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Couch Riffs

By Michael Squires
The Couch Riffs Podcast is hosted by musician Mike Squires and features a variety of musical guests of all backgrounds and styles. Please check out the video counterpart of this podcast on IG, YouTube, Facebook, and at the Couch Riffs website (www.couchriffs.com).
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Ep. 129 Dan Presencer (Moar Guitars)
Dan Presencer  of Moar Guitars is building some of the most elegant guitars you'll find in the world, as far as I'm concerned, and I was very happy to get the opportunity to catch him with a little time over a recent weekend to tell me a bit about his history, what he's up to now, and what he sees himself doing in the future, possibly. If you've not seen his guitars you should do yourself a favor and go check them out at the link below. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs podcast and/or our music performance videos please consider becoming a supporter at Patreon! Your support goes a long way toward making all of the different parts of Couch Riffs happen and is much appreciated! There is a link below if you're able to help. Thank you!   https://couchriffs.com  https://patreon.com/couchriffs  https://moarguitars.com
01:39:05
November 25, 2020
Ep. 128 Anthony Cartinella (Black 35 Guitars)
Our guest this episode is Anthony Cartinella of Black 35 Guitars out of Red Bank NJ. Anthony is a music teacher and a former drum company operator/owner and has poured tons of energy into Black 35 since starting in 2015. Recently he began building pedal boards featuring similar distressed appearances similar to his guitars and they are handsome bits of kit! Go check them out at his website and order your own. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!  If you are enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or videos please consider supporting us at Patreon.com/couchriffs and visit our website for links to all episodes as well as our Etsy store where you can find our super comfortable, high-quality t-shirts and trucker hats. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!  https://couchriffs.com https://www.rivercityguitars.com/listing/seymour-duncan-shape-shifter-tremolo/17660275
01:59:42
November 23, 2020
Ep. 127 Keith Nelson (Buckcherry/Songwriter/Producer)
This episode features my conversation with Keith Nelson, former guitarist and founding member of Buckcherry. Keith shares his story of diligence in the music world as we catch up and talk about his going from working at Guitar Center to having a platinum selling album and owning '59 Bursts. As of late Keith has been working with a variety of bands and artists producing and cowriting a number of songs out of his studio in LA. Need some help from a very capable and talented writer? Hit him up!  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thanks for listening!  If you are enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast or Videos please consider supporting via our PATREON page. Your support goes directly toward making this the best version of itself and making the performance videos come to life. Thank you so much for listening and for your continued support! 
02:04:17
November 18, 2020
Ep. 126 Sam Bam Koltun (Faster Pussycat/Budderside/Dorothy)
Our guest this episode is Sam Bam Koltun of Faster Pussycat, Budderside, and most recently Dorothy. Starting at an early age and encouraged by the Rockstar INXS reality tv show he picked up the guitar and hasn't rested since, moving to LA to attend Musicians Institute at 18 and staying in Hollywood after graduating. I had a great time hearing about what an encouraging environment he grew up in and hope that his story through this conversation might encourage anyone listening to nurture creative interests in their own kids. Thank you so much for listening and for your continued support!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast or the performance videos we are producing please consider hopping over to Patreon.com/CouchRiffs and becoming a supporter there. There are a handful of levels to support at with different incentives and some fun exclusive merchandise as well as audio downloads of the Couch Riffs video performances! Thanks again. Golden Rule!
01:41:56
November 16, 2020
Ep. 125 Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols)
Our conversation this episode is with Peter Holmstrom of Portland, Oregon's The Dandy Warhols. Peter is a super cool and mellow fella and I enjoyed getting to know him in this brief first meeting. We have a mutual love of Koll guitars, clearly, and he owns one of the coolest Koll I've seen, the only baritone I've seen baring the name Koll. I hope you enjoy the conversation. We did have some tech glitches so please be patient. Thanks for listening and for your continued support.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast or the performance videos we are producing please consider hopping over to Patreon.com/CouchRiffs and becoming a supporter there. There are a handful of levels to support at with different incentives and some fun exclusive merchandise as well as audio downloads of the Couch Riffs video performances! Thanks again. Golden Rule! 
01:50:32
November 11, 2020
Ep. 124 : Wanz
Our guest on this episode is Wanz who most notably was featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' break out hit Thrift Shop, was featured in the song's video, and subsequently toured around the world for a few years on the back of the success of that song. Wanz has such a cool story and his willingness to say yes is a testament to what can happen when you do just that. Check out his latest video The Captain on YOUTUBE HERE and check out his other music on Soundcloud! Thanks for listening and for your continued support.  If you are enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or our performance videos, like Bell Biv Devoe's Poison which featured Wanz, please consider becoming a Patreon supporter and help Couch Riffs continue to grow and develop into its full potential! Thank you so much for your support! 
02:22:45
November 9, 2020
Ep. 123 Ian Moore
Our guest on this episode is Vashon Island by way of Austin guitar hero, Ian Moore. Ian's story is really interesting to me and I had such a great time speaking with him and learning about growing up in Austin TX around many legends of guitar music. Currently Ian is focused on getting this year's SMASH concert in order and prepping to do some more live streams, including one on Facebook Live on November 5, 2020 at 6pm (PST). Go get an eyeball on Ian and get your mind off of politics for a moment. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank you for listening and for your continued support! If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or video series please consider becoming a Patreon Supporter HERE. Your support is what helps keep the gears of Couch Riffs turning and improving more and more. Thank you so much!  https://www.couchriffs.com http://patreon.com/couchriffs
02:13:52
November 2, 2020
Ep. 122 Danny Newcomb (Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers/Goodness/The Rockfords/Shadow)
Our guest this episode is long-time Seattle guitar fixture Danny Newcomb. Danny has primarily been known for playing lead guitar in rock bands since his early teens, playing alongside Mike McCready and the brothers Friel, but for the last 5+ years Danny has been putting out about an album per year of killer, roots/Americana, song-forward guitar music and fronting his own band. In 2020 he released a mostly acoustic album called Mackerel Sky (which I forgot to ask him about the title/song) that shows off his songwriting chops and voice in a more exposed way than ever before. I definitely recommend checking it out, along with his entire back catalog of bands and solo albums. We for sure talked about a LOT more than music, including the farming he does on Vashon Island near Seattle. Thank you so much for listening and for your continued support!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the video series please consider becoming a Patreon supporter HERE. Your patronage goes a long way to making this podcast grow, improve, and get great guests both well-known as well as hopefully introducing you to great talents that you've not known before. Check out couchriffs.com for links to all of our videos and podcast episodes as well as a link to our Etsy store! Thanks so much! 
02:15:45
October 28, 2020
Ep. 121 : Billy Gould (Faith No More)
My guest on this episode is Bill Gould of Faith No More. This guy is largely responsible for my taste for the left-of-center music, now that I think back on it (after having this conversation) and I had such a great time speaking with him and learning about his early years in music and development, stories along the way, and what he's up to as of late. Please go check out his newest releases on the KoolArrow record label including Talking Book II (one of his own co-creations) and if you have a taste for fancy and exotic liquor keep your eyes peeled for his latest venture, importing Yebiga which is a Balkan Rakija. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank you for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs podcast and/or our video series please consider becoming a Patreon supporter at:  https://www.patreon.com/couchriffs And be sure to visit couchriffs.com to find ALL of our video and audio episodes and a link to our merch store on Etsy! Thanks! 
01:55:58
October 26, 2020
Ep. 120 : Katie Cole (Smashing Pumpkins/Glen Campbell)
Our guest this episode is Katie Cole, Australian musician relocated to Nashville by way of LA. She's an Americana singer and songwriter as well as a Smashing Pumpkins contributor and former Glen Campbell side-person. Currently in the pandemic she is performing $1 live stream shows with fun themes and runs a great YouTube channel that you should go visit. She released a new single, Hands Tied, the day after this conversation was recorded and as of our publish date its been out just a few days. Go give a listen here! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
02:00:16
October 21, 2020
Ep. 119 Kristian Bush (Sugarland/Billy Pilgrim/Dark Water)
Our guest this episode is Kristian Bush, one half of the Grammy winning country duo, Sugarland. Kristian was such a great hang and a fun story teller. 2020 has seen Kristian working on what he's best known for as well as re-releasing the long-though lost album by his 90s band, Billy Pilgrim. And, his band Dark Water along with his younger brother Brandon,  has been releasing and working on new material over the last year. He recently sang My Prerogative in a Couch Riffs performance video, as well. We had a great time speaking with him and hope that you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. We were cut a little short by a fire call, unfortunately.  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:09:55
October 19, 2020
Ep. 118 : Nels Cline (Wilco/Nels Cline Singers)
Our guest on this episode is the incredible Nels Cline. As a longtime fan of Nels, he was listed among the first names on the wishlist I created when this podcast began. Our good friends at Fretboard Journal introduced us and this episode was happening! Over the years I was too intimidated to speak with Nels when I was within arm's length, even. It turns out he's one of the easiest folks you could ever hope to speak with. The Nels Cline Singers have a new album coming out (PREORDER HERE) which I have ordered and highly recommend you do, too. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank you for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
02:23:14
October 14, 2020
Ep. 117 : David Knudson (Minus The Bear/Botch)
Our guest this episode is David Knudson, former guitarist of Minus the Bear and the now legendary Tacoma band, Botch. David has one of the most intense, unique, and identifiable guitar styles around and is known for his extensive use of the Line 6 DL4 delay pedal to create and trigger loops and samples live during shows. But, he's certainly not one to use effects as a crutch. David is a monster player and I'm very much looking forward to hearing the solo album that he is currently working on. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, our first ever, and I hope you do, too! Thanks for listening and for your continued support.  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:37:35
October 12, 2020
Ep. 116 : Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
Our guest this episode is Clint Lowery of Sevendust. You know, sometimes you speak with someone for the first time ever and you have such a good time that you can't believe that you haven't ever met before. That's essentially the story of this podcast episode. Clint and I fired off immediately about Jake E. Lee and it just kept on rolling on talking guitars and music, growing up poor, and being sober today among many topics. Clint released an album, God Bless The Renegades, AND an EP, Grief & Distance, in 2020 already and Sevendust is releasing a new album 10/23/20. They'll be live streaming a record release show that day and you can buy tix to enjoy that performance HERE. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:43:54
October 7, 2020
Ep. 115 : Zuri Appleby (Lizzo/Adam Lambert/Nick Jonas)
My guest this episode is bassist Zuri Appleby, a massive talent from Buffalo NY and currently living in LA. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting on our mutual experience of being Marine veterans and musicians and her perspective and experience was great to learn about. She is an incredible bassist and is currently offering online bass lessons. Click this link to get in touch with her. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Thanks for listening and for your continued support! If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:41:50
October 5, 2020
Ep. 114 : Jack O'Shea (Bayside)
Our guest on this episode is Jack O’Shea, lead guitarist of the NY Punk band Bayside. I was introduced to him by a couple of friends who toured with him way back in the day but had never spoke before this conversation. What a crazy story he has and what a good time I had speaking with him. Even if you enjoy this conversation half as much as I did you’re going to love it! If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
02:55:12
September 30, 2020
Ep. 113: Dweezil Zappa
Our guest on this episode of Couch Riffs podcast is Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil has kept Frank Zappa's music alive on stage for the last 14 years or so with Zappa Plays Zappa, celebrating different eras of Frank's catalog and absolutely nailing the spirit of his father's intensely original music and distinct guitar style. On the day that this podcast episode will publish Dweezil will launch a new web platform called Reward Music which enables artists to connect more directly with fans and supporters without the taxing middleman model that has historically hindered musicians' ability to earn a sustainable and livable wage. Go check it out!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
02:09:36
September 28, 2020
Ep. 112 : Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins/Night Dreamer)
Our guest on this episode is Jeff Schroeder, guitarist in Smashing Pumpkins. This conversation was super fun and dipped its toes deep in the waters of 80s metal and shred guitar territory as we shared stories of guitar heroes and vintage shred machines that we covet. Jeff even revealed some crazy shoegaze/noise guitar secrets and showed a piece of gear off that helps him achieve some of those tones that he has been greatly inspired by. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Thank you for listening and for your continued support.  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:53:22
September 23, 2020
Ep. 111 : Kyle Shutt (The Sword/Doom Side of The Moon)
This episode features Kyle Shutt, the mighty guitarist of Texan crushers The Sword. Kyle is a down to earth guy who humbly bounces back and forth from the biggest stages on earth to a working family guy life in Austin, TX. He's currently working on funding a book project called, Written In Stoned, at Kickstarter and PLEASE GO VISIT THAT LINK HERE. The project sounds super fun and amazing. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thanks so much for listening and for your continued support.  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
02:20:17
September 21, 2020
Ep. 110 : Dave Rude (Tesla)
This episode features our friend and special guest Dave Rude who, after 14 years, is still the new guy in Tesla. A phenomenal guitarist and sweet guy, he's an easy hang a very casual conversationalist. He was also one of the earliest guests on the first version of what Couch Riffs used to exist as and absolutely shredded the Slash solo on Always On The Run by Lenny Kravitz. Dave Rude teaches guitar lessons online and if you're interested in speaking to him about distance learning with him you can reach him HERE. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much I did. Thank you for listening and for your continued support.  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:46:33
September 16, 2020
Ep. 109 : John Oates
Our guest for this episode is John Oates and I couldn't be happier. John has been living in Nashville and exploring his roots music roots for some time now. He has a live album coming out September 18 (2020) and it was recorded at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, which you've all heard me talk about on the podcast in the past. I recently finished John's 2017 autobiography, Change of Season, and I highly recommend that if you enjoy musician's stories (I'm guessing you do). I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank you for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
01:17:45
September 14, 2020
Ep. 108 : Brian Nutter (Nutter Guitars / Keith Urban)
Our guest this episode is Brian Nutter, former first-call Nashville studio and touring ace guitar player who most notably worked with Keith Urban for years. He's also toured with Dierks Bentley, Taylor Swift, and a list longer than my house improvements to-do list. These days Brian is building Nutter Guitars in his shop outside of Nashville and teaching building skills at the Musician's Institute Guitar Craft Academy, an accredited luthier training school. 2020 has been difficult for most all of us but Brian has had a particularly rough road and he chronicles his near-death experience with a sunflower seed shell in our conversation. He's on the mend now and we're glad to see him back in action. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank you for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat.
02:26:47
September 9, 2020
Ep. 107 : Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch)
Our guest on this episode is the incredibly cool and immensely talented Jean-Paul Gaster, the drummer of Clutch. I had the pleasure of watching a string of Clutch shows from side of stage and this experience got me re-excited about the band and specifically I was blown away by Jean-Paul's powerful drumming. I've been talking about that month's experiences for 10 years and finally got to ask him in this conversation if the story about his drumming that I've been telling all this time was true. It was. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Jean-Paul is at least as cool a conversationalist as he is a drummer. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the videos we are producing please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month! You can do that HERE at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all things Couch Riffs: videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store where you can pick up a 100% Couch Riffs t-shirt or stylish trucker hat. 
01:58:53
September 7, 2020
Ep. 106 : Mark Holcomb (Periphery/Haunted Shores)
Our guest this episode is the incredible Mark Holcomb of Periphery and Haunted Shores. Mark opened up about about sobriety in 2020 and we spoke about his early years as a player and growing pains with a band as you gain popularity and pressures build from within and from the outside. What a great time I had in this conversation and what a kind and humble guy Mark is. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank your for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy Couch Riffs podcast or the video series please help support our efforts in any of these ways!  -share episodes and videos! You sharing helps get us in front of more people which helps us continue to get more great guests. Thanks!  -leave a positive review and 5-star rating. This keeps us in the algorithms and helps us stay up in the charts which appeals to our guests.  -buy a couch riffs t-shirt or trucker hate at couchriffs.com This helps support the podcast and the hours and hours of work every week.  -become a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month at anchor.fm/couch-riffs Again, this helps us keep our kit as tip-top as possible. Higher production value is more appealing to our guests and allows us to deliver conversations with the folks you want to hear on this show. 
01:47:28
September 2, 2020
Ep. 105 : Terry Date (Producer - Deftones/Pantera/Soundgarden)
Our guest for this episode is the perpetually cool Terry Date, producer and mixing engineer for bands such as Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones, Slayer and the list goes on. Terry's track record is very impressive and when it came time for my band, Loaded, to make an album with him a few years back I was well nervous. But, what an easy guy to work with and a man with legendary stories! I was happy to have him share his career trajectory here and tell some fun stories along the way. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! If you enjoy Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our video series please leave a rating and review and share on your social media platforms! And, you can become a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. You can also buy our super comfortable t-shirts and trucker hats at couchriffs.com where all of our podcasts and videos live. Thank you so much for your continued support!
02:04:26
August 31, 2020
Ep. 104 : Doug Kauer of Kauer Guitars
Our guest for this episode is Doug Kauer of Kauer Guitars out of Sacramento CA. Doug's embrace of technology to help him create and build consistent and great guitars is something we admire greatly at Couch Riffs. Did we mention that they're beautiful, too? And, if that wasn't enough Doug has a heart of gold and has done a number of charity guitars this year during a time when it would be very easy to adopt a more selfish attitude. Thank you Doug! I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.  If you would like to support the Couch Riffs Podcast or the Video Series please share, comment, rate and review where every possible! If you really love Couch Riffs please become a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. It really helps build what is happening here behind the scenes and enables us to get more and more of the guests you are seeing and hearing. Thank you to everyone who is watching, listening, and supporting! Don't forget to visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all the great content as well as a link to our Etsy store where you'll find 100% cotton t-shirts and trucker hats screened by our friends at Ink Brigade in Portland OR. 
02:23:52
August 26, 2020
Ep. 103 : Jack Bates (Peter Hook & The Light/Smashing Pumpkins)
Our guest on this episode is Jack Bates of Smashing Pumpkins and also Peter Hook & The Light. We talk a bit about sports for a while, which is a first on the podcast I'm pretty sure. Then, we get around to talking about music, playing bass, touring, and life in the time of Covid. I had a great time speaking with Jack and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs podcast and/or videos please consider supporting us with a monthly pledge of as little as .99/month. You can follow the link below or visit anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and a review, as well! This goes a long way in keeping us in the charts and enabling us to continue getting great guests on the show, like Jack! Visit couchriffs.com to find all of our content and a link to our Etsy store where our super cozy 100% cotton t-shirts and trucker hats are for sale year round. All of our great merchandise is printed by Ink Brigade in Portland OR. Thank you for listening and for your continued support! 
01:48:30
August 24, 2020
Ep. 102 : Paul Gilbert (Racer X/Mr. Big)
Our guest on this episode is the infinitely impressive and equally humble Paul Gilbert. Paul was in to the spotlight at a young age as a hyper-technical shred guitarist, GIT instructor, and leader of Racer X and later Mr Big. Over the years Paul's playing has evolved, matured, and continues to impress players and music fans all over the world. He continues to be a huge inspiration to me and it was a pleasure to host him on the podcast. He is an excellent story teller and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Go check out his online guitar school HERE!  If you're enjoying this podcast and/or the videos we are producing please leave a 5-star rating and a positive review where ever you're listening. It really helps keep us in the flow of the algorithms and enables us to continue hosting great guests like Paul! If you LOVE the podcast please consider visiting anchor.fm/couch-riffs and becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. A little goes a long way toward helping to produce this show and the videos. Be sure to go to couchriffs.com to find all of our video and podcast episodes as well as a link to purchase our trucker hats and 100% t-shirts on Etsy. All of our merchandise is printed with love by our friends INK BRIGADE in Portland, Or. 
02:21:58
August 19, 2020
Ep. 101 : Kirk Douglas (The Roots)
Our guest for this episode is Kirk Douglas of The Roots. Kirk has probably found himself in more extraordinary musical situations than any of our guests before him. In addition to holding down the guitar position in The Roots and on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Show he released an album last year by the name of Hundred Watt Heart. If you're a fan of nasty guitar riffs and tones, Gibson's through Marshalls, and vocals that meet eye to eye with outstanding guitar performances you should check this album out. We talked about the musicians that have influenced him throughout his career, how he landed in The Roots, his connection to Vernon Reid, and of course the infamous Prince incident. I couldn't help myself, we were already half way there in natural conversation! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much I did.  If you like the Couch Riffs podcast and/or our videos please let the world know by leaving a 5-star rating and positive review for us! It helps us stay in the algorithm and get recommended to other folks to listen. And, that is what allows us to continue to get great guests for you. And, if you LOVE Couch Riffs, please support by either sharing our podcasts and videos, offering pledge support at anchor.fm/couch-riffs, or visiting couchriffs.com and navigating to our Etsy store to get yourself on of our trucker hats or super comfortable 100% cotton t-shirt printed by Ink Brigade in Portland OR. Thank you for listening and for your continued support! 
01:49:08
August 17, 2020
Ep. 100 : Jason USA (CEO Chibson USA)
Our 100th guest is Jason Dove, a very funny comedian, musician, and creator and operator of Chibson USA which is, of course, the very thing that Instagram was invented for (I'm pretty sure). There were quite a lot of laughs in this episode but we managed to get serious a few times. Jason has an interesting path that brought him to where he's at now with Chibson USA and it was an absolute pleasure to laugh and slapstick through the conversation with him as I learned about how it all came to be. He gives a few fun reveals in this episode about things to come, as well! Thank you for listening and for your continued support!  If you are enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. A little goes a long way! Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and a review at your favorite podcast platform and visit CouchRiffs.com for links to every video, audio podcast and to our Etsy store where you can buy our great looking and cozy Couch Riffs T-shirts and trucker hats! Thanks!
02:45:03
August 6, 2020
Ep. 99 : Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan/Suicidal Tendencies/Giraffe Tongue Orchestra/Party Smasher Inc)
Our guest this episode is Ben Weinman, founding member and leader of the incredible but defunct band The Dillinger Escape Plan. As of late he has been managing artists, raising a family, and managing a farm of rescue animals in rural New Jersey. A TON of energy goes in to maintaining this rescue and I would recommend checking out a little about that HERE. You can support the efforts of this rescue, as well. I love this conversation and we covered a lot of things parallel to lives in music. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs Podcast and/or the video series please consider becoming a pledge member for as little as .99/month. There is a link below to follow or visit HERE. Pledge supporters will now have access to a special IG account with behind the scenes and otherwise unposted material from Couch Riffs and related stuff including exclusive giveaways and early access to upcoming posts. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and review, as well. It helps a ton. 
01:51:23
August 3, 2020
Ep. 98 : Chris Funk (The Decemberists/Black Prairie)
Our guest for this episode is the multi-instrumentalist member of The Decemberists, Chris Funk. Chris knows his way around a studio and has recorded and produced albums by Red Fang, The Builders and The Butchers, and Langhorne Slim and also puts his dobro talents to good use in Black Prairie, an eclectic and dreamy band with a blend of bluegrass, klezmer, and soundtrack-oriented vibes. I had a great time catching up with Chris and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  If you're feeling generous, please consider supporting the podcast with a pledge of as little as .99/month at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. A little help goes a long way! Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and a review at your favorite place to listen in and visit couchriffs.com to find a link to our Etsy store where you can buy our cozy 100% cotton Couch Riffs t-shirts and stylish trucker hats. Thanks for listening in and for your continued support! 
01:41:20
July 29, 2020
Ep. 97 : LG (Thelma and The Sleaze)
Our guest on this episode is LG, the singer/guitarist and leader of Thelma and The Sleaze. If you haven't heard their newest album "Fuck, Marry, Kill" you should go do that now, before you even listen to our conversation. TATS has been a band for 10 years, recording and touring across the US with an energy unparalleled. Don't miss them when you get the chance to see the band again. Go support them by buying records and shirts at thelmaandthesleaze.com! If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or video series please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. A little can go a long way in helping to keep Couch Riffs going, growing, and improving and I really appreciate what you give. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and a review for the podcast and get over to couchriffs.com to grab yourself a cozy 100% cotton Couch Riffs shirt or a trucker hat from our Etsy store. 
02:21:10
July 27, 2020
Ep. 96 : Barrett Jones (Producer/Musician)
Our guest on this episode is Barrett Jones, owner and operator of Laundry Room Studio. Barrett has been involved in some of the most important recordings you've heard! AND, he's got a really interesting history going all the way back to DC in his teens, recording bands out of his parents' home and later group houses where he lived. From the very word go he was recording some noteworthy and historically significant bands and he continues to do that as well as produce a video series, Landry Room Live, which broadcasts live and also posts to his YouTube channel post-performance. Go check them out! They're great.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. Also, leaving a 5-star rating and a positive review goes a long way toward keeping Couch Riffs in the flow of visibility on all of the different listening platforms. Thanks so much for listening and for your continued support. I really appreciate it!   
02:23:12
July 22, 2020
Ep. 95 : Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge/Slash & The Conspirators/Mayfield 4)
Our guest this episode is the incredibly multi-talented Myles Kennedy (Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Alter Bridge, The Mayfield 4). This is one of the sweetest, most genuine folks you'll meet and he has a true passion for music that is clear and evident in this conversation. It has been a pleasure for me to get to know him a little over the years but this conversation was certainly the longest that I've had with him and the most deep and varied. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Thank you so much for listening and for your continued support!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or its sister-series of videos please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month which goes a long way in helping to continue down the road of getting great guests and creating bigger, better, higher quality content for you to enjoy. Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and review and if you're feeling like you need a wardrobe update go visit couchriffs.com to find a link to our Etsy store! 
02:20:01
July 20, 2020
Ep. 94 : Scott Marceau (AR of Yamaha Guitars & Line 6)
This episode we are pleased to be speaking with Scott Marceau of Yamaha. I've had a fairly long relationship with Yamaha and getting to know Scott has been a genuine pleasure. This week I'd have been seeing him in Nashville at Summer NAMM if it weren't for the pandemic conditions and so we instead enjoy this lengthy conversation about what ever we feel like. I hope you enjoy! If you are enjoying Couch Riffs please consider leaving a 5-star rating and review and becoming a monthly pledge supporter at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Thank you so much for listening and for your continued support! 
02:25:47
July 15, 2020
Ep. 93 : Don Gunn (Drummer/Studio Engineer/Producer/Mixer)
I was very happy to have Don Gunn on the podcast this episode. Don is responsible for a lot of great sounding recordings and mixes (some that we've worked on together, even) including some Couch Riffs performance videos as of late. He's also one of the most entertaining folks to work with in a studio environment and is always down for a laugh. Did I mention he is a great drummer? It shouldn't come as a surprise. Many of my favorite studio folks are drummers. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it! It takes us a little while to get up to speed but there are some pretty golden nuggets sprinkled all throughout!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or video series please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month at the link below OR at anchor.fm/couch-riffs (or just search for Couch Riffs on the site). Also, please leave a positive review and 5-star rating, it really helps a lot. Couchriffs.com has links to all of our podcast episodes and videos as well as our merchandise store at Etsy. We have some handsome 100% cotton t-shirts, trucker hats, and other goodies for your enjoyment. Thank you for listening and for your continued support! 
02:12:16
July 13, 2020
Ep. 92 : William DuVall of Alice In Chains
This episode features my guest William DuVall, most famously known as the lead singer of Alice in Chains but who had a long musical career leading up to that eventual position. We cover a ton of William's punk roots very candidly in this episode and I had an absolute Bl'ast (heh, heh) hearing him tell some great stories. There is a tiny bit of audio drop in this episode when William leaves home and gets in his car but it passes pretty quickly and painlessly. Thanks as always for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or its companion video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. You can support the podcast for as little as .99/month and your contribution will be sunk right back in to the podcast. The last year has been very good to the Podcast and your support has gone a long way toward making Couch Riffs an increasingly high quality affair. Thank you! Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and review and check out couchriffs.com for links to all the videos, podcasts, and our merchandise store at Etsy.com!
01:55:22
July 9, 2020
Ep. 91 : Bob Balch (Fu Manchu, Big Scenic Nowhere, Play This Riff)
My guest on this episode is Bob Balch of the mighty Fu Manchu. This band came on my radar so many years ago and I had the pleasure of opening for them and seeing them on a few occasions. This band, and Bob, always deliver the goods! Be sure to check out one or all of Bob's other projects which include his online teaching website PlayThisRiffs.com, his online lessons, and Big Scenic Nowhere. I hope you enjoy this episode as much I enjoyed having the conversation!  Please support Couch Riffs by leaving a 5-Star Rating and a positive review. It doesn't take long and it helps a TON! You may also support the podcast and video series with a monthly pledge of support for as little as .99/month. Pretty cheap for free! Thanks so much for listening and for your continued support. You guys are the best. 
01:48:54
July 7, 2020
Ep. 90 : Ace Von Johnson (LA Guns/Faster Pussycat/US Bombs/Murphy's Law)
My guest on this episode has had a number of killer gigs over the last 3 decades across all kinds of punk and rock bands including Murphy's Law, Faster Pussycat, US Bombs, and most recently LA Guns. As all Couch Riffs podcast episodes go we covered a TON of ground in this candid conversation about life, music, horror movies, dogs, and even managed to talk about guitars a little bit. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!  If you're enjoy the podcast please leave a 5-star rating and a positive review! Also, consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. It goes a long way to helping the podcast and video series make improvements. Visit couchriffs.com to find a hub for all podcasts, videos, and merchandise for sale in the Couch Riffs world! Thanks for listening and for your continued support!
02:15:36
July 2, 2020
Ep. 89 : Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks, The Minus 5)
Our guest on Episode 89 is a living legend in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Mr Kurt Bloch has been blazing the guitar since the 70s and also happens to have one of the craziest guitar collections around Seattle. This conversation was a blast and we covered everything from his deep interest and knowledge of Coronets/Wilshires/Crestwoods to his seeing Van Halen and Judas Priest separately on the same night in 1979. I feel like I could listen to Kurt tell stories for another 3 hours and not even bat an eye. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our videos please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. You can do that at the link below (anchor.fm/couch-riffs) and don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and a great review if you see fit. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! 
02:45:35
June 29, 2020
Ep. 88 : Brandon Ethridge (pianist/keyboardist, Marc Martel, Rock of Ages, School of Rock)
This episode features guest Brandon Ethridge who is, unless I'm mistaken, our first pianist/keyboardist. At least, our first with this as their primary instrument. Brandon has had such an interesting path to becoming a rock musician and such a great career once he was on that path. He's currently in Wichita KS rehabbing a home he bought during the pandemic gig-drought and will be appearing in a Couch Riffs video in the VERY near future. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast please be sure to leave a 5-star rating and positive review on your preferred listening platform. And, if you are feeling generous you can very easily become a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month at the link below (anchor.fm/couch-riffs). Lastly, couchriffs.com has all the podcast and video episodes waiting for you to click play. You can also find our t-shirts and trucker hats for sale there through the Etsy Store. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! 
02:12:40
June 24, 2020
Ep. 87 : Dennis Leeflang (Drummer/Engineer)
Dennis Leeflang is a Dutch drummer living in the states now for many years first in NY and now LA. We met 10 or so years ago in Seattle while he was touring with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and stayed in touch through social media. Dennis is another resourceful musician who has found a way to make Covid-era life actually work for him by continuing to record drums for many folks who are using their time effectively. I admire drummers who indulge this pursuit more than other musicians perhaps because tracking drums is a much more nuanced thing than any other instrument. Anyway, he's great at it and if you're not following him and hitting him up to do work for your recordings you're really missing out. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please leave a 5-star rating and positive review on your preferred platform, consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter, and visit couchriffs.com to find all our videos, podcasts, and a link to purchase our stylish 100% cotton t-shirts printed in Portland OR by Ink Brigade. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! 
02:41:23
June 22, 2020
Ep. 86 : Steve Hall (Investor/Musician/Film Producer)
Every time I think I can't possibly enjoy doing this podcast more something like this episode happens. My guest is Steve Hall who has a very different day job than most musicians. He's venture capital investor and has spent many years managing the financial investments of Paul Allen. In the last few years Steve has relaxed himself some and started pursue some more creative ventures like partnering in McSwain Guitars, consulting for Magnatone Amplifiers, and most recently producing films. Not bad, Steve. Not bad. I had a great time talking with him and, even though I know he'll always be the smartest guy in the room (certainly if I'm in that room with him), he has such a down to earth way of talking things out. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  If you are enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. A little goes a long way! And, don't forget to leave a positive review and 5 star rating on your preferred listening platform. Lastly, check out couchriffs.com for links to all the videos, podcasts and a link to our Etsy store where you can support Couch Riffs and look stylish doing it in our 100% cotton t-shirts and trucker hats printed in Portland OR by Ink Brigade. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! 
02:30:27
June 18, 2020
Ep. 85 : Dejha (Solo Artist, The Union Gospel, The Rotten Apples)
My guest this episode is Dejha who possesses one of my absolute favorite singing voices. After being a fan and knowing each other for years, playing together here and there, we started co-writing songs at a time when we lived completely across the country from one another which is very similar to how folks are making music during the pandemic isolation now. Dejha has fronted and led many bands that I have loved over the years and The Union Gospel project is selfishly my favorite. The Union Gospel album was released digitally in 2019 and had a vinyl release in early 2020. You can stream it here and purchase the LP here.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or videos please consider becoming a pledge supporter with a donation of as little as .99/month. And, don't forget to leave a 5 star rating and positive review on the platform where you listen in. Lastly, Couch Riffs has a website (couchriffs.com) where you can find all of the videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy store where you can purchase our super comfortable, 100% cotton t-shirts and trucker hats which are printed by Ink Brigade in Portland, OR. Thanks for listening and for your continued support. 
02:29:03
June 15, 2020
Ep. 84 : Toby Fresh aka DV One of Rock Steady Crew
Toby Fresh, aka DV One, is a member of the Rock Steady Crew and an old-school b-boy and fixture in the Seattle hip hop scene, though he resides in Hawaii now. We met while we both had gigs at a casino north of Seattle and after a conversation we decided we'd trade guitar lessons for DJ lessons. Toby is also a very active jiu jitsu and fight trainer and the former DJ for the Seattle Seahawks which earned him a Super Bowl ring (almost two, you know......). I had a great time catching up with him and I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!  If you enjoy Couch Riffs please leave a positive review and 5-star rating at your preferred listening platform. And, you can purchase Couch Riffs t-shirts at the Etsy link at couchriffs.com. You can also become a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month at THIS LINK or the link you see just below this description. Thanks again for listening and for your continued support of Couch Riffs. 
02:07:19
June 10, 2020
Ep. 83 : Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing)
Mike Doughty is an accomplished singer and songwriter with nearly 20 albums in his catalog. After forming and fronting NYC's Soul Coughing in the 90s Mike went on to carve out his own way as a solo artist in a completely new and uncharted environment where he continues to this day. Patreon contributors play a huge role in Mike's current world and he currently maintains and contributes to a supportive Patreon fanbase while he's not touring. He currently lives and creates out of Memphis TN.  If you are enjoying Couch Riffs please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. That's less than a buck and about 12 cents per episode. Not bad! We also maintain an Etsy store where you can purchase very comfortable and stylish 100% cotton Couch Riffs t-shirts. Check out couchriffs.com for a link to that store and all of our videos and podcasts. Don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and a review if you're enjoying this series. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! 
02:04:16
June 8, 2020
Ep. 82 : Mike Gurnari (Madball)
Our guest on this episode is Mike Gurnari of the legendary NYHC band, Madball. Mike has been with the band for just over 2 years as of the publishing of this podcast and has a very simple and immediate story of how that came to be. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him about playing, tattoo shop life, and guitars. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed having it.  If you enjoy Couch Riffs please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. And, if that isn't in your budget you can always leave a 5-star rating and great review at your preferred listening platform. Don't forget to subscribe and download every episode! You can visit couchriffs.com to find all of the podcast episodes and videos that we've published, as well as find a link to our merchandise store at Etsy. Thanks for listening and for your continued support! 
01:38:00
June 3, 2020
Ep. 81 : Wayne Kramer (MC5)
Our guest on this episode is the legendary Wayne Kramer of MC5. But, there is much more to Wayne's story than simply being the guitarist and leader of one of the most important bands of all time. I cheated some before this conversation and listened to Wayne narrate the audio book recording of his 2018 published, The Hard Stuff. I highly recommend picking up the book and/or listening to him personally read his story. It is wonderful. And, I am very much looking forward to the project that Wayne hints at coming up for his next project. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or videos please leave a 5-star rating and a review on your preferred listening platform. And, if you really, really love Couch Riffs you can become a monthly pledge donor for as little as .99/month at the link below. It goes a long way toward helping us keep rolling and continue to get great guests like Wayne. Thanks so much for listening and for your continued support! 
01:00:10
June 1, 2020
Ep. 80 : Blag Dahlia (The Dwarves)
Blag Dahlia, aka Blag The Ripper, is the leader of legendary punk band The Dwarves who have been pushing boundaries and melting brains since the mid-80s. Blag, it turns out, is quite well spoken which I was expecting. I wasn't really expecting him to be so nice, honestly. Funny, sure. But, I had a great time learning about some of his and the Dwarves' history and his plans for.a new Blag album. And, potentially got a commitment in a Couch Riffs video! I hope you enjoy this episode. It was a pleasure speaking with Blag.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs and/or our videos please leave a rating and review wherever you listen in. And, you can become a pledge supporter of Couch Riffs for as little as .99/month. This money and these ratings/reviews help Couch Riffs continue to turn out great podcasts and videos and continue to get great guests from all genres and levels. Thanks so much for the support. Stay safe and healthy. 
01:32:38
May 27, 2020
Ep. 79 : Kathy Moore (Kathy Moore Super Power Trio)
This episode features guest Kathy Moore, one of the most in-demand and active guitarists in all of Seattle. We met a handful of years ago and it is always an absolute joy to see her perform and usually we can chat briefly when we cross paths but this was a great conversation for getting to know her story. Studied in jazz and orchestral band, Kathy didn't start playing guitar until she was 21 years old! She is an absolute ripper and can cover so many styles on the guitar AS WELL AS THE KEYS! Seriously, one of my regrets of leaving Seattle is that I left without ever getting to play and perform with Kathy. Go check out The Kathy Moore Super Power Trio!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our videos please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. You can also decorate yourself in comfortable and stylish Couch Riffs shirts and trucker hats which you can find at couchriffs.com. Thank you so much for listening and stay safe and healthy out there! 
02:39:03
May 25, 2020
Ep. 78 : Ken Haas (Reverend Guitars)
Ken Haas owns and operates Reverend Guitars in Ohio, USA and we are happy to have him as a guest on the Couch Riffs podcast this episode! Reverend Guitars has been producing amazing guitars since the late 90s and I remember when they arrived on the scene, surprising folks with their alternative body construction and cool retro-futuristic shapes. I was always a fan and remain a fan. In this episode Ken tells us how he came to be involved with Reverend and makes a cool announcement concerning the Limited Edition release for 2020! I bought it on the spot, actually.  Thanks for listening and supporting Couch Riffs, I really appreciate it. You can help us out a ton if you leave a 5-star rating and/or a review on your preferred listening platform. If you'd like to become a monthly pledge supporter you can do so for as little as .99/month (that's practically nothing!) at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. A little really does go a long way! Thanks again and stay safe and healthy out there. 
02:22:55
May 18, 2020
Ep. 77: Dustin Boyer (John Cale/The Dusty Meadows Band)
Dustin Boyer is one of the most entertaining people to hang out with and talk to. There is literally no time for slowing down a conversation. But, more importantly you are hoping that some of his magic will rub off on you just from hanging out with him because he is a MONSTER guitar player. He has a ton of performing and recording experience beyond his own bands and projects and his ongoing work with the legend John Cale. His own projects range a massive variety and I encourage you to go check it out as soon as possible!  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter. You can be a huge help for as little as .99/month! If pledging isn't in the cards please take the time to leave a review and rating on your preferred podcast platform. This helps keep us high in the algorithm, what ever that means. And, lastly go check out our super cozy merchandise at couchriffs.com. Its all made with love by INK BRIGADE in Portland OR.  Thanks again for listening and for your continued support!
02:30:31
May 13, 2020
Ep. 76 : Chris Buck (Buck and Evans/YouTube Creator/Multiple Award Winning British Guitarist)
This episode features guest Chris Buck, one of the most talented rising stars in the guitar world today. Being a relatively early adopter of using YouTube as a tool to share his playing Chris has been gaining more and more recognition worldwide as well as earning Best New Guitarist in Total Guitar's 2017 poll as well as Best Blues Guitarist in Guitarist's 2019 poll. Look for Chris to have a big and bright future as a guitarist and with his band Buck and Evans. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs podcasts or videos please consider becoming a monthly pledge donor at the LINK HERE. You can support for as little as .99/month! You can also find all videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy Store at couchriffs.com. Thanks for listening and for the continued support! 
02:13:04
May 11, 2020
Ep. 75 : Andrew McKeag (The Presidents of the United States of America/Andrew McKeag Band/Tour Manager)
Our guest on this episode is a most excellent friend, shredding guitarist, and professional tour manager type, Andrew McKeag. Andrew is the type of guy that you can call at 3:30am to help get your car pushed out of a ditch or get your motorcycle towed from some inconvenient place that its broken down. I know. He's done that for me. He's also got some of the best rock 'n roll stories from behind the scenes that I've ever heard. But, we are smart enough to not get too deep into the muck cuz eventually we are going to have to face people again when this plague life is behind us. I hope you enjoy this conversation!  If you are enjoying Couch Riffs and/or our videos please consider becoming a pledge supporter at Anchor.fm. You can support for as little as .99/month and this small gesture goes a long way toward helping the podcast continue and improve. Thanks for listening and for your continued support. Don't forget to leave a top-notch review and rating where ever you are listening, as well! Thank you! 
02:36:54
May 6, 2020
Ep. 74 : Jimi Hazel (24-7 Spyz)
Our guest this episode is the incredible Jimi Hazel of 24-7 Spyz who last year put out their first album in well over a decade. Jimi went in deep on his process of writing this album along with the spiritual elements that helped him break his writer's block and depression. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with him, get to know him beyond social media volleys, and hear about what makes him tick and inspires him. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our videos please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month! A little goes a long way. If making a financial contribution isn't in the cards for you please leave a great rating and review at your preferred streaming platform. All of this stuff helps keep our podcast flowing and showing up in algorithms. Thanks for your continued support!
02:52:43
May 4, 2020
Ep. 73 : Jason Finn of The Presidents (The United States of America, Love Battery, Nevada Bachelors)
This episode we feature guest and longtime inside-joking friend, Jason Finn known best for drumming in The Presidents of the United States of America. He will be our final guest for the official and not-real Drummer Awareness Month on Couch Riffs. Jason has had a glorious and fun career as a drummer for many bands on many different levels. He's a generally funny fella and this podcast is chalked full of inside jokes that no-one would expect you to get or even find funny if you were in on them. I think that's the sign of a friend, though. Go check out PUSA's debut album on vinyl soon when it finally arrives hot on the heels of their crowdfunding release on this 25th anniversary of its initial release. (25 years?!) Thanks for listening to the Couch Riffs Podcast! If you love what we are doing and have the means, your .99/month pledge donation goes a long way to help support the podcast and make it not only sustainable but also make improvements along the way. Follow THIS LINK or the link below in the episode notes. Stay safe and thanks again! 
02:14:36
April 29, 2020
Ep. 72: Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Barrett Martin Group)
What can I say? Drummer Awareness Month is kicking ass even if it isn't a real thing. On this episode we have yet another amazing drummer in Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Barrett Martin Group, Tuatara, Walking Papers, Desert Sessions, and tons more. Barrett is a studied musician and educated in orchestral/classical, jazz, and ethnomusicology and is also well known for producing and performing on many albums as a drummer or percussionist. Don't let the fanciness fool you, though. He's a vicious rock drummer! He's published two books in the last handful of years, 2017's The Singing Earth and 2019's The Way of the Zen Cowboy.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our video series please consider sponsoring the podcast at the link below of HERE. Your .99/month goes a long way to keep the podcast rolling along and improving. Thank you so much for listening and for the support! 
02:24:55
April 27, 2020
Ep. 71 : Oskar Haggdahl (NY Session Drummer)
Our guest for this episode is the great NY drummer, Oskar "The Finnisher" Haggdahl (that's not really his nickname, I just made it up). He's performed with a number of artists in NY and around around the world including the Broadway production of Mamma Mia!, Marc Martel, and Hey, Guy. He played a handful of NY shows with The Union Gospel, as well, which was an absolute pleasure and how we met. He's currently available for remote session drumming and is an absolute groove machine. Check his instagram feed for examples of his great work!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or our video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter. You can help keep the blood flowing over here for as little as .99/month and it most certainly goes a long way in making things happen here. The Couch Riffs Etsy store is also active and you can get ready for Summer with our 100% cotton tees and trucker hats printed in Portland, OR by Ink Brigade!  Thank you so much for listening and supporting!
02:04:43
April 22, 2020
Ep. 70 : Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers/Big Talk)
Ronnie Vannucci is the drummer for The Killers, one of the biggest bands to emerge and remain from the early 2000s. These guys have a list of hits nearly as long as my family's felony conviction history. I met Ronnie a few years before he joined The Killers, a story which is briefly chronicled in this podcast, and immediately we were friendly, staying in touch and hanging when he visited Seattle or I was in Vegas. And, if you're familiar with The Killers' music you know that they blew up quick, hard, and they continue to make huge sounding albums filled with hooks and hits. I'm excited to hear what they cook up during this pandemic social distancing time as they continue to work steadily on more new material. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I loved catching up with RV.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast or its accompanying video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge donor for as little as .99/month. You can do that at THIS HYPERLINK or go visit couchriffs.com to get to the anchor.fm link for supporting. Also be sure to check out our stylish and comfortable merchandise including 100% cotton t-shirts and trucker hats printed at Ink Brigade in Portland OR. Thanks for listening and for the support! 
02:47:12
April 20, 2020
Ep. 69: David Bader (Guitarist/Music Journalist)
David Bader is a sweet man. I met him when he was pulling coffee at the Rough Trade Records coffee stand in Williamsburg and we hit it off immediately. We even flirted with the idea of starting a band along with former Couch Riffs guest Timo Ellis but it didn't get past a rehearsal/jam session. He has the enviable job of meeting, speaking with, and writing about all kinds of musicians and guitar heroes which is something I always thought would be cool but know I wouldn't be great at. But, David is and that's awesome. As usual, we cover lots of ground here and talk a lot about Florida, music, cars, guitars, and much more. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs podcast and video series please consider becoming a pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. Its easy to do and relatively painless on your pocketbook (if you still use one of those). You'll find a link below or at couchriffs.com where all videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy merch store also resides. Thanks for listening and for the continued support! 
02:31:35
April 15, 2020
Ep. 68: Scott Kannberg aka Spiral Stairs (Pavement/Preston School of Industry)
I'm so happy to have gotten the opportunity to get this episode recorded with Scott Kannberg. I've known Scott for many years, meeting after Pavement when he moved to Seattle and had Preston School of Industry operating. We share a great mutual love for Echo and the Bunnymen but Scott is not so much on the Zappa. That's okay, we had plenty to talk about! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. Its easy and painless and you can do it at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. There is also an Etsy Store that you can reach from couchriffs.com which is also where you will find every single Couch Riffs video and podcast cataloged for your convenience. Thanks for listening and for the support! 
01:39:15
April 13, 2020
Ep. 67: Luis Kalil
This episode's guest is the insanely talented and humble Luis Kalil. This young Brazilian shredder has been impressing and dazzling people for years on the internet by way of his YouTube videos and ESP Guitar clinics but has been in LA for the last few years attending Musicians Institute and playing gigs there. If you've not seen and heard him, do yourself a favor and go look him up. And, keep an eye out for him getting snatched up by a bigger act in the future. I'd say it is inevitable! Please consider supporting Couch Riffs by becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. Its easy and you can do that HERE on anchor.fm. Also, check out couchriffs.com to find all of the Couch Riffs podcasts, videos, and a link to the Etsy store all in one central location. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!  Photo by Julio Mendoza
01:35:58
April 10, 2020
Ep. 66: Alex Auxier (Worldwide Artist Relations Manager for Orange Amps)
Our guest in this episode is Alex Auxier who has an interesting job in the musical world, Artist Relations for a renowned amplifier company, Orange Amps. If you've not seen the promotional videos that Orange has been putting out for the last number of years and amp releases you should get a look. They're creative, clever, and usually very funny. Alex is a funny guy and man, we get in to a few good bits in this conversation. I hope you enjoy as much as I did! Also, if anyone out there has an OR50 reissue they'd sell me cheap I'd really love to have another one! (after all this coronavirus BS is over) If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and videos please help us keep going by becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month! That is easy peezy! Be sure to check out couchriffs.com and visit our Etsy store, as well. We have handsome 100% cotton tees and trucker hats made by the incredible Ink Brigade in Portland OR. 
01:55:04
April 8, 2020
Ep. 65: Jon Sortland (The Shins, Cigar, EV Kain, fancy video creator/director)
I met this episode's guest, Jon Sortland, 16 or 17 years ago, played with him a couple of times (even recorded an original song at one point) and then lost touch. Fast forward all these years later and he's in THE SHINS when we reconnect. To say that he deserves to be there is an understatement. Jon Sortland is one of the most creative and energetic people I've ever met and while I was excited to hear about his career developments during the gap in our contact I wasn't shocked one bit. Be sure to go check out Jon's super rad and creative videos at sortlandic.com and GO CHECK OUT CIGAR.  If you enjoy Couch Riffs please consider being a monthly pledge supporter. The entry point is .99/month and enables the podcast to continue on its amazing path. Thanks for listening and for the support! 
02:10:05
April 6, 2020
Ep. 64 : Johnny Nails (The Chasers and Studio Professional)
My guest Johnny Nails was the singing guitarist/frontman for one of my favorite Seattle bands, The Chasers. I was fortunate enough to get to spend a short while as a member of this band in its final days and it was one of the most inspiring and exciting times playing music that I've ever had. This band was so hyper-talented and when they were firing on all cylinders they were seemingly matchless in their performances. April 1, 2020 their previously released album, Knife, will finally make its debut on all digital platforms for the first time ever. And, 2 other previous unreleased recordings will also be released, making this an absolute banner day. Nails is keeping himself busy these days as a studio man, recording, producing and mixing bands in and around Seattle and beyond. Don't hesitate to contact him about working with your band.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and/or video series please, please, please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. That's easy and it goes a long way to keeping the podcast up and running. And, if you're looking for your next favorite shirt go visit couchriffs.com and find a link to our Etsy Store where you'll find our stylish 100% cotton Couch Riffs shirts and trucker hats printed by Ink Brigade in Portland OR. Thanks for listening! 
01:32:10
April 1, 2020
Ep. 63: Kate Reddy aka Keli Lalita (108)
My guest on this episode of Couch Riffs is Kate Reddy, guitarist of NY Hardcore band 108 and Krishna devotee. She also happens to be my neighbor, which is pretty fun. Even still, we did the interview over the phone because of everything that is happening in the world at this time. If you're not familiar with 108 and you are a fan of hardcore or heavy music I strongly urge you to go check it out. And, please enjoy this conversation with an open mind and ear. We largely talk about Kate's spiritual beliefs and history with it and I very much enjoyed the conversation. The Krishna folks that I've met in our small town are awesome folks and I've been waiting for this conversation for a long time.  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or videos please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. Its easy and painless and your support goes a long way. Also, check out couchriffs.com to find all of our videos, podcasts, and a link to our Etsy store where we have super cozy t-shirts and trucker hats printed by Ink Brigade in Portland, OR. 
02:21:45
March 30, 2020
Ep. 62: Ryan "Fluff" Bruce (Dragged Under/Riffs, Beards, & Gear)
I was stoked to have Ryan Bruce of longtime YouTube fame on the Couch Riffs podcast for this episode. Recently he was out on a national tour with his band Dragged Under as direct support for The Used, however, and he learned a thing or two about the road while he was doing it. Fluff is a wealth of knowledge and, unlike lots of folks, he's a generally open and sharing person when it comes to anything he does whether it be getting tones in the studio, re-amping for folks in the past, or gear recommendations. He was actually very important in the development of the Couch Riffs videos and podcast, in fact. I was glad to get the chance to thank him personally and publicly for that generosity in this episode of Couch Riffs. Look out for more and bigger things from Dragged Under as soon as we are out from under our current situation and if you haven't seen him on YouTube I'm not quite sure what rock you've been under. But, you should come out, air out, and check out Riffs, Beards & Gear!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider being a monthly pledge member for as little as .99/mo. And, if you're needing some stylish new threads go check out couchriffs.com for the link to our Etsy store where you'll find fly-ass t-shirts and trucker hats with our killer merchandise from Ink Brigade. Thanks for listening! 
02:15:36
March 25, 2020
Ep. 61: Todd Kerns (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and LOTS OF OTHER THINGS)
I hope you're all staying safe and healthy out there. This episode of Couch Riffs features the multitalented and charming sci-fi nerd Todd Kerns of many, many bands but most notably playing with Slash which is how we met during my time playing with Duff (that makes us practically related). During our conversation here we touched on some of what is happening in the world right now as it is pretty unavoidable but really we spent a lot more time talking about Star Wars, comic book and sci-fi movies, and the art of spirit and vibe over prodigy and precision. Todd is an ace human and I was so stoked to get to have this conversation with him. 
02:43:56
March 23, 2020
Ep. 60: John Guffey (Hammersmith Rock Institute )
This episode features a dear friend, John Guffey, who co-operates a music school for kids in Vancouver WA called Hammersmith Rock Institute. John is a stand up guy, a hell of a guitarist, and a hell of a friend. We talk some funny crap in this episode and talk about our mutually white trash upbringings. If your kids want or need lessons during this time of quarantine/shut-in then Hammersmith is a great place to start. John has a long history and much experience in being a patient and knowledgable teacher. Plus, he's got an ace sense of humor.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider becoming a monthly pledge donor for as little as .99/month. That's nothing! And, it will be incredibly helpful to keeping the podcast alive and healthy. You might also consider getting yourself a stylish and comfortable Couch Riffs t-shirt or one of our fashionable trucker hats in our Etsy Store. Thank you so much for listening and supporting the podcast. Stay safe out there.
02:35:12
March 18, 2020
Ep. 59: Jason Verlinde (Publisher of The Fretboard Journal and semi-professional saw player)
Our guest for this episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast is none other than the publisher of The Fretboard Journal, Jason Verlinde. Now, this man is partially responsible for this podcast being what it is. He's given me tons of encouragement (not to mention inspiration) over the year that I've been doing this and actually suggested that I do it months before I finally dove in to give it a shot. And, I'm glad that I did because this is fun! Anyway, Jason throws down some fun and interesting stuff for me and I was so very happy to get to know him a bit better through this conversation. I hope you feel closer to both of us after listening to this, too!  If you enjoy the Couch Riffs podcast and/or videos be sure to subscribe to them and leave positive reviews and ratings. It helps a lot. If you're really loving Couch Riffs to buy a shirt at our Etsy store. We also have trucker hats and some turntable slip mat covers. All stylish and comfortable as you'd expect from such a classy operation as this.  Don't forget to be kind to each other right now. Things are super weird. Make sure you're okay but ask on folks that you know and you don't know. Help people. They need it and so do you. xo
02:43:55
March 16, 2020
Ep. 58: Dave Hillis - Producer/Recording Engineer (Pearl Jam/Alice in Chains/Afghan Whigs) and Guitarist (Mace/Sybil Vane)
My guest on this episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast is Dave Hillis who transformed from 80s thrash guitarist to engineer and producer on recordings that you have most definitely heard. Albums like Pearl Jam's "Ten", Alice In Chains' "Dirt", Temple of the Dog and The Afghan Whigs' "1965".  His first band, Mace, had quite a reputation around the Northwest (and beyond!) in the 80s. You won't find it on streaming services but YouTube has some stuff that fans of thrash/crossover will certainly enjoy. In the 90s, after engineering some of the biggest albums of the decade, Dave started another band, Sybil Vane, that again made a splash beyond the Northwest landing a slot on the Empire Records Soundtrack album. Dave continues to write, record, produce and engineer in Pittsburgh PA these days.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. 99 cents! That's nothing! Also, please check out couchriffs.com for links to every video episode, audio podcast, and to our Etsy Store where you'll find super cozy, 100% cotton t-shirts, trucker hats, and turntable slipmats. Thanks so much for listening and for your continued support!
02:01:26
March 9, 2020
Ep. 57: Corey Congilio (Guitarist and Instructor)
Corey Congilio is a super bad mojo and, as a guest on the Couch Riffs video series, chose the toughest and most ambitious song of any guest we've had so far. What a stud! He nailed it, of course. Corey has tons of stage, tour, studio, and instructor experience under his belt. As a resident of Nashville he has plenty of opportunities to spread his energies and deep talents around, too. Check out his WEBSITE and YouTube channel to go down the Congilio rabbit-hole and you're sure to learn some things you've been wanting to or maybe some things you never even knew you could do!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month! There is some super good looking and comfortable 100% cotton t-shirts to be had as well as trucker hats and turntable slip covers. Find a link to the Couch Riffs Etsy store at couchriffs.com. Thanks for your continued support!
01:59:01
March 2, 2020
Ep. 56: Derek Sheen (Comedian, Metal Head, Guitarist)
Derek Sheen is probably the person I have the most in common with any Couch Riffs guest to date. And, I can't imagine hosting someone that I have a more similar history with. Please go check out Derek's comedy albums and see him when he performs in your area. He's funny, smart, a survivor and a fine human through and through. He has a 4th comedy album to be released in April 2020 and shows to follow and you can find his previous 3 albums in all the places you'd expect to find them NOW. I'll even include A LINK RIGHT HERE to make it easy for you.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or Video Series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter at Anchor.fm/couch-riffs and you can sleep well at night knowing that this is all partially your fault! And, thank you for that! Don't forget to visit couchriffs.com and check out our Etsy Store, as well. Thanks so much for your continued support and for listening. I love doing this and when you listen it all feels that much more worth it. 
03:03:18
February 24, 2020
Ep. 55: Matt Gabs (Ravagers and formerly of Biters)
This episode's guest is Matt Gabs of Ravagers and formerly of Biters. Matt's a great hang and appeared in the Mississippi Queen Couch Riffs video alongside the party of Marvin Guitars and Daredevil Pedals wrecking crew. Nailed it! Gabs currently lives in Brooklyn and Ravagers are working on some new tunes this Spring. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for that new release as well as upcoming shows! If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast and the accompanying video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month. You can pledge at Anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Also, be sure to visit couchriffs.com, the hub for everything Couch Riffs to include every video, podcast, and a link to our Etsy store where you can vastly improve your attractiveness by adorning 100% cotton Couch Riffs t-shirts, hoodies, and trucker hats! Thanks for listening and for all of your continued support! 
02:02:28
February 18, 2020
Ep. 54: Myrone (Producer, Writer, Rock of Ages guitarist and Soft Shred Pioneer)
By total chance, I met Myrone at NAMM '20 this year, introduced by our mutual buddy, David Von Bader. I must be the last person on Earth to learn about this insane talent because Myrone is one of the most exciting players coming up right now. Based in LA, Myrone has a few solo albums streaming and is currently playing guitar in the Rock of Ages show in Hollywood and has been drawing attention through his producing, playing, and composition for some time. He's a fun and charming person to speak with and I'm over the moon to have had him as a guest on Couch Riffs. I hope you enjoy! Go listen to his music. You won't regret it.  If you're liking this podcast and/or its accompanying video series please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter! Its easy and will set you back as little as .99/month. Click the link below or check out anchor.fm/couch-riffs and also check out couchriffs.com for links to all of the great podcast episodes and videos as well as a link to the Couch Riffs Etsy Store where you can make yourself up to 57% more attractive by wearing Couch Riffs t-shirts, hoodies, and trucker hats! Thanks for listening and for the continued support. 
02:11:34
February 14, 2020
Ep. 53: Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon, Phantom Rocker & Slick and more!)
This episode's guest is none other than legendary sideman, Earl Slick. Earl has been a guitarist for David Bowie, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Smith, and is about to head to the UK with Glen Matlock for a handful of dates. You should definitely go check out his work on the 1985 Phantom, Rocker, & Slick album, too. The BBC produced a short documentary called "Rock 'n Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sideman" and Earl narrates this with the same style and swagger he delivers on guitar. Go give it a watch!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or its sister-series videos please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter at the link below! Also, go visit couchriffs.com to find our Etsy store to pick up stylish 100% cotton tees, hoodies, and trucker hats! Thanks for listening and for your continued and growing support!  http://www.slickguitars.com/index.php/slick-guitars https://www.songkick.com/artists/409615-glen-matlock/calendar
02:07:08
February 3, 2020
Ep. 52 : Doug Rappoport (Edgar Winter Band)
We are happy to host Doug Rappoport in this 52 episode of Couch Riffs Podcast. Doug is the guitarist in the Edgar Winter Band and is a monster player and a great hang. We have met a few times over the years but only really got to hang at NAMM 2020 where we shot a Couch Riffs video for Van Halen's Unchained. I always knew Doug was killer (check out his YouTube or IG) but I'd only ever seen him rehearsing with his AC/DC cover band that he plays in with a bunch of our mutual friends. My man was DRUNK and totally nailed the EVH bits. Pretty stunning, all things considered! I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed rattling it off! If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast and/or videos, please consider becoming a monthly pledge sponsor at the link below! Also, check out couchriffs.com for a link to our Etsy store where you'll find t-shirts, trucker hats, hoodies, patches, and record slip mats. 
01:40:58
January 30, 2020
Ep. 51 : Mike Byle of Michael Byle Guitars, former Head Luthier of Private Stock Acoustic at PRS and Guitar Industry Fixer
It was my pleasure to host Mike Byle in episode #51! I struck up a fast friendship with Mike while we were both working for PRS Guitars and bonded over our military pasts and punk rock music. But, we had PLENTY to talk about in this episode. Mike is a fantastic builder and creates incredible guitars and has a knack for intricate and beautiful inlay work. This is an absolute marathon of a conversation and is holding the current endurance/length record. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast go visit our website and check out all of our podcasts and videos there. You'll also find a link to our Etsy Store and a link back to anchor.fm/couch-riffs if you'd like to become a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99/month! All of your listening, watching, and pledge support is much appreciated and helps to propel the podcast and video series every month to bigger and better things. Thank you for ONE YEAR OF PODCASTING! 
03:01:17
January 27, 2020
Ep. 50: Scotti Hill (Skid Row)
I was so stoked to have Scotti Hill of Skid Row as my 50th podcast guest! What a guy! What a player! I've seen Skid Row a couple of times, once in the early days and once recently and they are still kicking ass and playing their asses off as they always have. Scotti is a genuine human that is on a healthy and positive path and that lifestyle has elevated his entire game. Do go see Skid Row play! Do follow Scotti Hill! If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please visit couchriffs.com and watch all the videos and listen to all of the podcasts! You can also pledge support to Couch Riffs at the link below. All of your support helps in ways that you cannot imagine and I appreciate every dime that helps me pay for the equipment used for the podcasts and videos and for the expenses on the backend. Thank you!
02:38:47
January 23, 2020
Ep. 49: Robb Benson (Nevada Bachelors/Stereo Embers)
This episode features the amazing Robb Benson of Seattle's Stereo Embers and the band we both spent a good portion of the 90s in, Nevada Bachelors. Robb's current and longest running band, Stereo Embers, has two great albums and a 7" single out on Hockey Talkter, Mike McCready's label. Nevada Bachelors will be reuniting and playing 2 shows at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on February 7/8 opening up for John Roderick's 90s band, Western State Hurricanes.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please visit CouchRiffs.com and navigate to our Etsy store. You'll also find all of our podcast episodes and videos there. And, if you're REALLY loving it, please go to anchor.fm (or follow the link below) to become a monthly pledge supporter for as little as .99 per month. Your support is extremely appreciated. Thank you so much for listening! 
02:17:49
January 13, 2020
Ep. 48: Danko Jones
This episode features guest Danko Jones from Toronto. Danko is a longtime torch carrier for rock music and has expressed his passion for music in many forms, most notably by fronting his own, Danko Jones, band but also by producing a couple of podcasts (The Official Danko Jones Podcast and The Regal Beagle Podcast), publishing a book (I've Got Something To Say) writing articles for a number of publications, hosting a syndicated radio show, and doing spoken word tours. In other words he's a multifaceted thinking rocker and he was an awesome guest. I hope you enjoy!  If you are enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider becoming a pledge supporter at the link below. Also be sure to check out all of the episodes and Couch Riffs videos which feature many of the podcast guests. There is also an Etsy Store where you can purchase some stylish, playful and very comfortable Couch Riffs shirts, hoodies, and trucker hats. Thanks for the support! 
02:06:53
January 9, 2020
Ep. 47: Graig Markel (Recovery Effects and Recovery Room Recording Studio)
This episode features guest Graig Markel of Seattle's Recovery Room Effects and Recovery Room Recording Studio. Graig spent a good portion of the 90s fronting the great New Sweet Breath before beginning to make solo records on his own, performing most or all of the instruments. These albums had a huge impact on me as they were released and I'm a big, big fan. A pedal he created, the Sound Destruction Device, also has made its way on to more of my pedal boards than probably any other pedal I've ever owned (outside of a tuner). I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I loved catching up with Graig!  If you're enjoying this podcast please rate and review it! Its helps more than you know. If you're really enjoying it how about sharing some episodes to your social media platforms? And, if you LOVE this podcast please consider pledging as little as .99/month to help keep the gears greasy around here. We are constantly upgrading and revising our equipment set up to allow a more mobile kit for flexibility.  Thanks so much for the support and for listening! 
02:22:31
January 6, 2020
Ep. 46: Wes Geer ( (Hed)Pe, Korn, and Rock to Recovery)
Our guest this episode (and last episode, listen and find out what this means exactly) is Wes Geer of (Hed)Pe, Korn, and most Rock to Recovery. We met about 8 years ago in a festival catering tent and hit it off and hung and talked a lot of times at festivals that summer and the next. We've stayed in touch and it has been really exciting and inspiring to see Wes develop Rock to Recovery since his departure from Korn. Please do go check it out, donate to their organization, and attend their events that help support the work they are doing.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast please visit couchriffs.com to hear the full catalog of podcasts and videos that have been created. You'll find a link to our Etsy store there, as well, and below this you should see a link to anchor.fm/couch-riffs where you can opt to be a monthly supporter. Any and all of these actions help to reinforce Couch Riffs and propel it into 2020, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
01:30:53
December 28, 2019
Ep. 45: Aaron Mlasko (Mlasko Drums and Former Touring Drum/Stage Tech)
My guest on this episode is Aaron Mlasko, builder of Mlasko Drums and former touring stage manager/tech for numerous bands including my band, Duff McKagan's Loaded. Aaron's resume is pretty impressive and I feel like one could mine him for hundreds of stories given the right setting and amount of time. Aaron is currently focusing his time on working at Memphis Drum Shop as a resident tech and building Mlasko Drums.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please consider sharing episodes, rating and reviewing! It only takes a moment but it really helps a ton. Also, check out CouchRiffs.com to find all of our videos and podcasts as well as a link to the Etsy Store where you can purchase some cool shirts, trucker hats, and other fun stuff. Thanks for listening and for the continued support! 
02:08:13
December 19, 2019
Ep. 44: Gabe Rowley (Rowley Guitar Co.)
The guest on this episode is Gabe Rowley of Rowley Guitar Co. This young luthier has been turning out beautiful guitars for 4 or 5 years now and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him in Alberta, Canada and beyond. We had a good go on the phone and covered lots of ground! I hope you enjoy our conversation.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider auto-downloading each new episode, liking, sharing, rating and reviewing on your respective platform you're listening to it from. All of this stuff has really helped us climb the charts and draw a larger audience which is incredible and hugely appreciated. And, be sure to check out CouchRiffs.com for all the video and podcast episodes as well as a link to our Etsy store. And, if you really, REALLY love Couch Riffs please consider becoming a monthly sponsor for as little as .99/month at anchor.fm/couch-riffs. There should be a link below. Thanks so much for the support!
02:18:22
December 18, 2019
Ep. 43: Luke Hilton (Stone Deaf FX)
This episode's guest is Luke Hilton of Stone Deaf FX out of the UK. Designed and built in the UK, these pedals are worth checking out. I have enjoyed using their flagship pedal, the PDF-1, for about 7 years now and it is one of few pedals that ALWAYS is considered and often finalized on one of my pedal board versions no matter the genre or style.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast please rank, rate, and share this episode and be sure to check out all of our podcast episodes. And, visit CouchRiffs.com to find all of our videos and podcasts plus a link to our Etsy Store. And, don't forget that you can be a monthly supporter for as little as .99/month. Follow the link below. If there's no link below, visit Anchor.fm/couch-riffs. Thanks for the support!
02:14:58
December 16, 2019
Ep. 42: Jefferson Angell (Walking Papers, The Missionary Position, Post Stardom Depression)
My guest on this episode is the finely focused and driven Jefferson Angell, best known as the frontman of Walking Papers. As a 20 year friend and fan of Jeff's body of work it was a treat to have him as a guest. We riffed about more stuff than I can possibly recount and list here. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed having the conversation. I believe it is a record-length episode.  If you are enjoying this podcast please support by visiting couchriffs.com and listening to all the episodes and sharing them! Be sure to check out the accompanying video series, also. And, check out the Etsy store to pick up some stylish Couch Riffs merch or visit the link below to become a monthly sponsor of the Couch Riffs series for as little as .99/month. Thanks for the support! photo credit: Ernie Sapiro
02:47:51
December 12, 2019
Ep. 41: Scott Parker (Music Industry Survivor)
This episode's guest is Scott Parker, former record label guy, (my) former band manager, and former manager of Foo Fighters' studio, 606. From a record store to the label mail room and onward Scott has seen a bit of action over the years. Let us hydrate you with these juicy tales! If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please like and share episodes! I appreciate all of the support I've received this year as the podcast has slowly started to build some momentum thanks to you. If you'd like to support this podcast please consider leaving a 5-star rating and a review. You can also visit couchriffs.com to find all video and audio podcast episodes as well as a link to our Etsy store. You can also follow the link below to become a monthly supporter for as little as .99/month which truly helps the podcast grow and improve. Thanks!
01:50:59
December 10, 2019
Ep. 40: Kelsey Warren (Blak Emoji)
Joining us for this episode is New York musician Kelsey Warren of Blak Emoji, a dark and sexy electro-pop band from NY, NY. The new album, Kumi, is about to get a deluxe re-release in 2020 with new tracks and remixes. Kelsey and I talked about his music school and jazz background, how he was detained at UK immigrations once, and a bunch more. I hope you enjoy!  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs podcast please like and share episodes! I appreciate all of the support I've received, its amazing. If you'd like to support the podcast and the related video series that Couch Riffs produces please visit couchriffs.com and find links to all of the ways you can help including our Etsy store, one-time donations, and all of our podcast episodes and videos. Thanks so much! 
02:18:50
December 6, 2019
Ep. 39: Danny Bland (Author/Poet/Tour Manager and former bassist of The Dwarves and Best Kissers In The World)
This episode's guest Danny Bland recently published his third book, We Shouldn't Be Doing This, a collection of his dark and unique haiku with a long list of contributions from his fancy friend guest photographers. This new release builds further upon his 2nd book, I Apologize In Advance For The Awful Things I'm Gonna Do, a collaborative collection of haiku and photography with his longtime friend Greg Dulli. Along with the 2013 novel/biographical fiction release, In Case We Die, he is building quite a body of work for a full-time road manager and retired punk bassist. (I'm pretty set on getting him to appear in a Couch Riffs video, however) Thanks for listening, following, rating and reviewing the Couch Riffs Podcast! If you'd like to become a monthly supporter please visit our website or follow the link below to pledge as little as .99/month. All of the support we receive allow us to make needed improvements to the podcast and its accompanying video series. 
01:24:13
December 4, 2019
Ep. 38: Billy Rowe (Rock 'n Roll Relics Guitars and guitarist of Jetboy)
This episode's guest is a double-whammy! Builder of Rock 'n Roll Relics Guitars AND guitarist in Jetboy, Billy Rowe hopped on the line for a long conversation with Mike Squires and covered LOTS of basses. Including being a humbled worker, space alien conspiracy theories, his earliest guitar builds, and how cool Jeff Beck is. Listen in to hear about a whole lot more! If you are enjoying Couch Riffs please visit couchriffs.com to see all of our videos and podcast episodes as well as a link to our merchandise store at Etsy. If you're feeling particularly giving at this holiday season head over to pledge as little as .99/month using the link included here to our base at Anchor.fm. And, please don't forget to leave a 5-star rating and review if you've got 2 minutes to spare. It really helps!  Thank you so much!
01:48:13
December 2, 2019
Ep. 37: Bart Rose (Fort Worth Sound)
This episode's guest is Bart Rose of Fort Worth Sound in Dallas/Ft Worth TX. I've know Bart since grade school but his early impression on my musical journey began in high school when he showed me how to play an Outfield song while he sang it. That was a lightning bolt moment for me. He was always a talented player and singer and began recording on a 4-track early on, focusing on making things sound just right. I couldn't have been more impressed and I'm more impressed than ever today, all these years later, as he owns and operates a professional recording studio and produces albums for lucky artists that walk through his door.  Thanks for listening to Couch Riffs! If you're enjoying it please don't forget that your rating and review really helps and makes a difference. If you're feeling generous please feel free to sponsor the podcast with as little as .99/month! Less than a buck! And, as always, Couch Riffs website is a hub for all things podcast, video, and store. Go check it out! Thanks again. 
01:46:41
November 29, 2019
Ep. 36: James Carbonetti (Carbonetti Guitars and Caveman)
Our guest this episode is NY native and man about town, James Carbonetti. James builds the beautiful and unique Carbonetti Guitars, plays guitar in Caveman, and operates The Guitar Shop NYC, an awesome store and workshop with a focus on smaller and independent builders and used gear. They host events in their impressive space and if you have the opportunity to attend one of these, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. Be sure to check out the links above to see some of Carbonetti's incredible creations.  Thanks for supporting Couch Riffs. Don't forget to leave a rating and review if you're enjoying the show. This helps a ton. And, check out our website which will direct you to all of our podcasts, video performances, and our etsy store. And, pledge at Anchor.fm/couch-riffs if you've got .99/month to spare. Thank you! 
02:21:12
November 27, 2019
Ep. 35: Hutch Harris (The Thermals)
This episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast we have Portland's finest, Hutch Harris of now defunct band, The Thermals. I've probably spent more hours listening to The Thermals than any other Portland band. Possibly any other NW band, to be honest. Anyway, you get the idea. I loved The Thermals and was sad to hear that they broke up last year. Hutch released a solo album earlier this year and is currently working on some more new music which makes me very happy!  Thanks for supporting Couch Riffs and checking out all of the artists, builders, and otherwise musical personalities that are featured here. If you are enjoying Couch Riffs and feel generous go pledge as little as .99/month to help support propel the podcast in to new territories. Don't forget to leave your 5-star ratings and reviews, as well!  You guys are the best. 
01:40:20
November 25, 2019
Ep. 34: Steven McSwain (McSwain Guitars)
This episode of Couch Riffs our guest is Steven McSwain of McSwain Guitars. Absolutely ridiculous, intricate industrial/art guitars that do not disappoint! This man is responsible for my notorious Gold Sparkle Fretless Flying V as well as the intensely opulent Chrome Hearts Les Paul we commissioned for Duff McKagan's birthday one year. Pretty much anything you can imagine, this man can find a way to make it a reality. Go check out his guitars after you listen to this episode!  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please go to couchriffs.com and watch all of the episodes and listen to all of the podcasts. If you really like that experience why don't you go leave a rating and review on your preferred platform (don't forget to subscribe!). If you are super cool you could buy some stuff in our Etsy store and/or pledge as little as .99/month to help support and grow the podcast. Thanks so much for the support!
01:47:09
November 22, 2019
Ep. 33: Wolfe Macleod (Wolfetone Pickups)
This episode's guest is the one I've known the longest of any (so far), Wolfe Macleod of Wolfetone Pickups in Seattle WA. Wolfe and I grew up in the same small town and both left early in life, even as beautiful of a place that Granite Falls is. Wolfetone Pickups are hand built by Wolfe in his shop in North Seattle where he also houses his collection of swords, fantasy art, and Porsches. He's quite the fancy lad! Be sure to check out Wolfetone's Black Friday sale this year, spanning from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs Podcast please be sure to leave a rating and review! And, also check out couchriffs.com where you'll find every podcast episode as well as our video performances with many guests and a link to our Etsy store to buy shirts, hoodies, truckers hats, and other rock delights! If you REALLY REALLY REALLY love me you can pledge as little as .99/month to help support and grow Couch Riffs and that's just really really really nice. Thank you, everyone!
01:25:15
November 20, 2019
Ep. 32: Jon Sullivan (Sully Guitars)
This episode's Couch Riffs guest hardly needs an introduction if you're a person in the guitar building community. Jon Sullivan of Sully Guitars has been around for years making guitars and friends in the guitar world because, well, he's really charming and likable. Oh, and he builds really killer guitars influenced by some of his favorite things: KISS, Randy Rhoads, Sparkles, and making sure something looks as cool as it is functional.  If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please go to our website to find all of our video and podcast episodes as well as a link to our Etsy store where you can pick up t-shirt, hoodies, and trucker caps. And, please leave a 5-Star Rating and a positive review if you're feeling inspired and supportive. If you've really got the spirit of giving in you please visit anchor.fm/couch-riffs and you can support Couch Riffs with a pledge of as little as .99/mo which makes a HUGE difference in the progress and development of Couch Riffs. Thanks again for listening!
02:28:10
November 18, 2019
Ep. 31: Robb Cappelletto
This episode of Couch Riffs features Toronto-based guitar maniac, Robb Cappelletto. If you aren't familiar with Robb's brand of prog/jazz/rock writing and playing, do yourself a favor. Go find him on Spotify, iTunes, or band camp. He's a monster! And, we enjoyed a long conversation about his death metal roots and transition in to the jazz world. His new solo album, Double Red, is due November 21, 2019 and I would highly recommend giving it some spins.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please consider becoming a monthly pledge supporter. For as little as .99/month you can make a big difference and help the show maintain and gain momentum of guests and quality. Thank you! And, be sure to check out all of the podcast AND video episodes at couchriffs.com!  Thanks for listening!
01:25:31
November 14, 2019
Ep. 30: Dallas Seger (Seger Guitars)
This episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast features guest Dallas Seger of Seger Guitars out of Bangor, Maine. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, "The Seger YG model has the sickest carve you will find anywhere". I'll stand by that, too. Go check out his beautiful guitars online and on instagram and any chance you have to play one, take it.   If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please go to our website to find all of our video and podcast episodes as well as a link to our Etsy store where you can pick up t-shirt, hoodies, and trucker caps. And, please leave a 5-Star Rating and a positive review if you're feeling inspired and supportive. If you've really got the spirit of giving in you please visit anchor.fm/couch-riffs and you can support Couch Riffs with a pledge of as little as .99/mo which makes a HUGE difference in the progress and development of Couch Riffs.  Thanks again for listening! 
02:13:20
November 11, 2019
Ep. 29: Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Hot Spring Water, and Big Scenic Nowhere)
This episode of Couch Riffs Podcast features guest Tony Reed, the creator of one of my all-time favorite albums, Mos Generator's "The Late Great Planet Earth". If you've never heard this album, do yourself a favor and give it a spin with a good set of headphones on. I've included the link for you above. You won't regret it.  But, Tony is a busy man in the studio and on the road so to minimize his musical output to only this (amazing) album would not paint a complete picture. One of the more prolific artists I've known he has recorded and released dozens of albums by Mos Generator, Stone Axe, 12:30 Dreamtime, Hot Spring Water and recently has been collaborating with Bob Balch of Fu Manchu and Gary Arce of Yawning Man in the project Big Scenic Nowhere.  If you'd like to support The Couch Riffs Podcast please consider leaving a positive review and 5-Star Rating. It won't take long and will be really helpful to get us further plugged in to the algorithm that puts us in front of more and more listeners. AND, if you'd like to really support Couch Riffs you can visit our website couchriffs.com to see all of our video episodes and podcasts as well as navigate to our Etsy store to buy merchandise. Lastly, for as little as .99/mo you can support Couch Riffs and help us make the constant upgrades and trips to create more and better episodes. Thanks so much for listening and for all the support and messages. 
02:15:27
November 7, 2019
Ep. 28: Johnny Wator (Daredevil Pedals)
This episode features independent pedal builder and musician Johnny Water of Daredevil Pedals, The Last Vegas, and The Evictions who are about to record a new album. Started in Chicago, Daredevil Pedals is putting out some of the coolest pedals you will find around today including The Atomic Cock, The Earl Slick Signature Octave Fuzz, and the Ron Asheton LTD Edition Real Cool Fuzz.  https://daredevilpedals.com http://theevictions.com If you're enjoying the Couch Riffs Podcast please consider leaving 5-Star Rating and Review and check out couchriffs.com to find out Etsy store link. At ancho.fm/couch-riffs you may also pledge as little as .99/mo to help support Couch Riffs and keep this train rolling. Thanks for listening! 
02:09:53
November 4, 2019
Ep. 27: Derek Springer (Rola Amps and Union Jack Amps)
This episode features guitar amp builder Derek Springer of Rola Amps in Tacoma, WA. If you've seen a rock show in Seattle in the last 8 years or so there is a pretty good chance you've seen and heard a Union Jack or Rola Amp delivering the goods. They're owned and played by a literal who's who of Seattle rock musicians and they certainly seem to be finding a wider and wider audience.  Be sure to go check out https://www.rolaamps.com to see their amp line-up or Instagram @rolaamps the Pearl Jam video Derek mentioned that his amps appear in (and a Satellite Amp back-lined here!) : https://youtu.be/qQXP6TDtW0w Thanks for listening to the Couch Riffs Podcast! I appreciate all of the support and positive feedback I've received. If you're enjoying the podcast please leave a review and a 5-star rating. These things are incredibly helpful to getting the podcast reachable by a wider audience.  And, don't forget to check out couchriffs.com if you'd like to buy some gear or go to anchor.fm/couch-riffs to become a monthly subscriber for as little as .99/mo. Ninety-nice cents!  Thanks again! 
01:53:40
November 1, 2019
Ep. 26: Adam Grim (Satellite Amps)
The newest episode in a series with independent builders and makers in the music world! Adam Grim is not a shy man. He loves to tell a story and he certainly has some to tell. He also builds great guitar and bass amps (and has a line of pedals and builds Satellite Guitars!!!) in San Diego, CA. Check out his website: satelliteamps.com and his instagram (@satelliteamps) to see his beautiful looking and sounding creations.  Don't forget to leave a 5-star review and remember, sharing is caring! Send 'em off to your friends to enjoy. And, check out our merchandise at Etsy or couchriffs.com Thanks for listening!
02:13:46
October 28, 2019
Ep. 25: Keith Horne (Marvin Guitars)
This is the first in a series of episodes through the end of 2019 featuring independent music instrument builders and makers.  Keith Horne has been hand building Marvin Guitars since 2015 and is doing amazing work. His website announces, "They don't make them like they used to. So I do" and its true! His list of clients include Christian Martucci (Dee Dee Ramone/Stonesour/Black Star Riders), Acey Slade (Misfits/Dope/Joan Jett), Jeff Pilson (Dokken/Foreigner), Matt Gabs (The Biters) and yours truly! If you're attending NAMM 2020 be sure to go and check out his stuff. You'll have a better time if you do! Check out his website at https://www.marvinguitars.com and his instagram feed: @marvinguitars 
01:22:08
October 24, 2019
Ep. 24: Kim Warnick (Fastbacks/Visqueen)
This Episode of Couch Riffs Podcast we are SO happy to have our first woman and one of our favorites of all time: Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks. If you don't know Kim or The Fastbacks you're missing out. She's essentially the queen of Seattle punk rock and played bass and sang in Fastbacks from 1979-2001 before joining the amazing Visqueen along with another incredible woman musician, Rachel Flotard. Collectively Visqueen may have been the most well-loved band musically and personally in Seattle history.  Kim is one of the most fun and funniest humans I've ever known and I hope you enjoy this Couch Riffs Podcast episode.  If you're enjoying Couch Riffs please listen to all of the other podcast episodes that are available and check out the video performance episodes! AND, if you want to look your best while loving Couch Riffs check out our Etsy store for t-shirts, hoodies, LP slip mats, trucker hats, and patches. Any and all of your support is much appreciated! If you're REALLY cool and generous you can dedicate a monthly pledge of as low as .99 per month. Thanks for your support! photo of Kim: Ernie Sapiro Photography
02:27:55
October 9, 2019
Ep. 23 : part 2 Frank Sidoris (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators)
Part 2 of my very long and fun conversation with Frank Sidoris of Slash's band, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!  Thanks for listening! Please check out the other Couch Riffs Podcast episodes and don't forget to watch the Couch Riffs video performance series. Its available on IG, FaceBook, and YouTube. If you're enjoying Couch Riffs and you want to be supportive you can pledge monthly support for as little as .99 at anchor.fm/couch-riffs or if you wanna look good and feel good, go buy some Couch Riffs swag at our Etsy store. There's t-shirts, trucker hats, turntable slip mats, and hoodies for the coming Fall and Winter weather! 
01:01:20
October 1, 2019
Ep. 22 : part 1 Frank Sidoris (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators)
The youngest of The Conspirators by many years, Frank has the amazing position of holding it now for one of the most (if not THE most) recognizable and well-loved guitarists of all-time, Slash. This also practically makes us 2nd cousins. This Couch Riffs Podcast conversation with Frank Sidoris was so fun it was 2 hours long before we even realized it! So, it is broken up in to 2 parts, episode 22 and episode 23.  Thanks for listening to Couch Riffs. Be sure to check out the Couch Riffs video performance series and all the other podcast episodes. You can also support Couch Riffs with a pledge through anchor.fm/couch-riffs or by purchasing t-shirts and hoodies or trucker hats at our Etsy store! 
01:01:35
October 1, 2019
Ep. 21 : Eric Howk (Portugal. The Man)
My guest this week is the always-a-good-time, shred loving guitarist Eric Howk of the band Portugal. The Man. Eric is a veteran of the Seattle music scene, a great player, a smart musician and writer, and an awesome asset to any band I've seen him play in. Eric is also a wheelchair user which creates touring situations where awkward and seemingly inconvenient situations for other touring musicians can quickly turn in to near nightmares. But, my man is a champion and a true lover of music and he's unstoppable. Period.  Portugal. The Man is writing for the follow-up to their 2017 album, Woodstock, which featured the Grammy Award winning song Feel It Still and exposed the band to a much larger audience. We're excited to see what happens next and what kind of shred Eric commits to the new material.  
01:17:49
September 13, 2019
Ep. 20 : Luke Doucet (Whitehorse, Sarah McLachlan and Veal)
Couch Riffs is very happy to have Luke Doucet as a guest. I've been a longtime fan of Luke's music and, in particular, his guitar playing. We cover a lot of stuff here, but don't really talk much about guitar playing, oddly enough. But, I mean, how boring is it to TALK about guitar playing. Playing guitar is much more fun. We do manage to talk about drugs, 70s/80s glam music, homophobia and drugs, though. I hope you enjoy!  If you want to help support Couch Riffs please go visit our new Etsy Store and buy some gear for yourself or for friends! If you are an angel you can also directly support the podcast directly at Anchor.fm with a monthly pledge. Thank you so much to everyone who already supports the podcast. You make this infinitely more possible. 
01:10:43
August 21, 2019
Ep. 19: Christian Martucci (Stonesour/Black Star Riders)
This week Mike talks with Christian Martucci, a rock 'n roll lifer who had the talent to make some higher level stuff happen and the persistence and patience that it sometimes takes to have your number called. And, it couldn't have happened to a more humble and nice dude. His career is a perfect example of doing it for the right reasons, letting opportunities present themselves, and knowing when to pursue or pass on them.  The week of this podcast's release Christian releases a solo EP with some old friends backing him up (including Couch Riffs alumni Acey Slade) and in September 2019 the new Black Star Riders album will be released with a European tour to immediately follow. So far, a very cool 2019 for Christian and I hope that things just get better and better for him. 
01:33:15
August 2, 2019
Ep. 18 : Ryan Waters (Sade, Liv Warfield, Heart, Pink, and Roadcase Royale)
Ryan Waters is as cool as they come. And, he's a wicked guitarist. And, possessing those two qualities will get you in to some great situations which Ryan most certainly has. His resume includes playing or recording with Sade, Pink, Liv Warfield, Prince, CeeLo Green, Roadcase Royale, Roberta Flack, and lots more. Ryan is currently out on tour filling guitar duties in the amazing Heart. Not a hint of ego or attitude from this fella, though.  I hope you enjoy our conversation. If you'd like to help in supporting Couch Riffs please visit couchriffs.com and buy some stuff! We have a new Etsy store where all of our crap is. Your support helps a ton in getting the name and the show out to the world. 
01:14:23
July 24, 2019
Ep. 17: Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver)
Dave Kushner is the guest on this episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast and I LOVED having him as a guest. Dave's career is one built out of persistence (and talent, of course). He cycled through many bands and projects over the years, as many musicians do, before landing the opportunity to play in Velvet Revolver, the band formed by former G'nR members Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum along with singer Scott Weiland.  Currently Dave is a partner at Monkey Mind Music Group and does music scoring for a lot of things that you've likely heard. Check out their impressive reel here:  https://www.monkeymindmusicgroup.com I love Dave's honest and humble approach to telling his own story and I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.  Don't forget to support Couch Riffs however you are able and see fit! Like, follow, review, and if you're feeling like looking good you can buy some merch at couchriffs.com. xo Squires
01:26:02
July 10, 2019
Ep. 16: Rob Balducci (Favored Nations Recording Artist)
Rob Balducci was a humble and cool fella to hang with for an afternoon and a Hell of a guitarist. He has released 3 albums on Steve Vai's record label, Favored Nations, and is currently preparing material for another collection of melodic hard rock instrumentals. His sense of melody is really tasty and if you have a penchant for this kind of guitar playing I encourage you to check out his music. He's quite capable of flash and burning shred but rarely buries the accelerator.  As always, thanks again for listening and supporting the Couch Riffs Podcast! Please leave a review and help raise our profile if you have been enjoying listening! 
01:14:12
July 3, 2019
Ep. 15: Ben Goldsmith (Ben Goldsmith and The Original Band)
Ben is 13 years old and totally crushing it already. He has a bright future ahead of him and I'm extremely excited to see what he does with his talent and opportunities. If he stays on the course he's on I assure you we'll be hearing about Ben for years and years to come. For now, Ben is using his summer between 7th and 8th grade to tour and make a record.  A big shout out to Ben's parents and ALL parents (and adults) who encourage and nurture young folks' desires to play music or pursue any creative or interesting outlets for their energies. Being supportive of young people is incredibly important and crucial to them growing up to be the next adult that blows everyone's mind.
37:17
June 26, 2019
Ep. 14: Sonny Mayo (Snot, Amen, Hed PE, Sevendust, Ugly Kid Joe, and Rock to Recovery)
Sonny Mayo is one of my favorite people I've met and when I say ever I mean ever. When I simply think about him I usually feel better and smile. That's his way. We met, like many of my acquaintances and friends, on tour under rock circumstances and we've stayed in touch.  Sonny has been in a number of great touring bands but has most recently been focused on sharing his energy with Rock to Recovery, a non-profit that works with treatment facilities by using music and songwriting to help heal people struggling with and recovering from all kinds of addictions. 
01:15:08
June 19, 2019
Ep. 13: Joe Reineke (Society of the Silver Cross)
This episode features my good friend, musician, engineer and producer, singer/songwriter, and all-around good and decent human being, Joe Reineke of The Meices, Alien Crime Syndicate and, most recently, Society of the Silver Cross which has been making waves with their dark and heavy music and visually striking videos. Their new album has been earning much deserved praise in advance of the 6/28/19 release coming up very soon. Go check out their singles When You're Gone and The Mighty Factory of Death now, available on iTunes and on all streaming platforms now.  If you enjoy Couch Riffs please support by subscribing where ever you enjoy listening and/or watching the companion musical performances! And, if you really really enjoy please do support by buying a shirt, a hoodie, a record turntable slip mat, and pretty soon a trucker hat or a sew-on patch. I mean, C'mon. That's pretty much something for every one!  Thanks again for listening. XO Squires
01:03:15
June 13, 2019
Ep. 12: Mrs Smith
This episode's guest is the charismatic, mysterious, unlikely guitar hero Mrs Smith. Mrs Smith first came on radar a couple of years ago after some videos of street-shredding/busking came across my screen. I've been quietly following along since and it is quite entertaining. I reached out to see about a guest spot back in November 2018 and have actually played bass for Mrs Smith at a live show in New York in between then and now. And, what a fun show. Mrs Smith's ability to improv and interact on stage, off-the-cuff, is really great and it is worth going to catch the solo shows OR the full-band shows if you're able to. If not, Mrs Smith operates one of the most entertaining and interactive social media accounts around. Go check it out.  Thanks again for listening to Couch Riffs! Please, if you can and would like to, support Couch Riffs by listening, pledging at anchor.fm/couchriffs, buying t-shirts and hoodies and sharing episodes with your friends you think would enjoy. You're the best. 
54:25
May 21, 2019
Ep. 11: Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Dio and Last In Line)
Vivian Campbell has had a great career playing in legendary bands since the early 80s. Sweet Savage (as covered by Metallica), Dio's original band for the first three albums (Classic KILLERS, all three), Whitesnake (stepping in to cover John Syke's place), and for the last 27 years Def Leppard who was inducted in to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year (2019). Vivian is currently out touring small theaters and clubs with Last In Line who is supporting their sophomore release. He was a great story-teller, a great guest, and a humble guitar hero. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it. 
01:01:46
May 8, 2019
Ep. 10: Shane Enholm (Santa Clarita Tattoo)
I'm honestly not sure how this slipped by and went unpublished until now. I mean, Shane recorded the intro that I use on every single podcast for crying out loud. At any rate, Shane Enholm is an open book and anyone willing to read the big words (and the subtext) through his many social media posts, mostly IG videos, already feel like they know him. I certainly did. But, each time that you tune in to his videos or you talk with Shane you learn some insanely interesting little tidbit about him, his life, or the things in his life that he has read up on and studied.  Shane clearly paved a rough road in his earlier life. Unlike many others before and after him he was fortunate enough to make it through and turn himself around and tune his life up, changing his attitude and outlook. Admittedly, many of his instagram stories can be taken in a number of different ways if you only take them at face value. However, Shane is one of the realest dudes I've ever met and his stories are not brags or boasts. He states himself that he's not proud of some of the things he's done in his life. He's just telling the story. And, let me tell you there are a million insane stories with Shane. I'm happy to have had him as a guest on Couch Riffs and I'm even happier that we remain friends. 
01:21:17
April 21, 2019
Ep. 9: Stevie D, Kelly Lemieux, and Kevin Roentgen (Buckcherry)
On this episode of Couch Riffs Podcast I had the pleasure of hosting the guitar/bass team from Buckcherry, Stevie D, Kelly Lemieux, and Kevin Roentgen. We played Nights On Broadway by The Bee Gees and it was a gas! If you haven't seen it please go check it out on IG, YouTube, of Facebook.  We cover a few things in this conversation including the new album, road rage, guitars, and the sexual power of Barry Gibb. Our performance and the conversation we recorded/filmed were bisected by some band business and a drive in my Jeep back and forth to The Chance where the band was playing this night in Poughkeepsie. So, we were only just getting back in to the groove when we had to call it and get back for the band to play their show.  As always, please leave reviews and help support Couch Riffs by subscribing where ever you listen to your podcasts as well as showing pledge support at Anchor.fm/couch-riffs . I also have some great shirts for sale to help fund the purchase of some more new gear to keep the Couch Riffs improvements rolling. Thanks for listening! 
45:20
April 3, 2019
Ep. 8: Timo Ellis (Netherlands/Cibo Matto)
My guest on the Couch Riffs podcast this week is one of the earliest Couch Riffs performance guests from pre-podcast conception. Timo Ellis is an incredibly multi-talented musician with a mind tuned for thrashing convention. As always, Timo and I didn't talk about the weather when we hung out. We cover drugs, classic metal, Grateful Dead, random thoughts, and his career timeline amongst other things.  I hope you enjoy this episode and please help support Couch Riffs if you're able! Subscribe, leave messages, and pledge at Anchor.fm if you're able.  Thanks so much. It really makes a difference! 
01:05:19
March 27, 2019
Ep. 7: Jared James Nichols
This is the complete conversation during my hang with Jared James Nichols in which the entire video was loooooost! NO! That's okay, the show was  salvaged and I got a good video episode still. Please go check it out! Jared is currently on fire and for good reason: he's amazing and just as genuine and cool as he is talented.  I had such a great time making this episode and the song we performed, Albatross by Fleetwood Mac, is an all-time favorite from the psych-blues genius mind of Peter Green. Go check it out at www.couchriffs.com YouTube, IG, and Facebook!  Thanks for your support!
01:04:47
March 15, 2019
Ep. 6: Nabil Ayers (4AD)
I've known Nabil for over 20 years, been in two bands with him, and clocked countless van miles with him. He's one of the most consistent and rock solid humans I've ever known and I'm happy to call him my friend.  Being a big Soundgarden fan, Nabil picked this week's Couch Riffs song and he crushed it! I totally clammed ALL of my weird little bits, though. And, that's how the cookie crumbles here at Couch Riffs, kids. Practice like you will perform (also, Do as I say, not as I do).  As for Nabil, our conversation in this video is an abbreviated edit of a much longer story of his trail from small indie label owner to being the US General Manager of one of the coolest labels of all time, 4AD (while still operating his own label, The Control Group). I hope you enjoy!  PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO BE NOTIFIED OF ALL NEW EPISODES!
46:28
February 27, 2019
Ep. 5: Brad Houser (Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians/Critters Buggin')
To say that Brad Houser merely impacted my musical life is hardly true. He almost entirely put me on a course, in fact. I must've seen Critters Buggin' 25 times in Seattle in the 90s and when I couldn't find myself a guitar gig I got myself a bass gig. Brad was my guy. I even started a band with some friends that was our answer (read: attempted rip off) to Critters, an instrumental band consisting of my 3 different basses (4 and 5 string plus fretless), drums and a percussionist, and a clarinetist. So, yeah. Brad had an influence on me. And, as I've said a million times: playing the bass was one of the most important things I've ever done for my guitar playing. So, Brad eventually influenced my guitar playing by my estimations. Getting in to Critters opened doors for me to go back and listen to Miles, Herbie, and some other 70s stuff like Mahavishnu.  Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians' debut album had a break out single, What I Am. As a young rock/metal kid it was unusual for me to get into something like that. I wasn't a Deadhead and only appreciated very few things outside of my preferred comfort zone. But not much. Later I realized a huge element to What I Am that drew me in was the interesting bass playing. There was something going on that I'd never heard before which was so musical, complex and busy but not overpowering. I loved it. The bass just didn't stand out in much music I was listening to. So, of course, when I eventually began playing bass I sought out Brad when I heard he lived in Seattle. We didn't get far in lessons, 2 or 3 I think. But, I went and watched him play a ton of Critters Buggin' shows. At one of our lessons he blew my mind when he told me he was taking an African dance class to help with his bass playing. I'd never heard someone speak of such a completely physical relationship to an instrument and performing on it. He became my benchmark bass player and though I knew I'd NEVER be the bassist he is I figured I had to sort out how to fool folks into thinking I belonged in a category of musicianship that he existed in......In this episode of Couch Riffs we talk about some of this stuff. PLUS, Brad's new signature bass coming out with Reverend Guitars.  Brad and I stayed friendly over the years and when we would run into each other it was always fun and good to catch. So, when I saw the band was touring to support the new album (which is great) I was super excited to see the Brooklyn date. Brad agreed to appear on Couch Riffs and here are the results. Always great to catch up, Brad. Thank you so much and good luck with the new album and everything you do.
28:04
February 24, 2019
Ep. 4: John Roderick Part 2 (The Long Winters)
What can I say? John Roderick is like my brother, driving me crazy much of the time but I love him a lot. Like anyone close to John I've spent countless hours having discussions with him, like this one, late in to the night. Usually with some iHop pancakes and strawberry milkshakes..... We've been in two bands together. One as bandmates (Harvey Danger) and one with him as the leader (The Long Winters). I can tell you with confidence that I preferred to play with him as a peer, though. John, as he states himself, has a lot of "ideas". You can listen yourself to some of them in my upcoming Couch Riffs Podcast. Our conversation was a whopping 93 minutes long. Sheesh.  It has been something like 12 or 13 years since the last record was recorded by The Long Winters. I tracked some guitar (and bass that was unceremoniously recorded over after I quit mid-session) on that record and I think it is a really sweet collection of tunes. I would love so much for John to find the inspiration to commit himself to making the simplest and best record The Long Winters has ever created. Hell, maybe it is a solo record and not The Long Winters? What do I know? What I do know is that John, like tons and tons of musicians and other creatives, is full of self-censorship (except when it comes to talking, duh) based in undeserved doubt.  Roderick and I share a love of some, but not all, of the classic hard rock and metal bands. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and this band: Def Leppard. The thing that ALL of these bands have in common? Twin guitar attack and harmonies. We, unfortunately, didn't "completely" nail the harmonies here but I think that all in all we did okay considering that this is a first and only take, like all Couch Riffs episodes. But, what's more is this is a FIRST for Couch Riffs! John SINGS on this episode. And, I should say he did a great job.  Thank you for being game for this, John. You were and always are a great conversationalist, player, and friend (sometimes almost always). 
44:15
February 24, 2019
Ep. 3: John Roderick Part 1 (The Long Winters)
What can I say? John Roderick is like my brother, driving me crazy much of the time but I love him a lot. Like anyone close to John I've spent countless hours having discussions with him, like this one, late in to the night. Usually with some iHop pancakes and strawberry milkshakes..... We've been in two bands together. One as bandmates (Harvey Danger) and one with him as the leader (The Long Winters). I can tell you with confidence that I preferred to play with him as a peer, though. John, as he states himself, has a lot of "ideas". You can listen yourself to some of them in my upcoming Couch Riffs Podcast. Our conversation was a whopping 93 minutes long. Sheesh.  It has been something like 12 or 13 years since the last record was recorded by The Long Winters. I tracked some guitar (and bass that was unceremoniously recorded over after I quit mid-session) on that record and I think it is a really sweet collection of tunes. I would love so much for John to find the inspiration to commit himself to making the simplest and best record The Long Winters has ever created. Hell, maybe it is a solo record and not The Long Winters? What do I know? What I do know is that John, like tons and tons of musicians and other creatives, is full of self-censorship (except when it comes to talking, duh) based in undeserved doubt.  Roderick and I share a love of some, but not all, of the classic hard rock and metal bands. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and this band: Def Leppard. The thing that ALL of these bands have in common? Twin guitar attack and harmonies. We, unfortunately, didn't "completely" nail the harmonies here but I think that all in all we did okay considering that this is a first and only take, like all Couch Riffs episodes. But, what's more is this is a FIRST for Couch Riffs! John SINGS on this episode. And, I should say he did a great job.  Thank you for being game for this, John. You were and always are a great conversationalist, player, and friend (sometimes almost always). 
48:42
February 24, 2019
Ep. 2 : Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Alex Skolnick is one of the most versatile guitarists in the metal game and was waaaaay ahead of the curve when it came to shred metal guys taking a step outside of the metal world. And, being such an amazing player he is an incredibly cool and humble guy, clearly happy to be living a life creating and performing music. It might seem weird to some that I would mention a musician being absolutely happy living a musician's life but trust me, its less common than you think it is. We talk in this episode about functional/dysfunctional band dynamics,  Alex Skolnick Trio and playing with "real jazz guys", and new Testament LP. Look for a complete and unedited version of our conversation in an upcoming Couch Riffs podcast! Reflecting back on the middle school kid I was in the outer edges of the Bay Area in '84-'85 I can tell you that it was a thrill and an honor to have Alex in my home to do Couch Riffs with ME. Metal was everything to me and, as I've stated in the past, KVHS radio was a High School station that was almost entirely staffed by teenage metalheads promoting all the killer metal of the time. That's when I first heard Testament along with Metallica, Venom, Slayer, Megadeth, Cirith Ungol, Posessed, and tons of others. This 7th grade year was so important to me and I'm forever grateful to have had a community radio station like KVHS nearby. When they shut down each evening I was always so sad. But, that was the same year that I started building my record collection! So, I had that to fall back on. I spent so much time writing my favorite bands' names on any flat surface near me and drawing my imaginary band names on my Pee Chee folders. I wish I could remember some of those names now. "I'm sure they were all great, great names".  Thank you so much Alex. Congratulations on the release of your amazing new album, Conundrum, and good luck in 2019 with the new Testament album. I'm very much looking forward to hearing it. 
36:37
February 18, 2019
Ep. 1 : Matt Sweeney (Chavez/Guitar Moves)
Our first episode is finally here! The amazing Matt Sweeney and I had almost an hourlong conversation immediately following the recording of our first take of David Bowie's "Fame". Look for it on YouTube! Matt is an incredibly talented musician who cannot possibly be summarized in this podcast description. Please, if you're not familiar, look him up. You're most likely very familiar with a number of things he's recorded on as he has recorded and performed alongside tons of legendary artists since the 90s right up until today.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Matt is smart, engaging, and always down to clown about guitar stuff.  Please subscribe to hear future episodes with future guests!
48:18
February 8, 2019