So, today has been a little frustrating, I went down to Delaware to try to get me a tax free phone.* Mine is dying a slow, albeit first-world death and I thought I had wrapped my head around all the various deals and providers and who would pay my early termination fee, (Because SCOTUS has guaranteed my right to terminate) and all of that. What I was unprepared for was that none of the stores from my preferred provider had the fucking phone I wanted, so my sortie to save $60 in taxes merely cost me $5 in gas and my whole morning, sooooo…now I’m back. I regret nothing.
Part of my plan for 2015 is to regret less, though that may just result in rationalizing more. Hopefully it won’t be a 1:1 correlation. So In terms of regrets that I can grandfather into the fuckstorm that was 2014, I have the tiniest one. I’m fairly pleased with how my chat with Jess Klein came out, but I did begin the podcast with every intention of asking her to play “I Am So Fucking Cool”. But the road to hell is paved with the asses of you and me or whatever, so it just didn’t get done. In lieu, here is a video of that song from a house concert or something. Dig:
Welcome to the first episode of RAH for 2015. When New Years Day falls on a Thursday that means nobody’s doing a goddamn thing ’til after the weekend. So yeah, it’s January 5th, but it’s really only the first day of the new year so here we go…Back in mid November, Jess Klein came into the PRHQPCS and we talked about songs and Texas and Wendy Davis stalkers and restraining orders and even dipped our toe into the spiritual pond. Her new album, Learning Faith, discusses such. We had a lovely talk and really my only regret is that I didn’t ask her to play “I’m so fucking cool.” Oh well, next time.
So, dig this episode of RAH and please stop by our new home on the web, RhymesAgainstHumanity.com. Leave us some love on iTunes, Subscribe on iTunes, or stitcher, or Podbean.com and remember not to mess with Texas.
Almost a month ago, Jefferson Berry dropped by the Permanent Records HQ Podcast Studio and talked about his story and sang his songs. We had a good time and talked on, off and about the record. His band concept, The Urban Acoustic Coalition is a pretty cool idea. Get a bunch of great musicians in a loose confederation and whomever can show up on for a given show will show up. Players will come and go but you never have to etch-a sketch a band and start from scratch.
We talked about a bunch of other stuff too, racism and baseball and he sang some songs from the new record.
Give it a listen and if you like what you hear go on over to jeffersonberry.com and pick up a copy. Or go to a show.
Actual Journalist and Badass Feminist Tara Murtha came into the Permanent Records Podcast Studio and we chatted about her new book. Oh, did I tell you that someone I know wrote a book? Well she did. The Book is Ode to Billie Joe, part of the 33 1/3 series of books where authors get deep into the grooves of important records. Tara chose Bobbie Gentry’s important album with the title track about Robbie Benson throwing something off the Talahatchee bridge. We got deep into the pages of the book. I pretended I was Terry Gross and she played the part of Gene Simmons. It was super fun. Listen to the podcast and then go get yerself a copy of the book. You can find out which indie booksellers are stocking it here:
Or if you are proximal to Philadelphia, you can, (and should) come to Underground Arts Friday 12/5 where you can see the album played live, track by track and Tara will sign a copy of her book for you.
So, after a long, some would say too long – while others would say not long enough – break, Rhymes Against Humanity is back for a second season.
We ended strong waaaay back in April with two Jim Boggiasodes a Jim-centric and then a Beatle-centric, then we crawled into a hole. It’s been a rough year, I’ve worn that fucking funeral suit enough times that I should’ve bought the nicer one. The amortization would’ve made it affordable. But fuck that personal noise. Lets talk season two. This year I’ve got some good guests lined up and possible plans for a live show and some other things but we’ve hardly gotten to the pole, I don’t wanna show you my tits just yet. stay tuned, it’ll all become apparent.
We’re kicking off season two with a three-way. Adam Carroll and his lovely wife Chris Carroll. We had a great chat and they played a few songs, and somewhere in the middle I ended up making a pretty personal confession. But it was great to have a Texan-Canadian couple on the show, that they were great songwriters was the gravy.
I’m truly happy to share this conversation with you as it really was a fun chat. So enjoy RAH 023 and make sure you check out more from these two great songwriters and my new friends at AdamCarroll.com and ChrisCarrollSongs.com. Buy their records and stuff, and then have ‘em over to your house to play a house concert. They’re delightful.
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So when last we left Ukerman, we had pretty much gotten to the root of the root of his origin story, what had been left mostly untouched, was how the fuck he got to be big in Japan and also how he ended up in meetings with important Apple Records folks advocating against tampering with all kinds of integral minutiae that, if tampered, would ruin The Beatles recordings and make the world a worse place. Truly an international jet setting musical hero and it was cool to listen to such a fascinating and talented dude.
Cockeyed Friend and Mucisian – but not in that order – Jim Boggia stopped by the PRHQPCS and we spent almost three hours talking and singing and laughing and sipping tea. He showed me that you don’t have to be a doe eyed girl to kick it on the ukulele, and I learned a lot about his backstory from his humble beginnings in Michigan to his humble arrival in Philadelphia to his humble arrival in Japan to that time he knew the Beatles were coming out because he recognized their lawyer. And on and on and on. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too.
We’re back after a one episode hiatus, y’know, death in the family and all. Anyways, enough about me. Coupla weeks back, Joey Sweeney stopped by the PRHQPCS and we talked all about all about. Not only the arc of his music career with The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney and Arctic Splash and The Long Hair Arkestra but his journalism career at the Philadelphia Weekly and other local rags and his own publications, Philebrity.com and Phoodie.info and I even asked him how he’d fix this town. Hint: he wants to sell the Eagles.
It was a good talk and he sang a few songs. I hope you dig it.
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