I love a good cover song. But, I often love the original more. I ramble on a bit about cover songs that I really, really love and some of their lesser known originals.
Here are some of the artists I cover;
Metallica, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Tom Waits, The Meters, Ray Charles, Al Green, Blondie, Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson, Diamondhead, The Valentinos, Etta James, Memphis Minnie, The Temptations, Sister Pat Hall, T. Rex, The Nerves, Eagles, Elvis and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.
A long overdue chat with Keeping it 99 co-host and “Pizza Party Empresario”, Erick Eagol. Whether through the podcast or booking shows, Erick has always been an enthusiastic champion of the Northeast Ohio music scene. It is ALWAYS fun talking with Erick, even if it is about our divergent opinions on the career of Max Cavalera. But Max isn’t the only topic we go in on – Erick and I ramble on about Behest of Serpents, 200 Stab Wounds, Wallcreeper, Actual Form and Sweaty Mammoth.
You can listen to Keeping it 99 on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
This is Part 2 of my “all things Voivod” episode. I pick up after the release of The Outer Limits and track the band up to their current release, Synchro Anarchy. If you have listened to Part 1 yet – start there and finish here. There is a playlist/”Mix Tape” that accompanies this 2-Parter. I’ve attached a link below along with a discography (LPs only).
Anyone that has listened to this podcast more than once knows that my two favorite bands are Black Sabbath and Voivod. There are no other bands that I have lived with longer, listened to more and occupy as much space in my head and heart. Black Sabbath is greatly, if not universally loved, whereas Voivod is far more divisive. So, in spite of the fact that they are one of my two absolute favorites, I don’t really push them on folks. I’m very expressive and effusive when speaking about them, but I understand why their blend of Motorhead, Venom, Discharge, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Die Kreuzen and Killing Joke might not have a broad appeal.
But, I thought it might be fun to pretend I was making a mix for a friend and compiled 90 minutes worth of Voivod (enough to fit a cassette) for anyone that is curious. With some reasonable exceptions, I tried to cover the breadth of their career and picked out some of my favorite songs by the “Iron Gang”. I’m not an “expert”, but I included a little bit of extemporaneous exposition to go along with the selected tracks. I hope you enjoy it and I encourage anyone that is even a little bit curious to dive in a little deeper. I’ve included a link to the Apple Music playlist that accompanies this episode below.
Nancy Barile has seen things. She has seen some awesome things and not so awesome things. The former has informed Nancy on how to deal with the latter and fortunately for us, she’s documented all of it in her memoir “I’m Not Holding Your Coat”. Nancy grew up a suburban, Catholic school girl that fell in love with music and eventually found her way to hardcore-punk. But, she wasn’t just a spectator content to sit on sidelines. She managed bands and booked shows during the first wave of 80’s hardcore. Nancy has also been an english teacher for the past 29 years – so naturally I was eager to speak with her about some of the music that had impacted her life.
Here’s some of the artists we cover; Ohio Players, David Bowie, The O’Jays, SS Decontrol, Bad Brains and Blondie.
You can order her memoir from www.bazillionpoints.com
Davin grew up in rural Maine and discovered hardcore and punk through radio shows and mix tapes. She hasn’t been the same since. Marked for Life is modelled after the great college radio shows that focused on hardcore. Davin plays the “sickest shit” and has introduced me to a couple newer bands that I might not otherwise noticed. I asked myself, “What’s causin’ all this?” (apologies to Arn Anderson) and thought I’d go to the source.
Here’s some of the bands we rambled on about;
Fear, Warzone, Turmoil, Stiff Meds, Circus, Dead Heat, Floorpunch, Trip 6, A Chorus of Disapproval, Reagan Youth and Agnostic Front.
You can listen to Marked For Life on Apple Podcasts and Spotify along with the playlists that accompany each episode. You can also visit the website – markedforlife.buzzsprout.com
Ian and I met when he was the vocalist for hardcore greats Down In Flames. He is the current vocalist for Fright – who have released their debut Lp on guitarist Nate Wilson’s Gloom Records. I had a great time catching up with Ian and I hope to possibly catch Fright live this summer. You can check Fright out at the link below.
In addition to the story I tell in the intro, here’s some of what I discuss with Ian; Spaceman 3, Sacrilege, Black Sabbath, Stooges, Spazm 151, Samael, Bolt Thrower, Bathory and Asschapel.
David Giffels is a buddy of mine and the author of “Furnishing Eternity”, “The Hardway on Purpose”, “Barnstorming Ohio” and others. He was played guitar and was the vocalist for The Difficult and The May Company. David and I became acquainted at The Lime Spider in the early 2000’s – crossing paths infrequently thereafter. However, I’ve enjoyed his work and knew he’d have some interesting insights of the Akron Music scene and music in general. I highly recommend “Furnishing Eternity”, but you can check out all his stuff at the link below.
We were able to get this is 1 Part and here are some the artists we talk about; The Dark, Devo, Wussy, LCD Soundsystem, R.E.M.,Wilco, The Band, The Crucifucks and the Replacements.
Who doesn’t love Pizza? Erick Eagol of Keepin’ It 99 DEFINITELY loves pizza. He’s been throwing “Pizza Parties” for a couple of years now and inviting his friends to play. There’s a party this Saturday – January 22 – at Annabell’s in Akron and this one features Wallcreeper, Avowal and Radian. I thought I’d chat with a few of the principals (Erick/Ki99, Elyse/Avowal, Mike/Radian) and take the opportunity to ambush them! I asked each of the what they’ve been up to and what their 3 favorite songs by local bands.