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Quarter Rest with Joe Diaco
95 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
A Very Quarter Rest Christmas Special Radio Hour and Fireside Chat
Christmas time is upon us! To celebrate the season this year, I brought together talented musician friends Alexander MacNeil (Alexander and the Great Ones), Andriana Chobot and Chris Blades (Birds of Bellwoods) to form The Christmas Gang and asked past guests of the show to contribute a Christmas song of their choosing (us gangsters did a song each as well). Sit in on the Gang as we hear those songs for the first time, reacting in real time and bantering our little hearts out. Also featuring skits, totally authentic ads for definitely real products that absolutely exist (for sure!), and there might even be a seasonal poem in there. Best listened to while sipping your favorite holiday beverage in front of a roaring fire, while cooking a beautiful holiday meal or while driving down snow-covered lanes on your way to nowhere because holiday travel is off the table this year folks! C'mon, say goodbye to this year with us in style--you shan't regret it. Featuring music by Eric George and Nina Szenasi, Honey Badgers, Hillary Capps, Amelie Bouffard, Jon MacAulay, Harrison Hsiang from Couchsleepers, Alexander MacNeil, Cricket Blue, Joe Diaco, Chris Blades from Birds of Bellwoods, Izra Fitch and Andriana Chobot. Egg nog not included.
5 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Quarter Rest Christmas Special TEASER
That's right, folks: it's December. Time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, don some gay apparel and all that seasonal goodness! And what better way to celebrate "the most wonderful time of the year" than with a Christmas special produced by your favorite music podcast? No better way exists. I've checked. That's right. Announcing the Very Quarter Rest Christmas Special Radio Hour and Fireside Chat, the music podcast Christmas special that sends your ears on Christmas vacation... with full pay! Tune in on December 20th for music, merriment, cups of good cheer and all the holly you can eat! Which isn't much. I've checked. Holly does not digest well, I do NOT recommend eating holly.
47 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Interview with Partner
Partner is a Polaris Prize shortlister Canadian power trio that brings the rock. We talked about their new album, the music of Rush (RIP Neil Peart) and awkward encounters in the gym class changing room. You'll laugh, you'll cry... Partner delivers the goods.
2 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
In which I gloat cacophonously.
74 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Interview with Hillary Capps
NYC denizen Hillary Capps makes pop music that's as inspired by her jazz vocal background as it is by the sounds coming from the radio. We talked about the Big Apple, the challenges of releasing new music in 2020 and listen to some songs from her new album, The Way Back Home, available today on your favorite streaming platform!
11 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
ELECTIONCAST 2020 (Please Vote (For Biden))
57 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Interview with Izra Fitch
Nova Scotian Izra Fitch makes indie pop music so dynamic you can shake a stick at it. She joined me to talk about motorcycle helmets, movies, pop music and more movies. Featuring Izra's debut single "The Hollywood Kids."
62 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Interview with Jon MacAulay
Jon MacAulay is a singer/songwriter and guitar player from the Eastern Townships of Quebec, soon to be a mainstay of the Calgary scene. We talked about Americana music, jazz guitar and the blue eyes of Frank Sinatra.
0 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTCAST: Move to Biweekly Release
An important message from the Quarter Rest bunker deep in the earth's crust.
68 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Interview with The Honey Badgers
The Honey Badgers is a folk duo from Newark, Delaware with a sound as sweet--and wild--as their woodland namesake. Erin and Michael joined me to discuss the non-stop thrill-ride that is Delaware, managing life as musical collaborators who also happen to be married, and the ultimate gigging controversy: wineries vs. coffee shops.
49 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
Interview with Ray Padgett, King of Covers Part 2
Ray Padgett is a music blogger extraordinaire who writes about cover songs so you don't have to. His blog, Cover Me, has been going strong since 2007 with no signs of slowing down and his book I'm Your Fan, part of the 33 1/3 series, is available at a bookseller near you (or Amazon. But avoid Amazon). In part two of our interview, we continue our discussion of Ray's book, discuss Leonard Cohen's music even more and play a game of Original or Cover?! You won't want to miss it.
45 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Interview with Ray Padgett, King of Covers Part 1
Ray Padgett is a music blogger extraordinaire who writes about cover songs so you don't have to. His blog, Cover Me, has been going strong since 2007 with no signs of slowing down and his book I'm Your Fan, part of the 33 1/3 series, is available at a bookseller near you (or Amazon. But avoid Amazon). In part one of our interview, Ray sat with me across virtual time-space and talked about the history and purpose of the tribute album, the music of Leonard Cohen and the Machiavellian game of realpolitik that entails being the reigning King of Covers. Long live the King!
76 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Interview with Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts
This week's guest hardly needs an introduction. Crash Test Dummies was one of the most successful Canadian rock bands of the '90s, with off-beat--even morbid--hits like Superman's Song and Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm built on Brad Roberts's unusually deep voice. Roberts--who was touring with the old band to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the 1994 smash hit album God Shuffled His Feet before a certain pandemic ground things to a halt--joined me to talk about differences between Canada and the United States (where he now resides), Archie Comics and his new quarantine adventures in learning the piano.
94 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Interview with Sam Crooks from Gatekeepers
Sam Crooks, one half of London progressive acoustic folk/jazz/rock duo Gatekeepers, joined me from across the pond in Merry Olde England to talk about songwriting, pandemic funtimes and the conspiracy behind Boris Johnson's hair... because you just know there's something going on with that hair that they're not telling us! Check out Gatekeepers on Spotify.
77 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
Interview with Harrison Hsiang from Couchsleepers
Harrison Hsiang from Burlington, Vermont indie rock band Couchsleepers talks about songwriting, neuroscience and his problems with sleep. The singer/guitarist also plays some tunes, including some new material!
71 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Interview with Business and Arts NL Executive Director Amy Henderson
Business and Arts Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Director Amy Henderson joined me to discuss... well, business and arts! The choir director and non-profit leader talks Newfoundland music and culture, choir directing technique and how the arts can be beneficial to the private sector economy. "Active since 2014, [Business and Arts NL is] a non-profit membership based organization working to: Identify and foster alliances between the arts and community collaborators in the private, public and social sectors. Create & nurture a community that encourages creativity & innovation through collaboration with the arts Communicate the benefits of art/community collaborations Identify, foster & facilitate access to alternative sources of financial, human and community capital for the arts"
83 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Interview with Chris Blades from Birds of Bellwoods
Chris Blades from Toronto maple leaf raggers Birds of Bellwoods joined me to talk about their new single Pinebox, making music in Toronto and the trials and tribulations of touring in Canada. Check these indie rock'n'folksters out on Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube. You won't regret it. #BirdsofBellwoods
79 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Interview with Alexander MacNeil
Halifax, Nova Scotia singer/songwriter and bandleader Alex MacNeil (Alexander and the Great Ones) joins me to discuss the Canadian music industry, his favorite influences and the way forward for musicians during difficult times. Check out his music on Spotify, Apple Music and BandCamp.
84 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Interview with Andriana Chobot
Burlington, Vermont indie singer/songwriter/piano woman Andriana Chobot joins me for a conversation about acting, music tech and Sondheim. Listen and learn how you too can #livelovelaugh your best life to the fullest just like she is!
38 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
JONNY STRIKES UP THE BAND Episode 1, Part 2: Four albums each
Introducing JONNY STRIKES UP THE BAND, a new Quarter Rest series featuring Jon Martin. In this week's episode, the hosts each review four albums picked by the other that they have never heard. Enjoy Part 2, a rare occasion where the sequel is just as good if not better than the first installment! Editing by Franck: https://www.instagram.com/frc.audio/
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