Musician Jake Brennan lands deal for his true-crime podcast, ‘Disgraceland’

Jake Brennan’s podcast "Disgraceland" examines the seamier side of pop music.
Jake Brennan’s podcast "Disgraceland" examines the seamier side of pop music.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/Globe staff

Boston podcaster and musician Jake Brennan has partnered with iHeartMedia for the third and fourth seasons of his hit rock ’n’ roll true-crime podcast, “Disgraceland,” as well as other new projects on the iHeartPodcast network.

The announcement was made at the Winter Podcast Upfront at United Talent Agency’s headquarters in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

“It really allows me to kind of grow the audience, which is difficult to do as an independent podcaster,” Brennan said by phone from Los Angeles. “And ‘Disgraceland’ will remain independent.”

Each episode of “Disgraceland” follows a different musician involved (or allegedly involved) in a crime, either as a perpetrator or victim.


“Basically you’re going to sit down, and in 30 [or 40] minutes you’re going to be in and out of a pretty compelling story about a musician you probably know, and a crime that they committed or had happen to them that you’re not aware of,” Brennan said of the series, which he calls “a storytelling podcast.”

Brennan is no stranger to the world of rock. The son of Boston roots-rocker Dennis Brennan, Jake played in local band the Confidence Men and has toured with Frank Black of the Pixies and Tommy Stinson of the Replacements. His shift to podcasting last year was an almost immediate success.

Brennan says the partnership will leave him in charge of the creative aspects of “Disgraceland” while iHeart focuses on promotion and distribution.

“So it’s kind of the best of both worlds for me,” Jake said. “And they’re a perfect partner. At their heart they are a music company, so they get the content, and they get where I’m coming from as a creative.”

The third season of “Disgraceland” kicks off in March with a two-parter about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.


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