This podcast is so well written. Even stories I know come to life at Jake Brennan’s deft hands. I am shocked at the reviews misunderstanding his tone, thinking that he is condoning some of the terrible actions of these mega-stars. On the contrary, he is calling them out and turning a mirror to those of us who know these stories and listen anyways. Masterful storytelling and accountability. Bravo!
This imagine is genius, marvelously entertaining.
It’s got good production and good story-telling , but it’s really light on facts. The missing parts of the story and facts are filled with assumptions, conjecture , ad libs and sensationalism; to better market the podcast I’m sure. No one knows what these people were thinking when they committed these crimes. So ...it’s basically SENSATIONALISM!! at it’s best to create dramatic inner dialogue for them. Reaching is what it is.
I loved this podcast at first, but it grew stale quickly. I don’t even listen to it anymore so I’m unsubbing. What’s really annoying is that he’s collaborating with infamous douche canoe Mike from Sword & Scale.
I’m a musician who loves stories about other musicians so I tried a few episodes. I thought at first they were somewhat clever and decently written. The further I got into them, I noticed more and more extremely explicit and gruesome details regarding domestic abuse and violence towards women. The narrator does give disclaimers before getting into these sections of the podcast, but after the Big Lurch and Spade Cooley episodes I found myself asking 'why?’. Why the insistence on focusing on these mens perverted mental narratives towards women, why the need to narrate in such depth the mental process of a sick man deciding to ram a broom handle into a woman? What does it add the story and what is the takeaway here? I’m not expecting the narrator to censor the story, but there’s something disturbing about what he is choosing to write about in depth within these episodes. I wanted to like this podcast, but after so many episodes detailing in depth abuse of women, I’m just not sure why I would listen anymore.
Please do your research and due diligence before reporting on the lives of others.
Love this show and the way the stories are told. Some say it may be a little over the top, and that’s sorta true, but that’s one reason I like it. Fair warning: things regularly get pretty intense, but if there’s a warning at the beginning about the nature of a particular episode, brace yourself. I’m a veteran fan of true crime and horror fiction, and never once have I been phased by what I’m listening to. Maybe a little freaked out by a scary story, but nothing where I felt the warning/disclaimers were needed for me personally. That Big Lurch episode? Holy sh*t. *That* one threw me even when I knew what was coming. Bravo.
Newest addiction the the true crime podcast world... thank you! Engaging and entertaining
Gritty and smart. More more more please!
Riveting and compelling story telling! LOVE this podcast!
Excellent story telling, descriptive and informative. Telling everyone about it!
I really like seedy stories of history, but there is a way to tell it without such a testosterone-filled, domestic violence heralding, focused on “hard dicks” way. This dude makes my skin crawl. I’d rather not listen to someone beat off to himself talking.
This is riveting. The story telling along with the music is enthralling. I’m new to podcast but this one has me hooked.
U have a great Vibe easy relaxing listening!! But most importantly good ! Won’t regret hit play subscribe I’m glad I did. Great mix between music info and crime. But my fav is your amazing ability to tell stories u kill it thanks.
I love true crime and love music such an awesome pod once I stumbled across it I couldn’t stop listening
Amazing. The stories are nuts. And the presentation of these crazy crazy nut bags is on another level. Music and mayhem! Together. Come on!!!!
Great podcast if a lover of crime and celebrities!
What happened to the Beck episode alluded to in the James Brown episode? The Scientology conspiracy theories are running amok in my brain! I'm so torn about this show. The concept is perfect, but the execution could be so much better. The way Brennan weaves the story from the perspective of the artist is so intimate, but it would improve tenfold with real music by the artist. He mentions that he can't afford to play the songs that were #1 on a pivotal day in the story... okay? I want you to be able to afford to play at least one song by the actual artist being featured in the story, not whatever happened to be popular on a day. Having said that, it's still great. I will continue to listen and recommend to friends.
I absolutely love this podcast. As a rabid music fan and concert goer, I tell everyone I can about this podcast. I learn something new everytime even when I thought I knew the demise of these important characters in music history. Keep the stories coming!
Refreshing to finally find someone sober and mature enough to portray pop icons for what they are: demented.
Came to know this podcast earlier in the year and am finally caught up. Only wish they came out faster! Thanks, Jake!
Thanks JAKE for my weekly hour of anxiety as I listen to your adrenaline fueled narration of great subjects. Love it!!!!
My new favorite podcast. This has everything I love: rock ‘n’ roll history, true crime, kickass music and lots of Mellotron. Great host...enthralling narrative format...if you like rock and a little bit (sometimes a lot) of the old Ultraviolence, you’re gonna love this. Five Giant Blazing Stars. Rockarolla!
One of my very favorite podcasts, I eagerly await each new episode. Jake does a great job, making some of the craziest stories about some of history's favorite people feel like campfire stories. Keep up the great work!
I have been binge listening and I just can't stop! Love the work you are doing here!
Hasn’t been an episode I didn’t like. Even for artists I’ve never heard of, the narrator has a great voice and great way of telling these stories.
A better music podcast I haven’t found. I’m a music junkie and I learn something new every episode. I also get turned onto new stuff once in a while. Best new podcast in a few years!
I really enjoy listening to this podcast. I've always been interested in the things he talks about but never got around to researching it myself, so the work is done for me and I can listen to his take on the stories. Although the intro is interesting at first, it gets pretty repetitive after a couple episodes and I just started skipping it. I love the rest of the show though and can't wait to hear more!
Great podcast. Absolutely love it. The gore and the intense stories of famous musicians can’t be beat. I’ve binge listened to this podcast for 3 days straight at work and I just can’t get enough!
Seems like more personal opinions then facts. Somehow the author of this podcast has intimate knowledge of personal conversations and the history of the subjects being reported on. More than can be obtained from normal research. There is no way to tell what is truth and what is made up.A lot of literally licenses are taken when making this podcast. Instead of telling an interesting story in plain language the author chooses to tell it with fancy turns of phrases and flourishes which really amount in the end to absolutely nothing. Many times when recounting a conversation, the subjects vernacular is filled with lyrics from their songs. This just comes off sounding extremely corny and stupid. I would give this podcast listen for entertainment purposes only. Not for truth.
This is a rare find in the podcast world; it’s unbias and incredibly detailed in all sorts of genres in music. Highly recommend for an entertaining listen that will keep you going back for more!
I really like Disgraceland. you know a podcast is good when you sit around waiting for the next one to come along. I highly recommend this podcast to anybody who likes historical background and famous people and a bit of mystery and Mayham; as well as, murder, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
The best podcast out there! Great stories about crazy musicians told in a compelling manner. Each episode is a fascinating dive into the grubbier side of folk you know of but didn’t know they were quite this messed up. Jake is a great story teller and narrated each tale with class. The music is awesome, even the ads are awesome too! Listen!!!
This podcast is amazing!! From; the 1st, to 2nd, to 3rd person, to the Pulp Fiction style story telling, each episode is trilling, dynamic, and deathly entertaining! Can’t wait to meet the new podcast episodes at my ear buds again!! Rock-a-Rolla!! A-Corona
A thank you to needs to be said for y’all that fuse a couple of metrics to make the felonious world of Disgraceland. I cannot wait to hear what comes next, and look forward to it as well. So, thank you. Please keep the disturbing stories coming, because for some reason they are entertaining, to say the least.
Jake and his team put out some of the most intriguing content in the podcast industry. Music fans, true crime fans and history fans alike will gobble up this “cheese” and be hungry for more. Too hard to choose a favorite episode they are all sooooo good!
I love listening to Jake tell the depraved stories of rock stars. He’s got a great story telling voice and during the climax of the story, he ups the ante. Can’t wait for the next season!
Short. Sweet. Brilliant. Some of the best journalism Ive ever had the pleasure of a listening to, a must for any fan of music, true crime and pods.
I’m addicted to this podcast like the musicians covered are addicted to PCP, their narcissistic proclivities, and their commitment to incredible musical talent. I’ve binged listened and can’t wait to learn more. As a true crime rubbernecker and fan of phenomenal music and artistry, Jake Brennan’s intense narration reads like the well rehearsed licks of a gnarly guitar solo. Thanks for increasing my heart rate and stride as I listen while walking my dog, it’s the perfect exercise podcast that allows you to cool down at home while you are compelled to research images and listen to some tracks of the band you covered! Thanks for the entertainment!
Eye opening on how messed up stars really are. Jake makes you sit on the edge of your seat to hear more
This is one sexy podcast! Something about the delivery and intensity of the host just works on all the right levels. I’m officially a podsexual! Keep it coming. The stories are interesting and sound quality is top notch. If you haven’t listened yet then you are missing out.
The way he celebrates white lawless and discusses and certified black criminality in his tone and scripts is what will keep me from returning to this. The only women here are victims. It’s a bummer.
I wish the creators would be more transparent about their sources. There are more than a few moments that seem like creative embellishment, particularly when describing the supposed thoughts that some of these characters had in a given situation. That being said, it’s stylish and told in an entertaining way, but...I wish they cited sources! I don’t know if I should believe half of it!
If you like Rock and Roll and true crime then you should know that just gave birth to the cutest most demented baby you’ve ever heard. Love this podcast!!!!!
Good stories, full of colorful descriptive language that far too often includes gratuitous cursing. Many F bombs. Not really necessary. Especially since they many times occur during recounted conversations or thoughts of a character which are obviously invented for dramatic effect, and not verbatim retellings. It is not just offensive, but it actually is a little sad. Kind of makes our friend Jake sound like he is trying to be one of the cool kids. Probably going to unsubscribe. I like hearing the stories that I had never heard before or forgotten, but the storytelling is annoying.
Love this podcast! Paints a picture of our musical stars that was hidden unless you do a lot of research. Great work Jake!
Love the podcast! Keep em’ coming.
Thanks for making my work day a little bit easier! Enjoy listening to all the weird but interesting stories. Can’t wait to hear more stories in the future... Thanks for all the hard work!
I know the music rights are too expensive but my only quibble with the show is not hearing the music. Otherwise, it’s brilliantly produced and written!
If you are looking for real entertainment about some crazy entertainers than stop right here. Excellent pace and production and laugh out loud in a “ funny but holy s#*t “ sort of way. Best podcast out there if you are into great tales about the music industry. Check it out , you won’t be disappointed !!
So glad I heard about this podcast from a friend. As a music lover of all genres this podcast is amazing. Love everything about it. The behind the scenes and in-depth information given about the artists and their crimes is unbelievable. Keep up the great work.
The host is great and I hope this series keeps going and going!
This has become one of my favorite podcast to listen to. I’m mailman I’m always trying to find something to listen while I work. I just finished two seasons of his show within three days of work and can’t wait for new episodes to drop I look forward to it. Give it a listen if you like cool rock ‘n’ roll stories.
Amazing production, incredible sound, and positively riviting stories. One of the best podcasts out there.
Love this podcast!!! Stories are well told and well written, researched thoroughly, and are just plain shocking sometimes! The narrator is obviously passionate about music. You’ll learn something new listening to this podcast and you’ll enjoy it!
I’m enjoying it. Especially the artist I’m not as familiar with (Marvin Gaye, Big Lurch). Would like to hear a Bon Scott episode.
Why do I listen to this when I’m trying to fallI asleep?! I can’t stop listening! Awesome storytelling and great research. Intriguing stories, not just for music lovers. I i love and highly recommend this show to all podcast listeners....as long as you can handle stories of drugs, sex, rock and roll and, murder.
This is one of my favorite podcasts! The host chooses fantastic stories every time. I wish it was weekly, mellotron and all! Keep up the good work!
Put this podcast on your fave list, now! Jake Brennan delivers outrageous stories of rich and famous musicians with a hip delivery style which keeps you wanting to hear more. Totally addictive.
Listening to this podcast while at work, I get so in to the stories. The voice and the description the narrator makes in your head along with the music, just hypnotizes me in the most wonderful way!
This is a really fun podcast, and I listen to every episode, but I think that it could be a lot more than it is. The production is top notch, the music is great and the stories are perfectly chosen, however, in a sub-30-minute podcast where close to 10 minutes is advertising and admin, the story becomes just a quick summation and nowhere near the in-depth discovery it could be. I know that's not what this podcast is about, but it should be. The style is great, but add more substance!
This podcast is appointment listening for me. The content and delivery are cool as hell. Great job!
Some super interesting and wild stories about music legends and some even more wild and crazy tales of lesser known artists, all super approachable and entertaining
Love hearing about the drama behind the scenes that I knew nothing about previously. Jake's storytelling is riveting and entertains.
My only complaint is the episodes aren’t longer, that’s it! I love the details, the way the stories are told. Keep up the good work!!
I stumbled on this podcast and so glad I did. Such a brillant, well-written and executed podcast. Entertaining and informative with the stories told about well know artists. Enjoying it very much!
Great podcast. Highly recommended.
I recommend this podcast at least 3-4 times weekly. I count down the days to new episodes!
I can’t emphasize enough how great of a storyteller he is. Episodes are amazing and entertaining. It’s the only podcast that I’ve actually laughed, cringed, scrunched my face as if I was watching a horror movie and yelled oh sh**! all in the same drive to work. Thank you for such an awesome show!
Just discovered this podcast today it is one of the best podcast I’ve ever heard FU$King awesome listen to the first two starting out with the greats Jerry Lee and Sid vicious
This podcast is outstanding. I blew the the entire first season in a weekend, and now eagerly await new episodes weekly. Well told, well researched, well produced. This podcast vastly exceeds the bulk of the dreck that regularly tops the charts. Listen!
Just when you think that all the good ideas for a show, art project, podcast are taken along comes Disgraceland. Stories that I knew a little bit about are blown up on the big screen of my brain with Jake's great reads/VO. Love it. Keep making great art.
Do an episode on Johnny ace and pledging my love how he died on Christmas Eve playing Russian roulette and how it was not only his last recording but also Elvis’ last covered before his death also
I’m in the midst of binging this pod, and for good reason. Jake Brennan’s high production values, insights and casual nature tells a story that’s continually had me listening. I can’t wait to hear more. Great work! GeoWarrior
a music savant told me about this podcast and i look forward to it with my morning coffee. i dig how the music is treated and is evolving. and i love your voice. so thank you, fellow weirdo. drive fast and take chances.
This is a great podcast and definitely falls into the category of shows that I will listen to after I have arrived but leave the car running in the driveway and listen to the end. This week I am traveling, binged the whole series and found myself sitting in the parking lot of my hotel listening to the end (or in one case, the last 25 minutes)!! Great show, keep em’ coming!!
I am in the middle of bingeing this podcast. It is pure ear candy! Any podcasters out there who want to tell a good story, come listen to this guy. I would recommend the Sid Vicious or Rolling Stones episodes, but it seems like the more I hear, the better they get!
And I might be kind of in love with this guy.
Sometimes, I get to ride alone in my car. When I do, my companion is Jake Brennan and his rogues gallery. Creepy stuff I shouldn’t let my kids hear. Cool stuff I never knew about people from the “entertainment” industry Keep up the great work. Now, take a look at the long nights and even longer parties from the Broadway set 😏
Would be a five if more narrative driven as opposed to being what feels like a history lesson mixed in with an opinion piece. The narrator assumes and accuses. Maybe for dramatic effect but it becomes annoying after awhile. While the dark side may be true, it’s impossible to know for certain how the artists were feeling in life, especially in the Marvin Gaye and Frank Sinatra episodes. Otherwise great concept.
Some of these stories I already knew but it was very interesting to hear again. The narrator is able to draw you in. You can tell he is telling a story he likes and is interested in himself which really makes you listen.
I thought it was great. I couldn't get enough and binge listened to all of them within a few days. No bs, just a quick intro and right to telling the story. I'm still waiting for the Beck episode tho, lol.
Jake has a knack for choosing great subjects and weaving gripping stories about their debauchery. Sadly, this is about music industry excess so he will probably run out of stories soon. Ha ha ha ha!
I’m a huge fan of fallen hero and true crime stories, and you guys kill it with both! So excited to hear everything you’ve got lined up!!!
Holy sh*t I LOVE this podcast! I’m hooked!
What a great insight into some of the greatest musicians of our time and the horrible things they did as entitled a-holes.
Jake Brennan (sp??) is a truly talented podcast host. I’m not sure if he writes this stuff but his delivery is excellent and the podcast is out of the world. I’m also a history buff and his facts are actually facts.
Downloaded the Big Lurch episode, got to about 23 minutes and almost passed out. Super graphic and soooo messed up. Couldn't finish the episode.
So, music and true crime have been obsessions of mine for as long as I can recall. To have these incredible stories of these infamous icons told with the perfect mix of intensity and humor, conjecture and fact, all in a borderline-manic, almost gonzo-level sex bomb of a voice that distracts from anything else? Yes please! Keep doing god's work, son. Rocka-rolla.
This podcast is the best stumbled upon podcast I’ve ever encountered. I heard a plug for it in another great podcast and couldn’t be more thrilled. This is the stuff I hunted for in magazines and books as a kid and talked about with my friends. Crazy stories of debauchery, excess, death, and insanity. Even the episodes about musicians I’d never previously heard of are amazing. Please keep up the great work! 👍👍
The music within the podcast is crazy good. I like the organization and the stories and the host. Sometimes the writing is _perfection_. (Rarely it’s not as good, but still, always entertaining)
Get your earbuds out and prepare your mind to be shocked. Think I am still grossed out by a few episodes.
Please please please stop with the “I can’t afford this music” line. It was cutesy the first time but is now the most annoying part of the podcast. I try to skip that whole section.
My coworker recommended this podcast to me just yesterday. Ya so I am addicted! I’d love a T-shirt or a poster. Do you have a website?
I didn’t find this podcast online or on my own. No, a lifelong acquaintance asks me in a booze filled room of the Class of 1998, “Have you listened to The Disgraceland Podcast? There’s this episode talking about G.G. Allin?” The next day I was hooked. Come to find out that Jake was in a band I was into, so that made it even better and like I was hanging out with an old friend. The story telling is great and the show is short and sweet. So why I are you reading this review from a guy knocking on 40s door and still discovering Rad stuff via a High School Reunion? Because I couldn’t afford a 2018 Stephen King testimonial about how awesome Disgraceland is.
Whenever anyone asks me for a podcast recommendation, “Disgraceland” is the first thing the fly out of my face. Jake does a wonderful job of bringing these incredible stories to life. Show biz & the music industry are brutal but Disgraceland keeps up our appetite for all things that make & keep our rockstars ugly.
Disgraceland makes me forget I’m at work with all the stories..
I have become so adept at working this show into conversations because I want everyone to know its majesty. Thanks!
Although the subject matter is not my number one favorite (I am not knowledgeable in music), Jake’s presentation/delivery is by far the best among the 40+ podcast shows I subscribe and listen to. The best story teller! EXCELLENT! Love the voice too.
Informative, entertaining, hilarious.
Been listening to this podcast since it started, crazy/entertaining stories about musicians perfectly narrated by the host. I impatiently wait for every episode then listen right away which leaves me sad and impatient all over again. Highly recommend to everyone who will listen. I’ve already annoyed my family talking about it too much!
This is a very entertaining podcast. Definately worth a listen. Jake does a great job and the presentation is excellent.
A lot of true crime podcasts that are single episode stories tend to be repetitive. Not this one...each story takes unique twists and turns, as eclectic as the subject matter. PS - My take away? Stay in school and don't do drugs kids! And if you do, don't do heroin!
I was incredibly surprised at how much I enjoyed this show. Great concept that in incompetent hands would be quite insufferable, luckily this show’s execution is on point and I haven’t heard a bad one yet. Solid all around.
“That music at the top of the show, that wasn’t great music...” Jake, you spin a great yarn and it’s a really entertaining mostly-factual podcast about some of the gnarliest musicians of all time, but PLEEEEAAAASE stop the mellotron intro bit. It’s truly nails on a chalkboard at this point. But again, a really great show!! Thanks for making it.
Disgraced is an oasis of storytelling, quality production value, and entertainment. The first episode goes zero to sixty and has cruised with a failure to maintain lane ever since. It’s been fun to hear more detail on some of the famous childhood Rock’n’Roll legends and stories of death, sex, drugs, overdose, and violence (Jerry Lee, Sam Cooke, Tolling Stones, Bob Marley) ......and music. Really well researched and well written in-depth storytelling. I was also surprised also enjoy the other less mainstream artist and the stories that are likely legends within their own counter culture ( Death Metal and Michael Alig). I’ve listened and re-listened to almost all of them. Very excited about the episode per week during October. Thanks for everything-Philip P.S. -I hesitate to mention that this is really the only podcast I have ever been able to endure for more than 10 minutes (to avoid negativity). But it has been a joy to listen and hear it get better and better. Second to none.
This has got to be one of the most interesting podcasts I've ever listened to. I love the hosts style of telling the stories it makes it so much more intense and really grabs my attention I love it. I am a loyal listener and will be for years to come.
I really enjoy the podcast and I actually jam out to the music thanks Dave
Don’t ever stop. Don’t ever stop rendering us this conceptually perfect dream job. Don’t ever stop building those pulsating tales of debauchery. Our ears need it… And you’ve mastered it my friend. Don’t ever stop. The word ‘Disgraceland’ is continually passed around every beer and shot glass laden conversation of late. Every good night commands the music… And your thing is a cherry on top of the crazed fallen. Keep em coming ! Don’t ever stop -HamyAVL
These are great! I find them funny, yet insightful if the facts are correct, lol. There are many forgotten stories that seemed to slip our collective consciousness. Kudos for reminding us that Jerry Lee really is a killer! Keep them coming, perfect length for my drive to work! Who needs Howard, I have disgraceland!
I have to say, this show really goes the distance with its research and production. That GGAllin episode... WOW. Also, I do though love the “sticking it to the man” vibe that radiates every time the host says “that wasn’t great music, it was a loop from my mellotron, because I can’t afford the rights to...”, and it’s funny, because it’s true. The struggle is real. We use all royalty free music for our podcast, for the same reason. Anyways, keep up that great work!
I really enjoy listening to your take on the lives of some truly cool cats! Very interesting!
I enjoy listening to podcasts and am always on the lookout for something new. A friend of mine recommended Disgraceland and I’m so glad he did because it has quickly become one of my favorites. I look forward to each new episode not just because the stories are gripping and informative, but Jake, the host, delivers a wonderfully intimate and well-written account of each subject. A must listen for music fans, this podcast is entertaining for anyone who enjoys a good story, regardless of musical affinity. Pick any episode at random and give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
I just discovered this podcast and I love it .... more more more!!!!!
the best episode so far. Keep leveling up!
Great production value and stories I've never heard before.
This is the kind of podcast you listen too on an airplane because it can keep you captivated. Don’t do the dishes to this one just sit down and have a listen.
Disgraceland LOVE this podcast! Love the way you tell the story 5 stars !! Keep them coming🤓
This combines two of my favorite things: rock n roll and true crime. Super interesting to hear more about some of the most infamous people
This podcast is everything that you could want combined. Music, Rockstars, and Crime. I absolutely can’t stop listening, it’s so interesting and intense. Overall it’s sick and needs to be listened to!
The only problem is there aren’t enough episodes. I’m dying for more. Keep up great work.
I’ve been listening since the very beginning and it keeps getting better and better every episode! So much information packed into 30 mins it flies by. Such a great storyteller! Would recommend to anyone that is into music history as well as true crime.
This has quickly became one of my favorite podcasts, bingeing both seasons in a few days. I absolutely love the dark, engaging stories and Jake’s smooth storytelling.
Disgraceland has become my favorite podcast. I have binged all the episodes in two days and cannot wait for new episodes!
Hands down the best podcast available! The research done is borderline inspiring and the delivery is always entertaining. Their connection with their audience via social media also adds a nice layer of depth and works as a quasi-companion piece. Everybody should be listening to this show!
This is a really good podcast. One of my favorites! The episodes are a good length and well produced. The stories are interesting! Using the lens of rock ‘n’ roll history to tell a true crime story is a great concept.
Super interesting content told in a very creative manner. Can't stop listening.
Jake has a way of writing that paints such vivid pictures of his subjects. His podcasts are fast and completely enthralling. Even if I don't know or care about the artist he's talking about his podcasts are still good.
Combine great storytelling with rock and roll mischief and you have the makings of one of the most thoughtfully produced podcasts on the subject!
An excellent and imaginative mix of music and true crime history. Very enjoyable.
Well written and presented! One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to! Keep up the amazing work!
When Jake Brennan starts to tell you a story, you know you’re in great hands. He is the real thing. And Disgraceland is fascinating, gross, funny, addictive. His masterful writing and delivery are seductive, appalling, and chock full of musicians and scene-sters gone bad. Listen and enjoy, but buckle up, especially for the episodes on GG Allin, German Death Metal, Michael Alig, and Motley Crue. Just, wow. And hold on to your heart for Syd Viscious. I got a little misty. I know, right? Keep on rocka-in and rolla-in, Jake!
Well done, very interesting and entertaining podcast! Thanks!
I really enjoy these stories. These podcast is binge worthy. Excellant work.
This podcast has amazing execution. It’s narrated with precision. The background music brings it all together. I can’t wait for the next episode as soon as the current one has finished.
Can’t wait for each episode. Writing, production, and delivery are 5+ worthy!
Great narration, exposing the dark side of famous musicians, content that never gets old, unlike me:(
I enjoy that the episodes are around 30 minutes long and still able to pack a lot of information in. If you are short on time, it's easy to listen to a completed story in one go. Sometimes you don't want to or can devote yourself to a podcast episode that's over an hour long, no matter how much you love that podcast. Disgraceland is like a very enjoyable snack in a podcast diet.
Very entertaining listen. Love the Elvis - Marilyn Manson blended mix of the logo.
I absolutely love listening to this podcast! The story is presented in great detail and it’s obvious how much work the disgraceland team puts into each episode! Jake’s story telling abilities are amazing! Keep up the awesome work!!
Mighty Fine. Mmm Hmm.
Perhaps the best podcast ever produced. If the Ramones were a podcast they’d be DISGRACELAND. Compact, fast paced, no-nonsense, impossible to ignore. Each episode is better than the last and they’re not coming fast enough! Jake & team - keep up the great work; and, thank you!
This podcast is so well done- everything from the great writing to the delivery. And the subject matter is o interesting! I’m an avid podcast listener and Disgraceland is one of my favorites!
Love this podcast about the dirty and gritty side of fame. It’s like a rock and roll gawkers slow down.
I love listening to all the episodes. Done so well. High quality production.
Jake does an excellent job with the subject matter, the story is always compelling and the music is usually pretty dope. Thanks for the content!
Fantastic podcast with a great host. Totally worth listening to if you like the seedier side of things.
I love this show.
When I first started listening to the show, I started from the very beginning and worked my way up until there were no more shows. I’ve liked listening to it because it’s edgy, and the man who does it sounds like he grew up closing down bars on Sunset Strip until 4am every day, drinking his way through everything they had, the kind of guy you’d want to sit down with and discuss the pros and cons of many classic rock albums. It’s definitely worth a subscribe!
I was recently turned on to this podcast and hope to see it grow! Is as amazingly in-depth as anything I've ever listened to. You'll learn something new, and potentially horrifying, every episode about the household names (and some of the lesser know) we, as a culture, have come to know. If you're looking for a new podcast to make that boring drive more interesting, the time at the office more less-suicidal or just doing chores around the house and looking for somethign to kill a little time, this is it! Short episodes, easily digested and very detailed, exposing things you never knew! Do it, download it.
Thanks so much for this great pod. Rock n roll + history + true crime ... beeyoooteeful!
Do yourself a favor and give this a listen. If you love music and are fascinated by celebrity crime, this is the podcast for you!!!
How the F**k did I stumble upon this podcast...I cannot remember.. had toe be divine destiny! What Jake does is phenomenally fantastic! The GiGi Allen / Michael Allig episode....WOW! Love what you do.. keep it up! Im always hungry for more! Much Love from Texas!
This podcast definitely has me sucked in. I listen to a variety of podcast and true crime is one of my favorites. I love the style of this index the combination of music and true crime. Not only does he tell the story well but he makes to so that you can envision things. From acting as if he is the people he his talking about to diving deep into the story, he does a wonderful job. And icing on the cake is his amazing voice! If the host of a a show has an annoying voice I truly can’t listen but this guys voice is amazing. He was meant to make a podcast. If you love music and you love true crime this podcast is meant for you! My best friend and I love it!!!
Well written and wonderfully delivered! You can feel your pulse increase as the story does.
Love it !!!! Way to go !
I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, and I definitely don’t wait impatiently for them to put out new content. Well, I do for this one. It’s well researched and well made, and the host is a brilliant storyteller. Kudos, guys!
I wish I could remember how I found this, but everything about Disgraceland makes walking, driving or just hanging around fantastic. Highly recommended!
Everything is amazing about this podcast. The length is just enough to get the details and not run on forever like other podcasts. I was vert familiar with serval of the stories and I still found the delivery and execution of the story telling very compelling as if hearing it for the first time. Even the audio quality is up to par. It still blows my mind that even some of the huge podcasts still can't get their audio right, and I find myself cranking up the volume, cutting all the low end, only to be shaken to the core when my speakers explode after pulling the cord out of my phone and the radio kicks back on in my truck. Thanks dudes, and keep up the great work!
If you are are liking me and just getting into podcast this is the one. The thought projections, story telling a depth that goes into this is incredible. I have listened to them all and can’t wait for the new releases. Listen to them all then tell your friends. - Cheers - DJ Winkle
I can’t get enough of this podcast! The storytelling skills, sound effects, and research behind the rockstars are all legit. The concept is so perfect. Keep up the great work! Rocka rolla!
Wow! Super entertaining and informational. I love hearing these crazy off-the-wall stories about musicians! This is definitely my new favorite podcast! Rocka-rolla!
Seriously. This has it all, captivating stories, excellent writing and delivery, and a punk rock state of mind. If you love true crime, music, and debaucherous secrets, you will be insanely delighted just like I was. 🤘🏻
Jake does a great job of narrating the whys behind what happened in the nastiness of celebri-world. We hear of events an rumors of events but rarely do we get the thriving backstory that’s been memorialized in granite. Jake turns over those un-rolling stones. He takes us into the foreplay and then to scene of the crime. He brings the story to life and then lays the story down and puts it to bed. I often feel the need for a cigarette when I’m done, and I don’t even smoke. Keep up the good work.
This is the freshest podcast I've listened to in a long time, and the most intriguing show I've listened to. As a music lover that covers many genre, this is a well encompassing show that never fails to entertain!
I love this podcast. I think you do an amazing job of telling the story’s!! I really get wrapped up in it and sucked in! I’m on the road a lot so it makes the time go by. Thanks again and keep up the amazing work. The way you tell them is really great! Your really good at this so keep it up! Hope there’s a lot more to come and other things.
I love getting behind the scene stories and scandals from famous people and the music industry is NUTS! I love his way to get to the meat of a story.
Episodes get so intense at times you’ll need a seatbelt! Great story telling woven together with wonderfully written episodes. I look forward to notifications of the next episode, and take the long way home. Download it, the only thing you’ll regret is that there isn’t more episodes to binge when its over.
Jake researches musicians and tells these crazy stories of their life’s. Fantastic pacing and production! I can’t wait for the next episode every week.
I’m digging this podcast so much! Recommending it to all my friends! I find myself looking forward to each one for a deeper look into how power, decadence and the need to be noticed has shaped so many in Rock n Roll. I need my weekly fix! Keep up the great storytelling!
More auditory performance art with a thread of true crime and rock and roll facts. It's interesting, dark, and crass.
Great concept, great stories, brilliantly executed. The quality of this podcast is first rate and the stories are simply amazing. Loved the Brian Jones episode. You will be glad you spent the time to listen to this!
I am skeptical of podcasts where the hosts just go online and throw the information together like this one and MFM and others of their iilk. Sorry but I just prefer some accuracy some form of journalism, interviewing real people etc. I can read Wikipedia too does that make me a podcaster? Michael Alig claims he asked you to make corrections and you did. Then why did I hear them every 30 seconds? Did you even read Disco Bloodbath? Have you taken drugs or you’ve just heard they are like that? Club kids existed several years before Disco 2000. The Amy Virshup New York magazine cover story came out in March 1988, for example. That scene came out of The Tunnel and The World and people like Richie Rich were not there, Rudolf from Danceteria was in charge. The club kids wouldn’t set foot in The Limelight. Amanda Lepore was still living a quiet lifestyle in Tribeca with Keni Valenti. Angel Melendez was never a DJ he was hardly even accepted as a club kid. If it weren’t for the fact that he carried drugs he would have been ignored. Yeah club kids were not all fun and games they were a bit elitist and Angel just was not considered part of the “in crowd” ever. He was a grifter. Robert Frieze and other club kid dealers didn’t have the same problems as Angel because they were genuinely accepted because they were part of the scene not just desperately trying to make money off it like him. If I went on to list every error I heard from one listen this review would go on ad infinitum. Sorry not sorry not impressed by this podcast at all. This one sure didn’t make me want to listen. I’ll stick to Serial, In the Dark, Criminal and other high quality Crime podcasts.
I lucked out when I caught the Jerry Lee Lewis episode hot off the press, so to speak. The Killer! Start there if you’re looking for an episode to begin with. Jake Brennan instantly hooked me on his great story telling and exciting writing. All of the episodes since have stood up to that caliber of excitement and entertainment. Bravo!
So started listening to podcasts ! Disgraceland is by far my favorite. Excellent storytelling, great ambiance, equal a great experience ! Great job and I look forward to the next episode !!
I love this podcast!! The stories are...well fantastic and not in a good way. I can’t believe some of this actually happened. This podcast is a wild ride and I’m HOOKED. Jake Brennan is top notch as the host and I wish other podcasters could deliver similar thought, character, and humor. I like how Jake dramatizes some the events in each episode and goes beyond just telling the story. Each episode is rich and unique - keep up the great work, Jake!
I am loving this podcast! It’s hip and current. It’s also full of facts but told in an engaging almost fairy tale manner. The episodes are short and sweet, they also leave you wanting more, you almost feel like the subjects of the episodes... longing for their next fix. Keep up the good work!
Really enjoy this podcast. I particularly enjoy the episodes on old school musicians. The host’s wry humor is great.
Brilliant!!! For everything, writing, cadence, sound! The best podcast for soundscapes and writing. Thank you.
Such a great storyteller and fascinating stories.
I love this podcast! Everything from the production to the incredible story telling. It absolutely helps me get through long work days watering all the gardens!
Jake does an amazing job of giving an identity to the various subjects he discusses. The stories are weird, hilarious, and generally haunting. The music interludes are great, and I praise the shows production quality. Check out the episode on controversial punk figure, Sid Vicious. This was one of my favorites so far. Season two has been great, with more crazy stories on the underside of musical fame. The GG Allen episode is really something to behold, Do yourself a favor and listen to one. You'll be hooked.
There are a lot of podcasts that deserve 5 stars. But this is truly a cut above. There is nothing else like it.
Cheesy Dialogue, but still fun.
Disgraceland is the podcast that is a wish that came true. Well written, incredible subjects, and delivered perfectly by Jake. Disgraceland’s stories are so intense, so addictive, they make Pamela Des Barres’ books like “Rock Bottom”, a children’s book. Don’t waste your time, subscribe & tell all your friends. I own over 10,000 cd’s & 9,000 albums, gobs of r and r books, and I would lay my reputation anytime on the hard work Jake and his staff put into each of their incredible episodes! I’ve told my musician friends. Thanks Jake, I’m sorry you’ve had some very hard times recently, and I hope you find inner peace. However, thank you so so much for Disgraceland. All the best to you, buddy. JWunder666
I love the way you tell the stories and I love the seldom known details! Looking forwards to more episodes!
I enjoy listening to this podcast while at work. I get very engrossed by the writing and narration. It’s a great 30 minute respite once every two weeks.
Disgraceland is a terrific little idea. Dramatically tell the sordid stories from the music industry. This podcast covers the lives and crimes of some of the most famous musicians of all time, and lays bare their dysfunctions. Highly recommended.
So far so good- interesting true celebrity stories
Great episodes so I’m really looking forward to all the episodes that were teased- including the Beck / Scientology episode. What happened with that one? Did they get to you Jake?
Great voice, pleasant listening, music enthusiast, well researched so many great things. I would love to hear a Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Richie Valance episode🤞🏼
Great storytelling about the worst of the best. Start with my favorite, Johnny Paycheck!
Mesmerizing narrative, slick music, sorted history with distinguished storytelling. Every episode will grab you, even if you’re less than impressed with the artist du jour.
This is one of my new favorites. Jake B’s storytelling is compelling and informative, and I’m especially partial to his creative vocabulary (see: description of Yoko Ono). :) Can’t wait for new episodes!
I’m really interested in the topics discussed on this podcast, but I find the host so annoying! His delivery is terrible, and it only highlights how cheesy his/the writing is. This could be my favorite podcast, but instead I can barely listen to it, and the unplayed episodes just sit there. I think I could get past the corny, overly dramatic writing (these are people who lend themselves to hyperbole after all) if they just got another host to read it. Hopefully somebody other than the host owns this show and can just replace the current guy. I want a new favorite podcast! I want to love this podcast! This topic, famous people behaving badly, is practically endless so there is potential for this to be a long running series! If anyone listens. So ditch this host and I think a lot more people will listen.
Some stories are interesting and not common knowledge to me. Others are kinda boring. Some stories show the host/writer’s bias. This guy really hates yoko. This guy thinks Sid killed Nancy. The writing can be bad. The intro was fine for the first couple episodes, but get annoying after that.
I listen to podcasts all day at work, and this is without question my favorite. I can’t hit the play button fast enough when I see a new one is ready. You are getting better and better with each episode. I can literally hear your confidence in your work building. Keep growing and improving and sharing your talent. Thank you!
Disgraceland is well researched and has some of the best storytelling I’ve ever heard. From artists I grew up listening to with my parents to artists I discovered on my own, Jake covers it all. The transitions are well done and the sound prompts are on point. One of my favorite things to listen to on long car rides or share with friends.
If you at all listen to music, especially some variant of rock ‘n’ roll and you like true crime. Or even if you just love to hear the darker side of whatever the suits sell you, this is the podcast for you. Absolute magic.
I recently "discovered" Jake's podcast. It is highly addictive. I binged listend on a 6 hour drive from Memphis to New Orleans. The subjects are great and the writing even better.
Disgraceland had my full attention from episode one! The host is a great story teller and really knows how to bring the story to life. I throughly enjoy this podcast and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys true crime and great podcasting! Thanks to everyone at Disgraceland for making this amazing podcast! I’m updating my review to add that this has quickly become my favorite podcast. Every episode is so well done! Every episode appeals to a different side of my musical personality and I can’t get enough!
My favorite is the one about sidvicous! I’m a huge Sex Pistols fan.....what little music they did come out with. I’d love to hear an episode about Johnny rotten!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the rad storytelling Jake!
Would be a better podcast if the narrator wasn’t always trying to prove how ~rock and roll~ he is
Like Hunter S Thompson having unprotected sex with Mother Goose. Each one better than the last. Thank you, Jake Brennan.
Long-time podcast fan. This is by far my favorite yet! Hopefully, there’s no limit to the number of disgraced music artists. Jake is a master storyteller. I can’t get enough of his delivery. The perfect combination of story, snark, and vernacular.
I think the Rolling Stones is one of my favorite episodes. Don’t get me wrong I love them all but I love your “drug trippin” interpretation of a week in a life of a talented rock star
A. Music B. True Crime C. Jake Brennan’s slick delivery. Solid.
I’m an avid listener of many great podcasts, but this is my first review. This podcast is something special - its pace and production take you along for the harrowing ride of the disgraced musicians’ downfall. It is extremely well researched and always leaves me with the feeling of “how the hell have I never heard this story before.” Seriously, I can’t recommend this pod highly enough to someone who likes music and musicians, true crime, and crazy stories. Thanks Jake, may you never run out of tragically flawed musicians to talk about. Cheers.
It’s incredibly fine.
I can’t remember how I heard about this podcast but I’ve been listening since the preview of the first episode and I haven’t been disappointed in the slightest. Very well put together and written. Great job and keep up the great work!
I love this podcast. Every story is interesting and told well. I just wish it was on more often and the episodes were longer. Great pod!!!
I have loved every single episode so far. But, the Brian Jones episode is killer!! The presentation and material are presented in a manner that makes you feel like you are Brian. Keep em coming 🤘🏼
Hate the constant bad language but the content is always interesting, along with the presentation
Awesome podcast. Great stories about artists and bands that for the most part, I didn't know about this side of them.
For music history junkie this podcast is the perfect way to get through the day
Rock-n-roll, crime, great story-telling.....what more could you want? What I like best is Jake gets in, tells the story, and gets out. Rock-A-Rolla. You will learn stuff about your favorite artists that you never knew. Can not recomend this podcast highly enough.
I listened to the first episode, which was about Jerry Lee Lewis, who appeared to be a habitual domestic abuser. However, the host mythologizes Lewis while suggesting that his wife's death could maybe have been an accident. I just didn't find enough reckoning with such a violent act, which clearly seemed to be part of a pattern of violence and abuse. I think power and violence are stronger forces, and worth giving more attention to, whereas the host just says that he's not interested in simple moral bifurcations of right and wrong. I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and read gruesome murder mysteries, so I've got some prurient tastes, but I thought this podcast glorifies violence and abuse in a way that I just can't stomach. I gave this podcast 2 stars instead of 1 becuase audio-quality wise, it's not bad.
A podcast that takes bands and or individual songsters that we’ve all heard of, and delves into their dark backstory. I’ve listened to the available pods at least 2-3 times each. I listen while I sleep, or don’t sleep. I can’t wait for more. About Jake’s voice. Calm, no screaming to make his point. Very soothing and easy to listen to.
I love the stories! But I also love the original music and the super professional delivery. Keep up the good work!
Love the intensity of the storytelling. I haven’t binged the episodes because I am slowly savoring them. Thanks! 🎶
Disgraceland is one of the tightest, slickly produced podcasts available today. Sometimes slick production values are used to distract from weak content. Not in this case. Creator Jake Brennan is a brilliant storyteller and his writing demonstrates a unique voice that sets these stories apart from other podcasts. This is not a free-form, loosely outlined discussion style format. It’s tightly scripted. Every word is well thought out and Jakes delivery is more performance art than narration. It’s not stiff as you might expect from a scripted show. He has the timing of a great actor and his passion for the subject matter oozes from every line. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about music history, Disgraceland will prove you wrong. Every aspiring podcaster should be listening to this show. You’ll get a master class in storytelling and production. The bar has been raised. Rocka-Rolla.
Jake has managed to put together one of the most interesting and engaging podcasts in recent memory. His story telling is precisely tuned to his subjects and it’s enthralling. So glad to be a subscriber. You should be, too.
Fantastic facts and the dark sides of musical artists, Rock to country all genres no holds barred! factual accounts of some of the greatest Artists of all time !!I I have enjoyed every episode but Paychecks podcast was a real treat!! Awesome original podcast!! Wish it were on every week!
The narrative is so sexy, yes I said Sexy.
Do you love Rock? Do you love crime? Do you love masterful storytelling? Then this is the perfect show for you. Jake, the host, is a master of telling a story that always captures every second of your attention. This is a must listen!
Even if you don’t care about the artists he talks about, you’ll be glued to the stories!! Never has half an hour consumed my day so completely! Every time I get done with an episode I go back and listen again and enjoy it every bit as much. A friend got me hip to this and I have to say, everyone needs to get hip! The delivery, the research, the craftsmanship! I would read anything Jake wrote and will listen to anything he wants to put in the world!
This podcast is definitely one of my favorites! As a lover of music and true crime it’s the perfect mix of entertainment. I found out about this a week ago from one of my friends and have now caught up. The episodes are a quick 30 minutes and perfectly researched and told in an intense storybook fashion. Its absolutely fascinating learning the secret lives of all these musicians. It’s seriously amazing! I’m definitely recommending this to all of my friends!
I’m stuck in the ABQ airport on an extended delay and just blew threw almost every episode. It’s amazingly addictive and so well done. I had no idea about all the background of some musicians I called myself a fan of. Thanks for all the entertainment in the airport bar!
I absolutely live for this podcast! Host and writer Jake Brennan has a novelist’s understanding of narrative and he weaves amazing stories. Filled with color, character, and spellbinding storytelling, Disgraceland is a little bit documentary, a little bit “you gotta be kidding me! That can’t be true!” myth making, and total rock n roll madness! Amazing stories and facts here about the legends of music, put together with a storyteller’s flare for bringing you along for an ever wilder ride. A total must if you’re into music, tales of true crime or just love a good story told superbly well! Keep rocking, Jake. Disgraceland is amazing!
It would be 5 stars except the host refers to things as “cheese” regularly and it drives me insane! Please. Stop. Saying. Cheese!
Amazing story teller, hooks you in from the get go. I’m jealous of people who just started listening because they can binge listen and I have to wait for the next one to come out. It’s like “Behind the Music” but way grittier and way more real.
Great telling of the tale ...thanks for that 🤘🏽
I was hooked after the first episode.
I love music and true crime so this plays all my keys. I really love this because I grew up in Nashville listening to punk music and I really like that you haven’t geared it toward one genre.
The complex situation that caused Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon.
Well organized, thoroughly researched, thoughtful stories beyond the stories behind the scenes. Keep it up!
I am addicted to this podcast. Jake has a unique way of telling the story that keeps you entertained. I cant wait to listen to all his stories. If you love music, rock & roll and stories behind the music.....SUBSCRIBE !!
The “theme song “is so lame. It sounds like carnival circus music. All that’s missing is a little chimpanzee dancing around in front of an organ grinder. Also sick of hearing about references to his “mellotron” and how we can’t afford the licensing fees for actual music related to the artist. I mean, it’s a podcast about music! And even if you can’t afford the actual music about the artist you’re talking about how about something similar that even mildly suggests that genre? But most of all, again, is that annoying lame stupid Calliope music that sounds like an eight-year-old “composed” it on his ‘mellotron’. Why is it that so many other podcasts that really aren’t about music have actual songs? Is this guy just really cheap? Also his reverence for Ted Nugent is repulsive. That guy crapped his pants for a month just to get out of serving in the military and then claims to be a super patriot! I have to say I do like the stories, love hearing about the Darkside of celebrities. But get rid of the annoying ridiculous juvenile background music.
Jake does an awesome job of researching and telling little known stories about musicians and their co-horts. A cool twist for true crime junkies.
Very interesting and informative. Excellent listen for music fans.
I absolutely LOVE this podcast! Great story telling and very captivating!
Jake has a great voice for podcasting. I've learned so much about the dark underbelly of music and fame. I look forward to every new episode.
I love this podcast so much - every single episode has amazing storytelling and makes you want to listen to artists you hadn't even heard of before (like the reent Johnny Paycheck episode). Looking forward to more!
I love everything about this podcast. I love learning more about the stories behind the bands and musicians I was raised on. It’s very well done! I look forward to every episode. - @LinzLeech13
Disgraceland has given me so much information and entertainment. Jake Brennan tells amazing stories that I have never heard about before. I can't wait for each episode to come out and learn more interesting facts. Thanks guys for the hard work
I feel like Jake Brennen is the friend of the friend group that is coolest one, but somehow you haven’t met him yet. You go to a house party and figure out who he is, and at the end of the night you finally sit down next to him, with the group surrounding him, and you stay waaaay too late just listening to his stories of famous people you know of but have never heard their stories. Then on the way home in the car you and your friend are just blown away by the fact Bob Marley played a concert with moments old gun shots wounds.
If you love all music like I do this is the place for you! This podcast offers amazing stories of some of music’s finest. Great From punk to Rasta’s to crazy club kids with a thirst for drugs and fame. This place has it all. Even if you think you know the story, tune in you may be surprised at what you find. Keep them coming!!
The writing and speaking style, the music, the subject matter.....it’s all a slice of nostalgic, edge of your seat, sit back and take it in, cheese. Always waiting to listen to the next one.
This show is addicting and the host can tell a great story !!! The only complaint I have is the episodes are only 30 mins or so !!
If you want to roll your eyes nonstop for the length of a podcast, then by all means listen to Disgraceland. I’m embarrassed for the guy lisping his way through the ostentatiously stupid script.
I couldnt get enough of this series, and have been looking forward to the release of each episode. As a huge music fan, I find these stories incredibly interesting, eye-opening, and shocking. Jake Brennan does a great job of relaying the myths and legends of these folks. Keep up the good work!
I love everything about it. Jake has a great voice and he tells a great story. And so much material to work with, we don't have to worry about this ending any time soon.
Disgraceland is a great podcast if you love the history behind pop culture icons. The frank Sinatra episode in particular was amazing as the episode focused on the links between JFK, Sinatra and the mafia it’s an excellent exploration of things we know but only on a peripheral level. The host really digs in and offers a great look at some incredibly interesting moments in music history.
As a lover of history and music, this is one of my favorite podcasts. Give it a shot. You will not be disappointed!
Disgraceland has the best writing of any true crime podcast I’ve discovered. It’s real and factual but it also expertly invokes emotions of the musicians and the people around them. Every episode has had me strung along with chills the whole time.
Amazing writing and delivery. So glad I found you!
I only discovered the existence of Disgraceland one week ago, and I have now finished all 16 episodes they have been released up to this point.
I absolutely love this Podcast. Can't wait for new episodes to come out. It's always intertaining & you always learn something interesting . Would be very hard to pick a favorite episode. Rock On -look forward to many years of listening.
If you love true crime and music, you are in for a treat. Disgraceland is on point!
pure awesomeness love it
I read about it in an article and picked it up when the Motley Crue episode came out, before the Sinatra episode came out I had already heard them all. Amazing. At times tragic at times unbelievable it is never a dull moment.
Storytelling style is annoying and hard to listen to.
The glamour of the music business stripped away.The crimes—punished or not—of people who never have been allowed to roam free. Good quality sound. Great voice. Compelling stories.
One of the most (if not the most) well-written and compelling podcasts out there. Disgraceland is a scintillating sonic and sentimental journey. And it’s got that Bo Diddley beat.
This is my favorite podcast by far. If you haven’t listened time to binge. I wish I could write like Jake.
I'm only two episodes in, but I'm as hooked as Sid was on Nancy. The stories are, of course, always a bit lurid, tawdry, violent, and debased. But their greatness lies in the ways they reveal some of the darkest elements of human nature that would likely be found in many of us were we to be given the keys to the golden castle of fortune and fame. I look forward to listening to many more episodes.
Great! This podcast delivers interesting content told in a storytelling format in under a hour. No unnecessary banter or introduction, the hosts cuts right to the chase.
Thanks for such an entertaining show!
I am a true podcast nerd and this show is one of my all time faves. I’ve always loved a good rock bio to read but this host has amazing delivery. He makes stories I have heard a million times always seem like I’m just getting the scoop for the first time. His voice is melodic and also a great podcast to drift asleep listening to. However make sure you wake up and hit play again because you definitely want to make sure you’re not missing out on whatever slice of sonic history he’s throwing your way. Plus he’s turned me onto rock bios I never would have picked up on my own, like Motley Crue’s “The Dirt”, which I am currently devouring. Not a band I would ever consider seeing live but definitely one of the wildest Rock and Roll stories ever told and thanks to Disgraceland I was able to discover it! This is such a good show, you would be a fool to not give it a try.
Fantastic overall podcast, but a must listen for music nerds. Honestly my favorite podcast right now and I look forward to a new episode every other week.
I have enjoyed this podcast so much! I love music and crime! Great mix
Interesting stories. Well written. Great job!
A friend told me about this podcast. I don't normally listen to shows like this, but I checked out the Sex Pistols episode. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Since then I have listened to a lot more. Every episode is a mini-masterpiece in storytelling that weaves pop culture, intrigue, mystery, gore, and humor into a thrilling and entertaining treat. You have to hear at least one of these episodes in your lifetime :)
I devoured all the episodes in a week. I love the style and the fun. Keep going! I need more stuff to listen to at work!
Disgraceland is what would happen if VH1’s Behind the Music and an artistic/creative Netflix true crime documentary had a child. Each episode always leaves me wanting more. Many of these stories we may have heard before, but Jake Brennan does an amazing job of telling them in a different way that makes it seem completely new. Absolutely one of my favorite podcasts and I can’t wait for more episodes!
Jake and Disgraceland kill it ! Thanks Brotha, ROCKA ROLLA!
Love your show and your theme song especially 😊 The unsung hero...
Probably my favorite podcast right now. It’s addicting. You guys should do a Johnny Cash episode!
Very disappointed with the ending. Jake you left us hanging. There is so much more story about Frank’s life post JFK. You got us close to the end and then...
True crime + rock is a KILLER combo. Absolutely love this podcast. Oh and only half an hour. Love the consistency of cheese and zombie Elvis. Can’t wait to hear more.
Entertaining + informative. Learning stuff I never knew! And the host is so captivating
This podcast quickly jumped up into my "must listen" list. The stories are engaging and excellently paced, and the audio production is top notch. If you love music and entertaining podcasts, Disgraceland should be on your "must listen" list too.
I love this podcast, I find myself saying “wow” out loud with each little fact. I love the short and sweet episode action packed from start to finish.
All the episodes are great but the Sinatra one is amazing!
This is a good podcast. I like it. He is good at talking n stuff.
Two episodes in and hooked!
I just recently discovered this podcast. The host and the content blew my mind. Getting an glimpse inside the underbelly of the music industry is terribly interesting. I’ve recommended this podcast to everyone I know.
Easy listening for every music lover ready to be haunted by some appalling true crime.
But it’s way crazier than you think. This is my favorite music podcast. Every episode I find myself saying ‘no way,’ out loud.
My brother turned me onto this podcast last month. I’ve listened to every episode twice! I anxiously await the next episode and can’t wait to see what’s next. Thanks for your intensity and for your incredible storytelling skills! Keep up the great work!
What a superb, dishy, insightful, perfectly written and produced podcast. So happy I found it. Totally addicting. I feel a binge coming on.
Amazing writing, score and most of all, stories. As exciting to binge as S*Town, and I find myself listening to each story twice. (I may have listened to the James Brown episode three times. So far.) Immense gratitude and respect for this podcast.
Not only does he have a captivating voice but he has a poetic way of getting you wrapped up in the story. The black metal episode was very beautifully done and so are the other episodes. I love how he tells the unfiltered truth about pop culture’s favorites. I rarely leave reviews but I have to give credit where it is due. Well worth the listen.
Finally a podcast that combines two loves in my life - music and true crime. The episodes are wonderfully produced and researched. I cannot wait to hear more!
Jake Brennan is a great story teller. Every episode has been 5 stars. If you're looking for the dark side of popular music, this is the place to be.
Too bad... used to love this podcast. As a musician, learning to have the confidence to shout out your mistakes is what let’s you make goodness and great songs
This podcast is wonderfully written and beautifully executed. I have devoured every episode and have recommended it to anyone who will listen. Keep it up! I can’t wait to hear what’s next!
Very interesting and well done podcast. Jake does a great job telling a compelling story with humor and insight. Each time one finishes I can’t wait to start the next one.
Great show keeps you interested and has a good format
Unique and funny!! Hopefully you’ll do Marvin Gay one of these days!!
One of the go tos to hear the hard facts and learn something you wouldn’t believe otherwise. Well done.
I have been listening to your podcast since the beginning and have to say that it is probably my favorite by far. I love all different kinds of music and I've learned more about my favorite artists and artists that I am not that familiar with thanks to you. The John Lennon and Motley Crue episodes blew me away. I have always been fascinated with John Lennon's life and to hear it narrated by you was an amazing experience. I was also a big fan of the Crue back in the day, and appreciate the insight into one of the most notorious bands of my generation. I love this podcast and can't wait to hear about Frank Sinatra.
Disgraceland is everything I look for in a podcast. Being a criminal justice major and an audiophile, Disgraceland provides different stories of some of my favorite artists. Even the artists that I don’t really listen to I find interesting. Check this podcast out if you’re into music at all!
Disgraceland is a well written, well produce fun slice out of the true crime podcast genre.
By a great storyteller. Not a huge music fan but these episodes keep getting better. Nice work.
This podcast is the podcast that I have dreamed about since I started getting into podcasts. Jake digs into stories that many of us have heard over the years and finds the truth in the matter. If you not only live music, but the stories behind the music, this podcast is your new jam.
Love this series.. very well done.. please do an episode on Ian Curtis
This podcast is a good idea and an excellent execution of that good idea. The narration doesn't spare details; it's full of them. However, it never feels gratuitous or leaves the subjects without dignity. The narrator maintains an appropriate level of respect and awe for each of his subjects and their music, while never making excuses for or minimizing their misdeeds and victims. The sound design is impeccable, the music never gets repetitive and always enhances the pacing and tone. And in the end, it's all amazing stories, well-researched and considered, told by a great teller of stories.
The first time I listened, knowing nothing of this podcast, I thought that this guy sounds like a music guy. He sounds so passionate about the music and people he speaks of. And I also feel like I’m just sitting around with a friend who is telling me stories about stuff he’s interested in. I’m hooked!
Disgraceland quickly became one of my favorite podcasts because it puts an interesting spin on the old rock and roll tropes. Quality writing, quality production and quality subjects. Even on the shows I didn’t think I’d be interested in, I found myself riveted. Check it out if you dig music, pop culture or simply a great tale well told.
This podcast is brilliant! The writing and delivery is spot on. The music and production is pro but one of my favorite parts, which appeals to my indy-self, is how at the beginning of each episode he reveals which music he can’t afford the rights to, its relevance, and chart position at the story takes. Rock and roll!
Jake is incredible!! Each episode I head I say it is my favorite but then the next one comes out. Legit best podcast out there!!
I can’t help it, but zombie Elvis looks like Marilyn Manson😬 love the show.
I love good music, and also love to hear the stories behind it, so this dark, entertaining slice of cheese is my go too for listening on the road, or just killing time! I would definitely recommend trying an episode or two because this podcast is addictive!
Disgraceland has quickly worked its way into my top 5 podcasts. The sheer joy I experience in seeing this show appear on the ‘recently updated’ list should be *ahem* criminal. This podcast is perfect for fans who have fallen under the spell of music, true crime, a well-told story, or all three. The progression in quality as the first season ends and the second one unfolds leaves me confident in saying it’s only going to get better. Keep up the great work!
One of the best podcasts out there. True crime and music two of my favorite things. This podcast is too cool.
Well written, clever, and highly entertaining storytelling!
I am obsessed with this podcast! True rock n roll swagger and energy in a serialized form. It combines my love of music with true crime noir that makes morning commutes tolerable. Sometimes, I sit in my car just to finish an episode! It has been awesome to hear/learn of some legendary tales that either dispel or legitimize the legends/myths of many musicians! Highly recommended
Very interesting listening!
not Sick Of It (at) All.
It’s so nice having something to look forward to. It’s even better when it is as well done as Disgraceland is. Absolutely no complaints at all!!!
You’re a fine writer jake. Just love to listen to your word flow.
This podcast that I found a month ago has been really great. I listened to all of season 1 and shared my favorites with friends who also liked it. I like the fact that it goes behind scenes of artists I know, but didn’t really know. The stories that are dished out are surprising, sometimes funny, but overall entertaining. Check it out for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.
Been listening to this one from the start and have loved every episode. It's well reseached, entertaining and the host always keeps things lively and moving. It's a true and crime and music lovers dream. I was very impressed with the Sam Cook epsidoe and the recent two part John Lennon episode. Hope this show runs for a long time. Long live sex, drugs and rock & roll!
I love this Podcast and look forward to every new show. I shared with coworkers and have them hooked as well. The stories and interesting and sometimes shocking and narrated exquisitely. I highly recommend this Podcast especially if you want something away from the collective norm of what Podcasts have turned into.
I’m hooked. This has to be the best podcast on the planet! A friend of mine insisted I listen to the Jerry Lewis story; after that I listened to every one after that in a row and was amazed by how much I learned in just a short time. Jake is very good at narrating these stories. I told my dad about it who was at the Tyson fight the year PAC was shot and It has really bonded us recounting stories of the time. Can’t wait for the GG Allin one!
Came across this podcast in search of something to listen to on my drive home from working second shift. Keeps me awake, interested, and most nights left sitting in my driveway to catch the last bit of the story!
I have been waiting for a podcast about music that I could really get into. Who knew that my crime drama and music loves would come together in this way? Disgraceland is an incredible manifestation of what my ears truly needed. Jake is also a fantastic storyteller. Listen and enjoy!!
The narrator is WAAAYYYY too cheesy. He sounds like he’s trying way too hard to fit in with the bands he’s talking about. Loosen up.
If you’re a music fan, you’re gonna love this podcast! You deep dive into how INSANE the rock’n’roll/musician lifestyle really is! Can’t wait for future episodes! Thank You Jake! 🤘🏽 RockNRolla🤘🏽
Disgraceland might just be one of my favorite podcasts. Ever. Despite the nitty gritty topics covered, the excellent editing draws me into the twisted lives of popular artists and shatters any illusions of grandeur. The host doesn’t pull any punches and tells it like it is with his own flair. The glamorous world of musicians has a much darker side, and this podcast shines a light on the follies of these superstars that we place on pedestals. They’re only human too.
The narrative pacing of this show is taut and nearly unparalleled. Jake Brennan’s thoughtfully researched podcast doesn’t shy away from criticizing its subjects (like putting Sam Cooke’s behavior in the context of the #MeToo movement) or empathizing with them (like in the case of The occasionally maligned Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez; rest in power). History fans, true crime junkies, and music aficionados can all find something worth listening to in Disgraceland.
Do you like drugs? How about sex? Violence? Maybe even rock n roll? Then you’ll love this podcast! Jake’s storytelling pales in comparison to no one. He keeps you on your toes, intrigued, hungry for episode after episode. Which is how I binged the whole first season in 2 days, late to work most mornings because I couldn’t get out of my car till the end. I wish this was a book series. Or a tv show. In a word this podcast is too good. And I can’t wait for more.
If someone asked me if you were a podcast, which one would you be ? I would say disgraceland! This podcast impeccable taste in music is amazing ! This podcast doesn’t pigeonhole just one genre of music it covers Lisa Lopez to Norwegian black metal. Each episode keeps getting better!
Love your podcast!
This podcast is just freakin’ amazing.
Been listening since episode one and have been loving it ever since.
Drop the next episode already!! This podcast is too good😤
Jake is a great storyteller...and each production is full of drama with great use of music to further magnifying the story line...I have been listening to many podcasts for years ( I run a lot) and this is clearly my favorite!
I’m loving this show, but if you’re looking for all the gritty details you may be disappointed. It’s still a great place to start and the host has a chill but passionate style of storytelling. I’m also very interested in winning a poster. ;-)
this is the first podcast of its kind and i love it so much 10/5.
Promising premise. Unfortunately, by the beginning of season 2 it’s become evident that the host will play fast and loose with the facts in service of the show’s increasingly gimmicky theme. Downright slanderous characterizations of some of the subjects. And the host’s affected delivery is a bit much. Missed opportunity.
Jake Brennan delivers an awesome biography of iconic musicians in an entertaining format. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to many seasons. Thanks
I’ve been a loyal subscriber since the first episode. Love the set ups, the music and the stories. Highly recommend this podcast!
This is such a great concept and Jake has done an incredible job of weaving interesting stories of musicians, crime, the brilliance of their art, and the madness that exists in the creative mind. Above all else, I listen for the sultry tones of the melotron.
What could be better than getting the inside scoop on Rock Stars' most fascinatingly destructive moments? It's made in Boston!! Loving this podcast. Can't wait to hear about Motley Crue (my favorite band when I was 11). Rocka Rolla.
This is a neatly produced podcast. The writing is brilliant and the storytelling is on point. I love the MK samples from the mellotron at the start of each episode, hahaha. Love the other little music bits throughout as well. Jake, you got a great concept going here and I am excited to see where you take this podcast. Anyone thinking about giving this a listen is definitely thinking clearly. Been a fan since the premiere episode back in February. As a musician, I knew this would become one of my go to podcasts. Please support this man and tune in!
Disgracedland is my newest favorite podcast. It’s so good I am sharing it on my socials. I think it is so interesting because the msm seems to only highlight these tragic deaths, but don’t share the whole truth. It seems to be due to the saying, “don’t speak ill of the dead.” At least in this case the msm does that other cases they do this to skew the public’s perception. Anyway, many of these stories I had no idea even existed. So, thanks, Jake!
This podcast is amazing!!! The only negative i have is you may learn some things about your heroes that may change you opinion of them, but if you can deal will that you will love this show!!!
Yours was my first ever podcast after quitting a job and working on a garden that needed a lot of help. Needless to say I ate them up then couldn’t wait for more. I’ve had to find others to listen to but I wait for your new podcast with baited breathe. Thank you! Things I never would’ve thought about. It’s a wild ride.
I don’t think I could enjoy this podcast more. Jake is a fantastic storyteller and provides great in depth insight into the true stories that he tells. It makes my day when new episodes come out! If you like music and true crime, you will love this podcast.
Your amazing sultry voice makes each fascinating story even better. Can't wait for each episode!!! xo
A great show. After hearing one episode i went back and binged all the other episodes. Nicely recorded with great music and subject matter.
Perfect mix of true crime, pop culture, and straight rock god history. Keep em coming!!!
I can’t get enough of this podcast. From well known artists with stories I knew little about to the totally obscure like the Norwegian Black Metal Movement (possibly my favorite episode), the stories are just awesome. Such a wide variety of musical genres are touched upon too. I hope the stories keep coming!
The narrative and background music match up perfectly to deliver thrilling stories
Well crafted, researched and delivered with a dramatic flair, Jake Brennan has stuck gold and continues mining, week after week. Anticipation for the next episode begins shortly after the last has concluded. Jake shines a light on a wide range of artists, bands and cultures, opening my eyes to music I had never experienced but enjoy learning about their darker side. Please keep 'em coming Jake!
I absolutely love Disgraceland! I’ve been learning so much. I did not know I needed this podcast in my life until I began listening to it! Thank you for producing this and being amazing! I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an educational and kickass podcast!
Jake Brennan is a great storyteller. Loved season 1 and couldn't wait for season 2!
I was heading down I20 towards Atlanta, passing through Richmond Co. Augusta, Ga when the James Brown episode came on. A highway trooper hit his siren and blew by my F150. I shut my eyes for a moment and pictured Mr. Brown in ‘88. Art imitating life? RIP Soul Brother Number One. This show will make you question your view on your hero’s, then ultimately play there music louder with a deeper understanding. Rockarolla!
I recently discovered Disgraceland through an interview of Jake on another favorite podcast of mine, 100 Words or Less. Between my near obsessive desire to find out more about music history and my ever growing curiosity of the “True Crime” genre, I was hooked immediately. After racing through season 1, I’m already enjoying season 2 and can’t wait to hear what else is planned.
I love this podcast. Jake does great research and provides such intruiging stories!
Jake does an amazing job at diving into stories about our Rock n Roll heroes that we thought we knew. His storytelling is riveting and mind-blowing.
This is by far one of my favorite podcasts on here. Enjoyed every episode. Great work!
This combines two of my favorite things. Music and true crime. So cool to find out the real stories of the people you love to listen too. Keep up the great work!
Jake Brennan is an awesome podcaster. His passion is evident in every episode he records. Great topics, very engaging and informative. So glad it’s once a week now!! Keep up the great work!!
Been holding on this .. my friend you do a super tuned up job on this pod cast keep it real .. oh ya and thank you !!
Just utterly beauteous storytelling.
I never really dug “true crime” stories, whatever the medium, for reasons I couldn’t have articulated until I discovered your collection of them. I realized that the story of the crime or the depiction of the underbelly of the human soul weren’t enough to hook my attention; I already know the world to be an often dark and disappointing place, and I generally don’t relish the thought of rolling around in a tub of dark and disappointing. But when those stories are told in conjunction with tales of the artists whose music has provided the soundtrack to my life, suddenly it’s fascinating. So thank you for that. I’m also a podcast snob, so I’m particularly grateful for the stellar production values. Please keep up the good work!
This is a extremely well produced podcast. I look forward to it when it pops up on my available podcasts.
Jake Brennan tells The stories you think you know with cool cat vibes. He’s a bad, bad man. Xox
Amazing PodCast....only one mishap, James Brown was from the backwoods of South Carolina, not Georgia!!
Just found this podcast last week! So far it’s everything I wanted to know behind the lives and stories of the music industry and even stories I didn’t know I wanted to learn more about! Norwegian black metal was by far my favorite episode! Excited for season 2!
This is a fascinating and entertaining podcast that I have so enjoyed from the start. In some ways the kitsch should make me not like this but I do! Every episode I learn something interesting and I am always impressed with the way Jake tells each story like he was there. That also shouldn’t work but he is a gifted storyteller and it just works every time.
This is seriously amazing, this guy does such a thorough job at this and is just an amazing storyteller. Even if you have never heard about a particular artist it’s still wildly entertaining!
Great Podcast. Keep the info coming! Let there be rock
Great podcast. Very interesting. I would take the music off, though. It gets really distracting. Besides that it’s gravy.
Great info, delivery, etc., but I had to skip through the tired repeating of the exact same spiel about what song was #1, how it’s cheese, can’t afford it..... otherwise i listen beginning to end
This podcast is the best one I’ve come across in a while. Disgraceland gives me something to look forward to, and listen to on my drives to work. Sometimes you don’t feel like listening to the bad bad men on your playlists, and Disgraceland is a great alternative to that. Keep it up! You’re a bad bad man!
Great episode. I have a somewhat personal connection to this one. In 1988 I was in rehab in Atlanta. Also for a PCP related “adventure”. James was there for a few days with his wife. He only stayed a few days before leaving. They had breakfast with us one morning. He didn’t speak to us. His wife did stay and would dine with us pretty often. We were all adolescents so she was impressed we were trying to make a change in our lives.
Great stories on interesting subjects but man! bub kinda needs to cool it a little bit — the whole ‘world-weary / seen-it-all street-corner hep-cat’ over-exaggerated whisper-y beatnik narration gets super exhausting over time
This podcast is amazing! The topics keep me enthralled and leave me wondering how I never knew about these stories before. So excited for each new episode. Any opportunity I have to suggest someone listens, I take; and proceed to ask if they knew Van Morrison hid-out in Brookline, to avoid the NY mob back in the day (I’m from Mass and so far no one I’ve asked has been aware) you’ve got to listen!!!
This podcast is a perfect example of what is wrong with podcasts. Think of a great subject then sell some ads. Then create an over dramatic story around it with too many opinions and left leaning commentary. Also he should look into “fair use” for some music. But I think he likes talking about his mellotron (or whatever his keyboard is). Do I still listen? Yes, it’s a great subject matter.
Only complaint is the episodes are so short. Jake’s masterful half hour telling of these lesser known debacles will leave you craving more. Great new favorite!
The James episode was the best yet. Keep on going, my friend. Pat
I’m a big fan of music as well as true crime and this podcast does an absolutely amazing job of blending the two. Every episode gives me goose bumps and I am fully addicted. Keep up the great work!
This is the coolest podcast I’ve ever listened to. Jake Brennan is incredible and tells these stories perfectly. I have binge-listened to Season one in 2 days. I highly recommend this podcast!!
I like your taste in music and your voice. It's well rounded and you tell these stories without bias. I love this podcast.
Please keep it going, this is the perfect podcast. 🤟🏽
as a music lover of all genres, this podcast delves deep into the life, history and mystery of musical legends. From left eye to Black Metal Disgraceland weaves the stories with artistical creative flair. Great storytelling! fantastic-and I think I need more episodes sooner like a rolling stone with a habit. good gawd y’all listen up!!!
I'm a big music fan, so this podcast fits me well. Even if the episode is on an artist I'm not a fan of, I will still listen because it is intriguing. The Tupac and Biggie episode took a great turn, it directed the gaze of the listener away from Tupac and Biggie and onto the outside world (media) and what may have transpired. I love it.
As we’ve continued to watch and hear the disappearance of terrestrial radio personalities, it was a delight to discover Disgraceland Podcast. Jake is a brilliant storyteller who crafts such perfect harmonies of intrigue and suspense to unravel some of the greatest backstories of rock and roll. THIS is THE podcast to fall in love with time and time again with each revealing episode. Radio personality is alive and kickin’ with Jake Brennan and Disgraceland.
Very entertaining and I learn something new every episode. Thanks Jake!! 😄
Finally a podcast that is really enthralling and ingenious. I love this podcast and it’s hard for me to find new podcasts that I will keep listening to, but this one is awesome and has kept my attention. However, you don’t need my word, just listen to one episode. P.s. Can’t wait for season two!
How has this podcast not been sitting at the No. 1 spot? It’s excellent, well told and produced, and the stories are wild. 10/10
Full of insights, clever and oh so entertaining. Keep up the good work!!! Can’t wait for season 2!
I rarely write podcast reviews but I loved season one so much I had to spread the word. It’s been one of my best finds in podcast land and I’m looking forward to season two! Keep up the great work.
Just stumbled on this podcast and am really impressed. Great execution, well researched and in every episode so far (I'm through the first five) there's been something new that I hadn't heard before. Highly reccomend this for fans of true crime, celebrity, Hollywood Babylon, music, or any combination of these. Well done.
This is a great podcast. It's always entertaining, combining the wild world of modern musicians and the mystery, crime, and urban legends that comes with it. The narrator has great inflection and a real passion for the subject. I always look forward to finding the next episode in my notifications.
Because this podcast is freaking awesome!
This is one of my favorite pods to listen to on the way to the gym. I’ve learned so much crazy stuff about musicians. Thanks and I can’t wait for season 2.
I’m so picky when it comes to podcast... I’m loving Disgraceland. I look forward to the next season!!! Thank you keep up the good work!!!
Let me lead with the good: this is a great idea with an excellent title. The vocal delivery is better than most podcasts; you can have a great idea all day, but if you don’t have a raconteur’s voice, it’s going to die on the vine. The stories selected are even interesting ones. It starts to fall apart, however, when they drift off topic into personal sidebar opinions. True crime stories are best when they provide a narrative, and allow readers to draw their own conclusions. If there’s going to be sidebar commentary, it’s more interesting when it’s about breaking information that directly pertains to the case in question, or what was discovered after the fact. The Rolling Stones episode, for example, would have shined brighter if it wasn’t peppered with slut-shaming of Barbara Trudeau. Come on, man. You can’t high-five a married Mick Jagger for hitting the circuit, and then sidebar with ridiculous rumors about Justin Trudeau’s parentage. We are Trumpland; I would trade two Bushs and a Clinton for one Trudeau. And of course, when this happened, I forgot what the story was even about, since I was busy being annoyed with the narrator. I’m staying subscribed for now, and I hope that round two will be more polished.
Always fascinating and excellently produced, Jake does an amazing job with this podcast. As a lifelong music history buff I look forward to every episode. Definitely worth the time and download. Thanks Jake.
Came across this by accident and wow was I inpressed!!! Great story teller, love the background music. Its a must see for me everyweek.
Man it’s just an awesome podcast. Great story telling and it doesn’t bore me. It has a great pace and it keeps you interested throughout the entire podcast. Can’t wait for the John Lennon two parter!!! Disgraceland is definitely worth a listen.
Such a great quality production with Paul Harvey level rock-n-rolla storytelling. Very much enjoying these great accounts of our music hero’s dark and sad encounters. Hope to hear to your take on Courtney killing Kurt!
This is my new favorite podcast. Learned more about musicians I already knew about and learned a lot about musians I wouldn’t normally have. Also found some new cool tunes!! Presented in a very riveting format.
This show is brilliantly written and executed. If you listen to just one, I’m sure you’ll be hooked. That is if you don’t get scared off by the dark themes and brooding intensity... and you don’t mind being disillusioned about your musical heroes. That said, I eagerly await the upcoming two part episode on John Lennon. Paul
I love this podcast. It makes cleaning up go by a lot faster! I recommend this podcast to all my friends and siblings. I just wish they were longer!!!
Amazing stories and story telling. This podcast is for anyone that like music. There has not been one bad episode yet!
All of the most current I’ve burned through. All are excellent. From the intensely disturbing Norwegian Black Metal, the “I had no idea” Van Morrison to the particularly envious Rolling Stones; all will leave you craving your next fix.
I really enjoy all the cheese jokes
I’m a musician and useless fact enjoyer and this is an amazing podcast! Okay, maybe not amazing in the sense of curing polio or lifting a vehicle but really cool at least. The writing and production are top notch. I’m glad I found it and look forward to many more episodes.
I want to love this podcast. I am really interested in the concept, and each episode seems well researched. The narrator seems to genuinely despise the rock stars he is talking about. Even going so far in one episode to describe rock stars as “feral animals”. I can’t listen any longer, every episode feels angrier and more judgmental than the last.
The worst part of this Podcast is waiting for the next new episode!!!!
If you love seedy pop culture history and music, you will adore this podcast! They are fantastic stories about beloved heros woven in a suspenseful but nostalgic tone. I was explaining to my girlfriend this last week about the perplexing legend of James Brown when she suggested she would like to hear Disgraceland’s take on him, and he turned out to be the subject of this week’s episode! 100% on target.
Thanks for the great work! Love the podcast!!
If you like music. If you like interesting stories. If you like a narrator with an amazing voice and the skills of a cheetah when it comes to telling a story. Stop here. Listen. Subscribe and share.
Earlier this month, I made a marathon drive from Austin, TX to Des Moines, IA, on the way back home to Saint Paul. Braving the boredom of empty stretches of landscape, and hemmed in by tollways that offered little opportunity for escape, I kept my sanity and my focus thanks to this fascinating podcast. I already disdained Jerry Lee Lewis & sympathized Sid Vicious’ circumstances but these compelling backgrounds amplified those sentiments a thousand-fold. Great listening!
Disgraceland is wildly entertaining and decadently satisfying. It’s the one podcast I suggest to all my friends. And it’s the only one I’ve promoted on my own podcast...not because I got paid to do so, but because it’s that freaking good. Can’t wait for more episodes!
I want to love this podcast. I feel it is well researched and written but I listen to Podcasts either to be lulled to sleep/ or to be completely enthralled with storytelling. The narrator sounds like a robot, there is almost no flexion in his voice ever. I tried and have trouble following the way it is narrated. I guess I’m the only one.
Great podcast! Only complaint is that the episodes are a little short. Could easily listen for an hour or two.
I found this podcast via recommendation from a True Crime podcast I subscribe to & was hooked immediately! I love music & true crime ... I’m learning so much I never knew about some of my favorite musicians. My only wish is that there were more!
I am really impressed with Disgraceland! I am learning things I never knew. The only problem I have is that I’ve listened to all the podcasts! I’m eager to hear more. Keep up the good work!
You are the bomb.com
I had no idea that Jerry Lee Lewis had killed those women. I had no idea he was so violent. This podcast makes me want to know more. And why isn’t he being investigated now with advances in technology. Wad any of the evidence ever preserved
I anxiously await each new episode. It’s so, so good! Can’t wait to see what Season 2 brings!
The soundtrack and the content to this show is amazing!! Great story telling, well researched information! Well worth the subscription!
I love Disgraceland for when I have a half hour or so to kill and a craving for true crime or celeb gossip. The format is fun and I always learn something new.
Awesome podcast! If you like rock n roll, drama, learning, and zombie Elvises you will love this!
Such a great podcast! Keep it up man
Holy Moses. I can’t get enough of this podcast. Even artists I have had no interest in had me on the edge of my seat wanting to hear more. Keep it coming!
My favorite new podcast. Even the episodes about artists I have no interest in are fascinating. It’s like...the bastard offspring of VH1 Behind the Music and MST3K, with dashes of weird uncles Dennis Miller and Lewis Black thrown in. I am hooked like a Club Kid in 1994 NYC.
This is the most well written and narrated Podcast I have subscribed to. Jake has an amaing knack for storytelling and executes skillfully. The depth of detail covered in a short listen is so tough to do. Nice work brother!!!
I am subscribed to a dozen or so podcasts and I find myself really excited for Tuesday’s when these episodes are available. The host is very charismatic and enjoyable to listen to. You can tell he genuinely enjoys putting these episodes together. I really enjoy the music too! The trumpets/organ sounds are perfect. I also have said slice of cheese in daily conversation.. so there’s that. Keep up the fantastic work Jake! You got a forever fan and listener here.
Music + Pop Culture/Celebrity + True Crime = Disgraceland. I love it from the start. Jake, I love your style of story-telling. I also like that it isn't the stories we all "know" but the ones we don't know much about (or at all). For example, on the topic of Tupac: it isn't the story of the night he was shot (and died from those wound), but the lead up to it. The non-mainstream stories. Not the scandal of Jerry Lee marrying his cousin, but the death of his third wife - of which I knew nothing. Not the Hell's Angels and Rolling Stones story, but the heroin and the blind girl story. And the espisodes are the perfect lenght for a run.
Take the witt and subject manner of Last Podcast on the Left, add a dash of Astonishing Legends research and serve on the somber rocks of Jake's soothing voice and audio production. It's a barrel proof look at rock and roll icon's dirty deeds.
Love this podcast! Always an interesting and artistic way to tell tragic stories about musicians you thought you knew.
Lonely as the artist road may be, I give snaps & graciously bestow my thanks to the narrator of said pod cast.. As a music junkie and inclined artist, it is refreshing to find solace & truth in another voice. As a young girl & partial part of the Disco 2000 days, the last episode was a world wind. Limelight I may be! Yet the Sex Pistols, Motley Crue, The Stones, Hendrix, The Beatles, & everything inbetween encompass my human.. Keep it fresh, stick to the virtue & raw truth of the art my friend. I thank you.. Looking forward to next season💪🏼👊🏼👏🏼...
Love this podcast. Wish they could put more out faster. One of the only 3 podcasts I listen to religiously!!!
Disgraceland is a phenomenal podcast hosted by Jake Brennan. Jake is a great storyteller and has a cool, laid back way of telling the tales of belovedly bad celebrities who choose a path of self destruction. This is a must listen podcast. Only wish it was weekly and an hour or so instead of 25 minutes! Keep up the great work, Jake!
Surprised to find out about some of music greatest artist and how some are not so nice anyways the podcast is easy to listen to and very entertaining
When I saw last weeks episode I said to myself how many ways can u do this story justice ( that I hadn’t heard before) But then He does it again! Had me at the edge of my seat, new angle and man did I learn things I never knew! Great Job! Too bad it’s once a week:(
If you’re out of new episodes of your favorite podcasts this is worth a try, but it’s not great. I’ve listened to several episodes and leave each time disappointed. Episodes don’t cover enough and leave you wanting more because they spend most of each episode describing events around their subjects. Half-assed and poor research with lots of commercials. Seems like a good idea for a show, but not well executed.
A compelling mix of true crime and rock and roll. Love the idea, love the composition, love the stories. You won't regret trying it out.
You need to subscribe!!!! Keep it up Jake!!
This is definitely one of the best true crime podcasts! The stories are thoroughly researched and well written. The production quality is amazing! Each episode has me intrigued, entertained, and feigning for the next! Rockarolla!
His opening sets the stage. Then, he puts you there. Then you want to be there. The side stories make you smarter than the next. It has it all.
Incredible podcast with amazing writing chronicling great music, real crimes and the stories behind them. The Norwegian Death Metal episode is particularly chilling, but the way Jake Brennan weaves his stories makes all the episodes fascinating. Best podcast of 2018 by far.
This podcast is amazing! I started off listening to the episodes with artists that I’d heard of but ended up binging every episode. The stories are really well researched and give lots of ideas for future independent investigation. Can’t wait to hear more!!!!!
I love this podcast! Details stories I had no idea happened. I love all of your rock and roll references having to do with the story you're telling. Your sense of humor has me LOL'ing quite often. BInging you today and I've only got 5 epidodes left. :( You've got a forever fan in me!
Among the best podcasts I’ve heard. Outstanding in every respect. Factual, well written, entertaining, haunting and alarming. Cannot recommend enough.
The content you come up with is amazing. There are even more twist and turns in your music research than I ever knew existed. Your stories have become conversation pieces with my co-workers, friends, and family. I highly suggested this podcast to many and now it has become a staple in many of our lives .
DISGRACELAND...Where do I start? So I started listening to this Podcast after hearing about it during a Serial Killers episode. I like music and I love to learn about killers. This podcast so far has brought me the best of both worlds. Learned new things about artists I love such as Tupac and Biggie, or Bob Marley. Also, learned about artists I haven’t really been exposed to such as Jerry Lee, or Sam Cooke. If you like learning about the evil or DISGRACEFUL things your favorite/ popular artists have done, then this is definitely the place to be.
This is an easy to listen to true crime podcast that is done in a timely manner. I was told by a friend about it and after a couple episodes I’m looking forward to this series.
podcast seems mostly like a money making scheme for adverts and patreon. the material for each show is barely researched as reflected in the 20 minute run times. also the music is awful.
I cannot remember where I put my keys last night when I got home from work. However, I can tell you the tragic story of how the classic deep track “Smoke on the Water” by the great Deep Purple came to be a song. Or how the Peter, Paul and Mary landed the ultimate gig... playing at the historic March on Washington in 1963. If Google didn’t save my passwords, I’d never get into any of my accounts, but I can tell you the story of how Stevie Ray Vaughan almost became a Spider from Mars before a Texas Flood washed that opportunity away... thankfully. So if you’re at all like me, have a lust for rockstar stories and an infatuation with modern music history, this podcast satisfies and abides by the Door Mouse’s command: “Feed Your Head.” Thanks guys!
I listen to lots of podcasts but usually pick my favorite episodes from the show. First Disgraceland episode I listened to was the one about Norwegian Death Metal and I immediatly starting digging all the other ones. Season 1 is pretty much over and what a show! So good! Waiting for S2. Greetings from Brazil, Jake! Couldn’t recommend more!
This is without a doubt one of the most engaging podcasts I’ve ever heard. Jake Brennan’s cadence, rhythm, writing, and research—with just the right dash of personal perspective thrown in at the end—would render even a mundane subject imminently listenable. In the rich field of the giant, self-destructive, sometimes pitiable and sometimes redemptive personalities of musicians, it is as engrossing a podcast as I’ve come across. It is a must listen. I can’t wait for Tuesdays to come now. Amazing.
I have been listening to podcasts for over 5 years and have heard the good, the bad and the ugly. Disgraceland is brilliant from the opening to the end. Everyone knows about certain rock and roll debaucheries (Rolling Stones, I'm looking at you) but others (Bob Marley!) are brilliant and revealing. The only thing I ask is that a zombie Elvis t-shirt to be designed!
This podcast is perfect as someone who loves music and true crime. The narrator is wonderful and the stories are compelling. Hands down, a perfect podcast. Thank you for making and I can't wait to hear more!
I can’t get enough of this. Jake has an ability to pull me into these podcasts. Such an amazing story teller.
I’m writing this review from an app on my iPhone 3 called “Podcast Reviews mk2”. I should be writing it on an iPhone X. And why would I be writing it on an iPhone X, because that’s the most popular platform to listen to Disgraceland on June 14th, 2018. Great podcast!
I rarely if ever write reviews, however, I can’t sleep tonight so here I go. I really dig listening to Disgracedland. I mean, really dig with a big shovel dig, u dig? I love the format, the set up and also the length of the episodes. Your show gives me two things I really enjoy: musicians and when musicians behave badly. This is without a doubt my favorite pod cast and yes I am telling my friends about how great it is. Keep up the good work, you’ve got something great here, D
I learned about this podcast thru the Serial Killers podcast, and I have not been disappointed. My only wish was that they were longer. I’ve listened to every single one of them already and want MORE!!!! Keep it up
The sound and production quality of this podcast is surprisingly good but there needs to be a lot more work put into research, seems like the host repeats the most outlandish theories as if they are facts. Also the impressions need to stop, either hire an actor or cut it out. Listening to the host doing tupac impressions made me want to throw my phone out of the window.
I love the up beat and in-depth coverage of people we all know and sometimes love.
Disgraceland is diabolical. The info, storytelling and whole concept of the show is innovative and new. Nothing out there compares!
I love this podcast. The info he shares about our favorite musicians is mind blowing to say the least. It's fascinating, and is the PERFECT length for my drive home and keeps my attention the entire time. This is great... I want more.
This is my new favorite podcast. True crime meets your favorite artists, these are the stories I never heard and after listening to each podcast I had to google for more. The storytelling, musical score and Jake's voice are the perfect ingredients for a great listen. I can't wait to hear more!
Rock on, Jake! I Dig this podcast, I learn so many interesting things about so many interesting people, all while being totally enrapt listening at work. Keep up the gnarly work!!
Update: It’s growing kind of stale. The host had a low effort tone that starts to wear after a few episodes. The opening routine is weird with the host always pointing out that the song he play at the beginning of the show isn’t from the artist, but rather from his his insert-name-of-musical-equipment. Seems like a weird plea for money. Original review: There is a sea of true crime podcasts that has risen since Serial became the huge sensation it was. Most of them—even most of the big names—are not worth your time. Disgraceland is a rare exception and deserves a spot in your podcast feed.
The podcast is fire! No telling how many hours he pours into episodes, but every single one gives you a nugget about something you never knew. Keep crushing it!
I LOVE this podcast! Jake’s narration, the concept, the production, the stories...so good, guys! Rocka Rolla! 😎🤘
From the jump this podcast became one of my top favorites!! I rarely leave reviews. But anyone who is a music or true crime/ dirty scandal fan needs to know about this show! It is clearly researched very well! I thought I knew most of these stories inside and out. Turns out that is a great big nope. The writing is near perfect and the host has a way of presenting the material that has you instantly invested and wanting pull up a seat. I could listen to this dudes stories all night.
Awesome podcast, love this true crime, music, history genre!
I’m a little bit of an “old beater” but I love this podcast! The stories are fascinating and every one has put a new spin on stories I thought I knew.
Started out good. the first couple of episodes were informative and savage. After a few more episodes I realized this dudes schtik. If he likes your music you get a pass or even a sainthood. TuPac is involved in killing a kid, shoot two cops, attempted rape and yet this dude portays him as a persecuted genius. Taqy-K 47 kills an innocent dude and goes on the run and raps his way to this guys heart. Sorry for any spoilers
Disgraceland is a very informative and entertaining podcast. I’m happy that now I can expect a new episode weekly! Keep it coming and thanks !!✌🏼
Amazing stories of some of the most interesting and controversial musicians in history. Jake’s story telling and commentary on these subjects make each episode a must listen.
I truly have a reminder in my calendar that dings me when a new episode is set to release so I don't miss an episode. I've learned new info about stuff I've heard about as well as stuff I had no idea happened and it has been fascinating. Such a cool idea for a podcast. Keep up the great work, looking forward to hearing more!
I’m learning things I have not ever heard. The podcast has a lot of information. I love the way you tell the stories of the artists.
The way that you related nwa to tay k was ham fisted and lazy. Outside of being black they have almost nothing in common. You insert your opinion in every episode and it’s clear that your interest in black culture is based in novelty. On top of that, in the mayhem episode you insert your opinion on prison sentences not being long enough. I encourage you to look at the crime rates in Scandinavian countries and their rehabilitation systems within the prison systems and compare them to the US.
While I listen to dozens of podcasts, I can count on one hand how many I’ve reviewed. It doesn’t matter what music you listen to, anyone familiar with pop culture will enjoy Disgraceland. It’s well-done and gives you a better idea of the creative’s eternal (and all too often tragic) struggle. It’s worth a listen regardless of the music you listen to. 👍😎
I’m just a dude, who doesn’t know much about anything except one thing and that is music and like many of y’all it is and always has been my religion of sorts. After listening to this podcast it feels like the veil has been lifted a little and I am now in a world just slightly beyond those who are part of the same beliefs. Keep up the good work.....and feel free to go a little deeper w the details.......
Interesting if not breathtaking in-depth reporting about well-known performers and celebrities who come to auspicious ends.
I’m an avid podcast listener, and also a musician. I have never written a review of a podcast, but Disgraceland is so good I had to say a few words. Certainly the topics are ones I find interesting being a music fan, but the story telling is done so well that even if I am familiar with the story (Jerry Lee, Sid Vicious, Rolling Stones) I’m always drawn in to listen. I look forward to many more episodes—maybe some on Vince Neil/Razzle car wreck, Gene Vincent/Eddie Cochran car wreck, murder of Joe Cole/assault of Henry Rollins . . . ? So many stories to tell. I’m wondering if the Scientologists started stalking Jake Brennon and that’s why we never heard the Beck episode?? And Jake—I’m a woman with the Ramones logo tattooed across my back. Any Ramones episodes will be much appreciated. ❤️
Can’t get enough of this podcast. I’ve listened to every episode at least twice. If you love music history and know there’s always two sides to a story—this podcast is for you!
Disgraceland brings together two things I love: music and true crime. I was told to listen to it by a couple of people and it has not disappointed. It’s scripted which helps unfold intriguing, captivating, and sometimes horrifying stories. Highly recommend.
Love that they jam so much interesting information into about a half an hour. Great way to pass the time at work.
I’m a big fan of this podcast. So much so that the biggest drawback is that it’s only bi-weekly. The quality belies the reasoning however, as every episode so far seems thoroughly researched, thought out, well written and scored, featuring little musical vignettes written by the host and his collaborators. While you’re at it check out the hosts own musical works Bodega Girls and Cast Iron Hike which I’m also a humongous fan of. Thanks Jake for a great string of work.
I love this podcast: well written and well produced told in a matter of fact style. Love it.
This is phenomenal. Kind of wish the episodes were a bit longer. And hopefully your sponsors will pony up enough dough to get you enough cash to license the “cheese”!
Hard to believe that, in 2018, someone has managed to devote a whole podcast to sexist rock n roll mythology and continues to celebrate mostly male artists and their bad behavior.
Came across Disgraceland as I dug my way out of a pod-hole to be hooked instantly binging episode after episode as I fight the rage on my daily commute. Love your voice! Love your style! Love your show! Can’t wait for MORE!