Sunday at the Nelsonville Music Festival was always the best. I think most of my personal memories relate to happy Sundays, when you got to soak it up for one more day and the greatest work was behind us. It felt like I could relax a little bit. I wanted to make sure to put one of these episodes out on a Sunday, and I encourage you all to sit outside on this beautiful day and play this. This episode is PACKED. Lots of great music and a couple special guests drop by to intro their songs! And we have lots of personal NMF memories too. Heron Oblivion! William Tyler! Drakkar Sauna! Weedghost! Endless Boogie! This one is solid. I hope you enjoy!
Heron Oblivion (2016) Blueprint (2018) Thee Oh Sees (2019) William Tyler (2013) Kurt Vile & The Violators (2014) WYD – Gladden House Session (2019) Nick Tolford & Co (2013) Drakkar Sauna (2011) Wheels On Fire (2013) The D-Rays (2013) Akron/Family (2008) Flor de Toloache – Gladden House Session (2019) The Flaming Lips (2015) Twain – Gladden House Session (2018) Mary Lattimore (2018) Larry Yes – Gladden House Session (2018) Michael Nau – Gladden House Session (2018) Weedghost (2011) Endless Boogie (2013)
(photo by Danielle Petrosa) Happy NMF! I know, I know… no one expected to be stuck in our houses this weekend and not enjoying the best four days of the year in Nelsonville, Ohio, but much like so much these past few months we have to miss the festival. This weekend would have been the 16th installment of this beloved gathering produced by Stuart’s Opera House (also equally beloved as a community cornerstone and non-profit historic theater and performing arts center) with over 50 bands, camping, food, drink, and most importantly community. NMF is a perfect capsule of every single thing I love about living in Athens County, and every single person and place I hold dear to my heart. I miss it so much right now. This would have been my first civilian Nelsonville Fest, after working for Stuart’s from July 2007 (my first day of work was the 3rd NMF and last one-day fest) to June 2019 (my 13th festival) I left to head back to school. I was still planning on being as involved as they would let me be, but now much like all of you I am spending the weekend at home. Not in the field. Not in the campground. And not with all of my friends seeing the best music. There is a magic there on those grounds that I used to think I could not explain… but now I can. It’s perfect. It is a perfect combination of people, community, music, art, and sustainability, and it is how I wished life was all the time. We all need that feeling after a few months. I know I do. So my response was to jump into a bit of a last-minute action, and this week I decided to do two episodes of my podcast with all NMF songs. From across the years and stages. Spend two hours today and two more on Sunday, June 7th with this on and I hope it feels like you are there even a little bit. Also, I hope the people who make this event happen can enjoy a few hours of sampling all that has happened there. This is the tip of the NMF iceberg, but it is a great start. Oh, most importantly… go give a donation to Stuart’s Opera House if you can, NMF is their biggest fundraiser and it would be a huge help to support them now. Click here to make a donation in any amount. Enjoy!
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (2016) Parquet Courts (2017) The Cactus Blossoms (2017) Shovels & Rope (2014) Bill MacKay – Gladden House Session (2018) Orkestra Mendoza – Gladden House Session (2019) Mattson 2 – Gladden House Session (2019) Shannon Lay – Gladden House Session (2018) Michael Hurley (2017) Hex Net (2013) Wesley Bright & The Honeytones (2017) The Makebelieves (2013) Built To Spill (2015) Wooden Shjips (2018) Julia Jacklin (2019) A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Gladden House Session (2018) Tank & The Bangas – Gladden House Session (2018) The Other Years – Gladden House Session (2019) Charlie Parr – Gladden House Session (2018) Adam Torres – Gladden House Session (2015)
NOTE: This was recorded during the Covid-19 Pandemic, but before the events of this week related to the murder of George Floyd by 4 Minneapolis police officers. While recognizing that this is just a small Ohio music podcast on a far-flung website I still feel it is important to use the platform I have to express my full and complete solidarity with those across the country protesting the killing of black people in this country by the police. Please consider doing what you can to lift up the voices in your community that need to be heard. And if you are so inclined, please donate a few bucks to the Columbus Freedom Fund, The Bail Project, Black Lives Matter, or any other organization that is helping in this fight. They need your support, and every little bit helps. And around here at The Western Reserve this is a great time to mention that we are really big fans the Zinn Education Project too.
Southeast Engine – “At Least We Have Each Other” Moviola – “I Know It Won’t” Mosses – “Time in Your Mind” The Katy – “Zombie” Machine Go Boom – “Quarantined” Unmonumental – “The Destoyer Awakens” Thee Thee’s – “Makin Em” Piccadilly Circus – “Till I Get to the Top” The D-Rays – “High Tide” Cutler Station – “The Man in the Lantern” This Moment In Black History – “Forrest Whitaker (in an uncompromising role)” Kneeling In Piss – “High Desert” Snarls – “Walk in the Woods” Prisonshake – “Carthage Burns!” Guinea Worms – “Exit Plan” The Ophelias – “General Electric” Gudger – “Midnight Visions”
We have a special guest host for the new episode of The Western Reserve: Columbus musician and all around solid human being J.R. Fisher! J.R. hosts episode 35 and curates the playlist for this one too. A sampling of some fantastic music from Ohio including The Sundresses, Wussy, Dead Boys, and Raven. Enjoy!
New City Gypsy – “Tugboat” Grandpa Egg – “Monsters By Sea” The Kyle Sowashes – “A Faster Asshole” The Griefs – “Whenever You’re Around” Day Creeper – “And How” Raven – “War With My Soul” The Sundresses – “Murder Hymn” The Electric Grandmother – “Leo Got Shot” Lieutenant Dance – “When Fans Attack” Them Wranch – “Campus Strangler” Jenny Mae – “Downtown” Country Death – “Wild Irish Rose” Wussy – “Death By Misadventure” Dead Boys – “All This And More”
We are excited to release the newest Dead Winds of Summer album False Past on Aquabear Legion (ABL-017). This record and all of Aquabear’s streaming releases are all “pay what you want” and all funds raised will be donated to the Athens County Covid-19 Response Fund hosted at Rural Action. This is the newest release from Andrew Lampela’s drone/experimental moniker.
In addition, we are donating all sales of records and tapes online minus shipping costs to this cause for the near future. So you can support local music while also supporting an important cause and lifeline for area businesses, farmers, and community members.
The Aquabear Legion is proud to be based in Athens County and it is our home.
Please check out all of our releases on Bandcamp and at our Store. Thanks in advance.
For Aquabear Legion Volume 8, the only rule was a band could not have been on the last two “Volume” collections to be on the new one. The result is a 17-song compilation with music from all around the state featuring Blanket Boys, Brat Curse, Cutler Station, The Infinite Improbability Drive, Matthew J. Rolin, Mery Steel, Messrs, Minority Threat, no stars, Paige Beller, Slackluster, Slut Castle, Speaking Suns, Supernobody, Thee Thee’s, Unmonunmental, and Weedghost. Listen and download now.
We have been working on this one for a bit and are excited to share an all-Peter Laughner episode of The Western Reserve! In addition to an interview with Susan Schmidt-Horning (Poor Girls, Cinderella Backstreet, Chi Pig), we talk with Andrew Russ from right here in Athens about his involvement in the project, research, and all things Peter Laughner. We highlight some great music from throughout Peter’s career (1972-1977 here) found on the new collection including recordings, live shows, and demos all from Peter solo and a wide range of other projects including Rocket From The Tombs, Cinderella Backstreet, Friction, and more. Original songs from Laughner join covers from Michael Hurley, The Velvet Underground, and Television. Go check out that box set and all of the awesome stuff Smog Veil Records makes right now, special thanks to Smog Veil, Fly PR, and our guests for making this episode happen. This episode is a little longer! Enjoy!
The Original Wolverines – “The Sidewalks of New York” Friction – “Prove It” Peter Laughner + Deborah Smith – “Down at the Bar” Cinderella Backstreet – “Rock and Roll” Peter Laughner + Adele Bertei – “Rock It Down” Peter Laughner + Mike Sands – “Eyes Eyes” Rocket From The Tombs – “Ain’t It Fun” Peter Laughner – “First Taste of Heartache” Fins – “What Goes On”
Happy New Year! We join in on all the year-end, list-making fun here at The Western Reserve and set you up with just over an hour of some of our favorite music from Ohio this past year. Everything from The Kyle Sowashes to Matthew J. Rolin to no stars to Tiger Village. Enjoy!
Kneeling in Piss – “USA WIll Start Another War” Cheap Clone – “Walk to Canada” The Kyle Sowashes – “Bowling Ball” Supernobody – “Trains Go By” Speaking Suns – “From Nowhere” no stars – “Potentiality” Messrs – “Lizzard Boy” Matthew J. Rolin – “For Henry” Brian Harnetty – “John” Herzog – “Winter 2014” Mourning [A] Blkstar – “Harlem River Drive OG” Brat Curse – “Psycho in the Furnace” Slackluster – “Weeds” Pleasure Leftists – “The Return” Tiger VIllage – “Soft, Real” Leggy – “Give In”
Your favorite all-Ohio music podcast celebrates the hap-hap-happiest season of all with our own holiday tradition: the annual Ohio X-Mas Spectacular! Brian is joined as always for this one by Sherri and they play one solid hour plus of great Christmas tunes from the Buckeye State. Topics covered include favorite songs, traditions, and even a little bit of Big Chuck and Little John holiday magic. Ho Ho Ho!
The Heartlanders – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Frankie Yankovic – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Infinite Improbability Drive ft. No Stars – “Wonderful Christmas Time” Connections – “Buy Me Healing Crystals For Christmas” CDX – “Deck the Halls” Fairmount Girls – “Merry Merry” Andy Gabbard – “Money For Christmas” Remnant Brothers – “Christmas Time (This Time This Year)” Dean Martin – “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! / Winter Wonderland” Moth Cock – “Silent Night” Les Cousins Dangereux – “Carol of the Bells” Zitsquatch – “Jingle Bell” Buffalo Killers – “Secret Santa” Pete Fosco – “Novembered Haze”
New episode of The Western Reserve is ALL-Colemine Records this time. We curate an hour or so from the catalog of this Loveland, Ohio based label featuring music from Ohio and elsewhere. From the label’s website: “Colemine Records was founded in late 2007 with the simple idea of putting out raw, authentic SOUL music on vinyl. Since then we’ve been lucky enough to grow and work with some very talented artists and bands over the years, and in 2015 we opened up a brick and mortar record store, Plaid Room Records, so that we could continue to expand our little soul label. It’s operated primarily by two guys, Terry Cole and Bob Cole, but the strength of the label is quality music produced by our artists.”
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – “El Nino” Gene Washington & The Iron Sides – “Next To You” Barbara Howard – “Light My Fire” Los Sospechos – “High Noon” Ghost Funk Orchestra – “Isaac Hayes” The Harlem Gospel Travelers – “He’s On Time” Kelly Finnagan – “I Don’t Want to Wait” Durand Jones & The Indications – “Circles” AJ & The Jiggawatts – “It Is What It Is” Black Market Brass – “The Thick” The Jive Turkeys – “The Reggie” Leroy Conroi – “Tiger Trot” Wesley Bright and the Honeytones – “You Don’t Want Me” Delvon Lamarr Trio – “Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up”
No themes this time around, just an hour or so of great Ohio music past, present, and future. Lots of brand new stuff from Brat Curse, Kneeling In Piss, Fan Fiction, Water Witches, and more. We would love for you to go support and pre-order the new Aquabear Legion compilations right now if you could (campaign ends on 9/15) at igg.me/at/aquabearlegion and be sure to tell your friends and enemies. Enjoy the episode and make sure to subscribe, rate, share, and all those things too.
Brat Curse – “Modern Snakes” Pleasure Leftists – “Try the Door” Water Witches – “Stringfinger” Kneeling In Piss – “Song About Being Unemployed” Tweens – “Be Mean” 333 – “Cry Baby Cry” Van Dale – “Porch” Fan Fiction – “Back and Forth” Cutler Station – “Catacombs” Bassholes – “Microscope Feeling” Pale Grey Lore – “Sunken Cities” WYD – “Death” Machine Go Boom – “Niagara Falls” Brian Harnetty – “Neva”
A brand new episode of Athena Headache is here, bringing you the best Midwestern music that is experimental, improv, weird, and everything inbetween. Brian hosts this one, and sticks mostly in Ohio and vicinity for the playlist, but stays away from the Athens-heavy lineup of the first two episodes. You will hear from everyone from Pete Fosco to Mark McGuire to Lisa Bella Donna. Play it in the background while you are doing some other stuff, put it in your headphones real loud, or enjoy on a long car ride. See you again soon. Go support the new Aquabear compilations at igg.me/at/aquabearlegion
Pete Fosco – “Concurrence” Tiger Village – “Modern Drummer” Mark McGuire – “02/21/2019” Powers/Rolin – “4/15/19 at Maple Lanes” Zack Kouns – “Evergreen in Winter” Lisa Bella Donna – “Paraphonic Praeludium” Neutrals – “Boston”
The Western Reserve is back with a pretty spectacular episode for Aquabear Legion’s 15th birthday! Aquabear is celebrating by releasing two compilations: the new Ohio music compilation VOLUME 7 (on vinyl) and an Aquabear Legion Archival Release called MOTHER OF PRESIDENTS (on cassette). This episode I play stuff from both of those releases, talk about the compilations, and more. You can pre-order your copies and support Aquabear right now on Indiegogo at igg.me/at/aquabearlegion
Van Dale – “Numbskull” Smizmar – “Sad Eyes” Actual Form – “Butler” Great Plains – “Hamburger Boy” 84 Nash – “She’s a Warrior” Thee Shams – “Run My Life” Ampline – “Silver Wave” Mirrors – “Slow Down” Log – “Near Enough” Grafton – “I’ve Been Lookin'” Orchestraville – “I See Grey” Dana – “Cupid” Appalachian Death Ride – “Harvest Moon (live)”
Athens based Ohio music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be celebrating 15 years with the release of two compilations. Aquabear Legion Volume 7 is a compilation on vinyl featuring new Ohio music from around the state, and Mother of Presidents is an archival compilation on cassette featuring classic Ohio bands. Pre-order and support these projects right now on Indiegogo at igg.me/at/aquabearlegion. The pre-order campaign features both releases along with new Aquabear t-shirts and hoodies, prints, previous releases, and more. These will be the 14th and 15th releases from Aquabear Legion since 2004.
Aquabear Legion Volume 7 will be released as a 12” vinyl record with art from Athens’ own Chris Biester and music from Actual Form, Ampline, Buffalo Killers, Counterfeit Madison, DANA, Hiram-Maxim, Lung, Smizmar, and Van Dale. This will be a run of 300 records, 50 of which will be some sort of super special vinyl color.
Mother of Presidents is an Aquabear Legion Archival release on cassette and is a compilation featuring legendary Ohio acts from all around the state, covering the years from 1974 to 2004. Music from 84 Nash, Appalachian Death Ride, Geraldine, Grafton, Great Plains, Jenny Mae, Log, Mike Elliott, Mirrors, Orchestraville, Ron House, Swearing at Motorists, Thee Shams, and more still to be announced.
It’s almost time for Double Cheeseburgerfest here in Athens on Saturday, April 20th! 18 bands playing a self described “backyard burger festival” just outside the city limits in a beautiful garage. Brian talks to Head Burger in Charge (and Athens musician) Tony Longanbach about this year’s sequel to 2018’s Cheeseburgerfest and much more all while playing some music from this year’s lineup and last year’s too. Enjoy!
Cotton Ponys – “Untitled” Sorry Eric – “It’s Okay” Kill the Hippies – “Single Prayer” Ricky Hell & The Voidboys – “Dead Generation” The Wastemen – “Big Beef” Morgan Garrett – “Oh My Family Won’t Be With Me” Red Devil Riders – “Astro Van” Slut Castle – “Girls” Weird Science – “Dangerous Friend” Torgo – “Sermon on the Mounted” Bloodhype – “Benzo Island” Homemade Drugs – “I Shot Mary” Pink Owl – “Rattlesnake” Terrestials – “Rings” Science Man – “Dark Matter” Vacation – “Action Road”
Just a regular ol’ episode of The Western Reserve here, packed to the brim with great Ohio music. There are new things (Herzog, DANA, Mery Steel, Leggy), older things (Great Plains, Mirrors), and some inbetween too. If you like this podcast please support us by subscribing, leaving nice reviews, telling friends, etc. We will back soon with 028, which is an all-Cheeseburgerfest Episode! Enjoy!
Tobin Sprout – “Cryptic Shapes” Great Plains – “When Do You Say Hello?” Blanket Boys – “Monday” DANA – “Death by Misadventure” Herzog – “Little Bugs” Mirrors – “Hands in my Pockets” The Breeders – “Off You” Wesley Bright & The Honeytones – “Happiness” Mery Steel – “Tender Get” Smug Brothers – “Phenomonal Tropics” Leggy – “Taffy” Primitives – “Maiden King” Sad Planets – “Not of This World” Relaxer – “Crystal Garden” Keelhaul – “El Matador”
We are back from our Winter break here at Western Reserve with a belated, but still lovingly produced, Best of Ohio 2018 episode! This of course just scratches the surface of the great music put out from the Buckeye State last year, but it’s a solid 51 minutes of tunes.
The Breeders – “Nervous Mary” Wussy – “Cake” Terrestials – “Children In Heat” Minority Threat – “Joy” Ma Holos – “Celebrity Boots” Unchipped – “1000 Lives” Smizmar – “Idiot” Lung – “Butcher” The 1984 Draft – “Lutheran Heat” Adam Remnant – “Somewhere Else Tonight” Guided By Voices – “See My Field” Andy Gabbard – “Lazy Panda” Skeletonwitch – “Temple of the Sun”
Happy holidays from Aquabear Legion and The Western Reserve! Sherri joins me for our annual tradition of the Ohio Christmas Spectacular (our third year!) and we play some great songs of the season all from Ohio! Some well known artists like Bootsy Collins, Bobby Womack, and Frankie Yankovic are on the playlist along with Aquabear favorites like Weird Science, Figgy & The Scrooges, and a whole bunch more. We talk about The Christmas Weed in Toledo, Mr. Jing-A-Ling, and our favorite Christmas characters. This is perfect for that long holiday car trip.
The Moonglows – “Just a Lonely Christmas”
Bobby Womack – “Dear Santa Claus”
The Heartlanders – “White Christmas”
Screaming Jay Hawkins – “It’s Christmas (A Time For Giving)”
Bootsy Collins – “Merry Christmas Baby”
Frankie Yankovic – “Jingle Bells Polka”
Figgy & The Scrooges – “12 Shots of X Mess”
3 Speed Sleigh – “Hanukkah Nights”
Motorsled – “We Are Motorsled”
Weird Science – “Another Christmas Song”
Slut Castle – “Larry The Red Tailed Rat”
Hocus Pocus – “Christmas Time In Cleveland”
Frankie Yankovic – “What Christmas Means To Me”
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans – “Christmas on the Plains”
The Heartlanders – “Christmas Medley”
Browns beat the Panthers (we recorded this after week 14) to improve to 5-7-1 and remain “in the hunt” for the playoffs (you kidding me?) . Brian, Brian, and Ian get together to catch us all up on an exciting season of Browns football led by the greatest QB of all time: Baker Mayfield. We discuss what the Browns still need, how they are way more watchable, CBS’ smash hit God Friended Me, and we make up a few words along the way. Plus, 12 Days of Cleveland Browns Christmas. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays everyone! Our 3rd annual all-Ohio Holiday Spectacular is coming up soon too (it’s the aptly named Episode 25), but let this good old fashioned no themes at all episode of the show tide you over. Everything from Bygones to Cobra Verde here, and lots of new releases too.
Bygones – “Under That Spell”
Gaptooth Grin – “Deep End Blues”
didi – “Haru”
Times New Viking – “Teen Drama”
Joseph Airport – “Training Chute”
The X Bolex – “When People Die At The Circus”
Smizmar – “Departures”
Jovan Karcic – “King”
Uno Lady – “Cryin'”
Marcus Alan Ward – “LoveOutLoud”
Cobra Verde – “Everything to You”
Abertooth Lincoln – “Queer and Loathing in Rowan County”
Sunday Fed Creek Birds – “Run To Waste”
15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) – “Jimmy Bell”
So many good requests we had to make two episodes! In case you missed it, our 22nd episode of Western Reserve was also all-request. Lots of great music on both episodes and in this one you will hear Brainiac, Supernobody, Rashaan Roland Kirk, Ward Jarvis, James Gang, Ass Ponys, and more. And it is the first (and hopefully last) time Michael Stanley Band gets played on here. Thanks to everyone who requested stuff! Episode 24 will be a regular one before we get into the Holidays and Best of 2018.
Swearing at Motorists – “The Real Thing”
Supernobody – “The Eternal Sky”
Brianiac – “Hot Metal Dobermans”
Rashaan Roland Kirk – “Inflated Tear”
The Ohio Express – “Beg, Borrow, and Steal”
Kelly Lattimore – “Fields of Phosphene”
Ward Jarvis – “Tomahawk”
Michael Stanley Band – “Lover”
Pere Ubu – “Misery Goats”
Wussy – “Halloween”
James Gang – “The Bomber”
Brian Henke – “Waterfalls”
Ass Ponys – “Grim”
Steve Zarate – “Jewel of the Hocking”
Welcome to another episode of Athena Headache (number 2 if you are counting) here on Aquabear Legion, this podcast is the place for all of the weird, strange, noisy, improv, and experimental music from the Midwest we can jam into it. Episode 002 is hosted by Andrew Lampela. We hope you enjoy! Perfect for your headphones, a workout, or some background music. Find us on iTunes and Google Play here soon and subscribe, rate, review, and tell your friends.
Jacops/Prince Duo – “Untitled 1”
Knohm – “The Swollen Bead Dangles From the Fingertips” (excerpt)
Kid Panda Hands – Ghost of a Weed
Leslie Keffer – Dodder
Aaron Michael Butler/Gabe Mitchell/Andrew Lampela – Why Does the Absence of Light Disturb Him Less Than The Presence of Noise Pt. II
Dead Winds of Summer – “Whisperings of the Field”
This episode of The Western Reserve and the next one are all requests! I think I cover everyone on the show, but thanks again for participating. Lots of great music this time including Them Wranch, My Dad Is Dead, Darrin Hacquard, and a whole lot more. If you like the show, tell some friends!
Them Wranch – “God Bless Ohio”
Guided By Voices – “Smothered In Hugs”
Machine Go Boom – “Scary Costume”
H-Bomb Ferguson – “Midnight Ramblin’ Tonight”
Awards Banquet – “(What Have You Done To Me?) Ohio”
Buffalo Killers – “River Water”
Stalley feat. Rick Ross – “Lincoln Way Nights (Shop Remix)”
Chargers Street Gang – “Shitty Song”
X____X – “You’re Full of Shit”
My Dad Is Dead – “A New Clear Route”
Darrin Hacquard – “Hurricane Season”
Patrick Sweany – “Leave Ohio”
Roger Hoover & The Whiskeyhounds – “Dead Man’s Shoes”
The Isley Brothers – “Ohio Machine Gun”
This episode of The Western Reserve features all bands and artists that I have not played yet in the first 20 episodes, and on top of that every artist is from a different city or town in Ohio! We cover everything from the big ones (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati) to small towns with huge musical impacts (Athens, Yellow Springs), and everything inbetween. And please share this episode with a friend you think would enjoy, and remember in addition to aquabearlegion.com you can find The Western Reserve on iTunes, Google Play, and more! Please subscribe and review on those too.
Wheels On Fire – “Ambulance”
Ma Holos – “Can’t Be Found”
Kill the Hippies – “Volcano”
Actual Form – “Map Boy”
Crooks on Tape – “Wandered Again”
Stark Folk Band – “Ghostman”
Sarob – “Carrion Dawn”
Thigh – “In My Mind”
Pat Dailey – “Put in Bay”
Blitzkrieg – “Down Boys (Warrant cover)”
Black Owls – “June ’71”
Brass Band of the Western Reserve
Carriers – “Peace of Mine”
(the) Giants of Gender – “Untitled”
We’re back! The Browns have gone 1-31 the last two years, so we didn’t do as many episodes. And what do we get upon our return? A tie. Which is not a loss. Brian and Ian discuss the off-season, the draft, Hard Knocks, and the first game of the season. Luke can’t make it because he could not get his modem on the Davone Bess Memorial Connection. We do get quick visits from Wiebe on the Broken Bandwagon and Bork Torkleson with a sideline report. Go Browns?!? 0-0-1! NOTE: This was recorded before the Browns loss to the Saints in Week 2.
Aquabear Legion has brand new show titled Athena Headache that will focus on the fringes of Ohio and Midwestern music. Noise, experimental, improvisational, weird, strange, and everything in between. The hosts of the show will rotate and since Brian (who hosts Western Reserve) is doing the first one it only made sense to have the first episode of Athena Headache also be the new episode of The Western Reserve. Like some sort of comic book crossover! Plus, this episode finishes off where our last episode of The Western Reserve left off. This time it’s the more experimental end of our host’s college years in Athens, with a whole bunch of noise from 2001-2007 or so: Weedghost, Dinner of Swords, Casiotone Orchestra, Dead Winds of Summer, Leslie Keffer, and even the one time only Toneghost Freakestra. Perfect for your headphones, a workout, or some background music. Please find us on iTunes and Google Play here soon and subscribe, rate, review, and tell your friends.
Athena Headache 001 / The Western Reserve 020
Kid Panda Hands – “Caves of Silk”
Dead Winds of Summer – From Weedghost/Dead Winds split
Weedghost – “Makes Breakfast”
Casiotone Orchestra – Aquabear Showcase at The Wire, March 2005 (excerpt)
Leslie Keffer – “Thrive”
Dinner of Swords – ARTS/West Noise Show, October 2007 (excerpt)
Toneghost Freakestra – ARTS/West, December 2005 (excerpt)
This is a thing on those podcast networks right? A preview episode? Aquabear Legion has brand new show titled Athena Headache that will focus on the fringes of Ohio and Midwestern music. Noise, experimental, improvisational, weird, strange, and everything in between. The hosts of the show will rotate and since Brian (who hosts Western Reserve) is doing the first one it only made sense to have the first episode of Athena Headache also be the new episode of The Western Reserve. Like some sort of comic book crossover! Plus, this episode finishes off where our last episode of The Western Reserve left off. This time it’s the more experimental end of our host’s college years in Athens, with a whole bunch of noise from 2001-2007 or so: Weedghost, Dinner of Swords, Casiotone Orchestra, Dead Winds of Summer, Leslie Keffer, and even the one time only Toneghost Freakestra. Perfect for you headphones, a workout, or some background music. Please find us on iTunes and Google Play here soon and subscribe, rate, review, and tell your friends.
The Western Reserve 020 / Athena Headache 001
Kid Panda Hands – “Caves of Silk”
Dead Winds of Summer – From Weedghost/Dead Winds split
Weedghost – “Makes Breakfast”
Casiotone Orchestra – Aquabear Showcase at The Wire, March 2005 (excerpt)
Leslie Keffer – “Thrive”
Dinner of Swords – ARTS/West Noise Show, October 2007 (excerpt)
Toneghost Freakestra – ARTS/West, December 2005 (excerpt)
I can’t believe it took me 19 episodes of this podcast to do an all-Athens episode from my college years. This was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it as well. A whole bunch of firsts here: this is the first time I play We March (!?!) and The Makebelieves (!?!?!), and even a few others, and the first time I play a song by a band I was in. Enjoy.
The Snails – “Queen of the Dumb”
The Makebelieves – “Busy City”
We March – “Darken My Door”
Small Object a – “Nothing Is Better Than Hitting A Nazi Pinata”
Woody Whatever – “Rocket Space”
Men of Gentle Birth – “The Best Things”
Geraldine – “Cotton”
Appalachian Death Ride – “Railroad Penny”
Southeast Engine – “The Moon”
Casual Future – “Among the Ash Heaps and Millionaires”
Dragline Brothers – “Julie in July”
Wailin’ Elroys – “Scaredy Blues”
The Arch Villians – “The Age of Steel and Bombs (live)”
No themes for episode 18 of The Western Reserve. Just an hour of great music from all around Ohio kicked off with a special tribute to our friend, the late Uncle Fun, and his band Bargoyle. The show is rounded out with Swearing at Motorists, Blueprint, Terrestials, Swim Team, and many more. Unrelated note: I will say that I recently took a short trip to Atlanta with Sherri for a conference she had (I had nothing to do but watch the World Cup and go to record stores and historic sites) and we flew both ways. And on my way to Atlanta I sat next to a very nice British man who was headed back to Machester, but had just finished a work trip to Canton. On the trip he was recording the Brass Band of the Western Reserve in a big auditorium studio somewhere. I thought that was pretty wild. I told him about my work at a theater but we did not chat much really once the plane went up, so my podcast didn’t come up. Missed opportunity. Well, as we say on my now very seldom seen podcast 6 Bs and a P: “Brass Band of the Western Reserve, we would love to have you on the show.” We’ll play some of their tunes in the future.
Bargoyle – “Doesn’t Matter”
Swim Team – “Re-Animator”
Swearing at Motorists – “Creature of Habits (Theme From the Big Spill)”
Blueprint – “Night Writers”
Goldmines – “September”
Blake Skidmore – “Blame Benji”
The 1984 Draft – “Megaphone”
Terrestials – “Moonblade”
Penny Wishes – “Do the Trick”
Sinkane – “U’Huh”
Time and Temperature – “Let It”
Smug Brothers – “Get Some Sweet”
Cheap Clone – “Isaac Newton’s Eye”
Neutrals – “Cleveland”
Saintseneca – “Happy Alone” (2014)
Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless” (2017)
Swarming Branch – “All I Wanna Do Pt. 22” (2017)
Adam Remnant – “California” (2014)
Zeb Dewar – “The People’s Republic” (2016)
Justin Gordon – “Close Quarters” (2014)
Tim Easton & Megan Palmer – “Crazy Mother from Shelby Ohio” (2015)
Adam Torres – “Where I’m Coming From” (2015)
Big Thief – “Capacity” (2017)
Joan Shelley – “Stay on My Shore” (2016)
J.D. Hutchison – “If I Had Possession” (2014)
Ben Stalets – “Bound To Go” (2015)
Mike Elliott – “The Rebels Are Coming” (2015)
Steve Gunn – “Old Strange” (2014)
This installment of The Western Reserve features special guest host Emily Votaw! Ohio is a strange place, capable of producing even stranger, more beautiful music! Join WOUB’s Emily Votaw as she guides you through some tracks from some of her favorite weirdos from Ohio.
Guided By Voices — “Chasing Heather Crazy”
Future Bummer — “No Layups”
The Crooked Spines — “City of Lights”
Mark Tillack — “Biker to the Bone”
Larry Hall — “Kool Love”
Wussy — “Jonah”
The Ohio Express — “Sweeter Than Sugar”
sineqube — “The Only Warmth For Me Is You”
The References — “Eyes That Say I Love You”
Breakers — “PreFab”
Mission Man — “It’s Good to Be Back”
Phil and the Catalinas — “Bobby Layne”
The 5 Fortunes — “Time Out For Love”
The Western Reserve rolls on for part two of our interview with Old 3c Label Group’s Paul Nini who talks about the label, his bands (Great Plains, Log, Closet Mix, and more), and plans for the future. All while playing some awesome music. Part 1 (out 14th episode) can be found here and also has a great interview and a bunch of music. Enjoy!
Red Skylark – “Hey Precious Stone”
Red Skylark – “Bad Dream”
House of Brunettes – “Schlagers!”
Shades Of Al Davis – “Older And Heavier”
The New Normal – “It’s Our Time”
The New Normal – “Sublimation”
Orchestraville – “Phil Ochs Flag”
Orchestraville – “The Hand Wash”
Cruel, Cruel Moon – “Fall Onto The Pavement”
Cruel, Cruel Moon – “Fizz Pop”
The Beatdowns – “Baby! Let’s Get Lost”
Stark Folk Band – “You Cannot Shake Me”
Alyosha Het – “The Carving Line”
The Westsylvanians – “Mermen”
Roscoe Speers – “Up On The Hill”
Episodes 14 and 15 of The Western Reserve are a two part interview and playlist from Columbus, Ohio’s Paul Nini. Paul is behind Old 3c Records and its current form the Old 3c Label Group and is known to Ohio music fans from his bands Great Plains, Log, and Closet Mix. Brian spends the next two episodes talking with Paul about playing in bands, putting out records, and what he’s working on now. All while playing a lot of good music. Look for part two soon.
Great Plains – “Old 3C”
Ron House – “20 or 30 People”
Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – “Fire In The Swimming Girl”
Psandwich – “We Remystify”
Counter Intuits – “Study Hall Art”
Log – “That’s All”
Peck of Snide – “Living On The Sun”
Househearts – “Promised To Remember”
Saint Paul – “Jesus Is Spinning In His Grave”
Closet Mix – “Hugh Are You?”
Sue Harshe – “50 Seconds Over Ohio”
Eleven Plus Two = Twelve Plus One – “Poogie & Fred”
The Ready Stance – “All Healed Up”
Sin Shouters – “Down With Whatever Tonight”
Greg Bonnell – “Sunshine Street”
Randall Douglas Matson – “Oh, No”
Randall Douglas Matson – “The Interlocutor”
The Malefactors Of Great Wealth – “Prisontown”
Burn Barrel – “Andy Uzzle”
Happy New Year! After finishing up 2017 with a few new episodes we are trying to keep that momentum going in January. No themes this time, just a solid hour or so of Ohio music. Old stuff (The Pagans), brand new stuff (Drift Mouth, Slackluster, Ampline), and everything inbetween. Full track list below. Enjoy.
Ampline – “Drip”
Southeast Engine – “Holy Ghost”
Mourning A Blkstr – “Roberta”
Megachurch – “Receive It”
Corbezzolo – “This Evening”
Herzog – “Theme for Boys”
Kipp Stone – “Cult Classic”
Pete Fosco – “Purple Blooms”
Drift Mouth – “Wake You Up”
The Pagans – “Street Where Nobody Lives”
Slackluster – “Efficient Machine”
Rex Apple – “Keep Your Head Straight”
Kyle Siegrist – “New Mexico”
Hiram Maxim – “Visceral”
Another year is in the books and it was a great one for Ohio music. Brian plays some of his favorite songs of the year including Supernobody, Vacation, Van Dale, Pere Ubu, Water Witches, The Magic Words, Day Creeper, The Village Bicycle, Smug Brothers, Bloody Show, R. Ring, Speaking Suns, Obnox, WV White, The Crooked Spines, Buffalo Killers, Ipps, and She Bears. Enjoy!
Supernobody – “Oh Yeah Records” Vacation – “Blueberry Patch” Van Dale – “Vacationhead” Pere Ubu – “Prison of the Senses” Water Witches – “Totality” The Magic Words – “Melody Ranch” Day Creeper – “Allergic to Myself” The Village Bicycle – “Anyone But You” Smug Brothers – “My Little Crowd Pleaser” Bloody Show – “Pyro” R. Ring – “Cutter” Speaking Suns – “The Void” Obnox – “Woe Is Me” WV White – “Backwards” The Crooked Spines – “Keep On” Buffalo Killers – “Stuck Inside the Realm of Man” Ipps – “Human Beings Are Garbage” She Bears – “Lay Out Long”
It’s the holiday season! That means it is time for another all-Ohio Christmas Holiday Spectacular! This is the second annual edition and Brian is again joined by his real life podcast co-host in marriage, Sherri. Everyone from Johnny Paycheck to St. Lenox, Dean Martin to The Heartlanders, and everything in between gets heard here. Brian gets a Christmas card from Blessid Union of Souls, favorite christmas shapes are discussed and much more. Full disclosure: The Magic of Christmas gets destroyed about 30 minutes in with the release of some pretty serious talk about Old Saint Nick. Do not listen with children around. If you do and they find out something terrible, it’s Sherri’s fault.
The Heartlanders – “Feliz Navidad” Tom Foolery & The Mistakes – “Linus and Lucy”
Sega Genocide – “Schools Out For Christmas”
Swearing at Motorists – “Last Christmas”
Dean Martin – “A Marshmallow World”
Zapp & Roger – “Please Come Home For Christmas”
Water Witches – “ChristMas 2020 (Waraintovernotonebit)”
Figgy & The Scrooges – “The Scrooges Carol (Figgy Cares)”
Connections – “Father Christmas (live)”
Saintseneca – “Plastic Baby Jesus”
Mark Kozelek – “Christmas Time Is Here”
Doxcity – “The Merry Doxmas”
Frankie Yankovic – “Christmas Chopsticks and Merry Christmas Polka”
The O’ Jays – “Christmas Ain’t Christmas”
Johnny Paycheck – “Honky Tonk Christmas”
St. Lenox – “Christmas Song”
Woody Whatever – “Milking Christmas”
Guided By Voices – “Father Sgt. Christmas Card”
Joe Anderl – “Christmas Isn’t Safe For Animals”
Devo – “Merry Something To You”
Legends of Wrestling – “Have Yourself a Slammy Little Christmas”
The Heartlanders – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
Another solid hour plus of Ohio rock and roll, no themes for episode 10, just a lot of good music. Kicks off with Los Nombres from Lorain, Ohio circa 1977 and doesn’t look back. Everything from The Breeders to Messrs to Lung to Counterfeit Madison gets a play this time around. Enjoy. Look for number 11 soon.
Los Nombres – “Full of Love”
The Breeders – “Wait in the Car”
Messrs – “NS”
Lung – “Bottom of the Barrel”
Sun God – “Made to Pay”
Fuck You Pay Me – “Dumbed Down”
Winston Hightower – “What Can I Do”
Natural Sway – “No Name”
SW Hedrick – “For Those Who Know”
Deche – “Haste”
Nightstalker – “Party Song”
Counterfeit Madison – “Frank”
Druid – “Hocus Pocus”
The Browns are just terrible. Terrible. And we had fairly low expectations. Anyway, we put off a show for a while just because we couldn’t even talk about it. We try below. Actually, a more apt description is that we try NOT to talk about the Browns but end up doing it anyway. We’ll be back with another episode in November, in the mean time I would say to root for the Cleveland baseball team… but…
This episode transports back to my youth, and my first experiences with Ohio music being made by friends and people in my immediate community. We start way back in the late 90’s with tales of the Pork Grinder’s Ball in Lorain, and move on to Refugee Records, and the early forms of Aquabear Legion. Lots of great music and hopefully the right amount of old man nostalgia. We kick off this week’s episode with a Jenny Mae song in memory of the late Columbus musician who passed away last week.
Jenny Mae – “Drapes”
Figurehead – “Private Rebel”
McShitz – “Can’t Kick My Ass”
Spineriders – “Thunder Junkie”
1972 – “A Nervous Reaction”
Summer of 98 – “Spring Collection”
The Washout Corporation – “R.L. Stine Book Report / Smartbox as Nanny / Mr. Hughes’ Feet”
Machine Go Boom – “Copycat”
Neo Nothing – “Phoney Kids”
Self Destruct Button – “Best In Show”
Agnes High Quality – “Hoodwink”
The Franchise – “To All Movements Lost”
Dan Majesky & His Majestic Majeskatones – “The Giant One”
Blackark – “Insect Capitol”
Another Browns season is upon us! And I never realized that Episode 69 was never posted (it is now) so listen to me proclaim this to be Episode 69 (it’s not) several times. Brian, Ian, and Wiebe discuss the Browns off season, draft, and the upcoming season all while having a few laughs and complaining. Go Browns!
It always feels like it’s been too long since we posted a new episode of The Western Reserve, so please enjoy Episode 8! Just under an hour of music from all around Ohio, no themes or gimmicks this episode. Music from everyone from Gaunt to the The New Vinton County Frogwhompers Marching, Singing, Srumming, and Plucking Society and Lo-Pan make appearances. Hope ya like it.
Party of Helicopters – “Reduced to Rubble”
The Crooked Spines- “City of Lights”
WV White – “Brain Left Town”
Counterfeit Madison – “Bartlett’s (live from Mug and Brush)”
Six Parts Seven – “Stolen Moments”
DANA – “Bight”
Lo-Pan – “Go West”
Vacation – “Prison Guard”
Vinton County Frogwhompers – “Good Old Mountain Dew”
Rocket From The Tombs – “Never Gonna Kill Myself Again”
The 1984 Draft – “Scarlet and Cream”
Gaunt – “Silly Watches”
Us, Today – “Long Since Forgotten”
It’s been a little bit since our last episode of The Western Reserve but we think this hour of all Numero Group music from the state of Ohio will be worth the wait! Numero Group is a label (well a few labels) that release compilations, archival releases, and reconstructed albums, including several collections over the years focusing on Ohio labels and scenes from previous years. We focus here mainly on Capsoul (a label from Columbus) and Boddie Recording Company (a label, studio, record pressing plant from Cleveland) with a few other fun things thrown in. Take a trip through Ohio music of the past!
Creations Unlimited – “Chrystal Illusion”
Marion Black – “Who Knows”
Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr – “Your Love Keeps Drawing Me Closer”
The Four Mints – “Row My Boat”
Dean Francis & The Soul Rockers – “Funky Disposition”
Eddie & The Ant Hill Mob – “I’m A Number Runner”
Bo & The Metros – “Buttered Out”
Modern Detergents – “Monkey Hips & Yice”
Elijah & The Ebonites – “Hot Grits!!!”
Chandlers – “Your Love Makes Me Lonely”
Lou Ragland – “I Travel Alone”
Volcanic Eruption – “Red Robin”
Love Apple – “Man on the Side”
King James Version – “He’s Coming”
The Victory Five – “Have You Ever Been to the Pool?”
This podcast features terrible language regularly. Hot off the press for Super Bowl Sunday…It’s the season finale! The Browns finish 1-15, but the 6b1p crew finds a way to maybe, maybe, maybe find a little hope. They discuss the season, look for hope, avoid the topic of football, and took too long to edit so at least a half dozen references will be out of date nonsense. Thanks to Wiebe for editing this one, we will see you for episode 70 right around the draft (a.k.a. Our Super Bowl). Go Browns!
The Western Reserve looks back on the best releases from the Buckeye State in 2016! Lots of amazing albums from Ohio this year, could not get them all in this hour but you will hear music from Bloody Show, The Village Bicycle, Mikey Machine, Bloodthirsty Virgins, Skeletonwitch, and more. This episode is sponsored by Aquabear Legion Volume 6, support the bear and go get your copy right now by clicking here. Enjoy!
Bloody Show – “Bell Hooks”
The Village Bicycle – “Sprankles”
Leggy – “Backyard”
Brat Curse – “Complete Control”
Mikey Machine – “50 Years”
Sex Tide – “Boarded Up”
Bloodthirsty Virgins – “In the End”
St. Lenox – “You Don’t Call Me Anymore”
EYE – “Searching”
Skeletonwitch – “Well of Despair”
Slackluster – “Let It Show”
Extra Medium Pony – “Doin’ Fine”
Raw Pony – “Country Ripoff”
Happy non-denominational holidays from The Western Reserve! This episode is perfect for that drive to see family on Christmas, just over an hour of all-Ohio holiday music. Everything from Buffalo Killers to Bone Thugs and Harmony. I am joined by my wife Sherri to discuss our own Christmas memories (including several about video games) and play the Buckeye state’s best holiday tunes.
Bone Thugs N Harmony – “Carol of the Bones” Pretenders – “2000 Miles (It Must Be Christmas Time)” Moviola – “Will Santy Come to Shanty Town?” Swearing at Motorists – “Silver Bells” Buffalo Killers – “Run Run Rudolph” Super Desserts – “Children Go” Robert Pollard – “Frostman (long version)” The Waitresses – “Christmas Wrapping” The Isley Brothers – “White Christmas” Elliott, Walter & Bennett – “12 Days of Cleveland Browns Christmas” Frankie Yankovic – “MEDLEY: Joy to the World / Deck the Halls / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” The Ohio Players – “Happy Holidays Pt. 1″ Brainbow – “O’ Holy Night” The Guitars – “Sleigh Ride” Andy Gabbard – “Old Toy Trains” The Black Swans ft. Eve Searls -“Christmas Alone” Adam Remnant – “Bob Cratchit” Steve Zarate – “Santa’s Done Left Town (live on Kaliediscope)”
Happy Holidays! We told you it would not be as long of a wait for the next episode of 6 Bs and a P, Dave. This is a quick one but packs all the hard hitting laughs and cutthroat analysis you have come to expect from 6 Bs and a P. On Episode 68 we mostly go live to Brian watching the Browns/Bengals game with the one and only Miles Down of Athens, Ohio. They discuss being fans of Ohio football teams, Tim Krumrie, beer, why the Browns might be bad, and how despite rooting for different teams we all hate Cris Collingsworth and his stupid face just the same. Go 49ers!
Sorry it’s been so long. The Browns gave up and so did we for a bit, but we are back now and that is all that matters. The Browns may be 0-12 but the 6b1p crew give you a solid hour of funny non-Browns things and accidental forward thinking analysis. Brian, Ian, and Wiebe missed some important weeks: Trump is gonna be the president next year and Cleveland lost the World Series. They cover such questions as: What is the coldest you have ever been? Are there any good players on this team? Does Jordan Cameron listen to the Wu-Tang Clan? Take a listen and tell your friends… Go Browns!