Archive for December, 2015

Episode 5: Tony Visconti

Dec 28

Tony Visconti and Holy Holy

This week, we welcome legendary producer Tony Visconti to the podcast.

Tony joins me to talk about Holy Holy, the all-star lineup featuring Tony with drummer Woody Woodmansey, vocalist Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 and a bunch of other cool folks. In the fall of 2014, Tony and Woody shared the stage together for the first time since 1971, performing David Bowie’s classic The Man Who Sold The World album in its entirety. Tony gives us the story on how all of that came together.

At the same time, he continues to work with David Bowie — he was behind the boards for Bowie’s surprise album The Next Day, which was released in March of 2013 and he was there again working as co-producer on Blackstar, Bowie’s brand new album, which will be released on January 8th.

Tony and Woody will bring Holy Holy to the U.S. for a string of 11 shows beginning on January 7th in Portland, Maine at the Asylum and the tour will wrap up on January 21st in Boston at the Wilbur Theatre.


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Episode 4: Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies

Dec 21

Cowboy Junkies - Chris Buck

Today’s edition of the podcast features a conversation with Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies.

The band was here in Cleveland for a show recently promoting their new box set, Notes Falling Slow. The box set is a little different in concept than what you might expect. It’s not a career spanning retrospective, but instead, it’s one that focuses on three specific albums that they released during the 2000s, including the Openalbum from 2001, One Soul Now from 2004 and their 2007 album At The End Of Paths Taken. All three albums have been remastered and the set comes with a fourth disc of previously unreleased material that was recorded during the sessions for those albums.

Pale Sun Crescent Moon was the first album that I bought from the band in 1993 when it was released and I was blown away by their unique sound and quickly went out and bought the rest of their catalog and as I made my way through the albums like Black Eyed Man, The Caution Horses, Whites Off Earth Now! and of course, The Trinity Session, I began to discover how many interesting layers there were to the band and in particular, they had a knack for turning out really unique cover versions of songs like Neil Young’s “Powderfinger,” Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper,” and of course, their version of “Sweet Jane.”


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Episode 3: Don Dixon and Marti Jones

Dec 15


Our guests this week are a wonderful singer/songwriter couple, Don Dixon and Marti Jones. You will probably be familiar with Don from his work as a producer, working with bands like R.E.M. and the Smithereens. But you should know and be aware of both Don and Marti as terrific artists and songwriters and we’re going to put the spotlight on that area of their collective work on today’s podcast.

The interview was recorded in October of last year and both Don and Marti had put out new records that year. They were about to play a show here in Cleveland, so it seemed like a good opportunity to do an interview and at the same time, record it for a podcast and have them play some songs live.


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Episode 2: Jason Bonham

Dec 8

Jason Bonham - Photo Credit: Frank Melfi

On November 20th, I spoke with drummer Jason Bonham for a phone conversation from his Florida home. Jason was getting ready for a short run of dates with his project Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, which began on December 4th in San Jose, California and he’s got about two week’s worth of shows that wrap up on December 18th in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Surprisingly, with all of the different things that Jason has been involved with in recent years (Foreigner, Black Country Communion, California Breed and more recently, Sammy Hagar and The Circle), I hadn’t spoken with him and I was interested to do that, because I knew that there would be a bunch of fun topics to dig into with him.


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Episode 1: Van Halen Rising author Greg Renoff

Dec 4


Matt is joined on the first episode by author D.X. Ferris (author of the 33 1/3 book on Slayer’s Reign in Blood, the excellent sequel, Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years and Popdose’s Suburban Metal Dad) and Greg Renoff for a moderated discussion of Greg’s new book, Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, which sets a new standard for rock-and-roll biographies.

If you’re a Van Halen fan, you’re already probably well aware of Greg’s book. But just in case you’re unfamiliar, we’ll set you up with a bit of information about Greg before we begin.

Greg is a lifelong Van Halen fan who witnessed the 1984 tour and later earned a Ph. D in history. To tell the untold story of Van Halen’s formative years, he interviewed well over 200 witnesses to Van Halen’s early years, from Eddie Van Halen’s rival guitarists to Pasadena families who hired the band to play massive keg parties in their back yard.

Researching the project, Renoff dug deep into guitar magazines, civic records, California newspapers, and other unusual sources to painstakingly detail the early history of a group that, in many ways, represents the pinnacle of the classic-rock tradition, and whose larger-than-life stage personas and guitar pyrotechnics set the stage for 1980s heavy metal.


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