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SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.

After one hundred (give or take) episodes, a seven-part web series, and innumerable references to “the promise of the West,” WORST GIG EVER has come to an end.  A heartfelt thanks to all of our guests, listeners, sponsors, and everyone who shared stories or made them happen; we got a lot of of this and we hope you did, too.  Check out some of our parting thoughts in this brief epilogue ep.  We shall be seeing you in other projects soon, so please GET HOME SAFE!

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EPISODE 100: DAN FETHERSTON

We celebrate our 100th episode much the way we did our first by bringing a member of one of our own bands on to talk about life and how to live it.  This time it’s Dan Fetherston, Oxford Collapse drummer extraordinaire, steamed cheeseburger enthusiast and caretaker of the oldest haus in Brukelyn, who reminds us of the time the Collapse decided to “jam" onstage in front of a paying audience instead of playing their songs.  We also talk about the demise of the OC and our most annoying habits, debate the merits of Guns ‘N Roses, touring in your thirties, and stealing drum hardware from your local elementary school.  Hordes of heady times on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 99: CHRIS NORRIS

Limbs fly when the very graphic graphic designer Chris Norris jumps out of the back of the van and into “the studio” to bring forth the epic tale of Reversal of Man's ill-fated 2000 European tour.  This one's a checklist of wondrous worsts, from towed vans and missed merch to suspicious squats and gross grub.  We also discuss Chris’ transition from the “sexless” world of self-righteous hardcore to behind-the-scenes in the hardcore world of BDSM and the art therein.  Lots of fear and self-loathing on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 98: JARED VAN FLEET

There’s gonna be “more keys in the monitor” when journeyman musico Jared van Fleet “sustains” a trip to the studio to debate house sound guys vs. bringing your own, giving up music to become a “businessman,” how start-ups are like bands, lifestyles vs. deathstyles, and ultimately balancing a 9 to 5 with the touring life.  More than a couple fifteen minute smoke breaks on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!  

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EPISODE 97: PAUL DELANEY

Somebody’s gonna get their head kicked in tonight when Black Anvil/None More Black bassist Paul Delaney shows up in the alley behind “the studio” armed with a sock full of quarters and a bunch of bone-crushing, slap-happy worst gig tales.  From European skinhead madness to Floridian “Pantera skin" malevolence - with a few internet-related threats and stops in Queens in between - Paul takes us on a tour of some tuff turf, as only a man who plays in two bands with the word “black” in their names can (Black Anvil’s new record, Hail Death, comes out on Relapse Records on May 27th).  Gallons of goats’ blood on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 96: MARK McCOY

There’s going to be a “Youth Attack" when a couple of dudes in their mid 30’s get together very far from Tony Victory’s house to kibitz with the awesome Mark McCoy about some of the lowlights from his time “doin’ vox” in seminal bands like Charles Bronson and Das Oath (not to mention Failures and Holy Molar).  Scary European squats, coping with onstage injuries, playing with bandmates you’ve never met, being influenced by MAD Magazine, and performing in shorts are just a few of the pathways we’ll go down.  Bundles of buttflaps on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 95: ROB BLATT

It’s a belly to belly suplex of bone-crushingly brutal baddies when Rob Blatt (aka “Bobby Phobia”) joins us in the squared circle for a no-holds barred talk about pro wrestling, music, and sideshow performing.  From a makeshift, disastrous tour with his college band, to wrestling in a dog-collar match, to the ins and outs of transporting a homemade bed of nails, Rob covers a lot of interdisciplinary crummy gigs with the bravura of a seasoned color commentator.  Gaggles of grappling on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 94: MATT RUBANO

Get a glimpse into the “Brotherhood of Session Bassists" when ace-rhythm man Matt Rubano pops ‘n slaps his way through a bushel of blatant bad ones, from performing with children on The View, to performing for children at Tommy Hilfiger’s son’s birthday party, to a very bizarre audition for 30 Seconds to Mars.  Matt also divulges his love for improv and stretches his comedic chops like a new pair of heavy gauge D’addarios on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 93: NOAH GARDENSWARTZ

We’re halfway to a minyan when comic Noah Gardenswartz shows up with a tale of terrible stand-up tour, bookended by two very similar (and very bad) gigs at synagogues.  Among other things, Noah’s got a unique approach to Jewish humor and is equally informed by his upbringing in Denver and Atlanta and coming up in “urban” rooms (don’t worry, plenty of bar mitzvah discussion in there, too).  Lots of l’chaim on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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EPISODE 92: KAKI KING

We head “down to the crossroads" with amazing guitarist/songwriter/person Kaki King, who delivers worst gig tale goods with the classic trifecta of accidents, inappropriate venues, and food poisoning.  We also delve into Kaki’s appreciation of new age musicher drumming skills, performing with the Foo Fighters, how she deals with press, and performing at school graduations.  Fonts of fingerpicking on this week’s WORST GIG EVER!

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