Worst Little Holiday Special 2022

Season 12
Season 12
Worst Little Holiday Special 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Dogwater studios as we close out season 12 with our annual holiday family episode. That rare occasion that actual children are in the studio!

pauline looking adorable in pigtails and playing with beads
the adorable is strong with this one

We were bummed the Dowd’s caught a plague bug and couldn’t join the live show, but are pleased Reverend Rory could send a special message.

pauline with pongo, a white terrier
Pauline and Pongo

We have some merry tunes from Screeching Weasel, Last One Down , Kingwhistler, and Kittenhead!
New Year’s resolutions are made, love is shared , and we get the abridged tale of Elvis and Hamburger James as told by Dogwater Dick.

richard spagnola wearing headphones and a black shirt smiling at the camera

We just want to thank you all for listening and wish you and yours the merriest Christmas, bestest festivus or whatever you celebrate, and a happy prosperous New Year.

We’ll be back in January for Season 13 and Episode 500!
Thanks For Listening!

The Five-Timers Club – Back for More

Season 12
Season 12
The Five-Timers Club - Back for More

Some people just don’t know when to stay down. As we wrap up Season 12, we thought we’d close out with a round-up of our most frequent regular guests. At the suggestion of Josiah Knight, this week’s episode is exclusively guests who have been on the show at least five times in the last 12 years. In addition to our favorite murderhobo, Josiah, we are joined by Mark Earnest (Kanawha, Manchild), Jen Scaffidi (Blunderbusst, Wizard Colors), Dan Steinmetz (Thee Saturday Knights, Manchild), Spike McGuire (Loud As Folk), and Greg GIlmore (Greg Gilmore and the Fever Dreams, Loud As Folk). There’s even a track from Johnny Harpo, who couldn’t make it – but that’s exclusive to our Patreon subscribers, as you’ll come to find out. Repeatedly.

Jen Scaffidi a brunette woman in a black and white flannel shirt with a patch that reads "WLP Five Timer" sitting in front of a microphone with headphones on
Jen Scaffidi

This show is a lot of fun – a lot of jokes and reminiscing and a live track from Greg Gilmore opens the whole thing. Its a real treat to call all of these wonderful humans and noted musicians our friends, and to get a chance to sit down and talk with them like this.

Josiah Knight staring at the camera intently with a salt and pepper beard and tan beanie
Josiah Kinight
Greg Gilmore sitting and holding a white acoustic/electric guitar
Greg Gilmore
Dan Steinments in a black hoody looking at the camera pertly
Dan Steinmetz
Mark Earnest, in a blue plaid flannel, smiling placidly
Mark Earnest

Lots of great shows happening this weekend, and you’ll have to listen to hear our picks, but the one you should care about is the one that happens hours after this is published – The Holiday Hammering at The Cellar at Alturas. Brought to you by the Rock Solid Pressure Show, the evening’s entertainment includes performances from A Wormhole Could Kill Us All, One Ton Dually, FloodFireDeathDrought, and Manchild. IT’s aso a celebration for Nick and The Rev’s birthdays! So come through if you’re out in Reno tonight.

Spike McGuire, smiling broadly with an orange beanie that has a patch that reads "WLP FIVE TIMER"
Spike McGuire

Thanks for Listening!

Pussy Velour – Electric Chemistry

Season 12
Season 12
Pussy Velour - Electric Chemistry

What started as a Halloween Cramps cover band just over a year ago has become one of the hottest and most talked about Reno rock bands in quite some time: I’m talking about the haute trash rock group Pussy Velour! With Wolfgang on vocals, Claire on electric guitar, Cale bass and Quinn drums, Pussy Velour is an electrifying garage rock band with mad scientist chemistry.

Wolfgang Hendrix wearing a gold lame shirt with black and white war paint under his eyes

Wolfgang is no stranger to the spotlight, having played in bands since he was 14, but his bandmates are relatively new to the art of rocking. Claire’s first time on stage was their first show; You couldn’t tell though. They feel like a band that has already toured the country and are ready to tear it up – any time, any place.

Claire screaming and playing guitar

Pussy Velour boldly brings it in the tradition of The Cramps, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and more obscure sounds like Dub Narcotic Sound System meets The John Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall style, but punker.

Bassist Cale, in all black with an open button-up shirt from a lowered perspective

Its rock and roll for the people, embracing the beautiful freaks, weirdos, and misfits. Let your flag fly!
If it’s not dangerous it’s not real rock and roll. Their live shows aren’t planned; whatever happens is the show, keeping each performance spontaneous and unique – dirty, sexy, wild, fun and in your face!

Quinn wearing black leathers at the drumkit

We also recap the fantastic Reno Punk Rock Flea Market: Fleas The Season event and this weeks quiz is a gem – a sexy, sexy gem.
Thanks for listening!

Tom Gordon – For the Record – S12 E34

Season 12
Season 12
Tom Gordon - For the Record - S12 E34

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!

TOm GOrdon, smiling and giving two thumbs up
Tom Gordon

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.

Slutzville – Trapped by Travesty

Season 12
Season 12
Slutzville - Trapped by Travesty

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.

Cover of Slutzville's self titled EP. black and white featuring Nat and Jess from the band passing a joint in the street.
self titled

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!

The word "slutzfille" spelled out in scrabble tiles on a scrabble tile holder in front of - you guessed it - a scrabble board.
Slutzville – ask for them by name

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

Thanks For Listening

Mr. Johnson – Twisted Mister

Season 12
Season 12
Mr. Johnson - Twisted Mister

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.

Andy Hernandez
Zachary Johnson

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, Nick and Chewie

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.

Mr. Johnson

Thanks for listening.

Todd Ballowe – Eagle in the Henhouse

Season 12
Season 12
Todd Ballowe - Eagle in the Henhouse

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.

Todd Ballowe wearing a marianarchy t-shirt, smiling over his guitar
Todd Ballowe

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 .

Flyer listing the bands for the first weekend of Marianarchy
Weekend One at Alturas on the Cellar Stage

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.

A photograph of Tom Plunkett and Kahele Dunn hugging and smiling at the camera from the mid-90s
Tom Plunkett and Kahele Dunn

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.

Todd Ballowe, playing guitar intently
Musician at work

Hope to see you at the show – Todd goes up early on Day two at Alturas.

Thanks for Listening.

Jason Hollis – Industrial Age – S12 E30

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Season 12
Jason Hollis - Industrial Age - S12 E30

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.

Jason Hollis, bald and wearing glasses and over-ear headphones, DJ-ing in a black shirt with white print that reads "I see the assassins have failed."
Jason Hollis/ENDIF/RetCon

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!

Last One Down – Big R.A.F Energy – S12 E29

Season 12
Season 12
Last One Down - Big R.A.F Energy - S12 E29

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.

Andy with a goofy smile, wearing a black and grey tye-died last one down hoodie

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.)

DOnny, bald and throwing rock horns, wearing a Nevada Basketball hoodie

Anyway – enjoy the show and thanks for Listening!

WLP On The Road #2: Bus Driver – S12 E28

Season 12
Season 12
WLP On The Road #2: Bus Driver - S12 E28

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.

Nick Ramirez 2 and Eddie hanging out with a copy of Skeletons in the closet
Nick 2 and Eddie

We visit a taqueria, check out the venues, hit the beach and hear live music from EatS, including an exclusive preview of new material.

la punk band the Control freaks playing onstage b/w pic
control freaks

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.

The Shames at Rockaway Beach

Again a shout out to Dogwater Dick for the awesome post production razzmatazz.
Life is short and we love you!
Thanks for listening.