Exclusive Interview: Michael Rosenbaum Talks Left on Laurel: New Album, Touring, Musical Inspirations and More!
With the exciting release of Left on Laurel‘s album Saved by the Ground today, we have a new interview with Michael Rosenbaum to bring to you! Left on Laurel, which consists of Michael Rosenbaum, Tom Lally, Rob Danson, Carl McDowell and Kent Irwin, describe themselves as having music that has “Beach rock/Americana/California vibes.” They’re ready to rock with their new album full of melodic, catchy tunes.
We asked Michael about the new album, touring, and working with producer Jason Manns … as well as asking him about his favorite dad joke. Read the interview with Michael below!
Nerds and Beyond: Let’s talk about the new album, Saved by the Ground which will be released on October 4. Where will we be able to buy it?
Michael Rosenbaum: You can order it now on iTunes. Available on all platforms October 4, with 10 songs on the debut album. This is all very exciting. Most of us in the group have never really recorded music before so it’s been a challenging and an incredibly fulfilling process. We are also doing a limited release on Vinyl. [check out the merch store here.] I think we want to do a hundred numbered albums autographed. We will see. But follow us online for more details. @leftonlaurel. And we’re all on the social. I think you sort of have to be, no?
Nerds and Beyond: How did you and Tom, Carl, Rob and Kent meet?
Rosenbaum: Tom and I grew up a few houses away from each other in the small town of Newburgh, Indiana. He was popular. I wasn’t. But we became close, mostly after high school. I’ve known him thirty-five years and we roomed together all through college. Kent and I met twenty years ago through our friend Jay Ferguson (Mad Men). Jay and I did a failed pilot together. Pete Segal (Tommy Boy) directed it. He promised to put me in a movie if I did the role. I still haven’t heard from him. 🙂 Anyway, Kent, Jay and I used play Bond on Nintendo at my house with Leonardo DiCaprio. Yeah. I just name dropped. Had to make this article more interesting. Carl and I met playing flag football. I was playing with some friends, he wandered over and we’ve been tiggity tight ever since. Danson was dating a girl who used to hang out with a group of us. He was a talented musician and such a nice guy that I was drawn to him. He eventually scored three projects I worked on. Ghild, a short that we created that went to some festivals; Fade Into You, a horror short I directed; and Back in the Day, a feature I directed and starred in with Morena Baccarin and Nick Swardson.
Nerds and Beyond: What fan-favorite songs will appear on the album?
Rosenbaum: Well, most folks haven’t heard of us but we are hoping we get a few more after the album is released. I think “Beautiful Mess”, “Let’s go for a Ride” and “My Everything” are really solid tunes, but I’m proud of the entire album.
They boys and I put a lot of heart into this. We aren’t making any money from this whole process but with the help of fans and doing Stage-its (live acoustic shows) we’ve been able to maybe break even on paying for the album.
Nerds and Beyond: What was it like working with Jason Manns?
Rosenbaum: The most chill, down to earth, talented and best looking dude I know. Haha. He’s a mensch. Such a consummate professional and so patient with us. We were all nervous and still are about playing, but Jason has a way of calming us and making us feel like we are here for a reason. He also really believes in us and actually loves our music. He’s a fan and that’s just an amazing feeling. I love him and owe him a lot. This was just a bucket list sort of thing and now it’s become a little more than that.
Nerds and Beyond: Who are your musical inspirations?
Rosenbaum: I love Chicago, The Eagles, The Wallflowers, Yacht Rock and pretty much everything in the 70s and 80s. Even a touch of the 90s. Like Gin Blossums shit. Kent loves Phish and jam band stuff. Carl loves him some Pearl Jam and The Doors. Lally loves the 70s and 80s as well and Danson loves Nick Cave, the Pixies and a bunch of other stuff I’ve never heard of. I mean I like everything these guys like except the jam band stuff. I always kid around with them that to be a jam band, they actually have to know what chords the other guys in the band are playing. But Phish is unreal. No denying that. I just can’t see them 100 times.
Nerds and Beyond: What has been your favorite venue to perform at/what is your dream venue?
Rosenbaum: Again, it’s all very new to us. I loved the Troubadour. That was our first show. Can you freaking believe it? It’s just so legendary. We couldn’t believe we were actually playing there. Do you know who played there? Elton, The Eagles, Rondstadt, Carol King, James Taylor, etc, etc, etc. Also touring in Germany has been life changing. This will be our third year in a row there and we’ve actually become friends with a lot of our fans. I think that’s just the style of the band and maybe part of the reason folks are liking us. For the most part, we’re just a few dudes having fun and making the music we love and I think that can be a little contagious.
Nerds and Beyond: What was the best/most challenging part of recording?
Rosenbaum: Everyone has an opinion and an ego. And sometimes it’s not fun and very stressful. But we manage to come together in the end. Put it this way… I’ve never raised my voice with Kent, our drummer, in the twenty years I’ve known him. Not once. But when we starting working together in the band… I definitely lost my shit a hand full of times. But we always work it out. Right away. That’s what’s amazing. I do love the guy.
Nerds and Beyond: Any plans for a tour?
Rosenbaum: If the album is received well and we feel that people really want to hear us and come out to see us play, I will certainly consider it. And If Danson can get out of work.
Nerds and Beyond: As a fun conclusion, what is your favorite dad joke?
Rosenbaum: What did one ocean say to the other ocean? Nothing, he just waved. I mean … you wanted a dad joke.
Make sure to check out Left on Laurel’s album Saved by the Ground which is out now! They also have some exciting merch like vinyl, shirts, hats and more that you can see here. You can listen to the album on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.
(Special thanks to our previous staff member, Finn!)
It’s official: Michael Rosenbaum won’t be joining fellow Smallville co-stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance in this year’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover. The actor broke the unfortunate news himself via Twitter on Tuesday, explaining that he was made an offer he absolutely could — and did — refuse.
“Friends, many of you have tweeted and asked me about joining the Infinite crossover,” he tweeted. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I’ll just be straight up about this. WB called my agents Friday afternoon when I was in Florida visiting my grandfather in a nursing home. Their offer: No script. No idea what I’m doing. No idea when I’m shooting. Basically no money. And the real kick in the ass: ‘We have to know now.’ My simple answer was ‘Pass.’ I think you can understand why. I hope this answers all of your questions.”
This year’s massive crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” will be a five-part event divided between Supergirl (Dec. 8 at 8 pm), Batwoman (Dec. 9 at 8 pm), The Flash (Dec. 10 at 8 pm), Arrow (Jan. 14 at 8 pm) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Jan. 14 at 9 pm). Characters from The CW’s Black Lightning — which was not previously considered part of the Arrowverse — will also show up.
The event will feature previously announced appearances from a slew of beloved DC actors, including Kevin Conroy, the longtime voice of the animated Batman; Burt Ward, who portrayed Robin on the classic Batman TV series; and, of course, Smallville‘s Welling and Durance, who portrayed Clark Kent and Lois Lane, respectively.
Left on Laurel’s first album is available for pre-order now on Itunes I am so excited!! They will also be bringing out merch like T shirts, vinyl and hats so keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram for more information.
The track list is:
- Let’s Go for a Ride
- The 10
- Right Side of the Canyon
- Lost (With Your Eyes Open)
- Beautiful Mess
- Desperate Side of Town
- Little Boy
I have not been able to find it in the UK Itunes as yet but when I do I will post a link
This is so exciting I just love seeing the positive people coming into Michael’s life! Its lovely to see how much he has grown and developed as a person since opening up on Inside of you podcast. I am so proud of Michael and I am so so excited to see him teaming up with Chris Sullivan and making a brand new Podcast called In love… with Michael Rosenbaum and Chris Sullivan.
I listened to the first episode yesterday and loved it, it was open and honest and so warm to listen to! I feel like Chris brings out a softer side of Michael and I love seeing him get more positive and grateful. This is a heart warming, amusing, sweet podcast go listen, subscribe and review.
You can find this podcast on all the usual places you listen to podcasts but I have a link now in the sidebar to the podcast on iTunes. They also have a Facebook, an Instagram and a twitter so go and support them in all the places.
Having debuted in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, now it is being claimed that Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rosenbaum will be back for a Guardians 3000 Ravagers series for Disney Plus.
The rumor comes from TVO from the Lords of the Long Box YouTube channelwho offers plans are underway for Sylvester Stallone to return as Stakar Ogord, Michael Rosenbaum to reprise as Martinex, and Michelle Yeoh to play Aleta for the Disney Plus Guardians 3000 series, with Ving Rhames having played Charlie-27, and Miley Cyrus having provided the voice of Mainframe in the film.
As seen in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the characters are Ravagers along with Michael Rooker’s Yondu, so the Disney Plus Guardians 3000 series will most likely follow the events from the James Gunn movie. The post-credit scene featured Sylvester Stallone telling the other characters that it took the death of Yondu for them to come together as a team.
It’s further rumored the series may feature Pip the Troll as well as Vance Astro.
While not exactly like the comics, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rosenbaum, Michelle Yeoh, Ving Rhames, Miley Cyrus and Michel Rooker play the original characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy 1969 team in the comics from the 31st century.
Worth a mention is that the Guardians 3000 title is the same name as the Dan Abnett comic book, with Abnett also responsible for writing the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic that inspired the James Gunn MCU flicks. What is interesting, is at one time, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was actually rumored to be Guardians 3000.
We can also speculate that since it is rumored Michael Korvac will be a big villain a part of Marvel’s Phase 5 plans and possibly Captain Marvel 2, that the Disney Plus Sylvester Stallone Guardians 3000 series may connect to that, as Korvac is a villain of the original Guardians (maybe we’ll even see the Baddoon as now Disney owns Fox).
I really enjoyed the last time Left on Laurel did an online gig and they announced they are doing it again. I got this information from their Facebook page so hit the links to see the gigs:
We’re doing it AGAIN! Two online acoustic shows you can watch LIVE in the comfort of your own living room 😲
👉Saturday, August 17th: 2:00pm & 7:00pm (Pacific)👈
You will hear songs from our NEW ALBUM, which will be coming out VERY, VERY SOON.
You’ll also have the chance to win EXCITING prizes including a private Skype call with the entire band, and signed vinyl!!
We’d love to see you there!!
Michael will be appearing at Montreal Comic Con this year which is held JULY 5 – 7, 2019. Tom Welling will also be there so lots of craziness is sure to happen! You can go to their site HERE for more information and to buy tickets and there will be a Smallville reunion event held on the Sunday with special guests more information will be released soon so keep an eye on their Twitter for more information.
Michael now has a Cameo, this site is where you can pay celebrities to make recordings for you. So you could ask Michael to do a message for your voicemail, or birthday wishes for a family member, even a proposal! So head on over to Michael’s page and get him to make someone’s special day even more amazing
The time has come for a Smallville reboot. Why now? Well, there are a myriad of reasons. Would this be a Superman television show featuring his origin story? No, this would be a straight-up reboot/revival of the original, and this is how and why it should happen.
First things first — why is now the right time to revive Smallville? DC Comics are going strong on The CW, and the network is not planning to slow down on its superhero slate any time soon.
A Smallville reboot would mean existing outside of the Arrow-verse. Black Lightninghas proven that existing in a solo universe can be done successfully. The rebooted Smallville would take place in the same world as the original and therefore function as more of a revival than a reboot. How and why?
Well, this Smallville reboot would take things back in time a little, and it would not focus on the characters you may expect. Instead of focusing on Clark Kent/Superman, this series would focus on the Luthors — specifically, Lex and his dad, Lionel Luthor.
Yes, The Luthors would be the name of this proposed reboot. No, I am not getting ahead of myself (okay maybe just a little).
Why the Luthors? Because they were two of the best parts of an overall fantastic show, which honestly had no bad ones. Lex and Lionel Luthor’s relationship brought a rich dynamic to the original series. They were the exact opposite of Clark and his father, Jonathan Kent. Lex felt unloved by his father, while Lionel felt like he loved his son in a way that made him “stronger.”
Neither character was an out-and-out villain; rather, the epitome of complicated. Where the Kents were the heart of Smallville, the Luthors were its conflicted soul. When the series lost them, it lost a vast portion of itself and nothing ever filled that void.
If Smallville were to come back, the dream scenario would be for it to focus on the Luthors. You may be wondering: didn’t we already see their story? Yes, but not from their perspective. This revival would not be about the Luthors in the context of their juxtaposition with the Kents. It would be about them independent of the shadow cast by Superman and his family.
Do not get me wrong. I loved that angle of Smallville. However, you cannot rehash past magic; you have to rediscover new aspects to it. So many of the complaints surrounding retreads of any sort is that they are an unnecessary continuation of something that has already been done. In the case of a Smallville revival approached this way, it would be different. The blend of something familiar with a twist of something new.
The CW has told a lot of its stories from the perspective of its heroes, which makes total sense. Telling one from its “villains” would set this project apart. Of course, going this route, the Luthors would not be portrayed as villains. It would keep them close to the moral fiber they demonstrated earlier in the series’ run.
There would be no time table necessary to make that happen on this proposed Smallville revival. By not having Superman present, there is no pressure for Lex’s identity to be dictated, and him to become Clark’s enemy in a certain period.
Given how Smallville left Lex and Lionel’s stories, you may wonder how any of this would be possible. After all, Smallville ended its run with a clone of Lex becoming President of the United States.
To explain all of this, the revival could take things back in time. How far back? Way back, as in Lex being institutionalized far back. Explaining this shift could be done via alternate timeliness or some other plot device. There is a specific event that could serve as the jumping off point for the revival.
The Smallville arc where Lex is committed to Belle Reve and given the electro-shock treatment that wipes his memory would be ideal. Those episodes of Season 3 (Episode 8 and 9) were two of the series’ absolute best. They contained defining moments for all involved, especially Lex and his father.
There was also no going back after those episodes. Lex was on a collision course to becoming Clark’s enemy. In the mythos for this proposed Smallville reboot, let’s imagine a world where Lex did not return to Smallville following his release. Rather, he went to Metropolis and made a life for himself there. The show could pick up an indeterminate time after the events of that episode.
The show could go full-tilt into Lex’s life as a businessman replete with boardroom showdowns and potential takeovers. There would be no shortage of stories to tell in that vein. Let Lex live his lavish life the way he did in the original, devoid of Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen’s broody approach. Let Lex be more of the anti-hero than the villain.
Lex being haunted by what he can and cannot remember could weigh on him. Such a twist could provide the underlying drama that is revisited time and again. That is not entirely necessary though.
The dream would be for the original cast to return and for Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover to reprise their roles as the Luthors. Both of these extraordinary actors brought so much to Smallville.
Personally, Michael Rosenbaum’s performance as Lex Luthor is the gold standard. No one else has brought what he did to portraying the character in any medium. He found the complexity so inherent in Lex, and no matter the storyline, always played it with profound sincerity.
Likewise, John Glover brought a gravitas to Lex’s father that was always multi-layered. It was hard to ever agree with Lionel. However, Glover’s performance always made you willing to hear Lionel out. Glover and Michael Rosenbaum’s portrayals of Lionel and Lex were the exceptional epicenters that drove a great deal of Smallville.
If Tom Welling or anyone else were willing to come back for a Smallville revival that could work too, and it would be amazing. One of the great parts of bringing the show back to this point in its history is that it would allow for fan favorites to return. John Schneider’s Jonathan Kent is among the many that could make an appearance. In this timeline, he and others could still be alive.
Smallville was such a special show and to have it revisited in any form would be exciting. Even if it is as a limited series or (hopefully) something longer-term, it would be marvelous. If it were to ever happen, this or something along these lines is how this fan would like it to see it come to fruition.