Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

Well Folks, the year is wrapping up, and I’m certain that I am not alone in my excitement for this sinkhole of a year to be behind us. Of course, the root cause of what has us going so insane is still around, but I dare say we have a bit of hope coming our way in 2021. Hopefully. Maybe not. Who knows.

Anyway, we can all agree that the fucking music in 2020 was plentiful and pretty damn great! Hell, what else did people really have to do? Sure creative spirits could have been diminished for some, but as you can tell with the incredible list we have compiled below, not to all! We have a wonderful batch of albums to share with you all. And this is only part one! Due to the unique circumstances of the dates of Holidays this year,  I thought it would be fun to tease you all a bit by releasing one edition on Friday, and the next one on Monday. Oh how we kid around here. I guess this is what stir crazy looks like in a digital blog format.

But in all seriousness Folks, there has been some wonderful music released in 2020. If you followed along our journey in our Top 100 Songs of 2020, you will likely recognize literally every artist on this list. 50 ofolks from our Top 100 Songs are reflected in the full albums below, and they are all incredible. You’re going to love this. So please enjoy part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020!

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Well, here we are, Folks. Below is what could possibly be my very last end of year list ever. I mean, in digital print format anyway. It has been a wild dozen years, and it has been so much fun bringing these lists to my wonderful reader(s). This top 25 is pretty special because it includes so many of the artists that we have continued to showcase over the years, but there are also so pretty amazing new faces that will surely remain in the zeitgeist of whatever it is I do in the future after Trainwreck’d Society is nothing more than an encyclopedia of cool shit that existed from 2011-2021. Atmosphere, Lotte Kestner, The Sea The Sea, and of course, Blitzen Trapper, are just a few of the artists who have appeared on my lists over the years each and every time they put out a record. And I am not ashamed of this, as they all fucking rule, and I honestly don’t give a single fuck how biased that seems.

Speaking of biased, I actually had to re-edit the original introduction to this thing because I decided to break my own rules, and include Miel’s Tourist Season in the Top Albums list, even though it is technically an EP. I mean, do the rules really even matter anymore? Only megastars are putting out long form albums because they may actually make money from streaming, so fuck it. And this “EP” is hands down one of the best things I have listen to this year, with the exception of the top two albums, including one from our pal Honey Gentry who finally put our her first full length album!

So Folks, it’s been a real damn delight over the years. And if you find yourself looking into the third portion of the Trembath trilogy (whatever that may be), I may be able to provide you with these similar lists. But, until then, please enjoy the final installment of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 or 50 Albums of the year. Enjoy!

 

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25. Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah – L.A. Yesterday

 

24. Atmosphere – The Day Before Halloween

 

23. The Furious Seasons – La Fonda

 

22. Lisa Loeb – A Simple Trick to Happiness

 

21. Thurston Moore – By the Fire

 

20. Sunset Canyoneers – Sunset Canyoneers

 

19. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

 

18. Berlin – Strings Attached

 

17. Car Sea Headrest – Making a Door Less Open

 

16. Leonard Cohen – Thanks For the Dance

 

15. Belle and Sebastian – What to Look For In Summer

 

14. Ciaran Lavery – Plz Stay, BB

 

13. Megan Thee Stallion – Good News

 

12. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

 

11. Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guilde

 

10. Juice Wrld – Legends Never Die

 

9. Lotte Kestner – Covers Vol. 2

 

8. Bike Thiefs – Leaking

 

7. John Craigie – Asterik the Universe

 

6. The Sea Sea – Stumbling Home

 

5. Mac Miller – Circles

 

4. Grayson Capps – South Front Street

 

3. Miel – Tourist Season

 

2. Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes

 

  1. Honey Gentry – H.G.

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Well Folks, the year is wrapping up, and I’m certain that I am not alone in my excitement for this sinkhole of a year to be behind us. Of course, the root cause of what has us going so insane is still around, but I dare say we have a bit of hope coming our way in 2021. Hopefully. Maybe not. Who knows.

Anyway, we can all agree that the fucking music in 2020 was plentiful and pretty damn great! Hell, what else did people really have to do? Sure creative spirits could have been diminished for some, but as you can tell with the incredible list we have compiled below, not to all! We have a wonderful batch of albums to share with you all. And this is only part one! Due to the unique circumstances of the dates of Holidays this year,  I thought it would be fun to tease you all a bit by releasing one edition on Friday, and the next one on Monday. Oh how we kid around here. I guess this is what stir crazy looks like in a digital blog format.

But in all seriousness Folks, there has been some wonderful music released in 2020. If you followed along our journey in our Top 100 Songs of 2020, you will likely recognize literally every artist on this list. My favorite batch of music this year was technically an EP, so it they won’t be showing up here, but I still implore you all to check out Miel’s Tourist Season, which is incredible. But 50 other folks from our Top 100 Songs are reflected in the full albums below, and they are all incredible. You’re going to love this. So please enjoy part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020!

 

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50. Joan Osborne – Trouble and Strife

 

49. The Jason Daniels Band – Downloads From the Universe

 

48. Brandy – B7

 

47. Pearl Jam – Gigaton

 

46. Kate MacLeod

 

45. Eels – Earth Dora

 

44. Felt – Felt 4 U

 

43. The Kid Laroi – Fuck Love

 

42. Iron Maiden – Nights of the Dead

 

41. Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By

 

40. Ted Russell – Down in the Den

 

39. Ezra Bell – This Way To Oblivion

 

38. Lucid Child – My Universe

 

37. Fleet Foxes – Shore

 

36. Nick Cave – Idiot Praryer (Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace)

 

35. Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?

 

34. Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut

 

33. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways

 

32. Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma, and Divorce

 

31. Ultimate Fakebook – The Preserving Machine

 

30. Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

 

29. Run The Jewels – RJ4

 

28. King Ropes – Go Back Where They Came From

 

27. Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

 

26. Michael Baker – Salt

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 4: 25 – 1 [Exclusive!]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

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Here it is Folks! Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 25 Songs of 2020. Some folks that you have seen over the last few days, and even the last few years, as well as some new faces that we are so proud to have entering the TWS zeitgeist. So please enjoy! And be sure to give these folks a listen!

 

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25. Blitzen Trapper – Don’t Let Me Run

 

24. Warren G (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – And You Know That

 

23. Fleet Foxes – Shore

 

22. Lisa Loeb – Doesn’t It Feel Good

 

21. YG – FTP

 

20. Miel – Must Be Fine

 

19. Tyla Yewah (feat. Post Malone & Tommy Lee) – Tommy Lee

 

18. Kate MacLeod – The Secret Forest Lament

 

17. Car Seat Headrest – Can’t Cool Me Down

 

16. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

 

15. Juicy J – Hella Fuckin’ Trauma

 

14. Bi-Product – Selfish Girl

 

13. Phoebe Bridgers – Halloween

 

12. Bike Thiefs – Hockey Dad

 

11. Juice Wrld – Wishing Well

 

10. Grayson Capps – Harley Davidson

 

9. Trae the Truth, T.I., Styles P, Mysonne Ink, Anthony Hamilton, Conway, Krayzie Bone, David Banner & Bun B – Time For Change

 

8. The Sea The Sea – I’ll Be Loving You

 

7. Joseph Demaree – Shattered Castles

 

6. Mac Miller – Circles

 

5. The Black Tones – The Devil and His Grandmother

 

4. Steven David McKellar – Don’t Ask Why

 

3. Blitzen Trapper – Sons and Unwanted Mothers

 

2. Honey Gentry – Valentine

 

  1. 1. Miel – Tourist Season

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 3: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

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50. The Kid Laroi (feat. Juice Wrld) – Go

 

49. Lisa Loeb – This Is My Life

 

48. Ezra Bell – The Joke Was On Me

 

47. Fleet Foxes – Can I Believe You

 

46. Ted Russell Kamp – Home Sweet Hollywood

 

45. Open Mike Eagle – I’m a Joestar (Black Power Fantasy)

 

44. The Ultimate Fakebook – Sad Soldier

 

43. Alanis Morissette – Reasons I Drink

 

42. Run The Jewels – Holy Calamafuck

 

41. Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

 

40. Brandy – Baby Mama

 

39. Mac Miller – Good News

 

38. Atmosphere – She Loves My Not

 

37. Bradley Wik – I Started Killing Myself Years Ago

 

36. Passenger – Year on Year, Day by Day

 

35. Ciaran Lavery – I Was Drunk When I Made The World For You

 

34. Bright Eyes – Hot Car in the Sun

 

33. Phoebe Bridgers – DVD Menu

 

32. Heart Bones – Hurricanes

 

31. Megan Thee Stallion – B.I.T.C.H.

 

30. Emerald Comets – Isolation Daydreams

 

29. Eminem (feat. Juice Wrld) – Godzilla

 

28. Tom Speight – Dakota

 

27. Sadistik – Hell is Where the Heart Is

 

26. Anti Flag (feat. Tom Morello, De’ Wayne, Jalise Della Gary, Jordan Montgomery, – A Dying Plea Vol. 2

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 2: 75-51 [Exclusive]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

 

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In Part 2 of our Top 100 Songs of 2020, we have a ferocious blend of new and old school hip hop, so beautiful singer-songwriter tracks, and we even get a bit more metal than we have in the latter years. There are some repeats from yesterday’s, and even a couple within this list alone. Which if you are paying attention, could mean something for the list to come. And as we promised yesterday, the appearance of our first, and probably last, holiday song makes its appearance, courtesy of our dear friend and hilarious comedian Tommy McNamara, who may have actually turned this Grinch heart around on the idea of Christmas music. Or not. He’s just hilarious, and I really loved his Christmas EP.

There you have it, Folks. The first half of the list is out there. I’ll see you all tomorrow for Part 3!

 

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75. Bowling For Soup (feat. 10k.caash) – Erase Me (Kid Cudi cover)

 

74. Lucid Child – Dreaming in a Walking Land

 

73. Miel – Mean Something

 

72. Kurupt – Ain’t the Same

 

71. Iron Maiden – Sign of the Cross

 

70. Juan Tigre – Drama Bomb

 

69. Article (feat. Mark Boals) – You Run Away

 

68. Tremendous – Bag of Nails

 

67. Portugal the Man. & Weird Al Yankovic – Who’s Gonna Stop Me

 

66. The Furious Seasons – As a Matter of Fact

 

65. King Ropes – The Danger Zone (Ray Charles cover)

 

64. Michael Baker – Shed My Skin

 

63. Honey Gentry – If You Sit Very Still You Can Hear the Sun Move

 

62. Taylor Swift (feat. Bon Iver) – Exile

 

61. Lee Gallagher & The Halleluiah – Highway 10

 

60. Public Enemy – State of the Union (STFU)

 

59. Felt – Don’t Do Me Like That

 

58. Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do

 

57. Honey Gentry – The Bell Jar

 

56. Joseph Demaree – Floating on a Breath

 

55. John Craigie – Used it All Up

 

54. Tommy McNamara – That’s What I Know About Christmas

 

53. Blitzen Trapper – Masonic Temple Microdose #1

 

52. Bob Dylan – Goodbye Jimmy Reed

 

51. I’ll Be Holding

 

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2020 Part 1: 100-76 [Exclusive]

 

 

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

 

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In Part 1 of our Top 100 Songs of 2020, we come out the gates hard with some recognizable faces, as well as some less familiar but equally as talented folks. From pirate themed party rock anthems, to 90’s darlings coming back around, to arguably the biggest hit of the summer, there is something for everyone in this first segment. And spoiler alert (sort of) you can bet that there will definitely be some returning faces in the days to come. And if you are a regular reader (Hi Dad!) of the site, you probably won’t have too hard of a time figuring out who they may be. I hope you all enjoy this eclectic mash up of indie folk, alternative rock bangers, and twerk anthems. See you tomorrow!

 

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100. Gabriella Metz – Awake

 

99. Nick Cave – Into My Arms (Live at Alexander Palace)

 

98. Miel – Columbus Day

 

97. Blink 182 – Quarantine

 

96. Joan Osborne – Boy Dontcha Know

 

95. Tommy Ashby – Blood Wolf Moon

 

94. Of Monsters and Men – Circles (Post Malone cover)

 

93. Brandy – Lucid Dreams

 

92. Collective Soul – The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)

 

91. Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

 

90. Mariah Carey (feat. Lauryn Hill) – Save the Day

 

89. Juice Wrld (feat. Halsey) – Life’s a Mess

 

88. Less Than Jake – Lie To Me

 

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87. Ben Bostick – Absolutely Emily

 

86. Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns – Oh Baby

 

85. The Avett Brothers – This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie cover)

 

84. Eels – Are You Fucking Your Ex?

 

83. The City Gates (feat. Francis Nothingwater & Alexander Donat) – Siegried 1969

 

82. Beyonce – Black Parade

 

81. Blitzen Trapper – Don’t Let Me Run

 

80. Pearl Jam – Superblood Wolfmoon

 

79. Alestorm – Treasure Chest Party Quest

 

78. Sadistik – Canary In a Mine

 

77. Bob Katsionis – Boss Fight I: The Doctor

 

76. Cardi B (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – WAP

Brian Markinson [Interview]

 

Hello, Folks! Welcome back to another wonderful interview here at Trainwreck’d Society. Today we are sharing some words from a guy who not only appeared in one of our favorite film’s of 2020, but an absolute legendary star of stage and screen for over 30 years. It’s Brian Markinson, Everyone! 

Brian can be seen, as of last week, in the truly heart-warming film All Joking Aside, where he plays a down and out stand up comedy vet who is hired by a would be open mic-er to work on her act. It is a heart-warming tale that moves along brilliantly to get to the bottom of who these characters are deep down. Brian has the delivery for a true road dog comic with a no frills catalyst for dealing with people’s nonsense. The film is great, and that is by all means thanks to the work of Markinson, as well as the rest of the stunning cast.

Brian has done so much other amazing work, which he will discuss below, including 3 different Woody Allen projects, acclaimed Canadian TV series such as Continuum, Shattered, and the most recent, Tribal. Brian was kind enough to give us a little bit of back ground on his career, working on All Joking Aside, and looking ahead towards the future. 

So without any further babbling from me, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant actor, Brian Markinson!

 

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What initially drew you to the world of entertainment? Was it something you have wanted to do since your youth, or did you simply happen to fall into this world one day?

I got started in high school. I had a great drama teacher who made the process safe and fun. I was also drawn to the community of people that were involved in the program. I decided then that acting was going to be the path I pursued.

What was your very first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work to date?

I got my equity card doing a play called Nocturne at a fantastic theatre in New Rochelle, New York called East Coast Playhouse. It was a theatre dedicated to the development of new work. Wonderful playwrights like David Rabe and Percy Granger workshopped their writing there. It had a great subscription audience and critics were not allowed. A very safe place for a writer, director and cast to develop a piece to its full potential. I learned about the importance of collaboration. Art can’t really flourish without it.

You have appeared in 3 different films from one of my personal favorite filmmakers, the legendary Woody Allen. I am curious to know what it is like to work with such a legendary figure. What sets a Woody Allen project apart from the plethora of other filmmakers you have worked with?

I loved working with Woody. He has immense trust in his cast. There is nothing precious about the work. He doesn’t concern himself with vanity. He doesn’t shoot a lot, and much of what he does shoot is in the master shot, so actors can play a scene in real time without the scene being edited to bits. Feels more like theatre. Woody and I played a scene in Curse of the Jade Scorpion walking out of a jazz club in Harlem where he set the camera up across the street and just let it run. No coverage. I think we did 2 or 3 takes and that was it. Absolutely thrilling.

Can you tell us a bit about one of your latest projects, All Joking Aside. What can our readers expect to see? And what made you want to bring this story to the world?

I was approached by the director, Shannon Kohli, who I adore, when we were working together on another project. She asked me to read the script, and I loved the guy, Bob. I said yes immediately. It’s a student/mentor story set in the world of stand-up comedy. It takes a deep dive into the struggles of a young woman, played by Raylene Harewood, who is trying to make it in the world of comedy, and hires an older, retired comic who has heckled her off stage to teach her the ropes . Heart-felt. Funny.

 

 

If you were given free range to create and/or star in the biopic of anybody from U.S. history, who would it be?

I am fascinated by Roy Cohn, who was chief-council to Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Army- McCarthy hearings in 1954, then went on to be one of the most feared attorneys, representing Fred Trump and his son, the 45th president of the USA. Cohn was the template for the Donald Trump we know. Weaponizing fear and lying until the lie becomes truth. I played him in the play Angels In America, and would love another run at him.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to share with our readers?

I am currently in Calgary, filming season 2 of the TV series Tribal. We are filming 10 episodes that will air sometime in 2021.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory speeches.

 

 

All Joking Aside [Film]

 

“Charlene Murray (Charlie to her friends) isn’t your average twenty-one year old.  Inspired by her late father’s unrealized ambitions, she wants nothing more in life than to be a stand-up comic, and is equal parts thrilled and terrified by the fact that she’s finally old enough to get into a comedy club and actually try her material in front of paying customers. So with a fistful of jokes, and her stalwart friend Kim there to get her back, she heads to the Laughing Hyena, one of New York’s faded comedic hot spots, to hit her first ever open mic night.  Glued to his barstool at the back of the room, with his fourth whiskey of the night in hand is Bob Carpenter, and he’s not going to stop heckling until Charlie gives up the microphone.  It doesn’t take long before he gets exactly what he wants, and Charlie, chastened, flees the club with Kim on her tail. When she later returns to the Hyena to talk to the manager Dennis, he tells Charlie that if she really wants to learn the craft, then she’s got to be writing all the time, and studying people who know what they’re doing; people like Bob who, before his marriage and career collapsed and he became an alcoholic heckler, used to be one of the top touring comics in the country.  He pulls out some old VHS tapes of the young and energetic performer, first showing him own the crowd with his raw, edgy material, and then in a different clip from his final performance a few years later, literally attacking them.  Impressed by this new side of him, and with Dennis’ encouragement, Charlie decides that Bob is going to be her mentor whether he likes it or not, and sets about winning him over.   As the two slowly feel each other out, what develops is an unlikely friendship based on broken families, a healthy appreciation of sarcasm, and the undeniable rush of making a whole room full of people laugh.” – October Coast PR

 

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Folks, it’s no secret that we love stand up comedy here at Trainwreck’d Society. We have interviewed dozens of comedic greats of the past and current times. It is such a wildly specific art form that requires so little in the form of physical performance, yet requires so much more mentally than what meets the eye. I’ve heard it said before that, yes, “anyone”, can do stand up comedy simply because it does not require any physical skills beyond a microphone (sometimes) and a voice. But obviously, it takes so much more than just the ability to speak in public. It’s the reason that (at least pre-pandemic, anyway) it felt like 100 new people a day were “starting” in comedy, and 50 people were giving it up, if I had to make some rough estimates. A person could be the most naturally funny person around the old proverbial water cooler at their 9 to 5, but it doesn’t mean they are going to make it in the business, or even have the charisma to pull it off. And that is something that I believe filmmaker Shannon Kohli and screenwriter James Pickering were keenly aware of when they were bringing All Joking Aside to life.

I will be honest with you all, Folks. I am very aware that many times over, films about stand up comedy simply just fall flat. So many times I find myself realizing that my love for stand up comedy is what keeps bringing me to movies that “explore” the world of stand up. And obviously they’re not all going to work. Bull Durham and Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch are both technically about baseball, but there is a clear distinction between the two. Not just any film about stand up comedy is going to work. Too often the job and the art form of itself is set aside to dig more into the character themselves, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it always works best when the stand up is integrated consistently into the character development. And I am here to say it loud and proud to you all, All Joking Aside does just that. The story is simple enough, yet with complex characters, secrets lying just below the emotional surface, and a very well written story filled with wit and joy and pain and love, this film pulls off what so many other stand up comedy related films could in the past.

 

 

Yes, All Joking Aside is a brilliant film that is well written and shot beautifully. But of course, the film could have totally fallen flat if it weren’t for some damn fine performances. Pretending to be a stand up comic is probably one of the hardest feats to get right in the world of cinema, but hot damn if Raylene Harwood doesn’t absolutely KILL in this film. I believed every single moment of drive she displayed as Charlie. She absolutely CRUSHED it, if I might throw one more stand up related piece of lingo. And of course, veteran actor Brian Markinson gives a performance of his life time as the grizzled old comedy vet. He’s a unique character, but if you are highly engrossed in the world of comedy, I may imagine you could envision a Dave Attell like character who just sort of fell out of the way. Maybe Barry Crimmins. But, maybe we are digging in to deep here. Raylene and Brian made a hell of an on-screen duo, one of the best of the year, in what is most definitely one of the Top Ten films of 2020.

 

ALL JOKING ASIDE is available now On Demand from Quiver Distribution, wherever you stream great films.

 

 

Brandie Posey [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! Today we have some wonderful words from a full blown KILLER in the world of comedy. It’s Brandie Posey, Everyone! I have been a fan of Brandie’s comedy for quite some time, ever since I first heard her on the Trainwreck’d acclaimed podcast Who’s Your God, hosted by our dear friends Amy Miller and Steve Hernandez. It’s been close to two years since this one singular episode, but it has been a staple in my mind, as I have followed Brandie’s career closely ever since and it has been an absolute delight.

Brandie has co-hosted the incredible podcast, Lady to Lady, for going on 9 years. It’s a wonderful program, and has featured some of our wonderful friends in the past. She also hosts the truly original show Face to Face, that is an absolute must see as well. She digs into these projects and much more in this wonderful interview below. We are so excited to have Posey join the TWS family. It’s truly an honor. With that, please enjoy some amazing words from the great Brandie Posey!

 

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What initially drew you into the world of comedy? Was it something you had aspired to do since your youth, or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I’d always been a big comedy fan – me & my friends in middle school would watch SNLSeinfeld with notepads & write down our favorite lines, then bring them into lunch the next day. I wanted to write sketch & went to film school where I argued with my professors about the genius of Ace Ventura (I’m a 90’s kid, sue me) then when I graduated I moved to LA & fell in love with alternative stand up at places like the UCB. Paul F Tompkins & Maria Bamford blew my mind & I wanted to be in that world.

What was your first paid gig in the world of comedy? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still impact your work to date?

I’ve always treated every gig like I was getting paid, even though I’ve done a LOT of free shows over the years, ha. My first paid gig out of town was probably on my first solo tour in 2014 & I learned a ton during that 6 weeks on the road. I am always thankful for a paying audience, they’re more invested a lot of the time than a free audience because they want to get a good night out of what they pay for. I think more shows should charge, and more comedians should really think about what their act is worth to their audience.

As a comic who has been across the country making folks laugh, I am curious to know about some of the more obscure places across the land that you have managed to perform at?

I’ll play just about anywhere, last week I did my first outdoor show in quarantine at a minor league baseball stadium an hour outside of LA. But I’ve playedcemeteries, bowling alleys, dance studios, yoga studios, a truck depot in Central PA – you name it I bet I’ve done some version of it.

And what have been some places that were surprisingly great for stand up comedy? Places that people would not believe are gold mines, or at least good, to perform? 

My favorite show a few years back was in Whitesburg, KY. I’m a huge fan of the Leftist podcast Trillbilly Worker’s Party & had an extra day on tour so I reached out to see if they wanted to meet up & throw a show that night, we were close to Halloween. My openers were a Dolly Parton cover band & a Latinx gal painted like a skeleton dancing to Dia De Los Muertos songs. The audience was a bunch of Appalachian witches & college kids from the surrounding area, it was a total blast. I’m the first comic to ever come through Whitesburg & I’d recommend it to anyone worth a shit.

I am very intrigued by your show that you have taken across the country entitled “Picture This”. Could you tell our readers a bit about this project? How did this idea come to fruition?

“Picture This” is a show that I co-created with Sam Varela my producing partner, it pairs up comedians with animators who draw their jokes during their set. It’s like dealing with the most talented heckler of all time! Remember that old Bugs Bunny costume Duck Amuck where Daffy keeps getting erased & redrawn as different things? It has that vibe haha. We’ve been doing the show in LA for over 9 years now to sold out crowds & in NY for about 6 years now too. We’ve taken it to a ton of festivals & even played the Kennedy Center twice. Now we do the show monthly over Zoom which has been great because we’ve been able to merge our artists & comics from around the country onto the same show. It’s the most fun I have in comedy.

 

 

And since it almost seems mandatory these days, you have a wonderful podcast entitled Lady to Lady, which you have had several guests that were also kind enough to grace the TWS pages (Martha Kelly, Blair Socci, Steph Tolev, Christine Lakin, & more!). Can you tell us a bit about the show for those readers out there who may not be familiar?

Lady to Lady is myself, Babs Gray & Tess Barker. We’ve been going for over 9 years now too & every week we feature a different female identifying comedian (although every once in a while we’ll have on French Stewart haha). We goof off & play games & answer advice & it’s like being at the funniest brunch of all time. We also do ridiculous stunts like we were sent a sex machine by a PR company a few years ago & we sold it off to raise money for a party bus for some listeners & us to go to Magic Mike XXL in Last Vegas, which was a total blast!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m waiting patiently for live stand up to come back, so you can’t really see me live any time soon, but Lady to Lady drops every Wednesday & we have been doing really fun Zoom shows even 2 months as well – our next one will be on 12/6! “Picture This” is on Zoom every 2nd Saturday of the month & you can get those tickets at https://www.littlefieldnyc.com/. Plus just come follow me on twitter & insta at @brandazzle, I have a cute dog & goofy jokes.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

This morning I was looking at this old picture of my dog with me dressed up as the East Bunny, it kills me every time.

 

Jeffrey Reddick [Interview]

Photo by Joseph D’Urso

 

Hello Folks! Welcome to the 2020 edition of our Month of Horror. It’s almost humorous that we are showcasing the motion pictured displays of horror when it seems as though we simply have to look around us to see the natural horror that is enveloping our daily lives. But nevertheless, a quick escape from the surrealism of our daily lives is often appreciated. In this vein, we honor these wonderful folks who seek to only entertain us with a good scare and a break from the actual horror that is all around us. We have assembled a wonderful batch of actors, writers, directors & beyond, who have worked on so many different projects that you know and love. I am beyond excited to share them with you all throughout the month of October. Enjoy!

Folks! As per usual, we saved the best for last in this year’s installment of our Month of Horror. All of our guests have been amazing, but today’s guest is extra special for so many reasons. It’s Jeffrey Reddick! 20 years ago Jeffrey rocked the world of horror by penning the now infamous film Final Destination, that has turned into an extremely captivating and successful franchise. In addition, he’s the man who penned the incredible 2008 reimagining of George A. Romero’s film Day of the Dead feat Mena Suvari and our dear friend and past guest Christa Campbell. More recently, Reddick wrote, as well as directed, one of not only the best horror films of 2020, but best films overall, the brilliant Don’t Look Back. I sincerely recommend this film so damn much. It’s as clever as it is frightening.

Having Jeffrey with us today is also special for a couple of other reasons. First of all, Reddick will go down in history as our 600th interview! And I couldn’t think of anyone better to mark such an occasion. Well, maybe 666th would have been more fun, but nevertheless, it’s pretty great. Also, as you may have already noticed, Jeffrey opted to go the vocal route with his interview by sending his answers in via a recording. We’ve only done it this way a handful of times, but every time it is a real delight. We would love to be able to do these things in person, but time zone constraints have made it mostly impossible. But, with that being said…….

It is with somewhat sad news that I announce that Jeffrey Reddick will also go down in history as the very last interviewee ever in our Month of Horror series, as this will be the last month that we do this. In fact, by the time next October comes around, Trainwreck’d Society will be cease to exist. Calm down, there is good news here. I (Ron) will be relocating back to the states (sort of, Anchorage, AK) very soon. And with that, the world of Trainwreck’d Society is in the stages of…..wait for it….becoming a podcast! The entire concept of the podcast is not being announce just yet, but suffice to say, as we mentioned earlier, we are looking to conduct Skype/Zoom interviews, which have ironically become all the rage these days for reasons we could have never seen years ago. More information to follow.

We are so excited to share this space with the legendary Jeffrey Reddick on the scariest days of the year, which happens to be one of the scariest years we have seen in quite a long time. He is an incredible human being, and has shared with us some of the best answers we have ever received.

So Folks, have a listen to some wonderful words from the great Jeffrey Reddick! Enjoy!

 

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