The Devil's Music with Pleasant Gehman

Rock ‘n’roll and the occult have gone hand-in-hand ever since it was rumored that Robert Johnson sold his soul to The Devil. Hollywood iconand rock’n’roll witch Pleasant Gehman takes you to the dark depths where music and heathen hedonism meet the occult. No-hold-barred conversations with famous (and infamous) guests include stories that seem too wild to be true...until you realize there’s no way they could be made up. From backstage and touring debauchery to tarot, synchronicityand sex magick to wild paranormal experiences, this show will bring your demons out to play. Hop into the hot rod baby, we’re on a High way To Hell. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Music Interviews
Performing Arts
The Devil's Music 44: Jackie Beat
In this episode, Jackie and hostess Pleasant Gehman dish about everything from stage makeup tips to pronoun usage, the 1980’s punk rock and drag crossover world, the Tranimal phenomenon, John Waters, Divine and RuPaul. Like almost every touring performer, Jackie’s had paranormal experiences in theaters, and they discuss that.
86 min
The Devil's Music 43: Abby Travis
In this episode, they discuss some of the many days and nights of debauchery they shared from the Hollywood punk scene in early 1980’s and onwards. Among other topics: anecdotes about Redd Kross, Russ Meyers and drag queen dive bars, insane stories from spending Elvis Week 1999 in Memphis with El Vez, The Mexican Elvis; drug-soaked nights on tour with The Butthole Surfers, and Abby’s performances with Spinal Tap... yes indeed, you read that correctly
67 min
The Devil's Music 42: Bruce Moreland
Punk rock legend and rock’n’roll icon, Bruce Moreland had a huge hand in shaping early punk in Los Angeles as well as influencing international alternative music. A pioneer of punk and death rock -later known as goth- he was an integral part of Wall Of Voodoo, The Weirdos, The Skulls, Nervous Gender and Concrete Blonde during the 1970’s to 1990’s before forming his own band Ravens Moreland.
67 min
The Devil's Music 41: Adele Bertei
In this episode, they exchange anecdotes about Manhattan’s pre-gentrified Lower East Side, including CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, Studio 54, Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Sid Vicious and Heroin They discuss everything from drag queen culture tothe new music she’s recording, Berthold Brecht, and of course, witchcraft.
65 min
The Devil's Music 40: Jeff Drake
In this episode, hostess Pleasant Gehman and Jeff talk about wild parties and gigs in 1980’s Hollywood, being stranded in Amish Country while on tour and the lesbian drug lord couple who contributed to his downfall.
65 min
The Devil's Music 39: Liz Worth
” In this episode, Liz and hostess Pleasant Gehman discuss their similar life trajectories, ‘70’s and ‘80’s punk, psychic phenomena, the oddest readings they’ve both done and Liz’s forthcoming vampire novel “His Name Is Matter”. Bonus: why “Disgusteen” by Teenage Head is one of the best rock’n’roll anthems you may never have heard.
68 min
The Devil's Music 38: Ace Von Johnson
In this episode, Ace and hostess Pleasant Gehman talk about everything from old school ‘70’s punk to 80’s hair metal, plus the debauched shenanigans that went down when he toured with Faster Pussycat. They riff on low budget horror films, Ed Wood, Vampira, the unsettling ghost sightings Ace has had, and among other things, why The Damned’s Dave Vanian is the sexiest man on earth.
81 min
The Devil's Music 37: Chip Kinman
In this episode, Chip and longtime pal hostess Pleasant Gehman swap anecdotes about the mid-to-late ‘70’s scene in LA and San Francisco, and share wild touring stories. Among many other things, Chip recounts a long-ago night of passion with a famous female musician and reveals his latest solo recording project.
59 min
The Devil's Music 36: Jane Wiedlin
In this episode, Jane and lifelong bestie hostess Pleasant Gehman chat about everything from the late 1970’s punk scene to the early 1980’s rockabilly craze to 1990’s and early 2000’s debauchery Los Angeles style. In addition, they spill the beans on the three feature films they’ve been in together, including the noir women-in-prison film “Stuck” and The Go-Go’s documentary. Also; Jane’s Hawaiian farm and her army of crazy pigmy barnyard animals, kooky touring stories and much more.
65 min
The Devil's Music 35: Arrow De Wilde
In this episode, Arrow and hostess Pleasant Gehman talk about Starcrawler’s most insane road stories-including audience members who had to be rushed to the hospital and backstage ghost encounters and achieving altered states on stage. They get into what it was like working with Danny Trejo and David Hasselhoff on set for DC Comics “Dark Nights: Death Metal”, the gentrification of Los Angeles, and Starcrawler’s up-coming tour.
77 min
The Devil's Music 34: Judika Illes
In this episode, Judika and hostess Pleasant Gehman discuss everything from mummy embalming in ancient Egypt, past lives to Studio 54 and the early punk scene at CBGB. They also get into using music to enhance rituals, synchroncity and Judika’s brand new Harper Collins book “Daily Magic”
72 min
The Devil's Music 33: Amanda Diebert
In this episode, Amanda and hostess Pleasant Gehman swap stories from the horror film they worked on together, discuss comics galore, Amanda’s Southern Pentecostal upbringing, poltergiests, Ouija boards and what happens when you suspect the remote rural cottage you’ve booked is actually a murder house.
61 min
The Devil's Music 32: Javier Escovedo
In this episode, Javier and longtime friend, hostess Pleasant Gehman discuss the early days of late 70’s California punk, the Zeros’ totally wild first gigs, Javier’s encounters with the likes of Carlos Santana and Sly Stone-plus the up-coming Zeros film documentary “Beat Your Heart Out” and much more.
63 min
The Devil's Music 31: Alice Bag
Alice and hostess Pleasant Gehman share over forty years of history and friendship. In this episode, they chat about the late 70’s Hollywood punk underground, The Bags’ first gig at The Masque, the time The Bags paid a visit to a police station, and living at the infamous Canturbury Arms apartments.
84 min
The Devil's Music 30: Marci Darling
Marci Darling is a writer, dancer and magic maker...
74 min
The Devil's Music 29: Howard Paar
n this episode, hostess Pleasant Gehman and Howard swap anecdotes about those crazy times in London and LA featuring Lydia Lunch, The Specials, Los Lobos, The Untouchables and shopping for X-rated reggae bootlegs with Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Howard is also an author; they discuss his books, the novel “Once Upon A Time In LA” and his newly-published “Top Rankin’: A Punk/Ska Noir Novel” set in 1980’s Los Angeles.
56 min
The Devil's Music 28: The Wild Women of Backsta...
In this episode, hostess Pleasant Gehman chats with her long time pals from Backstage Pass Genevieve Schor (aka Genny Body) Spock and Marina. The stories are uproarious tales of love, teenage lust, intercontinental trysts, debauchery on The Sunset Strip and LA’s first underground punk club The Masque. The Hot Girl Mayhem stars the likes of The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Screamers, Sex Pistols, Richie Blackmore, Doctor Feelgood, Nick Lowe...and way too many more to mention.
73 min
The Devil's Music 27: Miss Guy
In this episode, Miss Guy and hostess Pleasant Gehman talk about New York City in the 90’s: wild times and the notorious club/party Squeeze Box; his wildest tour stories, spirit communication in dreams. They dish on Angela Bowie, Jayne County and iconic rock photographer Leee Black Childers...and about spooky hookups a la “The Blair Witch Project” in the middle of a forest.
76 min
The Devil's Music 26: Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee ...
Pee-wee Herman has been a household name for decades, but the man behind the iconic tv series Pee-wee’s Playhouse and spin-off movies is even more fascinating.
93 min
The Devil's Music 25: Fayette Hauser Part 2
In this episode, hostess Pleasant Gehman swap anecdotes about the CBGB in the mid-1970’s, where Blondie and The Ramones both opened for Fayette’s underground drag theater. They discuss the early days of punk rock pioneering on The Bowery, living at the Screamers’ extremely haunted “Wilton Hilton” and their incredible live shows, plus Dangerhouse Records, Black Randy, The Germs, and Francisco sensations The Avengers...not to mention what it was like dating Dee Dee Ramone
69 min
The Devil's Music 24: Fayette Hauser Part 1
In this episode, hostess Pleasant Gehman and Fayette chat about her Manhattan beatnik days and her free-spirit communal lifestyle in the The Cockettes House in Haight-Ashbury. where everyone studied the magic of Aleister Crowley, and each day started with a “dope run” before turning into an extravaganza of costume and prop making and wild, improvised group performances.
66 min
The Devil's Music 23: Theresa Kereakes
In this episode, lifelong friends Theresa and hostess Pleasant Gehman swap anecdotes from the late 1970’s punk scene in Los Angeles, where they founded the Xeroxed fanzine “Lobotomy” which covered local their friend’s band, such as The Germs, The Bags, X, The Dickies and everal others before they became well known
66 min
The Devil's Music 22: Jennifer Finch of L7
In this episode, Jennifer and hostess Pleasant Gehman recall the Los Angeles indie scene in the late ‘80’s and early 90s, dishing on Courtney Love, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Religion, Mad Society and the legendary LA club The Starwood.
81 min
The Devil's Music 21: James Divine
James and hostess Pleasant Gehman literally “talk to the hand”. James teaches listeners basics for reading their own palms before analyzing the hands of celebrities, from David Bowie, movie stars and popular reality show personalities, and doing a palm reading for Pleasant.
82 min
The Devil's Music 20: Peter Bebergal
In this episode, Peter and hostess Pleasant Gehman discuss everything from vinyl records with backwards masking to vintage horror movies and the use of psychedelics and various other intoxicants to expand the human mind. There are tales of the occult involving Ozzy Osborn, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and their connection to Aleister Crowley, Jello Biafra plus Peter’s own story about calling 911 on himself in the midst of a bad acid trip.
72 min
The Devil's Music 19: Ian Harvie
In this episode, Ian and hostess Pleasant Gehman chat about serial killer Richard Ramirez, ‘80’s hair metal, and touring together in Margaret Cho’s burlesque and comedy show,
60 min
The Devil's Music 18: Iris Berry
In this episode, Iris and Pleasant reminisce about the crazy times they’ve had together in four decades of friendship as feral girls in the 1980’s LA rock’n’roll scene, bartending at illegal after hours speakeasies, forming their band The Ringling Sisters, and among many other things...wild adventures with sex toys.
64 min
The Devil's Music 17: Chanty & Lynx of Muses Po...
In this episode, the gals chat with hostess Pleasant Gehman about losing their virginity, and manifesting backstage dreams, cemeteries and paranormal groupie stories, including having sex in haunted hotel rooms.
54 min
The Devil's Music 16: Kid Congo Powers
Kid and hostess Pleasant Gehman share four and a half decades of friendship, and were also roomies at three different punk houses in Los Angeles and New York during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
66 min
The Devil's Music 15: Roz Drezfalez
Roz and hostess Pleasant Gehman chat about paranormal investigations, Ouija Boards, spirit communication, telekinesis and celebrity ghost sightings.
83 min
The Devil's Music 14: Terry Graham
Terry and hostess Pleasant Gehman share insane anecdotes about everyone from Jeffry Lee Pierce to The Screamers, The Plungers, The Masque and Kim Fowley to The Bags opening for Iggy.
73 min
The Devil's Music 13: Gabriela Herstick
In this episode, Gaby and hostess Pleasant Gehman get all witchy discussing telekinesis, clairsentience, Samhain, Halloween and Dia De Los Muertes.
59 min
The Devil's Music 12: Karie Bible
Karie and hostess Pleasant Gehman discuss the stars buried at Hollywood Forever and Closeup, the black cat who follows along on Karie’s tours.
64 min
The Devil's Music 11: Madame Pamita
Madame Pamita and hostess Pleasant Gehman dish on everything from the Los Angeles music scene in the 1980’s to taking LSD in graveyards to Eastern European Slavic magick...from concerts by The Damned going very wrong.
70 min
The Devil's Music 10: John Doe
John Doe is a living rock’n’roll legend. Along with co-founding X, the driving force of the early LA punk scene, he’s had an incredible solo career as a musician and actor.
77 min
The Devil's Music 09: Dana Gould
Dana and hostess Pleasant Gehman passionately explore a variety of topics, including-but not limited to-ventriloquism, clowns and puppets; old school punk rock and Charles Manson,
65 min
The Devil's Music 08: Selene Luna
Selene and hostess Pleasant Gehman swap debauched tales of their globe-trotting showgirl life
71 min
The Devil's Music 07: Rob Zabrecky
Rob Zabrecky is a world famous magician; he’s also an actor, author, musician and songwriter. Hostess Pleasant Gehman and former Possum Dixon front man Rob discuss thirty years of shared experiences, including the rowdy experimental late 80’s-early 90’s underground “Silverlake Scene” in Los Angeles.
65 min
The Devil's Music 06: Theresa Reed
Theresa Reed is a tarot expert, astrologer and author of three books. Theresa and hostess Pleasant Gehman chat about 80’s-90’s, rock’n’roll and clubbing, divination, Bowie, and the pandemic.
66 min
The Devil's Music 05: Steve Balderson
Award winning filmmaker, screenwriter and author Steve Balderson has directed everyone from Academy Award nominee Karen Black and John Waters superstar Mink Stole to rock stars Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and Mike Patton.
74 min
The Devil's Music 04: Kristen Sollée
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive.
65 min
The Devil's Music 03: Dave Catching
Guitarist extraordinaire Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal, The Mojave Lords, Queens Of The Stone Age etc.) and hostess Pleasant Gehman share psychotic stories from their thirty-plus years of friendship.
67 min
The Devil's Music 02: Margaret Cho
Multi-talented pop culture icon Margaret Cho and hostess Pleasant Gehman dish the dirt on everything from The Cramps and Lydia Lunch, weird cults, going on tour together and performing in haunted theaters, and…fantasies involving having sex in a time machine.
76 min
The Devil's Music 01: Belinda Carlisle
Lifelong besties Belinda Carlisle and hostess Pleasant Gehman have a no-holds-barred conversation about the 1970’s LA punk scene, the early days of The Go-Go’s and their life as roommates in Hollywood’s most notorious rock’n’roll crash pad Disgraceland.
69 min