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A podcast companion to Dan Ozzi's REPLY ALT.

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A podcast companion to Dan Ozzi's REPLY ALT.

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    At Home with Kevin Devine

    At Home with Kevin Devine

    Hello and welcome to REPLY ALT, the best email newsletter about music in the entire world which is also sometimes a podcast—the best podcast in the entire world. Today it’s a podcast.

    Sometimes I will spend a few hours preparing for an interview so that I will pass as someone who at least wields some vague sense of what the fuck they’re talking about. Sometimes, if I’m being honest, I will be cramming my prep in at the very last minute. But talking to today’s guest is something I feel like I’ve been preparing for my entire life.

    Kevin Devine played in the first band (or at least among the first bands) I ever saw perform way back in… 1997? Like me, Kevin grew up on Staten Island, New York, and cut his teeth playing at local spots there, particularly a DIY hall called The Joint, which hosted all-ages shows every Friday night. Kevin and I talked a lot about growing up with that background and how the blue-collar punk scene on Staten Island was drastically different than the more respected one happening just a ferry ride away in Manhattan. We both agreed that it instilled in us a small-town mentality that still informs how we operate within the music industry today.

    Will this incredibly niche subject be interesting to anyone who grew up outside the tri-state area? I don’t know! Not my business! We talked about a few non-Shaolin topics as well—the path his career has taken since his Miracle of 86 days (and his Delusion days, if we want to go really far back), as well as Nirvana and tips for cutting your own hair during the paindemic.

    Kevin has a new EP out called No One’s Waiting Up For Me Tonight in which he delivers more of the familiar, comforting sounds I’ve enjoyed from him over the last 20+ years. I guess we should have talked about that but we didn’t. Again, not my problem!!

    Oh, and we mentioned a 1998 show at which Kevin’s band played an outdoor skate demo. I will embarrass him by including that video below. Listen to the episode to hear the story behind his incredibly baggy pants! (The story is that baggy pants were cool as heck back then. Really not much of a story now that I think about it.)

    (The above photo was taken by Erik Tanner.)

    Also, a housekeeping note for dedicated REPLT ALTers: If you ordered a zine, the last batch of them shipped out on Friday morning. Hopefully they will arrive to you safely.

    Check out previous REPLY ALT episodes with Laura Stevenson, Jonah Ray, Sarah Tudzin [Illuminati Hotties], David Anthony, Chris Farren, Lauren Denitzio [Worriers], Todd Taylor [Razorcake], and Jenny Owen Youngs.

    They’re all on Spotify and Apple for your listening displeasure.

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    • 54 min
    At Home with Laura Stevenson

    At Home with Laura Stevenson

    Hello and welcome to another edition of REPLY ALT, the only newsletter about music ever to exist. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of the zine I put on sale last week. They sold out way, wayyyy faster than I’d expected, so apologies if you didn’t get one but my insecurity rendered me incapable of printing literally a single copy more than I did.

    Today’s newsletter is once again a podcast. Please see previous episodes with Jonah Ray, Sarah Tudzin [Illuminati Hotties], David Anthony, Chris Farren, Lauren Denitzio [Worriers], Todd Taylor [Razorcake], and Jenny Owen Youngs.

    They’re all on Spotify and Apple for your listening pleasure.

    Today’s guest is the one of the most talented songwriters currently walking the earth, Laura Stevenson. We talked a bit about settling into motherhood, songwriting, shitty haircuts, and growing up on Long Island. We also spitballed the premise for an Encino Man sequel entitled Ensequel Man (Hollywood producers, get at us! We can literally have a draft done by this afternoon!).

    Since it’s getting an expanded reissue this year, we also did a little reminiscing about her 2011 album Sit Resist, which I once listed as one of my ten favorite albums of the last decade.

    Laura writes such beautifully intricate music, but I do worry that it gets lost that she is also equally hilarious. I remember seeing her in Baltimore years ago and the crowd was pin-drop silent as she performed one of her many intensely vulnerable songs about the imperfections of the human condition. Then, after she finished and everyone applauded, she said, “Thank you, that was an ICP song.” So I hope her humor comes through here!

    OK stop reading and start listening!

    Oh, and also, I always usually like to use my own photos for REPLY ALT but since I couldn’t find any of Laura and me that were not thoroughly embarrassing and unfit for internet consumption, she sent me the above photo, as taken by Em Dubin.

    Oh, and also also, I routinely give Laura’s NPR Tiny Desk concert a rewatch. So intimate and so lovely. And while pregnant! If you haven’t seen…

    Listen to Laura Stevenson.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    At Home with Jonah Ray

    At Home with Jonah Ray

    Jonah Ray, photo by me.

    Welcome to REPLY ALT, the world’s only newsletter about music. Today’s edition is once again a podcast. Please see previous episodes with: 

    Sarah Tudzin [Illuminati Hotties], David Anthony, Chris Farren, Lauren Denitzio [Worriers], Todd Taylor [Razorcake], and Jenny Owen Youngs.

    They’re also available on streaming services like Spotify and Apple and all that. Oh and subscribe to REPLY ALT if you don’t already for some god unknown reason!

    Today’s newsletter/podcast is an interview with Jonah Ray. You may Jonah from… well, a lot of things, actually. That was a theme in much of our chat—making something of yourself in our hellish gig economy. Because why have one big job when you can have 65 smaller gigs, baby! (Thanks, boomers!)

    Jonah is an actor, a comedian, a musician, and, most importantly, a paid subscriber to REPLY ALT. He has been the host of the revived Mystery Science Theater, co-hosted The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani, hosted the podcast Jonah Raydio (on which I have been a guest), and once starred in a Bing commercial.

    Jonah and I had a really good chat about trying to impress our parents with our “careers” in the arts (which we determined is a waste of time), growing up and going to punk shows in Hawaii, finding the backdoors to success, and his band in which he covers Weird Al songs.

    This is a good one!

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    At Home with David Anthony

    At Home with David Anthony

    Today’s newsletter is once again a podcast. Please see previous episodes with: Sarah Tudzin [Illuminati Hotties], Chris Farren, Lauren Denitzio [Worriers], Todd Taylor [Razorcake], and Jenny Owen Youngs. They’re available on Spotifies and Apples and all that. Oh and subscribe to REPLY ALT!

    If you were a listener of my old podcast, No Plus Ones, you will be familiar with today’s guest, David Anthony. But did you know that David also has an entire life outside the podcast? It’s true! In addition to being my former co-host, he is the former editor of The AV Club, a current newsletter writer, and current co-host of the Alkaline Trio-themed podcast, As You Were (along with Tim Crisp of the recently relaunched Better Yet).

    I attempted to make this an episode wherein listeners got to know David a little better. And for a while we did that—discussing his first childhood memory (puking in a McDonald’s) and his worst job (teenage fireworks store employee). But then wouldn’t you know it, we started ranting about the state of music journalism and weighed in on the recent chatter about the possibility of writer-owned and operated cooperative websites. Unsurprisingly, I took the pessimistic view that they sound nice in theory but are unlikely to work in the long run.

    So, to everyone who has asked me to bring back No Plus Ones, this episode is for you three people. The boys are back in town!!!

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    At "Home" with Illuminati Hotties' Sarah Tudzin

    At "Home" with Illuminati Hotties' Sarah Tudzin

    Hello and welcome to REPLY ALT, the world’s only and therefore greatest email newsletter about music. Sometimes I use this newsletter’s built-in podcast feature. (Please see previous episodes with Chris Farren, Lauren Denitzio [Worriers], Todd Taylor [Razorcake], and Jenny Owen Youngs.) And today I’m once again taking a crack at it with a new episode, featuring an interview with Sarah Tudzin of Illuminati Hotties. (Also, I submitted the podcast to all the services so you should maybe hopefully be able to listen on Sportify/Arple Music, etc.)

    This episode was recorded at Razorcake studios in Los Angeles. This is a no-brainer but subscribe to Razorcake if you don’t already, ya dinguses! Punk rock journalism delivered right to your doorstep. Comics and interviews and record reviews and ink that smears on your fingertips. Can’t beat that!

    Also, subscribe to REPLY ALT. Written features! Ramblings! Podcasts! Original photos of your favorite artists! In your inbox with semi-regular frequency! You can get a free subscription or opt for a paid one at a measly $5 a month which immensely helps me out. Thanks!

    In November of last year, a series of tweets from the band Adult Mom aired out some grievances with their indie label, Tiny Engines, accusing them of being delinquent on royalty payments and being unwilling to relinquish ownership over the masters of their albums. The label, which had served as home to Beach Slang, Cayetana, and Mannequin Pussy, went dark after that. As of writing this, they haven’t published any news on their website since November 5, and the last time they were active on Twitter was November 7, when they retweeted a performance from one of their promising young acts, Illuminati Hotties.

    Illuminati Hotties mastermind Sarah Tudzin watched all of this label drama unfold and thought to herself: Oh fuck. She had been working on a record for a year and a half, intended to be released as her second LP of a two-album contract with Tiny Engines, and was understandably skittish about handing it over to a label whose future had a big fat question mark hanging over it. So, she put the record on the shelf and got to work making what she calls “a decoy record.” The result is Free I.H.:This Is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For, an album she made, start to finish, in three weeks. Tudzin, a studio engineer, threw every trick she knew at the project, taking influence from everything from Black Flag to Cardi B.

    Free I.H. features a few straightforward and catchy indie pop songs, for which she’d been known, but there are also endless left turns on this weird, eclectic record. When she listened back to the finished product, she realized she’d accidentally made something she really liked.

    And I like it too. In fact, I love it. Free I.H. speaks to Tudzin’s studio mastery as much as her strength as a musician. There are noise tracks, calypso beats, some frantic Melt Banana-style rippers, and some good ol’ fashioned punk jams. It’s funny, it’s self-deprecating, it takes a few subtle digs at its own contract-fulfilling nature. It is the Album of the Summer™, and it was made completely by accident.

    Sarah and I recently sat down to chat (~FROM A RESPONSIBLE DISTANCE~) about making the album by mistake, flushing dogs down the toilet, getting spammed by illuminati conspiracy accounts, the mugshot photo on the album’s cover, and how the two of us are BEST FRIENDS.

    (Ooooh and it appears my newsletter service has finally enabled Bandcamp embeds. It is, as they say, over for you hoes. [The hoes being Spotify.] OK listen to the album below.)

    All photos are: 1. perfect and 2. by me, do not use without permission thank you.

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    • 55 min
    At Home with Razorcake's Todd Taylor

    At Home with Razorcake's Todd Taylor

    Hello and welcome to REPLY ALT, the only/best email newsletter about music. Sorry I haven’t updated in a few days. I’ve been busy stockpiling a few audio interviews for your listening displeasure. I have a freakin delightful interview running in a few days with the musician who made my favorite album of the summer, a super secret project that you perhaps caught me ominously tweeting about the other day. It’s a wild record with a wild story behind it. In the meantime, I bring you this new interview today about zines. Enjoy!

    Todd Taylor founded Razorcake in 2001 after working for five years at the longrunning Los Angeles zine Flipside. Since then, he has turned it into a punk rock institution. The non-profit Razorcake has churned out over 100 issues full of interviews, reviews, and comics, as well as the podcasts and videos hosted on its website. At only fifteen bucks a subscription, it is easily one of the best deals in punk. (Get a Razorcake subscription if you don’t already have one!)

    Todd and I had a socially distanced chat yesterday about the work that goes into publishing an independent zine out of one’s home, the arduous process of applying for non-profit status, the genius of Nardwuar, helpful tips for conducting insightful interviews, advice on writing effective record reviews, and why he painted his house the color of Pepto Bismol.

    P.S. Sorry if our levels sound off. The next episode is very even and crystal clear, I promise!

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    • 1 hr 6 min

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