Little Steven's Underground Garage - Coolest Conversations

Little Steven's Underground Garage - Coolest Conversations

Little Steven's Underground Garage - Coolest Conversations presented by Hard Rock Cafe are a series of interviews with The Mighty Manfred (frontman and driving force behind Garage Rock band The Woggles) and artists who have been chosen by Little Steven Van Zandt as the “Coolest Song In The World This Week” in Little Steven's Underground Garage. Past guests have included Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Carlos Santana, and many more. Coolest Conversations airs live every Friday at 2:00 PM ET on SiriusXM Ch. 21 and is posted online that Monday. Every Wednesday a "Coolest Conversation" from the past is posted too.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 33 min
This week our guest is singer-songwriter, musician and producer Marc Ribler.

No stranger to Little Steven's Underground Garage, Marc is back with his latest Coolest Song and the title track to his debut album 'The Whole World Awaits You'. Marc tells us about working on the album over the past number of years and adding the final touches last year with was Steven Van Zandt who co-produced the album. 

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This week's Coolest Conversation is the New York-based keyboard player and composer Rob Clores.

Rob has been part of the New York scene for many years and in recent years, has been a member of Jesse Malin's band. Jesse's recent single 'State of the Art', was our recent Coolest Song which Rob co-wrote with Jesse.
Hear all about the tracks and upcoming album 'Sad and Beautiful World'.

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This week's guest for our Coolest Conversation is singer, songwriter, and guitarist Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack.

Justin
is a member of the newly formed group The Awkward Paws, who released a cover of "It Must Be Summer", a recent Coolest Song in the world. Justin tells us all about the project, the influence of Adam Schlesinger on his career, and his recent solo release 'The Price of Salt'.

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This week's Coolest Conversation guest is with Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. 
Following the release of his latest album 'Dolenz Sings Nesmith', we celebrated Monkees week in Little Steven's Underground Garage. Micky joined with Manfred to talk all about creating the album, working with his friend and partner Mike Nesmith, and Nesmith's son Christian Nesmith who produced the album.

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This week our guest is Alex Hagen of the Baltimore MD group The Ravagers.

Their recent single 'Down That Road' featured as our latest Coolest Song. Alex tells us all about the backstory behind the track, we also hear about their forthcoming album, 'BADLANDS' due in September. 

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This week's Coolest Conversation guest is Taylor Hollingsworth of the Birmingham, Alabama band The Blips. 

The group is compiled of an array of musicians who all made their mark in that city working independently of each other. They got together late in 2019 and recorded ten tracks together for their debut album 'The Blips'.
We hear about how the band dealt with the crazy year of 2020, the release of their debut albu...
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This week's Coolest Conversation guest is New York's Steve Conte. 

Steve has just released his latest single 'Recovery Doll', which featured as our recent Coolest Song. In this interview, we hear about the musical members in his family from including his brother and son, who both feature on the track. He also tells us why he decided to cover “Rock and Rye Queen”, from his 2014 album "Steve Conte NYC" as ...
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This week's Coolest Conversation guest is Kris Rogers of the Portland, Maine band Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems.

No stranger to the Little Steven's Underground Garage, Kris is back with his latest single “I Can Still Feel It”, from his upcoming album “Still Dirty” out on Wicked Cool Records 7/23. Kris tells us about the album, the latest additions to the band, and more!

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This week's Coolest Conversation is with Hope from the Norwegian band the Cocktail Slippers.

The group recently released a 7" single on Wicked Cool records titled 'She Devil (Shout It Out Loud!)'. Hope tells us all about creating the single, their upcoming shows this summer in Norway, and how the band plan to celebrate their 20th year making music together as the Cocktail Slippers. 

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This week's guest is San Francisco-based music critic and author Joel Selvin.

In his recent book, ‘Hollywood Eden,’  Selvin pays homage to the surf music and culture of 1960s L.A. The story follows a handful of soon-to-be-famous graduate students of Hollywood’s University High School, including Jan Berry, Dean Torrence, Nancy Sinatra and Kim Fowley to name a few.   
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For this podcast special, we bring you an interview with author Sandra Niemi, niece to the American actress and television personality Vampira.

Sandra just released a book titled Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi, where she explore the life and legacy of her aunt Vampira.

In part I, we hear about Vampira's early life, her affair with Orson Wells, and her platonic relationship with James De...
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This week's Coolest Conversation is with the uber-cool Kevin Preston, of the L.A. rockers Prima Donna. 

The group just released their first single of 2021 'Atomic Love' which featured as our recent Coolest Song.
Kevin tells us about writing and recording music through the pandemic, his new quarantine hobbies, and how the 2018 Hawaii missile alert influenced the song 'Atomic Love'.
 
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This week Manfred's guest is Andy Shernoff of the seminal New York proto-punk band, The Dictators.

The original members of the punk rock band have recently reformed and their latest single "Let's Get the Band Back Together," a fitting title for their first release was our recent Coolest Song. We hear about the early days of the band in the '70s, how the band got 'back together and their plans for more rele...
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In honour of 'Cheap Trick week' in Little Steven's Underground Garage, we were very lucky to feature both Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on our Coolest Conversations.

We hear about their latest album 'In Another World', being inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame and we find out how well they really know each other after years on the road touring together. 

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This week Manfred's guest is Cat Popper.

Cat has been a long time partner of Jesse Malin, who recently had a Coolest Song with his latest single “The Way We Used To Roll”.
Cat has quite an interesting resume as she has also has spent time with Jack White, Ryan Adams and is part of the band and Puss n Boots.
We hear about her friendship with Jesse, working with Lucinda Williams and releasing on Jesse's label, Velvet Elk R...
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This week Manfred's guest is Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May.

Imelda began her career in music at the tender age of 16 and is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival. During the interview, we hear about life in Dublin where her music career began, her writing style and how she ended up working with some of the most prolific names in music today including Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood.

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This weeks guest is acclaimed guitarist, songwriter and record producer Mike Campbell.

Campbell
garnered a reputation as Tom Petty’s right-hand man in the Heartbreakers. He also plays with the band The Dirty Knobs who recently had the Coolest Song with 'Wreckless Abandon'. We hear about the band, their forthcoming album and his time with the Heartbreakers.
 
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This week Manfred's guest is Jen D'angora of the Boston based group The Shang Hi Los.

Jen has been making waves on the Boston music scene for many years in many groups including the Downbeat 5, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents and more recently The Shang Hi Los. 
We hear about how the band formed, playing with Hilton Valentine and the bands upcoming album to be released later this year.

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This week our guest is singer-songwriter, musician and producer Marc Ribler.

Marc is known in Little Steven's Underground Garage as acting music director of Little Steven's Disciples of Soul, since 2016. The two worked together on Darlene Love's 2015 comeback album 'Introducing Darlene Love' and have remained close ever since.
Marc has just released his debut single 'Shattered' on Wicked Cool Records an...
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For this special episode, we are delighted to bring you our very own Mighty Manfred in conversation with legendary blues musician Bobby Rush.

Bobby has been making music since the 1940s and called Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker friends. Tune in to hear about his life growing up in Louisiana and Chicago, working alongside Eddie Murphy in the 2019 movie Dolemite Is My Name and his many other accomplishments throughout his life, i...
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