Tall Tales is the podcast of Them Jeans (aka Jason Stewart), which started as him enjoying tea and crumpets with his electro-bros and has now grown into full on documentary of the party scene. You may be aware of Them Jeans through a million remixes he has done in the last few years for Top Billin, Crossfaded Bacon and Dim Mak, or if you’re in LA, as the host and bookie for Dim Mak Tuesdays at Cinespace. Also you may be aware of him because he’s kinda tall. Hence: tall tales.
The first episode featured Paul Devro, and that’s about as big as the names went in the beginning. Not that you wouldn’t be familiar with others guests if you’re a Mishka familiar, from Jokers of the Scene (here) to Teki Latex (here alongside Busdriver) and the Trouble & Bass fam (DTL, AC and Star Eyes). But if you’re not ’bout that life, you may feel like there’s a lot of industry jibber-jabber going around, between oddball tastemakers and managers and marathon séances with Jason’s buds. This latter episode, though split into 3 one-hour pieces, exemplifies quite well the point of Tall Tales: idle chatter, great characters, and a hint of techno-babble and drugs.
Twenty five or so episodes in, Nikki Jaggerman, manager of DJs, was a guest alongside Doorly, and it was podcast love at first glance: she would become a co-host of the show. Nikki is young and sweet, but her ingenuity at first was a bit awkward, and unfortunately she was brought in when Jason suffered an injury that had him SUPER bummed out for a few months and she could not carry the show with the diminished namesake. But now that’s all repaired, and she has grown into her own a lot. Sometimes she’s still playing the role of a little sister but it works out because Them Jeams is also playing the role of an elder brother. Which is funny because Nikki is his manager. And the manager of a lot of people that ended up on the pod. So the guests come in all friendly and there’s no need for pleasantries before things get started; at the end of each episode you get the feeling that you have heard an audio snapshot of a conversation between friends, and that’s pretty enjoyable. Lately they’ve been checkin the guests’ web search history, which is an ok way to end the show I guess. They do talk shop every now and then – because there has to be a point to these conversations – but most of the time they wait until the plugs to mention what the guests are selling. That’s nice.
There have been a few repeat guests, and sometimes Nikki and Jason run out of guests so they end up chatting together. So there’s kind of a soap-opera quality to following the show that cannot be understated. Because if you’re at all worried about what DJs do on their off time, well you should legitimately start considering Tall Tales as the Pauly D Project of people with computer tans. Amidst the banter, there is always a gem of relevance that is just waiting to be dug up. And if you don’t know any of these guests, you get to discover some interesting people (try the Daedelus episode for example, ever the sweetheart, or the interview with Tashi Candelee where the conversation gets all serious). I can think of a couple of kind of “ehh” episodes, but you really can’t go wrong by picking any one episode and start your journey. That’s Five Stars on iTunes for these guys, check out Them Jean’s latest single for No Brainer below.