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, AquabearÂ 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
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”
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”