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71 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 96 Owen Kline
Owen Kline is a New York based director, actor, screenwriter and cartoonist, who is best known for his role as Frank Berkman in The Squid And The Whale (2005). From early high school through his 20s, Owen has been spitting out an endless slew of self-generated DIY media including: comic books, sardonic fanzines and small joke books, novelty records and film shorts, including the delirious Jazzy for Joe (2014) starring the late talk show legend Joe Franklin as himself raising an abandoned child found on his doorstep. Owen's Fowl Play (2013), about a low-rent gang of aspiring cockfighters in Flushing, Queens, was selected by Josh & Benny Safdie for their Le Cinema Club repertory program in 2017. His forthcoming feature length directorial debut is about a young cartoonist trapped in a self-destructive dream world of his own making. The film which is also penned by Owen is titled Two Against Nature, and is produced by the Safdie Brothers and will be released by A24 films in the near future. Owen can be heard every Friday at 4 on his KPISS.FM radio show Run ‘Em Off.
63 minutes | 10 days ago
Episode 95 Rick Froberg
Nine months ago Youtube commenter Eric Gabbard wrote the following about the seminal San Diego band Drive Like Jehu: I’ve listened to a “shit ton” of music in my life...obsessively at times...and I’m about to turn 46. This band was amazing. I keep coming back to it. I was a teenager at the time and listened to this, along with the Melvins, Fugazi, and another big one was Faith No More’s Angel Dust. Great times driving around at night listening to this disc without a care in the world... So goddamn good Musician and artist Rick Froberg fronted Drive Like Jehu and many noted bands that have inspired the same type of devotion and admiration in music fans like Eric. These bands include Pitchfork, Hot Snakes, and The Obits. Rick also has a devoted following as an artist. To date, Rick has created album covers and posters for all his bands—often under the moniker "Rick Fork". He has worked at Funny Garbage (Gary Panter’s interactive design company), contributed illustrations to the New York Times, created a line of T-shirts for Altamont Apparel, and shown his art at galleries across the country.
88 minutes | 16 days ago
Episode 94 Dennis Dunaway
Before the world heard of KISS, the New York Dolls, Marilyn Manson, or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Alice Cooper, the original shock-rock band. Dennis Dunaway is a founding member of the band. As teenagers in Phoenix, Dennis and lead singer Vince Furnier, who would later change his name to Alice Cooper, started the band that would take them from Hollywood, to Detroit and finally to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2015 Dennis wrote the book Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! , which is a riveting account of the band's creation in the '60s, the heyday in the '70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way. Dennis currently records and tours with Blue Coupe featuring Joe and Albert Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult fame and singers Tish and Snooky who also happen to be the founders of Manic Panic.
65 minutes | 23 days ago
Episode 93 Andy Shernoff
Andy Shernoff is the founder, songwriter and bass player for the proto punk band The Dictators. He has over 200 credits as a musician, producer and songwriter. Andy also has 35 film and television credits including the movies Kindergarten Cop and Boys Don't Cry and television shows Billions, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and LillyHammer. His mantra is "everyday you make music is a good day". Andy currently resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Carla Rhodes and his trusty hounds Duchess and Maybellenne.
77 minutes | a month ago
Episode 92 Slava Mogutin
Born in Siberia, Slava Mogutin is a New York based Russian-American multimedia artist and author exiled from Russia for his outspoken queer writing and activism. A third-generation writer and autodidact journalist and photographer, he became the first Russian to be granted political asylum in the US on the grounds of homophobic persecution. Informed by his bicultural dissident and refugee experience, Slava’s work examines the notions of displacement and identity, pride and shame, devotion and disaffection, love and hate. Slava is the author of seven books of writings in Russian, as well as three monographs of photography, Lost Boys, NYC Go-Go, and Bros & Brosephines, and two illustrated collections of poetry, Food Chain and Pictures & Words. He's the winner of Andrei Bely Prize for poetry and the Tom of Finland Foundation Award for artistic achievement. For more info please visit: vimeo.com/slavamogutin instagram.com/slavamogutin amazon.com/author/slavamogutin facebook.com/slava-mogutin-photography
68 minutes | a month ago
Episode 90 Wayne Kramer
Wayne Kramer was the lead guitarist of the legendary Detroit band the MC5. The band used music to fight many of the political battles of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band's raucous and uncompromising performances also provided a complimentary soundtrack to the race riots that plagued Detroit during the 1960’s. The MC5’s political convictions ultimately led to FBI interventions and arrests. In 1975, Wayne was sentenced to federal prison for selling cocaine to an undercover agent. After his release, Wayne co-founded the non-profit group Jail Guitar Doors USA. The organization uses music and other art practices to provide incarcerated individuals a creative outlet, spiritual rehabilitation and a framework for coping with difficult situations. To date, Jail Guitar Doors USA has provided instruments to over 100 prisons.
44 minutes | a month ago
Easter Special with Paul Toupet
Lydia and Tim have stitched together a brisk episode to help get you into the Easter spirit. Lydia begins by giving a very interesting treatise into the meaning of Easter and why she believes Jesus was a homosexual drug dealer. Tim then presents the research he has been doing all week into April Fools' Day. Tim has gathered strong historical evidence that suggests that not only is April Fools' on the wrong day, but that the holiday is celebrated on the wrong month entirely. The episode is brought to a timely conclusion with an interview with French artist Paul Toupet. Paul sculpts wax puppets, which resemble children-like figures and rabbit masks. His sculptures with nucleated eyes are adorned in torn tissues or feathers and frequently have hair braids vomiting from the mouth. Paul is influenced by African art, European religious art, and his own exotic tastes. Through his work, Paul is trying to highlight how the world can be peaceful and scary at the same time. A special thank you goes out to Sebastien Greppo who pulls double duty this week. On most weeks, Sebastien kindly handles all things social media for The Lydian Spin. This week, he also lends a hand translating back and forth between French and English so that Paul, Lydia and Tim can talk. Happy Easter!
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 89 Adele Bertei
Adele Bertei is a multi-disciplinary artist —poet, writer, actor, performer, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker. She was an original member of New York incendiaries, the Contortions, while working as personal assistant to Brian Eno. Adele has appeared in several indie films, most notably Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames, and MoMA has acquired two films featuring Adele in lead roles. Her all girl punk-funk band The Bloods was the first out band of queer women. She has toured with, provided backing vocals, and written songs for Tears for Fears, Thomas Dolby, Sandra Bernhard, Culture Club, Scritti Politti, Whitney Houston, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Sheena Easton, Oleta Adams, Lydia Lunch, and the Pointer Sisters. Adele’s work as a vocalist includes her duet with Thomas Dolby on international hit “Hyperactive!” and the lead on Jellybean’s dance/pop hit “Just a Mirage”. Opening for writers Kathy Acker and Allen Ginsberg among others in the late 1970s, Adele's stories and essays appear in compilations The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading, edited by Eileen Myles, and Women Who Rock, edited by Evelyn McDonnell. Her first memoir Peter and the Wolves was released in 2020 on Smog Veil Books, and Why Labelle Matters, a book of hymnals to the band who gave the world "Lady Marmalade". The book was released on March 23, 2021 and is now available from the University of Texas Press.
72 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 88 Rich Keller
Rich Keller is a four time Grammy Award nominated engineer and producer. Rich earned twenty nine platinum albums. These records have sold seventy five million albums to date. Artists Rich has worked with include Nipsey Hussle, DMX, Nas, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy, Swizz Beatz, Notorious BIG, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Method Man, Jada Kiss, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and Ja Rule. Rich’s started his career in hip hop since 1992, thus he has earned official “OG” status. Rich attended North Texas State University and the City College of New York where he studied jazz bass with legendary bassist Ron Carter. He also happens to be one of the first people Tim met when he moved to New York.
89 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 87 Gary Lippman
Gary Lippman received a law degree from Northwestern University and has worked with New York’s Innocence Project. Gary’s play Paradox Lust ran off-off-Broadway in 2001 and his writing has been published in such notable publications as The New York Times, The Paris Review, and VICE, while his visual art can be seen at apocalippy.com. Having lived in Illinois, Florida, California, and France, Lippman can now be found in what used to be called “Fun City” with his Hungarian wife Vera.
85 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 86 Tanya Pearson
Tanya Pearson is a Public Historian and Director of the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a collection of digital interviews and written transcripts documenting the lives and careers of women-identified rock musicians. A documentary film based on the project is currently in production. Why Marianne Faithfull Matters, Tanya's contribution to the University of Texas Press’ Music Matters Series, will be published in July, 2021. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Bust Magazine, Memoir Mixtapes, and some blogs, and journals. Tanya is a staunch proponent of lesbianism, aging, not eating animals, senior dog adoption, punk rock, and Judy Garland. When she's not working she enjoys writing, rock climbing, playing in her band Feminine Aggression, and watching The Golden Girls with her dogs, Samuel and Andrew. Follow Women Of Rock Oral History Project on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Immediately following this week's the interview, Tanya reads an excerpt from chapter 2 of her upcoming book. The piece is titled Trauma is a Gateway Drug.
73 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 85 Karen Fiorito
Karen Fiorito is a vegan artist and activist residing in California. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured in major publications such as Art in America, Hyperallergic, Art Forum and ArtNews. She has also been featured in such books as American Women Artists in Wartime, Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today and The Design of Dissent. Fiorito has received grants from Change, Inc., the Puffin Foundation, the Pollination Project, A Well Fed World and LUSH Cosmetics for her public art projects. Her current public billboard project, Got Drought? has been touring the United States since 2015. She is also noted for her controversial Trumpocalypse billboard in downtown Phoenix, which gained international media attention.
73 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 84 Jarboe
Jarboe is a singer-songwriter multi instrumentalist and painter, who came to prominence as a member of the band Swans. She was born in Mississippi, and raised in New Orleans, Which along with her FBI father helped define her early musical ideas. The Swans first album, Filth (1983) mesmerized Jarboe, and as a result, she sought out Swans founder Michael Gira. Jarboe joined as a vocalist and keyboardist and debuted on the 1986 album Greed. Jarboe left Swans in 1997 and embarked on a solo career, releasing records including Sacrificial Cake and Anhedoniac. She has continued to self-release solo albums and, in 2012 recorded vocals for two tracks on the Swans' album, The Seer. Like most performers, Jarboe's last tour was cancelled, but she continues to captivate her audience with her recordings and paintings.
73 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 82 Joseph Keckler
Joseph Keckler is an operatic bass-baritone. He gained notoriety for his performance pieces, concerts, and music videos. One notable piece, Shroom Trip Opera, which is the true story of a bad trip he once has had was dubbed by Indiewire as a "classic". Sarah Silverman described it as "mind blowing". He has performed at Lincoln Center, Adult Swim Festival, and the Centre Pompidou. Check out Joseph's collection of essays: Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World(2017). Currently Joseph is an artist in residence at The Ringling Museum of Art. For your listening pleasure, two of Joseph's performances are included in the episode. The first is his cover of a Screaming Jay Hawkins I Put a Spell on You, and the second Apocalypse is his own song.
87 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 81 Laura Albert
Twenty years ago San Francisco author Laura Albert began to write novels using the literary persona JT Leroy. JT was a West Virginian transvestite prostitute, who applied his trade in and around Appalachian truck stops. At thirteen he was a junkie and a cutter. By nineteen, he had moved to San Francisco and started to write. JT's identity came from Laura's own need to create a persona through which she would able to confront and write about the sexual and physical abuse, she herself had experienced as a girl. In 2000, Laura as JT LeRoy published the novel, Sarah. The book was a sensation. The New York Times Book Review called the book "deft and imaginative". Success meant that there was a massive audience that wanted to meet JT. Laura met this demand as it she puts it "for Harry Potter to come alive" by recruiting her then sister-in-law to play the part of JT. Laura adopted a Cockney accent and played the role of JT's agent and assistant. Laura's ruse transformed JT Leroy from noted novelist to an A list celebrity. Hollywood came calling. Actress Asia Argento bought the rights to the LeRoy novel The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things and made the book into a film. In 2006, the inevitable happened, JT Leroy was accused of being a hoax. The New York Times published the article Unmasking of JT LeRoy: In Public, He's a She. The article fueled by misguided anger framed Laura's work as a con and avoided any meditation on the reasons why Laura did what she did. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the media followed suit and piled onto the JT Leroy as greatest literary hoax theme and in doing so, missed the opportunity to dig deeper into the role of identity in art and the sheer inventiveness of what Laura had done. Overtime the media frenzy disappeared, but the global audience for the JT Leroy books did not. Fans of the books continue to be moved and respond to the stories because of what Laura calls "the felt authenticity" in the work. Laura is still writing. Checkout the Sarah audio book narrated by a series of narrators including Shirley Manson and past Lydian Spin guest Michael Imperioli. Two excerpts from the audio book are included in the episode.
68 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 80 Mark Hosler
Mark Hosler is a founding member of the audio-visual collage group Negativland. Their newest album is called The World Will Decide. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from mass culture and the world around them, Negativland creates surreal rearrangements that say and suggest things that the pieces never originally intended. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement. After being sued, by the band U2, Negativland became more publicly involved in advocating significant reforms of copyright laws. Mark even found himself in Washington DC on Capitol Hill as a citizen lobbyist for copyright and art issues. All of their art and media interventions have intended to pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, control, ownership, propaganda, power, and perception in the United States of America.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 79 Pat Loud
Pat Loud along with the rest of her family helped invent reality television. The Loud family was the subject of the PBS program An American Family. Created by producer Craig Gilbert, the show was a sensation when it aired in 1973. Pat and her then-husband, Bill Loud, allowed a camera crew to film their family of five over seven months in 1971. The purported intention of the show was to chronicle a typical American family, but instead ended up showing the separation and divorce of Bill and Pat. The show is also credited as having televisions first openly gay character. Son Lance's coming-out was one of the main subjects of the show. Pat passed away on January 11th. According to her obituary in the New York Times, critics at the time called her a materialistic "self-absorbed affluent zombie”. However, unlike Kris Kardashian, Pat was the farthest thing from a vacuous cash fiend. Pat was kind, loved her family unconditionally, and was wildly creative. After American Family had aired, and she completed her divorce from her husband she moved with her children to New York. She found work with Ron Bernstein as a literary agent, and later worked with fashion designer Rudi Gernreich. In the late 1990s, Pat moved back to California to care for her son Lance who was sick with H.I.V. . She also reunited with her husband Bill, which was one of Lance's final wishes. Pat was 95 when Tim and Lydia went to visit her. She was joined by her son Lance's best friend and Mumps band mate Kristian Hoffman.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 78 Ricky Powell
Ricky captured some of the wildest moments in New York fashion, music, and art with his portraits of the downtown New York scene of the 80s and 90s. He befriended the Beastie Boys and joined the band on tour as part of their entourage. In this episode he tells the story of his epic journey to join the Beastie Boys who were on tour with Run DMC in St. Petersburg, Florida. Planes, Forties, and Pick up Trucks. If the Tribeca Film festival would have happened last year, one of the films that would have premiered would have been the documentary The Individualist, which through testimonies from those were on the other side of Ricky’s camera—including Natasha Lyonne, Debi Mazar, Mike D, Laurence Fishburne, Chuck D, and LL Cool J—tells the story of Ricky's rise, then fall, then rise again.
81 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 77 New Years Special
Lydia and Tim ring in the New Year and say good riddance to 2020 with friends, Donita Sparks, Eugene Robinson, Weasel Walter, Kid Congo Powers, Carla Rhodes,David Yow, Zoe Hansen, Lori Barbero, andRon Athey. Happy 2021!
68 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 76 The Second Annual Christmas Special
Happy Covid Christmas! To help get you through this wonderful time of the year, Lydia and Tim talk Christmas and listen to and chat music. For your enjoyment artists discussed include: traditional Inuit Music Betty Davis Phil Collins Mars Volta New Order Koko Taylor & Willy Dixon Charles Ives Rowland S. Howard Ying Yang Twins Soccer Mommy For a special stocking stuffer, checkout Lydia and Weasel Walter's cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs.
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