98 – LIZ PRINCE (Tomboy / Clarence) & Sam Spina (Regular Show & Nickelodeon’s Hole) From Denver Comic Con

Dammit Damian and Liz Prince! (Author of TOMBOY & Will You Still Love Me If I Wet My Bed) $100 BFF club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dammit Damian and Liz Prince! (Author of TOMBOY & Will You Still Love Me If I Wet My Bed) $100 BFF club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week we have two interviews from DENVER COMIC CON!! First off, we do a man on the street style chat with SAM SPINA, indie comix creator turned Nickelodeon Cartoon Creator and Storyboard artist for REGULAR SHOW!!

Then Dammit Damian hosts a Panel interview with the almighty LIZ PRINCE! Liz Prince is of course the artist of the graphic novel TOMBOY and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed, and Ignatz award winning comic. You may have also seen Liz’s work grace the covers of Masked Intruder records, Razorcake Magazine or taking over the world of the Tumblrspheer.

Liz was in Denver to celebrate her newest book, Clarence from Boom Studios and based on the Cartoon Network show! We chatted about her punk rock roots, the importance of participating and being honest with the world and oh so much more in our AWESOMELY intimate Denver Comic Con Panel!

AND NOT TO MENTION I GOT TURNED INTO A LIZ PRINCE COMIC! IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s an interview Damian did for New Noise Magazine about Tomboy:
http://newnoisemagazine.com/artist-spotlight-punk-rock-cartoonist-liz-prince/

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

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94 – SUCCESS from Seattle talk about chasing Success, Bottlecap Recording, and working with Toby Jeg & Red Scare Industries!

Aaron-Rev Peters & Austin Jones of SUCCESS, after a SUCCESSFUL interview with Dammit Damian!

Aaron-Rev Peters & Austin Jones of SUCCESS, after a SUCCESSFUL interview with Dammit Damian!

This week I interview SUCCESS! I join members Aaron-Rev Peters and Austin Jones outside the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado! We talk with the band members about chasing Success, Bottlecap Studios, joining Red Scare Industries & working with Toby Jeg. We also find time to talk to the band about their Seattle hometown scene, building your own scene, participating in your town and oh so many ways that you and your own band can find SUCCESS!

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

This episode features the tracks “22nd Street,” & “Lives That We Deserve” from Radio Rebelion; out now on Red Scare Industries!

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56 – MASKED INTRUDER! A hilarious interview with the band about their first loves, first thefts, first records, thought on the films High Fidelity, E.T. and more!

Masked Intruder and Officer Bradford at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. You can't see it, but Blue is intruding my back pockets at this moment.....

Masked Intruder and Officer Bradford at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. You can’t see it, but Blue is intruding my back pockets at this moment…..

Be prepared to laugh your ass off!  For this interview, MASKED INTRUDER join us from backstage of the FAT TOUR 2013! They tell us the tales of their first loves, first thefts, and their first records! They also dispense valuable relationship advice, discuss the finer points of High Fidelity, their ideal women, E.T. and more!

This episode was recorded backstage at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins where the band performed with Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag and Get Dead!

This episode features, “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone Tonight,” and “Wish You Were Mine” from 2012’s Self-titled album on Red Scare and Fat Wreck Chords! 

 

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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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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!

For more information on Matt Allison and Atlas Studios please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlas-Studios/296921849792
http://twitter.com/Atlas_Chicago
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