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85 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 100 - Matt Talbott
HUM guitarist / singer Matt Talbott is the celebrant for the live taping of the 100th episode of TGS at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn IL and it did not disappoint the sold out crowd who got to know about not only Matts work with HUM but about his bar/venue Loose Cobra, his studio Earth Analog, his solo career doing house shows across the US and how that has changed his life. We also get to hear from him about his drummer Bryan St Pere who had just passed less than a week prior. Matt is so funny and dry; an intellectual who's down to earth and so full of passion, pain and love for his music, his bandmates and his family. Not to be missed.
89 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 99 - Johnny Drugan
Bassist / Owner of Drugan's Drums Johnny Drugan was raised just how you'd think the son of a professional musician would be raised; surrounded by rock stars like Johnny Winters whose band his dad played bass in, soaking up the rich environment of smokey studios, life-changing guitar solos, and with off-days spent at flea markets learning to haggle and deal, gleaning the true worth of something before becoming a ripping bassist with bands like Beneath Me in the early 2000s and then ultimately focusing his talents on Drugan's Drums and Guitars about 10 years ago, turning into one of the regions most well-known purveyors of finely restored drum kits.
108 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
BlueMan Captain and Filmmaker Thomas "Boomer" Galassi has mastered the art of living the life he wants to live. He found BlueManGroup after moving to New York and surviving the rounds of soul-sucking auditions designed to tear the actor down and working temp jobs and got introduced to Chris, Matt and Phil, the original three BlueMen who subsequently put him through six months of training before finally informing him he'd been hired into his dream job, but it wasn't until a certain psychedelic experience allowed him to find his character: himself. To boot, he and his brother Adam are filmmakers and have three feature length films under their belts and scores of appearances in film festivals across the globe.
84 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode 97 - Eric Fundingsland
Punkrocker turned documentary filmmaker Eric Fundingsland first full-length film "Why Am I Doing This?" A Film About Touring is a funny and insightful look into the often undignified world of touring in a rock band that can be sketchy even on the best of days. He talks with rockers like Steve Albini, Tim Midyett, Joe Preston and many more about why they do what they do, and when asked why they continue to tour some are actually not sure why. We talk about how he made the film and what it took to edit over 500 gigs of footage together and why he undertook the whole thing in the first place. His band The Bismarck tell hilarious horror stories that are so relatable and familiar you'd cry if you weren't laughing. Hail Hail rock and roll.
115 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode 96 - Alianna Kalaba
Before Alianna Kalaba began playing bass in FACS with Brian Case (Disappears/Ponys/Episode 2 of TGS) she had been and still is Chan Marshall aka Cat Power's drummer for most of a decade playing festivals, touring the world and living the life of a working musician that can only be dreamed of. Now as FACS releases Present Tense (Trouble in Mind) their 4th record in 4 years, she talks about her life and how she's created this amazing career a reality, from her early Chicago band We Regazzi, her roaring '20s, the stability of her relationship with her partner, exploring the reasoning behind her never-questioned decision to become a full-time troubadour, it's a revealing rap with a prodigious musician.
95 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode 95 - oddCOUPLE
Producer oddCOUPLE aka Zach Henderson had a revelation that his life is supposed to be about creating music and whatever has to happen will happen and has happened to make this a reality. His work with artists like Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods and Joey Purp has helped to establish him as a producer to be reckoned with, pulling the best out of those artists to make their visions come to life. Now he's releasing his third album Reflections with features from Jamila Woods, theMIND and Kweku Collins and it's already making waves and is a powerful reminder of the creative talents of this man. Pitchfork and Spin and XXL mag already spilled the beans on oddCOUPLE. More proof: his hustle and ambition have led him into the role of Music Director for Oprah Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour. oddcouplemusic.com allenepley.com
102 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode 94 - Bobby Markos
Cloakroom bassist Bobby Markos didn't realize his journalism degree from college would split him into his current state of existence as a touring musician half the time and as a racing speedway historian with volumes of knowledge accumulated through years spent with his dad Bob Markos they then turned into MarkosRacingMedia, a collaboration in which they've made 4 full-length documentaries about the race tracks of yesteryear. This wealth of info has led him into his current role as a consultant and buddying TV personality on a new NBC Peacock show called Lost Speedways starring Dale Earnhardt Jr and is now in it's second season, while his ground-breaking band patiently awaits their return in early '22 with a new record already in the can. thirdgearscratch.com
90 minutes | May 17, 2021
Producer / Engineer / Mixer John Agnello is now a legend after having learned from other legends first-hand like Jimmy Iovine and Shelly Yakus in his years at the RecordPlant as an assistant engineer before launching his own career with bands like The Outfield and The Hooters. That work opened the indie-rock world to John as the go-to guy for bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, Jawbox, Chavez, Drive By Truckers among thousands. He's an aural chameleon and explains how he loves working with bands to help them find exactly what's missing, even when they didn't know it was. Johnagnello.com thirdgearscratch.com allenepley.com
81 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 92 - Sarah Quintero
Spotlights bassist Sarah Quintero delves deep and raps with Allen about, among other things, Liz Cheney, the ups and downs of being in a band with her husband Mario (turns out it's almost all ups), their time as a two-piece band traveling with backing drum tracks and how that helped them hone and shape their live show, the power of playing live, how silly and restrictive genre labels are for bands like theirs that successfully straddle several, why she doesn't care what anyone thinks about her career choices and we talk about when she realized she wasn't a part-time rocker who worked temp gigs; she had become a full-time musician and it was right. spotlights.com allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
70 minutes | May 3, 2021
Episode 91 - Ian Hultquist
Composer Ian Hultquist quit his band Passion Pit in 2014 when they were at the height of their success, from spots on SNL to headlining Madison Square Garden to pursue his original goal of scoring for film and TV, specifically leaning into documentaries like Ivory Towers, Go For The Gold and First Monday In May and features like My Blind Brother (Nick Kroll/Adam Scott) before his current TV series Dickenson for Apple TV +. We wander around through his time at Berklee in Boston right as Passion Pit was blowing up on MySpace (yep) and went straight to the top, to his current life as half of the composing team with his wife Sofia as they literally write at the piano together, while also even more literally holding their newborn daughter, born at the dawn of the pandemic. IanHultquist.com allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
105 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 90 - Ken Andrews
Ken Andrews gives us a lengthy peek at his life making music with his band Failure, making music as a solo artist vs band, producing and mixing as a living, working with household names like Jimmy Eat World, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and NIN, he details the writing process with Failure and how they use improvisation as a key tool and how to know what to throw away, which turns out to be most of it, we discuss being befuddled by our children's math homework and why it's David Lee Roth over Sammy Hagar any day. kenandrews.com allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
90 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 89 - Craig Finn
Craig Finn is busy. He's busy making and releasing new music with his band The Hold Steady now on No. 8(!) and also with his solo career with 4 LPs under his belt since 2012 and a new collection of odds and ends called All These Perfect Crosses. Now he's even busier in these almost post-pandemic days with a live album they recorded on the release day of Open Door Policy, THS's most recent and maybe finest release and this time they put it out themselves. Allen and Craig swap stories and find out just why he stays so busy, what happens when he hits a creative wall, why did the game of tennis catch him in high school, and what exactly would he do if he weren't making music. craigfinn.com allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
83 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Episode 88 - Bryan Basham
Producer/director Bryan Basham has spent the last 25 years of his life creating content for giant corporations with his production company Adjacent LA, working with iconic directors Jon Landis and Rob Cohen and in short film form like The Death And Return Of Superman with Max Landis, making music videos with Kid Rock, Veruca Salt, Matchbox Twenty, working on the Mr Warmth Project with Don Rickles, rubbing shoulders and sharing sweat regularly with Joan Rivers, Robert DeNiro and Bob Newhart. Now he's on permanent sabbatical in Italy and more recently Albania, still making ground-breaking short films but also teaching English and reassessing his mission in this world and beyond, and rediscovering his love of film. bryanbasham.com allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
85 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 87 - Mobley
The decision Mobley made to start his journey towards becoming a solo artist and literally a one-man music machine on the brink of fame was long but calculated by a man who was class president, valedictorian and a 3 sport athlete and it makes total sense, considering he is the mastermind of his entire presentation; shooting all videos himself masterfully, creating his live elaborate live show and crafting an eye-popping live experience as a single entity on a big stage. He's put this mastery to the test in the CV era with his finest release to date Young and Dying In The Occident Supreme while exploring how to present this material in a medium that is more than a little like dancing in a vacuum. mobleywho.com @mobleywho allenepley.com thirdgearscratch.com
91 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 86 - Tim Midyett
Tim Midyett has led a life of music-making with his groundbreaking bands Silkworm, Bottomless Pit and now Mint Mile with the release of Ambertron, a piece of music that demands and rewards repeated listenings, and we talk his way through the late 80's when Silkworm began, their Matador and Touch and Go years, the realization that they were a kind of perfect secret band for those who know instead of the masses, what it was like to make music after drummer Michael Dahlquists' death in 2005, and why his passion for food has manifested into Midyett's Rub and found it's way into the pages of Bon Apetit.
85 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 85 - K Michelle DuBois
Songwriter/singer K Michelle DuBois expounds on how she honed her skills in a the 90's with Atlanta's UltraBabyFat and did the major label do-si-do, then found her self needing to take things into her own hands for her solo career and now upon the release of her finest work yet The Fever Returns, she explains how Dan Dixon is her go-to producer and their unique working relationship, how her life as the daughter of a Nashville songwriting legend Tim Dubois shaped who she ultimately is and how she has only come to terms with that in recent history.
97 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode 84 - Mark Davis
Front of House Engineer/Audiophile Mark Davis aka Dark Mavis reveals the secrets to enjoying a long life working with hundreds of bands like Shiner, Burning Airlines, White Rabbits, Russian Circles, and Veruca Salt over a 40 year career that has allowed abundant travel to distant lands with bands he loves spreading the gospel of music at a pace he dictates, while maintaining a solid day gig at a record store that keeps him grounded and buried in new music; we also discuss just how he worked his way into Rush's personal hang crew from the '70s till now, and why music itself is constantly springing eternally new for him.
98 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Episode 83- William Elliott Whitmore
Old Tyme music's coolest reluctant ambassador and troubadour William Elliott Whitmore has not taken his path to success by accident but instead his deliberately economized existence as a one-man show has been his greatest asset not only musically but financially too. Now, as he embarks on fatherhood, he philosophizes about life in on a farm in Iowa, rap's influence on him, why he always toured with metal bands and how the writing for his new record I'm With You (BloodShot) was a bit of a different approach in intentionally exploring alien territory with lyrics and styles.
91 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Episode 82 - Mike Watt
Bassist/Sensei/Rascal/Legend Mike Watt blesses the TGS masses with life lessons learned from his years with The Minutemen, Firehose, mssv, The Stooges and his prolific solo career including Spotify vs Bandcamp, the lie of the "good" ol days vs nowadays, embracing tech, music just being music, what his radio show The Watt From San Pedro has meant to him for the past twenty years, how to live a life in the arts by economizing, his lengthy tenure at Columbia Records and why he does what he does.
93 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 81 - Darren Welch
Musician Darren Welch is a key stitch in the fabric of the KCMO music scene for the past 30 years as a crooning bassist of The Hearers, In The Pines, DracoMagnet and Amputato while also busying himself in the world of curating vintage gear flea-markets first at CowTown MallRoom, then Holy Cow, a DIY mixed store/venue setting with live music, PBRs and sangria, at Midwestern Music with Matt Kessler of the PedalJets in the CrossRoads, and now with Found Sound, his vintage gear and paraphernalia shop on Grand Ave in KC with partner Cole Wheeler.
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