Get dropped in the middle of a long form conversation with musicians, cartoonists, writers and other creative types.
Episode 461: John Porcellino
A quarterly of reissues from Drawn & Quarterly has offered a fresh opportunity to reexamine King Cat. Not that there’s every a bad time to revisit John Porcellino’s work. The cartoonist has self-published nearly 80 issues of the series over the past 32 years. The black and white mini comic remains both deeply influential and extremely singular, built from a DIY ethos that informs all of his work, including the Spit and a Half comics distro, which dates back nearly as far. Porcellino’s work is hailed for its deeply personal subject matter, coupled with simple line work that distills images down to only the most necessary markings.
Episode 460: Lisa Carver
[Spotty audio warning] Released in February, The Pahrump Report chronicles Lisa Carvers years in the titular Nevada City. A strange town in the desert some 90 minutes outside of Las Vegas, the writer found her new home on something of a whim. When we caught up, Carver had already left the town for other locations in Nevada and was planing an escape to Africa. Pahrump, for all of its magic — and, perhaps, even god — had worn out its welcome. Her kids having grown, the artist of several books and zines, musician and sometimes performance artist, Carver continues to find new ways to reinvent herself. In this breezy conversation, the artist occasionally known as Lisa Suckdog, talks Art Bell, religion and a longtime love of G.G. Allin.
Episode 459: Juliana Hatfield
The past few years found her trying something new — or, rather, old. With a pair cover albums, Juliana Hatfield first tackled the song of Olivia Newton-John and the then Police — both to rave reviews. Earlier this month, the singer-songwriter released a new solo album — her 19th. Titled Blood, the LP explores the divisiveness and psychological tole the last four years have had on much of the American psyche. Limited by the pandemic, Hatfield recorded much of the audio at home, adding overdubs and mixing at a nearby studio. The result is the emotionally raw and sometimes aurally abrasive work of an artist still breaking new ground more than 30 years after making studio debut as a member of the Blake Babies.
Episode 458: Jim Woodring
Released in 2020, And Now, Sir — Is This Your Missing Gonad features familiar faces from Jim Woodring’s Frank universe. As ever, the artist’s masterfully fine-tuned art marries the precious with the horrific, but this time further obfuscates meaning with the addition of seemingly random captions. More than 30 years after first putting frank to paper is his self-published mini comic, Jim, Woodring continues to push the boundaries of his bipedal, buck-toothed funny animal creation. The new work —heightens a sense of surreality the artist has cultivated for decades.
Episode 457: Twin Shadow
By his own admission, George Lewis Jr. makes too much music. He describes it like an addition — referencing a folder on his desktop started in late 2019 with 150 song he confesses no one will likely ever hear. Of course, there’s plenty has shared, as a producer, songwriter and, most notably, as Twin Shadow. After a move to Brooklyn, the project began in earnest with 2010’s release of Forget, which put Lewis on the map with a unique stamp on the synth-pop genre. Twin Shadow has release three additional LPs, culminating with 2018’s Caer, a more somber approach penned as the musician recovered from a bus accident that left him temporarily unable to play. In July, Twin Shadow will deliver its fifth self-titled LP, which finds Lewis returning to some surprising roots for a joyous return to form.
Episode 456: McKinley Dixon
The third in a trilogy, For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her is McKinley Dixon’s most personal and deeply-felt work to date. The musician has taken in new experiences and explored new sounds, all while looking to explore stories that don’t get told nearly enough on record. Like much of Dixon’s work, the album sets thoughtful hip-hop verses to live jazz instrumentation. It’s electric and vibrant the way the best hip-hop albums are. Ahead of the LP’s release, Dixon joined us to discuss his history, recent stint as a farm hand and where he seeing jazz-hip-hop heading into the future.
A wide array of guests well interviewed
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This is a fantastic show! Just discovered it.
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