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 but certainly not least, The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling.
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 what you might call an inlaw goodass). When I found out that he would be back this year, I had to sit down with him again and talk about things that've changed in the intervening months.
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 sit on the shelf for almost 35 years. I also had a chance to chat with the band and the directors of the documentary.
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 Holy Grale to feature the beer and the Bonnie "Prince" Billy song it inspired. I had a chance to sit down with Sam and Will beforehand to talk about the new beer and their longstanding friendship.
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 world around him serves as a palpable reminder that you can indeed navigate life without compromising who you are.
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 with film than it does with radio - which starts to make sense when you look at his life pre-Radiolab. Jad also took some interest in my love of The Beach Boys, because neither of us are head over heels in love with The Beatles.
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 listen to it.
There aren't many people — much less comedians in the public eye — who are willing to candidly discuss their professional failings. That said, Chris Gethard is an exception to the rule, and it was pretty inspiring to see how those career hardships have shaped his worldview in a positive way. Plus he loves artisanal soda, which I can get behind.
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