Strange Days

Its bizarre how things work themselves out. For the last year and a half I worked at a failing dot com company. The job wasn’t awful, but it was mind numbing in such a way that it hurt to slow down my brain to their operating levels.

When I began working at this company, we would work ten hour days, four days a week. We were allowed to bring in our Ipods, and i had a slightly outdated 60gig IPOD with a broken screen. I quickly tired of the massive amounts contained on the device. I sought out something more, and that more lead me to the stand up comedy albums and spoken word performances that I had previously downloaded.

Henry Rollins spoken word lead me on a trek to find more. I had listened to a few Podcasts in during the infancy of the format, and I remembered that they were FREE, so I went off in search of some with Henry Rollins.

It was that search that lead me to Marc Maron and his WTF Podcast. Marc had a cool and conversational style, but with enough aggression that would suck the listener into this world that Marc created. I was hooked instantly. WTF lead to Doug Benson, which lead to Joe Rogan which lead to This American Life and the trek went on. My days flew by! The hours and hours rolled by.

Then my company laid off over half of its employees a year ago. In the aftermath I started questioning what I was doing with my life. I wanted back into the music journalism world that had welcomed an Oh so Naive teenager in the late 90’s.

I strung together a few of my old interviews and threw up what i call the Flashback episodes. They did not take off as I wished, but the bug lingered. I found myself with more money in my pockets. I bought a little bit of equipment and off we went… The Chuck Ragan interview, The Micah Schnabel episode and BAM! I was addicted. Here we are just a few short months later and this is all I want to do.

I love this. With my nice little severance package from that failed dot com, I’m going to sink even more money into this show. We’re going to take this bad boy to the next level. I couldn’t be more excited to leave a job, but the question remains…. If I didn’t have that job, would I have found these podcasts? Or maybe they found me….

Scars.

I talk about this subject in the intro to today’s show, but its still bugging me.

Before I did this week’s interview with Kris Roe from the Ataris, I posted on Facebook if anyone had any questions for Kris. I got the usually snarky shit from all my friends. The one comment that really irritated me went a little like this: “Why on Earth would anyone interview you in 2012?”

Kris Roe and The Ataris hit it HUGE, and then they came back down that ladder. We’re going to talk with a ton of people who are on their way up the ladder, but the people I find most fascinating are the ones on the other side. The one who have fallen, or in the case of Kris Roe, chose to get off the ladder.  You’re not going to make that fall and not have a few scars.

I have scars, both physical and mental. I’m attracted to them, and the stories they have to tell. We are not our scars, but they are a part of us.

Would you rather hear Justin Beiber tell his life story or Danny Trejo? I for one would rather hear what Danny has to say.

So expect us to do more interviews with “Washed up has beens.” We’re still going to interview the up and comers, but the real meat and potatoes will always come from the old, beat up guys. They have all the best stories to tell.

What are your scars?

 

 

Baby Steps.

I’ve never been sure what to use this space for. I thought I would write witty anecdotes about life and the show, but every time I sit down to write something in this little spot, I’m usually still drunk or hungover and the words don’t flow out.

I’ve been a little bummed out this show hasn’t taken over the world yet. We’re averaging a small amount of downloads, but as with every parent, we want more for our kids.

I was having a little pity party for myself the other day at my day job. I sat back and listened to the wonderful Nerdist podcast, and that day’s guest was Mr. Conan O’Brien. He talked a lot about his early years and the uncertainty of his show and how it was almost always about to be canceled. He talked about how awful those first few shows were and the challenges inherit about making a daily show and how he had to learn on the job.

Then it dawned on me. These are my early years. I don’t want a thousand downloads an episode. This is just a reminder to myself, I’m still learning how to do this thing. I’m still figuring out the voice and the format of this  show.  Its kind of like playing open mics around town before you get to open for the nationals and before you tour your ass off for years and then eventually become the national. I want to skip all that and just be the national.

So Conan’s interview really helped me figure out my little place in the world and take off the pressures I’m putting on myself.

Why am I talking about this, you ask? Well there are a wealth of EXCELLENT podcasts out there. My favorites are the ones about creativity, and the knowledge and advice acquired seep into every aspect of my life.

This show is basically a rip off of WTF with Marc Maron, The Nerdist and a little known show, Making It With Riki Lindhome (Riki is one half Garfunkel and Oates.) If you guys are creative types, struggling with your inner voice, or maybe your friends telling you that you are wasting your time. Stop by these wonderful little podcasts and learn from the guys who have been there. You’ll learn a LOT.

Above all, my favorite piece of advice has come from an episode of Making it, in which Thomas Lennon  of Reno 911 & The State, speaks of his rules. The one that spoke out most to me was, “Do not ask permission, Just do it.” And no longer and I asking my friends If i should do this, or do that. I’m just doing it. Hence why i have T-shirts after only 9 episodes and Pint Glasses on the way.

So go take a little listen. They’ll make your day fly by as you become a fly on the wall listening to these actors, comedians,  authors and other creatives talk about their lives and creative process.

Boatless Booze Cruise

I just got home from working a Sunday night local Juggalo show. Now, if you don’t know what a Juggalo is, I envy you. They are the children of America who have fallen through the cracks. They are the reason why drugs should remain illegal in the country. I’m all for legalizing marijuana, but I really do think its making the children of these subcultures stupider. I mean, White boy reggae is fucking huge right now, and I blame marijuana on that… What the fuck is wrong with the people these days….

So my brain hurts and i need to shower off the disgusting-ness of the night. I’m sitting here drinking a mighty fine Santa Fe Brewing Company Imperial Java Stout. My buddies Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas are playing on the record player. I’m racking my brain for what to write for this week’s blog. I didn’t even write on last week. So let’s just write about what i know. I know me.

Thursday night i sat off to Fort Collins, Colorado to see this week’s special guest Mr. Brendan Kelly.  I drive a 1991 Honda Civic station wagon. Its beat to hell. It snowed in Colorado Springs that Thursday afternoon and i tweeted, “My car may look like Danny Trejo, but it drives like Ryan Gosling.” I thought it was clever, but of course the damned car broke down a meer 30 miles away from Fort Collins.

I sat in my old roommate Paul’s apartment in Denver. He went to bed early, and I sat in his living room drinking whiskey by myself. This calm, cool feeling came over me and the words of Douglas Adams rang in my head:  “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Life is funny and weird and if you listen it will tell you its secrets. I was lucky enough to hear it. I spent that night in Denver reading Brendan Kelly’s wonderful little blog, The Bad Sandwhich Chronicles. I listened to the Broadways and I just fucking had a great time hanging out by myself.

All because my car broke down and I spent hours reading about Brendan. I got what i think is the BEST episode of this show yet. I made the best of it, and we got the best results.

I’m a lucky man. I hope you enjoy this week’s show. I want to break some of my own personal records with this show. You can find me on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/dammitdamian , I know its not much, but I’m going to give away two or three Mostly Harmless shirts. All you have to do it Retweet the tweet i posted right here: https://twitter.com/#!/DammitDamian/status/174064259406381056

I’m working on something for Facebook as well. Still trying to figure that out, but Retweeting is quick, easy and painless… And you might get a cool t-shirt (screen printed by Mr. Chad Price from ALL/Drag The River and his shop, Wounded Heart Press!)

If you like what you hear, spread the word. Thanks buddies!

 

 

Further harrowing adventures into the beyond!

Welcome back friends! I’m super excited to bring you this week’s episode with Mr. Frank Turner. As you’ll hear in this week’s episode I’ve been following him quite some time after finding him on accident. His songs have had quite an impact on this silly little life I lead and I’m thankful he sat down and talked with me!

Not going to lie, I was really hoping for a bit of a love connection. I fell in love with his tour videos and once upon a time I said to myself that I wanted to be his friend. I was hoping that after this interview he would swoop me off and take me on the road. We’d have adventures. We’d hang out. We’d get each others name tattoo on our backs. But alas, this was not the love connection I sought and instead I think I gave Frank the creeps…

T-shirts are IN! Thanks to Mr. Chad Price of the Descendents side project ALL & Drag The River fame. He runs a fantastic little screen printing shop called WOUNDED HEART PRESS out of Fort Collins, Colorado. He makes merch for The Descendents, All, The Triple Nickel Tavern, Cory Branan, Drag The River and a hundred other bands and businesses that I can’t remember. Thanks to Chad for making our wonderful little shirts. These shirts are available by clicking our STORE tab at the top! If you need merch, give Chad a call. Tell him we sent you!

Next week we interview Suburban Home’s newest victims: ARLISS NANCY! They’re putting out what’s going to be one of your favorite albums of 2012! Check back next week!

Hello Friends!

This week is a special episode for me. Growing up, I was a gigantic nerd. I know its hard to imagine… I would sit in my room for hours and hours and amerce myself into the world of Comic Books.

As I grew, so did my tastes in comics. I still like the occasional super hero yarn, but I found myself more into the works of Harvey Pekar, R. Crumb, Jeff Smith and books like Charles Burns’ Black Hole.

The original incarnation of Mostly Harmless Magazine was to combine all my loves of pop-culture into one ‘zine. With this weekly podcast, I hope to do the same. Be on the look out for more and more Film makers, comic book creators, writers and MORE in these upcoming episodes! We’re working on starting a blog to feature non-audio interviews with these guys as well as reviews of their works!

Thanks to Noah Van Scriver for being the first non-musician to be featured in an episode of Mostly Harmless! If you are new to this podcast, check out some of our music episodes. Like us on Facebook and stay tuned! We have a lot more coming, and a lot more up our-sleeves!

 

Mr Toad’s Wild Ride.

Hello Friends!

This weekend I saw the absolute best show i have ever seen in my entire 30 years on this planet. The Descendent with Hot Water Music. My two favorite bands on one stage, on the same night. I “moshed” like a 16 year old, and god damned is my poor old body paying for it today…

Unfortunately, I could not score any interviews, and thank god. I got to just let it all go and have one of the best times of my life. The weekend was full of great friends, real talk, and great music. This was one for the books, folks!

During the course of the weekend I was fortunate enough to meet many listeners, many of whom I have never met before. It was overwhelming and quite wonderful the feedback I received this mighty fine weekend. I can’t believe how well received these first few episodes have been.

If you like what you hear, please remember to “LIKE” us on Facebook and if you can, leave us a little love on our Itunes page. This helps boost the profile of the show and it gives PR agents and music managers a good idea of who our audience is.

I’ve built a STORE page on the website. I have some T-shirts on the way. These T-shirts are made by my great buddy CHAD PRICE and his company Wounded Heart Press. Chad Price is the sometimes lead singer of the Descendents side project ALL and one half of the lead singing duo of DRAG THE RIVER. His new Screen printing company does all the screen printing for The Descendents/All, Drag The River, Suburban Home Records, The Triple Nickel Tavern, and MORE! Check out his work and prices at:  http://www.woundedheartpress.com/

I’ve got a busy week coming up. I’m interviewing FRANK TURNER on Tuesday in Albuquerque (!!!!) and on Wednesday I’m going to harass Evan Dando of THE LEMONHEADS and try to score an interview with him if he is interested. Cross your fingers!

Thank you all for listening. Thank you for your feedback. Four episodes in, this is a wilder, more satisfying ride than I ever could have imagined. I would not trade this for the world.

xoxo
-Damian

THANK YOU!

Season one launched last week with our episode with Micah Schabel of Two Cow Garage. My jaw is still on the floor, guys. My expectations were not only exceeded, but exceeded TWICE. I’m flabbergasted by how many of you wonderful people downloaded the episode and told your friends.

I’d like to send a special shout out to Bryan at ninebullets.net for his kind words. Its what sent that episode over the top! Make sure you check out his wonderful website. Its the absolute authority on the best up and coming Americana/Alt-Country/Rock N Roll!

If you like what you hear, please leave us a review on our ITUNES page, or send me a message! It means the world to hear that people are enjoying the show! (And it helps us gain more access to more artists!)

We have a lot of exciting things in the works. We’re really excited to bring you this week’s episode with VIRGIL DICKERSON of SUBURBAN HOME RECORDS! He’s one of my best friends and greatest allies in this thing we call a career! Let us know what you think and stay tuned… We’re just getting started!

Mostly Harmless Season One Starts Today!

Welcome to the official launch of Season one of the Mostly Harmless Podcast. I’m super excited for all this season has to bring. I’ve been having a blast going out and interviewing my buddies and heroes for this show.

Every Monday for the next 10-12 weeks we will have a new episode of The Mostly Harmless Podcast. We’ve already three more episodes after today’s in dept, candid talk with Two Cow Garage’s Micah Schnabel. Those episodes feature Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records, Chris Fogal from The Gamits, TaunTaun & Back in Blahm Recording Studio & Comic book creator extraordinaire Noah Van Scriver!

We’ve got the following interviews not done, but on tap: Flogging Molly, The Smoking Popes, Cheap Girls, Shane Sweeney from Two Cow Garage and MORE!

Make sure you “LIKE” us on Facebook and Subscribe to us on Itunes to make sure you NEVER miss an episode! If you like what you hear, make sure to send us an email at mostlyharmlesspod (at) gmail (dot) com!

We’ve Launched!

Welcome to 2012. We’ve officially launched with the MOSTLY HARMLESS PODCAST! Episode #1 with CHUCK RAGAN from HOT WATER MUSIC is up and running. You can find it in the Podcast section above, or on Itunes under Mostly Harmless Podcast.

This is a pilot episode and we’ve posted it to incite and tantalize you, before we officially launch season one of the Mostly Harmless Podcast.

Episode #2 with Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage will launch here in couple of weeks. We’ve also got interviews with Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records, Jon Snodgrass from Drag The River, Chris Fogal from The Gamits, and many, many more surprises!

This website is still a work in progress! Keep checking back for more updates and changes!