Drinks On Monday with The Strike Team

Pat talks with Chicago writer turned NYC transplant Jason Diamond about growing up punk rock in the 90s and all things Fireside Bowl. Jason's work as appeared in the Men's Journal, Vice, The New York Observer, The Atlantic and the Chicago Tribune. His memoir "Searching for John Hughes" will be released by Harper Collins later this year. Jason likes the Blue Meanies more than Pat does, but otherwise he's a pretty cool dude.

Direct download: Jason_Diamond.m4a
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This week on The Drinks On Monday interview, Mike chats with Mimi Betinis, singer/guitar player/songwriter from Oak Park power pop legends, Pezband. Mike and Mimi dig into the new Pezband EP, WOMEN & POLITICS as well as Pezband's days of playing the clubs around the Chicago suburbs throughout the '70s. 

Direct download: Mimi_Betinis.m4a
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Burlesque performer Shirley Blazen of Vaudezilla stops by the kitchen to talk about filmmaking, stand-up comedy, and her 4/20 show at Stage 773. Meanwhile, Ashley mixes up Sloe Gin Fizz's while Mike and Pat offer their thoughts on BASKIN and THE INVITATION.

Direct download: Shirley_Blazen.m4a
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A little something new from Drinks On Monday, a new one on one interview segment. Today, Mike talks with David Bash, the founder of the International Pop Overthrow Festival which stops in Chicago this week and will run from April 14th to April 23rd. Mike's band, The Romeros, will be closing the festival out as they've been doing for the past few years. Mike and Dave chat about the beginnings of the festival in Los Angeles as well as some of the other cities that the IPO stops off in.

The two pop fans also talk about Cheao Trick, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Mike Love and David Bash's other project, the Power Pop Hall Of Fame.

Direct download: David_Bash.m4a
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This week's episode features The Strike Team sucking down a case of Special Export with members of Mike's band, The Romeros. Alex, Stephanie, and Andy sit in and discuss the ROUGE ONE teaser trailer, deleted scenes from THE FORCE AWAKENS as well as offering their takes on the new Cheap Trick record, BANG, ZOOM, CRAZY...HELLO.

From there, Mike and Pat reminisce about the early days when they were first starting out in The Romeros.

The Romeros will be playing this year's International Pop Overthrow Festival on Saturday night, April 23rd.

Direct download: Drinks_On_Monday_With_The_Romeros.m4a
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This week on Drinks On Monday, Mark and and Jeffery of These Old Men They Play Records stop by the kitchen to partake in some taste testing.

Mark paired up craft beers from some of his favorite Illinois-based breweries with some classic Girl Scout cookies from Thin Mints to Trefoils.

The guys share with Dan and Mike about how their DJing gig got started with the help of The Rock Island Public House and also share their thoughts on Record Store Day, local favorite Beverly Records, and "vinyls."

Direct download: Record_Store_Day.m4a
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On this week's episode The Strike Team suck down those little bottles of liquor that you get when you fly Southwest and discuss New Orleans, online dating, and dick pics...business as usual for Drinks On Monday.

Direct download: April_Fools_Show.m4a
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