Bob Nastanovich is a former member of Pavement and the Silver Jews. He’s been a tour manager, a horse racing afficianado and is an all around charming dude. One of the most enthusiastic lovers of music I’ve ever met and one of the only people I can’t recall ever seeing without a massive grin on his face and wink in his eye. He spent his teen years in RVA and though he has long since flown the coop. He returns to roost every now and then to see family and this is when I snared him into doing my show. Its starting to be a tradition that I grab these Richmond ex-pats when they get sucked back by the holiday family vortex. The Garden State effect or something. This time out he spun some records at Balliceaux and helped raise some money for Feedmore. I hadn’t seen him since the 90’s when I worked at the label his band was on and I have to admit I was fairly surprised it was so easy to set this up. It’s about as ADD a podcast gets but a damn good time with an awesome bloke.
This is my chat with actor, director, creative director and co- founder of 5th Wall Theatre. We’ve been trying to line something up for a while since I had the chance to see him in Race and Patty Issues and I guess it happened when it happened. BC and I have a long thematically consistent chat that is the kind of thing I am always looking for when I sit down across from someone and turn on the mics. I heard him say and heard myself say things that I needed to hear. My hope is you do too. It’s a long one but well worth it. Tantric to the extreme.
This is my conversation with Valient Himself of Valient Thorr, one of my favorite bands to see live. Valient Thorr blew me away a few years ago when I was living in Minnesota and I found it very synchronous to return to RVA and find Valient Himself lurking around here driving a cab for Napoleon. He’s also got a newer band called Brief Lives who are playing with RPG at Hardywood August 1st. so check that out. He generously gave me an hour between a shitload of other engagements, so we could talk about Norman Lear and Comic Books, dig it.
Sean McClain has been around here for decades doing his thing from Chrome Daddy Disco to Bandito’s, to Chrome Daddy Disco at Bandito’s. He’s a guy I never took the time to talk to partly because he’s a guy and I’m not in to guys (shh) and partly because he’s a mod and I was something else. But after a nice afternoon of bro-ing down on being men of a certain age, who like women of a certain age, I realized I’ve been missing out on a helluva guy who has done more than his fair share to contribute to the life and lives of this town. I’m sure you’ll feel the same.
This is my chat with Ellie Quinn burlesque performer, writer, producer and champion. We had a great time digging into the many facets of an Ellie Quinn production and I always welcome the chance to make boobies highbrow. Enjoy. There is something wrong with the sound but you won’t notice it after a while, I hope. That’s what I get for trying to upgrade.
Rashad is a former member of Strike the Chord and Burn and a current member of Ex Knives, at least that’s what he was calling his new project when we talked several months ago. This talk has been in the can for a while as I was in a slump and didn’t give shit about putting anything out there, so, it may be a little stale or it may be a little timeless. Who knows? You be the judge. I always thought Rashad was an interesting character but this was the first time I’ve ever had any kind of conversation with him. Church Hill kid meets Charles City Kid. Ramble On.
Dana Walters old friend and Director of Project Yoga Richmond. I have known here for years although we lost touch for about 15 of them. I have recently struck up a new grown-up friendship with Dana and was excited to learn she is involved in Yoga which I both legitimately dig and use as my whole shtick but often fall out of practicing. Since this chat I’ve gotten back into it so, Om, kids and don’t forget to breathe.
Emily Skinner is a Richmond, Virginia, Church Hill girl I grew up with but haven’t seen in 30 years. She was in town for a production of Mame and stayed in the old neighborhood for a spell. We get together to catch up and talk about the changing face of Church Hill and Richmond as well as the changes time brings to all of us. I don’t know a lot about musical theater but I know she’s good at it and has always had that thing it takes ever since we were kids. So much so I that I don’t think I ever really knew her as more than a sort of performing arts kid. So, we rectify that quite a bit and have 30 years to catch-up on. Enjoy. Oh special paranoid rant to kick of the episode!
Chrissie Griffith is a musician, a member of the Talking Heads tribute band Fear of Music and member of the band Lady God. I saw both bands not long ago and wanted to know more about this lady and wherefrom springs her music and style. She highlighted for me the limits of my literacy in local music and rather than feeling dumb I am glad to realize this little town has a music scene that is increasingly difficult to easily know. Cool chat. Enjoy sample of LG at the end.