101 – Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio talks The Emergency Room, his friendship with Mike Park and his daughter’s love of music.

Woah! Damian corners Dan Andriano and gets creepy with the Alkaline Trio bass player about his new group: Dan Andriano and the Emergency Room!!!

Woah! Damian corners Dan Andriano and gets creepy with the Alkaline Trio bass player about his new group: Dan Andriano and the Emergency Room!!!

WOAH! Dan Andriano! The Bass player and singer for ALKALINE TRIO is our guest on this week’s podcast! In this interview/chat we talk to Dan about his newest band, THE EMERGENCY ROOM! We also touch base on his relationship with Asian Man Records founder Mike Park, What Dan wanted to be when he grew up, and his daughter’s love of music. All of this and more in today’s episode!

This episode is brought to you by Ratio Beerworks!


Don’t miss Damian’s birthday drunk chat with Jeff Rosenstock from this same show at: http://mostlyharmlesspodcast.com/103-jeff-rosenstock-talks-we-cool-starting-a-new-band-being-30-the-end-of-bomb-the-music-industry-and-more/

This episode features the songs, “Enemie” & “Plain Old Whiskey,” from Dan Andriano and The Emergency Room’s new album, Party Adjacent; available now on Asian Man Records and Xtra Mile!

You can download the episode from Itunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mostly-harmless-with-dammit/id439812373



27 – Matt Allison of ATLAS STUDIOS (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, Menzingers, The Arrivals!)

Matt Allison of Atlas Studios is Camera shy… Why not look at a hot photo of his boards instead! If this was MTV Cribs, this would be where the magic happens!


Buddies! I’ve never had as magical a time as I’ve had in Chicago for Riot Fest 2012. But today’s episode is not about the adventure I had, but one of the Chicago specific heroes I met on my adventure.

I’ve been following the works of Matt Allison since I was 16 or 17 years old. It all started when I picked up a copy of BEN IS DEAD magazine or FLIPSIDE, don’t ask me which, because I do not remember now, in my early 30’s. I ordered a record by a then little known band called THE BROADWAYS. The Broadways would break up and soon spawn The Lawrence Arms, but not before introducing me to SLAPSTICK, TUESDAY, and ALKALINE TRIO.

Matt Allison at the time was just a young hungry music producer/engineer, but of my youth and many like my own, he was the man behind some of my favorite records. He was the man who recorded Alkaline Trio’s Goddammit. He recorded The Lawrence Arms “Apathy and Exhaustion.” He is responsible for such modern day miracles such as Smoke Or Fire’s “This Sinking Ship” to The Menzingers’ “Chamberlain Waits” and “On The Impossible Past.”

Matt Allison is the Duke of Chicago Punk Rock Royalty and he let me into his Kingdom. He let me walk around the place that he holds court and allowed a little man like me access to the man that would be king.

Of course I am over selling it all. Allison is only responsible for some of the most influential punk rock records of the last 15-20 years, but he’s humble, and awestruck with his success.

I have never been luckier than I was the day that Matt Allison allowed me to join him inside Atlas Studios. I had gotten lost, I was sweating profusely, I was loosing my voice, and I was in my own punk rock Mecca. Matt took me in and comforted me, welcomed me into his home. He was quiet and reserved, but not shy. He’s just not use to being the center of attention. He’s normally the guy who takes the attention and accents it with his magical tools.

We sat in the lounge of ATLAS STUDIOS and talked of many things. Among those things we talked about, we touched on mostly the following subjects:

  • What Matt Allison wanted to be when he grew up.
  • How he went from being a Guitar player to engineer.
  • Recording Uncle Tupelo’s FIRST Demo and setting them on the path to stardom with Wilco.
  • Opening up his own studio and why ATLAS.
  • How one hears music after recording it for so long.
  • How much music does one listen to after recording all day long.
  • The art of getting bands to play their best
  • How he feels about his mark on modern day punk rock
  • His favorite recordings of the year
  • Where does Atlas go from here!

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17 – THE DROWNING MEN talk their Origins, their connection to Flogging Molly and their new record, “ALL OF THE UNKNOWN!”

Is it hot in here, or just these handsome bastards?

Hello Friends! We join our new friends, THE DROWNING MEN in the parking lot of the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO. I make friends with the boys and we talk mostly about their origin story. How most of them became friends at such a young age and the things that shaped their lives into the men and musicians they have become. We also talk about their connection to Flogging Molly and how they have become the first band signed to Flogging Molly’s new record label, Borstal Beat Records, what it was like to open up for them night after night, and their new records, “ALL OF THE UNKNOWN.”

We open up the episode with the track “More Than This…” and we close the episode out with “Songbird.” Both from the band’s 2009 Debut, “BEHEADING OF THE SONGBIRD.”

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