Low Times » Podcast
Summary: Low Times is a music podcast hosted by Tom Scharpling (The Best Show on WFMU), Daniel Ralston and Maggie Serota. Every episode of Low Times features in-depth discussions with performers and personalities in the music world. Our guests reveal hidden talents, unusual interests and talk about their lives on and off the road.
We are in the middle of our Worst Lyrics of All Time contest on LowTimesPodcast.com. To mark the occasion, Low Times co-hosts Tom Scharpling and Daniel Ralston asked Ted Leo and DC Pierson to stop by to talk about it. Along the way, Ted gives us some insight into the writing process, DC tells us some of his least favorite lyrics, and everyone comes to the conclusion that this contest will come down to a battle between a placenta and "a black dude named Elmo." Ted Leo is the singer, songwriter a guitarist in Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. He has had many conversations with Tom Scharpling over the years, this is the only one in which he shares his thoughts on dolphin masturbation. DC Pierson is an actor, writer, comedian and occasionally raps along side his Derrick Comedy partner Donald Glover. In this podcast, he goes to bat pretty hard for "...that book by Nabakov." Tom Scharpling and Daniel Ralston are 2/3 of Low Times, along with Maggie Serota. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Download: The Worst Lyrics Podcast Play:
This episode of Low Times is full of great stories. Georgia Hubley from Yo La Tengo discusses the early days of Yo La Tengo and recounts its time opening for and playing with some of the biggest icons in musical history. Dan Friel from Parts & Labor talks about the demise of his band and tells us about the worst show he's ever played. Then, Jennifer O'Connor tells us about wanting to get into the "hook writing" game and her time on Matador Records. Georgia Hubley is the drummer and vocalist for indie rock icons Yo La Tengo. She spoke to Tom Scharpling the day after finishing its annual Hanukkah shows about her early days in music, opening for Johnny Cash and a not so pleasant run-in with Henry Rollins. Dan Friel is the vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist in the soon to be defunct Parts & Labor. He talked to Maggie Serota about the end of the band, his plans for the future and recounts a nightmare show they played in Texas. Jennifer O'Connor is a singer-songwriter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She dropped by Low Times HQ to discuss her love of Kanye West, successful and disastrous opening slots and why her mom only wants her to play with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Download: Episode 5 Play:
In Episode 4 of the Low Times Podcast, our first guest is Alex Turner, singer for the Arctic Monkeys. They are one of the biggest bands in the world, and Alex rarely does interviews like this. We also spoke to Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound, one of the greatest songwriters going. Lastly, we have Amy Klein, formerly of Titus Andronicus, and now Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band. She is a dynamic figure in the New York City music scene. Alex Turner is the singer and songwriter in the Arctic Monkeys. Daniel Ralston talked to him in Atlantic City about his childhood, his heroes and his writing process. Greg Cartwright is the leader of Reigning Sound and formerly, the Oblivians. He spoke to Tom Scharpling in the basement of Maxwell's in Hoboken New Jersey about everything from his earliest musical memories to his experience owning a record store. Amy Klein was the guitarist/violinist in Titus Andronicus until recently. She talked to Maggie Serota about the harrowing job she left to join Titus, her decision to leave Titus and her new outfit, Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Download: Episode 4 Play:
Episode 3 of the Low Times Podcast has been unofficially dubbed The Honesty Episode. Our guests are Damian Abraham from Fucked Up, and Geoff Rickly, frontman for the band Thursday. Both Damian and Geoff talk candidly with Low Times about their lives in punk rock. Damian Abraham (aka Pink Eyes) is the singer for the Canadian punk band Fucked Up. He talks to Tom Scharpling about Fucked Up's unconventional band dynamics and testing the limits of what a punk band can become. Geoff Rickly is the lead singer of the band Thursday. Geoff talks to Daniel Ralston about the life-cycle of his band, from selling 400,000 copies of their debut, getting the shaft from Victory Records, signing to Island, getting "next Nirvana" status from label people and even getting jerked around by the British tabloids. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Download: Episode 3 Play:
In Episode 2 of Low Times, Tom Scharpling talks to Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Daniel Ralston and Kelly Crisp (The Rosebuds) try to out-embarrass each other and Maggie Serota speaks with Temim Fruchter of The Shondes. Patrick Stickles, singer, lead guitarist and chief songwriter in Titus Andronicus, talks to Tom Scharpling about growing up in New Jersey and his fondness for epic rock and roll (including Billy Joel). Kelly Crisp, singer, keyboardist and co-writer in The Rosebuds, tells Daniel Ralston about getting her start in the band, and her encounters with Jack White and Steve Guttenberg. Temim Fruchter, drummer for The Shondes, speaks with Maggie Serota about her band's struggle with identity politics and busts out a pretty great Bea Arthur impression. Episode 2 of the Low Times Podcast is here. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Download: Episode 2 Play:
In the debut episode Tom Scharpling chats with Janet Weiss (Wild Flag), Daniel Ralston talks with Owen Ashworth (Advance Base) and Maggie Serota and Catherine Popper (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) discuss Chevy Chase. Janet Weiss, drummer for supergroup Wild Flag talks to Tom Scharpling about growing up in LA, the end of Sleater-Kinney and following Springsteen around as a kid. Owen Ashworth, the brains behind Advance Base and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone talks to Daniel Ralston about heckling, touring Europe alone, and getting pigeonholed by a bad band name. Catherine Popper, bassist for Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals tells Maggie Serota about working with Willie Nelson and hanging out with Jon Stewart. All this and more, on Episode 1 of Low Times. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Download: Episode 1 Play: