Episode 12: A solo take on “Tommy (OST)” by The Who

On this edition of “Side Tracks with Rusty Pate,” I talk about “Tommy” by The Who. Rather than focusing on the 1969 album version, I look at the 1975 soundtrack for the Ken Russell film.

I talk about the strange and disjointed story (15:00) the questionable inclusion of torture and molestation imagry (21:25) and Pete Townshend’s 2002 child porn allegations (21:57).

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” off their “WARPIG” EP.

 

Episode 11: a solo take on “The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion”

This week I dive into one of my favorite albums of all time – The Black Crowes “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.”

The early 1990s were a strange time. The American festival scene began to take it’s baby steps with the first Lollapalooza tours, the pop charts were ruled by country music for the first time and the entire rock world focused it’s glare on a community of musicians in Seattle.

In this pod, I talk about 1992. I give a brief history of the Crowes, a track-by-track rundown of “Southern Harmony” and talk about how this album shaped my outlook on music and art.

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” off their “WARPIG” EP.

Episode 10 – A solo take on Kiss “Alive II”

This week, I’m rolling solo. For the next few weeks, I will be in full monologue mode discussing the albums that shaped my love for music. First off is Kiss “Alive II” from 1977. This was the first album that I picked out on my own and my first proper introduction to heavier music than I had heard. I talk about why the album was so important to me, how the death of Elvis and the rise of punk fit into the Kiss universe and the problems I have with the band’s later era.

I also draw heavily from a Chuck Klosterman article published on Grantland.com.

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Pick up your copy today from their Bandcamp page.

Episode 9: Talking music with Izzy Rock

Izzy Rock has been a podcast host since 2012, first on his own “Tales from the Hardside” and later as a co-host and producer of “The Gem City Podcast.” His “Storytellers” pods are an incredible resource for the vibrant Dayton, Ohio music scene.

We talk about what Izzy has been listening to lately, what he listened to in his formative years, his passion for the Dayton music scene and he revisits some of his favorite concerts he’s attended.

Make sure to head to check out Izzy’s pods:
Tales from the Hardside
The Gem City Podcast

As always, special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for allowing me to use their track “Cut You Loose” from their 2017 EP “WARPIG.”

Episode 8: Talking Big Star with Don Thrasher

This episode features the triumphant return of Don Thrasher. Thrasher has written about music in Dayton, Ohio since the early 1990s. He has also played drums for influential bands like Swearing at Motorists and Guided by Voices. He currently mans the skins for Smug Brothers.

Under the microscope this time: Big Star’s 1970s albums. Thrasher begins with a thorough history of the band and talks about why he loves them so much. Album discussions include: “#1 Record” (29:26), “Radio City” (39:50) and “Third/Sister Lovers” (45:46).

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Pick up your copy today from their Band Camp page.

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Episode 7: Talking singer/songwriters with David Payne

For episode seven, David Payne joins the show. The front man for The New Old-Fashioned has a lot going on at the moment. Preliminary work has begun on that band’s next release, but Payne has kept busy in the meantime. An impromptu home demo recording session turned out so well that he has decided to release the tracks.

On this podcast, Payne talks about that new EP “Cheaper than Therapy” (0:40). He performs the songs “Cheaper than Therapy” (6:04) and “Silver & Gold” (18:18). We talk about John Prine’s 1971 self-titled debut release (23:00), Ryan Adam’s 2002 album “Demolition” (40:30) and Shrug’s 2005 release “Whole Hog for the Macho Jesus” (56:42).

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Pick up your copy today from their Band Camp page.

Episode 6: Talking The Monkees with Chad Wells

For episode 6, Chad Wells drops in. Wells currently helms the psychedelic-tinged band Cricketbows. We kick off the conversation with talk about their new EP “Communion” (1:00) and their full-length film “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky” (3:15). Chad also plays an exclusive solo acoustic performance of the track “Games People Play” (8:14).

Chad tells us why The Monkees are the “cornerstone from which all other music is judged” for him (12:33). The deep dive into the albums begins with “Headquarters” (19:14), “Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, LTD” (42:00), “The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees”(52:05) and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Head” (1:02:09).

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP WARPIG. Pick up your copy today from their Band Camp page.

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Episode 5: Talking Inspiration with Harold Hensley


In episode five, Harold Hensley stops by. Hensley is the guitarist and singer for The Repeating Arms. He also has a new solo album coming out in the fall of 2017. In a “Side Tracks” first, Hensley played a couple tunes for us. “Songs of Home” (6:21) and “Pose” (16:10) will both be featured on that forthcoming solo effort. We dive into Hensley’s album choices with Bright Eye’s 2005 masterpiece “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” (19:20). We then move to Monsters of Folk’s self-titled debut (29:10) from 2009, Matt Costa’s 2006 debut “Songs We Sing” (41:36) and Doug Martsch’s “Now We Know” (57:08) from 2002. Thanks as always to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” from their 2017 EP WARPIG.

Episode 4: Talking comedy with Chef Ja


Episode four features Jason Mosely (Chef Ja). We  kick off with a discussion of the “Game of Thrones” season seven premiere (2:18) before jumping into a new batch of stand up specials. We talk about Rory Scovel’s new hour “Tries Stand Up for the First Time (22:50). Our classic choice this time is Patrice O’Neal’s “Elephant in the Room” (34:38). We talk a little about the forthcoming “Destiny 2” video game (50:10) and Mosley gives a prediction about Detroit’s future (52:57).

The theme music is “Cut You Loose” by Frontier Folk Nebraska, from their 2017 EP WARPIG.

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For more info about Rory Scovel, click HERE

 

Episode 3: Talking Brian Eno with Don Thrasher

Don Thrasher stops by for the first edition of a new segment dubbed “From the Used Bin,” where we find some underappreciated artists or works and discuss why they deserve more attention. This episode focuses on Brian Eno’s four mid-1970s vocal albums.

Don talks about when he discovered these Eno albums (1:34) and gives a brief overview of what makes Eno such a unique figure in music history. We briefly talk about Smug Brothers latest album “Disco Maroon“(7:03). The deep dives into the Eno albums kicks off with “Another Green World” (10:35), followed by “Here Come The Warm Jets” (16:51) “Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)” (27:01) and finally touching on some of Eno’s producing credits and “Before and After Science” (35:24).

These four Eno albums are also being re-released on 180 gram vinyl remastered for half-speed 45 RPM playback. For more info, click here.

As always, thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music from their 2017 EP “WARPIG