Episode 92 Paper Girls

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I love this episode.

Over the past few years, I’ve poured my heart into various episodes and worked to make the ‘perfect score’ for numerous books and comics. I’ve had a moderate and small amount of success and people seem to dig what The Novel Sound sets out to do. But this one, as they say, is just for me, folks.

Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang have created some kind of wonderful with Paper Girls. Once upon a time in the mythical land known as the 1980’s, the suburbs were ruled by packs of seemingly feral children roving the streets on BMX bikes (ugh, who would dare ride a 10 speed) and armored in jean jackets and multi-colored Converse sneakers. Or Nike if you were of that persuasion. The point is that the youth ran wild. Most summers were spent traversing miles of pavement for Slurpees, slices of pizza, and coin operated video game machines. How I myself loved greasy pepperoni cups and pouring quarters into Gauntlet…I still hear the electric vibrato of “Warning: Don’t Shoot Food” while I, as an adult, grocery shop for organic free range Kale at Trader Joe’s. Times change.

And that is, in a weird way, exactly what Paper Girls plays with. Sure, its got time travel, its got giant microscopic monsters, its got witty banter, beautiful art, and bold colors, but its also got characters battling with who they are, who they were, and what they are going to become. It’s the struggle many of us face on daily basis complicated with actually walking around with those versions of ourselves and trusting that each one shares a similar desire to fix things. I mean, would a sixteen year old me work well with a 42 year old me and could I handle myself as a retiree? Frankly, I wouldn’t trust us to get out of a unlocked, unbuilt, garden shed without it coming to blows. If I had to escape homicidal future teens and time cops, I’d be  quickly relegated to a foot note in history that got edited out for lack of anyone giving a shit.

But I digress.

Episode 92 is another great chance for me to play some tunes (popular and not) from the 1980’s. And, since technology plays such an important role in the book, I decided that I’d invent a radio station (WTNS – The Novel Sound) and put on another fake broadcast (you’ll remember I did it once before). This time I wanted to exorcise the zeitgeist and I, for better or worse, incorporate the voice of Mr. Mark Klee.

Mr. Mark was radio broadcast hero in Allentown, PA. He was irreverent, wild, and told rambling tales of such glorious nonsense, that his fans would sit through hours of Brian Eno, live Roxy Music, and John Cage, for a Terrible Parable or warped PSA warning listeners about dinosaurs, UFO’s, and police. For one semester at WMUH, Mr. Mark’s show came on immediately after mine and we would chat in short mumbled sentences. But I would sit in in the studio and listen to him twist, bend, and splice words into wonderful shapes. I’m sad that Mr. Mark is dead. As are those who knew him better and those who looked forward to his tales. It’s a terrible thing when our heroes pass.

I’d been playing with the idea of mashing in some Mr. Mark dialogue for ages, but never felt I had the right output and worried I’d be set on by people thinking I’d committed a great sacrilege. For this episode, I wanted to create an anachronism. I wanted this to be a 90 minute ‘lost recording’ from the spirit of a long extinct radio show. It needed to fit precisely on a 90 minute Maxell tape because that is what I have left of Mr. Mark…a few clips pulled off the radio in an effort to record him and not the sustained noise he loved to play. And the best way I could work with the present was to incorporate the past. I hope those who knew him forgive me for this.

Part of why I podcast is to share the music and books I love with people and bring a little bit of positive noise to the world. It’s how I chose to push back against the closed minds and daily barrage of negativity and sorrow. There are some who deal with hostility, shaming, and battles many of us can’t even begin to comprehend. To those people, each day is a struggle. And to those who need extra help or feel they may be losing that war…please take the time to reach out. Find a friend. Find a family member. And if you need more than they can provide, reach out to crisistextline.org or another such suicide prevention agency.

You are important.

Episode 92 is not only a homage to Paper Girls, but to the 1980’s as a whole and the radios that provided soundtracks for the kids who ran amok. The streets will never be the same.

Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Joe Jackson – Sunday Papers
The Clash – The Leader
The Go-Go’s – This Town
The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing
The Psychedelic Furs – Run and Run
Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
Devo – Freedom of Choice
Concrete Blonde – God is a Bullet
Love and Rockets – Ball of Confusion
The Cure – A Strange Day
Husker Du – She Floated Away
The Lemonheads – Die Right Now
Cyndi Lauper – Money Changes Everything
Adam and the Ants – Friend or Foe
Morrissey – Suedehead
Siouxie and the Banshees – Peek A Boo
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Victim of Circumstance
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
Elvis Costello – Waiting for the End of the World
Bauhaus – All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

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

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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

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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.

Rage Well and go see The Green Room

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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Ep 85 Don’t Be a Jerk

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This month is a PMA!

Learn to think and eat like a champ with Brad Warner’s Don’t be a Jerk and John Joseph’s Meat is for Pussies…this is self help for those who shun the concept of crystal healers, dream catchers, and angel statues. Learn to take control of your mind and body.

Special thanks to Estlin Sawyer, Matt Pelletier, Linder Peacock, The Taylor posse, Annie the Great, Brooke and Kris, Erica Manville, Erika Mitchener, Anna, RI Power Yoga, Just Train, and all those who helped me get my head around the past year.

Pardon me while I get all preachy…Here’s some hardcore for your ears…

Gorilla Biscuits – New Direction
Bad Brains – Attitude
H20 – One Life, One Chance
7 Seconds – We’re Gonna Fight
Verbal Assault – Trial
Fugazi – Epic Problem
Operation Ivy – Healthy Body
Youth of Today – Wake Up and Live
Minor Threat – Out of Step
Dag Nasty – Values Here
Rancid – Fall Back Down
All – Educated Idiot
Bad Religion – 21st Century Boy
Pigeon John – Life Goes On
Shelter – Empathy
Gorilla Biscuits – Cats and Dogs
Green Day – Knowledge
Crimpshrine – Easy Answers
Brother Ali – Forest Whitiker
Fifteen – Evolve
Circle Jerks – I’m Alive
The Avengers – We are the One

Ep 82 Youth Gone Angry

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There isn’t too much more to say about issue 1 of The Last Gang in Town that hasn’t been said in both podcasts. It’s a great book and, if it maintains its chaotic glory, it’ll go down as one of the great cult reads.

These shows were a blast to put together. Over the years, the shows that seem to work the best are ones where the genre isn’t stretched too far and the show seems to write itself. This month was no exception. The all-cover Clash show took days of sifting and the wretched realization that not enough people are covering the Clash.

This episode took a few hours to layer and the biggest hassle was deciding how best to order the tracks for the clearest listening experience (several ‘hits’ never made it in to the final copy and could very well be a third episode). If you follow the narrative of the show, you’ll hear a common theme of youth gone bored and angry. It’s common theme in punk, but true none the less: Angry and bored kids can move the world. Just look hip-hop before the money started rolling in.

I guess that leads me to the next logical progression. The one Cindy Lauper screamed about. Money changes everyone. I often wonder where punk and hip hop could have gone if the labels hadn’t decided to milk the bands for every liquid cent. What if the bands just said ‘no’ and went about making loud obnoxious noise? Would the world look any different if the kids were united?

Who knows? Maybe in some parallel universe Strummer became Prime Minister and Thatcher was stuck teaching remedial maths to a bunch of sub-literate troglodytes in a United Nations’ Ukrainian prison for repeat duck defilers. It’s a world I’d like to visit.

Although, it’d be a shame about those ducks.


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The Clash – 1977
X Ray Spex – Art I Ficial
the Adverts – Bored Teenagers
The Jam – Saturday’s Kids
The Damned – Neat Neat Neat
Iggy and the Stooges – I Got a Right
The Boomtown Rats – Looking Out for No. 1
Gang of Four – Damaged Goods
The Dils – I Hate the Rich
Alternative TV – Urban Rich
The Undertones – Emergency Cases
The Dyaks – Gutter Kids
Nuns – Media Control
The Dickies – Banana Splits
Menace – The Young Ones
Buzzcocks – Oh S**t
Stiff Little Fingers – I Don’t Like You
The Saints – Know Your Product
The Wierdos – A Life of Crime
Vice Squad – Last Rockers
Cock Sparrer – Where Are They Now?

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This Island Surf ep 12 Magnum Mustache and Bare Chests

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Yeah…it has been five years!
Five years and almost 90 shows of punk, garage, soul, pop, and surf.
I’m gearing up for 5 more with a new logo designed by Shawn Dickinson.
The old Dewey is 5 years wiser, beaten and bloody, and sitting pretty on his throne!

Get ready for to spit blood at the cameras and smile smile smile.

To start it all off, here is THIS ISLAND SURF 12 – Magnum P.I.

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The Cucarachas Enojadas – Postal Surf
Atomic Mosquito – Financial Panther
The Madeira – Journey to the Center of the Surf
The Other Timelines – Vampcamp
The Twang O Matics – Payback
Black Flamingos – Okinawa
Creepxotica – Haunted Hulu
Lovage – Book of the Month
King Khan – The Boy is Mine
The Shadows – Wonderful Land
TarantinosNYC – Son of a Preacher Man
Cartas a Felice – El Bar Muerto
Satan’s Pilgrims – Small Craft Advisory
Gold Dust Lounge – Riff Raff
Ding Dong Devils – Voodoo Man
Shockwave – Take on Me
The Ampfibians – Watusi 5 O
The Surfside Swamis – Monkey Knife Fight
Reverberati – Combat Surf
Jason Lee and the R.I.P Tides – Caped Crusader
The Dragtones – Deathroller

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The Last NOVEL SOUND of Summer: WMUH ep 4

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The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer – Stay Positive
Holly Golightly – As You Go Down – Slowtown Now!*
Jan Moore – Play It Cool – Teenage Rockabilly
Janis Martin – Teen Street – The Female Elvis
Omar & the Stringpoppers – My Baby Don’t Rock – Getting Wilder with…
Rose Maddox – Wild Wild Young Men – Whistle Bait
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – I’m a Full Grown Man – Under the Savage Sky*
The Stents – Nobody Loves the Hulk – 7”*
The Severed Limb – If You Ain’t Livin’ – 7”*
Charlie Feathers – That Certain Female – Rolling Rock Hits
Danzig – 77 7 – Lucifuge
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Go Hog Wild – 7”*
Wild Evel and the Trashbones – Beat Rat -Tales from the Cave
The Delta Bombers – Who Are You? –
The Routes – Day and Night – Skeletons*
Sleater-Kinny – The Fox – The Woods
Jonathan Richmond and the Modern Lovers – New England – 23 Great Recordings
Wreckless Eric – It’ll Soon be the Weekend – Greatest Stiffs
Ramones – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School – Soundtrack
Groovie Ghoulies – School is In – Go! Stories

Check it out here or at The GaragePunk Hideout!

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Bibliodiscoteque ep 53 – Charles Burns’ Black Hole

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Hey Gang,

This episode goes out to all the folks who were uncool and unnoticed in high school. Those years are tough as hell and for all of us who came out the other side …congrats!

Black Hole is about those who didn’t. Its about the ones whose alienation shaped them into something different and set them apart from the hip kids. Its about the companionship and bonds formed on the outside of the norm. Its about the outsiders.

Speaking of which, for roughly 4 school years, I worked on WMUH Allentown, Pa. hosting a show called Holden Caulfield Must Die (I was decidedly sick of his shit by college). It was a mix of punk, indie, ska, and assorted trash. One of my biggest heroes was a guy named Idle Rich – he hosted a show called Naughtius Maximus. Well, Idle Rich is DEAD and in his place has sprouted the amazing Richard Slouch and Gutbucket Esoterica. That’s right. Long live the trash!

After a 20 year hiatus, I’m returning to the airwaves to help out Richard Slouch and spin some wild tunes. Starting May 29 on WMUH from 2 – 5 pm EST (click the link for streaming), you can Stream or listen live. Later, I’ll be re-editing the show for a podcast in June, July, August, and Sept. But don’t fret, it will still be the same great flavor, just in a brand new bag!

Dusty Chance and the Allnighters – The Bug
Tiny Fuller – Catwalk
Harold Jackson – Go Cat Go
The Intelligence – Little Town Flirt
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs – How Do You Catch A Girl
Cowbell – Love Got Me Down
Tyrone Chesnut – Bumping
The Rhythm Shakers – Senior Class
Ghouls Night Out – Love Disease
Rudy La Crioux & The All Stars – Little Ole You
Ty Segall Band – I Bought My Eyes
David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
Mothers of Invention – Freak Out
Annette – Jo Jo the Dig Faced Boy
Lord Luther and the Kingsmen – (I was a) Teenage Creature
Black Sabbath – Children of the Grave

Punk for Nothing ep 4: No Commercial Viability

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Toy Dolls – Dig That Groove Baby
The Bloody Hollies – Good Night, Sleep Tight
The Art Attack – I Am a Dalek
Urinals – I’m A Bug
Late Bloomer – Use Your Words
The Teen Idles – Teen Idles
All – Crazy?
Big Drill Car – Crust
Doughboys – I Wrote You A Letter
Married with Sea Monsters – Face It Tiger
Dag Nasty – I’ve Heard
7 Seconds – Regress No Way
Youth Brigade – Sink With Kalifornia
Wingnut Dishwasher Union – F*#! S*#! Up
Verbal Assault – Trial
4 Skins – Yesterday’s Heroes
The Mr. T Experience – Alternative is Here to Stay
Dropkick Murphys – The State of Massachusetts
Fifteen – Family values
Section 13 – Coffee Grinds
The Queers – Wimpy Drives Through Harlem
2.5 Children – Land of the Free

Punk For Nothing ep 3: Complete Maximum Evil

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Bat Loveman’s Punk for Nothing Ep. 3
Complete Maximum Evil!

Decrying the collapse of popular culture, and saying it is being taken over by “the occult,” a Christian radio broadcaster warned that pop singer Katy Perry’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime show “will be complete maximum evil,” according to The Column.

Since the end-times are apparently here and, in honor of two things I don’t care about merging into one massive thing I don’t care about, here’s the latest Bat Loveman’s Punk For Nothing appropriately retitled.

Swingin’ Utters – Windspitting Punk
Statues – Distance Duration
The Vibrators – Judy Says (Knock You in the Head)
The Rezillos – 2000AD
Anti Flag – Spaz’s House Destruction Party
The Gits – Cut My Skin It Make Me Human
Fugazi – In Defense of Humans
Government Issue – Teenager in a Box
Redd Kross – Annette’s Got the Hits
7 Seconds – Not Just Boy’s Fun
Alison Angst – Give Us Theirs
Mustard Gas, Hard Skins – Another Terrace Anthem
Refused – Summerholiday vs. Punkroutine
Tim Timebomb – Bob
Suede Razors – Rubies and Pearls
The Oppressed – Boots for Stompin’
The Pietasters – Maggie Mae
Mr. Symarip – I’m Gonna Knock, I’m Gonna Knock
Anti Nowhere League – I Hate People
Western Addiction – Rat Patrol
Roy Loney & Senior no – Love is a Spider
Suicidal Tendencies – I Want More
Sunglasses After Dark – Sunglasses Ron
The Trouble – Youth is Wasted by the Young