Month: January 2020

  • Ep144: Kevin Rutmanis (hepa.titus, The Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk)

    Kevin Rutmanis

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    At last! Kevin Rutmanis comes on Protonic Reversal, a delightful conversation with a self-identified genuine musical weirdo that is not heard from NEARLY OFTEN enough! In this episode Conan and Kevin talk about:

    -Covering Night Goat in Hepa.Titus
    -Boutique vinyl, human hands touch almost ever piece!
    -Finding Alice Cooper (who also hated everybody)
    -AM Radio inspiration and enjoyment
    -Da Blues!
    -Not picking up the bass until 28, he was very busy.
    -The Cows, a nasty bunch of creeps that also played music.
    Inspiration by other bands not being great.
    -SLIDE bass!
    -New generations getting into “weird” music and finding music in general.
    -Cape Fear guy.
    -Recording the last “Cows” record and then joining the Melvins.
    -Buzz wanting the Kevin thing.
    -The story of Tomahawk, Kevin’s tale. A contrast in musical approaches. (thanks Buzz!)
    -the story of Hepa.Titus, from early to now.
    -How great is Paul Christensen?
    -The Bass V-I… Kevin R. is NOT a gear guy
    -Electrical Guitar Company necks.

  • Ep143: Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, the Stooges)

    What happens when you get two rock ‘n roll talkers together? Good, good stuff. Sit tight for a momentous protonic with the legendary Mr. Mike Watt. The movement! Minutemen! Stooges! more…
    Mike Watt

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    -Technology! As tool of punk rock/DIY
    -DROOOOOOONE
    -Composing with BASS! (…and leaving room for the others that way)
    -Contemplating the engine room
    -Ballhog or Tugboat?: band as comp tape!
    -Pedro
    -Nautical imagery and Watt’s dad, ships and touring bands
    -Gigs v. flyers
    -Taking turns in punk rock.
    -Bumper stickers/No Littering, etc.
    -Perception is 9/10 of the law.
    -Driving the van
    -Il Sogno del Marinaio
    -taking turns and different roles.
    -Playing stuff that you didn’t write.
    -Plowhard (not blowhard!)
    -The story of Watt joining up with the Stooges. J. Mascis and the Fog, etc.
    -“First you rip of a guy, then you play with him.”
    -The songs end when they end.
    -Little Doll/Pharoah Sanders
    -Uniform music and punk rock.
    -“Steve, BLOW!”
    -Stooges crowd age.
    -Delivering the songs of the Stooges.
    -IGGY!… focus on Iggy.
    -Letting the freak flag fly.
    -Double Nickels on the Dime
    -Keeping it succinct: Ummagumma
    -Zen Arcade v. Double Nickels: friendly arms race/game of chicken
    -wearing the (proverbial) Carmen Miranda hat.
    -Treble v. Bass
    -Recording budgets for Minutemen.
    -Jam econo: way of life, not slogan
    -The Watt from Pedro show.
    -If you want a good crop, use a lot of manure.
    -Why do you do what you do?

  • Ep142: Matt Cronk (Qui, Cunts)

    Matt Cronk of Qui

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    First episode of 2020 is up! Matt Cronk of Qui and Cunts speaks to Conan about all things rock!

    -Quite a bit of talk about midwest vs. L.A.
    -Cunts origin story
    -AmRep/Touch and Go style or Hardcore Band?
    -The name, reactions or non-reactions thereof. “If you’re offender by it, it’s probably not for you… and that’s fine”
    -Being in a band that is getting a little bit of attention while being a musician approaching middle age.
    -“While they argue about riffs, I can look at girls on tinder”
    -Qui… and Anything Goes!
    -Genre vs. Emotional Response.
    -Qui on recharge status
    -Covering “Goin’ Out West”
    -Hardcore bands lack of originality.
    -“I just want to listen to Captain Beefheart and REM
    -David Yow joining Qui
    -Qui recording Ashtry Heart with Buzz Osborne, Dale Drover, Trevor Dunn and Kevin Rutmanis
    -Ramones vs. Eric Dolphy: respect to both, different skill sets.

  • Ep141: Donna Diane (Djunah, Beat Drun Juel)

    Donna of Djunah

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    Conan talks to Donna about the Djunah full length Ex-Voto. Going over on a song by song basis, as well as the VERY BUSY YEAR that the band has had.
    There is talk of Donna’s previous band Beat Drun Juel as well… and gosh darn it, it’s just a great talk.

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