Episode 56: Mark Ibold (Pavement, Sonic Youth)

Mark Ibold has been a part of a few things in my life that I hold very dear. First, he was the bass player in Pavement. Easily one of the most unique bands of the last 25 years and one of my favorite bands ever. Secondly, he is a bartender at the Great Jones Cafe in NYC. Its a place that I go regularly and have had countless memorable days and nights in. There is something incredibly magical about the Great Jones and Marc and the rest of the staff play a big part of why that is.

I’ve wanted to get Mark on the podcast for a long time. I’ve seen him around for years but it was until a few months ago that I let him know that I was a huge fan and I really wanted to sit down and talk for this show. He agreed to do it and we had a fantastic conversation. I’m not really sure what I thought talking to him in this context would be like, but it greatly exceeded my expectations. This was a lot of fun and he is a great guy. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did.

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Episode 55: Gabe Wilhelm (Raccoon Fighter)

I’ve known Gabe Wilhelm for almost a decade. We played in a band together for a while and have had countless conversations about music and art of all kinds. He, more than almost anyone, changed the way I approach playing music. After not seeing him for years, we reconnected in Savannah a few months ago and I thought he would be a great guest on the podcast. All of the music in today’s episode are songs sung and played by Gabe (we threw in one obscure cover). I decided at the last minute not to put any Gilgongo on this one and focus more on the songs we recorded for the podcast specifically. Hope you dig it.

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Episode 54: No need for therapy, Donnie.

This week’s guest is me. Catching you up on some recent hilarity. Rawk.

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My Musical Disconnect-by Michael Marsicano

Michael Marsicano is an illustrator and frequent guest on our podcast. This is a post he wrote a few days ago about his current relationship with music. Check our his work at http://mmillo.com/

 

There was a time in my life that was completely immersed in music.  I listened to songs repeatedly – zeroing in on individual instruments.   I relentlessly played guitar and jammed at open mics.  Concerts were a common and deeply-appreciated event.  Always on the hunt for new and fresh music – I feverishly collected tapes, albums, cds and dvds.  But over the past decade this enthusiasm has considerably waned.  Music in general, which once took up a sizable portion of my time and attention, has receded into a much smaller part of my soul.  The filter that aggregates my personal soundtrack has become significantly tighter causing many universally-adored new artists to sound lack-luster to me.   And while the rest of the world frolics through the pulsing garden of today’s newest musicians, I can be found apathetically reclining under the dense shade of my old standbys and their satellite contemporaries.

I’m well-aware that most people will identify this as an aging hipster longing for a time when music had a certain “purity” but I think that my musical apathy is more of a by-product of the passage of time.

As I steadily (yet gracefully, might I add) age, my life also grows more complex.  Music, for most people is a kind of atmospheric mirror which we employ to evoke or heighten a moment.  There is the album you put on when you go to the beach.  There is a song you listen to when you are joyously wallowing in a breakup.  There’s that one artist you only listen to during that first hint of autumn.  When I was living in a simpler time, the music I was discovering amplified the euphoria of possibility.  Each note seemed to be a metaphor for the rolling horizon of my life.

When I was twenty I personally discovered James Brown Live At The Apollo II – a double cd that fundamentally changed the trajectory of my musical tastes.  And I was absolutely dumbfounded by the cool indifference it met from my father, a deep lover of black music.  To me – this new album illuminated a part of me that had been lying dormant for twenty years.  To my father – it was just an album that he heard twenty years earlier.  Perhaps this is the very reason why it’s all the more difficult for new music to hook me so deeply today.  Music was life because life was a party.  And nowadays the party is followed by an early morning rise.

I suppose this is what maturity looks like.  No longer fascinated by the amplification of Me, my ego has descended to a more manageable altitude and I have accepted the fact that everything new eventually becomes old.  For years, music was mostly a proxy for “the good times”.  I was never really a serious player so I don’t feel any sorrow at the fact that music resonates within my soul at a much lower frequency.  Despite the forlorn nature of these statements, I’ve actually found my diminished obsession with music comforting.  Instead, I’ve spent these past several years turning my undivided attention towards creating imagery and storytelling.  And despite the consistent vacillating between self-consciousness and confidence that most working artists endure, the boost in output has been a personal and professional godsend.

Trading up one obsession for another – nowadays I spend most of my work time voraciously taking in podcasts.  Whether it is ruminations on economic theory or a couple of comedians making dick jokes, I can’t get enough of the chatter. You would think that with my extensive trove of mp4’s I could easily find a soundtrack for whatever is on the drawing table.

Episode 50: Catfish

Today’s guest is Catfish. Catfish would never want to admit this because he is a humble dude, but he is a bit of a legend in Savannah. He won lifetime tickets to see their minor league baseball team by sleeping in the stadium for over a week, he played Tommy Ramone in the CBGB’s movie, he was a bartender at Pinky Masters (arguably one of the most legendary bars in America) and thats just the tip of the iceberg that is Catfish. He is an incredibly gracious individual and I was honored to have him on the podcast. Very rarely in life do you run across truly genuine people who appreciate the world they live in, and he is one of them. Dig it.

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Episode 48: Those Overrated Beatles

The Beatles are a band that have had a significant impact on many music lovers lives. However, every so often you run into folks who think that they get too much credit and are drastically overrated.  This is a discussion with my friend Jeff who is of that mindset. Its an interesting discussion about a band that changed the world by two guys who werent there when it happened. So you know, the first ten minutes of our talk we are geeking out about books that we love. Jeff is a witty fellow and we had a great discussion. Hope that you dig it.

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Episode 47: Winter Mix

Happy New Year everybody! In this episode, I fly solo to give you a delectable winter mix. I’ve mentioned before that I love making mixes for people, so these are some things that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. Most of it is older stuff, but it all packs quite a punch. Hope you like it.

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