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 55: Ghostbound

    September 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    A conversation with Brooklyn metal musician Alec A. Head, founder of Ghostbound. We talk about their most recent album and how growing up in Carmel influenced Head as both a musician and actor.

  • Episode 54: Kirby Krackle

    September 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins

    An interview with Seattle nerd rock legend, Kyle Stevens (Kirby Krackle)! We talk about his songwriting process, Patreon and fatherhood. We also talk about the time he opened for "Weird Al" in Calgary! An awesome conversation with a great dude.

  • Episode 53: Ric Masten

    September 2nd, 2019  |  48 mins 47 secs

    An interview with the late Ric Masten. We talk about what poetry means to him, his life in Big Sur, and how printing books helped him become a poet. This episode originally aired on KSPB on 3/17/00.

  • Episode 52: Beefy

    August 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 45 mins

    An interview with nerdcore legend, Beefy, whose new album "Too Big to Fail Part II" drops today! We talk about how he balances his music career with his family and reminisce about the early years of nerdcore.

  • Episode 51: The Hard Times

    August 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 33 mins

    Matt Saincome started the Hard Times a few years ago, after playing in various punk bands and writing for the SF Weekly. This episode is about his amazing journey.

  • Episode 50: Dan Bull

    August 12th, 2019  |  2 hrs 1 min

    An interview with the legendary British YouTuber and rapper, Dan Bull! We talk about the origins of career, how he's grown his channel, and our shared obsession with Goldie Lookin' Chain.

  • 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.