49 minutes | Sep 5, 2012
*NEW* S3.E8 - Kristen Becker featuring music from American Aquarium
Comedian Kristen Becker is screamingly funny. Her wide-ranging comedy is rowdy, political, personal, intelligent, and unrelentingly honest. Becker consistently wins the hearts of all audiences with her unapologetic humor. Her childhood, divided between the rust belt and the deep south, has left her uniquely able to connect with all manner of people. Becker’s ability to win the affection of such a wide range of audiences is due to her understated southern charm juxtaposed against a raucous and powerful persona. She is truly a comic of the people. www.kristenbecker.com | Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook. www.americanaquarium.net
55 minutes | Aug 19, 2012
S3.EP7 - Graham Elwood featuring music from SMB Project
Graham Elwood has been a stand-up comic since he was 18. He has performed in clubs and colleges across the country and starred in five USO tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. Graham hosted the game shows “Cram” for Game Show Network and “Strip Poker” for the USA Network. He directed the award-winning short film “Hello Junkie” and the feature length documentary “Laffghanistan”. Graham has performed on CBS’s “The Late, Late Show” and also acted on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program”. He is also the co-host of the film review podcast Comedy Film Nerds. Floaty blasts of shoegaze reverb and fuzzed out guitars characterize SMB Project, a four piece alt rock group based in Orlando, Florida. SMBP is often likened to early 90s rockers such as Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and the Pixies, as well as current indie shoegaze pop groups like Silversun Pickups and Muse. You can find all of Graham Elwood's merch and mischief through www.comedyfilmnerds.com. For more from SMB project, check out www.smbproject.com
53 minutes | Jul 23, 2012
S3.EP6 - Judy Tenuta with music from The Well Pennies
Judy Tenuta is the most famous person who has ever lived...and if you don't believe it, just ask her. She's had her own stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO and Lifetime. Judy was the first female stand-up comic to win "Best Female Comedian" at the American Comedy Awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee for her comedy CDs. The self-described "Love Goddess" and "Aphrodite of the Accordion" now offers her own unique take on life in a new book entitled "Full Frontal Tenudity". A collection of recipes for food, friends and fun! A kind of “chicken soup for your crotch”, Judy declares. The Well Pennies are an indie folk/pop duo consisting of husband and wife team, Bryan & Sarah Vanderpool. With a sound that blends 60's folk, 70's pop and a little Americana, The Well Pennies strive for a vibe that is new and old at the same time; taking influence from Feist, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and Nickel Creek. For more about Judy Tenuta, check out www.judytenuta.com. For more about The Well Pennies, you can look them up on their Facebook page.
97 minutes | Jul 10, 2012
S3.EP5 - Sean Wheelock with music from The Tins
Sean Wheelock is the play by play commentator for Bellator Fighting Championships and one of the best known commentators in Mixed Martial Arts. Over his career, Wheelock has broadcast MMA in 12 countries, including Japan, Brazil, and the Netherlands. During our conversation, Sean touches on such topics as: his feelings about working for controversial MMA executive Jerry Millen, how commentators shouldn't oversell fights, why the tournament format works, his various influences from the announcing world, and how he's actively working to help bring about change in the judging & officiating of MMA. The Tins formed in upstate New York and are currently based out of Buffalo. This Indie/pop/rock trio consists of three friends, brought together by their passion for music. Their guitar work that makes you think you’re about to drop into a good old rock n roll track, it quickly (and quirkily) adds fun keys and a fuzzy bass line that takes the song somewhere totally different; an almost perfectly seasoned musical stew. For more, check out www.thetinsmusic.com. Download their self-titled EP here: thetinsmusic.bandcamp.com. You can learn more about Sean Wheelock's Rules of MMA seminar at www.rulesofmma.com. For more about Bellator Fighting Championships, go to www.bellator.com.
64 minutes | May 28, 2012
S3.EP4 - Chris Gore featuring the music of Santah
Chris Gore is a writer, filmmaker and a television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the film world. As a teenager, Chris founded the legendary Film Threat magazine. In addition to being a noted speaker and author, he is the film expert on the G4TV’s Attack of the Show. Santah is an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The group formed in Urbana, Illinois while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Public Radio Exchange.org describes them as a combination of West Coast pop, alt folk, and classic Americana with hints of 60's psychedelia. www.chrisgore.com www.santahmusic.com
58 minutes | May 13, 2012
S3.EP3 - Jamie Flam featuring the music of Paul Terra
This episode, we proudly welcome Jamie Flam from The Long Shot podcast. During our conversation, Jamie talks about his personal growth and evolution over the last 2 years of being involved with The Long Shot. He speaks candidly with us about his role on the show, his initial disappointment with how he felt he was depicted, his relationship with co-host Sean Conroy, meeting his comedy heroes (as the booker of LA's Improv Lab), his work with Vanessa Raglund in their comedy duo The Spanglers and his long-term plans to ultimately ENCHANT the world. We also feature the infectious hip-hop stylings of Orlando, Florida rapper/producer Paul Terra. Paul's debut album is titled Terrabite. Jamie Flam can be found online at www.jamieflam.com and www.immaculatize.com . For more from Paul Terra, check out www.paulterra.com and www.reverbnation.com/paulterra. Special thanks to Joel Mandelkorn of Cleft Clips for the audio of The Spanglers performance of their song '1956'. For more performance clips from some of top talents in comedy, check out www.superseriousshow.com.
90 minutes | Apr 30, 2012
S3.EP2 - Kambri Crews featuring the music of Andy Units
Kambri Crews once lived with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now runs her own PR and production company in New York City, books comedy for the 92YTribeca, and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir 'Burn Down the Ground' (Random House). www.kambricrews.com Andy Units is unafraid to write songs that seduce you slowly, exquisitely, and – before you know it – completely. You know that flickering moment of the mind, just as you’re beginning to slip into a dream? That’s Andy’s playground. His unique vision of nocturnal pop is on full display in his debut album 'Night Light'. www.andyunits.com
82 minutes | Mar 22, 2012
S3.EP1 - Don Jamieson featuring the music of I Will Break Thee
For our Season 3 premiere, we visit with comedian Don Jamieson. Don's an Emmy award winning writer, stand-up comedian and television personality. He's one of the hosts of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic. Rolling Stone magazine called the show "one of the 50 Best Reasons To Watch TV.” His comedy album “Live and Hilarious” is available on Metal Blade Records. Check out Don's website: www.donjamieson.com | We'll also feature the music of Orlando, FL metal band I Will Break Thee. I Will Break Thee was created in mid 2009 by Shane Bryant as a solo project. Later that year Shane joined forces with friend and guitarist Justin Lunsford and the two began scultping ideas for the band. The main focus of the band is too have well written, well thought out heavy music. Influences of Lamb Of God, Pantera, and Opeth are quite apparent with heavy groove and flow added into the mix. www.iwillbreakthee.com
143 minutes | Jan 19, 2012
S2.EP19 - The 2011 Holiday Show
Better late than never, we present our 2011 Holiday Show. Featuring special appearances by Alison Arngrim, Jackie Kashian, W. Kamau Bell and Mike Schmidt. We'll also introduce you some of our new friends and fellow podcasters from the recently-formed 'IPA', Independent Podcast Alliance.
52 minutes | Dec 11, 2011
S2.EP18 - Theo Von with music from PJ's My Cousin Too
Theo Von is a comedian/actor whom you may recognize from MTV's Road Rules, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season 4, or Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Theo is also the founder of CrankTexts.com. PJ’s My Cousin Too is a fusion of rhythm and funk formed by Michigan cousins Ryan Kramar and Jordan Jackson. They maintain a goal of not being assigned a category—just a good time and a good sound. For more about Theo Von and his various projects, go to www.theovon.com or www.cranktexts.com. You can download free tracks from PJ's My Cousin Too on their profile page at www.reverbnation.com/pjsmycousintoo.
68 minutes | Dec 1, 2011
S2.EP17 - Elizabeth Laime with music from Dangermuffin
The host of Earwolf's 'Totally Laime' podcast Elizabeth Laime joins us for this episode. Providing some 'organic, sand-blasted roots rock, with a sweet jam spread' for us is South Carolina's Dangermuffin. To check out Elizabeth's podcast, go to www.totallylaimepodcast.com. For more from Dangermuffin, their website is at www.dangermuffinmusic.com.
72 minutes | Nov 11, 2011
S2.EP16 - Jim Florentine with music from Embrace Agony
Jim Florentine, the great comedian and co-host of Vh1 Classic's 'That Metal Show', joins us for this episode. During our conversation, Jim discusses a variety of subjects with us...including: the new season of TMS, interviewing Axl Rose, his take on the Tracy Morgan controversy, similarities between the passings of Greg Giraldo and Jani Lane, hanging out in New Jersey with Metallica during their early days and lots more. We also proudly present the aggressive, melody-infused heavy metal of Brooklyn, NY's Embrace Agony. We'll feature 2 songs from their current EP 'Path To Redemption'. For more from Jim Florentine, go to www.jimflorentine.com. Jim's new comedy album, 'Cringe n' Purge' is available now on iTunes. Embrace Agony can be found at www.embraceagony.com.
73 minutes | Oct 29, 2011
S2.EP15 - Grace Helbig with music from Candice Anitra
This episode we visit with the hilarious Grace Helbig from G4's Attack of the Show & the popular video blog 'Daily Grace'. We'll also feature the music of Brooklyn-based R&B songstress Candice Anitra. To catch episodes of Daily Grace go to www.youtube.com/user/dailygrace. For more from Candice Anitra, her website is at www.candiceanitra.com.
78 minutes | Oct 15, 2011
S2.EP14 - Wes Freed with music from The Far West
This episode, we're privileged to visit with musician and visual artist Wes Freed. Wes is best known for creating the album cover and poster art for the band Drive-By Truckers. During our in-depth conversation, we touch on a lot of varied ground including: people's misconceptions about the American South, the greatness of shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, why Wes feels all parties ultimately benefited from Jason Isbell's departure from DBT, his participation in the documentary 'The Secret to a Happy Ending' and his penchant for using unique found objects as the canvas for his art. Providing some heartfelt music for us is an authentic Americana band from Los Angeles named The Far West. We'll feature 2 songs from their self-titled debut album. For more about the work of Wes Freed, and to check out his phenomenal portfolio, go to www.wesfreed.com. The Far West can be found on both Facebook and their website, www.thefarwestband.com.
79 minutes | Sep 29, 2011
S2.EP13 - Grae Drake with music from The Bright
Our ol' buddy, pal and BFF, the lovely Grae Drake joins us to discuss her increasingly successful career as a film critic for Movies.com. She also fills us in on her gig as a movie correspondent for CNN and the future of her popular podcast, The Popcorn Mafia. We also get to hear about the magnificent journey Grae took to India last summer. Always good times catching up with the 'Red Devil' herself. Our music feature is a fantastic six-piece pop-rock outfit from Arlington, TX named The Bright. We'll share with you 2 songs from their current album 'Objects of My Affection'. You can catch Grae Drake at www.movies.com/movie-reviews/grae-drake or at www.popcornmafia.com. The Bright's website is at www.thebrightmusic.com.
100 minutes | Sep 10, 2011
S2.EP12 - Jesse Thorn with music from The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band
Podcasting pioneer Jesse Thorn joins for this episode! Jesse is the host of the public radio show 'The Sound of Young America' and the popular podcast 'Jordan Jesse Go'. His programming network, Maximum Fun, boasts some of the funniest podcasts on the Web, as well as it's own annual fan summit, Max Fun Con. Some of the areas covered during our hour-long conversation include: Jesse's recollections of his appearances on the Adam Carolla show, thoughts on the Skylar Brothers, his love for the TV sitcom Cheers, what some of his favorite podcasts are, the smells of Comic-Con and his involvement in bringing Marc Maron's WTF to public radio. Providing music for this episode is a bombastic country/blues power trio from Brown County, Indiana, The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band. We'll share with you 2 songs from their album 'The Wages'. For more about the many projects of Jesse Thorn, go to www.maximumfun.org. The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band can be found at www.bigdamnband.com.
65 minutes | Aug 29, 2011
S1.EP16 - Eddie Pepitone with music from David Wu
This episode we were joined by the absolutely brilliant comedian (and co-host of the Long Shot podcast), Eddie Pepitone. Eddie did this interview with us while en route to an appearance on the David Feldman podcast. It was actually quite the busy day for Eddie, as he almost didn't make it onto OUR show, due to what would've been impromptu opportunity to perform on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE. You'll hear why that didn't end up happening, as well as Eddie's take on a myriad of different topics. Be forewarned, you may hear occasional background noises (ie. airplanes, passing cars) during this conversation. Fortunately, none of it obscures the always unique experience that IS the great Eddie Pepitone. Also joining us is, our good friend, musician & producer David Wu. David is the mind behind a project known as The Fringemunks. We'll take you through several audio examples of David's musical evolution and talk about what inspires him to create his art. We also touch on several unexpected potpourri topics that make for some interesting dialogue. For more info about Eddie Pepitone, go to www.eddiepepitone.com. Eddie's podcast can be found at www.thelongshotpodcast.com. To find out more about David Wu, his website is at www.DavidWuMusic.com. (Original airdate: June 11, 2010)
89 minutes | Aug 12, 2011
S2.EP11 - Sean Conroy with music from Modern Man
Sean Conroy is a is a well-respected comedy writer, improvisor & stand-up performer who's work has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, Adult Swim and Spike TV. He is also a regular performer in the the Upright Citizens Brigade improv show, ASSCAT, as well as the host of one of the funniest podcasts in existence, The Long Shot. During our hour-long interview, Sean opens up about the inner workings of his podcast and the unique personalities of his co-hosts. We also discuss, in no particular order: the all-time greatness of HBO's 'The Wire', memories of Bill Hicks, the appropriateness of social commentary within comedy, the short-lived sitcom 'Players', surviving the wrath of Hollywood and much more. Music for this episode is provided by Washington, D.C.'s Modern Man. We proudly share 2 songs from their release, 'The Almost EP'. For more about Sean's podcast, check out www.thelongshotpodcast.com. To check out more music from Modern Man, go to www.modernmandc.com.
104 minutes | Aug 4, 2011
S2.EP10 - Lili VonSchtupp with music from Amanda Shires
The Los Angeles Times calls her 'The Foul-Mouthed, Buxom Godmother of LA Burlesque'. "In this land of the thin, blond ideal, Lili VonSchtupp draws crowds to a dive bar in Hollywood every week to celebrate real women with real bodies. In case anyone forgets anything, VonSchtupp packs an emergency kit with fish-net stockings, spare pasties and an extra g-string thong. She calls herself the "den mother of the best sorority ever." Lili is the producer of LA's longest running weekly burlesque show, The Monday Night Tease. She also provides the signature background laughter and audio production for Mike Schmidt's 'The 40 Year Old Boy' podcast. Providing music from this episode is Amanda Shires. Americana UK writes: "Shires is a damn talented and idiosyncratic song-writer...She is a fiddling maestro. At times her energetic, jittery vocals and eccentric lyrical subjects mark her out as a young female heir to the godfather of strange, Mr. Tom Waits. In her more conventional moments Shires sounds like the weird young niece of Dolly Parton." We'll share 2 songs from her album, Carrying Lightning. For more from Lili VonSchtupp go to MondayNightTease.com and BurlesqueClasses.com. To learn more about the music for Amanda Shires, check out AmandaShires.net.
100 minutes | Jul 21, 2011
S2.EP9 - W. Kamau Bell with music from Smoke and Feathers
W. Kamau Bell is an incredibly talented comedian and social commentator. He co-hosts a podcast titled 'The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture' with legendary musician Vernon Reid (from the rock band Living Colour). Laughspin Magazine refers to him as: “One of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit and a willingness to say what you quickly realize you’ve always thought. He is relentlessly intelligent, fusing references to create a rich expression of incredulity in a post-Obama world.” Providing music for this episode is a psychedelic southern rock band from Austin, TX named Smoke and Feathers. Austin Psych Fest writes: “When four bearded, long-haired White dudes walk on stage with amps even taller than they are, you can bet your life savings that you’re about to hear some serious stoner metal. Their songs groove and have memorable melodies; the vocals are pleasant; their bassist has one of the meanest tones I’ve ever heard; and the occasional theremin solos were a nice touch.” Smoke and Feathers share 2 songs from their lastest EP, Midnight Choir. For more about the comedy of W. Kamau Bell, his website is www.wkamaubell.com. To check additional music from Smoke and Feathers, go to www.reverbnation.com/smokeandfeathers.