Jim Vallely has been a television writer since the 1980s. His story begins with a potentially-life-as-he-knew-it-ending drug charge, making his way to New York City, living in a creative commune with Larry David, finding success as a comedian and auditioning with Jim Carrey and Richard Pryor, to writing for Golden Girls, Arrested Development and more! Don't ya wanna know how it all unfolded?
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute and Ron rants about Game of Thrones and the Supreme Court. In his mind, he connects the two.
Maggie Rowe got bit by the extreme Christianity bug as a child and it implanted paranoia and fear. By 19, she was terrified of eternal damnation and checked herself into a Biblical-based psychiatric ward. Her book, Sin Bravely, chronicles her experiences in the ward. We walk through her story from childhood to entrance into the ward, and how she was able to overcome the dogma and evolve faith's role in her life.
Also, Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute.
Ron gives a summary of a Japandroids concert, a religious experience as far as he's concerned.
David Allan Hurst is a first and foremost a creator. He spent time in NYC during the early 90s punk movement where he formed a friendship with Jello Biafra and even had a few run-ins with GG Allin.
He ran for Congress, and even before the Primary it was apparent to him that those not in it for Hillary were not welcome. Interesting peak under the hood...
He is also well prepared for the zombie apocalypse.
David Robinson is maybe the most lovable punk rock footnote of the Chicago scene. He's written a few songs for Screeching Weasel, one of which helped somebody kick heroin. This is David's story as to how he became affiliated with the band and his career since. David's dabbled in music, writing, comedy and he's a Reverend with several successful mission trips.
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute and Ron presents a love song for the DNC.
In honor of 2 new affiliates on the dial Ron revisits one of his favorite moments from the vault, the Billy Bragg interview. Ron and Billy discussed what socialism means in context in different countries, Americana, compassion and more!
Also in this episode, Ron talks about an upcoming music show, pushback from the Billy Bragg interview when it initially aired.
Joe Sib runs a record label, does stand-up comedy, plays music, raises children and in his spare time breathes. He's the co-founder of Side One Dummy Records and via the skate parks in California discovered a world of music, creation and scene cultivation. Ron and Joe talk about skateboarding, meeting Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins, the early days of Epitaph and Side One Dummy, Bad Religion, and then move on to the present: Joe's comedy career and fatherhood. Dudes geeking out about music, what what!
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin rocks Monkey Minute and Ron riffs on Slayer posting a Trump photo.
Spencer Robinson has lived. An LA-native, early exposure to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones sparked an interest in music and he eventually found himself diving head first into LA's Garage Scene. Enter his first touring gig: Bassist for Lords of Altamont. During Spencer's time with the band a heavy push in Europe put the band on festivals with the Who, X, the Pixies and they became touring buddies with the Cramps. Quite a resume! Amidst all of this, Spencer got into counting cards, and started playing cards at casinos all over the country in between tours. Ron and Spencer discuss the art of counting cards, touring, music, and all of Spencer's experiences that have paved the road for the solo-music he is making now.
Also in this episode: Ron discusses Trump and Obama's farewell and U2, it's connected.
Angie Dorin checks in with a Monkey Minute.
Svetlanas are an Italian punk band that tours the world relentlessly. Their front-woman, Olga, was banned from Russia. We talk about why (hint: it has something to do with that whole no free speech thing a la Pussy Riot). This interview was conducted in downtown Los Angeles after their show outside of the venue. At one point it is broken up by a police officer. Hear Ron negotiate with law enforcement!
More about the band:
The most dangerous band in the world.
I swear to God their approach to music is still gross and strong like a Vodka shot
Also in this episode, Ron Placone talks about the experience of seeing the band and Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute.
Derek Sheen is a comedian. From his website: "Derek Sheen is a cuddly mess of insecurities, a gifted, one of a kind, storyteller. He’s quickly becoming a favorite among comedy fans all over the globe! He’s toured with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofolo and Rory Scovel! His debut album “Holy Drivel” was recorded by iconic metal producer Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Mastodon, Isis)" Since then Derek's pumped out his newest album, "Tiny Idiot", and is working on a book.
Derek's father was involved in organized crime. He specialized in enforcement, drug trafficking, and between stints in and out of jail served as a Government informant. Derek did not meet his father until his 16th Birthday, where he unknowingly served as his father's accomplice. At home, Derek had an abusive step-dad, and later, due to school not being for him Derek's mother unknowingly sent him to a Scientology boarding school. This was all before a Driver's License! Derek's had quite a life, we unpack some of it. Learn what it would really be like to have a Tony Soprano figure as a father!
Also in this episode:
Derek and Ron Placone met back in Seattle where Derek was one of the vets on the comedy scene and Ron was just getting started. Ron remembers times in the scene and early days on the road in the Northwest.
Krish Mohan rocks a FFON.
Angie Dorin checks in with a Monkey Minute.
Dave Landau is a Detroit-based comedian. His life has been wrought with police brutality, drugs, suicide, addiction, and that was just before his 18th Birthday. He recently released his first movie, "The King."
In this interview, he opens up about his past, including his father losing his fortune as a result of the for-profit health care industry, being beaten up by law enforcement on multiple occasions, and what he did on Last Comic Standing that made Roseanne mad (had to make some of the topics light.)