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A music discovery podcast where famed creatives launch emerging artists. Hosted by Rain and Summer Phoenix LaunchLeft features intimate conversations about art, music, activism and all things left-of-center.Find us at www.LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts.

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A music discovery podcast where famed creatives launch emerging artists. Hosted by Rain and Summer Phoenix LaunchLeft features intimate conversations about art, music, activism and all things left-of-center.Find us at www.LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts.

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So great! I want more and more and more

By Hop o Skip - Oct 04 2019
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Love the insights and conversations. I listen to all of them ~

Love this Podcast

By Notmakinganickname - Sep 05 2019
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Rain and Summer are so adorable and funny. Such a cool idea for a podcast. One of my favs!

iTunes Ratings

150 Ratings
Average Ratings
116
11
7
6
10

So great! I want more and more and more

By Hop o Skip - Oct 04 2019
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Love the insights and conversations. I listen to all of them ~

Love this Podcast

By Notmakinganickname - Sep 05 2019
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Rain and Summer are so adorable and funny. Such a cool idea for a podcast. One of my favs!
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LaunchLeft

Latest release on Sep 15, 2020

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Rank #1: Business Portrait: Melody Ehsani

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When LA went into a “stay-at-home” mandate because of Covid-19, she masterfully was able to pivot the release of her newest shoe from her brick and mortar stores to the web in 2 days! She, like other artists are adapting quickly and making the best of a difficult situation. But, what we found most impressive about Melody is who she is on a soul level, her practice, her resilience, her passion, her grace. “The unknown is where all the magic happens” is just one of our favorite quotes of hers in this conversation- we received so much inspiration and think you will too! 

Bonus track, we even got a little quality time with her author/musician husband Flea to close the show. Find us at http://LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts.

Mar 31 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #2: Portrait: Denise Kaufman of Ace of Cups

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Respect your elders! Ageism be damned! The world has been rocked and we want to acknowledge how intense things have been for all of us and especially scary for those in our elder community. A perfect time to share the wisdom of the beautiful, effervescent and vibrant silver fox that is Ms. Denise Kaufman. Through this discussion, we learned so much that brought comfort and hope to us in regard to all that has been going on… Denise is a musician, songwriter, surfer, gardener, yogini, and grandmother. We don’t know how this interview lined up so we’ll with the intensity of this past week but it just does. She discusses everything that is so timely right now and takes us back in time to her 1960s all-female psychedelic rock band Ace of Cups. And then she shares a wide array of eclectic songs and artists she’s listening to now.

Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts and leave a review, rate, and subscribe!

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www.rainjphoenix.com

Mar 17 2020

55mins

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Rank #3: Portrait: Fitz and the Tantrums

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Sisters P and Michael Fitzpatrick discuss acceptance and how it pertains to control, opera music tuned all the way up + how all your dreams coming true can sometimes not be what you thought...especially if you don’t have anyone with whom you’re deeply connected to share them with. Tune in. Turn on. LaunchLeft!

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Dec 03 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #4: Linda Perry launches Willa Amai

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We are here every Tuesday and things keep getting more surreal… So much so that, after this wonderful Linda Perry conversation, we will be connecting with artists from home in an effort to keep us all safe during our creative discussions. This episode is “LaunchLeft BC” (Before Corona) and, it is nice to go back in time with Linda Perry! We love how she spends so much air time talking about her launched artist Willa Amai. You will hear more from Linda and her WE ARE HEAR creative partner Kerry Brown via youtube later in the week. Artists Helping Artists Helping Everybody! We want YOU at home to be part of the discussion, so please comment with questions for our guests! 

Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts and leave a review, rate, and subscribe!

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@LaunchLeft

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@LaunchLeft

Website

www.rainjphoenix.com

Mar 24 2020

56mins

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Rank #5: L7’s Donita Sparks launches Surfbort

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Rain & Summer sit down with the indomitable Ms. Sparks to talk art punks, heavy music, L7’s comeback record “scatter the rats”, eating with River Phoenix, early musical inspiration, an upcoming documentary, her Lou Reed cover band in blue and why she’s come back to bitch. Plus she shares about her launched artist Surfbort and why they win her vote.

Music:  Surfbort

"High Anxiety"

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Dec 10 2019

50mins

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Rank #6: Rufus Wainwright: Portrait / Launched Artist: Ane Diaz

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Rufus Wainwright: Portrait Launched Artist: Ane Diaz We begin Episode #33 with an honest and topical discussion with Mr. Wainwright, whose been sharing his music freely on social media for some time now. Since quarantine he has redoubled/tripled/quadrupled his efforts with his robe recitals daily! We get 22 glorious minutes with him to discuss the current affairs and how artists are engaging in the quarantine landscape. Then on to one of our favorite artists for many years Ms. Ane Diaz. The Venezuelan chanteuse and long time Phoenix Family friend let’s us in on her gardening tips, her early days in America, her love of music, + a surprise pop in by Devendra Banhart before she plays us a Venezuelan folk song. Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts.

Apr 07 2020

45mins

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Rank #7: Kathy Valentine launches The Beaches

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LaunchLeft welcomes Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s as she discusses her ups and downs as a touring musician, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bowie, The Police and The Rolling Stones and what it takes to be a female in a world class rock n’ roll ensemble. Kathy also gives us a vignette of her newly released memoir “All I Ever Wanted” and launches her favorite Toronto-based all girl band The Beaches!

Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts. #artistshelpingartists #LaunchLeftatHome

Apr 14 2020

40mins

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Rank #8: Maria Taylor launches Louis Schefano

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With a formidable career and devoted following that spans decades Maria Taylor takes the time during her busy record release schedule to shine a light on Louis Schefano via LaunchLeft. She shares about how Azure Ray came to be, her experiences on and off the road with Daniel Johnston, her time as a drummer in Conor Oberst's band, and most importantly her passion for helping other artists through her label collaboration Flower Moon Records. Bonus track, she and Louis play live in the studio and the conversation may or may not have cured her of her social anxiety too! Welcome to LaunchLeft Episode 13!

Music:  Maria Taylor and Louis Schefano

"If Only"

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Nov 26 2019

41mins

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Rank #9: TWO FOR TUESDAY 🎶🎶🎶 Beth Orton + Briston Maroney

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Aside from the letter B and music, what do Beth Orton and Briston Maroney have in common? Well, they're both on LaunchLeft this week for the podcast's first ever "Two for Tuesday" episode. First we'll hear from the incomparable Beth Orton about Mecury Rev, Bobbie Gentry and how music unexpectedly found her through the theatre. And then, Rain and Summer talk shop and launch Briston Maroney who shares about his passion for music, the importance of being kind, the joy of thrifting + he performs "Caroline" live in the studio. Doctor's orders...double up on your left-of-center artists this week!

Beth Orton Segment: Beginning - 34:18

Briston Maroney Segment: 34:18 - end

Music: Briston Maroney

"Caroline"

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Nov 19 2019

54mins

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Rank #10: Wayne Coyne Portrait + Launched Artist FUNKILLER

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Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne goes deep and head on with us into the universality of loss, grief, art and our shared humanity. Wayne says, “If you accept that the world is beautiful but it’s also brutal, what do you do about that? it’s up to us to put some light into it, put some love into it…” This wisdom and more in a conversation that bounces between the exultation of the mundane, painting, the middle way, helping, staying in the moment and the importance of impermanence. Deep cut, we get first hand story time about Yoshimi’s stream of consciousness origin story. The best possible palate cleanser? FUNKILLER’s new single “Divided Highway”, the second drop from the “Launched Artist Digital Singles” on LaunchLeft.

May 26 2020

57mins

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Rank #11: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: Portrait

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Join LaunchLeft in a very introspective conversation with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. How do we as artists adapt to these times? What can we do to inspire while also balancing our own anxieties? What led us to art? Will it comfort and ignite our inspiration? A deep 30 minutes before we showcase the bands highly inventive music video Phenom; a truly emblematic piece for these strange times!

May 19 2020

33mins

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Rank #12: Lucinda Williams Portrait + Launched Artist Capes

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Icon, rebel, legendary songwriter, artist and forward thinker Lucinda Williams joins the LaunchLeft conversation to discuss her new record, politics, finding her soul mate, and just plain ‘ol caring about people. She opens up about collaboration, songwriting, true love, the magical musical time she grew up in and the importance of music and poetry in her life. We close the episode with a 5 minute Q&A with Capes, LaunchLeft label’s first “launched artist” of 2020 + their beautiful first single “Looking Out For Me”.

May 12 2020

51mins

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Rank #13: Jack Black launches The Haden Triplets

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This week we welcome 1 half of Tenacious D and 100% of the one and only Jack Black. We dig deep into his fascinating and often hilarious mind touching upon his early musical influences and experiences that led him down the creative path. He also discusses the importance of being your authentic self and the things that allowed him to find his “own voice” in music and film. Joining the conversation is Jack’s launched artist, The Haden Triplets where we explore their unique formula of blood harmony. Strap yourself in for this truly meaningful conversation with these totally unique left-of-center beauties.

May 05 2020

1hr 8mins

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Rank #14: Bomba Estéreo launches Bastian Velasco!

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LaunchLeft welcomes Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo to talk about the power of nature and music through his travels from Afro-Colombian communities on the Pacific coast of Colombia to indigenous communities in the mountains as part of a new film project, Stand For Trees. Bastian Velasco won the global remix contest for the Stand For Trees teaser soundtrack and we close the show with Simón launching his song.


To listen to the full song visit LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts.

Apr 28 2020

43mins

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Rank #15: John Cameron Mitchell launches Sob Sister

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The conversation travels far and wide with actor/director/writer/playwright and friend of LaunchLeft John Cameron Mitchell while he’s quarantining in Palm Desert. Art, theatre, music, sex, film and humanity -- AIDS, MacGayver auditions, drag queens and non-essential oils- it all gets covered in just over 40 minutes! Sob Sister pops in to close the show.


Find us at www.LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts. #LaunchLeftatHome #LaunchLeft  #Podcast #artistshelpingartists #johncameronmitchell

Apr 21 2020

40mins

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Rank #16: Portrait : The Garden

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As luck would have it this conversation was had in the gap between touring and a new record for The Garden. Relaxed and near silly at times the OC twins share about peanut butter, punk rock, fashion by accident and more with Rain and Summer. Do yourselves a favor and catch them on tour/listen to their new single “clench to stay awake” on Spotify. Fletcher and Wyatt are true originals.

Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts and leave a review, rate, and subscribe!

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@LaunchLeft

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@LaunchLeft

Website

www.rainjphoenix.com

Mar 10 2020

35mins

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Rank #17: Business portrait: Lisa Roth

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Lisa Roth may have been uncertain of what she wanted to be when she grew up- but, her willingness to show up helped to build her incredible success! The ever humble dancer turned nutritionist turned visionary behind the rockabye baby album franchise shows us how simple people skills can pave the way toward entrepreneurship. She candidly opens up about her journey, her artist family and how it’s important to just show up, put one foot in front of the other and JUMP! Pun intended.

Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts and leave a review, rate, and subscribe!

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TWITTER

@LaunchLeft

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Website

www.rainjphoenix.com

Mar 03 2020

36mins

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Rank #18: Gruff Rhys launches Bitw

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LaunchLeft is obsessed with Gruff’s new record “Pang!” and we think you will be too. Pang! Experience the wealth of welsh music when Gruff launches artist Bitw and talks about the sunshine in Wales. Pang! This episode is a gentle conversation between a few super furry left-of-center animals and we hope it makes you joyful. Pang! Happy listening.

Rate, subscribe and comment wherever you podcast or watch the episodes on LaunchLeft.com

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@LaunchLeft

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@LaunchLeft

Website

www.rainjphoenix.com

Feb 25 2020

50mins

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Rank #19: Two for Tuesday: Devotchka & Frank Locrasto

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Sometimes there’s a plan A, no plan B, and miraculously plan A works! Such is the case with Nick’s story, part 1 of this “Two for Tuesday” episode. We think it should be called “advice for the left-of-center artist” cause it's chock full of inspirational moments and chance meetings that led Nick toward his dream but- it’s not all puppies and flowers…the conversation also covered the ups, downs and near-critical moments that shaped Devotchka. Then, sought after touring musician Frank Locrasto shares about his solo instrumental record for part 2 of this episode. Rain and Summer insist they both also answer the three important questions… Why music? Who are listening to? & What’s your form of activism?

Rate, subscribe and comment wherever you podcast or watch the episodes on LaunchLeft.com

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Website

www.rainjphoenix.com

Feb 18 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: Portrait: Margaret Cho

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Sisters Phoenix welcome the incredible multi-platform artist, super activist and comedian Margaret Cho to the podcast. Never a lull in the conversation they cover a lot of ground and there are more than a few good one-liners too. Fierce and unapologetic Margaret is the perfect example of a left-of-center artist who created her own groove in the world of entertainment and successfully inspired others to do the same. Listen, rate, comment and subscribe- join the conversation!

Find us at LaunchLeft.com or wherever you hear podcasts

LAUNCHLEFT OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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TWITTER

@LaunchLeft

INSTAGRAM

@LaunchLeft

Website

www.rainjphoenix.com

Feb 11 2020

42mins

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