By John "Jughead" Pierson
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When the basement of my house flooded, I lost many records and much memorabilia from all my bands. The objects I salvaged I put in a big box. I stared at them for awhile then decided to send them out into the world to a better place, where they wouldn't be ruined. This is when I began my transition into storing memories, instead of objects. Jughead's Basement Radio Show explores a different influential record each month. Writers, Performers, and Musicians join me each program to talk about their own relationship to specific songs on the record. Even though the program can be downloaded, my intention is to cultivate a live audience, so that this audience has the opportunity to call in and react in the moment, sharing their stories and their opinions, and to directly ask me questions.
||ExplicitEpisode 21 - Rise Against’s The Sufferer And The Witness||Episode 21 of Jughead’s Basement featuring Rise Against’s The Sufferer & The Witness With inte...||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 - The Apers' Self Titled Debut||This is the beginning of the podcasts venturing to honor the few European bands that took me in w...||1/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 - The Pink Lincoln's Back From The Pink Room||Episode 19: The Pink Lincolns' Back From The Pink Room Released in 1988 Interviews with cor...||10/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 - The Promise Ring’s Nothing Feels Good||Episode 18 The Promise Ring’s Nothing Feels Good Released October 14 1997 I came to ...||7/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 - Bhopal Stiffs: Songs from the Catalog of a Classic Chicago Punk Band||Bhopal Stiffs strikes close to my heart. They were the first band Screeching Weasel played with ...||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16 - The Vindictives' Hypno-Punko™||The Vindictives’ 1999 release of HYPNO PUNKO™ With interviews of each band member re...||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 - Big Black's From Bulldozer To Atomizer||Big Black’s aggressive and abrasive music was characterized by distinctively clanky guitars...||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 - Selected Sequential Recordings From The Catalog Of Crimpshrine||This month, John runs through selected sequential recordings from the catalog of Crimpshrine. ...||9/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 - Angry Samoans' Back from Samoa||The Angry Samoans 1982 Release of Back From Samoa Interviews by band members: • "Metal ...||8/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 - Adrenalin O.D.'s Humongousfungusamongus||In this edition of Jughead's Basement, John turns over an old log to see what's growing on Adrena...||3/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 - The Queers' Don't Back Down||In this episode John and friends stand back up the Queers' 1996 album, Don't Back Down. Featuring...||12/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 - The Jazz Butcher's A Scandal in Bohemia||In this episode, John cuts deep into the Jazz Butcher's 1984 album, A Scandal In Bohemia. Featur...||11/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 09 - The Mr. T Experience's Love Is Dead||In this episode of Jughead's Basement, John and friends resuscitate the Mr. T Experience's 1996 a...||9/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 08 - Naked Raygun's Throb Throb||In this episode of Jughead's Basement, Naked Raygun's 1985 release, Throb Throb, is examined. Thi...||7/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 07 - The Feelies' The Good Earth||In this episode of Jughead's Basement, The Feelies' 1986 release, The Good Earth, is gone over wi...||7/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 06 - The Lillingtons' Death By Television||In this episode, our attentions are turned to the Lillingtons 1999 release, Death By Television. ...||4/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 05 -Tom Waits' Rain Dogs||In this month's episode, John and friends examine Tom Waits' 1985 release, Rain Dogs. Featuring ...||3/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 04 - Operation Ivy's Energy||In this episode, John and friends put Operation Ivy's Energy LP under the microscope. Featuring ...||2/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 03 - The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime (Part Two)||On this episode, John and friends examine the Minutemen's 1983 release, Double Nickels On The Dim...||12/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 03 - The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime (Part One)||On this episode, John and friends examine the Minutemen's 1983 release, Double Nickels On The Dim...||12/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 02 - Screeching Weasel's My Brain Hurts||In this months edition, John examines Screeching Weasel's My Brain Hurts. Featuring pieces fro...||10/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 01 - Repo Man||Jughead's Basement Episode 01: The Repo Man Soundtrack With special guests: Molly Brennan, ...||9/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
A podcast that's worth your time.
Jughead's Basement is a wonderfully arranged look at albums of great significance to John and many of us alike in the genres of but not limited to, pop punk/punk rock/rock n' roll. Each episode is a collection of fantastic interviews with band members, studio personnel, label owners, and other closely related characters of importance to the record being honored. Interviewees range from the highly celebrated to rare. These interviews are always meticulous yet highly entertaining, touching on the subject at hand but due to John's experience, paired with a relaxed and welcoming demeanor can lead to many other cool side stories. This creates a very much "fly on the wall view", giving a look at something you might love dearly and feel you know well but are happy in learning something new as a result of the show. The next part to compliment this display of music appreciation at it's finest are the writer's segments done by many different types of music lovers affected by the album that are carefully chosen by John ranging from very well known zine owners to, to a member of his theater group, to an everyday person with great passion just to give a few examples of the many that have already participated. It's completely different every time with what you can expect to hear from each writer but also very personal and relatable in seeing how each writer's life has been touched by the album. All these pieces of the podcast fit together like a time capsule you can both appreciate and feel very much a part of because the music belongs to all of us after all!! I highly recommend Jughead's Basement to anyone who feels a connection to music, be it your way of life, or you might just want to learn more. This podcast will give you a new reason to fall in love.
The Chronicles of Punk
John is an excellent interviewer, bringing out great moments from guests to share and wonderful to listen to stories from the scene so many of us were a part of, supporter of or even inspired by. The show gets better and more solid which each episode and John goes one on one with so many bands, singers, songwriters and true creative artists who shaped and lead the punk scene we grew up with and talks about the music that is still playing loudly on turntables, ipods, cassette decks, online or on disc – and of course LIVE.
John, kept up the great work.