The Guestlist With Sean Cannon

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The Guestlist is full of performances, guest DJ sets and casual, in-depth conversations with folks from all over the pop culture spectrum. It’s like making a new friend at the end of the bar — then finding out they were in your favorite band. From Louisville Public Media.

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77: 'Weird Al' Yankovic

March 26th, 2019


Iconic is an overused word these days, but "Weird Al" Yankovic deserves that designation. During our conversation, Al talks about surviving in show business for 40 years and how he dealt with a very public career …

76: John Carpenter

October 26th, 2018


Iconic horror director John Carpenter — the man behind "Halloween" — talks about being an outsider, what inspired him to make films, and how he …

75: Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo

October 18th, 2018


Mondo Cozmo frontman Josh Ostrander talks about being an overnight sensation...20 years in the making. He also gets into his recent visit to the …

74: Hiss Golden Messenger

October 11th, 2018


MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger talks about the band's early days — when it wasn't even a "band" — his time as a folklorist, his need to mean what …

73: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, Fun, and Steel Train

July 23rd, 2018


Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, Fun, and Steel Train had very specific ideas of what success in the music industry looked like. When his band Fun blew up, it also blew up those ideas and expanded his horizons. In this …

72: Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters

May 29th, 2018


Jake Shears might be known as the guy from Scissor Sisters, but he's had a pretty big year on his own. He released an acclaimed memoir, made his …

71: Jason Molina Tribute With Erin Osmon, Jim James, And More

May 17th, 2018


Jason Molina is one of the most capable, compelling, and confounding musicians of the last quarter century. We're celebrating his life and work as …

70: Hari Kondabolu

May 8th, 2018


Comedian Hari Kondabolu has a lot to say about political correctness, racism, oppression, and the highly polarized nature of our country at the …

69: Ted Leo

April 18th, 2018


Ted Leo discusses his love for "The Lord of the Rings," growing up as a punk kid, and his complicated relationship with Catholicism. This episode …

68: Habibi

March 8th, 2018


Habibi might have formed in New York, but the band's roots are in Detroit — in more ways than one. Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch both from the Motor City, but the influence of Detroit's middle eastern community and …

67: Martha Kelly

February 1st, 2018


Comedian Martha Kelly discusses her struggles with addiction, how Zach Galifianakis kept her from quitting the TV show "Baskets," and her unironic love of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

66: Jessica Lea Mayfield

January 18th, 2018


Last year, Jessica Lea Mayfield opened up about her experiences with domestic violence. The conversation she started on Instagram ultimately …

65: Wyclef Jean

December 29th, 2017


Wyclef Jean casts a big shadow in hip hop, R&B, and pop music. While The Fugees mega-hit "The Score" sold more records, his solo debut "The …

64: Joe and Dave Henry

December 9th, 2017


Joe and Dave Henry, a folk singer and his screenwriter brother, ended up authoring the Richard Pryor biography "Furious Cool." At first glance, the …

63: Joel Kim Booster

November 29th, 2017


A lot of stand-up comics claim to have a unique perspective, but let's get real: Most of them are shlubby bearded white dudes. Comedian Joel Kim …

62: Run the Jewels

October 23rd, 2017


Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels discuss the importance of being upfront with each other about their feelings and how it felt to meet their best friends (each other) later in life.

61: Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra

September 1st, 2017


The new Manchester Orchestra album, "A Black Mile To The Surface," took a lot out of frontman Andy Hull. Not content to rest on his laurels, he …

60: Emily Kokal and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint

June 29th, 2017


Warpaint has always been hard to pin down, with their music sometimes leaning post-punk and other times leaning heavily in the direction of dream pop. Part of that may be due to the band's structure, which they call a …

59: Jon Glaser

May 23rd, 2017


Based on the premise alone, it's amazing that comedian Jon Glaser's "Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter" ended up becoming a real TV show on Adult Swim. Once …

58: Karl Blau

May 15th, 2017


Karl Blau talks about how it felt to get a pretty unique gift from producer and longtime friend Tucker Martine — and entire album of '70s country …

57: Craig Finn

April 12th, 2017


Craig Finn feels like he's finally graduated from "dabbler" to "solo artist" on his third solo record, "We All Want the Same Things." The album is …

56: Grandmaster Flash

April 4th, 2017


Grandmaster Flash was more integral in the creation of hip hop as we know it today than any other individual. While many people know him as the man behind "The Message," his journey began over a decade earlier as a …

55: Steve Burns

March 1st, 2017


Steve Burns just released a new album, "Foreverywhere," with longtime collaborator Steven Drozd. This time it's heavily influenced by his past — …

54: Jim James of My Morning Jacket

February 7th, 2017


Jim James of My Morning Jacket embraces uncertainty in his songwriting, but the act of writing songs seems to be an exercise in certitude. Sound confusing? Good. That's the best state of mind to be in when attempting to …

53.5: Introducing 'Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast'

January 30th, 2017


Things have been a little slow around these parts, and there's a reason for that. I've been working feverishly on a new project with Kill Rock Stars. I'm excited about it and wanted to share it with you. Don't worry …

53: Lizz Winstead and Downtown Boys' Victoria Ruiz

January 16th, 2017


"Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead discusses what originally inspired her to incorporate politics into her act. Downtown Boys frontwoman Victoria …

Saying Goodbye to 2016

December 26th, 2016


There's no guarantee 2017 will be any better than 2016. It might even be worse. That said, hope exists to spite evil, not despite evil. It's a giant …

52: Lucius and Split Single's Jason Narducy

December 12th, 2016


Lucius operates a little differently than most bands. Then again, most bands don't have dual vocalists wrapped in an ever-expanding assortment …

Andrew Bird - Extended Cut

December 5th, 2016


Andrew Bird might be guilty of using "50 cent words" as he calls them — but he has his reasons. In this conversation, we talk about what those reasons are, as well as why he decided to eschew that approach on his last …

51: The Zombies Live

November 28th, 2016


The Zombies came by the studio for an hour-long live set full of moving, stripped-down selections from their entire catalog — as well as plenty of …

50: Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Bradford Cox of Deerhunter

November 21st, 2016


Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! discusses her early years in punk and feeling out of place on stage before she came out as transgender. Bradford Cox of Deerhunter talks about growing up in a small town and how he …

49: Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou And Honus Honus of Man Man

November 14th, 2016


Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou gets real about losing his father and how he managed to stay motivated as a musician. Ryan Kattner, aka Honus Honus of …

48: Neko Case and Kevin Allison

November 7th, 2016


Rabid collaborator Neko Case talks about her desire to share music with others and how music served as her childhood companion. Comedian and host of …

47: Jimmy Eat World and Twin Limb

October 31st, 2016


Jimmy Eat World stopped by the studios recently to play an acoustic set for members at WFPK, and we've got that for you today. Twin Limb just released their debut album, "Haplo," and we've got a lush live set featuring …

46: Kamasi Washington and Cameron Esposito

October 24th, 2016


Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington discusses the difference between being an amateur musician and a professional. Comedian Cameron Esposito talks about a pious career path she abandoned.

45: Year One Recap With Bob Odenkirk, Ethan Hawke, The Zombies, and More

October 17th, 2016


This week on The Guestlist, we're looking back at our first year of existence and revisiting some memorable moments from Ethan Hawke, Bob Odenkirk, Femi Kuti, Margaret Cho, The Zombies, and Sadie Dupuis, among others.

44: Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington

October 10th, 2016


Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington explains the importance of "casual brilliance" in his approach to art. Radiolab creator Jad Abumrad talks about …

43: James Bickers Interviews Ray Harryhausen

October 3rd, 2016


Longtime Louisville Public Media host James Bickers passed away last week at 45, and it hit us all hard. If you didn't live in Louisville or listen to WFPK and WFPL, you might not understand exactly how large an impact …

42: Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck and Josh Gondelman

September 26th, 2016


Phosphorescent frontman Matthew Houck discusses his need for solitude when writing music as well as the difference between a musical palace and a …

41: Andrew Bird and Richard Hell

September 19th, 2016


Andrew Bird discusses getting personal and being direct on his new record, "Are You Serious," and talks about how it feels to talk about it. Punk rock legend turned author Richard Hell get into the process behind …

40.5: The Breaking of Concrete

September 13th, 2016


We'll be back next week, but here is a little tidbit to tide you over.

Okkervil River's Will Sheff - Extended Cut

September 5th, 2016


Okkervil River's new record, "Away," is out this week. In honor of the release, here's an extended cut of our interview with frontman Will Sheff, which includes some live cuts from Okkervil River's last record, "The …

Rhett Miller of The Old 97's - Extended Cut

August 29th, 2016


Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is ageless. Or at least that's how he looks. That said, his boyish good looks belie his sage demeanor. This conversation illustrates that fact, with plenty of discussion about songwriting, …

40: Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer and Thomas Golubic

August 22nd, 2016


Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer talks about the past and how it relates to the band's present — and how it doesn't. Music supervisor Thomas …

39: Kurt Vile and Bobcat Goldthwait

August 15th, 2016


Kurt Vile reveals his ultimate professional goal and discusses the first time he realized music could be his life. Comedian and director Bobcat …

38: Open Mike Eagle and Mick Foley

August 8th, 2016


Open Mike Eagle talks about how he got into the rap game and the importance of pulling back the curtain on the music industry. Former WWE world champ …

37: King Khan and Aaron Draplin

August 1st, 2016


Garage rocker King Khan talks about mirth, mayhem, magma, and meditation. You'll also hear a live set from The King Khan and BBQ Show recorded at KEXP in Seattle. Plus graphic designer Aaron Draplin talks about getting …

36: Femi Kuti

July 25th, 2016


I sat down with Afrobeat luminary and political activist Femi Kuti a few days ago, and it was so moving for me that I scrapped what I was working on …

Margaret Cho - Extended Cut

July 13th, 2016


Margaret Cho isn't your average stand-up comic. She's not your average anything, for that matter. She dreamt of being a comedian in elementary …

Aparna Nancherla - Extended Cut

July 11th, 2016


We're posting extended versions of some older interviews this week, starting with Aparna Nancherla's chat from a few months back. Over the weekend, …

35: Honus Honus of Man Man and Jenny Zigrino

July 4th, 2016


Honus Honus of Man Man talks about why he developed his unique onstage persona. Comedian Jenny Zigrino discusses the terror that can accompany a big break.

34: Rhett Miller of The Old 97's and Daniel Ralston

June 27th, 2016


Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller talks about his approach to songwriting and his desire to make sure you're enjoying yourself. Daniel Ralston talks about a story he spent years contemplating, researching, and reporting — …

33: Luke Wilson and Adam Turla of Murder by Death

June 20th, 2016


Luke Wilson talks about working with Cameron Crowe on his new TV show, working with his family, and advice he's accrued over the last 20 years in show business. Adam Turla of Murder by Death discusses his band's …

32: Deltron 3030 and The Tallest Man on Earth

June 9th, 2016


Deltron 3030's Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator discuss authenticity in hip hop, how Mega Man inspired their last record, and resisting the urge to play the game. The music industry game, that is. You'll …

31.5: Muhammad Ali Tribute

June 6th, 2016


Muhammad Ali was more than an athlete. He was more than an icon. He was more than a prophet. When it comes to cultural significance, very few people …

31: Margaret Cho and Lou Barlow of Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr.

May 31st, 2016


Comedian Margaret Cho talks about learning from all of her favorite musicians, constantly explaining her identity to audiences, and how sexual abuse affected her early in life. Lou Barlow of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. …

30: Nikki Glaser - Guestlist Short

May 23rd, 2016


Nikki Glaser talks about the thought of quitting stand up comedy, dismantling the male gaze on stage, and her love of Wilco.

29: David Bazan and Damien Jurado

May 16th, 2016


David Bazan and Damien Jurado have been close friends since high school. That said, they hadn't seen each other in years when they just so happened …

28: Will Sheff of Okkervil River and Yoni Wolf of Why?

May 10th, 2016


Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff talks about how identity and artifice inform music. Yoni Wolf discusses doubt, discipline, and paying his mortgage.

27.5: Prince Tribute

April 25th, 2016


Prince meant so many things to so many people. As a misfit kid that never really fit into the world around him, Prince was a beacon of hope for me. …

Mike Watt of Minutemen

April 15th, 2016


Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, and the Stooges, talks about how one formative friendship and a tragic death defined his entire career.

John Doe of X

April 15th, 2016


X vocalist and bassist John Doe, a paragon of LA punk, talks about his musical roots and the earliest days of the scene.

26: Mike Watt of Minutemen and John Doe of X

April 11th, 2016


Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, and the Stooges, talks about how one formative friendship and a tragic death defined his entire career. Another paragon of LA punk, John Doe, talks about his musical roots and …

25: Ethan Hawke and Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre

April 1st, 2016


Ethan Hawke discusses insecurity, success, and failure as an artist. Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack talks about something pretty closely related to that: struggling with addiction and learning to love yourself.

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre

March 30th, 2016


Over a decade ago, Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre was in the middle of recording "Commit This to Memory" — and in the middle of a battle with addiction. Needless to say, the influence on both was …

Ethan Hawke

March 28th, 2016


Ethan Hawke has lost friends and loved ones to addiction. That fact gave him a visceral connection to the role of jazz legend Chet Baker in the film …

24: John Waters - Guestlist Short

March 21st, 2016


John Waters didn't come by the nickname "the pope of trash" accidentally. His work — and his life, from a very early age — made it something of an …

23: Ian MacKaye - Guestlist Short

March 7th, 2016


Ian MacKaye might be known as the godfather of DIY punk after forming Discord Records while playing in Fugazi and Minor Threat, but his musical palate is much more diverse.

22: Jenny Lewis and Del McCoury

March 4th, 2016


Hey, who invented rock and roll? Easy question, right? According to bluegrass legend Del McCoury, it's not who you think. We'll discuss that and his …

Del McCoury

March 2nd, 2016


Del McCoury isn't just a bluegrass legend. He got his start thanks to THE bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe. In this interview, McCoury talks about …

Jenny Lewis

February 29th, 2016


Jenny Lewis knows a thing or two about running from the past. The irony is that — while trying to run from it — she ended up running toward it and embracing the past in a strange way. It took the 10th anniversary of the …

21: Matisyahu and Reggie Watts

February 27th, 2016


Matisyahu helps me work through some serious issues on a very special anniversary — namely whether or not to shave my beard. I also talk to improvizational musical comedian Reggie Watts. Not about beards, but also about …

Reggie Watts

February 24th, 2016


There's only one Reggie Watts. Not just because his act is unique, but because there are very few people in the world as sure of themselves and as affable — much less in the world of show business.


February 22nd, 2016


Matisyahu knows that facial hair isn't so trivial. You might even think it's insignificant at first glance, but you might reconsider after hearing this conversation with the formerly-bearded, formerly-Hasidic rapper.

20: Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz and the Duplass Brothers

February 20th, 2016


Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz talks about egalitarianism in music and how she went from math major to major label employee. Mark and Jay Duplass …

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz

February 17th, 2016


Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis has experienced a lot of transition over the last year. The idea of transition is a recurring theme throughout this conversation, whether it's regarding her former life as a math …

Mark and Jay Duplass

February 15th, 2016


Mark and Jay Duplass usually field film and TV projects involving family and identity. As it happens, they've built a small empire by focusing on …

19: Craig Finn and Mike Birbiglia

February 12th, 2016


Craig Finn talks about the difference between making music with The Hold Steady and making music on his own, as well as how his attitude has changed …

Mike Birbiglia

February 10th, 2016


This interview with Mike Birbiglia is not for the faint of heart. I'll just go ahead and say that you shouldn't listen to it if The Backstreet Boys …

Craig Finn of The Hold Steady

February 8th, 2016


For Craig Finn, it's not so much about raging and pounding beers these days. His solo records — which contain what he calls "age appropriate music" — …

18: Death From Above 1979 and Brooks Wheelan

February 5th, 2016


"Saturday Night Live" alum and stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan discusses his one-year stint on the show and some of the reasons he didn't make it to a second season. Jesse and Sebastien of Death From Above 1979 talk …

Death From Above 1979

February 3rd, 2016


Death From Above 1979's Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler are brothers. Maybe they aren't genetically or legally related, but the bond is there. It's palpable, and it shows in this conversation about their reunion, …

Brooks Wheelan

February 1st, 2016


Brooks Wheelan opens up about his time as a "5 to 1" guy on SNL, his former career as a biomedical engineer, and his recent quest to "become an …

17: The Zombies and Wire's Colin Newman

January 29th, 2016


Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies talk about realizing rock and roll could be a career and sitting in the back of the tour bus with the …

Wire's Colin Newman

January 27th, 2016


Wire was so secretly influential in American music that frontman Colin Newman didn't even know it for a couple of decades. We discuss the reasoning …

The Zombies' Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone

January 25th, 2016


The Zombies are quietly one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Part of it is the songwriting. Part of it is the production on their masterpiece, "Oddesey

16: The MC5's Wayne Kramer and Secretly Canadian's Chris Swanson

January 22nd, 2016


Wayne Kramer of the legendary proto-punk outfit The MC5 talks about his time in prison on drug charges and gives you the lowdown on The MC5's surprisingly religious roots. We're also jump starting the Secretly Canadian …

Chris Swanson of Secretly Canadian

January 20th, 2016


Secretly Canadian has grown from a bedroom label to an indie rock behemoth over the last 20 years, with three other labels, a distribution arm, a publishing division, and a management company. Chris Swanson was there …

The MC5's Wayne Kramer

January 18th, 2016


The MC5 and guitarist Wayne Kramer used to take people to church, so to speak. The incendiary proto-punk band's fervency and social conscience were second to none. But it's still hard to believe that their schema was …

15: Andrew WK and Aparna Nancherla

January 15th, 2016


Andrew WK talks about learning to embrace the entirety of the human experience, including the parts that don't necessarily feel good. Comedian Aparna Nancherla talks about diversity in the writers room and the …

Andrew WK

January 13th, 2016


Andrew WK's mantra, "party hard," sounds simple. And maybe it is. And maybe it's simultaneously a rallying cry for embracing what we consider the …

A Tribute to David Bowie

January 11th, 2016


David Bowie always did it his way. In life — and in death.

14: Jesse Eisenberg and Damien Jurado

January 8th, 2016


Musician Damien Jurado discusses a spiritual awakening that took hold on a beach in Florida and how that affected his music. Actor Jesse Eisenberg …

Jesse Eisenberg

January 6th, 2016


Yeah, Jesse Eisenberg does the big budget Hollywood acting thing. He's not just an actor, though. He's a playwright and an author — and not the same …

Damien Jurado

January 4th, 2016


Five years ago, Damien Jurado began a musical journey that ultimately became a spiritual journey. It culminated in a trio of concept albums telling …

13: Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal) - Guestlist Short

December 28th, 2015


Josh Homme has his own radio show on Apple's Beats 1 these days, but this guest DJ session with Homme might just be the genesis of the Alligator Hour.

12: Dwight Yoakam - Guestlist Short

December 21st, 2015


Dwight Yoakam started his career as a country music reject, touring with punk bands and feuding with Nashville. He ultimately became part of the …

11: David Koechner and Bobby Bare Jr.

December 14th, 2015


You'll hear a live session from Bobby Bare Jr, and he'll tell you about the biggest mistake his famous father ever made. David Koechner of Anchorman fame emphasizes the importance of accruing wisdom for the sake of your …

10: Colin Meloy of The Decemberists and Jon Glaser

December 7th, 2015


We've got a live session from The Decemberists, and frontman Colin Meloy talks about how not quote enquote "making it" until he was a little older …

9: Neil Hamburger and Broncho

November 30th, 2015


Neil Hamburger — comedian, musician, and star of the new film "Entertainment" — talks about life on the road, failure, and Ralph Kramden. You'll also hear a live set from Oklahoma indie rockers Broncho, as well as a …

8: Henry Rollins - Guestlist Short

November 23rd, 2015


It's Thanksgiving week, so you should be less concerned with podcasts and about spending time with those Trump-loving aunts and uncles of yours. As …

7: Wyatt Cenac and Olivia Jean

November 16th, 2015


Comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac talks about why he gets on stage as a stand-up — and why comedy matters. Olivia Jean discusses her history with Third Man Records, from her time with the Black …

6: Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Colt Cabana

November 9th, 2015


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth talks about how playing acoustic living room shows helped him feel more connected to folks than he …

5: Ira Glass and Ethan Johns

November 2nd, 2015


Musician and producer Ethan Johns discusses the unique perspective he gained from growing up in the music industry and how it feels to experience studio magic. Meanwhile, Ira Glass gets down to brass tacks on whether he …

4: Bhi Bhiman and Elijah Wood

October 26th, 2015


Actor, Hobbit and former record label impresario Elijah Wood discusses the joy that stems from expanding your musical horizons. You'll also hear Bhi Bhiman talk about how it feels to be a musician's musician, and what …

3: Chef Edward Lee and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

October 19th, 2015


Chef Edward Lee — of "Top Chef," "Mind of a Chef," and "Iron Chef America" fame — recounts how he got into the game and discusses why eating is even …

2: Bobcat Goldthwait and Jon Wurster

October 12th, 2015


Comedian and director Bobcat Goldthwait assures us that he is indeed alive — and he's making indie movies. Pocket square aficionado Jon Wurster takes …

1: Strand of Oaks and the Sklar Brothers

October 5th, 2015


Strand of Oaks frontman Timothy Showalter talks about how he felt before recording his latest record, "HEAL," and how the record helped him get through it. The Sklar Brothers, Randy and Jason, take us into the strange …

Introducing The Guestlist With Sean Cannon

October 1st, 2015


The After Dark podcast is no more. Not because it died, though. In fact, the show emerged from its cocoon as a rejuvenated senior citizen. No wait, …

249: Cass McCombs

January 28th, 2015


My conversation with musician Cass McCombs might've been the most "out there" 45 minutes on the show thus far. God, the nature of reality, truth, society, existing in the moment, the separation and fragmentation of the …

244.5: The Breaking of Concrete Christmas Spectacular

December 23rd, 2014


Since Thursday is Christmas, I won't be airing an interview on the radio. That also means no interview online this week. So in lieu of that, I have a mighty fine Christmas present for you. All you've gotta do is put up …

244: Carl Newman of The New Pornographers

December 16th, 2014


Carl Newman isn't just the frontman of The New Pornographers. He's also a dad, a husband, a homeowner, a fan of The Monkees, and a down-to-earth member of the indie rock elite. We talked about his preference for Nesmith …

240: Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens

November 11th, 2014


Now that he's three records into his return to music, Yusuf Islam (better known as Cat Stevens before his conversion to Islam) sounds comfortable but not complacent. "Tell 'Em I'm Gone" isn't exactly the record you'd …

234: Tony Millionaire

September 30th, 2014


Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Tony Millionaire did something during his guest DJ set that no one had ever done before — he serenaded me. If you …

233.5: Tony Millionaire Serenade Sound Collage

September 26th, 2014


During my interview with Tony Millionaire, instead of doing what most folks do for the guest DJ portion, tony decided to sing his picks to me. So I …

231: Jared Swilley of Black Lips

September 4th, 2014


It probably won't surprise you that Black Lips bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley's reckless abandon on stage is tied to his religious upbringing. However, it might surprise you to find out that it's not because of …

230: The Handsome Family

August 28th, 2014


Hopefully the name "The Handsome Family" rings a bell. Even if it doesn't, there's a good chance you'll recognize at least one of the …

229: Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!

August 20th, 2014


Six albums in, Laura Jane Grace and the gang have given us quite possible the best Against Me! full-length to date. With the record comes a newfound …

228: King Khan

August 13th, 2014


My interview with King Khan is prefaced by a few words about the passing of Robin Williams and the frailty of life. That might seem like an odd …

227: Deltron 3030

August 5th, 2014


I knew this was going to be a special time when I walked in on Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator (two thirds of Deltron 3030) arguing with one another about disco. Sure enough, it was a spirited …

226: Rory Scovel

July 25th, 2014


When something goes wrong, it's comedian Rory Scovel's fault. Or at least that's how he seems to feel most of the time. That said, it's hard to …

225: Andrew Bird

July 17th, 2014


I didn't have long to chat with Andrew Bird during Bonnaroo, but thankfully I had something to dive right in with: his new album, full of songs …

224: Chris Gethard

July 8th, 2014


In my second interview with comedian Chris Gethard, we talk a bit about Chris's transition from improv to stand-up, handling failure, our first interview, and plenty of punk rock similes.

223: Bob Mould

June 25th, 2014


Just in case you were worried (or, conversely, in case you got your hopes up), I'll go ahead right now and say that Bob Mould and I didn't talk about …

222: Adam Turla of Murder by Death

June 16th, 2014


Murder by Death recently relocated from their longtime home of Bloomington, Ind., to right here in Louisville. So I sat down with frontman (and apparent tech guru, thanks to Kickstarter) Adam Turla to discuss the move, …

216: Jordan Kurland of Zeitgeist Management

April 10th, 2014


Jordan Kurland moved to San Francisco 19 years ago with the plan to learn the ropes as a band manager, then move somewhere else. Well, he's still there and still managing bands (like Death Cab, The New Pornographers, …

214: Lou Barlow of Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr.

March 19th, 2014


I sat down with Lou Barlow in a makeshift arcade to discuss his relationship to his songs, his relationship to live music and his relationship to bad reviews. You know, lots of relationships.

213: Yoni Wolf Of Why?

March 5th, 2014


Yoni Wolf of Why? is a homeowner...with a mortgage. And his place is beautiful. But we didn't spend the entire interview talking about how he bought …

212: Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

February 26th, 2014


Sometimes it's all about context, and that definitely seemed to be the case for Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He was in the midst of his first acoustic living room tour when I sat down with him, and it …

211: Ryan Kattner (Honus Honus) of Man Man

February 18th, 2014


Ryan Kattner doesn't consider himself a songwriter or a frontman or even a musician. Never mind the fact that actually fronts Man Man and writes most of the music. But according to him, that approach is what makes it …

209: Scott Carney of Wax Fang Discusses 'The Astronaut'

January 30th, 2014


Wax Fang just released a 42-minute space rock concept album, and it is epic in every sense of the word. More importantly, though, it's amazing, too! Frontman and guitarist Scott Carney sat down to discuss the record, as …

207: Mick Foley

January 10th, 2014


Mick Foley is a modern day renaissance man — wrestler, author, comedian, Santa impersonator, feminist, Disney Channel enthusiast. Well, I'm not sure …

206: Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav

December 20th, 2013


During my conversation with Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington, I realized that he is a paradox wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a beard. He …

205: Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster

December 16th, 2013


In honor of The Best Show on WFMU ending its run of 13 glorious years, I'm revisiting my conversations with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster. The show has been such a huge influence on me – not just as a guy on the radio, …

204: Richard Hell

December 7th, 2013


Not only did Richard Hell belong to the blank generation, he helped create it. He and I talked about what it was like to become a punk rocker when …

203: Dave and Joe Henry

November 25th, 2013


At first glance, it might seem a little odd that the Henry brothers wrote a Richard Pryor biography (titled "Furious Cool"). But after you hear the …

202: Todd Barry

November 15th, 2013


Here's the first interview from my recent trip to New York City, and it's with a quintessential New York comedian. Sure, Todd Barry spent most of his …

201: Ted Leo

November 1st, 2013


When it comes to musicians with a punk rock past (and a punk rock present, for that matter), there aren't a lot of folks that are as legit as Ted …

193: Mac McCaughan of Superchunk

August 29th, 2013


There are way too many things I could say about Mac McCaughan and his various endeavors (whether it's Merge Records, Superchunk or his other bands …

192: Kelly Hogan

August 26th, 2013


Kelly Hogan is such a charmer. If you don’t believe me, consider this: How many people could make you feel like being a centerfold in Sexy Santa …

191: Kevin Allison

August 19th, 2013


For this episode, I was tempted to come up with an incredibly personal, possibly gross story that I'd never told before in honor of my interview with …

190: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

August 13th, 2013


I've never really believed that Wayne Coyne is the crazy musical Willy Wonka that some people make him out to be. Sure, he makes weird art and dances in the street at the intersection of music and commerce, but I've …

189: Jon Wurster

August 9th, 2013


For fans of pocket squares, perfect timekeeping and weekly phone call-based comedy, Jon Wurster is about as high profile as it gets. It was a pleasure to sit down with him before Forecastle Fest and try to figure out …

188: John Baizley of Baroness

August 6th, 2013


When Baroness played Bonnaroo during their first tour back after a near-fatal bus crash, I got to sit next to John Baizley and talk about what it was like to come back from that. Watching him talk about "getting on the …

185: Japandroids

July 18th, 2013


When I sat down with Japandroids, I didn't expect to talk about being a duo and how their "origin story" affected the rest of their career. Those subjects have been covered heavily. Very heavily. But they both came up. …

181: Death

June 22nd, 2013


Here's the last entry in the series of interviews about the film "A Band Called Death." This time, I talk to the band members themselves: Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney and the latest addition to the band, Bobbie Duncan.

180: Scott Mosier

June 11th, 2013


My interview with Scott Mosier is a testament to just how engaging and compelling the story of (and the story behind) "A Band Called Death" is. I wanted to cover some other subjects during our conversation, since Scott …

178: Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino

June 3rd, 2013


This is the first in a series of interviews (which I previewed a few weeks back) about the documentary "A Band Called Death." I'm kicking it off with the directors, Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino. The film tells the story …

176: Billy Bragg

May 24th, 2013


You know that guy who can offer a seemingly authoritative opinion on just about any topic extemporaneously and sound like an expert in the subject at hand? So do I. That guy is Billy Bragg. We covered so much ground …

175: Andy Kindler

May 22nd, 2013


My conversation with comedian Andy Kindler may end up having a life-changing effect on me. It ultimately depends on what the doctor says, but you can …

174: Mike Bridavsky, owner of Lil Bub and Russian Recording

May 20th, 2013


It's been an interesting year for Mike Bridavsky. He went from running a recording studio in Bloomington to traveling around the country so people can stare at his cat. And no, that's not a euphemism. He owns Lil Bub, …

169: Molly Neuman

May 4th, 2013


Girl Germs, Bratmobile, Lookout!, Indivision Management, Simple Social Graces, eMusic. Molly Neuman has been involved in just about every facet of …

167: Jake Fogelnest

May 4th, 2013


I always suspected that Jake Fogelnest was something of a kindred spirit. Those suspicions were confirmed at SXSW, when I chatted with him about music, the '90s nostalgia onslaught, the importance of context and, last …

165: Jonny Fritz

May 4th, 2013


During SXSW 2012, one of my favorite conversations was with a gentleman that now goes by the name Jonny Fritz (who, we decided during our chat, is …

162: Ian MacKaye

May 4th, 2013


My conversation with Ian MacKaye covers a lot of ground, but one of the most inspiring threads therein is the idea of lifelong adherence to the punk ethos. Listening to MacKaye talk about his steadfast approach to the …

163: Will Oldham and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione

May 4th, 2013


In celebration of Dogfish Head Brewery's latest core beer, Sixty-One, founder Sam Calagione and Will Oldham planned a special event at Louisville's …

164: 'A Band Called Death' at SXSW

May 4th, 2013


During SXSW, I had the pleasure of screening a documentary near and dear to my heart: "A Band Called Death." It tells the story of the Detroit band Death, who arguably invented punk in the '70s, only to have their music …

152: Jad Abumrad of Radiolab

May 4th, 2013


During my conversation with Radiolab co-creator Jad Abumrad, I had a chance to explore his approach to storytelling. Turns out, it has more to do …

150: Dick Cavett

May 4th, 2013


I'm still giddy about this one. There are so many things I want to say about having the opportunity to speak with Dick Cavett (Dick Cavett!!) for my 150th episode. But instead of writing 3,000 words, I'll just let you …

148: Chris Gethard

May 4th, 2013


There aren't many people — much less comedians in the public eye — who are willing to candidly discuss their professional failings. That said, Chris …

147: Kevin Ratterman

May 4th, 2013


147: Kevin Ratterman by The Guestlist

142: Henry Rollins

May 4th, 2013


142: Henry Rollins by The Guestlist

121: Kris Kristofferson

April 30th, 2013


121: Kris Kristofferson by The Guestlist

114: Steve Albini

April 30th, 2013


114: Steve Albini by The Guestlist

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