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92 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Novelist Chris Harding Thornton
We talk to writer Chris Harding Thornton about her debut novel, Pickard County Atlas, out this week on MCD Books. We discuss overrated bands, noir, life as an opera major, working at a record store in the 1990s, what our families think about our writing, and the books we hate.
38 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Chris Harding Thornton--Playlist
Some songs to accompany our talk with novelist Chris Harding Thornton and her new novel Pickard County Atlas. Tracks from PJ Harvey, Jesus Lizard, The Jam, Pulp, His Hero Is Gone, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five, Rocket from the Crypt, Meat Beat Manifesto, Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and George Jones.
108 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Musician Matthew Kallman (of Real Estate)
We chat to Matthew Kallman of the band Real Estate about ordering records from paper catalogs in the '90s, adaptability, music biographies, the cultish earnestness of The Blue Nile, instrumental music, Real Estate's new album The Main Thing, and his work as music supervisor for the new HBO miniseries I Know This Much Is True.
86 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
On our bonus Halloween episode, we ask: What is Halloween music? Is Halloween music actually spooky? And, if not, what makes music spooky? To figure out the answers to these questions, we discuss and listen to everything from goth to surf, horrorpunk to horrorcore rap, old-time music to modern outsider artists, singing saws, theremins, and novelty songs.
77 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Replay: Musician & Multigenre Writer Dao Strom
A replay of our conversation with Portland-based writer, musician, and visual artist Dao Strom. We also get caught up with her about her evolution as an artist in the time since this interview and talk about her new book Instrument, as well as its companion album Traveler's Ode.
90 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Essayist Elena Passarello
Superstar Oregon essayist Elena Passarello discusses what it’s like to write and think deeply about Elvis Presley in 2020. We chat about her short-lived attempt to be the world’s first prominent female Elvis tribute artist, find out how to sleep in Elvis’ childhood bedroom, and learn all about her SECRET VEGAS WEDDING. We also consult Public Enemy, Gillian Welch, Nick Cave, and Lester Bangs for their thoughts on the so-called King of Rock & Roll.
79 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Songs to accompany our chat with essayist Elena Passarello and her writing project on Elvis Presley. Within: deep-cut songs by Elvis, songs about Elvis, songs written for (or almost performed by) Elvis, and songs we wish Elvis would have lived long enough to cover.
31 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Songs from our conversation with novelist and short story author Chelsea Bieker. Nina Simone, Reba McEntire, Blink-182, Selena, and more.
65 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Novelist & Short Story Author Chelsea Bieker
Our conversation with Portland writer Chelsea Bieker about her new novel Godshot, and her upcoming short story collection Cowboys and Angels. Within: lost mothers, the power of Nina Simone, Blink-182 t-shirts, the pelvic floor.
28 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Santi Elijah Holley--Playlist
Some songs to accompany our chat with journalist and music writer Santi Elijah Holley on his upcoming 33 1/3 book, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads. Four essential versions of the folk ballad "Stagger Lee," as well as 2Pac, Gil-Scott Heron, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
89 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Journalist & Music Writer Santi Elijah Holley
Our chat with Portland journalist and music writer Santi Elijah Holley. We talk about his upcoming Bloomsbury 33 1/3 book, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads, as well as his book-in-progress on the Shakur family and the history of black liberation movements. We also take a deep dive into the folk ballad "Stagger Lee."
53 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Reintroducing The Steer and introducing our new co-host Karleigh Frisbie Brogan. Joshua and Karleigh discuss friendship, pandemic writing, upcoming guests, new music recommendations, and the importance of college radio in the 1990s
54 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Some tunes to accompany our reintroduction to The Steer, and the introduction of our new co-host Karleigh Frisbie Brogan. Songs from (in order) Brittany Howard, Aldous Harding, Babytooth, Greentea Peng, Frances Quinlan, Soundgarden, Allison Crutchfield, Morphine, Waxahatchee, Steve Young, Sara Renberg, Freedy Johnston, Yaara Valey, and Ora Cogan.
70 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Music from the Bill Carty episode of The Steer, as heard on www.Dublab.com and KZUT 99.1 FM Los Angeles. Artists include Gang Starr, Tierra Whack, Frank Ocean and Yo Yo Ma, among others.
70 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Poet Bill Carty
Joshua and Jeff talk to Seattle-based poet Bill Carty. Topics discussed include: writing under the joy/ pressure of having two young children, the mastery of Gang Starr, growing up in Maine, and his 2019 poetry collection Huge Cloudy, nominated for the 2019 The Believer Book Award in the Poetry category.
29 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Music from the Stephen Steinbrink episode of The Steer, as heard on www.Dublab.com and KZUT 99.1 FM Los Angeles. Artists include Dear Nora, Prefab Sprout, Lake and Stephen Steinbrink, among others.
78 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Songwriter Stephen Steinbrink
Jeff and Joshua talk to Oakland-based indie-pop songwriter Stephen Steinbrink. Topics discussed include: Olympia, Washington; audio books; the kindness of LAKE; stained glass refurbishing; therapy; psychedelics; Arthur Russell; and why short stories are the best tour read.
58 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Music from the Margaret Malone episode of The Steer, as heard on www.Dublab.com and KZUT 99.1 FM Los Angeles. Artists include Erik Satie, John Coltrane, The Notwist and Juana Molina, among others.
72 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Short Story Author Margaret Malone
Jeff and Joshua talk to Portland short story writer Margaret Malone, author of the PEN Hemingway finalist book People Like You. Within: writing rituals, anti-comparison living, the magic of the live reading, the wizardry of Juana Molina, and the imagined height of Bill Callahan.
67 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Music from the Andre Perry episode of The Steer, as heard on www.Dublab.com and KZUT 99.1 FM Los Angeles. Artists include Mobb Deep, The Grateful Dead, Sasami, Kendrick Lamar and Brittany Howard, among others.
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