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  • 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?…

  • 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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  • Ep137: Bill Barbot (Jawbox, Foxhall Stacks, Burning Airlines)

    Ep136: Bill Barbot (Jawbox, Foxhall Stacks, Burning Airlines)
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    The mighty Bill Barbot! Guitar player for Jawbox, singer and guitar player for Foxhall Stacks, Bassist for Burning Airlines and thorn in the side of Brett Kavanaugh comes on the mighty Protonic Reversal to talk about Jawbox reunion shows, work/life balance, living punk rock vs. just playing it, his new power-pop/glam band’s cassette and so much more. Come on in!…

  • Ep136: Brainiac (John, Juan, Tyler)

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    • -Documentaries, keys to the city and being Brainiac in 2019
    • Honoring Tim’s memory
    • revisting material and the perspective of age.
    • Tyler, coming back to playing music and his son “getting” Brainiac.
    • Multigenerational audiences
    • the reunion industrial complex
    • Tim’s dad: “are you going to keep going?”
    • Getting back together for a benefit and reconnecting
    • Familiarty for better or worse.
    • Idiosynchratic music, context and impact
    • Tim Krug (the missing link/understudy)
    • Picking who does what (singing songs, etc.)
    • Subbing for the local legandary hardcore band and destroying the floor in the process.
    • “We’ll Eat Anything.”
    • “oh, that was awful” “That was the best show ever!”
    • Being claimed as an influence and embracing doing something different than what others do.
    • Hostile or baffled audiences?
    • the band playoffs (and WINNING it)
    • The Brainiac – internationale ep with Kim Deal
    • When John joined the band, Bonsai Superstar, etc. 
    • Brainiac as the all boys Brady Bunch.
    • Hissing Prigs
    • Tyler gets new drums, and how they shaped the sound of that record.
    • Recording “nothing ever changes”Recording Electro Shock for President, distortions and learning how to record (usually the wrong way)and bringing that hodge podge to Jim O’Rourke
    • Keyboards, samplers, etc. and bringing that out live.
    • Playing “New/unreleased songs” for the reunion show, songs that might have been on the next (major label?) record.
    • Being a “weird” band and infiltrating mass cultureB
    • Brainiac covers and legacy, overall take on things, and the rights to the back catalog.

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