Episode 91: Max Feinstein – Red Hot Chili Peppers/By the Way

Our guest today is one Max Feinstein. He’s a musician, producer, studio owner, inventor and a New Jersey based hemophilia advocate using music to promote bleeding disorder awareness. Incidentally, March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Learn more about BDAM by clicking here.

Currently, Max is promoting singles off a record he wrote while spending the better part of the last 18 months rehabilitating an elbow after a decade of living with severe osteoarthritis.

He is also the inventor of the Mod Stand.

After years of negotiating minimal and never-certain stage space in the myriad small clubs, house shows, bars and coffee shops he played, Hoboken-based guitarist, studio owner, recording engineer and now inventor Max Feinstein developed an idea that would help streamline and simplify his own on-stage setup.

For our conversation today, we’re going to discuss the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their eighth studio album By the Way, BTW (which sees guitarist John Frusciante back in the fold) was recorded at Cello and Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, California and released on July 9, 2002, on Warner Bros. Records.

Max is a great fellow to speak with, and I think you may develop a deeper appreciation for the RHCP after listening to his thoughts on By the Way. Enjoy!

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Episode 90: Brittany Valint – Rhett Miller/The Instigator

Our guest today is one Brittany Valint, who is no stranger to the program. Previously, we dissected Ben Kweller’s 2002 record Sha Sha, which you can listen to in Episode 70. Brittany is someone who I’ve gotten to know a little more over the past year and I’m so proud to call her a friend. She makes up one-half of the atmospheric project known as Wall of Trophies with her co-conspirator Will Copps, and also pens songs under her own moniker, Brittany Jean.

This time around, Brittany has selected The Instigator, – the second solo album from Rhett Miller, front man of the legendary band known as Old 97’s. The Instigator, which was released on Elektra back on September 24, 2002, is chock-full of excellent artists in their own right alongside Rhett, including multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Brion, percussionist Lenny Castro, X’s John Doe, drummer Joshua Freese, songwriter/artist David Garza, legendary artist Robyn Hitchcock, Jim Keltner on drums, touring and session drummer Dan Mac Carroll on drums(Aimee Mann, Sheryl Crow and others), and vocalists Karen Kilgarriff and Chrissy Guerrero.

We take our conversation “track x track” and Brittany sprinkles in a few personal stories about seeing Rhett performing solo at The Kennedy Center in DC, and on one frigid night at Starr Hill in Charlottesville, VA. Enjoy!

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Episode 89: Waylon K. Smith – Patrick Wolf/Lycanthropy

Waylon K. Smith is a singer-songwriter living in Bel-Air, MD. His sound is a mash up of Damon Albarn, Radiohead, REM, & Roger Waters. He is currently singing silly songs to his new daughter & booking live performances of his original tunes & the classics that inspired them.

Our conversation centers around English singer-songwriter, baroque chamber/electro pop artist Patrick Wolf and his debut studio album Lycanthropy, which was released back on July 28, 2003 on Tomlab. Enjoy!

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Episode 88: M.R. Morrison – Patti Smith/Horses

Our guest today resides just outside of Harrisburg, PA and is no stranger to the program. She is one M.R. Morrison: an artist and poet of We Doubt The Call Even As We Answer It. At the present, she is no stranger to travel which is an integral element of her practice as an artist. Current projects include design for a board game (Daude; Seasons) and her second collection of poetry.

For our discussion today, Ms. Morrison has chosen HORSES the debut studio album from the artistic icon known as Patti Smith. Recorded with her band at Electric Lady Studios in August 1975, Horses was released on November 10, 1975, by Arista Records. My hope is you will enjoy this dissection of a brilliant album, track by track!

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Episode 86: The W Lovers – David Rawlings/Poor David’s Almanack

Our guest today is one Fluer Wood and one Wesley Wood. Together they are The W Lovers from Seattle, Washington and have made their mark on the live music scene all over the American West, playing over 100 shows a year, since their inception in 2014.

Their sophomore album “This Little Town,’ was produced by Ryan Hadlock (Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers) and was released June 2019. ‘This Little Town’ made it to #1 on the Roots Alternative Folk Chart for three weeks and hit #8 on NAAC Folk Chart. Voted #2 album of the month on Americana Highways in July and made several college radio top 10 lists across the US.

Our conversation with Fluer and Wesley centers around David Rawling’s Poor David’s Almanack, which was released on August 11, 2017 via Acony Records and the eighth collaborative LP for Rawlings and Welch, and the first under the name David Rawlings. Enjoy!

https://player.rss.com/covertocoverwithmatttarka/309192

Episode 85: Rory D’Lasnow – Taking Back Sunday/Where You Want to Be

Our guest today is one Rory D’Lasnow. Rory is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey who plays the guitar upside down and backwards. He released his new EP, “Songs From an Empty Room” in Fall 2021 and you can catch him playing live throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Rory is also the host of an Instagram Live event once a week titled The Songwriter Showcase, which is an excellent way for those wishing to discover new songwriters and a place that I will recommend you give a follow.

For our conversation today, we will be discussing “Where You Want to Be” – the second album from Long Island, NY’s pop-punk outfit Taking Back Sunday. WYWTB was released on Victory Records back on July 27, 2004 and we took a deep dive into the lyrics, melodies and textures found on this record. Enjoy!

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Episode 84: Jared Saltiel – Frank Sinatra/In the Wee Small Hours

Our guest today is one Jared Saltiel.

Jared is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. Always a clever lyricist and imaginative storyteller, Saltiel’s rich orchestrations elevate his musical narratives with cinematic overtones.

As lead singer and songwriter of Ann Arbor, Michigan pop/rock band The Dirty Birds, he released his debut album How the Cause Became the Cure in 2009. After moving to Brooklyn NY, he launched his solo career, releasing two interconnected full-length albums of lushly orchestrated, “magical realist” story-songs: The Light Within in 2013, and Out of Clay in 2018. His follow-up One More Revelation was a return to more conventional songwriting and contemporary folk-rock aesthetics. With his new EP No Heroes, Saltiel channels the zeitgeist with emotional intelligence and evocative production.

As a producer and arranger, he has worked with a variety of musicians, including KAYE, Bell the Band, Cassidy Andrews, Lee Reit, and his brother Jason Saltiel. And as the co-creator of satirical slasher-comedy musical South by South Death, and the composer of Amina Henry’s original play Hunter John & Jane, his theatrical work has been covered in the New York TimesThe Village Voice, and TimeOut.

For our conversation today, we are going to be discussing In the Wee Small Hours, which is the ninth studio album by “The Chairman of the Board.” Of course, we are referring to Frank Sinatra. In The Wee Small Hours was released on April 25, 1955 by Capitol and produced by Voyle Gilmore with arrangements by Nelson Riddle.

Enjoy the conversation!

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Episode 83: Chris Rider – JJ Grey & Mofro/Country Ghetto

Our guest today is one Chris Rider of Liverpool, PA. Chris is a photographer and an avid concertgoer. You can find him throughout south Central Pennsylvania and other parts of the Commonwealth behind a camera lens at a wide variety of venues including the Englewood near Hershey, PA and The Whitaker Center in Harrisburg.

We spoke in late July of 2021, one week before he was set to snap pictures of one of his all time favorite bands in action at Spy Glass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, PA.

So you may be wondering aloud now – what band are we referring to? Well, that would be a fantastic blues rock outfit from Jacksonville, FL known as JJ Grey and Mofro and their 2007 record titled Country Ghetto. Country Ghetto was the band’s third album and released on Alligator Records. There is an unmistakably deep connection between Chris and this record, which I hope comes through in this interview. Enjoy the conversation!

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Episode 82: Matt Wheeler – Great Lake Swimmers/Ongiara

Our guest today is one Matt Wheeler. The terms “troubadour”, “poet with a guitar”, & “stage banter-conversationalist” all describe Matt Wheeler’s music & performance style well. Matt’s songwriting paints pictures with words. Matt has delighted audiences from New England to North Carolina, Ontario to Chicago. His new album “Wonder of it All” – a collection of songs based on classic works of literature like “The Little Prince” & “The Hobbit”, was released on 5/21/21.

For our conversation today, we are going to be discussing Ongiara “ahn-gee-AR-uh”, with a hard “g – the third studio album by Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers, released on March 27, 2007. The album was released on Nettwerk and the band recorded most of the album in London, Ontario’s historic music venue Aeolian Hall with producer Andy Magoffin.

For those wondering, Ongiara is the name of a boat that ferried the band to the site where they recorded the first demo. It’s also the original indigenous name of Niagara Falls. Enjoy and thanks for listening!

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