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Chris Bernat from C H R A S H
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October 10, 2016 06:49 PM PDT
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Chris Bernat from C H R A S H interview and music feature. Our Ohio mini-tour show preview featuring song clips from "Things My Friends Say" and a song by Third Class "All My Words" from "Hymns from Some Small Town." http://www.jimmyfro.com

Josh Roman rewind CHRASH and new KoRn song
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October 02, 2016 04:23 PM PDT
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We review an older interview taped in 2013 with guitarist and engineer Josh Roman. Songs from Chrash, Emily Rodgers, The Heretics, Asleep and the new KoRn song featuring Corey Taylor. Some episodes are worth repeating. http://www.Jimmyfro.com

CHROME MOSES and the Pittsburgh music scene
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September 22, 2016 05:08 PM PDT
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Before their show at Suzies Dogs and Drafts in Youngstown Ohio, the guys from Pittsburgh's CHROME MOSES chatted with me and we listened to clips from their EP. More at http://www.jimmyfro.com

Baroque Monody interview and album feature
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August 16, 2016 05:58 PM PDT
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We preview "Aphrodite Laughs" the 2nd installment in the Emperor / Empress record series. Also includes tracks from Cocteau Twins, Michael Sweet, Russian Circles, and True Widow.
More at http://www.jimmyfro.com

What I didn't know about Mark Kano and Athenaeum
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July 31, 2016 11:56 AM PDT
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Interview with once Atlantic Records recording artist Mark Kano from ATHENAEUM (recorded in 2013 / audio only)

In the summer of 1998 I pulled into my driveway listening to 107.9 THE END. I heard a song come on the radio that somehow at first listen reminded me of a souped up hypothetical rendition of a modern Tommy Tutone song. It felt 80’s-ish but then I hear this vocal enter, and it’s this deep resonant voice with serious character; almost like a Crash Test Dummie Lite vocal quality. Once the pre-chorus of their break through song “What I Didn’t Know” began, I was instantly hooked. My band Full Circle actually covered the song and had great response playing it out. After several personnel changes, Mark and Nick Brown recorded an eight song EP in 1995 with bassist Alex McKinney and lead guitarist Grey Brewster. The “Green Album,” as it is widely known, sold about 10,000 copies. The album was self-released and also distributed by Redeye Distribution. In 1996 Athenaeum signed a deal with EMI Publishing, Atlantic Records, and released the album “Radiance.” Whereas most rock songs have a blues or major scale tonality, “Radiance” while accessible, had many songs with suspenseful progressions made up of minor chords with interesting moments of charismatic dissonance offset by catchy emotive vocal melodies. The over-all album sound, I have to say is pretty.. but dense with tasteful guitar over-lays that for me, served as sort of a soundtrack for sunlight. The album ended up being my favorite CD of that summer and to this day in my desert island top 20 album pantheon. One of the many great moments in the interview is when Mark paints the picture of the setting when the band got word that they were getting a record deal.
More on Radiance HERE.

Athenaeum went through a few line-up changes and picked up guitarist/singer/songwriter Mike Garrigan, who’s band COLLAPSIS was signed by Universal Records. Mark talked about a few challenges and monkey-wrench events that ultimately played a significant part in weighing down the success of their second full release LP “Athenaeum” self titled.
Mark released a solo album “Walking on Broadway” in 2009 and still plays acoustic shows occasionally with Mike Garrigan.

“Be humble and open to co-writing with tons of other people, because at the end of the day.. ..we were always so protective of our art, we had plenty of opportunities to write with other people but didn’t, and in hindsight I think that ended up being a mistake.” -Mark Kano

After listening to the interview several times going through the post-editing process, I concluded that this interview among all the podcast interviews I’ve done, contains the most useful information and wise advice coming from a humble guy. Mark, just as he is a lyrical word-smith, he also spoke cautiously about offering advice to artists; noting that he can only reflect and speak to his own particular circumstances. I found him to be incredibly grounded, well adjusted, and grateful to have recorded and performed on such a big stage at a relatively high level.

I’d like to thank Shane Oneil for supporting and financing the Athenaeum show in 2004. Without his trust in me and being a fan of the band, I wouldn’t have established the contact with Mark, nor would I have met Mike Garrigan who has helped me tremendously in my own musical endeavors.

R E V I V E Fest 2016 preview
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July 11, 2016 01:21 PM PDT
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Revive Fest organizers Jimmy D, Brian McCale, and Jimmy Martin listen to song clips from the bands who will perform at this years Revive Fest at BnO Station in Youngstown Ohio Sat July 16th, 2pm Listen to songs from Where's Winona Now, 5 Elements LIVE, Tropidelic, Vibe & Direct, Colorblind, Spirit of the Bear, Jones for Revival,PEEKER, and Cosmic Lemons.

Red Wanting Blue dinner chat - Greatest Eps
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July 03, 2016 04:08 PM PDT
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Red Wanting Blue met us for “Linner” at a small restaurant in Akron Ohio, to promote their album “Little America.” In the early 2000’s we visited the House of Blues in Cleveland Ohio and watched this dynamic rock band just own the stage and the crowd. We were late to the RWB table finding out later about songs like “Playlist,” and although we hadn’t heard any of Red Wanting Blue’s music, their commanding performance, emotive baritone vocals, and stage charisma impressed us none the less.

You won’t meet a nicer bunch of well-adjusted rock n rollers which allows them musically to showcase their lyrics and vocals, which they say is a feature their fans like most about their music; however, there are no slouches or inflatable auto-players in this band. My high school band director said something that has stuck with me: “The most musical moments sometimes happen during a rest in the music.” You would know instantly if some of the nearly subliminal guitar melodies and embellishments were removed from the Red Wanting Blue sound-profile, and just the same, while Mark and Dean are not out front; you want solid players like those guys driving the rhythm chassis of your music. Scott Terry has one of those giant voices that has it’s own gravity, and while as a person he shows no sign of megalomania or rock-star ego; it’s impossible to ignore how much of their music revolves around his rich gritty vocals and relate-able lyrics. They’re a great band to see live. Make sure you check them out on facebook or their website to see when they’re playing near you.
Special thanks to RWB drummer Dean Anshutz, Josh Bloom, and Sam Buonavolonta from SAM GOODWILL for pulling the strings to make this interview happen. Thank you to all of the guys from Red Wanting Blue for being easy-going and down to earth. In light of Waterloo Restaurant being unaware of the audio aspect of podcast interviews, I would still like to thank the staff for being so accommodating. The recording came out pretty good all things considered. We did ask for a quiet spot in the back but I think they thought we wanted the table closest to the silverware utensil dump-bin. Family restaurant diners are just not the ideal podcast studios they once were. winking
Listen to the entire WTF with Marc Maron / Billy Gibbons interview at WTFpod.com

Scott Terry – vocals, tenor guitar, ukulele
Mark McCullough – bass, chapman stick, vocals
Greg Rahm – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Eric Hall – guitar, lap steel, vocals
Dean Anshutz – drums & percussion

Jim and Erics awesome Summer Mixtape Ep
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June 21, 2016 04:02 PM PDT
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Songs by TWIABP, Declan McKlenna the Hotelier, Mae, Define Irony, Shiloh Hawkins & Jimmy Martin, Pet Symmetry, Aaron West & the Roaring 20s, Teddy Bears, and we talk about the podcast Serial and Undisclosed, plus This American Life.

Rick S of Extra Medium Pony
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June 13, 2016 07:19 PM PDT
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Rick talks about distribution in Japan, how to write a song, Cleveland's Happy Dog Venue, and music festivals. Song clips from EXTRA MEDIUM PONY
Interview. Also features music by The Whigs, Sebadoh, Stephen Malkmus and Babymetal.BUY EMP music at https://extramediumponyforsure.bandcamp.com/ More at http://www.Jimmyfro.com

Johnnie Cluney daytrotter illustrator Bedroom Shrine
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June 06, 2016 07:00 PM PDT
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Known for his hand-drawn artist portraits for daytrotter sessions, Johnnie Cluney talks about his process and his band Bedroom Shrine, Rock & Roll, NWA, Punk, coffee, and metal. Music by Bedroom Shrine, the dambuilders, and a new song from CHRASH. Buy Bedroom Shrine music here-> http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bedroomshine More at http://www.jimmyfro.com

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