Permatouring bassist C.J. Boyd meets up with fellow musicians while on the road to ask them about the worst shows they've played. Ranging from the hilarious to positively tragic, these stories give a glimpse into how things can go horribly wrong while just trying to play music for people.
75 People With Bodies @ Park Place in Reno, NV (8-25-18)
Seasoned listeners of this podcast will note that the episodes vary pretty widely in length. I like having the guests present their stories without prescribing a predetermined amount of time. But I usually edit it to be sure it doesn't go over an hour or so. Not so with this epic series of stories from People With Bodies, a lovely band of buds from Reno, Nevada. I mean, I did in fact edit it down, but it's still 95 minutes even with a bit of editing. They had a story planned out, which they tell wonderfully. And then they realized they had a whole other show that was much worse. So I let it roll, and I'm glad I did. Listen to it in sections if you have to, but I highly recommend you hear the whole thing. Next week's will be shorter, I promise.
74 Jasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) @ Joyful Noise in Indianapolis, IN (12-8-18)
At a Joyful Noise Recordings Xmas party in 2018, while some of the finest rock stars and weirdos were mingling and getting wasted on vegan chili, I was sitting in the office of dear friend and label owner Karl Hofstetter, talking to labelmate Jasamine White-Gluz of No Joy about some of her most harrowing tour stories. Jasamine was a blast to talk to, and had me on the edge of my seat trying to take in some truly awful and amazing events on the road.
73 Marisa Demarco (Bigawatt) @ her Studio in Albuquerque, NM (2-20-19)
Marisa Demarco had me over to her studio, where, in front of a table full of cheap gold earrings she was currently turning into a circuit board, she told me about her worst show ever. There's no way for me to accurately describe this amazing person without saying she's a living pioneer of experimental music and one of my personal musical heroes. It was an honor to have her on the show and get deep into intersections of politics, experimentation, and performance. Not only does she bring years of experience playing in some of my favorite musical acts (Bigawatt, Chicharra, Big Hen, and more), but her unique perspective as a founder and curator of Gatas y Vatas festival in Albuquerque made for some great stories and observations.
72 Rence Liam (Dear Rabbit) @ Flux Capacitor in Colorado Springs, CO (9-6-18)
Rence is a road dog if ever there was one, and I knew when I asked him to be on the show, he'd have a story that packed a punch. Boy howdy was I right.
71 Melanie Radford (Built To Spill) @ Hotel Modern (Treefort Music Fest) in Boise, ID (3-24-19)
I had the pleasure of seeing Melanie perform twice last year at Treefort, and both performances blew my mind. First as the bassist in a harp-led chamber pop ensemble called Wend, and then in the legendary rock band Built to Spill. She was gracious enough to meet up with me to discuss some of her most awful shows, coming from her time with her previous band, Marshall Poole. The stories range from the tragic and somber to the humiliating and indignant.
70 Liz Hysen (Picastro) @ her house in Toronto, ON (10-4-18)
Liz Hysen tells an incredible story of turning into a wolf on tour, while also dealing with some of the most sexist and ridiculous behavior by her driver / tour manager that has appeared on this show, which is saying a lot because (as is no surprise to women musicians, but still seems to shock some of the guys) women deal with a lot of b******t on tour that men don't experience, and seem to rarely even notice. Thanks to Liz for sharing her remarkable account.
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