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Episode 24: Shawn Amos

Oct 21

Shawn Amos

This week our guest is Shawn Amos.

He’s had an interesting career, both on the business side of music and as an entrepreneur and content creator. Kitchen Table Blues is a really cool web series that he’s been cranking out over the past couple of years that’s climbing close to 100 episodes at this point.

We spoke with Shawn to talk about his interesting career path as well as his latest album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, which is his first blues album.

“The only prerequisite for the blues is just playing from a place of authenticity and playing from a place of your heart vs. your head,” Amos shared with us, as we dug deep into the topic of playing the blues. “It’s a [type of music] where you’ve got to be willing to make yourself vulnerable. I think you’ve got to make yourself vulnerable and you’ve got to be able to in real time, reveal a part of yourself musically that is honest and not filled with pre-choreographed focus group tested riffs or moves or looks. And that kind of spontaneity is a lot of what’s lacking in life in general. I think that’s sort of the groove and it doesn’t matter where you come from beyond that.”

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Episode 23: Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket)

Aug 9

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This week our guest is Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket.

The band is out on the road this summer celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic fear album. We spoke with Glen shortly before the tour began to talk about his memories of making that record and he also shared a lot of details with us about his upcoming solo album, Swallowed By The New, which will be released on October 7.

You can pre-order the album right now via Glen’s website or Bandcamp.

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Episode 22: Ben Arthur

Jul 26

Ben Arthur

The sources linked on Ben Arthur’s Wikipedia page are pretty impressive. There’s the Forbes profile, the New York Times Op-Ed piece and then an entry marked “Satirical Popdose interview.”

We should probably explain that last source, which goes back to the time that an email hit the Popdose inbox, wondering if we might be interested in chatting with Ben Arthur. We immediately recognized that offer as a possible opportunity to instead ask Ben a bunch of questions meant for Bea Arthur of The Golden Girls fame. And just like that, we were off and running. We quickly discovered that Ben likes to have fun and be goofy just as much as we do — and a lifelong friendship officially kicked off.

Throughout his career, Ben has always been working an interesting angle when it comes to the projects that he engages in and that’s something that we discuss during today’s interview regarding his latest album, Call and Response, a collection of “answer songs” responding to the work of other artists.

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Episode 21: John Hampson (Nine Days)

Jun 22

Nine Days

This week our guest is singer/songwriter John Hampson from the band Nine Days.

More than fifteen years after their major label breakthrough The Madding Crowd was released, an album which spawned a massive Top 10 hit for the group with “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl),” the group is back in business with their latest album, Snapshots, which will be released on July 8.

Fans can pre-order the album via iTunes and get several advance tracks, including the “Sweet 16” version of “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl).”

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Episode 20: Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, Continental Drifters)

Jun 15

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This week our guest is Vicki Peterson of the Bangles.

Vicki joins us to talk about the new archival release, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Bangles!, which is being released by Omnivore Recordings on June 24.

The 16 track collection pulls together a hefty stack of rarities from the ’80s, including the band’s first single, early demo recordings, live tracks and all of the songs from their self-titled debut EP, marking the first time that it has been available on physical media since its release on vinyl in 1982.

As Peterson told us during the conversation, the group’s archives were, as she put it with a laugh, “far-flung.”

“We had to dig up a lot of this stuff,” she says. “Luckily, my brother, who is an audiophile and a recording engineer/masterer, he had a lot of the early versions, because he actually recorded some of the early demos with us. For instance, the ‘Bitchen Summer‘ track, he was a teenager, I think, at the time. So he helped us track down a lot of stuff we had. Bill Inglot [also] helped, you know, we literally had to find the original masters of the EP.”

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Episode 19: Howard Jones

Jun 8

Howard Jones

This week our guest is Howard Jones.

Howard has been touring the U.S. regularly in recent years with his full electric band, featuring longtime associates Jonathan Atkinson on electric drums and Robbie Bronniman on sequencing and additional keyboards.

The synth pioneer is currently on the road for what will be the longest run of tour dates of his career as the special guest on this year’s edition of the Last Summer on Earth tour with Barenaked Ladies and OMD. Happily, it’s a touring run which will bring Jones back to a number of markets in the United States that he hasn’t played in many years.

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Episode 18: Steve Lukather

Jun 3

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This week our guest is Steve Lukather of Toto.

Toto is back out on the road this summer and for the first time in a long time, they’ll be playing a run of headlining dates without an opening act, so American audiences will finally get to see the extended sets that the band has been playing mainly in Europe in recent years. They are also making a real effort to play shows in places they haven’t played in a long time.

We cover a lot of ground during today’s interview, including the band’s upcoming 40th anniversary in 2018 and the plans that are in place to celebrate that.

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Episode 17: Bill See (33 Days, Divine Weeks)

May 17

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This week’s episode features Bill See of the band Divine Weeks.

At first glance, those names might not ring a bell. But you might have read Bill’s book — and if you haven’t read Bill’s book, you really should. It was five years ago this month that I got an email out of the blue from Bill, telling me about a book that he had written called “33 Days: Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream.”

As a music fan, I knew I was going to have to read the book after I saw the title. Here’s the synopsis of the book that was in the email.

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Episode 16: Kiefer Sutherland

May 6

Kiefer Sutherland

This week’s episode features Kiefer Sutherland.

So many folks know Sutherland from his work in television and film, but as you’ll learn from today’s edition of the podcast, he’s also a lifetime music fan who has a healthy guitar addiction (he’s got quite a few guitars in his collection) and a longtime love of songwriting.

He’s finally sharing a batch of those songs with the world, thanks to the pending release of his debut solo album, Down In A Hole, which will be out this summer.

Singer-songwriter Jude Cole (also an artist manager for a number of years now) is one of Sutherland’s longtime friends — and his former partner in Ironworks Music. He played an important role in helping to put this new record together. We’ll discuss Cole’s involvement and also go through the other folks who were part of the process.

Here’s a taste of the new album, the first single, “Not Enough Whiskey.”

Sutherland’s out on the road right now playing intimate club shows with his band. Visit his official website and Facebook to see all of the latest tour dates and information.

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Thanks for listening!

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Episode 15: Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion, Polaris)

Apr 13

This week our guest is Mark Mulcahy.

Mark joins us to talk about the vinyl reissue of the Portrait Of A Damaged Family album by Miracle Legion, which is being released this weekend on Record Store Day.

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The album has been freshly remastered and features one previously unreleased bonus track. Check out a recent review of the album written by my Popdose comrade Ted Asregadoo, who writes, “One listen to the record and you’ll hear a band who aren’t lost anymore.”

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