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40 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
Murmur 111 : Geof Darrow and Steve Skroce | "The Matrix @20"
We continue to talk about art that bother us. World-building has been strangely silent since The Matrix, a concept originally left for dead, pushed forward into standard by will, belief, and a corps of indelible artists. Geof Darrow and Steve Skroce - the two craftspeople first to join the legion - assemble here to add their DNA to our dish. Filmmaking with vision is a winnable war-of-art; to wit, the great irony of a film is can’t know we need one until it’s been made.
61 minutes | Nov 2, 2019
Murmur 110 : Chuck Palahniuk | "Fight Club" @20
Oh, F’it, let’s actually talk about the film Fight Club @ Twenty - still the smartest delinquent in the room - with the man whose book-as-rolling-ball-of-art-and-confusion began a movie birthed by an apropos society of full-throated artists: Chuck Palahniuk. The film still can’t drink, but it’s no less a danger to society. Its meta and mythos are more than meets the eye, and its fever-pitch lives in Chuck’s own agnostic baptisms. Write what you know, perhaps; film what’s to remain, please. Live from Cologne, Germany Live from Cologne, Germany, with an assist from Black Francis of The Pixies. Gleiten [Slide].
62 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
Murmur 109 : Henry Rollins | In:Pictures
Henry Rollins — Professor Emeritus, The Modern School of Film — joins us in lovely, lovely Lima, Peru to triptych his life in three acts (i.e. three films) and continue our journey In:Pictures. His selections are as raw and ready-made as Henry; one indie, one Epic, one film family-photo one would sooner forget, but cannot. Blissfully, Robert Duvall came up a few times (read three) to boot. Henry never forgets, and his cinema, unsurprisingly, unforgiving. Welcome back, Professor. Thank you, Peru.
57 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Murmur Meta : Wesley Snipes
Once upon an art-form, the term "classically trained" meant something, for better and for worse. Wesley Snipes is the former and we're the former for it. Dr. Snipes joined us in Monaco to look back and ahead at his range, his craftsmanship and, most importantly, to teach us how to take a punch. And a kick. All in a dance move or two.
45 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
Murmur 108 : Ingrid Michaelson | Now That's Totally Cool, Almost
SUBJECT : NOSTALGIA Like the man sang, "It's never over". More than an 80's-lyric, though, while function is transient, what forms us, eternal. And gift-able. Singer/writer Ingrid Michaelson tiles the walls of both her home and her art with love and legacies that neither date, nor diminish. What transports her is the photo of the photo; the time of the time. Perhaps, in a world where the future is far less sexy, and less inconceivable, than ever, what's past is Epilogue. All those moments not lost in time. Rather held. Imperishable.
47 minutes | Aug 10, 2019
Murmur 107 : Thom Sonny Green of Alt-J | A View Of One's Own
SUBJECT : PERSPECTIVE Though rings of hell vary, we all travel through as a form of learning. There is very little understanding gained if we aren’t faced with uncertainty or with loss or with decay; or, frankly, with death. Thom Sonny Green of Alt-J is in touch with his heights because he’s faced-off with his depths. Amongst his antagonisms, his own physical well-being — diagnosed with Alport Syndrome at the age of 12, by then having lost a majority of his hearing and signaling the need for a kidney transplant — a cause for many to question their very journey, let alone architect a purpose. Thom cannot teach you what he’s learned, yet, as is the case with best of teachers, he chooses to candidly reviews his times, his trials and his continual triumphs. Most things, we can’t truly know ‘til we get there; however, getting a firm dose of relativity never hurts.
51 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Murmur 106 : Adam Gardner & Lauren Sullivan "Calm Sprinting"
SUBJECT : USE We've all asked where things come from; so, let's leap-frog that by asking where they go -- "somewhere" is not the right answer. Two from the frontline, though, know. Partners in life and in use -- Adam Gardner (who has been moonlighting with Guster for 20 years) and Lauren Sullivan (who had us at "perseverate") -- have been keeping global score for 15 years with their advocacy/progeny, Reverb; rallying artists to make "best use" of sonic bullhorns to repurpose the wakes that spread into the ties that connect. Ties that are never plastic. And, if so, never single-use. So, listen-up, then act. But not necessarily in that order.
66 minutes | Jul 20, 2019
Murmur 105 : Matt Berninger of The National "The Freedom Of Dizziness"
SUBJECT : ANXIETY Few states deadlock past/present/future in an immediacy all too real. Though its sources constipate, its feels can softly (and not) extend into frontiers of fear, panic, paranoia, dread; yet, in doses, motivation and movement. It lives with us, is not us. Matt Berninger of The National bravely sources the ubiquity of his anxieties and the agreement he’s struck: blessings are curses and vice versa. He’s here to draw a map, not a line; and to sit with, not run from, the disconnections we mistakenly deduce as less than normal. So listen, think again, repeat.
56 minutes | Jul 5, 2019
Murmur 104 : John Woo "The Killer @30"
What do you get a film that has everything? Let's start with a thank you, hand-delivered. Legendary filmmaker John Woo allows us in to his office and mindset as THE KILLER came of age thirty years ago. All films are documentaries, still some are templates. Such was THE KILLER and the touch of its creator -- a disciple of cinema, a priest of its power. When a film embraces hard choices, yet feels as innocent now as ever, 30 years fall away. Armed with two mics -- one in each hand, in the spirit of the Killer, himself -- we look back at the film with Master Woo at a culture and a generation of film that hasn't been the same since.
60 minutes | May 13, 2019
Murmur 103 : Walter Hill "The State Of The Western"
SUBJECT : THE STATE OF THE WESTERN If ever a genre was meant to appear, cloud, clear — then cloud again — it's the Western. Since it's birth, this most cinematic of forms has been chalked-up as storytelling scavenger, dusted, and left for dead, all ‘round the same campfire; only to see the most majestic of practitioners defending its frontier as reflector of morality, spinner of spirituality, and builder of fences around the seemingly unfence-ible [sic]. Unconvinced? Give a legend a shot — he has the pelts. Walter Hill digs up his unbreakable solace in the singularity pure/impure Western form; and, for no good measure, unearths a personal walk-through of its master gatekeepers, of which is he is a last artist standing.
62 minutes | Apr 22, 2019
Murmur 102 : Shovels & Rope "Better Homes & Jedis"
SUBJECT : BALANCE Living a life in proportion sounds as redemptive as gratitude, thankfulness, and good manners; yet, as empirical as the Yeti, let alone the Jedi. The whole IS the parts; the family photo is simply good scheduling. Singers/musicians/writers/spouses (and more) Shovels & Rope are proof the “try-less try” - where the elements of a life are built upon their inspirations, not their results - completes. In such a place the movements of a life, along with its set-backs, create a geometry no candle nor variety pack of incense can. So aspire to equilibrium, cautiously. Otherwise, what fun would a see-saw be?
58 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
Murmur 101 : Jeffrey Toobin "The Frankenstein School"
SUBJECT : ART FROM ANTHROPOLOGY Let's agree, it's advisable to not get your news from your art. Your art from your news, though? A longer story. At its height, art is a transposition of our existence in metaphor, in relief; never in reality. Jeffrey Toobin (CNN, The New Yorker) has uniquely messengered the Real for both digesters of journalism and of popcorn. Jeff knows a good yarn is a good yarn, even when our world deserves a “story by” credit. Hell, even Shakespeare knew as much. One can’t spell history without “story” nor facsimile without…well, you get the picture. So Storytellers look around — you can’t always make this stuff up; but, typically, you won’t need to.
66 minutes | Feb 26, 2019
Murmur 100 : Michael Rooker "More Is More"
SUBJECT : EXPOSURE Murmur at 100! Everything is everywhere. If you want to know it, hear it, celebrate it or drag it — it’s around. 24/7. Weekends, too. Ideas never sleep. For too few, such is the moment where a curiosity can be satisfied, or a bet settled. For too many, access has never been more accessible, nor girthier. Against all odds and sense, though, sometimes a true craftsperson (see Michael Rooker) joins the club; but, rather than wading in public pool of exhibition, Rooker sees exposure for what it is — a platform for art, a communion with fans — and is only fleeting forlorn about occasions when talk ain’t cheap. Then again, without cheap talk how would we know the difference?
66 minutes | Feb 17, 2019
Murmur 99 : Yaphet Kotto "Slip Away From Your Life"
SUBJECT : RETIREMENT A small handful of moments tie past, present, future in one. Leaving your work is such a matter, and when Art is your work, the conversation contaminates, beautifully. Groundbreaking actor Yaphet Kotto is not a reminisce'er by nature, but is he a retiree? And in a profession where one is arguably never hired to begin with, who is retiring from Art even up to? Perhaps, as Yaphet's work lives-on as dynamically than ever, retiring is one of those pesky mortal dilemmas. Our specialty, alas, when you got a job to do.
52 minutes | Feb 2, 2019
Murmur 98 : Doris Burke "Wounds From A Friend"
SUBJECT : CRITICISM Few words have as many synonyms -- feedback, advice, counsel, opinion, review, evaluation, coaching, teaching; so on. None are the final say, though; and many, contrary to common belief, come from a light place. In a 30 year career, ESPN's Doris Burke has managed to harness said light amidst a myriad of undulating egos, agendas, points-of-view, pressures, and past-times. Her brain and her voice are always on-time and reflect a greatest hits of her teachers and coaches both intentional and otherwise. She knows that in terms of criticism, tone and intent is all, and naming names is the lowest lying fruit. So, before you cast off criticism, let go and listen to Doris tell some truth. Come on, now.
58 minutes | Dec 1, 2018
Murmur 97 : Ian MacKaye "Some Kind of Dinosaur"
SUBJECT : THE RECORD What do we leave behind? Everything. All we said and did, touched and felt, saw and heard. Our wake in our wake. Our record. Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) has been recording for decades; authoring, observing, writing, screaming, and riding the record as it ever spins. We want that name back! Records. Why waste an idea that covers it all? Ian sets his straight, or not.
61 minutes | Nov 9, 2018
Murmur 96 : Angie Dickinson “An Itch In Time”
SUBJECT : THE PAST A look back — a peek, not a stare — is the rudiment of progress. If we acknowledge humanity, art, culture, history, sex, athletics, politics et al are all in motion, so it stands that we develop as we develop; a greatest (and less-so) hits of the times we contain. Angie Dickinson - iconic actress, and purveyor of all the great film “feels”- befriends time in pairs; in clarity and in ignorance. Her past teaches her present — a present that capitulates seamlessly to Now, knowing the best stories and legends go unprinted. She also still loves it when people call her “Pepper”. Oh, Angie, indeed.
54 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
Murmur 95 : James Carville "We're Also Out Of Coffee"
SUBJECT : CRISIS Crying-wolf is all the rage; the danger being, lightening bugs have nothing in common with lightening. When strum and drang is our ring-tone, we need to revisit what deserves action and what deserves a cable cut. Strategist/Consultant/Teacher James Carville's historic pole position has enabled a career of avoiding cracks and deflecting crisis both for-and-of all five estates. He’s also student to and author of an inside vernacular that’s served both colleagues and causes well. There’s more to crisis than meets the ear; but, don’t panic, James will break it all down only to re-construct it by hour’s end.
56 minutes | Oct 13, 2018
Murmur 94 : Brandon Boyd "The Top Of The Sandbox"
SUBJECT : CURIOSITY You'll like this, it's pass/fail; or, rather, fail/pass. You either have this or you don't. You either are this or y'aren't. Yes, it can be transferred; but, it's best when encouraged or environments allow for it. You can't fake it, and it's far different than either intellect (though they couple well) or boredom (though this is easily mistaken.) You'll feel a certain "itch" at first then you'll need to set forth. Age is often both its confederate and its proof it's never too late. What is it? It's it. But do you have it? We think you already know. Singer/Writer/Painter Brandon Boyd of Incubus has it, ad absurdum et ad infinitum. …Curious?
53 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Murmur 93 : Stephen Mangan "Bob's Your Content"
SUBJECT : CONTENT AND CULTURE There are limitless roads one many follow to pre-divine a culture - political, educational, infrastructural, even culinary. Amongst paths we've employed, one standard, hypnotic, vexing version is to simply open our eyes; particularly when we travel, specifically as lingual outsiders. Mercifully actor/creator Stephen Mangan tour-guides us through the triumphs and trapdoors of UK artistic content and what it's smallest forms - at the very least - intone about his nation and content gifts both given and received. Stephen's work, as his insight, crosses ponds effortlessly, including our favorite UK content confection "panel shows". Some artistic diplomacy has it's limits, however. Such are the benefits of home.
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