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66 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
Playing Records with John: Azure Ray for What Ails You
After a ten-year break from releasing albums, Azure Ray is back with Remedy, a gorgeous set of shimmering songs that redefines their classic sound. Singer/songwriters Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor open up about the process of making a record in isolation, the thoughts behind a few standout lyrics, and a variety of topics ranging from vocal cord surgery to wild suburban parrots.
54 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Playing Records with John: Dree Leer Throws Hands
Birmingham, AL-based rock band Dree Leer is here to hype their brand-new debut LP, Throw Hands, so a good time is guaranteed! Singer/guitarist Jackie Lo, bassist Mandy Graffeo, and drummer Mikey D Williams share tales about the forming of the current lineup, explain the logistics of finishing an album during quarantine, and reveal why they call Mikey The Living Shitzam. So, yeah, like I said, a good time.
54 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Playing Records with John: Velena Vego Booked It
Velena Vego, longtime talent buyer for Athens, Georgia’s storied 40 Watt Club and Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre, as well as manager for veteran indie rockers Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, looks back on her decades in the music biz, from her early days fronting 80s band Mystery Date, to this weird year of lockdown with no shows to run.
63 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Playing Records with John: Otis Ball Introduces The Band
Otis Ball released an album of guitar pop called I’m Gonna Love You ’Til I Don’t in 1989, then recorded a more classically rockin' follow-up that was never released. But that doesn’t mean Otis hasn’t been busy! In this candid, career-spanning conversation, Mr. Ball fills in the story of his early days and his continued love of collaboration through a batch of intimate, energetic, and sometimes experimental home recordings.
54 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Playing Records with John: Jordan Cooper’s Midnight Confessions
Recording Artist Jordan Cooper, aka Trouble’s Afoot, aka co-host of the Don’t Let’s Start podcast, aka a guy who wrote and recorded a bunch of songs, is BACK. This time we delve into some of his favorite demos from his considerable backlog of ideas, including at least one instant novelty classic! Get [expletive] stoked. Buy Trouble’s Afoot’s album “Looking For Parking” at: troublesafoot.bandcamp.com Follow Jordan and Dave Fox’s encyclopedic They Might Be Giants podcast “Don’t Let’s Start” @dontletspod
58 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Playing Records with John: Jordan Cooper Uses Every Chord
New York—based musician and podcaster Jordan Cooper, aka Trouble’s Afoot, makes tuneful, witty, observational songs that could only come from his point of view. In this episode, he tells the tale of his early development as a songwriter and audio addict. Buy Trouble’s Afoot’s album “Looking For Parking” at: troublesafoot.bandcamp.com Follow Jordan and Dave Fox’s encyclopedic They Might Be Giants podcast “Don’t Let’s Start” @dontletspod
69 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Playing Records with John: India Ramey's Apocalyptic Visions
Country artist India Ramey joins in for a candid conversation about bad dads, cheap whiskey and black magic. All four of her albums are covered, including the stories behind key tracks. This is a must-listen for fans and a great introduction for newcomers to India's powerful, rousing, and sometimes gut-wrenching songs. Follow India on Twitter @indiaramey! Follow India on Instagram @indiarameymusic! Follow John on twit and insta @giannidubya!
70 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Playing Records with John: Innocently Punched by Catch the Fade
Ron James and Sir Tizzy, aka Catch the Fade, released their second EP, Black and Highly Favored, in 2019. When it was still brand new (and people still sat down face to face), we sat down face to face to talk about each track, from the concepts to the execution. Check out Sir Tizzy’s new solo EP, The MidKnight Hour! https://lnkfi.re/tmkh Dig into Catch the Fade’s singles series from 2020! https://spoti.fi/2XCxysm
66 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Playing Records with John: Kristen Toedtman Sings!
Multi-faceted talent Kristen Toedtman drops by to discuss her musical beginnings, her songwriting process, and the possible meaning of her last name. Along the way we hear some rare recordings, from voice memos to demos with fleshed-out alternate arrangements. Not to be missed!
62 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Playing Records with John: The Music of Neil Innes
One year ago we lost the beloved Neil Innes, a gently acerbic comedian with a knack for sideways pop pastiches that are as sturdy and hook-filled as the hits they’re sending up. Longtime friend of the show Skizz Cyzyk returns to pick some gems from Innes’s storied career, including memorable work with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles. Stick around till the very end for a musical surprise.
131 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Star Wars Support Group: How Dare You Forget About Dengar?
Funtime nerds Bekah Eaton, Jonathan Eaton, and John Walker gather for the second meeting of Star Wars Support Group, a safe place to enthuse shamelessly and voice concerns about the most overhyped, overrated, overexposed and totally awesome film franchise ever. This time around, they talk about Solo, Rogue One, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Mandalorian! The episode turned out more jam-packed than we could imagine. (And we can imagine quite a bit.) Find us on Twitter! Bekah is @bekaheaton! Jonathan is @jonbrak! John is at @giannidubya!
13 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
TV Treasure Trove: The Randy Fellows (Part One)
In the debut episode of TV Treasure Trove, we dig into The Randy Fellows, a once-beloved sitcom that has all but disappeared from the collective consciousness.
55 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
SKEERT 05 - Sarah Read
Sarah Read’s fiction is brutal, strange, and beguiling, so it’s a pleasure to have her on the season finale of SKEERT. And she exceeded already high expectations, affably breaking down the inspirations and intentions behind some stories from her disturbingly good collection, Out of Water. Add in some gorgeous ambient music from sonic wizard Daniel Farris, and this is the Halloween podcast that you need. Follow Sarah on social media at @inkwellmonster! Keep up with her blog at inkwellmonster.wordpress.com! Find John on twit and insta @giannidubya!
50 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
SKEERT 04 - The Haunting of Bly Manor with Bekah and Kelly
A couple weeks ago we discussed Henry James's The Turn of the Screw and its 1961 film adaptation, The Innocents, with friends/podcasters Bekah Eaton and Kelly Fuller. Now the same gang is back to follow up with our thoughts on another adaptation of this material, Netflix's brand new horror/drama mini-series The Haunting of Bly Manor. Follow Bekah and Kelly's erotic fiction podcast @seedyreads! Follow John on Instagram and Twitter @giannidubya!
22 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Protectors of Gundahar: Looking Down Our Nose with Marlicia Renji-Pirdoux
Last week on the show, Mtn_Dew69 and Gavin played excerpts of an NPR program called Looking Down Our Nose, hosted by Pledge Krackelbar and featuring an interview with indie director Marlicia Renji-Pirdoux. Mtn and Gavin's commentary was bizarrely if predictably emotional. They have yet to send us another completed podcast. So, while it might be considered piracy to do so, we've decided to post the full episode of Looking Down Our Nose on our feed, as this week's installment. You know, for context. Be among the first people to even notice our presence on Twitter @gundaharpodcast!!!
81 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
SKEERT 03 - Polly Schattel
In a particularly satisfying episode, filmmaker and author Polly Schattel joins the show to talk about her debut novel, The Occultists, a richly-detailed, propulsive, and sometime gruesome period piece/ adventure story available now from JournalStone Publishing. It's a wide-ranging conversation that includes Polly's early years in rural Alabama, the research that went into her book, and a lot more. Folks who have read The Occultists should stick around till the end for a spoiler-y discussion of a few key events and characters. Find all things Polly at pollyschattel.com! Find John on Instagram and Twitter @giannidubya!
20 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Protectors of Gundahar: Episode One
In the first episode of their strange new podcast here on the FYIZ feed, bickering super-fans Mtn_Dew69 and his pal Gavin celebrate the Moons of Gundahar books by doing a dramatic reading, expounding about their fandom, and catching up on movie news concerning the impending Gundahar film adaptation, to be directed by indie firebrand Marlicia Renji-Pirdoux. Be among the first people to even notice our presence on Twitter @gundaharpodcast!!!
73 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
SKEERT 02 - The Turn of the Screw with Bekah and Kelly
Henry James's influential 1898 horror story The Turn of the Screw has been adapted multiple times, most famously into the 1961 film The Innocents, which still has the power to make your skin crawl. Devoted readers Bekah Eaton and Kelly Fuller stop by for this meeting of the SKEERT Book Club to discuss the novella and the movie, just as Netflix debuts a new mini-series version of the story. It's Bly Manor's world, we're just living in it. Follow Bekah and Kelly's erotic fiction podcast @seedyreads! Follow John on Instagram and Twitter @giannidubya!
7 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Protectors of Gundahar: Episode Zero
FYIz is proud to announce PROTECTORS OF GUNDAHAR, a new podcast hosted by obsessed fans of a deeply obscure series of fantasy books, G. Ellison R. R. Sadler's MOONS OF GUNDAHAR series. It's about as niche as they come but, as struggling podcast impresarios, we're willing to try anything. In this episode, executive producers John Walker and Chris Garrison set the stage for show hosts Mtn_Dew69 and his friend Gavin to explain why you'd tune in for such trivial nonsense. (Hint: It might be the fun kind of train wreck!)
56 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
SKEERT 01 - Nathan Ballingrud
Acclaimed author Nathan Ballingrud is here to chat about his amazing short horror fiction collections, North American Lake Monsters (2013) and Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell (2019), and share thoughts on having his work interpreted by other artists for film and TV. (Monsterland, an anthology series inspired by Nathan’s stories, arrives on Hulu October 2nd.) Follow Nathan on Twitter! - @NBallingrud Follow John on Instagram or Twitter - @giannidubya
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