The Underground Sound - June 7 2012 - Martin Atkins Interview

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (41 MB | 60:09 min)

The Underground Sound - May 24 - WINSTON TONG of Tuxedomoon Interview

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (40 MB | 58:11 min)

The Underground Sound - April 26, 2012 - ESMERELDA of NOH MERCY interview

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (26 MB | 57:37 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday April 12, 2012 Award Winning Film maker CHRISTINA BECK interview

Date 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!!!




 Get MP3 (47 MB | 50:48 min)

The Underground Sound - Thursday February 16 2012 - DINAH CANCER interview

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (28 MB | 61:45 min)

The Underground Sound - Thursday, January 5, 2012 - Tequila Mockingbird Interview

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (26 MB | 57:31 min)

The Underground Sound - Thursday December 8, 2011 - Lob Instagon Interview

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (27 MB | 59:12 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday November 24th 2011 interview with JENNY LENS

Date 24 November 2011

Listen in as Meri St. Mary talks with JENNY LENS, visionary & infamous punk photographer.  We start off with her book "Punk Pioneers When Punk Was Fun" 1976-1980 with forward by Glen E. Friedman. With her artistic eye she not only snapped the outside of society denizens in the City of Angels, but also touring luminaries of the time. Whether her photos are up close & personal, live on stage, or choreographed locations these images will stay burned in your brain or open a floodgate of memories.  Jenny currently resides in LA & is working on an ebook on how to make simple healthy, cheap meals, she is also a web consultant & sells her photographs. Jenny is forthcoming, witty  and wise & truly is the queen of her own domain!

Jenny Lens website

Jenny Lens on Facebook




 Get MP3 (27 MB | 59:08 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday October 13th 2011 interview with ADAM PARFREY of Feral House Books

Date 13 October 2011

Adam Parfrey

Adam Parfrey

Listen in as Meri St. Mary and Monte Cazazza interview ADAM PARFREY an American journalist, editor and the publisher of Feral House books, whose work in all three capacities frequently center on unusual, extreme or “forbidden” areas of knowledge. Adam is a brilliant literary talent who has a knack for picking subject matter that can easily offend and fascinate you at the same time. In this hour long chat with Adam we talk about his upcoming releases: “Ritual America Secret Brotherhoods & Their Influence on American Society, Encyclopedia of Hell, Violence Girl, JFK & UFO plus Graffiti Underworld”. We talk about intriguing & little known facts that may astound you, make you laugh or query are humans such strange creatures after all? Oh yeah! Now put on a billiken charm bracelet & get your pitch fork on!




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 60:48 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday September 29th 2011 interview with electronic musician Fred Giannelli

Date 29 September 2011

Fred Giannelli

Fred Giannelli

Listen in to this articulate & entertaining interview by Meri St. Mary & Monte Cazazza with electronic musician genius FRED GIANNELLI. Fred who hails from Salem MA was instrumental in the sound that was Psychic TV, was in London for the Acid House craze has worked with Detroit DJ & producer Richie Hawtin & has a plethora of releases under many aliases, including (but not limited to) Kooky Scientist, Acid Didj, The Kinky Scientist, Deneuve, The Kranky Scientist, Mazdaratti, Sickmob, Fred vs. Fred, etc,etc,etc. Fred is a brilliant techno producer & live act. For the middle of the night we have a lot of fun!




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 59:15 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday September 1st 2011 interview with British cult author & academic Jack Sargeant

Date 1 September 2011

Jack Sargeant

Jack Sargeant

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.




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 62:34 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday August 18th 2011 interview with filmmakers Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis of Apathy Productions

Date 18 August 2011

Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis of Apathy Productions

Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis of Apathy Productions

Listen in as Meri St. Mary and Monte Cazazza talk with underground/independent filmmakers Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis of Apathy Productions. Their extensive catalogue of work includes collaborations on such films as: MY DEGENERATION, MOD FUCK EXPLOSION, TERMINAL USA, FAME WHORE, SCUMROCK beginning in 1989. The duo’s first film in a decade is in the can, PIG DEATH MACHINE, funded via kickstarter. This talented couple writes, produces, acts, directs, edits (you get the picture) as well as having a musical project entitled “Low on High”. Their films are dark edgy comedies depicting the seedy, punk, city energy while poking fun at virtually every stereotype they encounter. Jon & Amy give a rambunctious interview explaining how Terminal USA was snubbed by the Academy Awards on a technicality, their running theme on pigs, how they get films made by doing almost everything themselves. A truly inspirational team (in every sense of the word)!! Coffee & hummingbirds are also covered in this interview!




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 59:29 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday July 7 2011 interview with Dave Boles of Primal Urge Magazine (A Journal for Diverse Humans)

Date 7 July 2011

tus20110707

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!!!




 Get MP3 (13 MB | 54:34 min)

The Underground Sound - Thurs, 4-28-2011 with bassist KIRA of Black Flag & DOS

Date 29 April 2011

The Underground Sound
Every other Thursday 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM

Meri St. Mary interviews one of Hollywood's most treasured bass players KIRA, who has played in numerous bands including Sexsick, Twisted Roots, DC3 & more before joing BLACK FLAG. 

Kira Roessler

Kira recorded & toured with this band while simultaneously going to UCLA where she graduated.  After Black Flag, Kira formed a two-bass duo DOS with then husband Mike Watt (another monster bass player). DOS still performs to this day leaving the listener loving the sublities & hardness of dueling basses!  Kira also co-wrote some songs for what would be the Minutemen's final album 3 Way Tie (For Last).  Kira now works as a dialogue editor on theatrical films & won an Emmy for her work on the John Adams episode "Don't Tread On Me" as well as some major releases from Under the Tuscan Sun to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.  Kira has appeared in the documentaries We Jam Econo:  The Story of the Minutemen & American Hardcore.

Listen in as Kira shares her knowledge & experience as one of the hardest working woman around. She is verbose,witty & generous with her story, you'll walk away wanting to hear more. Kira is writing original music, loves her two dogs & her Garz 3/4-scale custom bass!

 




 Get MP3 (28 MB | 60:09 min)

The Underground Sound - Thurs, 3-31-2011 with Craig Pop Artist

Date 3 April 2011

The Underground Sound
Every other Thursday 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM

Meri St. Mary interviews SF based Craig Pop Artist

Craig Pop Artist

Having been inlfuenced by pop art and rock and roll, Craig began his professional career photographing Queen. While working for Rolling Stone magazine in the 80's he met Robert Mappelthorpe, Stephen Sprouse and Debbie Harry who encouraged him to explore other mediums, thus his patining career began. While working for Oprah Winfery his first illustarations were used in a natinal Ad campaign. Most recently his photography is featured in the book "I am in the band". Craig is proud to show his work at Lennon Studios, Bathroom Murals. Listen in as Craig weaves a tapestry of tales on his journey through the art & entertainment world. He is at once down to earth, articulate, forthcoming and funny.




 Get MP3 (29 MB | 62:35 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday February 17th interview with Brian LUSTMORD

Date 17 February 2011

Brian Williams

Brian Williams/Lustmord

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.




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 61:43 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday February 3rd with Janet Cunningham of C.A.S.H gallery & punk rock casting agent

Date 3 February 2011

Janet Cunningham of Hollywood’s C.A.S.H. Gallery

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.




 Get MP3 (13 MB | 56:55 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday January 6th Cara Vida & Steven Gray 2 SF Poets/Activists/Artists Read Poetry!

Date 6 January 2011

Cara VidaSteven Gray

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!!!




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 60:09 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday December 23rd, with SF writer Jim Morton of Incredibly Strange Films et al

Date 23 December 2010

Jim Morton

Meri St. Mary interviews one of San Francisco’s most imminent authorities on underground films from the wackiest to the profound that are not likely seen. Jim Morton has been showing & archiving movies from back in the day. He has written & put out such fanzine’s as Trashola, Pop Void, and most notoriously (through RE/Search) Incredibly Strange Films which some consider the holy grail of such films. Jim recently went to Australia to give lecture regarding strange & interesting films. He has written extensively about films, pop culture & advertising. He currently is one of the most respected bloggers regarding East German Cinema. Listen in to this articulate & informative interview.




 Get MP3 (14 MB | 61:05 min)

The Underground Sound Thursday December 9th, Interview with Paul Roessler

Date 9 December 2010

Paul Roessler

Meri St. Mary interviews Paul Roessler one of my favorite keyboard players, who was in the groundbreaking synth punk band THE SCREAMERS. Paul played in numerous Hollywood bands & art/music projects throughout the years including: Twisted Roots, Nervous Gender, Geza X & the Mommymen, 45 Grave, DC3, Josie Cotten, Nina Hagen & Crimony & The Deadbeats. Paul has continued to work with Geza X at Satellite Park Studios in Malibu. Paul continues to write his own music & is currently recording a new album. Look for his new collaboration with Nina Hagen on her upcoming gospel album. He’s an amazing talent & profoundly sweet soul, intelligent & aware. Listen in as Paul lets us in on personal experience with his variety of bands & technical know how. You gotta love it!




 Get MP3 (15 MB | 64:12 min)