Adam welcomes Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips to the show, and immediately compliments him on his musical talents. Adam says it takes more energy to like certain bands, but ultimately the songs are better and the arrangements are more interesting. Glen also talks about raising his family in Santa Barbara, then plays the first song of the hour.
Adam asks Glen about the origins of the band name, and they talk about other notable bands from Santa Barbara. They start chatting about the band Dishwalla, which Adam said helped inspire a project he and Jimmy were working on called ‘Kill Gallagher.’ Adam and Glen talk about the famous comedian, and Adam complains that when they tried to pitch it, the comedy execs said they had no idea who he was. Adam wanted to tell them to fuck off, but Jimmy wouldn’t let him.
They talk a bit more about the current status of the band, and more specifically how the band is now re-recording a bunch of the old singles so they can be licensed. They go into more depth about the financial realities of producing music, and both agree that the artists themselves used to be the last in line, but now the smart ones are cutting out the middle man and setting up their own shop.
Glen asks Adam about his recent appearance on the Savage Love Podcast. Host Dan Savage was asking Adam about threesomes, and Glen says that Adam avoided the question. Adam just wanted to restate the point that if a woman is asking for a threesome, she is essentially saying the relationship is on its way out. There are obviously exceptions to every rule, but often times we need to rely on generalizations when we don’t understand something fully.
Glen plays a more recent song, which was inspired by a story he heard from fellow musician Ben Folds. Adam compliments them both on their smart lyrics, and ability to tell great stories about little slices of life. Keeping with the musician talk, Adam recalls his experience with the band Korn, and Glen talks about John Mayer staying with him before his career really took off. Adam tries to decide if Mayer is really a douche or not, but Glen says he was fine during the time he knew him. Wrapping things up, Glen plays one final song, per Adam’s request.
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Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Producers: Mike Dawson & Mike Lynch
Audio: Mike Dawson
Writer: Mike Lynch
Production Engineer: Katie Levine
Search: Katie Levine
Build and Edit: Katie Levine
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler