Malone's Mixtape - Volume 1

Here it is, Volume 1 of Malone's Mixtape. It's packed with amazing artists you should know and all the songs are themed for the summer. So get your beach towel out, slap on some sun screen and press play. 


PLAYLIST: 


1) Iron & Wine - Singer's and the Endless Song

2) Sean Hayes - Powerful Stuff

3) The John Butler Trio - Zebra

4) Jake Bugg - Trouble Town

5) Frontier Ruckus - The Latter Days

6) M Ward - Chinese Translation 

7) Laura Mvula - Green Gardens

8) Alt-J - Breezeblocks

9) Paul McCartney - Great Day

10) The Head and The Heart - Ghosts

11) Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities Made of Ashes

12) Katie Boeck - Burning Bridges 

Malone's Mixtape featuring Katie Boeck

Katie Boeck

If you have not heard of Katie Boeck yet, you are about to - She is on the cusp of a major breakout. Katie hails from Montana but is now based right here in Los Angeles and has a soulful yet very late ninety's storyteller vibe to her. Katie wraps her lyrics up in slow, haunting voice inflections as she shares her stories of love, loss and growing up in Montana.

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For the past few years Boeck has been showcasing her incredible talents all over the globe. She has done everything from travel the world with different girl groups including countries like India and Japan to playing solo on the legendary Santa Monica boardwalk. In late 2013 she started a kickstarter project where she raised over five thousand dollars in thirty days so she could record her official debut EP.

Listen to Katie talk about song writing.

Despite the influence of her mother's 70s folk music and her rural upbringing on a farm in Montana, Katie's sound has some very strong R&B rhythm and vocals to it. She delivers a sassy yet strong point of view for her young age with lyrics like: 

"I'm a wild-eyed romantic, but i'm drowning in my carelessness, and even when i'm with you, and we're dreaming our big dreams, i'm stuck somewhere between, my tow most dangerous extremes, what are we waiting for..."

You can see Katie Boeck LIVE at the The Mint here in Los Angeles California July 15th, 2014. She also is a great person to follow on soundcloud, she is always posting new music and fantastic first listens to her projects. 

Trust me, become a Katie Boeck fan now, thank me later.

8 Rules to Emceeing a Comedy Show

8 Rules to Emceeing a Comedy Show

Photo By: Peter Greyy 

Fire it up!

I finally got a chance to go solo on one of my favorite podcasts, the TNT Dynamite Party Hour!! I always have a blast with these guys, they are all based out of my home club of Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis IN and we have done a couple live "The Michael Malone Show" podcasts together. Seriously, one listen to these guys and you will be hooked! 

Listen to Mike vs Mike

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It's finally going down! The podcast war that has been building up for years... Granted, I wasn't aware of it, but still ahahaha!

I've been trying to meet up with Mike Merryfield and his Irrelevant Radio podcast for quite some time. We finally got the schedules to work and made it happen in Syracuse New York last week!

We talk about how to market yourself in the comedy biz, stand-up comedy in general, and the failures and successes that have brought me where I am now. We also try an answer the question "What does Kevin Hart Have?" 

Let me know what you think in the blog comments! I'll personally answer everyone...unless you're an asshole. So, don't be an ass.

Sharing Road Stories

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I had an absolute blast on the Road Stories Podcast today with the host Murray Valeriano (Comedy Central, NBC, FuelTV) and special guest Leo Flowers (Starz Staan' Dup, MTV).

Leo and I share what it was like losing our father's while touring, we talk about the mindset and reactions that go into fighting all those emotions and still having to perform every night. But don't worry it's not all about grief and sorrow, we also discuss our favorite places to pig out, and I even share the stories of getting bear hugged/dry humped on stage in Minnesota and being threatened by a heckler with a knife. Enjoy the show haha!

Sidenote : This podcast has the best intro music ever.

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Empty Handshakes & Short Term Memories

another town another show

another person i dont know

when the lights go up and the music kicks on

after the chairs are put up and everyone is gone

whats left is empty handshakes and memories

seems like ive been chasing this feeling for centuries

when im on stage im so alive

the lights are off and im full of drive

all eyes on me no pressure dont fuck up

these voices in my mind they wont shut up

wheels spinning, mouth moving

but am i really the one winning or losing?

another town another show

pack your bags boy its time to go

sitting in empty beds and dreaming

wondering if this is really it and whats the meaning

is this really what im here for?

quick laughs and short term memories

none of these mother fuckers will ever remember me

when im here and im dancing im golden

but when i leave you have another full house and im fold’in

another town another show

had a wonderful time with you all but now its time to go

on to another town on to another show

shaking hands with more people i dont know