Archive for January, 2016

Episode 8: Steve Poltz

Jan 25

Steve Poltz

This week, my guest is singer/songwriter Steve Poltz and I’m guessing that you’ve heard his music at least once — he co-wrote Jewel’s “You Were Meant For Me,” which of course, got a boatload of radio airplay when it was released in the mid-’90s and it continues to get played on radio stations all over the place to this day.

Steve first landed on my radar in the early ‘90s when he was a member of the San Diego-based band The Rugburns, who got some minor radio play in some markets with their single “Hitchhiker Joe.”

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Episode 7: Matthew Sweet

Jan 13

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This week, we’re dipping into the interview archives for a previously unheard chat that I had last year with ‘90s alternative veteran Matthew Sweet.

I’ve done a couple of interviews with Matthew over the past couple of years. When I spoke with him in 2014, he was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for his new album. During that interview, we talked about his plans for that new album, and touched on some choice moments from his past history, including the Girlfriend album and also the follow-up, Altered Beast. We also spoke about his friendship with J.J. Abrams and the art that he was working on using 3-D printing technology.

At the time that we talked, the Kickstarter was heading towards completion and he still had a ways to go as far as raising the necessary funds, so he was understandably a bit nervous. The day after the interview, USA Today mentioned his Kickstarter in a story online and within 24 hours, his album had successfully funded.

That brings us to the interview you’re going to hear today, which was recorded in June of last year and I had the chance to get up to date with Matthew on the progress that he had made on the new album. We also spoke about the direction of the new material and I asked him for his thoughts about working on an album with a Kickstarter deadline where you know there are all of the people who pledged for the album waiting on the other end of that deadline, and how that compares to working with a traditional record company deadline.

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Episode 6: Eye of the Hurricane director Steven Flynn

Jan 5

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Our guest this week is documentary director Steven Flynn, who joins us from his home in Ireland to talk about the new film that he just released, Eye of The Hurricane.

Eye of The Hurricane is a film that has been a long time coming. When I found out that somebody was working on a documentary about folk singer/songwriter David Wilcox, I was intrigued. I’ve been a fan of David’s music for nearly 25 years, starting with the moment that I was working in a record store and got a promo copy of Home Again, David’s new album at the time, which had been released in August of 1991.

Looking at the album cover, I saw the title, Home Again, but then below that in smaller letters, I saw the words, “For the first time.” I put it in and heard David’s solo performance of “Burgundy Heart-Shaped Medallion,” which is the leadoff track on the album. As I listened and looked at the track listing for the record, I saw “Chet Baker’s Unsung Swan Song” and knew that this album was going to take me to some interesting places and leave me with some things to think about. And it certainly did. I worked backwards from that point and picked up a copy of David’s previous album, How Did You Find Me Here and stuck with him as he released his next album, Big Horizon.

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