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Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The in-jokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret Skin. Part of the Infinite Guest network from American Public Media.

Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The in-jokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret Skin. Part of the Infinite Guest network from American Public Media.

Location:

United States

Description:

Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The in-jokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret Skin. Part of the Infinite Guest network from American Public Media.

Twitter:

@Mike_Eagle

Language:

English


Episodes

56: Marc Maron, Podcasting, Comedy, Life, and New Cars

4/18/2016
Mike is joined by the Podfather himself, WTF host Marc Maron. They discuss Marc’s unusual life balancing a podcast that is at least somewhat about him and a TV show where he plays a podcaster and comic named Marc Maron, who is an awful lot like him.

Duration:00:55:54

55: Baron Vaughn, Overcoming Adversity, and Having So Much In Common

4/11/2016
Host Open Mike Eagle has really found something of a soulmate in actor and comedian Baron Vaughn. The two talk about growing up with cable television, setting fires no one knew about, and coping with rampant drugs in their communities.

Duration:01:03:49

54: Nick Thune, Jesus, and the Guitar

4/4/2016
Mike welcomes the comedian and actor Nick Thune for a broad-ranging discussion. The two of them cover everything from why Nick gave up one-liners and the guitar in his act to who Jesus would want to hang out with if he was around today.

Duration:00:47:57

53: B. Dolan, White Privilege, and ODB

3/28/2016
Mike chats with rapper, activist, and spoken word artist B. Dolan about what white rappers owe the Black Lives Matter movement, how white privilege can give you a leg up in the hip-hop world, and their mutual love of Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Duration:00:48:32

52: Chuck Klosterman and New Music

3/22/2016
Mike talks with writer and critic Chuck Klosterman about changes in publishing and criticism, the gamble that comes with being interesting, and the fear of accidentally living life wrong. Plus, more new music from Hella Personal Film Festival.

Duration:01:06:18

51: Slug, Laundry, Being Who You Are, and NEW MUSIC

3/14/2016
Mike hangs out with Slug while the latter does his tour laundry, tells a story about a near-collaboration with a very, very famous musician, and plays a song from his new release, Hella Personal Film Festival.

Duration:00:53:25

49: John Hodgman and How to Be Who You Are

2/29/2016
Mike talks with his friend, actor/comedian/author John Hodgman, about the overabundance of entertainment, the necessity of doing terrifying things, The Daily Show, and growing into yourself by being someone else (or many, many other people).

Duration:00:58:42

48: Chris Gethard and Mike’s Sister, Too

2/23/2016
Mike talks with Chris Gethard, and their wide-ranging conversation covers Chris’s eccentric television program full of human fish, 36-hour no-sleep marathons, and fans who become staff members. Plus, Mike visits his sister in Gary, Indiana.

Duration:00:54:34

47: Anthony Fantano and Appreciating Lil B

2/16/2016
Mike responds to some listener questions, including one about how to feel about white people singing along at rap shows using the n-word. Then, a conversation with Anthony Fantano, creator and host of The Needle Drop.

Duration:00:53:42

46: Hannibal Buress and New Music, Too

2/8/2016
Mike welcomes world-famous comedian and old college pal, Hannibal Buress. They talk about growing up in Chicago, getting started in comedy, and sad private jets. All this plus the first single from Mike's collaboration with Paul White.

Duration:01:21:00

45: J-Zone and What to Do When Things Don’t Work Out

2/1/2016
Mike welcomes the rapper J-Zone on this edition of Secret Skin. J-Zone opens up about discouragement, and how he ended up writing a book of advice for all the rappers who don’t end up becoming superstar millionaires.

Duration:00:57:14

44: Nick Thorburn, Serial, and Dictatorship

1/25/2016
Mike joins us from Europe where the tour with Serengeti is wrapping up and things have been going much better. We also hear Mike’s interview with Islands/The Unicorns' Nick Thorburn, composer of music for another podcast you might have heard of: Serial.

Duration:00:48:16

43: Fat Tony and the Perils of Touring Europe

1/19/2016
Open Mike Eagle joins us all the way from Germany, where he is on tour with his Cavanaugh bandmate, Serengeti. They have many stories to tell. Then we hear Mike’s interview with Houston-based rapper Fat Tony.

Duration:01:02:12

42: Intuition and What He Gets Out of Rap

1/11/2016
Mike and his good friend T-shirt are on hand to not only answer questions from their mailbag but to sing about it as well. In the interview portion, Mike is joined this time around by the rapper, podcaster, and video maven known as Intuition.

Duration:00:49:52

41: Uncommon Nasa, Prog Rap, and Yoga Class Pronunciations

1/4/2016
Mike is in New York City talking to his old friend, professionally known as Uncommon Nasa. They talk about identity, balancing running a record label and being an artist, and what the musical form known as Prog Rap is all about.

Duration:00:46:45

40: Marcella Arguello and How It’s OK to Be Mean

12/28/2015
Marcella Arguello comes from the world of stand-up comedy, and met Mike Eagle while doing comedy battle rap. It’s a form that Mike has struggled with, losing every match he enters.

Duration:00:44:50

39: John Robinson, Real Names, and a Serengeti Road Trip

12/21/2015
Mike takes a road trip with his Cavanaugh bandmate Serengeti, plus an interview with John Robinson, the rapper formerly known as Lil Sci of Scienz of Life.

Duration:00:39:20

38: Free the Robots and What It’s Like to Throw a Party for Eight Years

12/14/2015
The artist known as Free the Robots joins Open Mike Eagle to talk about a variety of topics, including growing up in Orange County, taking risks with music, and owning and running the restaurant/music venue known as The Crosby.

Duration:00:44:03

37: Eliza Skinner and Comedy Rap Battles

11/30/2015
It’s all about freestyling on this episode, as we meet comedian and comedy rap impresario Eliza Skinner. She talks about life in a rap battle, life in a television writers’ room, and the hilarious and difficult world of standup comedy.

Duration:00:46:54

36: 2Mex and the Value of Hard Work

11/16/2015
Host Open Mike Eagle sits down with the rapper 2Mex for a broad-ranging discussion about making music, listening to music, and living life. Other people might sell more records, but when it comes to putting on shows and creating something to record, no one outworks 2Mex. We also find out if 2Mex sees himself more like The Dandy Warhols or The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Duration:00:47:23