13 March 2014
Listen in as Meri St. Mary chats with Pleasant Gehman a true Renaissance woman: writer, dancer, actor, musician & painter, for a fast paced FUN hour that begins in 70’s Hollywood electrical energy sub culture underground movement with many a true tale & adventures that she documented in diaries, the fanzine “Lobotomy” & the LA Weekly LA DE DAH (can’t wait for “All Tomata’s Parties” Screamers fanatics know what I mean). Who wouldn’t love a girl who hands out a matchbook with “aladdin sane cosmic orgasm call me” on it? I mean good girls go to heaven, but bad girls go EVERYWHERE & so does Ms. Gehman with enough wit, savvy & street smarts to get away with it. Ever heard of Danny Shades’ infamous girlfriend applications? (i got one) .Know what an emergency break thru was? Spray painted Sid Vicious RIP on a Heaven Can Wait billboard on Sunset Blvd? Took bolt cutters & snagged a 7 foot Devo album advert with 3 people on quaaludes then hauled it up 3 stories? Wondered how everyone magically lived, toured & came home on no money? In an all girl band in the 80’s (Screaming Sirens, Ringling SIsters & Honk if Yer Horny)? What Hollywood fancy dresser piano man named his kid after Pleasant? Well, get yer fill cuz this gal has survived & THRIVED. Love her Cinderella moment dancing at a club in Hollywood that led her to her current occupation as world traveling belly dancer since the 1990’s (she is wildly devoted)! Told as a child she was “flat footed” & based on a pix from a National Geographic of an exotic Istanbul she kicked an eating disorder & hopped a plane to Greece, added on Cairo & got a costume.She was part of the neo burlesque troupe VELVET HAMMER as well. The name Pleasant does not translate in Arabic thus the moniker Princess Farhana was born & we can all thank the stars for this. But in case you don’t believe in stars, then check out her latest book “SHOWGIRL CONFIDENTIAL My Life Onstage, Backstage And On The Road” from Punk Hostage Press or Steve Balderson’s documentary “UNDERBELLY” a year in the life of Princess Farhana: or for her spoken word the CD “RUINED” & the reason she can die happy (cuz starred w/Mink Stole) in the flick “STUCK”. Actually Pleasant is having many pinch me moments as she exudes the old style glamour of a Hollywood health & that means just plain working hard, doing what you love & inspiring many a young lady (or older one) to dance belly dance w/ her 2013 belly dance handbook. I’m gonna give you her contacts cuz there is loads more & a dual life has dual accounts! Yer gonna love her, I promise…..(& btw danny shades WAS VERY selective with his girlfriend applications!) SO GIT YER GRRL ON & ENJOY the PLEASANT-ries…….YEAH!
7 May 2013
Tune in & listen as Meri St. Mary talks with IRIS BERRY a funny & smart word wrangler who hails from The City of Angels. She has been (& is) a poet, publisher, performer who has used her talent to chronicle the characters from the underbelly of Hollywood as well as her own experiences living at the notorious Disgraceland a mecca & hang out joint for touring bands & local musicians from the 80’s. Iris has teamed up with A. Razor & Pleasant Gehman (to name a few) to bring the written word to the world with: Notes From A Punk Rock Crash Pad, Daughters of Bastards, Tales from the Tropicana & most currently Jack Grisham’s (T.S.O.L.) new book on Punk Hostage Press: a non profit that goes to jails & institutions as well as internet access & book stores. Hear about the where & when of upcoming readings & events including the 60th anniversary of City Lights in SF featuring a mysterious trunk found in New Orleans containing unpublished works by many of the Beat Movement greats! Iris is on the board of Beyond Baroque & weaves many entertaining tales of Los Angeles from the past, the now & what’s yet to come. In this hour we also play some of her original spoken word/poetry pieces including: Punk Rock Royalty, Thank You Henry Mancini, Ode to Sammy & The Trouble with Palm Trees, her voice is a calm lullaby sing song with lurid content that makes you go ahhhhhh, yesssss, LOVE IT!!!! The hour zips by as we jump rope & double dutch lyrically. So git yer Uber Wonderfulness ON, take a sip off your Anarchy Drink & dig the hell out of your gurl Iris Berry!!!!!!!!!!!!
9 November 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with local punk band THE DEVILS TRAIN for their debut on KVMR. We hear for the first time their upcoming 3 song release “Bloody Candyland” as well as live in studio performance (on an acoustic tip) of some of their other live material. All members: Akasha Hepcat, Alex Bone Daddy Scribs, Johnny K, Jamison Jamo (aka Slick Simmons) & Jo Jo Dinkenstein are from Grass Valley/Nevada City & play regularly in town on diverse bills bringing their “jazz punk from hell” music along with compelling & enthusiastic live performances. THE DEVILS TRAIN are a young band with their own style & are clearly into what they are doing & have that chemistry one longs for when seeing live shows. They are fun & down to earth as they talk about how they got together, what keeps them going as well as their strive for originality in a small town that has supported them with a loyal following of all ages & types who feed off the energy THE DEVILS TRAIN emits ( yeah mosh pits ensue) seemingly effortlessly so the songs & visuals stick in your brain long after you’ve experienced them live. This hour is a fun time for all so if you don’t want to just shut up & watch yer TV, git yer demon inside on & dig the swampy grooves & passionate/provocative vocals from THE DEVILS TRAIN: this is one ride you’ll want to take whether you’re showered in sin or pondering the inevitable rebirth of the soul, a new kinda soul train! Git on the devils train, stay on after every stop & ride bitches, ride.
3 September 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary & Monte Cazazza talk with some of our favorite creative noise meisters: Cole Palme, Bond Bergland & Joseph T. Jacobs of San Francisco’s pioneering electronic/industrial band: FACTRIX. Formed in 1978 they had riveting & compelling live shows as well as 2 releases on Subterranean Records (SCHEINTOT & the Factrix/Cazazza collaboration CALIFORNIA BABYLON) now available as a spankin new reissue on Superior Viaduct. This interview is akin to an audio puzzle with the pieces flying at you in different directions. We cover dead, but not gone, ground featuring Patrick Miller, Tommy Tadlock & the quiet genius of Slava Ranko whose generosity of spirit, & support of audio alchemists enabled Factrix to record Scheintot, their 1st LP. This telephone reunion is as fun as it is informative on subjects such as: chaos, creating tension, teapot whistles, ringtone viruses, radio guitar, glaxobass & Joseph serenading Cole & Bond. In this fantastic stream of consciousness hour a few new songs were created that invite electronics to turn into a nightmare. So get yer Night Of The Succubus DVD ON (with surprise ending courtesy of Mark Pauline of SRL) & laugh like yer catching a straw in the wind!!!!!
25 June 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with San Francisco’s own JOHN SILVERS, drummer, bike messenger & insightful human being, who has played with legendary SF bands The Dils, Chris Isaak, Chimneylions & his current project Streetlions. We cover a lot of territory in this hour chat with John from his joining the Dils in 1978 a band he loved to changing the names of his favorite love songs to Clint Eastwood & Bruce Lee (cuz, ya know, it wasn’t “punk” to do love songs) their “World Domination Tour” & how he thought Chip & Tony were the punk Everly Brothers. The Dils also impressed John Cale enough that he wanted to produce them after they played What Goes On, but again, that wasn’t to be. You can see/hear John Silvers in the punk documentary “Louder, Faster, Shorter” & he has many a humorous tale of behind the scenes live shows including doing benefits for Coal Miners & Laguna Honda Hospital. John is a funny, self deprecating & kind person who tells it like it is & was, we also touch on some dearly departed including Olga de Volga & John’s favorite punk drummer Tim Mooney. John Silvers is a survivor & a hell of a nice guy who loved the early diversity of punk & still lives it, (we all hate those hard core bullies!) Now git yer dub on, go see the Streetlions, oh & ride yer bike!!!
12 June 2012
Tune in & listen as Meri St. Mary talks with Martin Atkins; musician, teacher, lecturer, author, independent label person, documentary filmmaker & dad. Martin has played with such groups as Brian Brain, Public Image Limited, Ministry, Pigface, Killing Joke & Damage Manuel and more. When I saw PiL in LA years back I knew these guys were talented smartypants, however, Martin has excelled in many other areas of artistic expression. He is the author of Tour:Smart, Welcome to the Music Buisiness You’re Fucked & the forthcoming Band: Smart as well as an honorary board member of Chicago based Rock for Kids. Martin is something akin to a slightly older brother who is an encyclopedia of USEFUL information that would behoove you to pay attention to. He is clever, funny & frank in this hour that ranges from putting on a great show, making compelling art to the marketing side of things, touring, the music & bands he recorded in China. Working with “allegedly at risk kids” he came up with the t-shirt “at risk for not being BORING!” & I personally am looking forward to “Kickstarter:Crackpipe” the 411 on navigating the labyrinth of dysfunction & OCD that is Kickstarter. Now go git yer Band:Smart on & get inspired & informed!
26 May 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with WINSTON TONG a SF native actor/playwright, visual artist, puppeteer & singer/songwriter. He is best known for his vocal work in TUXEDOMOON, and for winning an Obie Award in puppetry for “Bound Feet” in 1978 (about a rather atrocious practice of male oppression towards women in a rather twisted idea of “beauty”). Winston joined Tuxedomoon in 1977 sporadically recording & performing with the group as well as recording solo material including the electro-pop dance album “Theoretically Chinese” in 1985. Currently Winston is on a “humble little quest” translating Baudelaire & recites two pieces during the show. We cover all sorts of subjects ranging from gods, goddesses, bullies, devils, murderers, vampires, politics, poetry & all manners of the “ Flowers of Evil.” Joining us in the conversation is Lx Rudis another SF native who is teaching analogue & regales us with stories from technology to his bohemian upbringing & more. Of note is the 2008 book “Music for Vagabonds: The Tuxedomoon Chronicles” by Isabelle Corbisier (self published) available on internet & best of all at the SF Main Library. Winston Tong’s song “In A Manner of Speaking” has been covered a staggering 13 times (including a heavy metal version). In 2005 Tong & Tuxedomoon played SF for the first time in two decades. Winston continues to create fascinating works to this day & is truly an elixir for other creative types. In a scary world where the force-fed dumbing down runs rampant I thank the stars for the brave & beautiful spirit that is Winston Tong & his willingness & need to keep pushing the proverbial buttons in a gorgeous poetic manner. If you loved him then, you’ll love him now: articulate, humble, thoughtful, political & poetically representing all the outsider artists of the world. Stay strong we will have out day (& our say)! Now, go out & find everything you can from the multifaceted & multi-talented Winston Tong!
30 April 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with SF’s own ESMERELDA, an exquisite artist, musician, visionary woman who was (along with Tony Hotel) a founding member of the legendary femme punk duo NOH MERCY. In the space of an hour we hear of Esmerelda’s unique voyage from teenage runaway to finding her own tribe with the infamous Angels of Light. Simultaneously being addicted to glamour, anger & androgyny she found inspiration in the Butoh tradition & with Tony began their “No Boys On Guitar” minimalists punk band “On The Rag” in 1977 that was to become NOH MERCY. WIth scathing commentary, humor & relevance NOH MERCY played shows that delighted & demanded respect ending in 1980. Finally a full length recording of original material from 1979, recorded & mixed by the late SF genius Tommy Tadlock is available on Superior Viaduct Records w/cover design by uber talented Patrick Roques. NOH MERCY just played a record release party in SF after 33 years & it was FIERCE! Now more than ever you need to hear what ESMERELDA is saying touching on subjects as diverse as the end of the world to the scary trend of pharmaceutical company’s drugging our children to the art & discipline of the Butoh tradition, getting & staying clean & sober, being a visionary & individual as well as her successful solo career & what she listens to now. Humble & intelligent her story will captivate you, now, go get the new NOH MERCY CD/LP & make some art!
18 April 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Christina Beck, a LA native who got her start in such cult films as SUBURBIA, Boys Next Door & Dudes all directed by Penelope Spheeris. Christine pursued her acting bug by performing in off off off Broadway plays in NYC. Back in LA Christina wrote, directed & starred in such short films as Disco Man & Blow Me. Christina’s first feature film is entitled PERFECTION (which she wrote, directed, produced & starred) that is on the Festival Circuit where she has been receiving accolades & awards for PERFECTION which deals with “self injury” as a topic of importance (the statistics for women are staggering). Tune in as Christina shares her vision, her journey & the harsh realities of making an independent film: she is funny, humble & down to earth sharing her “labor of love” PERFECTION that just screened at the SF International Women’s FIlm Festival to a packed house with intelligent Q & A afterwards. Christina & I bonded during the earlier punk scene in Hollywood, so some fun stories ensue! Oh & we forgot to mention we were in a band together TOEJAM w/ Christina, Maggie & myself. Also the interview is sprinkled with weather reports in NC as the power went out. PERFECTION is a love story at heart both men & women should see this film! There is hope & recovery for the “self injury” that afflicts so many. NOW – go get yer indie film on & enjoy the hell out of Christina’s humor, vision & experience! Oh & the Damned figure heavily in the soundtrack!!! PERFECTION! Both illusion & reality as we are all perfect in our own way! Unfortunately, due to the power outage the last ten minutes of the interview are unattainable, however we plugged Christina’s contacts & verbalized the proverbial “love-fest” for each other!!!
20 February 2012
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Hollywood’s own glamour ghoulie girl DINAH CANCER for the “My Bloody Valentine” special interview. Dinah has been a forerunner in the whole goth/deathrock scene commencing with the all female Castration Squad, 45 Grave, Vox Pop, Penis Flytrap & on such recordings as Hell Comes To Your House, the singe Black Cross & the LP Autopsy. Her cackle & humor are irresistible, infectious & original (so all y’all goths she’s influenced – tip your hat to her, altho she’s way to humble to say so). Dinah is down to earth & shares her journey from Hollywood kid to world renowned trendsetter, she has raised her two daughters in between projects (her music was featured in Return of the Living Dead) as well as being an early child development teacher. Dinah is back in action with new releases out entitled Pick Your Poison (which we play during the interview). She can hold her own playing with both female & male musicians (& i just want to mention here that Rob Graves was an exquisitely beautiful human being – we forgot to mention that). Dinah is funny, real & has loads of stories/experience. (Monte Cazazza pipes in a little bit but clicks his pen alot!). In the meantime RUN do not WALK & get the new 45 Grave release PICK YOUR POISON – it’s really good! Now get yer ghoul on, dig yer grave & dig the hell outta Dinah Cancer! She’s good bad not EVIL!
9 January 2012
Tune in as Meri St. Mary talks with TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD a Hollywood based artiste of all trades who has been inspiring & upsetting folks while creating her own niche in the underground Hollywood scene. In true punk spirit (i.e. let’s put on a show cuz we don’t have a place to go) Tequila has gotten her punk historian on & is currently putting together a show in downtown LA entitled “A Case of the Punks” a Punk Rock Museum in collaboration with Ghetto Gloss & KGB Studios. Folks are converging from all over the planet to take part in this event, speaking of which, special guest DAVID WORTH of PUNK ROCK CARTOONS is on at the beginning of the interview all the way from Blackpool England (you will love him). Listen in to hear Tequila’s own opinions, point of view, humor & experience that are uniquely her own. The PUNK ROCK MUSEUM is opening this weekend, go go go (you can thank her in person) Oi! Now quit taking yourself so seriously, git your punk on & have some fun! DAMMIT!
12 December 2011
Listen in as Meri St. Mary and Monte Cazazza talk with LOB INSTAGON a Sacramento based conceptual creative propagandist, poet, sound artist, musician, promoter & magickan. Lob is the one constant in the ever changing INSTAGON a musical collaboration incorporating jazz improv with the Chaos Theory (founded in 1993). Approaching the 600th show with a band that never rehearses (hello Guinness Book of Records) Lob wears many hats & shares tricks of the trade as well as humorous tales including clearing an 80 lane bowling alley in 20 minutes. His latest release is “Scary City” a noise opera (with poetry insert) and speaking of noise: contact him about NoiseFest, learn how to be a part of his 23 seconds recording project, if you want to play Sacramento & you think you have the chops (or no chops) find out how. So bang a hammer, slam a door, scratch a chalkboard & be a member of INSTAGON, here one minute then gone in an instant! Now go make some NOISE!
1 September 2011
Listen in as Meri St. Mary and Monte Cazazza talk with British writer JACK SARGEANT author of independent & cult film, subculture, true crime and other aspects of the unusual. He has penned such books as: Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression, Born Bad, The Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, Lost Highway: A History of the Road Movie and No Focus Punk On Film are a few examples of his work. He also puts on a film festival in Perth and is an academic currently working towards a PHD. He shares his experience, point of view and love for the underdog in his own charming, articulate & prolific style. His generous sense of humor shines through as he talks of his journey and life as a writer of the scenes he has admired. Jack currently resides in Australia.
7 July 2011
Primal Urge Magazine cover for April/May 2011
Meri St. Mary interviews Dave Boles of Primal Urge Magazine (A Journal for Diverse Humans) who is an investigative reporter, printer, poet who gives voice in his publication to other poets, artists, photographers, musicians & is not afraid to get political with his expose’s ranging from “The Incarceration of America” to Bradley Manning.
Dave Boles, a Grass Valley resident, is at once intelligent & intense with the heart of a poet. Speaking of poets, he also is producing “Poetry With Legs” in Sacramento to featured poets & open mic. Dave started Primal Urge in the early 80’s & is still going strong, giving meaning to one of my favorite little ditties: If you’re not Angry, you’re Not Awake!!!
6 July 2011
On January 18th of 2011 the University of San Francisco shut down SF’s only student & community radio station KUSF, why? Due to a 3.7 million dollar profit/hostile corporate takeover!
KVMR’s Meri St. Mary talks with KUSF’s DJ volunteers Irwin Swirnoff, Kenya Lewis & attorney Alan Korn to get the 411 on how, in a bold Kafkaesque move, a private corporation bought the station.
KUSF has a 34 year history, is broadcast in 12 different languages and is one of the leading voices in broadcasting independent music (giving exposure to thousands upon thousands of bands). This case is not alone, this is a scary trend, listen in to hear about it!
17 February 2011
Meri St. Mary and Monte Cazazza interview Brian LUSTMORD an electronic musician from Wales who has been putting out dark ambient music consistently from 1980 until present. As well as being a musician & producer he has been the musical specialist on a plethora of films from The Crow to the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. With LUSTMORD he’s recorded in crypts, caves, slaughterhouses, car crashes & put them to his moody music as well as some dub. LUSTMORD rarely does live shows, however, he is just back from Krakow & Stockholm. Listen in to the scintillating conversation & verbal volley as the three of us create an hour with this engaging artiste. Brian currently resides in Los Angeles working on projects and has a New York show upcoming.
3 February 2011
Janet Cunningham of Hollywood’s C.A.S.H. Gallery
Meri St. Mary interviews Janet Cunningham of Hollywood’s C.A.S.H. Gallery. Janet moved to LA in 79 & started C.A.S.H. for people to have a place to show art, play music, & other creative endeavors. One publication stated “Janet Cunningham, gallery owner, was arrested after police looked in vain for noisy punk bands. Janet became the premiere punk rock casting agent for several years that employed the underground artists/musicians of the Hollywood scene. She has produced 5 films, worked on The Wonder Years then taught gymnastics to pre school children. She spent 3 years in New Orleans doing research, filming second lines & jazz funerals for a historical documentary about how & why African culture survived & flourished in French Colonial America & no where else. Janet resides in Silverlake & is currently a landscaper.
6 January 2011
Meri St. Mary interviews Cara Vida & Steven Gray 2 poets/activists/artists who hail from San Francisco. Listen in as Cara & Steven do on air readings of their works and chat. Both are profound & bring style to their words as well as a wicked sense of humor that is sorely lacking in today’s wacky world. For the first show of the year extravaganza two poets I feel proud to know. Support the Spoken Word!!!