DJ Mike Show #155 – 10/10/2020: Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes interview

DJ Mike Lidskin spent ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, and now hosts 30 hours of programming a month at Woody Radio. His two shows, “The Show With No Name” and “The Saturday Thing”, feature the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch the DJ Mike Shows live on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. PST and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. PST at Woody Radio,

Artist | Track | Album
Iggy Pop | I Won’t Crap Out | Brick By Brick
Gretchen’s Wheel | interloper | such open sky
Lannie Flowers | He’s Got Himself | Home
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mt. Athos | Falimy
Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men | Upper Hand | Down Time
Lisa Mychols | The Man With The Golden Gun | Songs. Bond Songs: The Music Of 007
M.C. Hammer | U Can’t Touch This | Greatest Hits
The Morning Line | South Carolina | North
Two Dollar Pistols | That Someone Isn’t Me | You Ruined Everything
Nick Frater | Luna | Fast & Loose
Diplomats Of Solid Sound | Already Gone | A Higher Place
Bettie Serveert | Unsound | Private Suit
Heiskell | Just Can’t Say | Arriving
Nolan Voide And His Own Bad Self | Mid Life Crisis | Single release
Braam Brothers | Ur Song | Hail Violet
Petrified Max | Hole In The Sky | Charlie Drove North
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Air Running Backwards | Waving Kissyhead, Vol 2 & 1
Dave Edmunds | Worn Out Suits, Brand New Pockets | Get It
Brad Brooks | Angel Of Angles | God Save The City
The Corner Laughers | The Lilac Line | Temescal Telegraph
Jackpot | Tongue Tied | Moonbreath
Grateful Dead | Mama Tried | Grateful Dead
Sunshine Boys | Infinity Girl | Work and Love
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk
Eric Friedmann And The Lucky Rubes | Nice! | Kicking Beehives And Other Good Ideas
Elk City | Luncheonette | Souls In Space
Great Mimes | Speak Up | Second Helping
Jet Electro | Waiting for an Autograph | Jet Electro
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Bill Lloyd | You Got Me | Don’t Kill The Messenger
The Cleaning Ladys | Where I Live | Whaduya Want Fer Free?

Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes interview
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Good Karma | Good Karma
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Slip | Good Karma
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Hot Tamale | Good Karma

Frank Black | Two Reelers | Teenager of the Year
David Brookings | If I Don’t Make It Back | The Maze
The Mendoza Line | Baby, I Know What You’re Thinking | We’re All In This Alone
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
Tom Alford | Moving In To Love | Moving In To Love
The Smithereens | Groovy Tuesday | Especially for You
Krista D | Steady | Single release
The Smiths | Bigmouth Strikes Again | The Queen Is Dead
Librarians With Hickeys | And Then She’s Gone | Long Overdue
Duncan Faure | Man of a Thousand Dreams | Pronounced Four Uh
Sex 66 | Kandi | Grew Up Down
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians | Freeze (Shatter Mix) | Queen Elvis
The Amplifier Heads | September Song | Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
The Handcuffs | Baby I Love You | Waiting For The Robot
John Entwistle | I Found Out | Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwistle
Jesus H Christ & The Four Hornsmen of The Apocalypse | I’m Around | Happier Than You
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning

This show was a real treat for me. (Actually, they all are–hey, I get to do radio!) How often do you get to chat with a band, on the air, on the actual date that they release a new record? Well, that’s exactly what happened. Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes–all four of them–were on my show on October 10th, the date that their wonderful “Good Karma” album was released on Big Stir Records.

Despite the band name “The Lazy Heroes”, their music is anything but. Bouncy and steeped in the energy of punk, but gloriously upbeat, Good Karma is a rockin’, fun listen. Leslie is the principal songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist, Paula Venise on percussion and vocals, Jeff Page on drums (and additional songwriting and vocals), and Rob Lontok on bass. Jeff and Rob are a well-established rhythm section, playing session work all over the greater Los Angeles area. The legendary Karen Basset (our Woody Radio Artist of the Year for 2019) recorded and produced it, and lent a sympathetic ear, helping the band be the best version of themselves.

One trait that really stands out with Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes: the folks in this band genuinely like each other, and enjoy making music together. They’re all really nice, kind people, and their easy camaraderie is what makes them a band. Our conversation was super fun and lively. We talked a little about live performance, as they are known as a force to be reckoned with on the L.A. scene, and if there’s one thing they miss right now, it’s playing live shows. Now I really want to go see a live show–a Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes show! All in good time. For more information:


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