The MC Lars Podcast

New joyful interviews every week!

About the show

Join MC Lars as he talks to friends and colleagues about their creative processes and influences. Featuring conversations with rappers, musicians, writers, educators and DIY mavericks, the MC Lars Podcast is sure to leave you thinking and smiling.

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  • Episode 49: FaceOmeter

    August 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 31 mins

    An interview with Dr. Will Tattersdill, of the University of Birmingham in the UK. We talk about his research on dinosaurs, science fiction, and his FaceOmeter project.

  • Episode 48: Mike Russo

    July 29th, 2019  |  2 hrs 55 secs

    A conversation with Erie, Pennsylvania’s Mike Russo, in which we talk about the world of college music booking, the VANS Warped Tour and the time we opened for mc chris. We also talk about how Napster changed the music industry and his first memories of hearing “the Graduate”.

  • Episode 47: Jon Thatcher Longley

    July 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 24 mins

    An interview with my drummer Jon, in which we discuss our early years touring and why his house was so incredibly messy.

  • Episode 46: Weird Paul

    July 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 28 mins

    This week, Pittsburgh's Weird Paul talk to me about his upcoming album ("Lit A.F."), his new documentary ("Will Work for Views"), the Pittsburgh DIY music scene, fatherhood, and his favorite "Weird Al" Yankovic record. Thanks Paul! Awesome conversation!

  • Episode 45: Wordburglar

    July 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    An in-depth conversation with Canada's Wordburglar, in which we discuss Drake, G.I. Joe and Canadian arts grants! We also talk about the Halifax rap scene and Wordburglar's crew, Backburner!

  • Episode 44: Hidden Home Records

    July 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 53 mins

    On today's episode, I try something new... a label profile! This week is on Hidden Home Records, a punk rock label from Boise, Idaho. I talk to Rob Lanterman, the brains behind the operation, on how he runs the label and what he's learned.

  • Episode 43: Koo Koo Kanga Roo (Part II)

    June 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 52 mins

    An interview with the second half of Koo Koo Kanga Roo... Bryan Atchison! We talk about his early years with the band and how Minnesota is the greatest state in the nation.

  • Episode 42: Koo Koo Kanga Roo (Part I)

    June 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Koo Koo Kanga Roo have taken the kids' music genre by storm this past decade, with their catchy songs, awesome lives shows, and amazing YouTube videos. This week, I talk to Neil Olstad about the band and some of his other passions.

  • Episode 41: Chris Gates

    June 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 39 mins

    An interview with freelance pop culture journalist Chris Gates. We talk about how we became friends in middle school and how, not surprisingly, our careers have mirrored each other.

  • Episode 40: Rob Piccininni Jr.

    June 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 43 mins

    A conversation with New Jersey Rob Piccininni Jr., who toured my bassist when "the Graduate" came out in 2005. We share some of our favorite stories from that era, and talk about his post-hardcore band Red Hymns, which has been playing locally for years and has built a strong following in New Jersey.

  • Episode 39: The Dead Milkmen (Part II)

    May 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 55 mins

    An interview with Rodney Anonymous, in which we talk about life in and beyond Dead Milkmen, and his multitude of solo projects!

  • Episode 38: The Dead Milkmen (Part I)

    May 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    An interview with Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen, about their early days, their breakup, the loss of their bassist Dave Blood, and getting back together.

  • Episode 37: YTCracker

    May 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 49 mins

    YTCracker was one of the first generation of nerdcore rappers, using his hacking and rapping skills to create a brand for himself and release awesome music. We talk about our past collabs and what he's working on now.

  • Episode 36: Tim Thompson

    May 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 46 mins

    An interview with director, musician and writer Tim Thompson, my childhood friend. We talk about growing up on the Monterey Peninsula, pursing our creative paths, and how the death of one of our friends inspired us to start one of my first bands.

  • Episode 35: Chris Peck

    April 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    This week, I talk to Marin County musician Chris Peck about his upcoming Ancient Baby release, as well as his work with the experimental poetry project LOAN.

  • Episode 34: wait what

    April 22nd, 2019  |  2 hrs 5 mins

    This week, I sit down with Bay Area artist and entrepreneur wait what, the stage name of Charlie Kubal. I met Charlie when he was a guest at a summer camp I worked at in 2002, before he attended Columbia University and got his MBA at Stanford. An awesome guest!