The Goons are happy to have on local actor and nice guy Steve Gottschalk. Steve comes on to talk to us about the album All That You Can't Leave Behind by U2. Let's just say that Matt has been waiting for this episode for awhile since U2 is his favorite band. We talk about about the album and it's great lyrics, the themes, and religious undertones that are represented on the album. It's also getting us talking about our lives because of the subject matter of most of these songs. It shows that sometimes albums can be more then just music and it can be a part of who you are. This is a very special episode for us and we loved having Steve on. Enjoy!
The Goons are happy to have their coach the great Beth Appanaitis on todays episode! Beth talks to us about one of her favorite albums from her youth Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? by The Cranberries. Beth was 16 when this album came out and she tells us verbatim the moment she bought it, listened to it, and fell in love with it. She tells us about how this album really connected with her in the time it came out. We talk about the album and how some of the songs on here are still very huge in popular culture. This also gets us talking about all of us growing up and the stuff we're working on and how we're trying to better ourselves. It was such a lovely chat and I hope you enjoy it
The Goons are very excited to have on their first band on the podcast The Shadows! The Shadows have been around for generations and have been entertaining for generations. The Shadows talk to us about a lot of their famous tour, like their famous live album from Moscow. They also tell us about the work they did with Tony Robbins and the beef they had with The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They're so awesome that they even played us some of their songs, one of which is a goons personal favorite. It was awesome having the legendary Shadows on the show, every other band has a lot to live up to. Enjoy!
The Goons welcome their guest Ryan Canty to the show! Ryan talks to us about one of his favorite albums, Bitter by Me'Shell Ndegeocello. We were excited to talk about this one, because neither of us heard about the album or artist. Ryan talks to us about how she was a session musician for awhile, is a composer now, and had a strong friendship with Prince. We talk about how great this album is at showcasing a relationship falling apart. We even learn about the roots and how expensive it is to live in NYC. Such a great conversation, check out the album. Enjoy!
The Goons welcome on Steve Holz who was recently on Alex’s podcast The Alex Kraemer Program. Steve talks to us about his favorite album from his favorite artist, Red by Taylor Swift. This is only the second Taylor Swift album Alex has ever listened to, but Steve and Matt are humongous fans. Going through the album, we discuss how this album is a pinnacle moment in Taylors career and set her up for her future sound. Alex get's a lot of his Taylor Swift quandaries answered and we all have a great time discussing the album. We also grow to appreciate her even more. Enjoy!
The goons invite on fellow Improvisor and swell guy Mike Madsen to the podcast. Mike talks to us about the album Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd, an album neither Matt or Alex have ever listened to. Alex is getting slowly into Pink Floyd, but Matt and Mike have been fans for a while. Going through the album they talk about how it influenced their sound and other bands sound in general. Also, we give lots of well deserved praise to David Gilmour. Mike talks to us about what drew him to Pink Floyd and how it really helped him in his life when he got into them and why they're still one of his favorite bands. We also go on tangents about current pop music, shitty current folk music, and many more. This was such a fun episode to record. Enjoy
The Goons welcome Improvisor and fellow music fanatic John Watt to the show. John talks to us about the album The Monitor by Titus Andronicus. We dive into the work of this album and what was going through the head of the main song writers Patrick Stickles life when he created this. Matt struggles with his feelings on it and Alex is very chill with it. John also talks about his history with music and how he expanded his taste and knowledge. Fun conversation!
The Goons are happy to have back their third unofficial goon Vanessa St.Clair back on the show to do a new segment. We're reviewing the album Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande. We go through the album track by track and talk about how this is a big step for Ariana in her career right now. This album is so personal it makes us open up a bit on this episode, it's beautiful.
The Goons are happy to welcome the beloved Pittsburgher Sean Collier to the show this week. Sean talks to us about one of his favorite albums, Rain Dogs by Tom Waits. We do our usual track by track assessment, but this album was a hard one to grasp. Being tthe Tom Waits aficionado that he is Sean helps guide us through the mystery that is Rain Dogs and we learn a lot in the process.
It's just the two goons again this week and we have a lot to talk about Matt and Alex go down their top 5 played songs of 2018. Alex opens up about two artists that he got into and never thought it could happen. We talk about John Mayer and try to figure out why he's so lovable. Alex and Matt also get into a debate about Radiohead that we might need to dedicate a whole episode to. Enjoy you goons!
Today the goons have on the great comedian and all around human being Helen Wildy! Helen comes on the show to talk about her favorite band Hanson and their album Shout it Out. Matt and Alex were surprised with how they felt about the album and the history that Helen told us about them. They worked their ass off to get to where they are as you'll hear. This was a really fun episode with one of Pittsburghs funnest people. Enjoy!
Hello lovebirds! The Goons have invited Vanessa St. Clair back on the show for our Valentines Day episode. We all talk about our top three love songs and what they mean to us. Matt shows off how prepared he gets for an episode, even when we're not supposed. This is just an episode of love, we talk about the love in the music and in life, it's a beautiful thing. Enjoy!!
This week the Goons have their very first guest! The hilarious, awesome, and Beautiful Vanessa St. Clair joins the goons to talk about the album Nilsson Schmilsson by Harry Nilsson. We discuss the album track by track, which songs we loved the most and the least. Vanessa also talks about how she got into Harry Nilsson and why he's one of her go to's. This episode also sidetracks into different realms with subjects like the sound of Greta Van Fleet and Matt and Vanessa go on an epic rant about Mariah Carey while Alex just listens. Vanessa was such a great first guest, don't be surprised if you hear her more on the show. Enjoy!!