Ep083: Joel Frost (Playing Rock Star)

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Joel Frost does a TV Show called Playing Rock Star. This is a unique show where Joel plays with an established band on one of their big songs and gets a taste of what being in a band people give a damn about must be like. The first episode features The Electric Six, the band with their breakout hit “Gay Bar”. It’s a good conversation about the secret language of being in a band, being a fish out of water and what it is like playing in “the big time” even if only for a night. Check it out!

Nervous Curtains – Light Up the Sky (Van Halen)
Electric Six – Gay Bar

Le Butcherettes – Stab My Back
the Rutabega – Nosy Neighbors

Shellac – the End of Radio (closing Theme)

Ep082: DJ Hostettler (Unintimidated: Wisconsin Musicians Against Scott Walker)

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A Protonic Reversal special with the mighty DJ Hostettler (Ifihadahifi, Body Futures, etc.) and his Unintimidated: Wisconsin Musicians Against Scott Walker project/culture jam. Conan and DJ talk about the Wisconsin governor and all the ways he is terrible and get to the bottom of what leads so many bands to come together against him. Who says protest music is dead? Get mad!

Tyranny is Tyranny – Three Point Program to Destroy Wisconsin
Fowlmouth – Too Tired to Riot

Body Futures – Right To Work
Haunted Heads – 285 Feet Tall
Drillers – Starving

Holy Shit! – How About ‘no’, Scott?
Ifihadahifi – Bring Back the Guillotines
Ifihadahifi – Imperial Walker

Shellac – the End of Radio (Closing Theme)

Ep081: Brendan Canty (fugazi, Deathfix, Burn to Shine)

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Quick political check in with Drumpf calling for punishments for abortion, then it’s on with Brendan Canty! 31:00 for the over eager.
Live soundtracks, Brent Green, fugazi children, the fluidity of instant sharing, the lack of endless labor, the arduous wait for a physical release, lots of stuff “out there” these days, sticking it out, relationship with the music as a band and with the fans, on hanging out and NOT being fugazi, records taking a long time and the internal metrics for what it takes, fugazi as cultural shorthand for Conan, Burn to Shine Atlanta, Louisville and beyond, Batman vs. Superman, Zack Snyder is a hack and Embrace the Serpent.

Songs played:
Lardo – Gunmetal Eyes
fugazi – Public Witness Program
Bob Mould – Circles

Deathfix – Low Laying Dreams
fugazi – Brendan #1
Deathfix – Better Than Bad

Ep080: Sean Kirkpatrick (Nervous Curtains, The pAperchAse)

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Being in a synth band in a world of guitars. The Low Defender ep, Abba and Van Halen covers, being a song based synth band, from piano to synths, demos and writing, Is Texas a rough place to be a synthy band?, crazy Texas politicians, circles of shared interests and bias reinforcement, music discovery then and now, rhythm fascination and remixes.

Nervous Curtains – PMA
Nervous Curtains – CWII.2

Lardo – Black Holes
Nervous Curtains – Light up the Sky (Van Halen)

Nervous Curtains – Parody
Nervous Curtains – Low Defender

Nervous Curtains – the Visitors (Abba)
Le Butcherettes – Stab My Back
Nervous Curtains – Krautdog
Nervous Curtains – Devastator

Ep079: Josh Newton (Shiner, Glazed Baby, Season to Risk) -pt2

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Interview at 30 minutes.

auto updates, ipad as alarm clock, “waking up is hard to do”, Part 2 with Josh Newton (30 minute mark)

Shiner shows. “Shiner and Chill”, music vs. delivering pizza, on joining and quitting From Autumn to Ashes, “I love you guys, but i’m done”, Conan’s Dwarves story. Working for SNL, Falling in with Fall Out Boy, playing “uptown funk” with little notice, Houston rodeo, The Damned Things, blowing it with Dave Grohl, the Anthrax dudes, JUNE GLOOM, Aluminati and pedals, Wiz Khalifi and Keith Levene. deleting facebook, politics, etc. illusion of action. ALL THIS AND MORE, NOW IT CAN BE TOLD!

Shiner – Play Dead
Generalissimo – Pipe City
Sie Lieben Maschinen – The Man Laughs
Megamaul – Tunnel Rat
Shiner – Andalusia

Sie Lieben Maschinen – Premier cru
Roomrunner – Bait Car

Sie Lieben Maschinen – Should have looked in the mirror.
Shiner – Surgery

Ep078: Scott Evans/Jon Howell (Kowloon Walled City)

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Kowloon Walled Cities and Roman cities, recording, the symbiosis of antisleep and sharkbite, Tigon and Puig Destroyer, Grievances and the delayed reaction of a “new” record, Less Art, and being identified by name in the San Jose Mercury News, patience and letting it stretch, song based and not “riff based”, Dead Rider, prom songs and stairway to… ? part salads and riff opportunities, unleashing the kraken, rules based music listening, literal music in commercials, opportunities and ceding control, SCION, Guilty pleasures and taking the time to hate things, allegory and storytelling in songs, on children and the future, Unwound, Shiner, Josh Newton and Sie Lieben Maschinen, Snailface (the Blues based Id of KWC), RPM challenge, drummer changes and more.

Kowloon Walled City – Your Best Years
Puig Destroyer – Controlled Violence

Kowloon Walled City – White Walls
Kowloon Walled City – Daughters and Sons

Sie Lieben Maschinen – Clever Work
Snailface – Skin Walker

Shellac – The End of Radio (Closing Theme)

Ep077: Jason Myers (Author: A Sad History of Beautiful Nostalgia, Exit Here, The Mission)

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Author Jason Myers returns to Protonic Reversal to talk about his new book A Sad History of Beautiful Nostalgia, on being a San Francisco character, Barmuda-Bearmuda Triangle, Going your own way, the potential drudgery of success and candor not paying for burritos. Also: rights of first refusal, “Enter There” and the Boss, Iowa and it’s progressive streak, Nostalgia for times that never were, Capital failure, fear to fly, Turkey gentrification, The fetishization of Nostalgia, snakes in a name, creative control, desperate innocence of “Run the Game”, characters that are harder to “buy in” with and digging deep.

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends – Casually intense (Opening theme)

Big Business – Just as the Day Was Dawning
400 Blows – The Root of Our Nature

the Poison Control Center – Pacific Sunrise.
the Poison Control Center – Torpedoes on Tuesday

Drive Like Jehu – Luau

Shellac – the End of Radio (closing theme)

Ep076: Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses, Louder Studios)

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Mortality themes, too soon for Bowie? Palin endorses Trump and vomit ensues, metaphorical puppets. Then we talk with Tim Green about naming your bands after amps or other things in the room, the rise of Louder Studios and moving to Grass Valley, destination recording, writing ridiculous parts for your bandmates, on Josh leaving the Champs, looking for a new DRUMMER, and having Phil Manley join. Timesharing with other bands, the breakup, Boyjazz, The Young, the Young Ginns, Nation of Ulysses and new kids disccovering it every year, on *NOT* visiting Steve in Bali, NOU reunion thoughts, times and places, Melvins shows and much more.

Interview begins at 32:00 minute mark

The Fucking Champs- valkyrie is dying
The Fucking Champs-Extra Man

The Fucking Champs-You’ve Got a Thirst, Portland
The Fucking Champs-What’s a Little Reign?

Shellac – The End of Radio (Closing Theme)

Ep075: Josh Newton (Shiner, Season to Risk, Glazed Baby) Pt. 1

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Part 1 of our interview with the mighty Josh Newton. The most Shiner and Season to Risk talk in the past year, and probably the most Glazed Baby in the last ten. German band names and the origin of the controversial Glazed Baby name. Not being around to tarnish your legacy (Shiner), bad reviews and what sticks, Florida: the running joke, new Bedford to Kansas City and all about the Egg… (The album, not the food) until Josh is rushed onto stage to play with Shiner for a reunion show. All that plus R.I.P. to Ken McCray of Tilts, David Bowie, and Lemmy from Motorhead, Conan’s Hawaiian birthday vacation, Brenna’s now deceased co-worker and tons more. So! much! show!
Interview begins at 0:14:00

songs played:

Tilts – Ozark Bowtie (RIP Ken McCray)
Sie Lieben Maschinen – Meat is Meat, Love is Murder

Shiner – The Truth About Cows
Glazed Baby – Face First Floor Waxer

David Bowie – Lazarus
David Bowie – Heroes

Motorhead – Dr. Rock
Tilts – Titanium Falcon
Shiner – the Egg

Shellac – the End of Radio (Closing Theme)

EP074: Top 10 Albums of 2015

TOP 10 RECORDS 2015!!!!

TOP 10 RECORDS 2015!!!!

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OH MY!!! It is the top 10’ist most top 10 of all top 10 lists. NUMERICAL ORDER OF RECORDS that you have, or more likely have not heard.
O.K. Guaranteed to dig deeper than your average list and to cure what ails you. PROTONIC REVERSAL IS THE ONLY PRODUCT YOU WILL EVER NEEEEEEEEED!

Conan counts down the top 10 of 2015, and YOU! ARE! THERE!

OMG!!!! I CAN’T STAND IT…

1. MotherfuckerConfetti
2. LardoGunmetal Eyes
3. B. HamiltonFight Everything
4. MegaMaulMini-mall
5. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love
6. Le ButcherettesA Raw Youth
7. christian fitnessLove Letters in the Age of Steam
8. Happy FangsCapricorn
9. TorcheRestarter
10. Thoughts Detecting MachinesWork the Circuits

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