Solitary Set are back on the show to talk about their new record, The Series Parallel, and their new lineup. Lots of good insight into moving a project forward with new staff and also a little fun guitar head chat!
What is a Selkie? What is this stain? Why is this song so good? FIND OUT THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS AND MORE. This episode’s guest is The Selkies, who have just released their first single, “What is This Stain?” We talk about the recording process, working with a producers, and mixing it up on the instruments! Good times!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECORD RELEASE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. FOLLOW THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DEETS.
Washington Social Club are back, baby! The energetic, pop-rock hook monsters announced last year that they would be returning to the DC scene after nearly a decade. We talk about walking away from it all, growing up, and coming back to the stage for the love of the music. We also dig into their newest release “They’re Talking to Me Strange,” produced by friend of the show Matt Leffler-Schulman. Keep an eye for a new single on the way soon!
Photo credit: Billy Sabatini Photography
Born of a friendship that crossed the Midwest to settle in D.C., Venray is a two-piece garagey power-pop outfit that know their way around a riff. We chat about Indiana, the current state of the D.C. scene, their long partnership, artwork, and more! Dig deep into their recording Same Road.
Surf’s up! The Bali Lamas are on the podcast to talk about what drew them to the surf rock genre, being bass-free, and having a whole lot of fun. Tune in, catch a wave, and hear about the new record they’re working on as well as a really cool collaboration they did with filmmakers.
Jangly Lo-Fi rockers Dreambush come on the podcast to talk about their new recording project! Laughs were had, music was dissected, dogs were pet. ❤
Triple Bunk Bed come over to rest for a spell and talk about their new record “Handbook For The Recently Depressed,” the track “It Feels Good (Whatever),” and feelings, which are very important. There’s some really insightful talk about expressing Small Loud queerness in a band (you’ll see what that means). And HAVING FUN!
Eat the Cake blends delicious flows iced with sweet harmonies and rich grooves, guaranteed to satisfy your diverse musical palate and get you sugar buzzing. On this episode, we talk about how the project evolved out of a solo hip hop project, we cover being an anti-all-girl band, and, of course, dick bags.
Be sure to check out the band’s YouTube channel for more behind the scenes fun.
The Chesapeakes are a lush, big-sounding pop/rock band with hooks to fill a bay basin. As a side-project for the duo behind the video company Ten Twenty Seven Films, they might be under your radar, but they are sure to get you grooving and dreaming.
We cover bands being torn about by love triangles, how video and music go hand in hand, and about how going to YouTube University to get some really impressive recording chops fueled the single “La Bruja”.
Big changes have come for the Ottobar! Tecla Tesnau comes on the podcast to talk about growing up in carnivals (really!), moving from bar tending to owning the business, and the future of the Baltimore rock mainstay.
Photo by Shane Gardner
A fascinating chat with members of the Undercroft collective about the philosophy and work that went into making what is probably Baltimore’s only dry, all-ages arts center. Get to know the 3/4 of the team and get some insight into how it takes a village to make a cool venue.
Joseph Weeks dishes it all about the new kid on the block in North Avenue, his venue and cocktail bar Rituals. Get to know him and his journey from bar manager to an owner. I know we all had a lot of questions when Windup Space closed, I hope this answers them!
A special conversation with Brian Prechtl about the lockout of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Musicians. Support your local music workers!!!
Sullen Brothr talk about their new dreamy, riffy, groovy record 1967! There’s fun stuff about what its like being a band with no singer and the magic of synths, but there’s also some emotional talk about how the record ended up as something of a tribute to Tim’s father. Quality conversation about quality tunes.
Get your wizard on with level 40 punk-mages, Flabbercasters. The band talks all about their new project, crowd funding recording, and the realities of meeting your heroes.
HexGirlfriends put a synth pop spell on us. They spill all about the infuriating bad relationships that inspired their very danceable, very angry, often funny new record “Call Your Mom” — the album that almost wasn’t. (Back up your tracks, gang).
Singer/Songwriter/Song&Story Alchemist Ellen Cherry comes on to dig deep into crafting songs, making the jump to full-time music, and writing after trauma. Be sure to listen to the end for an absolutely beautiful live performance of her not-yet-released song “Walking on a Straight Line”.
Vorrh is an ambient doom band, heavy on the ambiance. The duo come on to talk about making dark grooves, finding your music writing match, and recording their album “Nomads of the Infinite Wild.” Tune in and learn about how they were influenced by a really cool sounding trio of novels about a spooky, endless forest, and then wander into the mists.
Dennis Barth of Stone Dust Riders comes on the podcast to talk about his new film celebrating the Catonsville music scene, “Catonsville: Music City Maryland” premiering next week, as of this episodes release. Visit sunrider9.com for details. This was a great conversation about the friendships and art that make a scene special, never giving up on music, and more.
Leisure Sport come on the ‘cast for a lively talk about being one of the Baltimore music scene’s fresh faces, the challenges of defining oneself by genre, and the joys of Craigslist. Did you know they built the studio where they recorded their crisp-and-clean sounding demo? Yeah, that’s DIY.
Frederick/Baltimore-based noise rockers Gloop stop in for a slightly chaotic episode, but a great conversation about recording their latest, The Tourist. We cover recording techniques, writing lyrics, all of it. Let’s get loud.
Photo by Renzo Velez
The awesome DC post-punk/pop punk trio Company Calls talk about the local scene, writing music while female/Latina, the importance of visuals and more!
Teen Cobra, the husband-wife Buddy Hollyish-punk duo based in DC, chat about musical inspirations, playing together as a couple, and getting into old school rock and roll while growing up in Venezuela. Such fun music! Such delightful folks! Enjoy.
The indeed heavy Heavy Wire sit down for a great conversation about their most recent EP Future Toys, recording in a laundry room, and sex bots.
This is a good one for musicians, but you don’t have to be one to appreciate their thoughts on writing efficiency, tunings, and beefy guitars.
Tune in to this talk about the making of the record, including how Haley got inspired by all the studio magic to write background vocal lines and the story of that time Jes was working on some tracks at home when got stuck in a room and they had to stab the door to free him to get to the studio.
Photo by Jenny Revilla
Phantom Scimitar take us to the stars with their riff-heavy blend of prog-blues rock-metal where we’ll look back and think about time, ancient civilizations, and our place in the universe. We’re all stardust.
This week’s guest, producer and DJ James Nasty, stops by to answer my dumb questions about Baltimore Club and DJing. But, you’ll also hear his musical origin story (Did you know he and his friends made their own frat?) and his recent voyage to bring Baltimore’s homegrown music to the streets of Mexico.
Singer-songwriter-punkrocker Anna Connolly comes up from DC for a chat about her new album, After Thoughts! We also cover lots of good stuff about the DC hardcore scene, rocking while parenting, and writing songs about shitty things guys say to you.
Photo credit: Claire Packer
Thanks for sticking with Corridor Cast through the hiatus! You’ll be glad you did because this episode with PLRLS is so special. Hear 🚨AN EXCLUSIVE🚨 track from their forthcoming record before you can hear it ANYWHERE else!
Also, did you know the band holds a world record? Find out what for!
Be sure to catch them Oct. 3 at Metro Gallery. Also, Nov. 17 come support JAM Session – A Benefit For Lung Cancer Patients where PLRLS will join my band Santa Librada and a host of other great acts at the Sidebar for a good cause.
50 Episodes!!?? 🔥🔥🔥 🤘🤘🤘 Thanks to all the bands that got us here!
Unrepentant rockers One Spot come by the ‘cast. We cover their extensive band history, including being on Merkin records in the 90s and how the industry has completely changed since they got their start. We talk about how they never lost their love of and need for music and why making music to satisfy yourself is the way to go.
Arty synth rockers Invincible Summer get literate on the show. They talk about turning Sartre musings into evocative lyrics and how necessity is the mother of their sound. Be sure to listen to the new album, Earliest Tactile Adventures.
Hip hop stalwart Height Keech (aka Dan Keech) comes on the show to talk about his new record Computer Rocker, which beautifully blends sounds from rock and roll across the decades with fresh, home-cooked beats.
We get to chatting about putting music out on your own label and how making beats on your laptop might be the new rock and roll.
Surf Harp don’t play harps or surf rock but they do sound fresh and awesome.
We talk about car trouble on tour and the marriage of the cerebral and the emotional as we discuss their new album, Mr. Big Picture. Be sure to check out their brand new video from the title track over on Open Ears Music!
The track you hear at the top of the show is the Mr. Big Picture.
Sorry for that unexpected break. We’re back with a good one!
Stars and the Sea come on to talk about their 13(!) releases. The latest is Goth Punk, which is neither goth nor punk, but it is great. The band has some great practical advice about why you don’t have to wait for an album-length release and why you might want to try turning your amp toward the wall.
Be sure to catch them at one of their April shows!
Photo by Shane Gardner
We talk about how they select pieces, the mission of the collective and future hopes for starting a contemporary music festival.
Noisy, punky, rock and rollers Queen Wolf let us into their world.
This is a lively one in which we run through all kinds of topics from their latest record, Unsung Monsters, recording, losing a bandmate to immigration law and podcasts about the film Titanic. Let’s get wild.
With about a dozen albums under his belt, Andrew Grimm of June Star speaks from wisdom. We get real about “making it” and about taking things into your own hands when it’s not happening like you’d like i.e. a Facebook Live tour.
June Star’s latest will be out in April. I got a sneak peak and its great!
Also check out his podcast Why Aren’t You Famous.
Earth was not enough for Canker Blossom. They have taken their powerful brand of energetic pop punk … TO SPACE!!!
We talk about exploring new territory on the new record In Space, booking their first tour and letting go of day jobs on this one.
Be sure to catch them at the Sidebar Jan. 27.
Whatchu know about Crofton punk?
If you’re like me NOTHING! But, no worries, The Subtastics are here to break it all down for us. Learn about coming up in the Naptown area pop punk scene and their new album release “Beta Males.”
Be sure to catch them Dec. 20 (Wednesday) at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge in Annapolis.
The wonderfully wild Wing Dam talk about writing, writing while sober, new music and more.
Stick around to the end for some amazing tour stories that may or may not involve run-ins with cartel narcos.
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
It’s about making weird music for weird people!
NOTE: I mistakenly say that they’ll play MT6 fest Nov. 18 at the Windup Space, but they won’t be there this year. SO SORRY. (Future guests Hometown Girl WILL be there to destroy your face with loud guitar.)
Photo by Gary Fry
I saw the reunited Goons playing a show with the legendary Dead Boys and it was the first time I’d seen a pit in ages! Keep the scene alive!
Stay tuned for tour stories and more.
Photo by: Eldon Baldwin
Solitary Set hangs out to hash out their new album Low and Outside which was a year in the making.
We contemplate how one releases an album in this Year of our Lord 2017 and how being in a band changes as you age. Jason shares a great story about tricking his classmates into thinking he was in the Beach Boys.
If you like what you hear, catch the fellas at MT6 fest at Windup on November 18, 2017.
It’s fun times with Andy Shankman aka Jumpcuts! Stay tuned for EXCLUSIVE!!! acoustic versions of tracks from his excellent offering, “Fiber Optic Bondage.” Thanks for doing that, Andy.
We cover his transition from band to a solo act, supporting a tour and meeting the Pixies. He tells an amazing story about playing a show the day his wife gave birth (don’t worry, friends, he made it back in time.)
We also learn that the rose ice cream from my local Halal market kinda tastes like soap.
Learn how his reporting informs his songs, including “The Guns of Baltimore,” which traces the flow of drugs and guns in Baltimore City and the county.
We also talk about the promising nonprofit BINJ, an org that hopes to soon fund reporting projects including a drug beat, a gun beat, and pieces by friend of the show Eze Jackson. Fund raiser site here.
In the spirit of the Sharks — who play it fast and loose in genres, band members and emotional content — we’ll cover a lot of different ground in this one. BUCKLE UP!
This is a fun one! A love fest with Quattracenta and a joy to be a part of.
I fan girl out about the record, the bass tone, how the guitars work together and drum sounds. The band says such nice things to Andrea about her drumming that they almost cry.
Sarah reminds us of the healing power of music. Bonus: learn about Joan’s practice space renovations and Christian’s Eagles cover band!
Woodfir stop in!
The noisy indie rockers (post-punkers might be better? Writing about music is hard …) talk about how they get their distinct sound. There’s no bass, but it feels like there’s a bass! Witchcraft.
There are several big ideas in the podcast, so if you can draw a moose, get in touch.
Come out to their Oct. 13 show at Windup Space!
NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH LIFE TRANSITION!
Mat Leffler-Schulman from Mobtown Studios will be packing up the fam and heading to Spain for a year!
While the physical Charles St. location will soon be bereft of life, an ex-studio, Mat will keep doing audio work and plans to freelance in other studios when he comes back.
What are his favorite Mobtown memories? What does the future hold? Take a listen and find out.
Sabbath and Lungfish influenced groovers Keeve and John from The Ward let me crash their practice space!
We talked a lot about what it means to be in a band when you’re no longer a teenager and have kids and a real job. Keeve shares a lovely story of seeing his son play at Ottobar and showing the youngster a poster of Keeve’s old band hanging in the club.
John talks about what it was like playing in a band for the first time at 48, and how it quickly became an important outlet.
Ten years is a long time and an eternity for a band.
Lushfarm stand the test of time and are gearing up to celebrate that milestone with an anniversary show and record release Sept. 16 at the Crown.
We discuss that new album Thoughts and Prayers, the band’s humble roots at Don Pablo’s and Binney’s run-ins with the likes of Jimmi Haha and the Good Charlotte guys.
BONUS CONTENT!!! Pat Benatar answers the question I pose to all guests: What advice would you give a younger artist or yourself when you were younger? Check out the Frederick News-Post’s 72 Hours for more on that interview.
Take one part jazz, one part hip-hop, pour over ice-cold flow, shake until you sweat and you have Soul Cannon.
We get a little heavy, talking about facing racism while touring Boston and Eze’s journey out of homophobia to become a leader of the marriage equality movement in Maryland. But we also talk staying positive, no matter what.
The band go over keeping sounds fresh, how adding new members changed the dynamic of the project and the members share a few tour stories involving nocturnal fisticuffs.
Holy Fingers: Mysterious. Visual. Beautiful like a venomous butterfly. (Those exist right?)
The dark groove rockers join Corridor Cast to talk about their upcoming record, going from an instrumental to a vocal band and how Dave can read Josh’s mind.
Keep an eye out for the new album by following them on Facebook or, most importantly, saying hi to them at shows!
Joseph Mulhollen of Joseph & the Beasts talks about their new, bombastic album Gold Light. We get a little heavy, discussing making music in an increasingly hostile culture, but then we throw some glitter on it. Always throw some glitter on it.
Do you like dreamy indie rock sounds? Of course you do!
Check out their new EP Keep it Wrong and stay tuned until the end of the episode for a very special acoustic performance of “Piscataway.”
Legends of Et cetera sit down to talk about ch-ch-ch changes.
Members of the indie pop outfit will be heading to college soon, but that won’t stop them from working on a new album and a new sound.
Which bandmate was a child model? The answer may SHOCK YOU! Listen to find out.
Turnt (Ducky Dynamo and Shawn Smallwood) come over for a visit! This one features Walt Ochab, who was in the Shipyard with Shawn. Tune in for his Power Rangers review.
Turnt talk touring, playing in bands, DJing a bondage show and why Leslie Jones and Amy Schumer bug Ducky.
Koye Berry talks his EP, The Living Room, playing out when you’re a pianist, faith, recording at home and more.
Originally broadcast Dec. 26, 2012
We talk with Al Shipley, musician, music writer and man of many projects, including Western Blot.