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Monkeywrench is a radio program aired on KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine, UC Irvine's independent, underground radio station. The program features music from across the punk spectrum and interviews with activists, artists, musicians, and organizers working to create a better world in Orange County and beyond. The program broadcasts every Saturday from 8 PM - 10 PM, starting on April 8, 2017.

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NEXT: scott crow – anarchism and antifascism

Tune in on April 29!

Enrique Morones — immigration; Massimo Marini — homelessness

Enrique Morones

Enrique Morones is the founder and director of Border Angels, a nonprofit in San Diego dedicated to supporting undocumented migrants to the United States, most particularly from Mexico, and to advocacy on their behalf. The organization began in 1986 with water drops along the Mexican border to prevent death from exposure and dehydration as migrants pass through the desert. He and his colleagues have successfully blocked the actions of far-right, racist vigilante groups which attempt to stop migrants, such as the Minuteman Project. He has been awarded Mexico's Human Rights Award and Ohtli Award, which honors Latino leaders who have contributed significantly to the Mexican and Latin American diaspora.


Massimo Marini

Massimo Marini is a longstanding Orange County activist and anarchist whose primary work has been organizing amongst homeless residents of the Santa Ana Civic Center. He has worked as a union organizer, with Occupy Santa Ana, the Orange County Catholic Worker, the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, Copwatch, and the Orange County Anarchist Bookfair. In each case, his efforts are organized on non-hierarchical lines, emphasizing solidarity and resistance against oppression.

Tune in for our conversations about immigration, Trump, police and ICE, organizing against racism, homelessness in Orange County, community organizing on anarchist lines, Catholic Workers, and other insights on the red and black.

Both broadcast April 22, 2017.


Book club pick of the week:


  1. The Rebel Spell — I Am A Rifle — Four Songs About Freedom
  2. Propagandhi — Supporting Caste — Supporting Caste
  3. Beach Slang — Throwaways — The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
  4. The Gaslight Anthem — The '59 Sound — The '59 Sound
  5. Red City Radio — We Are The Sons Of Woody Guthrie — To the Sons & Daughters of Woody Guthrie
  6. RVIVR — Spider Song — The Beauty Between
  7. Polar Bear Club — Heart Attack At Thirty — Sometimes Things Just Disappear
  8. Ceschi / Pat the Bunny — This City Is Killing Me — Ceschi/Pat the Bunny split 12"
  9. Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits — Life Is Excellent — F
  10. McCafferty — Bottles and Cans — I Hate My Body
  11. Bangers — Making Friends — Small Pleasures
  12. Latterman — If Batman Was Real, He Would Have Beaten The Crap Out Of My Friends — We Are Still Alive
  13. The Sainte Catherines — Confessions Of A Revolutionary Bourgeous — Dancing for Decadence
  14. Jawbreaker — Boxcar — Etc.
  15. The Front Bottoms — 12 Feet Deep — Rose
  16. Into It. Over It. — No Good Before Noon — Proper
  17. Into It. Over It. — Midnight: Carroll Street — Proper

  18. Zero Down — Never Gonna Be the Same — With a Lifetime to Pay
  19. The Refreshments — Banditos — Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy

Kim Stanley Robinson — fiction and activism

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a science fiction author originally from Orange County, famous for numerous works, including the Mars Trilogy, 2312, and the Three Californias Trilogy, which imagines three possible futures of Orange County and the rest of Southern California. He has won numerous awards, including science fiction's highest honors, the Hugo and Nebula awards (both multiple times) as well as the Locus Award, Ignotus Award, Robert A. Heinlein Award, and many others. His writing focuses heavily on nature, political and social possibilities, and futures after the environmental or military catastrophes which threaten our present world. His latest book, New York 2140, came out in spring 2017, and is set on a flooded New York City after global climate change led to significant ocean rise.

Tune in for our conversation about science fiction, capitalism, changing minds through fiction, his influences, and much else.

Broadcast April 15, 2017.


Book club pick of the week:


  1. Set Your Goals — The Few That Remain — This Will Be the Death of Us
  2. RVIVR — Wrong Way/One Way — The Beauty Between
  3. Propagandhi — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  4. The Weakerthans — Aside — Left and Leaving
  5. The Menzingers — Lilith Avi — Hold On, Dodge
  6. Restorations — New Old — LP2
  7. The Murderburgers — Lung Capacity — The 12 Habits of Highly Defective People
  8. Into It. Over It. — Discretion & Depressing People — Proper
  9. The Hotel Year — Still Water Spectacle — It Never Goes Out
  10. Mischief Brew — O, Pennsyltucky! — O, Pennsyltucky!
  11. The Smith Street Band — Run Into the World — More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
  12. Life Without Buildings — The Leanover — Any Other City
  13. fago.sepia — 18 — Gulfer / fago.sepia
  14. Listener — Wooden Heart — Wooden Heart

  15. Pup — Reservoir — Pup
  16. Fall on Your Sword — Shatner of the Mount — YouTube release

Michael Marquesen — needle exchange

Michael Marquesen

Michael Marquesen is the Director of Prevention Programs for the Los Angeles Community Health Project, formerly known as Clean Needles Now!, one of the largest needle exchange programs in Los Angeles. He has been working for the agency for 17 years; LACHP itself has been in operation since 1992, making it one of the oldest needle exchanges in the United States and the first needle exchange in California. He is a former injection drug user himself and member of the punk community, playing in many punk and power pop bands in the 1980s and 1990s.

Tune in for our conversation about needle exchange, street outreach, veganism, raising kids, cops, and the great blue yonder.

Broadcast April 8, 2017.



  1. War on Women — Servilia — War on Women
  2. Propagandhi — Purina Hall of Fame — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  3. Arms Aloft — Irish Coffee — Sawdust City
  4. All Get Out — Sideways — Nobody Likes a Quitter
  5. Dowsing — Feeling Better — Okay
  6. The Smith Street Band — Surrender — Throw Me in the River
  7. The Thermals — Returning To The Fold — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  8. This Town Needs Guns — 26 Is Dancier Than 4 — This Town Needs Guns
  9. This Is a Standoff — The Light Is Still On in Broadmoor — Be Disappointed
  10. Animals as Leaders — CAFO — Animals as Leaders
  11. You Love Her Coz She's Dead — Pull Out The Nails — You Love Her Coz She's Dead
  12. I Set My Friends on Fire — Things That Rhyme With Orange — You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
  13. Math the Band — Wear Wolf Fever — Banned the Math
  14. White Lung — Hungry — Paradise
  15. The Front Bottoms — Maps — The Front Bottoms

  16. Daucus Karota — The Stranger — Shrine
  17. Minor Threat — Seeing Red — Minor Threat
  18. Ramshackle Glory — Of ballots and barricades — Die the nightmare

Subbing and guest sets

One of the joys of working at a radio station is getting to play on your friends' and colleagues' shows, either when they can't make it or switching songs. Here's some of the sets I've played on other shows.

April 8, 2017: Hard and Heavy on the PM

  1. Architects — Downfall — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
  2. Cloudkicker — The Discovery — The Discovery
  3. Helion Prime — Life Finds a Way — Helion Prime
  4. Dragonforce — Through the Fire and Flames
  5. Shoko Nakagawa — Sorairo Days — Sorairo Days
  6. Ladybaby — Nippon Manju — Nippon Manju
  7. You Love Her Coz She's Dead — Pull Out the Nails — You Love Her Coz She's Dead
  8. Dirtyphonics — Walk in the Fire — Irreverence
  9. Dear Seattle — The Meadows — single
  10. Planes Mistaken for Stars — Fucking Tenderness — Prey
  11. Propagandhi — Back to the Motor League — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  12. Arms Aloft — The Truth Is Out There — What a Time to Be Barely Alive

  13. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult — A Daisy Chain 4 Satan (Acid and Flowers Mix) — Confessions of a Knife
  14. Tengger Cavalry — Cavalry in Thousands — Tengger Cavalry
  15. Scale the Summit — Odyssey — The Migration
  16. The Contortionist — Language I: Intuition — Language
  17. Animals as Leaders — CAFO — Animals as Leaders
  18. Swan Sex — The Poorly Executed Hanging of Dr Pangloss — Swan Sex
  19. PHFAT — EGODETH — Happiness Machines
  20. At the Drive-In — Pattern Against User — Relationship of Command
  21. Igorrr — Tendon — Nostril
  22. The Algorithm — floating point — Brute Force
  23. DJ Lobsterdust — It's Fun to Smoke Dust (Queen vs. Pastor Gary Greenwald vs. Midfield General) — Best of Bootie 2008


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