15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 33 - Kate Lorenz and Matt "The Suitcase Junket" Lorenz
Kate Lorenz and Matt "The Suitcase Junket" Lorenz APR 19 Kate Lorenz and Matt "The Suitcase Junket" Lorenz Matt and Kate Lorenz ... ... are siblings and artists who’ve taken divergent paths since Rusty Belle, the now legendary band they formed with friends in Amherst, MA, in 2006, more or less stopped playing together in 2014. Now, Matt, who makes music as “The Suitcase Junket” is releasing his fourth solo album. The Suitcase Junket is often called a “one-man band” but that old chestnut somehow belittles what he accomplishes musically, which can range from blues to rock to folk and pop, from fuzzy garage-iness of White Stripes to Led Zeppelin to the somewhat more melodic sound and sweet harmonies on the new record. It ain't your average one-man band, is all I'm sayin'. Matt is also a visual artist, whose work adorns the covers of his albums. I have known the two of them as friends, through their music, as a fan, and as one of too many owners of a bar called the Rendezvous in Turners Falls, MA, where we’ve been lucky enough to host them in all of their musical incarnations and with a show of Matt’s large scrapwood-and-metal bird wall sculptures. When Matt started making solo records, Kate hit the books, going to grad school in Education. Now, a few years later, she has the degree and has started a teaching career, but is also ready to return to the stage and studio. Her solo debut will be out this fall. We talked in early March, at Matt’s house in rural Western Mass, amid his work on boiling down sap from his maples for syrup. Interspersed with the conversation, you’ll hear three songs: one from Kate, “Slide tackle into your heart,” one from Rusty Belle, “I’m Alive,” and one from Matt’s new Suitcase Junket album, “Piledriver” called “Beta Star” Kate’s album and related URLs will out later this year. Find Matt at thesuitcasejunket.com - All the albums are great, but, if you get the chance, catch Matt live sometime, what he does is amazing to witness. Rusty Belle, their former band can be found at rustybelle.com. *** Find us at 15minutesjamieberger.com and everywherever you get your podcasts. Please consider supportng us with a pledge of as little as $1 an episode on patreon - just go to patreon.com/15minutesjamieberger Thanks!
Eugene Mirman (re-edit/reboot) - Episode 75
Back in 2016, aka a zillion horror-movie lifetimes ago, my friend Eugene and I had a late-night conversation about fame, comedy, having a newborn baby boy, and much much more. I re-edited it to put it back out here on the occasion of the streaming release of the wonderful documentary "It Started as a Joke," which follows the decade long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival along with the parallel story of Eugene and his wife Katie's battle with her cancer. That may sound like a rough juxtaposition, but it's extremely well done. You'll laugh, you'll cry - see it, it's not like you don't have any free time right now.http://prettygoodfriends.com/it-started-as-a-jokeBest to all in these strange, tough times.-j
Beth Lisick (reboot) - Episode 74
Re-edit reboot of my 2017 two-episode conversation with Beth Lisick on the occasion of the publication of her great new and first novel, "Edie on the Green Screen." Congratulations, Beth!The episode starts with a serious #metoo conversation before moving on to lighter topics. So if you're needing light in these heavy times, after the intro, jump ahead about a half an hour.Best to you all, I wish you the best lives you can possibly live right now!-jamie
Michael Ian Black - re-edit/reboot of episodes 50 & 51
Back in 2017, I spoke to actor/writer/comedian Michael Ian Black for this show. At the time, I broke our conversation up into two episodes, each preceded by a long rant by me about the political and social injustices of the day. Well, it's the end of the year, and I'm exhausted by injustice, and decided to re-edit the conversation into a single, more entertaining whole. I think you'll enjoy it. We talk about fame of course, and about our mothers, about toe fungus, his feud with Marc Maron, the list goes on. Listening back, I found this, on how what's better than being a lead, the famous one, on a TV series, is being somewhere around 5-7 on the call list:"“If I knew that I would have an acting job for the next five years on a network show, where I didn’t even really have to think, it was just showing up, doing some scenes, having a free lunch and collecting a fat paycheck, I would like to do that for the next five years with the full knowledge that at the end of the five years I’d have enough money in the bank to write a novel, devote myself to the podcast, five years of being number 5-7 on the call sheet. There’s a sweet spot there that’s just ideal. I don’t want to be in every scene, I don’t want to solve the crime.”***I wish us all better times, and a free and fair election, in 2020.-Jamie B.