Survive the Holiday Season with Every Single Talkhouse Music Podcast from 2015

From Annie Clark and Andy Gill to Lil Bub and Jon Wurster, this year we matched up some pretty eclectic heavy hitters to talk about their craft.

The Talkhouse Music Podcast has been bringing together musicians of all genres for more than a year now, and 2015 yielded a particularly incredible crop of artist-on-artist conversations. Sleater-Kinney guitarist-singer and Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein discovered that she and Questlove of the Roots are the same person. Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards heard all about experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson’s psychiatric treatment. And Jon Wurster, drummer for Superchunk and Mountain Goats…well, he learned to speak magical space cat Lil Bub’s language when they sat down to talk her new record, Science & Magic.

Some of you may have missed a podcast or two, so, as 2015 draws to a close, we’ve taken the liberty of assembling every single conversation that we recorded this year along with illustrative quotes below. Take a listen while on the train/plane/bus home for the holidays or, perhaps, when you need a break from those aforementioned revelries.
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Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) Talks with Ruban Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

Tunde Adebimpe: “You can ask me whatever the fuck you want.”

Alan Palomo (Neon Indian) Talks with Martin Rev (Suicide) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

Martin Rev: “New expression and new art — which represents new expression — is always a threat, it’s perceived, to the establishment, whether it’s the record companies or the galleries.”

Lil Bub Talks with Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Bob Mould Band) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

Lil Bub’s “Dude,” Mike Bridavsky: “[Bub] does have one of the most incredible diva rock star stories ever, but it’s not really a diva rock star story — it’s actually…Bub literally turns shit into wine.”

Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) Talks with Questlove (the Roots) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

Questlove: “I don’t know if we grew up in the same neighborhood if we would have been best friends, but I definitely know that we’re the same person.”

JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia) Talks with David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

David Harrington: “I make sure, every day, that I’ve heard music that I’ve never heard before. That’s just a requirement.”

Mac McCaughan (Superchunk) Talks with Laura Cantrell for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

Laura Cantrell: “[Making something] was something that you were good at. I think a lot of us might have hung out and played music and whiled away hours and had fun and kind of had the whole experience without thinking to hit ‘record.’”

Boots Talks with El-P for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

El-P: “They’re pretty photogenic, I don’t know if you’ve noticed. Cats are pretty cute. And when they’re ridiculous, they’re amazing, too.”

Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) Talks with Laurie Anderson for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Laurie Anderson: “I spent some time seeing a psychiatrist and I would get to her office early every morning and she had her office set up so that she was sitting in the corner and on one side of her was a window and on the other was a mirror. And I looked at the mirror a lot as I’m facing her and one of the things that I noticed about the mirror was that on Monday it was perfectly clear and by Friday it was covered with these lip marks.”

Eddie Argos (Art Brut) Talks with Ezra Furman for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Eddie Argos: “I was so drunk I couldn’t remember the lyrics to ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ which is one of my favorite-ever songs, and I’m trying to remember it, and then you suddenly appeared behind me, naked.”

Andrew W.K. Talks with Fred Thomas for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Fred Thomas: “Early on, I played music with this friend of mine and he was like, ‘Your audience? That’s your enemy.’”

Jim James Talks with M.C. Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Jim James: “I get a message from the universe or from God or whatever you want to call it — I get a song in my head. … It’s always at the most inopportune time, so I’ll pull out my cellphone and pretend like I’m going to the bathroom or whatever and just sing it into my phone so I don’t forget it. That part right there, for me, is the most important part. If you don’t take the time to write it down or record that initial idea, it’s gone forever.”

Jessica Pratt Talks with Tobias Jesso Jr. for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Tobias Jesso Jr.: “How weird is it for a blanket to be chasing a kid through a forest?”

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) Talks with Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Genesis P-Orridge: “Transsexuals are the stormtroopers of the future.”

Dan Zanes (Dan Zanes and Friends, the Del Fuegos) Talks with Bill Sherman (Sesame StreetHamilton) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Bill Sherman: “Having kids who watch Sesame Street is both a blessing and a curse, because for maybe six months you’re the shit because you go to work with Cookie Monster — and then some time after that they’re like, ‘My dad’s a loser who writes songs for Cookie Monster.’”

Jana Hunter (Lower Dens) Talks with Mike Hadreas (Perfume Genius) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Mike Hadreas: “I have a Facebook profile for an older woman who lives in Juneau and I write as her — a lot. She’s really into mystery writers.”

Andy Gill (Gang of Four) Talks with Jon Langford (the Mekons) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Jon Langford: “The very first day I went to Leeds University to study fine arts, I came up from South Wales and I went to a freshers’ conference and the people who picked me up at the freshers’ conference to show me around the art department…were Andy Corrigan and Mark White, and they became the singers in the Mekons.”

Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands) Talks with Vic Mensa for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Samuel T. Herring: “The first album we ever had leak was our second record. … I had no money, because Future Islands wasn’t anything yet. I was broke. My boss had cut me off because he found out I was working on a torn ACL — I worked in concrete; I was helping move five hundred pound slabs of concrete with a torn ACL because it was the only way I could make a living.”

Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches) Talks with Haim for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Lauren Mayberry: “I get reasonably bad gig anxiety, but it’s just like squared right now. Today before I left the hotel I was like, ‘Everything’s fine, everything’s fine,’ and then I just had a panic vomit.”

Stuart David (Belle & Sebastian, Looper) Talks with James Fearnley (the Pogues) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Stuart David: “The thing I got back from the publisher [about my book, In the All-Night Café: A Memoir of Belle and Sebastian’s Formative Year] said, ‘You could be sued by ten people — some of them more than once.’ So I think there were thirty potential lawsuits. Two of them from my wife.”

Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) Talks with Bhi Bhiman for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Bhi Bhiman: “You were a huge influence on me. Seeing an Indian-American man, fully grown man, playing rock & roll. … When we met at Jools Holland in England, you guys were the headliners, I was the tack-on at the end, and when I found out that you guys were playing, I shit my pants, basically.”

Kim Deal (the Breeders, the Amps, Pixies) Talks with Courtney Barnett for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Courtney Barnett: “I’ve got a couple of personalities [when I drink]. Every now and then it’s mean. Recently we were in L.A. and I had a very bad day consisting of lots of things and I got mean. I jumped into the drums and tried to break everything.”

Philip Selway (Radiohead) Talks with Ghostpoet for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Philip Selway: “We’ve got similarly wired brains.”

Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) Talks with Ray Wylie Hubbard for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Ray Wylie Hubbard: “There’s something about you that — I don’t know, and I hope you don’t take this wrong, but I don’t think you care about being a celebrity. I think you care about being a songwriter. There’s a difference when I see people like that. That’s the thing that I think is going to affect more people in the long run, is caring about the music and what you write.”

Matthew E. White Talks with Matthew Vasquez (Delta Spirit) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Matthew Vasquez: “I Wikipedia’d you, big Matt.”

Matthew E. White: “I also Wikipedia’d you.”

Janet Weiss (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney) Talks with Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Janet Weiss: “I’m sort of a beerphobe. I don’t drink beer and I don’t like the way it smells. So all these years in rock clubs have been slightly traumatizing. All the beer that’s been spilled on my drum rig and on my shoes and on my suitcase.”

Annie Clark (St. Vincent) Talks with Andy Gill (Gang of Four) for The Talkhouse Music Podcast

Annie Clark: “[David Sims] was my tax man for a while. I would email him about something and just be like, ‘I’m emailing David Sims from the Jesus Lizard about my 401K or whatever.’ I don’t have one of those, but you know what I mean.”