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Damian Abraham has been many things... the singer of a critically acclaimed band, a failed VJ and food network host, one of the minds behind TV's "The Wrestlers", parent of 3... and undeniably, a punk music obsessive.

Each week, he sits down and chats with an interesting person from various walks of life to find out how their world was influenced and changed by the discovery of a novelty genre that supposedly died out in 1978... PUNK!
605 Episodes
Episode 462: Today on Turned Out A Punk: Doug Martsch is built to spill the beans on his punk past! Listen in as Damian sits down, with one of Boise's favourite sons, to discuss the inspiration of Tad and Septic Death. From Treepeople's punk answer to critics, to grunge being overrated, to working with Brotherhood, to liking NoFX: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also, don't miss Doug and Built To Spill on tour this fall, more info at
Weyes Blood is here

Weyes Blood is here


Episode 461: It's not just you, it's everybody that's excited for Weyes Blood on Turned Out A Punk! That's right: Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood) is here to talk about her complicated relationship with punk. From growing up in a punk adjacent household, to the generational displacement caused by not having a Simple Plan/ Avril Lavigne phase, to Philadelphia DIY, to working with John Cale and so much more!! Don't miss Weyes Blood's incredible "And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow", on Sub Pop. Available everywhere, now!
Episode 460: Be it Luscious, Dangerous or Blatz: Jesse Townley, by any name, is a dream guest. Listen in as Damian sits down with the Bay Area legend to discuss: how he got there and all things punk. From Philadelphia's tough theatricality, to running from GG Allin with Blag, to surviving the Gilman's mainstream moment, to majors vs. indies, to blowing Damian's mind with a secret punk connection with a favourite past guest: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED Also, don't miss Scene Killers' awesome "Beat, Beat, Beat" lp! Available HERE Also, don't miss Jesse's radio show: "Losin' It With Lucious"!
Splits Vol: 15- What's better than one Jawbreaker? How about two Jawbreakers!? Adam Pfahler and Blake Schwarzenbach return to the show to talk about: Jawbreakers' criminal years, not wanting to tour with jabronis, melody over everything, boat rides with Joe Colman, a band called Mustard and so much more! THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!! Also, don't miss Jawbreaker on tour this September! For date and tickets, go HERE
Episode 459: Never mind the skinhead on the MTA, because here's Ken Casey on the TOAP! Today on the show Damian sits down with Ken to unravel the history behind the mystery of one of punk's biggest: Dropkick Murphys. Listen in as they discuss: the old Boston punk/hardcore divide, hating when everyone went metal, the amazing highs and horrific lows of the Business tour, the bad years in Boston, the greatness of the Swingin' Utters, The Freeze always being good and so much more. Don't miss this one!!! Also, don't miss Dropkick Murphys' fantastic "Okemah Rising" Lp, out everywhere now! For more Dropkick info, music and tour dates; head over HERE
Splits Vol. 14: Fun to you? Fun to us! Today on the show: Damian welcomes Nancy and Al Barile back to talk more punk and hardcore. From: the differences between Philadelphia and Boston hardcore, to SSD as hardcore's Ramones, to a lifetime straight edge guilt, to Love Hall riots, to the challenges of doing a book on a band after decades of dysfunction, to being the first apostle to Ian's Jesus and so much more: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also, don't miss the fantastic new book: "SSD: How Much Art Can You Take?" Available from Radio Raheem now or get it HERE 
Episode 458: The international hardcore/ punk connection is real! Today on the show: Arian13 is here to talk punk! Listen in as Damian sits down, with the vocalist of one of the most beloved bands to come out of one of the world's largest scenes, to discuss the origins of the Indonesian punk and hardcore. From the three tapes that launched a scene, to the greatness of Tian An Men '89 Records, to the importance of MRR, to the fear of GISM, to getting interrogated about zombie cops and so much: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also, find Arian on instagram HERE Also, find Seringai HERE or on your favourite streaming service
Episode 457: Nevermind the punks on Quincy, Kathi Wilcox is here! Listen in as Damian sits down with the legendary member of Bikini Kill and the Casual Dots, to discuss all things punk! From trying to understand the Butthole Surfers, to finding zines in the library, to the changing reactions to Bikini Kill, to the importance of being ernest in Olympia and D.C., to resisting the role of CEO of Riot Grrrl Inc. and so much more: This is not to be missed! Also, check out the fantastic self-titled by The Casual Dots! Available everywhere now, or find it HERE Also, find Kathi on instagram HERE
Splits Vol. 13: This Conversation Was Recorded Prior To The SAG-AFTRA Strike What’s better than one amazingly chill, down to earth entertainment personality? How about two? Today on the show Damian welcomes back Chris Estrada (This Fool) and Michael Imperioli (This Fool, White Lotus, Sopranos)! If you caught their last appearances on the show, you know this is going to be a good one! Listen in as they talk: punk, celebrity and trying to stay grounded.  From what made Lou Reed tick, to working with people you love/ hate, to not seeing eye to eye with all of the fans, to trying and failing to control one’s ego: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also, find more Chris related awesomeness HERE!!!! Also, find more Michael related awesomeness HERE!!!! Also, don't miss Chris and Damian, with Fat Mike and Fred Armisen, at a very special Turned Out A Punk Live! Be there: 11:00am Monday July 24 at The Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas. Finally, don't miss Damian at The Punk Museum in Las Vegas, July 24-25. Get tickets here!
Episode 456: They all go hand and hand through the punk life. Today on the show: Dave Rowntree from Blur is here! Listen in as Damian sits down with one of britpop's most interesting people, to discuss punk and the housing crises. From the Adverts coming to town, to the sounds of London's squatter scene, to being the first band on the internet, to building space programs, to working with a Disco Zombie, to 8 year old Damian drinking with Damon: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also, don't miss Blur's new album "The Ballad Of Darren", out everywhere July 21st! Also, don't miss Dave's fantastic album "Radio Songs",  out now on Cooking Vinyl! Finally, don't miss Damian at The Punk Museum in Las Vegas, July 24-25. Get tickets here!
In celebration of the "Long Hot Punk Summer" film series at Hot Docs in Toronto, here is a repost of a conversation Damian had with the filmmakers of "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché".    DON'T MISS THE FILM'S TORONTO PREMIER SCREENING, JULY 22TH AT HOT DOCS! Get your tickets at Emission Records or here! ALSO, Don't miss the Toronto Premier of the fantastic D.C. punk doc: Punk The Capitol, July 27th at Innes Town Hall. Get your tickets from Emission Records!  
Chris Mars is here!

Chris Mars is here!


Episode 455: How much art can you take: because Chris Mars is here! Today on the show, Damian is joined by the former Replacements' drummer turned master painter for a discussion about how punk permeates every aspect to Chris’ approach. From the early days in Dog Breath, to partying too hard for Sam Kinison, to why to focus on the eyes and so much more: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also, don’t miss Chris’ new solo album: “The Average Album”, available here! Also, don't miss Chris' amazing new monograph : "7:42", coming this fall on Rare Bird Books! Also, please support:; a fantastic not-for-profit dog rescue founded by Chris! Finally, don't miss Damian at The Punk Museum in Las Vegas, July 24-25. Get tickets here!
Kyle Kinane is here!

Kyle Kinane is here!


Episode: 454 Hide your bag of pancakes! This week on Turned Out A Punk,  Kyle Kinane is here! Join Damian, as he sits down with the Chicago comedy legend, to discuss punk and comedy. From the rise of the Chicago Suburbs Scene, Crudos in the Walmart Art Museum, why comedy/punk shows don't work and so much more: this is not to be missed! Also, don't miss Kyle's hilarious new comedy special: "Shocks and Struts", out now! Also, don't miss Kyle on tour! Also, don't miss Damian at the Punk Museum in Las Vegas, July 24-25 
In celebration of the "Long Hot Punk Summer" film series at Hot Docs in Toronto, Damian sits down with Emissions Records' Dave KW (former vocalist of Oxbaker and Dirty BS) to discuss "American Hardcore". DON'T MISS THE SCREENING ON JULY 6TH AT HOT DOCS! Hosted by Damian and featuring a conversation with director/ producer Paul Rachman! Get you tickets at Emission Records or here!
Episode 453: Whether playing bass in Nothing or throwing dropkicks in Jesus Piece, Aaron Heard is a force! Join Damian as he sits down with the Jesus Piece vocalist to talk raising kids and punk. From the lead singer ego being heavier than amps, to hard partying on the road with Nothing, to having a first hand view of current hardcore explosion: don't miss this one! Don't miss Jesus Piece's "... So Unknown", out now on Century Media!
Get ready for some Girls' Germs and Bratmobiles, because Allison Wolfe is here! Listen in as Damian sits down with the Pacific Northwest music legend to talk punk, riot grrrl and the cultural shifts they create. From going to the punk party, to refusing to give Kurt the Vaselines singles, to the Danko Jones Connection, to the importance of Fifth Column, to Riot Grrrl changing academia, to singing in Metal Church: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Also don't miss the return of Bratmobile, July 2 at Oakland's Mosswood Meltdown!
Splits Vol 12: This is a Splits for the ages: Tommy Stinson and Jon Wurster return to the show! That’s right, TOAP MVP, Jon Wurster sits down with Damian to interview one of Jon's all-time music heroes: Tommy Stinson! THIS IS ONE FOR THE AGES! Don’t miss Tommy’s fantastic new solo album: “Tommy Stinson’s Cowboys In the Campfire - Wronger” ! Head over to to grab vinyl and for upcoming tour dates! Don’t miss Jon on tour with Mountain Goats and Bob Mould! You can also catch Jon every Tuesday at 9pmEST, as part of The Best Show!
It's Conflict: American style! Today on the show, from Arizona's Conflict, Karen Allman is here! Listen in as Damian sits down with the legendary vocalist to discuss going from playing obo in a school band to fronting one of the first wave of American hardcore's most interesting bands. Jamming muzak with Hüsker Dü, the mental health/ punk correlation, The Feederz & Mighty Sphincter, Black Flag crashing on the floor, why aren't the Fastbacks bigger, hardcore changing for the better and so much more: THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!
Splits Vol. 11: What brings people together more than punk and wrestling?! On this episode, we’re joined by independent wrestler Daniel Makabe (episode 386) and indie record impresario Gerard Cosloy (episodes 5 & 110)! Listen in as Damian sits down with the returning guests to discuss: beef, attempted murder by the Circle Jerks, and the Punk/Wrestling connection. THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED Don't miss Gerard's fantastic radio show: "The Radio Hour That Feels Like Two Hours"! Available here: And don't miss Daniel bringing the wrestling on the road with The Halluci Nation and Fucked Up, NOW! Details and ticket info here:                                                                                                                                                                                      
Episode 450: Greg Norton is here! That's right: one third of one of Rock and Roll's greatest power trios is here to talk all things punk! From hanging in record stores waiting for punk, to the Suburbs being the Twin Cites' favourite band, to carving the circuit with Hüsker Dü, to being hated for going hardcore, to leaving music to become a chef, to coming back to touring with UltraBomb and so much more: this is not to be missed! Also, don't miss Greg Norton's new band: UltraBomb, on tour across America NOW!  More information at
Comments (18)


When the part was discussed about how the punks and others in the DC underground scene stood up to and ran the racist skinheads and all of their bullshit violence out of town, one of you questioned if this had happened anywhere else. And yes it did the late 80s- mid 90s Portland, OR underground/punk scene. The racist skinheads had made going to shows not fun and, for many, a dangerous experience. There is a podcast about the problems the Portland music scene had with white supremacists and the violence and how they battled it and eventually got rid of the violence and racsim. TOAP is the best podcast going!! I'm a music (particularly punk rock) nerd so this podcast is so interesting and cool !!! KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK, DAMIEN!!!

Oct 26th

Marc Watt

pretty funny shit

Dec 1st

Jeremy Fortier

Great episode! Covers a lot of unexpected ground. 👌🏼

Aug 8th

Clifford York

i read in the book that fat mikes dad was a traveling shoe salesman and i assume that's where "so long and thanks for all the shoes" even though mike says something about douglas adams in this episode...prolly a lot easier than explaining a complex father son relationship

Jan 24th

Ire Neo

i love Keith! When are you going to guest Henry Rollins?

Nov 23rd

Peter MacRaild

How are they all his favourite?

Oct 21st

Terrence's login computer "Internet"

This is mad decent.

Oct 20th

Peter MacRaild

When did "sonic" become a noun, or is that just a Damien thing?

Jun 3rd

Peter MacRaild

Excellent interview! Loved him mentioning the Ebullition/HeartAttack scene. Very much remember that. The reaction of jock hardcore people in the states on their Snapcase tour was really interesting.

Oct 6th


love this

May 29th


wtf....."I haven't listen to the cramps since the 90s" and your on a punk rock podcast!?!? lol it takes all kinds I suppose. ugh

May 19th

Nick Hoffman

bro hymn defines the poseur song

Dec 27th

Rick Arden

Oi Oi Skinhead! Get your hair cut!

Dec 17th

Joshua K. Parker

chris #2! the biggest musical/influential bass player in my "career" Thanks "2" and thank you Anti-flag. cheers

Nov 7th

Chris Boud

Love that Kevin loved KillRadio, Raised on Whipped Cream is massively underrated!

Oct 9th

Chris Boud

I can't get the Jack Black episode to download, anyone any idea why?

Apr 16th
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Alfreedo Abo Vekram


Jan 8th
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