Episode 364: Lazyeyes / Bad Cop

• March 27th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i am. life is getting back to normal in my post-sxsw world. i'm heading out to play shows with skyrocket this weekend, getting back to practicing with my band, johnny in the ladies room, putting these podcasts together, exercising and eating. normal stuff. anyway, i've been working on some new songs too. that's been fun and totally frustrating. we'll see what happens with these songs.

episode 364 is a double-header with brooklyn dream pop/shoegazers, lazyeyes and nashville indie rockers, bad cop. first up, lazyeyes comes in and we have a great conversation about everything... nu-metal, frosted tips, tacos, making music in the big apple and much, much more. then, nashville's bad cop stops by and we have a great conversation about the nashville rock scene, how the new line-up got together, their many e.p.'s, jeffery drag records and much more. both bands are amazing. i highly suggest buying them or checking them out on spotify. i hoe you enjoy getting to know lazyeyes and bad cop. i sure did. let's get down! 
ciao! -jg
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Episode 363: The Contenders

• March 24th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i'm still in a recovery mode from sxsw 2015. if you were here for it, i hope you're recovering. i had an eventful ending to the conference and now i'm just trying to get back to a normal life. it's surprising how much people are working during sxsw. i mean, i got out for 3 nights of it. otherwise, i just worked. i had so many podcasts to do and i was so tired from playing all week the week before with skyrocket. anyway, the result is a month of shows with bands from all over the world. i had some great conversations. i met some really cool people. if you're new to the show, welcome, enjoy, browse through old episodes on this site. 

my guests for episode 363 are americana duo, the contenders! singer/songwriter jay nash and drummer/songwriter, josh day, met on tour and pulled their strengths together and started this amazing duo. hey came ove to the aprtment during sxsw and we had a great talk about their journey and how they came together to form the contenders. jay lives in vermont and josh lives in nashville and we talked about how they make that work in this modern era. they have a fantastic new e.p. out called, meet the contenders. you can find out more about them at http://www.wearethecontenders.com/ i hope you enjoy getting to know jay and josh as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 362: The Accidentals

• March 20th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i am in the midst of sxsw 2015... i actually went out again yesterday after my interviews. go tot see kendall beard, the cringe, dead love club, partied at the rachel ray house and said hi to cops and the bass player from green day. the podcasts are going well. i've gotten to talk to bands/musicians from all over the world! it's been a real treat. i'm glad i'm doing them here in the apt. the conversations are longer, better and free from distractions. if you're here at sxsw, i want to invite you to an event tomorrow, the merch cat indie showcase at the lucky lounge, sat 3/21/15 at 12:30 pm! there will be bands, d.j.'s and the event will be hosted by ME! here's a link, check it out! https://www.facebook.com/events/770427789699691/

my guests for episode 362 are traverse city, michigan's very own, the accidentals! the accidentals are a young three piece that i met here during sxsw 2015. i heard their music a couple of months ago and invited them to do the show during sxsw. well, they came by, they're young (late teens) but total seasoned pros. they've played over 500 shows over the last three years, toured the states, written songs, got picked up by marshall crenshaw's production company, finally put school on hold to tour full time and much, much more. these are some super talented/hardworking musicians. they're also some of the funnest dorks you'll ever meet. i hope you enjoy getting to know the accidentals as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 361: Beats Delicious Festival 2015 Wild Adriatic / Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons / Topher Mohr / Skinny Lister

• March 17th, 2015
congratulations to our sponsor, strange brew loungeside for taking "best venue to play", "best club sound" and "best live music venue" in the 2014/2015 austin music poll!


hello friends! welcome to the first sxsw show of the season. on sunday, march 15th i got to go to the beats delicious festival at the stonehouse villa in driftwood, texas! i got to watch and talk to wild adriatic, angela perley & the howlin' moons, topher mohr and skinny lister. my friend amy and her crew at beats delicious pulled together a great festival showcasing all these great bands from all over, with local vendors promoting all their wares from make-overs to photo booths, a gin and juice bar, local brewries, food and more. the stonehouse villa was a gorgeous location and we got to do our interviews in the bridal suite. i was joined by kristi olberding who shot some gorgeous photos which i will post on our facebook page. if you'd like to see kristi's work, check out her website www.kristiolberding.com i hope you enjoy my conversations with these great bands as much as i did. i had a blast at the festival and i'm looking forward to next year. thanks beats delicious! let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 360: Mandy Rowden / Ashley Monical

• March 13th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. if you live in austin, sxsw 2015 is upon us. i'm getting my head around this whole week. i'm playing with skyrocket tonight and tomorrow, then sunday i'll doing the beats delicious festival and things won't stop for me until next sunday... i'm gonna be talking to a lot of people. tune in over the next month to hear my conversations with bands from all over the world. ashley monical stopped by the other day to talk to me about her kickstarter campaign for her new album which ends on april 8th 2015. here's a link, check it out. ashley's kickstarter.  ashley's a great artist, help her reach her goal!

my guest for episode 360 is singer/songwriter/girl guitar school founder, mandy rowden! mandy just put out a new album called, these bad habits, produced by the great joe carroll. she'l be heading out on tour soon, so look for her coming to a town near you. mandy stopped by the other day and we had a great conversation about her new album, how she was almost a juror on my mom's murder trial, girl guitar, my gay socks, growing up a home-schooled baptist and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know mandy. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 359: The Zoltars

• March 10th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i am. i ant to tell you guys about an event that we get to be a part of THIS weekend, beats delicious festival sunday march 15th at stonehouse villa in driftwood, tx. doors are at 1:30 pm and bands include, wild adriatic, angela perley, topher mohr and more. there will be local food and beverege vendors set up out there including real ale brewing, genius gin, cornucopia popcorn, simply delicious custom cakes and more. i'll be there interviewing bands for the podcast, so if you come out, say hi. here's the online invite rsvp and we'll see you there!

my guest for episode 359 is jared leibowich from one of my favorite new bands here in austin, the zoltars! i came across the zoltars when i was looking for bands to have on during sxsw, when i found out they were from austin, i hit them up and had jared on. they have just released a new self-titled album available on happenin' records. they've done a good amount of touring and are about to hit the road again soon. if you're in austin for sxsw go to thezoltars.com and find out where they'll be playing during the festival. i absolutely love their music and i thoroughly enjoyed getting to know jared. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 358: Shivery Shakes / Foster 5

• March 6th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're gearing up for the weekend. america is blanketed in freezing weather. i hope it's not too terrible where you are, just terrible enough to get to stay home for at least a day. austin hasn't seen the sun in 7 days! that sucks. i know there are worse places with less sun and war and famine and things like that, but the missing the sun for 7 days also sucks. okay, just stay warm and remember to listen to "how did i get here?" there are hundreds of episodes to listen to. do it! have a good weekend. i'd like to thank christopher durst and lisa dahl from foster5.org and they talk about this incredible new non-profit helping low-income/at-risk kids with artistic proclivity. check it out!

my guests for episode 358 are pop band, shivery shakes! i came across this band while looking for bands to talk to during sxsw. i heard their music, fell in love and invited them on the show. it turns out, i know william from another band he was in years ago called, zipper. anyway, i invited the guys over to talk about their journey, their dreams, their fears and much, much more. they brought me a vinyl copy of their brilliant new album, three waves and a shake, it's awesome. you should get it. they'll be performing 3 times during sxsw 2015, if you haven't seen or heard them, do yourself a favor. here's a link to their site http://www.shiveryshakes.com/ go. get involved. i hope you enloy getting to know shivery shakes. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 357: Extreme Heat

• March 3rd, 2015

hello friends! i hope the world is treating you well. i'm good. i have a frantic week of rehearsals with multiple bands, shows with different bands, podcast stuff, dinner with rockers and more. i'm glad because this weather makes it easy to NOT go outside. to NOT got do stuff. and i've had kind of a cold since saturday. woke up this morning feeling much better and i'm ready to rock. are you?

my guests for episode 357 are austin soul/funk institution, extreme heat! after 40 years of playing together, bruce spelman and mike barnes stopped by with a box of memorabilia, a quilt made of shirts from venues they've played, vinyl albums and their memories to tell the story of of their band, extreme heat. i've been seeing them for 30 of those 40 years. i still share the bill with them both, solo and with skyrocket and i still love seeing them play. this is a great story. mike and bruce came by and laid it all out, playing the armadillo, the crazy 80's, touring, taking a break, on stage heart attacks and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know these legendary cats. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 356: Tommy Mack & The Lifters

• February 27th, 2015

hello my friends! i hope you're all heading into the weekend with awesome plans. maybe you're going to see some music. maybe some music needs you to come see it. i say you look up your favorite local entertainment guide, be it online or even analog newsprint, find yourself a band to see. if you like them, buy their album, cd, download card, t-shirt, sweatshirt or any other merch they have. like their facebook page, follow them on twitter and instagram. what i'm saying is, get out there this weekend and see some music. if you like it, support it. get involved. 

my guest for episode 356 is the talented and always entertaining, tommy mack! tommy mack & the lifters have ben playing around for a while. they have a couple of rocking albums out. you can find them, their music and when they're playing at thelifetrs.net. i've known tommy for over 20 years and we've been trying to do this podcast for the last two years. we finally got it together and had a great conversation about the hard rock scene in the 80's, the a.r.c. (austin rehearsal complex), the backroom, continental club and much, much more. i hope you enjoy my conversation with tommy mack. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 355: Wild Adriatic Returns! / Pick With Austin

• February 24th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. this year is just flying by isn't it. i hope you're finding the time to stop and smell the roses. how did you like the oscars? i always think i'm going to like those things, but i really have more fun just making fun of everything than actually watching the show. especially on twitter. i loved "boyhood" & "birdman". i would've taken either as best picture. i am sad that the drummer guy in "birdman" didn't "qualify" for an academy award. that was one of my favorite things in a movie EVER! i've been doing podcasts every day this week. i have a lot of great shows coming in the next few weeks. plus, SXSW is coming! run for your life!!!!

my guests for episode 355 are new york rockers, wild adriatic! this amazing rock and roll band just moved to austin to write songs, taking on a saturday night residency at empire control room and garage. they're releasing a new e.p., never enough on tuesday, march 17th 2015. this is the guys' second appearance on the show. they were on last year while they were here on tour. anyway, we had a great conversation about their recent european tour, how they make songs, life in the van, how spotify helps them spread the word, mateo's love of merchandise, we talk gear and just what the hell they're doing in texas for 6 weeks. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. plus, laurie hebert from pick with austin stops by and talks about their current instrument drive. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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