Hungrytown: WOOL-FM in-studio

Had a blast in the WOOL-FM studio with Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson of Hungrytown. Lotsa laughs, great conversation, and they performed nine songs spanning their career. Definitely one of the most fun Monsters & Hamsters in-studio sessions so far. In the fullness of things was it thus spake: “It’s not every studio that has giant ears they can just pull out of their ass.” (It might be noted that they actually are serious and talented musicians.)

We gotta get some screens on those 57s for the interviews though.

Oh, they’ll be playing the big Weston Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 18 in Weston, Vermont. More info about that shindig and the rest of their schedule on their website, www.hungrytown.net

Pete Bernhard

At the end of the 8:00 hour of Monsters & Hamsters on WOOL-FM this Wednesday evening, stay tuned after the “Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives” punk roots special for a short conversation with Pete Bernhard from The Devil Makes Three. He’s got a concert coming up with MorganEve Swain (I think she’s bringing her new band, The Huntress & Holder of Hands) along with the band O’Death at Next Stage in Putney. June 13. It’s gonna be a great show. Cheap tickets, only $12.

If you can’t wait, and/or if you want more, here’s the full 26 minutes Pete and I did, including a couple live in-studio performances plus tracks from Huntress and O’Death:

Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives

I am, how you say, fried. So this week, a special treat for all of us!

pleasekillme Twenty years ago, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain recorded interviews with people involved with the punk scene for a book called “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk.” Now these interviews with the likes of Iggy Pop, Jim Carroll, Debbie Harry, and the Ramones have been restored and compiled in a two-hour documentary, Please Kill Me: Voices From the Archives — with original interviews, narration from the writers (as well as Michael des Barres) and the music that gave punk its powerful soundtrack.

Wednesday night from 7 to 9 on WOOL-FM, 91.5 hereabouts or streaming from www.wool.fm in the flatlands.

Women’s Freedom Center

A really engaging and important hour with advocate Shari from the Women’s Freedom Center, a local organization working to end domestic and sexual violence. They serve Windham and Southern Windsor Counties in Vermont. Check ’em out at www.womensfreedomcenter.net

(Enjoy the background sound of the air handler for the last time – our refurbished broadcast microphones are back from the shop and will be in place for next week’s show, yay!)

Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin likes to laugh. I like that. He was a founding member of rough-and-tumble roots rockers The Blasters way back when, and later The Knitters, and played with all kinds of folks of all stripes over the years, on top of a solo career that keeps going and going. But he sums it up by saying, “If you cut me open, I’m basically a blues player.” This was a fun conversation. Dave’s headlining opening day at the Roots On The River music festival 2016 in Bellows Falls, Vermont – Friday, June 3. More info at www.rootsontheriver.com … and more about Dave Alvin at www.davealvin.net

Celia Woodsmith of Della Mae

Delighted to talk with Celia Woodsmith from the much-acclaimed band Della Mae, who will be playing opening day of Roots On The River 2016 on June 3 here in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The band (which rarely plays Vermont) announced just a few days ago that they’re taking a hiatus at the beginning of next year – they won’t be playing in our area again in the foreseeable future, so this is a doubly rare opportunity to get to see them in action. More info about Della Mae at www.dellamae.com … More info about the Roots On The River music festival at www.rootsontheriver.com

Spuyten Duyvil

The Atlantic Ocean didn’t stop us from tracking down Mark Miller from Spuyten Duyvil. They’ll be bringing their pumped-up good-time to the 2016 Roots On The River music festival here in Bellows Falls under the big tent in the wee bits of June. This is one of the don’t-miss acts. They all are, but this one really is. More about Spuyten Duyvil at www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com … more about Roots On The River at www.rootsontheriver.com

Izzy Serebrov in-studio

Izzy Serebrov’s going to be a great surprise, perhaps especially for veteran Roots On The River attendees who have come to know him over the years as a festival volunteer… not knowing the talent this kid has. He makes his debut under the big tent on Friday, June 3, at 4:00. You’ll want to be there. More about the festival at www.rootsontheriver.com

Mary Gauthier

Compassion, understanding, and an adventurous spirit: those are three of the qualities you hope for in an interview subject when you call an hour before they’re ready because of a time zone miscommunication. Mary Gauthier has all kinds of that stuff packed into her giant heart, thankfully. She’s also the longstanding host of the transcendent all-acoustic Sunday show at the historic Rockingham Meetinghouse that closes the Roots On The River music festival every year in Bellows Falls, Vermont. I already used the word ‘transcendent’… I can’t think of a better one. More about the festival at www.rootsontheriver.com and more about Mary at www.marygauthier.com

Milkhouse Heaters & Bobby Dove

Here’s what tonight’s show is looking like: In the 7:00 hour, a terrific in-studio recorded with The Milkhouse Heaters; milkhousebobby and in the next hour, a phone call I did with the very cool Bobby Dove. Both will be playing at this year’s Roots On The River music festival in Bellows Falls (see www.rootsontheriver.com for more info on the festival).

These segments have already been posted to social media, and you may have listened to them… however!, the web version of the Bobby Dove interview redacted a couple initial mixes of songs from her upcoming new album — but those will be broadcast in their entirety tonight. That’s an exclusive and you’re not going to hear it anywhere else.

Catch it tonight starting at 7:00 Eastern on WOOL 91.5 FM in the southern Vermont and New Hampshire borderlands broadcast area, or streaming live anywhere with internet from www.wool.fm