Hosted by Alex Green, Stereo Embers: The Podcast is a weekly podcast airing exclusively on Bombshell Radio (www.bombshellradio.com) that features interviews with musicians, authors, artists and actors talking about the current creative moment in their lives.
A professor at St. Mary's College of California, Alex is the Editor-In-Chief of Stereo Embers Magazine (www.stereoembersmagazine.com), the author of five books and has served as a Speaker/Moderator for LitQuake, Yahoo!, The Bay Area Book Festival, A Great Good Place For Books, Green Apple Books, and The St. Mary's College Of California MFA Reading Series.
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Stereo Embers The Podcast: David Duchovny ("The X-Files," "Californiacation")
“I’m A Different Guy After Lunch”
That’s how David Duchovny describes the creative process—his point is that no matter when we return to an unfinished work, we’re a different person than when we started it. Whether that’s five months, five days, or right after lunch. We’re always different people. As for David Duchovny, well, he's one of those guys who wears many hats and they all fit. He’s a Golden Globe winning actor, the author of several books, a director, an environmentalist, a producer and a singer-songwriter. You know him from television shows like "The X-Files" and “Californiacation" and movies like “Kalifornia" and "Things We Lost In The Fire" but today we’re here to talk about his music. Sonically Duchovny's work is literate and rootsy, his voice a low rumble that moves through each number with dexterity and finesse. His phrasing and his lyrics bring to mind a thoughtful blend of Springsteen circa Human Touch and Lou Reed ’s New York. Duchovny is a busy guy—he can be seen in the new film "The Craft: Legacy," he’s just wrapped up his fourth book and his new single “Layin’ On The Tracks" is from his upcoming third solo album. If the song is any indication, it may very well be his best work yet. In this conversation Duchovny talks to Alex about protest songs, Bob Dylan and the rigors of the creative process. He also talks about tennis, David Foster Wallace and why he should have bought in Vancouver when he had a chance.....
Stereo Embers The Podcast: Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster)
“November Spawned A Monster"
The Monster is back. And boy, do we need them. After a nearly 16 year hiatus, Thelonious Monster have roared back with one of the best albums of 2020. Oh That Monster is a staggering return to form
for Bob Forrest and his band of merry men. Not only is he one of the best songwriters on the planet, he’s one of the coolest guys to talk to. In this discursive, tangential and oddly linear chat, Bob talks to Alex about Joe Strummer, Donald Trump and racism in the home. They also talk about socioeconomics, Lou Reed and The Replacements and Bob recounts a story where he had a fistfight with Axl Rose and it did not end well. For Bob. In addition to his work with Thelonious Monster, Bob Forrest has put out several solo albums, as well as an album under the name The Bicycle thief. Additionally, he was a drug counselor on "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House," he put out the memoir Running With Monsters, he hosts the "Rehab Bob" podcast and “This Life" with Dr Drew and he co-founded Hollywood Recovery Services with Shelly Sprague. Bob Forest is an eternal punk. He’s the real deal. And once you start talking to him, you wish it would never end. And part of that is his attitude, part of that comes from the stories he tells from the life he’s lived, but most of that comes from the fact that he’s one of the most genuine people on this planet. And he reminds you that humanity is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Stereo Embers The Podcast: Anton Barbeau
"Let's Keep It Weird, Shall We?"
Back in 1986 a Goth friend of mine from the Bay Area who got me into Bauhaus and The Cure visited his grandparents in Sacramento and he was hanging out in the park smoking cloves and paying guitar when some dude came up to him and said "Where are you from?” My friend said he was from Berkeley and the guy said, “You should go back. There aren’t weirdos like you around here. That guy back in 1986 was way wrong. We weirdos are everywhere. Anton Barbeau is from Sacramento. And he’s a weirdo in the best sense of the word. He is one of the most innovative, idiosyncratic and fascinating musicians on the planet. The singer/songwriter is an inventive lyricist armed with post modern wit, literary smarts and a melodic sensibility that brings to mind the work of XTC and Robyn Hitchcock. He's shared the stage with Weezer, Julian Cope and Mono, he’s collaborated with The Loud Family Kimberly Rew of the Soft Boys, Cake and XTC’s Colin Moulding, he’s produced a bunch of albums including two by Alyson Seconds who’s the wife of 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds and over the course of his career he’s put out over 20 albums including his new double set Manbird. A dazzling collection of soaring pop gems that jangle and roll and lift off into the most peculiar and wonderful of stratospheres, Barbeau has never sounded better. In this conversation we talk about his self-criticism regarding his prolific output, his relationship with fellow 916er Scott Miller (Game Theory/The Loud Family) and why, after all this time, he’s making the best music of his career .
Stereo Embers The Podcast: Amy Ray (The Indigo Girls)
"Georgia On All Of Our Minds”
Well, when it comes to Georgia, there’s no one better to talk to than Amy Ray. The Decatur-born singer songwriter may have started her collegiate career at Vanderbilt but her coming back home to attend Emory in Atlanta has been a kind of metaphor for her life: She’s been all around the world but she always comes back to Georgia. Ray is one half of the internationally beloved Grammy Award winning band the Indigo Girls and along with Emily Sailers, they’ve put out 15 studio albums, including 2020’s marvelous effort Look Long. Ray, who has put out six solo albums including 2018s awesome Holler, is a punk at heart and she’s collaborated with everyone from The Butches to Joan Jett. Armed with an infectious lippy snarl and pure folk finesse, Ray is truly one of the greatest American songwriters out there and her lyrics are always literary, socially conscious and deeply felt. Her new single "Tear It Down” tackles the spirit of southern rebellion and its complicated history. Written with Nina Simone and Billie Holiday in mind, on this track Ray grapples with what it truly means to be anti-racist by deconstructing the symbols and myths that she feels perpetuate racism in the first place. In other words, can you be a proud southerner, living in the south while also rejecting the iconography that embroiders the landscape? A record label owner, a mother, a partner and a social activist , Amy Ray is the real deal and every number she writes adds more depth and power to the American Songbook. In this conversation she talks to Alex about the political climate in Georgia, her love of punk rock and why a songwriting slump can be a valuable thing. She also talks about the upcoming Senatorial runoff, her love of fiction and why though she can live anywhere she wants, her heart will always belong to Georgia.
Stereo Embers The Podcast: Paul Kean (The Bats)
"Electric Sea View"
Well, it’s hard for us to think of a more charming, beguiling and altogether mysterious band than The Bats. The New Zealand outfit got their start in 1982 in Christchurch and their By Night EP in '84 was one of the first releases for the now legendary Flying Nun label. Flying Nun aren’t the only legendary ones in this conversation—The Bats fall into that category as well. With ten album under their belts, including classics like Silverbeet, The Law of Things and Free All The Monsters, The Bats remain one of the most consistently brilliant bands around. Although they’re based in NZ, over the course of their career they’ve toured the U.S. and Europe, including a stint opening for Radiohead. Their CV also includes playing SXSW, garnering rave reviews from magazines ranging from Mojo to Uncut, being shortlisted for the prestigious Taite Music prize and playing in front of nearly 150,00 people for the free relief concert in Hagley Park after the 2010 Canterbury earthquake. The Bats sometimes take a year between records and other times they take ten. But no matter how long they take, their work just keeps shining with that unique Bats sound. Their new album Foothills might even be their best yet. Filled with sneaky rhythms, wistful melodies and poetic lyrics, the fact is The Bats have never sounded better. In this conversation with bassist and New Zealand Hall of Fame inductee Paul Kean, the subjects range from what’s kept the Bats lineup unchanged for 40 years, their admiration of Nirvana and editorial honesty within the ranks of the band.
Stereo Embers The Podcast: Sam Roberts (The Sam Roberts Band)
"I Like The Way You Talk About The Future"
With the U.S. Presidential election wrapping up, Alex admits the week-long process of declaring a winner left him feeling pretty drained. Although therapeutic remedies were manifold, he found the easiest way to calm his nerves was to talk to a Canadian. The Canadian in question? Sam Roberts. The Quebec-born singer/songwriter has just put out his new album All Of Us and in this conversation he talks to Alex about how he writes songs, why renting a cabin to be creative only results in doing cabiny things, the limitations of putting a new album out during a pandemic and what it's like being a misty-eyed middle aged dad. Thoughtful, funny and honest, Roberts is one of the most engaging guys around and his new album is one of the year's very best.
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Mind blowing....I can’t believe I lived so long without this man’s voice in my life!
This podcast is the real deal. Alex is a terrific interviewer, able to generate an easy rapport with his guests -- you can literally feel the guests loosening up in the first few minutes of each episode and then they just start rolling. And the guests Alex taps are fantastic. Undergound legends as well as household names, the breadth is phenomenal. Each epsiode is packed with little chestnuts of fascinating personal revelation. Highly recommended!
Hosted by a true music lover, Alex is so knowledgeable about a great variety of music. Every interview is done with great care and research, and his questions are never run of the mill. He takes time to really delve into the history of artists too. I highly recommend this podcast for all music fans!