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PPP #26: Eleni Mandell  

Eleni Mandell is an LA-based singer-songwriter who has been making some of the best music you'll ever hope to hear since her first album, Wishbone, came out in 1996. She's an astoundingly prolific artist with a huge discography, and…

PPP #25: Tony Scalzo 

Episode 25 of Pierre Pressure Podcast features very special guest Tony Scalzo from the band Fastball. Tony is a talented and prolific songwriter who wrote a string of hits for his platinum-selling band Fastball in the late 90s. He…

PPP #24: Bill Frisell 

After a three month hiatus due to Covid 19, Pierre Pressure Podcast is back! For the new season, Pierre focuses on the tradition of protest music, and how it can inspire us to speak up, stand up, and sing out…

PPP # 23: PANDEMIC #2 

Part 2 of Pierre's Pandemic Podcast features two guests from Episode 22 and some new guests discussing life during the coronavirus lockdown. Pierre checks in on the phone with two people who had Covid 19 and recovered, a doctor and…

PPP #21: CHRIS WELLS 

Chris Wells is the founder of The Secret City, and he is a high priest of art. He's been known to tower over people in platform shoes, he leads a congregation of art worshippers, his performances make people feel high…

PPP #20: JG THIRLWELL 

Composer-producer-frontman-wizard JG Thirlwell has been making astonishing, orchestral, bombastic music for decades. Born in Australia, he teamed up with Nick Cave and the Birthday Party, then joined Prag VEC, and soon formed his enduring solo project Foetus. Operating under plethora…

PPP #19: RICK FROBERG 

Musician and visual artist Rick Froberg can't help it, he f*&#ing loves rock and roll. Throughout his career he has fronted loud, uncompromising, agressive, totally original and influential bands like Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes with his partner…

PPP #18: THE BREEDERS 

For this very special episode, we reach way back into the vault and present an interview Pierre did with The Breeders in 1992! We unearthed this cassette recording of an interview with all four members of this massively popular and…

PPP #17: PHIL MANLEY 

Phil Manley is a west-coast based rock musician and producer. He runs El Studio in San Fransisco, and he handles the guitar, keyboards, bass, and vocals in bands Trans Am, Life Coach, Terry Gross, and Oneida among others. His band…

PPP #16: LISA MARR AND PAOLO DAVANZO 

Episode sweet sixteen features Los Angeles-based activists, musicians, filmmakers, and educators Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo. They run a non-profit called the Echo Park Film Center, and they travel the world spreading their vison of inclusiveness, tolerance, creativity and…

PPP #15: STEW 

Stew is a singer, musician, composer, playwright, and a powerhouse in the world of music and theater. For years he fronted the band Stew and the Negro Problem. He then went on to create and star in a play called…

PPP #14: KEN THOMSON 

This episode features woodwind whiz, composer, arranger, and performer Ken Thomson. Ken plays all kinds of clarinets and saxophones (and anything else that sounds like an angry swan) in many amazing projects including but not limited to: Bang on a…

PPP #13: DORIT CHRYSLER 

Lucky number 13 is my good friend Dorit Chrysler, a theremin wizard from Austria. She came to New York in the 90's and was the singer-guitarist for the scorching art-rock band Halcion. She subsequently went on tho become one of…

PPP #12: C. GIBBS 

This episode's guest is my good friend and musical collaborator Christian Gibbs. Also known as C. Gibbs, he's a ridiculously talented singer, songwriter, guitarist who's been crushing it for decades. His numerous band and solo projects include Morning Glories, C…

PPP #11: WILLIE GREEN 

This episode is all about hip hop. Paul Womack, AKA Willie Green, is a New York-based hip hop producer specializing in "art-rap." He produces extremely imaginative, groundbreaking beats for hip hop and pop artists who are not afraid to break…

PPP #10: TIMO ELLIS 

This episode's guest, Timo Ellis, is an all around musical powerhouse. He plays drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, and sings, and currently fronts the synth-metal band Netherlands. His musical bio spans an impressive and varied list of projects including Yoko Ono…

PPP #9: DAWN LANDES 

Guest Dawn Landes is talented multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer living in Nashville. We talk about climbing trees with Will Oldham, her touring with Sufjan Stevens, recording with Nashville A-listers, and why bow-hunters are more macho. She performs her original song…

PPP #8: ROMAN ELSENER AND FA VENTILATO 

A very special double episode with Fa Ventilato and Roman Elsener, two Swiss-born, New York-based musicians who have been close friends since their youth and have very different approaches to life and music. We spoke about micropolitics, CD scratching, pillow…

PPP #7: PAUL BRILL 

The guest on this episode of PIERRE PRESSURE PODCAST is Paul Brill, an award-winning composer, musician, songwriter and producer. We spoke in his Brooklyn studio about the possible outcomes for the midterms, shredding your way to success, serving Bernie coffee…

PPP #6: MIRA COOK 

Guest Mira Cook is a singer, pianist, composer, and dancer who performs regularly in NYC as a solo artist, building her songs live using vocal and instrumental loops. She also travels the world as a dancer and teacher with Battery…

PPP #4: DYLAN NOWIK 

Guest Dylan Nowik  is a singer/songwriter, multi instrumentalist, sound designer, and composer. We talked in the California Hill cottage about the world without humans, singing to statues in the forest, and the hopefulness of the rubber band concept. He…

PPP #3: MICHAEL ROSAS 

This episode's guest is singer, songwriter, musician and producer Michael Rosas. We have an in-depth conversation about growing up in Southern California, his foray into break-dancing, taking a knee, and wearing sombreros. We discuss his trajectory from the hardcore…

PPP #2: FRED CASSIDY 

My guest is musician, filmmaker, and producer Fred Cassidy. We talk about his background as a French American kid growing up between France and L.A., and we dig into politics, music, immigration, protest, Dick's, and lots of other pithy…

PPP #1: MIKE ANDREWS 

Welcome to the first episode of PIERRE PRESSURE PODCAST, a brand new sonic, musical, political adventure.

The very first guest is composer, producer, singer/songwriter MikeAndrews. He formed the band the Origin, plays in the Greyboy Allstars, was the composer…