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Merlin talks with The Sound of Young America’s Jesse Thorn about how podcasts let him engage with a wider audience, the greying of public radio’s average listener, and how radio can be programmed to become almost unnoticeable.
Merlin talks with The Sound of Young America’s Jesse Thorn about his roots in radio at UC-Santa Cruz and how having to borrow his Mom’s car led to him putting his radio shows on the web. We also learn some surprising things that Jesse has in common with basketball superstar, Manute Bol.
Note: This is the first segment in our six-part interview with Jesse Thorn. Stop back soon for more. read more »
In the final episode of Merlin’s talk with John Roderick, Hotrod explains the difficulties of getting good at guitar, the perils of self-producing a record, and Ken Stringfellow’s habit of punching-in vocals, three words at a time.
Pick quote: “The Wrens made a whole career out of an ADAT and a 12-pack.”
Merlin talks with John Roderick, the singer and songwriter for “The Long Winters” (and the man behind The Merlin Show’s theme song, “Blue Diamonds”). John and Merlin discuss string art, learning how to play guitar, and the surprising achievability of most people’s dreams.
Merlin talks with John Roderick, the singer and songwriter behind “The Long Winters” (and the man behind The Merlin Show’s theme song, “Blue Diamonds”). John and Merlin discuss the myths of celebrity, bullshit, and the problem of Ben Affleck’s hair.
Merlin talks with Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats about building a sustainable career in independent music, how prolific recording and touring keeps the lights on, and how having the right fan base (and a little bit of luck) makes all the difference. read more »
Merlin talks with San Francisco indie rocker (and longtime Mac user) John Vanderslice about how he manages his fan email list, as well as JV’s tips on taking a Mac on tour, and how internet access in Australia can be like a vibrating bed. Bonus footage includes the video for John’s song “Exodus Damage.”