Secret Skin

By Open Mike Eagle

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Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The in-jokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret Skin.

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Rhymefest and how to stay being a wizard
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in this episode Open Mike Eagle talks to one of his earliest rap heroes, chicago rapper Rhymefest. Fest talks through the lessons he's learned in his decades long career being both a rapper himself and a song writer, having won Grammys penning songs for Kanye and Common. Mike also reminds Fest of when they first met at a southside hip-hop spot in the mid 90s Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
MURS and how to underground
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in this episode Open Mike Eagle picks the brain of legendary underground LA emcee MURS. one important Mike wanted to know is how the heck MURS is underground when he was on a major label for a while and is an internationally known entertainer. MURS gives a good answer to this along with many other various good answers about Living Legends, Paid Dues, 9th Wonder and more. it's a good listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
billy woods and how long you can hide
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in this episode Open Mike Eagle talks with fellow indie rap stalwart billy woods. They have a candid conversation about the economics of the music industry, trying to run an indie rap label and how long billy is going to be able to hide his face (and why he started doing it in the first place). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Season 2 Premiere: Dan Harmon on when and when not to vulnerable
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On the season 2 premiere of Open Mike Eagle's interview show we speak with 'Community' and 'Rick and Morty's' Dan Harmon. They talk through their relationship to vulnerability, freestyle rap techniques and how to survive the toxicity of Hollywood. Long time listeners will hear the return of an old friend in the intro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Season 2 Trailer
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Open Mike Eagle's original interview show returns for a new season featuring deep dive conversations with creators from music and comedy. listen for a rundown of some of this season's guests Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Rambling on the road with Hannibal Buress and DJ Tony Trimm
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I'm currently on a drive in tour with Hannibal Buress and its new and different and weird. Me, him and DJ Tony Trimm catch up in a hotel room in Butler Pennsylvania to talk about touring during a pandemic and the (apparently) famous DJ Carshmello who is the opening act on the tour . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2020
56: Marc Maron, Podcasting, Comedy, Life, and New Cars
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Mike is joined by the Podfather himself, WTF host Marc Maron. They discuss Marc’s unusual life balancing a podcast that is at least somewhat about him and a TV show where he plays a podcaster and comic named Marc Maron, who is an awful lot like him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2016
55: Baron Vaughn, Overcoming Adversity, and Having So Much In Common
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Host Open Mike Eagle has really found something of a soulmate in actor and comedian Baron Vaughn. The two talk about growing up with cable television, setting fires no one knew about, and coping with rampant drugs in their communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2016
54: Nick Thune, Jesus, and the Guitar
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Mike welcomes the comedian and actor Nick Thune for a broad-ranging discussion. The two of them cover everything from why Nick gave up one-liners and the guitar in his act to who Jesus would want to hang out with if he was around today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2016
53: B. Dolan, White Privilege, and ODB
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Mike chats with rapper, activist, and spoken word artist B. Dolan about what white rappers owe the Black Lives Matter movement, how white privilege can give you a leg up in the hip-hop world, and their mutual love of Ol' Dirty Bastard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2016
52: Chuck Klosterman and New Music
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Mike talks with writer and critic Chuck Klosterman about changes in publishing and criticism, the gamble that comes with being interesting, and the fear of accidentally living life wrong. Plus, more new music from Hella Personal Film Festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2016
51: Slug, Laundry, Being Who You Are, and NEW MUSIC
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Mike hangs out with Slug while the latter does his tour laundry, tells a story about a near-collaboration with a very, very famous musician, and plays a song from his new release, Hella Personal Film Festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2016
50: Jean Grae and Artistic Adventure
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It’s the 50th episode of Secret Skin and Mike is joined by his friend, the rapper and all-around artist Jean Grae. They discuss everything from black Netflix tropes to Mike’s picky eating/Jean’s crushing dismay when she learns about Mike’s picky eating. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2016
49: John Hodgman and How to Be Who You Are
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Mike talks with his friend, actor/comedian/author John Hodgman, about the overabundance of entertainment, the necessity of doing terrifying things, The Daily Show, and growing into yourself by being someone else (or many, many other people). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 29, 2016
48: Chris Gethard and Mike’s Sister, Too
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Mike talks with Chris Gethard, and their wide-ranging conversation covers Chris’s eccentric television program full of human fish, 36-hour no-sleep marathons, and fans who become staff members. Plus, Mike visits his sister in Gary, Indiana. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2016
47: Anthony Fantano and Appreciating Lil B
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Mike responds to some listener questions, including one about how to feel about white people singing along at rap shows using the n-word. Then, a conversation with Anthony Fantano, creator and host of The Needle Drop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2016
46: Hannibal Buress and New Music, Too
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Mike welcomes world-famous comedian and old college pal, Hannibal Buress. They talk about growing up in Chicago, getting started in comedy, and sad private jets. All this plus the first single from Mike's collaboration with Paul White. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2016
45: J-Zone and What to Do When Things Don’t Work Out
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Mike welcomes the rapper J-Zone on this edition of Secret Skin. J-Zone opens up about discouragement, and how he ended up writing a book of advice for all the rappers who don’t end up becoming superstar millionaires. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2016
44: Nick Thorburn, Serial, and Dictatorship
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Mike joins us from Europe where the tour with Serengeti is wrapping up and things have been going much better. We also hear Mike’s interview with Islands/The Unicorns' Nick Thorburn, composer of music for another podcast you might have heard of: Serial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2016
43: Fat Tony and the Perils of Touring Europe
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Open Mike Eagle joins us all the way from Germany, where he is on tour with his Cavanaugh bandmate, Serengeti. They have many stories to tell. Then we hear Mike’s interview with Houston-based rapper Fat Tony. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2016
42: Intuition and What He Gets Out of Rap
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Mike and his good friend T-shirt are on hand to not only answer questions from their mailbag but to sing about it as well. In the interview portion, Mike is joined this time around by the rapper, podcaster, and video maven known as Intuition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2016
41: Uncommon Nasa, Prog Rap, and Yoga Class Pronunciations
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Mike is in New York City talking to his old friend, professionally known as Uncommon Nasa. They talk about identity, balancing running a record label and being an artist, and what the musical form known as Prog Rap is all about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2016
40: Marcella Arguello and How It’s OK to Be Mean
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Marcella Arguello comes from the world of stand-up comedy, and met Mike Eagle while doing comedy battle rap. It’s a form that Mike has struggled with, losing every match he enters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2015
39: John Robinson, Real Names, and a Serengeti Road Trip
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Mike takes a road trip with his Cavanaugh bandmate Serengeti, plus an interview with John Robinson, the rapper formerly known as Lil Sci of Scienz of Life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2015
38: Free the Robots and What It’s Like to Throw a Party for Eight Years
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The artist known as Free the Robots joins Open Mike Eagle to talk about a variety of topics, including growing up in Orange County, taking risks with music, and owning and running the restaurant/music venue known as The Crosby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2015
37: Eliza Skinner and Comedy Rap Battles
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It’s all about freestyling on this episode, as we meet comedian and comedy rap impresario Eliza Skinner. She talks about life in a rap battle, life in a television writers’ room, and the hilarious and difficult world of standup comedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2015
36: 2Mex and the Value of Hard Work
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Host Open Mike Eagle sits down with the rapper 2Mex for a broad-ranging discussion about making music, listening to music, and living life. Other people might sell more records, but when it comes to putting on shows and creating something to record, no one outworks 2Mex. We also find out if 2Mex sees himself more like The Dandy Warhols or The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2015
35: Kitty and How to Deal With Things
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Host Open Mike Eagle chats with Kitty, aka the artist formerly known as Kitty Pryde, about being there for her fans and how that has both advantages and disadvantages. Kitty tells about shedding her child prodigy past and her Florida hometown and how those experiences informed her music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2015
34: The Gaslamp Killer and Why You Need to Dance
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Mike talks with esteemed DJ The Gaslamp Killer about entering hip-hop with no footsteps to follow in, the perils of knowing too much about someone through social media, and how to get fired from a bunch of record stores. Plus, the premiere of a brand new song! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2015
33: DJ House Shoes on the Detroit sound
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DJ House Shoes talks about the Detroit sound and his work and friendship with J Dilla. Mike's T-shirt returns to the show, although he won't take Mike's calls anymore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2015
32: Ras Kass on Major Labels and Ghostwriting
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Ras Kass talks about the struggles of being on a major label, ghostwriting in hip hop, and Semi Hendrix, his collaboration with Jack Splash. Also, Open Mike Eagle's new t-shirt raps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2015
31: Hari Kondabolu
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Comedian Hari Kondabolu talks with Mike about pro wrestling, Hollywood, and reasonably priced hotels in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2015
30: Billy Woods and Hiding from the Media
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Rapper Billy Woods tells his origin story and explains why he hides his face from the media. Plus, Open Mike Eagle debuts a new song. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2015
29: VerBS and Bananas
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Mike takes us to Bananas, one of LA's most creatively important club nights, and he interviews the man who puts it all together, VerBS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2015
28: Greg Grease on Life, Music, and Indie-Rap Politics
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Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease talks about music, life, and indie-rap racial politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2015
27: Mega Ran’s Origin Story
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The origin story of Mega Ran, the 8-bit pioneer of chip hop. Also, Open Mike Eagle plays piano but does not rap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2015
26: Future Islands’ Sam Herring on Loving Hip-Hop and ‘Hemlock Ernst’
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Sam Herring from Future Islands talks about his music, his love of hip-hop, and his alter ego, rapper Hemlock Ernst. Open Mike Eagle also answers a listener question and shares another unreleased song. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2015
25: Aesop Rock, Anxiety, and Moving (Back) to NYC
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In a wide-ranging interview, Aesop Rock opens up about his bouts with depression and anxiety, moving back to New York City, the artists who have influenced him, and what success looks like for a working rapper in 2015. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2015
24: MC Frontalot on Nerdcore and Depression
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MC Frontalot, the world's 579th greatest rapper, talks about the character behind his character. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2015
23: Yonnas Abraham on Goth Rap, Dead Drops, and Satan
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Yonnas Abraham of BLKHRTS talks about goth rap, dead drops, and Satan. Also, an invitation to write and record lyrics for an Open Mike Eagle song that started with a selfie on Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2015
22: An Interview with Three Ninjas
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Mike interviews Three Ninjas (aka Jason Brunet) about changing musical styles, moving across the country, and some very dark Christmas songs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2015
21: Daedelus Part Two: Record Labels and the Crimean War
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Part two of Mike's interview with Daedelus covers record labels, music making, and the Crimean War (1853-1856). The bonus track at the end of the show is Mike circa 2010. It's The Bestest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2015
20: Daedelus on Making Beats and the LA Underground
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Mike interviews Daedelus about making beats, the LA underground, and making art by setting boundaries. First of a two-part interview. Also, Mike covers Pavement’s Cut Your Hair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2015
19: Sims
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Mike interviews Sims of Doomtree about the benefits and challenges in being part of a big crew. Plus, Mike reads his iTunes reviews. They’re mostly good. Mostly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2015
18: Minisode 2: Carnage the Executioner
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A second bonus episode of Secret Skin, with more material from Secret Skin Live! Minneapolis-based hip hop artist Carnage the Executioner performs two songs live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2015
17: Dessa on Doomtree, Image, and Karaoke
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Mike interviews Dessa from Doomtree. She explains how time at a karaoke bar led her to the name Dessa, and why she performs some of her songs at a higher pitch live than recorded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2015
16: Minisode 1: Psalm One
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Two Psalm One bonus tracks from her live performance on Secret Skin Live, including a new unreleased track! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2015
15: Carnage and Brandi Brown (Secret Skin Live, Part Two)
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Open Mike Eagle hosts Secret Skin Live Part 2, featuring a live performance from Carnage the Executioner and comedy from Brandi Brown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2015
14: Psalm One and Aby Wolf (Secret Skin Live, Part One)
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Psalm One and Aby Wolf perform and chat with Open Mike Eagle on Secret Skin Live, recorded for the first time ever in front of a live studio audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2015
13: Andrew Broder and a Dirty Texas Hotel Room
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An interview with Andrew Broder, producer and leader of Fog. Open Mike Eagle also raps live from a dirty hotel room in Texas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2015
12: Selling Music Is Hard, Featuring Busdriver
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Open Mike Eagle interviews his friend and mentor Busdriver. The conversation ranges from Martin Luther King Jr. to the dadaist nature of rap to Mike’s new EP, from which he premieres a new song, "Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2015
11: W. Kamau Bell on Totally Biased, Cancellation, and Life Itself
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Before he was a comedy star, W. Kamau Bell asked himself what project he would work on if he were famous. The answer changed his life, and eventually led to his TV show, Totally Biased. Open Mike Eagle talks with Bell about the show, its cancellation, and life itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2015
10: Open Mike Eagle & Milo On 2014, 2015, and the Value of Sitting Down
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Open Mike Eagle talks with Milo to review 2014, preview 2015, and debate the value of sitting down while recording a track. Mike also shares an unreleased song that chronicles a night at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2014
9: P.O.S on Parenting, Doomtree, Kidneys
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Open Mike Eagle interviews Twin Cities hip-hop artist P.O.S about his start in music, the rise of Doomtree, the Last Blowout Ever, his teenager, and his kidneys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2014
8: Milo and Ferguson
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This episode of Secret Skin has a wide-ranging chat between Open Mike and his friend and fellow hip-hop artist Milo. It also opens with Mike's thoughts on Ferguson. You should listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2014
7: Yoni Wolf (Part 2) and The European Tour
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Open Mike brings you tour stories from the heart of Germany and part two of his interview with Yoni Wolf. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2014
6: An Interview with Yoni Wolf, Plus a List of Stupid Injuries
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Open Mike Eagle talks about stupid injuries, both his own and other's, then interviews Anticon Records co-founder/musician Yoni Wolf. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2014
5: Myq Kaplan Is Not Afraid
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The subject is fear. Open Mike Eagle tells you what he's afraid of (improperly ejected hard drives, for one), then talks with his guest, comedian Myq Kaplan, about conquering those fears.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2014
3: The Death of Underground Hip-Hop
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Open Mike Eagle loves underground hip-hop, but he also killed it. So did Gilbert O'Sullivan and other Napster users, as he notes. Mike also welcomes fellow traveler Blockhead to the show to talk music and the New York City school system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2014
2: Comedy with Janelle James
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A wide-ranging conversation with comedian Janelle James leads to discussions of hecklers, Iowa, organic food in surprising places, Darla, and driving four hours for a 5-minute gig. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2014
1: Naked and Afraid
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Open Mike Eagle is naked and afraid. Or so he tells us at the beginning of the inaugural Secret Skin. On this episode, he talks to Nocando in the midst of their successful, minivan-assisted Dorner Vs. Tookie Tour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2014