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?


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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Rock N Roll with Tom May. Oh and his ass is rock hard too, ladies!

HELLO FRIENDS! I’m super excited to talk with TOM MAY from THE MENZINGERS! ON THE IMPOSSIBLE PAST has quickly become my favorite album of 2012. First off, I talk waaaaay too much, but it was fun! I talk with Tom about his earlier years learning to play music and what brought him into the fold of Punk Rock. We talk about the early inception, songwriting, Epitaph Records, interpretations of songs and oh so much more in today’s episode!

Both “Ava House” and “Casey” from the band’s 2012 Epitaph Records release, ON THE IMPOSSIBLE PAST are on today’s episode!

Special Thanks to Menzinger’s tour manager Skotty Bell for helping set this up!


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08 – BRENDAN KELLY of THE LAWRENCE ARMS talks the new Lawrence Arms album, The Wandering Birds album and Fatherhood.

Let's just stop and admire how handsome Brendan Kelly is. Sweet jesus is he a pretty man.

Let’s just stop and admire how handsome Brendan Kelly is. Sweet Jesus is he a pretty man.

Brendan Kelly is an asshole, but he’s my kind of asshole. Today we catch up with Brendan in Denver, Colorado. He’s been here in the state visiting his wife’s family. My new buddy, Zach Lowery was kind enough to allow us to use his office space for the interview. He works for the mighty fine Malenke|Barnhart graphic design agency and formerly ran Grey Flight Records.

We sit down with a somewhat inebriated Brendan Kelly. We were short on time, but i managed to squeeze out information on The Wandering Birds, the new Lawrence Arms album, and his new found life as a stay at home parent. I would have loved to talk about the feature film he made, and his acting career, but we’ll do that next time. This guy does not shut up!

Brendan writes a pretty damned great blog called The Bad Sandwhich Chronicles. It provides hours, and hours of entertainment. Much of the blog is about his family life, but he’s known to go off on some pretty incredible tangents. I highly recommend reading it!

We open the show up with “Great Lakes/Great Escapes,” which in retrospect I think its actually a Chris song, but with the dueling vocals, I’m not to sure. Plus the song kicks ass. We end the episode with “A Man with The Passion of Tennessee Williams,” off Brendan’s upcoming Wandering Birds release.

Watch Brendan playing BOTH roles in the short film, The Counselor:

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