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Secret Skin

55 EpisodesProduced by Open Mike EagleWebsite

Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The in-jokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret … read more

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56: Marc Maron, Podcasting, Comedy, Life, and New Cars

April 18th, 2016

56:02

Mike is joined by the Podfather himself, WTF host Marc Maron. They discuss Marc’s unusual life balancing a podcast that is at least somewhat about him and a TV show where he plays a podcaster and comic named Marc Maron, …

55: Baron Vaughn, Overcoming Adversity, and Having So Much In Common

April 11th, 2016

1:03:58

Host Open Mike Eagle has really found something of a soulmate in actor and comedian Baron Vaughn. The two talk about growing up with cable …

54: Nick Thune, Jesus, and the Guitar

April 4th, 2016

48:03

Mike welcomes the comedian and actor Nick Thune for a broad-ranging discussion. The two of them cover everything from why Nick gave up one-liners and …

53: B. Dolan, White Privilege, and ODB

March 28th, 2016

48:39

Mike chats with rapper, activist, and spoken word artist B. Dolan about what white rappers owe the Black Lives Matter movement, how white privilege …

52: Chuck Klosterman and New Music

March 22nd, 2016

1:06:27

Mike talks with writer and critic Chuck Klosterman about changes in publishing and criticism, the gamble that comes with being interesting, and the fear of accidentally living life wrong. Plus, more new music from Hella …

51: Slug, Laundry, Being Who You Are, and NEW MUSIC

March 14th, 2016

53:33

Mike hangs out with Slug while the latter does his tour laundry, tells a story about a near-collaboration with a very, very famous musician, and …

50: Jean Grae and Artistic Adventure

March 7th, 2016

53:42

It’s the 50th episode of Secret Skin and Mike is joined by his friend, the rapper and all-around artist Jean Grae. They discuss everything from black Netflix tropes to Mike’s picky eating/Jean’s crushing dismay when she …

49: John Hodgman and How to Be Who You Are

February 29th, 2016

58:50

Mike talks with his friend, actor/comedian/author John Hodgman, about the overabundance of entertainment, the necessity of doing terrifying things, The Daily Show, and growing into yourself by being someone else (or …

48: Chris Gethard and Mike’s Sister, Too

February 23rd, 2016

54:42

Mike talks with Chris Gethard, and their wide-ranging conversation covers Chris’s eccentric television program full of human fish, 36-hour no-sleep …

47: Anthony Fantano and Appreciating Lil B

February 16th, 2016

53:49

Mike responds to some listener questions, including one about how to feel about white people singing along at rap shows using the n-word. Then, a conversation with Anthony Fantano, creator and host of The Needle Drop.

46: Hannibal Buress and New Music, Too

February 8th, 2016

1:21:11

Mike welcomes world-famous comedian and old college pal, Hannibal Buress. They talk about growing up in Chicago, getting started in comedy, and sad …

45: J-Zone and What to Do When Things Don’t Work Out

February 1st, 2016

57:22

Mike welcomes the rapper J-Zone on this edition of Secret Skin. J-Zone opens up about discouragement, and how he ended up writing a book of advice for all the rappers who don’t end up becoming superstar millionaires.

44: Nick Thorburn, Serial, and Dictatorship

January 26th, 2016

48:23

Mike joins us from Europe where the tour with Serengeti is wrapping up and things have been going much better. We also hear Mike’s interview with Islands/The Unicorns' Nick Thorburn, composer of music for another …

43: Fat Tony and the Perils of Touring Europe

January 19th, 2016

1:02:21

Open Mike Eagle joins us all the way from Germany, where he is on tour with his Cavanaugh bandmate, Serengeti. They have many stories to tell. Then we hear Mike’s interview with Houston-based rapper Fat Tony.

42: Intuition and What He Gets Out of Rap

January 11th, 2016

49:59

Mike and his good friend T-shirt are on hand to not only answer questions from their mailbag but to sing about it as well. In the interview portion, Mike is joined this time around by the rapper, podcaster, and video …

41: Uncommon Nasa, Prog Rap, and Yoga Class Pronunciations

January 4th, 2016

46:51

Mike is in New York City talking to his old friend, professionally known as Uncommon Nasa. They talk about identity, balancing running a record label …

40: Marcella Arguello and How It’s OK to Be Mean

December 28th, 2015

44:56

Marcella Arguello comes from the world of stand-up comedy, and met Mike Eagle while doing comedy battle rap. It’s a form that Mike has struggled with, losing every match he enters.

39: John Robinson, Real Names, and a Serengeti Road Trip

December 21st, 2015

39:26

Mike takes a road trip with his Cavanaugh bandmate Serengeti, plus an interview with John Robinson, the rapper formerly known as Lil Sci of Scienz of Life.

38: Free the Robots and What It’s Like to Throw a Party for Eight Years

December 14th, 2015

44:10

The artist known as Free the Robots joins Open Mike Eagle to talk about a variety of topics, including growing up in Orange County, taking risks with music, and owning and running the restaurant/music venue known as The …

37: Eliza Skinner and Comedy Rap Battles

November 30th, 2015

47:00

It’s all about freestyling on this episode, as we meet comedian and comedy rap impresario Eliza Skinner. She talks about life in a rap battle, life …

36: 2Mex and the Value of Hard Work

November 16th, 2015

47:29

Host Open Mike Eagle sits down with the rapper 2Mex for a broad-ranging discussion about making music, listening to music, and living life. Other people might sell more records, but when it comes to putting on shows and …

35: Kitty and How to Deal With Things

November 2nd, 2015

48:24

Host Open Mike Eagle chats with Kitty, aka the artist formerly known as Kitty Pryde, about being there for her fans and how that has both advantages and disadvantages. Kitty tells about shedding her child prodigy past …

34: The Gaslamp Killer and Why You Need to Dance

October 19th, 2015

49:31

Mike talks with esteemed DJ The Gaslamp Killer about entering hip-hop with no footsteps to follow in, the perils of knowing too much about someone …

33: DJ House Shoes on the Detroit sound

October 5th, 2015

50:18

DJ House Shoes talks about the Detroit sound and his work and friendship with J Dilla. Mike's T-shirt returns to the show, although he won't take Mike's calls anymore.

32: Ras Kass on Major Labels and Ghostwriting

September 21st, 2015

46:51

Ras Kass talks about the struggles of being on a major label, ghostwriting in hip hop, and Semi Hendrix, his collaboration with Jack Splash. Also, …

31: Hari Kondabolu

September 8th, 2015

49:49

Comedian Hari Kondabolu talks with Mike about pro wrestling, Hollywood, and reasonably priced hotels in New York City.

30: Billy Woods and Hiding from the Media

August 24th, 2015

49:00

Rapper Billy Woods tells his origin story and explains why he hides his face from the media. Plus, Open Mike Eagle debuts a new song.

29: VerBS and Bananas

August 10th, 2015

1:00:08

Mike takes us to Bananas, one of LA's most creatively important club nights, and he interviews the man who puts it all together, VerBS.

28: Greg Grease on Life, Music, and Indie-Rap Politics

July 27th, 2015

48:02

Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease talks about music, life, and indie-rap racial politics.

27: Mega Ran’s Origin Story

July 13th, 2015

1:02:21

The origin story of Mega Ran, the 8-bit pioneer of chip hop. Also, Open Mike Eagle plays piano but does not rap.

26: Future Islands’ Sam Herring on Loving Hip-Hop and ‘Hemlock Ernst’

June 29th, 2015

1:00:25

Sam Herring from Future Islands talks about his music, his love of hip-hop, and his alter ego, rapper Hemlock Ernst. Open Mike Eagle also answers a listener question and shares another unreleased song.

25: Aesop Rock, Anxiety, and Moving (Back) to NYC

June 15th, 2015

1:07:33

In a wide-ranging interview, Aesop Rock opens up about his bouts with depression and anxiety, moving back to New York City, the artists who have influenced him, and what success looks like for a working rapper in 2015.

24: MC Frontalot on Nerdcore and Depression

June 1st, 2015

54:22

MC Frontalot, the world's 579th greatest rapper, talks about the character behind his character.

23: Yonnas Abraham on Goth Rap, Dead Drops, and Satan

May 18th, 2015

59:07

Yonnas Abraham of BLKHRTS talks about goth rap, dead drops, and Satan. Also, an invitation to write and record lyrics for an Open Mike Eagle song that started with a selfie on Instagram.

22: An Interview with Three Ninjas

May 4th, 2015

45:12

Mike interviews Three Ninjas (aka Jason Brunet) about changing musical styles, moving across the country, and some very dark Christmas songs.

21: Daedelus Part Two: Record Labels and the Crimean War

April 27th, 2015

53:29

Part two of Mike's interview with Daedelus covers record labels, music making, and the Crimean War (1853-1856). The bonus track at the end of the show is Mike circa 2010. It's The Bestest.

20: Daedelus on Making Beats and the LA Underground

April 20th, 2015

57:35

Mike interviews Daedelus about making beats, the LA underground, and making art by setting boundaries. First of a two-part interview. Also, Mike covers Pavement’s Cut Your Hair.

19: Sims

April 6th, 2015

59:56

Mike interviews Sims of Doomtree about the benefits and challenges in being part of a big crew. Plus, Mike reads his iTunes reviews. They’re mostly good. Mostly.

18: Minisode 2: Carnage the Executioner

March 30th, 2015

15:25

A second bonus episode of Secret Skin, with more material from Secret Skin Live! Minneapolis-based hip hop artist Carnage the Executioner performs …

17: Dessa on Doomtree, Image, and Karaoke

March 23rd, 2015

58:44

Mike interviews Dessa from Doomtree. She explains how time at a karaoke bar led her to the name Dessa, and why she performs some of her songs at a higher pitch live than recorded.

16: Minisode 1: Psalm One

March 16th, 2015

9:16

Two Psalm One bonus tracks from her live performance on Secret Skin Live, including a new unreleased track!

15: Carnage and Brandi Brown (Secret Skin Live, Part Two)

March 9th, 2015

53:19

Open Mike Eagle hosts Secret Skin Live Part 2, featuring a live performance from Carnage the Executioner and comedy from Brandi Brown.

14: Psalm One and Aby Wolf (Secret Skin Live, Part One)

February 23rd, 2015

43:39

Psalm One and Aby Wolf perform and chat with Open Mike Eagle on Secret Skin Live, recorded for the first time ever in front of a live studio audience.

13: Andrew Broder and a Dirty Texas Hotel Room

February 9th, 2015

49:46

An interview with Andrew Broder, producer and leader of Fog. Open Mike Eagle also raps live from a dirty hotel room in Texas.

12: Selling Music Is Hard, Featuring Busdriver

January 26th, 2015

49:51

Open Mike Eagle interviews his friend and mentor Busdriver. The conversation ranges from Martin Luther King Jr. to the dadaist nature of rap to Mike’s new EP, from which he premieres a new song, "Ziggy Starfish …

11: W. Kamau Bell on Totally Biased, Cancellation, and Life Itself

January 12th, 2015

1:07:43

Before he was a comedy star, W. Kamau Bell asked himself what project he would work on if he were famous. The answer changed his life, and eventually …

10: Open Mike Eagle & Milo On 2014, 2015, and the Value of Sitting Down

December 22nd, 2014

1:05:11

Open Mike Eagle talks with Milo to review 2014, preview 2015, and debate the value of sitting down while recording a track. Mike also shares an unreleased song that chronicles a night at the 7th Street Entry in …

9: P.O.S on Parenting, Doomtree, Kidneys

December 15th, 2014

1:20:31

Open Mike Eagle interviews Twin Cities hip-hop artist P.O.S about his start in music, the rise of Doomtree, the Last Blowout Ever, his teenager, and his kidneys.

8: Milo and Ferguson

December 1st, 2014

1:10:30

This episode of Secret Skin has a wide-ranging chat between Open Mike and his friend and fellow hip-hop artist Milo. It also opens with Mike's …

7: Yoni Wolf (Part 2) and The European Tour

November 17th, 2014

55:01

Open Mike brings you tour stories from the heart of Germany and part two of his interview with Yoni Wolf.

6: An Interview with Yoni Wolf, Plus a List of Stupid Injuries

November 3rd, 2014

57:49

Open Mike Eagle talks about stupid injuries, both his own and other's, then interviews Anticon Records co-founder/musician Yoni Wolf.

5: Myq Kaplan Is Not Afraid

October 20th, 2014

1:19:23

The subject is fear. Open Mike Eagle tells you what he's afraid of (improperly ejected hard drives, for one), then talks with his guest, comedian Myq Kaplan, about conquering those fears.  

3: The Death of Underground Hip-Hop

September 22nd, 2014

54:25

Open Mike Eagle loves underground hip-hop, but he also killed it. So did Gilbert O'Sullivan and other Napster users, as he notes. Mike also …

2: Comedy with Janelle James

September 8th, 2014

1:07:06

A wide-ranging conversation with comedian Janelle James leads to discussions of hecklers, Iowa, organic food in surprising places, Darla, and driving four hours for a 5-minute gig.

1: Naked and Afraid

August 25th, 2014

50:55

Open Mike Eagle is naked and afraid. Or so he tells us at the beginning of the inaugural Secret Skin. On this episode, he talks to Nocando in the …

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