Joe Wong’s ‘The Trap Set’ podcast doing daily episodes during COVID-19 isolation
We’re all finding ways to deal with this extra time at home by ourselves, whether it’s learning new cooking skills, finally reading Infinite Jest or sleeping more. For drummer and composer Joe Wong, he’s decided to do daily episodes of his excellent podcast The Trap Set. Phone-in guests for his first week of daily episodes included Flea, Laura Veirs, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Mars Volta, At the Drive In), Joan as Police Woman, Buzz Osborne (Melvins), Har Mar Superstar, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, and Meshell Ndegeocello who dubbed Wong the “The Studs Terkel of Musicians.” Today’s show (Thursday 3/26) will feature Slint’s Britt Walford, and the rest of the week has Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard (who has been doing a daily show of his own during COVID-19), Meg Remy (US Girls), and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso). You can check out a few episodes below and find more at The Trap Set‘s archive.
Meanwhile, Joe Wong is prepping his full-length solo debut, Nite Creatures, via Decca Records which features Mary Timony (Ex Hex, Helium) who produced the album, plus Mary Lattimore, Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, War on Drugs’ Jon Natchez, Shudder to Think frontman (and fellow film/TV composer) Craig Wedren, Anna Waronker (That Dog) and a 24-piece orchestra. It was supposed to come out May 15 but a recent press release now just says it will be released “later this year.” Likewise, Joe was also supposed to tour for the record in May with a band that includes Janet Weiss, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and more. That tour has not been officially canceled or postponed, though with COVID-19 already cancelling things through June, the likelihood of these dates happening seems very much up in the air. Stay tuned.