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THIS IS NOT A TEST is an amalgam of books, music, movies, art, culture, love and truth from Los Angeles author and musician Michael Phillips. What more do you need? I'd recommend that you listen to every episode, but I'm biased.

THIS IS NOT A TEST Michael Phillips

    • Society & Culture

THIS IS NOT A TEST is an amalgam of books, music, movies, art, culture, love and truth from Los Angeles author and musician Michael Phillips. What more do you need? I'd recommend that you listen to every episode, but I'm biased.

    Go Fly a Kite and Other Mild Insults

    Go Fly a Kite and Other Mild Insults

    Hi, remember me? I thought you might like to talk about dogs, jobs, moms, flying kites and Jolly Rogers, sleeping on pool tables, corn, Mai Tais with Buddha, white Christmas, metadata, Showtime at The Apollo, which Sex in the City character are you?, getting old, Christmas music, Van Morrison, The Wailers, fistfights, puppetheads, Joe Strummer, particles, white people, Survivor, Trevy, patois, Rastafari, appreciation vs. appropriation, Cross Colours jackets, why you should stop telling people you're a DJ, and propane in the membrane.

    • 39 min
    Come Fly With Me

    Come Fly With Me

    Let's talk about air travel, airplanes, and people, and maybe also the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs in the summer, LAX, a deep, hacking, ugly cough, Pringles, pretzels, vodka, pasta salad, La-Z-Boys, Mountain Dew, nuns, flowy peasant blouses, iPods, Tunis Air, half-price fajita night, tuberculosis, and the joys of a good mani/pedi.

    • 36 min
    Life Must Be Somewhere to Be Found

    Life Must Be Somewhere to Be Found

    Allow me to regale you with more tales of packing up and moving, the Kingdom of Nye, the end of the road, Los Angeles, the high desert, America's Next Top Model, the 60 freeway, LAX, the Milky Way, leaf blowers, Bedouins, mountain biking, Germans, landlords, cucumber water, and how Instagram is destroying the National Parks. If that's not enough, I don't know what to tell you.

    • 31 min
    You Can't Always Get What You Want

    You Can't Always Get What You Want

    Hi. I've always been honest with you, except when I'm lying, so I have to say that I recorded this episode and put it on the shelf because I didn't think it was good enough. "Good enough" being a subjective term, of course. But as it happens, I'm packing to move (again), which means there's no time to come up with a replacement. So rather than leave a month-long hole in the schedule, I present you with this not-good-enough episode, where I talk about the death of Google Plus, shortwave radio, and rare books. When I emerge from the move and come up for air, I'll let you know where I am in the world, and I'll hit you with a top-notch, super-interesting, A-1 professional episode. Or just more of the same, that remains to be seen.

    • 36 min
    How a Jacket Changed My Life

    How a Jacket Changed My Life

    This episode starts with a bang and just keeps bangin' 'till the cows come home. LOL! LOL! We will discuss Jah Himself, hippies, Mahtomedi Minnesota, aliens, beaver, curry, secret handshakes, Toughskins, ski jackets, the birth of the puffy jacket and its victims, living in your cousin's basement, the leather store, the perfection of the Schott Perfecto, molesting outerwear, getting the shit kicked out of you, feeling invincible, being invincible, magic, romance, chaos, Sonny Vincent, being twins with your girlfriend, what is cool? osmosis, chaos and upheaval, writing the story that no one else will write.

    • 31 min
    Interview with Carol Es: Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley

    Interview with Carol Es: Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley

    In this ear-crushing aural assault on the senses, artist and author Carol Es talks to us on the day her debut memoir Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is published. Okay, it's not really an "ear-crushing aural assault on the senses," it's just an interview, but lend a crushed ear to hear about Carol's adventures in writing and publishing a book, as well as her take on how Scientology ultimately affected her approach to the book (probably not in the way you might think), how her friends and family have reacted (before even reading the book), about her upcoming book launch/art show at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, and how ultimately the truth will always set you free.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

Phantricia31 ,

Lucky find!!

Stumbled upon this podcast by searching for "Bukowski"...been hooked ever since. Literate, entertaining, cool, random, eccentric and always interesting!

HMcCreesh ,

Plenty to Enjoy Here!

Phillips talks, with passion and insight, about the things he believes in: music, Bukowski, art, books, etc. I've listened to every episode since THIS IS NOT A TEST launched, and will keep listening. You should too.

Ship of Shane ,

Dedication to laying it down.

Mjp's done twenty six weeks in a row. Nothing is easy for twenty six weeks! Yet they keep rolling out with changes and surprises every time. Check this cat out and thank yourself later.

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