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Shannon Curtis writes and records artpop music; Jamie Hill produces and mixes music for all sorts of artists in independent and alternative-music spaces. They're both live performers and writers and authors and speakers ... oh, and also, they're married!



For the last fifteen years, Shannon and Jamie have been building on their shared delusion that a married pair of working artists can make a successful life together—far outside of the music industry mainstream.



The Misfit Stars Podcast is a weekly conversation between Shannon and Jamie, in which they talk with one other about what's on their minds at the moment. Topics include life, work, music, current events, social justice, sobriety, creativity, and whatever else emerges from the hive mind of their Misfit Stars community.



The Misfit Stars Podcast, as with everything else that Shannon and Jamie do, is supported by the people who find it valuable. If this is you, please become a supporter at misfitstars.com/support!

Misfit Stars Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Shannon Curtis writes and records artpop music; Jamie Hill produces and mixes music for all sorts of artists in independent and alternative-music spaces. They're both live performers and writers and authors and speakers ... oh, and also, they're married!



For the last fifteen years, Shannon and Jamie have been building on their shared delusion that a married pair of working artists can make a successful life together—far outside of the music industry mainstream.



The Misfit Stars Podcast is a weekly conversation between Shannon and Jamie, in which they talk with one other about what's on their minds at the moment. Topics include life, work, music, current events, social justice, sobriety, creativity, and whatever else emerges from the hive mind of their Misfit Stars community.



The Misfit Stars Podcast, as with everything else that Shannon and Jamie do, is supported by the people who find it valuable. If this is you, please become a supporter at misfitstars.com/support!

    “The Hindi word for ‘DIY.'” 📎

    “The Hindi word for ‘DIY.'” 📎

    On this week’s episode: we’re talking about this week’s big win for marriage equality, a danger of volcanic eruptions we had never heard of before, how eggplants got their name (but remain gross — fight me), words from non-English languages that are untranslatable (but very cool and useful), evidence that karma might be catching up to a certain political party that’s been trying to cheat their way into minority rule, and the kickoff for our "Good to Me" release celebration.







    It's our first fundraiser in two and a half years! Please become a small-dollar monthly supporter of our work — whatever "small-dollar" means to you — at https://misfitstars.com/support. (If you are already supporting our work, and would like to support it more, you can just go to the above link and make a new pledge; they will coexist harmoniously.) Thank you! ❤️

    • 56 min
    “I just can’t help but say ‘f*ck!’” 🤬

    “I just can’t help but say ‘f*ck!’” 🤬

    On this week’s episode: we’re talking about all the feels accompanying our upcoming album release, unexpected places in which we’ve lately found a sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves, the role we all have in battling hate speech, how Tucker Carlson is a loser and a terrorist, and the mechanism by which a practice of gratitude changes the state of our spirits.

    • 59 min
    “Jagger Java!” 👅

    “Jagger Java!” 👅

    On this week’s episode: we’re talking about what Shannon means when she says it’s “barista season,” the very good news about US election results, how 8 billion people on planet Earth feels different depending on where you live, how someone got cancelled so hard 150 years ago that we all know his name today, and what midcentury superstar Patti Page has to tell us about using our voices.

    • 45 min
    “The future is unwritten; we will write it.” ✍️

    “The future is unwritten; we will write it.” ✍️

    On this week’s episode: we’re talking about how connecting with people on the Fediverse for only one week has started to free our brains from the lies of corporate social media, how colonialism rears its ugly head within the details of music copyright laws, why kidney transplants are perhaps cooler than you'd imagined, and how—as potentially terrifying a moment as this week’s US election may be—we are still the ones who will write the future.







    Links: https://joinmastodon.org/https://locusmag.com/2019/03/cory-doctorow-terra-nullius/

    • 38 min
    “Join us next time on Celebrity Coincidences!” ⭐️

    “Join us next time on Celebrity Coincidences!” ⭐️

    On this week’s episode: we’re talking about how the people of Brazil might have saved the planet this week, how the “Fediverse” has inspired us to love the internet again, why anti-monopoly enforcers are heroes, how the disgraced former president is still trying to take a wrecking ball to democracy, and how a bit of little-known Julia Roberts trivia ties her to a major historical figure and makes us smile.







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    • 51 min
    "Anti-semitism is bad; Halloween is good."

    "Anti-semitism is bad; Halloween is good."

    We’re officially back for Season 5! We’re talking about how great it is when the government we’ve elected actually does good stuff for us, how monopolies suck, why Shannon has become a cold-blooded murderer, why we can’t merely ignore Kanye West’s hate speech, what it feels like to go out of your depth, and — inspired by Jamie’s birthday — just how very old we all are, with a fun perspective brought to us courtesy of Seinfeld’s George Costanza.







    Here's the link for Vote Save America, in case you need to get registered / learn about your local ballot issues / sign up to volunteer (HINT HINT).







    Today’s a great day to subscribe—on Apple Podcasts, or Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts—so you don’t miss a single episode of our new season! (And it helps us when you subscribe, rate, and review—so thank you!)

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Chess fan1234 ,

Listen. Keep listening!

You’re going to love this. Great creative people with the best values, best mission, best personalities, just the best.

a ray of light! ,

So special!

Two beautiful people and a wonderful community talking about things that really matter - this podcast helps me process a lot of my own experiences. Since COVID arrived, my listening time has decreased significantly, but this is one that I purposefully make time to keep up with. Thanks for all that you are offering your fellow Misfits, Shannon and Jamie!

sarahrnc ,

I love this podcast!

I enjoy this podcast so much. Grateful for Shannon and Jamie’s perspective and approach to life, and I love that they share it with us through this medium. I enjoyed the podcast before the pandemic, but find it even more refreshing to listen to now during the crazy times we are living in. Thanks guys!

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