Highway 69 is a new podcast about what it's like to be a touring musician and all the hilarious, dumb, surreal and terrifying things that happen on the open road.
Episode 11: Superintendent Monárrez
Super excited to present this quick little interview with the newly appointed superintendent of Worcester Public Schools Rachel Monárrez. As I wrote about on the newsletter this week, Monárrez's starts in July and her appointment was the culmination of an exceptionally professional and well-executed national search led by our School Committee. Worcester is uhhh let's just say not used to seeing hiring processes this thorough. It's honestly sort of a miracle. And the results, as I think you'll hear, speak for themselves.
Music for this one courtesy of the homies Born Without Bones. Do yourself a service and check out Disappearer, the song featured in the episode, and all of their other ones while you're at it. Special band.
Episode 12: Mike Assatly (Bear Trap, Crescent Ridge)
We caught up with Mike Assatly, a self-professed touring tyrant, before and after a show at Ralph's Rock Diner the other day with his new band Crescent Ridge. Ignore the background hum of dumb idiot musicians loading in as we go over Assatly's long and illustrious road dog resume. Assatly's been in countless bands, chief among them Bear Trap, a personal project of his which has seen over 40 touring members. Over the past several decades, he's hit the road harder than anyone we can think of, and he's picked up his fair share of friends and enemies along the way. Tune in as we squash some old beefs and rip some new ones wide open.
Episode 11: Boner Alert
When you go on tour, you're just gunna see a lot of dicks. It's just... I don' know what to tell you. This episode is about dicks.
Episode 10: Jake Murphy (Final Gasp, Immortal War)
After a hot and sweaty Heavy Metal Parking Lot at Ralph's Rock Diner we brought Stoughton's own Jake Murphy up to an even hotter and sweatier venue to talk about his escapades the world over in Bear Trap and Immortal War. Jake is about as active as a musician can be, and he's been in more bands than he can even remember. Check out the new Immortal War ep Voice of Misery, freshly out today, and watch for Final Gasp's new record Haunting Whisper, out July 18 on Triple B Records.
Episode 9: The Land Down Under (ft. Chris Berg)
Chris Berg (High Command, Verse) joins us for a second time as we take on the subject of Australia, a continent on which he and our host Dan have logged some solid touring hours. You'll pick up some useful travel advice and some travel advice that's hopefully useless to you. You may also find yourself feeling bad for Trent Reznor, if only momentarily. Crikey, we're going to Australia.
Episode 8: Manuel Peralez
We bring on Manuel Peralez, a guy who's spent the better part of two decades touring with bands like Set Your Goals, First Blood, Alcatraz and Suffocate Faster. He's a Bay Area guy and remains an active member of the hardcore scene there in bands like Chains and Dislocation. He's toured all over the world, including places most bands would never dare go, like Southeast Asia, the Eastern Bloc, and certain parts of Mexico where law does not necessarily mean order. He's a road dog's road dog, and this interview barely scratches the surface.
Like hangin out with a couple salty ol road dogs in a quiet dive right off highway 69
Always funny, always topical, always sexy
I discovered this podcast over hashish tea with the High Priest of Madagascar. We were discussing the present state of revolt among the poppy farmers of Timbuktu when it came upon the gramophone.
After listening to this podcast, I found my muscles more supple and erections more firm. I quit smoking, drinking, and committing logical fallacy. I listened to the first episode and found I could write with my left hand, though only advanced calculus. With the second, my erotic poetry became more vivid. After the third episode, photosynthesis was achieved and I no longer needed solid food, instead relying upon the sun’s nourishing rays for succor. All of the aforementioned were unique to me, as the High Priest instead found both her halitosis and club foot to be cured.
I highly recommend this podcast, unless you are already in a state of perfection.