PAULIE THINK IS A RAPPER W/ A PUNK ROCK PAST

I met Paulie Think around 2005 or 2006 due to the website BYOFL (Book Your Own Fucking Life). It was a network for bands, promoters, and other’s trying to link together in the punk rock community. We were two of of the only rappers on the website. He came to Kent, Ohio, and played a show at my house that was quickly shut down by the fuzz. We moved the performance to a short lived venue called the ECC, which was ran by this cokehead guy named Joel with a bad temper. Things went well and I didn’t hear from Paulie for another year or two but then we ended up randomly touring together a few years later along with PT Burnem. I didn’t think Paulie liked me. He was sober, doing yoga every morning, and I was constantly drunk and depressed! It was the middle of the winter and we were on tour for over a month with a small break in the middle. We slept in freezing houses, played weird vegan pizza parlors, and hustled night after night, slinging cds to minimal crowds. I can’t say that it was a comfortable tour but we definitely paid some hard DIY dues and formed a tight bond. It’s been a long and sometimes turbulent friendship but Paulie is someone that I hold in high regards for his history, what he has been through, and who he has become.

Over the years I would hear tidbits of stories about how he toured with MDC, played with Fugazi, turned Disassociate on to drum and bass music, etc. He is probably the only rapper ever to receive a beat from a member of Neurosis as well. I always thought that was the coolest thing ever. It’s great to finally be able to document this stuff. We cover his history, punk rock roots, etc.

One thing I totally forgot to include is the story about how he threw a pie in the face of Ben Weasel from Screeching Weasel. Maybe another time! You can’t beat that though, right? Pretty god damn funny. Enjoy this interview and spread it around like the flu this season. Merry Holidays, ya jabronis!

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HARDCORE AND WRESTLING; A PODCAST WITH RAYMOND ROWE

Raymond Rowe is a former ROH tag team champion who has been making serious waves on the independent wrestling scene. Recently he completed a tour for New Japan. Ray grew up in Cleveland and has many stories from it’s fabled hardcore scene. In fact he used to be the head of of security for Peabody’s. Here we discuss DIY punk and wrestling. Please tell your friends and check out all of our other Rust Belt Hammer podcasts including interviews with wrestlers Matt Cross and Keith Lee. Subscribe to Rust Belt Hammer on iTunes and follow our facebook page for updates at www.facebook.com/rustbelthammer

RBH #19; A CONVERSATION WITH MEGANOKE

Meganoke is an up and coming singer whose reach extends to the hip hop world and beyond. In just a few years she has left a bigger footprint in the underground music scene than many do in their whole careers. She has hit the road with Abstract Rude, 2mex, and other indie rap legends but would also fit the bill sharing the stage with someone like Feist or Sleigh Bells. This was an interesting conversation about her evolution as a musical artist. Give it a listen and check out all of our Rust Belt Hammer podcasts.

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KILLED BY OHIO; A COMPILATION OF PUNK FROM NE OHIO

I have decided to do some podcasts that are strictly music. This Ohio punk rock theme will be ongoing. Check out what I think is some of the best stuff to come out of Akron, Cleveland, Kent, etc. This is not a definitive collection. Just some awesome tunes. Some are classic and some are forgotten. Continue reading KILLED BY OHIO; A COMPILATION OF PUNK FROM NE OHIO

OUR PUNK, GARAGE, AND 60S PSYCH HALLOWEEN PODCAST MIXTAPE

October is the time to celebrate our favorite holiday, Halloween. Me and Davids Jaggutis of the Rust Belt Hammer Podcast put this treat together for all of our loyal listeners. The songs are handpicked (with the help of our FB friends) and put together with love. This isn’t just an ordinary mix. We include spooky sound effects, vintage television spots, and film trailers amongst the creepy, fun jams that you are about to experience. Happy Halloween and enjoy!

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WRESTLECIRCUS HELD THEIR FIRST WRESTLING EVENT IN AUSTIN AND HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS

WrestleCircus is a new indepdent wrestling promotion doing events in Austin, Texas. They are the new kid in a wrestling city which is home to Inspire Pro Wrestling and Anarchy Championship Wrestling. Being that this was their first event, I expected to see a few blunders and for things to run not so smoothly. Those were presumptuous assumptions on my part because this was one smooth production. It even started on time! That is a rarity when it comes to some of these wrestling show.This was different though. Right from the start, things were on point. The ringmaster for the evening was rambunctious and colorful, a true master of ceremonies. Here we go!

The action started off with Trevor Lee vs. Jordan Len-X. This was an impressive opening bout and a sign of things to come. Lucha Underground’s Willie Mac and Bullet Club’s Adam Page next buttered up the crowd and left them yearning for more insane action. Mike Dell took on “Dirty” Andy Dalton, a man whom I am told lives up to his nasty gimmick. I’ve honestly never heard people pop so loudly for Andy before. It was awesome. “Supercop” Dick Justice vs. “Gentleman” Jervis provided some comedic relief in a match with a time limit of “one year”. This made room for more hard hitting action as we saw a cruiserweight showdown featuring DJZ, Scorpio Sky, Ricky Starks, and Aaron Solow. Former PWG star Scorpio Star went home with the victory. Sammy Guevara vs. WWE’s Tony Nese was another high flying rager. Tony has the power and ability. Sami has the attitude and move set. Props to both of these warriors.

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Laredo Kid vs. “Texas Lion” Carson was an impressive showing of power versus quickness that saw the luchador score a pinfall. I am not familiar with Laredo Kid’s work with Mexico’s AAA but will have to peep his matches after seeing some of his seriously fly moves (pun intended).

Leva Bates vs. Jessica James vs. Christi Jaynes was a ladies three way tangle that left me a bit disappointed. Austinite Christi Jaynes won the match but to me the hardest and most impressive worker in the match is Jessica James. She is a fantastic athlete and it would have been nice to have seen her showcased a bit more.

(OUR INTERVIEW WITH KEITH)

The show stealer for me was Keith Lee taking on Donovan Dijak. These two have more chemistry than Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. Excuse me for dating myself with that comparison but they did a tango that would drive any seasoned or novice wrestling fan into a frenzy. Lee and Dijak could show the non-believers why wrestling is an art form. If these two did a “best of 100 match”, I would seriously watch every single showdown. Hell yes and bravo!

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The main event saw Colt Cabana, EC3, Ray Rowe, and last minute addition Lance Hoyt in a fatal fourway. The action was what you would expect from these four bruisers. As an Ohio expatriate, it was nice to see two Clevelanders in the main event. EC3 and Ray Rowe made their hometown proud, displaying much finesse and skill. They certainly know how to engage and captivate an audience. Colt Cabana and Hoyt held it down as well. Colt is a one smart man. His mix of comedy and wrestling is always a hit. And Lance Hoyt! The man is just a terror. He looks and acts the part. Lance Hoyt is the definitive wrestler. He perfectly embodies the sport with a huge presence. Putting these four together was a good choice.

My only complaint about WrestleCircus would be the lack of local talent going over. When you have such impressive Texans on the card as Keith Lee, Jessica James, Ricky Starks, and Sammy Guevara; seeing them all lose was kind of a bummer. These men and women should be propped up and displayed as winners. Keith Lee is the Inspire Pro champion and an imposing, talented up-and-comer currently doing work for Ring of Honor. Seeing him lose in front of a native crowd was a bit displeasing, even if his match was insanely good. But hey, nothing is perfect, right? For the most part WrestleCircus did a fantastic job in all areas. One small flaw certainly did not ruin my evening. In fact, I had a blast.

Wrestling is a world where we can lose ourselves and be caught in the present moment. We forget our worries and watch these gladiators give up their bodies for our entertainment. In a way they are martyrs.

WrestleCircus presented some of the best current wrestling talent in the country. Win, lose, or draw, everybody looked fantastic at “The Opening Act”.

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GREG SYMONDS; THE PARADIGM OF POSITIVITY

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE STORY FROM NOW RETIRED PRO WRESTLER, GREG SYMONDS. HE WAS TRAINED BY SKANDAR AKBAR AND HAS HAD QUITE THE JOURNEY.

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HORROR OF 59 IS BACK AFTER A 9 YEAR HIATUS

Horror of 59 has a new album titled Necroaggression. It reminds me of old So Cal melodic punk mixed with rockabilly and a heavy dose of the Misfits. They have a song called “Nuke ‘Em High” so you can pretty much expect lyrics ripped straight out of the script for a b-movie. What’s not to love? You know what you’re gonna get and it’s what you came for.

“The Turning” is probably my favorite track upon first album listen. Horror of 59 definitely knows how to lay a catchy hook on your sorry ass. This one will be in my head all night.

HOW TO BOOK DIY TOURS; A PODCAST W/ NIK OLIVER

This one is both informative and entertaining. Nik Oliver became a DIY booking agent for independent artists out of necessity. He has made quite the name for himself and continues to expand. Check out this interview and learn a thing or two.

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