Beneath his hilarious persona, Chris Farren conceals the heart of a romantic. On his latest record album Doom Singer (Polyvinyl Records) the former Fake Problems singer weds massive riffs with intimate and funny confessions. Tune into Hotline as he answers 1-877-WASTOIDS calls about Bruce Springsteen’s son and why one caller’s girlfriends always dump him after Chris’ gigs.
Decoy Deloy joins artists like Blondie, Wilco, Portugal the Man, Sonic Youth, and more for #bandshirtday 2023—a holiday to celebrate our favorite kinda tees and raise money for worthy causes. Then, Decoy swings by Valley Bar to hang out with Los Angeles psych-punk quartet Frankie and the Witch Fingers to get the story about their new rager, Data Doom and pick up some tips and tricks for how to avoid the apocalypse.
We’re hopping in the time machine and setting the controls for April 1968, to take a deep dive on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” the weird and unsettling world of Tiny Tim, and the format-bending sound of San Francisco’s Moby Grape—as well as the ultra-dedicated unofficial archivists like DustyGrooves69 and Vintage Recordings, who make sure we can access it.
And oh yeah, we’re talking about Band Shirt Day 2023, a global fundraising initiative, where artists come together for a single day to sell merchandise on their official sales channels and donate proceeds to charitable organizations of their choice. 2023 is presented by MerchFriends and Spotify, with support from Hello Merch, bandsintown, Rough Trade NYC, and WASTOIDS.
To celebrate Band Shirt Day 2023, Dylan Gette-King links up to the WASTOIDS feed to share the history of the band shirt, and stories from the movers and shakers of underground music, figures like Bill Mooney of Kung Fu, who joins us to discuss how he got started making band merch on Redd Kross’ dirty laundry and inspired Sonic Youth’s Washing Machine, and Steve DePace of Flipper, who tells us how Kurt Cobain’s fandom ended up making the Flipper logo a band shirt icon.