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 17: DJ Kathy Nielsen

    December 24th, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins

    This week, I interview the amazing woman who birthed and raised me... DJ Kathy Nielsen! We talk about her love for genealogy and her teaching and library career. Thanks Mom!

  • Episode 16: MC Bob Nielsen

    December 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 29 mins

    This week, I interview my father, MC Bob Nielsen, about his life as a lawyer, poet, artist and father. We talk about life growing up in Australia and how this helped shape him.

  • Episode 15: Howie Abrams

    December 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 23 mins
    bowling for soup

    Howie Abrams is a music industry veteran / author / generally awesome guy who has been involved in the punk, hardcore and rap worlds since the 80s. We talk about his journey and how he ended up A&R on a label that had signed the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears.

  • Episode 14: Phone Losers of America

    December 3rd, 2018  |  1 hr 46 secs

    Brad Carter has been making hilarious prank calls for over a quarter of a century. This week, we talk about how he and I met online over twenty years ago and how reconnected recently through our shared love of music and prank calls.

  • Episode 13: Gary K. Wolf

    November 26th, 2018  |  1 hr 28 mins

    This week, I had the honor of talking to Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf, whose unorthodox noir mystery book "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" was the basis for the 1988 Disney / Amblin blockbuster.

  • Episode 12: Big O

    November 19th, 2018  |  59 mins 48 secs

    Caldwell, Idaho's Big O is a legend in the DIY hardcore / rap crossover scene. He and his band opened for Mega Ran and me on our national tour. On this week's episode, he and I talk about the current state of the scene and the outside forces that motivate us both.

  • Episode 11: Eamon Dolan

    November 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Eamon Dolan has edited many successful books, including Richard Dawkins's "the God Delusion" and Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation", amongst others. This week, we talk about the role of narrative in crafting non-fiction and Dolan's work as a photographer.

  • Episode 10: Jesse Dangerously

    November 5th, 2018  |  1 hr 16 mins

    This week, Jesse and I discuss growing up in Halifax and the social and cultural history surrounding hip-hop's birth and development in his town, including his joining the Backburner Crew. We also talk about the new Danger Grove album, "Want for Nothing".

  • Episode 9: John S. Hall

    October 29th, 2018  |  1 hr 21 mins

    In this episode, I talk to John S. Hall of the NY bands King Missile, King Missile (Dog Fly Religion), You Suck!, King Missile III, King Missile IV, Unusual Squirrel, Sensation Play and Silk Cut. We talk about what it was like having a hit song in the 90s and how he has continued to create art as an indie artist. I conclude the episode with a 2000 interview I did with him, where he predicts the economic model of Spotify. A very special episode!

  • Episode 8: Mega Ran

    October 22nd, 2018  |  1 hr 17 mins

    An interview with lit-hop genius and pop culture rapper Mega Ran!

  • Episode 7: Wheatus (Part II)

    October 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Part two of my interview with Brendan B. Brown of Wheatus!

  • Episode 6: Wheatus (Part I)

    October 8th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min

    This week, Brendan B. Brown and I talk about some of his early musical influences and his first memories learning to play guitar and write songs.

  • Episode 5: Baba Brinkman

    October 1st, 2018  |  58 mins 58 secs

    Baba Brinkman is one of the inventor's of lit-hop. We discuss his play, the "Rap Guide to Consciousness", as well as his process.

  • Episode 4: Schäffer the Darklord (Part II)

    September 24th, 2018  |  53 mins 45 secs
    far cry 5

    Part II of my interview with the legendary Mark Schaffer!

  • Episode 3: Schäffer the Darklord (Part I)

    September 17th, 2018  |  48 mins 50 secs

    This week, Lars interviews one of the biggest names in nerdcore... Mark Schaffer!

  • Episode 2: MC Frontalot (Part II)

    September 10th, 2018  |  55 mins 34 secs
    internet, nerdcore, star wars

    Part two with of my interview with the creator of "nerdcore hip-hop".