Interview and in-studio performance:  “Episode 20:  Silent Kit, aka Dave DeCastris” of Sock Monkey Sound’s Podcast is available for free on iTunes. Click here.

“iTunes Episode Note: Recorded in October 2009. Donkey Boy (USA) changed it’s working name to Silent Kit in late 2012. A 50 song, four volume set of songs recorded between 1996 and 2012 under the DBUSA moniker was released in early 2013 under the name “Silent Kit” to put a formal end to one chapter and start another.  Learn more at Silent Kit’s site after listening to our episode. We welcome Dave DeCastris and Zach Staas to Sock Monkey Sound. We talk about Dave’s music as Silent Kit (Formerly Donkey Boy USA), his work as Andy Whorehall–designer and artist–John Madden, aging gracefully, Nirvana, and The Replacements. We end on a very compelling conversation with Dave about his view on our fine city, Rockford. Silent Kit (Donkey Boy USA) performs live in studio featuring Dave, Zach Staas (Canyon Spells), Mark Muraski (The Snaggs), and Daniel James McMahon (Cory Chisel, Cameron McGill, Miles Nielsen).  Featured music by The Pixies, Backyard Tire Fire, The Dear Hunter, Brendan Benson, Julian Plenti, and Silent Kit (Donkey Boy USA) (Live).”

In-studio performance videos from Episode 20 filmed by Sock Monkey Sound:

Based in Rockford, Illinois, Sock Monkey Sound is a music and culture podcast. Notable guests on our podcast have included Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf), Hutch Harris (The Thermals), David Bazan and Dan Deacon, as well as members of The Dandy Warhols, Superchunk, Built To Spill, The Dismemberment Plan, Tokyo Police Club and many more.

Sock Monkey Sound’s founders invited me—under my working pseudonym, Andy Whorehall—to be involved with the podcast and website’s production after this episode aired. I was involved as a Senior Editor / Co-Creative Director / Producer / Performer / Writer, and Creator-Producer-Engineer-Performer-Host of my own podcast show, Andy and Reggie’s Songs About Stuff and Things Radio Hour, from 2009 until 2014.

While contributing for SMS, I conducted written and recorded interviews with Yoko Ono, David Bazan, Richard Edwards, Cameron McGill, Matt Hopper, Sharon Van Etten and many more within the independent music genre.