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MikeMatthews on 04/09/2011 at 04:58AM

HEY ROSETTA! on the podcast THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH with Mike Matthews!

Mike talks to characters from his podcast THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!

HERE is EFFIZODE 26 of THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH with MIKE MATTHEWS and his special guest HEY ROSETTA!Listen here... this is Mike Matthews boarding the bus that takes us to THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH.  Today's half hour of happy includes more of our interview with the phenomenal Newfoundland band Hey Rosetta! plus Chely Shoehart our 18 year old giftshop supervisor discovers a horrible secret about herself and Floyd the Floorman finally puts his foot down!  In a bucket!  What's up with him?  It's all coming up next at THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!Glen Beck is leaving Fox.  Here's the's not like he's retiring.  He's still going to be on radio and doing little features and still having a presence across the so called "un-liberal media."  Is the Tea Party turning into a party of quitters?  Palin?  Beck?  Is it "we're going to take BACK America!" or "I'm going to take a nap...on my BACK."This week we explore the very prevalent phenomena in our culture of aging rockstars.  What was once deemed cooler than cool is now turning into a bunch of guys who can't hit high notes that smoked way too much and just aged like the rest of us...or aged worse than the rest of us (but had fun doing it!).  I'm hearing a lot lately about what it's like to work for Google.  I think that I will never be able to work there, but if I did I would be treated to free laptops, free computer swag of all sorts, a cafeteria that is being completely misnomered by calling it that for it's more like a gourmet restaurant with incredibly healthy food and every service under the sun: on sight doctors, fitness trainers, doggy kennels, childcare.  Utopia has been found on Earth and its name, strangely enough, is Google!Oh, by the way, here's something else I found out...If you're looking for a job and you think you've got an "in" somewhere and it turns out one day that your "in" person tells you, "Oh, you want a job here?  I can't help you.  You have to apply like everybody else."  This happened to a friend of mine.  How is that person even an "in" person?  People claim they "know" people all the time.  If you live here in the Bay Area, stop thinking that you're special that you know someone at Pixar!  EVERYONE knows someone at Pixar!  Someone in my computer class said they knew someone at Pixar and they "were so cool to work for!"  Yeah, you know what?  It's Hollywood.  When they're making a movie, nobody goes home.  It's work all day and night.  You have no life.  Working for Pixar is your life so you might as well find a nice little overpriced (even in this economy) condo in Emeryville and just not even move in cuz you'll never live there.  I had my head bitten off in computer class for saying that.  "No programmers have lives!" said one of the young pock marked fresh faces sitting next to me.  Well, go for it, little youngin'!  Tell me how that works out for you when you're 40 and you've gone through 80 relationships with women who didn't want to stick around because you were never around cuz you were working on the next disney-formulaic movie to get nominated (and not win) for Best Picture.Oh...excuse me.  I watched a Lewis Black special last night.  in a ranting mood!In my intro song for this week's show I sing about how I overheard someone (this also happened to be in my computer class...god I get some material from that class!) get upset because someone else was invading their personal space.  You know what invades my personal space?  I've said it before, but people yelling on their cellphones in a public place.  How can we be living in 2011, the cellphone being around for well over 20 years, and people are still yelling on those?  Etiquette, people!  I don't care how your friends talk on the cellphone when in the privacy of your own group, when you're loud, you're loud!  We can ALL here you!  If we were smart, we should all tell you EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID when you end your call.  You want privacy?  I don't think so!Thanks a lot Lewis!  You've made my blog more ranty than usual.  Okay.  Well, enjoy this week's show.  Hey Rosetta! and their lead singer, Tim Baker, talk to us in more of our interesting interview with them, plus, as you read earlier, craziness ensues with some of the cafe characters.  Subscribe on iTunes at... week it's more of our interview with singer/songwriter Irene Pena as well as a visit from the Disgruntled Fiddle Player and the Brewmaster.  We could all use a brew these days!

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MikeMatthews on 04/04/2011 at 04:40PM

British Singer Eliza Doolittle on THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!

Mike talks to characters from TLPOE!

HERE's effizode 25 of THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH with MIKE MATTHEWS!!!Click to listen to the show here... watch TV at nightI'm doing this show instead, alright?Got a paper to write tomorrowHas something to do with something bizarroOh I went and watched THE FIGHTER one more timeI take it back, Amy Adams acted better than a mime It's funny how when you see a film againSome things you said before get tossed in a binNo there ain't no cure for the summertime bluesYes summer's almost hereSo get on your sweating gear! Hi this Mike Matthews.  Join me this week as we hear more of our interview with up and coming British performer Eliza Doolittle fresh off her big week at South by South West.  We'll also find out what Valentino the Parking Attendant and Bison Bentley are mad about regarding this show.  And we'll talk to a politician who's busy defunding one radio company so he can fund another.  Come with me to THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!One of the cool things about having a show like this is when little things hit you during the week and you go...argh!  I can't wait to talk about it!  As if talking about it will help diffuse the "argh" from earlier.  Of course, when I actually sit down to do the show 9 times out of 10 I forget what it was I was "argh-ing" about!I just want to know, how are you watching movies on regular network or cable television anymore?  I'm not talking about the cable stations that don't show any commercials.  I'm talking the ones that now actually tell you that "this movie was modified, edited and TIME COMPRESSED."  Why on earth would you watch a movie that's been diced and sliced like that?  Are you that starved for entertainment?  Believe me, there are THOUSANDS of podcast out there, both just audio or with video that are far more worthy of your time.  I use Mediafly to listen to audio podcasts on this system made by Logitech called Squeeze Box.  It's not perfect;  shows drop out and other odd things happen.  But someone needs to make it easier for this privately produced entertainment to get to our general purpose televisions.  One of the reasons why people aren't flocking to this is because they want to just sit back and be entertained and not have to "search" or "click around" to find content.  But after watching 5 minutes of regular television, I can tell you there is no content on tv to be seen!So enjoy the show and check back here next week to hear more of our interview from that amazing band from Newfoundland called Hey Rosetta!You can subscribe on iTunes at:!  Mike

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MikeMatthews on 03/26/2011 at 10:52PM

Mike Matthews interviews singer/songwriter Irene Pena!

Mike talks to the characters of his podcast THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!

HERE IS effizode 24 of THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH with special guest IRENE PENA!This is Mike Matthews bringing you another show from the one place on Earth that is the LAST place on Earth!  We have some great music waiting for us and Chely Shoehart, our 18 year old giftshop supervisor, makes a return appearance!  This week we have a very talented singer/songwriter from Seattle named Irene Pena.  She and I have an interesting backstory.  No, she's not an ex or anything like that!  We used to work at the same crazy corporation together!  And I mean CRAZY!!!  I ended up lingering within that very lopsided business far longer than Irene did, and it was to my own peril!  I ended up moving my wife and I to another state and then I got let go after a year.  Um, any cab money for the ride home, guys?  Oh, yeah, and that was one big BOYS CLUB!  And no, not the cool 80's band that featured members from The Jets and had one hit song "I Remember Holding You."  No, this was a bunch of unregulated a-holes pardon my francais!But after 2 years and several podcasts later, I don't miss that nutty company.  Yet thanks to social networks and the shrinking landscape in which we live, I was able to reconnect with Irene and hey!  She listens to the show!  So she's on this week.  Her self-penned tunes are awesome and you can hear them all right here!So my last guest, Hey Rosetta!, might be getting me onto the radio.  There was someone affiliated with them who is letting stations know about this show beyond what can do.  At some point we might be on the radio again!  If we just remain on the Internet forever, however, I don't mind because I know that listeners like you are loyal and I shall continue producing this show for you!  I am trying to get this show on the campus radio station of the community college I go to.  Of course, they don't respond to emails, even from student accounts supplied by the very college they work for, so I must track down the program director to ask if I can play this show on their airwaves.But stronger than airwaves, please tell all your friends about this show.  We can build this thing!  It's a regular show that's out every week that promotes cool artists and gives you a fun audio alternative to all the other stuff.  Which brings me to other podcasts out there.  Really, it's all down to just radio and tv podcasts as well as big name celebrity podcasts.  Where are the in-home made podcasts?  Where are the not-big names?  I wanna hear something different!  I wanna hear a music show that's also got comedy and variety in it!  When I look up podcasts using the "music" tag, all I get is just music.  Shouldn't it have talking in it since it's called a podcast?  If it's just music, maybe it shouldn't be called a podcast.  Maybe it should be called an album!Oh, and I'm really tired of turkey meat.  Just thought I'd say that.  The ground kind.  Used to think it was amazing.  Now, just tired o' it.So as rain cascades down and various storm drains become backed up, and oh how I praise you precious storm drains!, here is effizode number 24... can also subscribe on iTunes at!  Next week it's more of our interview with Eliza Doolittle who has since been at SXSW and featured in Entertainment Weekly Magazine!See you then!Mike

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MikeMatthews on 03/20/2011 at 11:55PM


Mike talks with the characters from TLPOE!

HERE'S effizode 23 of "THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH" with special guest HEY ROSETTA!Hi, this is Mike Matthews hopping on the bus that takes us to THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!  This week on EFFIZODE 23 we talk to a band out of Newfoundland called Hey Rosetta!  They recently played at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco and their little set was AMAZING!  We'll also let the Disgruntled Fiddle Player have a hand in interviewing new bands and I'll sing a very short song that hopefully doesn't get me booed off the stage.  It's all next on THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!So I've had no time for this showMy life's been go, go, go!St. Patty's came and wentHad no boiled cabbage yetI caught poison oak almost 2 weeks backIt's slowly disappearing but I'm just about to yack I hope I don't have some flesh eating diseaseSince I'm made of flesh I'm kind of not very pleasedGonna dress you up with my love...Next time I'm out in natureI'll get to know the poisonous nomenclature!I have been so busy with school lately and then this poison oak thing has had my wife and I going to the internet regularly.  Is it supposed to look like that?  Is it supposed to look that hideous? I'm taking only 2 classes but the amount of work seems to escalate like walking down an expanding hall in your dreams!  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Maybe I should quit this show all together?  Yes?  No?Which means I still haven't done my taxes!  Here we are, less than a month away and I've gotta hop to it!  Or, I could wait till the last minute.  It's not like my CPA charges me any less for getting all the stuff in any earlier.  Make her work!  Oh...wait...she's pregnant.  I should be nice.  Sorry.   This week we talk with such an amazing band called Hey Rosetta! and an amazing singer/songwriter named Tim Baker.  The band's name actually comes from imagery that was conjured up whilst Tim thought about the importance of the Rosetta Stone.  When we saw them perform there were six people on stage and they all played with equal intensity to Tim's voice.  The young group of people that made up the audience seemed to really enjoy them!Listen to the podcast by clicking here... on iTunes by going to this link for listening!  Next week we'll have new artist singer/songwriter Irene Pena!  Don't miss it!Mike

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MikeMatthews on 03/14/2011 at 05:58AM

THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH featuring music from Cahas and The Echelon Effect!

Mike talks to the characters from TLPOE!

HERE'S effizode 22 of THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH by Mike Matthews!Hi, this is Mike Matthews forcing my way into a bus and heading to THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH.  On this week's effizode we'll hear more of our interview with singer/songwriter Tristen as well as a sneak peak of a very special interview we'll have for our next show.  Plus Benita the Rodeo Queen and the Disgruntled Fiddle Player try to get enough signatures to repeal a California law.  We'll find out which one.  All that on THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!Tsunami and nuclear reactorsIt's like a movie with bad actorsI once watched China Syndromenow Japan has its ownI was involved in a business conferencewith my school with college and high school students Thanks to a smart kid in my group we got second placethat's because I sang a cool song from ace of baseI saw the sign and it opened up my eyes...Oh and I got poison oak this weekMy leg looks like rice crispiessThis is usually a section where I write a blog to go along with my show, but since I had a bunch of ideas on what to say yesterday and I neglected to write any of them down I have bupkiss today!  Seriously, I had had a cafe mocha from a coffeehouse across the street from my college and it had caffeine in it.  Since I usually go caffeine-free I was sssssssssssoaring all day and had loads of ideas of what to talk about on my show and what to write about on my blog.  I couldn't get to sleep last night because I was thinking of all that stuff!Well, save for the first lines of the song above, I could not remember any of my ideas.  Luckily my wife's brother showed up today to save the show!So in this show I announce who we will have next time.  I interviewed a band's lead singer and it was pretty funny except we had some technical issues since he was calling from his cellphone while traveling cross country (he wasn't driving simultaneously).  I need to edit the interview so it sounds cleaner and I will put it on the next show.  You'll hear one of their songs, though, this show to wet your appetite!Oh!  I remember one of the ideas I had!  People driving and talking on cellphones without hand held devices!  I hate when people do that!  We dive into that subject on this show!And there's some great music from The Echelon Effect and Cahas!  Listen to the show here... you can subscribe on iTunes at for listening and remember to think good thoughts for those suffering such horrific losses in Japan.  I hope bright days are ahead!Mike

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MikeMatthews on 03/04/2011 at 10:25PM


Mike talking to Floyd the Floorman, Chely Shoehart, Valentino the Parking Attendant, Bison Bentley, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, Benita the Rodeo Queen, the Brewmaster, and John Boehner.

Hello!  This is Mike Matthews hopping on the bus and heading to this week's half-hour of happy, THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!  We will talk to Chely Shoehart and Floyd the Floorman, find out why people on BART in the Bay Area are afraid to sit down, and we will catch up again with singer/songwriter Ben Wilkins.  So come with me into this always crowded cafe with interesting characters called THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!We also find out this week how gas prices will get and what some cities do to keep their bus passengers' minds off...well, being on a bus.  Plus we hear music from Reggie Regan, the Red Hook Ramblers, and Los Negretes.  It's great to have Ben Wilkins back on the show.  This is actually a piece of the interview we didn't get to air where he talks about how he approached his recording session with the full intent of keeping it as "natural" as possible.We're up to "effizode" number 21!  As I write this my boxer, Basil, is really mad at me that I didn't take him for a walk yet.  He's shooting his "boxer guilt" at me.  Wow.  Now that's hard to shake!Thank you for reading this little blog attached to this new podcast.  Comment on what you think of it down below.  Next week we'll hear some of the Tristen interview that we didn't get to and we'll talk to Benita the Rodeo Queen, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster.  Lots of people with "the" in their names.To listen to the show click on this link that takes you to my MichaelMatthews.podomatic account... can also subscribe on iTunes at and talk to you next week!

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MikeMatthews on 03/03/2011 at 05:43PM


Mike talks to characters from TLPOE!

Hello!  This is Mike Matthews taking the bus to THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH!  This week we have a very special guest all the way from England named Eliza Doolittle.  Her debut album has gone platinum over there and now it's being released here in the States!  We'll talk to her and find out interesting tidbits you can't find out anywhere else with a singer who is constantly honored on "you tube" in her home country.  Her album comes out here on March 22nd.  I can not believe gas prices!  They're blaming it on Libya but reports say most of their gas doesn't go to us but to Europe.  I think they blame anything to crank the prices up.  Ow, I hurt my finger, crank gas prices up.  Do my bidding!People were protesting FOX news in Wisconsin while they were there covering the union issues going on.  Now can we all get together and protest EVERYTHING that's on TV?  It's all crap!  I am forcing myself to watch the Oscar's this weekend, but then, that's it!  Amazon's competing with Netflix now with their special streaming movies feature.  I never have to watch TV again!Next week we'll feature some of the "unheard" bits of my interview with singer/songwriter Ben Wilkins.  We'll also hear from the cafe characters including Chely Shoehart, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, Benita the Rodeo Queen, Floyd the Floorman, Valentino the Parking Attendant, Bison Bentley, The Brewmaster, and John Boehner.  I know how much you miss them!So here's EFFIZODE NUMBER 20!  Yayyy!  I've finally produced a podcast that has gone to TWENTY!!!  I'm so happy!  Listen to the Eliza interview and find out about my recent "open mic" (the first one I've done in over FIVE YEARS!!!).  Click on the link below to hear the podcast... can subscribe on iTunes at!Mike

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