Talkhouse Welcomes Jokermen to Its Award-Winning Podcast Network
With the launch of a brand new season devoted to the careers of Lou Reed and John Cale, Talkhouse is thrilled to welcome Jokermen to its Webby Award-winning podcast network. Focused on telling creator-centric stories from the first-person perspective of musicians, actors, athletes, filmmakers and more, Talkhouse is built on a foundation of conversations rooted in the authenticity, credibility and creativity that is shared by Jokermen hosts Ian Grant and Evan Laffer. Since uniting two years ago, the duo has released nearly two hundred episodes that have obsessively explored the life and times of Bob Dylan, with guests including mutual fans like Tim Heidecker, Steve Gunn, Molly Lambert, Jake Longstreth, Ian F. Svenonius, Pearl Charles and more. Jokermen will now shift its spotlight to deliver a spiritual guide to the storied solo work and artistic rivalry of Reed and Cale, as well as the entire Velvet Underground catalog and extended universe.
Available now, the first two episodes of Jokermen’s new series have thus far covered John Cale’s 1970 solo debut, Vintage Violence, as well as Lou Reed’s Transformer, with commentary from Long Island band and noted Velvet Underground scholars The Lemon Twigs. New installments will be released on a weekly basis until the breadth of the subjects’ discographies are fully celebrated, continuing the Jokermen mission to make Boomer rock icons as fun and vital as they were half a century ago, alongside special guests across the worlds of music, art and the internet. Listen and subscribe at creative.talkhouse.com/network/jokermen.
“Evan and Ian are very much doing a kind of music storytelling that we’re really excited about at Talkhouse,” says Ian Wheeler, founder of Talkhouse Creative Studio and Co-Founder of Partisan Records. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to help them continue to grow and tell incredible stories by, about, and with artists.”
In addition to its flagship Talkhouse Podcast - which has curated hundreds of episodes and countless hours of conversation between creatives such as David Byrne, Darren Aronofsky, Erykah Badu, Ezra Koenig, Guillermo del Toro, Japanese Breakfast, Jeff Tweedy, Judd Apatow, Michael Stipe, Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers and Tame Impala - the media company’s expanding network also features the original series That’s How I Remember It With Craig Finn and Feist’s Pleasure Studies, as well as more than a dozen other like-minded and thought-provoking shows that are distributed by the platform to well over half a million monthly listeners.
Charting the birth and development of the classic outsider archetype, Grails drummer and Holy Sons mastermind Emil Amos’ Drifter’s Sympathy tells disturbing and often humiliating stories about growing up in a small town in the 1990s. Every other episode digs into the archaeology of lesser-known music to illuminate the same themes from a more objective, historical perspective, and the latest installment featured an interview with Stephen Malkmus about his younger years, recorded from the Pavement frontman’s Portland home. Sing For Science is also preparing for its next season this fall, which produces singular pairings of beloved musicians with leading scientists, discovering new pieces of knowledge and scientific literacy as it connects to the artists’ most popular songs. Spanning music, politics, art and beyond, additional Talkhouse programs include 365 days with mxmtoon, Aquarium Drunkard’s Transmissions, The New Republic’s The Politics Of Everything, and a growing list of shows the company distributes for Open Mike Eagle’s Stony Island Audio network, praised for “bringing both hip-hop history and future legends to the podcast space” (Fast Company)
As the sole first-person media outlet for creatives of all fields, Talkhouse serves as an entrance into the minds of its audience’s favorite artists, a platform and storytelling approach it has further extended to partnerships with Mailchimp, Amazon, Sonos and Samsung, as well as Talkhouse Live events at a variety of venues and festivals across the country. Talkhouse will have news to share on additional marquee programming soon.
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