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Interview with Chuck Ragan – Podcast 32

Posted by rich on August 22, 2006

So for those of you not wrapped up in the uneventful 24 hour news coverage of a 10 year old murder case, we have a new and exciting interview. This week we talk with a musician, carpenter and fisherman. I mean none other than the eclectic Chuck Ragan.

Now if that name sounds familiar it’s not just because his name has the same pronunciation as a former president. Chuck fronted a couple of little Florida swamp bands by the name of Hot Water Music and Rumbleseat. Now a days Chuck is taking time to churn out some amazing solo music that is high in a rockatude, even if it’s low on electrical instruments. This is the only man who can knowledgably discuss major touring, shark tacos and Afro Cuban Jazz. Truly this interview has it all.

Not only do we have some of the only live recorded Chuck Ragan solo material we have a chance for you to win some as well. Just listen to the end of our broadcast (last 8 minutes) to learn how to enter to win. Also, you can send us messages at, on our MySpace or on the comment sections on the main page. Enjoy, because next week we go back to the chaos that is interviewing whole bands.

Interview with Communique – Podcast 17

Posted by rich on February 28, 2006

So welcome back. This week I’m keeping it short because in addition to moving in to my new place, my car was burglarized (love that safest big city in America shit San Jose keeps touting about). So, with a long day of canceling and reissuing cards and ID’s behind me what could possibly cheer me up? The fact that this week’s interview is a two for one! That’s right we spoke with Rory, Ryan and John of the band Communiqué, who were also in a little band called American Steel.

That’s right three guys who were in two awesome bands taking part in one interview. We ask the questions that no one has ever dared asked. We found the answers that no one dared find. We even found out what poosurping is. So enjoy a great interview with three kick ass guys.

Please (for the love of Jebus) contact us if you have anything to say. We can only make this shit suck less if you tell us what you like. Want us to interview someone? Tell us. Want certain questions answered? Let us know. Want more pictures of Nariman and I engaged in homoerotic activity? We’re already on it. So hit the comment section or or our MySpace or all three. We love to know you care, even if y’all don’t vote. Check back next week as we rock this podcast bitch till the wheels roll off.

Interview with Shinobu – Podcast 13

Posted by rich on January 24, 2006

So, another week, another amazing new artist. This week we sat down in our studio (oh that’s right bitches we have a studio more on that later) with the South Bay’s very on Shinobu. Now, I came across these guys on one of the overly awesome Springman Records compilations. I was really impressed by their music and I was really surprised to learn they weren’t signed or bigger than they were. I knew it was our mission to sit down, interview and exploit Shinobu for all they’re worth before they blow up. So in a year’s time, when these guys are blowing up like your girlfriends waistline, you’ll know where you heard them first.

As for what it was like talking to them, I was really surprised. For making such rocking music they’re all pretty normal. Well, as normal as you can be for a band named after an anime cartoon that also has a member who is a video game tester. Still, you’re more likely to find these guys hanging out at your local arcade or midnight movie than at some awesome club or swarmed by groupies. Also, they love porn. Seriously, I think the topic of porn comes up no less than about 30 times in this interview, it’s insane.

In other news, we actually do have a studio…Well, sort of. See Nariman (the killer sound guy/sex symbol) runs a business that requires a warehouse and he’s nice enough to let me bring this fuck up of an experiment into the office. So if you want us to interview your band but you’re afraid we’ll stalk you, now you can come to our office and we’ll never know where you live! So now you bitches have no excuse for not talking to us, unless you’re too busy sucking ass to talk to us. So if you’re interested or if you just want to spread some love, hit us up at, or on our messages board or even on our killer MySpace account. You know you want to so don’t even fight the urge.

More updates next Tuesday so listen up or miss what everyone will be talking about next week.

Interview with Street to Nowhere – Podcast 12

Posted by rich on January 17, 2006

So, welcome back to the wonderful world of independent music and the slobs that bring it to you. This week we got to sit down with a delightful young man who you’re bound to see on the front of your Teen People or Ym-18 or whatever kids magazines are called these days. I am referring, of course, to Dave, the lead singer and songwriter for Oakland based Street to Nowhere.

Now, I’ll be honest when I say there was a good amount of initial hesitancy when Dave agreed to do the interview. Though I had heard good things about his band I was also aware that he was a very different artist than any we had featured on SSR. I was also aware (after attending a Street to Nowhere show January 4 th at Bottom of the Hill) he had a fairly large female following. Now, I have nothing against women I’m just of the belief that bands with primarily female followings tend to suck (see: any boy band, Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance, GG Allin, you get the idea).

So what made me get over my initial hesitations and go through with this interview? The sheer need to have content for this week. However, I am incredibly glad I took the time to talk with Dave. I feel this interview sheds light on him not only as an artist but also as a real person. Dave seems really grounded and honest. Beyond that he seems to be in music for the right reasons, gold phones and crystal ears (you have to listen to get that joke). And after really listening to Streets to Nowhere’s Charmingly Awkward, I’ve learned women may not have exclusively shitty taste in music. So check out Dave in this exclusive interview and then be sure to go to his shows and buy his album, band shirts and STN ties (no joke).

So be sure that after you enjoy this interview you send us lots of loving e-mails at and on our comment board and on our Myspace page. Till next time, keep your ears tuned in and await the next truly awesome band we deliver to you.

Interview with Push To Talk – Podcast 11

Posted by rich on January 3, 2006

So we finally got our shit together and here it is, this weeks interview with Push to Talk. So why the hell should you care? Not only are these guys an awesome band and a funny interview, not only do they have an album coming out on Doghouse Records and a national tour in the works BUT they played a show in front of Carson Daly. That’s right people, Carson “T-R-Muthafucking-L” Daly. So really what more do you need or want?

The story behind this interview is that Push to Talk keyboardist (Brett) went to a little private school known as Junipero Serra in San Mateo. Here he played bass in a band called Spishak (with Nate of Push to Talk). They played shows, put out some albums, played with American Steel and then decided that oiling up dudes was more important than rock. I lost track of Brett for several years before I finally found he’d resurfaced with Push to Talk. Excited to utilize nepotism to fill up empty slots in our schedule we set up an interview. I didn’t know at the time that I’d really end up liking the music that they play or that they’d be an awesome interview but I did and they are. So you should really listen, plus this interview may cure herpes (just like dianetics cures illness).

Anyhow, be sure to link us on your little blogs/myspace/livejournal and tell all your friends how rad we are. As always you can send us your comments at or at our comments section. Also, be sure to add us on Myspace. We need lots of friends so we can send out those bulletins that are 50 stupid questions we answered because we were bored (seriously, is that the best way people can kill time?). So enjoy the interview and help us out, it’s what Carson Daly would want.

Interview with Mike Park – Podcast 4

Posted by rich on November 1, 2005

Before we kick this week off I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Belated Halloween. This is clearly one of the best holidays, featuring no crappy religious overtones and offering free candy. I hope everyone had a great time, and didn’t get too drunk and/or stuffed with candy and pumpkin related food items.

So this week we shared couch space with the legendary “nice guy” Mike Park. Before we dive into this interview let me say, Mike seems to be more of a “normal” than a “nice” guy. That isn’t to say he’s mean but he doesn’t come off as trying to be overtly nice. More than anything Mike Park just seems at ease with himself and his surroundings. He seemed to treat us with great respect and talked to us like people and not some nerds trying to conduct a silly interview. Perhaps that’s the discrepancy; Mike Park is a genuinely good human not merely some “nice guy”.

Anyhow, enough philosophical crap. Along with being easy to get along with Mike has some great stories and even better causes, all of which we talk about in here. Please check out Asian Man Records and Plea for Peace, both companies are worthy of your money, I promise.

In a somewhat related issue, in this interview I make mention of Springman Records having some difficulties. I have no urge to start internet rumor mills turning, but I will say my extent of Springman’s problems come from their distributor issues (which they’ve talked about) and a message board conversation with Avi (seen here). I do not know how the label is doing at this exact moment but I certainly wish them all the best.

So be sure to catch us next week when we should have an interview with one of Fat Wreck Chords newest bands Western Addiction. Until then please feel free to hit us up at, or on or comments section.