cult art and niche culture from a lefty perspective. hosted by Liz Ryerson.
#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?
#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.
#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
#05 - Deep Down The Scab Hole
hello fellow dark voyagers of the great beyond,
this is a very special musical episode about my (sometimes sordid) history and musical background with the online videogame music arrangement community OC ReMix, the music and artistry of several things i enjoyed on that website, and the many dramas of that era that still haunt me in ways that i can't put into words today.
you are in for a journey, and a real treat. so be patient and sit back and relax.
#04 - That's A Dead Kid
welcome back, universe!
on this episode i talk with David Stockdale of the Youtube channel Nightmare Masterclass about the disturbing fake videogame let's play/video art project/internet sensation Petscop. what is it? what distinguishes it from other creepypasta internet horror videos? is it a commentary on the commodification of children as marketing demographic and childhood nostalgia? (yes, it is).
Third Eye Wide Blind
greetings! on this very chunky special episode, i rewatched Stanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and talk about its various allusions and resonances to the modern day hell world we are all trudging through. major spoilers for the film.
hope you enjoy it! stay tuned for a new episode about either music or a game next month.