Episode 8: Talking Big Star with Don Thrasher

This episode features the triumphant return of Don Thrasher. Thrasher has written about music in Dayton, Ohio since the early 1990s. He has also played drums for influential bands like Swearing at Motorists and Guided by Voices. He currently mans the skins for Smug Brothers.

Under the microscope this time: Big Star’s 1970s albums. Thrasher begins with a thorough history of the band and talks about why he loves them so much. Album discussions include: “#1 Record” (29:26), “Radio City” (39:50) and “Third/Sister Lovers” (45:46).

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Pick up your copy today from their Band Camp page.

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Episode 7: Talking singer/songwriters with David Payne

For episode seven, David Payne joins the show. The front man for The New Old-Fashioned has a lot going on at the moment. Preliminary work has begun on that band’s next release, but Payne has kept busy in the meantime. An impromptu home demo recording session turned out so well that he has decided to release the tracks.

On this podcast, Payne talks about that new EP “Cheaper than Therapy” (0:40). He performs the songs “Cheaper than Therapy” (6:04) and “Silver & Gold” (18:18). We talk about John Prine’s 1971 self-titled debut release (23:00), Ryan Adam’s 2002 album “Demolition” (40:30) and Shrug’s 2005 release “Whole Hog for the Macho Jesus” (56:42).

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Pick up your copy today from their Band Camp page.

Episode 6: Talking The Monkees with Chad Wells

For episode 6, Chad Wells drops in. Wells currently helms the psychedelic-tinged band Cricketbows. We kick off the conversation with talk about their new EP “Communion” (1:00) and their full-length film “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky” (3:15). Chad also plays an exclusive solo acoustic performance of the track “Games People Play” (8:14).

Chad tells us why The Monkees are the “cornerstone from which all other music is judged” for him (12:33). The deep dive into the albums begins with “Headquarters” (19:14), “Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, LTD” (42:00), “The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees”(52:05) and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Head” (1:02:09).

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP WARPIG. Pick up your copy today from their Band Camp page.

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Introducing… “Side Tracks One Mic Sessions”

Sometimes, our guests are talented musicians. It wouldn’t make much sense to have them come in and NOT record an original song. This new feature is dubbed “Side Tracks One Mic Sessions” our first installment features Harold Hensley performing a track from his upcoming solo debut “Midnight Savings Time” called “Songs of Home.” It is a hauntingly beautiful true story of his family’s decision to sell their generations old Kentucky farm.

Make sure to like Hensley’s Facebook music page to keep up to date on the album’s release and tour dates.

The full episode of Hensley’s pod can be streamed here.

Episode 5: Talking Inspiration with Harold Hensley


In episode five, Harold Hensley stops by. Hensley is the guitarist and singer for The Repeating Arms. He also has a new solo album coming out in the fall of 2017. In a “Side Tracks” first, Hensley played a couple tunes for us. “Songs of Home” (6:21) and “Pose” (16:10) will both be featured on that forthcoming solo effort. We dive into Hensley’s album choices with Bright Eye’s 2005 masterpiece “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” (19:20). We then move to Monsters of Folk’s self-titled debut (29:10) from 2009, Matt Costa’s 2006 debut “Songs We Sing” (41:36) and Doug Martsch’s “Now We Know” (57:08) from 2002. Thanks as always to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” from their 2017 EP WARPIG.

Episode 4: Talking comedy with Chef Ja


Episode four features Jason Mosely (Chef Ja). We  kick off with a discussion of the “Game of Thrones” season seven premiere (2:18) before jumping into a new batch of stand up specials. We talk about Rory Scovel’s new hour “Tries Stand Up for the First Time (22:50). Our classic choice this time is Patrice O’Neal’s “Elephant in the Room” (34:38). We talk a little about the forthcoming “Destiny 2” video game (50:10) and Mosley gives a prediction about Detroit’s future (52:57).

The theme music is “Cut You Loose” by Frontier Folk Nebraska, from their 2017 EP WARPIG.

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Episode 3: Talking Brian Eno with Don Thrasher

Don Thrasher stops by for the first edition of a new segment dubbed “From the Used Bin,” where we find some underappreciated artists or works and discuss why they deserve more attention. This episode focuses on Brian Eno’s four mid-1970s vocal albums.

Don talks about when he discovered these Eno albums (1:34) and gives a brief overview of what makes Eno such a unique figure in music history. We briefly talk about Smug Brothers latest album “Disco Maroon“(7:03). The deep dives into the Eno albums kicks off with “Another Green World” (10:35), followed by “Here Come The Warm Jets” (16:51) “Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)” (27:01) and finally touching on some of Eno’s producing credits and “Before and After Science” (35:24).

These four Eno albums are also being re-released on 180 gram vinyl remastered for half-speed 45 RPM playback. For more info, click here.

As always, thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” as the theme music from their 2017 EP “WARPIG

Episode 2: Talking Comedy with Chef Ja

 

Jason Mosley (Chef Ja) is back to talk about more stand up comedy. We dive into Sarah Silverman’s newest hour “A Speck of Dust” (1:50) and George Carlin’s 1996 HBO special “Back in Town” (15:03). Mosley breaks down the “Black Panther” trailer(48:50) and his thought on this year’s E3 (52: 54).

Theme music is “Cut You Loose” by Frontier Folk Nebraska from their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Please support this great rock and roll band!!!

Episode 1: Talking comedy with Chef Ja

On this inaugural episode of “Side Tracks with Rusty Pate,”  Jason Mosley (Chef Ja) joins in to discuss two stand up comedy specials: Hasan Minaj’s “Homecoming King” (1:30) and Tom Segura’s “Mostly Stories” (15:30). We also talk about some new movie trailers: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (26:40), “Logan Lucky” (32:40).

Theme music is “Cut You Loose” by Frontier Folk Nebraska. The track is from the band’s 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Please support this great rock and roll band!!!