Archive for October, 2010

The Bull Pit #76 – May the Shark Destroy You

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

SharkMusic by AM Stereo, Anti-Flag and Guitarshop Asshole.

Also, Episode 3 of General Kranken Haus, a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen, and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment and our amusement.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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The Bull Pit #75 – Halloween for Hugo

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

halloween1Evil music from Mutilators, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Common Ground, Surgeon Marta, The Glare of Day and Derby Dolls.

Also, Episode 2 of General Kranken Haus, a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen, and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment and our amusement.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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The Bull Pit #74 – Monkey Juice and Gypsy Fingers

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

monkeyjuiceBands this week: Chemical Cocktail, The Vice Five, Munkey Juice, The Unsatisfied, Teen Idols and Atomsplit.

Also on the show, the first installment of General Kranken Haus, a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen, and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment and our amusement.

Get the Atomsplit DVD here.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

The Bull Pit #73 – Hot Coals

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Hot_Coals_smAs promised, on the show I premiere the new Bull Lee single, “Hot Coals”, and interview our very special guest mystery lead singer who performed on the song.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Album art and Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old at SMODCASTLE

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

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As you probably know, I’m a total podcast nerd. In addition to recording my own weekly music show, I subscribe to a handful and listen faithfully each week. It’s gotten harder to keep up since discovering director Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Network. In addition to the original Smodcast, the show Smith does with longtime producer and friend Scott Mosier, there is Hollywood Babble-On, Puck Nuts, Blow Hard, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, Tell ‘em Steve-Dave and Highlands: A Peephole History.

I was aware of Smodcast, but didn’t really pay too much attention to it until the infamous Go Fuck Yourself Southwest Airlines episode from March of this year, where Smith was forced off a plane for allegedly being ‘too fat to fly’. I found the story riveting and extremely moving. I’m a sucker for anyone who sticks it to the man and Smith does it better than most. In fact, these podcasts take independent broadcasting to a whole new level, and I’m loving every minute of it.

Oh, and I will never fly Southwest again.

Last Sunday night, my friend Shyam and I attended a taping of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old at SMODCASTLE, Smith’s new theater where almost all the shows are taped in front of live audiences. It was Episode 7. $25 tickets, and well worth the money. Episodes 1-6 had told the story of Jason Mewes’ ongoing battle with drug addiction, and this was the first episode where they were able to finally let loose and take the show wherever it wanted to go.

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We arrived about 30 minutes early, and there was already a line. Mewes was hanging outside, smoking cigarettes and talking shit to the crowd – not in an unfriendly way mind you, but keeping with his Jay persona (which Smith says was based on Jason anyway), he rolled on about teabagging, cock, balls, that sort of thing –  all with a big smile on his face.

There were a couple women theater-goers in line for the wrong venue and it was funny when they realized it. Jason said “oh, this isn’t the show you’re here to see?” They shook their heads as they walked off in a huff, “Definitely not!”

The lobby area of SMODCASTLE has a Smerch (t-shirts, signed posters, etc.) area  and ticket counter where they sell the stuff. We thought it was cool that they sell boxed water, with a generic label: ‘WATER’.

DSC03739We grabbed seats in the last row as we both are allergic to having our seats kicked from behind (it’s a 50-seat theater so there are no bad seats). Kevin Smith fan-art lines the walls, along with photos, hockey memorabilia and the original framed Jaws schematics from Universal.

The dark atmosphere inside is consistent with other theaters I’ve been to on Theater Row in Hollywood. Shyam and I have seen some David Mamet plays together in the area, so it was a familiar vibe for both of us.

Mewes played the role of usher, helping people get to their seats, selling water and signed posters in the tradition of a wandering hot dog vendor at a baseball game. His little dog Puggle was there as well, running around the theater before and throughout the performance.

Smith stayed backstage until show time and exited the stage immediately afterward. He walked out in his traditional hockey jersey garb, took a seat at the mic, and went right into “Every saga has a middle age and this is what happens when Jay and Silent Bob get old, my name is Kevin Smith”. As I expected, what you hear on the podcast is what you experience at the live taping.

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The centerpiece of the episode was Jason’s telling of a threesome with two girls back in the Jersey days. He had introduced his mother-in-law to the audience before the show, unbeknownst to Smith, so when the audience reacted to Kevin’s request of a sex story, Mewes had to explain why. At Kevin’s request, he substituted the names Jay and Silent Bob for the girls’ names, and much hilarity ensued as a result, as you might imagine.

I highly recommend SMODCASTLE. It’s one of the benefits of living in LA. If you find yourself here on vacation, it’s one of the best things I can think of to do. They post their schedule here, and there’s something interesting happening every night. In addition to podcast tapings, there are film screenings, Saturday morning cartoons, and more.

You can even rent the place for your own podcast or wedding (Smith is an ordained minister)!

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I’m sure I’ll be going again.

Photos by Shyam Yadav

The Bull Pit #72 – Thee Post-Glow Rock Show

Friday, October 1st, 2010

IntersectionMusic by The Black Diamond Hearts, Cyanide Pills, Thee Spivs, Unquiet Nights and Torrance Jackson.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull artwork by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.