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A Conversation With Roger Corman

Roger Corman

Roger Corman is one of the few people who can truly be called an icon of cinema without any debate, argument or hesitation.

In a town full of crazy, Corman is one of the smartest and shrewdest minds in the industry. His work as a director and producer is unparalled while his films are loved by millions of fans all over the world.

For over five decades he has mentored almost every American director that matters. That list of other directors he has mentored reads like a who’s who of Hollywood: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Irvin Kershner, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles and Penelope Spheeris. He also has worked with several film legends including Vincent Prince, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. He also gave huge career breaks to Robert DeNiro, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and some guy named William Shatner.

Corman’s prolific career has been brought to life in rich detail in a new documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Need Coffee’s Rob Levy spoke with Corman over the phone, ahead of his appearance at the Vincentennial in St. Louis later this month. Corman candidly discussed his working relationship with Vincent Price, what he looks for in a story and brings down the house with the tale of how he made a film version of The Fantastic Four on the cheap.


By | 2017-09-24T22:41:02+00:00 May 12th, 2011|Interviews|2 Comments

Music Thursday: Cinco de Mayo Special Edition

Music picks, this time for Cinco de Mayo. Some choice tracks from Rob and a couple from Widge in regards to this day of celebration. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Jose Jose: 20 Exitos
Maldita Vecindad: El Circo


By | 2017-09-24T22:41:08+00:00 May 5th, 2011|Music Whenever|2 Comments

Music Tuesday: J.D. McPherson, Son House, Richard Thompson & More…

True enough…this was supposed to go up yesterday, but mad thunderstorms and a power outage pushed it off. Oh well.

If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music. Then tell you about it.

JD McPherson: Signs and Signifiers
Son House: Original Delta Blues
Richard Thompson: Dream Attic


By | 2017-09-24T22:42:20+00:00 April 5th, 2011|Music Whenever|1 Comment

The Curmudgeon: February 2011 Edition

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey, rock wraith

Welcome to 2011. It’s always great fun near the start of the year because a slew of really great new music comes out along with some big releases.

I am quite excited about London’s The Vaccines. Their debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? hits the shops in the UK this March.

Let England Shake is the volatile new release form PJ Harvey. It’s good to see her angry again. Her songwriting skills however have not diminished!

They had a pretty good run, but finally The White Stripes have split up. White recently made a lovely album with Wanda Jackson, The Party Ain’t Over.

Grizzly Bear has done a bang up job scoring the soundtrack for the feel good film of the winter, Blue Valentine.

British Sea Power is back with Valhalla Dancehall, a dense and loud record that picks up where Do You Like Rock Music? left off.


By | 2017-09-24T22:44:04+00:00 February 16th, 2011|Curmudgeon|0 Comments

The Sound Board #17: Songs of Love, Hate & Indifference

No Way Valentine Cookies

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosting by Dr. Rob Levy with Prof. J.M. Tuffley & Widgett Walls in attendance.

This episode’s central topic is Valentine’s Day and the music that can accompany it, or as the title says: songs of love, hate and indifference. To get there, we also discuss new releases, Glee vs. Kings of Leon, we discuss some artists we’ve recently lost, the fate of KUSF and possibly all of college radio, and Flavor Flav opens a chicken emporium.


Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store.

By | 2017-09-24T22:44:11+00:00 February 7th, 2011|Podcasts, Sound Board|2 Comments