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A radio zine on our current predicament, from Sam Greenspan.

TALKGROUP Sam Greenspan

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A radio zine on our current predicament, from Sam Greenspan.

    06_RUBICON CYCLE (Acts 1-3)

    06_RUBICON CYCLE (Acts 1-3)

    ACT 1- The List ACT 2- The Ask (feat. Joel Werner) ACT 3- The Moment (?האם זה יספיק) -
    TALKGROUP is created and led by Sam Greenspan. Music in this episode by Abul Mogard, Talaboman, Lee Rosevere, and the traditional song "Dayenu" performed by Ary, the Lion.
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    • 22 min
    05_YIELD TIME

    05_YIELD TIME

    Welcome to LA's hippest and least exclusive social club: the city government public comment Zoom room.
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    TALKGROUP is led by Sam Greenspan. Voice acting by Coleman Moore. Help this week from Jacki Huntington and Robert Smith.
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    Music in this episode: Floating Points, Obfusc, Huerco S., Fossilize Me, Warm Binary, and the standby music for the the LA City Council live stream.
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    • 12 min
    04_DAMPER HUMANS

    04_DAMPER HUMANS

    Be not deceived by their derpy demeanor and naked consumerism. Life lessons from a Taiwanese tourist trap.
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    TALKGROUP is lead by Sam Greenspan and comprises Mo Laborde, Jacki Huntington, and you.
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    Music in this episode: Disasterpeace, Obfusc, and NOT WAVING.
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    • 8 min
    03_NEW NEW GAMES

    03_NEW NEW GAMES

    The New Games Book was published in 1976. Oh, to be so dorky and free. 
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    TALKGROUP is lead by Sam Greenspan and comprises Mo Laborde, Jacki Huntington, and you. 
    Music in this episode: Matmos, Curved Light, Dan Deacon, Nick Drake, and Disasterpeace. 
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    • 10 min
    02_ LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING

    02_ LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING

    Moving through shelter-in-place in an ill-fitting meat-suit.

    Ryan Heffington is a choreographer and dance educator based in Los Angeles. His studio The Sweat Spot is running virtual classes through the pandemic.

    Music by Curved Light, Obfusc, NOT WAVING, Lee Rosevere, and Alessandro Cortini, plus Ryan's jams.

    • 15 min
    01_DISTANCE SOCIALIZING

    01_DISTANCE SOCIALIZING

    Sonic solidarity from a Von's parking lot.
     
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    TRANSCRIPT
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    Nick and Becca didn’t want to pick me up because Becca was going to visit her friends who have kids the next day and she wanted to practice good social distancing. Taking separate cars struck me as weird at first, but then, like so many things, quickly felt reasonable, and then normal.

    So instead Nick and Becca idled on the corner. I put my dog Neon in shotgun, and then turned the ignition, flashed the brights at Nick and Becca and then pulled a u-ey in front of them. And then, in our separate cars, we caravanned onto Sunset Boulevard

    The drive was only half a mile to Echo Park, to the Vons supermarket—or, more specifically, the Vons parking lot. It was after 9pm—and the Vons was closed for the night. All of the panicked shoppers had gone home. But the lot was still full. It took a minute for our two cars to find two adjacent spots, and we parked like cops, Nick and Becca facing in, me facing out, our driver side windows aligned.

    Nick told me the station: 99.1 FM.

    [BROADCAST] "You are listening to 99.1 FM KZUT Los Angeles California, That’s right. Dublab."

    They called it a “drive-in concert.” Four musicians, who were supposed to have had a show that night at Zebulon, had come out to the Vons with an FM transmitter. Anyone who drove into the broadcast radius could attend the concert without needing to leave their car and risk communicating the virus.

    Here we are, all together, maintaining our social distance. This is an experiment, us figuring out how to do this broadcast for the first time, in a van, in a parking lot, in a city, on the earth. OK, Celia, let’s level you in.

    [Music.]

    And so the show-goers, people like us who wanted some form of social contact amidst the first 48 hours of COVID-19 lockdown—we had all turned up to tune in. All of us in our cars, dialed to the same frequency, listening separately, together. Social distancing. Distance socializing.

    [BROADCAST] "That was Celia Hollander. [Cars honk their horns.] Oh God! Oh my god! Shhhh! We don’t want to get kicked out! We just had a little interaction with Von’s security...and everything’s OK. Refrain from honking even though it’s much appreciated it. And we just want to thank everyone for coming out, staying in their cars, being respectful generally, and we’re excited to see…[fades out]."

    People generally obeyed the order to stop honking, but I did see folks getting out of their cars and gathering over by the origination point. It wasn’t hard to spot: a white van, only a hundred yards away from where I had parked. The interior lights were on, and you could make the out figure of the musicians as they played their sets.

    Eventually I said f**k it and headed over, too, with Neon the dog under my arm.

    I didn’t know anyone but I recognized people from around. There were those two women I met at that weird art show featuring a VR exhibition about the end of the world. There was the waitress I always see at the Brite Spot diner. We exchanged elbow bumps, and clicked shoes.

    Almost everyone there, gathered by the transmitter van had also brought a dog. In this new moment, we weren’t sure whether we were allowed to pet each others’ pups, if we could allow them to sniff each others’ butts.

    We all made idle chat about the end of civilization, stood around the parking lot, and listened.

    [Music.]

    It’s lovely, hearing about Italians singing to each other from their balconies—but there is also something so beautiful, so very goddamn American about all us rallied together in our cars, in a supermarket parking lot after dark, all tuning in to the same frequency. It is the communal dystopian moment of my teenage dreams.
    I spent a lot of my youth like this, hanging out in parking lots after hours, fingers crossed for the benevolence of the on-duty security guard. Speaking at length—about our hypotheses for h

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Sam1190 ,

Yield Time. #5

Host, Sam Greenspan calls it, “LA's hippest and least exclusive social club:” the city government’s public comment space is just too much crazy! Sad but truly funny when Sam takes a close listen to the public comments made by ordinary citizens in Los Angles. He’s actually inspired to add his own wonderful take on the whole situation. Great fun!

Ellandell ,

Voices in the night

TALKGROUP is an AM station from a dystopian, isolated civilization phasing in and out as you drive across the desert. It’s the anti-cozy. Anti-sourdough starter. Anti-haha-isn’t-this-fun drinking wine on Zoom. It reveals that we are in truly bizarre and world-changing times and we have no idea how this will change the future. Don’t get used to the way we live now. Listen to TALKGROUP and sit in the moment.

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