A podcast about what musicians have to say for themselves. Each episode, hosts Chris Wade and Molly O'Brien read a musician's memoir, then riff about their music, their career and their self-mythologizing both the accurate and the embellished.


  • #61 BAD SONGS!

    #61 BAD SONGS!

    17/10/2019 Duração: 01h15min

    #61 BAD SONGS! And introducing…the worst songs ever! In an “easy listening” ep, we’re looking at Twitter’s suggestions for the worst song ever, deciding what makes a song bad, and making our own picks for worst songs of all time. Thanks to @kathbarbadoro for teeing this up for us with her tweet! Songs Rufus featuring Chacka Khan - Tell Me Something Good O.A.R. - That Was A Crazy Game of Poker The Gourds - Gin and Juice Ben Folds - Bitches Ain’t Shit MAGIC! - Rude MAGIC! - Rude (Zedd Remix) Panic! At the Disco - Hey Look Ma I Made It Kid Rock - All Summer Long Hinder - Lips of an Angel Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Song Train - Hey Soul Sister Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl Milky Chance - Stolen Dance American Authors - The Best Day of My Life Lumineers - Hey Ho fun. - We Are Young Colbie Calliet - Bubbly Edward Sharpe - Home Ima Robot - Dynomite Imagine Dragon - Radioactive

  • #60 THE FALL! (ft. Will Menaker)

    #60 THE FALL! (ft. Will Menaker)

    03/10/2019 Duração: 01h08min

    And introducing…The Fall! It’s the story of punk rock’s orneriest group and of course the front man synonymous with the name, Mark E. Smith. Chapo Trap House’s Will Menaker joins us to learn all about Smith and the Fall through the recollections of the dozens and dozens…and dozens of musicians used up and discarded in Fall’s chaotic wake, through Dave Simpson’s “The Fallen: Life In and Out of Britain’s Most Insane Group”. Songs The Fall - Totally Wired (chris cover) The Fall - Pacifying Joint The Fall - In My Area The Fall - Two Steps Back The Fall - Eat Y’self Fitter The Fall - Theme From Sparta F.C. The Fall - Spector vs. Rector

  • #59 RADIOHEAD! (ft. Mesita)

    #59 RADIOHEAD! (ft. Mesita)

    19/09/2019 Duração: 01h50min

    And introducing, one of the greatest rock bands around, it’s Radiohead! In a long-time-brewing episode, we finally get around to talking ‘head from every angle (and finally putting to rest the age old question: Radiohead, good or nah?) from an unauthorized 2000 biography from Mac Randall called “Exit Music: the Radiohead Story”. Featuring our friend, Brooklyn-based musician Mesita. Check out Mesita’s music on Spotify or ask him to make a 5 second song for you at Songs in Order: Radiohead - Creep Talk Talk - Talk Talk Talk Talk - New Grass Blur - Ambulance Oh Sees - Block of Ice Oh Sees - Web On a Friday - Demo (1986) Radiohead - Blow Out Radiohead - Creep (Live at MTV Spring Break 1993) Radiohead - Just Radiohead - Nobody Does it Better (live for MTV Europe) Radiohead - Let Down Radiohead - Exit Music Radiohead - Paranoid Android

  • #58 9/11 IN MUSIC! (ft. Matt Christman)

    #58 9/11 IN MUSIC! (ft. Matt Christman)

    04/09/2019 Duração: 01h41min

    And introducing…the day we’re always never forgetting, it’s 9/11 in popular music! Yes, since we started this show, we’ve noticed almost every musician we’ve covered who’s lived through 9/11 has had BIG THOUGHTS about that important day. So for this year’s 11th of September we brought in Chapo Trap House’s Matt Christman to take a complete survey of how 9/11 broke the brains of the America’s musicians, just as it broke the brains of every American. Songs: Psy - Kill Those Yankees U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name (live at the Super Bowl) Limp Bizkit - Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle) Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards Cake - Comfort Eagle Darryl Worley - Have You Forgotten? I Am The World Trade Center - Metro (Brooklyn Mix)

  • #57 EZRA KOENIG!

    #57 EZRA KOENIG!

    21/08/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    And introducing, indie rock’s premiere ivy league faux-foppish frontman, from Vampire Weekend, one of the few indie outfits to make it out of the aughts ascendant, on lead vocals, guitar, and – for the purposes of this podcast – WEBLOG, it’s Ezra Koenig! Today we’re going to be diving into not his music, but his writing as Molly takes us on a journey through his 2000’s blog “INTERNETVIBES.BLOGSPOT.COM" Songs: Griffin McElroy - Where’s All The Pipis Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma Talking Heads - Found a Job (Live) Vampire Weekend - Diane Young Yo Mismo La Vi - Luis Varga The Longest Time - Billy Joel

  • #56 JOJO SIWA  ALL STAR! (ft. Brittany Spanos)

    #56 JOJO SIWA & ALL STAR! (ft. Brittany Spanos)

    01/08/2019 Duração: 01h19min

    And introducing….a special double feature! First, the candy coated multi-media marketing powerhouse dominating the small screen & tween hearts everywhere, it’s JOJO SIWA. Then, we’re going to take a deeper look at one of the most memed tunes of the 21st century, the TRUE oral history of Smash Mouth’s ALL STAR. Both of these stories come from Rolling Stone articles written by our guest, joining the 2 timers club, returning champion Brittany Spanos! Brittany’s stories: Songs JoJo Siwa - Boomarang JoJo Siwa - Hold the Drama Smash Mouth - Walkin’ on the Sun Smash Mouth - Let’s Rock Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want Chainsmokers - Closer x All Star Smash Mouth - All Star

  • #55 DONALD FAGEN! (ft. Matthew Perpetua)

    #55 DONALD FAGEN! (ft. Matthew Perpetua)

    18/07/2019 Duração: 01h41min

    And introducing…composer, pianist, vocalist, melodica-ist and overall crank, it’s Donald Fagen! Co-leader and only surviving member of Steely Dan, today we’ll be hearing all about his later life touring and deep contempt for anyone born after 1960 through his book, “Eminent Hipsters”. And in a special “reverse Introducing”, this week’s story is presented to us by our returning guest, Matthew Perpetua. Visit Matthew’s mp3 blog here: Subscribe to Molly's newsletter! Songs in Order Steely Dan - Peg (midi version) Steely Dan - Gaucho Henry Mancini - Pink Panther Theme Steely Dan - Sign In Stranger

  • #54 SUN RA! (ft. Hannah Silk Champagne)

    #54 SUN RA! (ft. Hannah Silk Champagne)

    04/07/2019 Duração: 01h36min

    And introducing…the original jazz man from outer space, it’s Sun Ra! The prolific composer and performer melded musical experimentation, technological innovation and cosmic philosophy over decades of work with his legendary Arkestra and it’s ever-changing line up. Today, we’ll be learning all about Sun & jazz & egypt & space & time & the cosmos & the void through his biography “Space Is The Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra” Check out the Saturn Records archives: Songs In order Sun Ra - Space is the Place Sun Ra - Street Named Hell Sun Ra - Live at Slug's Saloon 1969/70 Full concert Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra - Other Planes Of There (1966) Sun Ra Arkestra - Face the Music / Space is the Place - Live on SNL Pere Ubu with Debbie Harry - "Waiting For Mary," Night Music (1989)

  • #53 MEL B!

    #53 MEL B!

    20/06/2019 Duração: 01h35min

    And introducing, on vocals…it’s Mel !. Today we discuss Scary Spice’s tumultuous and surprising personal life, the legacy of the Spice Girls, tabloid culture, and Eddie Murphy’s relationship to chain coffee joints, through Melanie Brown’s 2018 memoir “Brutally Honest”. Songs: Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life (Live Istanbul, 1997) Spice Girls - Wannabe T.I. - Bring Em Out



    30/05/2019 Duração: 01h22min

    And introducing….on vocals, it’s Billie Eilish, 2019’s newly minted world pop super star who broke a billion streams before her first album even dropped. Today we’ll be learning all about her unique upbringing, meteoric rise to fame, and how she can avoid becoming the next Britney Spears from the Billboard Article “Why All Eyes Are on Billie Eilish, the New Model for Streaming Era Success” by Lyndsey Havens and “Who’s Billie Eilish” by Meaghan Garvey. Why All Eyes Are on Billie Eilish: Who’s Billie Eilish? Songs Bad Guy (cover) Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes Robbie Trip - Chubby Sexy Billie Eilish - bad guy Billie Eilish - bellyache Playboi Cardi - Kid Cudi

  • #51 GARTH BROOKS! (ft. Kevin Sweeting)

    #51 GARTH BROOKS! (ft. Kevin Sweeting)

    16/05/2019 Duração: 01h53min

    And introducing…songwriter, singer, one of the best selling artists of all time, it’s Mr. Garth Brooks! From humble okie beginnings to world concurring country stardom, today we’re joined by our friend Kevin Sweeting (@teamsweeting) to learning all about Brooks through his book “The Anthology: Part 1: The First Five Years”. Songs Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (Remix) Garth Brooks - If Tomorrow Never Comes Garth Brooks - The Dance Garth Brooks - When The Thunder Rolls (live on Good Morning America) Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks - George Jones - Beer Run Garth Brooks - Shameless (Live at 1991 CMAs) Garth Brooks - Piano Man Garth Brooks - Night Moves Garth Brooks - One Night A Day Garth Brooks: Country Music’s Square Liberal Dad Garth Brooks sings “Shameless” at the 1991 CMAs

  • BONUS: This Might Be A Podcast - Episode 28 - Hypnotist of Ladies

    BONUS: This Might Be A Podcast - Episode 28 - Hypnotist of Ladies

    15/05/2019 Duração: 01h48min

    We stop by This Might Be A Podcast to discuss They Might Be Giants, their song "Hypnotist of Ladies", and a million other things with Greg Simpson!



    02/05/2019 Duração: 01h24min

    And introducing…The KLF! The bizarre producer duo topped the UK charts in the late 80’s with a series of smash hit/novelty dance tracks, then wrote the definitive guide for how to copy their success. Today we’ll be getting totally justified & ancient with their guide to pop greatness through the legendary “KLF Manual”. Subscribe to Molly's YouTube channel here: Songs The Beastie Boys - Egg Man The KLF - Justified and Ancient Timelords - Doctoring the Tardis Echo and the Bunnymen - What Time Is Love? (KLF remix) Technotronic - Pump of the Jam The Orb - Donuts Forever Half Japanese - One Million Kisses

  • #49 PROG ROCK! (ft. Dave Weigel)

    #49 PROG ROCK! (ft. Dave Weigel)

    18/04/2019 Duração: 01h30min

    And introducing...Prog! Though now largely the butt of music snob jokes, during the 1970’s, progressive rock was THE ascendant style of rock music, winning over critics, selling out stadiums and exploring uncharted sonic territories of popular music…before succumbing to bloat, excess and a culture that left the progers behind. And today we’ll be learning all about the rise, fall and eternal life of Prog talking to Dave Weigel, author of the 2018 book “The Show That Never Ends” SONGS: ELP - Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2 (chris cover) Magma - Troller Tanz Yes - Cans and Brahms Doctor Mix (YouTube) - Mellotron: Famous Songs! Keith Emerson - Lucky Man Moog Solo ELP - Hoedown Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Pt. 1 Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man King Crimson - Discipline (Live in Japan 1984) Brian Eno - St. Elmo’s Fire (Fripp on Guitar) Yes - Does It Really Happen? Genesis - Dancing With the Moonlit Knight Asia - Heat of the Moment

  • #48 MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM! (ft. Graham Wright)

    #48 MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM! (ft. Graham Wright)

    04/04/2019 Duração: 02h23min

    And introducing…Meet Me In The Bathroom! Lizzy Goodman’s 2016 oral history compiles THE definitive story of The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah, LCD Soundsystem, TV On The Radio, Interpol the other young hip bands that made New York City the worldwide ground zero for rock & roll at the dawn of the new millennium. We’re joined by Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright to dive nose-deep into the scene. Listen to Graham’s new band here: SONGS LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge (chris cover) Johnathan Fire Eater - When The Curtain Calls For You Shit Robot - I found love The Strokes - 12:51 The Strokes - Reptilia Interpol - PDA The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge (Long Goodbye version) Kings of Leon - Red Morning Light Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control Interpol - Heinrich Maneuver Vampire Weekend - Oxford Commas The Vines doing “Get Free” on Letterman

  • #47 WOODY GUTHRIE! (ft. Greg Simpson)

    #47 WOODY GUTHRIE! (ft. Greg Simpson)

    20/03/2019 Duração: 01h32min

    And introducing, on vocals and acoustic guitar…it’s Woody Guthrie! One of the most iconic singer-songwriters in American history, Woody spent years singing songs about workers and public infrastructure to whomever would listen. And today, we’re going to learn all about his life fighting cyclones, telling fortunes, and very politely hitchhiking in his memoir “Bound for Glory.” With special guest Greg Simpson from “This Might Be a Podcast”. Listen to This Might Be a Podcast - Songs: Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land (chris cover) Woody Guthrie - Grand Coulee Dam Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie - Tear the Fascists Down

  • #46 SOUNDCLOUD RAP! (ft. Felix Biederman)

    #46 SOUNDCLOUD RAP! (ft. Felix Biederman)

    07/03/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    And introducing…SoundCloud Rap! We finally cover this chaotic, “DIY” genre of Hip Hop that’s quickly engulfing all of mainstream music through Carrie Battan’s GQ article “How SoundCloud Rap Took Over Everything”. Featuring returning guest Felix Biederman. “How SoundCloud Rap Took Over Everything” by Carrie Battan Tarpley Hitt’s piece on XXXTentacion Songs: Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams (Chris Cover) Ski Mask The Slump God - Nuketown 6IX9INE - GUMMO XXXTentacion - LOOK AT ME! XXXTentacion - Depression & Obsession

  • #45 AMERICAN IDIOT! (ft. Josiah Hughes  Sam Sutherland)

    #45 AMERICAN IDIOT! (ft. Josiah Hughes & Sam Sutherland)

    13/02/2019 Duração: 01h35min

    And introducing…a movie about a musical about a punk rock concept album! We’re joined by Sam Sutherland and Josiah Hughes of the Blink-155 podcast to discuss “Broadway Idiot”, a documentary about the creation of American Idiot: The Musical, and everything else Green Day-related we can think of, including Godzilla. Songs: American Idiot - Chris cover Brain Stew - Green Day ft. Godzilla Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Broadway Version) - Green Day 21 Gun Salute (Broadway Version) - Green Day



    30/01/2019 Duração: 01h29min

    And introducing….on lead guitar, Dave Mustaine. A towering figure of heavy metal, icon, iconoclast, a libertarian libertine, Mustaine went from founding member of Metallica to lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for thrash metal mainstay Megadeth. And we’ll be diving into his heavy metal lifestyle, selling weed, shredding riffs and digging through vomit for drugs from his book: MUSTAINE: A HEAVY METAL MEMOIR SONGS Chris Wade - Peace Sells (pod dub) Budgie - Guts Metallica - Jump In The Fire Megadeth - Killing is My Business…and business is good! Megadeth - Peace Sells Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour Megadeth - Anarchy in the U.K. Megadeth - Crush ‘Em

  • #43 JEFF TWEEDY! (ft. Ben Firke)

    #43 JEFF TWEEDY! (ft. Ben Firke)

    17/01/2019 Duração: 01h43min

    And introducing, on lead vocals and guitar...Jeff Tweedy! Tweedy’s folk-punk-alt-country music has gained him a massive rock cred over the past 25 years and today we’re learning about his philosophies on creativity, his struggle with prescription painkiller addiction, and his adult circumcision in his very recently published memoir “Let’s Go So We Can Get Back”. Find Ben’s plays at Watch Molly’s music video for Shy Baby here: SONGS: Chris Wade - Jesus, etc. (pod dub) Uncle Tupelo - Gun Wilco - Christ For President Wilco - She’s A Jar The Conet Project - Lincolnshire Poacher Wilco - I am trying to break your hear Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke)

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