Rank #1: Ep169: John Hyman On The Quarter, Krewe Du Vieux, WWOZ, Ronnie Virgets, Jon Cleary & Dave Bartholomew
Iconic New Orleanian John Hyman joins the show and talks about moving to the French Quarter in the mid-70s, hustling gigs, settling into a lifetime of downtown New Orleans living and music. John talks about his involvement with Krewe Du Vieux & WWOZ, and we talk about some of the legendary musicians we’ve lost as of late. Plus we get into the merits of a living street culture vs. museum life. Thanks for tuning in, sharing, subscribing!
Rank #2: Ep130: John McCain’s Legacy, Pop Culture Politics & Blackkklansman
We look at the realities of John McCain’s political life and get into all things under the sun in the current political climate and related media and pop culture coverage.
Rank #3: Ep120,Pt1: Rest In Peace Reverend Goat Carson With George Ingmire And David Leslie
Rest In Peace, The Reverend Goat Carson. In the first part of a two-episode tribute and in memoriam to the Reverend Goat, we welcome George Ingmire and David Leslie on the show, with a mid-show addition of Michael 'Fuzz' Kohn, and Dave Clements towards the end of part one. Much love to Goat, and to everyone who is mourning his passing.
Rank #4: Ep110,Pt1: No Episode Title Is Apt To Describe A Tricentennial Storyville Ham Kick At Pal's + Happy Bday To Geoff
Y'all... It's a Ham Kick Tricentennial celebration at Pal's Lounge with Geoff Douville, Derrick Freeman & Miss Deanie Dueling Birthdays. It was like 1950s theatrical radio. It was stupendously stupid fun. Please tune in, share, and subscribe.
As always, liner notes from millennial producer Spencer everybody...
Episode 110 (7:18)
Were recording live from Pal’s Lounge (0:01)
Mo’s history lesson of the hamkick (0:06)
The Gentleman’s Blue Book (0:14)
Chuck’s custom cut ices (0:19)
All the birthdays (0:25)
New Orleans Tricentennial
The Blue Book
Melt New Orleans
Rank #5: Ep101: Michael Patrick Welch On Mitch Landrieu, Baton Rouge & Figuring Out Facebook
In the best episode since our 100th, Michael Patrick Welch joins us to talk about professionally staged wrestling, pigmentation issues, social media, and our Mayor Mitch. MPW is a delight. Enjoy and thanks for listening.
Rank #6: RIP Art Neville. With Heavy Hearts, A Rerun (Ep44) Conversation About The Neville Brothers’ Yellow Moon Album With Patrick Clifford
A/R Man Patrick Clifford joined us at Bonnaroo in 2017 and talked about his pops & poppa funk Art Neville and the Neville Brothers. It’s a good listen about Patrick’s relationship with the brothers and work on the Yellow Moon album. RIP Art and bless the Meters.
Rank #7: [rerun episode] Walter 'Wolfman' Washington Joins Geoff's Birthday At Pal's Lounge (original airdate 5/17/17)
Hi everybody... it's a rerun episode from Geoff's birthday recording at Pal's and a drop in from Walter 'Wolfman' Washington. Happy Jazz Fest and thanks for listening.
Rank #8: Ep113: Ivan 'Lil Homie' Solomon Joins On Pod Priming, Rant Of The Week, DOW Retraction & A Call To Spence
Hey everybody... happy to have Ivan Solomon aka LIl Homie on the pod to defend his good character. And we call Spencer doing stand up in St. Louis! Listen, enjoy, share, subscribe. And thanks!
Liner notes NOT from Spencer everybody…
00:- :17 Housekeeping with an Amsterdam Phillip Jazz Fest recap, plus how to give pod listening tutorials (self-indulgent)
17: - :28 Lil Homie Rant of the Week
:34 - 43: A lil Homie Dog Out of Week Retraction
43:- 46 Sponsor Us!
:46- end We call Spencer in St. Louis
Rank #9: Ep135: Chris Lane On Regional & Local Economic Politics Plus New Orleans' Cheap Date Guide
Entertainer Chris Lane returns to the show. We begin discussing the awkward dynamics of public exercising in City Park, before striking a more serious tone on national politics while drilling down to Louisiana’s economic place in the union and the world. We end the show on New Orleans Cheap Date Guide, harking back to a time where Lagniappe existed in spades, and one routinely connected with new people in the physical space.
Rank #10: [rerun episode] The Jazz Fest Origin Story Of Cousin Andy, Jedo & Spencer's First Show (original airdate 5/03/17)
Hi everybody... it's a Rerun episode featuring the OG Cousin Andy Jazz Fest Story, the first show for producer Spencer, Lil Homey of course, a sublime Jedo and much much more... It's all about Jazz Fest everybody... have fun out there this weekend!
Rank #11: Ep112: Alexandra Scott On Her Farewell For Now Show At The Mint
Hi everbody... no millennial producer tonight, but a wonderful & thoughtful conversation with artist Alexandra Scott. Please listen, and if you like, share.
Rank #12: Ep126: Trump, Russia, The Dems & The Burners, And The Mid-Terms
It's Just Us Chickens speculating if Trump is finally running out of any rope, and his desperate gas lighting. Plus we talk the present and future of the democratic party.
Rank #13: Ep124: Sue Zemanick On New & Past Ventures, Octopus, Top Chef Masters & Coal Mining Country To NOLA
New Orleans Chef & James Beard award winner, Sue Zemanick, joins the show to talk about her latest venture and her journey to get to this point. We talk Top Chef Masters, the pros and cons of pop-ups, the elevation of Israeli cuisine, and how a coal mining town kid from Pennsylvania gets to culinary school in NYC, and then finds here way to New Orleans. Sue is a delight and unabashedly flirts with producer Spencer throughout. This episode immediately jumps to one of our best shows. Listen... enjoy... share!
Rank #14: Ep119: Musician & Siberia Lounge Owner Luke Spurr Allen Joins The Show
Luke Spurr Allen on some of his first jobs working in Alaska, and how he came to live in New Orleans. We clear up a rumor about Luke’s past, talk TV, political corruption and suicide in an episode that digresses down rabbit holes even more than usual.
Luke Spurr Allen joins the pod (0:01)
Corrupt politicians (0:08)
TV Talk: Arrested Development and Battlestar Galactica (0:16)
Origin Stories: Luke Spurr Allen (0:25)
The Branch Davidians (0:28)
Killing yourself to live (0:33)
Maximum Overdrive (0:39)
Rank #15: PODKIVE 9,Pt1: Our First Show From April 2012 On Going Bottomless, The Crescent City Classic & Spring Fever
As we teased and promised on the 100th episode of the podcast this week, here is the first ever recording Geoff and Joel produced in the previous iteration of It's A Good Life, Babe. Those were never posted to podcast distributors and apps, so we occasionally post them here as a Podkive. In this nascent episode, we get into Ikea, bottomless strip clubs, running for Mayor and new New Orleanians projecting onto their new habitat. Plus there is a dose of soft science on 'Spring Fever' as it relates to masturbation. We had no guests, no millennial producer, and not much of a filter.
It's no accident we're posting during the Friday pm news dump.
Rank #16: Ep121: 4th Of July Episode... Timely & Extemporaneously, It Gets A Little Dark + A Generational Breakdown
It's Just Geoff & Joel sans producer and guest. With no pre-production notes, we do what makes us friends. We shoot the shit, and it's gets a little dark regarding the state of New Orleans. And we break down the generational name tags.
Rank #17: Ep110,Pt2: Dirty Dancing Ham Kick Live From Pal's. Nothing else to say.
Hi everybody... it's Part Two of the special Ham Kick remote recording from Pal's. It super duper cute and frivolous. Please tune in, and if you like, share. And subscribe!
As always, liner notes from producer Spence everybody...
Part 2 (8:38)
Ham kick/Dirty Dancing trials (0:01)
Mo’s favorite ham kick: Our Hamkick (0:04)
Portland accents (0:07)
Harrison kicks the shit out the ham (0:21)
Let the Ham kick playoff begin (0:27)
Rank #18: Ep160: Dwight Norton On New Orleans’ Insect Seasons, Flooding & Water Management Plus Bicycling Advocacy
Dwight Norton joins the show, formerly of the Landrieu administration who helped usher in the Blue Bikes bike share program in New Orleans. We first get side tracked by fruit flies & other New Orleans seasonal insects, and talk about the recent rain flooding and water management in general. None of this sounds funny, but we managed to have a lot of laughs. Great guest. Thanks for listening, sharing, subscribing!
Rank #19: Ep105: James Andrews On His Fats Domino Tribute Album, The NBA Per Pistol Pete, NOLA Street Culture, Jazz Fest & Europe
What a pleasure to have James Andrews on the show. It's a bucket list. As always liner notes from producer Spencer everybody...
James Andrews joins the podcast (0:01)
A tribute to Fats Domino (0:09)
Playing the Super Bowl of jazz (0:19)
The next generation of musicians (0:24)
The Musician’s Clinic (0:30)
Interviews at the grandstand (0:34)
Crescent City All-Stars
Screen Printed Unlimited
Olivia Newton John
The Second Line
Ooh Poo Pah Doo
Walter Wolfman Washington
Lil Freddie King
Louisiana Music Factory
Jazz in the Park
Rank #20: PODKIVE 9,Pt2: Tales Of JackAssery From The Very First 2012 Show On Off Shore Rigs & Train Tracks
As we teased and promised on the 100th episode of the podcast this week, here is the first ever recording Geoff and Joel produced in the previous iteration of It's A Good Life, Babe. Those were never posted to podcast distributors and apps, so we occasionally post them here as a Podkive. In this nascent episode, and the first ever 'part two', we get into pissing and shatting oneself, the Radiators in Vegas, plus train tracks in Flagstaff & chilling stories from working off-shore.
We had no guests, no millennial producer, and not much of a filter. It's no accident we're posting during the Friday pm news dump.