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Conversations With Dwyer

Conversations With Matt Dwyer is a music podcast that focuses on the lives and work of legendary, established and emerging new artists. The interviews are not your typical Q&A format but an unfolding organic conversation that shines a light on the lesser explored corners of an artist's work, life, triumphs and challenges. Some past guests included Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Van Dyke Parks, Lou Barlow, Donita Sparks of L7, Boots Riley and Jenn Wassner of Wye Oak/Flock Of Dimes. Conversations With Dwyer was also the catalyst for John Lurie selling his series "Painting With John," to HBO. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Danny Bland, Author

One of CWMD most popular guests Danny Bland returns to CWMD to talk about his collaboration with Greg Dulli, I Apologize For The Awful Things I'm Gonna Do. Dwyer joins Danny Bland in a dark hotel in Hollywood to talk about developing a criminal mind, The Black Panthers, being a man and of course working with the great Greg Dulli See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 11mins

23 Sep 2014

Rank #1

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Ryan Sambol - Singer/Songwriter - The Strange Boys

Ryan Sambol was the frontman and songwriter for The Strange Boys. The band quickly gained respect and success playing festivals, touring with such notable bands as Spoon and The Black Lips. Ryan joins CWMD to discuss how the band found its unique sound, experiencing success at a young age, the hard times he fell on after the band's break up, and the new music he is currently creating. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Ross Flournoy - Singer Songwriter

Ross Flournoy is the frontman for the bands The Broken West and Apex Manor. He joins Dwyer in a candid conversation about how touring is hell on earth, bottoming out on booze, and how he had to relearn how to write music without the crutch of liquor. They also reminisce about the L.A. music/comedy scene circa 2005 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Drew Ackerman Aka Dearest Scooter - Sleep With Me Podcast

Drew Ackerman aka Dearest Scooter is the creator and host of the genius Sleep With Me podcast. A show he created to help people with insomnia, anxiety and various other sleep issues drift off to slumberland. Drew and Matt have an honest and one of the funniest conversations in the show's history. They explore what lead Drew to the idea, struggling to find a meaningful path in life and the day he saw his reflection in the mirror and knew he needed to get his act together. Drew is a brilliant and hilarious force. This is a great episode. Enjoy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 4mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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David Yow

David Yow is the intense and legendary front man for the band Jesus Lizard and other groups like Scratch Acid. After a lifelong adoration, Matt Dwyer sits down with an idol of his and we learn about Yow's art, brief stint in stand up comedy and hear a rare commercial audition Yow did as the Aflac Duck. Visit DavidYow.net to see his incredible visual art and to learn more about 'Get Faced.' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59mins

6 Jun 2012

Rank #5

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Luis J. Rodriguez - Former Gang member turned Author, Journalist & Poet laureate of Los Angeles

Luis J. Rodriguez is a former gang member turned author, journalist and poet laureate of Los Angeles. He joins CWMD to discuss how his parents would have rather him stay in the streets than become a writer, the struggle to find his voice, labor movements, the working class side Los Angeles no one knows, the similarities between Chicago and LA writers and much much more. Check out his websites: www.luisjrodriguez.comwww.tiachucha.org and his podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hummingbird-cricket-hour/id1381254966?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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Jerry Stahl,Author II

The legendary Jerry Stahl returns for his monthly visit with Dwyer to discuss herpes, climate change, smoking crack with Oprah, Oscar Levant and the depressions of writing a memoir. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

1 Oct 2014

Rank #7

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Margolin & Lawrence

Margolin & Lawrence (lasdopestattorney.com) are criminal defense attorneys, they specialize in defending the rights of those imprisoned for marijuana offenses. For a detailed overview of their cause or in need of a free consultation, visit lasdopestattorney.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 14mins

30 May 2012

Rank #8

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John Lurie - Actor/Musician/Composer/Artist

John Lurie is the true definition of a Renaissance man. He's starred in films such as Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law, created innovative and influential music acts The Lounge Lizards and Marvin Pontiac, wrote, directed and hosted, "Fishing With John," and is a brilliant painter. He joins CWMD to discuss his new project, "Painting With John," and his new upcoming book. John and Matt also discuss, his creative process, and how the apostles may have just been like Mike Pence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Christian Picciolini - Reformed Nazi Skinhead, Author and Anti-Extremist Activist

Christian Picciolini is a former Chicago Nazi Skinhead. His book White American Youth is the story of his tale about being pulled into the extremist lifestyle and how he got out. His new book Breaking Hate explores the lives of various people trapped within extremism and how he helps them escape. Christian joins Matt Dwyer to discuss his former life as a Nazi skinhead leader how his past haunts him, and how the current how the Alt-Right Movement operates. Christian and Matt are also from Chicago and discuss deep dish pizza, Italian Beef sandwiches and the cities politicians. To further explore Mr. Picciolini and his work go to his website. https://www.christianpicciolini.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 6mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Singer/Songwriter/Legend

Jimmie Dale Gilmore is a music legend. With Joe Ely and Butch Hancock he founded the highly influential Flatlanders. Jimmie joins CWMD to talk about his music beginnings, leaving the business for spiritual pursuits, his return to Country and his work with the great Dave Alvin. Jimmie Dale Gilmore is a one of a kind. Check out his website: https://jimmiedalegilmore.com/Opening Music: "Dallas," by Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the FlatlandersConsulting Producer: Dustin MarshallTechnical Shit (and not always well) Matt DwyerSpecial Thanks To: Kelly, Maebe & Tillie. Welcome to the world Tillie!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

27 May 2020

Rank #11

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Alie Ward - Ologies

Alie Ward hosts one of the most popular science podcasts in the world Ologies. She joins CMWD to discuss battling anxiety, her journey from journalist, to actor, to painter to podcast hero. She also drops some science on Covid-19 and how to handle science deniers. It's a real honor to have Ms. Ward on the show. She's funny, warm, curious and damned funny. Listen to Ologies here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ologies-with-alie-ward/id1278815517SHOW NOTES:Theme Song: "Turn Your Head" by Ken Vandermark 21st Mobile Ascap. Consulting Producer: Dustin MarshallAll Technical Bullshit: Matt Dwyer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 31mins

20 May 2020

Rank #12

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Rabbi Allen Secher - Civil Rights Activist

Allen Secher has incredible stories. He was a Freedom Rider, thrown in packed dirty jails, and was there for the St. Augustine Pool Incident. and still fights for civil rights today. Allen his tales with a quick wit and blunt truth. It's a riveting tale and a great slice of history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

13 May 2020

Rank #13

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Danny Bland - Author, Poet, Tour Manager, Cool Guy

Danny Bland joins CWMD for the third time to discuss his new book, We Shouldn't Be Doing This. Danny and Dwyer also talk about the art of haiku poetry, how some believe he has desecrated the form and life on the road. Mr. Bland also deconstructs the the art of the fart joke. Purchase Danny's book here: https://revolutionartshop.com/Danny Bland can be followed on twitter at: @mrdannybland See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

5 May 2020

Rank #14

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Honus Honus AKA Ryan Kattner - Man Man

Ryan Kattner aka Honus Honus has been the long time creative force behind the critically acclaimed band, Man Man. He joins CWMD to discuss his first Man Man album in seven years, how it felt to have his band taken away from him, and getting amnesia after every album and how he has to learn how to write music again. The new Man Man album 'Dream Hunting in the Valley of the Between' will be released May 1st on Sub Pop Records. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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Donna Jay Fulks - Voiceover Actor

Donna Jay Fulks is one of the most successful voiceover actresses workin today. She joins CWMD to talk about the misconceptions about the field, how agism and sexism can play even when audiences will only hear your voice, challenging yourself and the work ethic of Chicagoans. Donna is a charming and funny and her insights into the business are engaging and insightful. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Amy Dresner - My Fair Junkie

Author of, “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean," Amy Dresner joins CWMD to discuss her sex and drug addiction, working on chain gangs, growing up in Beverly Hills and the pain one must endure to be an honest writer. Elle magazine compared Dresner’s darkly comic memoir to Carrie Fisher’s “Postcards from the Edge” and Mary Karr’s “Lit,” calling Dresner’s book “one for the ages.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Gregg Deal Indigenous Artist & Activist

Indigenous artist and activist Gregg Deal joins CWMD in a engaging and eye opening discussion about being a truthful artist without gimmicks, how the federal government had outlawed the ceremonies and rituals of indigenous people, the expectations put on his people by western culture and how the various nations view Elizabeth Warren's and other people's claims of Native American Status. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

26 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Kenneth E. Hartman - Author and Prison Activist

At age nineteen Kenneth E. Hartman was sentenced to life without parole for accidentally killing a man in a drunken street fight. His book Mother California is about is time in prison, finding love and becoming reformed. He joins CWMD to discuss life in prison, freedom, and the future of our prison system. Mr. Hartman is a captivating man with a lot to share. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Neil Steinberg - Author, Columnist Journalist

Neil sits down with Matt to talk about his recent book, Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery. Neil talks about addiction, literature and the splendor of Chicago. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

2 Jun 2017

Rank #20