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.)
Ron Placone sits down this week's co-host, Carmen Morales, and the two discuss SOTU, David Bowie, amusement parks, touring and Florida in the winter.
Later, after seeing his set in Charlotte, Ron and TJ Miller (Silicon Valley, Chelsea Lately) have a raw and candid discussion about Philosophy, Nihilism, Love, Time, Language, Science and how Absurdism is woven in. Huzzah!
Craig Finn, best known as frontman for the Hold Steady, sat down with Ron Placone at a coffee shop in East Nashville. Topics include the Punk and Hardcore movements of the 80s and 90s, Poetry and Literature, Spirituality and Religion, Rock 'N' Roll, Songwriting, why Craig doesn't like Jim Morrison, the comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, the Replacements, and last but certainly not least, Craig's first solo effort, Clear Heart Full Eyes, and his upcoming album and tour. YES!!
Ron Placone was fully aware that Mack Dryden had first hand experience with Hunter S Thompson. So, he ended their interview by asking Mack to share some of those stories. Mack recalls Hunter's fireball trick, where he would literally blow a flame towards someone, Hunter's impulse to buy a boat one day in Key West, and more. These are just a few first hand accounts that confirm what we kinda already knew, yup, he was that weird. Yup, he lived it.
Interview with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Ian will be performing at the Ryman Auditorium October 1 and is currently promoting his new album, Homo Erraticus. We talk the new album, the recent departure of long-time guitarist Martin Barre and his new project, and album art and the delivery systems of music today.