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Rock 'n Roll Ghost

Rock 'n Roll Ghost

By Brett Hickman
Rock 'n Roll Ghost is an entertainment podcast specializing in interviews with people in the film, TV, music, literary and restaurant worlds.
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Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E08 - filmmaker Zach Cregger (Barbarian) [Bill Skarsgaard, Georgina Campbell, Justin Long]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Zach Cregger about his new film Barbarian which debuted at #1 at the box-office on its opening weekend.   In a discussion that includes spoilers (so beware!), Cregger gets into subverting expectations with his cast (Bill Skarsgaard, Georgina Campbell, Justin Long), substituting Budapest for Detroit, how they pulled off that flashback scene in the film, and how Barbarian's success has afforded him a level of interest that he hopes translates into more original film work.   Barbarian is in theaters now.   Links:  Barbarian  Zach Cregger on Instagram
29:60
September 30, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E07 - actor Warren Burke (Dead for a Dollar) [Walter Hill, Christoph Waltz, Rachel Brosnahan, Benjamin Bratt, Brandon Scott, Willem Dafoe]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Warren Burke (Netflix's Family Reunion) about his role in acclaimed director Walter Hill's new western film, Dead for a Dollar co-starring Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Brandon Scott and Benjamin Bratt.   Burke discusses growing up in Chicago and his impulsive move to Los Angeles in the middle of winter at age 22, as well as his work on Family Reunion, his upcoming shoot on the short film, Lucille, starring Loretta Devine, as well as the thrill of working on the Dead for a Dollar film set. He praises his co-stars for their talent and for what he learned on the set as he was invited by Hill to shadow him on his days off.   Dead for a Dollar debuts in theaters and video on demand on September 30th.   Links:  Warren Burke on Instagram
35:32
September 29, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E06 - filmmaker Allan Ungar (Bandit) [Josh Duhamel, Mel Gibson, Elisha Cuthbert]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Allan Ungar, director of the recently released Bandit starring Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert and Mel Gibson in a true story about Canada's biggest bank robber.   Ungar discusses his road to making the film, how budget reasons made it impossible to shoot the film in Canada, instead swapping Georgia in as a substitute, and how happy he was to get this cast set in place.    Bandit is in theaters and available via video on demand now.   Links:  Allan Ungar on Instagram
27:38
September 28, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E05 - actor/author Richie Stephens (The Gangster's Guide To Sobriety) [NCIS, Blue Bloods]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor/author Richie Stephens (NCIS, Blue Bloods) about his book The Gangster's Guide To Sobriety, which details his criminal background along with his decline into alcoholism and drug addiction.   Stephens discusses the real life exploits detailed in the book, his acting history, as well as the upcoming TV series adaptation of the book by Silicon Valley co-creators Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler.    Links:  Richie Stephens The Gangster's Guide To Sobriety
24:12
September 16, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E04 - actor Mike Starr (Goodfellas, Dumb and Dumber, Ed Wood, Chicago Fire)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Mike Starr (Goodfellas, Dumb and Dumber, Ed Wood, Clockers, Chicago Fire).   Starr goes through his career, including a look into his role in Martin Scorsese's iconic gangster film, Goodfellas. He also takes a number of detours along the way, talking about his family, his time living in Chicago, favorite restaurants and more.    Links:  Mike Starr IMDB
01:38:07
September 01, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E03 - Chef Van Johnson (Hog Diesel)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with BBQ competition chef Van Johnson of Overland Park, Kansas' Hog Diesel. Johnson talks about how he got his start in BBQ, what drove him to compete and where he's going next. Johnson also dives into some of his favorite movies as well.    Links:  Hog Diesel Facebook Hog Diesel on Food Network's BBQ USA with Michael Symon
35:33
August 26, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E02 - Chef Richie Farina (Ever Restaurant)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Richie Farina, sous chef of Chicago's 2-Michelin Star rated Ever Restaurant.    Farina discusses his career, including his years at MOTO learning under the tutelage of chefs Homaro Cantu and Chris Jones, as well as his stint on Top Chef Texas (along with Jones), his Cooking Channel show Carnival Kings, and his time at Chicago's Monteverde - from fellow Top Chef Texas Sarah Grueneberg.    But most of the discussion centers on Farina's time at Ever Restaurant, under executive chef/owner Curtis Duffy and chef de cuisine Justin Selk. Ever has been open since summer of 2020.   Links:  Ever Restaurant
36:09
August 17, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E01 - Author Meg Gardiner (Heat 2) [Michael Mann, Unsub, China Lake]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with author Meg Gardiner (Unsub, China Lake) about her collaboration with filmmaker Michael Mann on the newly released Heat 2. The book, a sequel and a prequel to Mann's revered crime thriller Heat (1995) that starred Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer, takes the reader through the aftermath of the film while also exploring the characters lives before those events.   Gardiner discusses her collaboration with Mann - the logistics of working together during the pandemic and the research they both did to get as authentic a depiction as possible, as well as her love for the original film.   Links:  Meg Gardiner Official Heat 2
33:16
August 11, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E10 - Musician Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Brandon Curtis of rock band Secret Machines. Curtis discusses the band's new double EP, Dreaming of Dreaming and Day 21, as well as the September 23rd reissue of their s/t album. Curtis and Josh Garza remain the two sole members of the band after Curtis' brother, Benjamin Curtis left the band to form School of Seven Bells. Benjamin sadly passed away in 2013 and Brandon and I discuss having lost our brothers at an early age. Secret Machines is not currently set to tour, but Brandon has been a touring member of Interpol for years now, so you can see him on the road with them this fall.   Visit our new website, rocknrollghostpodcast.com to hear an exclusive, revamped version of the s/t album's track "The Fire Is Waiting."   Links:  Secret Machines Official  Secret Machines Bandcamp
49:12
August 09, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E09 - Chef Gene Kato (Momotaro)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Gene Kato, executive chef at Chicago's Momotaro. Kato discusses his time living and working in North Carolina, his time running his acclaimed restaurant Sumi Robata Bar and his transition to running Boka Group's stunning Japanese restaurant Momotaro in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood.   Links:  Momotaro Site Momotaro Instagram Gene Kato Instagram
47:41
August 05, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E08 - musician George Porter Jr. (The Meters, The funky Meters, Joyride) [The Neville Brothers, New Orleans]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with legendary New Orleans musician George Porter Jr. (The Meters, The funky Meters, Joyride, GP Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners) about his career, his current touring schedule and what it means to be a musician from New Orleans.   Links:   George Porter Jr. Official  George Porter Jr. Instagram
30:51
August 05, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E07 - actor Garret Dillahunt (Where the Crawdads Sing, Sprung) [Raising Hope, Widows, The Mindy Project, Justified, Fear the Walking Dead, Ambulance, Army of the Dead]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Garret Dillahunt about his roles in the just released film Where the Crawdads Sing, as well as his upcoming Freevee series Sprung, which reunites him with Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia and his co-star Martha Plimpton.   Dillahunt discusses working on both Crawdads and Sprung - especially about his reunion with Garcia and Plimpton, as well as his relationships with master filmmakers Andrew Dominik (Assassination of Jesse James) and Steve McQueen (Widows), as well as his connection with the work of author Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men - in which he appeared in both). He also digs into working with Timothy Olyphant on Deadwood (where he played two different characters) and on Justified, as well as the difficulty that was being a part of Fear the Walking Dead. And, if that weren't enough, he talks about working with two of the premiere action directors of this century, Michael Bay (Ambulance) and Zack Snyder (Army of the Dead).   It was a truly special pleasure getting to speak with Garret. I hope you enjoy this one.   Links:  Garret Dillahunt on Instagram  Where the Crawdads Sing  Sprung Trailer
27:33
July 15, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E06 - actor/filmmaker Tim Matheson (Virgin River) [Animal House, Fletch, A Very Brady Sequel,, Burn Notice, Criminal Minds, Psych, 1941]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor/filmmaker Tim Matheson (Animal House, Fletch, Criminal Minds, The West Wing) about the new season of Netflix's Virgin River where he has played Dr. Vernon "Doc" Mullins for 3 seasons. Matheson discusses the character, the world of streaming, his time directing an enormous of amount of TV episodes (Psych, Hart of Dixie, Burn Notice and Virgin River), as well as delving into some of his iconic roles, including his co-starring performance in A Very Brady Sequel. Virgin River season 3 is now streaming on Netflix Links: Tim Matheson on Instagram Virgin River on Netflix
51:06
July 08, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E05 - filmmaker Emily Carmichael (Jurassic World: Dominion, Pacific Rim Uprising) [Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Pratt, Laura Dern, Sam Neill]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising) about co-writing this summer's blockbuster sequel, Jurassic World: Dominion with director Colin Trevorrow.  Carmichael discusses her pathway to big-budget screenwriting from her years of making independent short films. She also talks about the difference between co-writing Pacific Rim Uprising and collaborating with Trevorrow on Dominion. Carmichael is also excited for people to see the new version of Disney's The Black Hole, which she wrote the script for. She gives a sneak peek into how she changed the robot Maximillian and how she hopes fans like it as much as she does. All of that and some talk about being in the filming "bubble" with Dominion stars Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard. Jurassic World: Dominion is in theaters now. Links: Emily Carmichael on Instagram Jurassic World: Dominion
27:49
July 06, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E04 - filmmaker Richard Wong (The Valet) [Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving, Max Greenfield, Carmen Salinas]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Richard Wong about his new film, The Valet, starring Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Samara Weaving (Mayhem), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and the late legend Carmen Salinas.   Wong talks about coming on to the project somewhat last minute and the chance to break into another level of filmmaking with a bigger budgeted movie. He also speaks about his days at film school and the jobs that led him to become an in-demand cinematographer.    The Valet is on Hulu now.   Links:  Richard Wong on Instagram  The Valet
41:21
July 01, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E03 - filmmaker Alfonso Pineda Ulloa (There Are No Saints) [Jose Maria Yazpik, Tim Roth, Ron Perlman]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Alfonso Pineda Ulloa about his film There Are No Saints starring Jose Maria Yazpik (Narcos: Mexico), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) and written by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).   Ulloa, whose last name I butcher repeatedly (apologies to Alfonso again), discusses the making of the film, including the years it took to be released. He gets into how difficult it was to shoot Mexico (where the majority of the film was shot) to look like Texas.   There Are No Saints is now available to rent or buy.   Links:  There Are No Saints on Vudu There Are No Saints on Apple
22:23
July 01, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E02 - filmmaker Gaz Alazraki (Father of the Bride)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Gaz Alazraki (HBO MAX's Father of the Bride). Alazraki discusses his goals for the remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, including the desire to not just make a film about a Cuban family and a Mexican family coming together in marriage, but a universal film about families.    The film, a smash hit on HBO MAX since debuting before Father's Day, surprised this viewer with both its hysterical humor and it's emotional resonance. In particular, star Andy Garcia stands out in one of his strongest performances in some time.  Alazraki also talks about his upcoming projects, including one potential series about the days that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera spent in the United States.   Links:  Father of the Bride  Gaz Alazraki Instagram
25:14
June 28, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E01 - musician Omar Doom (Straight Razor) [Quentin Tarantino]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician/actor Omar Doom (Straight Razor) to discuss the release of the ep Straight Razor Vol. 2.    Doom discusses making the new ep, his days in fashion design, which led to him meeting Quentin Tarantino, which in turn led to his roles in Tarantino's films (Deathproof, Inglourious Basterds), as well as his upcoming touring schedule.   Links:  Omar Doom Official Site Omar Doom Instagram
24:37
June 17, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Archive Interview: Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) [Overboard, The Valet, How to be a Latin Lover]
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast presents an archive interview with actor/filmmaker Eugenio Derbez from 2013 when he was promoting his hit film Instructions Not Included. His newest film, The Valet, is on Hulu now.   Links:  Eugenio Derbez on Instagram
13:16
June 10, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S09 E10 - 100th Episode! - The Loyal Seas (Brian Sullivan & Tanya Donelly) [Dylan in the Movies, Belly, The Breeders, Throwing Muses, 4AD]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, our 100th (!!!) the Ghost speaks with musicians Brian Sullivan (Dylan in the Movies) and Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly) about their new collaboration, The Loyal Seas.    Out now via American Laundromat Records, The Loyal Seas' Strange Mornings in the Garden, is an absolutely beautiful set of songs that showcase both Sullivan and Donelly's talents.    The pair discuss how they met and began to collaborate, how the album came together during the pandemic, their influences, tour plans and Donelly hints that her band Belly may be close to getting its catalog of music away from the record label and into their possession.    Links:  The Loyal Seas on Bandcamp The Loyal Seas on Instagram Tanya Donelly on Bandcamp Dylan in the Movies on Facebook Tanya Donelly on Instagram
41:06
June 03, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E09 - Chef Nick Wallace (Nissan Cafe, Nick Wallace Cafe, Top Chef Houston)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with chef Nick Wallace (Nick Wallace Culinary, Nissan Cafe, Top Chef Houston).    Chef Wallace discusses his time on the current season of Top Chef - including his bond with fellow cheftestant Damarr Brown (Chicago's Virtue Restaurant), his early years growing up in Mississippi that influenced him as a chef, as well as the path that got him to start Nick Wallace Culinary and how he came to open Nissan Cafe (by Nick Wallace) inside the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, MS.    Links:  Nick Wallace on Instagram  Nick Wallace Culinary
30:31
May 20, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E08 - Filmmaker Alex Hardcastle (Senior Year) [Rebel Wilson, Angourie Rice, Alicia Silverstone, Sam Richardson, Chris Parnell]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Alex Hardcastle about his feature debut Senior Year, starring Rebel Wilson and available now on Netflix.  Hardcastle discusses his love of working with the film's star, Wilson and how prepared she was every day.  He also talks about the film's multitude of teen movie influences and how setting the beginning of the film in 2002 was a thrill to go back to.    Links:  Senior Year on Netflix  Alex Hardcastle  Alex Hardcastle on Instagram
37:33
May 13, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E07 - Filmmaker Naveen A. Chathapuram (The Last Victim) [Ron Perlman, Ali Larter, Ralph Ineson]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Naveen A. Chathapuram who discusses his film, The Last Victim, out today in select theaters and available nationwide on digital platforms.   Naveen talks about his beginnings as a filmmaker - working behind the scenes to fully understand the process, as well as the journey it took from story concept to the film's release, including casting of the film's three leads (Ron Perlman, Ali Larter and Ralph Ineson).   Links:  The Last Victim on Digital  Naveen A. Chathapuram
19:35
May 13, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Archive Interview: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave)
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast presents an archive interview with rock legend Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) from 2007 to promote his solo album, Carry On.   Links:  Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation
19:02
May 06, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E06 - Filmmaker Martin Shore (Take Me To the River: New Orleans) [The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Snoop Dogg, Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Martin Shore about his new film Take Me To the River: New Orleans featuring performances by The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, 5th Ward Weebie, G-EAZY, Snoop Dogg, Irma Thomas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band and more.   Shore discusses how the project came to be, delving into how he and others managed to get all four of the Neville Brothers (Aaron, Art, Charles & Cyril) into one room, his time as a touring member of Bo Diddley's band and what his plans are next.   Links:  Martin Shore  Take Me To the River: New Orleans  Take Me To the River Foundation
30:37
April 29, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E05 - Actor Michael Rispoli (The Godfather series The Offer, The Sopranos) [James Gandolfini]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Michael Rispoli (The Sopranos) about his new role in Paramount Plus' series, The Offer, about the making of the historic gangster film The Godfather. In the film, Rispoli plays real life crime boss Tommy Lucchese, who was central to the film's producer Albert S. Ruddy's needs to film in New York City. Rispoli discusses his role in the series, but digs deeper when discussion hits on his time on The Sopranos, including his nearly being cast in the role of Tony Soprano and his friendship with James Gandolfini (who, of course, was Tony) that predated the series. Links: Michael Rispoli
01:09:53
April 25, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E04 - Actor Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead, Snowpiercer, Better Call Saul, Grand Theft Auto, Westworld) [Jeffrey Dean Morgan]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead, Westworld, Grand Theft Auto, Snowpiercer, Better Call Saul) about his career and the TV shows he's been a part of.   Ogg also discusses being in the here and now - he follows basic Buddhist principles (though, for clarity's sake, is not an actual Buddhist) to get through both his professional and personal life. All of this while he's on vacation in Palm Springs, CA.    Links:   Steven Ogg on Instagram  Steven Ogg on Twitter  Steven Ogg IMDB
21:15
April 15, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E03 - musician Jimmy Gnecco (Ours) [Alt-Rock, Rick Rubin, Steve Lilywhite]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Jimmy Gnecco, founder/lead singer/guitarist for the alternative rock band Ours.    Gnecco talks the band's latest self-titled release, the band's history, recording part of their debut album. Distorted Lullabies, with Steve Lilywhite (U2, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel), recording Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy with Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and now touring across the country, with a stop at Chicago's Beat Kitchen on April 14th where the band will play the entirety of Distorted Lullabies.    Links:  Ours Ours at Chicago's Beat Kitchen April 14th
23:18
April 11, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E02 - Coda Collection's Creative Director Greg Kot (Taylor Hawkins, Mark Lanegan, Lollapalooza, Sound Opinions)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Greg Kot, creative director of The Coda Collection, a streaming music film channel available for Apple, Android and more.   Kot, the former Chicago Tribune music critic and current co-host, along with Jim DeRogatis, of the music-focused radio show Sound Opinions, discusses his role at The Coda Collection. He also discusses the recent deaths of musicians Mark Lanegan and Taylor Hawkins, as well as the upcoming  music festival season, how he keeps up with current music and being an active part of youth basketball with Over the Edge Hoops.   Links:  Greg Kot  The Coda Collection  Sound Opinions  Over the Edge Hoops
37:11
April 08, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E01 - actor Brent Sexton (Deadwood, Justified, Bosch, The Killing, Life)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Brent Sexton (Deadwood, Justified, Bosch, The Killing, Life, The Expanse).   Sexton discusses how he got started in acting - including being a part of Burt Reynolds' theater school, his lean years in the beginning, almost getting the lead role in Alexander Payne's Sideways as well as his Nebraska, and his move to character work on so many critically lauded TV shows.    Links:  Brent Sexton on IMDB
01:16:27
April 01, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E10 - Interview with actor/screenwriter Johnathan McClain (The Outfit)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor/screenwriter Johnathan McClain about his new film The Outfit, which he co-wrote with Graham Moore (Oscar winner for The Imitation Game). McClain discusses his writing process with Moore, how the film went from idea to financing to filming and then on to release. McClain also discusses how much he loves the film's star, Mark Rylance, and the impressiveness of co-star Johnny Flynn. He also gives his picks for his favorite film and the best things he's seen in the past year. The Outfit is in theaters now. Links: Johnathan McClain Twitter - https://twitter.com/MisterJMcClain?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor The Outfit - https://www.focusfeatures.com/the-outfit
32:29
March 22, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E09 - Interview with musicians Paul Rivera & Mani Marte (La Armada)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musicians Paul Rivera and Mani Marte of Chicago hardcore band La Armada.   The band members, who hail originally from the Dominican Republic, have recently self-released their new album Anti-Colonial Vol. 2 on Mal De Ojo Records. This is the first album of the band's to feature vocalist Casper Torres and it was recorded at legendary musician Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studios.   Links:   La Armada  La Armada on Tour  Mal De Ojo Records
22:38
March 22, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E08 - Interview with filmmaker B.J. McDonnell (Studio 666 with Foo Fighters)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker B.J. McDonnell, director of the new horror/music/comedy film Studio 666 starring Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters.   McDonnell discusses first working with the band on a video for their single, "Run," how the project came to be, as well as working with the band to hit the right tone for the hybrid style of the film.  Studio 666 is in theaters now.   Links:  Studio 666  B.J. McDonnell  Foo Fighters
43:48
March 04, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E07 - Interview with filmmaker James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, At Close Range, House of Cards) about his career and the project he's waiting to shoot, Reagan and Gorbachev, which will star Michael Douglas, Christoph Waltz and Noomi Rapace.   Foley talks about his early days making Reckless (Aidan Quinn, Daryl Hannah) and directing Madonna in a iconic videos (Papa Don't Preach) and the box-office bomb Who's That Girl.  He is also quite frank in his original disliking of the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels he made, having to film both back to back with scripts that were never at a filmable stage. But he credits star Dakota Johnson for being a professional of the highest order who helped keep him focused and in the game. He also mentions how happy he is that the films have a global fan base that show their appreciation for his work.   Interspersed with tales of filming Glengarry Glen Ross (Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon), Fear (Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon) and The Chamber (Gene Hackman), Foley also discusses having Penn as a house mate for nearly 2 years and about hanging out in London with Penn and Madonna during their marriage.   Strap yourself in for a pretty wild ride through a spectacular career, one that Foley says is just getting started.   Links:  James Foley Instagram
01:51:39
February 14, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E06 - Interview with musician Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Mark Lanegan)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, R.E.M., Tuatara) about his path towards becoming a Zen monk, Buddhism and the state of the music industry.   Martin also touches on his time in alternative era bands Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara and as part of R.E.M. - including his decision to decline taking over for original member Bill Berry. He also reflects on some of the friends he lost and confirms that he and fellow Screaming Trees members Mark Lanegan and the Van Conner brothers all still talk and get along (contrary to most music gossip).   Links:  Barrett Martin Site
57:04
February 07, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E05 - Interview with musician Patrick Keenan (Wrong War)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Patrick Keenan of Chicago hardcore band Wrong War. Keenan discusses the band's sophomore album, Once Upon a Weapon, available now as a split release on Atomic Action Records and Council Records. Once Upon a Weapon was recorded and mixed by Michael Manthei at Eberly Studios, mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room and features art by John Yates/Stealworks. Keenan discusses the band's formation, the recording of Once Upon a Weapon and the ease of the band members living near one another. Links: Wrong War on Bandcamp
47:14
February 04, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E04 - Interview with actor Paul Ben-Victor (Pam & Tommy on Hulu)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Paul Ben-Victor (The Wire, In Plain Sight) about his role in the upcoming Hulu limited series, Pam & Tommy, about the stolen celebrity sex tape featuring Motley Crue's Tommy Lee (played by Sebastian Stan) and Baywatch's Pamela Anderson (played by Lily James). The tape sparked a nationwide feeding frenzy about the pair and was the first huge internet craze.   Ben-Victor plays the couple's inept attorney, and he discusses his role in the show, working with the cast and his memories of the time. He also talks about some of his career highlights, including his time on HBO's The Wire, his friendship with the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) and gives some insight into his upcoming role in the Antoine Fuqua / Will Smith epic film about a slave that breaks his chains and heads north to join the Union Army.   Links: Paul Ben-Victor Instagram Paul Ben-Victor Twitter  Pam & Tommy on Hulu
01:13:55
February 04, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E03 - Interview with comedian Joe DeRosa (Joey Roses NYC)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with comedian Joe DeRosa about his new sandwich shop/social club, Joey Roses on the Lower East Side in New York City. DeRosa discusses how he went from making just making sandwiches with his family, to opening a pop-up at comedy club The Stand, to pulling the trigger and opening a brick and mortar. Joey Roses has seen great success since opening last November. DeRosa and the Ghost also get into some Star Wars talk - they're both huge fans of the entire saga, as well as DeRosa's current and future plans for comedy while running his new business. Links: Joe DeRosa Joey Roses
50:20
January 21, 2022
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E02 - Interview with screenwriters Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers (Spider-Man: No Way Home)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with screenwriting duo Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Ant-Man and the Wasp) about their latest film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is in theaters beginning today.   McKenna and Sommers discuss where they left Peter Parker in Far From Home and how that sets up his desire to make everyone forget that he's Spider-Man. In the Jon Watts-directed film (his third go round as well), Parker enlists Doctor Strange to help, but things go sideways and he ends up pulling in villains from the multi-verse who all go after Parker/Spider-Man.   The duo also talk about their work style, as well as get into the fun and reverie had at the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere, which took place the night before our interview (McKenna indicates he had a lot of fun).   Links:   Spider-Man: No Way Home   Chris McKenna IMDB   Erik Sommers IMDB    Contact Us:   E-mail: rockandrollghost@gmail.com     Like Us:   Instagram   Facebook
29:07
December 16, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S8 E01 - Interview with musician Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun about the band's new album, Over the Overlords, out now on Wax Trax! Records.  Pezzati discusses the recording of the album, the final one with bassist Pierre Kezdy, touches on the band's past and potential future, and also gets into the wildlife rescuing that he and his fiancée do. Naked Raygun Link Tree Purchase Naked Raygun's Over the Overlords Contact Us:   E-mail: rockandrollghost@gmail.com     Like Us:   Instagram   Facebook
19:22
December 10, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E10 - Interview with musician Randy Schrager (Jesse Malin band)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Randy Schrager of Jesse Malin's band. Schrager discusses the work on Malin's new album, Sad and Beautiful World, as well as his time in the band. He also talks about his start into music, who inspired him and charts his work over the years, including time with acclaimed eletro-pop band Scissor Sisters. Links: Randy Schrager Instagram Jesse Malin Official Site Purchase Jesse Malin's Sad and Beautiful World Contact Us:   E-mail: rockandrollghost@gmail.com    Like Us:   Instagram  Facebook
01:07:55
December 03, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E09 - Interview with pizza chef Anthony Scardino (Professor Pizza)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with acclaimed pizza chef Anthony Scardino, aka Professor Pizza.  Scardino has been making pizza for years now and will be slingin' pies at Chicago's The Blind Barber (948 W. Fulton Market) Wednesday, November 24, Friday, November 26 and Saturday November 27. Pizzas available are Margherita, sausage and pepperoni ($18 each). In the interview, Scardino discusses his path to becoming Professor Pizza, his run-ins with celebrities like Chance the Rapper, Kevin James, Jeff Garlin, JB Smoove, as well as why pizza is so important around the holidays. Professor Pizza was recently included in Steve Dolinsky's The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide: A History of Squares & Slices in the Windy City. Links: Professor Pizza on Instagram Contact Us: E-mail: rockandrollghost@gmail.com Like Us On: Instagram Facebook
35:57
November 23, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E08 - Interview with musician Steve Conte
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Steve Conte about his new solo album, Bronx Cheer, out now on Wicked Cool Records.   Conte talks about his songwriting process - some of the songs on the album date back to the early 90s - and how he works out the recording process. He also looks back at his early years as a member of Company of Wolves, his various bands with his brother John (who, along with Charley Drayton, forms the core group on Bronx Cheer), as well as his time as part of the New York Dolls.   Links: Steve Conte Official  Purchase Bronx Cheer by Steve Conte on Bandcamp  Steve Conte on Twitter  Steve Conte on Instagram  Steve Conte on Facebook
01:04:56
November 19, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E07 - Interview with musician John DeServio (Black Label Society)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician John DeServio of Black Label Society.   John discusses the current tour the band is on, their upcoming album - Doom Crew Inc out November 26th, his music upbringing and the two even get to talking about East Coast pizza.   Links:  John DeServio Instagram  Black Label Society Official  Doom Crew Inc Pre-Order
25:53
November 12, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E06 - Interview with actor Jose Maria Yazpik (Narcos: Mexico)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Jose Maria Yazpik about his return to the role of Amado Carrillo Fuentes on Narcos: Mexico's final season, debuting today on Netflix. Yazpik details the complicated situation of identifying with a real life character who did, and was a part of, many things that were evil and violent.  The character of Fuentes was first seen in the third and final season of the original Narcos series. On Narcos: Mexico he starts off simply as a pilot before rising to the top of the ranks in season three. Yazpik discusses the impact that drugs and corruption have had in his home country of Mexico, as well as the love and respect he has for it.  The actor gives a sneak peek into his role in Apple TV+'s upcoming series Now and Then. He also has a supporting role in the upcoming film The Jesuit, opposite Brian Cox and Tim Roth with a screenplay by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, First Reformed). as well as in Eureka, where he co-stars alongside Viggo Mortensen. Links: Jose Maria Yazpik on Instagram Narcos: Mexico on Netflix Narcos: Mexico Season 3 Trailer
32:16
November 05, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E05 - Interview with actor Sarah Minnich (Intrusion)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Sarah Minnich about her role in the new Netflix thriller, Intrusion starring Frieda Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green. Minnich discusses her role in the film, along with working on Zach Snyder's Army of the Dead released earlier this year. Links:  Intrusion on Netflix  Intrusion Trailer  Sarah Minnich Instagram  Sarah Minnich Facebook  Sarah Minnich Twitter
37:14
October 29, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E04 - Interview with actor Eric Roberts (Hard Luck Love Song)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Eric Roberts about his role in the new film Hard Luck Love Song, as well as his incredible 40+ year career in entertainment.  Roberts discusses working on such films as The Specialist (with Sylvester Stallone, James Woods, Sharon Stone and Rod Steiger), Runaway Train (with Jon Voight and Rebecca Demornay), and goes in depth about his work on two of his most well known films, Star 80 (with Mariel Hemingway) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (with Mickey Rourke), revealing the idea of a sequel he and Rourke might do, as well as the director who was fired from the original before the film began rolling.  He also touches on his relationship with Rourke, citing his performance in Barfly as his favorite of his friend. Additionally, he recently wrapped a role in Damien Chazelle's (Whiplash, La La Land) upcoming star heavy Hollywood extravaganza, Babylon (also featuring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie).  Roberts' joy is something quite amazing to bear witness to. He's especially proud of his stepson, musician Keaton Simons, who he describes as his favorite singer/songwriter. Simons will actually be a guest on a future episode of this show. Links: Eric Roberts on Twitter Eric Roberts on Facebook Hard Luck Love Song on Twitter Keaton Simons on Spotify
46:25
October 22, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E03 - Interview with actor Melora Walters (Hard Luck Love Song)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Melora Walters about her role in the new film Hard Luck Love Song. Walters has appeared in several of Paul Thomas Anderson's films, including Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Master. Other credits include Venom, The Lovers, Short Term 12 and Cold Mountain. She also wrote and directed the 2018 film, Waterlily Jaguar, starring James LeGros, Mira Sorvino and Dominic Monaghan. Currently residing in Los Angeles with hopes of moving back to New York City, Walters is also an artist and a poet. You can visit her website in the links section to see her artwork. Links: Melora Walters Instagram Melora Walters artwork Hard Luck Love Song on Twitter
01:12:51
October 22, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E02 - Interview with filmmaker S.J. Chiro (East of the Mountains)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker S.J. Chiro about her new film, East of the Mountains, starring Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, Alien). The film was adapted by Thane Swigart, from David Guterson's (Snow Falling on Cedars) novel of the same name. Chiro discusses the path that led her to the film, location shooting in Washington state, working with Skerritt (in what is officially his first lead role in his long and illustrious career) and co-stars Mira Sorvino and Annie Gonzalez, as well as wrapping the film up during Covid lockdown.  Chiro also touches on her first film, Lane 1974, which starred Katherine Moennig (The L Word, Ray Donovan). East of the Mountains is having a small theatrical run and can also be found via video on demand (see links below). Lane 1974 is also available on video. Links: S.J. Chiro on Instagram S.J. Chiro on Twitter East of the Mountains on Amazon East of the Mountains on Vudu East of the Mountains on iTunes
47:37
October 19, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S7 E01 - Interview with musician Baz Warne of The Stranglers
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Baz Warne, guitarist/vocalist of The Stranglers. Warne discusses the band's latest release, Dark Matters, available now for purchase and streaming.  A member since 2000, Warne also discusses the passing of original keyboardist Dave Greenfield last year to Covid-19 and the band's honoring of Greenfield on this final album and forthcoming shows. The two also get side tracked on myriad topics, including British food and TV. Links: The Stranglers Official Site The Stranglers on Spotify The Stranglers on Amazon The Stranglers on Apple
52:58
October 15, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E10 - Interview with Glenfiddich brand ambassador Kevin Canchola
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Glenfiddich brand ambassador Kevin Canchola.   Canchola discusses his role at Glenfiddich, his background that led him to his job, a brief history of Glenfiddich and of Scotch whisky, as well as Glenfiddich's final entry in its Grand Series, Grand Couronne, a 26 year-old whisky from the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.   Links:  Glenfiddich  Glenfiddich Grand Couronne  Kevin Canchola on Instagram
29:51
October 08, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E09 - Interview with filmmaker Joe Carnahan (Copshop)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Joe Carnahan (Narc, The Grey, Smokin' Aces) about his newest film Copshop, as well as the forthcoming restored release of his debut film Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane.    Carnahan discusses the behind the scenes issues on Copshop's release, including that the version in theaters now is not the version he cut, the film's lackluster marketing and his desire to get his edit of the film out for people to see. He also looks back to the making of Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane and his journey as a filmmaker from those halcyon early days, while also touching on what he is hoping to work on next.    He also has several projects in various stages of development, including Graves, Xeno (co-written with Adam G. Simon and what was originally going to be a re-imagining of The Raid) and Leo from Toledo that he still wants to make with Mel Gibson in the lead.   Links:  Joe Carnahan on Instagram  Joe Carnahan on Vudu  Joe Carnahan on Amazon
52:04
October 01, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E08 - Interview with musicians Tre Nation & Johnny Baab of Ghost Hounds
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musicians Tre Nation and Johnny Baab of the rock/blues band Ghost Hounds. Tre and Johnny checked in to discuss the band's new album, A Little Calamity (Maple House Records), discuss going back out on tour in the age of Covid - which includes several key dates opening for the Rolling Stones, what they did before forming the band and much more. Links: Ghost Hounds Official Ghost Hounds Instagram Ghost Hounds Spotify Ghost Hounds Apple
29:46
October 01, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E07 - Interview with filmmaker Harry Greenberger (Here After)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Harry Greenberger about his new film Here After. Starring Andy Karl, Christina Ricci and Nora Arnezeder, Here After tells the story of Michael (Karl) who dies without being in love. In the afterlife, he's told by his counselor Scarlett (Ricci) that, in order to move on to heaven, he has to find love - something that proves harder than it seems.  Greenberger discusses making Here After, his work in music, including music videos, and touches on his time before he began making his own films.   Links:  Harry Greenberger on Instagram  Harry Greenberger on Twitter  Here After on iTunes  Here After on Vudu  Here After on Amazon
47:11
September 24, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E06 - Interview with actor Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, The Godfather Part III)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, House of Games, The Simpsons, The Godfather Part III). Mantegna discusses his career, touching on behind the scenes of David Mamet's Things Change, his time on Broadway doing Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow, as well as working with Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather Part III.  The Chicago actor also touches on his time on Criminal Minds as well as his upcoming Amazon series from Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Forget Normal (also known as On the Spectrum), about autistic young adults living together in a "protected home environment" and their families. Mantegna is the recipient of two honorary streets named after him - one in Cicero, IL where he grew up, the other in Chicago. It was a huge pleasure getting to talk to this iconic actor and great Chicagoan. Links: Joe Mantegna Official Site Joe Mantegna on Twitter Joe Mantegna on Facebook Joe Mantegna on Instagram
55:20
September 17, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E05 - Interview with musician Eric Hilton (Thievery Corporation)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Eric Hilton (Thievery Corporation) about his latest solo album, out now, Ceremony. Ceremony is Hilton's 3rd album released in the past year and he tells the Ghost that he's anticipating releasing a few more in the same span of time. Hilton discusses making the new album, how he tends to record a lot of music with thematic intentions that get collected for individual albums - one day he could record a song for one possible release, the next another for a completely different one. He also touches on Thievery Corporation being on an extended hiatus. The band has a great "lost" tracks album that could make an appearance down the road, Hilton says, but he doesn't expect for him to tour as a part of the band again, stating that touring is not something he enjoys very much. Ceremony is described as "interstellar psychedelia," which is apt, albeit with the relaxed groove that Thievery Corporation fans have come to expect. Since first hearing Ceremony, I placed all three of Hilton's solo albums into a playlist for work and reading, something I highly suggest.  Available now for purchase and on streaming services from Montserrat House Music, Eric Hilton's Ceremony is a treasure of an instrumental odyssey. Links: Eric Hilton Official Listen to Eric Hilton's Ceremony Purchase Eric Hilton's Ceremony
42:00
September 10, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E04 - Interview with filmmaker Andrew Baird (Zone 414)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Andrew Baird about his new film Zone 414 starring Guy Pearce (LA Confidential, Memento, Iron Man 3) and Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Die in a Gunfight). The film concerns a man (Pearce) sent on a mission to find the daughter of a wealthy man (Fimmel) in a walled off area, Zone 414, that is primarily inhabited by synthetic humanoids. As he gets deeper into the search, things aren't what they appear to be.   Baird discusses making the film, the switch of Pearce and Fimmel in the lead role, and teases his next film, One Way, starring Kevin Bacon, Fimmel, Drea de Matteo, Storm Reid and Machine Gun Kelly.   Zone 414 is in select theaters, as well as on VOD now. Links:  Zone 414  Andrew Baird on Facebook  Zone 414 in theaters  Zone 414 on iTunes  Zone 414 on Vudu
56:14
September 03, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E03 - Interview with Michelin-starred chef Curtis Duffy (Chicago's Ever)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with two Michelin-starred chef Curtis Duffy, of Chicago's Ever, about opening a high-end restaurant in the middle of a global pandemic, how the restaurant business has changed in terms of respect and behavior, the constant need for change and improvement, working alongside his right-hand man for years - Ever's general manager Michael Muser, and what he actually likes to do when he's not spending every minute in his restaurant. Links: Ever Restaurant Ever Restaurant on Facebook Ever Restaurant on Instagram
38:42
August 27, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E02 - Interview with musician Andrew Xcellence (aka Xcellence!)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Andre Xcellence (aka Xcellence!) about his career, the new music he's working on, his new single and video "Buy Me Some Love" and its direct answering to The Beatles, why he doesn't want to be pigeonholed as an "out" artist as well as the airport incident that led to a trip to the dentist's office right before our interview.   Links:  Andre Xcellence on Spotify  Andre Xcellence Official Site  Xcellence! - "Buy Me Some Love"  Andre Xcellence on Facebook  Andre Xcellence on Instagram
34:41
August 20, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S6 E01 - Interview with filmmaker Martin Campbell (The Protege)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro) about his latest film, The Protege, starring Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, exclusively in theaters August 20th.   Campbell, speaking from Budapest where he was in pre-production on his next film,  Memory, starring Liam Neeson, discusses making The Protege, including the various production changes that needed to be made causing some upheavals during shooting.    He also dives into his past work, frankly admitting that he shouldn't have made Green Lantern - even though he feels his cut of the film was better than the result, as well as jump starting two different James Bond iterations (Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale), which were among the most successful in the film franchise's history.   Links:  The Protege  The Protege trailer  The Protege clip
45:06
August 20, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E10 - Interview with musician/actor/author David Duchovny (Gestureland)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician/author/actor David Duchovny (Truly Like Lightning, The X-Files, Californication) about the release of his third album, Gestureland (King Baby/Westbound), out August 20th. Duchovny discusses his late foray into music, his level of expertise on the guitar, how he writes his songs, incorporating his bandmates more since his debut and the enjoyment he gets from touring. He also touches on his next acting role, in Judd Apatow's upcoming Netflix movie, The Bubble, about the making of a big action film during quarantine. His novel, Truly Like Lightning, released earlier this year, is also being worked up as a pilot for Showtime. Links: David Duchovny Official Site David Duchovny - "Layin' On the Tracks" David Duchovny - "Tessera"
26:30
August 13, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E09 - Interview with filmmaker Peter Segal (Heels)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Naked Gun 33 1/3, 50 First Dates, My Spy, Anger Management) about his work directing six of the eight episodes in the debut season of Heels (begins August 15 on Starz).   Starring Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), Heels is about a Georgia family involved in independent wrestling and the drama that surrounds them. Segal discusses making the show in the era of Covid-19, how Jack Nicholson got cast in Anger Management opposite Adam Sandler, Leslie Nielsen forgetting who he was after they made Naked Gun 33 1/3, working with a variety of former wrestlers in his career (Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista) and much more. Links:  Peter Segal on Twitter  Heels on Starz
46:28
August 13, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E08 - Interview with musician Steve Kilbey (The Church)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Steve Kilbey (The Church) about his newest release, Steve Kilbey and the Winged Heels' The Hall of Counterfeits.   Kilbey discusses making the album with funding from a patron, working with the guys in the Winged Heels in shaping the far ranging musical stylings found on The Hall of Counterfeits, as well as charting the ebbs and flows of The Church over the past 40 years.    Links:  Steve Kilbey Official Site  Steve Kilbey and the Winged Heels on Bandcamp  Steve Kilbey on Twitter  Steve Kilbey on Facebook  Steve Kilbey on Instagram
01:02:26
August 06, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E07 - Interview with filmmaker Collin Schiffli (Die in a Gunfight)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Collin Schiffli (Animals, All Creatures Here Below) to discuss his latest film, Die in a Gunfight starring Diego Boneta, Alexandra Daddario, Wade Allain-Marcus, Travis Fimmel and Billy Crudup. Die in a Gunfight is available now via video on demand. Schiffli goes into detail about the long process it took to get the film, written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp) made from his first read of the script through mere weeks before production began and having his planned budget slashed in half. But, in trying times, it made him lean into his scrappy beginnings making short films while a student at Columbia College in Chicago.  The conversation also touches on his first two feature films, both of which were written by and starred David Dastmalchin (Ant-Man, Blade Runner 2049, as well as the forthcoming The Suicide Squad and Dune). Schiffli describes having first seen Dastmalchin in The Dark Knight and, with both of them living in Chicago at the time, pursued him for a student film he wanted to do. The pair ended up in Los Angeles and became fast friends, resulting in working together further. Links: Collin Schiffli on Twitter Collin Schiffli on Instagram Die in a Gunfight Official Site Die in a Gunfight On Demand
01:09:29
July 30, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E06 - Interview with filmmaker Bill Duke (HBOMAX's No Sudden Move)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Bill Duke about his acting role in Steven Soderbergh's HBOMAX movie, No Sudden Move (available to stream now). Duke is among a stellar cast that also includes Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Kieran Culkin, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta and many more. Duke discusses No Sudden Move's political side, his character's relationship to Cheadle's and working with Soderbergh for the third time. He also dives into his breakout film Deep Cover, starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum, which is getting the Criterion Collection treatment on Blu-ray. Check out the links below to also dive deep in the Duke Media Foundation, which helps children get a leg up in the world. Donations are gladly accepted. Links: Bill Duke on Twitter Duke Media Foundation No Sudden Move on HBOMAX Deep Cover on Criterion Collection
34:01
July 16, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E05 - Interview with filmmaker Jim McBride (The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Jim McBride (The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire, Breathless, David Holzman's Diary) about his career in film.   McBride reveals what he's been up to in the years since leaving filmmaking, insight into how he began his career, and dives deep into filming his three iconic works The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire and Breathless, including working with Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin and Richard Gere (and a look at how Robert DeNiro was almost in Breathless).
01:45:01
June 25, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E04 - Interview with photographer/author Beau Patrick Coulon (Revel & Revolt)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with photographer/author Beau Patrick Coulon about his new book Revel & Revolt, which documents protests, parades, and the punk scene in New Orleans from 2013 to 2020.   Coulon discusses his path to becoming a photographer, creating the book, the status of protesting now compared to a year ago and living in New Orleans.   Links:  Beau Patrick Coulon Website  Beau Patrick Coulon Instagram  Purchase Revel & Revolt
01:35:07
June 18, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E03 - Interview with food writer/author KF Seetoh (Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2021)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with author KF Seetoh, the premier food writer and hawker stall authority in Singapore.  Seetoh, who founded Makansutra, which is THE food guide dedicated to Asian food, culture and lifestyle, has been known as the go-to-guy when it comes to the cuisine of Singapore.  If you're into the food of Singapore, you've no doubt seen him on every single episode of TV that the late Anthony Bourdain shot in Singapore.   An impassioned supporter of the Singaporean hawker community, Seetoh has been tireless in his promotion of the food stalls particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Like most restaurants across the world, the hawker stalls have been hardest hit within the industry in Singapore.   The updated Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook for 2021 is now available.   Links:  KF Seetoh Facebook  Makansutra  Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2021
01:11:33
June 04, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E02 - Interview with author Samantha Bennington (Falling Love Notes)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with author/life coach Samantha Bennington who discusses her book Falling Love Notes: Memories of a Rock Star Wife, detailing her life's ups and downs. Falling Love Notes in particular covers events from Bennington's childhood, her marriage and divorce from Linkin Park's late singer Chester Bennington, raising their son, and her career as a life coach and entertainment entrepreneur.  During our discussion, Bennington covers specifics about what's within her book, as well as touching on where she is now in her life, including the crucial work done to ensure her child with Chester had all the tools to deal with his father's passing. It's an enlightening conversation about love, grief and getting past grief to come out the other side healthier and happier. Links: Samantha Bennington Official Site  Purchase Falling Love Notes  Samantha Bennington Twitter  Samantha Bennington Instagram
41:15
May 28, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S5 E01 - Interview with actor Michael Simon Hall (Women)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Michael Simon Hall about his role in Gravitas Ventures' Women, now in limited theaters and VOD.    Hall describes his process for going inside the mind of a monster as well as his career as an actor thus far.   Links:  Women Trailer  Michael Simon Hall Official Site
40:27
May 28, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E10 - Interview with filmmaker Simon Barrett (Seance)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Simon Barrett (writer of You're Next, Blair Witch and The Guest) about his feature directorial debut, Seance, which is in theaters, on demand and digital platforms beginning today, May 21.   From RLJE Films / Shudder, Seance follows Camille Meadows (Suki Waterhouse), a new student at Edelvine Academy for Girls as she gets entangled in a group of other students seeking to perform a seance to bring out the spirit of a dead former student. Camille works to figure out why unexplainable horrors keep happening to her and others around her.    Besides Waterhouse, the film boasts a cast of talented young actors, including Madisen Beaty, Ella-Rae Smith, Inanna Sarkis, Seamus Patterson and Marina Stephenson-Kerr.   Barrett discusses the making of Seance, including the tight schedule and necessary scrappiness he and his crew had to employ on a limited budget, as well as working with the cast to get the best out of them. He briefly touches on his next two writing projects, Face Off 2 and Thundercats, both of which he's reuniting with his You're Next and The Guest collaborator, director Adam Wingard (the recent box office hit Godzilla Vs. Kong).   Links:  Seance IMDB  Simon Barrett IMDB  Simon Barrett on Twitter
30:16
May 21, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E09 - Interview with filmmaker Carlos Gutierrez (Locked In)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Carlos Gutierrez (his newly released film Locked In starring Mena Suvari, Jeff Fahey, Costas Mandylor, and Bruno Bichir, is out now on VOD).    The film, about a single mother stuck in an impossible situation when diamond thieves hold her and her daughter hostage while they search for their ill-gotten gains inside a storage facility, is a classic down and dirty thriller.  Gutierrez discusses how he made the film, working with the cast, as well as his upcoming projects, including a documentary about the exodus of more than 14,000 children out of Castro-controlled Cuba.   Links:  Locked In IMDB Carlos V. Gutierrez Official Site  Carlos V. Gutierrez  Twitter
49:25
May 21, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E08 - Interview with musician Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk, the X-Pensive Winos)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk, Keith Richards and his X-Pensive Winos) about the new Dumpstaphunk album, Where Do We Go From Here, out now.   In addition to going into Dumpstaphunk's past and recording of Where Do We Go From Here, Neville goes through his legendary family's history and his part of it, as well as discussing his time in Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos band. He also touches on his contracting the Covid-19 virus last year and the struggle to get back from it.   Links:  Dumpstaphunk Official Site  Ivan Neville Facebook  Dumpstaphunk Facebook  Dumpstaphunk YouTube
01:00:02
May 17, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E07 - Interview with musician/composer Charlie Clouser (NIN, Spiral, Saw)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician/composer Charlie Clouser about his work on the entire Saw franchise, including the just released film Spiral, starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella.    Clouser gets into how he goes about his composing work for film and TV, as well as his time in Nine Inch Nails, as well as giving insight into why he was one of the members of the band not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.    Links:  Spiral  Charlie Clouser Twitter  Charlie Clouser Soundtrack Work  Charlie Clouser on Spotify
47:03
May 14, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E06 - Interview with author Jonathan Taplin (The Magic Years)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with author Jonathan Taplin about his new book, The Magic Years, which details his wild career that goes from being a tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band in the 60s, to producing films directed by Martin Scorsese in the 70s, to Wall Street in the 80s, new technology pioneering in the 90s and now an esteemed author.    From the publisher: With cameos by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Martin Scorsese, and countless other icons, The Magic Years is both a rock memoir and a work of cultural criticism from a key player who watched a nation turn from idealism to nihilism. Taplin offers a clear-eyed roadmap of how we got here and makes a convincing case for art’s power to deliver us from “passionless detachment” and rekindle our humanism.   Links:  The Magic Years by Jonathan Taplin  Jonathan Taplin Official Site  Jonathan Taplin Twitter  Jonathan Taplin Facebook
01:05:01
May 07, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E05 - Interview with chef Mark Steuer (Chicago's Michelin rated Funkenhausen)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Mark Steuer, chef/owner of Chicago's Michelin Bib Gourmand rated Funkenhausen. Steuer discusses the restaurant's past year struggles during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as his own rollercoaster ride personally.  Links:   Funkenhausen Site Funkenhausen Facebook  Funkenhausen Instagram
33:56
April 30, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E04 - Interview with filmmaker Joe Lynch (TV's Creepshow, Mayhem, Point Blank)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Joe Lynch (Shudder's Creepshow series - episodes The Right Snuff / Pipe Screams, as well as Mayhem starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, Point Blank starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, and Everly starring Selma Hayek).  Lynch discusses in depth the filming of his Creepshow episodes and his plans for two more in the upcoming third season of the horror anthology series. The conversation also covers the breakout success of his Mayhem star Yeun, who has made history as the first Asian actor of Korean descent to be nominated for an acting Oscar for Minari. The conversation also turns to the recent closure of all Arclight/Pacific Theatres.  Links: Joe Lynch Official Website Joe Lynch Twitter Joe Lynch Instagram Creepshow on Shudder The Movie Crypt Podcast with Joe Lynch and Adam Green
01:50:12
April 24, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E03 - Interview with Ilan Rubin (The New Regime, Nine Inch Nails)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Ilan Rubin (The New Regime, Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves) about his band The New Regime's album, Heart Mind Body & Soul, starting out his career at the tender age of 9 playing drums for F.o.N., then for NOFX, before getting the call to join Trent Reznor's NIN.  During his years touring and recording with NIN, Rubin also began his solo project The New Regime, sometimes opening up for other artists he was touring with, like Tom DeLonge's Angels & Airwaves. In 2020, Rubin became the youngest living artist to be inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame for his work with NIN. Rubin also dives deep into some drum talk, discussing his partnership with QDrums and his love of Zildjian cymbals. Links: The New Regime Official Listen to The New Regime's Heart Mind Body & Soul Ilan Rubin Twitter The New Regime Twitter Ilan Rubin Instagram The New Regime Instagram  Ilan Rubin Facebook The New Regime Facebook
01:18:58
April 16, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E02 - Interview with filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski (Happily)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski (TV's Are You Afraid of the Dark?) about his new film, Happily, starring Joel McHale, Kerry Bishe, Natalie Zea, Paul Scheer, Al Madrigal and more.    Grabinski begins by expressing his joy over finally getting to see a film, Godzilla Vs. King Kong, twice in two days on the big screen. He then goes into detail on the making of Happily, from casting to filming to waiting for the right time to release it.   Happily is now in theaters, as well as on VOD. Links:   Happily Trailer   Happily on iTunes
47:38
April 09, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S4 E01 - Interview with singer John Boutte
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with famed New Orleans singer John Boutté.    John has been a singer since he was a child singing in his church choir, but he went to college to study business and then joined the Army.    In the interview, John discusses his career, where he and his family were when Hurricane Katrina hit and the levees failed in 2005, the incompetence/cruelty/antipathy of the government towards people of color and the city of New Orleans itself and a whole lot more.    In sad news, John discusses his sister's, gospel singer Lillian Boutté, battle with dementia and Alzheimer's. We wish her and her family as much good faith and prayers as we can pump out into this world.    John is currently gearing back up to begin performing live again. If you're in the New Orleans area, do make a point of seeing him sing live.   Links:   John Boutté Official Website  John Boutté Official Shop John Boutté Facebook  John Boutté Spotify
01:12:10
April 02, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E10 - Interview with filmmaker/author Will Staples (Without Remorse/Animals)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Will Staples, co-writer of the upcoming Amazon film Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan, and the author of the forthcoming novel Animals (out March 30th - see links below).    Will discusses the in-depth research it took to to give Animals a deep-rooted reality, from exploring animal trafficking via jungles to a mysterious, hidden city where anything goes and any animal can be bought to eat.  Animals was the result of a screenplay he wrote for Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, and that film may just yet star DiCaprio and Tom Hardy - fingers crossed!   Links:  Will Staples IMDB Animals (Blackstone Publishing) Animals on Amazon Without Remorse on Amazon
01:00:33
March 26, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E09 - Interview with Chef Paul Fehribach (Chicago's Big Jones)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Paul Fehribach chef/owner of Chicago restaurant Big Jones.  Paul discusses running a restaurant in the age of Covid-19, the importance of supporting small farms, the need to get restaurant workers vaccinated sooner rather than later, and the outdated nature of tipping.  Links:  Big Jones
01:00:42
March 19, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E08 - Interview with Musician Jason Hill (Louis XIV, Netflix's Mindhunter)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician and composer Jason Hill about his career dating back to his days in the bands Convoy, Louis XIV and Vicki Cryer. As well as his work with The Killers and producing/touring with the New York Dolls and the recent passing of Sylvain Sylvain. Hill also talks about his late career turn towards film and TV composing. He has worked closely with director David Fincher on projects such as Fincher's Gone Girl and the Netflix series Mindhunter.    It's a pretty wide ranging, fun interview with someone I go back nearly twenty years with.    Also, starting April 1st, Hill will be hosting Film Composing and Music production masterclasses. Check out the Department of Recording and Power's website for more information. Hill also has done scores for the Netflix documentaries The Confession Killer, as well as the forthcoming This is a Robbery.   Links:   Jason Hill on Instagram  Department of Recording and Power Netflix's Mindhunter Jason Hill on Spotify   Louis XIV on Spotify   Vicki Cryer on Spotify   Netflix's The Confession Killer   Netflix's This is a Robbery
02:11:27
March 12, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E07 - Interview with The Fleshtones' Peter Zaremba
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with rock legend Peter Zaremba of the legendary NYC rock band The Fleshtones. Zaremba discusses his early years as a runner for a NYC concert promoter - where he got to meet Led Zeppelin, his years with The Fleshtones and his weekly Saturday late-night (or early Sunday morning - depending on how you view things) show on SiriusXM's Underground Garage where he morphs into The Psychedelic Count on Count Zaremba's Crypt. The Fleshtones' latest release, The Face of the Screaming Werewolf, is available now wherever fine music can be procured. It's a crackin' good chat with a true legend in the garage rock scene.  Links: The Fleshtones Count Zaremba's Crypt Purchase The Face of the Screaming Werewolf on Bandcamp
01:13:56
March 05, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E06 - Interview with filmmaker Adam G. Simon
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Adam G. Simon (screenwriter for Netflix's Point Blank, Man Down, the upcoming Hit Kick Punch Kill) about his new production company BoxCar Pictures (who will release the forthcoming On Our Way in 2021), his career ups and downs, the current political climate, the status of his and Joe Carnahan's script for Zeno, which was formerly a remake of Gareth Evans' The Raid, mental health and more. Links: Adam G. Simon Official Website  Adam G. Simon on Twitter Adam G. Simon on Instagram
01:35:37
February 26, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E05 - Interview with actor Rob Paulsen
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with voice actor Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) about how he went from a college bound kid from Michigan to the looney tunes of Tinseltown where he stumbled into voice acting and has since become one of the pre-eminent talents in his field. He also discusses one of his earliest onscreen roles in Brian DePalma's cult classic Body Double.   Links:  Rob Paulsen Official Rob Paulsen on Twitter: @yakkopinky
47:29
February 19, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E04 - Interview with EL Ideas/Boxcar BBQ chef/owner Phillip Foss
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Phillip Foss, Michelin-starred chef/owner of the fine dining destination EL Ideas in Chicago and its takeout operation, Boxcar BBQ. He is also the author of the graphic novel, Life In EL, a semi-autobiographical look at his life in the restaurant business.   Foss discusses dealing with the ups and downs of running a food business in the era of Covid-19, learning to recognize and work on anger issues, the problems with delivery apps and much more.   Links:  EL Ideas / Boxcar BBQ  Life in EL  Delivery Apps are Destroying Restaurants
01:10:40
February 12, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E03 - Interview with musician/actor Calico Cooper
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician/actor Calico Cooper (of the hard rock band Beasto Blanco) about her career in music, balancing acting work with touring and growing up the progeny of rock icon Alice Cooper. Links: Calico Cooper on Facebook Beasto Blanco Official
56:21
February 05, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E02 - Interview with musician Don DiLego (co-owner of Velvet Elk Records)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Don DiLego about his career and being the co-owner of the independent record label Velvet Elk Records. Links: Velvet Elk Records Don DiLego Don DiLego Twitter
52:24
January 22, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S3 E01 - Interview with Author/Political Strategist Rick Wilson
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On the third season debut episode, the Ghost speaks with author and political strategist Rick Wilson. The Ghost and Rick discuss the recent insurrection on Capitol Hill, the increasing disintegration of President Trump's mental state, where the country goes from here and the need for a new centrist political party.   Links:  Rick Wilson  Rick Wilson on Twitter  The Lincoln Project  Buy "Everything Trump Touches Dies"  Buy "Running Against the Devil"
27:27
January 10, 2021
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E10 - Interview with director April Mullen (Wander)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with director April Mullen about her new film, Wander, starring Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham. The film, about a former detective trying to unravel a conspiracy while trapped reliving a horror that happened to his family, is a very involving and unnerving thriller featuring an excellent lead performance by Eckhart.   The Ghost and Mullen discuss making the film and her previous work on such shows as DC' Legends of Tomorrow, and her upcoming work on Netflix's Tiny Pretty Things as well.   WANDER is currently available in Theaters, On Demand and Digital  Wander trailer 
43:54
December 11, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E9 - Interview with musician Chris Connelly
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with musician Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Ministry, Pigface, Fini Tribe) about his new solo album, Graveyard Sex, his friendship with longtime bandmate Bill Rieflin, his views on America as a native Scotsman and much more. Chris Connelly    Purchase Chris Connelly's Graveyard Sex album
01:18:46
December 04, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E8 - Interview with comedian/author Arden Myrin
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with comedian/author/actress Arden Myrin about her newly released memoir Little Miss Little Compton. The book chronicles the former MadTV performer's life growing up in an idyllic little burgh in Rhode Island, but in a rather unconventional household. In the episode, Myrin discusses the writing of the book and the circumstances surrounding it, along with her career milestones.    Links: Arden Myrin  Purchase Little Miss Little Compton Arden Myrin on Twitter   Arden Myrin on Facebook   Arden Myrin on Instagram
01:02:02
November 23, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E7 - Interview with singer/songwriter Jesse Malin
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with NYC singer/songwriter Jesse Malin. The Ghost and Malin go back to his debut album, The Fine Art of Self-Destruction and have done several interviews over the years.  On this interview, Malin discusses his recording, how he's managed to circumvent, to an extent, the Covid-19 crisis that has sidelined so many musical performers with his live stream shows (now hosted by Rolling Live Studios), the current political climate and much, much more. Jesse's newest singles, Ameri'ka & Todd Youth, can be found on Spotify. Check out Jesse Malin at the following social media/internet sites: Jesse Malin Rolling Live Studios Facebook - @jessemalin Instagram - @jesse_malin Twitter - @jesse_malin
01:30:32
November 06, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E6 - Interview with The Still, Small Voice's Christiana Benton
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with The Still, Small Voice's Christiana Benton about her new singles (So Long, Summer & Roller Rink), her career, life during Covid-19, religion and sexism in the music industry. Benton also performs two songs from her upcoming album acoustically (Take a Hint & Arches).
01:14:24
October 30, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E5 - Interview with Soraia's ZouZou Mansour
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with ZouZou Mansour, lead singer/guitarist for rock band Soraia. Mansour discusses the band's dealing with Covid-19, their new album Dig Your Roots, and the influence of mentor Steven Van Zandt.
01:07:02
October 24, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E4 - Interview with screenwriter Nicole Cannon (Transference)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with screenwriter Nicole Cannon, whose debut film, Transference, is streaming on Amazon now.
43:18
October 16, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E3 - Interview with singer/songwriter Jessie Wagner
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with singer/songwriter Jessie Wagner, whose debut solo album, Shoes Droppin' is now available from Wicked Cool Records.
55:15
October 09, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E2 - Interview with Director Brannon Braga (Books of Blood)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with Director Brannon Braga (TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation, 24 and The Orville) about his new film, Books of Blood, debuting October 7 on Hulu.
40:05
October 05, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S2 E1 - Interview with Broadway star Orfeh
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with Broadway star Orfeh (Pretty Woman, Legally Blonde, Love, Janis, Footloose) about her career, how she's been dealing with the down time due to Covid-19, and about the novel, The Dancer by Eric Bernat, that she and husband Andy Karl (Law & Order: SVU), have optioned to produce. 
41:44
September 25, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E10 - Interview with filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh about his new film, Greenland
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, Snitch, Shot Caller, Angel Has Fallen) about his new film, Greenland, starring Gerard Butler (300, the "Fallen" trilogy), Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, TV's V, Gotham and Homeland) and Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff, Backdraft). The film details a family's struggle to survive an impending asteroid collision. Despite the numerous "end of the world" films of recent memory, Greenland stands out for its dramatic situations rather than for its visual/CGI "spectacle." Both Butler and Baccarin deliver strong performances showing a family in deep crises. In the interview, Waugh discusses the making of the film, specifically putting it together in the wake of Covid-19. He also talks about working with legendary filmmaker Tony Scott as a stuntman on many of the late, great director's films. Greenland is set to make it's debut in U.S. theaters on Friday, September 25th.
51:02
September 11, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E9 - Interview with Writer Aaron Guzikowski, Show Runner/Creator of HBOMAX's Raised By Wolves
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, The Red Road) about his new series, Raised By Wolves, available now on HBOMAX and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner).  Guzikowski is the series creator and acts as both show runner and writer for the futuristic show which pits atheists, androids and religious believers against one another on a remote alien planet.
53:30
September 04, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E8 - Interview with Filmmaker Julius Ramsay (Hulu's The Current Occupant)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Julius Ramsay about his new film, Hulu's The Current Occupant, part of Blumhouse's In the Dark series. Ramsay discusses the making of the film, including completing post-production during the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown. Ramsay also discusses his love of James Cameron's The Terminator.  Check out The Current Occupant on Hulu now.
39:44
August 31, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Archive: Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social Acoustic Mini-Concert
From the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Archives, the Ghost presents to you today a mini acoustic concert performed for the Ghost's old website (RIP) by Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social back on April 23rd, 2010. Jesse and the band perform the "Bodega Rocks" version of Black Haired Girl, Burning the Bowery and DIsco Ghetto. Sadly, the Ghost cannot find the actual interview he did with Jesse that night. *cries*
10:42
August 24, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E7 - Interview with Musician / Author Chris Frantz (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, new book Remain in Love)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club founding member, musician Chris Frantz about his new memoir, Remain In Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina.  Frantz discusses the book, his current relationship with Talking Heads' frontman David Byrne, dealing with Johnny Ramone of The Ramones, producing the Happy Mondays with his band and life mate Tina Weymouth, being friends with Lou Reed and what his hopes for future touring are. Purchase Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
42:25
August 22, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E6 - Interview with actor Tom Sizemore (Heat, Saving Private Ryan)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with acclaimed actor Tom Sizemore (Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Bringing Out the Dead, Point Break, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, The Relic, Paparazzi) about how he's doing during the Covid-19 pandemic, what he has coming up and a whole lot else that had nothing to do with his career. The Ghost and Sizemore had a rather lively discussion on films, the political environment and...pizza.
01:14:46
August 14, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E5 - Interview with Chef/Restaurateur Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven/The Purple Pig)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with Jimmy Bannos Sr., Chef and Restaurateur of Chicago's Heaven on Seven and Michelin Guide rated The Purple Pig.  Jimmy discusses how the Covid-19 pandemic has uniquely hit him and his son, Jimmy Bannos Jr's (executive chef at The Purple Pig) work. Heaven on Seven has been a Chicago institution for 40 years and The Purple Pig has been packing in guests for a decade now.
28:26
August 07, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E4 - Interview with Filmmaker Derrick Borte (Unhinged)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Derrick Borte, director of the forthcoming Unhinged starring Russell Crowe as a deranged motorist who goes over the edge and begins violently stalking a woman and her child after a moment of road rage. Caren Pistorius stars as the woman being tormented by Crowe. Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) also stars. The film's release date is currently slated for August 21st.
33:12
July 30, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E3 - Interview with Filmmaker Matt Eskandari (Survive the Night / Hard Kill)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Matt Eskandari, director of Survive the Night starring Chad Michael Murray and Bruce Willis, about a doctor forced to perform surgery on a criminal as his family is held hostage. Survive the Night is available now to rent/buy.  Eskandari also directed Willis, along with Jesse Metcalfe in Hard Kill, a mercenary action flick that's due to hit theaters and video on demand on August 28. 
39:07
July 16, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E2 - Interview with Filmmaker Michael Caissie(Hunter's Moon / Purgatory)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast. This week, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Michael Caissie (co-writer of Hangman, starring Al Pacino and Karl Urban and currently available on Netflix) about his film directorial debut Hunter's Moon starring Thomas Jane, Jay Mohr, Katrina Bowden and Sean Patrick Flannery. Hunter's Moon is a rather entertaining horror film with a twist that genuinely surprised this viewer.    Caissie is also set to debut the web series he developed and co-directed for PopStar! TV today, July 9th. Entitled Purgatory and filmed in Armenia, the show is about a group of strangers who are invited to a mysterious New Year's Eve party which could have deadly consequences for them all.  
57:47
July 09, 2020
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S1 E1 - Interview with Filmmaker Rod Lurie (The Outpost)
In the reboot debut of the Rock 'n Roll Ghost podcast, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle) about his new film, The Outpost. The film details the 2009 Afghanistan Battle of Kamdesh. Based on CNN anchor Jake Tapper's book of the same name, The Outpost is in select theaters, as well as video on demand beginning July 03rd.
39:39
June 30, 2020