Let me tell you a tale of blunder, confusion, and woe. I procrastinated when it came to editing my conversation with Brenda Carsey, but it was going to get done in the early afternoon, and everything was ok. I'd have this episode up and out, ready to tell folks to go listen to Brenda's new album Cognizance on January 9th anywhere you stream music. I'm in my DAW, working on the file, and I clicked the wrong thing... I couldn't see exactly what it was, but strange things were happening, so I tried to cancel…Read more
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Cara Van Thorn is an Austin, Texas based new swing jazz fusion sort of nineties alternative band that just plays whatever we like to hear...
I'm sure you're wondering why this lovely lady is in a room in this nice dress whilst being surrounded by musicians in their underwear. Well, there's a lot to wonder about Cara Van Thorn, this eclectic band from Austin. This band was founded by active musicians in the metal and punk scenes, and they came together to create a style of music that has more in…Read more
Three At Home is a band from the greater Boston area. I met two of them in Austin a few months ago while we were attending the CD Baby DIY Musician Conference. All three of them join me for this conversation. They have an interesting dynamic, with two songwriters and two lead vocalists. Listen to this episode to learn what they remember as the first song they ever heard and what their childhoods smelled like.
When you are a small community, coming together and having shared experiences is a big part of how that exists and how that persists over time...
Matthew Kirk has already shown love to his community by resurrecting a long time ice cream business that had closed. He continues to show love to his community by being host to musicians at two different locations for Yellow Springs Porchfest this upcoming weekend. I have the honor of playing at O and E's Corner Cone at 4:00 PM. What other musicians is…Read more
It's emotion, right? That's music. We're connecting with people on an emotional level...that's ultimately at the end of the day what it's all about, just connecting with other people.
Sometimes things happen in life that seem like an implausible story from a movie. I have one of those to tell, and the stars of this story are Brittany Bliss and Reid Givens of Brittany and the Blisstones. Brittany and the Blisstones is an indie band from Chico, California. Their sound draws from influences as diverse as…Read more
We have the rule of no rules
This past Friday, I shared my conversation with Icho Van in Spanish. Icho also speaks English, so here is the second part of our chat. That's him in the above picture taken in Mexico City, the handsome gentleman second from the left. What are some of Icho's favorite foods from being on tour? What was his experience playing Tiny Desk like? What would Icho like to teach Americans about September 15th? (Pronounced "quince de septiembre" in this conversation.) What did his…Read more
A veces los músicos pecamos de no darnos cuenta de que es mucho trabajo...
Tengo el honor de dar la bienvenida a Icho Van, bajista para Jenny and the Mexicats. Su grupo consiste de dos mexicanos, un español, y una inglesa. Viajan por todo el mundo traendo gozo músical a la gente. Van a descubrir que Icho es un caballero interesante y pensativo, quién trabaja duro y no da por sentado sus logros. ¿Cómo comenzó ser músico? ¿Cómo está aguantando el grupo su fama? ¿Que fue la primiera canción que…Read more
Bux and I had this conversation back in December 2021. We talk about Fountains Of Wayne, the brilliant self-titled debut album from one of our favorite bands. We talk about how these songs make us feel. We talk about the twinge of melancholy lurking just beneath the surface in insanely catchy power pop.
Adam Schlesinger, one of the two songwriters in Fountains Of Wayne, died two years ago today, on April 1, 2020. (This was early in the COVID-19 pandemic, and sadly, millions of people have since died…Read more
There's nobody getting your back in standup, like if you're failing, you are failing, and I know what it feels like because I have bombed hard many times at open mics...
Adam Edwards is originally from the Dayton area, and spent many years playing bass in Dayton bands. These days, he lives in Colorado. Our conversation contains a great deal of nostalgia and fond recollections of musicians and bands from Dayton's past. Adam also tells us about jumping into the art of stand up comedy.
Here are some…Read more