Chris DeMakes A Podcast

Chris DeMakes

Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake discusses the ins and outs of songwriting with a variety of guests from the world of music.

  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Ep. 216: Jorge Casillas discusses Voodoo Glow Skulls "Shoot The Moon"

    In this episode, Voodoo Glow Skulls bassist Jorge Casillas offers a look into the making of their beloved 1995 track "Shoot The Moon". Known for its explosive energy and eerily prophetic lyrics about societal stagnation, Jorge discusses the band's early songwriting instincts and their attitude of not knowing or caring about formulaic approaches. He highlights producer Garth Richardson's pivotal role in allowing them to fully embrace their unique identity, drawing parallels with his work on Rage Against The Machine's debut album. Tune into this conversation for an inside perspective on a timeless fan favorite that continues to resonate.

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    22 July 2024, 5:00 am
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    The movement to persuade President Biden—long after the primaries—to drop out of the Presidential race is unprecedented. So is the candidacy of a convicted felon. But this election season went from startling to shocking with the assassination attempt on Donald Trump and the death of a bystander. Despite the unknowns, the contours of the race are becoming clear, the CNN data journalist Harry Enten tells Clare Malone. President Biden’s support in national polls following his disastrous performance in the June debate slipped just slightly. But in key swing states, Biden’s support has ebbed to a point that has terrified Democrats. Malone spoke with Enten while he was covering the Republican National Convention, in Milwaukee. She asked Enten about how the attempt on Ronald Reagan’s life affected his favorability. Malone also spoke with the highly regarded pollster Ann Selzer, who runs polling for the Des Moines Register. Selzer explains how the polls know what they know—even when so many people don’t pick up their phones. 

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    22 July 2024, 4:50 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    Ep. 215: Ace Enders discusses The Early November's "Decoration"

    In this episode, Ace Enders sits in to discuss the creation of The Early November's fan-favorite single, "Decoration." Hailing from their ambitious 2006 triple disc concept album, The Mother, The Mechanic, And The Path, "Decoration" captures a raw, vintage essence that resonates with listeners. Ace shares insights into the writing and recording process, shedding light on how the song's poignant narrative addresses the anguish of feeling exploited by someone solely focused on financial gain. Despite its simple, one-word chorus, Ace masterfully evokes profound emotion, making "Decoration" a timeless anthem. This deep dive into one of The Early November's most beloved tracks is not to be missed.


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    15 July 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 9 minutes
    Ep. 214: Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick discusses Fitz and The Tantrums "Out of My League"

    Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick sits in this week to discuss the writing and recording of the hit 2013 single from Fitz and The Tantrums, "Out of My League." In this episode, Fitz opens up about his long road to success in the music industry, a journey initially met with substantial rejection. He du=ives into how he carved his own path, honing his production and songwriting skills along the way, before finding the right bandmates and style that finally clicked. Fitz also explores how "Out of My League" and the entire More Than Just a Dream album marked a shift towards a more 80s new wave sound, a departure from their previous material that had critics almost dismissively labeling them as throwback soul. Tune in to hear an inspiring story of resilience and creativity from a true music industry veteran.


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    8 July 2024, 5:00 am
  • 58 minutes 17 seconds
    Ep. 213: John Kastner discusses Doughboys "Shine"

    In this episode, host Chris DeMakes sits down with John Kastner to dive into the writing and recording of the 1993 Doughboys single "Shine". As Chris’s favorite band, this conversation is a true delight for him and listeners alike. Kastner reveals the surprising inspiration behind the song, while reflecting on how Doughboys crafted a sound that was ahead of its time—a quality that truly shines through on this track. Tune in for an in-depth look at the creative process behind a song that continues to resonate decades later.


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    1 July 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Ep. 212: Greg Camp discusses Smash Mouth's "All Star"

    In this episode, listeners are invited to join Greg Camp, the musical maestro behind Smash Mouth's iconic 1999 hit single "All Star," as he takes them on a journey back to the song’s origins. As the episode unfolds, Greg shares exclusive insights into the writing and recording process of the beloved anthem, treating fans to the never-before-heard demo of "All Star." Going deep into the song's lyrical content, Greg unveils hidden layers of meaning and personal inspiration, making this episode an inspiring testament to resilience and individuality, particularly resonant for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.


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    24 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 33 minutes 49 seconds
    SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "80s Hard/Soft Summer Rock Playlist" episode

    In this episode of The After Party, Chris DeMakes and Chris Fafalios take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they create the ultimate summer playlist. Each Chris picks a standout song from every summer of the 1980s, with DeMakes choosing hard rock anthems and Fafalios selecting soft rock classics. Tune in to hear their dynamic discussion as they cover everything from the electrifying riffs of AC/DC to the smooth melodies of Peter Cetera. Whether you're a fan of rock or just love great music, this episode is sure to hit all the right notes!


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    Check out the playlist on Spotify and Apple Music!


    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1iouiUL3zRkV8mr43yWrTw?si=De8MLcckTyuJGqCAZ6KeJQ


    Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/80s-hard-soft-summer-rock-playlist-from-the-chris/pl.u-38oWMyEtP6e1MN

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    20 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Ep. 211: Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford discuss joan's "want u back"

    In this episode, Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford sit in to shed light on the creative process behind joan’s infectious 2021 single “want u back”. The indie-pop duo out of Little Rock provide insight into the crafting of the uptempo anthem that resonates with audiences worldwide. By fearlessly incorporating any musical element that lends itself to the song, joan’s approach to songwriting is as inspiring as their music is catchy. Tune in to discover the behind-the-scenes magic of creating an irresistible, fan-favorite hit.


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    17 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 56 minutes 55 seconds
    Ep. 210: A discussion on Andrew Gold and his song "Thank You for Being a Friend"

    Join host Chris DeMakes and co-host/producer Chris Fafalios as they embark on a musical exploration of Andrew Gold's iconic 1978 single "Thank You for Being a Friend" in this week's episode. While most listeners may recognize it as the beloved theme song from The Golden Girls, DeMakes and Fafalios dive into the rich layers of this timeless track, uncovering its sentimental and tongue-in-cheek charm. As they dissect Gold's impressive musical legacy, they reveal how this song is not only uplifting but also a heartfelt tribute to friendship. Tune in as they pay homage to an extraordinary songwriter and musician whose work continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.


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    10 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 6 minutes
    Ep. 209: Matt Skiba discusses Alkaline Trio's "Time to Waste"

    In this episode, Alkaline Trio guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba takes listeners behind the scenes of the band's fan favorite 2005 single, "Time to Waste". Matt opens up about the writing and recording process, shedding light on the band's bold approach to incorporating big production elements, exemplified by the haunting piano intro that sets the tone. He pays homage to the late Jerry Finn, emphasizing Finn's significant contributions to the song's creation. Furthermore, Matt shares the inspiration behind the lyrics, including the surprising, never-before-told backstory behind the infamous "hide the cutlery" line. Join in for an intimate exploration of the creative process and untold stories behind this iconic track, straight from the artist's perspective.


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    3 June 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Ep. 208: Sonny Sandoval discusses P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation"

    P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval sat in for this episode in which listeners are invited to explore the creation of their iconic 2001 hit single, "Youth of the Nation." Against the backdrop of tragedies like Columbine and other shootings that shook the nation, Sandoval shares how the band was inspired to craft a powerful and inspiring anthem that resonated with a generation in turmoil. With the guidance of producer Howard Benson, P.O.D. entrusted their vision to explore new sonic territories, resulting in a timeless track that remains as relevant today as it was over two decades ago.


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    27 May 2024, 5:00 am
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