Svetlanas are an Italian punk band that tours the world relentlessly. Their front-woman, Olga, was banned from Russia. We talk about why (hint: it has something to do with that whole no free speech thing a la Pussy Riot). This interview was conducted in downtown Los Angeles after their show outside of the venue. At one point it is broken up by a police officer. Hear Ron negotiate with law enforcement!
More about the band:
The most dangerous band in the world.
I swear to God their approach to music is still gross and strong like a Vodka shot
Also in this episode, Ron Placone talks about the experience of seeing the band and Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute.
Rhonny Dam just wrote her first book, An Atypical Chick. Rhonny describes herself as a gay man trapped in a woman's body. She does not understand the want to have children, and she is especially out of place at baby showers. In addition, Rhonny is an Environmental Activist that has worked with Al Gore and continues to hold the lines down in her hometown of New Castle, PA, one of the capitals of fracking. Rhonny and Ron Placone talk about breeding, overpopulation, environmentalism, nature, love, voting as a strategy and some contemporary politics talk sneaks in as well.
Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute and Krish Mohan a FFON. Ron writes a theme song for Donald Trump in the voice of Ted Cruz.
Tom Reynolds is the Program Director of FYINation, a budding Progressive Online Radio Network in Flint, MI. Growing up in a strict Catholic household and adapting early to Rush Limbaugh and right-wing ideology, Tom did not have the easiest time growing up. Tack on being a closeted Bi-Sexual at an all-male boarding school, having a small hunchback from a health problem earlier in life, standing at 5'3" and having a fairly high-pitched voice, and growing up was no easy feat for Tom. Tom's passion for politics never faltered though and as he met more people in his life he slowly started to realize that he was, in fact, a progressive. After several moves and failed romances he found himself in Flint, MI with the desire to start a network of his own. In just a few years FYINation has gone from a labor of love (well, it's still a labor of love), to a 501c-3, an active participant in the progressive media community and has garnered a loyal and growing fan-base that continues to expand. This is Tom's story, the man behind the network.
Also in this episode: Ron explains why he could never be a doctor or something that substantial because it would make him an awful human.
Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute.
Marine Craven is the lead singer of the band Voodoo Kills. Marine grew up in a small village in France where her Gypsy parents introduced her to Ouija boards and the Supernatural at a young age. Later, her older brother introduced her to punk and rock n roll. Forming a band and touring in France lead to a relationship with several US-based bands which lead to the eventually relocation to LA. For five years now Marine along with the Voodoo Kills have been spreading their brand of thrash-horror punk rock n roll throughout the country while still maintaining a solid following in Europe and elsewhere. Ron Placone and Marine take a journey through her childhood and talk her art, music, songwriting and more!
About the Band:
Voodoo Kills is a mix of French, Brazilian and American musicians that met in Los Angeles in September 2015 to rock the fuck out thriving with the same love... The love of Rock n Roll.
Paul (guitar) and Marine (vocals) started the band, called Rockett Queens at the time, in 2008 in the South of France.
Quickly understanding how shitty the rock scene was in France they decided to move to Hollywood.
After finding a drummer and a bass player in the Fall of 2011, it took them few months to end up playing on the main stage of the House of Blues ( RIP ), The Viper Room and all over Los Angeles... but then what ?
Then... The hardest part for them was to find the right band members.
Two years and a lot of disappointments later they found Mike ( bass ) and Ivan ( drums ) and that's when the magic happened.
The music is raw, honest and Rock n Roll. Joan Jett PMS-ing if you'd like.
Also in this episode: Ron talks about fruit smoothies and the homogenization of the coffee shop culture. Krish Mohan delivers a FFON.
Jim Gilliam is an activist, Internet enthusiast, entrepreneur, and has been involved in some incredible projects. On top of all that he has battled cancer multiple times since the age of 18, grew up in a strict Evangelical household, and lost his mother who faced a similar cancer battle as him. His book, "The Internet is My Religion," chronicles his story from childhood to the DotCom Boom to his newest venture, Nation Builder.
Jim also played a crucial role in a project that changed Ron Placone's life, the movie OutFoxed. Upon seeing that film in college Ron discovered the Media Reform which framed much of his pursuits into adulthood. The two of them discuss this project and the impact that it had, and some of the methods to piece the thesis unmasking Fox News together. The chat includes love and loss, family, Religion, Politics, Technology, Education, it's all here folks! Jump in!
Also in this episode, Krish Mohan delivers a FFON and Angie Dorin a Monkey Minute.
Tuesday Thomas is an actress, producer and comedian. She co-produces a highly popular Los Angeles show called Freak Show. She has had quite the life, from battling addiction and navigating the New York subculture, to crazy family members, to traveling across the country in an attempt to escape an ex-husband who was stalking her. Her stories are at times hilarious, at times terrifying, but at the end of the day uplifting and encouraging. From Burlesque to the Drug Culture to Beauty Salons and many adventures in between, Tuesday has carved a nice niche for herself in the Los Angeles scene. Garnering interest from the E! Network and more recently MTV, the journey continues!
Also in this Episode:
Ron Placone ponders the concept of limited edition strawberries.
Krish Mohan checks in with FFON.
Angie Dorin checks in with a Monkey Minute.
This week's guest is Ben Grey, frontman of the LA-based Brit-pop/rock band, Dear Boy. Ron Placone and Ben discuss the band's newest EP, Parts of a Flower, Morrissey and the Smiths, in particular Johnny Marr's guitar playing and how Morrissey signs off on his e-mails (aren't ya curious?), the band's stint in London, punk rock in Orange County, having television writers as parents, discovering music and an awkward occurrence with Tim Armstrong, Ben and his wife. Fun conversation, much geeking out about music is had. Dear Boy is a fantastic Brit-pop inspired outfit you'd best do yourself a favor and check out!
Also in this episode: Ron shares the story of how he saw Dear Boy on accident at a festival, laments about Jimmy Buffett and band names.
Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute
Ryan Leone got his first story published when he was 9-years-old. From that point on he knew he wanted to be a writer. Then he discovered alcohol, then he discovered his addictive personality, eventually he discovered heroin. Staying clean has been an uphill battle, but while in prison Ryan got his priorities straight and wrote his first novel, Wasting Talent, while in jail. The book is a fictional tale of a musician turned junkie battling his way through Southern California. The underbelly of Los Angeles captured by Bukowski has gotten an update and check in from Ryan Leone. Like so many before him, Ryan lives the life, for better or worse. Ron Placone and Ryan Leone discuss his struggles with addiction, writer's workshops gone awry, relationships, the journey, and Ryan's upcoming new novel, June Gloom.
Also in this episode: Ron talks about meeting Jill Stein, dog walking and Colin Kaepernick. Krish Mohan rocks a FFON and Angie Dorin a Monkey Minute.
Tara Devlin is a highly successful blogger, show host and comic. She was born and raised in New York City where her early years were not the easiest. She battled alcoholism and heroin addiction, complete with public outbursts and unsuccessful attempts at getting clean. Finally with the right support she navigated past these trials and began doing comedy and creating socio-political content. Now, she's amidst launching RepublicanDirtyTricks.com, which has already garnered over 100K likes on Facebook due to her blog's popularity. Tara Devlin and Ron Placone discuss her upbringing, the concept of addiction, Religion, Buddhism, chanting, cooperating with one another, the definition of liberal, the fringe-twist of the Republican party and so much more!
Also in this episode: Ron has a Twitter impersonator, Krish Mohan rocks a FFON and Angie Dorin checks in with a Monkey Minute.
"Jonathan Shaw is the Great Nightmare Anti-Hero of the New Age." --Iggy Pop
Jonathan Shaw is a writer and a tattoo artist. He is arguably the most famous tattoo artist in the world, he is without a doubt the first tattoo artist to do late night television. Why? You ask. Maybe because he tattooed countless celebrities including Johnny Depp who became a friend and fan. Or maybe it's because he ran away from home at a young age and joined the LA scene in the 60s and spent time at the Manson Family ranch (before the murders). Or maybe it's because he used to hang out with Led Zeppelin and was friends with Jim Morrison. Maybe it's because when he started doing tattoos he was in Brazil and made his own equipment. Basically, the dude's lived, and fortunately for us all he started writing. His latest effort, Scab Vendor, which will be released in 2017, chronicles all of these items and more. We discuss the book, his life and work, publishing and tons more.
Also in this episode:
Ron may be breaking new ground in a small town in Wyoming. Krish Mohan delivers a FFON and Angie Dorin a Monkey Minute.