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58 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Episode 82: Matt Wheeler (Musician)
Our guest today is one Matt Wheeler. The terms "troubadour", "poet with a guitar", & "stage banter-conversationalist" all describe Matt Wheeler's music & performance style well. Matt’s songwriting paints pictures with words. Matt has delighted audiences from New England to North Carolina, Ontario to Chicago. His new album "Wonder of it All" - a collection of songs based on classic works of literature like "The Little Prince" & "The Hobbit", was released on 5/21/21.For our conversation today, we are going to be discussing Ongiara “ahn-gee-AR-uh”, with a hard “g - the third studio album by Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers, released on March 27, 2007. The album was released on Nettwerk and the band recorded most of the album in London, Ontario's historic music venue Aeolian Hall with producer Andy Magoffin.For those wondering, Ongiara is the name of a boat that ferried the band to the site where they recorded the first demo. It’s also the original indigenous name of Niagara Falls. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
36 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Episode 81: Keith Valcourt (Actor/Author)
Our guest today is one Keith Valcourt. Keith is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming autobiography of 1980's new wave singer Dale Bozzio titled "Life Is So Strange: Missing Persons, Frank Zappa, Prince and more."Previously Keith worked as Global Project Manager for GeneSimmonsVault.com, an Artist Development rep at Capitol-EMI Records and as an actor in several TV shows and films including: "The Exes," "Retired At 35," "General Hospital" and his best known role as Ted on an episode of "The Office." You can find everything that Keith is up to online over at: www.KeithValcourt.comFor our conversation today, we are going to be discussing Prince and The Revolution’s monumental record known as Purple Rain. This is Prince Rogers Nelson’s sixth studio album, which was released on June 25, 1984, by Warner Bros. Records. The album also serves as a soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. Enjoy!
27 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Episode 80: Mitch Easter (of Let's Active / Record Producer)
Our guest today is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. He is one Mitch Easter, legendary front man of the acclaimed Let's Active and record producer at the Drive-In and Fidelitorium Recordings. For our listeners who might be unfamiliar with Mitch’s musical career to date … Easter formed Let's Active in 1981 and that same year, produced R.E.M.'s debut single "Radio Free Europe," which was issued on Johnny Hibbert’s label Hibtone Records in Atlanta. Incidentally, Radio Free Europe is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2021 and a reissue of an exact replica of Hibbert’s 7” mix is now available as of July 23rd, shortly before the time of this interview.Easter went on to produce for R.E.M. their Chronic Town EP in 1982, their first full-length Murmur in 1983, and shortly afterwards, Reckoning. Murmur’s success also drew more attention to Easter, as did the release of Let's Active’s debut EP Afoot, which launched the cult hit "Every Word Means No." Mitch has produced the likes of Pavement, Wilco, Suzanne Vega, Dinosaur, Jr., The Baseball Project, Chris Stamey, The dBs, Alejandro Escovedo, A Fragile Tomorrow – the list goes on and on. He is also part of an ensemble that over the past few years has paid homage to Big Star’s Third record. And I would be remiss if I did not mention that he was also inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2019.Our conversation today will center on British singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy and his second solo offering from 1995 titled “Duffy” where Mitch both produced and contributed electric guitar. Some may know Stephen Duffy as a founding member, vocalist and bassist of Duran Duran and later the front man for the folk rock outfit The Lilac Time.This record is an auditory delight. If you are unfamiliar with it, please go out and get your own copy. Enjoy the conversation!
35 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Episode 79: David "Vlad" Urban (Musician / Waking Lily)
Our guest today is one David “Vlad” Urban - Vocalist, Guitarist, and keyboard player in the Shoegaze / Postpunk trio - Waking Lily. He is also a member of the Experimental Electronic Dirge Duo known as Filament Band.For our conversation today, we are going to be discussing Daydream Nation: the 5th studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which was released on Enigma Records on October 18, 1988.Daydream Nation has since been widely considered to be Sonic Youth's greatest work and was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry in 2005. Enjoy!
38 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 78: Derek Evry (Musician)
For today's episode we have a return guest, Mr. Derek Evry. Derek is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has gone on to front several successful rock bands in the D.C. area (1999-2006) before briefly attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2006) and returning to D.C. to work on his own music.For our conversation today, we will be placing our focus on American musician Mark Mulcahy and his 2019 solo record titled The Gus. For those unfamiliar, he is the front man for the New Haven, CT based band Miracle Legion. He He later formed Polaris: a house band for the mid-1990s alternative TV series The Adventures of Pete & Pete.To quote our guest verbatim about The Gus, “Each song on this album is a double sided coin of both joy and pain. It's the perfect record for almost every occasion. Mark, being an already very accomplished songwriter, really takes this one to a personal yet eccentric place. Do not skip this album." Enjoy!
31 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 77: Craig Patrick (Musician / Giants of Diving)
We sat down to speak with artist Craig Patrick, who performs under the moniker Giants of Diving: a guitar-driven, synth-tinged, multi-hyphenated, indie-pop/rock with all vocals and instrumentation recorded by Patrick using a microphone, three guitars, a synthesizer, a laptop computer, a tangle of wires, and some very powerful audio recording software he barely understands. Craig is also a poet with writing published in Forth Magazine, Door is a Jar, and Algebra of Owls among other places.Our conversation today digs deep into the beauty, rawness and authenticity of Patty Griffin's debut studio from 1996 titled Living With Ghosts. Enjoy!
28 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Episode 76: Jon Garcia (of Jon Garcia & The Hopeless Romantics)
Our guest today is one Jon Garcia of Harrisburg, PA by way of Havre de Grace, MD. Jon is a musician and front man for the appropriately named pop rock outfit Jon Garcia & The Hopeless Romantics. We caught up with Garcia by telephone and discussed Switchfoot's fourth studio record Beautiful Letdown. There is an unmistakable passion in Garcia's voice when talking about a band that has had one of the most profound influences on his musicianship. Enjoy!
69 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Episode 75: Julia Cain (Folklorist / College Administrator)
For our conversation today, Julia and I discussed the Dixie Chicks and their seventh studio album Taking the Long Way, which was released back in 2006 on Columbia Nashville. "The Chicks" as they are known today, received quite a back of backlash at this juncture of their career for their beliefs and their refusal to apologize or back down to anyone. This long-form interview with Julia is in the truest sense of the word is an examination of a band who continues to put out great music and still "not ready to make nice." Enjoy!
24 minutes | May 18, 2021
Episode 74: Hannah Garrison (Wear Your Music)
In today's episode, we meet Hannah Garrison, President of Wear Your Music.WYM makes music memorabilia from used and donated materials in an effort to help green the music industry, connect fans to musicians and raise money for charities around the globe.In addition to her current entrepreneurial ventures, Garrison spearheads a success-accelerating consulting practice anchored by a team of entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Via group and private session work, they offer strategy, clarity and organizational help to individuals and businesses.Our conversation centered around Madonna - AKA the “Queen of Pop," and the imprint her career has left on Hannah both personally and professionally. Enjoy!
29 minutes | May 4, 2021
Episode 73: Josh Engle (Musician/Producer)
In today's episode, we called up Liverpool, PA's Josh Engle. Josh plays guitar in two different bands, including Illusion of Solace and Elsewhere and owns the recording studio Native Studios.Elsewhere just released their second EP “A Different Side of Fangs” which you can find on all streaming platforms. And Illusion of Solace is currently in the middle of tracking vocals with a new vocalist for their second EP. For our conversation today, we’ll be discussing a Christian metalcore band known as The Devil Wears Prada and their studio album Plagues. Plagues was recorded at The Foundation Recording Studios, Connersville, Indiana and originally released back on August 21 2007 on Rise Records. Enjoy!
22 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Episode 72: Mike Nealon (Oasis Enthusiast)
In this week's episode, we spoke with Mike Nealon of Queens, NY and discussed all things Oasis and their debut record "Definitely Maybe." The smash hit "Live Forever" is still Nealon's all-time favorite song and Definitely Maybe captures a hungry and energetic band poised and ready to take the world by storm. Enjoy!
41 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 71: Matt Berry (Musician/Classified Frequency)
In today's episode, we sat down to chat with guitarist/songwriter Matt Berry (Classified Frequency) about The Stereo's last LP titled Rewind + Record, which was released on Fueled by Ramen back in June of 2002. Many themes and musical moves are present on this record, but at its core is the belief in one's art and power of letting go of people or things that weigh you down.Fun Fact: Frontman Jamie Woolford has produced the last few albums by Classified Frequency!Please Note: While this was a 1 v 1 conversation, you may pick up traces of a screaming child being in the early stages of sleep training. It's going much better now.
61 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Episode 70: Brittany Valint (Musician & School Teacher - Wall of Trophies, Brittany Jean)
In today's episode, we called up musician and school teacher Brittany Valint (Wall of Trophies and Brittany Jean) to discuss the debut album from songwriter Ben Kweller in 2002. That of course is Sha Sha, which recorded back in 2002 and released at ATO Records.This album is important to our guest as you will find out, whether it's recalling a memorable show, Kweller's heartfelt and at times off-beat lyrics and his commitment to just freaking ROCK! There's something for everyone here and I will keep quiet so as to not spoil the plot. Tune in and Enjoy!
40 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Episode 69: Adam Grabowski (Drummer/Sound Engineer/Host of the podcast "Backseat Playlist")
In this week's episode, we speak with Gettysburg, PA's Adam Grabowski. Adam is a freelance drummer/live sound engineer/drum tech/freelance studio and mic engineer/ and host of the podcast, Backseat Playlist - dedicated to breaking down what influenced musicians, producers, engineers, techs, and artists to pursue the craft. Adam and I discussed Thrice and their seventh studio album Beggars, which was released on Vagrant Records back in 2009. This record had a profound impact in Adam during some of life's difficult moments, and I hope you enjoy his earnestness, wonderfully dry wit and a deep, intellectual appreciation for this band. Enjoy!
47 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Episode 68: Jake Joyce (from the Jake Joyce Band)
In this week's episode, we dialed up Jake Joyce from The Jake Joyce Band to talk about Bob Dylan's 1966 record Blonde on Blonde side by side. To paraphrase Barry Judd in High Fidelity: "You don't have Blonde on Blonde? *sigh* It's going to be okay."
30 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Episode 67: James Hearne (King Pine / Musician)
Our guest this week is from the Hudson Valley in New York State. He is one James Hearne, formerly of The Way Home and who has recently released a new solo record under the moniker King Pine.We sat down one evening to discuss the late Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip and his 2001 debut solo LP Coke Machine Glow. Learn about the authentic coolness of Gord Downie as a human, his lyrical prowess and the unique recording sessions which spawned Coke Machine Glow , Enjoy!
49 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Episode 66: Anthony Musumeci (American History teacher/Podcaster)
Our guest today is American history teacher and musicologist Anthony Musumeci, as well a co-host of The Music Draft podcast. We discussed a living legend - songwriter Bob Dylan and his landmark album released on May 27, 1963 titled The Freewheelin', which was released on Columbia Records. This would be the first record from Zimmy to feature a generous breadbasket of original material that was produced by John Hammond and Tom Wilson.My favorite quote from Anthony during our conversation is the following: “Songs are a window on what’s taking place in society.” Enjoy!
39 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Episode 65: Angela Sclafani (Performer/Songwriter/Theatre-maker)
New York City-based performer, songwriter, and theater-maker Angela Sclafani stopped by the program in late 2020 to discuss Fiona Apple and her fourth studio record The Idler Wheel. Idler Wheel was recorded in Los Feliz, CA and released back on June 19, 2012 on Epic/Clean Slate Records, and was produced by Fiona Apple and Charley Drayton. Enjoy!About the ArtistAngela has independently recorded and released three solo EP’s: History, Your Ghost, and Blossom. Last year her original song Your Ghost received first place in the 2019 Great American Song Contest's Adult Contemporary category and this year (2020) her song History was a Session I finalist in the 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Angela’s theater work focuses on untold female stories and includes her song cycle Passion Project: Love Songs from Women to their Work, which featured a line-up of broadway stars and an all-female eight-piece band in its premiere, as well as her original musical The Other Side of Paradise, which she wrote, co-produced, and starred in. Angela is a 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner, a 2018 Richie Jackson Artist Fellow, and a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist. She earned her BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
27 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Episode 64: Scott Kurt (Country Recording Artist)
Country recording artist Scott Kurt (of Scott Kurt and Memphis 59) stopped by the show to talk about Tom Petty's first solo record from 1989 titled Full Moon Fever! This was a pivotal source of inspiration for Scott as he began to embark on his musical journey during his formative years.Check out SK and Memphis 59's rendition of TP & The Heartbreakers “Christmas All Over Again” at the top of the show and get the latest on what the band is up to online, including their rendition of another classic Christmas track "Run Run Rudolph." Happy Holidays everyone!
38 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode 63: Eric Taft (The Great Heights Band, Record Producer)
Eric Taft is a producer, engineer and songwriter from Baltimore, MD. He works closely with both local and regional artists, helping them develop their sound and writing style. He has also worked with national artists such as Underoath, The Amity Affliction, Plain White T’s and Less Than Jake. Eric currently operates the Buzzlounge Recording Studio in Baltimore.In addition to studio work, Eric has also spent time as an educator, teaching classes and concepts in recording technology, both privately and in schools.Currently, Eric plays in a number of bands, but most notably plays guitar and sings in The Great Heights Band (rad-pop. records). The Great Heights Band released their latest record “Cabin Fever” in April 2020, promptly followed by their new single “Bully With A Bat”, a protest song written and released specifically to raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. For our conversation today, we’ll be discussing Less Than Jake and the album Anthem. Enjoy!
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