S13E36 Rigorous Proof: Boys To Men

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S13E36 Rigorous Proof: Boys To Men
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Johnny Bailey on guitar and lead vox, Adam Landis (also from Greg Gilmore and the Fever Dreams) on keys and vox, Jake Cactus (also from the punk band Heterophobia) keeping the beat, and Bailey’s musical life mate Jesse Gaddis on bass.

Rigorous Proof

From middle school roots to becoming the Madorians when we first met them, to over a decade as Rigorous Proof, these psychedelic garage rockers tear it up with experience, precision and passion. Not to mention they’re all cool.

Cactus
Jesse Gaddis

Their songs have grown and matured from a rougher aggressive pop style to a soaring broad cinematic sound. Great songs with hooks, intellect, and harmony. They’d be great with old sixties acts like the Zombies, or with modern acts like the Black Keys or Muse, Johnnys favorite band. The proof is in their sonic ear pudding.

Adam Landis

We ate it up. Besides their history, we talked about their future, including a new full album and subsequent tour. 

Rock and roll is alive and well in Reno. We got the proof! Catch them at the Cypress music hall this Friday with Red Leather, sure to be a good trip. 

Johnny Bailey

We’re grateful for our longtime friends hanging out with us on the show this week and we appreciate you listening. Thanks buddies! Life is short and we love you!

S13E34 Deadly Gallows: Pirates of the High Desert

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S13E34 Deadly Gallows: Pirates of the High Desert
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A vast ye matey! This week we have Reno pirate punk rock royalty, The Deadly Gallows! With John Underwood on banjo and trumpet, Hector Acevedo on guitar, Jason Ricketts on accordion, Jason Gingerballs on drums, Skylar Powers on bass, Alan Lyons on violin and mandolin, and Alex, the reluctant sax player. 

John Underwood
Alan Lyons
Jason Ricketts

Our guest host, the lovely Sophia Shortz, joins us again and Lee the intern learns what a nightmare scenario recording a shipload of pirates can be. Luckily master engineer Dogwater Dick sussed out computer difficulties, instrument pick up problems and comforting Pongo the dog, who like Sophia is not a fan of the saxophone. 

Guest Host Sophia Shortz
Alex, the reluctant sax man

We had a tricky but rewarding time getting this one out for you scallywags! The Gallows have been around for like fifteen years and despite the ups and downs of life & death on the sonic high seas of music, they’re determined to keep venturing on and just get better and better. The Deadly Gallows are releasing a new 5 song EP and their mortal enemies GRIMEDOG and Beach Master are planning on showing up early and stealing the show.

Jason “Gingerballs”
Hector Acevedo
Skylar Powers

It’s basically Halloween, so everyone is encouraged to show up as the beach master, a grimedog or a pirate. West Street Market,148 West St, All ages, Doors at 8pm, music at 9pm, $15 at the door but $10 if dressed up. Admission includes a copy of The Deadly Gallows’s new EP “Skull Duggery” with entry.

So climb aboard and set sail with us and one of the funnest band of scoundrels out there. 

Life is short! Be a pirate! Arrrrrrggghhhh!

S13E33 The Grimtones: Skin & Bones and Cover Songs 

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S13E33 The Grimtones: Skin & Bones and Cover Songs 
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Sans keyboard player Michael Tegio, this week’s guest and lifelong friends,The Grimtones, brought a bunch of rad cover songs and a slew of funny to the Dogwater studios. They perform a couple live acoustic style and play us some new, full band recordings.

Nick, Chewie, Iggy, Carter, Larry and Michelle

We go through a bit of Grimtones history, dating back to their high school days, Michelle and Carter’s Scarlet Presence, meeting our host Ian and their bassist Ian, henceforth referred to as Iggy. 

IggyIan Mitchell

They also have a guest member this week, solo performer and Roxxy Collie bassist, “Magic” Larry Cooper. 

“Magic” Larry Cooper

Roxxy Collie will be right before headliner The Grimtones on Friday, at this weekends days 3&4 of our annual  benefit, Marianarchy XIX! 

Larry returns Saturday for an early evening solo set, all benefiting our dear friend and Iggy’s fiancé, Lacie Rose Pich who has been dealing with congestive heart failure. 

Carter “Daddy” Stellon


We hope you can make it out to Marianarchy XIX: days 3&4, at 40 Mile Saloon, this weekend, October 13 & 14. Door time 5pm. 

A huge thank you to all the bands, audience and staff at last weekends Marianarchy at Alturas. ‘Twas a wonderful time full of music, love and laughs. 

Same goes for this episode. Thank you, dear listeners. Life is short and we love you.

Michelle Belle

S13E32 “Handsome” Steven Hanson II!

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S13E32 “Handsome” Steven Hanson II!
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Our scheduled guest Blunderbusst came down with the flu and we were bummed, but Jen Scaffidi, sister of our intern Lee, had a plan. Jen suggested we have her friend on, Carson City singer songwriter, referred to by Jen as “Handsome” Steven Hanson II.

Crisis averted! 

Of course, like other friends of the show, Sophia Shortz, Mark Earnest or Spike McGuire etc., when Jen Scaffidi suggests it, we listen. No questions asked.

Steven Hanson pictured in black and white, seated, singing and playing acoustic guitar.
Steven Hanson II

Steven was a great guest, so easy to talk to that we get very tangential but in a fun way. We talk Covid, stage fright, compliments, hard drugs, coffee, music and modern beer drinking, among other topics.

Steven played a beautiful worst little quiz too! Not to mention his lovely performance of his songs, influenced by folks like Mark Knopfler, John Mayer and Paul Simon. 

We really did talk out of our ass this week and the time just whizzed by. 

Our annual music fest and benefit, Marianarchy XIX, starts this weekend at Alturas’ Cellar Stage on 4th street. This year’s recipient is our dear friend and chosen family, Lacie Rose Pich, who is battling congestive heart failure.

Nick and Rory will be hosting and hope to see you there.

Thanks, Jen, for connecting us with our new bud Steven. 

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

S13E31 Where Would You Haunt?: Doc Gruesome and Dark Corner Haunted House

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S13E31 Where Would You Haunt?: Doc Gruesome and Dark Corner Haunted House
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This week we’re joined by Holly Spahr and Jack Karczewski from Dark Corner Haunt and our musical guest is dark hip hop artist Doc Gruesome! 

Holly and Jack tell us all about their over the top, two level haunted house that starts this weekend and runs through October 31st at the National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno. Take the little ones to Adeline farms pumpkin patch, but for the bigs, the Dark Corner Haunt is the ticket. High quality Halloween entertainment is what they offer. Darkcornerhaunt.com for details.

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Holly from Dark Corner Haunt
Jack from Dark Corner Haunt in a heavy metal pose
Jack from Dark Corner Haunt

Our musical guest is a horror/dark rapper, mixing up genres like metal and goth with hip hop, sampling bands like the Deftones, creating sounds reminiscent of Sisters of Mercy, with a horror aesthetic ala Slipknot, keeping the songs fresh and original. It’s Doc Gruesome!

Doc is hard working with a vision and drive. He is headlining a big show Sunday, October 15 with Warlord Colossus LIVE! at CYPRESS in the heart of MIDTOWN Reno Nevada. (ALL AGES)

We had a blast getting pumped up and ready for a month of spookiness and horror. Our favorite time of the year for sure. You can find Doc Gruesome all over the usual platforms on the internet including Bandcamp. 

MC Doc Gruesome in bloody horror mask with zipper mouth, posing with microphone.
Doc Gruesome

A great three-way battle for the prize and bragging rights, was fought during the worst little quiz and Chewie is concerned about the pet population in the north valleys. 

Life is short and we love you.

Thanks for listening.

S13E30 Donkey Jaw, the Reverend and Renoites

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S13E30 Donkey Jaw, the Reverend and Renoites
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This week we were joined by our podfather himself, Thee Reverend Rory Dowd, as well as Connor McQuivey , host of popular local podcast Renoites! Our musical guests are the kickass, pop punks Donkey Jaw.

Sean and Zack of the band Donkey Jaw seated and smiling.
Sean and Zack of Donkey Jaw

 Newish members, Jared on bass and Sean on guitar, were an absolute pleasure to get to know. Find out how they hooked up with two of our favorite musicians in town, 

Zack on guitar and lead vocals and the mighty Kodeus on drums.

Kodeus and Jared, the rhythm section of Donkey Jaw seated on couch, giving the thumbs up.
Kodeus and Jared, the rhythm section of Donkey Jaw

We’ve had them on since the old Dogwater One days, twelve years ago, when they were The Let Downs. They were great then and are absolute rippers now. 

We find out the biblical origins of their name, hear a bunch of live tunes, and laugh a lot. 

Connor of Renoites podcast smiling
Connor of Renoites podcast

Connor was good company as well, telling us all about his journey and mission in podcasting. He too is archiving the unique and interesting stories of, well, as he aptly titled his show, RENOites.  Shout out to the Sparks Railroad Museum Podcast! Whoop whoop!

WLP host Rory giving the thumbs up and smiling.
Reverend Rory returns!

It is very rare these days, but always special to have the OG WLP cast all together. Thank you for making it happen this week Rev. Rory. Namaste.

Life is short and we love you.

Thanks for listening!

S13E29 ÜLTRA: All About That Bass

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This week is a banger episode with hardcore punk rockers ÜLTRA. Jacob McCoy on bass and vocals, and Taylor Sommer on drums and backup vocals. 

Their sound is like thrashy, heavy skate punk with a vocal style reminiscent of Al Jorgensen. With themes ranging from suffering to bird watching. 

sophia and the duo Ultra hanging out
Sophia and Ultra pre-show

They’re aggressive, trippy, a little dark and totally alive with energy. 

Just a couple years old, they’re keeping busy and are looking forward to a bunch of upcoming shows including STRESS FEST, a new hardcore music festival created by Jacob.

Jacob from Ultra on bass guitar and singing
Jacob Mcoy

Also joining us is our resident movie reviewer and co host in training Sophia Shortz! She enlightens us with her take on the Barbenheimer phenomenon, both films she hasn’t seen of course…

Taylor of Ultra on drums pointing stick and staring hard
Taylor Sommer

And, from Chewies vault, we get a song by Reno ska legends, The Mudsharks, from a never opened cassette tape of 1994’s Cracking Porcelain. 

host Chewie holding up a mudsharks cassette tape smiling
Chewie’s pick for his “from the vault” segment

Lots of tunes this week and even a quick round of the worst little quiz! 

Life is short and we love you.

Thanks for listening. 

Two Man Lemmon Band – Lemmon Party

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This week we welcome the ever-evolving Two Man Lemmon Band!
Spencer Eldridge started out solo with his guitar and some songs under the banner Just In Beaver. That was followed by being joined on bass by Grimedog’s Lucas Grimes. Then after a name change to the current, Two Man Lemmon Band are now joined by Bobby Enzenberger (OG bassist for Pussy Velour) on cello, filling out their fun brand of folk punk.

Close up of man in ballcap playing acoustic guitar and singing into microphone
Spencer Eldgridge


With funny parody songs ranging from crapping your britches at the Meadowood Mall to a rap number to songs of empathy and unity, Two Man Lemmon Band are great tight musicians with a fun-loving energy that’s contagious. We of course initiate Bobby with a round of the worst little quiz.

Man staring intently while playing bass
Lucas Grimes

Look them up on the book of faces or hipstergram for information on their next shows including a festival in Doyle, California with Filependejo and many others. You can also catch them at the Marianarchy fest in October. Spencer, Lucas and Bobby, we salute you!

Mustachioed man in hat and glasses, playing a cello
Bobby Enzenberger

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

Charlie Marks – Old Timey Folker

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This week’s guest hails from the woods halfway to Susanville, slinging guitar and banjo ditties from the early nineteenth century – our new bestie, Charlie Marks!
Down to earth, with a fascination for the finger picking styles from a time just before Appalachian bluegrass, when folks played traditional porch music, Charlie intends to keep this art form alive by performing and celebrating it on his upcoming northwest and national tour.

fair long hair and bearded man playing banjo, full profile, singing into microphone
Charlie Marks

This being his first time on the show we play a fun round of the Worst Little Quiz,. Plus, Ian is back with his picks of upcoming hot shows.

You can find Charlie Marks on instagram with tour info and upcoming dates in Reno.

Thanks for listening!

Alfredo – Building Impermanence – S13 E19

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And we’re back!
It was great meeting our new best friend Just Alfredo and his solo guitar looping instrumentals. Another member of the Spike McGuire army, he’s been tearing it up all over 4th street and at 10 Torr’s open mics and showcases.

a man in black jeans, white t-shirt, with long hair playing guitar and smiling serenely at his hands
Alfredo actual

Alfredo’s layered guitar constructions are sometimes reminiscent of spaghetti western music, surf, classical and psychedelic rock like Pink Floyd or The Mermen. We were fascinated with the process. Watching one person create all that sound is always intriguing.

a pedalboard with 6 pedals and a wah wah, and the musician's Chuck Talylor All Star clad feet
Feet and pedals (which means “feet”)

Having survived the pandemic and honing his craft, Alfredo is out and about creating music in several circles. He love’s collaboration and keeps very busy as an arborist as well! He’s playing this Friday , colabbing with the fantastic Haley Sawtell at the aforementioned 10 Torr on Mill Street at Atomik City!
Fun talk, fun quiz and great music.

long haired guy in black jeans and a white t-shirt crouching with his guitar to tune in a foot pedal
Alfredo engineering

We hope to see y’all rocking at Debauch-A-Reno this weekend in Wingfield Park. ALL AGES! Kids under 10 are  free! Visit Kadillac Kim at the Reno Punk Rock Flea Market booth and pick up a WLP t-shirt and ask about sponsor opportunities!


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