About the show

Marriage. Parenthood. Relationships. Family. All parts of day-to-day life, all things easily failed. The hosts of Why Did We Ever Meet, Ashley & Wes Allen, know these things and are willing to share their failures with you.
Why Did We Ever Meet gives you a candid look into "The Allen Club", a family you may already be familiar with due to their involvement in independent film, podcasts, etc. Join them each week (with plenty of interruptions by kids & pets) to find out what blew up in the Allen House & laugh along with them...and at their expense!

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  • Locked In

    June 14th, 2024  |  1 hr 28 mins
    episode 180, family, why did we ever meet

    Good to see you. Let's catch up...

  • A Quick Update

    April 11th, 2024  |  1 min 33 secs
    family, update, why did we ever meet

    A quick update from Wes Allen.

  • A Quick Holiday Update

    December 20th, 2023  |  2 mins 44 secs
    episode 179, family, why did we ever meet

    A Quick WDWEM Holiday Update. Merry Christmas!

  • Popeye Vogelsang Returns! (Calling Hours, Farside)

    November 22nd, 2023  |  51 mins 7 secs
    allen club, episode 178, family, why did we ever meet

    Of the music that's been highlighted on this show, few voices have been more influential than that of Popeye Vogelsang. After several years away, he's back behind the microphone with his new band, Calling Hours. Their album "Say Less" is currently streaming everywhere and available courtesy of Revelation Records now. A true album of the year contender. Enjoy!

  • Nathan Gray & Becky Fontaine (The Iron Roses)

    November 15th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
    episode 177, family, why did we ever meet

    WHAT AN EPISODE! We were honored to sit down with Nathan Gray & Becky Fontaine of The Iron Roses and discuss their new record available NOW from Iodine Recordings. Writing hopeful, protest music that gives the audience a sense of belonging seems like a huge task...but The Iron Roses are the exact band for the job. If you're looking for a hopeful, fun conversation on the power of music and community, look no further!

  • Sal Ellington (Rebuilder)

    November 8th, 2023  |  1 hr 5 mins
    episode 176, family, why did we ever meet

    How does a band's first show end up being an opening slot for Dropkick Murphys' St. Patrick's Day show? The same way they end up on the Clerks 3 soundtrack...they bust their asses. Sal Ellington of the Boston band Rebuilder gives us an incredible episode of WDWEM. Rebuilder's album Local Support is available NOW from Iodine Recordings.

  • Wolfe MacReady (writer/director)

    October 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 25 mins
    episode 175, family, why did we ever meet

    We're honored to have longtime friend writer/director Wolfe MacReady join us this week! We discuss our longstanding friendship built upon a foundation of horror. Wolfe shares her story on sobriety and being a trans woman and how that has impacted her writing leading up to this current project-Giving Up The Ghost. Incredible story and I'm honored we get to share it.

  • I'm Not Kitten Around

    October 18th, 2023  |  58 mins 3 secs
    episode 174, family, why did we ever meet

    Diarrhea. Movies. Getting Baby Man fixed. What a week.

  • Quick Message From Mom and Dad

    October 11th, 2023  |  1 min 44 secs
    family, quick message, why did we ever meet

    Quick message from Mom and Dad with some movie recommendations for horror lovers. We'll be back next week with a Halloween and Horror Filled Extravaganza!

  • Advice From Unfit Parents

    October 4th, 2023  |  52 mins 3 secs
    episode 173, family, why did we ever meet

    That's us. We're the unfit parents. Enjoy!

  • Jon Nix (Director, Photographer, Author, Publisher)

    September 27th, 2023  |  49 mins 17 secs
    episode 172, family, why did we ever meet

    Our guest this week is filmmaker, Jon Nix. We discuss his documentary Don't Fall In Love With Yourself, which is streaming now.

  • Kind Of A Mess

    September 20th, 2023  |  32 mins 29 secs
    episode 171, family, why did we ever meet

    Ashley doesn't wanna record. Wes is high. Exhaustion leads to chaos. Details within...

  • For Grandma...

    September 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 21 mins
    episode 170, family, why did we ever meet

    Lots of wrestling talk. We cover All in, All Out, Effy's Big Gay Brunch...and the ignorance and lack of objectivity of wrestling fans. The back side of the show is we remember the boss of the family-Grandma.

  • Goodbye, Summer. Don't Come Back.

    August 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 28 mins
    episode 169, family, why did we ever meet

    We wanted to update everyone on things, where we're headed, and how we'll get there. Plus, we talk about movies.

  • The Ballad Of The Bidet

    August 9th, 2023  |  45 mins 29 secs
    episode 168, family, why did we ever meet

    We got a bidet. It's life affirming for Wes. Also, we talk Barbie, Beau Is Afraid, and kittens.

  • Whisper Fight

    July 19th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
    episode 167, family, why did we ever meet

    Just Mom & Dad...talking about diarrhea...and dinosaurs...