The House List Podcast
Summary: 'The House List' is a weekly podcast about the business of show, produced and hosted by Peter Agoston. Subscribe on iTunes: https://itun.es/us/OgAzfb.c We conversate with a wide range of friends and colleagues working in the music business & business of show. Music Journalists, Publicists, Promoters, Agents, Label owners, Artists, and much more. In the live-performance touring world 'The House List' is a term known as the designated guest-list for those closely affiliated with the venue. Over the years, I worked probably every job you can find in the music business, throughout that I've put a lot of people on countless house lists. Sure, many industry folks, but it's most fulfilling when it's just for a friend - letting them entry into something that other wise may be sold-out, closed off or hard to get into. All presumptuousness aside, that is kind of what I'm hoping for with this thing. My favorite memories from my years spent in night-clubs aren't as much the shows or parties, but the conversations with people in the midst of it all. Those one of a kind perspectives, rich and textured opinions from the well worn veteran of music. I got my start in radio and music magazine writing in the early 90's, this is me stepping back into that, at least for some fun chats with people I'm intrigued with. -Produced, hosted and recorded by Peter Agoston -Editing and Engineering by CJ Stewart -Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This episode's special guest Devin Horwitz and host Peter Agoston have known each other for years. In this episode the two track Devin's career as a writer/photographer (and rapper?) evolved into record label stalwart. Peer into this candid catch-up as they delve deep into the history of Devin's long-running Nature Sounds imprint, his years at High Times Magazine to interning at Creed Taylor's iconic CTI. They even dip into his seminal college years making demos with Aesop Rock and Blockhead). Most notably Devin and our host worked with DOOM (f/k/a MF Doom), and Peter plies the guest for tidbits on the elusive artist's whereabouts, rumored releases and more. Yo, have you subscribed on iTunes yet? He also recalls our guest loaning him some money when he was too poor for a train ticket home! Also: Note the episode opening snippet, from a decades+ interview Agoston did with Doom in 2003 - where they in fact mention Devin - talk about serendipitous! Both intro and outro tunes were also produced by Devin (circa 2001). This is a classic listen for any hip-hop head, DOOM fan, or aspiring record-label-runners .. only on 'The House List'.. Enjoy! And please don't forget to Subscribe on iTunes, rate it if you can as well! Many more to come! Tell a friend.
Welcome to our 20th episode! Have you subscribed on iTunes yet? Please move your finger up one centimeter and hit that button. Ok. We're good. So for this week's episode we celebrate with very special guest: singer, song-writer, thinker, multi-instrumentalist, Angel Deradoorian. We track her winding musical path from Sacramento to NYC, Baltimore to L.A. and back to NY... Many may have first been introduced to Angel's unmistakable harmonics during her time in Dirty Projectors or in appearances on records with Flying Lotus, Boots or The Roots. But our host remembers her more so as a co-worker from the 'olde' Knitting Factory (Leonard St. location) venue in Manhattan. Here Angel worked the door of a sub-level showspace known as only as the 'Old Office'. It was shortly thereafter that she released the unassuming EP 'Mind Raft', a project that at times felt both whimsical and dirge. It wouldn't be till 2015 that she'd finally unveil her debut 'The Expanding Flower Planet' (Anticon). Also, Her brother Aram played in metalcore band, Gay For Johnny Depp, which our host was pleased with himself for working into the conversation. That as much much more so join us for this special journey with Angel Deradoorian. Oh, and also, please subscribe!
"Goodnight Brooklyn" is a fantastic documentary about beloved Brooklyn venue Death By Audio. Host Peter Agoston spoke with the filmmakers, director Matt Conboy and producer Amanda Schultz candidly about its making as well as a history of the showspace itself. Having brought countless shows there as an agent, Agoston recounts some of the bands booked there in the intro, namely JEFF The Brotherhood, Arto Lindsay, Sun Araw, Fergus & Geronimo, Matthewdavid, Crocodiles, and several more. We delve into Conboy's own musical history, having played in numerous bands himself. The venue was a mainstay from 2007 to 2014 before closing in November of that year (Glasslands and 285 Kent, venues on the same city-block also vacating) to make room for Vice Media. This is a must listen if you ever enjoyed or performed shows at this great NYC music venue. "Goodnight Brooklyn" is also available on iTunes and Vimeo in the U.S. and Canada, with wider release to follow. More info at: goodnightbrooklyn.com - if you liked this one please subscribe on iTunes!
While Bronx, NY based The Legion technically only released the one album in 1994's 'Theme + Echo = Krill' (largely produced by Molecules himself), Hip-Hop connoisseurs will remember the break out singles & videos for "Jingle Jangle" and "Legion Groove" (not to mention Molecules appearance on Showbiz & AG's "Runaway Slave"). For what it set out to be, that LP is a masterpiece, an understated homage to The BX and pastiche to The World Famous DJ Brucie B's reign at The Rooftop hotspot (amid social scene where names like Alpo, Rich Porter and A.Z., held more clout than most of the era's rap stars. I've always considered myself a diehard fan of the group - listening to the album again in preparation reminded me of what a unique album it it (famously panned, if not misunderstood, at the time, by Cheo H. Coker (Luke Cage fame)) in The Source (2Pac Cover, Sept '94). When I caught word that producer Showbiz and The Legion's Molecules had recorded a forthcoming joint project together I immediately reached out to the guys from the Bronx-bred hip-hop trio to line up a convo with the Big Man 'Cules himself. It had been a few years but Molecules and I connected again right off the bat and you can tell within this conversation. This was essentially 'Cules first time sitting down really talking at length about his life and career - and we cover a lot of ground, so I'm really happy to present this! Bonus: The House List is now available on Google Play!
Shawn J. Period made an enduring mark in music during his prolific production output of the 90's - with his seminal hip-hop trio Down South (Big Beat/Atlantic) and later across a sprawling canvas for artists like Mos Def, Black Star, DJ Krush, Artifacts, Mike Zoot, Boot Camp and numerous others. Host Peter Agoston and Shawn J. dig deep into that period of time and bring it full circle in this rare and candid conversation on his life and career. After years of communicating on the phone and email this episode also marked the first time they met in person. Both natives of Virginia - we know Peter was excited to talk about that fact, so shouts to all those in or from VA listening! The true heads will definitely find this chat a treat and if you happen to be unfamiliar with this incredible multi-instrumentalist / producer, we hope it's a great primer to his catalog of music from then to now. Afterward, don't forget to subscribe!
This is certifiably an epic conversation. Marking our lengthiest episode to date, 'The House List' host Peter Agoston caught up with his old friend and collaborator Ge-ology. He is an incredible visual artist, painter/collage-art, soulful music producer and the Internationally touring club DJ. Growing up in Baltimore, Ge-ology graduated from The Baltimore School for the Arts, where he had (produced/DJ'ed) a seminal hip-hop group by the name of Born Busy with friend and classmate Tupac Shakur. Geo would also graduate from NYC's School of Visual Arts, which is where he'd befriend fellow-student and future collaborator Matt Doo. Together they formed 'Dooable Arts' amassing a mind-bending look-book of ground-breaking design work for print, album-covers, clothing and more - all sans the use of computers. Agoston and Ge-ology even breakdown the process behind his creation of the seminal Mos Def single 'Body Rock' in which he made the original art and record cover. It's an deep, in-depth conversation about growing up, art, DJing, music, Baltimore, and New York. Take your time with it and enjoy!
Welcome back! We usher in 2017 with an all new episode and the continuation of our conversation with booking agent/manager Michelle Cable, owner of Panache Booking. In this Pt. 2, we talk at length about Panache's move to Brooklyn in the mid 2000s, where our host Peter Agoston worked as an agent for some years. We go cover specifics with some of the agency's core acts past and present, including: Blowfly, Ty Segall, Monotonix, RTX/Royal Trux, The Spits, Mac Demarco + more - we got really in depth. Listeners get a candid look into the workings of the sought after boutique agency... there is MUCH more in this special 2017 kick-off episode, so get situated and press play. But if you haven't already, subscribe why don't ya? Happy New Year from 'The House List'!
In the final episode of 'The House List' for 2016, host Peter Agoston sat with old friend and colleague Michelle Cable in special extended two-part convo! Cable runs the highly respected Panache Booking agency - regarded worldwide as one of the more distinguished independent agencies in North America.. Panache currently represents a roster of beloved bands including: Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Reigning Sound + many more. The first part of this conversation we cover her origin story. Born in DC her family soon moved cross-country to the quaint Northern California town of Fortuna. When Michelle was in high school, she established Panache originally as a zine. Host Agoston first met Cable as a teenage publisher/show-promoter and would soon become a regular contributor to the distinctive DIY-rag. The two delve deep into Humboldt-talk - laying a rich landscape of context as old friends catch up and reminisce. Part Two continues into Michelle's move to NYC (+ most recently to LA) and the evolution of her magazine into a full-service touring/booking agency. There is a lot more covered too so enjoy part one and thank you for listening and all the support in 2016! Look for much more in the new year!
Ep. 13 - Brian Coleman - Many folks out there know how deep 'The House List' host Peter Agoston's hip-hop roots travel so it's always a treat when he can sit in conversation with a fellow hip-hop journalist/collector. Here Peter and Author/journalist Brian Coleman do just that. You may know Coleman from his books - authoring three definitive hip-hop music tomes in the last 5 years - the self-published 'Rakim Told Me' and 'Check The Technique' (pts 1 and 2) - essential reading from the curious, casual fan to the intellectual inquisitive music-thinker. Funk spelunking at its most thoro. A longtime Boston resident, we dig deep into more than just the music of hip-hop but the worlds of local punk/hardcore/ska. With such ground covered in his books - host Peter Agoston and Coleman cover some key bits on hip-hop's most revered full-lengths.. Brian is also a player in the 'Get On Down' release-series - the cats behind recent Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang and Slum Village 7" box-sets among many others. A must listen for burgeoning music writers and hip-hop heads alike. Ok.. enough bio-typing, just listen!
In this episode Peter Agoston sat with iconic underground show promoter Todd Patrick (aka Todd P). Undoubtedly, Todd's impact in the NYC underground/experimental music community is powerful - Establishing a platform for both kids and show-goers as well as countless bands/performers through a rotation of alternative All Ages show spaces (primarily Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint). We talk about his modest start at college in Texas, a chance meeting with Elliot Smith that inspired a move to Portland, OR that would find him running his first show space 17 Nautical Miles. We go deep into his history in venues and his experiences as a Independent promoter working aside a corporate music industry.. In lieu of what's happening with all ages/DIY show-spaces across the country, this episode couldn't come at a more fitting time. We hope you enjoy
Our very special guest is Minneapolis born & bred self-taught multi-instrumentalist/DJ/producer Andrew Broder. Outside of his many Anticon-related contributions, Many will know of Andrew through his work as 'Fog' - the solo bedroom producer project which evolved into a full live-rock band (releasing a handful of albums on Ninja Tune and Lex) - now finds Andrew back to form on a more solo-driven 5th full-length "For Good". We chat about his begins in Minneapolis, as simply, DJ Andrew, our mutual connection through the cult-classic magazine Life Sucks Die. He was about to go on a lengthy European tour before our conversation and is returning to NYC on 12/12 and 12/13 opening for Bon Iver at King's Theater. So why not share this now! Make sure you purchase "For Good" - we play a snippit of "Kid Kuma" at the end of the show.
In our special 10th Episode host Peter Agoston takes a moment to reflect on the tragedy at Ghost Ship in Oakland. Later we catch up with an old friend in show-promoting, Jake Szufnarowski (note Peter humorously attempting to pronounce his last name). Primarily known for his NYC based company Rock's Off, Jake is also the talent buyer/booker at Brooklyn Bowl London. Peter and Jake remember his days at seminal downtown NYC venues: Tramps and the Knitting Factory. We go into his time at Cannes with Kid Rock and U2, surviving some misadventures at Gathering of The Juggalos and his friendship with 'The King of the Surf Guitar', Dick Dale. Jake is also running 3 miles everyday of 2016 to build awareness for an educational fund set up at Boston's Berklee College of Music in memory of his late friend & band-mate Rockin' Rodney Speed. Jake is a one of a kind human being, an incredibly unique show promoter, and keen anecdotist. Enjoy the show.
Ep. 9 - Host Peter Agoston chats with Sound Engineer and Tour Manager, Melanie Renecker on this episode. The two were both employees of the Leonard Street location of famed music venue the Knitting Factory. Agoston went on to work as a booking agent while Renecker took her board-work as Front of House and Monitor engineer out on the road (most regularly with Deer Tick and it's many side-projects), she now lives in Austin, TX and spends much of her time working on the road. During out chat she was out with a singer/songwriter by the name of David Ramirez whom she had a show just hours later. This show is especially for all the touring FOH's, Monitor engineers, and tour managers.
Ep. 8 - S.H. Fernando Jr - As a special Thanksgiving weekend double-episode, we sat with Skiz, the multi-talented Harvard grad, writer/author, film-maker, producer and now chef, for a flavor-packed chat about his life and career. As the founder of WordSound Records, a label known for it's deep, dense dub/hip-hop releases, he's also been produced original music under the name Spectre since 1995. As a college-radio DJ while attending Harvard, Skiz met the founders of rap-tome The Source and shortly thereafter began a long journey into music writing - known globally for his amazing book 'The New Beats'(published in '94), Fernando quickly became one of Rap's earliest published authors. We reflect fondly about both of us working on the VH1 reality show, ego trip's 'The White Rapper Show'... Skiz also brought Anthony Bourdain to Sri Lanka for a taping of his show 'No Reservations', which we get the scoop on. Enjoy all this and more on 'The House List'!
This fantastic episode was recorded using the wonderful facilities at beloved free form radio station WFMU (91.1FM)in Jersey City, NJ, where our special guest Billyjam has held a long run show 'Put The Needle on The Record' for years. Yet Billy, a native of Dublin, Ireland, has a history in radio running rather deep and in our talk we uncovered his origin-story getting his start in radio in Berkeley, Calif in the early 80's. Working his way around various stations and eventually becoming a pivotal figure-piece on the Pirate Radio scene. Many folks know Billy for his work with a wide swath of Bay Area rap/hip-hop artists - from Mac Dre, Master P, E-40, RBL Posse, Andre Nickatina and many more - along with playing an influential roll in pushing performance DJ-culture to new heights with his famed HipHopSlam series, affiliations with Bomb Records, and more. Ok - now just listen to this great conversation with Billyjam - especially because we're both on our own mic's!! If you dig this - please subscribe & comment!