This episode is not sponsored by McDonalds but it damn well should be. Matt and Mikey are emo boyz who, after getting through an initial and mandatory discussion about all things Dragonball Z, talk about the history of Emo Nite and their shared love for all things emo and pop punk.
Matt has been to a lot of concerts in his day, and Alex has only recently appreciated the art form that is live music -- but the two of them ended up at Arroyo Seco festival and had one of the best weekends ever! Hear a full recap of that magical musical weekend complete with a glorious ongoing pun-off. Plus, hear Alex's experience diving headfirst into the cult that is live Phish.
Jamie Parslow -- filmmaker, music fan and friend of Matt's comes on the show to discuss their mutual love of Modest Mouse, the dangers of algorithm based music discovery, and Jamie explains his theory about great albums that follow "The Hero's Journey" structure. Follow Jamie on Twitter at @JamieFilms and Instagram at @Japars
The Vinyl Geek aka Vinyl Rewind aka Eric has come on the show to talk shop. After getting through the obligatory podcast hazing ritual of discussing Star Wars and Kanye, the Geek and Matt hunker down and talk about what it was like to collect vinyl during the "dead period" in the late 90s, and how to navigate YouTube's ever-changing algorithm and social trends.
Kailynn West AKA the frontwoman and primary songwriter of Tiny Stills came on the podcast to discuss the creation of her new album, Laughing Into The Void. Listeners of Dragon Wagon Radio may recognize her from her 2 appearances on The House Show Show podcast or the YouTube episode of Too Many Records where her and husband Tony Thaxton (Motion City Soundtrack) talked about their record collection. After some small talk about TV shows they've been fans of lately, they dive into the album creation process and Matt and Kailynn gush about how awesome it is to have a record actually be mastered for vinyl. Stick around to the end of the episode to hear the WORLD PREMIERE of "Small Talk" from the album! Be sure to check out her album, out June 1st, and follow her @TinyStills on all social media for upcoming news, tour dates, music, and more!
Ameri came on the show to share her choices for Hip-Hop Mount Rushmore, and then her and Matt talked about the current Kan-troversy. Kanye West has been blowing up the twittersphere as of late and you better believe we're talking about it. His bizarre bars and political diatribes have been on everyone's tongues recently, but historically, that's Kanye's strategy before he drops a legendary album. If you want to follow Ameri check her out on instagram www.instagram.com/ameriwheeler and stay tuned for her upcoming music podcast "The Question!"
Gil is Matt's hip-hop partner in crime. The two of them reminice about concerts they've seen together, including seeing one of their favorite rappers Lil Ugly Mane and sneaking into the green room. They also go back to the infamous "Mount Rushmore" question and discuss who would be on the Hip-Hop Mount Rushmore. Leave a rating of the podcast and post what your picks would be!
Chris Kramer is one of Matt's closest friends, and the two of them bond over food, Star Wars, and of course, music. Hear about Chris's dream job working on a traveling Food show, a debate about if Luke is a Jedi Knight or Master at the start of Return of the Jedi, a trip down memory lane recalling the incredible musical adventure that was the Desert Trip festival, and Matt touches on the Jesse Lacey/Brand New situation for the first time, publicly, in this awesome episode of the TMR podcast.
Make sure you follow Chris @producedreality and at @theactionstars for his hilarious Star Wars visual series.
For those who have watched Matt's YouTube channel for years, you may remember Tyler Taormina AKA Cloud come on the show to talk about his last LP, Zen Summer. He's back now on the heels of an excellent new album, Plays With Fire, and he talks to Matt about his music career up until now, his excellent film-making (highly recommend Suburban Legends for fans of Pete and Pete: https://youtu.be/5pVeEGLAkvg), and of course about the psychedelic indie pop powerhouse Plays With Fire, out on Audio Antihero on March 9th (Pre-order that Vinyl now!): http://www.audioantihero.com -- Stick around til the end of the episode to hear the first single from the album, Wildfire!
The COO and Operations Manager of metal/rock label Sumerian Records, Amanda Fiore and Ralphie Jollette pop by the show to talk about vinyl, early concert stories, and to laugh at the concept of the genre "Powerviolence!"
You may have seen him in a few episodes of Too Many Records talking vinyl with Matt, however, Chris Diaz is actually the man behind the scenes, responsible for filming most episodes and doing graphics/editing many of them as well. As Matt's partner for the show, he's been through it all with him, and the two of them talk details behind the scenes of TMR, future plans, and all sorts of neat nuggets of information for TMR fans to grab ahold of. Make sure you follow Chris's channel AskVFX if you have any interest in the VFX industry!
Video Game music is great, and Matt and guest Tom McLaughlin share some of their favorite Video Game soundtracks seeing as they are both gamers. Going one step further, the two of them discuss the history of rhythm games, starting with an obscure Aerosmith game from the 90s, going into Matt's deep dark Dance Dance Revolution phase, and leading into the powerhouse that is the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises. Tom also has a podcast with his wife, Andrea, called The Other Castle, where they talk about weird video game storylines -- one of which being the Def Jam Vendetta series where real-life rappers beat the crap out of each other.
One of Matt's oldest friends of 13 years, Mike Tumbles comes on the show to talk about their shared musical history: through car rides and concerts, they've heard a lot together. Mike also was living with Matt when he first got into records, so he tells us about how that saga unfolded. From Mikey's delicious mistake at a Journey concert to seeing Ke$ha guest appear at a Guster show (of all places) -- they tell it all. Check out Mike's acting career at www.miketumbles.com
Matt has been traveling around the holidays, but didn't want to leave you dark for too long. Visiting his father Bob Kessler for Thanksgiving, he sat down with him to discuss music. They talked about their mutual love for Doo-Wop, his dad going to Woodstock and seeing Jimi Hendrix, the otherworldly nature of Bob Dylan's songwriting, and debated who would be on the "Mount Rushmore of Music".
Nikhil and Matt talk fondly about vinyl records and discuss whether or not the vinyl bubble is going to pop anytime soon. Additionally, learn about how Nikhil snuck into a Metallica show and had a very strange experience involving their wives and exercise bikes. Learn about Brendon Small (of Metalocalypse fame)'s upcoming Galaktikon 2 and Hope for the Day, an amazing charity that raises awareness about mental health in a unique and powerful way.
Check out the charity here: http://www.hftd.org/
Find Nikhil on social media @professionalchild
Richard Houghten doesn't just make incredible music under his name and the monikers "Bloomypetal" and "A Cosmic Gift", he also owns a lathe cut machine and painstakingly (and masterfully) cuts his own releases to vinyl. Going beyond that, he incorporates forward-thinking techniques like etchings, holograms, and liquid-fills to turn his releases into bonafide multi-dimensional art.
In this Podcast, Matt and him discuss those techniques, the ethics of bootleg records, and Richard gives an EXCLUSIVE look at three tracks off the upcoming A Cosmic Gift release, "A Journey to the Purple Planet."
For more background on Richard, make sure you check out the mini documentary on the Too Many Records YouTube channel entitled "Talking Sound + Cutting Records", and to hear more of Richard's amazing music, you can find him at https://acosmicgift.bandcamp.com and https://bloomypetal.bandcamp.com.
Frequent Too Many Records YouTube guest Allison comes on the podcast to do a deep dive into her musical past. Starting with Abba and the Monkees as a child, graduating to musicals, and then diving head first into My Chemical Romance era pop punk/alt rock, Allison has traversed many genres throughout her life. In this podcast hear some gripping stories including, but not limited to, Allison almost dying at a Skrillex concert and Matt's chance encounter with Tom DeLonge -- so make sure you tune in.
Carly and Basti fuse their infectious love and talent to create tunes under the name KiSMiT. With groovy, funky guitar stylings and powerful vocals, the band is a catchy hit powerhouse that are destined for greatness. Join them as they talk to Matt about their history, inspirations, and relationship with vinyl. They also share their new single, Cosmic Love, and at the end of episode give us first listen to the next single they'll be releasing.
Follow Kismit on social media @KismitMusic
Shaun & Matt have a very similar taste in music, and they both love to wax poetic about the bands they love. Join them as they talk about seeing concerts in other countries, Shaun leaving Coachella as Radiohead began their set, an embarassing moment at a Belle and Sebastian concert, and many more passionate and hilarious anecdotes. Shaun is also on the cusp of releasing his first album as "Friend Request" and at the end of this episode, Too Many Records gets an exclusive first look at his emotional track, Jenny.
Be sure to find Shaun's music at www.friendrequestmusic.com
From interviewing Green Day just after Dookie dropped and touring with 50 Cent as his publicist, Erik Reynolds has a storied history with music and musicians. In this episode Erik regales Matt with stories from his youth living the Almost Famous-esque life of a young music journalist that led into his long and impressive career of doing PR for the video game industry.