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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 78- Greg Pizzoli

5/31/2017
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews illustrator and writer Greg Pizzoli. Greg is the author of several acclaimed books for children including: The Watermelon Seed (winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award), Templeton Gets His Wish, Tricky Vic, Number One Sam, Good Night Owl, and The Quest For Z. His books are published by Viking Children’s Books (a division of Penguin) and Disney Hyperion. Greg also comes from punk, which has influenced his work in many ways. Greg finds himself in a unique...

Duration: 01:38:51


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 76- BONUS EPISODE

11/18/2016
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Consider this a bonus episode and not part of the interview series proper. For a live event in front of an audience at Tyler Contemporary, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, Ed Avery-Natale interviewed LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! creator Joseph A. Gervasi. The L!F!P! project and Philadelphia HC punk (among other retaliated subjects) were discussed. This took place on November 17, 2016. This is a recording of this spirited event. Ed Avery-Natale is the author of Ethics,...

Duration: 01:02:16


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 75: David Kessler, Benjamin Warfield, Allen Crawford of The Pine Barrens documentary, The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra

10/6/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews three of the filmmakers behind the documentary The Pine Barrens. Present for this interview were director David Kessler, musician Benjamin Warfield of the Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, and trickster Allen Crawford (who was once also known by his now-dead alter ego, Lord Whimsy). We discuss the history of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens; the genesis of the film project; the various additional facets that accompany the film, such as live music and art installations;...

Duration: 01:40:23


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 74: Rev. Kirk T. Berlenbach of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church

6/30/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews the Rev. Kirk T. Berlenbach of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church Roxborough. Father Kirk grew up in Haddonfield, NJ. His father was a priest and he always loved being a part of the church. Moving through his teenage years, Father Kirk was drawn to rock, prog (!), punk, and gothic music. He had a desire to spread the word of Christ, but found different avenues from which to approach his faith and alternate means — at times outrageous — of expressing it. In this...

Duration: 00:44:45


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 73: Larry Livermore of Lookout Records

5/24/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Larry Livermore, formerly of Lookout Records and author of the book How To Ru(i)n A Label (Don Giovanni Records, 2015). Since Larry’s book covers the story of his involvement (and de-volvement) with Lookout Records so well, we only talk about the label a bit in this lengthy interview. Instead we focus on other aspects of Larry’s life, like growing up working class in Detroit, his estrangement from his family, the consumption and sale of psychedelic drugs,...

Duration: 02:01:31


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 72: Joseph A. Gervasi talks L!F!P! on WKDU 91.7 FM

5/4/2016
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WKDU (91.7 FM) DJ Yoni Kroll interviews LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! creator Joseph A. Gervasi live on-air on Sunday, March 13, 2013. They talk about the origins of the L!F!P! project, Joseph’s long-term involvement in Philly DIY HC punk through The Cabbage Collective and more, an email he received from a concerned punk (Jim Shomo, later interviewed for the project), 1990s emo babies, the Cinedelphia Film Festival and its creator Eric Bresler, conducting long-form interviews, his favorite Philly...

Duration: 00:55:14


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 71: Cynthia Connolly of Banned In DC

5/3/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews the photographer Cynthia Connolly. We talk about Cynthia growing up in Los Angeles, CA and being drawn into the early punk scene. Cynthia and her sister wind up moving to Washington, DC in the early ’80s. There Cynthia become an active participant in the burgeoning hardcore punk scene. Cynthia designed the iconic “Out of Step” 12″ cover for Minor Threat. In the late ’80s she compiled, contributed photos to, and published the essential “Banned In DC” book, which...

Duration: 01:18:59


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 69: Jim McMonagle of Flag of Democracy (F.O.D.)

4/29/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Jim McMonagle of the Philly hardcore punk band Flag of Democracy (F.O.D.). Jim grew up as a “monster kid” obsessed with horror and science-fiction films and books, especially King Kong, Godzilla, and Japanese TV shows such as Ultraman. By the late 1970s, Jim was embracing the nascent punk scene. At the start of the 1980s, F.O.D. was born. Their first show was also one of the most infamous hardcore shows of the early ’80s: the Buff Hall show in Camden, NJ that...

Duration: 01:56:33


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 68: Nathan Gray of BoySetsFire, I Am Heresy, Church of Satan

4/28/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Nathan Gray of the bands BoySetsFire, I Am Heresy, and now solo work. Nathan details his experience of growing up with under the weight of fear in a Pentecostal family. Until he began to shed his Christian faith in his early thirties, Nathan found the religion he was raised with to be debilitating. Despite being the son of a Christian minister, Nathan is now a member of the Church of Satan. We talk about moving from faith to atheism/Satanism, discovering punk...

Duration: 01:29:54


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY Episode 67: Ralph Darden of Random Children, Franklin, AM/FM, Jai Alai Savant, DJ Major Taylor

4/27/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Ralph Darden, also known as DJ Major Taylor, who played in the bands Random Children, Franklin, AM/FM, Jai Alai Savant and more. While Ralph now lives in both Chicago and Los Angeles, he grew up in Philadelphia and spent much of his youth in the racially-mixed Mt. Airy neighborhood. In this long and frank interview, Ralph talks about the racial divide in Philadelphia, growing up in a world where he didn’t quite fit in with either while or black folks,...

Duration: 02:22:53


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 66: Neil Robinson of Nausea, Squat or Rot, Tribal War Records, Final Warning, Jesus Chrust, ABC NO RIO, Farmageddon Growers’ Collective

4/26/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Neil Robinson of the bands Nausea, Slaughter, Warning, Final Warning, and Jesus Crust. Neil co-founded Squat or Rot and ran the Tribal War label and distro. He was also active in ABC NO RIO. Neil is now one of the founding members of the Farmageddon Growers’ Collective in Oregon/Washington. Neil and I spoke in his hand-made and electricity-less shack on the Farmageddon property just outside Portland, Oregon after a tour of the (very impressive) veganic farm....

Duration: 02:17:49


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 65: Mark Andersen of Positive Force DC, We Are Family

4/25/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Mark Andersen of Positive Force DC, We Are Family, and the books Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk In the Nation’s Capital (co-authored with Mark Jenkins) and All the Power: Revolution Without Illusion. On the thirtieth anniversary of Washington, DC’s “Revolution Summer,” I wanted to celebrate and illuminate the event that sent reverberations out into the world that continue to resonate today. While Mark has nothing to do with the Philly punk scene this...

Duration: 02:42:06


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 64: Jade of Posers

4/21/2016
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Stacey Finney guest interviews Jade, lead singer of the Philly hardcore band Posers. Jade is musically talented (she began playing the piano at the age of three!), playing multiple instruments in addition to singing. Jade is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in Philadelphia for the past two years and now calls this fine city her home. In this 90-minute interview, Jade shares her experiences about growing up in St. Louis and how she discovered the punk scene there. She...

Duration: 01:29:42


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 63: Mano Divina of The Divine Hand Ensemble, F.O.D. (Flag of Democracy)

4/21/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interview Mano Divina, the original drummer of Philly’s favorite hardcore punk band, F.O.D. (Flag of Democracy) and the founder of The Divine Hand Ensemble (with many bands in between). Mano Divina (that’s his legal first name) was raised by an Italian-American family who took great pleasure from all forms of music and sharing it with one another. Since Mano Divina claims he can’t remember most of his childhood, our discussion soon reaches his teenage years, which were...

Duration: 01:59:02


LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 62: Pierce Jordan, Ruben Polo of Soul Glo

4/20/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Pierce Jordan and Ruben Polo of the Philly hardcore band Soul Glo. Soul Glo is a relatively young band, but in the short time they've caught the attention of many with the intensity of their performances and Pierce's impassioned and confrontational lyrics. We talk about their upbringing as outsiders in both the black community and the largely white world of punk, how they came to Philadelphia and met, and how the band formed. Most essential to this interview is...

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 61: Eric Hansen of Spent Flesh, FDH Records, Suicide Bong Tapes

4/19/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Eric Hansen of the blazing and chaotic HC punk band Spent Flesh and the man behind both FDH Records (just don't ask him what the "FDH" stands for) and the marvelously named Suicide Bong Tapes. We talk about young Eric discovering punk as a kid in upstate New York and his enduring love for all sorts of music, most especially electronic music in its various forms. Eric's love of music inspired him to release local NY bands (then later bands from all over) on his...

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 60: Jenna Pup of +HIRS+

4/18/2016
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Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Jenna Pup of the trans queer grindcore band +HIRS+. We talk about Jenna growing up as an outsider and eventually coming to Philadelphia, where she came to an understanding of who she really is and what it would take to be that individual. We discuss gender and sexuality both in and out of the punk scene. Addressed at length is the impact of role models on young people and the responsibilities that come with being one (either by choice or by circumstance). Other...

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 59: David E. Williams

4/15/2016
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Guest interviewer Greg Trout interviews David E. Williams. Since 1989 David has been a local music force that defies categorization. Equal parts singer/songwriter, crooner, mage, and prankster, his macabre tales and tunes comment on the human condition and the great wrong place in which we live. Mixing confessional and storytelling song styles, there is no one like David E. Williams. For over an hour Trout and David discuss David's career, his place in Philadelphia, his time a purveyor of...

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 57: Dallas Cantland of Thorazine

4/13/2016
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Stacey Finney guest interviews Dallas Cantland, drummer of the punk band Thorazine. Listen in to hear how a young African-American male born to a Southern Baptist mother and Jehovah Witness father finds his way into the Philly punk scene. Dallas talks about growing up black in Philadelphia and the experiences that influenced him most in shaping who he is today. You will also learn about the soda sock of the Pantry Pride variety and other escapades that Dallas shares about his youth. Dallas...

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY Episode 56: Rich Kaufman of Electric Love Muffin, The Rolling Hayseeds

4/12/2016
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Stacey Finney guest interviews Rich Kaufmann, lead singer and guitarist of Electric Love Muffin (ELM) and The Rolling Hayseeds. Rich was born in Miami, Florida where he lived during the early years of his childhood. He eventually moved to North Wales, Pennsylvania, where he attended high school and discovered some of his early influences of punk music, progressive rock, and country. After moving to Philadelphia in the early 1980s, Rich became fully immersed in the punk scene, attending and...
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