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Osiris Media presents The Drop, a daily podcast sharing music news, artist interviews, and highlights from across the Osiris network. The Drop is brought to you by CashorTrade. Osiris works in media partnership with JamBase.
 
Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for the Old 97s, hosts “Wheels Off” a show about the messy reality of the creative life. Conversations with musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about the pivotal moments that shaped their work, what it means to create in a digital age and grapple with the challenges, and the joy, of living a creative life.
 
The definitive retrospective of one of music’s most memorable festivals, Phish’s Big Cypress. In December of 1999, Phish drew an estimated 80,000 to the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida’s Everglades, making this festival the largest Millennium Eve concert on earth. We look back on the festival 20 years later—and examine the legacy for Phish and the music world. Hosted and narrated by Jesse Jarnow, this five-episode series draws on interviews with members of Phish and its crew, fan m ...
 
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Rosanne Cash, Rhett’s very first guest on Wheels Off, returns to the podcast to help celebrate episode 100. The two discuss what they’ve learned since episode 1 (in 2018), how the pandemic has affected her creatively, and what she’s looking forward to as she returns to performing live. Rosanne tells Rhett about the new music she’s written, includin…
 
Actress and writer Mara Wilson joins Rhett to talk about why she enjoys writing dialogue, how her childhood pointed her in the direction of becoming a storyteller, and effective ways to overcome mental health struggles. Mara also dives deep on why she values social ties in the context of creation, and tells Rhett about how her work becomes more cle…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, we chat about the 25th anniversary of Pitchfork & what the site has meant to us over the years, as well as discuss some of our favorite writers and album reviews from over the years. In addition, we chat about books and movies we’re currently consuming, dish about the baseball playoffs, and as always, share new a…
 
This week actor, comedian, and podcast host Paul Scheer joins Rhett to talk about creative ways to gain attention as a young artist and discusses some of the major shows he has worked on, including Veep and Parks and Recreation. Paul explains why new experiences validate his artistic growth, digs into some of his performance philosophies, and tells…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, we’re joined by one of our good friends, Tim Showalter, of Strand of Oaks to discuss their phenomenal new record, In Heaven. We dive deep into the origins of the album, the influence of Phish, The Sirens of Titan, grief, love, and finding happiness. It’s one the best interviews we’ve ever had, and we’re really ex…
 
Breaking Waves: Seattle is the story of the scene that defined rock in the ‘90s. The show traces the roots of grunge, and details the rise and fall of the Seattle scene, and concludes with a look forward, examining the legacy of grunge and highlighting the current and emerging artists who will create Seattle’s next breaking wave. Produced for Audac…
 
Breaking Waves: Seattle is the story of the scene that defined rock in the ‘90s. The show traces the roots of grunge, and details the rise and fall of the Seattle scene, and concludes with a look forward, examining the legacy of grunge and highlighting the current and emerging artists who will create Seattle’s next breaking wave. Produced for Audac…
 
Voice actor, comedian, and singer-songwriter Grey DeLisle joins Rhett from Glendale to discuss her accomplished career, how she maintains her positive and enthusiastic energy, and why songwriting is comparable to giving birth. You’ll also hear Grey provide a few incredible vocal imitations, and tell Rhett why she had no choice but to be an artist. …
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Dave sits down with cosmic country songwriter Daniel Donato to talk about his influences, his podcast on Osiris Media, The Lost Highway, and his experiences following Phish earlier this year. In addition, they discuss the unique TAB tour which just concluded, the newest Strand of Oaks record, as well as the amazi…
 
Author Ben Greenman joins Rhett from his home in New Jersey to talk about the two books that Ben is releasing next month with Questlove and Steven Van Zandt, his approach to success, and why fear of failure can be a good thing. The two compare the process of writing books with the process of songwriting, and how creative output changes as you get o…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave discuss the 30th anniversary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” A seminal album for suburban kids in the early-90s, it’s a part of a massive outpouring of grunge/alternative rock from Fall 1991 that helped to shape the 1990s. In addition, we chat about TAB tour, discuss the 2022 B…
 
In this special, double-whammy episode of Wheels Off, singer-songwriter and podcast host Joe Pug joins Rhett from Prince George's County, Maryland to talk about his creative pursuits as a musician, the importance of staying present as a young artist, and how to save the world through beauty. Joe tells Rhett about the inspiration for starting his po…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave chat about how we’ve attempted to get our kids into music + how our kids have found their own ways to get into music. In addition, we chat about the Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs of All Time, share some new music & hop back to 1976 for some deep dives into prog! Osiris Podcast Recommendations: Highway …
 
Actor, comedian, and podcast host John Ross Bowie joins Rhett from his home in Los Angeles to talk about his new podcast Household Faces, and his creative development over the course of his career. John shares the story about how improv changed his outlook on acting, the professional ups and downs he's experienced, and he and Rhett talk about why t…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave open up their YouTube algorithm and share some of their favorite late night concert finds on YouTube. In addition, we discuss the Season 2 Premier of Undermine, share some new music, and highlight some big albums from 1981 + more! Osiris Podcast Recommendations: Undermine Season 2 Episode 1: Hey, Che…
 
Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally joins Rhett from Austin, Texas to talk about her life as a songwriter, and her recent collaboration with Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band. Shannon tells Rhett about her songwriting process, and the new methods of collaboration that she’s enjoyed through writing with a full band. You’ll also hear about a t…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave give a primer on how they discover new music & talk about how their own podcasting partnership has brought new music to each of them. In addition, we chat as always about our favorite Osiris Podcasts, plus share new album recs & share our favorite records from 1986 + more! Osiris Podcast Recommendati…
 
Author Nick Hornby joins Rhett from Islington, North London to talk about the book that he’s currently working on, which happens to be about Charles Dickens (the writer) and Prince (the artist). Nick and Rhett discuss Nick’s evolution as a writer, his unique ability to write about music in a realistic way, and why the secret to success is doing the…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave hop back to 2011 for a deep dive on the changes afoot in music, the fact that so many of our favorite artists released subpar records, and explore the nuances of Phish’s Summer 2011 Tour. In addition, we chat as always about our favorite Osiris Podcasts, plus recommend new albums & share our favorite…
 
This week, Kelly McCartney joins Rhett from Upstate New York to talk about her multifaceted career as a journalist and broadcaster, her show Record Bin Radio and why it’s “the dreamiest gig ever,” and why she thinks it’s important to trust your gut, while still trusting in the universe. You’ll also hear Kelly discuss her time as a personal assistan…
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave provide a primer into how to utilize the website, Bandcamp. In addition they discuss themes from Phish’s 2021 Summer Tour. Finally we run through some of our favorite releases from Osiris Media while highlighting two new records they’re digging + continue their dive back through classic albums with a…
 
One of the most renowned songwriters and producers in the music industry, Sam Hollander joins Rhett to talk about “failing his way up the charts” and the intense creative process that’s led to his success. Sam tells Rhett why a conversation between his parents and Nile Rogers led to his career path, and shares a life lesson from basketball’s Steve …
 
In this week’s episode of The Drop, Brian & Dave chat about the first full week of Phish’s Summer 2021 Tour with our good buddy Scottie King. In addition we highlight two Osiris shows we’re really digging as well as run through two of our favorite recent albums + continue back-tracking 5yrs at a time, this time talking about some of our favorite al…
 
Erika Wennerstrom joins Rhett from Mount Hood, Oregon to talk about the latest Heartless Bastards record, the intricacies of her creative process, and the concept of “music as medicine”. They discuss the importance of self-awareness and challenging oneself, and Erika shares the details of writing the epic, powerfully soulful song “Revolution”. Erik…
 
Welcome back to The Drop! In this week’s episode, Brian & Dave chat about the start of Phish tour as well as the rumblings from U2 camp. In addition they sat down with Osiris Media CEO RJ Bee to discuss Floyd Fest & share his interviews with Goose & Nicole Atkins. Finally, they recommend two new albums while exploring some of their favorite records…
 
Phish tour is back, and so is the Helping Friendly Podcast! HF Pod On Tour will feature live video Quick Hits at 1pm the day after every show—on Osiris Media's Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels. We'll also have podcast episodes every Tuesday with a rundown of the tour thus far. Featuring great conversation, fans who were at the show…
 
Author Sarah Hepola joins Rhett from her home in Dallas, Texas to talk about her writing career, which began unofficially when she wrote a Shawshank Redemption-inspired story in 7th grade and sold a copy to a fellow classmate. Sarah tells Rhett about the importance of freeing her mind in order to be creative, and what she does to achieve the medita…
 
Welcome back to The Drop! In this week’s episode, Brian & Dave chat about two huge new record releases from The War On Drugs and Bob Dylan, before diving into a larger conversation around how their perspectives towards music have changed since the pandemic. In addition, they recommend two new albums while exploring some of their favorite records fr…
 
In this episode of Wheels Off, illustrator and author Nidhi Chanani joins Rhett from her home in San Francisco to talk about the creative projects that she’s currently working on, and her career as an artist. You’ll hear Nidhi talk about the inspiration behind her new graphic novel Jukebox, why freelance work suits her artistic style and allows her…
 
Welcome back to The Drop! In this week’s episode, Brian & Dave chat about great music to listen to during a baseball game, discuss Brian’s son’s first rock show & deep-dive Goose! In addition, Brian sits down with Osiris Media’s Managing Director of Production, Matt Dwyer to chat about his experience at Peach Fest plus get a behind the scenes look …
 
This week, musicians Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean of the Delta-blues inspired duo Ida Mae join Rhett to talk about their upcoming album, Click Click Domino. Phoning in from the English countryside, you’ll hear them talk about touring in America, the duality behind their songwriting process, and why Chris thinks that their latest album contains s…
 
Welcome back to The Drop! In the first Relaunch episode, Brian & Dave chat through what they’ve been up to these last few months, what concerts they’ve seen/are seeing since reopening started, and reveal their favorite ten albums of 2021 thus far. In addition, they share some of their favorite Osiris Podcasts from the last few weeks, recommend some…
 
In this week’s episode of Wheels Off, legendary songwriter and record producer Jeff Barry joins Rhett from his home in Laurel Canyon for a captivating conversation filled with wonderful nuggets of songwriting advice. Jeff and Rhett discuss Jeff’s simplified songwriting formula, the early days of his career as a songwriter, how he learned to write g…
 
This week on Wheels Off, talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Allison Russell joins Rhett from her new home in Nashville to talk about her debut solo album Outside Child, released in May. Allison reflects on taking the leap to release a solo album, and why she felt compelled to tell her own story. She discusses the transformative experienc…
 
Actress Paget Brewster joins Rhett from her home in Los Angeles to talk about her career as an actor, and the immense gratitude she holds for the artistic journey she’s on. Paget and Rhett talk about why voice excites her, how pre-performance nerves are a blessing in disguise, why it’s fun to die in a movie as an actor, and much more. Paget is incr…
 
This week on Wheels Off, author Lily Brooks-Dalton joins Rhett from her home in Los Angeles to talk about her creative endeavors as a writer. Lily and Rhett discuss adapting her books into film, the experience of releasing a memoir when she was just 25 years old, and memorizing her favorite books before she even knew how to read. Lily tells Rhett a…
 
This week, legendary drummer John Densmore joins Rhett to talk about his life with The Doors - “we had a kamikaze maniac as a lead singer” - and the other characters he’s written about in his new book The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists). Rhett and John discuss the importance of silence, the wonders of transcendental …
 
In this episode of Wheels Off with Rhett Miller, singer-songwriter Liz Phair joins Rhett from her home in LA to talk about her creative journey as a musician. The two discuss how being home during the pandemic has changed their lives, why social interaction is crucial for creative inspiration, and dig into her memoir Horror Stories. Liz explains wh…
 
In this episode, Ben Schneider, guitarist and singer for the critically acclaimed indie band Lord Huron, joins Rhett from his studio in Los Angeles. Ben tells Rhett about the early days of his career and the moment he realized that he wanted to play in a band. He explains why living in Los Angeles helps him push through creative obstacles, the impa…
 
In this episode, singer and multi-instrumentalist Pete Yorn joins Rhett to talk about his lifelong journey as an artist. The two discuss the harsh realities behind signing a record deal, grappling with the demons that present creative obstacles, and they reminisce over the excitement of hearing their songs mixed for the first time. Pete tells Rhett…
 
Writer Tony Weaver Jr. joins Rhett from his home in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the creative projects that he’s working on, including a new graphic novel series called “Weirdo.” Tony tells Rhett about his intent to provide hope and guidance for young people through his storytelling, and how stumbling into poetry convinced him to become a writer. Th…
 
Author and podcaster Zibby Owens joins Rhett from her home in New York City to talk about her uninhibited creative process, her detailed approach to research and the importance of trying new things. Libby explains the genesis of “Moms Don’t Have Time To…” and why you will probably have to invent your dream job. Zibby Owens is the creator and host o…
 
We have a special episode for you today, looking in depth at JamBase's Cluster Flies, the covers compilation reimagining Phish’s album Farmhouse. The limited-edition 3LP release was mastered by engineer Joe Lambert and features custom artwork and a poster created by longtime Phish collaborator Jim Pollock. You can pre-order the LP and Pollock poste…
 
Masi Asare is a composer, lyricist, and a musical theatre professor at Northwestern University. She has provided music for theatre productions including The Family Resemblance, Rishvor, Monsoon Wedding, Mirror of Most Value, and many others. In this episode Asare and Rhett talk about finding your voice of expression in art, “collective imagining” a…
 
David Wax is one half of the duo David Wax Museum, which he formed in 2008 with his wife Suz Slezak. He joins Rhett from his home in Charlottesville, VA. to talk about how the pandemic enabled him to build a studio and dig into the process of home recording, and the two discuss why music is more important than ever right now. David explains how he …
 
Welcome back! We wanted to introduce you to some new shows we have coming from Osiris. Please check these out, and subscribe to our newsletter for updates. Beautiful Garbage (premieres April 20) Mystery Mixtape (premieres May 3) Alive Again (premieres June) Festival Circuit: Newport (premieres June) Sugar Maple (premieres October) Thanks for tuning…
 
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