This episode features homemaker, and founder of The Contrary Dame jewelry, Mary Soracco. Michael and Mary discussed small businesses, mentorship, self-study, big business, big pharma, big medicine, conscription, making a difference, pop culture, pop music, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder, nice celebrities, James Corden, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Kimmel, Banksy, The Contrary Dame, psychology, allyship, allyship failures, smart people, privilege, fear of change, growth, The Worldwide Women’s March, equality, worker’s rights, inclusivity, intersectionality, unity, racism, social divide, the status quo, cable news, TV, women’s issues, Ian Curtis, and depressing music.
This episode sees the return of LA band, The Armoires, just back from their UK tour. Rex Broom, Christina Bulbenko, Derek Hanna, Clifford Ulrich, and Michael talked about touring, England, London, Robyn Hitchcock, The Armoires lineup, The California Institute of Abnormalarts, Big Stir, day jobs, fretless bass, side projects, concerts, celebrity deaths, Prince, David Bowie, 1970s showbiz, music from childhood, Neil Young, 560 KLZ-AM, variety shows, answer songs, UK stories, hearing your song on the radio, kismet, Incidental Lightshow, favorite albums, touring bands, and building music community.
Our guest is comedian, writer, and director, Joel Murray. Joel and Michael talked about improv, comedy, acting, Dave Pasquesi, The Second City, the Murray family, golf, growing up in Chicago, bottle rockets, teenage sex, planned parenthood, Donald Trump, Greg Proops, acting, show business, Jay Leno, Two Broke Girls, Merv Griffin, 70s TV, fitness, David Bowie, The Exit, SCTV, The National Lampoon Radio Hour, Dr. Demento, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Whose Line is it Anyway?, celebrity deaths, Ground Control Karaoke, and movies.
This week is a full-length episode with 20-year LA Progressive Rock band, Rocket Scientists. Eric Norlander, Mark McCrite, Don Schiff and Michael talk about musical instruments, showbiz stories, playing in Vegas, reading music, album production, progressive rock techniques, intersecting musical genres, musical roots, album-oriented rock, first bought albums, collecting music, record vinyl, album art and packaging, their newest album Refuel and EP Supernatural Highways, French horn, music videos vs. touring, Steam Punk, and far too many bands and artists to list.