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The Michael A.M. Radio Show
103 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Dope Chief 2
The artist known as The Dope Chief is back and answering some "rapid" fire questions about content creation, the importance of time management and why we should stop worrying and embrace the singularity. Topics include the Spanish language, reincarnation, animation, Winnie the Pooh, Marc Rebillet and Twitch streaming.
100 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Cold coffee, fugue states, bullet chess, the song that goes "nanana hey"
110 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
LOOK AT OUR SNAKES
Ball Python breeders/podcasters, Chris and Nick of The Reptile Ward, stop by to drop some knowledge about snakes and verbally abuse Erik. They also share some hot takes on lizards and answer listener submitted questions like "do snakes and mice really get along sometimes?" and "do they like to be pet?"
87 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
Our good friend Mikey Molnar stopped by to talk about video games, cats, comedy, the global tie-dye shortage and his two new songs that just came out on streaming platforms. Make sure to stick around til the end for lovely live renditions of his new tunes.
116 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Olivia Brown and Steve Ferrell
Celebrating 25 episodes of "the Primus of Podcasts" by getting silly with two of our most downloaded guests of 2019: yoga teacher Steve Ferrell and bassist Olivia Brown.
53 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
Michael and Erik talk new music releases including Loathe, Pete Maws, Tricot, Jana Teovano and more while constantly referencing a series of obscure Australian TV commercials. Other topics include pizza (obviously), the show's nebulous anniversary date, motivational Instagrammers and Chillton getting adopted. Includes improvised music about going to the bathroom.
128 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Bob Shields is a highly esteemed guitarist whose mastery of jazz, rock and all the styles in between has taken him all over the world. But as a music educator, he might be even more special. When he was my jazz harmony professor in college, he would always challenge the class to use cutting edge compositional techniques; these days, if I'm stuck in a rut with my musicianship, I'll go to him for insights that keep me inspired and focused for months; in his own journey, Bob has set his sights higher than the mathematics of musical composition or the fine-tuning of musical performances: he has completed his PhD focusing on the correlation between creativity and overall human wellbeing and he is currently writing a book on the same subject.
62 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
The F Bass is the bass player's bass player's bass guitar. Today's guest, George Furlanetto, started the company when he built his first electric bass in 1978. He says he shares the "analytical supportive mindset of a bass player," but instead of supporting a band, he supports the bassists themselves. Remaining open to feedback from some of the world's most innovative high-level players has been the catalyst for the incremental improvements that have Made F Bass one of the most respected instrument manufacturers in the world. In this episode, we talk about learning to build through experimentation, growing the company, George's scientific approach to consistent improvement and his reluctant discovery of the secret to running a successful business.
115 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Tim Busa is the co-rhythm guitarist for the band Five Years. He also writes and sings his own acoustic music. Tim tells us why his band only plays one show a year (this year it's Nov 29 at Absinthe) and we reminisce about all the shows we've played together in the past. He also tells us a few things about pool and where to get a good slice of pizza in HamOnt. Make sure to stick around to the end for two original songs you can't hear anywhere else!
62 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Michael and Erik chat about rock climbing, the Thom Yorke show in Toronto that they both went to, Inktober and upcoming shows with Zero Fire, fünyboht, Hotfix and Leo Dragtoe. They also review a street fight video they found particularly interesting and discuss Anthony Fantano and how making a 0/10 album is still sort of an impressive accomplishment.
131 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
Marcone and George
Producer, recording engineer and owner/operator of Halo Music Hamilton, Marcone joins the show to talk about some of his most memorable sessions, the shocking secret to getting quality recordings and the attitude towards opportunity and learning that has guided his whole career. His son George also makes an appearance.
171 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
Robyn Lightwalker is a Hamilton, Ontario based painter and graphic novelist. She joins us to talk, among other things, about an interesting life-drawing project she has been working on for the past few months: 100 butts in various mediums which will be on display August 30 - September 1, 2019 at 1422 Main St. E, Hamilton, ON. Other topics include how to stay motivated, anime, art bros and art hoes, the power of pessimism and speculations on why people hate limes.
94 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
The Next Generation
After comedian Michael Moses left the studio last week, we kept the audio rolling. Starting off with the importance of supporting all ages shows in keeping a music scene thriving in the long run, we move to what we think the global future of music might look like, explain why Lil Nas X deserves that #1 billboard spot and come full-circle fielding a request to talk about "teenage bands who think they're cool."
90 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
Such a pleasure to host our very first comedian on the show. Michael Moses is fresh off a trip to New York City and we compare the differences and similarities of stand-up and music from playing the audience, to creating new material and marketing yourself. We share why we are called Michael, recall our favourite Patrice O'Neal bits and talk about who is making waves in comedy today and how the industry is evolving.
75 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
Shanika Maria is a different breed of songwriter. In this interview, she describes composing by feel and writing on instinct, sometimes only figuring out what her songs are about after they are finished. Her 2019 album, Subtle Uncertainties, is a powerful collection of songs as well as a textural evolution from the sparse arrangements of her debut EP, Childish Games. This episode ends with 3 original songs. We were short on time near the end and I clearly missed something in the sound-check as the electric guitar turned out irreparably crunchy, but Shanika's voice and performance shine through.
93 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
No special guest this week. Michael and Erik just hang out and talk about the show they played this past weekend, bands they like, Neuralink, the MMA league that allows headbutts, tennis, previous episodes, etc. They also take questions from Facebook, including one request to talk about aliens, which prompts Erik to tell the story of the time he went to Area 51.
132 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
HamOnt guitar legend, Chris Chambers, dropped in to insult my CD collection and give us some pointers on making a killer DIY halloween costume. We also talk about what makes something a "real job" and what it takes to evolve as a musician. Stay tuned to the end for some crooning.
97 minutes | Jul 8, 2019
Alex Whorms is an award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist whose recent singles have been getting thousands of plays on Spotify. She just completed the Artist-Entrepreneur Program at Canada's Music Incubator and was kind enough to play us a few original songs and drop some knowledge about ictus points.
95 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Bassist, singer-songwriter, bandleader, Olivia Brown, dropped in to play some songs and talk about the music video for her band's self-produced new single, "Who Cares?" Subjects include: finding new music vs. listening to the same songs over and over again, walking the line between being the leader of your own band and playing the traditional supporting role of a bassist in other people's projects, learning to record and edit by producing your own music and videos.
134 minutes | Mar 28, 2019
Kelly Kereliuk is Hamilton, Ontario's resident master of shred. Fresh off his sold-out guitar clinic at Long and McQuade Burlington, he let me pick his brain on topics like his guitar journey, playing with Prismind, Negus, Symphinity and Soundchaser, and how he got his fingers so damn fast... Stick around til the end to hear his one-take rip over a track I prepared featuring drums from Erik Thork from Zero Fire.
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