Episode 353

Episode 353 – Alf Catolico – Monster Maestro of Music

Alf “Alfie” Catolico has been creating musical soundscapes and played and performed in some of the most seminal Winnipeg bands of all time. Just who is Alf? We dig into his beginnings, starting with the Chocolate Bunnies From Hell (2:37), Dirtbeak (4:36), Buttermilk 5 (also known as Wukepopo) (5:52), Transistor Sound & Lighting (6:41), The Rowdymen (9:29), and how this all blended into the band, Volume (10:10).

(13:52) SeanGeek’s first view of Volume was a show that was plastered around town with the subtitle of the Amazing Spider-Band at Ozzie’s/The Zoo. Alfie fills us in on that show and what happened after this show, in terms of marketing, band plan and everything that revolved around the band at this time. (19:28) There is also the story of how the band flew out The band met up with Ray Ellis, original composer on the old Spider-Man cartoon.

(24:33) We talk about why Winnipeg has the best music in all of the world, his work with Janine Gobeille, (34:24) playing at the Planetarium, (35:20) the unreleased album, (37:52) and how Volume gained Matt Budoloski (formerly of Leaderhouse, Vanderveen, Blackout City Kids).

(46:04) Alfie still sports a large degree of Winnipeg pride. He is still a Jets fame, still loves the city, misses the Zoo, and wants to come back. (52:42) We talk Witchpolice Radio and (55:28) 12/21 and Casati.

Alfie’s Soundcloud page is here: https://soundcloud.com/mr-alf-catolico

The infamous Volume show at the Planetarium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCdXaZ9LG3Q

Volume, The Amazing Spider-Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvKMOAVKZ-s&list=RDVvKMOAVKZ-s&start_radio=1

and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBuQ6wUvk_o

I made a compilation of some of Alfie’s work on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1BA3AasWSgmXOHtUmEfZ_b4Fz_5uLFhe

Some of his other stuff:

Hospital - https://www.reverbnation.com/hospital

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Seanorama SeanGeek and FastFret Fingers are brothers, musicians and friends. Each week they find a new topic to geek out on.

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Sean McGinity

Hi, I am Sean "SeanGeek" McGinity. And I am a geek. For me, the definition of the word geek comes from liking something so much, that I deep dive into it. Not just consuming it... but becoming it. I "geek out". Everything started with comics. I read them and studied them with a fine eye, and then started making my own. Since then, I have "geeked out" on movies (Star Wars The Evil WIthin, Hurt), music writing, recording, and performing (The Classic Embers and Dome), writing (the Symka comic and the upcoming Intuitives novel), and now... this Podcast.
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Todd McGinity

Hey guys, SeanGeek here. Just to be clear, this is me geeking out on Todd "FastFretFingers" McGinity here. Todd is the GOAT. My brother is an established musician, mastering the Fretboard with a blistering discipline. If there was a guitar style, tone, pitch... Todd would find a way to replicate it. From his early days mastering Van Halen and Rush, his musical palate has expanded with forays into classical and flamenco, hard rock, blues and pop. From live performances to learning the recording process, when it comes to music, he has done it all.