Sock Monkey Sound | Music & Culture Podcast

Sock Monkey Sound | Music & Culture Podcast

Based in Rockford, Illinois, Sock Monkey Sound is a music and culture podcast. We have conversations about the state of music and culture in our world, picking apart musical genres while exploring the boundaries of our own perceptions and taste. Notable guests on our podcast have included Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf), Hutch Harris (The Thermals), David Bazan and Dan Deacon, as well as members of The Dandy Warhols, Superchunk, Built To Spill, The Dismemberment Plan, Tokyo Police Club and many more.

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    Episode 213: Reunions

    Sock Monkey Sound returns after a hiatus with a Reunion episode.

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    Episode 209: Cult Bands

    This week we talk about bands that are underground or have a cult-like following.

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    Episode 206: Shoegaze

    This episode we uncover the mystique of the Shoegaze genre.

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    Episode 205: Unplugged

    This episode we pick some of our favorite MTV Unplugged performances.

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    Episode 202: New Years Jams

    New Years Eve parties have some perennial jams that get played every year. Here are some of our favorites from New Years past.

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    Episode 201: Christmas 2 - The Sequel

    On this episode we have more Holiday Cheer to spread in the form of more Christmas songs for your pointy elf ear holes. Happy Holidays!!!

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    Episode 200

    We finally made it to Episode 200!!! We talk about Sock Monkey Sound past, present, and future. We also share what we've been listening to lately! Thank you to everyone who has ever listened, to guests and to everyone who has ever contributed to helping create Sock Monkey Sound.

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    Episode 199: Doo-Wop

    This episode is all about Doo-Wop. "Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in African-American communities of New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. Built upon vocal harmony, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 197: First Wave Punk

    This episode is our take on what we think is First Wave Punk rock music, circa 1974-1980. "Punk rock (or "punk") is a rock music genre that developed in the early to mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands typically produced short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through informal channels. The term "punk" was first used in relation to rock music by some American critics in the early 1970s, to describe garage bands and their devotees. By late 1976, bands such as the New York Dolls, Television, and the Ramones in New York City, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and the Damned in London, and The Saints in Brisbane were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement. The following year saw punk rock spreading around the world, and it became a major cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom. For the most part, punk took root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream. An associated punk subculture emerged, expressing youthful rebellion and characterized by distinctive styles of clothing and adornment (ranging from deliberately offensive T-shirts, leather jackets, spike bands and other studded or spiked jewelry to bondage and S&M clothes) and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 196: TV Themes

    This week we're talking about TV Theme songs! "Theme music is a piece that is often written specifically for a radio program, television program, video game or movie, and usually played during the intro, opening credits and/or ending credits." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 194: Serial Killers

    Just in time for Halloween, this week's show is focused on songs about Serial Killers. A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant break (a "cooling off period") between them. Different authorities apply different criteria when designating serial killers; while most set a threshold of three murders, others extend it to four or lessen it to two. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for example, defines serial killing as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone".-Wikipedia

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    Episode 192: Songs That Got You Playing Music

    On this week's show we talk about the Songs That Got You Playing Music. It's the music that inspired you so much that you decided to pick up an instrument and start a band in your mom's basement.

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    Episode 191: Fall

    This week we're talking about Fall, or Autumn, whatever you prefer. Music about and inspired by Fall. The changing color of the leaves in the trees, cool brisk air on morning walks in the woods. The apple orchard. Norman Rockwell in your headphones. Enjoy!

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    Episode 189: Mashups

    This episode we're jumping into the world of musical Mashups. "A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend, bootleg and bastard pop/rock) is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another. To the extent that such works are "transformative" of original content, in the United States they may find protection from copyright claims under the "fair use" doctrine of copyright law." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 188: Underrated Songwriters

    This episode is all about Underrated Songwriters. Go back and listen to our episode on Overrated Songwriters to get the full story. Who fails and who achieves greatness on this installment? Please leave us an iTunes or Stitcher review, or better yet, go donate your time to help someone in need. Find out how you can help the victims of hurricane Harvey. Thanks!!

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    Episode 187: Overrated Songwriters

    On this episode we jump into some of our picks for who we thing are Overrated Songwriters. This is a companion episode that is dropping the same day as our conversation about Underrated Songwriters. Please leave us a review in iTunes or Stitcher so we can brag to our moms about being internet famous.

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    Episode 186: Conspiracies and Current Jams

    On this weeks show we cover some of our Current Jams and dive into the world of Conspiracy Theories. "A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy without warrant, generally one involving an illegal or harmful act carried out by government or other powerful actors. Conspiracy theories often produce hypotheses that contradict the prevailing understanding of history or simple facts. The term is a derogatory one." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 184: Sixties Soul

    This week we dive in Sixties Soul music. "According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the lead vocalist and the chorus and an especially tense vocal sound. The style also occasionally uses improvisational additions, twirls and auxiliary sounds. Soul music reflected the African-American identity and it stressed the importance of an African-American culture. The new-found African-American consciousness led to new styles of music, which boasted pride in being black." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 183: Classic Albums That You Hate

    This weeks episode is not about the love, it's all about the Classic Albums That You Hate. We dive into the cold dark heart of our corrupted musical souls to pull out our most despised classic albums.

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    Episode 182: 90's Emo

    This week we're exploring the sounds of 90's Emo (circa 93-97). "Emo /ˈiːmoʊ/ is a loosely categorized rock music genre characterized by expressive, often confessional, lyrics. It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. However, as emo was echoed by contemporary American punk rock bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed and it was reinvented as a style of indie rock and pop punk encapsulated in the early 1990s by bands such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate. By the mid-1990s, numerous emo acts formed in the Midwestern and Central United States, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the genre. Meanwhile, a more aggressive style of emo, screamo, had also emerged."- Wikipedia

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    Episode 180: Summer Bangers 1

    This week we're talking about Summer Bangers, those songs you listen to at the pool, the ballpark, or next to a big fat steak cooking on the grill.

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    Episode 179: Trucker Songs

    TEN FOUR GOOD BUDDY!!! This week we're taking a look at Trucker Songs? What are some classics? Is it a viable music genre? What do truckers and boat captains have in common? Find out on this weeks truck across the landscape of sound. "Truck-driving country is a subgenre of country and western music. It is characterised by lyrical content about trucks (i.e. commercial vehicles, not pick-up trucks), truck drivers or truckers, and the trucking industry experience. This would include, for example, references to truck stops, CB (Citizens Band) radio, geography, drugs, teamsters, roads, weather, fuel, law enforcement, loads, traffic, ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission), contraband, DOT (Department of Transportation), accidents, etc. In truck-driving country, references to “truck” include the following truck types: 10 wheeler, straight truck, 18 wheeler, tractor (bobtail), semi, tractor-trailer, semi tractor trailer, big rig, and some others. It is often confused with road music (e.g. Willie Nelson "On the Road Again", Roger Miller "King of the Road"), pick-up truck music (e.g. Toby Keith "Big Old Truck"), and/or truck driving music. The last category would be the preferred choice of most truck drivers for eclectic listening while driving/operating all types, makes, and styles of trucks." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 178: Current Jamz (June 2017)

    On this weeks episode we're talking about what all of us have been listening to lately for our Current Jamz for the month of June 2017. Some might be new release or maybe old favorites we've been revisiting recently. Enjoy! Please leave us a review on whatever pod playing platform you listen on and share some of your Current Jamz on our Facebook page or in the Soundcloud comments for the episode.

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    Episode 177: Divas

    This week's show is all about Divas with some very special guests. What is a Diva? Who is a Diva? Why do Divas matter? "A diva (/ˈdiːvə/; Italian: [ˈdiːva]) is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music. The meaning of diva is closely related to that of prima donna." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 176: Album Closers

    On this episode we discuss Album Closers, otherwise known as the last song on an album. We ramble on about so much in this episode it's crazy. Let us know what some of your favorite closing songs are in the comments. Feel free to leave us a review wherever you listen to the show. Thanks for listening, we love you.

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    Episode 175: Chris Cornell Tribute

    This week we celebrate the music of the late Chris Cornell. From Soundgarden to his solo career, we discuss the impact his music has made on us as listeners and fans, along with the past and future of his influence.

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    Episode 174: Album Openers

    This week we discuss Album Openers. Some of our favorite opening tracks and what that constitutes. Also, the history of Judge Brandon and his magical gavel is finally revealed!!!

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    Episode 173: Breakup Songs

    It sucks to get dumped!! So on this week we decided to choose some of our favorite Breakup Songs on the show, as well as talk about cool houses with pink shag carpets and heart shaped bathtubs.

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    Episode 171: Record Store Day 2017

    On this episode it's all about RSD 2017 and what exclusive releases we're looking forward to getting and whose butt we have to kick to make it happen at Record Store Day.

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    Episode 170: 420

    It's 420 baby!!! On this special holiday episode we bring up some of our favorite tunes about natures most popular medicinal plant.

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    Episode 169: Chicago Bands

    On this episode we begin a new series of exploration in music as we dive into some of our favorites from one of the largest cities in the country, Chicago!

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    Episode 168: Pop Punk

    On this episode we're diving into the Punk pool again with everyone's favorite summertime genre- Pop Punk! "Pop punk (also known as punk-pop) is a punk rock music genre and a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock with elements of pop music. Pop punk typically combines fast punk rock tempos, power chord changes and loud, distorted electric guitars with pop-influenced melodies and lyrical themes." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 167: Live Albums

    On this weeks show we're talking about Live Albums. We discuss some of our favorites along with some of our least favorite live recordings. It's sure to be an interesting and thought provoking episode.

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    Episode 166: Slowcore

    On this weeks show it's all about being sloth-like as we dig deep into the genre of Slowcore. "Slowcore is a fusion genre of indie rock and sadcore, characterised by minimal musical backing played at extremely slow speeds. Slowcore songs feature "depressing lyrics", according to Listverse. Guitars are normally clean and undistorted but often feature heavy use of reverb."-Wikipedia

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    Episode 165: Celtic Punk

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! On this special holiday episode we're diving into Celtic Punk and picking some of our favorites from this sub-genre of punk. The green beer is flowing like a river on this one.

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    Episode 164: Bad Albums from High School

    Last week we discussed Artists we enjoyed from our formative years in High School. So this week we're diving into things we thought were good but many years later have turned into the rotting garbage you just have to take out to the curb.

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    Episode 163: Good Albums from High School

    On this weeks show we are diving into our own High School years and picking some albums and artists that influenced us and we feel have stood the test of time.

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    Episode 162: Nu Metal

    On this weeks show we're diving headfirst into Nu Metal. "Nu metal (also known as nü-metal and aggro-metal) is a form of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Nu metal became popular in the late 1990s with bands and artists such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, and Deftones all releasing multi-platinum. Nu metal's popularity continued during the early 2000s, with bands such as Papa Roach, Staind, and P.O.D. all selling multi-platinum albums, and came to a peak with Linkin Park's diamond-selling album Hybrid Theory. However, by the mid-2000s, the oversaturation of bands combined with the under-performance of a number of high-profile releases led to nu metal's decline, leading to the rise of metalcore and many surviving nu metal bands abandoning their established sound in favor of other genres." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 161: Side Projects

    This week we're taking a look at Side Projects. "In popular music, a side project is a project undertaken by one or more people already known for their involvement in another band. It can also be an artist or a band temporarily switching to a different style. Usually these projects emphasize a different aspect of that person's or that band's musical interests that they feel they cannot explore within the boundaries established by their main project. Side projects can later become full-time endeavours, but should not be confused with quitting a band for a solo career or another band. Peter Hartlaub of San Francisco Chronicle called the solo side project "the biggest longshot bet in mainstream music". The New York Times described the side project as "a break from the other band members, a chance to toy with different genres and recording methods, a fling with no long-term commitment". There can be aesthetic reasons to pursue side projects, and side projects can have the benefit of protecting indie credibility." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 160 : Jock Jams

    This week we're celebrating Jock Jams!! "Jock Jams is a series of compilation albums released by Tommy Boy Records. It mainly consisted of 1980s and 1990s dance and house music, as well as hip-hop, classic disco, mashups, and cheerleaders and other sports figures saying phrases." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 159: Love Songs

    This is a special episode all about love. From our hearts to yours... "A love song is a song about being in love, falling in love, heartbreak upon the ending of a loving relationship, and the feelings that these experiences bring. A comprehensive list of even the best known performers and composers of love songs would be a large order. Love songs can be found in a variety of different music genres." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 158: Top 40 Country

    This week we're loading up the pickup truck in our cut-off blue jean shorts with a beer in our hand and a dog by our feet while the radios blasting at our best friends wedding while his mom is making out with his uncle Bob and our girl is puking in the back seat waiting for... TOP 40 COUNTRY! Woo-hoo! "Top 40 is a music industry shorthand for the currently most-popular songs in a particular genre. When used without qualification it refers to the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. The term is derived from record music charts, a few of which traditionally consist of a total of 40 songs. Top 40 is also an alternative term for the radio format of such music, also known as Contemporary hit radio." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 157: Laurel Canyon

    This week we're diving into the sweet sounds of the past as we take a look at what was dubbed the "Laurel Canyon" sound. "Laurel Canyon found itself a nexus of counterculture activity and attitudes in the 1960s, becoming famous as home to many of L.A.'s rock musicians, such as Frank Zappa; Jim Morrison of The Doors; Carole King; The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; Canned Heat; John Mayall; members of the band The Eagles; the band Love; Neil Young; and Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork of The Monkees. Tork's home was considered one of Laurel Canyon's biggest party houses with all-night, drug-fueled sleepovers well attended by the hippest musicians and movie stars of the era." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 156: Good Christian Rock

    This episode is all about Good Christian Rock in this weeks double dose extravaganza!! What does the Old Cat Man think? "Christian rock is a form of rock music that promotes Jesus and is typically performed by self-proclaimed Christian individuals and bands whose members focus the lyrics on matters of Christian faith. The extent to which their lyrics are explicitly Christian varies between bands. Many bands who perform Christian rock have ties to the contemporary Christian music labels, media outlets, and festivals, while other bands are independent." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 155: Bad Christian Rock

    This week we're expressing our thoughts on Bad Christian Rock. These are songs or artists that have created bad music and just happen to identify as believers of the Christian faith. "Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of Christian music varies according to culture and social context. Christian music is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or with a positive message as an entertainment product for the marketplace."- Wikipedia

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    Episode 154: Progressive Pop

    This week we're tackling two sub-genres within one genre: Progressive Pop! "Progressive pop is a form of pop music which attempts to break with standard pop music formulas. Originally termed for early progressive rock music, some stylistic features of progressive pop include changes in key and rhythm, experiments with larger forms, and unexpected, disruptive, or ironic treatments of past conventions. Performers commonly produce their own material while opposing the influence of managers, agents, or record companies." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 153: Ska Punk (3rd Wave Ska)

    This week we're diving into Ska Punk! (aka: 3rd Wave Ska) "Ska punk is a fusion music genre that combines ska music with punk rock music. Ska-core (sometimes spelled skacore) is a subgenre of ska punk that blends ska with hardcore punk. Early ska punk combined both 2 Tone and ska with hardcore punk. Ska punk often features wind instruments and horns such as saxophones, trombones and trumpets, making the genre distinct from most other punk rock music. Horn sections are very common in ska punk music. Ska punk mixes the rhythms of Jamaican ska with the heavy beats of punk rock. Ska punk is similar to traditional ska, but ska punk is faster and heavier than traditional ska." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 152: In Memorium - 2016

    This episode we're paying tribute to musicians and entertainers that passed away in 2016. Unfortunately, others also passed away after this was recorded so we were unable to pay tribute to everyone that left us in 2016.

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    Episode 151: Top Picks of 2016

    This week we're picking our favorite jams of 2016. What insipred us, what moved us, things we thought were just ok, or maybe even some disappointing releases. While 2016 has had some highs and really low lows, there was still great music being made.

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    Episode 150: Good Christmas Songs

    This week we're taking a look at some good Christmas and holiday themed music. While most holiday music is admittedly pretty horrible, occasionally a shining star will peak through the snow laden clouds and melt your cold, dead heart. Happy Holidays from the Sock Monkey Sound gang!!

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    Episode 149: Bad Christmas Songs

    This week we're celebrating the season of holidays with a deep dive into Bad Christmas Songs. Songs about Christmas are perennial favorites for some and the bane of existence for others. It's true that one man's garbage is another man's gold, but in this case it's just Yule Tide Yucky!

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    Episode 148: Headphones (Standard Mix)

    This week we're Stereophonic!!! We're talking about some of the best songs or albums that sound the best on a nice pair of headphones.In that vein, we've provided you with two mixes of the same episode: a special stereo mix with special effects and a standard mix. Which one will you prefer?

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    Episode 147: Headphones (Stereo Headphone Mix)

    This week we're Stereophonic!!! We're talking about some of the best songs or albums that sound the best on a nice pair of headphones.In that vein, we've provided you with two mixes of the same episode: a special stereo mix with special effects and a standard mix. Which one will you prefer?

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    Episode 146: Recent Discoveries

    This week we talk about some of our most recent musical discoveries we have come across through our travels. A grand time is had by everyone!!!

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    Episode 145: Black Metal Friday Part 2

    This week we're celebrating the greatest of American holidays, Black Friday, by discussing one of the darkest genres known to man in two parts: BLACK METAL. Here's Part Deux! "Black metal is an extreme subgenre and subculture of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieking (sometimes growling or both) vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere, though many other characteristics and techniques may be employed." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 144: Black Metal Friday Part 1

    This week we're celebrating the greatest of American holidays, Black Friday, by discussing one of the darkest genres known to man in two parts: BLACK METAL. "Black metal is an extreme subgenre and subculture of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieking (sometimes growling or both) vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere, though many other characteristics and techniques may be employed." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 143: Grunge

    This week we're talking about the Grunge movement of the early 90's that infected us all. "Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in Seattle. The early grunge movement revolved around Seattle's independent record label Sub Pop, but by the early 1990s its popularity had spread, with grunge acts in California and other parts of the U.S. building strong followings and signing major record deals. Grunge became commercially successful in the first half of the 1990s, due mainly to the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Superunknown, Alice in Chains' Dirt, and Stone Temple Pilots' Core. The success of these bands boosted the popularity of alternative rock and made grunge the most popular form of rock music at the time. Although most grunge bands had disbanded or faded from view by the late 1990s, their influence continues to affect modern rock music." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 142: Disco

    This week we're talking about Disco. One of the most maligned musical genres ever to be created, loved, and then rejected by popular culture. We recorded this on election night so pardon the politi-talk that was hard to ignore. "Disco is a genre of dance music containing elements of funk, soul, pop, and salsa. It achieved popularity during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Its initial audiences in the U.S. were club-goers from the gay, African American, Italian American,[1] Latino, and psychedelic communities in Philadelphia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco can be seen as a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period. It was popular with both men and women, from many different backgrounds. The disco sound has soaring vocals over a steady "four-on-the-floor" beat, an eighth note (quaver) or 16th note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line. In most disco tracks, string sections, horns, electric piano, and electric rhythm guitars create a lush background sound. Orchestral instruments such as the flute are often used for solo melodies, and lead guitar is less frequently used in disco than in rock. Many disco songs use electronic synthesizers, particularly in the late 1970s." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 141: America

    This week we take time out to salute America and the McDLT!! That's right, the general election is upon us and we're picking some of our favorite songs about, or inspired by, this country. Get out and vote!

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    Episode 140: Motown

    This week we're paying homage to Motown. One of the greatest sounds to ever come out of Detroit and spawned numerous imitators at it's peak; Motown defined music for countless individuals for generations. "Motown is an American record company. The record company was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959, and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has also become a nickname for Detroit. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiary labels (including Tamla Motown, the brand used outside the US) were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as the Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. During the 1960s, Motown achieved spectacular success for a small record company: 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart between 1960 and 1969." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 139: Halloween Part 2

    Part Two of the Sock Monkey Sound Spooktacular!! We talk about scary things like Mettalica, the Chili Peppers and what we wore for Halloween as kids. Scott wins this one.

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    Episode 138: Halloween Part 1

    This week we're picking some of our favorite disturbing songs either inspired by legends, lore, monsters, or halloween novelty songs. We had so much fun doing this one we split it up into two episodes.

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    Episode 137: The British Invasion

    On this week's episode we have a very special guest: Mark Gustafson!! Mark joined us in studio to chit chat about The British Invasion and discuss politics (not really). "The British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States, and significant to the rising "counterculture" on both sides of the Atlantic."-Wikipedia

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    Episode 136: K Pop

    Spencer Scott is back with us to lend his expertise on a genre that might be the most confounding one we've ever encountered: K POP! "K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop; Hangul: 케이팝) is a musical genre originating in South Korea that is characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements. Although it comprises all genres of "popular music" within South Korea, the term is more often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music covering a range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electropop, R&B, and hip-hop music." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 135: Rap Rock

    On this week's episode we're taking you back to a time when Rap Rock ruled the airwaves and Fred Durst was king of the world. Our old friend Spencer Scott joins us to dissect this much maligned yet highly profitable genre of music. "Rap rock is a music genre that fuses vocal and instrumental elements of hip hop with various forms of rock. Rap rock's most popular subgenres include rap metal and rapcore, which include heavy metal and hardcore punk-oriented influences, respectively. One of the earliest examples would be "The Magnificent Seven" by The Clash, which fused new wave, hip hop, and funk." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 134: Yacht Rock

    This weeks episode is all about Yacht Rock, the last of a trilogy of episodes that were all recorded on one raucous night in the studio. Kenny Loggins should have been a guest. "Yacht rock (originally known as adult-oriented rock) is a retrospective term for certain soft rock music that peaked in popularity between the 1970s and 1980s, becoming one of the biggest genres of its era. The genre is closely associated with high-quality production, clean vocals, and a focus on big-hearted melodies. Some of the most popular acts included Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Steely Dan and Toto." -Wikipedia

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    Episode 133: Worst Songs by Bands You Love

    Stinkers! This week we're talking about the worst songs by bands you love. Everyone has a favorite band or artist that they love and while they might rock most of the time, occasionally a turd will slip by and ruin an excellent relationship with an artist. Watch out, cuz it's gonna get hot and steamy in here!

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    Episode 132: Electropop

    This episode we tackle Electropop with Scott's better half Megan sitting in with us to discuss what we think Electropop is and is not. Brandon lays down the law. Sorry kids, no Pet Shop Boys. "Electropop or electronic pop is a musical genre which combines electronic music and pop music, with a primary usage of synthesizers and various electronic and pop musical instruments. The genre has seen a revival of popularity and influence since the 1980s, all the way to the 2010s." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 131: Cover Songs

    On this weeks podcast we dive under the covers, to talk about Cover Songs. Just about every musician has played another artists song at some point and recorded them for posterity. Well we decided to talk about some of our favorites. "In popular music, a cover version or cover song, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 130: Jam Bands

    On this weeks episode we're dissecting the Jam Bands. Why do they exist? Why are they relevant? Are all jam band fans idiots? We may never know but the journey is just the beginning... "Jam bands are musical groups whose live albums and concerts relate to a unique fan culture that began in the 1960s with The Grateful Dead, and continued with The Allman Brothers Band, which had lengthy jams at concerts. The performances of these bands typically feature extended musical improvisation ("jams") over rhythmic grooves and chord patterns, and long sets of music that can often cross genre boundaries. The Grateful Dead continued to grow their fanbase in the second half of the 1980s. In the mid-1980s the bands Phish, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Blues Traveler, Ozric Tentacles, Widespread Panic, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Spin Doctors, Col Bruce Hampton and Aquarium Rescue Unit, began touring with Jam band-style concerts. In the early 1990s, a new generation of bands was spurred on by The Grateful Dead's touring and the increased exposure of The Black Crowes, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic and Aquarium Rescue Unit." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 129: Emo Revival

    This week we tackle the Emo Revival. Included in this episode is a previously unheard in studio performance by Into It. Over It. from the old Sock Monkey Sound studio recorded back in 2010 by Mark Gustafson. "The "emo revival" is a 2010s development in the emo genre in which bands have taken inspiration from the sounds and aesthetics of emo from the 1990s and early 2000s. A largely underground movement, bands that have been characterized under this genre are The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Pianos Become the Teeth, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Touché Amoré, The Hotelier, and Into It. Over It., Moose Blood, Sorority Noise, Grey Gordon, and other bands with strong indie aesthetics." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 128: Alt-Country

    This week we tackle Alternative Country music and learn how to pronounce "TUPELO". "Alternative country (sometimes alt-country, insurgent country, or Americana) is a loosely defined subgenre of country music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream or pop country music. It has been used to describe country music bands and artists that have incorporated influences ranging from roots rock, bluegrass, rockabilly, honky-tonk, alternative rock, folk rock, and sometimes punk rock." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 127: Swing Revival with Damion Davis

    If you grew up in the 90's you definitely remember this week's genre - Swing Revival!!! Damion Davis from Mana Kintorso is back with us to disect this unusual blip during an interesting musical era during the era of grunge, boy bands, and Creed. "Swing Revival was a late 1990s period of renewed popular interest in swing and jump blues music and dance from the 1930s and 1940s as exemplified by Louis Prima, often mixed with a more contemporary rock, rockabilly or ska sound, known also as neo-swing or retro swing." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 126: Jazz Fusion with Damion Davis

    This week we dive into Jazz Fusion with our special guest Damion Davis of Mana Kintorso (manakintorso.com). Maybe we learn a little, maybe we teach a little something new. "Jazz fusion (also known as jazz-rock)[1] is a musical genre that developed in the late 1960s when musicians combined aspects of jazz harmony and improvisation with styles such as funk, rock, rhythm and blues, and Latin jazz. During this time many jazz musicians began experimenting with electric instruments and amplified sound for the first time, as well as electronic effects and synthesisers. Many of the developments during the late 1960s and early 1970s have since become established elements of jazz fusion musical practice." - Wikipedia

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    Episode 125: Grindcore

    We take a detour down a dark musical road on this weeks episode as we explore GRINDCORE. From Wikipedia: "Grindcore is an extreme genre of music that originated in the early to mid-1980s. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive-sounding genres – including hardcore punk, thrash metal, crust punk, industrial and noise rock. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks." Hope that answers some questions. Whipple and Warren are back on this episode also to help us deep dive into GRINDCORE.

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    Episode 124: Soundtracks

    This week we go to the movies as we pick some of our favorite movie soundtracks of all time. Whipple ad Warren are back to debate what makes a movie soundtrack and whether or not musicals are soundtracks or not. Why is Kenny Loggins a God? We discuss this and other topics. Help us out and leave us a review on iTunes, Stitcher, or however you listen to the show. We'll love you long time if you do.

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    Episode 123: The Braves

    Joseph Reina, Jesse Carmona and Phil Goudreau of The Braves join us in studio for this week's episode. The Braves are one of the best bands ever to come from Rockford, IL and the midwest; influencing many local bands and achieving national acclaim in publications such as The Big Takeover. They recently reunited and recorded a new song entitled "The Ghost is Gone", available on their Bandcamp page at http://thebraves.bandcamp.com The Braves will be playing a reunion show at Kryptonite Bar Saturday, July 16th with Textbook, Your City/State, and Bloom.

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    Episode 122: Anti-Folk

    Anti-Folk is the genre we contemplate this week Sock Monkey Sound. You might be asking yourself "What the folk is Anti-Folk?", well don't be upset because most of us were too. Where does Folk end and Anti-Folk begin? Why do we even need to classify something like this? We definitely have questions but once again answers may elude us while picking apart Anti-Folk.

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    Episode 121: Glam Rock

    This week we explore Glam Rock in our continuing Genre busting series. Glam: Where did it come from? Why does it rock? How is Buster Poindexter related to The New York Dolls? Why is Steve's mind blown? Can Chip make up his mind about his choices? Is Poison glam? Listen and find out the answers before we do.

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    Episode 120: Progressive Rock

    On this weeks episode we dive headfirst into the world of knights, dragons, wizard and the arcane with Progressive, or as most refer to this enigmatic genre, Prog Rock. Some of the choices are spot on, others are up for debate as we discuss the merits of this esoteric musical form that was birthed in the psychedelic genre and mutated into it's gloriously cryptic beauty; as well as a hint of what the future may hold for the noble Prog Rock.

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    Episode 119: Guilty Pleasures

    Guilty Pleasures! Everyone has a deep dark musical guilty pleasure and today we delve into, once again, that dark hole of audible shame. We punch Steve and Scott's guilty pleasure V-Cards on their first guilty pleasure episode. Nelly, Hobocore, Brad Pitt, horses, singers with accents, and a crazy new idea for Sock Monkey Sound episodes are covered in this episode.

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    Episode 118: PJ Heckinger | The Moment, Head Honcho

    WELCOME BACK!!! After a two year hiatus Sock Monkey Sound returns with our guest PJ Heckinger of the band Head Honcho. PJ was in Rockford to play what was The Moment's last show and came into our new studio to chat about the good old days of punk in Rockford. We also chose some of our favorite songs we've heard in 2016 so far. Brandon and Chip are joined by 2 new co-hosts: Steve Olson and Scott Ford. Huzzah!!

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    Episode 117: Craig Minowa | Cloud Cult

    Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult is our guest on this spiritually charged episode of Sock Monkey Sound. Cloud Cult is an experimental chamber rock band from the midwest who have maintained a decade and a half career by remaining completely independent. They've sold more than 100,000 albums via their own label, Earthology Records, which was created by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa. Their 2013 album "Love" landed on the Billboard Top 50 and resulted in sold out shows across the country.

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    Episode 116: Super Super

    This week we bring you an interview and live performance from the band Super Super. Thanks to Rockford Art Deli for hosting us this episode in their wonderful downtown Rockford in a return to our first “in studio” episode in a year. Some longtime listeners may remember the name Super Super from waaaayyyy back, it’s the band our podcast brother Mark Gustafson started with drummer David Doyle and now includes Ian Zander on bass. Their first EP has been released digitally on iTunes and features performances from Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and cover art from our homie Andy Whorehall.

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    Episode 115: Bring Your Ray Gun

    On this episode of the podcast we have Chicago’s Bring Your Ray Gun – Heather, Josh, Will, Carlos, Blake and Matt were all on the line. While not as noisy as our infamous Maritime interview, be prepared for some roomy audio quality. The band is releasing their debut EP on vinyl and download this week and we sat down over the internets with the band to discuss their history, influences, being a dance band while not being a party band, and a game of Get Positive! Recorded by Nick Schubert at Bobby Peru Recording Studio in Milwaukee, Bring Your Ray Gun’s debut is both headphone- and dance floor-worthy, as rich textures of live instrumentation paint a lush mix of bracingly entrancing chaos. Their renowned live shows, where they have shared the stage with both national heavy-hitters (ON AN ON, Stepdad, Walk The Moon, Spirit Animal) and local favorites (Blah Blah Blah, Hey Champ), have quickly spun the quartet from best kept secret to next big thing status.

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    Episode 114: Doug Sohn | Hot Doug's

    Doug Sohn is the owner of one of Chicago’s food gems, Hot Doug’s: The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium, and our guest on this weeks podcast. Doug is quickly becoming regarded as a true hot dog artisan with his creations being extolled by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, who named it one of the 13 Places to Eat Before You Die, Chicago Chef Graham Elliot, and our very own Danger Stewart in a review of Hot Doug’s back in 2010. Hot Doug’s: The Book has just been published, written by Doug Sohn and Kate DeVivo, it features photos, favorite anecdotes, lessons learned, and contributions from some of Hot Doug’s biggest fans with raves from Paul Kahan, Steve Albini, Dan Sinker, Mindy Segal, Homaro Cantu, Aziz Ansari, and many others. Doug talks about the challenges of running an eatery, being on T.V., celebrity diners, and more on the podcast. Visit the Hot Doug’s website at hotdougs.com to purchase the book and other items.

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    Episode 113: Death

    On this episode of the podcast we have the honor of speaking with Death: Bobby Hackney Sr., Dannis Hackney and Bobbie Duncan about their story and the music that inspired them and their late brother David Hackney who passed away in 2000. Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, three teenage brothers formed a band and began playing music in a spare bedroom of their Detroit home. David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney recorded demos, played a few gigs, and pressed a single on their own label, Triangle Records. Clive Davis even expressed interest in the group at one point and offered them a contract… if they changed their name. The brothers decided to turn down the offer. Even though Death disbanded, the legend of the group grew in the age of the internet as copies of the single they self-released grew in popularity in the musical underground with record collectors and bloggers, reaching a new generation of music fans open to the sounds of Death. The documentary A Band Called Death directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Corvino is bringing the Hackney’s story to a wider audience in theaters Friday, June 28th. A BAND CALLED DEATH is available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, VOD and other outlets for viewing now. Check out abandcalleddeath.com for more information on screenings of the film in your area beginning on Friday, June 28. Follow the band on their website DEATHFROMDETROIT.com

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    Episode 112: Sean Conrad

    Sean Conrad, author of Kickin’ Out The Jams: The Purple Haze of My Crazy Daze in Radio, is our guest on this episode. Sean spent thirty years in the radio industry as a DJ all over the country, from his start in Dayton, Ohio to the island of Hawaii and everywhere in between. During his career he had the opportunity to meet (and party) with the likes of John Lennon, Carl Wilson, Brian May, The Cars, Wolfman Jack, Michael Jackson, and many, many more. We discuss how he got his start in radio, SXSW, UFO’s, awesome concerts he saw, some of his thoughts on the current sate of the radio industry and the resurgence of vinyl in the market place. Seriously though, we could have done 2 hours with this guy talking about his experiences. Luckily, he happened to write a book about them that you can pick up on Amazon.com in print or as an ebook. For more information on Sean Conrad visit his website at Sean-Conrad.com

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    Episode 111: Bob Nanna + Mark Rose | Downwrite

    Bob Nanna and Mark Rose of Downwrite.com are today’s guests on the Sock Monkey Sound podcast. Downwrite is a platform where fans can connect with songwriters on a more personal, creative level by hiring an artist for a fee to write a one-of-a-kind piece of music that they provide the inspiration and the direction for. While the site is in beta, there are a hand picked selection of artists to choose from ranging from Mark Pryor of The Get Up Kids and Josh Berwanger of The Anniversary, to Travis Shettel of Piebald and Lindsay Minton of Football, etc. We discuss the origins of Downwrite as well as what the futre might hold for the service as well. You can check out the Get Downwrite Podcast here and also follow them on Twitter @GETDOWNWRITE

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    Episode 110: Michelle Grand + Roger Houdaille | Ex Norwegian

    Today we welcome Michelle Grand and Roger Houdaille of the Miami based power pop band Ex Norwegian. The recently released their fourth full length album ‘Crack’ and are working on even more material as this is being written. We discuss so many different topics ranging from music in Miami, influences, the 90′s scene in Miami, playing shows in Rockford and more. Roger also has his first solo album ‘Safe Keeping’ out on his Bandcamp page, which is quite different from his Ex Norwegian work, check it out. Michelle is also busy co-running a cassette label called Cheap Miami which release garage rock bands from Miami as well as South Africa and France, also very cool. Keep up with Ex Norwegian news on their website exnorwegian.com. Music by Ex Norwegian and The Saps

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    Episode 109: Roundtable | May 20, 2013

    This episode of Sock Monkey Sound is roundtable discussion featuring Jim Hanke, David Pedersen, Sam Rashid, and Chip Copeland. Main topics include North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, Record Store Day 2013, Milwaukee, summer music festivals, the music scene in Dekalb, Ill.; becoming old, jaded, and cantakerous at shows, the thankless job of a concert promoter, and how friends influence your music choices when you’re young. Add to those topics the odds and ends of a few dudes talking about music and you get a roundtable SMS style (i.e.- all over the place). Music by Geronimo!

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    Episode 108: Carl Palmer

    Carl PalmerThis weeks guest on the show is Carl Palmer, legendary rock drummer and founding member of progressive groups Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia, psychedelic pioneers The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster. Palmer’s drumming early on was influenced by Jazz artists such as Gene Krupa, Art Blakey and Buddy Rich, going so far as to incorporate trademarks of their styles into his own. His recent endeavors have included a revitalized Asia as well as touring the world with the Carl Palmer ELP Legacy on their “Twist of the Wrist” tour. Add fine artist to the growing list of achievements as well to his career as he exhibits his “Twist of the Wrist” artwork on gallery row at the Annapolis Collection Gallery (Annapolis, MD) from May 6 through June 4, 2013. Check out the work at CarlPalmerArt.com. Keep up with Carl Palmer at on his website carlpalmer.com.

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    Episode 107: Fable and the World Flat

    This week we welcome Steven Look and Matthew Gorski of Milwaukee based outfit Fable and the World Flat. The pair have been making music together since the were teens, cutting their teeth in their local punk/ska scene which eventually led them to form The Meteah Strike. When The Meteah Strike disbanded, Steven and Matt turned their attention to crafting intricately crafted pop music that was influenced by love of R&B Soul music, trip hop, and experimental indie rock. They also perform in live hip hop act Fresh Cut Collective. Music in this episode by Fable and the World Flat Dowload their music on Bandcamp at fableandtheworldflat.bandcamp.com Follow the band at: http://twitter.com/fableworldflat http://www.facebook.com/fableandtheworldflat

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    Episode 106: Dane Penn

    Dane Penn is a singer/songwriter (and Sock Monkey Sound contributor) in the mold of David Bazan, Springsteen, and Dylan. His forthcoming second release ‘Dane Penn & All the Reds’ will be out this summer and Dane was kind enough to preview two tracks from the album, ‘Red Pearls’ and ‘You Know’ on this episode. Topics this episode include Game of Thrones, Rockford’s art community and music scene, influences, Daenerys Targaryen, recording technology, and Bazan. We also threw in some songs by Death Cab for Cutie, the aforementioned David Bazan, and Billy Joel. Download Red Pearls at Noise Trade dot com You can find Dane Penn & All The Reds at the following links: http://danepenn.bandcamp.com http://www.facebook.com/danepennmusic

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    Episode 105: Nick Krill | The Spinto Band

    Nick Krill of The Spinto Band is our guest and Chip talked it up with him about the bands latest release Cool Cocoon, available on the bands own label Spintonic Recordings. Other topics this episode include SXSW, video games, and Nick’s thoughts on success. Thanks to Nick Krill for taking some time to speak with us.

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    Episode 104: John C. Stubblefield | Lucero

    John C. Stubblefield of the band Lucero is our guest on the show today. The band released Women and Work this year on ATO Records, joining the ranks of Drive By Truckers and My Morning Jacket. The album is a love letter to their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee; a town seeped in a rich musical history that include Elvis, Stax Records, Sun Records and Jeff Buckley. John discusses the nature of life on the road with the band as well as life off the road. Other topics include the early days of Lucero and how much the musical culture of Memphis has influenced the band and John himself.

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    Episode 103: Mana Kintorso

    Damion Davis and Brent Shelton of the band Mana Kintorso join us on this episode of Sock Monkey Sound. They Started Mana Kintorso after having been in different bands as a 2 piece initially and eventually grew to the current lineup of Damion Davis-Vocals/Guitar, Brent Shelton-Guitar/Vocals, Corey Kuczynski-Bass, Jeff Werckle — drums. Often compared to a modern version of The Kinks, Dandy Warhols, Smashing Pumpkins, Neutral Milk Hotel, and other psychedelic indie rock bands, Mana Kintorso keep audiences curious for more. Their new album titled All the Pretty Things” is being released on June 16 at their release show at Rockford’s Olympic Tavern and available on their website. Topics include their music histories, band name confusion, The Doors, ASCAP/BMI and small concert venues, and a bunch of other stuff.

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    Epsiode 102: Rick Allen | Def Leppard

    We welcome Rick Allen, drummer of Def Leppard, on this episode of Sock Monkey Sound. The living legend known to his millions of fans worldwide as ‘the Thunder God’ was 21 years old when a 1984 car accident left him with one arm. His return to drumming three years later with Def Leppard’s 20-million selling album Hysteria is a testament to Allen’s talent, passion and perseverance. One of music’s foremost philanthropists, he and his wife, musician Lauren Monroe, founded the Raven Drum Foundation, its mission to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis. Now, Allen’s journey beyond the conventional limits of music goes one step further into the fine art world with the release of Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change, a highly limited series of canvases created using cutting-edge technology that turns Allen’s every move behind the drumkit into a splash of color, resulting in a series of one-of-a-kind pieces that literally turn sound visual. The collection reveals something that up until recently I didn’t even know existed, presenting sound into light, says Allen of the Drums series, one of several innovative projects from Scenefour (scenefour.com), the art collective specializing in the conceptual and design of collaborative artwork with musical icons. Electric Hand is the newest addition to the Art Of Drums series, which also boasts collections from Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Jane’s Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins. Hand is available exclusively at RickAllenArt.com.

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    Episode 101: Eric Nofsinger + Joe Whitacre | Industrial Goth

    Returning guest Eric Nofsinger and Joe Whiteacre started Ritual Control sponsored by Negative Gain Productions; Rockford’s only Gothic, Industrial and Dark Wave dance night which will be happening Saturday June 2, 2012 at Rockford’s Bar 3. We discuss all of these genre’s and play songs by some of their favorite and obscure bands. We also chat about their experiences with the Industrial Goth genres of musc and various clubs and shows they’re been to. Lastly, we try to answer a question that has been out their for some time: What does Industrial Goth music and Disco have in common?

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    Episode 100: Ron Richards | IFanboy.com

    Ron Richards is co-host of the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast and co-founded the comic book news, review, and community at iFanboy.com, now a part of digital publishing house Graphicly. In addition to iFanboy he also does Android App reviews on AppJudgment at Revision3 and co-hosts All About Android on TWiT. While all that is cool and really professional sounding, Chip finally cornered the very busy Ron into talking about his passion for music and his roots writing his own music zine on paper! (WTF!) The discussion also includes his thoughts on the differences between the comics industry and the music industry; along with the similarities of the two industries struggling to remain relevant while being forced to evolve. Check out one of Ron’s most recent projects he’s help put together, MorrisonCon; a celebration of writer Grant Morrison September 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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    Episode 99: Brandon Robins | OurLabel

    Brandon Robins is the co-founder of Our Label, a Chicago based fan-driven record label that turns music fans into music talent scouts, Record Executives, and Promoters by empowering them to discover new artists, influence music production, and share in the successes of the musicians they promote. OurLabel provides emerging artists with the opportunity to expand their fan base, fund their projects, and produce their music. The company offers artists professional services, guidance, and support covering the production, marketing, promotion and distribution of their music.

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    Episode 98: Carrie Colliton | Record Store Day

    On this episode of Sock Monkey Sound we welcome Carrie Colliton, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing for Record Store Day, which is happening April 21, 2012. Riding shot gun is super friend of the show Jim Hanke, musician and blogger of all things vinyl at ratheryouthanher.tumblr.com.

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    Episode 97: Ian MacKaye feat. Brett Netson

    On this episode we welcome Ian MacKaye, founder of Dischord Records, Fugazi, and The Evens. We also have a very special guest host; former guest of the show Mr. Brett Netson, guitarist for Built to Spill. The conversation centered around Ian’s history with Fugazi, the Fugazi Live Series, Dischord and his thoughts on music. It was great to get both Ian and Brett on the line and thanks to both of these gents for taking the time to talk with us. Be sure to check out the Fugazi Live Series at Dischord.com as well as High Wild & Free with Brett Netson every Friday night at 10:00 pm Mountain time streaming live on RadioBoise.org

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    Episode 96: NNXT

    NNXT is Jessica Gore, an Atlanta based musician, songwriter, and producer who this week released her first single DRNK TXTNG via the new startup label DigSin. Jessica talks about the launch of the label, the Atlanta music scene, the melding of her DIY sensibility, love of pop music, and the challenges of being recognized as a female producer/engineer in an industry dominated by the men. Check out her website at NNXTMusic.com or Digsin.com to download the single for free.

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    Episode 95: Kevin Devine Returns

    Kevin Devine returns to Sock Monkey Sound to discuss what has been going on with him lately. Topics include: Bad Books, his 2011 LP Between the Concrete and Clouds, his cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and lastly his thoughts on Elliott Smith.

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    Episode 94: Dan Deacon

    Today’s podcast episode features Dan Deacon. Whether you know him from his experimental music, his intense live shows, or Drinking Out of Cups there’s something for everyone in this funny interview with the ultra creative Mr. Deacon. We talk at length about Garfield, Dan’s music, his relationship with fans, and Francis Ford Coppola.

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    Episode 93: Channy Leaneagh | Polica

    In this New Years Eve edition of the Sock Monkey Sound podcast we’re presenting an interview with Channy Leaneagh of the band Polica. Channy got her start in the popular Minneapolis band Roma di Luna which disbanded in early 2011. Producer Ryan Olsen drafted her to sing on his Gayngs "Relayted" album which led to the current collaboration on Polica’s forthcoming record Give You The Ghost. Check out Polica at thisispolica.com

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    Episode 92: Brett Netson | Built to Spill

    How awesome is Brett Netson? Pretty f@#king awesome and that’s why he’s on this episode of Sock Monkey Sound. The former Caustic Resin leader and Built to Spill guitarist released his first solo album this year titled Simple Work For The Dead (The New Black). As usual with our guests, we have a frank and open conversation with Brett about everything ranging from music, politics, social ills, Doug Martsch; you know… stuff. And Bob Dylan. Check out Brett’s radio show on RadioBoise.org

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    Episode 91: Jim Hanke + Jeff Grabowski | El Oso

    Our guests this episode are Jim Hanke and Jeff Grabowski of Milwaukee indie band El Oso. They have reunited for a series of dates this month including one in Rockford, IL at Pirate Ninja Print Shop and another in Chicago opening up the Felix Culpa farewell show at the Metro on December 9, 2011. We’re joined by special guest Paul Karnatz all the way from Prague! Download the El Oso catalog at eloso.bandcamp.com

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    Episode 90: Eric Nofsinger + Dan Minnick

    We discuss the Rockford music scene of the 80′s and early 90′s with local musician’s and DJ’s Eric Nofsinger and Dan Minnick. We play some tunes from local Rocford bands and other songs from the 80′s including The Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Elvis Costello, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Eric is also CCO of High Voltage Software and Dan is a hair stylist and owner of Octane Interlounge in downtown Rockford.

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    Episode 89: Jon Wurster | Superchunk, The Mountain Goats

    Jon Wurster is the drummer for Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and has also played with the likes of Bob Mould, A.C. Newman, Robert Pollard, Guided by Voices, and Ben Gibbard. He’s also a comedy writer and performer having written for TV shows Monk, Squidbillies, Tim and Eric Awesome Show and other Adult Swim programs. Lastly, he’s half of the comedy duo Scharpling and Wurster; calling into The Best Show hosted by Tom Scharpling on WFMU, performing many characters he’s created over the years including the Gorch, Philly Boy Roy, Corey Harris (of Mother 13), Hippy Johnny, Timmy von Trimble (the two-inch racist), Sean (airhorn guy), Stepuncle Mort, Bernie Taupin (lyricist), a stoner named Bryce, and Maurice Kern (owner of Kern Pharmaceuticals). Follow Jon Wurster on Twitter

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    Episode 88: David Monks | Tokyo Police Club

    Another interview from the Middlewest Music and Arts Festival, this time with David Monks of Tokyo Police Club. We discuss how Tokyo Police Club got their start as well as the bands recent 10 years, 10 songs, 10 hours, 10 days covers project that was suggested by their label Mom + Pop Music Co. Our Middlewest festival coverage was sponsored by Kickstand Productions and Audio Theme

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    Episode 87: Kerry McDonald | Christie Front Drive

    Todays podcast is an interview with Christie Front Drive bassist Kerry McDonald. Not only is Kerry the bass player for a seminlally influential emo band, he’s also a tour manager having worked with artists such as The New Pornographers, Tom Waits, Camera Obscura, The Vaselines, Pinback, and Passion Pit. You can also find Christie Front Drive on Magic Bullet Records.

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    Episode 86: Cameron McGill and What Army?

    An interview with Cameron McGill and What Army? feat. Cameron McGill, Rodrigo Palma, Darren Garvey, And Daniel McMahon recorded at Middlewest Festival 2011 in Dekalb, Illinois on September 10th. Topics include: music, making music, marketing music as an independent musician, trains, hobos, and current events. Visit CameronMcGill.com for all your CM+WA? updates.

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    Episode 85: Brontosaurus

    An interview with Nicholas Kelly and Nicholas Papaleo of Brontosaurus at the 2011 Middlewest Music and Arts Festival. Visit them at brontosaurusmusic.com, brontosaurus.bandcamp.com or at their Facebook page.

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    Episode 84: Todd Bell | Braid

    Todd Bell from the band Braid, joins Chip for a casual one on one talk about standing in lines, old venues in Rockford and Atlanta, his experiences with Braid as well as his post-Braid band, Hey Mercedes. We also discuss his cowboy hat modeling career. Todd, Chris Broach, Bob Nanna and Damon Atkinson released a new EP this year as Braid, Closer to Closed, produced by J.Robbins and released on Polyvinyl and are playing a sold out reunion show at The Metro in Chicago August 27 and at the Pygmalion Music Festival . Thanks to our buddy Jim Hanke for help setting up this interview with Todd. Visit Braid at www.braidcentral.com

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    Episode 83: David Pedersen Returns

    Former guest and sometime co-host and contributor David Pedersen drops by the studio for a chat about his forthcoming book Love is Meat. You can follow Dave at davispedersen.com. The book release will be held August 5th at Memorial Hall in Rockford, IL.

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    Episode 82: Rocky Votolato

    Rocky Votolato is a singer songwriter from Seattle while born in rural Texas he was raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene (where he fronted the acclaimed rock band Waxwing). His most recent album, True Devotion was released in 2010 on Barsuk Records and like his friend and recent guest to our show David Bazan, he tours relentlessly playing both living room shows and club dates. We had a very casual conversation about his plans for his upcoming release this year, Joel vs. Springsteen, as well as the question that boggles everyones mind: What IS Sock Monkey Sound? http://rockyvotolato.com

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    Episode 81: David Bazan Returns

    We welcome David Bazan back to Sock Monkey Sound for the 2nd time to celebrate today’s release of his latest album on Barsuk Records, Strange Negotiations. We touch on the recording of Strange Negotiations, Bob Dylan, political activism (or lack thereof), the recording of Pedro the Lion’s 2002 release Control, Elliot Smith; and much, much more.

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    Episode 80: Warren Franklin Returns

    We resurrect our old radio format as SMS welcomes Warren "The Firehose" Franklin back to the hot seat. We talk about his signing to Count Your Lucky Stars records along with how the recording of his forthcoming record went. This episode is also about Joie de Vivre’s last show EVER (yeah right) that will be hosted at Rawkspace in Rockford, IL with bands from all over the midwest. Also, we premiere a new song off of Joie de Vivre’s next (and last) album and a new one from Warren Franklin.

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    Episode 79: Bloom

    This episode features a young band from Rockford, IL called Bloom. We talk about the local all ages scene, the RAMI Youth Charity Jam, their influences, what the future holds for them; along with a live studio acoustic performance by Bloom.

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    Episode 78: Javier Romero | Bandsurfing.com

    Today we are presenting an interview with Javier Romero, founder of BandSurfing.com, a website that matches bands with venues when setting up one off gigs and tours. Recently featured on Mashable.com, we talked to Javier about the service, how it works, and how he came to create BandSurfing. Check out the service at http://bandsurfing.com

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    Episode 77: Eric Bachmann | Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers

    Eric Bachmann started his music career playing with the indie rock quartet Archers of Loaf in the early nineties and continued on with his solo project, then band Crooked Fingers. Archers of Loaf have recently reunited to tour many throughout 2011 while Crooked Fingers will release a new album in the fall of this year.

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    Episode 76: Xan McCurdy | CAKE

    Xan McCurdy of Cake discusses the process of recording the band’s most recent album Showroom of Compassion which was released in January 2011 and debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. We discuss the process of writing and recording the record as well as his thoughts on the state of the recording industry.

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    Episode 75: Sean OHagan | The High Llamas

    Today we are joined by Sean O’Hagan of The High Llamas. The band has released a number of highly acclaimed albums since the 1990′s, showing influences as diverse as The Beach Boys, Ennio Morricone, Antonio Carlos Jobim and avant-garde electronica. He has also collaborated extensively with Stereolab, and provided string arrangements for Sondre Lerche, Super Furry Animals, and others. The High Llamas new release Talahomi Way is available April 19th on Drag City Records.

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    Episode 74: Holland Zander + Mark Muraski | The Snaggs

    Holland Zander and Mark Muraski from The Snaggs join us to talk about their reunion show this Saturday, April 2nd at Kryptonite Bar. The conversation touches on having their song Lost at 22 featured in an episode of Dawson’s Creek, Holland’s fans, Classic MTV shows from the 90′s, and something having to do with Holland’s last name. Holland and Mark also play a Snaggs tune live at the end of the episode called Inward Vue.

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    Episode 73: Toy Death, John Ugolini, SXSW

    A clip show!!! We’ve got SXSW updates from Brandon, Patrick, and Matt Youngblood. An interview co-hosted by Jesus Correa with Australia’s circuit bending phenoms Toy Death; and an interview recorded September 2010 with Kickstand Productions and Middlewest Festival founder, John Ugolini.

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    Episode 72: Mikey Erg

    Mikey Erg of the bands Star Fucking Hipsters, House Boat and formerly of The Ergs! (and many other bands) has been in the east coast punk rock and indie scene since 2000. Guest host and former guest Warren Franklin joins Brandon to talk with Mr. Erg about what’s going on. Music by The Ergs and Houseboat

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    Episode 71: Sean Moeller | Daytrotter

    This episode we had the pleasure to talk to Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter.com. We discuss how he and Daytrotter got their start and about some of the inner workings of the Horseshack Studios where they record most of their sessions live to tape and make the performances available for only $25 dollars a year. Trust us, that’s a steal for the quality performances you get day in and day out by an eclectic and diverse selection of artists Thanks to contributing writer and former guest of the show Kevin Schwitters for sitting in as co-host of this episode.

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    Episode 70: Sock Monkey Sound Returns

    After an extended holiday where Patrick meditated in the Himalayas, Mark went spelunking in the hills of Kentucky, Chip sailed around Cape horn, and Brandon modeled underwear in Milan; Sock Monkey Sound Return! We talk about some music but mostly how we won the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s awesome to be back.

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    Episode 69: Holiday Special 2010

    This week it’s the 2010 Sock Monkey Sound Holiday Special with Andy Whorehall and Mr. Dave Pedersen. We talk about a bunch of different crap in this episode including: favorite records of the year, why The Doors are bad, and why football is hard. We also play the longest game of Get Positive EVER. Special musical guests: Son of Rams and Rammstein! Over 2 hours of listening pleasure-Happy Holidays!

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    Episode 67: Hutch Harris | The Thermals

    Hutch Harris of The Thermals joins us for a great conversation about their most recent album, Personal Life on Kill Rock Stars, as well as Walla talk; Why is Portland cool and can we have what he’s drinking? www.thethermals.com

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    Episode 66: Jim Hanke | Kid, You'll Move Mountains

    Jim Hanke joins us once again for an epiosde of Sock Monkey Sound. Topics are all over the place as we discuss Middlewest Festival, Justin Beiber, Jim’s history in Milwaukee music scene, awesome Chris Walla records, Maritime, and SALSA! Jim also performs a new unreleased song by his band Kid, You’ll Move Mountains- 10 Million Strong and Growing

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    Episode 65: Maritime

    This episode we are joined by Millwaukee band Maritime along with special guest co-host Jim Hanke of Kid, You’ll Move Mountains. Brandon and The Hankester ask the tough questions, like – What’s up with Wood and Water? www.maritimesongs.com

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    Episode 64: John Herguth | Atlantic/Pacific

    John Herguth of Atlantic Pacific takes some time out of his day to talk to Patrick about the band’s new release Meet Your New Love out on No Sleep Records. Check them out at www.atlanticpacificmusic.com.

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    Episode 63: Peter Holmstrom | The Dandy Warhols

    Peter Holmstrom is the guitarist for legendary band, The Dandy Warhols. The band released The Capitol Years in 2010 chronicling their career on that record label. We discussed their career, the music industry of days gone by, the bands role in the controversial movie Dig, and Peter’s solo project Pete International Airport. They’re on tour now so check out their website for upcoming dates. www.thedandywarhols.com

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    Episode 62: Josh Cain | Motion City Soundtrack

    Sock Monkey Sound welcomes Josh Cain from Motion City Soundtrack to the show. Josh took time out to talk to us on the eve of their fall tour. We discuss their humble beginnings, Divine Cup and Rockford connections, and the changing music industry. Their most recent album, My Dinosaur Life, was released in January 2010 on Sony/Columbia.

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    Episode 61: Ryan Hahn | Local Natives

    Ryan Hahn of the band Local Natives joins us on the show today. Local Natives released their debut album Gorilla Manor in February 2010 on French Kiss Records and since then have been playing great shows all across the country in support. We caught up with Ryan while the band was getting ready to play a show in Birmingham, Alabama. Enjoy!

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    Episode 60: Ryan Groff | Elsinore

    Ryan Groff of Elsinore joins Patrick for a great conversation including talk of their recent signing to Parasol Records and life on the road. Check out their website www.elsinoremusic.net.

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    Episode 59: Ian Hultquist | Passion Pit

    Ian Hultquist, guitarist and keyboardist for indie rock sensations Passion Pit, took time out to talk to us on the eve of the College Consciousness Tour which will be bring them through Dekalb, IL on October 21, 2010 at the NIU Convocation Center. We also discussed Ian’s other project with his girlfriend Sofia Degli Alessandri – Aislyn. You can check them out at myspace.com/aislynmusic.

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    Episode 58: Christopher Chu | POP ETC

    Christopher Chu of POP ETC (formerly known as The Morning Benders) joins us for an excellent interview on Sock Monkey Sound. The Morning Benders started in 2005 as a solo-project for Chris Chu. During that time, he spent his days studying music at the University of California, Berkeley whilst spending his nights recording songs from a laptop. As time passed, he formed a band with friends who he had met in UC Berkeley. On March 25, 2012, the band posted on Facebook and Twitter that the band's name would be changed to POP ETC.

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    Episode 57: P.O.S

    Today we present an interview with Stefon Alexander, better known by his stage name. P.O.S is a rapper, singer and multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of Doomtree. This interview was conducted outside the Egyptian Theatre during the Middlewest Festival in Dekalb, IL Sept.10-11, 2010. www.rhymesayers.com

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    Episode 56: Amy Millan | Stars

    The wonderful Amy Millan of the band Stars joined us for a warm, funny, and candid conversation on the eve of Stars fall tour. You can find Stars at www.youarestars.com

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    Episode 54: Casey Rae | Future Music Coalition

    Today we are joined by Casey Rae, communications director of Future of Music Coalition, a national non-profit organization founded in 2000, that focuses on policies at the intersection of music, law, and technology. Casey has written hundreds of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on artists in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is also a musician and can be found online at The ContrarianMusic.Com and runs The Contrarian Media. Music by Built to Spill and The Contrarian. For more information on the Future of Music Coalition please visit their website for some in depth resources for musicians.

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    Episode 53: Cory Branan

    We had the opportunity to talk with singer-songwriter Cory Branan while he was stuck in Chicago traffic. Mississippi native Branan has acheived critical praise for his album 12 Songs, often being likened to John Prine, and has toured with his friends Lucero. Cory is out on tour now playing many dates across the country with Drag the River, with make sure you catch them live.

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    Episode 52: Angel Deradoorian | Dirty Projectors

    Angel Deradoorian released a solo album last year during off time with her full-time gig as a member of the Dirty Projectors. She discusses the writing and recording of Mind Raft, her solo EP from 2009, as well as what is going on with Dirty Projectors, working with the likes of David Byrne and Bjork, and playing Madison Square Garden.

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    Episode 51: Kate Nash

    Musician and songwriter Kate Nash was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to talk to us on the eve of her world tour. We talk about her new record, My Best Friend is You, growing up in the media and differences between the U.S. and UK audiences, and the disappointment of Lilith Fair 2010. www.katenash.co.uk twitter.com/katenash facebook.com/katenash

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    Episode 50: Darren Garvey

    This week on Sock Monkey Sound we have Darren Garvey (http://darrengarvey.com) , winner of Guzzardo’s Performance Music’s 2010 Emerging Artist Competition. We discuss Darren’s history with music, his beginnings as a drummer being taught by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. Darren performs and records with many different bands: Cameron McGill and What Army?, The Andreas Kapsalis Trio, Like Pioneers, Buddy Nuisance, L’Altra, Ernie Hendrickson – Darren brought along tunes from some of these groups to play for Sock Monkey Sound listeners and performs an unreleased gem – First of The Year

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    Episode 49: David Bazan

    Today we have an interview with David Bazan. While controversial to some and always Pedro the Lion to others; he’s just a hard working dude who writes great tunes as far as we’re concerned. Brandon and Patrick discuss everything from what he uses to record, living room concerts vs. bigger venue shows, his writing process; press, media, and fame. Many thanks go out to Dave for taking the time out on the eve of his fall tour.

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    Episode 48: John Ugolini | Kickstand Productions

    John Ugolini, founder of Kickstand Productions and the Middlewest Festival, joins us on today’s episode. We talk about how he got his start, dealing with crappy bands who only want to get laid, and the Middlewest Festival. Featuring music by Middlewest performers Murder by Death, P.O.S, Smoking Popes, William Elliott Whitmore, and Owen.

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    Episode 47: Kevin Devine

    The talented singer+songwriter Kevin Devine took the time out to have a candid conversation about a whole crap load of stuff! Songwriting, touring with bands like Nada Surf, Manchester Orchestra, Brand New; his thoughts on politics and world domination, fan fiction; working with Andy Hull and Manchester Orchestra on the new band, Bad Books. All of it gets covered in this episode of Sock Monkey Sound.

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    Episode 46: Aaron Pillar | The Appleseed Cast

    Aaron Pillar of The Appleseed Cast joins Brandon and Patrick for a discussion of where the band has been and where it’s going, making some money, where The Appleseed Cast sits within the music industry. All around it’s just a great conversation with a cool dude from a great band.

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    Episode 45: Crankupmadonna

    We are joined by Crankupmadonna’s Shawn Ross and Chris Johnson. We shoot the sh*t with the guys about songwriting, Shawn’s time in one of our favorite bands, The Braves, songwriting, and what it takes to be the leader of a band. We also are premiering tracks off their new record Hit The Sound.

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    Episode 44: Roger Houdaille | Ex Norwegian

    Sock Monkey Sound welcomes Roger Houdaille from Miami power pop group Ex Norwegian. Formed in 2008, Ex Norwegian has independently released two albums, Standby (2009) and Sketch (2010), both receiving praise by traditional and digital media locally, nationally and internationally, as well as their ever-expanding fan base. We talk with Roger about Ex Norwegian’s beginnings as Father Bloppy, old school influences, recording, and what it’s like to be an indie band in Miami.

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    Episode 43: Kelly Steward

    Singer and songwriter Kelly Steward joins us for a night on the town! Not really- we’re just in the studio doing our thang! We also introduce our first girly co-host and Gaga lover, Stephanie!

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    Episode 42: One Year Anniversary w/ Arik Jenkins

    We celebrate our year anniversary with the guest from our first episode, Arik Jenkins. Topics include Emerging Artists, On the Waterfront, festivals, tanorexia, beer, and a little music talk. Music underneath talking by: Oasis, The Beastie Boys, Crankupmadonna, Ex Norwegian

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    Episode 41: Xen

    Sock Monkey Sound welcomes local hip hop artist Xen to the mic. He will be competing in the Emerging Artists competition hosted by Festa Italiana in Rockford, Il on Saturday, Sept. 7th. We talk about his opinions on hip hop and life in general. xenmusic.bandcamp.com

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    Episode 40: Sophie B Hawkins

    Sophie B Hawkins is a grammy nominated singer & songwriter whose hits include Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover and As I Lay Me Down. 100% of the proceeds from her new single ‘The Land, The Sea, and The Sky’ are being donated to the Waterkeepers Alliance.

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    Episode 39: Joie De Vivre

    Joie de Vivre joins us in studio for some talk about their new release The North End. Steve, Chris, Pat, and Brandon give you the uncensored and unedited truth of the band. Disc Golf, texts from ex-girlfriends, and Get Positive are all covered in this episode. Stick around at the end for Danger’s voice mails. Featured Artists: Broken Social Scene 500 Miles to Memphis Matt Ulery’s Loom Donkey Boy (USA) Joie de Vivre

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    Episode 38: Miles Nielsen

    We reach a milestone as Miles Nielsen finally makes it to the studio to record an episode of Sock Monkey Sound. He pops by with a special guest as well – Chris Wachowiak, owner of Kryptonite Bar. We get drunk and nipples get twisted. Nuff said. Featuring music by - The Smoking Popes Fun Kelly Steward Paul Hare Miles Nielsen

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    Episode 37: Colin Hay

    This week we are excited to welcome Colin Hay to Sock Monkey Sound. The former leader of Men At Work talks about his most recent release American Sunshine, recording in Nashville, touring with Ringo, the Garden State soundtrack, and his recent tour. www.colinhay.com

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    Episode 36: Arik Jenkins - Emerging Artists 2010

    Arik Jenkins joins us again to discuss this years Emerging Artists competition sponsored by Guzzardo’s Performance Music. We discuss how bands out there can become apart of this great showcase for new original bands. Other topics include the nature of free music, Arik’s experience having a development deal in the early 90s, and Get Positive! Music by: The Flaming Lips Beautiful Collision The Rikters Crankupmadonna Rufus Wainwright

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    Episode 35: Aryn Kresol + Chris French

    Sock Monkey Sound welcomes local Rockfordian and patron of the arts, Mr. Chris French alongside Photographer Aryn Kresol (http://arynkresol.blogspot.com) on the eve of his show this weekend during Rockford’s Spring Art Scene. Topics include: weddings, art, hot asians, long tooths, and photography stuff. And of course – Get Positive! Featuring Music by: The Wiitala Brothers Six Nights Alone Telekinesis Xen Joan Osborne

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    Episode 34: KOJI + Into It Over It

    We welcome KOJI and Into It. Over It. (aka-Evan Thomas) to Sock Monkey Sound this week. Evan is a singer/songwriter and New Jersey native that moved to Chicago a couple years ago while KOJI is an musician, artist, and activist from Pennsylvania. We talk about Darth Vader toast, creepy bald dudes, Evan’s 52 Weeks project, KOJI’s involvement with Invisible Children, and play an explosive game of Word Association. Featured music by: Teenage Fanclub And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Colossal KOJI Into It. Over It.

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    Episode 33: Travis Legge

    Sock Monkey Sound welcomes Travis Legge, writer and director of the upcoming slasher film Raymond Did It. We talk about what it’s like to be an indie filmaker and storyteller, what makes a good B movie, George Romero’s greatness, and play the longest round of Get Positive EVER! Guest co-host Dave Pedersen kicks ass, destroys tables, and talks about things the only way Dave can – drunk. Rated R for really long language, sexual situations, gore and mild violence. Featured music by: Mana Kintorso Birds and Batteries Erodecay Elsinore Big Star

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    Episode 32: Guilty Pleasures - The 90's

    It’s The Pleasuredome Part Deux! Brandon’s roommate Justin Whipple sits in as we choose guilty pleasures from the 90′s. Full House, Steve Urkel, crappy Rockford radio stations, and a ridiculously long discussion of ICP and the Juggalos Gathering (WTF?!). Can you guess what our picks are gonna be? Hint: Excrement Prevails!

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    Episode 31: Geronimo

    Geronimo! joins us for an in studio interview and live performance. Topics include the craptastic We Are The World 2010 video, musical influences, band history, An American Tail, blah blah blah. We introduce a new game, The Quote Game.

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    Episode 30: David Ballard of Tap Me Games

    Musician, comedian, and Tap Me Games grand beardmaster David Ballard sits in on this weeks show. He talks about how he left Rockford to pursue riches in a far away land called Chicago working on interactive games with Tap Me Games, the impact of marketing and social media (as if he’s an expert or something), and we play a round of Word Association with David. Featured music by: Field Music Common Loon The Controver Sea The Braves

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    Episode 29: Jon Marks of Hey Champ

    Jon Marks from Hey Champ joins us for love… Sock Monkey Style! We talk a crap load about Jon’s history, as well as how Hey Champ has been busting ass for the last year and a half. Featuring music by: Fable and the World Flat Simon Brown Cool Kids w/ Hey Champ Eastern Blok Hey Champ

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    Episode 28: Jesus Correa

    This week we welcome artist extraordinaire Jesus Correa to the monkey cave. We discuss his 2009 Rockford mayoral race experience, history in the music scene and art community, and Dave’s love of pixelated women. Call our Hotline at 815-315-9552. Featuring music by: Spoon Jesus Correa Vic Ruggiero Blaming Tim Otter Petter

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    Episode 27: Xtreme Drinking Games

    It’s just the Sock Monkey Sound Crew this episode bcuz our scheduled guest decided to have a baby. Pat bares his soul to our audience and cries. More RAMI talk (hopefully the last for a while), X-treme drinking games, and ourselves. Jim Hanke also makes an appearance via voice mail. Make sure you listen at the end of the episode for our extreme commercial. Featured music by: Big Science Strange Arrangement Robbers Mike Droho Son Of Rams Elections

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    Episode 26: RAMI-sode Part 2

    Now that the Rockford Area Music Industry Award nominations are online and official, we decide to alienate more people by talking about Jesus, The RAMI Awards, and stuff we presume to know about. None of us will ever be nominated (again) for a RAMI after this one. Featured music by: The Color Morale Britches and Hoes Bloom Hall and Oates Judah the Lyrical Rev Neko Case

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    Episode 25: The Felix Culpa

    We welcome Marky Hladish, Dustin Currier, and Tristan Hammond from The Felix Culpa on the eve of the release of their new album, Sever Your Roots. We play some songs from the album along with a live performance from the Culpa. Of course we talk about a bunch of silly crap as well. Be sure to check out their CD release show at The Metro in Chicago this Saturday, January 23. thefelixculpa.com

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    Episode 24: Keelan McMorrow and Jason Judd

    Sock Monkey Sound goes punk and garage as we welcome two former members of Egan’s Rats, Keelan McMorrow and Jason Judd, who also chose this weeks playlist. We discuss their experiences as musicians, artists, and their experience opening up for The Misfits. Featuring music by: Proles Egan’s Rats Modern Primitives Screw City All-Stars The Phenoms

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    Episode 21: The RAMI-sode Part 1

    It’s the first part in a duo of episodes on the Rockford Area Music Industry Awards, and possibly the last part as well once Ditzel hears this. RAMI award winner Dave Pedersen joins us to discuss his experience winning a RAMI with his band The Shizams. SockMonkeySound.com contributing writer Alex Danger Stewart is along for the ride also as we play a new game ‘Get Positive’. We try to have a conversation about what the RAMI’s are and our opinions on the award but we seem to get Ditzeled at every corner. Featured music by Steve Ditzel and the Blue Lightning Band Andy Spitson Starlite Radio The Dean Moriarty Jazz Band The Shizams

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    Episode 22: Jim Hanke

    Jim Hanke from Kid, You’ll Move Mountains joins us for some holiday cheer. We discuss his former band El Oso, all ages shows, his current band, and his hatred for Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo. Eww! Music by The Rikters Kelly Steward fun. The Duchess and The Duke Picture Books Jim Hanke

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    Episode 23: Nicholas Papaleo

    Nicholas Papaleo from Picture Books talks to Chip about the band, the Chicago scene, and other stuff about music. Be sure to check out www.greatestshowever.com to download songs from Picture Books, Venna, Kid You’ll Move Mountains, and Crayolala.

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    Episode 20: Silent Kit (Donkey Boy USA)

    Episode Note: Donkey Boy (USA) changed it’s working name to Silent Kit in late 2012. A 50 song, four volume set of songs recorded between 1996 and 2012 under the DBUSA moniker was released in early 2013 under the name “Silent Kit” to put a formal end to one chapter and start another. Learn more at Silent Kit’s site after listening to our episode. We welcome Dave DeCastris and Zach Staas to Sock Monkey Sound. We talk about Dave’s music as Silent Kit (Formerly Donkey Boy USA), his work as Andy Whorehall–designer and artist–John Madden, aging gracefully, Nirvana, and The Replacements. We end on a very compelling conversation with Dave about his view on our fine city, Rockford. Silent Kit (Donkey Boy USA) performs live in studio featuring Dave, Zach, Mark Muraski, and Daniel James McMahon. Featured music by The Pixies Backyard Tire Fire The Dear Hunter Brendan Benson Julian Plenti Silent Kit (Donkey Boy USA) (Live)

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    Episode 19: Heather Perry and The Blanks

    We recorded this first episode of Talk Monkey Sound back in August 2009 and initially made just an exclusive video version of the interview available only on our website. Now we’re making this available to all of our podcast listeners as well so they can hear the elusive 2 words spoken by Patrick that have been mentioned in later episodes. Patrick and Chip got a chance to sit down and interview Heather Perry and the _____s after a show at CJ’s Lounge in Rockford, IL. Heather, Emily, Ben, and Carlos talk about their history, the writing process, and what they do when they’re on tour. After that Brandon, Chip, and Patrick talk it up about Kevin Devine, Lollapalooza, and Pitchfork Music Festival. Mark gets irritated.

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    Episode 18: Jesse Carmona and Phil Goudreau

    We tight roll our jeans with Jesse Carmona & Phil Goudreau from Crankupmadonna. In addition to bad 90s fashion trends we also talk about their former band The Braves, nerd out on Magic the Gathering, Weezer, and awesome record covers by crap bands. Guest host Paul Karnatz takes the reigns on Word Association. Featured music by OK Go Minus the Bear The Braves Stendek The Constellations The Lustkillers

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    Episode 17: Guilty Pleasures

    Everybody has musical skeletons in their closet, guilty pleasures if you will, and on this special edition of Sock Monkey Sound we clean out ours! Brandon, Chip, Patrick, and Mark each pick a song that will surely embarrass themselves while also bring massive heaps of scorn down upon their heads from their peers. Which songs did they pick? Listen and find out who wins this contest of will in THE PLEASURE DOME! The music of the great John Williams provides the soundtrack to this episodes battle royale.

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    Episode 16: Roundtable - Nov 2009

    The Sock Monkey Sound Crew returns in full force to talk about pop culture past, Boner Stabone, Local H, crowd surfing, the Grunge Era, Halloween Shenanigans! We also rip on each others taste in music because we don’t have a guest to badger to death. Nerds This weeks featured music by: Violent Femmes Kid, You’ll Move Mountains Faithless Town Geronimo! Ex Norwegian Minus Six

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    Episode 15: Dave Pedersen and Scott Ford

    Hijinks ensue when Sock Monkey Sound is joined by the legendary Dave Pedersen and the equally infamous Scott Ford. Warren Franklin also helps out as co-host this week. This weeks music by: Alkaline Trio Supergrass Absinthe Blind Imperial Drag Dave & Scott All Get Out

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    Episode 14: Dan McMahon

    Dan McMahon, guitarist extraordinaire for Miles Neilson and Cameron McGill & What Army, joins us for a loose talk about his history in the Rockford and midwest music scene. Music for this episode by: Death Cab For Cutie The Klaus & Truitt Trust 3 Piston Asshammer American Football Cameron McGill & What Army Hanalei

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    Episode 13: White Moose

    We hang with the ubiquitous White Moose and talk about Beatles: Rock Band, Keystone Light, and Guided By Voices. We also play Word Association with the Moose and we have the first edition of Sock Monkeypiece Theater! This weeks artists: David Bazan The Heligoats The Please and Thank Yous White Moose Victor Villareal Bob Dylan

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    Episode 11: Warren Franklin

    Warren Franklin throws down with us on one of the greatest debates of all time: BILLY JOEL Vs. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN! We also talk about his life and times as just a guy on the scene and he plays in studio. Listen for the details of our first Sock Monkey Sound listener contest!! This weeks featured artists: The Sea and Cake Bon Iver Scratch Track Stop Motion Call Warren Franklin You and Yourn

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    Episode 10: Cemetery Improvement Society

    Marc Laggett and Brad Hawes from The Cemetery Improvement Society sit down and have a chat with us about their band. These Madison, Wisconsin natives are also members of The Projection People, as well as the co-conspriators of Analogy Records. Featuring music by Cemetery Improvement Society and The Projection People. Ephrine Composure Is A Must All The Fevered Colours Sixth Severence Late Beat

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    Episode 9: Jason Beatty

    Our friend Jason Beatty drops by for a bit of conversation with Sock Monkey Sound. Somehow we manage to offend honkeys, disease, Elton John fans, and those with special needs. Brandon is a big wuss, listen and find out why! This weeks featured arttists: The Smoking Popes Summer Dare Jason Beatty Manic Street Preachers Beaujolais Red Fox Grey Fox

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    Episode 8: The Moment

    PJ Heckinger and Elliot Porter are The Moment. Chip sits down on a bench in front of CJ’s Lounge in Rockford on the eve of their summer tour. We talk a bit about their history as a band, how fit they are, and their sound. Music by The Moment: Congratulations Universe You Win, James Dean, The Evening, and Take What You Want When You Want It If You Want It.

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    Episode 7: Marky Hladish

    Marky and Heather Hladish from Venna return for more great conversation on this episode of Sock Monkey Sound. We chat about Marky’s other band The Felix Culpa, winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, and local live music. Marky performs a live version of The Felix Culpa song-New Home Life-from their soon to be (hopefully) released new record. This weeks featured artists: Netherfriends Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons Margo and the Nuclear So and So’s A Life of Science Grizzly Bear

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    Episode 6: Venna

    Marky and Heather Hladish from Venna return for more great conversation. We chat about Marky’s other band The Felix Culpa, winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, and local live music. Marky performs a live version of The Felix Culpa song-New Home Life-from their soon to be (hopefully) released new record. This weeks featured artists: Netherfriends Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons Margo and the Nuclear So and So's A Life of Science Grizzly Bear Intro by Mew

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    Episode 5: On The Waterfront - 2009

    Arik Jenkins joins Brandon, Patrick, and Chip for a discussion about Rockford’s On The Waterfront Festival and play a few songs. Hi-jinks Ensue! Not for the faint of heart! Mark also throws his 2 cents in. This Months Featured Artists: Owls Miles Neilson El Oso Crankupmadonna Super Super The Lawrence Arms Intro by The Hold Steady

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    Episode 3: Spencer Scott

    Local multi-instrumentalist Spencer Scott joins us to chat about college, the rough life of strippers that work in steel factories, and Flashdance! This weeks featured artists: The Evergreen Trio Paul Hare The Jealous Sound Spencer Scott Luster The Felix Culpa Intro by Superchunk

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    Episode 2: Kevin Schwitters

    On this episode we welcome Kevin Schwitters from Haunted Hayrides. He graces us with a live in studio performance and talks about his experience making the video for O’ Vira by one of our favorite bands, The Braves. Featured music by Maritime Joie de Vivre Kevin Devine Sunny Day Real Estate Owen Intro by Pixies

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    Episode 1: Arik Jenkins

    The first episode of Sock Monkey Sound, A Music and Culture Podcast recorded in Rockford, IL. Hosted by Brandon Lutmer, Chip Copeland, and Patrick Delehanty. Recorded @ M.I.A. Studios by Mark Gustafson. Musician Arik Jenkins joins us to talk about a bunch of silly stuff. Featured Bands this episode: The Rikters – All My Life Sunday Drive Bye – So Cruel Useless Brother – Spartacus The Moment – Panther Attack! Crankupmadonna – Try Not Cry The Get Up Kids – Close To Home

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