After six years living in NYC I wanted to try to talk a little bit about the way I feel about this place. I believe in place. Where someone is, is an incredibly important factor. The ideas of “home” and “belonging” are tricky to think about, and for me even trickier to express. Like I said, I have lived here for a while now, but It has yet to feel like Home; “H” Home. This is me trying to work that out. Pretty sure I still haven’t quite figured it out, but I think I’m getting closer.Read More
The lads discuss bag ban bans in Alabama and common universal recurring dreams.Read More
A few weeks back Roy Wood Jr. joined us out on the fire escape to talk all things Birmingham and the entertainment industry.
During the episode Roy told us about the possibility of shooting some projects back home in B’ham, and it is looking like that will be a reality according to the news this week.Read More
Staring today, we will be depositing our thoughts into the internets, for y’all’s eager consumption every Monday and Friday. The hope is that the show, along with the blog, will aid in y’all feeling at home (no matter where you’re from) wherever you are. Always remember, The Fire Escape loves you. Rywel Tydde!Read More
Mythical creatures, politics and “no collusion”.Read More
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
The lads give updates on their respective homelands and also chat about the deeper underpinnings of fantasy.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
Joining us on our perch out on The Fire Escape this week is Bloomberg writer and all around cool kid, Hannah Elliott. We talk about her career in journalism, running track at Baylor University, the Pacific Northwest and figuring out how it works living in NYC. We also talk about being in to cars, but not being "car guys', as in we don't know that much about cars, but we do like them.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