The Sal and Angelo Podcast Episode 53 w/ Joe Tobin. Download Link: Here.
[Sorry no Angelo. Two East Coast raised, Bay Area comedians talk about the traditionally less passionate San Francisco sports fans, comedy club hierarchy, and debate which season of the Simpsons was the best. Also, Godfather.]
The Champs featuring Neil Brennan, Moshe Kasher and DJ Dougpound. Episode 1. Jerrod Carmichael. Download Link: Here.
[This goof troop of comedic entities features a very cool mixture of radio deconstruction, absurdly offensive riffing and clumsy maneuvering through the Caverns of Political Correctness. All in all, the show is in good fun and sincerity. Favorite Quote This Episode: “This Ain’t Tuesday Muthafucka!”]
“I really feel like we as men could benefit from the metric system because while 6 1/2 inches doesn’t sound so impressive in the standard world, in the metric world that’s 17.95 cm. That sounds amazing!”—Jose Gaitan Rueda @ The 4th Wall
A couple of months ago I conducted a correspondence interview with musician Nate Heller. Nate is the current front man of band She Beards whom will be performing at Bottom of the Hill this Thursday (8/25) alongside Wave Array and Lucky Jesus. More information on that event is available: here.
Technically the interview is destined for “Antithesis Comedy" in the near future, but in the meantime we present a section as a preview of what’s to come. Also featured is a selection from She Beard’s latest EP. Enjoy after the jump.
What was your first favorite band and what band shaped your current appreciation for music?
I’ve always loved music - family holidays usually saw us crowded around the piano with mom playing and everyone singing along. Our mom and dad were pretty instrumental in us kids’ desire to be creative. Mom was especially encouraging (or forceful?). She really wanted me to be able to read music and be able to sing, which I will reluctantly admit that piano lessons and boys chorus helped immensely with.
But like most kids, I think I really started to become opinionated and devoted to bands around age eleven or twelve. Weird Al was the first CD that I owned, but when puberty hit I started having more “serious” feelings about music.
I had an unhealthy obsession with Smashing Pumpkins, but I also loved Green Day, Weezer and Jimi Hendrix. This was also around the time that I convinced dad to buy me an electric guitar unbeknownst to mom, and soon she stopped insisting that I stay in piano lessons and I switched to guitar.
What defines you most: are you a musician, a producer, a songwriter, a hybrid or something else completely?
Wow, that’s a tough question. I definitely don’t think of myself as a musician primarily. Whenever I play music with really good musicians who are classically trained, or just practice a lot, I realize that my I just don’t have the chops they do. I love to produce music and write songs, and I think my biggest strength as a producer and musician is being able to listen to a piece of music as a whole and add or subtract elements based on what the song needs.
I guess I like to think that I am part of a newer generation of artists who can do everything themselves - It’s really easy to set up a studio in your house, compose a beat, add some instruments and write vocals these days. Going into the studio even when I first started playing in bands was a much more expensive and time-consuming process. Now, from my home studio, I am able to produce mashups, full band recordings, music for TV and film, etc.
A few of the most recent things I’ve done that [illustrates] how diverse a home studio can be - I composed a really stupid intro song for Emily’s FCC radio show (in about ten minutes), I finished 25 tracks of music for a company that licenses songs for TV and film purposes, and I also produced a song for my extremely talented thirteen year old neice who had never been in a recording studio before. It came out so good that I plan on recording a full album with her this summer.
How many bands have you been in?
I’ve been in hella bands. Is hella a number? I’ll say around 7-8 bands that actually practiced regularly and/or played shows.
“I’ve performed in front of empty chairs and tables all over this country… I’m glad they didn’t turn off the TV’s so that I can watch guys my size make millions of dollars. I’m getting paid in chicken strips. I should have done something with my life!”—Kevin Munroe @ Masses Sports Bar and Grill [Paraphrase]
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