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6:04:49 pm

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

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Matt Nathanson Performs Live. 10/17/11. 8:20am
After the break we heard a prank call the guys made to a guy using Medicated Pete audio clips. Fred also played Blind Faith's ''Can't Find My Way Home'' as they were coming back.

Howard came back and had Matt Nathanson in the studio. Howard asked him how he remembers lyrics. Matt said that it's a pain in the ass. Howard said that Billy Joel has said that lyrics just stomp on his music and they're over rated. Matt said that Billy's stuff was good and it inspired him.

Matt said lyrics are hard. He said that if your brain gets too overly involved it can screw things up. Howard said the mics sound screwed up. He asked Scott if he could hear that. Scott did something and it didn't stop completely. Howard said he gives up. He said Scott wants to go bowling so maybe he should let him. He said the sound thing isn't working so maybe he needs to bowl a few frames.

Howard said maybe this is a way of getting back at him. Howard said he was still hearing the hiss. He said that Scott should be down at Occupy Wall Street since he doesn't know what's going on anyway. Howard did an impression of Scott and goofed on him for a minute.

Howard said he should introduce Matt. He said that it was Matt Nathanson and Aaron Tap. He said that he saw them covering Little Red Corvette on some web site. Matt said they thought it was a good cover but they got a beat down in the comments section. Howard said he didn't read the comments.

Matt said that they get really brutal in the comments. He said that they were psyched about doing the song and then the comments started. He said it just kept coming. He said it sucks. Matt said you need feedback but people are so angry. Howard asked if they could do a little bit of that. Matt said they could do it but Howard and Robin would have to start yelling at them about how bad it is.

Howard had the guys perform a little bit of ''Little Red Corvette.'' After the song Howard said it was wonderful. Robin liked it too. Howard came up with a negative comment and said that they made him wish that sound had never been invented.

Howard said their guitars were breaking up during the song. He asked Scott what was going on. Scott basically repeated what Howard said. Their guitars were breaking up. Howard said he gives up.

Howard asked Matt about how he got started and if his parents were okay with it. Matt said his parents sent him away to boarding school when he was in 5th grade. He said he's wondered why they would send him away to school that was only 15 minutes away from his house. He said that he wanted to come home and his parents would say that it could be worse. He said they apparently just wanted out at some point. He said he grew up in a house full of self absorbed people. He said that all of his brothers and sisters went away to school at the same time. He said his sister was actually close to college age.

Matt told Howard that when he was in school he wasn't able to jack off. He said getting laid was a fantasy land to him. He said he was a mess. Howard said he found this thing on the internet where this guy explains this mannequin head he invented and he talks about it like it's a real girl.

Howard said it's not too hard interviewing him with Scott changing all of the equipment. He said he thought they set it up this morning. Scott said they did set it up. Howard said this happens almost every time they have a guest. Scott said he can't diagnose it quickly so he's going to set up a microphone. Gary wondered why Scott was asking for a guitar cable early this morning. Howard said he needs Scott on his game. He said these guys are trying to sell some records.

6:04:57 pm

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

Howard found out that Matt's wife is the first woman he had sex with. Howard asked if he's ever banged any other chick. Matt said they dated for 10 years so they broke up and got back together. He said that they both had other people during those break ups. Matt said that he had the opportunity to get laid but he got all righteous.

Howard asked how the guys got together and started doing their thing. Matt said that he was flying around between omasa cities building up a fan base. He said that he did this thing with Daryl Hall and he's lucky because he still shits money. He said he's making good money himself and if it was 10 years ago he wonders how much more he would have been making. Things have changed and it's hard to sell an album. He said people feel entitled to free music.

Matt said that getting played on radio is great but he has to tour to make money. Howard read that they've gone on tour with Train. Matt said they did and he knows that Howard is friends with Pat from Train.

Howard asked Matt about the song that was a big hit for them. He said that the song is ''Come On Get Higher.'' The guys went right into the song after that.

After the song Howard asked if he wrote that one while he was on hiatus from his wife. Matt said the song was about a woman. He didn't say it was about his wife. Howard asked if he has an open marriage. Matt said he does not.

Howard asked if Aaron works for him. Matt said he does. Howard asked if he has to ask for a raise and things. Aaron said he does but they work things out. Matt said that he gave him a raise and he wasn't happy with it. He said he agreed with the price he gave and he gave him the raise. Howard asked if Aaron is happy now. Aaron said he is.

Howard asked if Matt was signed to a label when he wrote that song. Matt said he actually left one company and made the song himself. He said he licensed it to the label he's on now. Matt said he has a complex deal going on with that. He said the new record, ''Modern Love,'' is on another label and it's doing well. Howard played ''Faster'' from that album. He said he's heard some of that song. Matt said that one was about Aaron.

Howard asked how he gets away with not writing about his wife. Matt said it takes a long time to figure out what's important. He said it took him a long time to figure out what was important. He said this song is more about his imagination. He said he's imagining a woman.

Howard asked about him dumping his wife. Matt said it wasn't a dumping. He said it can take quite a while to figure out how to be in a relationship. He said you have to live in a real situation and not something that's made up in your mind. He said when you're like 17 with somebody you have no idea who you are or what's going on. He said his wife was with him while he was trying to figure that out. Howard said she must have told him to go figure it out and come back when he did. Matt said that's kind of how it was. He said she's a bad ass. Matt said it took a while to get it. Matt said that he figured it out years ago and now he's got great energy.

Howard asked if he ever does 3 ways with his wife. Matt said he missed out on all of that. Howard gave him some plugs and said you can see him at the Wilturn in Los Angeles. You can find out more information at

Howard asked Matt more about his parents and Matt said he thinks they were just people who weren't that into having kids. It was more like the thing they were supposed to do. Matt said that they just weren't into it. Matt said it wasn't super fun. Howard said it's funny that they sent him off to camp during the summer too. Matt said that they were kind of cool at times. He said he used to throw up in camp because he wanted to go home. He said they wouldn't fall for it though.

Matt said his mother was always supportive of his career but she never seems happy. He said it was a weird trip and it fucked him up for sure. Matt said that he was fat as a kid too. He said that he was fat and his name was Matt so it was rough. Howard said he's glad things worked out for them. He gave them some plugs and told his fans to go out and get their album. Howard said that he had people on the phones but now the phones have gone dead. He apologized to the boys. He said it just wasn't his day today. Howard went to break after that.

10:19:39 pm

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

Thanks for the transcript. Anyone tape / have a link to the interview?

andrew sharpe
11:58:56 am

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

I don't get Stern and why Matt would discuss that personal stuff on air...

09:58:33 am

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

It's Stern. That was nothing compared to some of the stuff he talks about. Glad Matt was so open about things, that's pretty great.

4:59:22 pm

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

The personal details are heartbreaking.

3:18:52 pm

+ Howard Stern Show Summary - 10/17

anybody still have the mp3 of the show? please upload, the hotfile link doesn't work anymore and i really want to hear this interview..actually, any interview of matt is awesome lol.

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