30 episodes

Host Pierre de Gaillande interviews musicians and discusses their artistic trajectory, and the intersection of music, artistic expression and the idea of art as politics.


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Host Pierre de Gaillande interviews musicians and discusses their artistic trajectory, and the intersection of music, artistic expression and the idea of art as politics.

    PPP #30: Violent Femmes

    PPP #30: Violent Femmes

    2024 is here and this is a very special episode #30 of Pierre Pressure Podcast. This is a re-broadcast of an interview Pierre did with Gordon Gano, lead singer and guitarist of the Violent Femmes, along with then-drummer Brian Viglione (drummer of Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails, World Inferno Friendship Society) on East Village Radio, hosted by Michael Messenie, AKA the Coach, on his Two For Tennis Show. This interview took place in September of 2013 in a tiny studio in the East Village in New York City. Pierre was thrilled to be asked to co-interview Gordon and Brian of the Violent Femmes on the occasion of their upcoming show at Summer Stage, re-starting an era of touring and recording for the band. The Violent Femmes were a hugely influential part of 1980's culture, starting with their massive hit “Blister in the Sun” in 1983 and continuing to this day.  Their music was life-changing for Pierre and kicked-started his journey as a guitarist and songwriter.
    Theme song; Marchandise by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. (originally Merchandise by Fugazi.) Gone Daddy Gone, Old Mother Reagan, Jesus Walking on the Water, Black Girls by Violent Femmes. Let Me Ride by Mercey Seat. Coin-Operated Boy by Dresden Dolls. Baiser en l'Air (Kiss Off in French) by Pierre de Gaillande / Bad Reputation-franglais. Good Feeling (Violent Femmes Cover) by Sea Foxx.

    • 44 min
    PPP #29: Dan Reeder

    PPP #29: Dan Reeder

    Dan Reeder is an American musician and visual artist born in Louisiana and raised in California. Since 1987, Reeder has lived full-time in Nurnberg, Germany. He releases albums under his own name on John Prine's label, Oh Boy Records. Reeder writes some of the most honest, hilarious, heart-wrenchingly beautiful songs you'll ever hear. His music has been called “outsider folk,” but whatever the moniker, it punches you in the heart with perfectly crafted song-gems populated with drunks, fuckups, and regular people trying to get by. Reeder's music came into my consciousness through the song “Maybe,” a disquisistion on mortality that stands shoulder to shoulder with anything by Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, Georges Brassens, or Leonard Cohen. Did I mention he builds his own guitars and computers? We talked about his accidental discovery of computer recording, getting a call from John Prine's manager at 3am, what America looks like from the vantage point of Germany, and navigating political correctness in changing times. Enjoy this very special episode of PPP.
    Theme song; Marchandise by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. (originally Merchandise by Fugazi.) Maybe, Been Thinking About a New Microphone, Clean Elvis, Born a Worm, Nobody Wants To Be You, Pussy Titty, 2016 Election Song, Fun Campfire Song, Bloo You Believe in Bloo Blove, Havana Burning by Dan Reeder. Né Un Ver by Stephan Eicher and Dan Reeder.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    PPP #28: Kurt Wagner from Lambchop

    PPP #28: Kurt Wagner from Lambchop

    In this episode, I talk with Kurt Wagner, founder and singer songwriter behind the band Lamchop,  which make some of the most gorgeously orchestrated indie-pop you’ll ever hear, wrapped around Kurt Wagner’s complex and  exquisite lyrics. 
    Wagner lives in Nashville with his wife Mary Mancini, who ran Lucy's Records in nashville before becoming the chair of the Tennesse Democratic Party. We had a great conversation about avoiding the obvious in art and music, the trap of using politics as a promotional tool, and our mutual love of Vic Chesnutt.  Wagner was a friend of Vic’s, and Lambchop backed him for his 1998 album The Salesman and Bernadette. I had the good fortune of also perforning in Vic Chesnutt’s band around that same time.
    Wagner has an amazing body of work with his band Lambchop, his solo electronica project Hecta and the excellent country album titled Invariable Heartache. Lamchop’s newest album, released in September, is called the Bible.  
    Playlist available on Spotify:Theme song; Marchandise by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. (originally Merchandise by Fugazi.) Man Who Loved Beer, Up With People, I’ve Been Lonely for So Long, Relatives #2, Give Me Your Love, JFK, Grumpus, and Whatever, Mortal by Lambchop. Change is In our Pocket by HecTA. Wild Mountain Berries by Kort. Scratch Scratch Scratch and Supernatural by Vic Chesnutt.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    PPP #27: Mike Watt

    PPP #27: Mike Watt

    After a much-needed hiatus, Pierre Pressure is back with an extremely special episode. Pierre talks with the one and only Jedi Master of Punk Rock, Mike Watt. Watt started his bass playing career in the legendary punk band the Minutemen in 1980 in San Pedro with his childhood friends D. Boon and George Hurley. That band is cited across the board as a lightning rod influence on the punk and indie scenes that endure to this day. After the tragic demise of the Minutemen in 1980, Watt has continued to blaze a trail playing bass with his countless solo projects and collaborations, including fIREHOSE, Dos, Iggy Pop, J Mascis and the Fog, Porno For Pyros, Banyan, Il Sogno Del Mariano, MSSV, the Secondmen, the Missingmen, and many others.Pierre and Mike talked about the political roots of the Minutemen, the ethos of the punk movement that surrounded it and nurtured it, as well as delving into Watt's philosophies of bass playing, healthy living, collaboration, and evolving as a human being and a musician who continues to break new ground after forty years on the stage and in the studio.hootpage.comtwfps.compierredegaillande.com 

    Listen on Apple PodcastsPlaylist available on SpotifyTheme song; Marchandise by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. (Translated from Merchandise by Fugazi.) Sidemouse by Dos. The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts, Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth by Minutemen. Relatin Dudes to Jazz by Firehose. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs, Shit from an Old Notebook, Vietnam, Swing to the Right, God Bows to Math by Minutemen. Against the 70s by Mike Watt. Glory of Man (live) by MW and the Missingmen. Grease the System by Banyan. Mountain Top by Il Sogno del Marinaeo. One Reporter's Opinion by Minutemen. Forever One Reporter's Opinion by Mike Watt. Hear Me by fIREHOSE. Intense Song For Madonna to Sing by Mike Watt. Red and the Black by Minutemen. Everywhen We Go by Mike Bagetta, Mike Watt, Jim Keltner.

    • 58 min
    PPP #26: Eleni Mandell

    PPP #26: Eleni Mandell

    Eleni Mandell is an LA-based singer-songwriter who has been making some of the best music you'll ever hope to hear since her first album, Wishbone, came out in 1996. She's an astoundingly prolific artist with a huge discography, and she's collaborated with such heavy hitters as Nels Cline (Wilco), DJ Bonebrake (X), Joey Waronker (Beck), and Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes), putting out one great album after another. Her songs have been covered by the likes of Jackson Browne, Harper Simon, and Van Dyke Parks, and she continues to perform with her solo project as well as the four piece female miracle harmony ensemble The Living Sisters, and her side-project The Grabs. I met Eleni on tour in 2006 in Nashville, and I've since had the good fortune to work on some recordings and share a stage with her on a number of occasions. We spoke about the continuing struggle of being a creative person, a parent to twins, and a working human being in these challenging times. She also shared a sneak peak of her newest project Teardrop Ghosts with her husband and musical partner Milo Jones.


    Playlist available on Spotify:Theme song; Marchandise by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. (originally Merchandise by Fugazi.) Give Them All a Kiss, by Pierre de Gaillande with vocals by Eleni Mandell (originally Embrasse les Tous by Georges Brassens.) Circumstance Air, Box in a Box, Just Herself, I'm Old Fashioned, My Twin, Put My Baby To Bed, Nickel Plated Man, and Two Faces by Eleni Mandell. Francais Un by Eleni Mandell, with Pierre de Gaillande, vocals. Empty Locket  by Eleni Mandell and Milo Jones. Lemon Tree by Teardrop Ghosts, Eleni Mandell and Milo Jones. Political Disco by The Grabs.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    PPP #25: Tony Scalzo from Fastball

    PPP #25: Tony Scalzo from Fastball

    Episode 25 of Pierre Pressure Podcast features very special guest Tony Scalzo from the band Fastball. Tony is a talented and prolific songwriter who wrote a string of hits for his platinum-selling band Fastball in the late 90s. He grew up in Orange County, California and moved to Austin, Texas where he still lives today. We have a lively chat about growing up behind the Orange Curtain in the 80s, his musical trajectory starting with piano lessons, playing in marching bands, joining his first cover band at 14, then jumping into songwriting and playing at Hollywood clubs, becoming politically aware after a blissfully ignorant childhood, moving to the progressive town of Austin, Fastball's trajectory through the music industry, and lots and lots of politics. He performs a brand new song, Seat at the Table live and acoustic.


    Music:  Theme song; Merchandise by Fugazi, performed by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. Big Flag by Pierre de Gaillande. The Way by Fastball, The Bed I Made by Tony Scalzo. Big League Game by Electric Kool Aide. Seat at the Table (live acoustic) by Tony Scalzo. Wagen by Vibafemba. Out of  My Head by Fastball. Bad Things by Machine Gun Kelly (featuring Camilla Cabello.) White Collar and All Gone Fuzzy by Fastball.

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    • 1 hr 18 min

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