005: Nate Turpen

Published On March 12, 2015 | I’VE KNOWN YOU TOO LONG, PODCASTS


Nate sits down with Dave to discuss his early days discovering Punk and Metal in junior high, cutting class, and getting caught up and busted in random acts of vandalism. Jump ahead a few years and a chance meeting at a sandwich shop leads Nate to join the band STATE ROUTE 522 despite not being able to play any instrument. Multiple bands and tours later, time has its way, and life drags Nate from Alaska, to Antarctica, to Portland, Oregon. Desolation at every step. Also, Dave made him play a role in his movie, and Rocky Votolato beat him up onscreen, which is a real point of contention.

Now Nate is back in Seattle and playing in some seriously great bands, which you can find info on below.

Follow Nate on Twitter: @nathanturpen

Follow Nobody’s Nose on Twitter: @NOSEYNOBODY


Most of these conversations will contain shorthand speech and insider info that both parties will be familiar with and won’t necessarily stop to explain for the listener. Whenever possible, Dave will provide some after-the-fact definitions and descriptions. Like your own personal eavesdropping translator.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

STATE ROUTE 522: Nate’s first band. Melodic with an edge. CLICK HERE.

SHARKS KEEP MOVING: Formed after the break up of STATE ROUTE 522, with Nate and Jake still playing together. WIKI. CLICK HERE.

HAND OF THE HILLS: Nate currently plays bass in this Seattle based band. They are hard for me to describe. Prog, I think. You’ll just have to check them out. Twitter: @handofthehills or Facebook.

Jake: Jake Snider from MINUS THE BEAR. Expect an episode from him soon.

“Where you going to shows when it was PILLOW?”: PILLOW was an early band Jake Snider sang and played guitar for.

Old Firehouse, OK Hotel, Magic Studios: NW music venues.

Carrie Whitney: Now Carrie Whitney-Hall. Purveyor of zines, Taker of photographs, Lover of robots. Also releases records: CLICK HERE. Starred in at least 3 no budget films in the 90s, including Dave’s.

Excursion: Dave’s record label. Doesn’t really exist anymore.

Matt Matsuoka: The kind of guy who can re-name himself THEE ULTRAMATT and you just go along with it. Sang and played guitar in 10:07, RED ROCKET, and THE HIT. Makes movies. Creates art & animation. Terrifies the clergy.

HEARTBREAK BEAT: Matt Matsuoka’s 1st feature film, starring many of the same people as THE EDGE OF QUARREL. Excursion released a version of this on VHS, and it was released in Spain on DVD.

Big John’s House: Located in Fall City, WA. The basement of this home saw many incredible punk & hardcore shows, most of which will surely be discusses throughout the course of this podcast.

BAD BRAINS, BLACK FLAG, THE GERMS, CIRCLE JERKS: If you don’t know who these bands were CLICK HERE, CLICK HERE, CLICK HERE, and CLICK HERE.

Bones Brigade Video: The classic Powell Peralta skateboard video. WATCH IT HERE.

THE CURE: Some would say this was the best band on Earth. Others would say those people are understating the matter. CLICK HERE.

Belinda Carlisle: Singer for The GO-GO’s. Went solo. Became the hottest thing on Earth for a minute. CLICK HERE.

The Outsiders: Whenever I reference The Outsiders, I mean the book. Not the movie. But the movie’s cool too. Also the reason I carried a knife in junior high, as one should.

Suburbia: Crucial 80’s punk movie. CLICK HERE.

TR Burn: A homemade brand that stands for “The Rejected” from the movie Suburbia.

10:07, THE GREEN, RIKKI TIKKI TAVI: Eastside Punk Bands.

Jeff Degolier: Starred in Matsuoka’s HEARTBREAK BEAT. Played bass in multiple NW bands. Creates Art. CLICK HERE.

Cody Votolato: Rocky’s younger brother. Guitarist for THE BLOOD BROTHERS and WAXWING, among others.

BLOODLET: A Florida evil that seemed to find Seattle appealing. CLICK HERE.

Justin Martinez: Current drummer for HEIRESS, and prior drummer for many killer bands.

“Dude, X up.”: X’ing up means to draw an X on the back of your hand to indicate that you are Straight Edge.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL, KARP, JUNE OF 44: More bands. Check ’em HERE, HERE, and HERE.

SCREWJACK/LIT: A hardcore band that started as LIT, but had to be changed to SCREWJACK after that annoying California band hit MTV. CLICK HERE.

J. Clark: Played in KILLSADIE, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, SHARKS KEEP MOVING, and JAGUAR LOVE.

Morgan Henderson: Played or plays in SHARKS KEEP MOVING, THE BLOOD BROTHERS, PAST LIVES, FLEET FOXES, and THE CAVE SINGERS.

MINUS THE BEAR: Jake Snider’s current band. CLICK HERE.

“Poppy Don Cab type thing”: ”Don Cab” refers to the band DON CABALLERO. CLICK HERE.

PINBACK, PEDRO THE LION, BOILERMAKER: We talk about a lot of bands on here. These are more of those. CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE.

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: An H. P. Lovecraft story depicting the events of a disastrous expedition to the Antarctic continent in September of 1930. Supposedly fiction.

HEIRESS: Solid Dudes, Killer Tunes. CLICK HERE.

MAN YEARS: No joke, this stuff is cool. I sometimes get a COHEED & CAMBRIA vibe off it, but they would probably hate that. CLICK HERE.

The Big Picture: A tiny little movie theater and event space in Seattle. CLICK HERE.

Dave and Nate 3/12/15

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I’VE KNOWN YOU TOO LONG

David Larson is a screenwriter from the Seattle area who ran an independent record label called EXCURSION for many years. Over the course of the last three decades, Dave has formed friendships with a large number of people who have made an artistic impact, mostly in the world of Punk Rock and Hardcore music. Many of these people have gone on to greater and more varied adventures in the worlds of art, film, music, politics, and activism. In this podcast, Dave uses the timeline of their first meeting to explore back and forth through their histories to try and gain a better understanding of how they came to be the people they are today.

They say history is written by the conquerors, and while none of these campaigns are complete yet, it is time to get some of these tales nailed down before they are lost to time and age.


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