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QSJ Radio #Viralife Interview - June 25, 2015

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I did my first ever live radio interview this week with Dave Hernandez on QSJ Radio.

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John Dissed and The Discontents Cover Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” - April 5, 2015

The world probably doesn’t need yet another cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” but when my drummer Jeff asked if I’d like to record a free song in his studio, it jumped out at me. I always thought the chord progression in the chorus sounded like the Ramones, and I wanted to do something high-energy. I love the reference to assassinations, especially the line, “while we stand aside and look.”

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New Distribution - February 23, 2015

It's been a little over a year since I first received copies of my "Red Flag" CD in the mail.

For the year I chose to keep it a bit hard to come by. I had a subscriber-only deal. And the album was being given away by my favorite political talk show host, Peter B. Collins to his podcast subscribers.

Now you can get the album at the following online stores (and wherever else digital music is sold):

 CD Baby (digital and physical, while supplies last)

 iTunes

 Amazon

 Spotify

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New "Honeypot" Music Video - January 3, 2015

I’ve been a musician since I was 10 years old and have recorded a ton of songs, but I’ve never shot a music video, despite playing in a band with a film director for almost five years.

Anyway, I still haven’t done a properly-planned music video, but sometimes things happen spur-of-the-moment that work out better than the planned ones...

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The Bullpit #216 - Hotcakes & Atrocity: An Interview with Scott Schoenberg of The Shotgun Break - July 12, 2014

I had my friend Scott Schoenberg over for a conversation about his band's great new album. An instant classic (both the album and the interview).

Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

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The Bullpit #215 - Dancin’ with Mr. D. - June 1, 2014

All-music show featuring The Black Widows, The Nuclears, The Insect Surfers, Static People, The Shotgun Break, Phil Aiken and more...

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The Bullpit #214 - Rooftop Revolutionaries - May 18, 2014

Interview with Eleanor Goldfield (vocals) and Brian Marshak (guitar) of LA's Rooftop Revolutionaries. We talk music and politics, censorship, the lack of a rock scene in LA and the importance of new media.

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Veglam "Red Flag" Review by Geordie Pleathur - May 16, 2014

Toward the end of 2012, I stumbled upon the radically political rock and roll writings of Geordie Pleathur. I thought a guy with such great taste must have discovered some amazing bands, and searched around for more reviews of his. My search brought me to an awesome LA band with a cool JFK reference in their name, called Slow Motorcade. I emailed Anthony from the band right away, and soon after played them on my podcast. Anthony and I have since become great friends, and Pleathur recently reviewed my "Red Flag" album. Funny how things come around full-circle sometimes.

It's an honor to be able to share this with you.

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Blog Post: Still Anti-War/Establishment: Black Sabbath, Hollywood Bowl, 4/26/2014 - April 28, 2014

I originally didn’t support the current Black Sabbath reunion. I felt ripped off that the mighty Rick Rubin would be producing a new “classic line-up” Sabbath album without a fourth of the magic that was the band — drummer Bill Ward. It was the cohesion with Ward’s drumming that made bassist Geezer Butler sound so great on those early albums. They went hand in hand. It was a (black) magic you can’t put a price on, and I’m still saddened that it didn’t happen.

When I heard Sabbath was playing the Hollywood Bowl, and that tickets were just $40 (plus service charges of course), I decided I needed to see Ozzy just once in my life, so I broke down and got tickets...

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The Bullpit #213 - John Dissed Interview from The Peter B. Collins Show (re-post) - April 22, 2014

Re-post of my Red Flag interview with Peter B. Collins from February 3 (it was originally subscriber-only on his site). We talk rock, deep politics, perpetual war, OWS and more.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

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Punk Globe "Red Flag" Review by BC Furtney - March 2, 2014

"America's an empire, the president's a vampire" is the unambiguous opening shot fired by L.A. singer/songwriter, John Dissed, on his long-awaited new LP, Red Flag, a lean, churning, burning collection of so-blunt-they-could-beat-you-to-death tracks that fly in the face of our crumbling modern day America, our cutout leaders and elected officials, and our own seeming consumer-numbed indifference to each mounting injustice.

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Peter B Collins Show - February 4, 2014

I sent my favorite talk radio host Peter B Collins a copy of my new Red Flag CD and he asked if I would donate a few copies to be sent to new show subscribers. I was of course very happy to do this, as his shows are responsible for much of the lyrical content on the album.

I'm proud to say that the only way to get a physical copy of the disc is to subscribe to his show, which you should do anyway because it's GREAT. Turn off CNN, MSDNC (as Cindy Sheehan calls it) and Fox. Peter is the man!

I spoke with Peter for about 40 minutes yesterday on the phone for an episode of his show, which is now posted for subscribers. He played a sample of the interview and portions of my song "Black Site" on last night's PBC News & Comment: Rocker John Dissed’s New Song About Guantanamo.

NEW ALBUM: Red Flag - December 30, 2013

The new Red Flag album is here and available to subscribers. Go here if you would like a free mp3 of the new single "Honeypot".

The Bullpit #211 JFK Tribute - November 21, 2013

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)

- Rest In Peace -

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Blog Post: Songwriting as Algebra - November 21, 2013

CD Baby recently blogged about how important it is to write bad songs in order to eventually stumble upon a good one. I replied on Twitter (not to be rude, but because I strongly disagree) that encouraging songwriters to write bad songs only teaches them to write bad songs. When you practice mistakes, you never stop making mistakes. Any musician knows this. CD Baby’s “tip” puts forth the myth that a good song is something that happens by accident once in a while, instead of being the result of a craft that one can learn to master.

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Blog Post: “Open Your Eyes” to the Greatness of Stiv Bators - November 19, 2013

In the midst of JFK assassination anniversary hoopla, I wrote a thing about Stiv. Check it out here.

The Bullpit #209 - Doppelganger Rock - October 14, 2013

Songs by Dr Pants, Willie-14, Milkshake Jones, Howard Delnick, Heartbreak Club, The Easy Reasons, Ex Norwegian, Cyanide Pills, A Book For Wanderers, Phil Aiken, Static People, Greg Pope, Doug Derek & The Hoax and more.

Some of the music on this episode provided courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

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Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #208 - For Lack of a Better Title - October 9, 2013

Music from Surgeon Marta, Blooddrunk Shenanigans, Northside Garage, Six Shot Revival, Battery Life, Slow Gun Shogun, CRUD, Glaxo Babies, Thee Spivs, The Sanderlings, Calling All Astronauts, Dead Identities and more.

Some of the music on this episode provided courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #207 - Metal Up Your A$$ - October 2, 2013

Music from Ric Rhythm and the Revengers, The Hall Monitors, Sick Fits, Dead Heart Bloom, The Bloody Five, Jinx Titanic, Hudson Falcons, The Mobbs, Fräulein, Roy Zimmerman and more.

Some of the music on this episode provided courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #206 - The Conqueror Worm - September 23, 2013

Music from Naked on Roller Skates, Destroy This Place, The Gentlemen, Soho Roses, The Ettes, Tsar and more

Some of the music on this episode provided courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #205 - Gnu Flesh - September 15, 2013

Songs by Cyanide Pills, John Oszajca (check out John's Music Marketing Manifesto here), The You Are Minez, Top Buzzer, Atomsplit, The Ghosts of Vegas, Black Pistol Fire and more.

Some of the music (two songs) on this episode provided courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #204 - Music Alley Revisited - September 8, 2013

Music by The Phil Aiken Army, Headons, Bitch Queens, The Ogres, The Mandates, Stripwired, Mother Redcap, The Ills, Jealous Creatures, Bad Pharmer, The Associated Press, The Get Downs, The Mobbs and Bankrupt.

Most of the music on this episode provided courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #203 - Oh Syria - September 2, 2013

Will our inevitable attack on Syria based on lies about chemical weapons provoke China and Russia into starting a nuclear holocaust? I discuss it and play some songs about the bomb, war and lies. Music from I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Switchblade Justice, The Tosspints and more.

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Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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The Bullpit #202 - From Beer to Eternity - August 25, 2013

Music from Cole Hermer & The Ravens, Mikal, Liquid Furniture, Two Cow Garage, CRUD, Motel Beds and more.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, or get it on Podbean here.

Go to BullpitRocks.com to get a free digital copy of Bullpit Magazine, Issue #1 and the accompanying 9-song music compilation.

Hear the show most Thursdays at 4:30 Eastern on PodunkRadio.com. Follow the show on Twitter @BullpitRocks.

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"Do Not Disturb" Out Now on DVD - August 24, 2013

It's a bit anti-climactic because this film was originally released in 2010 as "New Terminal Hotel", but earlier this month it was re-released as "Do Not Disturb" by Image Entertainment, and includes a song of mine over the end credits called "Tables Turn".

The song was inspired by peace activist, Cindy Sheehan's congressional run against Nancy (Impeachment is off the table) Pelosi in 2008. I was kind of shocked that the director thought it was appropriate for the film, but oddly, it works perfectly.

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The film is available wherever DVDs are sold (Walmart, Target, Blockbuster, etc.). Here's a link to its Redbox page.

My friend BC is the director. He and I have collaborated for over a decade on many things, starting with a feature called "A Gentle Form Of Murder" that you might see pop up on eBay once in a blue moon.

Since then I have helped him out on a handful of film projects and we co-wrote over 50 songs for a female-fronted band we terrorized the southland with from 2005-2008 called Bull Lee.

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