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77 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
#89: Sitting Here Like A Loaded Gun (A Conversation About Black Flag With Kevin Grant)
Episode 89 is a loose conversation with my friend and returning guest Kevin Grant about the band Black Flag. We have an essentially open discussion about the band, how we got into them, their records, the 82 demos, the many connections to skateboarding and much more. This was a lot of fun to do Black Flag are one of my favorite bands and it was great to talk to have Kevin on again to talk about one of his favorite bands as well.
62 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
#88: Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother (A Conversation With Tony Erba)
Episode 88 is a conversation with Tony Erba. Tony is a veteran of the Cleveland punk and hardcore scene, doing time in a number of bands, Face Value, Fuck You Pay Me, Nine Shocks Terror and many more. In this episode we step a little bit away from the hardcore world and talk about hard rock, boogie rock and not having guilty pleasures when it comes to music. This was a lot of fun to record, Tony is hilarious and a great storyteller. Welcome back to Talk About the Passion.
76 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
#87: A Conversation With Ike Turner About Neil Young’s Ditch Trilogy
In this episode I talk to my friend Isaac Turner (Episode 82) about Neil Young's Ditch Trilogy, three dark records from the early 70's (Time Fades Away, On The Beach and Tonight's the Night) that were recorded and released during a period in Neil's life where he was just coming off the huge success of Harvest and the deaths of two of his closest friends from drugs. We have a casual conversation about each of the three records, Ike is a huge fan so it was great to have him talk about these records.
76 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
#86: Sing And Make No Sound (Kevin Grant Talks About Wire Lines Harvest Verses)
In this episode I talk with Kevin Grant about the latest record his band Wire Lines released called Harvest Verses. This is Kevin's second appearance on the podcast (First being episode 38) Here we talk about how the new record came about, what it was like to put it together during a pandemic, and Kevin goes into detail about the meaning behind some of the songs on this record. The new record on Blind Rage Records is great and it was great to have him on to talk about it and get some background on it.
38 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
#85: Slapnot (A Conversation With Steve Risteen and Jamie Sciarappa)
On this episode I talk to Steve Risteen and Jamie Sciarappa who both did time in the Boston hardcore band Slapshot, and Jamie was also a member of SS Decontrol. Slapnot is a band comprised of dozens of ex-members of Slapshot gathering together to play a show on November 21, 2021 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Slapshot as well as to give fans and friends the opportunity to sing on stage with various members providing the music part. We get into how exactly this will work, what it's like playing these songs this many years later as well as their time in Slapshot in the 80's into the 90's. Although short, this was a great conversation and I am looking forward to seeing this live!
109 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
#84: Point of Entry With Bob Mayo (Pt. 1)
Episode 84 sees Bob Mayo return for a third appearance on the podcast, this time we are talking about the "point of entry" phenomena wherein the first record you hear by an artist orients your idea of what they should sound like. We talk about getting into bands like Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Cheap Trick and Iron Maiden to name a few. When you first heard Judas Priest did you then move backwards through their catalog, or were you there for the beginning of some of these bands? We talk about the new Iron Maiden record and what other bands are still putting out solid records as well as how being a fan of music and a collector informed how he presented the excellent reissues of his band Wargasm. Look for a second episode soon where we get into underground and thrash metal!
66 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
#83: Another Time‘s Forgotten Space (A Conversation With Drew Stone)
In this episode I talk with film director, producer, musician and host of the New York Hardcore Chronicles about his life as a fan of the Grateful Dead. As someone prominent in the early Boston hardcore scene as well we go from Radio City Music Hall seeing the Dead in 1980 to the Gallery East seeing bands like SSD and Bad Brains. What's it like to hang in both of these scenes? With Drew's great story telling skills and sharp memory he paints a picture in an hour that is interesting the whole way through.
74 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
#82: Where Ya Been (A Conversation With Ike Turner)
Episode 82 is sort of a two part episode. The first 1/3 of the episode I talk about seeing King Crimson this past summer as well as some other updates. The rest of the episode is a conversation with my friend Isaac (Ike) Turner. Ike is an English professor from Kalamazoo, MI who teaches a class on the history of rock and roll. We talk a bit about that class, how he got into music from punk rock stuff like the Circle Jerks and later in life the Grateful Dead. This was a lot of fun to record, this was my first time ever talking to him on the phone and the casual lad back nature of the conversation made Ike a great guest I'll definitely have back on.
42 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
#81: Back To School Again (Another Conversation With Eric Komst)
Episode 81 is a conversation with my friend EK who has played drums in Sick Of It All, Warzone and many others. This is his second appearance on the podcast and we talk about his time in Warzone a bit more and what it was like working with Dr. Know, what he's been up to lately on the musical front (Note: The musical project EK talks about in this episode no longer exists, unfortunately this episode was already done and edited before that!) This was a fun talk, it's always great to catch up with people you've known forever.
75 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
#80: Take What Is Bold (A Conversation With Eddie Sutton)
Episode 80 is a conversation with Eddie Sutton, best known as the vocalist for New York Hardcore/crossover band Leeway. In this hour plus casual conversation Eddie gives an update on his health (Eddie was diagnosed with cancer in early 2020), talks about the importance of being a hardcore kid, drug addiction, touring with the Bad Brains and how he keeps his head up and maintains a humble, down to earth hopeful person throughout all of the ups and downs life has dealt him.
54 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
#79: All The Aces (Another Conversation With Keith Bennett)
On episode 79 I talk to my friend Keith Bennett (Boston's Wrecking Crew, Panzerbastard) for the third time. Keith gives me a deep and personal insight into his last year which began extremely dark as he talked about on Episode 57 to the present sober Keith. This was one of the most candid conversations I've had on this podcast and I'm glad Keith wanted to share his story of sobriety. The honesty and happiness in his voice even when talking about some intense and dark times makes this one of my favorite episodes I've done.
71 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
#78: Band Spotlight - Euro-Asia Band
Episode 78 is part of a new series of episodes focusing on a new or up and coming band. On this episode I talk to leader of Miami, FL band Euro-Asia Pedro Ortiz about how he came up in music as well as his process creating music alone and with various different players. Included in this episode are three songs from the new release Signals: A New Vision, Remote World and You Thought Wrong. The Signals release is available on all streaming platforms as well as on their Band Camp page https://euro-asia.bandcamp.com/
84 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
#77: Restless Movement In An Empty Room (A Conversation With Brian Gathy)
Episode 77 is a conversation with Brian Gathy. Brian hosts the excellent podcast End on End which is covering the entire Dischord Records catalog by release. Brian along with his co-host Jeff do an amazing job digging deep into these records, and have had a who's who of Dischord related folks on the podcast. We of course talk quite a bit about Brian's time getting into music in Washington DC, seeing shows at The Wilson Center and we talk about the process of podcasting, something I was looking forward to talking about. Great conversation, great guest. Brian will definitely be on the podcast again.
37 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
#28: Stuck Inside Providence With The Memphis Blues Again
Episode 28 is a quick update on the podcast and an excuse to fill in two old episode numbers that needed to be replaced. There is a quick 7 Seconds story here as well as some cool news about the podcast. A regular conversation episode will be back next week. This episode includes the song "Skies Filled With Wizards" from my old band Presley.
61 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
#76: Somewhere In Time (A Conversation With Steve Brooks)
Episode 76 is a conversation with Steve Brooks, Steve is best known as the guitar player and singer of bands Torche and Floor. I've been a big fan of both of these bands who play some of the heaviest and catchiest music around. We get into where that inspiration came from to create the music in those bands, starting like a number of my guests, with Kiss, and we end up in the present where Steve gives me an update on what Torche has been up to so far in 2021 (hint: new music has been recorded) Steve was a great guest, as one of my favorite musicians working today I appreciate him taking the time to chat.
82 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
#75: Remember Tomorrow (Another Conversation With Bob Mayo)
Episode 75 is another conversation with Bob Mayo of the Boston area metal band Wargasm. This episode almost serves as a prequel to the first one we did (Episode 27) where we mostly talked about the history of Wargasm. Here we talk about the music that Bob grew up with starting around 1978 with Sabbath and Kiss, hitting the NWOBHM in 1980 and going up to around when thrash metal hit. Bob is a great storyteller and loves talking about music, I'm glad we were able to talk again and plan to do some more episodes in the future.
62 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#74: Rip It Out (A Conversation With Fred Estby)
Episode 74 is a conversation with founder of death metal band Dismember, Fred Estby. Dismember were a pioneering death metal band out of Sweden and Fred I talk about how that band came about as well as his roots way before that in the metal tape trading world. Fred is an amazing story teller, check out his story about Dismember facing obsenity charges in London because of one of their records. This was one of the episodes that made me remember why I like doing this podcast. Thanks Fred!
53 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
#73:Just Making Noise (A Conversation With Kenny Chambers)
Episode 73 is a conversation with Kenny Chambers who is most notable for Moving Targets as well as playing in a number of other bands including Jones Very and Bullet Lavolta. We talk about the history of Moving Targets, the different lineups he's had through the years including how he hooked up with his current rhythm section who are amazing and have recorded a bunch of new music including 2020's excellent Humbucker record. Kenny is one of my favorite songwriters of all time and is a humble and nice guy, I'm glad I was able to hear some of these stories.
81 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
#72: Came Without Warning (A Conversation With Enoch Thompson)
Episode 72 is a conversation with Enoch Thompson who you may know as Skeeter Thompson. Enoch has played bass for the band Scream for over 40 years now. Rather than start at the beginning of time like I normally do we start in 1981 and talk about his time in Scream from their first tour with Government Issue to trips to Europe, recording various records and more recent shows all the while forming a family like bond with his bandmates that still exists today. Enoch also talks about a number of current projects as well. Music is in his DNA and his bands music has been a big part of mine so it was great to talk to him here.
84 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
#71: Expectations Exceed Reality (A Conversation With Nathaniel Shannon)
In this episode I talk with photographer Nathaniel Shannon about his journey from Michigan to New York, photographing such artists as King Diamond and Dismember to marches in New York after the murder of George Floyd. All of his stories are great and he's extremely passionate about all of his work as you will hear in this episode. I will definitely have Nathaniel back on in the future.
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