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 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!

  • Episode 33: Parry Gripp

    April 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 28 mins

    This week on the MC Lars podcast, Nerf Herder’s Parry Gripp talks about his Emmy, touring with Weezer during their fabled “Pinkerton” era, and how, much to all of my peers’ surprise, he was actually the first musician to coin the musical subgenera term “nerdcore” in the mid-90s.

  • Episode 32: Greg Carlisle

    April 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 32 mins

    One of the best companion pieces to David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" is Greg Carlisle's "Elegant Complexity", which summarizes Wallace's ponderous tome. On today's episode, we talk about what inspired Carlisle to write this book and how to best approach Wallace's opus.

  • Episode 31: Lisette Rimer

    April 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 55 mins

    A conversation with Lisette Rimer about the loss of her son Patrick Wood to suicide in 2006. Rimer has recently written a book about her experience with losing Patrick, about whom I wrote a song in 2009 ("Twenty-Three").

  • Episode 30: Howard Scott Warshaw

    March 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins

    An interview with Atari game designer Howard Scott Warshaw, famous for creating the often unfairly maligned "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" 1982 game. These days, Warshaw works as a therapist, using his skills both as a programmer and healer, helping "the nerds he once entertained".

  • Episode 29: Sean Donnelly

    March 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 25 mins

    A conversation with the co-creator of Comedy Central's "Jeff and Some Aliens", Sean Donnelly. We discuss his documentary work, his music videos, and his creative process. We laugh about the time he got kicked out of a London hotel on a school trip and how this inspired him to be a successful artist.

  • Episode 28: MC Hawking

    March 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 23 mins

    Ken Lawrence began "rapping" as MC Hawking as a joke in the late 90s. On this episode, we talk about the early years of nerdcore and the time he and I got to perform for Stephen Hawking in Spain.

  • Episode 27: Louis Logic

    March 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 40 mins

    A conversation with Louis Logic from the Demigodz, in which we talk about the rise of mid-00s indie rap and sobriety.

  • Episode 26: Vinnie Caruana

    February 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins

    An interview with Vinnie Caruana from the Movielife and I Am the Avalanche, in which we discuss some of our favorite producers and Warped Tour memories.

  • Episode 25: Atom and His Package

    February 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 38 mins

    An interview with the legendary one-man band, Atom & His Package. We talk about punk, education, his writing process and why he decided to retire. We also premiere an unreleased song of his! Awesome episode.

  • Episode 24: Worm Quartet

    February 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    On today's episode, I talk to FuMP co-founder Timothy Crist, a.k.a. Worm Quartet! We talk about the Rochester music scene, WBER, Dr. Demento and his plans for an upcoming album. An awesome talk with a legendary performer.