Tour Stories
Tour Stories
Ruinous Media
Joe Plummer's friends share their stories from life on the road. We hear funny, sad and sometimes scary tales from musicians and comedians. Have a tour story? Send a message to Tour Stories is produced by Ruinous Media.
Yuuki Matthews
Yuuki Matthews is a mixer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. For the Last 20 years he has  collaborated and toured with The Shins, Sufjan Stevens, David Bazan,  Tomo Nakayama and his project with Richard Swift, Teardrops.  In this episode Yuuki tells...
Jan 22
27 min
The Check In with Charlie Hall
Charlie Hall is a multi instrumentalist, a singer,  and the drummer for The War On Drugs. In his involuntary break from  touring with The War On Drugs in 2020,  he's found himself working on his own music,  listening to The Fleetwoods and missing...
Jan 15
45 min
Sam Jayne
This is a celebration of Sam Jayne. Sam's bands Lync and Love As Laughter were both contemporaries and influential to northwest bands Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, 764-Hero and Beck throughout the 90's and 2000's. In this episode we hear some favorite stories about Sam from his friends and family and what his songs meant to them. Thank You Sam.Contributors to this episode include Zeke Howard, Leslie Hardy, Patrick Carney, Megan Jasper, Tiffany Anders, Jeremiah Green, Peter Jayne, John Schmersal, Harrison Haynes, John Atkins, Bob Jayne. All Music by Love as Laugher, Lync and Sam Jayne.
Dec 31, 2020
1 hr 18 min
Tour Stories Presents "Whittaker"
Tour Stories presents "Whittaker", a Special Ruinous Media Production We all want to celebrate, restore, and responsibly manage our wilderness areas.  When Bobby Whittaker got off the road with REM and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, he did too,  and that’s exactly what happened. In this podcast, Bobby Whittaker combines his tour managing skills and his love for outdoor community to conquer the hearts and minds of a small Northwest town. Hear the harrowing story of how he built a beautiful 25-mile trail on an otherwise unused rail corridor that benefits the community economically and brings them together. If you like Rock-N-Roll intuition, and love the outdoors, let Bobby show you how dedication to community, hard work and a little bit of punk rock attitude will build a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy. Music by Mudhoney,  Caustic Resin, Lords of the North and Henry Hanks. Thanks to Sub Pop Records
Dec 23, 2020
16 min
The Check-In with David Bazan
David Bazan is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle Washington. For over 20 years he has recorded, toured and self-produced his bands Pedro The Lion , The Headphones and many variations of his solo efforts. In this episode, David and Joe discuss the possibility and culture of future touring with the news of a Covid-19 vaccine.  David tells us about the adjustments to his life during the pandemic, we get his love/hate take on Taylor Swifts album Folklore and he hints at a new Pedro The Lion record series.  Music by Pedro the Lion, David Bazan, Palm Fronds and Joe Plummer. Enjoy.
Dec 18, 2020
31 min
The Check-In with Gary Jarman of The Cribs
Gary Jarman is a founding member, singer and bass player for the Wakefield band The Cribs. Like most rock and rollers, Gary has been stuck at home for most of the pandemic, dealing with the bands legal issues and the frustration of not being able to support a new record and tour for over two years. Joe and Gary discuss how a boxing regiment has helped him cope, what it was like recording at The Foo Fighters 606 studio and why Peep Show may be Britains best comedy.....ever. We also hear a couple tunes from The Cribs newest record, Night Network. Enjoy! Music by The Cribs, Palm Fronds and Joe Plummer.
Dec 11, 2020
25 min
One Year Anniversary Episode with Brian Teasley
After a year of Tour Stories and The Check-In.  We've decided to celebrate with a re-play of our first episode with Brian Teasly.Brian Teasley of Man or Astroman? and The Polyphonic Spree sees the terror of traveling with a microphone. FBI, Taco Bell and Tevo. Enjoy. Music By Man or Astroman? and Joe Plummer
Dec 4, 2020
9 min
The Check-In with Wax Tailor
Wax Tailor is a DJ and producer from Vernon, France. His upcoming record "In the Shadow Of Their Sons" was written and recorded over the spring and summer of 2020 in middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. The record touches on the political and economic effects of a pandemic when the economic inequality gap is ever widening. Releasing on January 8th 2021, "In the Shadow of Their Sons" features guests D Smoke, Mark Lanegan and Del The Funky Homosapien.  In this episode, Joe and Wax discuss the difference between the BLM movement in France and the US, the economic effects of the pandemic and the future of touring. Wax also hips us to The Koreatown Oddity. Enjoy. Music by Wax Tailor, Palm Fronds and Joe Plummer
Nov 27, 2020
29 min
The Check-In With Tim Kinsella
Tim Kinsella has been a working musician for over 20 years. He is a founding member of Chicago bands Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, and his  newest effort, Good Fuck, which he started with his wife Jenny Pulse. He has written two novels,The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense and Let Go and Go On and On, and also wrote and directed the film Orchard Vale. In this episode, Joe and Tim talk election fatigue, how Good Fuck recording has been a guiding effort throughout the pandemic, and how Daniel Lenois and Bob Dylan may have inspired the newest and last Joan Of Arc record. They also discuss why Captain Beerheart AND philosopher Zizak's "pressure cooker" ideas may explain why we spent four years with Trump as president. Music by Joan Of Arc, Good Fuck, Palm Fronds and Joe Plummer. Enjoy.
Nov 20, 2020
32 min
The Check-In with Steve McDonald
Steve McDonald has covered the Rock n Roll gamut. It began when he and his brother started the influential hardcore band Red Cross when Steve was 11 years old. Since then he has toured the world, stopped touring to produce records, and started up again with not one, but three touring bands, The Melvins, Off! and Redd Kross. Steve tells Joe what he's doing to cope with being "grounded" during the pandemic, how he feels about our chaotic election and why he feels fortunate despite these unpredictable times.  Episode sponsored by The Red E Cafe, Portland, Oregon.  Music by Redd Kross, Red Cross, Joe Plummer and Palm Fronds. Enjoy.
Nov 13, 2020
31 min
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