Aimee Mann “Save Me” with Friends Who Folk

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It's our third birthday! To celebrate, we invited Friends Who Folk over to QED for a very special LIVE show where they serve as both the interview and musical guests. We talk with bandmates Ned Riseley (Six Degrees of Separation on Broadway) and Rachel Wenitsky (Reductress, The Story Pirates Podcast) about "Save Me" by Aimee Mann, a song that they both absolutely love.

Rachel and Ned tell us how they met the Williamstown Theatre Festival and what led them to become partners in musical comedy. We discuss sad folk music, what makes Aimee Mann such an excellent singer, and getting music from our parents. We also share stories of annoying concertgoers!

Plus! Friends Who Folk cover "Save Me" and play two of their hilarious, original comedy songs for us. It's quite the treat and we couldn't imagine a better third birthday party!!!

On that note, we want to let everyone know that we'll be taking a little break from releasing episodes. We'll be back in January and we can't wait for you to see what's in store. Thanks for all the love these past three years! <3

LINKS: and @friendswhofolk on Instagram and @nriseley on Instagram & Twitter and @RachelWenitsky on Instagram & Twitter

QED - our LIVE home for three years!!!

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Against Me! August 3rd, 2018

Evan and Pat are back to talk about seeing Against Me! Cherry Glazerr, and Taking Meds at the House of Vans in Brooklyn!

Against Me! has been a mainstay in our lives since 2003 and it was a blast to go together and sing our little hearts out. We talk about discovering Against Me!, Warped Tour, the songs we love, and the highlights of the night. In the words of  Mikey Erg "I defy anyone to tell me that this wasn't the best Against Me show."

Plus! Laura covered the Mountain Goats' "Going to Georgia." The cherry on top of a perfect show.

The whole lineup was great. We really enjoyed Taking Meds and their brand of East Coast punk—their songs set the night off to a strong start. And Cherry Glazerr were a force of nature—the wild energy and upside down singing was a lot of fun to watch.

PS – If you're gonna mosh, read the room. If you're gonna crowd surf, be cool. If you're gonna get on the stage, leave the musicians alone. Don't be that guy.

Against Me! at House of Vans Brooklyn – 8/3/18 Setlist (via)
I Was A Teenage Anarchist
White Crosses
Don’t Lose Touch
New Wave
Piss and Vinegar
I Still Love You Julie
Reinventing Axl Rose
Turn Those Clapping Hands into Angry Balled Fists
T.S.R. (This Shit Rules)
Cliché Guevara
From Her Lips to God’s Ears (The Energizer)
Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
Pretty Girls (The Mover)
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Walking Is Still Honest
Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
True Trans Soul Rebel

Going to Georgia (The Mountain Goats cover)
Two Coffins
Up the Cuts
Black Me Out
We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)

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Lauryn Hill “Mystery of Iniquity” with Kerry Coddett & Attia Taylor

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This week on Repeater we have a LIVE EPISODE featuring Kerry Coddett (Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas) on the show to talk about Lauryn Hill's poetic masterpiece "Mystery of Iniquity." Attia Taylor of the band Strange Parts joins us to play a solo set featuring a cover of the Lauryn Hill tune!

Kerry tells us about how this song and album coincided with her involvement in local activism while in high school. We discuss the underrated glory of Lauryn Hill's MTV Unplugged album and about how Lauryn—with her commentary on social issues, political matter, and mental health—was way ahead of her time. This leads us to talking about Kerry's background in activism, entrepreneurship, life as a Rastafari, and her spoken word poetry.

With the incredible variety of experiences and pursuits Kerry has had in her short life, we can't help but discuss how those influences have mingled together today. We talk about how Kerry's activism plays into writing for Problem Areas and what is the place of politics in comedy. Kerry gets real about police brutality and we ask, as people without a TV show, what can we possibly do about this hugely important issue?

And as per usual, this episode asks an important question that may be without an answer: "Why is Jesus so shredded?"

Check out Attia's cover here:

The Feeling “Sewn” with Jake Cornell

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The delightful JAKE CORNELL (UCB, your goddamn dreams) joins Evan and Pat to talk about the song "Sewn" by The Feeling and how it relates to his middle school experience as a closeted teen in rural Vermont. We also discuss the value of straightforward lyrics, what makes a perfect song, and how GPS can ruin an otherwise lovely road trip.

We kick off this episode with Pat and Evan recounting the spectacle of seeing Janelle Monaé in concert last week and Jake shares what he loves about the new Lykke Li album. Jake then talks about discovering The Feeling on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown and finding a connection with the lyrics of not only "Sewn" but The Feeling's entire first album. The album's lyrics, written by the then-closeted lead singer, Dan Gillespie Sells, gave Jake something he could deeply relate to at 13. Speaking of song lyrics in general, Jake emphasizes how simple, straightforward songs are often the easiest to connect to.

The hosts talk with Jake about growing up in rural Vermont from the perspective of having previously lived in a suburban area and then ultimately moving to NYC to find his tribe. While in Vermont, Jake didn't love the Nirvana and Rancid that seemingly all of his classmates were into, and he shares what it was like to discover The Feeling, along with other bands, that he could call his own.

As the episode winds down, Jake recalls a conversation he had with Brady O'Callahan ("Blue Side of the Mountain") about songs that are perfect because of how they make you feel. We discuss how we use those songs to find people we resonate with and how relationships can be formed by sharing a good song or two (or 30).  Jake shares his feelings on the song "Late Night Ball Game," which he stumbled upon while watching a commercial, and Evan talks about singing the song "Can I Sleep In Your Arms" for his dad. Finally, Pat describes being interrupted by his GPS while listening to a song he loves and Jake relates to the experience deeply!!

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