Rank #1: Ep. 59 - John Andrew Frederick of The Black Watch
The Black Watch has been making records since 1988. Their upcoming album "Brilliant Failures" will be released in Jan. 2020. The band also released "The Completed Works 1988-2019," a USB of the their total catalogue out on ATOM Records (atomrecords.com). Frederick is the author of the novel "The King of Good Intentions" and a book analyzing Wes Anderson's early films called "Fucking Innocent," among other books. He's also an artist, primarily creating abstract paintings of classic book covers. For more about John Andrew Frederick, visit his website: http://johnandrewfredrick.com.
Nov 30 2019
Rank #2: Episode 42 - Joe Cardamone
Joe Cardamone's newest project is a collection of mesmerizing, raw and gritty songs and videos called Holy War. Joe, who previously fronted The Icarus Line, is featured in the film The Icarus Line Must Die, which he wrote with director Michael Grodner. Joe's also part of American Primitive (americanprimitive.org), an L.A.-based cultural creative house and recording studio. This interview was recorded at his Burbank studio, Valley Recording Co. (valleyrecordingcompany.com).
Feb 11 2019
Rank #4: Episode 21: Author Nora Olsen
Nora Olsen is the author of Y.A. books, such as "Frenemy of the People," "Swans and Klons," "Maxine Wore Black," and "The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World." Her books have LGBTQ protagonists and are often in the sci-fi genre. "I wanted to write fun books that anyone can enjoy, but I especially wanted LGBTQ teens to be able to see themselves in my books, and know that they can have magical powers and spaceships just like all the other kids," Olsen writes. To learn more about Nora Olsen and her work, visit noraolsen.com.
Apr 23 2018
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Rank #5: Episode 20: Barry Mangione of Blue Alien Mystic
Barry Mangione is vocalist and guitarist for the alt-rock fusion band Blue Alien Mystic. He's also a UFO enthusiast and spiritual being, which plays into the band's theme. Blue Alien Mystic has a new album called "The Universe is Mental," which is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and other major streaming platforms. Blue Alien Mystic has upcoming shows throughout the Hudson Valley. To find out when the band is playing near you, visit their website at bluealienmystic.com.
Apr 09 2018
Rank #7: #65 - Victor Pablo Acero
Victor Pablo Acero is co-founder and executive director of the Council of the Penn Society for Psychedelic Science. He’s also a University of Pennsylvania bioengineering Ph.D. student.
Mar 17 2020
Rank #8: #64 - Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Bitcoin advocate and tech entrepreneur Andreas M. Antonopoulos is author of books like Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum and The Internet of Money. He also hosts the Let's Talk Bitcoin and Unscrypted podcasts. Visit his website https://aantonop.com and Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/aantonop) for more.
Mar 05 2020
Rank #9: Episode 19: Comedian Ryan DeNisco
Ryan DeNisco is an incredibly funny comedian from the Slate Hill area of Orange County, N.Y. He’s toured with SNL cast member Chris Kattan and performs regularly in the Hudson Valley. To learn more about Ryan and find out when he’s performing near you, visit his website (www.ryanscomedy.com). He’s also part of a group called More Than Jokes (www.morethanjokes.com), which largely sets up comedy events with the goal of raising money for those in need of help paying for medical bills.
Mar 19 2018
Rank #10: Ep. 61 John McGrail, Hypnotherapist
John McGrail is a hypnotherapist based in L.A. He's the author of "The Synthesis Effect." McGrail has a certification in clinical hypnotherapy from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute and a Ph.D. in Clinical Hypnotherapy from Breyer State University For more, visit his website: https://drjohnmcgrail.com.
Jan 27 2020
Rank #11: Episode 41 - Shereen Kassam, Comedian, Podcaster, Speaker
Shereen Kassam is a comedian, speaker and hosts Creative Breakthrough, a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Kassam, a finalist in both HBO's 2017 Wings Competition and Florida's Funniest Female competition, has opened for comedians Arsenio Hall, Carlos Mencia and others. To learn more about Shereen visit her website funnybrowngirl.com.
Feb 04 2019
Rank #12: #45 - Annie Hardy
You might know Annie Hardy from her previous band Giant Drag. Her most recent album is called Rules, a joint release from the Full Psycho and American Primitive labels. Annie hosts Band Car, Periscope's "no. 1 improvised music show from a moving vehicle," and the Empath of Least Resistance podcast. Catch her at Redwood Bar in Downtown L.A. on March 15 with Jesika von Rabbit and on March 22 for the Full Psycho Records relaunch. To check out some of Annie's new music and projects, visit her Patreon page.
Mar 07 2019
Rank #13: #71 - Annie Hardy (the sequel)
You might know my guest Annie Hardy as leader singer/guitarist of the band Giant Drag. Check out her latest solo record "Saves," out now. Annie also hosts the Empath of Least Resistance podcast, as well as "Periscope’s no. 1 live improvised music broadcast from a moving vehicle show," Band Car. For more visit Annie's Patreon page.
May 07 2020
Rank #14: #69 - Chris Embree
Chris Embree is one of my best friends who's got a hilarious and interesting view of the world. We mull over the coronavirus pandemic and various conspiracy theories in this episode while having a few beers. Embree's wife, Melissa, also makes an appearance. The connection's spotty, so bear with us...
Apr 20 2020
Rank #15: #66 - Malia Jones
Malia Jones, assistant scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory, is an expert on population health science. She wrote the viral article "What I think about COVID-19 this morning" and "A Kids Book About COVID-19," both free to download. Ask Malia and her colleagues questions and learn about the coronavirus on Facebook (@dearpandemic) and Instagram (@dear_pandemic).
Mar 19 2020
Rank #16: #54 - Travis Keller of American Primitive, Buddyhead
Travis Keller is part of the creative collective American Primitive (americanprimitive.org). In the late 90s, he founded the controversial and groundbreaking music webzine Buddyhead (now defunct), as well as an independent music label with the same name. Keller is also a photographer and skateboarder.
Jul 30 2019
Rank #17: #53 Craig Hammill of Secret Movie Club
Craig Hammill is founder of Secret Movie Club, which shows movies on 35mm film at amazing theaters in Los Angeles, primarily at the legendary Vista on Sunset Boulevard. For a list of upcoming screenings, check out the club's calendar: https://bit.ly/2JOZ3rl.
Jul 17 2019
Rank #18: Episode 51 - FireBug
FireBug is the Joshua Tree-based duo of Juliette Tworsey (vocals) and Jules Shapiro (guitar). The band's most recent album Wandering Soul, out on Spectra Records, was co-produced by Chris Goss of Masters of Reality and partially recorded at renowned studio Rancho de la Luna. Catch FireBug Saturday, June 1 at Redwood Bar in downtown L.A. For more info visit firebugmusic.com.
May 29 2019
Rank #19: Episode 49 - Snowball ii
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Rank #20: #47 - Keven Brennan, Musician, Artist, Poet
Keven Brennan operates the production company, indie label and recording studio f.Boo Music (fboo.com). Brennan's albums include Beatnik Gumbo, Stand in the Light, God is a Mighty Gourd and others. He's played and recorded with iconic punk band Dwarves, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and others. Brennan's art, along with work from Juanita Dias Costa, will be featured at Tulu Gallery (5051 E. 3rd St., Suite 102A) for an exhibit called Re-Xistencia Re-Xistance. Opening reception: Saturday, March 23. 5:30-9:30.
Mar 21 2019