Norton House of Wax (Billy Miller RIP)


In memory of Billy Miller of Norton Records who passed away this past weekend, I thought I’d post this one-off podcast produced and hosted by Miriam Linna that was posted on the Orchard back in July of 2009. Miriam spins a lot of great wax that’s part of the Norton corral.

Following on the heels of their intergalactic collection of 45 pile drivin’ tracks digitized from 45s, I Still Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 2, Miriam at Norton has hit the mic with the brand new podcast series, “Norton’s House of Wax.”  Episode 1 kicks off with an introduction to Nortonville’s creepy house on the hill where the rain never stops, and neither do the killer tunes – from gut-bustin’ garage to groovin’ R&B to roilin’ rockabilly. And as the gatecrashing gateway to NHOW’s podwave takeover, Miriam spins a bunch of the stand-out tracks on I Still Hate CD’s for our listening pleasure, including Gino Washington’s “Out Of This World,” Pleasure Seekers’ “What A Way To Die” and T. Valentine’s “Hello Lucille, Are You A Lesbian?”

This first podcast blast also includes an exclusive phone interview with bassist Jared Swilley of Black Lips, who dishes on his favorite Norton artists and one of the band’s first New York shows, which was attended by Miriam and her husband, Norton co-founder Billy Miller. Jared describes the show as “dark and dank and fun,” and also remembers a request from Miriam for his John Hancock, which he says was “probably the first time we were ever asked for an autograph”!

And what does he have to say about those nutty Nortonian numbers? He calls Gino Washington’s Out Of This World, “one of the funnest records I’ve ever heard,” and when it comes to Mighty Hannibal’s Hannibalism he says that he, “can’t believe those songs aren’t American classics.” Listen to the rest of the interview and all the juicy tunes that go with it by playing the podcast below!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *