FIVE new OVERCAST HYPE episodes are now up for download in the ARCHIVE SECTION! I've shortened the live air episodes down to podcast form, so that you lamestains can hear some of the music played - but also the music history behind the music. Check out the archive for a complete description of topics included. Podcasts vary in length. Stay tuned for more Rocket Podcasts! Enjoy!
DECEMBER 21ST, 2012 [ALMOST DOOMSDAY] • xx R0CKET
yo lamestains, make sure to tune into OVERCAST HYPE, this weekend for back to back episodes on both FRIDAY NOV. 9th & SATURDAY NOV. 10th from 3-5PM (Chicago, US time) on RADIO DEPAUL or, via IHEARTRADIO. In case you haven't listened in a while, I've been hosting a mini show as part of Overcast Hype called the "WTF THIS IS NEW? MUSIC SHOW". If you've got a new age grunge or riot grrrl band and would like to be featured in this part of the show, feel free to send an e-mail to email@example.com OR post on the OVERCAST HYPE FACEBOOK PAGE. Also, any suggestions, requests or comments can be sent through these above mediums. Tune in this weekend!
NOVEMBER 7TH, 2012 • xx R0CKET
The Melvins are back & touring yet again, with their newest rendition of the band - also known as MELVINS LITE. These dudes are keeping alternative music heavy with their newest release (+ 18th studio album), FREAK PUKE. Not to mention, these guys are also in the process of breaking a world record (by Guiness's standards at that!) with their current 2012 U.S. autumn tour --> 51 STATES IN 51 DAYS. Kicking the tour off in Anchorage, AK [9/5] and ending in Honolulu, HI [10/25] - Melvins Lite will be wrapping up the tour with a new title for themselves; the first and only band to tour the entire United States (including D.C.) in 51 days. With King Buzzo on vocals and guitar, new addition Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Mad Love, Fantomas) on upright bass, and Dale Crover on Drums - the band is nearing their 30th anniversary and felt the need to do something crazy in order to celebrate. I checked out their show here in Chicago at Double Door [9/27/12], and was able to score an interview after the show with new bassist Trevor Dunn and original drummer Dale Crover! In this exclusive OVERCAST HYPE on-site interview, these cool dudes share their views on rock music in today's world & discuss the ever-changing variety in their influences from 1993's successful+nostalgic HOUDINI to 2012's most recent+continuously brilliantFREAK PUKE. Trevor sheds some insight [+ humor!] regarding the dynamics of the new lineup, Dale provides fans & aspiring drummers with a couple of influential names to write down, & last but not least - these dudes give some additional/exclusive info regarding their strong attempts to break a world record in this humorous OVERCAST HYPE on-site interview.
DOWNLOAD THE INTERVIEW + TUNE IN NOW!
OCTOBER 7TH, 2012 • xx R0CKET
Focusing on + featuring the music (clips) of 7 Year Bitch, Hole, Babes in Toyland, Bikini Kill, L7, and Bratmobile - this audio rockumentary tells the history and of Riot Grrrl as a music genre, as well as a generational subculture; and further explains the political, feminist, militant, 'angry grrrl' drive behind the music. Main influences/contributors of the movement's message + publicity, coming from multiple different different aspects and views are highlighted within the audio. This rockumentary is divided into chapters, moving from startup to downfall while still managing to include everything in between. [RECORDED, EDITED & ORGANIZED BY ROCKET]
HALF MUSIC HISTORY LESSON/
SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2012 • xx R0CKET
Last Saturday [FEB 4TH], I had the super legit opportunity to interview ALCOHOL FUNNYCAR's BEN LONDON on on my radio show, OVERCAST HYPE. Although the interview was more-so focused on London's work with AFC, we covered a multitude of topics throughout the course of the interview including Seattle's roots as an acclaimed music city, this current era of oral histories [such as MARK YARM's EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN & GREG PRATO'S GRUNGE IS DEAD], as well as London's influences as a musician and a quirky little story about how poking harmless fun at ALICE IN CHAINS backfired, and ended up putting the dudes from AIC right on the ALCOHOL FUNNYCAR bandwagon..!
If your unfamiliar with London's work as a musician, or would like to find out more about ALCOHOL FUNNYCAR and the band's contribution to the Seattle Sound - TUNE IN TO THE INTERVIEW!
February 12, 2012 • xx R0CKET
In the occasion of birthdays in grunge, Andrew Wood (better known as 'Landrew the Love God') and Frank Kozik are two people that you should definitely be informed about, if you haven't already encountered that pleasure. Although both of these people serve two majorly different purposes in the grunge universe, they both have strongly contributed to alternative music and the grunge scene as we know it today.
Originating in the eclectic Austin, TX punk scene in the mid-late 80s (think SCRATCH ACID), Kozik began to produce poster artwork for local bands and shows in the scene. Although he started at rock bottom with black and white flyers on telephone poles, this is definitely not where he ended with his poster art designs and his graphics career. Although poster art is not Kozik's only passion and endeavor in the broad range of his career accomplishments, this area specifically is where Kozik corresponds most with the grunge movement of the Northwest and Generation X. Frank Kozik has produced poster artwork for an abundance of grunge/alternative bands including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Hammerbox, The Offspring, Babes in Toyland, L7, Helmet, The Melvins, Mudhoney, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Killdozer, Butthole Surfers, Nirvana, Tripping Daisy, and many more great artists of the 90's. Although you can find SOME good deals on various original Kozik artwork, there's definitely specific Kozik posters that cost A LOT OF MONEY. In addition to producing artwork for phenomenal 90's bands (along with many other bands of various additional genres), Frank Kozik directed Soundgarden's 1996 PRETTY NOOSE VIDEO, and also worked with various commercial clients including Nike, Gatorade, Absolute Vodka, Harley Davidson, Spike TV and Oakley. Although Kozik contributed a LOT of artwork to multiple music scenes and various shows throughout the past couple of decades, he made the decision in 2001 to stop contributing art in the music business and rather, contribute his artistic creations to the "newly emerging" Vinyl Art Toy Movement. Below are some images of some of my personal favorite Kozik poster art creations, and you can check out his personal website at FRANKKOZIK.NET.
One of the most memorable and expressive members of the entire Seattle grunge movement, Andrew Wood contributed to the scene as the frontman for both MALFUNKSHUN in the 1980's, and then later, MOTHER LOVE BONE in the early 1990s. Malfunkshun was one of original seven bands who (contributed) to C/Z Record's 1986's DEEP SIX compilation. The compilation was one of the very first albums to document the beginnings of "The Seattle Sound," or "pre-grunge," if you will. After the disbandment of MALFUNKSHUN (which is often referenced as Wood's "highschool band"), Wood joined Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Green River (now with Pearl Jam) and they eventually formed Mother Love Bone with Bruce Fairweather and Greg Gilmore. Unfortunately, MLB was extremely short lived, considering the fact of Andy Wood's death in 1990 right before the debut of their first and only album "Apple".
There's so much I could say on Andy Wood, however one point I'd like to touch on is the fact that Wood (more than anyone else in the grunge scene, to my knowledge) strongly desired to be a total rock star - flamboyance, glam, stage presence and all. Many Seattle musicians and fans (including Kim Thayil of Soundgarden) were disappointed with the emergence of Mother Love Bone, because in order for Mother Love Bone to develop, two great bands (Malfunkshun & Green River) needed to disband. Of course, both bands were splitting in all directions possible - Green River housed some members who wanted to "get bigger", among other members who wanted to "stay underground." Unfortunately, Malfunkshun never acquired the recognition the band needed. However, Wood's death led to a greater sadness. On March 16th, 1990, Wood was found in a comatose state and desperately needed hospital care, from the result of bad heroin. Apparently, there was a bad batch of heroin going around over the time period of a specific weekend, and Andy fell right into the unfortunate trap. Wood was a fantastic musician, and even though he has gained posthumous recognition, he still has not acquired the recognition he deserves for his music.
If you're interested in the 'Andrew Wood Story,' you should definitely check out MALFUNKSHUN: THE ANDREW WOOD STORY; a documentary that surfaced in (summer?) 2011. Also, for those interested - Malfunkshun IS still around, they are still playing music with the help and musicianship of Kevin Wood, Andrew Wood's brother (who happened to be in the original lineup of the band, as well). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this story of rock'n'roll history, I highly advise you to inform yourself. Happy Birthday, Andrew Wood!
January 9th, 2012 • xx R0CKET
Sorry this is a little delayed, considering the fact that DePaul's winter break started the week of Thanksgiving. However OVERCAST HYPE won't be back on air and running on it's normal schedule until January 7th, 2012. Our break is a little strange; DePaul runs on a quarter system (opposed to semesters), therefore I'm stuck in winter-break-boredom from Thanksgiving until New Years every school year. I apologize for not notifying you lamestains until now, things have been a little slow around here. In the meantime, I'm planning on doing a good amount of blogging until the show starts again, I'll keep you updated via my TWITTER account.
December 12th, 2011 • xx R0CKET
Get excited. I'm interviewing Bob Nanna of the legendary local Chicago band Braid this Saturday on Radio DePaul, AND he's bringing his guitar. FUCK YEA ACOUSTIC SET! In case you guys are unfamiliar with Braid, they helped pave the early emotional/post-hardcore rock scene back in the 90's alongside American Football, Mineral, The Promise Ring, Sunny Day Real Estate, etc. Since the glory days of the 90's , there's been some branching off to complete other projects such as Hey Mercedes, and The Firebird Band. However, Braid is back together and they just released a new EP titled Closer to Closed. Hopefully Braid will release more material, because some of us can't get enough..
But anyway, Bob Nanna (guitar/vocals) is coming in for an acoustic set AND an interview this Saturday. October 15th. 3-5 PM. Overcast Hype on Radio DePaul. So I'm sure we'll find out what Braid is up to this time around. xD
Here's a video of Braid performing my personal favorite song of theirs back in '97, WHAT A WONDERFUL PUDDLE at THE FIRESIDE BOWL. This venue that no longer exists as far as cheap shows go, but it's one that really made a huge impact on music history as we know it today. Well...you can still bowl there...if you really really want to.
DONT FORGET TO TUNE IN!
October 12th, 2011 • xx R0CKET
I'm so excited to go on air again. Get ready for your weekly fix of grunge, 90's alternative, northwest late 80's punk, riot grrrl, 90's nostalgia and music history! Make sure to tune in on Saturday September 17th from 3-5 PM Chicago time, only on RADIO DEPAUL! I'm excited for the station this year, I feel like we're totally going to progress =] MAKE SURE TO TUNE IN THIS WEEKEND! I've got lots to talk about and super exciting news!
September 14th, 2011 • xx R0CKET
While listening to Soundgarden's Screaming Life/Fopp (1990 compilation album), I came across the song 'Little Joe,' and couldn't help but wonder, what might this song sound like if the Red Hot Chilli Peppers covered it?
August 11, 2011 • xx R0CKET
Has it really been that long? Released on June 15th, 1989, Nirvana's Bleach serves as their debut album and definitely has a harder, grimier sound than any of the other albums they put out. Produced by Jack Endino through indie record label Sub Pop and although the album is typically regarded as 'negative and bleak,' Bleach had a lot of airplay on underground college radio.
June 15, 2011 • xx R0CKET
After months of trying to figure things out, the website is finally up (most code, at least.) Hoping to upload the archive once I have faster internet connection, but the info pages are a start at least. Welcome! Here you will (eventually) find info about grunge music, as well as a corresponding archive to my radio show, OVERCAST HYPE: The Sounds of Seattle. As of now, the info pages are the only thing that's up but in about a week or so, I should have more uploaded. Thanks for visiting!
June 4, 2011 • xx R0CKET
was a weekly, 2-hour radio show about grunge music//the seattle sound, northwest punk, riot grrrl, & generation X music history hosted by DJ Rocket. The show was broadcasted from the basement studio of RADIO DEPAUL
[chicago, IL] from
APRIL 2010 - JULY 2014