124 – Chris Farren (Fake Problems/Antarctigo Vespucci) talks depression, creative juices, working with Jeff Rosenstock and hints new album!

Punk Friend and Celebrity to all, CHRIS FARREN is on this week's Mostly Harmless Podcast!

Punk Friend and Celebrity to all, CHRIS FARREN is on this week’s Mostly Harmless Podcast!

WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?! Punk friend and celebrity to ALL, Chris Farren of Fake Problems & Antarctigo Vespucci  is the guest on this week’s Mostly Harmless Podcast!

This episode is brought to you by Ratio Beerworks and the Ratio Sessions!

Damian meets up with Chris while on tour with Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on American’s birthday, July 4th in Denver! Backstage at the Summit Music Hall, the two talk openly about depression, creativity and recharging your batteries before the two talk about Chris’s partnerships with Bomb The Music Industry’s Jeff Rosenstock! We even get a few hints about Chris’s upcoming album! All of this and more in this week’s podcast adventure!

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

 

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103 – JEFF ROSENSTOCK talks We Cool? Starting a new band, being 30, the end of Bomb the Music Industry and more!

JEFF ROSENSTOCK approves of Damian's birthday drunk chat show in Denver!

JEFF ROSENSTOCK approves of Damian’s birthday drunk chat show in Denver!

YES! JEFF ROSENSTOCK! The onetime madman behind BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY talks to us today about his new self-titled band and the new record, WE COOL? Not only that, Damian gets birthday drunk and chats with Jeff about Zines vs Podcasts, turning 30, Getting off the couch, being a lifer in music, The Bomb documentary and so much more!

Don’t miss the much more sober chat with Dan Andriano at: http://mostlyharmlesspodcast.com/101-dan-andriano-from-alkaline-trio-talks-the-emergency-room-his-friendship-with-mike-park-and-his-daughters-love-of-music/

 
This episode is brought to you by Ratio Beerworks!

This episode features the songs, “Hey Allison!” & “Nausea,” from Jeff Rosenstock’s record WE COOL? out now on SideOneDummy Records and Quote Unquote Records!

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

 

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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

 

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84 – LEMURIA chat about Turnstile Comix, Entertainment Weekly, becoming comic book characters, being comfortable with each other and more!

Sugar, Spice and everything nice with some hobo named Damian.

Lemuria in Denver! Sugar, Spice and everything nice (I’ll let you figure out which is which!) with some hobo named Damian.

LEMURIA are our guests this week on the Mostly Harmless Podcast! We meet up and interview Alex, Max and Sheena in the basement green room of the Hi-Dive in Denver! We chat with them about their newest release and appearance in Turnstile Comix #3, working with Mitch Clem, appearing in Entertainment Weekly, and the art of becoming a comic book characters in both Turnstile #3 and Li’l Depressed Boy!

We also talk with the band about being comfortable with each other, First musical memories, their personal defining moments in the band, and where do they take their career from here. Max talks about joining the band while Sheena talks about the art of baking and Alex talks about Art of The Underground records and screenprinting!

This episode features the tracks, “Chihuly” from 2013’s The Distance Is So Big and “Christine Perfect” from Turnstile Comix #3!

Check out photos from the show by Jacki Vitetta:
http://newnoisemagazine.com/photos-lemuria-it-it-hybrid-mash-up-band-rips-or-ripz-depending-ask-hi-dive-denver/

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

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83 – Sharkanoid! Dan Potthast (Mu330) & Rick Johnson (Mustard Plug) chat about their new project!

Dammit Damian in a Rick Johnson & Dan Potthast Sharkanoid bunny sandwich!

Dammit Damian in a Rick Johnson & Dan Potthast Sharkanoid bunny sandwich!

This week’s interview is with DAN POTTHAST from Mu330 and RICK JOHNSON from Cold War Studios & Mustard Plug! They  join Damian at the Gothic Theater in Denver, Colorado to talk about their new Pop-Punk concept album, Sharkanoid and how Guided by Voices inspired the creation of this record.

Rick spills the beans on why Ian Graham from Cheap Girls is no longer employed by Mustard Plug, and the two reflect on their first meetings, their first record purchases, adult jobs and real life, tour life and more! Dan talks about jumping into the Mustard Plug van and Rick tells us about the wait behind the new Mustard Plug record, Can’t Contain It!

This episode features the tracks, “Pillow Fight,” & “Fall Into Shame”  from Sharkanoid’s Have A Great Summer. 

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

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82 – HARD GIRLS interview! The band talks about their experiences with Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels and Classics of Love, their new record A Thousand Surfaces & going for it at 30 years old! Mike also talks Shinobu!

HARD GIRLS members  Max,  (with Dammit Damian in center) Mike and Morgan posing along side musical idol Scott Ian Of Anthrax at the Moon Room/Summit Music Hall in Denver

HARD GIRLS members Max, (with Dammit Damian in center) Mike and Morgan posing along side musical idol Scott Ian Of Anthrax at the Moon Room/Summit Music Hall in Denver

HARD GIRLS are our guest this week on the Mostly Harmless Podcast! We join up with Mike Huguenor, Morgan Herrell & Max Feshbach at the tail end of the band’s longest tour in Denver, Colorado. We talk to the band about their newest record, A Thousand Surfaces, and the road that led them to taking the band seriously. The band tells stories about working with Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels and being a part of Classics Of Love, touring with Andrew Jackson Jihad, working with Mike Park and what he thought about the band going for it fulltime at 30 years old! All this and more in today’s audio interview!

Mike Huguenor also talks to us a bit about the upcoming Shinobu release, 10 Thermidor.

This episode features the tracks, “The Quark,” & “996 Tears”  from A Thousand SurfacesThe episode ends with the new Shinobu track, “The Void,” from 10 Thermidor!

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

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77 – Sundials and Dowsing along with Photographer Alissa Reynolds

Dowsing, Sundials and photographer Alissa Reynolds fighting trolls under the Golden Gate bridge.

What ever happened to predictability? When you’re lost out there and your all alone, A light is waiting to carry you home… Dowsing, Sundials and photographer Alissa Reynolds at the Golden Gate bridge.

SUNDIALS, DOWSING & photographer ALISSA REYNOLDS chat with us from within the bus known as Busrog in Denver, Colorado while on tour with The Sidekicks! In this episode, Damian chugs a ton of whiskey and jumps into the Dowsing van to do a round table chat about touring life, where they grew up and came into their own, their respective records and what they learn about themselves and each other in their cramped quarters. All this and so much more in today’s audio adventure. This episode includes the tracks “710” & “Mosby Blues” from When I Couldn’t Breath by Sundials and “Get Weird” & “I Don’t Even Care Anymore” from I Don’t Even Care Anymore by Dowsing.

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

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60 – THE WILD from Atlanta interview! We talk to the band about the loss of Anthony Poynter, recording with Laura Jane Grace, DREAMS ARE MAPS and more!

Getting Wild with THE WILD (Get it? GET IT?!) in the bathroom of the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. (Left to Right - Kylie, Dakota, Witt, Dianna and Damian on the Can.)

Getting Wild with THE WILD (Get it? GET IT?!) in the bathroom of the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. (Left to Right – Kylie, Dakota, Witt, Dianna and Damian on the Can.)

This week’s interview is with THE WILD from Atlanta, Georgia (as well as other parts of the US.) We join THE WILD ATL (Witt, Diana & Dakota) in the backstage basement of the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins where the band is on tour with The Front Bottoms and You Blew It. We talk to the band about  their musical origins, first records, touring with Andrew Jackson Jihad, and working with Laura Jane Grace! We also talk to the band about the loss of their friend Anthony Poynter and how that factored into their new albums, Dreams Are Maps as well as the effects it has had on their lives and careers.

NEXT WEEK: The Front Bottoms!

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This episode features the tracks “There’s a Darkness (but There’s also a Light)” and “New Houses.” Both songs are from 2013’s Dreams Are Maps, recorded by Laura Jane Grace. Out now on Asian Man Records and Quote Unquote Records.  Find it on Bandcamp as well.

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31 – THE ATOM AGE (Asian Man Records) & YALE STEWART Comic book creator of JL8 & Gifted

THE ATOM AGE come from an era of secrecy, spies and all around FUN. Yale Stewart, creator of JL8 talks about his early days of Fun and how it created a world wide comic phenomenon!

THE ATOM AGE come from an era of secrecy, spies and all around FUN. Yale Stewart, creator of JL8 talks about his early days of Fun and how it created a world wide comic phenomenon!

 

Today we bring you what will be the start of some new programming here at the Mostly Harmless Pod. We love comic books. We love Movies. We looooove Music! Why not combine our loves and showcase them to the world! So today we bring you an episode that combines our love of Punk/ska with Comics?!?!

Our first interview in today’s episode is with YALE STEWART, world famous creator of GIFTED and of the critically acclaimed, award winning JL8! JL8 is of course the web comic that re-imagines The Justice League (Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Ect…) as eight year old kids in Day care!

We talk about Yale’s early art years and not only how he came to find comic books, but how he came to create them!

We then switch focus to the band that would fit right at home in a re-imagining of a BOND FILM, if filmed in 1950’s southern California. I’m of course talking about THE ATOM AGE. A 1950’s esque rock n roll band meets Rocket from The Crypt meets Voodoo Glow Skulls!

We talk about how the band came to form, how they found their sound, how THE QUEERS paved the way and why they play the music they play!

All this and MORE as this episode of Mostly Harmless With Dammit Damian breaks our all time downloads record!!!

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Top 10 of 2012 plus Mostly Harmless Podcast Mixtape!

Before I get started here, I’m not a music reviewer. There is a reason I stick mostly to interviews. I’m not really good at explaining the WHY of why I like something. My passions come from a more gut sense of things. Below I’ll try to put into words why I liked these ten records of 2012. Hopefully I convey some idea of why these albums are great and perhaps you will check out the mixtape I’ve made!

All songs count down to Number 10 to #1! You can also find the mix over at Spotify (http://open.spotify.com/user/damian.burford/playlist/3VMXIvPK8apjtI5S19ORzY) or you can download the mix at: http://mostlyharmlesspodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Mostly-Harmless-Best-of-2012.zip

At any time these albums could be switched around, so while this is my top 10 and I spent hours deciding the order, tomorrow it could all change, but still be very relevant.

About my listening process: I have OCD of sorts in that I will listen to an album over and over and over until I get tired of it, or something else comes along to take its place. I tried to order these albums in the order in which they were most listened to, and I also factored in the “Stuck in my head factor,” which is usually what leads me to pull out an album and rock it out again.

Please read, take a listen, and let me know what you think! What did I miss? What were your favorite albums of the year?

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