The Undergorund Sound: John Doe & Howe Gelb

Date 12 October 2016

Meri St. Mary chats with John Doe & Howe Gelb on The Underground Sound 9-28-16 - it aired 10-2-16

john_howe.jpg

john_doe_album.jpg




 Get MP3 (24.2 MB | 26:00 min)

The Underground Sound with Meri St. Mary: April 13 2014: Keith Levene of PiL: CZ2014

Date 23 April 2014

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!!!!!




 Get MP3 (23 MB | 34:03 min)

The Underground Sound with Meri St. Mary: March 9 2014: The Iconic PLEASANT GEHMAN

Date 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!




 Get MP3 (40 MB | 58:54 min)

The Underground Sound: 10/20/13 - Hank Rank / Henry Rosenthal of CRIME

Date 29 October 2013

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!!!!!!




 Get MP3 (44 MB | 63:20 min)

The Underground Sound - May 5 2013 - interview with IRIS BERRY poet/publisher/performer

Date 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!!!!!!!!!!!!




 Get MP3 (40 MB | 57:42 min)

The Underground Sound - November 8 2012 - interview & live performance with THE DEVILS TRAIN

Date 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.




 Get MP3 (41 MB | 59:41 min)

The Underground Sound - Oct 11, 2012 - interview w/Debora Iyall (of Romeo Void)

Date 18 October 2012

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.

Debora Iyall

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 




 Get MP3 (38 MB | 55:31 min)

The Underground Sound - June 21 2012 - John Silvers Interview

Date 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!!!




 Get MP3 (44 MB | 64:22 min)

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 - 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 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 September 17 Interview with Ginger Coyote of Punk Globe Magazine

Date 17 September 2010

tus20100917.jpg

Ginger Coyote is the Editor and Publisher of the on-line magazine Punk Globe www.punkglobe.com. She began Punk Globe in print in August of 1978 and in 2005 she elected
to take Punk Globe to the Internet to get more readers… Ginger is also the lead singer and mainstay of the notorious White Trash Debutantes… Poet/ Musician Jim Carroll penned a poem for her A poem For Ginger Coyote in 1980… She has been featured in several movies including “Tweak City” and the Oscar nominated “American Hardcore”. Author Danielle Steel invited Ms. Coyote to write a passage in her book “His Bright Light” which details the life and death of her beloved son Nick Traina. Nick was the lead singer of the Bay Area band Link 80.




 Get MP3 (23 MB | 50:51 min)