23 episodes

The Lost Labels Podcast is dedicated to digging into the history of seminal alternative record labels, both well-known and forgotten. It is my hope that such a podcast might shed light on unjustly overlooked gems of punk, power pop, rockabilly, psychedelic, and new wave. Many of these albums are long-out of print and do not exist in digital form, practically unheard of in today’s day and age, but still deserve to be discovered (or rediscovered) by modern listeners.

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The Lost Labels Podcast is dedicated to digging into the history of seminal alternative record labels, both well-known and forgotten. It is my hope that such a podcast might shed light on unjustly overlooked gems of punk, power pop, rockabilly, psychedelic, and new wave. Many of these albums are long-out of print and do not exist in digital form, practically unheard of in today’s day and age, but still deserve to be discovered (or rediscovered) by modern listeners.

    Episode 23: Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras)

    Episode 23: Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras)

    Bush Tetras broke onto the scene in a big way with their 1980 debut single, "Too Many Creeps". Released on 99 Records, it is a seminal piece of early 1980s post-punk that ranks amongst the definitive songs of the era. After releasing a string of singles and a live cassette, Bush Tetras split with only a handful of recordings to their name.

    Fortunately, Bush Tetras have reunited and continued to release music over the years, culminating in the release of a "best-of" box set by Wharf Cat Records in November of 2021. In this episode, singer Cynthia Sley discusses the early days of the band, opening for the Clash, and her lifelong friendship with guitarist Pat Place.

    Bush Tetras/Wharf Cat Records:
    https://bushtetras.wharfcatrecords.com/rhythm-and-paranoia

    • 34 min
    Episode 22: Nick Buck (SVT)

    Episode 22: Nick Buck (SVT)

    SVT rose from the ashes of Hot Tuna, comprised of ex-Airplane bassist Jack Casady and keyboardist Nick Buck. Eschewing the extended jams for tight power pop, they self-released their first single in 1979 before singing to 415 Records. There they released the brilliant "Heart of Stone" single and a seven-song EP before Buck left the band. 

    In this episode of the Lost Labels Podcast, Nick Buck discusses his diverse musical influences and his time as part of San Francisco's burgeoning punk scene. Nick still releases music from his past as Nick Buck 9, which can be found on all major streaming services:

    https://music.apple.com/us/artist/nick-buck-9/1511551644

    • 33 min
    Episode 21: Wharton Tiers (Theoretical Girls)

    Episode 21: Wharton Tiers (Theoretical Girls)

    From playing alongside Glenn Branca in seminal band Theoretical Girls to producing the first Sonic Youth album, Wharton Tiers has his fingerprints all over the late-70s/early-80s New York scene. Add to that his work with A Band and Glorious Strangers, and Tiers' discography provides the perfect entry point to the visceral world that is no wave. 

    Since then, Tiers has also gone on to produce such beloved and acclaimed albums as Dinosaur Jr.'s "You're Living All Over Me" and Helmet's "Strap It On." Today, Wharton Tiers remains active with the Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Superduperlooper, his solo piano work, and the brand new Wharton's Expanding Jazz band. 

    For more information, visit:
    http://www.whartontiers.com

    • 32 min
    Episode 20: Howie Klein (415 Records)

    Episode 20: Howie Klein (415 Records)

    From his college days booking artists like the Doors to his later career working with the Smiths and Pretenders at Sire Records, every chapter of Howie Klein's life is fascinating to the avid music fan. One of Howie's greatest legacies is the founding of 415 Records in 1978, one of San Francisco's seminal independent record labels. From beloved underground acts such as the Units and the Nuns to bands who would find mainstream success, such as Romeo Void, the roster of 415 artists is breathtaking in its diversity and talent.

    Recently, Liberation Hall has begun re-releasing some of 415's catalogue, including the label-spanning Disturbing The Peace compilation in late 2020. For more information on Liberation Hall and the work that they're doing, visit them here:

    https://www.liberationhall.com

    Howie Klein runs the political blog DownWithTyranny!, which can be found here:

    https://www.downwithtyranny.com

    415 Records: Disturbing the Peace can be purchased here:

    https://amzn.to/3rh8OCt

    • 56 min
    Episode 19: Shauna Laurie (U.S. Ape)

    Episode 19: Shauna Laurie (U.S. Ape)

    Although they only released three singles, US Ape seemed poised to become the next Talking Heads or Knack in the late 1970s. Fronted by Tom Goodkind, later of the Washington Squares, the band played a unique blend of danceable funk-new wave that didn't quite sound like any of their contemporaries.

    In this episode, we talk to keyboardist (and sometimes vocalist) Shauna Laurie about her time in the band and what it was like to be a part of the late-1970s scene.

    To see US Ape in action, watch their music video for 1979's "Ignorance Is Bliss":
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yke96ZVxCkc

    • 42 min
    Episode 18: Michael Zilkha (ZE Records)

    Episode 18: Michael Zilkha (ZE Records)

    With seminal releases from Suicide, James Chance, Lydia Lunch, Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and the Coconuts, the Waitresses, and many others, ZE Records was described by John Peel as "the best independent record label in the world." UK-born Michael Zilkha founded the label alongside Michel Esteban in 1978, after running the short-lived Spy Records with John Cale. After the label closed in 1984, Zilkha left New York for Texas, where he now is in the renewable energy business.

    In this interview, we talk to Michael Zilkha about his early musical influences, his coming to New York immediately after school, and the formation of what would become one of the most acclaimed record labels of the era. Recently, Zilkha revived the ZE brand to release "The Future Is Mine" featuring Bun B and Mr. Biggs:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITdsUr4tDeo

    • 59 min

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