Punk Rock Royalty returns to The Artist Connection Podcast! Mike Watt first joined me on the show way back in Episode 17. Three years later finds him here again, and I couldn't be more excited! It was great to catch up with him. I have been a fan for so many years, and have followed his career through Minutemen, Firehose, dos, solo records, The Stooges, Missingmen, Secondmen, and now his latest three piece "il sogno del marinaio". They just released their second album called "Canto Secondo" and will hit the road for a 53 date tour in the US. This episode also serves as a musical tribute to Mike's music over the years. I am featuring songs from Minutemen's 1984 release "Double Nickels on the Dime, a solo track from "Ball-Hog or Tug Boat?" (with some VERY special guests), and two brand new songs from the latest album. These tracks barely scratch the surface of his musical output, but they are among my favorites. After you listen, please do some exploring of your own. You can start at www.mikewatt.com. The 2014 tour dates can also be found there. I plan on attending the Philadelphia show, and can't wait! If you reach out, please tell Mike that you heard him here. Enjoy! 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep217_Mike_Watt.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:37 PM

It is Labor Day here in the US, and the unofficial end of the summer season. I wanted to do something special to mark the occassion. My last "all music" episode was back in December of 2012 and the time is right for a new one. Here you will find tracks from my friends, both new and old. Half of the songs were submitted by my good friends at LadyLake Music (www.reverbnation.com/ladylakemusic). Cindy and Jen have been such huge supporters of my show from the start, and I can't thank them enough. You will also hear from some familiar names that have been featured with their own interviews over the past few years. There is something for everyone in this episode. Sit back and enjoy! (ACP Graphics by Missy K)

JD Nash - "Remember November" (www.reverbnation.com/JDNash)
Monster Track Supergroup - "Adrienne" (
www.facebook.com/monstertracksupergroup)
Mikayla - "Would You Like to Know" (
www.v2drecords.com)
American Beauties - Tell Me That You Love Me" (
www.americanbeauties.com)
Douglas Coleman - We Said to Them" (
www.reverbnation.com/douglascoleman)
Jade Starling - "Think About You" (
www.jadestarling.com)
David Martinez - "What You Need" (
www.reverbnation.com/davidmartinez)
Tess of the Circle - "No Place Like Home" (
www.tessofthecircle.com)
Torpedohead - "Shanghide" (
www.reverbnation.com/torpedohead)
The Dead End Drivers - "Paradise" (
www.reverbnation.com/thedeadenddrivers)
Frank Porter - "Fly" (
www.frankporteracoustic.com)
Jade Starling featuring Lee Dagger - "Subliminal" (
www.jadestarling.com

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep216_In_The_Mix_Part_Four.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:33 AM

My guest today is musician Jennie Vee! She was born in Toronto and currently lives in NYC. I first saw her while browsing Facebook one Sunday afternoon. The image of her playing a Rickenbacker on a NYC rooftop made me want to learn more. This is the kind of experience that makes me love the internet and social media. I reached out, and within a week I had the chance to interview her. Not only is Jennie a talented musician, she also has some amazing stories that she was happy to share with me. She has lived all over the world, has been in some incredible bands, and now writes and records songs that reflect those experiences. She even had the chance to show Joe Strummer around Toronto one night. That story alone is worth the price of admission! Two of her songs are featured here. Learn more about her at Facebook, www.twitter.com/jennieveenyc and www.soundcloud.com/jennieveenyc. If you reach out, please tell Jennie that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep215_Jennie_Vee.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:20 PM

Tommy Wallach is a Brooklyn based writer and musician. His new record "I Meant It To Be Sweet" is out now on Rude Fox Records. Two songs from it, along with his cover of the classic Paul Simon track "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" are featured with this episode. The cover song is from his 2008 ep. We talked about the new album, as well as his writing career. He strikes a nice balance between being a writer and a musician. These two passions will come together in 2015 when he releases his book "We All Looked Up" along with a companion cd. Learn more about him at www.tommywallach.com. If you reach out to Tommy, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep214_Tommy_Wallach.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:26 PM

Today's show is a very special "Rock and Roll Geek Show" Episode of The Artist Connection Podcast! It features my interview with host Michael Butler, as well as music from bands that Michael and I share as influences. I had the opportunity to cohost an episode of his show a few months ago, and it is an honor to have him on mine. The Rock and Roll Geek Show is about to celebrate it's 10th Anniversary! That is a huge milestone, and the quality of the show is always consistent. I have been listening for most of that time and I am a huge fan! Michael is currently participating in the "Dog Days of Podcasting" where he is posting an episode a day for 30 days. Check him out at www.rockandrollgeek.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rnrgeek and Facebook at www.facebook.com/rnrgeek. You can also subscribe to his show on iTunes. I close out the show with a brand new track from the band Torpedohead called "Shanghide". Learn more about them at www.reverbnation.com/torpedohead. Please reach out to Michael and tell him Matt sent you. Enjoy! 

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep213_Michael_Butler.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:58 PM

Today's episode features music and conversation with San Diego based musician Jackslacks! That alone is enough to make it special, but it is also my first interview to be played on Beyond the Dawn Radio! I am honored to partner with T Dawn and have an interview featured on her show each month (www.beyondthedawnstudios.com). Jackslacks is a cool rockabilly singer, drummer, and guitarist. We talked about our shared love of Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Jeff Beck, and the Stray Cats. He just released his seventh solo project called "Other Side". I am happy to say that the title track is included here! It is a very special song recorded with members of his family, and is an homage to his father who recently passed away. I end the show with "Generations Hypnotized" from 2013. Learn more about this talented artist at www.reverbnation.com/jackslacks. If you reach out, please let Jackslacks know that you heard him here first!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep212_Jackslacks.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:25 PM

My guest today is Rize Records recording artist Nick Shaw! He is the first indie singer/songwriter signed to the label, and he is fantastic. Nick and I got along right from the start. It was like reconnecting with a long lost friend. This is his first interview ever, and I am honored that he chose this show to share his story with the world. He grew up just outside of Chicago in Round Lake, and now calls Charlotte home. We talked about his early influences, how he started out in music at a young age, and what it takes to pursue your dreams and make it in the music business. He is currently working on his new single, and promised to join me again when it is out. Learn more about him at http://rize-records.com/nick-shaw/ or www.nickshawmusic.com. He is also on Twitter and Facebook. Please reach out to Nick and let him know that you discovered him right here. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep211_Nick_Shaw.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:33 PM

Hicks (Miqael Persson) is an incredible songwriter and world famous country singer from Sweden. He recently called me to talk about his life and music. He told me about listening to his parents' record collection and how those early days influenced his career. His songs have been recorded by the likes of The Little River Band, Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), and Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock. His brand new track and first official US radio single "Hayride" is available right now! That track, along with "Mama's Kitchen", are featured right here. Learn more at www.hickscountry.com. Please reach out to Hicks and let him know that you heard him here first!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep210_Hicks.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:14 AM

AO is a Hip-Hop Emcee from Charlotte, NC. He is the second of the Rize Records artists that are being featured on my show. We talked about his growing up in Charlotte, early performances and motivation, and finding some kindred spirits in the Army that brought him back to music. His track "You and Me" (featuring Mikki) is included with this episode. 2014 is going to be big for AO. His album "M.O.N.S.T.E.R" (Moving On Never Stopping to Embrace Regret) will be released this year, and he promised to join me again to talk through some of his favorite tracks. I am really looking forward to that! Learn more about him at http://rize-records.com/a-o/. Please reach out to AO and let him that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep209_AO.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:43 AM

My guest today is Blayne Weaver. He is a writer, director, and actor based out of NYC. He is also the star of the movie "Favor". This film is now available on dvd, PPV, iTunes, Amazon, streaming, etc. I caught it on pay per view and loved it! It is a modern day classic thriller. The premise is simple; "A friend helps you move, a good friend helps you move a body." The trouble starts there. This is the kind of movie where the drama builds throughout and keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know where things are headed, it shifts direction. Blayne plays "Kip". He is a guy that has it all until things go horribly wrong. See what he does to fix it. I highly encourage you to see the film. We also talked about his childhood in Bossier City LA, life in NYC and California, and his voice over work. He has been the classic voice of Peter Pan since 2002. This guy does it all! Learn more about him at his IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915814/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/BlayneWeaver), and Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blayne-Weaver/286196798256). Additional info on Favor can be found at www.favormovie.com. If you reach out to Blayne please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep208_Blayne_Weaver.mp3
Category:Actor -- posted at: 2:45 PM



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