Monthly Archives March 2016

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 39: Ryann Casey

Ryann Casey/November 4, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Ryann Casey. Ryann grew up on New Jersey and only moved to Philadelphia about six years ago. In that time, she’s hosted art shows at various locations around the city, including the Grindcore House. These art shows benefit environmental and animal-oriented causes. They’ve raised both money and awareness while presenting the work of some tremendously talented artists. We discuss Ryann’s upbringing in a Roman Catholic home in North Jersey with a feminist, pro-Choice mother coupled with the influence of her grandmother. Art became a huge part of Ryann’s life at a young
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 38: Rodney Linderman aka Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen

Rodney Linderman aka Rodney Anonymous /September 28, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Rodney Linderman aka Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen (and many other bands and musical projects). At nearly 89-minutes, this is not the longest interview in the series. I can assure you, however, that there are more words said in this interview than in any other, and perhaps in all of them combined. Rodney loves to talk-talk-talkand he has many strong opinions-opinions-opinions — and that’s why Philadelphia loves him! A complete catalogue of what Rodney discusses in this interview would be impossible for me to detail without my fingers falling off,
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 37: Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle

Sean Agnew of R5 Productions/September 23, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, Union Transfer, and now the Boot & Saddle bar (plus more). For those curious about how one of Philadelphia’s most significant music promoters began by presenting ska and hardcore punk shows with the help of his friends, this is an essential interview. Sean details it all, from growing up in a working class community, to taking the R5 regional rail line into Philly, to drawing inspiration from the WKDU DJs and mid-1990s DIY show promoters. In the 2000s R5 Productions put Philadelphia on the map
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CINEPUNX Episode 47: Joe Hardcore talks Sho Kosugi, Ninjas, and Pickle Heads

FIRST OFF, THIS IS EPISODE 47 NOT 49, WHICH WILL MAKE SENSE WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE!! It was a great pleasure to finally sit down with our friend Joe Hardcore (McKay) who you may know from the giant festival he runs, This Is Hardcore Fest, from the many shows he books in Philadelphia, or from some of the bands he has been in like SHATTERED REALM or PUNISHMENT. Regardless, we have known Joe for 20 years, and he has been an important part of the scene here in Philadelphia for even longer. In fact his first band, LTD
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 36: Frank Blank Moriarty of Informed Sources

Frank Blank Moriarty/September 9, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews longstanding member of the Philadelphia underground music community Frank Blank Moriarty. Frank takes his “Frank Blank” name from Brian Eno’s first solo album, Here Come the Warm Jets (1973). Frank grew up a rock kid, seeing Jimi Hendrix from the sixth row while standing on a chair beside a beautiful blonde hippie girl. Throughout the late ’60s and ’70s, Frank saw the greatest bands ever performing live in Philadelphia. In 1977 he heard the Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks LP and fell in love with them and the burgeoning punk scene, especially bands
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 35: Jesse Townley aka Jesse Luscious of Philly Zine, Blatz, The Gr’ups, The Criminals, The Frisk

Jesse Townley aka Jesse Luscious/August 31,2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Philadelphia ex-pat Jesse Townley, aka Jesse Luscious. Jesse grew up in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia. Upon discovering HC punk, he fully immersed himself in the mid-/late-’80s scene. He founded Philly Zine and moved to a squat at 51st and Baltimore in West Philly. By the late ’80s he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he sang for acclaimed (and often chaotic) bands such as Blatz, The Gr’ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk. He’s also an elected member of the Berkeley Rent Board, a member of the Green Party, he runs
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 34: Elizabeth Arnold

Elizabeth Arnold/August 23, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews anti-fracking and social justice activist Elizabeth Arnold. We talk about her upbringing in different areas of the country and how she began to see social and economomic inequalities at young age. Observation lead to reaction as early as her pre-teen years. From a seminal protest in Minnesota, Elizabeth took the lessons learned forward into a very active life of fighting for causes she believes in (most especially, at present, the anti-fracking movement).  Elizabeth discusses how she’s managed to travel to so many countries with no money (hint: don’t spend your money!). I ask
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 33: Dan Yemin of Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black

Dan Yemin/August 20, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Dan Yemin of the bands Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, and Paint It Black as well as others. Dan didn’t grow up in Philadelphia, but he’s lived here for 21 years. Dan’s played in three very popular bands and, into his forties, retains a tremendous enthusiasm for music and life. His devotion to the DIY ethos is still firmly in place. We talk about his upbringing surrounded by books in North Jersey in the ’70s and early ’80s, his early love of music beginning with hard rock, his discovery of punk through bands like The
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 32: Mark Scott of Fracture

Mark Scott/August 7, 2013 Mark Scott grew up in a wealthy Christian family, firmly isolated from the harsh reality of life outside his palatial home and private school. Then he was infected with the germ of punk. Already questioning the beliefs he was subjected to as a chlid, punk only served to open young Mark’s mind to a world of compassion and action. He went on to play in one of the most popular Phillly pop-punk bands of the 1990s, Fracture. He also went through a “wild stage,” which we discuss. Years later, Mark now teaches in a Philadelphia public
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 31: Nancy Petriello Barile

Nancy Petriello Barile/August 1, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Nancy Petriello Barile about her involvement in the hardcore punk scene in Philadelphia in the early 1980s. Nancy was part of the initial wave of young people putting on totally DIY, all-ages shows. Along with some friends, she put one of the most (in)famous HC shows of all time: the Buff Hall show in Camden, NJ. At that show, a rasta in a stolen car smashed into the van of Boston’s SSD (a band fronted by Nancy’s future husband, Al) and hit Ian McKaye, who went to the hospital then returned
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