Here’s the first interview from my recent trip to New York City, and it’s with a quintessential New York comedian. Sure, Todd Barry spent most of his adolescence in Florida, but his heart was always in NYC.
When it comes to musicians with a punk rock past (and a punk rock present, for that matter), there aren’t a lot of folks that are as legit as Ted Leo. I’m not just referring to aesthetics or the knowledge of punk rock history. I’m talking about someone who really attempts to embody the best aspects of what punk rock has represented over the decades. Plus he’s written a ton of badass songs in the last 25 years – including a few with Aimee Mann for their upcoming album as The Both, which we hit on during our conversation.
If this were just my 200th interview for the show, it would be special enough. That’s a bit of a milestone. And if this were just a conversation with Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of The Zombies, it would be plenty special. But the fact that I got to hit 200 with one of the most influential bands of the 20th century (especially if you’re talking about the music I’m into) makes it mind blowing for me. Heck, the fact that these guys said yes to the interview is mind blowing enough.
Live radio! I usually record my interviews weeks in advance and edit them for the initial broadcast. This conversation/guest DJ set with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was a little different, which brought a great energy to the experience. Even Joe agreed.