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Kat Heart’s Fresh Hot Mess – Get You Some -S12 E26

Season 12
Season 12
Kat Heart's Fresh Hot Mess - Get You Some -S12 E26

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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Alexander Korostinsky – Musically Prolific Kind of Life – S12 E16

Season 12
Season 12
Alexander Korostinsky - Musically Prolific Kind of Life - S12 E16

Question: What do Dainsley, The John Whites, The Sextones, What It Do, and What It Do Archive have in common? Answer: Alexander Korostinsky
This weeks guest (and Nicks neighbor) has been playing, recording, and exploring music and engineering since his youth.

Alexander Korostinsky, hands clasped, mildly smiling in the studio
Alexander Korostinsky

We get a sample from each of the aforementioned bands Alexander is in, and an exclusive preview of his new Solo 45 dropping in June. Dogwater Dick was loving every minute of the show analyzing each tracks recording technique, much to Alexander’s delight. So the episode is a bit audio geeky but not so bad that us muggles couldn’t comprehend. In fact it’s a real insight into recording to tape, various sizes, panning techniques to give a track a dated sound, etc. Alexander’s appreciation for production, be it low fi  or state of the art, or a combination of both, is inspiring. It’ll make you hear records, especially old ones in a bigger more specific way. It’s easy to see why he seems almost addicted to it all… the process.

Anna wearing a black t-shirt and showing a wide-mouthed smile in the studio

Alexander has made music his profession playing and producing right from his home. Soul, indie rock, jazz, funk and even a Spaghetti western soundtrack concept album (The Black Stone Affair, by What It Do Archive) are all comfortably in his wheelhouse. We were blown away by Alexander’s tracks as well as his stories of writing, recording, hustling, getting on labels, and how who you know and persistence are key to success. It’s a great episode with a musical wizard from right here in our own backyard. Press play to see what we mean.

Pongo, a small white fluffy dog
Pongo, the dog

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Lily Baran – Know Your Rights! – S12 E8

Season 12
Season 12
Lily Baran - Know Your Rights! - S12 E8

Ladies March marches on!
This week we are graced by the presence of the sweet and hilariously fun Lily Baran. This young singer-turned-activist-turned-ACLU employee has quite a story to tell. Having only had Lily as a guest of WLP once, way back in 2014, it was great to catch up with her this week.

Lily is a gifted singer with a soulful, soothing and expressive voice; just gorgeous. She does a couple of Nina Simone songs (that’s how good she is), one of them with updated lyrics by Lily that hit the heart poignantly. She also plays us her collaboration with Redfield Clipper, a Jazzy banger, and of course we play a quick round of the quiz. (Mouse asks the dirtiest question ever so sweetly. Lol.)

Lily Baran, longing on the couch in Studio C in a black cardigan and t-shirt
Lily Baran – Triple A – artist, activist, advocate

Lily is an absolute joy to hangout with. She has some shows coming up and who knows, you just might catch her at a Jazz jam or “doing a thing “ with the also amazing Rachel McElheny. In the meantime she’s out there working to ensure our civil liberties and we appreciate her for it. Thanks Lily!

Kadilac Kim gives us the local lowdown and Ian is back! Yay! We’ve got him for two shows until he heads back to school. We’re so proud of him.

And to you, our listeners, life is short and we love you.
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First Take – The Saxman Cometh – S11 E26

Season 11
Season 11
First Take - The Saxman Cometh - S11 E26

Who says we ain’t classy? We gone and got ourselves some fine gentlemen on the show this week: First Take, featuring Jimmy Vermillion, Bill Heise and the renowned sax-a-ma-phonist Rick Metz. (aaaand… now I’m being told he does play an actual saxophone and the Simpson’s want their 24-year-old-dead-horse back).

Rick "the Saxman" Metz playing his saxophone in front of a microphone.
Rick “the Saxman” Metz

First Take is a premiere Northern Nevada jazz ensemble, appearing as the core trio with us this week. Lifelong musicians all, they have been entertaining audiences all over the Great Basin and beyond for about a decade. They all share a passion for connecting with other musicians onstage. Their experience and camaraderie comes out in their music. Tight and smooth, but not ‘smooth jazz’, if you know what we mean.

Jimmy Vermillion singing into a microphone and playing keyboard.
Jimmy Vermillion

Check out The Saxman on Facebook or find the First Take group to keep up with their goings on and appearances in the future. You can also check out what’s happening every week at the Worst Little Grid on our Instagram page. ANd please, as always, if you like what you hear on this show, think about supporting us over at the Patreon Page.

Bill Heise smiling in front of a microphone while playing drums.
Bill Heise

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The Blevinses – Ringing in the New with the Old – S11 E22

Season 11
Season 11
The Blevinses - Ringing in the New with the Old - S11 E22

You like DnB? Hell, yeah – Drums and Brass… Wait, wut? That’s right, kids, something new and different this week – more misfit jazz and fine music creations straight outta Nightingale Hall. The Blevinses join us to talk about their ‘bones and being ‘boners.

Eric on the bass trombone in a yellow shirt
Eric Blevins
Paul on the trombone
Paul Blevins
Kim on the trombone
Kim Blevins

Most of this week’s blog post is a return of an old segment on the show: “Notes form Nick:

…Three school teachers and the newest member Kim. Funny folks… Got their name from a
Cormac McCarthy character. Trombone players all know each other… They play Madonna”,
Radiohead and other modern artists… So, yeah: They’re UNR Grads… They’re available for

parties and bar mitzvas…

I can’t think of a better review that we’ve ever done.

Paul on the sousaphone
Paul ‘Sousaphone Showoff’ Blevins
Tyler on the drums in a Hawaiian print shirt
Tyler Blevins
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*REPOST* Redfield Clipper – Introspective Explosion – S11 E11

Season 11
Season 11
*REPOST* Redfield Clipper - Introspective Explosion - S11 E11

The Year of COVID has been transformative for a lot of people. This week’s guest, Redfield Clipper, talks a lot about his own transformation into a new style of music, composing an album largely online and grappling with death. It’s a pretty heavy episode…

Redfield Clipper, Reno musician and songwriter, smiling proudly.

It’s also a really fun episode! Redfield regales us with stories of creating the music for the album “Death Anxiety” and the many projects he’s been involved with (like “Say Their Names” With Lily Baran). His own musical journey sees him drifting away from the hip-hop beats and more into the jazzy-jam realms of R&B. It’s a lot about growth and transformation, when we get down to it. (Bonus: Rick calls out Sir Paul McCartney’s bad songwriting.)

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Hella Fitzgerald – Swing in Your Step – S4 E4

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Hella Fitzgerald - Swing in Your Step - S4 E4



Happy Day, campers!

The Worst Little Podcast – Download Link – S4 E4

Welcome aboard Worst Little Airlines. Just sit back, relax and trust your fine pilots for the smoothest podcast you’ve ever heard… Now that you’re finished laughing, please enjoy the in-flight entertainment!

Lily Baran of Hella Fitzgerals and the Tahoe Players

The fabulous, Lily Baran

We bring you Hella Fitzgerald! Songbird Lily Baran and ivory tickler Tristan Selzler throw down a little session at the studio this week. Performing intermittently around town for the last few years, Hella Fitzgerald is a Reno jazz combo that coalesces out of strains of melodies in the air whenever they are needed.

Tristan Selzler of Hella Fitzgerald

The piano man, Tristan Selzler

These fine performers flip Dogwater Dick’s lid – you can nearly hear him peeing his pants after their first song. They throw down a selection of jazz standards and modern transpositions, a little change of pace for us. Once again -WLP bringing you exciting new content every week!

In addition to Hella Fitzgerald, Baran and Selzler are busy folk. Selzler sits in and regularly performs at clubs and bars around Reno with different jazz combos. Baran is a major part of the operations at Tahoe Players, a performing arts facility for young people in Incline Village that regularly entertains audiences around the Reno/Tahoe area.

Also – go visit Reno Computer Fix. Cause I said so.

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