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cult art and niche culture from a lefty perspective. hosted by Liz Ryerson.

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cult art and niche culture from a lefty perspective. hosted by Liz Ryerson.

    #10b - Adorable Small Business Tyrant Simulator

    #10b - Adorable Small Business Tyrant Simulator

    Alex Ross (@Alexrosswrites) returns for part two of this examination of the indie game world via a few documentaries for part two. this time we cover the post-indie boom from around 2015-now. first we look at depressing vanity project/indie survival story "Surviving Indie" from late 2016, then we look at a surprisingly quality documentary about the indie game scene in China called "Indie Games In China" from 2018. and then in an ill-advised move... we look at this year's E3 "Wholesome Direct" stream.

    • 2 hr 11 min
    #10a - White Collar Mario From The Future

    #10a - White Collar Mario From The Future

    hey everyone! for the 10th episode i've brought game academic and writer Alex Ross on board for part one of a punishingly long journey relitigating all the ridiculous things of independent game development scenes past via a few documentaries.

    the three we talked about today are: the famous commercial for the indie game scene "Indie Game The Movie", the obscure cult recruitment video "Us and the Game Industry", and the goofy 2010 time capsule "Get Bonus: The Movie"

    stay tuned for a part 2!

    • 2 hr 9 min
    #09 - We'll Be Middle Aged Children (But So What)

    #09 - We'll Be Middle Aged Children (But So What)

    hi folks! it's 2021 now, i guess. perfect time to get back into the Cinderella story of a bunch of middle aged guys who hit the big time from the city of Dayton, Ohio.... Guided By Voices. specifically i focus on what i consider the strangest and most unique album of their catalog, 1993's Vampire on Titus.

    i also go over why i fell out with GBV over the years, my issues with the GBV fandom (aka cult), and the (many) things i feel like nuGBV has lost compared to the classic 90's lo-fi albums.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    #08 - Hurtling Over Peak Videograme

    #08 - Hurtling Over Peak Videograme

    it's a video...grames episode! i briefly talk about cool oddball that very much bear the mark of their creators: the colorful and goofy Super Bogus World (which has a new sequel) and the very unsettling Pagan: Autogeny.

    then i spend the meat of the episode unpacking a recent obsession: the Trackmania series with returning guest Ian Williams. what is so unusually good about Trackmania compared to other racing games? why does Nadeo seem to keep f*****g something that works so well up?

    • 1 hr 34 min
    #07 - The Great Sea Swallows Her Whole For A Treat

    #07 - The Great Sea Swallows Her Whole For A Treat

    greetings and apologies for the time between episodes! the music industry facing a severe downturn because of the recent pandemic and the general deluge of traumatic news has made me reflect more on smaller, more understated artistic triumphs as an antidote.

    so this episode i escape the present by talking about some timeless music from the recent past: the unassuming yet grandiose singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia, and particularly her (in my opinion) best albums The Blackened Air and Run To Ruin.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #06 - Enduring Mock Funerals

    #06 - Enduring Mock Funerals

    a journey through the myth, the legend, the phenomenon Travel Channel tv show and Ghost Bro hunter sanctum Ghost Adventures featuring special guest Ian Williams.

    in an extra long episode Ian and I talk about ghosts, the Pro Wrestling-like appeal of Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans as the classic American confidence man, the American fascination with ghost hunting, and the good and bad about Ghost Adventures as a cultural phenomenon and... whether or not Zak Bagans actually wants to f**k a ghost

    • 1 hr 59 min

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18 Ratings

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Horse Volume ,

Thoughtful, eye opening, makes you reconsider what you think you know.

Do you remember ‘Indie Game the Movie?’, did you think ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ was the worst Kubrick film? Do ghost tourism shows on the travel channel make you mildly uncomfortable? Enter the Blood Zone- where Liz Ryerson and a series of excellent guests brings a truly interesting and new perspective to some of the cultural pillars (and cultural detritus) that lives rent-free in your head.

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I usually don’t have any background with the topics, but I always find it interesting.

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