The Novel Sound ep 91 Apes, Monkees, and Karaoke Nightmares


The Novel Sound ep 90 Apes, Monkees, and Karaoke Nightmares

Gino Washington – Come Monkey With Me
Lew Williams – Gone Ape Man
The Cramps – Monkey With Your Tail
Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Bomboras – Planet of the Apeman!
The Apemen – Invasion of the Apemen
The Space Cossacks – Planet of the Apes
The Kongsmen – Karate Monkey
Baby Huey & the babysitters – Monkey Man
Thee Headcoats – Monkey’s Paw
Frankie Tyler – I Go Ape
Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business
Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leoppard Band – The Signifying Monkey
Thee Vicars – Monkey Mess
The Monkees – Birth of an Accidental Hipster
The Mr. T Experience – Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Monkees – Mommy and Daddy
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) – Groovie Ghoulies
The Church – Porpoise Song
Groovie Ghoulies – She Hangs Out
Bad Manners – Randy Scouse Git
The Descendents – Coolidge
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Alternative TV – ATV
Black Flag – TV Party
The Bouncing Souls – These are the Quotes from Our Favorite 80’s Movies
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
The Rezillos – Mystery Action
The Go-Go’s – La La Land
The Vibrators – Stiff Little Fingers
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
Ramones – Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment
The Circle Jerks – All Wound Up
Dead Kennedy’s – Kill The Poor
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Xray Spex – I am a Poseur
Pixies – Letter To Memphis
The Misfits – Skulls
Social Distortion – Don’t Drag Me Down
NOFX – The Idiots Have Taken Over
Cocksparrer – England Belongs to Me
The Clash – London Calling

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Ep 87 The Unofficial Green Room Soundtrack


This mini-episode is a super-crossover with Erik’s other podcast Fear of a Dork Planet ( available on iTunes) and Astro Radio Z. Hold your stereos close as Erik brings you lucky punks an unofficial soundtrack to Jeremy Saulnier’s The Green Room. This here is mix of songs that ran through Erik’s skull as the movie went on and quite possibly why he has no job in Hollywood providing music for soundtracks.

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Nazi Punks F*&! Off – Dead Kennedy’s
Look Back and Laugh – Minor Threat
My War – Black Flag
One Day – The Pinkerton Thugs
We are the Boys – Blitz
Self Destruct- The Trouble
I Don’t Wanna Die – 4 Skins
Gimmie Some Action – Fear
Song No 35 – Subhumans
This is Angry Part 2 – 7 Seconds
Execution Style – Cops & Robbers
Jesus was a Communist – Reagan Youth
The Whine of Youth – Channel 3
Watch Your Back – Cock Sparrer
Chip on My Shoulder – Slapshot
Still F*&!ed Up – Blood for Blood
Little Bit of Hatred – Plow United
F*$! Authority – Wasted Youth
Martin Decker – Randumbs
Doc Marten Stomp – Madball
Nervous Breakdown – Keith Morris
Luck Wasn’t His Friend – Glory Stompers
John Wayne Was a Nazi – MDC
Twisted Soul – Son of Sam
The Choice is Yours – Stalag 13
Your Attitude – Squiggy
Nuke the Nazis – The Oi! Scouts
Skins and Punks – The Templars
Don’t Tread on Me – The Cro-Mags
Two Days Ago I Turned Punk Rock – Third Year Freshman

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Something about Henry


10 – The Shatner Story
Rollins’ riveting tale (Talk is Cheap vol. IV) reveals a side of Shatner not often seen, but much imagined. During a recording session for Shatner’s Has Been album, Rollins is called in to lay down some vocals. The story involves a house party at Shatner’s and the ease at which producer Ben Folds manages to get Adrian ‘King Crimson’ Belew  involved in the project. This story is made better by Rollins’ utter disbelief at the eccentricities of Hollywood and Big Label recording artists. Rollins is typically at his best when he maintains these ‘little fish in a big pond’ anecdotes.

9 – 2.13.61 Publishing
Rollins brought the DIY ethos of the tiny label into the literary world. Sure, some of these books may read more like vanity press thought-pieces and journals, but  they do provide a keen insight into the mind of Rollins which other artists (just about all of them) tend to be too guarded to share. The result is that it created, in a pre-blog world, a one-way bond with Rollins and chance for folks to see, perhaps, that they aren’t alone in their anger, loneliness, and confusion. As a kid reading Black Coffee Blues and One from None, I came to understand that we all have our own Voice and not to allow anyone to silence it.


8- Henry as Travis Bickle
In the video for his first post-Black Flag project, ‘Disconnect’, Rollins dons an over-sized army surplus jacket, drives nervously around New York in a Yellow Cab, and twitches violently while pacing like a caged tiger gone mad from being enclosed. As we watch Rollins, as Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle, fight to keep it together, he slam walls and carves violent letters into his journal while taunted by an intensely smirking and patronizing black and white close-up of his own screaming face. The video creates a sense of panic and anxiety and, as his neighbors slam on the wall, the viewer can only imagine what occurs when the breaking point is reached.


7 – RuPaul Interview
RuPaul drives Rollins to pick up some art and educate him on love. Rollins candidly discusses the role of celebrity, being a fan, giving it your all no matter what you do, and the soul-searching that comes with being a 50 year old man.

6 – The Henry Rollins Show
In 2006, the Independent Film Channel gave Rollins his own talk show. Each episode featured a loaded rant called ‘Teeing Off’, and ‘Open Letter’ response segment, and guests ranging from Eddie Izzard to Werner Herzog. It also featured bands like Slayer, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, and the Stooges. 42 episodes were not enough.


5 – Johnny Pneumonic
Come for the cyberpunk dystopian future, stay for Rollins as Spider. Honestly, its not a good movie. Not in the least. Except for Rollins. Watching him tell Keanu Reeves to not be an asshole is some great typecasting.


4 – Occupants
Occupants pairs Rollins’ visceral full-color photographs taken in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and elsewhere over the last few years—with writings that not only provide context and magnify the impact of the images but also lift them to the level of political commentary. Simply put, this book is a visual testimony of anger, suffering, and resilience that will help its readers realize what is so easy to miss when tragedy and terror become numbing, constant forces—the quieter, stronger forces of healing, solidarity, faith and even joy.” Rollins doesn’t just write journalism here, he pulls the mask off the world and shows the wretched beast lurking underneath.

3 – Rattus Norvegicus
From Black Flag’s 1984 album family Man, this spoken word piece personifies the Norwegian brown rat and allows listeners to empathize with the lil’ plague carrying vermin. As a result of Rollins’ poetry, I managed to astound my 9th grade biology teacher with my dedication to understanding of a creature a lot like us.


2 – GAP advertisement
80’s punks screamed sellout when Rollins appeared in a series of GAP ads. To them, I have two replies:
1) Rollins sang for Black Flag and made a career as a voice-over artist, author, publisher, and being Rollins. What have you done?
2) Did you pay him an equal or greater amount to NOT do it? Where was your checkbook as you were worrying about his integrity and rent?

1 – The Fanatic Book Series
Rollins hosts a radio show for KCRW. Each week he puts out the set list for the show and a series of show notes. For those who kvetch that there ain’t enough good tunes…tune in. It’s an eclectic display of some amazing gems and forgotten favorites. The books in the Fanatic series collect old show lists and provide paragraph-length notes. I recommend using them to make a shit load of mixtapes.
Runner Up: the Pull-quote from Henry and Glenn Forever.
Henry’s reaction to this comic about he and Danzig living as lovers is absolutely the best most succinct reaction possible; “Has Glenn seen this? Trust me, he would not be amused.”


–Rage Well

Episode 43 – Jesse Michael’s Whispering Bodies



Whispering Bodies
Jesse Michaels

The astute Bibliodiscophile will know the name Jesse Michaels as the lead singer of Operation Ivy and Common Rider. He’s now adding author to the list. Turns out he nails that as well.

Whispering Bodies is a crime novel penned by John Kennedy Toole. The crime centers around a dead maintenance man, a framed women, and Roy Belkin, an agoraphobic hermit with father issues. The humor centers around Roy Belkin’s ability to be the smartest guy in the room (often by default). As readers we laugh at the brutality of Belkin’s world and its cruelly bizarre twists and turns – as well as a crime scene photographer with tendencies toward the awkwardly exploitative.

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In My Room – Yaz
Let’s Get Well – The Evens
In My Head – Black Flag
Room Without A Window – Operation Ivy
Hiding In My Car – Sector Zero
Persistent Vision – Rites of Spring
Greed – Fifteen
Sell Or Be Sold – Minutemen
Picture Perfect World – Ann Beretta
Detectives – Big Boys
Walking in the Rain – Tim Timebomb
Watching The Detectives – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Secrets – J Church
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – F.E.A.R.
Bastards Of Young – The Replacements
Dreaming – Blondie
Only Ones – Common Rider
Living In A Dangerous Land – Tim Timebomb and Friends feat. Jesse Michaels

Episode 36 – Harlan Ellison’s The Glass Teat


Way back in Episode 7 I started to create soundtracks from the collected volumes of Harlan Ellison.

The first two went off without a hitch. When it came time for the third installment I balked. I couldn’t find the right songs in the right order. It just failed to work, so I tossed it aside an moved on.

When I reviewed Hard Case Crime’s reprint of Web of the City, I felt that itch. The one in at the base of my brain that constantly rubs when I leave a project incomplete. So I dug down deep, reread The Glass Teat and produced this: One of my favorite episodes to date. Yeah, I’ve used some of the sound clips before. Sue me (not you, Harlan, this is simply to work of a fan). As I mentioned before on other episodes, the parts that are Harlan speaking can be found at Deep Shag Records (vol. 1 – 3 are especially mesmerizing) except for the bit from “Welcome to the Gulag”. Harlan’s fiery words become incendiary when spoken.

Enjoy the show and Rage Well,

Production Notes:

Some people have asked for a look into the process and the hows and whys song are chosen. Since I tend to write notes anyway, I’ve decided to start typing them up for each podcast.

I Hate the TV – Violent Femmes
I pulled the Violent Femmes from my Fan Service 80’s podcast in exchange for this one. I’ve been battleing with The Glass Teat podcast for a year now. I originally said it would be out last summer, but I never found the right mix. My worry with this track is that it is too obvious, but the line “I hate the president” (which was a Reagan line) only hit me when I remembered that it was Reagan who put Harlan on a rabble-rouser list with poets and artists alike.

Old Square Eyes – The Mobbs
This one made the very first set list. I particularly love the lines which focus on the computer and playstation. Harlan’s last word on the subject of The Glass Teat, an audio recording called “Welcome to the Gulag”, turns the argument toward our dependence from TV to the zombie-esq allure of our phones and other devices. It is a trap: A dangerous one which tricks us into believing that we are living life simply because we take an instagram of it.

TV Screen – Thee Spivs
“What are you watching?” seems to be, in my life at least, the grown-up equivalent of the teenage “Who are you listening to? The image of wanting to punch out your eyes from the back of your head makes me chuckle constantly.

TV Soup – The Singing Loins
“Let’s watch someone else’s revolution…” and the passivity of action versus inaction.

Colour Television  – Eddie Currant Suppression Ring
ECSR gives a Velvet Underground-esq attack on the propaganda we see on the ole boy. I like to think that the drone in this song is the white noise of TV and the ‘million hypnotized’. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be half way through a show with not clear idea of what I’ve seen. I get lost in the drone and lose the thread of the story.

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Episode 25 – The Gentlemen’s Hour


Roughly four months ago, I received a lovely little package of books from Duane Swierczynski. It contained some great stuff from authors I never read before and, quite possibly, may not have picked up on my own. In the case of Don Winslow that would have been a massive error.

First: He lived, for a brief time, in RI. This may not matter to anyone else outside the 1,045 miles of America’s smallest state, but for a place that can only really boast H.P. Lovecraft, Poe (while sober), and Cormac McCarthy, we grapple all personage of interest and hold them in a octopod* death grip.

Second: The book is about surfing. A detective pulp with surfing? Yes. Winslow manages to take the darkness and brutality of the pulps and make it digestible for Southern California lifestyle.

Third: This is the guy who penned the Trevanian prequel! Oliver Stone is turning his novel Savages into a film with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Winslow is good.
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Last: Its a chance to play some surf rock, some 80’s punk, and to generally get ready for summer.

Rage Well,

Episode 25 – Don Winslow’s The Gentleman’s Hour

Badge Of Honor – Satan’s Pilgrims
The Sunburst Kid – Bonney & Buzz
Twist, Twist! – Imperial Surfers
San Diego Shutdown – Los Straitjackets
Syncophant – Laika & The Cosmonauts
Mish Mash – Mach Kung Fu
Slaughter Beach – Atomic Mosquitos
Across The Border – Prince Fatty & The Mutant HiFi
Butthole Surfers Theme Song – Butthole Surfers
Rise Above – Black Flag
Plateau – The Meat Puppets
Fortune Favors The Brave – J.F.A.
Bad Kid – Drunk Injuns
History Lesson Part 2 – Minutemen
Why – T. Lance & The Coctails
Aqvanatic Business – Messer Chups
Surfin’ Spooks – The Ghastly Ones
The Drowning Man Knows His God – The Mermen
Last Wave Of The Day – Krontjong Devils
Kalini Wipe Out – The Surf Teens
Black Sea Surf – The Concrete Rivals
Go Go – The Zoggs
Kalifornia – Los Tiki Phantoms
Bulldog – Pedrito Diablo & Los Cadáveras
She’s The One – The Fathoms
Sometimes Good Guys Don’t wear White – The Pretty Things

*Octopod is the correct plural. Octo is Greek. Deal with it.

Episode 6: Jaime Hernandez


Some of the clearest memories I have of my suburban adolescence center around record shopping.

Like most cities in America, and I’ll blindly assume the world, there exists a street which works as a central cultural vein for The Kids. Within the confines of a few blocks lives record stores, pizza places, the art store, the hip clothing store, maybe a comic shop or bookstore. In this oasis from the malls and fast food joints crust punks beg for cigarette money, angry punks rail against the oppressive forces of whichever force is currently oppressing and, like Livingston in the Congo, I made youthful pilgrimages to pick up Black Flag’s My War, The Circle Jerks’ IV, and The Misfits’ Legacy of Brutality.

Objects in my head may be cooler than they appear.

Providence had a street like that. Once. However, that vein has been tapped. Small businesses cleansed from the system and, in their places, surgically implanted Gaps, Urban Outfitters, and Johnny Rockets. The record stores, to mix metaphors, were hunted into extinction and the only trace of their existence lay in the fossil remains of nostalgia. This is what the first tribe to kill the last remaining mammoth must have felt. Sure, there were still buffalo, but that was easy compared to back then.

I miss the smell of too much vinyl and dust in too small a room. I remember the competitive rush of flipping through bins and trying to find the gem before everyone else; the audible territory that, to me, was unexplored possibility and adventure. I remember the older kids scoffing at my juvenile tastes and handing me singles and limited edition LP’s blazing the way with recommendations and suggestions. Record shopping now is like grave robbing now – everyone silently starring at the bins as if sifting through the remnants of mammoth carcass afraid to speak and reveal that anyone of us killed the scene with our want of convenience.

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December: Harlan Ellison – Memos from Purgatory/Spiderkiss


A Very Bibliodiscoteque Christmas Special

Set List: Episode 6 – Jaime Hernandez

Al Capone – Ennio Morricone
When the Shit Hits the Fan – Circle Jerks
Teenager In A Box – Government Issue
Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing – Minutemen
You Make Me Sick – Satans Rats
Rebel Rock (Instrumental) – Benny Joy
Sorry – The Easybeats
Police Story – Black Flag
In Control – Stalag 13
2+2 – D.O.A
Go Tell Your Mother – Stisism
Losing My Religion – Tesco Vee’s Hate Police
Dropping Like Flies – Cops&Robbers
Orange Alert – The Briefs
You Can’t Kill Me (I’m Already Dead) – Plow United
The Magnificent Seven – Jack Nitzsche
The Misfit – Airbomb
Freaks are Jumping –The Ills
I’m Going Away, Girl – The Monsters
Hi Mom It’s Me – Toothless George
Such Small Hands – La Dispute
Send More Cops –Surgeon Marta
Possessed (remastered) – Suicidal Tendencies
That’s Correct – Darkbuster
Fuck You, Norway – Showcase Showdown