the next 500, life is short and we love you.

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Cisco and Ray Frost

Thanks for listening!

Episode 500 – LIVE – Heterophobia and Elephant Rifle – S13 E8

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Episode 500 - LIVE - Heterophobia and Elephant Rifle - S13 E8

It’s finally here! Our 500th Episode recorded in front of a live studio audience from the less-recent past. This was such a fun night and we are so happy so many of you could be there to share it with us! This was unlike any event any of us have ever put on before – and it came together like an A-Team plan.

We want to give a special thanks to our sound team for the night at Cypress: Ryan SPector, Todd Rold, and Rash Kader; also Tony Ashworth for mixing the episode. Our guests – Heterophobia and Elephant Rifle were on point and fantastic. Couldn’t have done it with out you all. WLP also would like to thank: Our listeners, guests, and Patreon supporters; The Reno News & Review, This is Reno, John Waters, Kevin Smith, MC Chris, Bobby Slayton, THe Don & Mike Show, Howard Stern, Marc Maron, Terry Gross, Ira Glass, Last Podcast on the Left, Zomboo, Max Volume, Jamie Woodham, Tom Gordon, Roman “Raggmopp” Dowd, Rick,”Sgt.” Baker, Spencer Kilpatrick, Nico Columbant, Wayne Wright and Reno Tahoe Comedy, Jess Danger, Fresh Bakin’, and Rocky Horror; Reno NV music makers, artists and podcasters; Eric Foreman, Sticker Guy!, Larry Cooper and FUEL, Marianarchy Productions, Reno Punk Rock Flea Market, Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, The Shames, Pinky Polanski, Aversion Therapy, Evan Humphreys, Anyone who sent us a dollar to say their name; each other – We count on each other and every member of the Worst Little Podcast is vital to the show. Lord Stryse: webmaster, Rick”Dogwater Dick” Spagnola: Engineer, Host and Producer, Thee Reverend Rory Dowd: Host, Blogger/Editor and Producer, Nick Ramirez: Host, Blogger/Photos and Producer, Josh “Chewie” Martin: Host, and Producer, “Kadillac” Kim: Host, Co Producer (and former intern), Ian Laughlin: Host, Assistant Engineer, Co Producer (and former intern), Anna “Mouse” Hammond: Co Host, Production assistant, photos (and former intern), all our interns who came and went, our new intern Percy, and finally our families for the understanding, love and support.

WLP – The faces behind the voices – Ian, Chewie, Kadillac Kim, Anna, Rev. Rory, Nick, and Dogwater Dick

Thanks for listening to the first 500 episodes.

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