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Each Episode, Joe Wong speaks to a different musician about life.

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Each Episode, Joe Wong speaks to a different musician about life.

    306: Teresa Esguerra (Prism Bitch, Built to Spill)

    306: Teresa Esguerra (Prism Bitch, Built to Spill)

    The latest incarnation of Built to Spill will undoubtedly be remembered as one of that band's most potent lineups in its 30+ year career. Teresa Esguerra's heavy groove and lyrical rhythmic conception are a crucial part of the equation. She tells Joe about Prism Bitch, Built to Spill, and her career as an occupational therapist.

    • 50 min
    305: Marnie Stern

    305: Marnie Stern

    The Trap Set is back, and so is Marnie Stern. Marnie burst onto the NYC rock scene in 2007--seemingly out of nowhere--with a unique blend of virtuosic guitar; surreal, beautifully yearning lyrcs; and a "sheets of sound" vocal delivery.
    Joe met Marnie in 2012 and toured with her behind Stern's 2013 album, The Chronicles of Marnia. It was on this tour that Joe conceived of the idea for The Trap Set. Shortly after the tour, Stern took a break from releasing original music and took a gig as the guitarist for the 8G Band--the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers--a position she held for over eight years. 
    Now back with a fantastic new album, The Comeback Kid, Marnie joins her old pal, Joe, to catch up!

    • 59 min
    RIP: Jeremiah Green

    RIP: Jeremiah Green

    Jeremiah Green, drummer for Modest Mouse, passed away 12/31/2022 of cancer. This is a re-post of our conversation from 2017. We at The Trap Set are sending love to Jeremiah's family, bandmates, and many friends around the world.

    • 35 min
    304: Patricia Brennan

    304: Patricia Brennan

    Patricia Brennan is an improvisatory mallet percussionist who as been hailed as one of the instrument's new leaders. As a sidewoman, she's worked with artists such as Mary Halvorson, Matt Mitchell, and John Hollenbeck. 
    Her solo debut, Maquishti, released by Valley of Search Records was included on the New York Times 10 best Jazz albums of 2021. This conversation was recorded by phone last year during lockdown.

    • 45 min
    RIP: Viola Smith

    RIP: Viola Smith

    This week, we're revisiting our 2017 conversation with the fantastic Viola Smith, who passed away in 2020 at the age of 107. We'll be back next week with a new episode.

    • 42 min
    303: Nate Smith

    303: Nate Smith

    Over the last two decades, Nate Smith has emerged as one of his generation's most innovative drummers. His unique style marries a deep, earthy sense of time with cerebral adventurousness. Nate has backed artists such as Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, and Brittany Howard; and in recent years he has come into his own as a composer and bandleader. This episode was recorded during the summer of 2021, just before The Trap Set went on hiatus. Nate's story is more relevant than ever.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
645 Ratings

645 Ratings

rockdaddy55 ,

Can The Drummer Have Some?!

Fantastic podcast for music fans. It’s great to hear the perspectives of so many drummers who are integral to some amazing music yet you rarely hear their voices. It spans many decades and genres: pop, rock, punk, funk, mainstream and alternative. And they talk about everything. Host Joe Wong does a great job of making the guests comfortable and they have open, candid conversations. Highly recommended!

JustPizza ,

Well crafted exploration of a passion for drums, creativity, finding joy

If you like drums, if you reflect on your playing, if you like music, and if you want to hear honesty in the shared experience between drummers and more. This is for you.

yo nickyG ,

Trap Set !

geat show... if only for the BB interview! Ha! (my fav!) a lot of great drummers. looking forward to hearing more! keep up the good work Joe and Chris et al this is indeed a great asset to all musicians... glad i found this... pass it along. long live The Trap Set !!!

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