Music

The Toth Zone chronicles musician James Toth’s all-consuming obsession with music while growing up in pre-9/11 New York City, and all the trouble it caused him along the way. It’s a little like A Christmas Story, but with headbangers, hoodlums, and hip-hop.

“…something like David Sedaris by way of Iggy Pop.”
- Elizabeth Nelson, Lawyers, Guns & Money blog

Episodes

September 22, 2020

Episode 1: Introduction

Welcome to The Toth Zone, a podcast about how an obsession with music gave me a reason to live...and also wrecked my life!

Every memorable episode of my life is connected in some way to music. How did this happen?

 

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September 22, 2020

Episode 2: Looking For Clues

Following the breadcrumb trail; the OTHER New York City; first concert and first records; the search for Sucker MCs.

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September 22, 2020

Episode 3: Ground Zero Brooklyn

Genesis of a mania -music freak ground zero; my very first band and our one and only concert featuring my sister, the four-year old “slut”; some valuable early lessons in showbiz.

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Uncle Cut Above; betrayed by baseball (and Kiss); the suburban basement as music laboratory.

 

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September 29, 2020

Episode 5: Me and The Boo

How my disabled sister helped me discover my musical voice...sorta.

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How my late cousin, Peter Steele of Type O Negative, taught me that life need not be a series of compromises, concessions, and fading passions.

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October 6, 2020

Episode 7: Do The Dream

How heavy metal made me want to be smart...and the corniest thing I have ever said to another person to get them to join my band.

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October 13, 2020

Episode 8: Music Assholes

Record store jerks, record store humiliations, record store lessons.

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Action-packed episode about metal, mischief, and mayhem. Plus: explosions, drugs, and the world premier of The Skumbags! 

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Guidos, mischief, crying over death metal...

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