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TMP #34 Randy Mack Gets Dirty

12/6/2018
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Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. Dreams come true as the intrepid film maker finds his way into the mysterious Ring Room to discuss his new feature, "Laundry Day." It all comes out in the wash. Topics include Thanksgiving at the track, an inspirational effort, family fireworks, Randy's path to the movie biz, "Burning Annie" plot and production, the studio game, Checkpoint aversion, the making of "Laundry Day," the New Orleans ethic, the rising cost of living, a...

Duration:01:11:34

TMP #33 John Swenson On the Track

11/29/2018
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Racing season has begun, and the Troubled Men are chomping at the bit. They go all in with the veteran Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, and Offbeat writer, author, sports journalist, and horse racing handicapper for the hot tips on everything from Dylan and Bob Marley to picking a horse by scent. It smells like another winner. Topics include vaccinations, the McRib, shower cap fashion, airport curlers, John's career path to New Orleans, losing the war on Christmas, CBGB, a blindfolded interview,...

Duration:01:16:02

Troubled Men #32 The True Chris Poché

11/22/2018
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It's cold outside, but the Troubled Men are sweating it out in the Ring Room. They are joined by the writer/director of the new film fest hit, "The True Don Quixote." No strangers to self-delusion, the Men can relate to this tale on a personal level. Topics include a webcam girl, a mystery unraveled, cabin fever, a funeral who's who, a white whale, holy water, Chris' journey from architect to screenwriter, the notebook game, immigrant labor, a gay tax, a mandatory haircut, vintage tile, the...

Duration:01:00:12

Troubled Men #31 Debra Howell Makes A Scene

11/15/2018
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The Troubled Men fall back into the Ring Room with Debra Howell, medical illustrator, photographic manipulator, and municipal agitator. What profits a Man to gain an hour and lose his mind? Time will tell. Topics include 1980s memories, Birmingham Mexicans, an unsoundman, a Dia De Los Muertos second line, Manny's stern warning, a shocking loss, dual identity, icons attacked, community activism, a land grab, a millage grab, Air B&B trouble, a mac & cheese fest, notes from a guest, modern...

Duration:00:56:46

Troubled Men #30 Renso Amariz Gets His Close-up

11/8/2018
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Armistice Day is within sight as former military photographer and indy filmmaker Renso Amariz enters the free fire zone of the Ring Room to toast the shell shocked Troubled Men. Reparations will be required. Topics include Manny's birthday month, a video shoot, the "Bird" synopsis, aerial submarine hunting, the 6th Fleet, "The Local 504," cocktail looseys, a robot brothel, a strip club story, pitching shorts, "My Life In Dirty Movies," writing advice, a mockumentary, acting, inertia,...

Duration:01:08:30

Troubled Men #29 Lynn Drury's Turn In the Barrel

11/1/2018
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All Hallows' Eve looms large as the Troubled Men invite Lynn Drury to a gabfest in the Ring Room. The great singer/songwriter and former barrel racer shows that sisters really are doing it for themselves. Topics include a panhandling prank, Bela's birthday, ball players, a graft maze, Jerry Clower and the talking dog, animal husbandry, horse heaven, Mondo Cane, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, odd jobs, giving up, bridge, civil disobedience, traffic cameras, stalkers, marriage, dachshunds, tattoo...

Duration:00:59:54

Troubled Men #28 Carlo Nuccio Comes Clean

10/25/2018
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The Troubled Men are no strangers to the rackets, so it was a great honor to have a sit-down in the Ring Room with Carlo Nuccio, the Godfather of the Big Beat. He makes them an offer they can't refuse. Topics include a girl party, a vacation from the family, the Mod Squad, schizophrenia, L.A. stories, Raji's, Green On Red, the tablecloth trick, a world champ, the fight game, crazed sobriety, a card hustle, a question refused, boundary issues, the Breeders show, stage left, marital bliss,...

Duration:01:04:27

Troubled Men #27 Rick Olivier/Rico Unshaved

10/18/2018
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The first hint of autumn is in the air, but the Troubled Men still can't wait to escape the filth of the outdoors for the cool, scrubbed-tile serenity of the Ring Room. They drag superstar music photographer and bandleader Rick Olivier into the fray for a no-holds-barred free-for-all. Topics include top spin, self-sabotage, a PiL field trip, the origin of "Rico," the White Castle accent, Nicholls State alumni, memories of Carl Bennett, spam sushi, the Manny Olympics, gear porn, tragedy porn,...

Duration:00:57:19

Troubled Men #26 Hate Crime Pie

10/11/2018
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The Troubled Men jump back into the Ring Room to go mano a mano for a couple of stiff rounds. Do they go the distance, or does a flagrant foul result in an early stoppage? Listen and find out for yourself! Topics include regrets, guest management, a SCOTUS infection, Miss Yolanda, an aggressive greeter, Ducky Boys, administrative bloat, room temp butter, a pig in a poke, Pat McLaughlin, the McLaughlin Group, the Portside Lounge, public corruption, Greg Meffert's tell-all, water torture, a...

Duration:01:02:56

Troubled Men #25 Michael Tisserand Goes Krazy

10/3/2018
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The Age of Miracles may be over, but that doesn't stop the stigmata. The Troubled Men corner award-winning author Michael Tisserand in the Ring Room and sweat him for details on his biography of Krazy Kat cartoonist and New Orleans native George Herriman. It turns out to be an easy go, since these days, Michael does not give a fuck. Topics include Satan the Accuser, a holy hunch, a book thief, a dead cat bounce, McKenzie's Bakery, fluid identity, Herb Jeffries, Iron Eyes Cody, comics, Paul...

Duration:01:08:23

Troubled Men #24 Steve Spitz In The Penalty Box

9/27/2018
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The Ring Room is so full of chattering wine heads you can barely hear yourself think. The Troubled Men power through the den to put musician and medical professional Steve Spitz on the hot seat. He has a charming hint of larceny about him and reveals from whence it springs. Topics include a fast, sod, complaining, Steve's grifter family vacation memories, Kelly Keller, a Circle Bar wedding blunder, the penalty box, a bartender's dilemma, career testing, the Crazy car, surgery insights, a...

Duration:01:04:00

Troubled Men #23 New Orleans Loves Dick! (Deluxe)

9/20/2018
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After an involuntary hiatus due to some hurricane hysteria, the Troubled Men reoccupy the Ring Room. They are joined by the Zelig of rock 'n' roll, Mr. Dick Deluxe. It becomes obvious why New Orleans loves Dick! Topics include a band Airbnb, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Tempest Storm, early trans-racialists Johnny Otis and the Bronze Buckeroo, the Residents/Snakefinger, Clubfoot Orchestra, the shock of Devo, Cali punk memory lane, a cocktail mixup, listener feedback, hair tugging, Decadence Fest,...

Duration:00:58:19

Troubled Men #22 Play Manny For Me

9/7/2018
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After two weeks in the trenches, Manny escapes the front lines of academia to the relative safety of the Ring Room. He is de-briefed over cocktails. Topics include textbook fever,fresh talent, campus fashion trends, a towel, 1970's TV detectives, making a new friend, the Geraniums' triumphant return, a senatorial encounter, stadium justice, the Stalker File, Play Misty For Me, desperate measures, Amy Winehouse, Intervention, blood test results, and much more. Subscribe, review, and rate on...

Duration:01:03:06

Troubled Men #21 Brendan Gallagher's House Call

8/30/2018
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Manny has gone missing and may have fallen into enemy hands. While they wait for proof of life, the Troubled Men call in the reinforcements and forge ahead. Once more unto the breach! René is joined by Troubled alumnus Jeff Treffinger as they make a house call on real estate baron and poet warrior Brendan Gallagher. He's fresh off a brush with death and happy to be back in New Orleans singing with his longtime compatriots the Geraniums. It feels like the Holy Spirit, but it might just be the...

Duration:01:07:59

Troubled Men Trailer

8/29/2018
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A short trailer for the Troubled Men Podcast featuring René Coman and the original Troubled Man for Troubled Times, Manny Chevrolet. They sort through the chaos over cocktails and tell tales out of school for their own amusement.

Duration:00:00:34

Troubled Men #20 Wadzilla Attacks!

8/23/2018
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Veteran podcaster Ian Wadley, aka Wadzilla, wades into the cultural swamp of the Ring Room. His successful Rock and Metal Podcast and Wadzilla's World radio show on Craniumradio.com have been making waves on the scene for a coon's age. He shows the Troubled Men no mercy. They discuss a postgame arrest, Manny and Ian bonding over the Raiders, door-to-door vacuum sales, Van Halen, David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar, the Mentors and El Duce, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, a $4,500 nosebleed,...

Duration:01:05:20

Troubled Men #19 Dave Clements Goes A.W.O.L.

8/16/2018
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It's another Thursday, and another 3 rounder in the Ring Room, but now it's bass player, real estate maven, and club owner Dave Clements's turn in the barrel. Things go downhill in a hurry. Topics include the waiting game, an audio haircut, the Scurlock incident, Dave's academic career, sea lice, Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge, moments in N.O. history, the Circle Bar, the Troubled Men's personal physician, dating history, drummer Charlie Occhipinti, the Praline Man's short con, the...

Duration:01:10:35

Troubled Men #18 Lose the Pants

8/9/2018
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Coming off a string of scintillating guests, the Men meet in the Ring Room for an uncut dose of that Troubled magic. They discuss human resilience, chest hair, a police beating, code militaire, McSalad sickness, a ransomed daughter's return, a deacon's disgrace, the Pulitzer snub, a secret vacation, Central American ingenuity, New Wave Hookers revisited, the Happy Days porn connection, the Dylan porn connection, music biz heartbreak, loose shoes, a doctor visit, Underwear Day, and the boxer...

Duration:01:08:17

Troubled Men #17 A Clean Sample From Jeff Treffinger

8/2/2018
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Manny's been lit since lunch, but the Troubled Men forge ahead anyway. They're joined by old friend and co-conspirator Jeff Treffinger for a rendezvous in the Ring Room. Topics include Jeff's path to New Orleans, tall girls, St. Louis fashion, nose bleeds, TV binoculars, booty popping at City Hall, Tribe Nunzio, the salad days of the Mermaid Lounge, Keith Keller, the Geraniums, family sing-a-longs, and much more. Outro music:Sensible Shoes by the Geraniums The Geraniums video-Canada Dry:...

Duration:01:07:09

Troubled Men #16 Scott Plauché, Egalité, Fraternité

7/26/2018
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Fresh off Bastille Day, the Troubled Men convene a tribunal with New Orleans royalty and life long friend, Scott Plauché. Their reign of terror resumes as they discuss the new TM stickers, the Ben Franklin High School accent, Scott's movie biz career, old N.O. television, Cal-Mex food, Croatian defeat/complicity, the generosity of Keith Carradine, Manny's interview with the Smashing Pumpkins, the Best Life Pharmacy Restaurant, and much more. Subscribe and rate in Apple Podcasts or your...

Duration:01:19:34