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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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Table of contents

  1. Interviews
    1. NEXT: Paul Buhle — history of the radical left
    2. Alex Grishaver — community organized emergency services
    3. scott crow — anarchism and anti-fascism
    4. Maria Yang — prisons, homelessness, and mental illness
    5. Enrique Morones — immigration; Massimo Marini — homelessness
    6. Kim Stanley Robinson — fiction and activism
    7. Michael Marquesen — needle exchange
  2. Subbing and guest sets
    1. April 8, 2017: Hard and Heavy on the PM


NEXT: Paul Buhle — history of the radical left

Paul Buhle

Coming on June 3, 2017!

Paul Buhle is a noted historian of the radical left in the United States, publishing dozens of books on the International Workers of the World, the New Left, radicalism in the arts, blacklisting, and many other topics. He was also a first-hand player in many of the areas he documents, working with the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s and 1970s and active in opposition to the Vietnam War. He helped found the journal Radical America, the paper of SDS, and has written extensively in many of the United States' leading newspapers and radical publications. He has taught at Goddard College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and for many years at Brown University.

Alex Grishaver — community organized emergency services

Alex Grishaver

Alex Grishaver is a Field Member of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, known by its acronym BAMRU, a search and rescue team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. BAMRU is an all-volunteer nonprofit unit that is self-organized and operated by community members who believe in its mission. With the unit, he has responded missing person emergencies in the full range of environments present in California: high altitudes, snow and ice conditions, wildernesses, technical rescue, and urban environments. He formerly was the unit's Operations Officer, overseeing the unit's rescue capabilities, and presently serves on the unit's Board of Directors. You may also recognize him from the Rusty's Rug Lube commercials that precede each interview.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Dillinger Four — Jingle for the Product — Civil War
  2. Title Fight — YourEyeAh — The Last Thing You Forget
  3. Iron Chic — Cutesy Monster Man — Not Like This
  4. Bully — I Remember — Feels Like
  5. The So So Glos — Inpatient — Kamikaze
  6. The Total Bettys — I'll Fix It — Peach
  7. Great Grandpa — Teen Challenge — Plastic Cough
  8. The Orphans — For An Old Kentucky Anarchist — Raise the Youth
  9. White Lung — I Beg You — Paradise
  10. Touché Amoré — Just Exist — Is Survived By
  11. Propagandhi — Without Love — Supporting Caste
  12. War on Women — Jordan — War on Women
  13. The Mountain Goats — Tulsa Imperative — Bowery Ballroom, 2007-10-01
  14. Into It. Over It. — No Amount Of Sound — Intersections
  15. Japandroids — In A Body Like A Grave — Near to the Wild Heart of Life

  16. Fugazi — Waiting Room — 7 Songs
  17. Atom and His Package — If You Own The Washington Redskins, You're A Cock — Redefining Music

scott crow — anarchism and anti-fascism

scott crow

scott crow is a longstanding anarchist and animal rights activist based in Austin. He is well-known internationally for his work founding the Common Ground Collective, a highly effective disaster relief organization which responded to neighborhoods in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and his book, Black Flags and Windmills, which detailed the formation and operations of that organization. He has continued to be an outspoken voice for anarchist action, anti-fascism, solidarity, and animal rights.

Broadcast on May 13, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Propagandhi — Unscripted Moment — Failed States
  2. Charly Bliss — DQ — Guppy
  3. Waterparks — Stupid for You — Double Dare
  4. The Menzingers — Burn After Writing — On the Impossible Past
  5. Comeback Kid — Didn't Even Mind – Die Knowing
  6. Architects — From The Wilderness — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
  7. Save Us from the Archon — dearest forgetful, I have — L'Eclisse
  8. Watsky — Sloppy Seconds — Cardboard Castles
  9. The Lonely Forest — We Sing In Time — Arrows
  10. The Hotelier — Housebroken — Home, Like Noplace Is There
  11. Faux Foe Fox — No. 1 — FFF (unreleased)
  12. Sorority Noise — A Portrait Of — You're Not as ____ as You Think
  13. Hop Along — Sister Cities — Weathervane session, 2013
  14. The Front Bottoms — Twin Size Mattress — Talon of the Hawk

  15. Skinny Puppy — Pro-Test — The Greater Wrong of the Right

Maria Yang — prisons, homelessness, and mental illness

Maria Yang

Maria Yang is a psychiatrist and writer based in Seattle. Her blog, formerly known as In White Ink, takes a compassionate, insightful, and unflinching look at her work with the Seattle homeless and in the Seattle jails, as well as personal narratives that illuminate the richness of human thoughts and emotions. Her topics often focus on the experiences of her patients, the structural and actual violence they all too often face, the inequalities in our medical system, and insights for better clinical practice. Her writing does not shy away from the complexity of poverty and mental illness, but rather finds the humanity of her subjects by walking alongside them in their suffering.

Broadcast May 6, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. I Love Your Lifestyle — My Yard — We Go Way Back
  2. Sorority Noise — No Halo — You're Not as ____ as You Think
  3. JPNSGRLS — Mushrooms — Circulation
  4. Pup — Reservoir — Pup
  5. Camping in Alaska — i just want to kickflip into the sunset and disappear — please be nice
  6. Algernon Cadwallader — Casual Discussion In A Dome Between Two Temples — Some Kind of Cadwallader
  7. American Football — My Instincts Are the Enemy — American Football (LP2)
  8. Foxing — The Medic — The Albatross
  9. The Thermals — A Pillar Of Salt — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  10. Tigers Jaw — June — spin
  11. We Were Promised Jetpacks — Quiet Little Voices — These Four Walls
  12. Charly Bliss — Percolator — Guppy
  13. American High — 1.17.61 — Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement
  14. The Mountain Goats — Against Pollution — We Shall All Be Healed

  15. Nomak — Anger of the Earth — Calm
  16. Moon Hooch — Contra — Contra
  17. Ramshackle Glory — First song — Die the nightmare

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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