The House List Podcast
Summary: The House List' is a weekly podcast hosted by Peter Agoston. He talks to a wide spectrum of people, mostly in music. Some are performers, artists and some aren't. Like booking agents, publicists, managers and journalists. We produce at least 1 show a week, sometimes two. All episodes are recorded in-person. Subscribe on iTunes! https://itun.es/us/OgAzfb.c Also available on SoundCloud, Stitcher and Google Play! Advertisers: firstname.lastname@example.org -Produced, hosted and recorded by Peter Agoston -Editing and Engineering by CJ Stewart -Any advertising or live booking inquires: email@example.com
On this episode host Peter Agoston and DJ Jonathan Toubin track the New York Night Train curator/promoter's life and career by way of a lesson or two in regional music history. The Soul Clap and Dance-Off master JT breaks down a bit of Post-War Soul with a dash of post 9/11 NYC and mid 90's Texas to match. We hear of his DJ tour in Israel, the lineage of his many NYC residencies and the two reflect on overcoming their own individual tragedies to break back into the other side. It's an epic chat ripe with anecdotal gems and personal revelations. Don't forget to subscribe and comment! This episode is sponsored by House of Marley's brand new 'Stir It Up' Turntable - email us by JUNE 1st to enter to win a free one at firstname.lastname@example.org
In this episode host Peter Agoston sat and spoke with guest Michael Alig in a candid look back on New York City nightlife - somewhere between the years 1985 and 1992, give or take. They talked about Alig's first parties at The Danceteria and his infamous work within Peter Gatien owned clubs: The Limelight, Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA. The Building, The Cooler, The World, and more. Established around this period was the nightlife-centric zine 'Project X', where Alig was co-editor (w/ Club Kid queen, Julie Jewels) documenting the scene from his vantage with the wry 'Club Rub' column. They spoke of Leigh Bowery, Tiny Tim, Vito Bruno, DJ Keoki and more. Illustrating further the deep-rooted NYC nightlife narrative. All while the two sift thru boxes of vintage party invitations.
The House List traveled to Winooski, Vermont with a special taping in front of a live studio audience for the 'Waking Windows' music/art festival. Peter Agoston and his very special guest MILO meet for the first time and talk about life, rap, recording, touring and all the innuendo in between. Joined by production/label partner Safari Al (aka s.al), this marks the first time ever 'The House List' podcast is recorded live. Can't you tell from the mics? It was a fun, exhilarating experience and we hope that if you aren't already hip to MILO and his 'Ruby Yacht' projects that you may be inspired to start checking for 'em. If you're fan, then you're in for treats. Just don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud et al and tell a friend on a message board of any kind to check this out. Special thanks goes to Waking Windows & WBTV-LP / 99.3FM in Burlington, VT.
Back with another very special episode of The House List, here we sat down with Brooklyn's own Mr Voodoo - yes, that Mr Voodoo (aka Agu Obiakor) of Natural Elements. We track the history from childhood to present day. Canvasing a NYC of another era, where Agu, became the 'poet laureate' of beloved late night radio show 'The Underground Railroad'. Hosted by J-Smooth on the revered WBAI 99.5, Agu honed his craft from intern to co-host, all the while developing what come to be one of the 'underground' hip-hop era's most respected voices. With only a few physical releases to speak of, Voodoo's notoriety grew across the globe through the 90's as demos and never-released songs made their way to NY radio and on cassettes copied and traded the world over. Voo's work as a soloist, with Natural Elements and for the imprint Fortress Records are sought after pieces of art on wax. For the fans and heads - this will be a treat and for those who many only come to know of his this very moment, we hope it'll lead you down a path of discovery. Just don't forget to subscribe and rate the podcast on iTunes and share freely with the world. Thank you!
... And just like that we follow-up with Part 2 of our very special, exclusive, Grand Buffet mini-series. Today we located big man Lord Grunge, deep in the hills of Pittsburgh for this candid, candor filled conversation. From his vantage point we try and track the history of the group, when Peter Agoston and GB connected, the importance of Gil Mantera's Party Dream, and the story behind his one-act play "Pittsburgh Batman". One thing is sure about Grand Buffet, beyond their comedic genius - is there deep love of music resonates vividly when you start talking to both of them. Dig into this great chat with two old buds who haven't seen one anudder in ages and don't forget to share this show with any other pals across the land whom may need to hear. Thank you! See you at the Friday Fish Fry!
As a very special two-part mini-series host Peter Agoston traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to locate the members of Grand Buffet, the influential, if not uncategorically brilliant Mrs. Paintbrush, f/k/a Grape-A-Don, p/k/a Jackson and Lord Grunge. Recorded separately, in different parts of the city, over the course of 2 days, the first episode finds Agoston and Jackson talking the vocalist's personal and professional history in great detail and aplomb. They hadn't seen each other in 10 years (as it goes for Lord Grunge and Peter), so, naturally, a lot needed to be discussed. Please make sure you listen to both conversations for the full experience! And don't forget to subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud and if you are already a fan of Grand Buffet - please share with other GB fans that are wondering what happened to these frat bros.
Powerule's story in the music business is broken in half and explored honestly and candidly in this great convo. When the only hip-hop label-mate in sight was 2Pac, whose seminal debut dropped the same year, Powerule's debut LP on Interscope Records was both the blessing and curse to follow the group for a long time. Yet the late 90's found Prince Power as the definitive 6th man in the indie rap 12" boom, delivering near perfect singles back to back to back. But it could have all been different had he just decided to focus on baseball professionally. We go there and back and get a read on the upcoming Mets squad from our very special guest Prince Powerule! Thanks for tuning in and please subscribe and spread the word!
Special double-episode this week! As we are promoting our show in Brooklyn on Sat, April 8th at Sunnyvale... Peter Agoston and Lofty305 re-connect after several years to talk the history of the Miami cult-favorites METRO ZU and the ever evolving career arc of Lofty305. From 2011 to the present Lofty has produced and released hundreds of full albums many of which he gave away as free downloads upon release. Seemingly endless vaults of songs and experiments, beloved by their fans (our host included). We talk about the history and influence of Metro Zu, Lofty's relationship with his brother Ruben Slikk and the future ... not to mention the Lamborghini Lofty was commissioned to paint for Art Basel.
It's Showtime! Fantastic conversation with Brooklyn's own, the one Bobby Simmons. Drummer of the Original Hip-Hop Band: Stetsasonic. .. Just Say STET. Classic stories abound as host Peter Agoston and Bobby talk about the seminal years of iconic trend-setting ensemble Stetsasonic. Like the making of "No BS Allowed" video while playing a show opening for Stacy Lattisaw in Norfolk, VA. We delve into Bobby's long-running career as New York City TV host, from his years producing 'Flava Videos' to his current program The Bobby Simmons Show on frplive.tv.. Also, Bobby reveals he played the drums on the Red Hot Chilli Peppers mega-hit "Higher Ground" and drops some anecdotes on both Prince and Biggie. We also break down the infamous history of "Go Stetsa". He's a music historian, and cultural preservationist (our term), and we were thrilled to build with the man. Lots of stories! Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes!
We're all new with another exciting episode of The House List - this week we sat with beloved New York City show promoter/curator Stephen Dima. Yes, the one and only. Many bands & agents know Stephen for his work in establishing the NYC's South Street Seaport as destination for live music in the city. Through River To River, 4Knots, Seaport Music Festival, Little Water Radio and more - if you saw live music at the Seaport, most likely it's because of Stephen. We also talked about his tenure as the show booker at the World Trade Center and his years producing the New York Comedy Festival. As a native New Yorker, Stephen has stories .. we go there and back. This was terrific fun to record. I could write thousands of words just detailing our talk, so do me a solid and just listen. Subscribe while you are at it!
Classic 'clip show' on The House List! Especially designed for the listener on-the-go so we've kept the running time under an hour. We picked out a few clips from previous podcast episodes (Fiona Bloom, Dam-Funk, Billy Jam, Michelle Cable, Just-Ice) so if you've never had a chance to check them out - this'll be an appetizer that we hope will lead you to the full episode! Also included is a short clip of Peter Agoston and NWA/Ruthless Records manager Jerry Heller talking in 2006, a radio clip with S.F. MC Z-Man circa 2003, a short drop (with a long set-up explanation) by DJ Mix Master Mike from 1999 and a pseudo interview with a taxi driver with aspirations to make beats. Enjoy!
We've usher in our 25th Episode of 'The House List' with super special guest John Chavez. As a well known Booking Agent, many the countless artists/bands that Chavez has built and established in the touring industry - to name a few: Cloud Nothings, Real Estate, Vivian Girls, Deer Tick, Fucked Up, Wavves, Woods, Titus, Andronicus, Ponytail, Whitney, et al. For a brief period we worked together at the Knitting Factory, during the days of the Free Agency into his continued tenure at Ground Control Touring. We talk growing up in L.A., Grinnell College, living in Olympia, starting out at Kill Rock Stars, living in Bushwick venue Silent Barn. This is also a special "SXSW" episode, my first time at SX was traveling down there with John years ago. If you are listening to this down in Austin - show your screen to someone standing by you and say "hey dude, you gotta check out this podcast, it's awesome". Thanks!
Kirby Dominant's roll in the proliferation of Bay Area's storied hip-hop history is nothing short of integral. As an MC, His seminal debut album, "Rapitalism: The Philosophies Of Dominant Pimpin" was pressed-up in part by grant moneys he funneled from UC Berkeley while as a student there - yet that just one of the many sides of Kirby Dominant. In our revealing conversation we talk on growing up, his early years of being shuffled from from place to place between the Bay Area to San Bernardino. A philosophical raconteur who built himself from the ground-up. We also chat about the likes of Roy Hargrove, Mystik Journeyman ... Kemetic Suns, Fundamentals, Burnt Batch, Konceptual Dominance, Kirb & Chris, Paranoid Castle, and so much more - so if you are hip to those - you are in for a treat. If you've never heard of Kirby Dominant before than his story may certainly capture your attention, a long time friend of our host Peter Agoston, enjoy this candid chat and make sure to seek out Kirby's various musical output afterwards ..... at the same time why don't ya subscribe on iTunes and rate our podcast if you be liking it! Share it freely among friends! Thanks.
For this episode host Peter Agoston met our special guest James Pants at his place of employment in Manhattan. After spelunking the nerve center, the two situated themselves in a situation room and recorded this conversation. Most music fans know James Pants work from his releases on the Stones Throw imprint - spanning 5 full-length albums and twice as many singles. After half-a-decade in Cologne, Germany, James's musicianship and tastes evolved greatly. We talk about some key European tour experiences, growing up between Spokane, WA and Austin, TX, and his work both in the nerve-center as well as his tenure at RedBull Music Academy. It ends up being a reflective conversation on a career in transition. There are gems that can only be uncovered when an artist is well off a publicity campaign. James will tour Australia in April - make sure you catch him! Also - don't forget to subscribe & rate us on iTunes!
Peter Agoston reports from the field in this very special addition to 'The House List' podcast (have you subscribed yet?)... We have a most outstanding guest this week! The world renowned Modern-Funk pioneer, producer/multi-instrumentalist, live-show takr, record breaker, Pasadena's native song, Damon Riddick aka Dâm-FunK. Since Peter and Dam have worked closely for years, we felt it would be a bit more creative to talk about stories not related to the many projects they've been a part of .... so why not start with your first ever DJ gig (in Eagle Rock, opening up if you will, for Kam) and go from there. While preparing for a club-date in Brooklyn, NY that night, the two guys linked up in the wee hours to talk high school, growing up in L.A., Damon's humble beginnings drumming in comedy-club housebands and how influential the late, great Ricky Harris was during that phase in his career. It's a candid, light-hearted, humor filled chat between old buds. We hope you can dig on that... We open the episode with material from Dam's latest EP 'Break Out' (available on Glydezone Recordings), and close with a collaborative song Dam did with the late Junie Morrison entitled "Magic". Special shout out to Keith Eday and PB Wolf. Don't forget to subscribe! You can find The House List on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and Google Play. Thanks for your support & keep tuning in!