Episode 17: The Metal Years by Rollie Agado

Finally got around to recording an episode on a genre of music that is very near and dear to my heart...   I spent a good part of my youth visiting local carnivals and riding the Gravitron over and over again because operators of the ride would often double as Heavy Metal DJs.

A dream gig of mine would be to not only operate but put together a Gravitron playlist to subject impressionable youth.

Episode 16: Late Night Conversations by Rollie Agado

Greetings amigos,

Nearly an entire year has gone by since I posted a podcast...   I recorded one a couple of months ago, but audio issues forced me to scrap that episode from ever seeing the light of day.

It felt a little awkward at first to sit alone in the dark and record thoughts about songs I've been listening to a lot lately...  but I'm glad I got this first one out of the way.  Think of this as the start of "Season 2".

Episode 15: Saludos de Seattle by Rollie Agado

So I recorded a very drunken podcast the other night during my stay in Seattle.  

I originally was going to put together a playlist of Seattle/Washington based artists and simply title it "Sleepless in Seattle".

I ended up playing a playlist of songs that are performed by Female Singers/All Girl Bands...   

I was so drunk - that I could barely enter my 18 character password into the computer successfully so that I could record the show on my laptop.

I then had to drunkenly figure out how to record the show though my headset/microphone earbuds... and I nearly gave up on the process all together.

I vividly remember not even wanting to record it but something inside made me want to capture it in the event it may be something funny to share with friends on the down-low.

I'm listening to it for the very first time on my flight back to Texas.  I'm doing so to confirm that I didn't reveal something too personal that I don't want to have put out on the internet.   I'm also making sure I didn't say anything that I would deem really regrettable.

I really don't know why my voice sounds the way it does during the recording.  I don't really think to much about how I sound when I'm hammered, but I spent a good part of the day walking around Seattle.  I got really toasty at dinner and spent a good part of the early evening holding court telling really obnoxious stories...

My co-workers seemed to enjoy drunken Ro-Ro and hoped they could summon him again on Sunday, but I told them I don't let him out on the Sabbath.

If you're reading this entry - I've apparently given this podcast a green light to be on the net.

Episode 14: 1994 by Rollie Agado

Spent three hours today recording a very special two part episode titled "1994" with Terrible Ted this afternoon.  1994 was arguably one of the best years in music in the 1990's, so we took to some to retrospectively revisit artists and albums that made impacts in our lives.

Ted is roughly 4 years than me and it was really interesting to hear how a number of albums were received while he was attending University of Michigan and I was able to weigh in on how they impacted me in High School.

A considerable amount of time was spent reviewing the playlist...   we originally had over 30 tracks and we worked that amount into a more manageable playlist of 18 songs that we've put together into two parts.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.  

Note: a recording error finally occurred...  I forgot to turn Ted's microphone on in the last segment of Side B.  I've decided to not edit the error out...  I think its fair to put this out warts and all.

Episode 13 - Queer as Fuck by Rollie Agado

When I discuss the recording process of these podcasts with friends, the conversation of getting them to appear on the show is inevitable.  I've been working for what seems like months to get Sonia on the podcast...  we discussed doing a number of themes/topics but quickly settled on the subject of Queer music.

I can't stress how fortunate I am to have someone as passionate and educated on said subject for the recording of this episode.  This is truly an area of discourse that I wouldn't have the courage of visiting for 50+ minutes.   

Episode 12 - Under the Influence by Rollie Agado

Tony and I crudely trying to figure out Depeche Mode songs on guitar...

When I got my friend Tony Weakland to commit to recording a Late Night Conversations podcast, I was almost certain that we were going to do one that was strictly about Hip-Hop.

When I asked him for a suggested theme for the episode, he said he wanted to do one on "Influential Musical Artists"...   I didn't immediately know how to process that statement.  I assumed he was going to provide me with four Rap artists and I would have to adjust my selected tracks after seeing his list.

He provided me the following list of artists and songs:

  1. Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling 
  2. Red Sovine - It'll Come Back  (I had never heard of this guy or his music until today)
  3. Run DMC/Aerosmith - Walk this Way
  4. The Dead Kennedys - To Drunk to Fuck

My jaw dropped...  I couldn't really piece together how these songs weaved into his life and I didn't expect the soundscape to be so diverse.  All I knew was that I was really looking forward to talking about these songs and artists with him.

My list:

  1. Fats Domino - Going to the River
  2. Michael Jackson - Human Nature
  3. Guns n Roses - Its So Easy
  4. The Replacements - Left of the Dial
  5. Fugazi - Waiting Room

I can't thank Tony enough for being a part of the show.  We've agreed to do a Hip Hop episode in the very near future.

Episode 11 - Soundtracks by Rollie Agado

Been talking about this podcast for nearly a week... finally got Jaime on the horn and we put together the longest Late Night Conversations episode I have ever recorded.   If you're a fan of hearing our thoughts on recorded music, you're really in for a treat tonight.  

I can't thank Jaime enough for waxing about music and film for nearly 2 hours tonight.

Episode 10 - Dead Front Men by Rollie Agado

20 years ago today, I received word that Kurt Cobain had passed away.  The passing of a pop culture figure that had an impact on me and many of my friends.  I reached out to Terrible Ted and we put together a short list of Front Men who passed away before they reached their 30's.

I'm incredibly proud of how this show came out...  it's becoming a lot easier to record these things and you can tell that it's just Ted and I having a conversation.   I'm so fucking stoked about the upcoming theme shows I have coming down the pike.

Episode 9 by Rollie Agado

I'm back.  Recorded the ninth installment of "Late Night Conversations" this evening...  and it's kinda 'back to basics' in that I didn't record this episode with anyone.   I've been listening to a lot of new stuff from a variety of artists and I wanted to put something out there to showcase some of the stuff that I've been listening to lately.


Episode 8 - the Fuck Tape by Rollie Agado

Recorded a very special Late Night Conversations episode this evening, "the Fuck Tape".   A collection of songs and stories regarding music you have sex to.  Please feel free to comment on this episode and even share songs or fuck tapes you've had in your lifetime.

Note:  I accidentally disconnected my Microphone during the 18 minute Iron Butterfly song so I've spared everyone from the drum solo on...  apologies to all.  The full track is in the embedded playlist below.

Episode 7 / Memorable Shows by Rollie Agado

Recorded another episode of Late Night Conversations this evening and had a special guest on the show, my former roommate and one of my dearest friends - J. Celestino

Jaime and I go way fucking back, in that we went to High School together, we went to College together, we lived together in some capacity for nearly a decade and I was the best man at his wedding.   He's practically a brother to me and I'm so stoked to have him on the show... 

The theme for the show is - "Memorable Concerts" -  songs by artists we caught live and we shared little stories about what made those songs so memorable.

Episode 7 / Memorable Shows

Episode 6 - the Terrible Ted incident by Rollie Agado

Remember me saying that it wouldn't take all that long to crank out another episode of Late Night Conversations?  You're in for a very special treat this evening.  I contacted my dear friend Terrible Ted via VoIP and we quickly collaborated for an episode.

Terrible Ted and I used to participate in a podcast in many, many years ago for the show LOST.  Said episodes are on the net and not entirely hard to find, but I'm not going to go out of my way to direct people to them.  I dread actually hearing them after all these years...