The Western Reserve – An Archival Celebration – Episode 041

This brand new episode of The Western Reserve (which non coincidently times up with me being off from school) celebrates the two brand new Aquabear Legion archival releases that are coming up with a whole bunch of music from before 2004. Seriously though, pre-order the new comps now at igg.me/at/aquabear2021, do it before June 5th when the Indidegogo ends. Downloads come with everything, even stickers and shirts. Aquabear hit the goal (yay!) but the more $$$ we raise, the more cool stuff we can keep making. We play songs from both of those releases (which, hey, again, you can order here) and a whole bunch of other stuff too. All before 2004: Kelley Deal, Washout Corporation, Brainiac, Mike Rep & The Quotas, Girly Machine, and more. Enjoy!

Kelley Deal – “In My Room”
Necropolis – “Ex-Mortis”
The Spiveys – “Stinky’s Theme”
Gourdo – “Fast G” or “Bloodfinger”
Washout Corporation – “Replacement Material”
My Dad Is Dead – “Nothing Special”
Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – “Petty Thief”
Girly Machine – “With You”
Scrawl – “Believe”
Brainiac – “F***ing with the Altimeter”
Pretty Mighty Mighty – “Antigone”
Geraldine – “K-Tel Whore”
Mike Rep & The Quotas – “Creature with the Atom Brain”

Aquabear 2021: Two Archival Compilations, New Merch, and More!

PRE-ORDER THE NEW AQUABEAR COMPILATIONS AND MORE on Indiegogo right now!

Since 2004, Aquabear Legion has served to promote and support Ohio music and art and has been run by founders Brian Koscho and Todd Jacops since then. With 17 releases (mostly compilations from over the years) since then on vinyl, cd, tape, and digital, Aquabear comes into 2021 ready to make two more (new) archival compilations. We also have some awesome new merchandise with art from our good friend Matthew Presutti to help make that happen. Aquabear Legion is a labor of love and long-time passion for Brian and Todd. These pre-orders serve as a way to make these projects happen and also to help cover the Legion’s minimal annual expenses to exist.

THESE ARE MY JEWELS (abl-018)
an archival compilation of Ohio music from before 2004 featuring: Bob City, Guinea Worms, Kelley Deal, Kiddo, Kill the Hippies, Mike Rep & The Quotas, Moviola, Necropolis, Pimpy Accelerator, Proletarian Art Threat, The Spiveys, and more to come

PORK GRINDERS BALL (abl-019)
re-release from 3/27/99 in Lorain, Ohio featuring: 1972, Figurehead, Full Sun, Gourdo, McShitz, My Baby Arm, Steve Wolfe, The Stubs, Summer of 98, Washout Corporation, and Welfare Cheese

The Western Reserve – Down to High Street with Tim Minecci – Episode 040

Brian sits down with author/podcaster/musician/researcher/fellow Ohio music obsessor Timothy Minneci who hosts the Dig Me Out podcast, runs the fantastic Columbus music blog Down to High Street, and just released his new book The Black Sky. The conversation goes to all of those projects and interests and Tim’s slate of Columbus music he brings to this episode which heads all the way back to the mid-1970s. This episode’s playlist includes The Godz, Screaming Urge, New Bomb Turks, The Yips, and much more. Enjoy!


Raven – “War With My Soul”
The Godz – “Gotta Keep A Runnin’”
Screaming Urge – “Homework”
Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires – “Living For Something”
Near Paris – “Visions”
Razor Penguins – “The Math Professor”
The Toll – “Jonathan Toledo”
New Bomb Turks – “Born Toulouse Lautrec”
The Yips – “Cut The Shit”
Watershed – “Black Concert T-Shirt”
Silo The Huskie – “Hotel Mary Appalachia”
Grafton – “Black Oak”
Defiance, Ohio – “I Don’t Want Solidarity If It Means Holding Hands With You”
The Sun – “Valentine”
Happy Chichester – “Motorbike”

The Western Reserve – 5th Annual Ohio Holiday Spectacular – Episode 039

I am joined by the wonderful Sherri Oliver for the annual holiday tradition of playing a bunch of Ohio related songs of the season here on The Western Reserve. This is the 5th year running and even with 4 years of holiday songs already in the bag. 2020’s edition does not disappoint. Happy holidays! Stay safe! Enjoy this episode, it was a fun one. New episodes coming soon with Tim Minneci of the Dig Me Out podcast and I imagine some sort of year-end one too.

Mery Steel – “Let It Snow!”
Tweens – “Christmas Mourning”
DJ Barticus w/ Blueberrius, Ashleigh Still, and Mtt – “Little Saint Nick”
Dean Martin – “Silver Bells”
Ass Ponys – “Last Night it Snowed”
Lydia Loveless – “Merry Christmas”
Frankie Yankovic – “Jing A Ling Christmas Time Is Here Again”
The Electric Grandmother – “Frozen Danny”
Connections – “Stay Home (For Christmas)”
no stars – “Naughty List”
Cellophane Linings – “Good Grief”
Moth Cock – “Jingle Bells”
Couples Skate Only – “I Spent All My Money On Your Presents This Year”
Les Cousins Dangereux – “Whose Child Is This?”
Matt Moore – “Covid Christmas Blues”
Boston Spaceships – “Christmas Girl”
Guinea Worms – “Oh Fuck, It’s Christmas Again”

The Western Reserve – All Nelsonville Music Festival Part 2 – Episode 038

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)

The Western Reserve – All Nelsonville Music Festival Part 1 – Episode 037

The Breeders at NMF 2019, Photo by Danielle Petrosa

(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)

The Western Reserve – Episode 036

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”

Aquabear Releases Dead Winds of Summer’s New Album, All Proceeds From This and All Aquabear Releases Go To Athens County Covid-19 Response Fund

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.

You can also stream and download Aquabear Legion Volume 8 over at our Bandcamp page right now. It’s free to download, but you can name your price and throw us a couple bucks if you are so inclined. This is our 16th release and our third of 2020. You can buy the other two on vinyl and cassette here, or listen to them here. All proceeds from any of these (outside of shipping) will be donated to the fund mentioned above. We are going to try to subsidize that shipping best we can too.

The Western Reserve – Best of Ohio Music 2019 – Episode 033

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”

The Western Reserve – 4th Annual Ohio X-Mas Spectacular – Episode – 032

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”

The Western Reserve – Colemine Records – Episode 031

A wartime photo of the 166th Infantry Regiment Band taken in France. April 6 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. (Maj. Gen. Benson Hough Collection/Ohio Army National Guard Historical Collections)

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”

The Western Reserve – Episode 030

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”

Athena Headache – Episode 003

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”

Aquabear Turns 15, Celebrates With Two New Compilations – Pre-Order Now!

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.

PRE-ORDER + SUPPORT NOW BY CLICKING HERE

The Western Reserve – Double Cheeseburgerfest – Episode 028

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”

The Western Reserve – Episode 027

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”

The Western Reserve – 3rd Annual Ohio Christmas Spectacular – Episode 025

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”

The Western Reserve – Requests! Again! – Episode 023

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”

Athena Headache – Episode 002

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
Remainder
Weedghost
Dead Winds of Summer – “Whisperings of the Field”

The Western Reserve – Episode 021

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”

Athena Headache – Episode 001 | The Western Reserve – Episode 020

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)

THEME:
Weedghost – “Flowing Endless”

The Western Reserve – Athens 2001-2006 – Episode 19

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)”

 

The Western Reserve – Episode 18

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”

The Western Reserve – Guest Host: Emily Votaw – Episode 16

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 – Old 3C Records (part 2) – Episode 15

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”