Guests Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, & Jefferson Dutton join us today, featuring guest host Brett Nash! We about their party rock band The Sloppy Boys, which arose out of their comedy troupe/TV show “The Birthday Boys.” Featuring a guest appearance by Margaret Bauknight.
You know we be house rocking! On today’s episode Eddie sits down with Dan Kroha, one of the primal driving forces behind the Motor City garage rock scene, to talk about music, home improvement, and growing up in Detroit.
In the best news you’ll hear this month, Derek Sheen, world class joke teller, joined us for a chat! We talked about everything from death (a lot of death, actually) to youthful transgressions (no threesomes) to skateboarding fall videos (and broken bones). Derek has a new special out now called “Macho Caballero” on Stand Up! Records. He also has a new record of music and a book coming out soon!
Today’s episode of the Comfort Monk Podcast features avant-garde musician and performer Jarboe. She shares her experiences growing up with music and the life-altering decision to move to NYC and join Swans, and what it took to try to keep Swans together once she was there. Since then, her solo work has been breathtaking and all-encompassing in its scope. Her newest album “Illusory” is out now on Consouling Sounds.
Hometown hero and indie wrestling darling EFFY is here to tear the place up. He fills us in on how wrestlers, promoters, and fans are evolving alongside a society at large which is confronting its toxic masculinity and homophobia. Dylan and Effy talk about wrestling’s performative aspects and deconstruct the hero & villain dynamics of a good show.
Everyone’s favorite co-host, David Toole (Bluetile Skateshop) is back in the Comfort Monk universe, chilling with Dylan in this week’s conversation with Leo Romero, Thrasher’s SOTY 2010. They chat about Leo’s dual careers, empathy, and Randy Newman. Be on the lookout for a new Travesura record this year!
Start your weekend with Chuck Treece, one of the founding fathers of skate punk and the first African-American skateboarder to appear on the cover of Thrasher magazine. Dylan and Chuck talk about his youth, becoming a pro skater and playing drums in the band his father led. He explains the history of his band McRad and the DIY ethos he brought to it, and expounds on his relationship with Bad Brains. Listen to Chuck on Comfort Monk: Gratitude Volume One!
We were excited to converse with Angela from the genre-defying, chaotic and beautiful group Xiu Xiu! Angela & Eddie chat about Twin Peaks, techno music, and colonialism. Xiu Xiu’s newest record “Girl with Basket of Fruit” is available from Polyvinyl.
In today’s Very Special Episode, we talk about Gratitude: Volume One, the CM covers compilation that we released in May. To help us look back on the creative process, we asked several of the musicians involved to give us a run down on why and how they recorded and selected their tracks. (R. Barbee: 6:10, B. Nash: 45:19, M. Brown: 1:30:56, P. Alvanos: 1:46:58)
Guitar slinger and Americana singer Justin Osborne recounts his story of growing up as a touring musician in the Southeast. He and Dylan chat about all the effort it takes to pull off a fun quarantine show, as Justin reflects on building creative relationships and collaborative friendships.
Musician and visual artist John Herndon joins Dylan on the porch today to talk about his journey from playing folk music in a NC commune, to experimental post-rock in Chicago, to his solo electronic music and painting. Hear about the headaches of touring overseas with two drum kits plus a marimba and the joys of making music that you want to hear with people who share the same vision.
Gainesville-to-Richmond transplant Julie Karr talks with Eddie about her new solo album “what’s the saddest song you know?”, working in both public health and a band during a pandemic, and the philosophy of moving between cities and scenes. Listen to her new album and check out “Feeling Wild” by her punk band Sensual World.
A short chat stuffed to the brim with wild stories from the pioneering bassist Eddie Shaw! He reflects on the external forces that caused The Monks to explore noise and feedback, his literary and publishing career, and what it was like getting huge recognition for their accomplishments 40 years after the band broke up.
In episode 20, Andy is kind enough to talk to Eddie about his philosophy of DIY art. They chat about his month long Art War, the impact of COVID-19 on the art world, and why it’s important that people put their art out into the world. Andy has an new album out – “Even When The Cat Comes,” a album of cover songs written by his close personal friends.
Swedish skateboarding legend Ali Boulala joins Dylan Dickerson plus hometown skate patron/Bluetile owner David Toole to shoot the shit. They touch on Project Runway, skateboarding past your 20s, and Ali’s move to the states to become a professional skater back when he was a sixteen year old. (NOTE: This episode isn’t up to our normal standards of sound quality and contains some background noise.)
Our friend Travis Bland talks to punk rock legend Keith Morris. He takes us from the first seeds of Black Flag being planted at a Journey/Thin Lizzy concert, to full steam ahead debauchery and tragic losses in the 80s, all the way to getting the senior discount at Denny’s.
Dylan & Kyp Malone trace all of the roots – friends, musical groups and cities – that lead to TV on the Radio’s five groundbreaking records and his current work with Rain Machine and other projects. Kyp talks about the various types of touring he has engaged in, the nerdy synth records he’s into, and the collective action needed to confront climate change.
We jump right into philosophy in this episode! Topics include: existentialism & truth, our connection to our senses, the role of language in how we think, and the effect of landscapes on a person’s aesthetic growth. Frank also gives some insights into the lyrics and artwork of Fen’s new album “The Dead Light” and considers the spiritual nature of Scotch whisky!
On tonight’s episode, our friend Michael Crawford interviews the essential June Millington, a former member of the 70s all-women rock/pop funk band Fanny, and co-founder of the Institute for the Musical Arts, which provides an all encompassing music education for young folks! They chat about the early days and her deep archives of live music, all the way to her present involvement with fostering a positive creative environment for growing musicians.
Human music appreciator and record guru Peter Jesperson sits down and stands maybe for an interview with our own Dylan Dickerson. He talks about the early days of Twin/Tone, touring with The ‘Mats, and what he’s been busy with lately. He says he has a new favorite band every few weeks and we think that says great things about music and the world in general.
Comfort Monk’s thirteenth episode is full of hot takes. Lisa and Chuck draw a line in the sand against Scott Baio on Diagnosis Murder, take a stand against Marie Kondo, and rate the relative tastiness of varmints! All that and more!
One half of the duo Vundabar, Brandon Hagen joins us today to talk to Eddie about their new album “Either Light.” They chat about DIY music videos, Brandon’s lyrics and the duality of man (sir!), and the endless voice memos that go into writing an album. Enjoy and please subscribe if you haven’t already (and rate us if you have)!
Our friend – the multi-talented Peter Alvanos – settles into a chat with Dylan. They talk Athens music neighborhoods (‘Rock block!’), early bands, and the challenges and benefits of recording drums in mono. (Pre-interview music is from a live recording of Elf Power, thanks to Todd Larrabee, host of Memphis, Egypt W/ Aaron & Todd)
Live from the porch, complete with songbirds and chainsaws! Dylan interviews Kira Roessler, bass player and Emmy-winning sound editor. They chat about her early days in Black Flag as a college student and what projects she’s been busy with lately.
Hope you’re staying strong out there! Today’s guest is a house musician, DJ, and radio host from Melbourne, Australia! We chatted about the relationship between outdoor festivals and nature, Ozymandias, and lost music that doesn’t make it to physical formats.
Strap in for a wild trip through bass history, as our friend and resident bass expert Cam interviews the legendary Mike Watt. They talk James Jamerson (the SC Native who was the un-credited driving force behind a huge number of Motown hits), classic bass guitars, and composing music that makes place for bass. (Also some love for two of Eddie’s favorites: Lou Barlow and Glenn Branca!)
Eddie has a chat with Simon Barr of the British anti-fascist black metal band Dawn Ray’d. They talk about meeting fans, the politics of extreme metal, and the folk music that we grow up with.
Our very own Dylan Dickerson wields the cans and sits down to talk with multi-hyphenate art-maker and legendary skateboarder Ray Barbee! NOTE: We had a technical issue during the recording of this interview and it’s lower fidelity than usual. Thanks for understanding!
On today’s episode of Comfort Monk, our friend Marshall Brown gets mic’d up to speak with drummer Eric Slick about his work with Dr. Dog, his solo albums, and what continuing education means to a musician!
On this episode of Comfort Monk, our friend and singer/songwriter Cayla Fralick joins us in the studio to interview Amelia Meath! They talk about the meaning of pop music, close-knit artist communities, and the days of releasing music on MySpace.
For Comfort Monk 3, Dylan Dickerson has a chat with the power pop legend Jody Stephens. They talk about sneaking motorcycles into Ardent Recording Studio, touring without a booking agent, and Jody’s work after Big Star.
On episode 2 of the Comfort Monk Podcast, Eddie Newman talks to Grant-Lee Phillips about his recent Exile Follies tour (with Kristin Hersh and John Doe), an upcoming album this fall, and his forays into visual art.
In our inaugural Comfort Monk podcast, Woody Jones talks to the punk rock legend Tommy Stinson about avoiding clubs while touring, recording with Alex Chilton, and his upcoming show at the Cola Town Bike Collective.