It’s almost time to check in with weather and sports at the 10s, but up first is your friend and mine: MISTER Max Volume! Stepping away from the radio booth and into the internet thingamabob, Max joins us once again for a lot of laughs, stories and even a few songs. If you are new to the show, the area or just don’t listen to terrestrial radio for the past 40 years, Max Volume is an iconic Reno radio personality who has literally helped move the dial on rock music and concerts in northern Nevada for almost half a century – and we don’t see him quitting anytime soon.
The conversation is really mostly about this one time Max took Johnny and Jesse (of Rigorous Proof) to LA when they were teenagers and evidently met the entire rock and roll hall of fame in person. It was a really wild trip and that’s all we talked about. Well – it was more a touchstone as we caromed off of each other tangent-ed down a conversational hallway. (I’m not entirely sure we ever finished a story). We also get a number of great songs out of Max, old and new – some even off of his new album “MV” Partway through the show, everyone’s favorite shredder, Michelle Belle of The Grimtones drops in and is wrangled into grabbing a mic.
Well – that’s about all I’ve got this week. If you like what we are doing or want a chance to get exclusive tracks and interviews not included in the main show, visit us over at Patreon and show us some love by becoming a sponsor. You can also keep up with all the weekly events around town by checking out the Worst Little Weekend and Weekday Grids over at our Instagram.
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I wrote a whole blog post at 1 am. WordPress deleted it. Sorry – not going to rewrite it now. I want you to have the show now, since it’s late. Listen to the show. Be gay; do crime. Visit the Sit Kitty Sit website and watch Kat Down’s and Mike Thompson’s latest video for their track “Good Riddance“. We love them lots. It’s a hilarious in-joke episode, if you’re a loyal listener. If not, well, hold on.
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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).
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.
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Should I even bother complaining about the heat and smoke in this blog post? Other than marking a contextual moment in history on our erstwhile blog post… probably not. We’ve all heard it; thoughts and prayers, everyone. (Especially for The Rev and Raggmopp, who live with a VERY pregnant lady this summer.) Anyway: Onto the show summary!
Our musical guest this week, bluesman and folk…smith Douglas Sandall, makes his debut appearance on the podcast. A veteran of the Reno music underbelly (and Reno in general), Douglas has still, seemingly not lost his hope for peace in the world and belief in other humans, if you can believe that. In addition to his own songwriting skillz and talents, Douglas is also the bassist for Jake Amor and the Hot Dogs!
Returning to the fold is good friend, Diana Ekins! You may remember her from the premier Reno acapella act, Hella Acapella. Today though, she joins us as a professional – a local attorney, specializing in intellectual property rights over at Going Live Legal, PLLC. We catch up with Diana and learn about her journey into lawyering and working with performing artists on a while new level.
Sometimes, even jaded assholes get surprised, like this week, on the show. I am so delighted to introduce to our listening audience The Will Shamberger Band of Fallon, NV (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I was mostly surprised because I was expecting a solo, not a new bunch of contenders.
Will Shamberger, Jesse Morrow, Charlie Gomes and Stone Seuss are the lions to the Voltron that is a tight rock quartet, blasting out a little funk and psychedelic vibes. They have a big sound and big personalities – it is quite the memorable quiz this week. (spoiler: Charlie cheats since he’s taken it before.)
They’ve got some shows coming up in the next couple weeks – August 12th at Holland Project, and, booked right here on this show , August 13th at Alturas with WLP’s own One Ton Dually and Quitter, from Carson City.
You can connect with them, just about everywhere music is published and consumed, even Bandcamp.
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Summertime is a good time for some music making and hip shaking. Unfortunately, we have Wabuska Yachting Club on with us instead. All kidding aside, it was a true pleasure to get to finally invite them in for a live show – Steve and Cassie Funk, Doyle Wayne Stewart, Nick McCabe and Dave Cherry set the podcast on its ear with their stories, songs and story-songs.
The WYC is a groovy folk funk band with a fluid membership. They joined us for one of last year’s virtual Marianachies with a great video that we talk about on the show. Who likes peppy songs about dark things? It seemed to be a theme on our show, but what can you expect form a crew of rock and roll revenants? You can also expect tales of the old, wild side of Washoe County, Reno and Nevada. Peeling back the curtain, we also get to hear the tale of how the Yachting Club was formed in the fine coastal town of Wabuska, NV.
Well folks, it’s time to hit the road – hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. The WBC are fine, fine humans, musicians and friends – of each other and the show – and their joy is infectious. Live music is so great!
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What can I say about Jen Scaffidi that hasn’t already been said in hushed tones whenever she’s not around? I could say that she is an accomplished singer/songwriter, as a solo act or in one of many bands. I could say she is as comfortable playing indie/pop as she is generating noise-core. And I could also say she is truly one of the most supportive people I’ve ever known in my life. But that would be a bit much and sound like ass-kissing, so I won’t say any of those things.
It really was a lit of chaotic fun to have Jen in the studio with us again. SHE was particularly excited to know that we were breaking in our newest intern on this episode. That’s right – RaggMopp is out of school and able to stay out late enough to get to
be our slave work for a great education in podcast production. (For free.) She doesn’t get to say much – but know that she is there getting us pens and coffee at a moment’s notice.
Scaffidi will be making some noise up at Canvas Cafe, with a solo set at 1pm on Friday 06/25. Check out the Worst Little Grid below or on Instagram (or even on Twitter) for more shows in the coming week. Don’t see your show? Let us know on any social media or send the info to at our Grid email!
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Blowing in like a bat out of somewhere more comfortable and dry (and with snacks) is Oregon’s own dad-punk trio, Six Sundays. Fans of the show may remember Six Sundays relatively recent performances at the Reno Punk Rock Flea Market or bassist/crooner Foo Fleming from RWHAP (…he’s the one who always wore the fez…. yes, you haven’t seen him in a while… because he moved to Oregon, yes…).
Like many creatives trapped to their own devices during the past year, Six Sundays has been hammering out a new album’s worth of songs. We will share some of those with you tonight in an attempt to tickle your inner ear. Really, though – a lot of good stuff here, shifting between sounds and styles of punk – old school, East Coast, West Coast, popppy. Even more impressive when you realize that they all lived through these eras and aren’t confined to bedrest in their infirmity. They have definitely spent their time productively.
It was a lot of fun to hear about how things are going in another state with some of the extended family – it’s a different world, wherever you go. We are happy to have Six Sundays on as our last pandemic show – truly a blast to hang out with them and can’t wait until they come back (I think Kim booked them for the next RPRFM during the episode, if I’m not mistaken). Damn! Lots of fun.
We here at the podcast are also saddened to hear today of the passing of one of our good friends, former intern and guest of the show, Nicole Hutcheson Gaugh. Please keep her family in your hearts. I have no other words.
Life is truly short and we love you.
Whilst laying down new tracks at ye olde Dogwater Studios, local stake punk and rocker, Glynn Osburn, stopped by the Zoom Room to talk about what’s happening in his corner of the world. His band, Post Humous, is wrapping up recording a new full-length album and are excited to hit the circuit this summer and start playing some shows.
Osburn plays guitar and sings lead vocals for the group; he is joined by Fernando Rivera on bass and Travis Howard on the drums. They have been together in this lineup for about two years – they kept up with the songwriting and rehearsals all through 2020 in order to get ready for this album. If you’ve caught them before, think of that as a soft opening. According to Osburn, they were just getting up to strength and full speed.
To bring things to a serious note: We mark the passing of a friend today. We ask that you take a moment to spare a thought for Josh Dealy. Josh was well known in the Reno music scene as a superfan. You could always find him at a music event dancing – by himself or in the middle of a group It didn’t matter; Josh loved music and dancing. He loved all of us so very much and was looking forward to going out to shows in the new era. His absence is felt deeply by all of us at the podcast. So remember to tell the people you care about how you feel – you never know what tomorrow can bring.
Life is Short; we love you.
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“You ever stare at people weirdly and listen to a song together?” is the best question of this episode and it wasn’t even asked by a host.
“The Randy Savages are a pop-punk wrestling collective who do not identify as a band, they prefer “Punk Rock Wrestling Accompaniment.”” They emulate and create odes dedicated to the life and times of legendary superstar of the 80s and 90s professional wrestling circuit, Randy Savage. Truly a pinnacle of art and sophistication that we had the privilege of bearing witness to – ok, really, the show is a shitshow, like any other, but a really exciting one! 90% more yelling!
The latest The Randy Savages album was recorded at Noise Eater Recordings and is available on Voted Best Records’ bandcamp page. Really, though: It’s everywhere. Just search it and it will magically appear. The latest release “All My Life” continues the saga of the struggle and life of their namesake
Originally, this show was booked to feature Jesse Williams and his solo album, “I Tried” (also recorded at Noise Eater and out from Voted Best Records), so… check that out too. But these The Randy Savages just took over everything. oh yeah! We did also get to spend some time with the brains and talent behind Noise Eater Recordings, Olav Tabatabai, who seems like a genuinely nice and talented fellow. No idea of why he’s working with these weirdos.
Well, that’s a lot of pictures and very few words – I feel good about that.
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