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”

The Western Reserve – Old 3C Records (part 1) – Episode 14

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”

The Western Reserve – Episode 13

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”

The Western Reserve – Best of 2017 – Episode 12

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”

The Western Reserve – Second Annual Ohio Christmas Spectacular – Episode 11

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”

The Western Reserve – Episode 10

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 Western Reserve – Lorain/Cleveland (1997-2004) – Episode 9

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”

The Western Reserve – Episode 8

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”

The Western Reserve – Numero Ohio – Episode 7

Boddie Recording Company in Cleveland, Ohio in 1967. One of the many collections of Ohio music released by Numero Group.

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?”

The Western Reserve – Best of 2016 – Episode 6

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”

The Western Reserve – An Ohio Christmas – Episode 5

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)”

The Western Reserve – Episode 4

We’re back! This episode it is all about the music, no guests here. You will hear music from some of Ohio’s best and even a few songs from the amazing collections put together by the fine folks at Numero Group. Music from Dayton (Braniac and The Breeders), Athens (Hex Net, Caitlin Kraus-Torres, Weedghost), and a few selections from the massive Numero Group Ohio releases including The Four Mints and Lou Ragland & The Bandmasters. 45 minutes of great music from the Buckeye State. See you in a few weeks for episode 5.

Braniac – “Vincent Come On Down”
Extra Medium Pony – “Reindeer Boots”
The Four Mints – “Too Far Gone”
Angela Alexander & J.D Saddler – “Don’t Make Me Kill You”
Men of Gentle Birth – “Wake Up”
Hex Net – “Last Night”
Bridesmaid – “Curtisy Call”
Earwig (ft. Lydia Loveless) – “Wasted on You”
This Moment In Black History – “Family Day at Euclid Beach”
The Breeders – “The New Year”
Caitlin Kraus-Torres – “Waiting for the World”
Weedghost – “Excerpt from I”
Lou Ragland & The Bandmasters – “Party at Lester’s”

The Western Reserve – Anyway Records 25th Anniversary (part 2) – Episode 3

Jerry Wick (left) and Bela Koe Krompecher, photo by Jay Brown
Jerry Wick (left) and Bela Koe Krompecher, photo by Jay Brown

The Western Reserve is back with our third episode and part two of our interview with Anyway Records founder Bela Koe-Krompecher! Bela and Brian talk about what Anyway is doing now, the plan for the 25th anniversary celebration (September 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio), and we get to listen to another chunk of Ohio tunes curated by Bela including music from The Mice, Lydia Loveless, Goners, St. Lenox, The Sidekicks, Jenny Mae, New Bomb Turks, and more. Take a listen, share, and enjoy. Go over and checkout Anyway Records site too and buy some stuff, and go to Columbus this weekend and celebrate 25 years at Spacebar (Thursday, September  1) and Ace of Cups (Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3). See you in a few weeks for episode 4.

The Mice – “Little Rage”
St. Lenox –  “21st Century Blues”
Connections – “Month 2 Month”
Closet Mix – “It’s Better My Way”
Mary Lynn – “Funeral”
Goners – “Teenage Depression”
Jenny Mae – “Ho Bitch”
Moviola – “Broken Horses”
The Whiles – “Lonesome Reply”
Sidekicks – “Jesus Christ Supermalls”
Lydia Loveless – “Clumps”
New Bomb Turks – “Tail Crush”

The Western Reserve – Anyway Records 25th Anniversary (part 1) – Episode 2

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The Western Reserve returns with its second episode, the first of two parts celebrating the 25th anniversary of Columbus, Ohio’s Anyway Records! Anyway founder and mastermind Bela Koe-Krompecher joins us for episodes two and three to talk about his life, starting a record label, growing up in Ohio, continuing to find new bands after 25 years, and a whole lot more. In between we listen to a ton of Ohio music from the past few decades. Anyway is celebrating with a big party in Columbus on September 1-3, with the September 1st at Spacebar and September 2nd and 3rd at Ace of Cups. Find out more here.

Guided By Voices – “Motor Away”
Gaunt – “Jim Motherfucker”
Ass Ponys – “11:11”
Gibson Brothers – “The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing”
Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – “Rump Government”
V3 – “Negotiate Nothing”
Greenhorn – “Chemical Land”
Appalachian Death Ride – “Comin Around”
Scrawl – “Ready”
Mike Rep and the Quotas – “Aliens in our Midst”
Cheater Slicks – “I Think I’m Going Down”

The Western Reserve – Episode 1

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Aquabear has a brand new podcast! The Western Reserve focuses on all things Ohio music: past, present, and future. Mostly music but also some talk and eventually some interviews, guests, special event coverage, and more. Hosted by Brian Koscho and Produced by Brian along with Todd Jacops who helps with some engineering too. Enjoy this first episode and look for more soon. Full playlist is below! E-mail me at brian@aquabearlegion.com to tell me what you like or don’t like or to send in some music.

Connections – “Kate”
Appalachian Death Ride – “The Serpent”
Supernobody – “Old Strange Power”
Adam Remnant – “When I Was a Boy”
Bill Fox – “Over and Away She Goes”
Leggy – “Kick the Habit”
Wussy – “She’s Killed Hundreds”
Drift Mouth – “Franklin County Nights”
X____X – “Black Leather Rock”
Murderedman – “Corvette”
Water Witches – “Sea More”
Sardaukar – “Concrete/Sudden Change”
Swarming Branch – “Zsaszur’s Real Estate Song”