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Jughead's Basement
Monthly examination of records that are important to me.
Category: Alternative
Location: Chicago, IL
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Every month, we will examine a different record that I find important to me, and also hear about why it's important to you.

by John "Jughe...
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September 23, 2014 03:25 PM PDT

This month, John runs through selected sequential recordings from the catalog of Crimpshrine.

Containing interviews with band members Aaron Cometbus, Jeff Ott, Pete Rypins, Paul Curran, and Jesse Michaels. Also containing interviews with Engineer/Producer Kevin Army.

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August 11, 2014 05:00 PM PDT

The Angry Samoans 1982 Release of Back From Samoa

Interviews by band members:

• "Metal Mike" Saunders

• Gregg Turner

• Todd Homer

• Bill Vockeroth

• Jeff Dahl

Biographical pieces written by

Angry Samoans guitarist PJ Galligan recited by Beauregard Marie.

Plus Jughead's Basement regular: Eric T. Roth

co-edited by Jason Bro

Strange Jason is an alter ego for Jason Brow, who grew up many years and many miles removed from punk and anything interesting. He has since been playing catch-up. He’s the voice behind the Six Foot Plus podcast, a showcase of the creepy side of music, found online at 6ftplus.com.

This particular podcast is dedicated to PJ Galligan who passed away from cancer in may of 2014.

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March 06, 2014 02:00 PM PST

In this edition of Jughead's Basement, John turns over an old log to see what's growing on Adrenalin O.D.'s 1986 release, Humungousfungusamongus.

Featuring interviews with band members Paul Richard, Jack Steeples, Dave Scott, and Bruce Wingate.

Also featuring an interview with Buy Our Records representative, Lenny Sblendorio, and a performance piece from Jim Testa.

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December 01, 2013 05:57 AM PST

In this episode John and friends stand back up the Queers' 1996 album, Don't Back Down. Featuring interviews with band members Joe King and B-Face, producers J.J. Rassler and Mass Giorgini, and contributors Wimpy Rutherford, Lisa Marr and Les Hernandez.

Also featuring performance pieces from Sara Ramone and Kevin Aper.

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November 06, 2013 04:20 PM PST

In this episode, John cuts deep into the Jazz Butcher's 1984 album, A Scandal In Bohemia. Featuring interviews with band members, Pat Fish, Max Eider, Owen Jones, and David J.

Also featuring performance pieces from Brian Nemtusak and Scott Hermes.

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September 05, 2013 04:56 PM PDT

In this episode of Jughead's Basement, John and friends resuscitate the Mr. T Experience's 1996 album, Love Is Dead.

This edition features interviews with all of the '96 era member's of the band; Frank (Dr. Frank) Portman, Jym Pittman, and Joel Reader. Along with producer Kevin Army, and Lookout Records Representative Christopher Appelgren.

Also featuring performances pieces from Michael T. Fournier and Evan Hanover.

"Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba" : Michael T. Fournier has written a novel titled "Hidden Wheel" as well as a book-length discussion of the Minutemen's "Double Nickels on the Dime" album (for the 33 1/3 series). He is the editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal, and plays drums in Dead Trend. He and his wife Rebecca live in Western Mass with their cat.

"Thank You (For Not Being One of Them)" : Evan Hanover is an anthropologist by day and a dramaturge and photographer by night. This is the latest in a string of collaborations with John Jughead, many of which have been with the Neo-Futurists, with whom he is an Artistic Associate. Also, he sincerely would like to thank you for not being one of them.

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July 30, 2013 04:07 PM PDT

In this episode of Jughead's Basement, Naked Raygun's 1985 release, Throb Throb, is examined. This episode features special guest co-host, Dan Vapid.

Interviews with Naked Raygun:

Jeff Pezzati
Camilo Gonzalez
Jim Colao
John Haggerty
Eric Spicer

Interviews with Steve Albini (Producer & Engineer of Jawbreaker and Nirvana. Musician in Big Black and Shelac.)

Guest contibutors:

Steve Walker on "Metastasis"
Eric T. Roth on "On/I Don't Know"
Jim DeRogatis on "Managua"

Closing song: "Rat Patrol" covered by Cheaper By The Case in 1997 by my friends: Mark Montgomery, Fritz Doreza, and Eric Mahle.

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July 04, 2013 05:39 PM PDT

In this episode of Jughead's Basement, The Feelies' 1986 release, The Good Earth, is gone over with a fine-toothed comb.

Featuring interviews with Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Brenda Sauter, and Stan Demeski of The Feelies. Also featuring pieces from Jim Testa, Jim DeRogatis, Edmund O'Brien, Audrey Zee Whitesides, and John "Jughead" Pierson himself.

Track 2: On The Roof - Jim Testa is the Boss at JerseyBeat.com, which began as Jersey Beat fanzine in 1982, so he's been around forever. He is a weekly columnist for The Jersey Journal/NJ.com and a regular contributor to several other print and online publications.

Track 5: When Company Comes - Jim DeRogatis is an American Music Critic and co-host of Sound Opinions. DeRogatis has written articles for magazines such a Spin, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer, and for fifteen years was the pop music critic for the Chicago SunTimes.

Track 6: Let's Go - Edmund O'Brien was born in London, reared in New Jersey, grew up in Manhattan, became a husband in Chicago, and a father in Los Angeles. He's back in Chicago where he teaches comedy writing, music and improv at The Second City Training Center. You can catch him and his wife improvise around town as Sheila's Sister.

Track 7: Two Rooms - Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle.com, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she's the author of two handmade chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.

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April 30, 2013 03:10 PM PDT

In this episode, our attentions are turned to the Lillingtons 1999 release, Death By Television.

Featuring interviews with Kody Templeman, Tim O'Hara, Cory Laurence, Mass Giorgini, Dan Lumley, and Fat Mike.

Also featuring pieces from Tor Egil Frostelid, Greg Allen, Sara Ramone, Jeromy L. Corp, Sam West, Nick Miner, and Eric T. Roth.

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March 05, 2013 04:23 PM PST

In this month's episode, John and friends examine Tom Waits' 1985 release, Rain Dogs. Featuring pieces performed by Ryan Good, Greg Allen, Joe Janes, Don Hall, Mike O'Connel, Jen Ellison, Bilal Dardai, Cara Francis, Ian Belknap, Steve Walker, Daniel Kerr-Hobert, and of course, John "Jughead" Pierson himself.


1. Singapore - Ryan Good

2. Clap Hands - Greg Allen

3. Cemetery Polka (Nobody)

4. Jockey Full of Bourbon - Joe Janes

5. Tango Till They're Sore - Don Hall

6. Big Black Mariah - John Jughead Pierson

7. Diamonds & Gold - Mike O'Connel

8. Hand Down Your Head (Nobody)

9. Time - Jen Ellison

10. Rain Dogs - Bilal Dardai

11. Midtown (Nobody)

12. 9th & Hennepin - Cara Francis

13. Gun Street Girl - Ian Belknap

14. Union Square (Nobody)

15. Blind Love - Steve Walker

16. Walking Spanish - Matt Dwyer

17. Downtown Train (Nobody)

18. Bride of Rain Dog (Nobody)

19. Anywhere I Lay My Head - Daniel Kerr-Hobert

The original intention of Jughead's Basement was not to conduct interviews of band members, but only to spotlight some of my favorite writers writing about some of my favorite records. But that quickly veered towards having a few interviews since I enjoy having conversations about music and creativity. I now like the balance of both interviews and writers. I had scheduled Tom Wait's Rain Dogs before seeking interviews became a facet. Instead I gathered together the best of my favorite writers, and they shared their stories and thoughts on one of the best singer/songwriters of the last few decades: Tom Waits. I did try to get an interview with him, but with no success. Really it was a pipe dream, a quixotic challenge I gave myself. I do plan on continuing my effort to get an interview with him, which I would instantly sprinkle on top of this podcast. But until then this single podcast represents the purity of my original idea.



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