The Lads discuss the President's visit to Alabama and the odd things he did there, as well as our relationship with home and the stories we tell ourselves about identity.Read More
Hywel is still hanging with the island songbirds, but he is kind enough to call in and let us hear their siren tune. Peter and Colter sit down in person with fellow native Birminghamian, stand up, hater of the heat, Daily Show correspondent, host of This is Not Happening on Comedy Central, I think you get the point, he’s a very busy man, Roy Wood Jr. we talk about his journey from hometown to now, the two times he’s felt he’s “made it”, the light at the end of the tunnel (it’s a train), who the best SEC football fan tippers are, fatherhood and bringing productions to the south.Read More
Hywel finds a mysteriuous book in a village in the shadow iof Mynydd Carningli (Welsh for the Mount of Angels) that is connected to his work and his experience in life.Read More
Greetings and welcome back to part two of our All Hywel's Ween Spooktacular. On today's show Colter reads a story by HP Lovecraft and Pete retails us with the chilling story of the Bell Witch, a 19th Century middle-Tennessee legend. Tune in for all the haunting tales of Transatlanticism we have for y'all.Read More
Hywel is truant once again (he's so fired) as Peter and Colter sit down with comedian, writer, actor and fellow podcaster, Edgar Momplaisir. Edgar is a sad boy, rad boy and bad boy. We talk a little bit about improv comedy, and the black experience therein, as well as talk about how growing up in the south shaped the way we are today. Be sure to check out Edgar's podcast, Culture Kings, and his web series, Sad Boy Edgar.Read More
Spring done sprung up and that means our ol’ buddy, summer, should be following closely behind. In honour, (weird spelling = a nod to our brits) of the eventuality of the dog days, we talked about the history and cultural importance of the American road trip on last week’s episode. The conversation along with the change in the weather started to thaw the frost of the NYC winter from my brain. Hold on to yer butts, ‘cause I got some thoughts.Read More
Hey ya’ll, we have wanted a new outlet for our ramblings, and we're happy to introduce The Fire Escape Blog! In our efforts to keep the show a little more streamlined and (semi) topical we thought it would be fun to give you a weekly batch of fresh baked thoughts. We hope you find something you enjoy in here, and as always would love to hear your thoughts and questions, as long as they are mostly nice or at least in efforts of being constructive or encouraging. The internet is quickly becoming (or already has become) an old redneck septic tank... full of stinking crap making everyone’s lives just a little bit worse. We won’t contribute to that. Thanks for being cool and open to hearing our stories and conversations. The Fire Escape loves you.Read More
This week the fellas talk about the greatest of American traditions, road trips! At the top we also discuss the shape of Chimney Rock on Lake Lure in North Carolina and the difference between the Aussie accent and the Kiwi.
Hywel is Back!
Peter tells us the tale of the first ever cross country road trip (it involves a bulldog named bud; it's a good story)
Songwriter and Podcast host Joe Pug (The Working Songwriter podcast) chats with the fellas about the process of songwriting, the difficulty of capturing peoples attention and the pros and cons of the paradigm shift in music.Read More
Hywel is in Birmingham for a while for his project.
Peter and Colter teach him about why Birmingham is called the Magic City and give him some Alabama and regional history.
If you ever play a Southern or Alabama specific trivia game, this is a can't miss episode.
Marcus Tortorici (either tor-tor-ee-see or tor-tor-ee-chee) sits down with the fellas to talk about how he approaches the creative process. He also shares with us his Red Gatorade Theory, where everything that used to be cool becomes new again.Read More
The lads open up with a little chat about an upcoming Little Horse (Colter and Pete) at the Branded Saloon in BK on 4/5 and Brandy's (Peter's Wife) art installation at Columbia University on the same date.
Hywel reports back on his visit to Buckingham Palace and his mom getting the nod.
We talk about how a diseased deer community might affect the economy of Alabama, and then get into a discussion about hunting in general.Read More
New intro music is debuted!
We get to the bottom of why henry's first episode never aired (it still has a chance to).
We clear the air on Henry's beef with Britain.
We talk about pop-psychology culture.
Pete bails on the intro.
The guys try to make tiny sounds.
Other topics include:
The status of Welshness in NYC
Christopher Lee being a badass
What is a folly?
Hywel's mum meeting the Queen.
Renaming Buckingham Palace, B'ham Palace.
B'ham Palace sounds like a gentleman's club in Birmingham, AL, right?
The Fire Escape fellas sit down with writer, producer and activist, Agunda Okeyo to talk movies, politics, culture and everything in between.
Yes this one is longer. Deal with it. It's free.
Is Wales an independent nation in the MCU?
Sad news about The Sunken Hundred.
Update on the Clotilda and how we deal with guilt and privilege.
Doping curlers and system-gaming skiers.
Hywel is back!
He comes bearing parcels from the west of Wales.
A Colorado couple loses their sailboat amidst the waves.
Peter shares with us the secret his power, pants.
This week we are joined by the multi talented Duquette Johnston.
Parisian Craigslist is again put on notice.
We discuss the perils of instant gratification in art.
Duquette talks about opening a shop in Woodlawn and how to revitalize a community without gentrifying it.
Next, we run down Duquette’s history in music from Verbena to a band with 3 lost records called Cut Grass to today.
Now the world knows how much Pete hates the BeeGees.
To wrap up we start talking about the philosophy of The Fire Escape and Duquette’s philosophy of creating (Hint: they are pretty similar).
Listen until the end to hear Belle Adair's new single, Get Away.
We chat with the guys about recording their new record at FAME in Muscle Shoals and working at the Wilco Loft in Chicago.
We also hear about how they all came together and what led to them touring with John Paul White and how Single Lock records came to be.
What exactly is going on in Greenwich after they moved the meridian?
A potential discovery of a ship with a sordid past sheds light on a resilient African community outside of Mobile, AL.
Did a Welsh prince set sail for the coast of Alabama in 1170? We'd like to hope so, Rywel Tydde.