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Ep. #112 – Feat. Dave, Dan and Mark of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast

New year, new guests, same show! This week Matt welcomes the hosts of the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast: Dan Colonna, Mark Magro and Dave Grima. Matt chats with them about the origins of their podcast and their respective histories within the world of gaming. They also talk about some of their favorite games of the past few years, and what they are looking forward to in early 2019. You can find the podcast on all major podcasting platforms. Continue reading


Ep. #111 – Stormageddon’s 2018 Year In Review

This week on Autographs, Matt goes in depth on…his own life! This highlights episode kicks off with with a deep dive into Matt’s favorite art, media and performances from 2018. Then Matt shares some landmark moments of the year, from new projects to special events. Finally, he closes out the show with a few very special Thank Yous. We hope you enjoy this new annual tradition, and remember: Music is life, and life is good! Continue reading


Ep. #110 – Feat. Jesse Dangerously

In this episode, Matt interviews Genuine Independent Rap Legend Jesse Dangerously! Jesse chats with Matt about the origins of his latest release, Want For Nothing by Danger Grove, which is a collaboration between him and Lizard Grove. The two also discuss Jesse’s love of magical girl anime, as well how it’s inspired him and his music. Lastly, Jesse shares the impact of rap on his life since childhood, and tells the story of how he found the indie rap scene. Continue reading


Ep. #109 – Feat. Petra Fried

In this episode, Matt chats with singer, performer, burlesquer and kick ass drag queen, Petra Fried. The two chat about how Petra got started in the drag scene and how she came up with her performer name. They talk about her show at Rockbar NYC and how she broke into hosting and performing burlesque. Matt and Petra also discuss their love of WE Burlesque, Viktor Devonne, and the kind and caring spaces he's created in the scene. The two also gush about the creative process and their mutual...


Ep. #108 – Magical Girl Burlesque Strikes Back!

In this episode, my guests are the core producers of Magical Girl Burlesque, Raina Sinclair, Betty Brash …and me! I chat with my co-producers about how MGB has grown since we last spoke on the show two years ago. We talk about changes to the company, shows of the past year, as well as some of the great burlesque troupes we’ve been able to partner with like Cyn Factory and Rabbit Hole Productions. We also discuss our professional aspirations for 2019. I’m so honored and lucky to be a part of...


Ep. #107 – Feat. The Return of Insane Ian

In this episode, Matt welcomes back nerd, comedian, game enthusiast, and musician Insane Ian! The two catch up on Ian’s life since his last Crash Chords appearance 3 years ago. Their conversation ranges from Ian’s appearance with Beefy (“I Don’t Get It”) on Vince Vandal’s latest record, FNFII: Advanced Friends & Fandoms, to his project with fellow comedy musician TV’s Kyle called Scooter Picnic and their latest song “This Groove (Is Too Dope For Us).” They also talk about Ian’s upcoming solo...


Ep. #106 – Feat. Ernesto Paez of Modern Mimes

In this episode, Matt welcomes Ernesto Paez of Modern Mimes, a prolific and intense band from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band is made up of Ernesto Paez on the double-neck guitar/bass and Adi Elcida Hernandez on vocals/guitar/sampling. The band’s newest record is called The Gray and features the singles, “Stare,” and a cover of The Deftones’ song “My Own Summer.” Ernesto chats with Matt about how the band came to be, how long he and Adi have been playing music both individually and together,...


Ep. #105 – Feat. Omar Holmon

In this episode, Matt welcomes Omar Holmon, a poet, writer, and co-founder of the website Black Nerd Problems. He and Matt chat about Omar's appearance at Flame Con 2018, his return to poetry, and what it's been like competing for as many years as he has. They also talk about the origins of Black Nerd Problems and how the site has grown and changed over the years, as well as what the future holds for the site. Finally, Matt and Omar gush over a variety of nerdery from TV to games to movies...


Ep. #104 – Feat. Ryako

In this episode, Matt welcomes Ryako, a nerdcore rapper from Brugge, Belgium. She and Matt chat about her latest record, Fangirl, her sources of inspiration, as well as some of her favorite artists both inside the genre and out. They talk about the nerdy properties that inspired the works on Fangirl, including Star Trek, Firefly, and X-Files. Ryako shares her journey from California to Belgium, adventures while shooting the video for “Starfleet Boys,” and teases exciting future projects....


Ep. #103 – Flame Con 2018 Special

Today, Matt shares highlights, interviews and more from Flame Con 2018! This episode features brief interviews with Con participants and attendees, as well as the (Doctor) Who Queered panel in its entirety. First, Matt chats with poet and Black Nerd Problems co-founder, Omar Holmon, artist and creator Fyodor Pavlov, and finally con attendees Rachel Schenk and John Henry. Then, sci fi and fantasy author Brian Olsen is your host and curator for the hour-long (Doctor) Who Queered panel...


Ep. #102 – Feat. Kris Keyser

Today, Matt welcomes Kris Keyser, a chip tune musician hailing from Brooklyn, NY. With Matt, he discusses his latest album, Reviver, along with his instrument of choice — the classic Gameboy —- and how he makes music on it. They go over his writing process, specifically with regards to his newest records, and chat about his love of games, how that’s influenced his style, and the other genres of music he’s dabbled in. And so, from his upcoming performance in Japan to his love of live...


Ep. #101 – Feat. Maggie McMuffin

Today, Matt welcomes Maggie McMuffin, a burlesque performer, producer, clown, kink educator, and sex worker from Seattle, Washington, living in New York City. With Matt, Maggie chats about her start in burlesque and her foray into sex work, which predates her burlesque career. She also chats about her clowning career and what inspired it, not to mention her one-woman show, “Three Raccoons in a Trench Coat.” And so, from her future projects in the Big Apple to her love of nerdy things, here’s...


Ep. #100 – Feat. Sarah Storm

Welcome to episode 100 of Crash Chords: Autographs! Thank you for sticking with us these past 4 years. To celebrate how far the show has come, check out our brand new theme music, written, produced and performed -- expressly for the show -- by two-time previous guest, Mikal kHill, who we thank for his contribution to Autographs, and its next 100 episodes! Now for the prime event... This episode has been a long time coming, for today we are excited to welcome actor, writer, producer,...


Ep. #99 – Feat. Mr. Lee VaLone

Today, Matt welcomes Lee VaLone, a drag king, producer, and burlesque performer based in NYC. The producer of BEEF SHOW at Bizarre Bushwick and also ‘Jump Shark!’ (a monthly open mic Drag, Burlesque, & Vocals event that fundraises for Planned Parenthood), Lee VaLone is also the current reigning Mr. Coney Island. With Matt, Lee chats about his start in drag and burlesque, and discusses some of his most iconic performances. He also chats about the Beef Squad Drag Collective, which he also...


Ep. #98 – Feat. Matt Karpe

Today, Matt welcomes Matt Karpe, an author, journalist, and podcaster hailing from March, Cambridgeshire in the UK. In light of his newest book, called 'Nu Metal Resurgence', a detailed history of the return of the Nu Metal movement, Matt chats about his history as a journalist and what inspired him to write his new book. With Matt he chats about growing up during the heyday of Nu Metal and how the bands of today, who have survived from the time, continue to evolve. They also chat about...


Ep. #97 – Feat. Lex The Lexicon Artist

Today, Matt welcomes Lex The Lexicon Artist, a Taipei-raised, Oakland-based nerd core rapper. With a debut full-length album out called Raging Ego, and two music videos (for the singles “Glasses” and “Artist Anthem”), Lex discusses her early exposure to rap in Taiwan and who her early influences were. With Matt, they discuss her visit to NYC, what it was like to perform at SXSW 2018, and chat about the connectivity of social media and how it’s helped her reach more people more quickly and...


Ep. #96 – Feat. Nelson Lugo

Today, Matt welcomes magician, DJ, and host Nelson Lugo, a.k.a. DJ LugoTron, a.k.a. DJ Jalopy. A three-time Crash Chords Podcast podcast veteran, Lugo stops in to Autographs to chat with Matt about his continued work, and some updates to his latest one-man show, ‘Cheating Death: Magic, Memoirs & Mortality’. They talk about his relatively recent dive into DJing, how he got started, his partnership with Schaffer the Darklord, and what it’s like to be a performance DJ in a live show...


Ep. #95 – Kayla Smith

Today, Matt welcomes Kayla Smith, vocalist for the band The Scars Heal in Time, a band consisting of Kayla, her sister Tayler Smith on drums, and Tyler Niccum on guitar. The band’s latest EP Unidentified is recently released, featuring the singles “Grip”, “In Your Flame” and “I’m About to Break.” With Matt, Kayla chats about how long she’s been playing and writing music with her sister and about the band’s origins. They dip into tour life, their influences, and the idea behind making a live...


Ep. #94 – Feat. Kara Eliza

Today, Matt welcomes Kara Eliza, a singer/songwriter hailing from New York, NY. Known for making a splash on YouTube with her cover videos of “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, Kara chats with Matt about her upcoming 2018 release and the process of writing for it. She talks about her early days singing and playing instruments, which artists have had the biggest effect on her style and songwriting, and why she chose to do covers for YouTube. And so, from...


Ep. #93 – The Nerdlesque Festival Special Feat. Lefty Lucy, Anja Keister, and Heart Crimson

Today, Matt welcomes Heart Crimson, Anja Keister, and Lefty Lucy for a special episode that focuses on the much anticipated Nerdlesque Festival — the original festival dedicated to nerd and pop culture-related burlesque. Created in 2014, this festival showcases the best in nerdlesque from across the globe, all brought together for one jam-packed weekend in New York City full of shows, classes, parties, panels, and more! Meeting our panel, Lefty Lucy is a burlesque producer/performer based...