#12 - Punk Rock Spectacular with Tom Holliston of NoMeansNo and The Hanson Brothers

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(0:00 - 3:29) Introduction, and praising itcamefromcanada.com

(3:30 - 6:49) Problem Children - On The Air (from their 1987 7", On the Air)

(6:50 - 10:01) The Real McKenzies - Chip (from their 2008 CD, Off The Leash)

(10:02 - 11:44) Kevin blabbing about the Hanson Brothers, and tells us about the Punk Rock Prize Pack Contest!

(11:45 - 14:24) The Hanson Brothers - 110% (from their 2009 LIVE CD, It's a Living)

(14:25 - 28:21) Interview with Tom Holliston/Tommy Hanson, where we chat about recording the Hansons Live CD at the CoalDale Motor Inn, and the future of these bands. Also, we chat about opera and American Idol.

(28:22 - 31:35) NoMeansNo - Mr. In Between (from their 2006 CD, All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt)

(31:36 - 34:21) Tom gives us two skill-testing questions for you to answer, so you can win copies of the Hanson Brothers, NoMeansno, and Real McKenzies CDs.

NoMeansNo and Hanson Brothers: http://www.nomeanswhatever.com

The Real McKenzies: http://www.myspace.com/therealmckenziess

Problem Children: http://www.itcamefromcanada.com/post/2008/11/27/Problem-Children.aspx

The Ruckus Blog: http://www.kevinmcgowan.ca

Email Kevin@canadianruckus.com before May 9, 2009 with the answers to Tom's skill-testing questions, and you'll win copies of:

 - NoMeansNo - All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt
 - Hanson Brothers - It's a Living (CD/DVD)
 - The Real McKenzies - Off The Leash

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