130 – NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND chat about Baseball, politics, the-midwest and their new record Live At Grumpy’s!

Nato Coles and The Blue Diamond Band getting rowdy at the Hi-Dive in Denver!

Nato Coles and The Blue Diamond Band getting rowdy at the Hi-Dive in Denver!

NATO COLES AND THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND are this week’s special guest on Mostly Harmless Podcast!

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

 

This isn’t an interview with Nato Coles and The Blue Diamond Band, I could barely get a question in with the band. This is a glimpse into life on the road with the wild and crazy antics of a band that knows each other well. They bicker, they argue, they talk all over each other, but most importantly they have fun with each other.

We sit back in the basement of the Hi-Dive in Denver, I hit record of my handheld recorder and let it fly. We talk all over the place about The Simpsons, Politics, baseball, the Mid-West and eventually we get around to talking about music, influences and what makes the Blue Diamond band tick. All this and more in this fun and ridiculous chat.

 

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92 – CHRIS FOGAL Interview on DWAYNE’s debut LP, Black In Bluhm’s success and more!

The puppet master, Chris Fogal, at work in Black In Bluhm studios in Denver!

The puppet master, Chris Fogal, at work in Black In Bluhm studios in Denver!

CHRIS FOGAL! In this week’s interview we join The Gamits front man at his recording studio, Black In Bluhm, to talk about the studio’s success, Denver at large and his new band: DWAYNE’s self-titled debut on Paper + Plastick!

This episode is brought to you by Ratio Beerworks & Death Wish Coffee!

We’re happy that to have Fogal return to the show. We talked about Fogal’s origins, The Gamits & more in Episode 4 waaaay back in 2013!

In this week’s interview we join Fogal back at Black In Bluhm after 3 and a half years to talk about his success as an engineer & musician, if he’s a workaholic & The Denver Scene at large! We also talk about Dwayne, Fogal’s new band with Andy Tanner (Laymen Terms), Michael Marti (Sweden’s Goodbye Fairbanks & Midrake) Andy Tomas (Only Thunder/Tin Horn Prayer) & touring drummer Justin Forrest (Dirty Few & many more)! All of this and more in today’s audio interview!

This episode features the tracks “Be With Me” & “I’ma Going To Hell,” both from the self-titled debut from Dwayne. Available now from Paper  + Plastick.

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88 – Denver’s Dirty Few get clean about their origin story & Ratio Beerworks talks beers, punk rock and conquering Denver’s crowded beer scene!

dirty few web

This week’s episode features interview with Denver’s DIRTY FEW & Ratio Beerworks!

Please welcome our newest sponsor, RATIO BEERWORKS! We chat with founders Jason zumBrunnen & Zach Lowery tell us why Denver needs another brewery, how they work their punk rock origins into the Ratio & their upcoming grand opening on Saturday February 14th! Don’t miss the upcoming Mostly Harmless Live Talk Show Variety hour on Thursday Feb 12th & taste some of their delicious beverages for FREE!

We then meet up with Denver’s most notorious party band, DIRTY FEW and chat about going to military school, smoking weed, Louisiana living, moving to Denver and van trouble on tour. Most importantly we talk about their newest record, Party Or Don’t, out February 19th & 20th at the Hi-Dive Denver! Don’t miss my other interview with the band and album stream at Vice Magazine’s Noisey Blog: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/dirty-few-party-or-dont-album

This episode features the tracks “Been Drinking”  from the upcoming Party Or Don’t LP out Feb 19th on Black In Bluhm! You can pre-order the record at: http://blackinbluhmmusic.bandcamp.com. The episode also features the track “I Wanna Party With You” from the Get Loose, Have Fun LP.

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87 – Tim O’Hara from The Lillingtons, Brutal Youth, Stabbed In Back tells it all!

Lions, Tigers and Tim O'Hara of The Lillingtons, Stabbed in Back and Brutal Youth at Mutiny Information Exchange in Denver!

Lions, Tigers and Tim O’Hara of The Lillingtons, Stabbed in Back and Brutal Youth at Mutiny Information Exchange in Denver!

Woah! We get in deep with this week’s interview with TIM O’HARA, the founding drummer of THE LILLINGTONS, the founder of Stabbed in Back & the new drummer for Toronto, Canada hardcore act: BRUTAL YOUTH!

We meet up with Tim at the “divey” Denver pizzeria, The Pie Hole while Tim was in town to see Good Riddance & Pinhead Circus/Nobodys!

We sit back with Tim and we talk to him about about marriage, Mormon missions, drumming, middle school band politics, missing the boat on Fat Wreck Chords and oh so much more in this in depth interview! Interview starts at 11:00 in!

This episode features the tracks “Contrarian”  from the upcoming Bottoming Out 7″ out Feb 24th on Paper + Plastick! The episode also features the track “Boul. Saint-Laurent” from Brutal Youth’s Stay Honest LP, which you can purchase via Bandcamp and pay what you want! The episode ends with “I Saw the Apeman (Walking on the Moon)” from The Lillingtons record Death By Television.

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86 – Scooter James Interview! Story time with the Pinhead Circus, Love Me Destroyer, Tin Horn Prayer & Ol’ Hickory front man!

Bearded Birthday Buddies, Handsome Man Social Club meeting with Scooter James and Dammit Damian!

Bearded Birthday Buddies, Handsome Man Social Club meeting with Scooter James and Dammit Damian!

It’s story time with SCOOTER JAMES! Jimmy Pinhead himself sits down with Damian on the freezing cold patio at Illegal Pete’s in Denver to drink several pitchers of Coors Lite while chatting about the upcoming Pinhead Circus reunion shows with the NOBODYS!

We talk for a little over an hour, that was recorded. We talked about Scooter’s first guitar, becoming a father, tour hi-jinks with the Nobodys, being a mid-level punk rock band in the 90’s and oh so much more. We even find time to talk about Pinhead Circus’s famous former drummer, Brandon Barnes of Rise Against Fame! All this and oh so much more as we try to stay warm on a cold, cold, Friday night at Illegal Pete’s!

Check out Pinhead Circus this weekend with the NOBODYS. January 30th at the Triple Nickel Tavern in Colorado Springs & January 31st at the Hi-Dive in Denver!

This episode features the tracks “Carefree Metal Daze,” from Detailed Instructions for the Self Involved & the Cinema Beer Bellies! This episode ends with a live version of “Detailed Instructions for the Self Involved,” taken from their 2008 reunion show at the Marquis Theater. 

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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/

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80 – Speedy Ortiz interview! The band talks about how they gained their musical superpowers, the geography of Middle America and Comic Books.

speedyortizHot Damn! SPEEDY ORTIZ are our guests today on The Mostly Harmless Podcast! We meet up with the band in the basement green room of the Hi-Dive. We have a free flowing chat with the band that covers topics such as their early musical origin stories, how they chose their instruments, the geography or middle America and comic books!

Songs from this episode include: “Everything’s Bigger” from their EP, Real Hair and “Doomsday” from their brand new split 7″ with Chris Weisman for Famous Class’s LAMC single series!

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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.

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54 – DAVID DONDERO! An interview with the acclaimed singer songwriter about his battle to get sober, His early musical moments and life on the road!

David Dondero and Damian showing off their appreciated of fine flannels.

David Dondero and Damian showing off their appreciated of fine flannels.

 

DAVID DONDERO, the critically acclaimed songwriter is our guest on the show this week! We join him in the basement of the Hi-Dive in Denver, Colorado for an in depth talk about the singer’s early life, how he discovered Punk Rock & Rap, learning to play music and starting his first bands! We then talk about his transitions from punk rock drummer to acoustic songwriter, Sunbrain, This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb and his writing style. Then we move in and talk a little about his reasons for sobering up!

All of this plus David serenades us with Newcleus’s “Jam on It!”

This episode features, “This Guitar” (Guitar Version) from 2013’s This Guitar and “The Real Tina Turner” from Golden Hits, Volume 1.

 

 

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52 – NATIVE DAUGHTERS interview! Members of the band discuss their early musical obsessions, growing up in the Colorado music scene, the end of Mustangs and Madras and the world of Native Daughters!

Native Daughters at the Hi-Dive as captured by their friend "Oscar." Photo stolen from Facebook.

Native Daughters at the Hi-Dive as captured by their friend “Oscar.” Photo stolen from Facebook.

NATIVE DAUGHTERs members Justin Hackl, Thomas Chagolla , and Eddie Maestas-Vigil join us for this week’s Mostly Harmless. We also debut “Happy New Year Nurse” from the band’s upcoming EP!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have known Justin Hackl since 2008, when I witnessed Only Thunder open for Hot Water Music on their reunion tour at the Gothic Theater. Justin’s future band mates, Mustangs and Madras would also join in the supporting duties.

While working at The Triple Nickel Tavern in Colorado Springs, and booking Only Thunder, I became fast friends with Justin and the band’s many members. Since their demise, I have kept a close eye on Justin and his many projects, but none as close as his newest project: Native Daughters.

The Denver five-piece is remarkable in that it features two drummers, both front and center of the band. It reminds me of the old Nickelodeon cartoon, DOUG in which he starts a band with two drummers. Only with Native Daughter’s it is not a gimmick. It is a well orchestrated musical entity all on its own. Each member plays a separate part, and becomes a separate organ working to keep the larger entity alive.

That’s not all that makes this band special. We join the band at 3 Kings Tavern in Denver to talk with three of the five pieces members about their early musical obsessions. We also talk to the boys about the influence of the Colorado music scene on their early endeavors, the end of their former band and the beginning of Native Daughters. All of that and More!

Plus we debut a new song, “Happy New Year Nurse,” from their upcoming three song EP!

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