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Come to Our “Fromage at L’etage” with Madame Fromage and Nikki Walter!

Thanks to everyone who filled out comment cards after our past few shows. We really appreciate the feedback and we were not surprised at the top two suggestions. Number one was, as expected, “Please shut up!” and the number two most popular recommendation was, “Feed us delicious free cheese and have someone teach us about it while that vivacious Nikki Walter makes fun of you!”

Done and done and done! Join us this Tuesday at the mighty L’etage as we welcome Madame Fromage!

If you knock on her door, you will find a fridge full of whiffy morsels, from Ardrahan to Winnimere, and piles of cheese books on her coffee table. Madame Fromage loves the beauty of cheese, especially stinkers. She thinks they are as lovely as cherry blossoms, just in a different way. On weekends, she invites friends over for port and Stichelton, and sometimes things get rowdy.

Let’s Do This!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

RSVP: Let us know if you are coming!

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast 89: Guest Jon Solomon

Guest: Jon Solomon has been playing and promoting top-notch indie music for years on the mighty WPRB. He can be heard every Wednesday night from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET. Listen at wprb.com!

Topics: Pumpkin Chucking, Russ “Fireballer” Starke, Fruit Slingshots, Halloween Superstores, Gig Posters, Jon’s 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show, Lenny & Squiggy, Ric Flair, The Misfits, Big Efforts to See a Band, Merch Tables, Owning a Record Label, Long Songs, Bands Reuniting, Digital Downloads, Jam Bands, Top Scary Movies, Drive-Ins, Bad Date Movies, Benjamin Linus and BBC’s Sherlock!

Teaser: “What’s your noodle song, Jon?”

Audio Note: We used a new audio rig and had a little sound problem, you might need to pump up the volume a bit. Sorry!

Playlist: “Drawn Down the Moon” by Edsel,  “Under Heavy Manners” by Dissociates

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast89.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Giveaway: Thanks to our friends at Quirk Books for the super cool “Gig Posters Volume 2” book by Clay Hayes we gave away to a lucky audience member.

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast: Mates of State Interview

Todd sits down for a quick chat with the always delightful Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel of Mates of States at the POPPED! Music Festival in Philly. They discuss digital music, Spotify, marriage, parenting, Daniel Johnston and being the house band on “This American Life.”

Play Now:
http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/MatesOfStateInterview.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Website: www.matesofstate.com

More: “True Love Will Find You in the End” by Mates of State

UsedWigs Radio Welcomes Jon Solomon on October 18! Join Us!

Do you like good music? Do you like listening to people who really know good music chat about good music and other fun music-based topics? Are you tired of me saying the word “music”? If so, you are so in luck! Join us at Philly’s most fancy crepe-slinging venue L’etage as we welcome esteemed radio deejay and label owner Jon Solomon (WPRB, Comedy Minus One). Jon has been instrumental in promoting great indie music for years and it’s time we say thanks and also see what part he played in the subprime mortgage crisis that nearly crippled our fragile economy.

Join us for our live podcast recording session!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 8:00pm SHARP!
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast 88: Guest Brian Seymour

Pictured: Brian Seymour and Rich Kaufmann at L’etage!

Topics: Food Trucks, Facebook Faux Pas, Email Nudity, Cafe Press Junk, New Music Tuesday, Vinyl & Cassettes & 8-Tracks, “Kink Drink!”, Playing Music in China, Living in a Geodesic Dome, Touring in a Van and The Never-Ending Need to Rock!

Playlist: “Ruby,” “Speak to Me of Young Love” (live), “Coffee Song” (live) and “Every Tomorrow” all by Brian Seymour.

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast88.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Brian’s new CD, “Speak to Me of Young Love”, features twelve new songs. Record Release Parties at the Living Room in NYC on October 1st and at Tin Angel in Philly on November 3rd!

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UsedWigs Radio Welcomes Brian Seymour on September 20th! Join Us!

First we gave you crepes, then side-splitting comedians, now… live music! One of our favorites, Philly singer/songwriter Brian Seymour will join the show and play some future hit songs off his soon-to-released “Speak to Me of Young Love” record. You want more? Of course you do! You deserve it. That’s why Philly indie rock legend Rich Kaufmann (Foxycontin, Rolling Hayseeds, Electric Love Muffin) will be joining the fun too.

Here’s a little taste of Brian!

More: www.brianseymour.com

Join us!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – 8:00pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

Past Shows!

UsedWigs Radio Podcast: Jolie Holland Interview

Todd sits down and chats with genre-defying singer Jolie Holland after her recent Word Cafe Live show. They discuss music, art, religion, Daniel Johnston and more!

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/JolieHollandInterview.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

More: www.jolieholland.com and Pint of Blood

UsedWigs Radio Podcast 87: Guests Kelly Vrooman and SM Shrake

Guests: Actress and TV host Kelly Vrooman and “The Pint-Sized Storytelling Powerhouse” SM Shrake.

Topics: Novelty Sleeping Bags, Bad Camping Tips, Children’s TV Hosts’ Clothes, Comedy Improv, Puppet Hands, Junk Drawers, Story Telling, Barbra Streisand, Washington D.C. Etiquette, Adam West, Eyebrow Plucking, Joke Thieves, David Bowie’s Patented Brush Off Technique and so much more.

Playlist: “Philadelphia (The City of Brotherly Love)” by We Are Augustines and “Bobby” by Butcher The Bar

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast87.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

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Kelly Vrooman and SM Shrake Join The Show on August 16th!

Our Unstoppable Live Podcasting Machine continues to fire on all cylinders (and forty AAA batteries) at Philly’s most fancy crepe-slinging venue L’etage. Join us on Tuesday, August 16th, as we welcome two extremely talented and funny guests: actress and TV host Kelly Vrooman and “The Pint-Sized Storytelling Powerhouse” SM Shrake!

Learn a little about Kelly…

Kelly Vrooman began her career in comedy at the ripe old age of 4 when she single-handedly recreated ‘Three Amigos’ in her parents’ living room (it got great reviews). Now, as an “adult”, she’s built an extensive resume in theatre, television and improvisational comedy. Ms. Vrooman currently entertains children nationwide as a morning host for TV’s only live show for preschoolers, The Sunny Side Up Show, on the Sprout network. She has also voiced a variety of characters for Preschool Musical on a Stick and The Sprout Sharing Show, recipient of the Cablefax Award “Best Children’s Show” in 2009. Ms. Vrooman has appeared in numerous national commercials and can be seen performing regularly in the hilariously improvised comedy show, ComedySportz.

and UsedWigs fan favorite SM Shrake…

SM Shrake, known as “The Pint-Sized Storytelling Powerhouse” and “The Hardest-Working Man in the Story Business,” is the co-founder and co-producer of Story League in Washington, D.C. He has hosted and been the featured storyteller at First Person Arts in Philadelphia, and appeared in the first UsedWigs Live show at World Cafe Live in March 2010. He has been a frequent contributor to UsedWigs.com as well as the Huffington Post and, in a previous era, the Philadelphia City Paper. He has also been heard twice on This American Life and was a finalist in the first Moth GrandSlam in his hometown of Detroit. He has performed in 7 cities (D.C., Baltimore, Philly, New York, Boston, Detroit, and San Francisco) in the last year, is a regular at Mortified shows and has dabbled in stand-up comedy. That’s it.

Join us!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 – 8:30pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Admission: FREE!

RSVP: via Facebook and a free piece of art from Todd!

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast 86: Guests Doogie Horner and Maggie Serota

Guests: Comedian & designer Doogie Horner and writer & myth maker Maggie Serota.

Topics: Monster-Mash Genre, Hot Tub Accidents, Summer Jobs, Boardwalk Panther Tattoos, Urban Legends, Right Said Fred, Beach Cleaning, Comedian Walk-Up Music, Book Cover Design, America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, Working out New Material, Friday The 13th Part IV, Manic Pixie Girls, Alan Alda, Celebrity Impersonators, Shirt Tucking and Danzig.

Playlist: “New Year” by FM Belfast, “Wild in The Streets” by Circle Jerks, “Concrete And Clouds” by Kevin Devine.

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast86.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Maggie Serota photo by Mindy Tucker

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UsedWigs Radio Welcomes Doogie Horner and Maggie Serota on July 19!

Maggie Serota photo by Mindy Tucker

Good news! Philly’s most fancy crepe-slinging venue L’etage asked us back after our very successful first show. Better news! Beloved Philly comedian and flowchart maven Doogie Horner and Philly-bred/Brooklyn-livin’ writer and myth maker Maggie Serota will be joining us for our next podcast recording session on Tuesday, July 19th! You should join us too because:

  1. Our guests are very fun and funny.
  2. L’etage has a curtained-off section devoted to making out.
  3. Todd will do the show from a baby pool.
  4. It’s 100% Free!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 – 8:30pm
L’etage
624 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast 85: Guests Dave Hill and Nikki Walter

Photos courtesy of Kevin Ginsberg

UsedWigs Radio welcomed guests Dave Hill and Nikki Walter to the June 26th show and boy oh boy, it was a lot of fun! Thanks to Dave and Nikki for bringing their magic to our microphones and thanks to all the handsome folks who came out and laughed and applauded when we asked you to. This was the first live recording at our new home, L’etage, so please excuse the less than crystal clear audio and the atrocious sniffling by one of the disgusting hosts! Both will be remedied by next show. Enjoy!

Topics: Creating a TV Pilot, Dining with Moby, Fan Fiction, Antagonizing Celebs via Twitter, The Pressure of WitStream, Singing Cat Food Commercials, Lucy Lawless, Mexican Wedding Videos, Sister Act II, Movie Roles, Fashion, Books and More!

Playlist: “All of My Lovin'” by Valley Lodge, “Storm form The Kastle” by DiamondSnake, “Every Little Thing'” by Valley Lodge.

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast85.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

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Dave Hill and Nikki Walter Join UsedWigs Radio Live at L’etage on June 21st!

BREAKING GUEST NEWS!! Super special guests Dave Hill and Nikki Walter will be there, entertaining your pants off (wear clean undies)!

8:30pm – June 21st – L’etage – No Cover!

That’s right kids, we’re back in action at Philly’s most fancy crepe-slinging venue L’etage! Starting on the Summer Solstice (June 21st!), we’ll fire up the microphones and the t-shirt cannon at this handsomely-appointed eatery to record our beloved podcast. We’ll do it once a month. Each show will have super special guests, some who tell jokes, some who sing songs and others that dance with the devil (I have no idea what that means). So please join us and enjoy us, delicious food, both cheap and expensive beer, and maybe the most comfortable seating (since Fred’s Beanbag Chair Lounge) that your ass has ever had the pleasure to plop itself in!

Oh, by the way, this is a very romantic spot, perfect for making out! So bring your lover or brush your teeth in case you meet a lover during the show. Maybe Ed Lover? Or an Easy Lover, Philip Bailey is the co-owner of this joint (lie!).

Mini Podcast! Here’s us eating crepes at L’etage last week, scoping out the new joint, chatting about dumb candy and funny ladies and of course, discussing our new show!

Play Now: http://usedwigs.com/pod/MiniPodcast1.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

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UsedWigs Radio Update: Back in Action Very Soon!

Where has America’s twelfth favorite pop culture podcast gone? Rumors are spreading like wildfire in the AOL and CompuServe chat rooms:

  • Did Todd’s full body electrolysis go horribly wrong leaving him a 100% hairless and afraid to leave his bedroom?
  • Did Russ accept the touring bass player position for Asia (featuring no original members)?
  • Did Jeff finally launch his long-awaited “Glue Gunnin’ for Guys” column on Scotland’s premiere scrapbooking website?

While we cannot confirm any of these true rumors we can confirm the boys will be on hiatus for a bit and will return to action May 15, 2011!

Upon triumphant return, the show will be broadcast live from one of your favorite Philly drinking establishments twice a month. You can come join in the fun or continue to download the podcasts. More details to come!

Until then enjoy some of our old gems and interviews, we’ll be posting them weekly until our new show debuts. Here are couple of winners sure to please you:

New to UsedWigs Radio? Here’s a little video to give you an idea of what we’re about:

Russ Loves Spreadsheets on Vimeo.

And here’s the music we play.

See you soon, thanks for the support. Follow us here for latest updates: @usedwigs.

Hugs, Jeff

UsedWigs Radio Podcast 84: New Year, Big Plans! Concert Buzzkills, Bad Shows, Stress-Inducing Kids Games, Words with Friends, Janelle Monáe and Nick Kroll

Topics: Our Sixth Year of Podcasting, Podcast Future (broadcasting live in the city!), Worst Live Concert Moments, Words with Friends, Russ ♥s James Blunt, Jeff Hates My Morning Jacket, The Gift of Napkins, Rhapsody Review, Stress-Inducing Children’s Games, Favorite White Rappers and Sublime, Ukulele Music, Janelle Monáe and Nick Kroll.

Preview: “I played Lady Bug… Pac-Man was a little too macho for me.”

Playlist: Keene Brothers, Buke and Gass, GIVE, Neutral Uke Hotel

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast84.mp3

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Interview with SM Shrake of First Person Arts StorySlam

Todd and Jeff chatted with the Pint-Sized Story-Telling Powerhouse, SM Shrake right before he hosted the “Holiday Cheer” themed StorySlam event at L’Etage on December 28, 2010.

Winner of “Best in Philly,” First Person Arts StorySlams are monthly, real-life-storytelling competitions held at World Cafe Live and L’Etage in Philadelphia. Each month’s theme elicits stories that come from the life experiences of Philly’s storytellers. StorySlams take place on the second Monday of each month at World Cafe Live and the fourth Tuesday of each month at L’Etage.

More: firstpersonarts.org and usedwigsradio.com

UsedWigs Radio Podcast 83: Todd Ruins Christmas for Children, Quality Moccasins and More Holiday Cheer!

Topics: Advent Calendars, Holiday Parties, The Biggest Sammy Hagar Fan in The World, Joe Walsh, Favorite and Least Favorite Christmas Songs, Rather Have a Human Virus or Computer Virus?, Russ’s Moccasins, Anyone Can Play Bass, Shopping with Golems, Robert DeNiro, SNL, The Camera Work of Lawrence Welk, Story Slam in Philly and Crepes!

Preview:

  • “Wasn’t Bing Crosby racist? Yes, his song was originally called ‘White Power Christmas’”
  • “How many hours would it take me to learn bass?”

Playlist: Summer Camp, Freebass, Slow Club and Duvall

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast83.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Podcast Video: http://www.ustream.tv

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast 82: Giving Thanks for Everything That Deserves Thanks! Best Music, TV and Web Distractions of 2010

Topics: The Pros and Cons of Parades, Best Music of 2010, The Soup, Zooey Deschanel is the Worst, Great TV of 2010, Beatles, Todd has Sick Voice, Conan Needs a Little Help, Community vs. Modern Family!, Andrew Bird Really Loves Whistling, Dumb Spitting Wrestlers, Good Comedians, Unemployed Sidekick, eMusic Blows, New Sherlock Holmes!

Preview: “Parades? Firetruck, firetruck, tank, karate class… alright, done.”

Playlist: Whole Sky Monitor, Paper Bird, Versus, Bad Plus

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast82.mp3

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UsedWigs Radio Podcast 81: Ghost Talk, Nothing But Scary Ghost Talk! Oh, and a Visit from a Real (Annoying) Ghost

Topics: Ghosts! Nothing but ghost stories, ghost debates, ghost hunting and a visit from a very very annoying ghost! Okay, some beard and cartoon talk too.

Guests: Michele Melcher, Brian Isserman & Paul Tergeist

Playlist: Street Dogs, Fanfarlo, The Head and The Heart, Dag Nasty

Play Now: http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/podcast81.mp3

iTunes: Download, Listen and Subscribe

Watch: Video of The Show

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UsedWigs Live Halloween Show: Friday 10/22 at 8:30pm! Join Us, Chat at Us!

Great Ghost Debate! Some people believe in ghosts and some people believe ghost-believing people are unbelievable. What do you believe? Believe it or not, we will have both camps represented (ghost hunters and skeptics) on this spooky specter-based show! We want you to join us in debating the existence of these phantoms, apparitions and poltergeists, or as Todd like to call them, “drafts.”

Put on a costume, knock a few back and chat with us!

Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8:30pm EST!

Join The Live Video Chat!

Guests: Michele, Brian, Phil and more!

Videocast Details! Have you ever listened to one of our podcasts and wished you could chime in live and tell us we are completely wrong about something? No? Stop fibbing, you dirty fibber, you have so. Now you can do something about it. Thanks to a 9-year-old video camera, eight FireWire and USB cables and a lovely little website called uStream, you can now watch the podcast recording live and chat with us. In fact, we encourage it. It’s a magical evening for everyone involved.

New Viewer? Go to uStream now and create an account, so you’re ready to chat.

Podcast Website: www.usedwigsradio.com

Art: “Monster Mash” by Todd Marrone

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