Talking At The Diner Podcast

'Talking At The Diner" Podcast: Ep. 3 - Ang Bocca  

Ang Bocca embodies so much of what I love about the musicians I’m here to celebrate on this podcast.. she’s a hustler, a survivor, she leaves it all out on the stage, and to coin her own phrase.. she can sing her d*ck off. 

I met Ang a decade ago when I was the host for a very strange little battle of the bands at Legendary Dobbs on South St. in Philadelphia, where I was also the weekly open mic host. Ang and the Damn Band didn't win, but that was just a minor bump in the road. 

In the past ten years, Ang has done her thing in Philly, New York, and LA, with projects ranging from the aforementioned Damn Band, Angenue, The Mean Redz, a stint with indie rockers goodnight/goodluck, and more.  Having overcome adversity, loss, sexism, and a bad production deal, she's now on the precipice of another new chapter in her musical life with the release of her new unabashedly pop EP "First Love Records." 

Check out our great conversation at the south Philly institution - the Oregon Diner!

"Talking At The Diner" Podcast: Ep. 2 - Reece Ratliff  

If you don’t already know Reece Ratliff, you will. Trust me. I’ve known him for what we estimated to be about seven years. I started out as his vocal coach and eventually became a producer on his debut EP - I’ll Take The Fall from 2018. Since then, he has co-written with some of the biggest songwriters in Nashville, booked his own national tour dates, released his first full-length album Compass, become an artist manager, and.. oh yeah.. 

In our conversation at the Bethany Diner in Bethany Beach, DE, Reece and I discuss the full plate of his music career and he explains to me how somebody who is pretty much good at everything stays humble.

"Talking At The Diner" Podcast Trailer  

Hear the origin stories, brushes with stardom, and general $hit-talking of musicians and other creatives in this fly-on-the-wall podcast hosted by John Faye, a musician and songwriter whose 30-year career has allowed him to see the music business from all sides - as a major label artist with his 90's alt-rock band The Caulfields and as an independent / DIY artist since the early 2000's with his projects IKE, John & Brittany, John Faye Power Trip, and John Faye & Those Meddling Kids.  

If you like getting a behind the scenes look into the lives of the boys and girls in the band, then this is the show for you. Everything is on the table when we’re talking at the diner.

"Talking At The Diner" Podcast: Ep. 1 - Brett Talley  

In this “inaugural” episode of “Talking At The Diner,” John goes to the Dining Car in N.E. PHL with longtime “fixer” and bandmate from both IKE and the Caulfields - Brett Talley. Topics of discussion include: Brettman’s preference for “well done” fries, his issues with condiments that are not ketchup, the state of the upcoming Caulfields concert movie 26 Candles (which Brett is directing and editing), the significance of his Nine Inch Nails tattoo, his musical origin story, and more! 


A number of people are named or referred to with no further context, so for those who are new to John & Brett’s musical universe, here is a handy reference guide (hopefully in order of appearance): 

Frank Lafaro - Longtime studio client and confidant of Brett’s. Frank is the frontman of the Doo-wop group Frankie & the Fashions, which formed in the early 60’s before all four members went off to fight in Nam. Sometime in the 2010’s, Frank offered to “treat John to lunch” at the Dining Car for the purpose of “picking his brain” regarding the music business, but, in fact, just needed help setting up a YouTube account. At the end of the meal, the diner’s then-cash-only policy, coupled with an out-of-order ATM, led to John having to pick up the tab. 

Phil - Phil Murphy, lead singer of Brett’s band Outset, as well as the front man of Bangarang, his cover band in which Brett plays lead guitar. 

Sue / Susie - Susie Steen, bass player in Outset, IKE v2.0, and mother of Brett’s son. 

Joann Schmidt - Bass player in IKE v1.0, who gives John “lighthearted shit” about the number of songs on the band’s third album Where To Begin. 

Jason Miraglia - Drummer in IKE v2.0 and Bangarang, who, like Brett, is an avid Pearl Jam fan.