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The Rudie Librarian

The Rudie Librarian

By Brian
A good book can change your life, so pick it up!

The Rudie Librarian is devoted to the promotion of fantastic middle grade, young adult, and adult literature, ska, pop-punk, and other music, and fantastic fandoms. It celebrates the joy and diversity that characterize the rude boy / rude girl scene.
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The 700s: Cameron Crowe | Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Brian and his long time friend begin a series discussing the art and work of Cameron Crowe. We begin with cult classic, Criterion Collection selection, and seminal high school film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
June 29, 2022
Felipe Rosales of Flip and the Combined Effort
On this episode I get the pleasure of chatting with Felipe Rosales of Flip and the Combined Effort. Felipe and I met in person for the first time when we were seconds away from sweating in the pit at the Kill Lincoln, We are the Union, and The Slackers show. We spend some time chatting about that show, teaching (since we are both teachers), music, ska, and books.  There is a moment where we get a little confused about the dates of his upcoming shows in relationship to when this show is coming out, so for clarification purposes, Flip and the Combined Effort are playing: June 20th in Denton, TX at Killer Tacos June 22nd in San Antonio, TX at The Starlighter June 23rd in Austin, TX at Flamingo Cantina July 21st in Dallas, TX at Three Links
June 22, 2022
The Great Ska Podcast Summit (with Matt and RJ from On the Upbeat, Aaron and Adam from In Defense of Ska, plus Cool Chris from Ska Punk International)
You don't want to miss this mega-crossover-episode! In response to a Twitter request, On the Upbeat, In Defense of Ska, Ska Punk International, 23 Min of Ska, and The Rudie Librarian podcasts all get together to talk about reading, our love of music, the state of ska, and podcasting in general. Plus early in the episode I announce a coming change. This is our 1 year anniversary episode of The Rudie Librarian. It is also posted as this week's episode of On the Upbeat. I encourage you to listen to it here and then go on and listen again at On the Upbeat.
May 11, 2022
Tim Hildebrand and Brittany Luna of Catbite
An episode that was a long-time-coming. Tim and Brit were able to carve some time out of their every increasingly busy schedule to chat with me about everything from their musical backgrounds, interest in ska, love for Taco Bell, future collaborations with other brands, and the Twilight series. Check it out.
April 13, 2022
Mark Kimberlin and Eric Pauda of Madaline
Some hometown legends join me as we talk about Ska by Skawest, touring in Texas, convenience store snacks, California-style Mexican food vs TexMex, and the Surge commercial I filmed in my youth. Don't miss hearing Mark and Eric of Madeline and go pick up more of their music.
March 30, 2022
Andrew Heaton and Jessica Jeansonne from Flying Raccoon Suit
What don't we talk about in this episode? I really enjoyed chatting with Andrew and Jessica from the phenomenal band Flying Raccoon Suit about their introduction to music, ska, and ultimately the beginning of their band. Even more interesting, we talk about Garfield the cat's possible adulterous relationship with another famed feline , and we talked about marrying cousins. Check this episode out ASAP!
March 02, 2022
Carlos Dalevuelta of Meskales
I am super excited to interview Carlos from the amazing band Meskales today. If you haven't heard this band, they absolutely slap - AND - they are a Spanish-language ska band. I spend some time talking to Carlos about being a Spanish-language ska band in the heard of Wisconsin. We also talk about the music that he has loved and been a part of leading up to Meskales, we talk about some great music biographies and histories, and a little bit of Star Wars at the end. Caution for a spoiler about the last couple episodes of The Book of Boba Fett.
February 16, 2022
Anthony Rondina of The Guilty Parties
Anthony and I just jumped right into the conversation and could have - for sure - talked for another hour after we ended. He tells me about his introduction to ska through an older family member, how he ended up playing with the Guilty Parties (as well as Half Past Two for a hot minute). We also talk about his move to Texas, the Texas ska scene, and teaching before we get into chatting about some great books.
February 02, 2022
Jeremy Gartzke of Courtesy of Tim
Had a blast talking to Jeremy about his introduction to ska, the formation of Courtesy of Tim and their early days, a lot about mental illness, and we talked about more bands than I think have ever been mentioned on an episode. And of course, we talked books. Check it out.
January 19, 2022
Chris Reeves of Ska Punk International
As a great way to start our 2nd season, as well as a brand new year, I sat down with Chris from Ska Punk International to discuss some of our favorite moments in ska in 2021 and what we are most looking forward to in 2022. We also discussed the fantastic SPI compilation "Songs for Moms." I can't wait for you to get to know Chris, as I do.
January 05, 2022
The Holiday Special (feat. Gary Mastriano, Paul "Duck" Tucker, and Jason Zeimet)
Featuring Jason Zeimet from Unoriginal Vinyl, Duck from Joystick!, and Gary from The Backyard Superheroes.
December 17, 2021
John Ryan of Keep Flying
I got a minute to chat with John Ryan while he was driving back home with a friend. We talked about Keep Flying's diverse influences and sounds, their fantastic merchandise, and what is coming next from the band (plus much more). 
December 01, 2021
Ted Bond of Craig's Brother
Craig's Brother has long been one of my favorite punk bands and so it is only fitting that they are the first punk band that I interview. If you have not had the opportunity to listen to Homecoming or Devil's in the Details, they are two of my favorite albums. They have a new album coming now so I was super excited to talk to him about his music, faith, the "Christian" music scene, and of course books galore.  Plus, it should be noted that he made cornbread during this chat. This is my longest podcast ever but it goes to a lot of fun places.
October 27, 2021
Trosso of Abraskadabra
Ska is not only in the US. I mean it didn't even start here. I am super excited to finally go international as I chat with Trosso from Abraskadabra. These guys are absolutely amazing and I loved chatting all things Brazil, ska, and some really cool books with Trosso. Check it out.
October 13, 2021
Jon E. Bravo of Mr. Kingpin
After a solid month off, I am excited to get back to it with Jon who's new album Introducing...Mr. Kingpin is a very different vibe from most of the ska we have talked about. Further, we have a lot of fun conversation about ska in Texas, Supernova Ska Festival, and more. Check it out.
September 29, 2021
Cody Okonski of Millington
I got to have a super-fun chat with Cody from Millington. We talked about Ska for sure but we had a lot of conversations about punk and emo. Some chatting about Dashboard Confessional and Ruston Kelly may have happened. Listen to our fantastic chat about the music videos, manga, and Millington.
September 01, 2021
Paul "Duck" Tucker of Joystick!
It was a blast getting to talk to Duck about growing up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, his history of ska bands, the absolutely killer new Joystick album, recovery, and horror movies! Check it out!
August 18, 2021
Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi
It was so much fun talking to Tahlena from Bite Me Bambi. We probably talked about Murder Podcasts (or True Crime as you have more likely heard it referred to) and musicals more than most people would expect. However, we also talked a lot about her fantastic band, their wonderful music and music videos, ska in general, and of course books!
August 04, 2021
Tara Hahn of Half Past Two
If you know her, then you know how kind, tirelessly-energetic, and passionate she is. Tara is the lead singer of Half Past Two and in this episode we spend some time talking about all of the amazing music videos that Half Past Two has put out, the great ska music that exists - especially (but not exclusively) those bands from California where Half Past Two hails from, and how there is room at the table for a lot of different types of ska bands. We also shout out some Millington and talk Josie and the Pussycats, and of course we talk books. 
July 21, 2021
Gary Mastriano of Backyard Superheroes
Gary has become a great friend over the last year to a year and a half. I am so excited for you to get to know him and all of the stuff that makes him who he is. We talk about ska, Backyard Superheroes, his podcasts (1 about Universal Monsters, 1 about Star Wars High Republic, and 1 that is a bonus for On the Upbeat Patreons. Of course we also hit on Gary's Hot Takes.
July 07, 2021
Taylor Morden - Director of Pick it Up: Ska in the 90s AND The Last Blockbuster
What a blast I had chatting with Taylor Morden about ska music, his work on the two phenomenal documentaries Pick it Up! Ska in the 90s AND The Last Blockbuster, comic books, and comic adaptations. Taylor's a great guy and I guarantee you will enjoy this podcast - or your money back*. (This podcast does not cost you anything so there is no money to give back, but SERIOUSLY you will enjoy this episode!)
June 23, 2021
Jason Zeimet of Unoriginal Vinyl and Pick it Up! Ska in the 90s
In this episode, The Rudie Librarian interviews Jason Zeimet. Jason owns Unoriginal Vinyl a company that has helped to create a number of spectacular vinyl albums and pressings including the soundtrack to Pick it Up! Ska in the 90s. Jason also was a producer on Pick it Up and talks about his role in the documentary. This was a really fun and fascinating conversation about music, ska, vinyl, and some of the great books that Jason loves. There a couple of brief instances of language in this episode.
June 09, 2021
Joe Yerke of The Insyderz
In today's episode Brian interviews Joe Yerke, lead singer of The Insyderz. The Insyderz were "Detroit "Motor City Ska," and one of the big 3 Christian ska bands that first got Brian into ska. In this episode, we discuss Joe's first interactions with ska, the history of the Insyderz, what touring is really like, Joe's two podcasts, and what he likes to read!
May 26, 2021
Leanor Ortega-Till of Five Iron Frenzy
In this premier episode of The Rudie Librarian podcast, I talk to Leanor Ortega-Till from the band Five Iron Frenzy. I share how Five Iron helped to connect me to ska and how the documentary she helped produce Pick It Up!: Ska in the 90s helped to bring me back to ska. We talk about the documentary, the band, some old stories and some new. We also talk about the books that Leanor loves. Take a listen.
May 12, 2021