Andy Verdecchio (Five Iron Frenzy) has been through the fires of life and lived to tell about it. We talk about his days growing up fighting in south Philly, older brothers, improvised drum hardware, dumpster fires, scary sandwich shops, fun nickname inducing hairdos, shantytown gigs, how he put his faith in something different, his tougher than nails cancer-survivor wife and more. Somebody gets stabbed in the head. It's not him, don't worry! Also, a special guest appearance from Walter, Andy's cat.
Randy Torres (Nyves, Crash Rickshaw, Project 86) was just a teenager when he starting off on his journey into music and sound. After making records with Project 86 and Crash Rickshaw he would later re-locate to the pacific northwest, spending time at Tooth & Nail Records and Microsoft. But bigger things were in the works and he would soon be headed back down south and into the desert. It's not all glamour, though, as Randy de-mystifies the actual hard work of making films for Hollywood.
Joby Harris (Crash Rickshaw, NASA) left his home in Pennsylvania for Hollywood to follow a dream inspired by Death Stars, Wookies, Droids and the special effects that created them. But it was friendship and two miracles that aided him in his pursuits of music and design. He dubs my laugh a "Power Massage" and explains to me the importance of long hair as a symbolic entry point to the counter culture. We also talk about anxiety, his time at Disney Imagineering and the downsides of working with toxic dangerous chemicals.
It's trivia time on Urban Achiever! Listen in as drummer Chris Raines of Sunndrug, Norma Jean and Spitfire attempts to name all the tracks on Def Leppard's "Hysteria" album and then turns the tables on me to name the first 20 releases on Tooth & Nail Records. It's not all fun and games as we also discuss the perils of owning a record store, dubious touring van situations, popular songs in strip clubs and more!
I had no idea that Slick Shoes drummer Joe Nixon was born in another country. I also didn't know he grew up listening to Engelbert Humperdinck. These are just a few of the shocking revelations from this fun chat with my pal Joe. We also dig in to how he met shredder guitarist Jackson Mould, good places to day drink in the desert and much more. It's going to be sick!
My guest this week, Kat Jones (Kat Jones & The Prophets), has found inspiration in everything from the musical Annie to horror movies like Leprechaun and Ginger Snaps. Her personal journey has taken her from Fresno to Oklahoma to Edinburgh to Nashville to Oregon and back - running from the mob, surviving floods, dabbling in witchcraft and more along the way. And in the midst of it all she has heard God speak, often directly, in a way she feels in her bones. Get ready for a glorious time!
They say that New York is "The City That Never Sleeps" but it's also "The City That Is Never Finished" and the same can be said of me and my trip through this life. I just survived 36 and then some of the most challenging days I have experienced. I am happy to be on the other side, moving forward. Thanks for listening!
100 Episodes! I know, I can't believe it either. I spent the last month figuring out a way to celebrate or commemorate or something. And, unfortunately I came up empty. So, here's another 17 or so minutes of me ruminating on my life and various "struggles." Thanks for listening! Here's to another 100 and more!