No, I can’t believe it either. However, for one reason or another, John Gonzalez of the Inquirer could not attend the taping of the show because he had to do something for work. No, I’m not making this up even though I wish I was. Can you believe the ego on that guy? Oh sure, they mention his name before the curling broadcast on NBC, but whatever.
Curling? Seriously… the guy thinks he’s too good for us because of curling?
Here’s how lame Gonzalez is—a guy schlepped all the way into our office to be on the show in the rain and messy weather and he is actually going to be a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s show on March 8 the day before his band’s latest record hits the streets. That’s right, we had Chris Wilson from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists in to talk with us and hang out and he’s a guy that toured for a bit with Pearl Jam.
Curling vs. Pearl Jam? Do we really need to answer that question?
I kid Gonz because I can. He’s really one of my favorite people I know (just ask him), so this is all written with love. Besides, he once wrote an entire column for the Inquirer about the time he wanted to punch me in the face. When it came out people asked me if I was upset by the column and I said, "No. Why would I be upset? He really wanted to punch me in the face."
Still, whatever curling boy. Have fun listening to Verne Lundquist say your name.
Anyway, Sarah Baicker and I had been talking all week leading up to this show that we might have to end the podcast because there is nowhere else for us to go but down. That’s hyperbole, of course, but there is a major difference in what happened in the debut compared to the second time around. For that we have to thank Tom Finer for stepping in to man the board and mix all the voices together so we don’t sound like we’re shouting into one microphone.
This time we had six microphones for six people, so we’re stepping up.
So listen in as we talk with Chris about his upcoming tour and the new record from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists called, The Brutalist Bricks. Better yet, pre-order it now and check out the touring schedule and make sure to check out a show when the band hits a town near you. In fact, one of the requisites of listening to this pod show is to purchase the new Ted Leo & the Pharmacists record. Just do it already, because if you made a record I’m positive Chris would want to buy it, too. Support the arts, chrissakes. The record won’t cost you as much as a beer at a ballgame and you get to keep it and play it over and over again.
So once you’ve gone to the Matador Records site and pre-ordered the record, listen to us chat about Brian Westbrook as we offer Jayson Werth beard-grooming tips, ponder Allen Iverson’s legacy, update the Olympics, lament the epic suckitude of the bands Nickleback and Creed, and re-live the time Dennis Deitch rendered Stephen Colbert speechless.
Oh yeah, and Dan Roche got up and walked out (again) and Mike Radano inexplicably showed up (again). I’m sensing a theme…
Here you go:
Also, keep sending in those comments and questions. We had planned on reading some of them on the air this time around, but it got lost in the shuffle because I had wind-shield wiper issues and showed up late. Actually, the truth is I forgot to bring it up but because I respect you guys so much I felt compelled to make up an excuse.
Nevertheless, if you keep sending in emails, we’ll read them on the air next week when author Mike Sielski will be a guest along with another person we are currently negotiating with.
Oh yes… it will be HUGE!