The Blue Cheer Special Part 1

Date 15 March 2017

Meri St. Mary with special guests Monte Cazazza, Ron Quintana, talk to former Blue Cheer keyboardist V. Vale and Blue Cheer manager from 1984 till now, Mike Bodack. If you don’t know anything about Blue Cheer this is a good place to start. Originally aired February 19, 2017.

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Meri St. Mary interview with Lydia Lunch on The Underground Sound

Date 7 August 2016

Meri St. Mary & Lydia Lunch keep it real with Weasel Walter & Monte Cazazza on The Underground Sound heard on KVMR FM Nevada City.

Aired on July 24, 2016 

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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events including the 60th anniversary of City Lights in SF featuring a mysterious trunk found in New Orleans containing unpublished works by many of the Beat Movement greats!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!!!!!!!!!!!!




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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!




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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!!!




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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!




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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!

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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. 

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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!

 




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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.




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