Noon Fifteen Podcast



Go behind the scenes of progressive soul band Noon Fifteen. Host Dan Cole gets the story behind one song per episode, as well as the ups and downs of writing, performing, and recording original music while working around day jobs, babies, and band shakeups in Ithaca, New York. At the end of each episode, you’ll hear the song in its finished form.


  • Gone Solo: Joe Massa – Conundrum

    Gone Solo: Joe Massa – Conundrum

    19/03/2021 Duration: 30min

    In the first installment of an ongoing segment highlighting the solo work of Noon Fifteen’s band members, Dan Cole speaks with guitarist Joe Massa about his debut solo release, Conundrum. Joe muses on the lessons and challenges of taking on every part of the recording process, from writing music without vocals, to performing all of

  • S2E7 – Scared To

    S2E7 – Scared To

    26/11/2020 Duration: 24min

    On one of the strangest Thanksgivings in memory, the band discusses “Scared To,” Mandy’s song about being haunted by things you wish you hadn’t said. Phil talks about playing drums to emphasize a feeling, and the band reminisces about making music at Sunwood Recording, during a magical time when we could gather safely indoors, even

  • S2E6 – Easy

    S2E6 – Easy

    12/11/2020 Duration: 23min

    Mandy talks about feelings, groove, and the group collaboration that helped develop her composition “Easy,” which happens to be Dan Cole’s favorite song when mixing the band’s live show. Phil revisits his time in a reggae band. Heard in this episode: Easy original demo, 2019 Live at The Range, Ithaca, NY. November 2nd, 2019. Referenced

  • S2E5 – Dinosaurs

    S2E5 – Dinosaurs

    29/10/2020 Duration: 23min

    After spending the last fifteen months on other projects, Noon Fifteen returns to Finish What You Started! In this episode, recorded in the driveway of Sam and Mandy’s new home (because COVID-19), the band discusses the politically-motivated Lupowitz composition “Dinosaurs,” and how you should try to listen to it while listening to Willy Wonka and

  • Quarantine Special 2020 – Outside (A Found Sound Original)

    Quarantine Special 2020 – Outside (A Found Sound Original)

    09/08/2020 Duration: 30min

    A special single release from Noon Fifteen about what motivates us to leave our homes and protest during a public health crisis. Recorded in — and set to the sounds of — self-quarantine. The band chats with Dan Cole (over Zoom, of course) about staying creative while isolated from one another, the inspiration (both musical

  • S2E4 – Thaw

    S2E4 – Thaw

    13/03/2020 Duration: 31min

    In honor of the third annual Finger Lakes Thaw festival, and the global onset of COVID-19, Noon Fifteen presents “Thaw,” a mini-suite about winter dangers at home and abroad. The song moves through four seasons of soul, metal, progressive rock, and New Orleans funk. Dan Cole talks to Sam and Mandy about the life-threatening story

  • Halloween Special 2019 – At the Festival

    Halloween Special 2019 – At the Festival

    31/10/2019 Duration: 01h49min

    In this super-sized Halloween episode, Noon Fifteen gathers at Sunwood Recording in Trumansburg, NY to discuss At the Festival, their new 22-minute, multi-movement suite. At the Festival tells the story of a man in mourning whose trip to a music festival takes a dark turn toward the supernatural. Harry, Sam, Mandy, Joe, and Phil are joined

  • Trailer: Halloween Special – At the Festival

    Trailer: Halloween Special – At the Festival

    01/10/2019 Duration: 01min
  • S2E3 – The Cell

    S2E3 – The Cell


    The third release from the in-progress Finish What You Started record, “The Cell” puts a narrative twist on the common R&B lyrical motif of cheating on one’s lady, with musical inspiration from The Meters. The band also considers their songwriting backlog, and what we’ll be hearing next! This podcast (and accompanying video) precedes a pause,

  • S2E2 – Finish What You Started

    S2E2 – Finish What You Started


    The second release in the episodic Finish What You Started project is the Harry Nichols-penned title track, which describes an unsuccessful relationship through the lens of a mediocre vampire movie. Along the way, the band discusses the career of Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, considers the evolution of home media technology, and explores the old maxim,

  • S2E1 – The Tick

    S2E1 – The Tick

    04/07/2019 Duration: 22min

    Noon Fifteen returns, with new drummer Phil Shay in tow, and host Dan Cole back to plumb the depths of the band’s music. The band’s sophomore effort, Finish What You Started, will be released in non-sequential installments via this podcast and the Noon Fifteen YouTube channel. The record’s songs explore themes of fear and temptation.

  • S1E6 – Hang Me Out to Dry

    S1E6 – Hang Me Out to Dry


    In the final episode of the Volume 1 podcast, Mandy talks about channeling loneliness, Billie Holiday, and Ben Folds into “Hang Me Out to Dry.” The band also talks about choosing keyboard instruments, putting songs in order, and what’s next. Also heard in this episode: Hang Me Out to Dry – Mandy, Sam, & Joe

  • S1E5 – Dave Coulier

    S1E5 – Dave Coulier


    Harry talks about breaking away from traditional pop song structure (and accessible song titles) with “Dave Coulier” (track 5 of Volume 1). Sam talks the ups and downs of self-producing a recording project. Also heard in this episode: You Oughta Know – Harry Nichols Original working demo of “Dave Coulier,” 2017 Dave Coulier – Noon

  • S1E4 – Annie’s Song

    S1E4 – Annie’s Song


    Harry discusses Annie’s Song (track 4 of Volume 1) and how fatherhood has changed his writing process. Sam talks about the challenge of writing string arrangements. Mandy realizes it’s time to make a dentist appointment. Also heard in this episode: Annie’s Song – Harry Nichols Original Demo (2017) Premonition – Julia Felice From Diving for

  • S1E3 – Just Like You

    S1E3 – Just Like You


    Harry Nichols recounts how his demo of Just Like You (the third track from Volume 1) evolved into a full-band arrangement. Joe tells us how easy his job is. Other tracks you heard in this episode: The Astronaut – Harry Nichols From Love En Route (2012) Just Like You – Harry Nichols Original demo (2015)

  • S1E2 – Let You Roll

    S1E2 – Let You Roll


    Vocalist Mandy Goldman discusses the frustration that birthed “Let You Roll,” the second track on Volume 1 and one of the band’s first collaborative efforts. Harry and Sam compare themselves to music legend Michael McDonald. Other tracks you heard in this episode: The Haunt – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band From Ten Square

  • S1E1 – Knock Knock Knock

    S1E1 – Knock Knock Knock


    Host Dan Cole talks to the members of Noon Fifteen about the origins of the Ithaca, NY-based prog-soul band. The group discusses the true story that inspired “Knock Knock Knock,” the opening track from their debut record, “Volume 1.” Other songs you heard in this episode: Lucifer Falls – Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego