Craig Finn of The Hold Steady

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For Craig Finn, it's not so much about raging and pounding beers these days. His solo records — which contain what he calls "age appropriate music" — seem to reflect that fact.

18: Death From Above 1979 and Brooks Wheelan

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"Saturday Night Live" alum and stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan discusses his one-year stint on the show and some of the reasons he didn't make it to a second season. Jesse and Sebastien of Death From Above 1979 talk about why they couldn't have made a second record if they hadn't broken up first.

Death From Above 1979

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Death From Above 1979's Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler are brothers. Maybe they aren't genetically or legally related, but the bond is there. It's palpable, and it shows in this conversation about their reunion, their latest record ("The Physical World"), and the joey of Merle Haggard.

Brooks Wheelan

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Brooks Wheelan opens up about his time as a "5 to 1" guy on SNL, his former career as a biomedical engineer, and his recent quest to "become an adult."

The Zombies and Wire’s Colin Newman

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Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies talk about realizing rock and roll could be a career and sitting in the back of the tour bus with the black musicians in the US. Colin Newman of Wire discusses the differences between British punk and American punk.

Wire’s Colin Newman

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Wire was so secretly influential in American music that frontman Colin Newman didn't even know it for a couple of decades. We discuss the reasoning behind that, as well as the band's history and the differences between punk in the US and the UK.

16: The MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Secretly Canadian’s Chris Swanson

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Wayne Kramer of the legendary proto-punk outfit The MC5 talks about his time in prison on drug charges and gives you the lowdown on The MC5's surprisingly religious roots. We're also jump starting the Secretly Canadian Records 20th anniversary celebration with a chat from founder Chris Swanson.

Chris Swanson of Secretly Canadian

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Secretly Canadian has grown from a bedroom label to an indie rock behemoth over the last 20 years, with three other labels, a distribution arm, a publishing division, and a management company. Chris Swanson was there for it all. We talked about the label's past and present.

Wayne Kramer of The MC5

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The MC5 used to take people to church, so to speak. The incendiary proto-punk band's fervency and social conscience were second to none. But it's still hard to believe that their schema was influenced by the actual church.