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The Dark Stuff
Category: Music
Location: Omaha, NE
My name is Dave Splash and I have been involved in the underground music world for 20 years. I have worked at labels, booking agencies, web sites, promoters, and radio stations. This is my podcast. The Dark Stuff features interviews - conducted by me ...more
My name is Dave Splash and I have been involved in the underground music world for 20 years. I have worked at labels, booking agencies, web sites, promoters, and radio stations. This is my podcast. The Dark Stuff features interviews - conducted by me - with musicians, artists, and interesting folks from the community. I live in Omaha, and there may be a lot of Omaha-centered content. The show will constantly be evolving. I hope you enjoy. Check out my website at www.thedarkstuff.com
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June 02, 2014 06:33 AM PDT

The Dark Stuff Podcast #108 features an interview with and music by Omaha duo, Drakes Hotel. Drakes Hotel is Amy Drake and Chris Y, and together, they have recorded four albums and an EP. The band's music has drawn comparisons to artists like Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star, The Raveonettes, and Psychadelic Furs. Chris and Amy are married and have been making music together for over a decade. After stints in Seattle and Portland, the duo made Omaha home.

I discovered Drakes Hotel by accident -- seeing them open for Crocodiles -- and have been a fan ever since. Chris and Amy came down to the bunker for an interview, and I learned an awful lot about this talented twosome. For example, the band has had its music appear in TV shows such as Being Human and Lost Girl on the SyFy Network. You may already know the music without realizing it!

The following songs were used with permission: "Leave It Dark" "Here's to the Days" "Broadcast to the Addicted" and "From Over". All songs ©DH Music. The music can be purchased through CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DrakesHotel1.

Thanks for listening. Enjoy.

©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

May 26, 2014 08:52 AM PDT

The Dark Stuff Podcast #107 features music and an interview with a brilliant, new band called See Through Dresses. STD are a new band from Omaha that has just released its debut, full length album, and is about to embark on its first national tour. The band's music has drawn comparisons to groups like Joy Division, The Cure, Lush, My Bloody Valentine, and many other greats from the late 80s/early 90s.

I sat down with band members Sara Bertuldo and Matt Carroll to discuss how the band formed, the making of the album, and the band's goals for the future. Both Bertuldo and Carroll have played in bands in Omaha for years, and both feel that See Through Dresses is the band that best represents what they have been trying to achieve for many years. 

In addition to working in their own bands, both Sara and Matt have done touring stints with other bands, with the most notable example being Sara's time as the bass player for Tim Kasher's (Cursive, The Good Life) solo band.

The following songs were used with permission: "When Summer Ends" "Glass" "Happy" and "Johnny." All music ©See Through Dresses, and all songs appear on the band's self-titled debut LP. The album can be purchased from the band's Bandcamp page: seethroughdresses.bandcamp.com.

Thanks for listening. Enjoy.

©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

May 19, 2014 05:40 AM PDT

The Dark Stuff Podcast #106 features an interview with Annie Clark aka St. Vincent. St. Vincent appeared recently in Omaha on her current Digital Witness Tour. Before the show, I sat down with Annie to discuss the state of St. Vincent

We discussed a number of things including her recent change in record label, the current state of the music business, whether or not it's okay to be a "rock star," her collaboration with David Byrne of Talking Heads, her "emotional" meeting with Eddie Vedder, and that if she could be any other person on earth, it would be Pat Smear (Nirvana, The Germs). 

Annie Clark became St. Vincent in 2007 with the release of her debut LP, Marry Me. Since then, she has released four other albums and toured around the world repeatedly. With the release of her newest, self-titled album, St. Vincent is positioned to conquer the mainstream. She recently performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony fronting Nirvana, and she just appeared as the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live

©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

May 12, 2014 05:58 AM PDT

The Dark Stuff Podcast #105 is a special one, folks. This episode features my interview with the legendary guitarist and founding member of KISS, Ace Frehley! Ace helped form KISS in 1973 and remained in the band until 1982, when he embarked on a solo career. In 1996, he re-joined KISS for a reunion tour, and remained in the band until 2002. Ace Frehley, along with the three other original members of KISS, were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I conducted this interview with Ace during the run-up to the release of his solo album, Anomaly, in 2009. This was his first solo release in 20 years, and the expectations were high. He and his band were about to begin an international tour in support of the album, and that tour began in Council Bluffs, IA, which is a mere 10 minutes from midtown Omaha. 

I have been a lifelong KISS fan, and this was, literally, a dream come true for me. I hope you enjoy the episode. This interview has never been aired anywhere. It is 100% exclusive to this podcast.

I want to point out that in the time since the interview, Ace has completed a new album. It is called Space Invader, and will be released on June 24, 2014.

©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

May 05, 2014 01:31 PM PDT

The Dark Stuff Podcast #104 is a continuation of the interview with Josh Haden of the band Spain from #103. In this part of the interview, Haden talks about the second and third Spain LPs, his contractual issues with Restless Records, and the initial break-up of Spain. He then discusses his solo career, his collaborations (Handsome Boy Modeling School, Sean Lennon, DJ Shadow, Blue Man Group), and the re-formation of Spain.

Since the last episode was posted, Josh got in contact with me through twitter. His twitter is http://www.twitter.com/joshhaden and the band Spain's is http://www.twitter.com/spaintheband. The official website for Spain is: http://www.spaintheband.com

Thanks for listening. ©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

April 28, 2014 01:41 PM PDT

Dark Stuff Podcast #103 features an interview with Josh Haden, best known for his work in the fantastic indie band, Spain. Haden's career began as a teenager when he performed in the band Trecherous Jaywalkers, who recorded for SST Records in the 1980s. After that band's dissolution, Haden decided to take his music in another direction. 

That other direction became the band Spain. Spain's stellar debut album, The Blue Moods of Spain, was released in 1995 to much critical acclaim. The album combined elements of jazz, pop, and indie rock into a magical and unique sound. One of the album's songs, "Spiritual" was later recorded by Johnny Cash.

After a few follow-up albums, Spain went on hiatus in the early 2000s, and Haden ended up going solo. In addition to his solo career, he also collaborated with Dan the Automator, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Sean Lennon, and the Blue Man Group, among others. 

Spain later re-formed has released a total of seven albums (including compilations). The band's newest is called, Sargent Place.

This interview was conducted sometime in 2008, and was then lost to the ages due to a computer crash. I recently recovered the file, and am presenting part one of the interview here. Part Two will follow next week.

Josh Haden is the son of jazz musician, Charlie Haden, and brother to Petra Haden (that dog, The Decemberists), Rachel Haden (that dog, The Rentals), and Tanya Haden.

©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

April 24, 2014 02:51 PM PDT

Dark Stuff Podcast 102 features my interview with Eddie Spaghetti from The Supersuckers. The Supersuckers are a hard rocking, hard living, punk/country/garage/metal/grunge band from Seattle, Washington. They are the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World."

The band formed in 1988 in Tucson, AZ, but quickly re-located to Seattle to be a part of the burgeoning "Seattle scene." After one album on Empty Records, the group signed to Sub Pop and became one of the label's most successful bands. Grunge has come and gone, but the Supersuckers are still here!

I conducted this interview in 2008 with singer/bassist Eddie Spaghetti, but assumed the file was gone after a computer crash, so I never was able to use it. I recently salvaged the interview and am bringing it to you here, for the first time ever. At the time, Supersuckers were celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, and touring in support of their album, Get It Together. At the time of this posting, the Supersuckers are on the verge of releasing their 16th album, Get The Hell. Besides that, little has changed.


©2014 The Dark Stuff Podcast

April 21, 2014 01:54 PM PDT

The Dark Stuff #101 is dedicated to the short-lived Bay Area rock band Overwhelming Colorfast. The band formed in 1990 in Antioch, CA and was frequently compared to Hüsker Dü and Buzzcocks. Six months after its first performance, the band was signed to an offshoot of Sony Records and in the studio with celebrated producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Against Me!). Colorfast toured the US numerous times and shared stages with artists like Ramones and Social Distortion, as well as headlining club tours. Despite a valiant effort, commercial success eluded the band.

For this podcast, I interviewed band leader Bob Reed (gtr/vox), who tells the story of the group from its inception to its premature demise.

PLEASE NOTE: This podcast was originally published in 2008. That version was removed a while back. This is a re-post of that show without the music. Since that 2008 interview, Overwhelming Colorfast's first two albums have been added to itunes, thus making them available for the first time since their initial release in the early 90s. As of this posting, a label called Texas Jesus Records (https://www.facebook.com/TexasJesusRecords) is planning to release a single of previously unreleased Colorfast music.

Visit my website: http://www.thedarkstuff.com/

April 17, 2014 05:22 PM PDT

For this episode, the spotlight is on a great 90s band from New York called Madder Rose.The band existed from roughly 1992-1999. Based on its debut album, Bring It Down, Madder Rose was heralded as the "next Velvet Underground" in the British press. I interviewed former Madder Rose drummer, Johnny Kick for the podcast, and he tells the story of the band's fast rise and slow decline. Madder Rose is one of the best unsung bands of the 90s, and they deserve more accolades and posthumous discovery than they are getting.

This is a re-posting of what was episode 24 of the original Dark Stuff Podcast. It was published originally in April 2008. This "new" version has removed any songs that were used originally, so there will be no copyright issues. Sorry about that.

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