Radio Cade — Episode 1: Jose Medeles

Jose Medeles is the owner of Portland’s world-famous Revival Drum Shop and I’m proud to say he’s my first-ever podcast guest.

Full of real-world wisdom — much of it earned by playing with a long list of rock-music badasses — Jose can riff on Marcus Aurelius as ably as he can discuss playing drums with Joey Ramone. He’s enormously dedicated to his craft and his business, but he’s also a family man and he’s fiercely loyal to the people who’ve helped him along the way.

Jose and I talked about drums and rock ‘n’ roll, but also about gratitude and authenticity, and how conflict and debate can indicate that people care, dammit (which reminded me of this great Edward Abbey quote).

I only recently met Jose, but he’s already one of my favorite people in Portland. If you listen to his many thoughtful answers in our conversation, you’ll know why.

People and places mentioned in this podcast include:

  • 22 Jacks
  • 1939 Ensemble: David Coniglio, Josh Thomas, Knate Carter
  • Ann Peebles
  • BadBadNotGood
  • Battles
  • Ben Harper
  • Blue Cranes
  • Blondie
  • Bob Moses
  • Dave King
  • DJ Bonebrake
  • DJ Logic
  • Earth
  • Elvin Jones
  • Elvis Costello
  • Ginger Baker
  • Hank Williams
  • Jack London Revue
  • Jim Keltner
  • Joey Ramone
  • John Zorn
  • Jon Theodore, Queens of the Stone Age
  • Kamasi Washington
  • La Salle, Illinois
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood
  • Mississippi Studios
  • Modest Mouse
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Pete Thomas
  • Phil Manley, Trans Am
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Quasi
  • Ralph Carney
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Chad Smith, Josh Klinghoffer
  • Revival Drum Shop: Jake Endicott, Keary Ortiz
  • Revolution Hall
  • Rocket from the Crypt
  • School of Rock
  • The Bad Plus
  • The Breeders: Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Jim MacPherson, Mando Lopez, Richard Presley
  • The Professional Drum Shop: Jerry Keyawa, Stan Keyawa
  • Thundercat
  • Tom Waits
  • Tortoise

Radio Cade is produced and edited with the help of my friends at Island Station Media Lab. Intro and outro music is supplied by Chicago composer Brett Van Donsel. Background music is “Moon Booty” by Dr. Theopolis.

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