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Troubled Men Podcast

René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt. Manny is an L.A. native who had been...more

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TMP193 JOHNNY J. CALLS A SIT DOWN

Episode 193

March 03, 2022

TMP193 JOHNNY J. CALLS A SIT DOWN

The rockabilly and roots guitarist, singer, and bandleader of the Hitmen, O.L.D., and the Blue Vipers has been an intergral part of the New Orleans scene since his arrival in the early ’80s. He’s worked with greats like Alex Chilton, Wayne Bennett, Joe Clay, George the Max, and Dave Turgeon. Tonight Johnny J. Beninati goes on the record with fellow travelers the Troubled Men to illuminate the dark recesses of the rock’n’roll landscape. Topics include a new Troubled Home, Aquarius, the Linda Lindas, self-policing, a horse lover returns, road hazards, curling, Babe Ruth, a first meeting, a working stiff, Bobby Brennan, Ed Sullivan, a contest, hotdog water soup, Jack Clement, Chuck Gwartney, Lalo Schifrin, Murphy “Fluffy” Hines, an Elvis impersonator, a street fight, Dale Hawkins, Radio Shack, Nicky Sanzenbach, Sex Dog, Scott Goudeau, and much more. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break Music: “16 Chicks” from “Louisiana Rockabilly” by Johnny J. and the Hitmen Outro music: “Might As Well Admit It” from “Nuclear Hayride” by Johnny J. and the Hitmen and “4-Legged Lover” from “Nashville Never” by O.L.D. Support the podcast: Paypal or Venmo Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts or any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook Troubled Men Podcast Instagram René Coman Facebook Johnny J Homepage Johnny J. and the Hitmen Facebook Blue Viper Records ...

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TMP192 BEN MUMPHREY GIVES US HOPE

Episode 192

February 24, 2022

TMP192 BEN MUMPHREY GIVES US HOPE

The record producer and recording engineer had spent years working with bands including the Pixies, Frank Black, and the Breeders before taking over the fabled Studio In The Country and returning it to its former glory. The recent release of the Geraniums’ “Hope Is Not For The Weak” represents the final 10 years of material recorded with him there at the mixing board. Always unflappable, Ben joins the Troubled Men in the hornets’ nest of Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge for a good going over. Topics include the Clempire, last week’s episode, kids in wells, a Dave Clements cameo, a health kick, Mardi Gras, a Krewe Du Vieux party, a milk miracle, the Iguanas at Chickie Wah Wah, a remote recording, cutting cable, switching insurance, a Jesuit education, the Plaza in Lake Forest, school showers, a teenage band, Scott Durbin, engineer training, Chris Finney, Mike Napolitano, Kingsway Studio, Trina Shoemaker, Karen Brady, O’Henry Studios, Sound City, tour fatigue, moving to the Truck Farm, Kim Deal’s house, working with the Breeders, Debbie Farmer, an echo chamber, a good vibe, Dash Rip Rock, professionals, amateurs, a session band, Stan Ridgway, Daemon Shea, the last Circle Bar gig, One South Lark, All Girl Band, and much more. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “This Is About This” by The Geraniums Outro music: “St. Claude Avenue” from “Hope Is Not For The Weak” by The Geraniums Support the podcast: Paypal or Venmo Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts or any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook ...

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TMP191 MEGHANN MCCRACKEN AGAINST THE GRAIN

Episode 191

February 17, 2022

TMP191 MEGHANN MCCRACKEN AGAINST THE GRAIN

The iconoclastic screenwriter, essayist, and former Siberia Bar owner recently self-cancelled from social media after her commentaries drew the ire of the online mob. She now unleashes her polemics in Quillette Magazine and on the Substack platform. This Joan Didion acolyte is no shrinking violet. Tonight Meghann comes on like a runaway train, and the Troubled Men hang on for dear life as it nearly teeters off the tracks. Topics include the Elysian Bar, the Diewater, Yoko Ono, make ‘em ups, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Al Pacino prank calls, Super Bowl traditions, Dick Butkus, Raider Nation, sports betting, violent crime, psychologists, a Sacramento childhood, Salinas land barons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jim Jones, miscegenation, millennialism, Judaism, Jane Goodall and David Graybeard fan fiction, victimhood, UC Santa Cruz, finding New Orleans, an outlaw boyfriend, “Panic In Needle Park,” “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” the Silent Generation, the “Karen” phenomenon, “Fun Home,” and much more. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “When I Sing About You” from “Total Death Benefit” by The Happy Talk Band Outro music: “Best Interest At Heart” from “Hope Is Not For The Weak” by The Geraniums Support the podcast: Paypal or Venmo Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts or any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook Troubled Men Podcast Instagram Meghann McCracken Substack Meghann McCracken on Quillette Meghann McCracken Twitter ...

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TMP190 AURORA NEALAND LIGHTS UP

Episode 190

February 10, 2022

TMP190 AURORA NEALAND LIGHTS UP

The innovative multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer with the Royal Roses, the Monocle, the Panorama Jazz Band, and the Klezmer All Stars turns up to discuss her many projects, as well as her rural, hippie childhood and eventual escape to New Orleans. Her lightness of spirit is a breath of fresh air. Aurora had lots of interdisciplinary training at Oberlin College and Paris' Jacques LeCoq School of Physical Theatre, but tonight it’s the Troubled Men who are made to heel. Topics include favorite podcasts, Caesar, the lifting malaise, shoes, little people, Marty and Elayne at the Dresden Room, a diaper scammer revisited, a beach shack, a mountain hut, herbal medicine, sniffing glue, school band, a custom degree, musique concrete, soccer, train hopping, Baltimore, grad school, Chiquita Magic, first gigs, punk, the Pixies, becoming a bandleader, Downbeat magazine, a coffee shop mural, Rory Danger, festival dates, doing less, and much more. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break and Outro music: "Trash Compact" from “Easy Listening for Lunatics" and "Whistleblower" by Aurora Nealand Support the podcast: Paypal or Venmo Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts or any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook Troubled Men Podcast Instagram Aurora Nealand Homepage Aurora Nealand Facebook Aurora Nealand Music Facebook ...

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Feral Zone 2: MICHAEL CERVERIS LETS LOOSE IN THE GILDED AGE

Episode 2

February 03, 2022

Feral Zone 2: MICHAEL CERVERIS LETS LOOSE IN THE GILDED AGE

The Tony Award-winning actor and musician returns to discuss his latest role on HBO’s new “Gilded Age” period drama and his band Loose Cattle’s recent “Heavy Lifting” album. Guitarist and composer Jonathan Freilich joins the proceedings to add his two cents. Everyone’s been through a lot in the last few years, and Michael is no exception. Tonight he enters the Feral Zone as we search for the first glimmer of dawn. Topics include a return guest, continuing education, Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the Barn, minimalism, Phil Spector’s maximalism, lockdown recordings and video production, new songs, Kimberly Kaye, Will Sexton, emotionalism, artistic ownership, session work, Mark Bingham, Peter Stampfel, dreams coming true, “The War of Art,” process, gigs, “The Drowning Pool,” West Virginia, academic parents, rural progressives, Exeter Academy, Lilli Lewis, Yale, a pivotal time period, health protocols, “The Plot Against America,” “Station Eleven,” turning the tables, a good cop/bad cop proposal, and much more. Intro music: “The Trucker Takes A Wife” by Styler/Coman Break and Outro music: “Sidewalk Chicken” and “Get Downtown” from “Heavy Lifting” by Loose Cattle Support the podcast: Paypal or Venmo Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook Troubled Men Podcast Instagram Michael Cerveris Homepage Loose Cattle Homepage Michael Cerveris Facebook Michael Cerveris Instagram   ...

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TMP189 JEFF TREFFINGER: THE GERANIUMS IN BLOOM

Episode 189

January 27, 2022

TMP189 JEFF TREFFINGER: THE GERANIUMS IN BLOOM

The guitarist and songwriter for the Geraniums and Tribe Nunzio and co-owner of the Mermaid Lounge has just released “Hope Is Not For The Weak,” a double album of Geraniums recordings the Bukowski-meets-the-Velvet-Underground outfit collected from years of sessions at the famed Studio in the Country. He discusses the band’s long history, as well as the recent passing of singer and lyricist Brendan Gallagher and drummer Daemon Shea. These songs have always felt like a drunken prayer to God. Tonight Jeff joins the Troubled Men as they all count their blessings. Topics include post-holiday malaise, Mardi Gras season, home testing, a terminal strategy, a bottle of vodka, Yoko Ono, a Betty White parade, Greg Ensslen, Vernon Rome, Holden Miller, the Economy Cafe, Melinda Pendleton, George the Max, Clint Montz, Mermaid Recording, Glyn Styler, Malcolm Burn, Bogdanovich films, a date with Tatum O’Neal, “Paper Moon,” Cybill Shepherd, smoking, “This Is About This,” a Circle Bar residency, Peter Holsapple, Alex McMurray, Goat, Ben Mumphrey, an Irish gift for melody, show tunes, a terminal diagnosis, a coma, a changed man, Tom Marron, Gerald McCollum, concepts of time, the N.O. Musicians Clinic, and much more. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break, Outro, and additional music: “Can I Come Home,” “Pale As Jane,” “It’s Love,” “Retreat Of The Light Horse Brigade,” “Factory For Stars,” and “I’m Here To Stay” from “Hope Is Not For The Weak” by the Geraniums Support the podcast: Paypal or Venmo Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook ...

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