Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, December 3, 8-10pm) include Giant Crab, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger, Iron Virgin, Johnny Thunders, Explosives, Skids, Teardrop Explodes, Bill Nelson’s Red Noise, Headcoatees, Lost Sounds, Habibi, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Raul’s was the first and most celebrated punk club in Austin in the late 70s and early 80s. Opened in late 1977 it originally featured mostly Tejano music, but soon switched to punk and new wave. It remained the epicenter of Austin’s punk scene until it closed on April 1, 1981. In 1979 a live recording was made of five different bands with the ensuing “Live at Raul’s” album featuring two songs from each band. It was released on the Raul’s label and featured cover art and photography by Cam King, guitarist and vocalist for one of the bands, the Explosives. Click on image to enlarge.

DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Smooty Filth were a garage rock band from Rennes, France. Between 1993 and 1997 they released one full length album and two singles. “Let’s Have Fun Tonight” perfectly captures the sound and zeitgeist of the 90s garage scene, gritty production, fuzzed out guitar, and beer-soaked party vibe. It appeared in 1995 on a 3” CD compilation of French garage bands that came with the Larsen Recordz Fanzine #9. Listen to it here:

Promo art from Johnny Thunder’s 1978 “So Alone” album on Real Records. Original design by Bill Smith and photography by Peter Gravelle.

Bringing Light Into Darkness – Mon, 11/28 @ 6 PM

Supporting Women and Free Trade: ‘Free Trade’ vs ‘Fair Trade’: How the Wealth of Nations is Appropriated through ‘Free Trade’ driven Foreign Policies

Tonight’s show unveils an important indictment of the historical methods of accumulation of the gross wealth of Western nations and US Foreign Policy, by pursuing and documenting:

1. What is the difference between Free Trade & Fair Trade and how does it impact majority populations of the world?
2. Why is it that the majority population of countries our multinational corporations invest most heavily in, and that within which our foreign policy extends its reach and greatest power, why is the consistent outcome a significant and measurable deterioration of the quality of life for that majority?
3. The following five country profiles Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti, Libya and Honduras provide evidence of a consistent pattern rather than aberrations of the impact of US foreign policy upon majority populations of the world.
4. We include a special deeper analysis of Honduras and the impact of the US enabled Honduran June 28, 2009 coup by economist Dr Jose Antonio Cordero from the Center of Economic Policy (CEPR) and a previous BLID show which aired shortly following the coup which analyzed the economic performance of the Honduran economy before and after the democratic election of the Zelaya government we helped to remove.

Join us tonight as special guest Josefina Castillo – describes how we can support the ‘collective’ vendors of Women & Fair Trade. Josefina BA in Sociology from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and has a PhD in Education from the University of Arizona. Josefina has worked as a Popular Educator in Mexico and the US for over 30 years and is the former Director for 12 years of the Austin office of the American Friends Service Committee. Co-founder and current Board Chair of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. She is also a board member of Women on the Border.

Learn how supporting democracy means supporting Fair Trade by joining us tonight and learn about the18th annual Women and Fair Trade Festival in Austin, TX this Saturday 12/3/22 sponsored by Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. For more information you may go to

Dot Matrix Curates “Atmospheric, Feel-Good Dance Grooves”

Dot Matrix hosts The Girlie Show, a weekly broadcast dedicated to the voices of female-identifying artists from Austin and around the world. We spoke on November 17.

Michael A. Brown: Talk about your history with KOOP and The Girlie Show.
Dot Matrix: I started listening to KOOP in 2009, began volunteering in 2013, and debuted The Girlie Show in 2015. I had been working in the tech industry and got burned out and left. But I got restless not working and wanted to volunteer for something and connect with the Austin community. In my hometown, Salt Lake City, I had volunteered at alternative radio KRCL 90.9 and loved it. So in Austin I got in touch with KOOP. It was so cool to find out that I could apprentice and maybe get a show. At that time, KOOP had no shows dedicated to female artists. I proposed a full hour every week to feature female voices, calling it The Girlie Show, after Madonna’s concert tour of the same name. The Programming Committee liked the concept and approved it and that’s what I do!

MAB: Your show page at the KOOP website says, “We’re stylistically broad with an emphasis on (x)wave, (x)pop, and a dash of disco hedonism.” What does the “x” mean and can you share some examples of each?
DM: The “x” means the genre is variable, such as new wave, dark wave, synth pop, Euro pop, or dance pop. For example, the Boy Harsher band is dark wave or synth wave, Altered Images and ‘80s singer Lene Lovich are new wave, and Ladytron is synth pop.

MAB: In getting recorded and on the air, what gender-related opportunities do female artists enjoy and what challenges do they face?
DM: When I was growing up, there were no female-oriented radio shows. Some stations even had rules against playing two female artists back-to-back. And as recently as two years ago, there was a country station in Michigan that still had that rule. KOOP’s Rush Evans told me that station bosses feared that too much female music would chase away advertisers and listeners. I can’t speak to opportunities and obstacles in the recording industry at large, but we do see news stories from time to time about female victories in getting music produced and on the air.

MAB: We sometimes hear about supposed “overnight success” singers who actually took many years to achieve success … talk about some of them.
DM: Madonna and Janet Jackson are two. I remember seeing Madonna for the first time on the Solid Gold tv program, dancing around on stage in a pink wig. But before that, she was a musician in her own right. She played with a new wave band and was a backup singer before reaching fame as a solo act. It took from the late ‘70’s until 1984 for Madonna to really break through into stardom. Janet performed in the shadow of her Jackson Five brothers until her 1986 breakout hit “When I Think of You.”

MAB: How can it happen that one performer, Taylor Swift, could have all ten of the top ten Billboard Hot 100 hits in one week, as she did recently?
DM: Years ago, it would have been impossible because female artists simply were not releasing enough music to come anywhere near that number. And that was with much less competition. Now, there are many more female artists and fewer barriers. So it’s likely the biggest reason is streaming via the Internet. Fans can hear the music whenever and wherever they want … there’s no music director cycling through a Top 40 radio play list.

MAB: There are lesser-known but really good female artists you have featured. Tell us about some of your favorites.
DM: I play mostly underground, emerging, and independent artists like Primo the Alien, who does pure, 100%, wonderful pop. I play Bragglights, who sings and performs very cool electronic music. Also, Lazy Suzanne, who has a bratty, rowdy kind of aesthetic, plus rapping. Austin has these and many other strong and inventive female artists.

MAB: Besides The Girlie Show, what other sorts of musical and community things are you involved in?
DM: Musically, I like to DJ at KOOP events and others. In the community, I’m the volunteer coordinator for the PTA at my son’s elementary school and I’m really passionate about public education.

You can enjoy The Girlie Show with Dot Matrix on KOOP every Saturday from 4-5pm.

Interview by Michael A. Brown

Jamaican Gold’s Art Baker celebrates 24 years at KOOP – Sunday, 11/27 @ 12pm

The Thanksgiving tradition unlike any other continues, as Jamaican Gold host Art Baker digs out longtime favorites to close out the holiday weekend for his yearly Anniversary Show. Sunday, 11/27 @ 12 PM.

Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, November 26, 8-10pm) include the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Ohio Express, Please, Bonnie St. Claire, Buzzcocks, Public Image Ltd. (RIP Keith Levene), Virna Lindt, Fall-Outs, Pulses, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Pulses were a garage punk band from Seattle, and were active in the early to mid 00s, releasing a couple albums and an EP. Bass player, vocalist and artist Shannon McConnell provided the artwork for all their releases, including this one, the 10” “Little Brothers” EP. It was released in 2003 on Dirtnap Records and included front cover artwork by McConnell as well as a band photo on the back by Lloyd Archer. You can see some of McConnell’s here: Click image to enlarge.

DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Gospel Swingers were a blues-tinged garage rock band from Dallas who included members of Blacktop, Fireworks, and the Now Time Delegation. They were active in the early 00s and released a single and an album, both recorded at Sweatbox Studio in Austin. “Los Muertos” is a bluesy groover featuring soulful vocals by singer and harmonica player Quincy Holloway. It appeared in 2000 on the “Mississippi” single on In the Red Records. Listen to it here:

Promo art from a 1972 Bonnie St. Claire and Unit Gloria single on Philips Records. Original design and photo are uncredited.

Bringing Light Into Darkness – Mon, 11/21 @ 6 PM

Updates from the Front by Scott Ritter: Ukraine, a Sacrificial Lamb of US Foreign Policy, or an Unprovoked Victim of Russian Aggression?

Our Introduction provides data that support the concerns and claims that as a result of a US enabled 2014 coup not only did the first European government since WWII come to power with a cabinet full of neo Nazi ideologues but that among the half dozen or more cabinet posts awarded to those neo Nazis were those that included those that oversaw the Ministry of Defense, the Armed forces, law enforcement, national security. Additionally, the position of Prosecutor General of Ukraine who oversees the judicial system was awarded to a neo Nazi. We provide evidence that suggests that the coup and repression that followed against ethnic Russians in the east and was led by far-right nationalists precipitated the separatist aspirations.

Special guest Scott Ritter (former UN Iraq weapons inspector) who unveiled the deceit behind the framing of the US led Iraq invasion in 2003 deconstructs many of the misrepresentations our government and its mainstream media are now promoting about the Russian- Ukraine- NATO- US crisis.

Among them include is it the US, NATO and Ukraine or is it Russia or are they all in violation of International Law? From 2014 until 2022 why did Russia refuse to recognize and support a separation of Donbass from Ukraine and sought a political solution through the Minsk Agreement. How could that have changed in a manner that is not in violation of international law? Who sabotaged, undermined and violated the Minsk Agreement that had been signed?
How many Russian troops were dedicated to their Special Miliary Operation (SMO)? How many Ukrainian troops and other non-Ukrainian military forces have been dedicated to the military conflict & what was NATO involvement in Ukraine before the SMO? What are the casualty numbers on both sides, civilians & military, & what does that tell us? In a fascinating account, Ritter describes and details how Ukraine and Ukrainian Armed forces are getting decimated.
When and how will the additional 300 thousand Russian troops and the additional100 thousand volunteers, a total Russian capability of a 400 thousand strike force, if they are ready as reported by the end of December or early January, how will that change the military theater? The ratios of losses indicate an unsustainable military situation for Ukraine. And it will now only get worse. Is the crime the Russian SMO or the US leading Ukrainians to slaughter, not on behalf of Ukraine’s national interests but in the interests of promoting a foreign policy that seeks to extend western hegemony and continue an unsustainable unipolar dominance over the world’s future? We don’t have all the answers, but this show includes important evidence that has been kept from the US public. We seek to bring light to that darkness so good, honest and courageous US public citizens who are interested in pursuing the truth no matter where it takes us, can develop a more informed position to decide what to believe and then rein our government and media as needed. Please join us tonight. Don’t be Late!

Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, November 19, 8-10pm) include the Cherry Slush, Merrell Fankhauser and HMS Bounty, Vibrators, Tony Koklin, Young Marble Giants, Scientists, Hickoids, Puffy AmiYumi, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Hickoids are an Austin-based cow-punk band who early on earned a reputation for crazy ass live shows. They have been performing and recording since the mid 80s. For their second album, “Waltz a Crossdress Texas,” they featured cover art by the original guitarist Davy Jones along with a band photo by Joseph Cultice. It was released in 1989 on Toxic Shock Records and included a lyric sheet. Jones passed away in 2015 after a bout with lung cancer. Click image to enlarge.

DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Inland Emperors were a short-lived garage rock band from Washington state. They had but one release, a 1994 single on Bag of Hammers. “Hey, Hey, Blake Pirtle” is a roughhewn garage nugget with some gritty guitar and a sad tale of demon drugs. The silkscreened cover art was done by band members Steve Dukich (art) and Curt Buchberger (silkscreen). Listen to it here:

Promo art from a 1998 Lou Höffner Trio Minus One single on Sheep Records Original art by Shag.

Bringing Light Into Darkness – Mon, 11/14 @ 6pm

Legs of the Chair that Support the Egregious Wealth Disparity that Undermines both our Democracy and Democratic Aspirations

Tonight, we blend a number of instructive themes from previous Bringing Light Into Darkness investigative journalistic presentations we have presented over the years. Who benefits from War? Our discussion includes the revolving door of Generals and Pentagon officials that sit on defense contracting boards and are paid handsomely. Many of them also are hired guns if you will, considered military experts, for the major news networks who actively preached opposition to ending the US Afghanistan two-decade war and argue against negotiating a peace settlement in Ukraine as we speak while at the same time are on the payroll of those companies whose sales and the value of their stocks soar as a result of perpetuating war not seeking peace. All of this is hidden from the “news and analysis” consuming US public. Meanwhile President Biden signed into law a spending package that includes a record breaking $782B for the annual US defense budget that a small handful of the largest defense contractors disproportionately benefit from. These defense contractors are identified.

According to the Cost of War at Brown University, Pentagon spending for the Afghan War alone has cost over $14T. Over the last two decades $2.5 billion dollars have been spent on lobbying. Meanwhile we cite the source study that estimated in 2011 waste, fraud and abuse totaled $31B- $60B. How does this serve the public interest?

We also detail domestically how corporate interests, strengthened by 2010 Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, exert enormous influence within our country, often outside public knowledge, and how a considerable amount of influence, behind the curtain if you will is exercised by corporate generated legislation, much a direct product by the corporate interest group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). We excerpt previous BLID shows one featuring Austin investigative journalist Mary Tuma, that seek to unveil how influential the corporate-state law collaboration nature and profile of ALEC has been and how by its disproportionate influence on our laws again, outside public awareness, undermine our democracy.

Please join us. Don’t be Late!

Boots on the Air – Mon, 11/14 @ 2pm

KOOP’s series Boots On The Air continues Monday, November 14 at 2:00pm Central / GMT -6. Join US Army vets Michael A. Brown and Perry Jefferies, and KOOP’s Greg Ciotti. You’ll hear lots of veterans’ news, plus relevant and timely conversations with two guests … Military Times’ Meghann Myers about supposed military “wokeness” keeping would-be recruits away, and with the Washington Post’s Alex Horton about an Army post re-naming dispute. Tune to 91.7 FM in Austin, worldwide at

Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, November 12, 8-10pm) include the Troggs, Nikki and the Corvettes, Tubeway Army, Insect Surfers, Robyn Hitchcock, Prisoners, Shitbirds, Ponys, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Shitbirds were a garage rock band from Los Angeles that included April March (real name Elinor Blake) on lead vocals. They were active for a couple of years during the early 90s. Besides being a talented singer (in French as well as English) March was also a professional animator and worked for a while on the Ren and Stimpy show. Their Oh Joy! 10” mini LP featured work by John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren and Stempy, on the front and back covers. It appeared in 1993 on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label. Click image to enlarge.

DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The No-Talents were a 90s French garage punk band with an emphasis on the “punk.” Between the years 1996 and 1999 they released two full length albums and four singles/EPs. “We Are the No-Talents” is a short three-chord blast of straight-ahead punk sound and attitude. It appeared in 1996 on their self-titled first album on Wild Wild Records. Listen to it here:

Promo art from the Insect Surfers’ 1980 “Into the Action / Pod Life” single on Wasp Records. Original art and design by David Arnson, Asp, and David Petersen.