MIKE MATTHEWS interviews singer/songwriter IRENE PENA on "effizode" 24 of THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!!!

This is Mike Matthews bringing you another show from the one place on Earth that is the LAST place on Earth!  We have some great music waiting for us and Chely Shoehart, our 18 year old giftshop supervisor, makes a return appearance! 

This week we have a very talented singer/songwriter from Seattle named Irene Pena.  She and I have an interesting backstory.  No, she’s not an ex or anything like that!  We used to work at the same crazy corporation together!  And I mean CRAZY!!!  I ended up lingering within that very lopsided business far longer than Irene did, and it was to my own peril!  I ended up moving my wife and I to another state and then I got let go after a year.  Um, any cab money for the ride home, guys?  Oh, yeah, and that was one big BOYS CLUB!  And no, not the cool 80’s band that featured members from The Jets and had one hit song “I Remember Holding You.”  No, this was a bunch of unregulated a-holes pardon my francais!

But after 2 years and several podcasts later, I don’t miss that nutty company.  Yet thanks to social networks and the shrinking landscape in which we live, I was able to reconnect with Irene and hey!  She listens to the show!  So she’s on this week.  Her self-penned tunes are awesome and you can hear them all right here!

So my last guest, Hey Rosetta!, might be getting me onto the radio.  There was someone affiliated with them who is letting stations know about this show beyond what PRX.org can do.  At some point we might be on the radio again!  If we just remain on the Internet forever, however, I don’t mind because I know that listeners like you are loyal and I shall continue producing this show for you!  I am trying to get this show on the campus radio station of the community college I go to.  Of course, they don’t respond to emails, even from student accounts supplied by the very college they work for, so I must track down the program director to ask if I can play this show on their airwaves.

But stronger than airwaves, please tell all your friends about this show.  We can build this thing!  It’s a regular show that’s out every week that promotes cool artists and gives you a fun audio alternative to all the other stuff.  Which brings me to other podcasts out there.  Really, it’s all down to just radio and tv podcasts as well as big name celebrity podcasts.  Where are the in-home made podcasts?  Where are the not-big names?  I wanna hear something different!  I wanna hear a music show that’s also got comedy and variety in it!  When I look up podcasts using the “music” tag, all I get is just music.  Shouldn’t it have talking in it since it’s called a podcast?  If it’s just music, maybe it shouldn’t be called a podcast.  Maybe it should be called an album!

Oh, and I’m really tired of turkey meat.  Just thought I’d say that.  The ground kind.  Used to think it was amazing.  Now, just tired o’ it.

So as rain cascades down and various storm drains become backed up, and oh how I praise you precious storm drains!, here is effizode number 24…

http://michaelmatthews.podomatic.com/entry/2011-03-26T15_10_52-07_00

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Thanks!  Next week it’s more of our interview with Eliza Doolittle who has since been at SXSW and featured in Entertainment Weekly Magazine!

See you then!

Mike

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