Go behind the scenes of progressive soul band Noon Fifteen. Host Dan Cole gets the story behind one song per episode, as well as the ups and downs of writing, performing, and recording original music while working around day jobs, babies, and band shakeups in Ithaca, New York. At the end of each episode, you’ll hear the song in its finished form.
Gone Solo: Joe Massa – Conundrum
In the first installment of an ongoing segment highlighting the solo work of Noon Fifteen’s band members, Dan Cole speaks with guitarist Joe Massa about his debut solo release, Conundrum. Joe muses on the lessons and challenges of taking on every part of the recording process, from writing music without vocals, to performing all of
S2E7 – Scared To
On one of the strangest Thanksgivings in memory, the band discusses “Scared To,” Mandy’s song about being haunted by things you wish you hadn’t said. Phil talks about playing drums to emphasize a feeling, and the band reminisces about making music at Sunwood Recording, during a magical time when we could gather safely indoors, even
S2E6 – Easy
Mandy talks about feelings, groove, and the group collaboration that helped develop her composition “Easy,” which happens to be Dan Cole’s favorite song when mixing the band’s live show. Phil revisits his time in a reggae band. Heard in this episode: Easy original demo, 2019 Live at The Range, Ithaca, NY. November 2nd, 2019. Referenced
S2E5 – Dinosaurs
After spending the last fifteen months on other projects, Noon Fifteen returns to Finish What You Started! In this episode, recorded in the driveway of Sam and Mandy’s new home (because COVID-19), the band discusses the politically-motivated Lupowitz composition “Dinosaurs,” and how you should try to listen to it while listening to Willy Wonka and
Quarantine Special 2020 – Outside (A Found Sound Original)
A special single release from Noon Fifteen about what motivates us to leave our homes and protest during a public health crisis. Recorded in — and set to the sounds of — self-quarantine. The band chats with Dan Cole (over Zoom, of course) about staying creative while isolated from one another, the inspiration (both musical
S2E4 – Thaw
In honor of the third annual Finger Lakes Thaw festival, and the global onset of COVID-19, Noon Fifteen presents “Thaw,” a mini-suite about winter dangers at home and abroad. The song moves through four seasons of soul, metal, progressive rock, and New Orleans funk. Dan Cole talks to Sam and Mandy about the life-threatening story
Awesome idea, music delivers.
These guys are a great band, and they've chosen the perfect medium to share their music. The host (Dan Cole) has an amazing chemistry with the musicians, and the podcast format allows a story to be told. Not just the interesting background behind each song, but also the bigger picture of who these guys are as songwriters.
I look forward to hearing more of the story.
Whoever came up with the idea for this podcast is a friggin genius. There should be weekly shout outs for that guy. What an utterly brilliant idea by him. He should win an Emmy. No, he should win 20 Emmy's. Genius, genius, GENIUS!
The music is good too.