This week on The What Podcast, Brad tells Barry and Lord Taco all about his experience at Austin City Limits 2021. Highlights include George Strait, Durand Jones, and sushi, and not necessarily in that order. Take a listen above, and make sure you like and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
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Topic: Austin City Limits
It's almost surreal to think that a major music festival happened, but it did, albeit in Texas. We have an ACL Fest weekend to recap, which includes the silky smooth sounds of Mr. George Strait, Aaron Frazier, Duran Jones and the Indications, and an incredible sushi dinner. Plus one of the acts at ACL Fest was Modest Mouse, Isaac Brock, one of the most interesting humans in the entire industry today. On the What Podcast, which bands this year that matter Barry Courter, Brad Steiner, Lord Taco, it starts right now. Oh, and a glorious day to you. I'm Brad, Lord Taco, Barry Courter, The What Podcast. I cannot wait to talk about my ACL weekend. My guide, guys, this dinner. Oh, man. I can't stop talking about this dinner that I had. And I'm not kidding about that. This dinner was incredible. This is sushi, right? Yeah, sushi. Sushi can't wait. Yeah. It was my headliner. It was my headliner Saturday night. Because when I'm thinking, you know, a podcast about festivals, about, you know, three guys that love festivals. Yeah. I can't wait to hear about the sushi dinner. Yeah. When I go to Austin, Texas, I love to get the sushi. You think about sushi. What? What have you guys been doing? How's everything going? What's new in Barry's life? What's new in Taco's life? I'm down in St. Simon's with my daughter and son-in-law and a brand new baby. So hey, Taco, do you find it odd that Barry Courter always seems to vacation near my mom's house? I've been looking for. It's not that odd if you think about it. Is there a hurricane watch put out? The flags are up. Have you seen Hurricane Linda since you've been down there? We have not. The flags are out. The flags are out. What are the chances? It is kind of weird, isn't it, that your mom lives miles from my daughter, who is the only one in our family now who doesn't live in the Chattanooga area. I mean, if it's even stranger before the old lady moved because she lived down the road, literally in the same neighborhood as Barry's family. I mean, it's just bizarre. Of all the places you could have chosen. Wow. You sure you weren't related? Yeah. They lived within a half mile of each other, didn't they? Yeah. I mean, you had to pass Barry's daughter's house to get to my mom's place. So strange. So you haven't you haven't seen mom, huh? Haven't seen Linda. I thought she'd been your first call. Yeah, no, we'll probably on the way out. Okay. Yeah. Directly out. Directly out. Look at the time. We wave as you drive by. Yeah. What's been doing? Except for going to, you know, wrestling bars. Going to the wrestling bar. Yeah. You like that? I mean, I've never seen somebody enjoy just total shit like you do. It is just bizarre how much you love going to a wrestling bar in North Georgia. Man, it's so much fun. And the funniest part is, so we pull up and haven't even gotten out of the bus yet. It's still in the parking lot. And the guy comes up and he's knocking on the window and I roll it down and he's like, hey, man, I'm sorry. You know, they just closed. We were we were playing. We were the band and we just finished in. So you know, it's done. And he, but he was like, but I'll give you a parking lot serenade. So he plays like the worst drunken cover of Every Rose Has a Thorn. And you know, my mind was blown and I was like, thank you for that. And then we start to leave. And then he comes back and he's like, wait, wait, wait, I was wrong. They're still open. I was like, well, I thought so. The science is open. So. Barry, he saw more music than I did at ACL. I got a great story to this. They do professional wrestling. Oh, yeah. You're using that word really loosely. I have a story is the reason that I asked. This is honest to gosh. True. I worked at a funeral home when actually my wife was pregnant with my daughter that I'm here visiting. I needed a second job and I got it, I got a job in the first night, there was a guy about my age who was also his first night. He's one of these guys that never stopped talking. He had a story about everything, you know, that opinion and all that. And at one point he got on the phone and I realized he was talking to his wrestling partner and they were talking about their upcoming match that weekend. And I realized they could only afford one mask. And my mind, I just pictured these guys tagging out and then sharing the mask. I mean, that is a hysterical bit, though, if they did every time they tagged in, they take the mask off and put it back on. So I told you, that'd be hilarious. I promise you, it was at that moment I realized I needed to start keeping a journal because this was going to be one of the greatest jobs ever. Man, somebody call Vince McMahon because that is a really, really funny idea. And you get you just can't make that up. No, I couldn't. That's why I said I got to write this down. The reason I brought it up is because Taco in his neighborhood, for some odd reason, there is a bar slash restaurant that's literally a wrestling ring that you walk. It's called, I think the wrestling bar or something. It's called Turnbuckles. And it's just down the road from my house. Yeah. And I know where it is. And when you walk in there are dudes actually physically wrestling in the wrestling ring every time you walk in. They're taking shots, they're taking bumps, they're taking chairs. It's hysterical. That's what I'm saying. That's where Kevin wrestled. Every time you send a picture of that place, no one is ever there except for the guys wrestling and you and me. Yeah. Isn't that great, though? You don't have to worry about running into somebody. And they got PBR on draft. Oh, thank God. Yeah. Yeah. It actually sounds like a lot of fun. It is. And you get to yell and scream at him and hate. Yeah. Yeah. I think, look, there is a part of me as a kid who grew up on professional wrestling that has always wanted to get into the ring and just take a couple of laps, you know, just do the back and forth and the ropes off the turnbuckle. You have wanted somebody throw me into the turnbuckle. I've always sort of wanted that. You know, next time you're in town, I just don't want to, you know, putting it on the list. I've got a mask. We can share it. Yeah. The PBR boys, the PBR boys. So I went to ACL over the weekend. It was the first festival since Lollapalooza, and I don't know what it was, but I felt more freaked out about COVID there than I did at Lollapalooza. I think maybe because I was just in Texas, you know, and everywhere else that you went, nobody gives a damn. And that feels a little freaky. Is it is it is, you know, tied up or as loose as I think it is? Not tied up as loose as I think it is in St. Simon's, Barry. Oh, yeah, it's loose. I think I've seen three masks. Yeah, it was really it was really weird. And you know, the whole time, you know, you just take one of those moments where you cough or you stub your toe and like, do I have it? Do I have it now? Do I have it now? Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's very strange. But you know, all that being said, you know, ACL, just it always doesn't matter. Really. It's it's just like Banra in that it doesn't matter the lineup. It just feels right. The space always feels right. The energy is always good. You never seem to have a bad time there. And even though the lineup was was, you know, short, it felt like, man, I don't think anybody gave a damn. It was a exceptionally great time. I'll start with the silky, silky smooth sounds of maybe the best set I have seen in two years. Aaron Frazier. I am in love with this kid. I have a man crush on him. I am obsessed. Aaron Frazier is the drummer for Duran Jones, the indications Duran Jones, the indications Duran is ironically from New Orleans, lived in New Orleans as a kid born in Lafourche Parish, I think. No Ascension. He's born in Ascension Parish and eventually made his way up to Ohio. I think it was Ohio or is it Indiana? One of those states met all the guys in the band, started the band, and now, you know, they've got, you know, some success. I think they're an incredible act. I saw them on Thursday in an early show. You know, you can tell their newer stuff is a little bit more up and, you know, moving and get you dancing. The earlier stuff's a little bit, you know, more in the 60s soul side of things. But either way, they are so good and they are so tight. Well, every now and then they turn it over to the drummer and the drummer has this falsetto that is just unbelievable. And it was so good. Dan Arbok from the Black Keys found it and did an album with him. And I remember when this album came out, mainly because it was Dan, and I listened to it. I'm like, man, this is really good. This is blue eyed 60s do op soul. And I can't get enough of it. You know how much I love soul music very. So I really like the album. I put it away for a little while and I saw him on the schedule. It's like, oh, he's going to do his own solo thing. Well, I didn't realize it was going to be only his second ever show with this group. And oh, my God. Oh, my God. I was chills. Every song. It was like Smokey Robinson. You know, it was like this. This kid just plucked out of nowhere with this beautiful falsetto. And everything was just so pitch perfect tight. Oh, God. I turned around and you saw the entire Black Pumas. You saw all of Duran Jones. You saw a guy in Duran Duran. It felt like all of the artists knew what they had and they all came to see Aaron Frazier. It was nuts. Absolutely nuts. You couldn't have given me one hundred dollars to think that was going to be the show that I was going to remember. Nice. Now, you probably said earlier, did you go because I mean, because knowing you, you had to make an effort to go. So you did you make an effort or were you with people that said, we got to go see this one? No. So because so I went to ACL because of the dinner. I'm not going to lie. I went to the dinner. But along the way, I said, well, if there are a few shows that I want to see, I want to see the Duran. That's why I got there on Thursday night and Friday. I wanted to see Duran Jones in the after show. I wanted to see them versus from a club to a festival. And then I wanted to see Aaron Frazier. OK. And if I got anything along the way, all in. That's cool. But along the way, speaking of Silky Smooth sounds as good in twenty twenty one as he did in nineteen eighty two. Mr. George Strait was fantastic. There's no pretense on that stage. There's nothing that you need. Like there's there's no giant mileage. It's just a weird contrast at the exact same time, Miley Cyrus is on the other side of the festival doing, you know, God knows what. But on the other side, it's just a man. A few guys with a guitar. Yeah, it was so simple, so silky. And it, you know, just like we thought, hit after hit after hit. And he still sounds great. You know, it's three chords, three chords in the truth, right? Makes it work. Yeah. You know, I just like I always found it so charming when he would like. He's got this move where every time he hits like a note where he always says, hey, like he's got this pull away from the mic thing that he does that I find to be so cute. I don't know why I like it so much, but he's got he's got this move. And frankly, it's the only move he has. Like there's not much other stuff going on, which I found it to be such a weird coincidence that Miley Cyrus is on the exact same time as him. So no Miley for me, Barry. But I got you. But I did. I did go to the sushi dinner. I can't stop thinking about this dinner. So first off, I can't wait. Yeah. Start us off. Walk us through it. OK, so it's they only see 10 people and I can never get these words right. Omakase. Well, it's 17 courses and it's only with you and nine other people. And you got the sushi chef. You got her chef to her right and her chef to her left. The guy on the left is packing the sushi or packing the rice. The guy on the right is cutting the fish and she's putting it all together and preparing it in these beautiful little ways. So you get 17 pieces. Now along the way, you also get a sake pairing every with every one of them. And then at the end, you get it like a little matcha and you can have an extra piece or two at the end of the dinner. Well, I've never been so hungry after a five hundred dollar dinner. I was starving. Well, now to two questions. But it was great. Did she make the what is it, the volcano onion? And did she flip the sushi into that is not the same. Same thing that is a. Because we tried to do that. You're going to Camp I have Tokyo. It's a place. OK, I obviously I know the difference. There's the fish that she was choosing. First off, they're just so unique and so interesting. And she's doing so many weird and bizarre and brilliant things with them like dried marigold leaves on top of, you know, like the prawn. But you know, these this fish is just it just butter. They taste like butter. You know, she's she's got them so well cured, like you just like they melt. How do you get fish like this? It was incredible. Plus, you know, she is incredibly charming and she's telling the story about how she came up with all these recipes. She's the star of the show. I mean, you just listen to her tell the stories and and it's worth every penny. But then the weirdest thing talk about a small world, Barry, the guy, her chef to her right, Chef Jeremy. Owns a house five blocks away from my house. Of course, he was telling me he's like, oh, yeah, I'm a I'm a I'm a tour. May guy like where in tomato you live. And he told me the address like, dude, I drive by that every day of my life to get to work every single day. I know exactly the house that he lives in. That's pretty cool. Tell me that 1717 courses, where they all unique. Yeah, well, I mean, everything I got tasted different. I got one twice and it was just a sec. It was like a little bit of a rearrangement the second time because there were two meat pieces on there and I don't eat meat only fish. So they she redid one piece specifically just for me. And it was the toro. Oh, the toro. I'll take it all day. I'll take that toro all day. So that was incredible. Man, I had a great dinner at Laundrette the first night in front of Duran Jones. Man, that was then there's this incredible Italian place called Red Ash that I'm a pretty big fan of. There must have been red ass red, heavy red ash, red ash. Sorry that we must have cleared through 10 bottles of wine. Ten bottles of wine. Now. Now it sounds like for my week. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'm with you. I got home on Sunday. I got home on Sunday and Hillary picked me up and from the airport and it was late. She I get in the car goes she goes, damn, you smell like booze. I drank two nights ago. That's how much we poured it on. Yeah. So so the ACL experience again, you know, I've always been pretty hard on Austin. But you know, I was talking to some of the Austin people, they passed some sort of ordinance to do something about the homelessness. You know, it felt a little cleaned up. It felt a little bit more like you could you could, you know, walk around without, you know, tripping over literal people sleeping in the streets. But man, I still contend everyone in Austin looks like a J. Crew ad. I feel like I walk into J. Crew every time I'm in Austin. Everyone looks exactly the same and not just that they look the same. They're wearing all the same things. They they go to the same places. It was it's still a tad strange. Now, with all that being said, I don't know, Barry, if you've ever been to Austin. But the thing that I love so much about the city is that everyone seems to care a lot about the things that I care about, like design and making something look right. I mean, everything is cute. I'll put it that way. Everything is cute. You know, they even the torches tacos are incredibly brilliant spaces. You know, the details in that city, at least for, you know, user experience stuff is fantastic. They're so well done. So the gentrification hasn't ruined that yet. I know the gentrification is all over the place. All over the place. Yeah. And it's just getting it's just getting wider and wider and wider. You know, you get Elon Musk moving his entire operation to Austin. You know, all the software and the San Francisco is coming with him. You know, it was a great weekend, though. I'm trying to think of what else I saw that that I thought was really interesting. I love Future Islands and I hope one day to be able to talk to him because I find him to be unbelievably interesting. But I'm to the point where if you've seen the Future Islands show once or twice, I don't know how many more times I need to see that show. I love him. I and I love the band. But you know, I saw it again and this is like the fourth or fifth time I've seen it. And it's just the same bit over and over and over. You know, it does. It is fun, though, at this point to watch the crowd. You look around and you watch them see it for the first time and they look around like, what in the hell is this guy doing? He's ripping off a mask from his face. He's collapsing to the ground. You know, you can literally hear him beating his chest while he's singing. You know, he's punching himself in the face. You know, it's a very physical. He went to the wrestling bar. It was the wrestling bar on stage. He combined everything. He's just sweating like a maniac. He's falling down to the ground. He noises. It is a bizarre experience for a first timer. But now, after I've seen like four or five times, I got it. You know, I got it. We've said that about a couple of bands, right? I mean, St. Paul and I'm seeing St. Paul on Thursday. I'll see. I think that me and you have the exact same feeling about St. Paul as much as we love them. But I think that show is very different in a small, condensed space than the places that we've seen it in the last few years. No, no question. Yeah, it's a great show up close for sure. I think that we did Taco and I did Moon River. And then the only show I've seen since then was the Santana, the Carlos Santana show, which was which was terrific. Yeah, but you can't dance there. You dance places out. You cannot do any dance. That's right. Stay in your seat. No, no, no. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. Stay in your seat. The amazing, delirium Becky Especially breakingup and incorporation Comic God, that was Texas, you know, roadhouse sort of stuff. She was on fire in front of band of horses. I did not know that it was gonna be that much of a, you know, I'm trying to do my, as much Texas as I can barn burner, but, and then band of horses comes on. All right, look, I, I, I said this to Isaac Brock in my chat with Modest Mouse, but I love band of horses. I really do. And you can't find an album that I love more than Funeral. I think their early stuff is incredible. Absolutely incredible. You could listen to that dude sing all day, but when the new stuff comes on, I just had this visceral angry reaction. And I think it's all because of a song called In A Drawer. They did a song with Jay Mascis called In A Drawer that I swear to God, Taco, you can check the lyrics on, double check my work here. But the lyrics literally go, I opened up a drawer, I looked in a drawer, I found it in a drawer, so I took it from a drawer. It is enraging. It's an enraging four minutes. I have never, has there ever been something that makes you that angry that you listen to other than me? Is there a song that physically makes you angry? Yes, actually there's an artist, Dave Matthews. I can't stand it. What about it makes you mad? I have no idea, but it is the only act. Because his band is terrific, but he's the only act. And it's been this way for years. I can be driving in one of those hypnotic states where I'm not even paying attention and something from the radio will worm its way in and I will lunge for the radio dial. But that's an entire artist, wow. Yeah, as far as a song, I can't think of one right off. Is there any song redeeming from Dave Matthews that you like? The ones where he just lets the band play. Yeah, well, the Warren Haynes, what is the song that Warren does with, the Neil Young song? So you have to hear Dave Matthews with someone else doing someone else's song for it to be passing for you. Okay, pretty much. I really loved Crosby, Stills and Nash when Crosby and Stills wasn't there. It was great. I loved it. When they had guests on. When it was just Graham Nash, loved him. Loved him. Yeah. There's a few like that. Yeah. Oh, we built this city. That's a song that I hate. I love that song. I hate that song. I was about to say, that's my favorite song. Good for you. It's one of those, I feel like the band of that stature should have known better. They should never have known that. I think that's the point that I was about to make in that you guys are so good at this and yet you put out that. Not that you put it out, that you keep playing it, thinking it's one of your bigger hits. Yeah. I mean, they legitimately love this song. They love it. They love playing it. They love, the audience seems to like it. It still gets played on satellite radio. It is enraging this song. I mean, I get the message of it. It's a message about like, you know, finding an old picture of your dad or your grandpa and it harkens you back to times of your past and makes you feel, you know, that feeling that you originally felt in the picture. I get the whole gist of it, but open up a drawer, found it in a drawer, looked in a drawer and I grabbed it from the drawer, closed in the drawer, then opened the drawer, then it opened the drawer. It is just hokey nonsense. Yeah, I got it. Mr. Roboto would be another one. And that one's funny to me because Tommy Shaw and the rest of the band won't play it anymore. They hate it too. Yeah. Yeah. There are some. Sure. You're talking about major hits. This was like a mediocre hit. I understand. They just keep hanging on to and I, oh God. Yeah. The point that I'm making is like, and I get a lot of pushback from Band of Horses fans on this and I understand why, but for me, whenever they try to be a rock band, it just doesn't work a lot of times for me. But when they go back to funeral, maybe I'm just so partial to that album that I can't really hear them any other way. And that might be on me, but man, when they start trying to be a rock band, I'm just like, eh, sing me a ballad. Make me sad. Yeah. I get the sad stuff. Go back to George Strait a little bit, I guess. We hyped that up so much six months ago. We said, what's he got? 53 number ones. He's the Guinness book. He can't do them all. What was the set and the crowd? I mean, was it just one, everybody singing along? All from start to finish? So I'm glad you brought that up because I, there was something different about ACL Fest that is unlike anything else in the country. You can bring chairs. Yeah, it was a lot. It was a lot of, it's a lot of sitting and singing. The crowd was definitely sitting and singing. So deep in the heart of Texas, of course, that's the way that he started it. There were songs there that I did not know. I kind of thought that it would be nonstop hits of stuff that I knew. It turns out I don't know the entire George Strait catalog. To me, you can shut the whole thing down as I can still make Cheyenne. It's one of my favorite songs of all time. He played that really, really early. I loved Carried Away. I think the voice still carries with Carried Away. And then, I won't lie, I didn't make it for the second hour. Okay. I didn't make it for the second hour. Two hours. We got a good, I mean, I feel like I got a good hour into it. I think that I probably got to, damn it, what is the name of that song? Amarillo by Morning. I never heard Amarillo by Morning. So I missed, I missed probably a bunch of his actual hits. Because once I heard Carried Away, I was like, I've heard the two that I love. Yeah, well, that kind of answers. So did it feel like a curated set or just to feel like a? You know, I don't think that, I don't think that George Strait's, you know, going off the cuff too much. You know, I don't think, I think it's pretty tight. I don't know if he's, you know, just walking around the stage like, all right, let's do this one. Yeah. Stay with me, boys. Follow me. I got you. Did I hear check yes or no? I wonder if I heard check yes or no. I don't remember. Man, I mean, I hope I didn't leave as early as I, I did hear check yes or no. Yeah. Okay. I'm looking at this. I'm looking at the set list right now. I just, I just found it. Check yes or no was six. I don't know how I missed that. I don't know how I missed that. So I got through, yeah. I just, I didn't get to Amarillo by Morning. He played it way late in the set. I was, I was gone probably about an hour. You know, and the other thing too is, the other thing I wish that I heard more of, I kind of like him when he's a storyteller and I don't feel like I got a lot of that, you know, but you know, you're just never going to see George Strait again. So, it's about, that's about all I wanted. You know, you give me, you give me carried away and still make Cheyenne and I'm going to be a pretty happy guy. The other thing I have for you this week is, I have re-sparked my love with Modest Mouse. I know that, I don't know if you've heard the big hit that they've had this year. We Are Between, it's on the new album, Golden Casket. So, when the album first came out, I was like, you know, I don't know, Modest Mouse, the last couple albums have just been okay. Man, I love this new album so much. It feels like they are so inspired again. And you know, the impetus of this album was, how can I just go in there and make a whole bunch of noise and make a song out of it? Literally, he's banging on a Coke can in one of the songs. So, I just fell, I refell in love with the album and I saw the show at ACL and then they did a show for me last night at the Fillmore in New Orleans. I just love Isaac Brock so much. He is such a unique and bizarre and smart and thoughtful dude, all while being fun and playful. I didn't anticipate this, Barry, but last night I just walked in to say, hey, Isaac, thanks for the interview. I'll just get a picture. Didn't say thank you for the interview. Never got the picture. We sat there and talked for an hour and a half. You know, I just. You should probably tell people who were just tuning into the show and don't know when you say he did a show for me. What you mean? For the radio station. Yeah, so. So, you probably let people know. Just for me. That's what I do. I literally did. Did he make sushi as well for you? I found him at a wrestling bar. He was in the parking lot. Flipping burgers. Yeah. So he. So they did a show for the radio station, 2,200 people they sold out. It's one of the few shows that had stuck through the fall, mainly because they're one of the one shows that sold out. Yeah, that'll do it. They, it was a great crowd. I thought the set was incredibly tight. They sound as good as they've ever sounded. Isaac feels inspired. No, no, no. I just had such a great time with it. And I kind of wish I would have been, I don't wanna say more prepared, but more prepared for my conversation with him. Because thinking about it now, after I've talked to him for an hour, hour and a half, I have so many more questions for him. And now I've just, I've gotten re-sparked with this guy and this band and it's made me go back and listen to all the old stuff. And now I wanna do the interview over. I wanna do over. I've got so many more questions and more interesting things to talk about. But with all that being said, it was still a fine chat. And I'm gonna play it for you now, if you don't mind. And then we'll wrap it up for the day. If there's anything else we needed to get to before you get to Modest Mouse. No, sounds great. Okay. Let's do it. I'm Modest Mouse, Isaac Brock on The What Podcast. ["The What Podcast Theme"] Isaac, I'm so excited about this. It's kind of strange to say it, but since you guys have been around since 1996, you've been like a thread in my life this entire time. Yesterday at ACL, if I'm not mistaken, your first ACL was 2004, five with Float On. And then now you're back at ACL 15 years later in front of Jack Harlow and Billie Eilish, two people who probably were, what, three, four, five years old. That has gotta be a really weird sort of mind screw for you. Try not to let it get into my head, you know? Which is to say it should and it doesn't. Is there something refreshing though about it? It could send you down a dark path, but the refreshing part of it is that you're still there. You know, you're still as relevant as ever. I mean, yeah. Dude, honestly, it's all the same to me. I'm a pretty big Billie Eilish fan, so, you know, so that's exciting. You know, things in there. You get to watch how, we're a band. We all get up there and we, you know, like, just bang it out and we're trying to figure out how to deal with it. I'm sure that you watch something that's like, kind of more pop based and it's like, how are they gonna do this? Cause you know, it's still gotta be entertainment if it's like one person singing. That is fascinating to me. Who else did you see other than Billie over the weekend? Honestly, the only thing I saw from the front of the stage was Billie Eilish. Reason being not a big fan of crowds, ironically. I can understand. Turns out, none of us are in 2021 these days. It's not where we wanna be. I beg to differ, man. There's looked like there's a lot of people who are pretty happy. Well, also Texas doesn't seem to understand COVID's happening. I don't know if I saw a mask the entire weekend. It was a bizarre. I mean, you would get plucked out of New Orleans and dropped into the middle of Texas and nobody seems to give a damn about anything that's happening in the world was kind of weird. Yeah, that made, was making some people a little edgy on the tour and things. I'm bizarrely optimistic. So. What has it been like touring inside of this COVID thing? Yeah, I mean, we kind of like set up a system that of our own that kind of keeps us pretty safe. And so, it's tricky from town to town, venue to venue, state to state, the rules are different. So the stakes are higher or lower and things. But we're pretty realistic about the fact that if one of us gets on the bus with COVID, we've just tanked it. And possibly like those ripples might even go a little farther than just our own situation. It might affect other people. So we kept this as a pretty insular tour, which is fine for me. Yeah. You know, like. I mean, for the anti-crowd guy, yeah. This is working for you. Yeah, yeah. I mean, I got basically, I haven't noticed. I mean, before COVID, I rarely went in the building except for the play. It's because I don't like being in, you know, like kind of narrow buildings. I ended up hanging out in the parking lot. I think that might be a name of a modest mouth song hanging out in the parking lot. Yeah. I'm such a big fan of yours and the bands, I think, is because of a point that you touched on a second ago. There's no pretense. Like, I don't feel like ever being talked down to. I don't ever feel like I'm being. It feels real and weird all at the same time, which is almost the reason why Golden Casket works so well. Feels optimistic. Dare I say, it feels like you might be happy. Well, you know, in all fairness, you know, like just, I have a two and a four-year-old and I had to correct myself a few times and just, you know, be like, look, Mr. Cynical. Like, if you brought two people to the planet and you're just going to, you know, like, cast shade on it the whole time, like, what do you got to offer? Like, what are some positive inputs to this and things? Can you, you know, can you with a clear conscience actually even be optimistic? And I decided, yes, I could. And so, you know, it actually required me to do a little work on myself. And also, you know, like, I was recording and writing this and I was like, I'm going to do this. You know, recording and writing this record during this pandemic. And I'm sure as hell, I didn't want to, you know, like, I don't know, toss gas on the fire of depression and things. And so I started looking past that to see what I did like that I saw. When you look and see how much optimism, you bring a two and a four-year-old into the world, right? Right. You start to think, I don't have children, so I don't know what this clique is like. What is the clique when you say to yourself, well, I do have something to feel optimistic about and you do that deep dive, almost like a body check from body scan from top to bottom. Maybe you were pretty optimistic to begin with, right? No, we've got a long road to home, man, as far as like, you know, blind optimism where it's just like I choose to be optimistic because that is a nicer, nicer way to be versus there are solutions even if we haven't figured them out and whatnot, and it's worth doing. And that's kind of where I landed is that all our worrying and hand wringing is, you know, probably not enough, but we can make a good world for our future if we want. How are the kids doing now? Where are they right now? They're at home. Yeah? They're at home. And they're doing they're doing great. I mean, I brought them out as much as I could. Do they get into this kind of stuff? Do they do they like this? Do they like you playing a soda can in the studio? Well, they they they. Yeah, they really get excited by shows. That's like, yeah, that's it's pretty phenomenal. And so now they put on their own little concerts at home. You one of them, one of them doesn't even really know words. So they're really good. I always found you to be playful to begin with. Do you think that having children has made you even more playful, even as a songwriter, as a composer? No children made you sillier. I'm trying to trying to be sillier because it's it's funner. But I go between being like, you know, trying trying to like change myself into someone who speaks properly and uses, you know, like use the proper name for everything because I don't want to blow it for them and have them, you know, like seeing, you know, just just making the D in school or something. Because because I thought it was cute not to know what, you know, the nickname, everything. So and then at the same time. Yeah, you you want to be more fun. So, Isaac, I'll give you a good. That's a good lesson to have with the children because my father used to have this running joke and for my the period of until I was 13, 14 years old, he would laugh and goes, Oh, that hurts me in my ovaries. And I didn't get it. I went and it took me till a mid teenager to realize I said that in response to them in the moment, just like dad would. And the right talks were like, what if what did you just say? Yeah, yeah, I got a lot of trouble because of because that's sort of stuff, too. I actually was remembering that I had a this dude my mom dated after after divorce had all these cute cartoon T-shirts. And I did not know what they meant. And I got like I'd get I'd have to get on different like save it, save it. Tree eat a beaver. Had no idea what was going on there and things. Even when I was getting reprimanded for it, I'm just like, I'm not getting it. Like, apparently, we don't like, you know, like, I had a T-shirt one time and said Pat McCrotch across the front of it and I wore it to. Oh, that's funny. Yeah, it was. And I wore it to school. I thought it was just a friend of my dad's. I thought it was just like a no, it was not a real person. Yeah, I didn't know that T-shirts could be trouble. Yeah, big trouble. I I do want to just touch a second again on the on the new album because I can't stop listening to it and thinking about it. You this is not uncommon for you to just start pulling shit out of thin air and playing it on an album. But does it feel like you did more of that this time than you've done in the past? And yeah, in the end question, the end point of this is I just don't understand where these things start for you and then how they get to where they are. That sentence kind of says it all because I didn't either. I didn't I didn't understand it. Kind of says it all because I didn't either. I didn't. I didn't have the patience to like want to sit down. Oh, you know, all of the Beatles or whatever and like so craft a song on a guitar. I just wanted to make interesting noises and see if they could become a sound, a song and whatnot. And, you know, like the thing is, is like before we did end up putting like chords of some actual instrument on, it was just interesting. There was there was it wasn't necessarily music. Yeah, but it was really fun. You know, this is like any any any start like it's really just through repetition. Now, there's a there's this lady she teaches about like an illusion, sounds of it, you know, illusions created by sound. And one of the things that happens is almost anything. Like if you were to just say, take a few words from any sentence we've said and just loop it, it becomes music and whatnot. And that doesn't mean for like banging on a bowl. If you if you loop it and you got the time right. All of a sudden, there's music there. And it's really, you know, really I've gotten into during the process before I even started working on this record. I've spent Jesus like better part of like a few years just trying to learn like forensic software and for sound, audio. And it does that thing where you're it's you'll be looping something. I'll be like, is it like that's a song I should sample that. That's a song I should sample that. So it is completely non musical. I mean, this is just like taking like the audio from a room. Yeah. And things and then looping it, trying to dig out interesting stuff. Yeah, there was music. Yeah. I mean, so James Murphy did with the LCD sound system. He took the fan that is above his head in his bedroom and turn that into a song on the new album. Do I mean, like the boys did a lot of the dust brothers, you know, the price of people like that, like, you know, that that there's a lot of that. Yeah. A lot of that goes really fast. So what song on the album is closest to where it started? Back to the middle. OK, back to the middle was something that I very I wrote in a very traditional way. And I produced it and we produced it in a very traditional way. There was no, you know, all elements of it existed prior to studio. Did you say that consciously? Like, I need to have something that has some basic structure on this. Or did you just. Yeah. The most. No, no, no. It was well, it wasn't. Yeah, I didn't go in there with like I have to go. There's like there's something I need to fix. But in order to feel like I was showing up to the show, to the show with something that we didn't have to ask what the what is what is. Like, here it is. This is obviously a song like. And let's move on and get weird. Yeah. And it kind of breaks the ice for something like takes a little a little bit of tension away from the process to know that you at least have something. Well, yeah, I mean, but but but I don't. It's not something you had to do. It's just something that you felt it was, you know, a responsibility. I think anything I could put out a record of just fan sounds that aren't musical is just not what I want to do or what people I listen to me necessarily want to hear. I do think it would be fascinating to hear some of the first rounds of cuts, though. Man, oh, man. I'm actually working on I'm working on something an inside out record of this because so many of the crazy sounds like because they weren't necessarily music, you know, or like they were taking up too much real estate for singing and something else to happen. And I just want to like I really want to do something that really like contrast all the really cool, weird stuff that gets buried there or like, you know, some gets cut just because you don't have so much. Yeah, absolutely. I love that idea. The speaking of weird stuff, I think that you're so I find you to be really brave with your song titles. And I wonder if you I wonder how much trolling you're doing sometimes. Or how well, like, for instance, are you are do you ever put in because your song titles are so odd, right? And they're so off off of the the beaten path of what a normal person, a normal album you pick up in a in a store, right? I wonder if there's secret messages hidden in some of these song titles. Like there's but Guilty Cocker Spaniels is my favorite song title of all time. Right. I wonder if you start with an idea that is so strange and then you sort of like work it around backwards from there. That one you want to know the honest to God truth. OK. I lifted it from literature. Yeah, that was that was that one sentence where their guilty Cocker Spaniels was from a poetry book that someone wrote called drunk by noon and things and then none of the rest of it. But but that one part. So, oops. I wish I wish you'd picked any other one. Doing the cockroach. OK. Yeah, that one was that one was easy. Yeah. The latest latest. You know, I don't know. OK, so so what you're trying what you're telling me without telling me is that there is a method to the words that you choose to identify these pieces of art and work that you do. Absolutely. Absolutely. There's they are not random. They're part of the story. And that makes it more fun. And and stuff. And I've I try not to do anything where I name a song, something that doesn't take place in the song because it's freaking confusing. Otherwise, then then then then then I then you're in danger of like getting into the pretentious art zone. Yes. You know, the the song is called The Chair and you just describe places that have chairs. Isaac, don't get me started on what is the song that I hate and loathe more than anything, and I love the band so much. I found it in a drawer. I opened up a drawer. I looked in the drawer and I got it in a drawer. Band of Horuses literally has a song with Jay Mascis in a drawer. I can't for the life of me understand why people like this song. It makes me physically angry just to think about it. Oh, that's the next time I see it. I I love I love them so much. But man, that song makes me so angry I had to walk away from the show yesterday. I couldn't. Oh, really? I honestly am not familiar with this song, although those series of words. I guess drawer isn't a good reputed repetitive word because it did. Well, I'm very excited. The The Modest Mouth Show in New Orleans at the Fillmore. It is one of the few shows that we have this fall. We had a lot scheduled and so many have gone by the wayside. But but you guys have kept yourself healthy and kept yourself on the road. And I can't wait for it. I think that you guys have hit, you know, some sort of like next level inspiration right now. And I'm just so excited to see it, you know, now for the third time. I'm really, really happy about it. I'm really looking forward to being there. I've got I love New Orleans. Yeah. Oh, yeah. What's your favorite spot? Favorite spot. The last time we went there, me and my family got an Airbnb and I didn't know what neighborhood it was out of. It was out of town. There was a giant sinkhole in front of the place. And I just I just the neighborhoods are so nice. I don't know. Yeah. Then really, it's just a special place all around. I don't know. I like it. I like getting to boat around, you know, like the swamps and such. And by. Isaac Brock, one of the most interesting human beings in this entire industry, a modest mouse on the What Podcast, Lord Taco, Brad Steiner, Barry Porter. If you, you know, if if I have input, I'll just put it this way. Go see Modest Mouse if you can. You know, I think there are sometimes in the years past, a set has not been the best or this work this did. This didn't whatever. But I feel like they're really in the pocket right now. So they're at Shakeney's right, Taco. What weekend is correct? That's in two weekends. It's October 22nd to the 24th. And they're playing Sunday. Yeah. Yeah. Do it. Do it. Yeah, it is totally worth it. I find them to be so, so good. And the other thing, too, about them, they work in every space. I don't care if it's an arena or or a theater or a bar or a festival. That sound works anywhere. That's they're not can't say that about everybody. Yes, for sure. Yeah. And the other thing, too, is. Although some of the songs are very weird, like, you know, but I finally all of them are catchy enough for a non fan to get it. So I was with a non fan last night and she was like, oh, I didn't realize that was them. Oh, I I really like that song. Why? And he said in the interview, you know, we try to have enough to get to the weird stuff, you know, I think of it a lot like the Cohen brothers, the Cohen brothers do a movie for the industry so they can get the nomination. Then they can do the movies they really want to do. Yeah, that's right. That's cool. Yeah, very cool. All right. Go see a modest mouse. Anything. What's a vacation? What don't you get on schedule for the vacation, Barry? We're here for another day or two. Got to get back Friday evening so we can have a couple of days to ourselves. Are you beaching? Are you sitting out and you know, that's the thing about the beach down here. There's really not so much a beach. No, we're we're doing a lot of eating, a lot of bike riding and sightseeing. You're not going out to places there. We are. We're going to go to the oyster bar tonight and maybe one place tomorrow. But no, Kelly's Kelly's cook. Zach is good. Yeah, we like to go to the store. It's not the culinary capital of the world. I'll put it that way. We've got a couple of these. We've got a couple of good spots. Yeah, it's not New Orleans. You go across the causeway to Brunswick at all to eat. Never to Brunswick. We went to Jekyll for the first time. Last time we were here and had brunch at the one of the Rockefellers used at that hotel. Yeah. Oh, my God. That place is just that whole place is amazing. There are a couple of spots across the causeway in Brunswick that are actually really good. There's this one place called the Shanti, the sea shanty or something like that. Terrific lunch. The other thing is they've got a brewery there. The I've only had one of their beers, but their space is super, super fun. Is that like silver bluff? Is that the one it might be? It might be. It's right there. Yeah. So the downtown area is only like, you know, four square blocks. Right. It's right there in that in that downtown area. Go over. It's it's it's worth the two hours that you're going to spend in the day. OK. All right. Yeah. Give it a go. It's a nice. And the last section of the boat is they're about to they're working on it for people who are familiar with seeing that. It's so strange. The boat that lost Barry. But what he's talking about is a there was a crashed boat. They they've been trying to extract it for two years. And you can see parts of it there when you drive by. It's very odd. I think that's our cube taco. Frozen Barry, I think, is our cube. All right. There you go. We'll have a podcast. Talk to you next week. Love you. Thank you. Consequence Podcast Network.