Episode 98 – Judge Dredd

2000AD – The Rezillos
Apocalyptica Blues – Blind Butcher
John Law – Dropkick Murphys
Police State in the USA – Anti Flag
Officer – Operation Ivy
Police Car – Cockney Rejects
Law and Order – Stiff Little Fingers
Police Raid on Toe Rag – Eddie Angel
Police & Thieves – Junior Murvin
I Fought the Law – Bobby Fuller Four
Police – Eddie Cole & The Three Peppers
Call the Police – The Oblivians
Police, Police – Showcase Showdown
Police Truck – Thee Exit Wounds
Juvenile Delinquent – The Monsters
Police on my Back – The Clash
Prison Bound – Social Distortion
Mutant Blues – The Fink Brothers (Madness)
Gee Officer Krupke – Schlong
Cover art by the amazing and wonderful Ally Cat

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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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This Island Surf ep 13 Wonder Woman

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Boardwalker – It’s a Bikini World
Daikaiju – Double Fist Attack
Jason Lee and the R.I.P Tones – Sucker Punch
The Tiki Tones – On the Scene
Les Spadassins – All Your Secrets
Said the Ripper – Slicked Down
The Tiki Men – Fireball
The Trashwomen – Bumble Bee
Surf Trio – Vibrosurf
Cocktail Preachers – Slingshot to Durango
The Ghastly Ones – Hangmen Hangten
Chaino – The Pygmy Song (Tikky Tikky Boom Boom)
Aloha Haole – Hard Rock Feelings
The Phantom Surfers – Monster From the Surf
The Surf Zombies – Mind Worm
The Plugz – El Clavo Y La Cruz
Johnny Aloha – Vacation
Creepxotica – Creepin Kilauea
Laika & The Cosmonauts – Surf’s You Right
Surf Raiders – Surfin’ Elephant
The Dead Milkmen – Beach Song

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Episode 89 Tank Girl 2 The Furry Continues

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Even as I post this set I shake my head at all the great bands that I missed putting on here. Maybe I’ll get around to a Tank Girl Part III one day, but for now, here’s the promised and rockin’ second set in celebration of Hewlett and Martin’s Tank Girl.

5.6.7.8’s – Bomb the Twist
Runaways – Dead End Justice
Joan Jett – Jezebel
The Launderettes – What Would Joan Jett Do?
White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
Dollyrots – Because I’m Awesome
Fifth Column – All Women are Bitches
Slant 6 – Baby Doll
Trading – Future Ghost
LeTigre – TKO
Team Dresch – She’s Crushing My Mind
Creeping Ivies – Stay Wild
Speedy Ortiz – Fun
Upset – Tobacco
Kim Lenz – Shined Up and Ready
Ludella Black – This Heart is Condemned
PJ Harvey – The Words that Maketh Murder
The Moaners – Foxy Brown
Joanna Gruesome – Anti Parent Cowboy Killers

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Ep 88 The Furry of Tank Girl

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In this episode, The Novel Sound tackles the tough questions like what must living in a tank eventually smell like, where can I get boots like that, and how many Foster’s Oil Cans can one legally consume before people make fun of you? That was the theory at least…instead, you get another free soundtrack for another fantastic book.

Rage Well,

Skinny Girl Diet – Silver Spoon
L7 – Fast and Frightening
Sharkmuffin – Fun Stuff
TACOCAT – FDP
Screaming Females – Normal
Heartless Bastards – Swamp Song
Horrorpops – Bring It On!
The Slits – So Tough
Xray Spex – Oh! Bondage Up Yours!
Epoxies – Clones
The Julie Ruin – Oh Come On
Summer Cannibals – Full Of It
Baby Ghosts – Tumblr
Sleater Kinney – Youth Decay
The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl

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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 83 LOUD!LOUD!LOUD! Best of 2015

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Regardless of how you spent the last 365 days, it was an amazing year for record collectors and aural addicts alike. Volume knobs across the world discovered their breaking points and speakers smoked more than your bizarrely inappropriate uncle.

Punk, garage, psychedelic, and just plain ole skin slamming rock’n’roll, 2015 held lesser years upside down and stole their lunch money. Vinyl gave us highly listenable, collectible, and inconvenient modes of blaring tunes.Digital gave us the ability to make mixes that never end. And cassettes even showed their despicable little face around the playground after the thrashing they took in the late 90’s. It was a great year to dance and celebrate sound and come out the other side alive.

Here’s to a great 2016. In the meantime, here are my selections for the best songs of 2015. Thanks for helping make this show what it is and remember to Rage Well.

Isaac Rother and the Phantoms – Somebody Put a Hex on Me
The Juke Joint Pimps – A Thing You Gotta Face
The Jackets – Wheels of Time
C.W. Stoneking – The Zombie
Marcel Bontempi – Dig A Hole
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Dig a Hole
King Automatic – Plan B (Adopt a Lapdancer)
Beach Slang – I Break Guitars
Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Ossuary
The Creeping Ivies – Witch House
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cooking for Television
The Blue Beats – Toxic
Holly Golightly – What You See
King Khan and the BBQ Show – Killing the Wolfman
The Mountain Goats – Werewolf Gimmick
Becky Lee and Drunkfoot – I Wanna Kill Myself
Screaming Females – Hopeless
Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To the Party
The Mountain Goats – Heel Turn 2
William Elliot Whitmore – A Thousand Deaths

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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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