A short, sweet, and random collection of Stax gems brought to you by your hosts Lee McCormack of The Tramps Like Us Podcast, Mr Brian Jacobs, and Eric Miller of Pods & Sods. Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just three friends sharing some of the greatest rock & soul the world has ever known.
In Volume One, we’re unpacking some classics by Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, The Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding with Carla Thomas, and The Veltones.
Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek and The Watkins Family Hour shares his 10 Essential Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket songs. Sean has gone from being a fan of Toad The Wet Sprocket to writing, recording and touring with Glen Phillips in a variety of configurations including the Works Progress Administration and the Mutual Admiration Society. In this episode he shares details of that connection, what about Glen’s music inspires him musically, lyrically, and performance-wise, he provides some truly wonderful insight into some of Glen’s greatest songs in and out of Toad The Wet Sprocket, how and why it is that Glen just gets better and better, and much more.
How do you follow up such a landmark album as Don’t Say No? Find out as we continue our Billy Squier sidecast series, Songs of The Knight: A Billy Squier Retrospective, with our detailed look at 1982’s Emotion In Motion. Joined by podcast friends Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll Podcast, Eric and his co-hosts go in-depth and track back track of Billy’s legendary record that featured massive radio hit Everybody Wants You and an iconic album cover by the great Andy Warhol. Some detours into 70s basketball, use of the word gerund, and Peter Gabriel as we meander off topic from time to time. Finally we wrap this episode in the series with Eric’s personal top ten list of Billy Squier songs. We hope you’ll follow us as we work through Billy’s entire discography!
We’re kicking off a new sidecast series – Pod O’ Graffitti, a look at the Extreme discography!
In this introductory episode, your hosts Sonny “Hollywood” Pooni of the Growin’ Up Rock Podcast, Brian Sword of The Double Stop Podcast, and Eric Miller of The Pods & Sods Network share their stories of discovering the music of Extreme, their memories of seeing the band live as far back as 1990 with Alice In Chains. We also break down some of the early pre-Extreme days from both Gary with The Dream and Nuno with Sinful, including a few rare tracks from the aforementioned. From here, we’ll go album by album through the career of Extreme. You’re all invited to the party!
Danny Seraphine shares his 10 Essential Chicago songs. Spanning all eras of the iconic band Chicago, Danny picks his favorites, shares memories of early drumming influences, some childhood memories, some really detailed and wonderful stories about the formation of Chicago, colorful memories of playing a mob bar with an owner that insisted on singing Sinatra songs with the band, locking with Terry Kath as a bass player and guitarist, the very first time the original Chicago lineup played together, meeting and working with percussionist Laudir de Oliveira, what happened to Al Kooper’s video recording of the band’s first studio sessions, sharing influences with The Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire, getting fired from the band, what it meant to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his old bandmates, where he is now with performing live, and much more.
Lauren Hoffman was the very first interview on Pods & Sods way back in October of 2013. The full story of her career until that point can be found there, but in this episode Lauren joins Craig for an extremely in depth conversation about the songs and stories surrounding MEGIDDO, her debut album released in 1997 on Virgin.
This year Eric and Craig are joined in Nashville by Mister Brian Jacobs (father of Not Pete Ham Jacobs) for the second annual ROCK N POD EXPO! Enjoy a super jam packed four hour marathon with all of our friends:
Bakko (Cobras and Fire)
Lee McCormack (Tramps Like Us)
Randy W. Hall (That Dandy Classic Music Hour)
Matt Porter (The KISS Room)
Brad Page (I’m In Love With That Song)
Courtney Cronin Dold (Pop!)
Gary Shaller (PODKISST)
Jon Lamoreaux (The Hustle)
Joey Haynie (Rock Strikes Ten)
Wally Norton (CGCM Podcast)
Sonny Pooni (Growin’ Up Rock)
Brian Kramp (Rock and/or Roll)
Julian Gill (KISSFAQ)
Chris Czynszak (Decibel Geek)
Finishing off with a live bootleg recording of Honey Don’t featuring Mister Brian Jacobs on vocals, the smoldering Lee McCormack on vocals and guitar. the powerful and attractive Joe Polo on drums and team player Craig Smith on bass.
See ya next year in Nashville!