April 19, 2016
Jean MSM Zappi L-R
Faust "CLEAR" vinyl
Music of the World, Voice of the Community
Jean MSM Zappi L-R
Faust "CLEAR" vinyl
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Keith Levene: founding member of The Clash & The Flowers of Romance (w/pre Sex Pistols Sid Vicious) but most notably for his legendary guitar work (& co founder) in the groundbreaking Public Image Limited AKA PiL with John Lydon, Jah Wobble & Martin Atkins. PiL put out 3 records together as well as live shows from 1978-1983 that inspired a whole generation & beyond. Keith’s humor & intelligence shine through in this phone interview from his hometown of London where he is surrounded by close family, artists, teachers, books & his studio while focusing predominately on the current crowd funding project on Indiegogo for what was to be PiL’s 4th album Commercial Zone 2014. He has some great stories about the final recording in NYC the “this is what you didn’t want, but what you got” fiasco, wonderful quotes with regards to “doing things that DON’T SUCK”, wisdom of this getting older business, the Veleno guitar guy story & as a self taught multi-instrumentalist (& true spirit of punk) the great line: “who cares – it’s metal, I’m getting it”. There are loads of cool perks to getting involved in The CZ2014 Campaign so check it out, get involved & have some fun with it as Keith prepares to deliver the purest vision w/original & proper PiL ethos, an unfinished business that has to be done & he is the one to do it….not so much to set the record straight but to get the right record out 30 years later with as many years of composition. As Keith explains: “PiL was my Purpose In Life, but at the end of the day, what else do you have but your principles?” So get on the Indiegogo tip & support The CZ2014 Campaign while you can….the clock is ticking & as soon as the campaign is done, Keith can get back to composing….....he’s a lucky guy & so are we to have him share his vision: music, art & words with us all……now go check out CZ2014 & get out of it what you put into it!!!!!
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!
The Underground Sound Halloween Special 2013 is finally here! Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Todd Wahoske about his new card game “You Are The MANIAC” for the ultimate horror film fanatics to get their scare on & become the last standing maniac!!! In this hour we cover how Todd took his inspiration to fruition through successful Kickstarter funding and loads of hard work. Based on 80’s horror flicks (indeed, even the box looks like an old VHS) there are dastardly foes and evil to overcome and dominate through the good old fashion fun of a card game! Cool graphics & extra points for killing the hipster couple (YEAH!) along with a variety of familiar faces/disgraces from yer fav slasher movies of yore (rhymes with gore). EEEEK i gotta go the creepy lunch lady is holding a meat clever, so check it out and start a “You Are The MANIAC” craze at your local cafe, especially if you’re staying at A Cabin In The Woods………...
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with HANK RANK aka Henry Rosenthal drummer of CRIME for the world wide radio debut of the band’s new CD (colored vinyl available soon) “MURDER BY GUITAR 1976-1980 THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS” on Kitten Charmer Records. In this hour long chat you can hear true CRIME stories starting from the beginning with Johnny Strike & Frankie Fix (SF 1976), how to bake tapes, the notorious San Quentin gig where the band was decked out in prison guard garb, how Hank came to be in CRIME, their being the first West Coast punk band to put out a single (Hotwire My Heart/Baby You’re So Repulsive) & why the Weekly World News played a part in the CRIME experience. We also give mad props to members no longer with us: Frankie Fix, Brittley Black & Ricky Williams! It’s no accident as to the “why” Sonic Youth covered Hotwire My Heart (on Sister) & that CRIME was the loudest band around: finally here you can get all the known/found songs previously unavailable & we play a bunch of them. Both Johnny & Henry have been busy in years that have led up to now & you can hear about Henry’s flashmob jug band, movie producing, his kids, his car – all movers & shakers in San Francisco today BTW stay tuned for part 2 cuz we didn’t even get into his space travel. So does CRIME pay? well, duh…you heard it here first!!!!!!
Tune in as Meri St. Mary talks with Poets Bill Gainer & Joe Hall, both of whom are very active in the poetry scene spanning the USA. The Poets in general are a very motivated bunch & there are readings virtually every night in a city/town near you. There are a plethora of chapbooks available at readings as well as published works available at fine bookstores that support independent & underground press as well as from the poets directly! Both Bill Gainer & Joe Hall read from their latest books: “The Fine Art Of Poisoning” & “The Devotional Poems” in this hour that goes by so fast you will want to listen again & again. Is it possible to delve into the mind of a poet or is it enough to hear their take on life that is original and uniquely their own perspective? Ponder on this & revel in their words poetically put. NOW, is the pen mightier than the sword? Well, that’s for you to decide!!!!
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Val Denham an artist/musician/poet from Bradford (Vallanda) UK. In this hour we cover the waterfront, so to speak, on a number of interesting events in Val’s life as an artist from the distant past to now! Val’s body of artwork is extensive both visually & musically: this year a book will be released entitled “Dysphoria” where you can peruse & ponder her works at yer leisure (a CD w/the same title will be released as well). Chatting with Val is a fun informative visit into the personality of a creative genius that is challenging to put into words & rather difficult to articulate so I will give you several queries (the answers lie in the interview) after which you will receive a prize! Why was headmaster Mr. Taylor concerned w/young Val enough to merit a visit to his office? What book would Val save from her library in case of a fire? Why was Val’s artwork deemed so disturbing that 2 detectives found her to be a “person of interest” in the Yorkshire Ripper case? What is it about the horrifying & dark side of the human psyche that obsesses & influences Val’s work? How did Auntie Betty’s picture cards from tea packets spark Val’s color fixation that exists to this day? How does one imagine smelling a strawberry? Why does Val thank the stars for estrogen? What & where does “Caligula On Acid” come from? How does an obsessive/compulsive deal w/dust? Why did Genesis P-Orridge get freaked out by a letter from Val? On whose albums has Val’s artwork appeared? Who wrote the forward to her new book? How many CD’s has Val released & with whom has she collaborated? If you are going to San Francisco why must you guard your Val Denham CD’s with your life? How long has Val been married & to whom & is she father/mother or both? All this & more, more, more PLUS original music from Val: “I Want Your Sex”, “City Lights” & “Thinking About My Girl” as well as an impromptu “Meri St. Mary Intro” song she gifted me with that is The Underground Sound’s new theme song! So here’s the prize: when you find yourself stumped in a conversation simple repeat this phrase: “IT’S A DUMMY & IT’S FULL OF CONCRETE”!!! & Thank the Stars for VAL DENHAM!!!
See links to all her projects below…………..
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with Debora Iyall, singer, lyricist & founding member of Romeo Void a band that had success from 1981-1985. In this hour Debora shares her experience as a high school drop out who studied poetry leading her to SF's Art Institute where Romeo Void was formed in an era of immense creativity that led to many other art bands of the burgeoning SF punk scene.
The band also rehearsed at Clubfoot (along w/the OFFS, chris isaack & many others). With the demise of the band, Debora began teaching art @ The American Indian Charter School emphasizing poetry. She relocated to the desert: 29 Palms (Joshua Tree) as an extreme residency specialist throughout the area. She attended Lewis & Clark College subsequently teaching at The Navajo Nation in Arizona & as a teacher she gave the gift that keeps on giving. In 2010 Debora began performing again & formed Dottie Records, had a successful Kickstarter Campaign & released 2 solo efforts: Stay Strong & Singing Til Sunrise. She's been busy doing art shows, spoken word, acoustic & has a new band that has played LA, SF, SAC & most recently Nevada City. She finds writing is of interest massaging the words & bringing colors & emotions to her pieces, Debora wears many artistic hats & carries herself with grace, dignity, humility & a healthy dose of humor as well as one of the hardest working women in the business (even taking questions from Tyler Cook & Monte Cazazza in studio A). In this hour she shares tidbits from her illustrious past & dreams for the future: she is on the edge as she wants to be, but in her heart wants to INSPIRE! So Git Yer Medicine Woman Wheel ON! and NEVER SAY NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!