Couch Riffs

Couch Riffs

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The Couch Riffs Podcast is hosted by musician Mike Squires and features a variety of musical guests of all backgrounds and styles. Please check out the video counterpart of this podcast on IG, YouTube, Facebook, and at the Couch Riffs website! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/couch-riffs/support


#63: Kate Reddy aka Keli Lalita of 108
Mar 30 • 142 min
My guest on this episode of Couch Riffs is Kate Reddy, guitarist of NY Hardcore band 108 and Krishna devotee. She also happens to be my neighbor, which is pretty fun. Even still, we did the interview over the phone because of everything that is happening…
#62: Ryan “Fluff” Bruce of Dragged Under and Riffs, Beards, & Gear
Mar 25 • 136 min
I was stoked to have Ryan Bruce of longtime YouTube fame on the Couch Riffs podcast for this episode. Recently he was out on a national tour with his band Dragged Under as direct support for The Used, however, and he learned a thing or two about the road…
#61: Todd Kerns of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and LOTS OF OTHER THINGS
Mar 23 • 164 min
I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy out there. This episode of Couch Riffs features the multitalented and charming sci-fi nerd Todd Kerns of many, many bands but most notably playing with Slash which is how we met during my time playing with Duff…
#60: John Guffey of Hammersmith Rock Institute
Mar 18 • 156 min
This episode features a dear friend, John Guffey, who co-operates a music school for kids in Vancouver WA called Hammersmith Rock Institute. John is a stand up guy, a hell of a guitarist, and a hell of a friend. We talk some funny crap in this episode and…
Couch Riffs Podcast #59: Jason Verlinde, Publisher of The Fretboard Journal and semi-professional saw player
Mar 16 • 164 min
Our guest for this episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast is none other than the publisher of The Fretboard Journal, Jason Verlinde. Now, this man is partially responsible for this podcast being what it is. He’s given me tons of encouragement (not to mention…
58: Dave Hillis - Producer/Recording Engineer (Pearl Jam/Alice in Chains/Afghan Whigs) and Guitarist (Mace/Sybil Vane)
Mar 9 • 122 min
My guest on this episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast is Dave Hillis who transformed from 80s thrash guitarist to engineer and producer on recordings that you have most definitely heard. Albums like Pearl Jam’s “Ten”, Alice In Chains’ “Dirt”, Temple of the…
#57: Corey Congilio, Guitarist and Instructor
Mar 2 • 119 min
Corey Congilio is a super bad mojo and, as a guest on the Couch Riffs video series, chose the toughest and most ambitious song of any guest we’ve had so far. What a stud! He nailed it, of course. Corey has tons of stage, tour, studio, and instructor…
#56: Derek Sheen - Comedian, Metal Head, Guitarist
Feb 24 • 184 min
Derek Sheen is probably the person I have the most in common with any Couch Riffs guest to date. And, I can’t imagine hosting someone that I have a more similar history with. Please go check out Derek’s comedy albums and see him when he performs in your…
55: Matt Gabs of Ravagers and formerly of Biters
Feb 18 • 123 min
This episode’s guest is Matt Gabs of Ravagers and formerly of Biters. Matt’s a great hang and appeared in the Mississippi Queen Couch Riffs video alongside the party of Marvin Guitars and Daredevil Pedals wrecking crew. Nailed it! Gabs currently lives in…
54: Myrone - Producer, Writer, Rock of Ages guitarist and Soft Shred Pioneer
Feb 14 • 132 min
By total chance, I met Myrone at NAMM ‘20 this year, introduced by our mutual buddy, David Von Bader. I must be the last person on Earth to learn about this insane talent because Myrone is one of the most exciting players coming up right now. Based in LA,…
53: Earl Slick of David Bowie, John Lennon, Phantom Rocker & Slick and more!
Feb 3 • 128 min
This episode’s guest is none other than legendary sideman, Earl Slick. Earl has been a guitarist for David Bowie, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Smith, and is about to head to the UK with Glen Matlock for a handful of dates. You should definitely go…
52 : Doug Rappoport of Edgar Winter Band
Jan 30 • 101 min
We are happy to host Doug Rappoport in this 52 episode of Couch Riffs Podcast. Doug is the guitarist in the Edgar Winter Band and is a monster player and a great hang. We have met a few times over the years but only really got to hang at NAMM 2020 where…
51 : Mike Byle of Michael Byle Guitars, former Head Luthier of Private Stock Acoustic at PRS and Guitar Industry Fixer
Jan 27 • 182 min
It was my pleasure to host Mike Byle in episode #51! I struck up a fast friendship with Mike while we were both working for PRS Guitars and bonded over our military pasts and punk rock music. But, we had PLENTY to talk about in this episode. Mike is a…
50: Scotti Hill of Skid Row
Jan 23 • 159 min
I was so stoked to have Scotti Hill of Skid Row as my 50th podcast guest! What a guy! What a player! I’ve seen Skid Row a couple of times, once in the early days and once recently and they are still kicking ass and playing their asses off as they always…
49: Robb Benson of Nevada Bachelors and Stereo Embers
Jan 13 • 138 min
This episode features the amazing Robb Benson of Seattle’s Stereo Embers and the band we both spent a good portion of the 90s in, Nevada Bachelors. Robb’s current and longest running band, Stereo Embers, has two great albums and a 7” single out on Hockey…
Couch Riffs Podcast Ep. 48: Danko Jones
Jan 9 • 127 min
This episode features guest Danko Jones from Toronto. Danko is a longtime torch carrier for rock music and has expressed his passion for music in many forms, most notably by fronting his own, Danko Jones, band but also by producing a couple of podcasts…
47: Graig Markel of Recovery Effects and Recovery Room Recording Studio
Jan 6 • 143 min
This episode features guest Graig Markel of Seattle’s Recovery Room Effects and Recovery Room Recording Studio. Graig spent a good portion of the 90s fronting the great New Sweet Breath before beginning to make solo records on his own, performing most or…
46: Wes Geer of (Hed)Pe, Korn, and Rock to Recovery
Dec 27, 2019 • 91 min
Our guest this episode (and last episode, listen and find out what this means exactly) is Wes Geer of (Hed)Pe, Korn, and most Rock to Recovery. We met about 8 years ago in a festival catering tent and hit it off and hung and talked a lot of times at…
45: Aaron Mlasko of Mlasko Drums and Former Touring Drum/Stage Tech
Dec 19, 2019 • 129 min
My guest on this episode is Aaron Mlasko, builder of Mlasko Drums and former touring stage manager/tech for numerous bands including my band, Duff McKagan’s Loaded. Aaron’s resume is pretty impressive and I feel like one could mine him for hundreds of…
44: Gabe Rowley of Rowley Guitar Co.
Dec 18, 2019 • 139 min
The guest on this episode is Gabe Rowley of Rowley Guitar Co. This young luthier has been turning out beautiful guitars for 4 or 5 years now and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him in Alberta, Canada and beyond. We had a good go on…
43: Luke Hilton of Stone Deaf FX
Dec 16, 2019 • 135 min
This episode’s guest is Luke Hilton of Stone Deaf FX out of the UK. Designed and built in the UK, these pedals are worth checking out. I have enjoyed using their flagship pedal, the PDF-1, for about 7 years now and it is one of few pedals that ALWAYS is…
42: Jefferson Angell of Walking Papers, The Missionary Position and Post Stardom Depression
Dec 12, 2019 • 168 min
My guest on this episode is the finely focused and driven Jefferson Angell, best known as the frontman of Walking Papers. As a 20 year friend and fan of Jeff’s body of work it was a treat to have him as a guest. We riffed about more stuff than I can…
41: Scott Parker, Music Industry Survivor
Dec 10, 2019 • 111 min
This episode’s guest is Scott Parker, former record label guy, (my) former band manager, and former manager of Foo Fighters’ studio, 606. From a record store to the label mail room and onward Scott has seen a bit of action over the years. Let us hydrate…
40: Kelsey Warren of Blak Emoji
Dec 6, 2019 • 139 min
Joining us for this episode is New York musician Kelsey Warren of Blak Emoji, a dark and sexy electro-pop band from NY, NY. The new album, Kumi, is about to get a deluxe re-release in 2020 with new tracks and remixes. Kelsey and I talked about his music…
39: Danny Bland, Author/Poet/Tour Manager and former bassist of The Dwarves and Best Kissers In The World
Dec 4, 2019 • 85 min
This episode’s guest Danny Bland recently published his third book, We Shouldn’t Be Doing This, a collection of his dark and unique haiku with a long list of contributions from his fancy friend guest photographers. This new release builds further upon his…
38: Billy Rowe of Rock ‘n Roll Relics Guitars and Jetboy
Dec 2, 2019 • 109 min
This episode’s guest is a double-whammy! Builder of Rock ‘n Roll Relics Guitars AND guitarist in Jetboy, Billy Rowe hopped on the line for a long conversation with Mike Squires and covered LOTS of basses. Including being a humbled worker, space alien…
37: Bart Rose of Fort Worth Sound
Nov 29, 2019 • 107 min
This episode’s guest is Bart Rose of Fort Worth Sound in Dallas/Ft Worth TX. I’ve know Bart since grade school but his early impression on my musical journey began in high school when he showed me how to play an Outfield song while he sang it. That was a…
36: James Carbonetti of Carbonetti Guitars and Caveman
Nov 27, 2019 • 142 min
Our guest this episode is NY native and man about town, James Carbonetti. James builds the beautiful and unique Carbonetti Guitars, plays guitar in Caveman, and operates The Guitar Shop NYC, an awesome store and workshop with a focus on smaller and…
35: Hutch Harris of The Thermals
Nov 25, 2019 • 101 min
This episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast we have Portland’s finest, Hutch Harris of now defunct band, The Thermals. I’ve probably spent more hours listening to The Thermals than any other Portland band. Possibly any other NW band, to be honest. Anyway, you…
34: Steven McSwain of McSwain Guitars
Nov 22, 2019 • 108 min
This episode of Couch Riffs our guest is Steven McSwain of McSwain Guitars. Absolutely ridiculous, intricate industrial/art guitars that do not disappoint! This man is responsible for my notorious Gold Sparkle Fretless Flying V as well as the intensely…
33: Wolfe Macleod of Wolfetone Pickups
Nov 20, 2019 • 86 min
This episode’s guest is the one I’ve known the longest of any (so far), Wolfe Macleod of Wolfetone Pickups in Seattle WA. Wolfe and I grew up in the same small town and both left early in life, even as beautiful of a place that Granite Falls is. Wolfetone…
32: Jon Sullivan of Sully Guitars
Nov 18, 2019 • 149 min
This episode’s Couch Riffs guest hardly needs an introduction if you’re a person in the guitar building community. Jon Sullivan of Sully Guitars has been around for years making guitars and friends in the guitar world because, well, he’s really charming…
31: Robb Cappelletto
Nov 14, 2019 • 86 min
This episode of Couch Riffs features Toronto-based guitar maniac, Robb Cappelletto. If you aren’t familiar with Robb’s brand of prog/jazz/rock writing and playing, do yourself a favor. Go find him on Spotify, iTunes, or band camp. He’s a monster! And, we…
30: Dallas Seger of Seger Guitars
Nov 11, 2019 • 134 min
This episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast features guest Dallas Seger of Seger Guitars out of Bangor, Maine. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, “The Seger YG model has the sickest carve you will find anywhere”. I’ll stand by that, too. Go…
29: Tony Reed of Mos Generator, Hot Spring Water, and Big Scenic Nowhere
Nov 7, 2019 • 136 min
This episode of Couch Riffs Podcast features guest Tony Reed, the creator of one of my all-time favorite albums, Mos Generator’s “The Late Great Planet Earth”. If you’ve never heard this album, do yourself a favor and give it a spin with a good set of…
28: Johnny Wator of Daredevil Pedals
Nov 3, 2019 • 130 min
This episode features independent pedal builder and musician Johnny Water of Daredevil Pedals, The Last Vegas, and The Evictions who are about to record a new album. Started in Chicago, Daredevil Pedals is putting out some of the coolest pedals you will…
27: Derek Springer of Rola Amps and Union Jack Amps
Oct 31, 2019 • 114 min
This episode features guitar amp builder Derek Springer of Rola Amps in Tacoma, WA. If you’ve seen a rock show in Seattle in the last 8 years or so there is a pretty good chance you’ve seen and heard a Union Jack or Rola Amp delivering the goods. They’re…
26: Adam Grim of Satellite Amps
Oct 28, 2019 • 134 min
The newest episode in a series with independent builders and makers in the music world! Adam Grim is not a shy man. He loves to tell a story and he certainly has some to tell. He also builds great guitar and bass amps (and has a line of pedals and builds…
25: Keith Horne of Marvin Guitars
Oct 24, 2019 • 83 min
This is the first in a series of episodes through the end of 2019 featuring independent music instrument builders and makers. Keith Horne has been hand building Marvin Guitars since 2015 and is doing amazing work. His website announces, “They don’t make…
24: Kim Warnick of Fastbacks and Visqueen
Oct 9, 2019 • 148 min
This Episode of Couch Riffs Podcast we are SO happy to have our first woman and one of our favorites of all time: Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks. If you don’t know Kim or The Fastbacks you’re missing out. She’s essentially the queen of Seattle punk rock and…
23 : part 2 Frank Sidoris of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Oct 1, 2019 • 62 min
Part 2 of my very long and fun conversation with Frank Sidoris of Slash’s band, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Thanks for listening! Please check out the other Couch Riffs Podcast episodes and don’t forget to…
22 : part 1 Frank Sidoris of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
Oct 1, 2019 • 62 min
The youngest of The Conspirators by many years, Frank has the amazing position of holding it now for one of the most (if not THE most) recognizable and well-loved guitarists of all-time, Slash. This also practically makes us 2nd cousins. This Couch Riffs…
21 : Eric Howk of Portugal. The Man
Sep 13, 2019 • 78 min
My guest this week is the always-a-good-time, shred loving guitarist Eric Howk of the band Portugal. The Man. Eric is a veteran of the Seattle music scene, a great player, a smart musician and writer, and an awesome asset to any band I’ve seen him play…
20 : Luke Doucet of Whitehorse, Sarah McLachlan and Veal
Aug 21, 2019 • 71 min
Couch Riffs is very happy to have Luke Doucet as a guest. I’ve been a longtime fan of Luke’s music and, in particular, his guitar playing. We cover a lot of stuff here, but don’t really talk much about guitar playing, oddly enough. But, I mean, how boring…
19: Christian Martucci of Stonesour and Black Star Riders
Aug 1, 2019 • 94 min
This week Mike talks with Christian Martucci, a rock ‘n roll lifer who had the talent to make some higher level stuff happen and the persistence and patience that it sometimes takes to have your number called. And, it couldn’t have happened to a more…
18 : Ryan Waters of Sade, Liv Warfield, Heart, Pink, and Roadcase Royale.
Jul 24, 2019 • 75 min
Ryan Waters is as cool as they come. And, he’s a wicked guitarist. And, possessing those two qualities will get you in to some great situations which Ryan most certainly has. His resume includes playing or recording with Sade, Pink, Liv Warfield, Prince,…
17: Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver
Jul 10, 2019 • 86 min
Dave Kushner is the guest on this episode of the Couch Riffs Podcast and I LOVED having him as a guest. Dave’s career is one built out of persistence (and talent, of course). He cycled through many bands and projects over the years, as many musicians do,…
16: Rob Balducci (Favored Nations Recording Artist)
Jul 3, 2019 • 75 min
Rob Balducci was a humble and cool fella to hang with for an afternoon and a Hell of a guitarist. He has released 3 albums on Steve Vai’s record label, Favored Nations, and is currently preparing material for another collection of melodic hard rock…
15: Ben Goldsmith of Ben Goldsmith and The Original Band
Jun 26, 2019 • 38 min
Ben is 13 years old and totally crushing it already. He has a bright future ahead of him and I’m extremely excited to see what he does with his talent and opportunities. If he stays on the course he’s on I assure you we’ll be hearing about Ben for years…
14: Sonny Mayo of Snot, Amen, Hed PE, Sevendust, Ugly Kid Joe, and Rock to Recovery
Jun 19, 2019 • 76 min
Sonny Mayo is one of my favorite people I’ve met and when I say ever I mean ever. When I simply think about him I usually feel better and smile. That’s his way. We met, like many of my acquaintances and friends, on tour under rock circumstances and we’ve…
13: Joe Reineke of Society of the Silver Cross
Jun 13, 2019 • 64 min
This episode features my good friend, musician, engineer and producer, singer/songwriter, and all-around good and decent human being, Joe Reineke of The Meices, Alien Crime Syndicate and, most recently, Society of the Silver Cross which has been making…
12: Mrs Smith
May 21, 2019 • 55 min
This episode’s guest is the charismatic, mysterious, unlikely guitar hero Mrs Smith. Mrs Smith first came on radar a couple of years ago after some videos of street-shredding/busking came across my screen. I’ve been quietly following along since and it is…
11: Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and Last In Line
May 8, 2019 • 62 min
Vivian Campbell has had a great career playing in legendary bands since the early 80s. Sweet Savage (as covered by Metallica), Dio’s original band for the first three albums (Classic KILLERS, all three), Whitesnake (stepping in to cover John Syke’s…
10: Shane Enholm of Santa Clarita Tattoo
Apr 20, 2019 • 82 min
I’m honestly not sure how this slipped by and went unpublished until now. I mean, Shane recorded the intro that I use on every single podcast for crying out loud. At any rate, Shane Enholm is an open book and anyone willing to read the big words (and the…
9: Buckcherry’s Stevie D, Kelly Lemieux, and Kevin Roentgen
Apr 3, 2019 • 46 min
On this episode of Couch Riffs Podcast I had the pleasure of hosting the guitar/bass team from Buckcherry, Stevie D, Kelly Lemieux, and Kevin Roentgen. We played Nights On Broadway by The Bee Gees and it was a gas! If you haven’t seen it please go check…
8: Timo Ellis of Netherlands
Mar 27, 2019 • 66 min
My guest on the Couch Riffs podcast this week is one of the earliest Couch Riffs performance guests from pre-podcast conception. Timo Ellis is an incredibly multi-talented musician with a mind tuned for thrashing convention. As always, Timo and I didn’t…
7: Jared James Nichols
Mar 15, 2019 • 65 min
This is the complete conversation during my hang with Jared James Nichols in which the entire video was loooooost! NO! That’s okay, the show was salvaged and I got a good video episode still. Please go check it out! Jared is currently on fire and for good…
6: Nabil Ayers of 4AD
Feb 27, 2019 • 47 min
I’ve known Nabil for over 20 years, been in two bands with him, and clocked countless van miles with him. He’s one of the most consistent and rock solid humans I’ve ever known and I’m happy to call him my friend. Being a big Soundgarden fan, Nabil picked…
5: Brad Houser of The New Bohemians
Feb 23, 2019 • 28 min
To say that Brad Houser merely impacted my musical life is hardly true. He almost entirely put me on a course, in fact. I must’ve seen Critters Buggin’ 25 times in Seattle in the 90s and when I couldn’t find myself a guitar gig I got myself a bass gig.…
4: John Roderick Part 2
Feb 23, 2019 • 45 min
What can I say? John Roderick is like my brother, driving me crazy much of the time but I love him a lot. Like anyone close to John I’ve spent countless hours having discussions with him, like this one, late in to the night. Usually with some iHop…
3: John Roderick Part 1
Feb 23, 2019 • 49 min
What can I say? John Roderick is like my brother, driving me crazy much of the time but I love him a lot. Like anyone close to John I’ve spent countless hours having discussions with him, like this one, late in to the night. Usually with some iHop…
2 : Alex Skolnick of Testament
Feb 18, 2019 • 37 min
Alex Skolnick is one of the most versatile guitarists in the metal game and was waaaaay ahead of the curve when it came to shred metal guys taking a step outside of the metal world. And, being such an amazing player he is an incredibly cool and humble…
1 : Matt Sweeney of Chavez and Guitar Moves
Feb 7, 2019 • 49 min
Our first episode is finally here! The amazing Matt Sweeney and I had almost an hourlong conversation immediately following the recording of our first take of David Bowie’s “Fame”. Look for it on YouTube! Matt is an incredibly talented musician who cannot…