Rock 'n Roll GhostJul 20, 2023
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S14 E06 - filmmaker Mel Eslyn (Biosphere)
Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Mel Eslyn about her new film Biosphere starring Sterling K. Brown and Mark Duplass, which is available in theaters and on video now.
Eslyn talks about working with Mark and Jay Duplass' production company, co-writing the film with Mark and working with both him and Brown in this unique film centering on possibly the last two men on Earth.
Biosphere - https://www.biosphere.movie/
Mel Eslyn - https://www.instagram.com/meleslyn/?hl=en
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S14 E05 - musician Peyton Bighorse (Skating Polly)
Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Peyton Bighorse of rock band Skating Polly about the band’s new album, Chaos County Line, out today, June 23rd, via El Camino Records.
Peyton talks about the new album, their tour (which stops in Chicago on June 24th at Beat Kitchen), the band’s move from Oklahoma to Tacoma, WA, as well as the multitude of luminaries that have sung the band’s praises since their inception (including Calvin Johnson, Exene Cervenka, Shirley Manson, Courtney Love and Viggo Mortensen).
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S14 E04 - actor/filmmaker Jennifer Esposito (Fresh Kills)
Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor/filmmaker Jennifer Esposito about her role in Ray Romano’s Somewhere in Queens (now available to rent/buy on home video) and her feature film debut, Fresh Kills, which just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Esposito also made a surprise return to her role on CBS’ Blue Bloods in May.
Esposito discusses working with Romano on Somewhere in Queens, as well as her shocking role on Amazon’s The Boys. She also talks about writing and directing Fresh Kills and the hopes she has for its release. Fresh Kills, set in the 1980s, concerns the wife and two daughters of a Staten Island mob boss as they handle a life built by organized crime. The cast includes Esposito, Annabella Sciorra and Domenick Lombardozzi.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S14 E02 - musician Louise Post (solo / Veruca Salt)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Louise Post (Veruca Salt) about her newly released debut solo album, Sleepwalker, available via El Camino Records.
Post, who hails from Chicago and is one of the members of alt-rock icons Veruca Salt, discusses why now was the time to release her first solo album, how she worked with producer/musician Matt Drenik to shape the songs as well as the album’s tracks. She also gives a hint at her next musical project and talks about Veruca Salt’s past and future.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S14 E03 - musician Glen Phillips (solo / Toad the Wet Sprocket)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Glen Phillips about his most recent solo album, There Is So Much Here, available via Compass Records, as well as coming back together with his bandmates in Toad the Wet Sprocket for a summer tour which is already underway (see dates below). Toad the Wet Sprocket also have a remastered greatest hits album out now, All You Want, featuring the bonus track “Best of Me.”
Phillips discusses recording his new solo album, touring solo, the pleasure of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s music resonating to this day and gives an overview of the band’s history, including the band’s breakup and regrouping. He and the Ghost also go down a rabbit hole about the modern political landscape and how society has coarsened over the last several years. Conservatives may be triggered.
Toad the Wet Sprocket Tour Dates:
JUN 20 / FAIRFIELD, CT @ The Warehouse
JUN 21 / NEWTON, NJ @ The Newton Theater
JUN 22 / CANADAIGUA, NY @ Lincoln Hill Farms (MP)^
JUN 23 / GLENSIDE, PA @ Keswick Theatre (MP)*
JUN 25 / KENT, OH @ The Kent Stage (MP)
JUN 26 / CINCINNATI, OH @ Taft Theatre (MP)
JUN 27 / KALAMAZOO, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café (MP) (SOLD OUT)
JUN 28 / EVANSTON, IL @ Cahn Auditorium (MP)*
JUN 30 / BEAVER CREEK, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center
JUL 1 / TELLURIDE, CO @ Sheridan Opera House
JUL 2 / BELLVUE, CO @ The Mishawaka
JUL 3 / ARVADA, CO @ Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
JUL 5 / OJAI, CA @ The Canyon @ The Libbey Bowl
JUL 6 / MENLO PARK, CA @ The Guild Theatre
JUL 7 / NOVATO, CA @ HopMonk Tavern (SOLD OUT)
JUL 8 / SACRAMENTO, CA @ Crest Theatre
JUL 11 / SPOKANE, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater
JUL 13 / FEDERAL WAY, WA @ Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center
JUL 14 / EDMONDS, WA @ Edmonds Center for the Arts
JUL 15 / PORTLAND, OR @ Revolution Hall
JUL 16 / BOISE, ID @ The Egyptian Theatre
JUL 18 / REDDING, CA @ Cascade Theater
JUL 19 / NOVATO, CA @ Hopmonk Tavern
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S14 E01 - musician Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies (writer/guitarist) about the band’s latest release, Such Ferocious Beauty, which is available now via Cooking Vinyl.
Michael discusses the band’s origins, his working relationship with the band (which includes his sister Margo on lead vocals, brother Peter on drums and Alan Anton on bass) after decades together, how touring has changed for them in the past twenty years and how the new album came to be.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E10 - actor Adrian Martinez (Universal’s Renfield)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Adrian Martinez about his role in Universal’s Dracula film, Renfield, which is in theaters and available digitally now.
Martinez, who is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, discusses how he prepared for the role in Renfield, where he plays a New Orleans policeman, by asking for advice from NOLA locals. He also talks about his relationship with the film’s star Nicholas Cage, as well as working with the film's other stars Nicholas Hoult and Awkwafina. New Orleans is also where Martinez filmed a good portion of the 2015 film Focus, which starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie and for which he was the third lead.
He also discusses his directorial debut, iGilbert, which is available now on digital and streaming and his upcoming role in a Netflix film about the creation of the infamous breakfast treat, Pop-Tarts.
“Some people walk into a room and you know they’re a star. And that’s me.”
Renfield is on digital and in theaters now.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E09 - actor John Hoogenakker (Showtime's Waco: The Aftermath)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor John Hoogenakker about his role as Branch Davidian member Clive Doyle, the only member of the group to not be convicted in the wake of the events that transpired in Waco, TX in 1993.
Hoogenakker discusses how he got the role and what research he did to prepare for his role. He also touches on his connection to Waco: The Aftermatch star Michael Shannon, who he replaced in a stage version of Tracey Letts' Killer Joe and knew from actor circles while living in Chicago. Hoogenakker talks about his time in Chicago and how he got into DePaul University.
Waco: The Aftermath is streaming now on Paramount+.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E08 - filmmaker Tim Bogart (Spinning Gold)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Tim Bogart (Spinning Gold). Tim is the son of Casablanca Records co-founder Neil Bogart and Spinning Gold tells his father’s bold and wild story in the music business, warts and all. Casablanca was home to Donna Summers, KISS, Parliament-Funkadelic and the Village People to name a few of the hugely successful artists on the label.
Tim discusses staying true to who his father was, even if that meant tackling his legacy accurately - good or bad. Spinning Gold was originally going to be a Broadway show, but shifted to a film that, at one point, was going to star Justin Timberlake as Neil. He also touches on working with his siblings to get the film to the screen.
Spinning Gold is in theaters now.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E07 - actor David Dastmalchian (Boston Strangler, Count Crowley) [Dune, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight, The Suicide Squad, Ant-Man, Marvel, DC, Oppenheimer, The Boogeyman]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, All Creatures Here Below, Dune, Blade Runner 2049, Prisoners, the Ant-Man series, Animals, The Dark Knight) about his most currently-in-release projects. Those would be his role in 20th Century Studios’ Boston Strangler, available now on Hulu. As well as the second volume in his Count Crowley graphic novel series.
Dastmalchian discusses his love of all things horror and how he displays his horror artwork across his home with the help of his wife, Eve. Additionally, he gives some insight into his role in Boston Strangler as the lead suspect Albert Salvo.
He also dives into how important the city of Chicago played in his life. From going to DePaul University to his time at the Shattered Globe Theatre (which he’s hoping to collaborate with again soon), to his beginning in acting. Specifically, he discusses his pivotal role as one of the Joker’s thugs in Chrisopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. It’s one of the most indelible short appearance by an actor I have ever seen and Dastmalchian’s performance in it has led to a lot of interest from other major filmmakers such as James Gunn and Denis Villeneuve.
He reunites with Nolan in this summer’s Oppenheimer. Additionally, he’s working on a third volume of Count Crowley, as well as making appearances in the Stephen King adaptation The Boogeyman this summer and Last Voyage of the Demeter, which draws its inspiration on the Transylvania to England voyage of Dracula.
Count Crowley is available at your local comic book store and Boston Strangler is currently available on Hulu.
Photo of David Dastmalchian by Nicholas Chalmers
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E06 - actor Roman Zaragoza (CBS' Ghosts)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Roman Zaragoza about his role on the hit CBS sitcom, Ghosts.
Zaragoza discusses his role as the deceased Native American Sasappis, and how his own Native American ancestry comes into play in the role. He also talks about the difficult road he has had being someone multi-cultural and how he always wants to not play a stereo-typical ethnicity and his work with charitable organizations such as Outlast Arts & Education.
Ghosts airs on CBS every Thursday at 8:30 EST / 7:30 CST. Episodes can also be viewed on Paramount+.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E05 - actor Adam Goldberg (CBS' The Equalizer, Saving Private Ryan, Dazed and Confused)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan, Dazed and Confused) about his role on CBS’ The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah. On the show, a remake of the 80s hit series (which begat two successful films starring Denzel Washington), Goldberg stars as Harry Keshegian, a computer hacker working with Latifah’s character Robyn McCall to help people in desperate situations.
Goldberg, who is also a musician, photographer and filmmaker, discusses taking on the role and having to make a snap decision about moving to New York for filming during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. He gets into who Harry is and how he’s been able to work with the role since joining the series.
The conversation also turns into a look at his filmmaking and music career, before diving into his roles in Dazed and Confused and Saving Private Ryan. Goldberg gives an in-depth look into filming his agonizing death scene in Saving Private Ryan as well as the recent passing of Tom Sizemore, his co-star in the film.
The most recent episode of The Equalizer (season 3, episode 11) features Goldberg in a larger role as he deals with being a Jewish man amid a series of anti-Semitic attacks that the team is investigating. He stated the following on Instagram about this episode: “As you know, my day job doesn’t often make the grid. But tonight on @theequalizercbs I punch a Nazi—not for the first time in the public realm, but perhaps most relevantly. No longer the stuff of WWII movies and evil Santas, you only need to google hate crime stats to discover that the antisemitic variety is second only to those perpetrated against gay men in the United States.”
The Equalizer airs on CBS on Sundays at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, and on Paramount+ the day after.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E04 - Filmmaker Jamie Winterstern (Supercell) [Anne Heche, Alec Baldwin, Skeet Ulrich]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Jamie Winterstern, the director behind Supercell, a film about storm chasers and a young man’s pursuit of connecting to his deceased father. Supercell opens in theaters across the country and via video on demand Friday, March 17th.
Winterstern discusses the genesis of the idea behind Supercell, writing the script with Anna Elizabeth James, how a limited budget made him think outside of the box in order to show the full power of a tornado and why the film looks so damn good.
Supercell, which stars Daniel Diemer, the late Anne Heche, Alec Baldwin and Skeet Ulrich, is in theaters and video on demand beginning Friday, March 17th.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E03 - Filmmaker Balin Schneider (Out of Time: The Material Issue Story)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Balin Schneider about his film (his first), Out of Time: The Material Issue Story, about the Chicago power-pop band Material Issue’s career.
Schneider, who is in his 20s, discusses how he “discovered” Material Issue and what led him to focus on the band for a short documentary for a film school project and how that snowballed into a feature length film. The Ghost and Schneider also focus on the emotional aspects of the film, particularly friends and family members’ interviews concerning the suicide of the band’s founder, lead singer, guitarist and lyricist Jim Ellison.
Out of Time: The Material Issue Story is currently on a tour across America (check the link below for a list of cities and dates) and will makes it debut on video and streaming services later in 2023.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E02 - actor James Badge Dale (1923, The Departed, Iron Man 3, Hightown, Rubicon, The Grey, 24)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor James Badge Dale about his role as John Dutton Sr. on the hit Paramount Plus series 1923 from creator Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, The Mayor of Kingstown), as well as his career which dates back to his appearance in 1990’s Lord of the Flies adaptation.
Dale, who resides in New York City, but spent a good deal of his youth in California, discusses the reasons for both wanting to become an actor, as well as why he didn’t work as an actor after Lord of the Flies for a decade until he grew up.
The conversation also takes a look at some of his more memorable roles and films, including his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed opposite Matt Damon, the NBC series The Black Donnellys, HBO’s WWII mini-series The Pacific, Joe Carnahan’s The Grey - where he recounts a story about the cast and crew passing bottles of liquor on the flight to Smithers, British Columbia, and his experience working on Michael Bay’s 13 Hours and Gore Verbinshi’s The Lone Ranger, which ties into 1923 as he dealt with some of the same stunt people on both.
He also previews his work in the upcoming film Balestra, from filmmaker Nicole Dorsey (Black Conflux) and how important family is to him as he’s gotten older.
The first season of 1923 is available to stream now on Paramount Plus.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S13 E01 - Celebrity Chef Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks Q, Tournament of Champions III Winner, Guy's Grocery Games, Chopped, Top Chef)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with celebrity chef Tiffani Faison (Partner/Chef in Boston’s Big Heart Hospitality which includes Sweet Cheeks Q, Tenderoni’s, Bubble Bath, Dive Bar and Fool’s Errand, as well as the runner up on the very first season of Top Chef and the winner of Food Network’s Tournament of Champions III).
Faison discusses the changes she and her company have had to make in the wake of the Covid pandemic, including closing a couple of restaurants (Tiger Mama and Orfano’s) and opening three concepts in the food hall at High Street Place in Boston (Tenderoni’s, Dive Bar and Bubble Bath) and the difficulty of the changes coupled with her divorce during the same period of time.
She also talks about her beginnings - not only as an Army brat jumping from base to base with her family and how she got her start in the restaurant business (note: she never went to culinary school, unlike the false information that keeps following her), and how she learned what not to do from terrible restaurant environments.
The conversation also wades into the topic of LGBTQ concerns, a subject that Faison, who identifies as queer, holds close to her heart. She works hard to break down barriers on women and LGBTQ people in the food world, including on food TV. As shown in my introduction, I’m not as eloquent as I expected myself to be, but Faison indicates that at least we’re having the conversation, which is important for everyone to be doing in order to move things forward.
You can see Faison competing to retain her Tournament of Champions title every Sunday on Food Network.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E10 - filmmaker/podcaster Mike Pecci (12 KM, In Love With the Process)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker (12KM) /podcaster (In Love With the Process) Mike Pecci.
Pecci discusses what drove him to filmmaking, the pull from Boston to Los Angeles to invest in himself and his career from that point on, including his podcast, In Love With the Process.
He also dives deep into his much buzzed about short film 12KM (see my review here), about a science team’s confrontation with something paranormal. Pecci has been shopping the film around as a proof of concept to hopefully make a feature version. He talks about working directly with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company and his hopes of making the feature a reality, while also pursuing other projects, such as other feature films, more short films and videos in the meantime.
In Love With the Process is one of the very few podcasts I actually listen to. There’s something about the inquisitive, deeply ruminative nature of Pecci’s style that is intriguing whether or not he has a guest to interview and is just talking to the audience.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E09 - actor Melissa Ponzio (Teen Wolf: The Movie, The Walking Dead, Chicago Fire)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Melissa Ponzio (Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead) about her role in the newly released Teen Wolf: The Movie, available now on Paramount+.
Ponzio discusses taking on the role of Melissa McCall, a hard-working single mother to the series and film’s title character, Scott (Tyler Posey), from 100 episodes on TV and into the feature film and how devoted the Teen Wolf fan base is. Ponzio also talks about her time on The Walking Dead and working with co-star Chad Coleman, as well as how she got bit by the acting bug to begin with (with help from her model/actor mother). She also makes mention of the next project she has coming up with Kevin Hart, entitled Die Harter, as well as the podcast Bridgewater, which is available to listen to now.
Teen Wolf: The Movie is available now to stream exclusively on Paramount+.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E08 - filmmaker/novelist Eric Garcia (Kaleidoscope)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker/novelist Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men, The Repossession Mambo) about his new series, Kaleidoscope, which debuted on Netflix January 01.
The series, about a heist 25 years in the making, has a fascinating structure. All episodes have a color instead of a title or episode number for one. They are also completely out of order, save for the "white" episode, which Garcia says should always be seen last even if you make up your own order or decide to figure out how to watch it chronologically. Netflix has put the other 7 episodes on "shuffle" essentially, and each viewer will get an entirely different experience from another. It's a pretty genius way of telling a story like this and, from my viewing so far, works damn well.
Garcia discusses the show from an initial idea about a decade ago, to the pitch to streamers, to the writers room, through to the filming and post-production. He touches on the greatness of Kaleidoscope star Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian), and touches on some of the "Easter eggs" found on the show - some, he predicts, will never be caught.
All eight episodes of Kaleidoscope are now streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E07 - musician Vonda Shepard
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Vonda Shepard about her new album, Red Light Green Light, which she will be touring on in 2023.
Shepard discusses the creation and recording of the album during the Covid-19 pandemic, recording it in her and her husband's, musician/producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Sheryl Crow, Randy Newman), home recording studio, her time as part of Al Jarreau & Jackson Browne's bands (Vonda reached out to say she misspoke about her years with Browne - they were 1985 - 1986) and where to expect her on tour this year.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E06 - actor Amy Landecker (SHO's Your Honor, Missing)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Amy Landecker about the return of Showtime's Your Honor where she co-stars alongside Bryan Cranston, as well as her role in the upcoming feature film, Missing.
Landecker, who hails from Chicago and is the daughter of famed Chicago DJ John "Records" Landecker, talks about her breakout role in the Coen brothers' A Serious Man, where she worked alongside Michael Stuhlbarg (who is also on Your Honor). She worked with Stuhlbarg two other times, including her role as an anesthesiologist opposite him in Marvel's Doctor Strange, as well as on Amazon's Transparent.
She also lets me know about working on Missing (the sort of spiritual sequel to Searching starring John Cho), the school in Chicago's Lincoln Park where she and a number of other artists attended, her work in theater, Bill Murray being a dick, and I get to share a silly story about her husband, Bradley Whitford.
Your Honor is available on Showtime now.
Missing is in theaters beginning January 19th.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E05 - actor Gabriel Luna (HBO's The Last of Us)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) about his role as "Tommy" on the HBO adaptation of the video game The Last of Us (from Naughty Dog).
Luna discusses working on the show with the game's creator Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), his bonding with Pedro Pascal (the series lead, Joel) and how playing the game helped him get into the TV's world.
He also talks about his role in 2019's Terminator: Dark Fate as the newest terminator, Rev-9 and his role as Ghost Rider on the Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his thoughts on returning to the role.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E04 - Filmmaker Andrew Baird (One Way)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Andrew Baird about his new film One Way starring Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly), Drea de Matteo, Storm Reid, Travis Fimmel and Kevin Bacon.
Baird, making his second appearance on the podcast (the first guest to do so), discusses the making of the film, working with the cast on a tight shooting schedule, and lets slip a detail about his next film which will star Guy Pearce who was in Baird's first film, Zone 414 (a big hit on Netflix).
One Way is debuting on December 31 on Hulu.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E03 - actor Paul Calderon (Bad Lieutenant, Fear the Walking Dead, Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction, Bosch, King of New York, Bosch, Out of Sight, Sea of Love)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Paul Calderon (Bosch, Four Rooms, King of New York, Sea of Love, Bad Lieutenant, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight, Fear the Walking Dead, Q&A) about his career from the start to the present.
Calderon discusses that he was up for the role of Jules Winfield in Pulp Fiction, his audition for legendary director Sidney Lumet for his 1990 film Q&A, his connection with Abel Ferrara that led to his role in King of New York, Bad Lieutenant and The Addiction.
He also discusses how he got into ashtanga yoga, his years as a dance instructor with his wife and the time he was a point person for anthropologists in the Amazon, where he would clear paths for them to go and do their research.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E02 - Rockaway Records co-owner Wayne Johnson
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Rockaway Records co-owner Wayne Johnson.
Johnson discusses how he got into collecting and how he and his brother started Rockaway Records. He also gives insight into some of his famous customers and how he treats them like anyone else (save for some more privacy).
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S12 E01 - musician Josh Robins (The Invincible Czars) [Nosferatu]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Josh Robins of the experimental rock back The Invincible Czars. The band is currently on tour, performing the music of the classic silent horror film, Nosferatu alongside the film.
Robins discusses the band’s origins in Austin, TX, how the band became known for accompanying films (beginning at the Alamo Drafthouse in 2006), as well as the current tour, which features a stop at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre on Monday, October 24th. Robins talks about how excited he is about finally getting to perform at the Music Box, a goal he had been working towards for years.
Rock ‘n Roll Ghost S11 E10 - filmmaker Walter Hill (Dead For a Dollar) [48 Hrs., The Warriors, Johnny Handsome, Extreme Prejudice, Geronimo: An American Legend, Streets of Fire]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with the great filmmaker Walter Hill (48 Hrs., The Warriors, Johnny Handsome, Extreme Prejudice, Geronimo: An American Legend, Streets of Fire) about his newest film, Dead For a Dollar.
Starring Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Warren Burke and Benjamin Bratt, Dead For a Dollar is Hill’s new age twist on the classic western. Hill explains here how he wanted to take modern-day themes and put them in a context appropriate for the film’s 1897 time frame.
Hill also discusses how important and effective his cast was at bringing out what was on the pages of the script he wrote. He touches on how Brosnhan was a “director’s dream” and that Burke's performance as Sergeant Poe is especially good as the character can only show certain aspects of himself to various characters.
Though our time was short (I could have peppered Hill with questions about his career for at least another hour), I was able to ask him about working with Mickey Rourke on Johnny Handsome, as well as praise him for what has become my favorite film of his, Extreme Prejudice (starring Nick Nolte and Powers Boothe). To say that this time spent with such a spectacular filmmaker was an honor almost feels too small for how it actually felt.
Dead For a Dollar is available via video on demand now (links below).
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E09 - filmmaker Mark Pellington (Going All the Way, Survive, Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Mark Pellington (Going All the Way, Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, Survive).
Pellington discusses his work turning the short form series Survive, produced for the now defunct Quibi, into a long form film, as well as the upcoming video release of his first feature film, Going All the Way starring Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Jeremy Davies and Rachel Weisz in November. Additionally he gives us a look into the art he's been enjoying lately.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E08 - filmmaker Zach Cregger (Barbarian) [Bill Skarsgaard, Georgina Campbell, Justin Long]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Zach Cregger about his new film Barbarian which debuted at #1 at the box-office on its opening weekend.
In a discussion that includes spoilers (so beware!), Cregger gets into subverting expectations with his cast (Bill Skarsgaard, Georgina Campbell, Justin Long), substituting Budapest for Detroit, how they pulled off that flashback scene in the film, and how Barbarian's success has afforded him a level of interest that he hopes translates into more original film work.
Barbarian is in theaters now.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E07 - actor Warren Burke (Dead for a Dollar) [Walter Hill, Christoph Waltz, Rachel Brosnahan, Benjamin Bratt, Brandon Scott, Willem Dafoe]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Warren Burke (Netflix's Family Reunion) about his role in acclaimed director Walter Hill's new western film, Dead for a Dollar co-starring Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Brandon Scott and Benjamin Bratt.
Burke discusses growing up in Chicago and his impulsive move to Los Angeles in the middle of winter at age 22, as well as his work on Family Reunion, his upcoming shoot on the short film, Lucille, starring Loretta Devine, as well as the thrill of working on the Dead for a Dollar film set. He praises his co-stars for their talent and for what he learned on the set as he was invited by Hill to shadow him on his days off.
Dead for a Dollar debuts in theaters and video on demand on September 30th.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E06 - filmmaker Allan Ungar (Bandit) [Josh Duhamel, Mel Gibson, Elisha Cuthbert]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Allan Ungar, director of the recently released Bandit starring Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert and Mel Gibson in a true story about Canada's biggest bank robber.
Ungar discusses his road to making the film, how budget reasons made it impossible to shoot the film in Canada, instead swapping Georgia in as a substitute, and how happy he was to get this cast set in place.
Bandit is in theaters and available via video on demand now.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E05 - actor/author Richie Stephens (The Gangster's Guide To Sobriety) [NCIS, Blue Bloods]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor/author Richie Stephens (NCIS, Blue Bloods) about his book The Gangster's Guide To Sobriety, which details his criminal background along with his decline into alcoholism and drug addiction.
Stephens discusses the real life exploits detailed in the book, his acting history, as well as the upcoming TV series adaptation of the book by Silicon Valley co-creators Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E04 - actor Mike Starr (Goodfellas, Dumb and Dumber, Ed Wood, Chicago Fire)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Mike Starr (Goodfellas, Dumb and Dumber, Ed Wood, Clockers, Chicago Fire).
Starr goes through his career, including a look into his role in Martin Scorsese's iconic gangster film, Goodfellas. He also takes a number of detours along the way, talking about his family, his time living in Chicago, favorite restaurants and more.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E03 - Chef Van Johnson (Hog Diesel)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with BBQ competition chef Van Johnson of Overland Park, Kansas' Hog Diesel. Johnson talks about how he got his start in BBQ, what drove him to compete and where he's going next. Johnson also dives into some of his favorite movies as well.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E02 - Chef Richie Farina (Ever Restaurant)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Richie Farina, sous chef of Chicago's 2-Michelin Star rated Ever Restaurant.
Farina discusses his career, including his years at MOTO learning under the tutelage of chefs Homaro Cantu and Chris Jones, as well as his stint on Top Chef Texas (along with Jones), his Cooking Channel show Carnival Kings, and his time at Chicago's Monteverde - from fellow Top Chef Texas Sarah Grueneberg.
But most of the discussion centers on Farina's time at Ever Restaurant, under executive chef/owner Curtis Duffy and chef de cuisine Justin Selk. Ever has been open since summer of 2020.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S11 E01 - Author Meg Gardiner (Heat 2) [Michael Mann, Unsub, China Lake]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with author Meg Gardiner (Unsub, China Lake) about her collaboration with filmmaker Michael Mann on the newly released Heat 2. The book, a sequel and a prequel to Mann's revered crime thriller Heat (1995) that starred Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer, takes the reader through the aftermath of the film while also exploring the characters lives before those events.
Gardiner discusses her collaboration with Mann - the logistics of working together during the pandemic and the research they both did to get as authentic a depiction as possible, as well as her love for the original film.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E10 - Musician Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Brandon Curtis of rock band Secret Machines. Curtis discusses the band's new double EP, Dreaming of Dreaming and Day 21, as well as the September 23rd reissue of their s/t album. Curtis and Josh Garza remain the two sole members of the band after Curtis' brother, Benjamin Curtis left the band to form School of Seven Bells. Benjamin sadly passed away in 2013 and Brandon and I discuss having lost our brothers at an early age. Secret Machines is not currently set to tour, but Brandon has been a touring member of Interpol for years now, so you can see him on the road with them this fall.
Visit our new website, rocknrollghostpodcast.com to hear an exclusive, revamped version of the s/t album's track "The Fire Is Waiting."
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E09 - Chef Gene Kato (Momotaro)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Gene Kato, executive chef at Chicago's Momotaro. Kato discusses his time living and working in North Carolina, his time running his acclaimed restaurant Sumi Robata Bar and his transition to running Boka Group's stunning Japanese restaurant Momotaro in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E08 - musician George Porter Jr. (The Meters, The funky Meters, Joyride) [The Neville Brothers, New Orleans]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with legendary New Orleans musician George Porter Jr. (The Meters, The funky Meters, Joyride, GP Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners) about his career, his current touring schedule and what it means to be a musician from New Orleans.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E07 - actor Garret Dillahunt (Where the Crawdads Sing, Sprung) [Raising Hope, Widows, The Mindy Project, Justified, Fear the Walking Dead, Ambulance, Army of the Dead]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor Garret Dillahunt about his roles in the just released film Where the Crawdads Sing, as well as his upcoming Freevee series Sprung, which reunites him with Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia and his co-star Martha Plimpton.
Dillahunt discusses working on both Crawdads and Sprung - especially about his reunion with Garcia and Plimpton, as well as his relationships with master filmmakers Andrew Dominik (Assassination of Jesse James) and Steve McQueen (Widows), as well as his connection with the work of author Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men - in which he appeared in both). He also digs into working with Timothy Olyphant on Deadwood (where he played two different characters) and on Justified, as well as the difficulty that was being a part of Fear the Walking Dead. And, if that weren't enough, he talks about working with two of the premiere action directors of this century, Michael Bay (Ambulance) and Zack Snyder (Army of the Dead).
It was a truly special pleasure getting to speak with Garret. I hope you enjoy this one.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E06 - actor/filmmaker Tim Matheson (Virgin River) [Animal House, Fletch, A Very Brady Sequel,, Burn Notice, Criminal Minds, Psych, 1941]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with actor/filmmaker Tim Matheson (Animal House, Fletch, Criminal Minds, The West Wing) about the new season of Netflix's Virgin River where he has played Dr. Vernon "Doc" Mullins for 3 seasons.
Matheson discusses the character, the world of streaming, his time directing an enormous of amount of TV episodes (Psych, Hart of Dixie, Burn Notice and Virgin River), as well as delving into some of his iconic roles, including his co-starring performance in A Very Brady Sequel.
Virgin River season 3 is now streaming on Netflix
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E05 - filmmaker Emily Carmichael (Jurassic World: Dominion, Pacific Rim Uprising) [Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Pratt, Laura Dern, Sam Neill]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising) about co-writing this summer's blockbuster sequel, Jurassic World: Dominion with director Colin Trevorrow.
Carmichael discusses her pathway to big-budget screenwriting from her years of making independent short films. She also talks about the difference between co-writing Pacific Rim Uprising and collaborating with Trevorrow on Dominion. Carmichael is also excited for people to see the new version of Disney's The Black Hole, which she wrote the script for. She gives a sneak peek into how she changed the robot Maximillian and how she hopes fans like it as much as she does. All of that and some talk about being in the filming "bubble" with Dominion stars Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Jurassic World: Dominion is in theaters now.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E04 - filmmaker Richard Wong (The Valet) [Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving, Max Greenfield, Carmen Salinas]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Richard Wong about his new film, The Valet, starring Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Samara Weaving (Mayhem), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and the late legend Carmen Salinas.
Wong talks about coming on to the project somewhat last minute and the chance to break into another level of filmmaking with a bigger budgeted movie. He also speaks about his days at film school and the jobs that led him to become an in-demand cinematographer.
The Valet is on Hulu now.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E03 - filmmaker Alfonso Pineda Ulloa (There Are No Saints) [Jose Maria Yazpik, Tim Roth, Ron Perlman]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Alfonso Pineda Ulloa about his film There Are No Saints starring Jose Maria Yazpik (Narcos: Mexico), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) and written by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).
Ulloa, whose last name I butcher repeatedly (apologies to Alfonso again), discusses the making of the film, including the years it took to be released. He gets into how difficult it was to shoot Mexico (where the majority of the film was shot) to look like Texas.
There Are No Saints is now available to rent or buy.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E02 - filmmaker Gaz Alazraki (Father of the Bride)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Gaz Alazraki (HBO MAX's Father of the Bride). Alazraki discusses his goals for the remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, including the desire to not just make a film about a Cuban family and a Mexican family coming together in marriage, but a universal film about families.
The film, a smash hit on HBO MAX since debuting before Father's Day, surprised this viewer with both its hysterical humor and it's emotional resonance. In particular, star Andy Garcia stands out in one of his strongest performances in some time.
Alazraki also talks about his upcoming projects, including one potential series about the days that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera spent in the United States.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S10 E01 - musician Omar Doom (Straight Razor) [Quentin Tarantino]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician/actor Omar Doom (Straight Razor) to discuss the release of the ep Straight Razor Vol. 2.
Doom discusses making the new ep, his days in fashion design, which led to him meeting Quentin Tarantino, which in turn led to his roles in Tarantino's films (Deathproof, Inglourious Basterds), as well as his upcoming touring schedule.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Archive Interview: Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) [Overboard, The Valet, How to be a Latin Lover]
Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast presents an archive interview with actor/filmmaker Eugenio Derbez from 2013 when he was promoting his hit film Instructions Not Included. His newest film, The Valet, is on Hulu now.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S09 E10 - 100th Episode! - The Loyal Seas (Brian Sullivan & Tanya Donelly) [Dylan in the Movies, Belly, The Breeders, Throwing Muses, 4AD]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, our 100th (!!!) the Ghost speaks with musicians Brian Sullivan (Dylan in the Movies) and Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly) about their new collaboration, The Loyal Seas.
Out now via American Laundromat Records, The Loyal Seas' Strange Mornings in the Garden, is an absolutely beautiful set of songs that showcase both Sullivan and Donelly's talents.
The pair discuss how they met and began to collaborate, how the album came together during the pandemic, their influences, tour plans and Donelly hints that her band Belly may be close to getting its catalog of music away from the record label and into their possession.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E09 - Chef Nick Wallace (Nissan Cafe, Nick Wallace Cafe, Top Chef Houston)
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with chef Nick Wallace (Nick Wallace Culinary, Nissan Cafe, Top Chef Houston).
Chef Wallace discusses his time on the current season of Top Chef - including his bond with fellow cheftestant Damarr Brown (Chicago's Virtue Restaurant), his early years growing up in Mississippi that influenced him as a chef, as well as the path that got him to start Nick Wallace Culinary and how he came to open Nissan Cafe (by Nick Wallace) inside the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, MS.
Rock 'n Roll Ghost S9 E08 - Filmmaker Alex Hardcastle (Senior Year) [Rebel Wilson, Angourie Rice, Alicia Silverstone, Sam Richardson, Chris Parnell]
Welcome back to the Rock 'n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Alex Hardcastle about his feature debut Senior Year, starring Rebel Wilson and available now on Netflix. Hardcastle discusses his love of working with the film's star, Wilson and how prepared she was every day.
He also talks about the film's multitude of teen movie influences and how setting the beginning of the film in 2002 was a thrill to go back to.