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Track 2: On The Roof – Jim Testa is the Boss at JerseyBeat.com, which began as Jersey Beat fanzine in 1982, so he’s been around forever. He is a weekly columnist for The Jersey Journal/NJ.com and a regular contributor to several other print and online publications.
Track 5: When Company Comes – Jim DeRogatis is an American Music Critic and co-host of Sound Opinions. DeRogatis has written articles for magazines such a Spin, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer, and for fifteen years was the pop music critic for the Chicago SunTimes.
Track 6: Let’s Go – Edmund O’Brien was born in London, reared in New Jersey, grew up in Manhattan, became a husband in Chicago, and a father in Los Angeles. He’s back in Chicago where he teaches comedy writing, music and improv at The Second City Training Center. You can catch him and his wife improvise around town as Sheila’s Sister.
Track 7: Two Rooms – Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle.com, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she’s the author of two handmade chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.
Featuring interviews with Kody Templeman, Tim O’Hara, Cory Laurence, Mass Giorgini, Dan Lumley, and Fat Mike.
Also featuring pieces from Tor Egil Frostelid, Greg Allen, Sara Ramone, Jeromy L. Corp, Sam West, Nick Miner, and Eric T. Roth.
RAIN DOGS – TOM WAITS
1. Singapore – Ryan Good
2. Clap Hands – Greg Allen
3. Cemetery Polka (Nobody)
4. Jockey Full of Bourbon – Joe Janes
5. Tango Till They’re Sore – Don Hall
6. Big Black Mariah – John Jughead Pierson
7. Diamonds & Gold – Mike O’Connel
8. Hand Down Your Head (Nobody)
9. Time – Jen Ellison
10. Rain Dogs – Bilal Dardai
11. Midtown (Nobody)
12. 9th & Hennepin – Cara Francis
13. Gun Street Girl – Ian Belknap
14. Union Square (Nobody)
15. Blind Love – Steve Walker
16. Walking Spanish – Matt Dwyer
17. Downtown Train (Nobody)
18. Bride of Rain Dog (Nobody)
19. Anywhere I Lay My Head – Daniel Kerr-Hobert
The original intention of Jughead’s Basement was not to conduct interviews of band members, but only to spotlight some of my favorite writers writing about some of my favorite records. But that quickly veered towards having a few interviews since I enjoy having conversations about music and creativity. I now like the balance of both interviews and writers. I had scheduled Tom Wait’s Rain Dogs before seeking interviews became a facet. Instead I gathered together the best of my favorite writers, and they shared their stories and thoughts on one of the best singer/songwriters of the last few decades: Tom Waits. I did try to get an interview with him, but with no success. Really it was a pipe dream, a quixotic challenge I gave myself. I do plan on continuing my effort to get an interview with him, which I would instantly sprinkle on top of this podcast. But until then this single podcast represents the purity of my original idea.