Each Episode, Joe Wong speaks to a different musician about life.
299: Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four)
Today's guest is Hugo Burnham, drummer of Gang of Four. Formed in Leeds in 1976, Gang of Four was one of the most explosive and influential bands to emerge in the wake of the punk rock movement. Next month, Matador Records will release an exhaustive box set chronicling the band's incredible output from 1977-1981.
During the age of social distancing, we're recording remotely and releasing extra episodes.
298: Cindy Blackman Santana
This week's guest is Cindy Blackman Santana, an artist of exceptional skill who--over the past four decades--has made compelling contributions to the worlds of improvised music and popular music alike. Her latest album, "Give the Drummer Some" is now available
297: Alan Braufman
We're back from hiatus!
Alan Braufman was a vital member of the New York Loft Jazz scene of the 1970s. His 1975 opus, Valley of Search, was re-issued in 2018, and his latest album, The Fire Still Burns, was released to rave reviews in 2020.
296: Jesse Shreibman (Bell Witch)
Joe speaks to Jesse Shreibman, drummer of Seattle band, Bell Witch.
295: Chris Frantz (Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads)
Chris Frantz discusses Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, and his new memoir, Remain In Love.
Also, make sure to check out Joe's new album, Nite Creatures, streaming everywhere now!
294: Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Adrian Belew, Solo Artist)
Eric Slick talks about his jazz musician grandfather, his childhood in Philly, the residual scars from growing up "a fat kid", his obsession with Mad Magazine, and how drumming opened up his world.
I’m addicted...and I’m only the guitar player!
Great job! Great stories...even from guys/bands that I’m not that into! Such an enjoyable show and such an inspiration to keep practicing!
Among the best podcasts out there!
This is one of the best interview podcasts of any genre, not just drummer or music related. High production value, insightful questions, interesting guests. Joe has a pleasant voice, speaks from his experience as a professional musician, but gives the guests room to tell their stories without talking over them or pushing his own agenda. These shows are great for enjoying deeper info about your favorite drummers, or discovering musicians you haven’t yet heard of. I don’t think I’ve ever come away bored or disappointed with any of them. Maybe only that some aren’t long enough, because they’re so good.
Helping get through social distancing
I don’t necessarily play drums (well) but these interviews are so great to hear as a musician. Keep it up!