Aggressively honest stand-up comedian Marc Maron generally reserves the guest spots on his "WTF" podcast for his comedy peers. In an episode posted this week, however, Maron sat down with "Cruel to Be Kind" songwriter Nick Lowe. In honor of the occasion, Maron shared some of the music he's been listening to — and reading about — with Pop & Hiss.
"I went on a little bit of an Art Pepper kick for a while after I read his autobiography," Maron said of the late saxophonist's "Straight Life." "It’s such an insane book. There’s about 25-30 pages of music talk, and 400 pages of jail and dope talk. He's one of the great alto-sax players, and after 400 pages the moral of his life is, 'Don’t be a rat.' "
Maron, whose music picks touch on jazz, blues and punk rock, will appear Wednesday night at Largo with Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony.
John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." "I’ve been playing some vinyl lately, and not just because I have an old turntable. People have been giving me records, and that means I get back into my records. Someone gave me this double album, this boxed set. It’s a vinyl pressing on 180 gram vinyl, and it runs at 45 rpm, and I guess this is the way it was put out originally. It’s beautiful. It sounds great. I’ve been listening to that a lot. I love this stuff. I don’t know a lot about it. I’m not educated in it, but I have a lot of the bebop stuff on CD, primarily the names everyone knows — Thelonious, Miles and Coltrane.
"I listen to that stuff, but I can’t claim to know a lot about jazz. I do like to have it on sometimes. It’s pretty exciting stuff. There’s very few mediums where people so clearly went over the edge. It’s like, ‘Here’s your structure, and now I will see you later.' "