27.5: Prince Tribute

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Prince meant so many things to so many people. As a misfit kid that never really fit into the world around him, Prince was a beacon of hope for me. There's nothing I could say that would do his legacy justice, so here he is — in his own words.

27: Replacements Tribute With Bob Mehr, Bob Odenkirk, and More

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We've got something a little different for you this week: a tribute to The Replacements. Music journalist and author Bob Mehr — who wrote the definitive Replacements book, "Trouble Boys" — talks about the decade-long process of writing the book and what made the band so special. You'll also hear some memories about The Mats from Bob Odenkirk of "Better Call Saul," Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and David Koechner of "Anchorman," among others.

Mike Watt of Minutemen

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Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, and the Stooges, talks about how one formative friendship and a tragic death defined his entire career.

John Doe of X

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X vocalist and bassist John Doe, a paragon of LA punk, talks about his musical roots and the earliest days of the scene.

26: Mike Watt of Minutemen and John Doe of X

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Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, and the Stooges, talks about how one formative friendship and a tragic death defined his entire career. Another paragon of LA punk, John Doe, talks about his musical roots and the earliest days of the scene.

Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre

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Over a decade ago, Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre was in the middle of recording "Commit This to Memory" — and in the middle of a battle with addiction. Needless to say, the influence on both was reflexive, but Justin didn't realize how true that was until celebrating the album's 10th anniversary.

Ethan Hawke

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Ethan Hawke has lost friends and loved ones to addiction. That fact gave him a visceral connection to the role of jazz legend Chet Baker in the film "Born to Be Blue." We talk about that, dealing with anxiety, and the transcendence of inhabiting a character.

24: John Waters – Guestlist Short

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John Waters didn't come by the nickname "the pope of trash" accidentally. His work — and his life, from a very early age — made it something of an inevitability. Which is just downright delightful.