Category: Episodes

Start the Music 039 – The History of Cover Songs

New episode! New format! New segment!

How did cover songs come to be what they are today? Were they always tributes to the original artists? From a thesis paper that sparked the research, this episode, we change up the format and I discuss the evolution of the cover song from the 1940s to now and play some punk covers.

Discussion: What’s your favourite cover song?

Show Notes

Covers Uncovered: A History of the “Cover
Version,” from Bing Crosby to the Flaming Lips (thesis) https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3630&context=etd

New Album: Songs that Saved My Life

SPIN Interview: The Flaming Lips   Flaming Lips & Pink Floyd Cover Album

Popular Musicology Online – Issue 2 – ‘Cover Songs’

Mike Ness of Social Distortion on Punk/Country covers 

STM Episode 21 – Sam Sutherland

Whosampled.com (exploring the DNA of music)

SecondHandSongs.com



New Window: Start the Music! Episode 39 

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Start the Music 038 – Tabbert Fiiller (director)


On this episode, an interview with Tabbert Fiiller, director of the documentary The Public Image is Rotten. We talk about his time interviewing John Lydon (Sex Pistols, PiL), how the documentary came to be, and the quip in the film about a Toyota vs a Rolls Royce. 


Show Notes

Film is playing in Cinemas across North America
The Public Image is Rotten (official website)

Safe Gigs for Women tweet


Percentages – Sauna Youth
Bandcamp
Hey – I Against I
New Album Pre-Order
Twitter
Not Nice – Lonely Parade
Buzzrecords
Website
Rise – PiL
The Public Image is Rotten ‘Songs from the Heart’

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 38 

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Start the Music 037 – Jeff Leisawitz (songwriting/author)




On this episode I talk to songwriting instructor, author and man of many hats Jeff Leisawitz. We talk about his job teaching songwriting at Pacific Lutheran University and his book available on Amazon (and other fine places) Not F*ing Around— The No Bullsh*t Guide For Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground.

Show Notes

Jeff’s book! Buy it!
Jeffleisawitz.com
Pacific Lutheran University
Marilyn Manson Keynote Address at MusicFest 1997
Pink Lemonade Records – twitter



TRACK LISTING:

Recoil – Choke 
Facebook

High School Sucks – Bronnie
Website

What I Want – Bad Waitress
Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp


Trash Talk – Brother Octopus
Bandcamp | STM Episode 2


New Window: Start the Music! Episode 37 

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Start the Music 036 – Fran Strine (director)




On this episode, director and “video guy” Fran Strine talks about his documentary Hired Gun, Ray Parker Jr., and those musicians you adore but don’t even know their name. Watch Hired Gun on Netflix! Leave the podcast a review on iTunes! 

Show Notes

Solidarity Not Silence
Watch the Hired Gun on Netflix | Hiredgunthefilm.com
FranStrine.com


TRACK LISTING:
(Click for bandcamp page)

Lovely Day – Bill Withers


New Window: Start the Music! Episode 36 

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Start the Music 035 – Music Break Vee




We have a music break! 8 tracks for you to enjoy. What do Canada, Australia and San Francisco have in common? They all have bands featured in this episode. There are probably other similarities, but that’s the important part.

Music Break Vee

The Last Warped Tour
Alkaline Trio new title track released
Riot Fest


TRACK LISTING:
(Click for bandcamp page)

Silo – by The Shorts (Thousand Islands Records) – Australian
Facebook

The Great Escape – Spoiler – Toronto 

Four Months of Rain – Family Meeting (Thousand Islands Records) – Toronto

Guilty Again – Nutrition S/T (Neon Taste Records) – Vancouver 

Desperation – the Stanfields – Halifax

Warning signs – Daylight at night – Vancouver

Tidal Wave – Living with Lions – Vancouver

Doin’ Time – Jesse Morris – San Francisco

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 35 

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Start the Music 034 – Jeff Alulis



This episode I talk with Jeff Alulis (also known as Jeff Penalty) about his book NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, working with NOFX on Backstage Passport, his time with the Dead Kennedys and his current project a travel blog called True Adventure Stories.

Blog: Jeff Alulis.com
True Adventure Stories
NOFX Backstage Passport on DVD (amazon and Fat Wreck Chords (1 & 2)


TRACK LISTING:

In Vitro – September Again

Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter

Burn Me Out – Fozzy

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Closing song: Pimps and Hookers by NOFX

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 34 

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Start the Music 033 – Mable Syndrome



 

In this episode I talk to the founders of Mable Syndrome! It’s a longer than usual interview, but it’s packed full of punk rock talk, women supporting women and much more.

Mable Syndrome | Podcast links
Bands mentioned: Face to Face | Less than Jake
Mable Syndrome interview w/ Frank Turner: Season 2 Episode 5


TRACK LISTING:

Self Loathing – Days ‘n Daze

Label website

Mid 20s Skateboarder – Pkew Pkew Pkew

Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Closing song: Mable by Goldfinger

 

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 33 

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Start the Music 032 – Christopher Tyng (Composer)



 

This episode I’m excited to be joined by Christopher Tyng, composer for TV shows such as Futurama, Suits, Rescue Me as well as movies and video games. We talk about instruments (what’s a boobam?!) used in the music of Futurama and how the musical tone was established and we discuss the “death” of record labels and the seeming lack of gatekeeping. We’ll open with the Futurama theme, throw in a Cowmen track and close with a couple songs from Suits.

Welcome to the World of Tomorrow, everyone!

ChristopherTyng.com
Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk to purchase
Station on Jasper
Last Podcast on the Left


TRACK LISTING:

Futurama Theme – Christopher Tyng

Drinkin’ – The Cowmen
Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Off to Jail (Suits) – Christopher Tyng

Zane vs Zane (Suits) – Christopher Tyng

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 32 

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Start the Music 031 – Music Break IV (Canadian Punk)



 

On this episode of Start the Music! we break from interviews for a (virtual) road trip across Canada to experience punk music from each of the provinces. We’ve got pop punk, bummer punk, hardcore and folk all jammed together. Airfare across Canada is expensive, enjoy this free podcast instead and then check out their bandcamp pages and pick up some more for the road. Click the link for the full collection.


TRACK LISTING:

St John’s, Nfld
Dividends – The Skeats

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Gottigen Street – Future Girls

Montreal, Quebec
Oxys – Debate Club 

Toronto, Ontario
A Coast to Another – Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish

Winnipeg, Manitoba
This Song is NOT About Sex – Stickaround

Regina, Saskatchewan
Frankencharlie – Almost Alien

Calgary, Alberta
Dollars and Sense – River Jacks

Vancouver, British Columbia
Overstimulated – Chain Whip

 

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 31 

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Start the Music 030 – Primetime Failure



 

On this episode, an interview with Jan from german punk band Primetime Failure. We talk about the band, music videos and getting the chance to play with those who inspired you to start. Plus talk about Punk Rock Bowling, a new book about Big Shiny Tunes and more!

Show Notes:  

Punk Rock Bowling
Mark Teo’s book Shine
Safe Gigs for Women Equipment list

 


TRACK LISTING:

1. Distant – Rain Check

Bandcamp | Facebook

2. Sunny Side Up – The Bussieres

Bandcamp | Facebook

3. Celebrate the Winter – Primetime Failure

New Window: Start the Music! Episode 30 

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