012: Lex Spahr

Published On May 22, 2015 | I’VE KNOWN YOU TOO LONG, PODCASTS

After many years away from the States, Lex returns triumphant and shares with Dave tales of international drama and intrigue. Somewhere in there they also find time to go over their meeting in the early days of the Old Firehouse Teen Center, how long one must go to shows before they are allowed to “X up”, how she was asked to join a band based on the color of her hair, and the day the idea for her infamous Pyramid of Hardcore Involvement schematic crystalized in her brain. Along the way Lex also explains various elements of life in Korea and how we possibly might be better off as a nation if we ate bugs, or something.

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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.

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RIKKI TIKKI TAVI: A band that Lex sang for in the early 90s.

The Old Firehouse: Often mentioned on this podcast, it is a teen center in a converted firehouse in Redmond, WA that held many crucial all ages shows. Click HERE.

Matsuoka: Matt Matsuoka. Sang and played guitar in 10:07, RED ROCKET, and THE HIT. Makes movies. Creates art & animation. Will show up on this site eventually.

“In the same way the Ron is rocking a knit sweater”: Lex is referring to alleged photographs of Ron Guardipee wearing a knit sweater.

Christian Hosoi: Pro skater who was known for cutting up his shirts and sometimes wearing the sleeves on his head. Click HERE, and for the documentary on him (which has a whole section about this at 34:33) click HERE.

“Suicidal” style: Referencing SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. These guys were a huge fashion influence on Dave for a while. Click HERE.

Kate Becker: Kate ran the Old Firehouse Teen Center, was/is a huge advocate for youth music, co-founded Seattle’s Vera Project, and is currently the director of Seattle’s Office of Film and Music.

10:07: The pop-punk band from the NW that named their 2nd LP after Lex saying “You’re Cool” to singer/guitarist Matt Matsuoka.

Mahdis: Mahdis Keshavarz. See Episode 4 of this podcast.

SAIDCHILD: A MORRISSEY-influenced Hardcore band started by members that split off from UNDERTOW. Released a 7” on Ron G’s OVERKILL RECORDS. Click HERE.

The UNDERTOW LP: This is referring to “At Both Ends”, the full length released by UNDERTOW on Dave Larson’s Excursion Records. Click HERE.

The Ave: University avenue in Seattle’s University District.

Nate Turpen: See Episode 5 of this podcast.

THE ACCUSED: Crossover Thrash band from Seattle. Click HERE.

Cindi Lauper: Girls Just Want To Have Fun. This video also had quite an influence on Dave. Click HERE.

Vision Street Wear: A clothing company spun off from Vision Skateboards.

BEASTIE BOYS: They started out with a punk sound, and evolved into rap. Click HERE.

AC/DC: Australian hard rock band. It doesn’t get much better. Click HERE.

The GREASE Soundtrack: Don’t judge. Click HERE.

The ANNIE Soundtrack: OK, judge a little bit. Click HERE.

Purple Rain: That Prince record. The one you like. And the movie. Click HERE.

MEN AT WORK Business As Usual: Their debut album. You’ve heard it. Click HERE.

TWISTED SISTER: Forever asking the question, “what do you want to do with your life?” Click HERE.

CULTURE CLUB: Influential, for sure. Dave still doesn’t like it. Click HERE.

DEAD OR ALIVE: Dave does like this. And, we’re right back to judging. Click HERE.


This is the “over my head” hand motion:


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.

Check out Dave’s episode of the WORD ON THE STREET podcast HERE.

Check out Dave and Ron Guardipee’s episode of the EDGELAND podcast HERE.


That’s Polymorph, a project by my friend Bryar Herrick. He has a ton of stuff you can check out here:


While you’re at it, give his other bands a listen: TICKLE TRUNK and THE DARKWAVE DEMO.


Check out books by Boris D. Schleinkofer at AMAZON and SMASHWORDS.

To get his audio book, ESCHATOPOLIS: CITY AT THE END OF THE WORLD, click this link:


And finally:

Dave’s book SHADOW KILLER, a story set in the world of Hugh Howey’s book WOOL, can be found at Amazon for Kindle here:


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