Episode 81 – Jennifer Zhang

This episode features producer, actress, model, cosplayer, and singer, Jennifer Zhang.  Michael and Jennifer discuss creative lapses, cosplaying, donuts, exercise, acting, Batman: The Animated Series, viral videos, fan films, true nerdiness, bullshit filters, horror films, Evil Inside, J-Horror, The Ring, masculinity, Bowie, celebrity deaths 2016, gender fluidity, childhood cosplay, peaceful resolutions, her album Emocean, Electronic Dance Music, community, DC Comics, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who, anime, and video games.

This episode is sponsored by WhedonCon 2017. Get your single day or full weekend tickets at http://whedoncon.com

LINKS
Jennifer Zhang offical site   
Jennifer Zhang on Instagram 
Jennifer Zhang on Twitter 
Jennifer Zhang on Facebook
DK’s Donuts
Evil Inside (2012)

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Episode 79 – Rig Moroi

This episode features blogger Rig Moroi of facebook.com/criticalmassesthinking. Michael and Rig discussed audio engineering, photography, vintage sound equipment, Boards of Canada, music, our parents’ music, 56 KLZ, Country and Western, celebrity deaths of 2016, subverting masculinity, integrated schools, critical thinking, Magnet schools, dangerous neighborhoods, youthful defiance, drama productions, nerdiness, old computers, family game rules, movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe, horror movies, cinematic sexism, Hidden Figures, equality, Alien 3, Batman films, and standup comedy. 

LINKS
Critical Masses Thinking
WhoSampled

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Episode 76 – Mary Soracco

This episode features homemaker, and founder of The Contrary Dame jewelry, Mary Soracco. Michael and Mary discussed small businesses, mentorship, self-study, big business, big pharma, big medicine, conscription, making a difference, pop culture, pop music, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder, nice celebrities, James Corden, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Kimmel, Banksy, The Contrary Dame, psychology, allyship, allyship failures, smart people, privilege, fear of change, growth, The Worldwide Women’s March, equality, worker’s rights, inclusivity, intersectionality, unity, racism, social divide, the status quo, cable news, TV, women’s issues, Ian Curtis, and depressing music.

LINKS
The Contrary Dame on Facebook
The Contrary Dame on Instagram
The Contrary Dame on Twitter
The Contrary Dame on Etsy
JewelsByJackie.com
Occam’s Razor
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic official site
‘Weird Al’ on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
The Hill
The Atlantic
Endless Night Vampire Ball Los Angeles
New Hope Community Church Sunland
Bats Day Black Market

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Episode 75 – Deb Kavis

This episode features veteran Los Angeles Nuart Theater Sins O’ The Flesh Rocky Horror shadow cast member and burlesque performer, Deb Kavis and her partner, artist Jesse Ledina. Deb, Jesse, and Michael talked about creativity, Sins O’ The Flesh, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, being an inspiration, social awakening, The Ogden Theatre, Lair of the White Worm, The White Buffalo, Slim Pickens, kink, burlesque, Alan Tudyk, broadening fandom, normalization, Oingo Boingo, Nitzer Ebb, art that holds up, Bowie, how Deb and Jesse met, karaoke and Twin Peaks.

LINKS
Deb Kavis on Instagram
Jesse Ledina on Instagram
Flesh N’ Boingo on Facebook
AndrogynArt on Facebook

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Episode 72 – The Armoires Return

This episode sees the return of LA band, The Armoires, just back from their UK tour. Rex Broom, Christina Bulbenko, Derek Hanna, Clifford Ulrich, and Michael talked about touring, England, London, Robyn Hitchcock, The Armoires lineup, The California Institute of Abnormalarts, Big Stir, day jobs, fretless bass, side projects, concerts, celebrity deaths, Prince, David Bowie, 1970s showbiz, music from childhood, Neil Young, 560 KLZ-AM, variety shows, answer songs, UK stories, hearing your song on the radio, kismet, Incidental Lightshow, favorite albums, touring bands, and building music community.

LINKS
The Armoires
Cait Brennan
California Institute of Abnormalarts
VisualabDesign
International Pop Overthrow
Kenny’s Plumbing

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Bowie

Today’s episode is a compilation of two roundtable discussions about our fallen alien god, David Bowie. This was recorded over two weeks with former podcast guests, Patrick Duncan, Hayden Black, Shannon Corder, Travis Olgin, and Tara Price, as well as newcomers Rachel Weinstein, and Shannon Robles. We commiserated, talked, shared stories, sang, and cried.

LINKS
David Bowie official website
Rachel Weinstein on the radio with David Bowie in 1997
Flight of the Conchords – Bowie
Flight of the Conchords – Bowie’s in Space
Liam Lynch – Fake David Bowie Song

 #PleaseBeKind

Something happened on the day he died…

“I’ve heard a rumour from Ground Control / Oh no, don’t say it’s true”

There will be no new episode today. For those of you who listen, you know we lost our God last night, and we are devastated.

I can scarcely remember a time in my life when Bowie wasn’t in it. I remember as a child hearing his music all throughout the 70s, watching him live with Klaus Nomi on SNL in 1979, watching the music videos throughout the 80s and 90s, being in the front of the pit seeing him live with Nine Inch Nails in 1995, marveling at his ability to constantly reinvent himself, and worshiping him utterly.

He and his work sit on the throne at the very center of a Kingdom of music, art, culture, and counterculture that pumps in our veins and makes us who we are. He is the single most influential artist in the history of modern music. Without him, there would be no punk, no post-punk, no Goth, no New Wave, no Alternative rock, etc. So many other music careers and genres were begat by him, and to him they owe their successes.

His career spanned five decades, and he was–and always shall be–relevant. Fuck you, Eli, wherever you are. Stop what you’re doing and go buy or listen to his last album, Blackstar, just released on January 6. As it turns out, he knew he was not long for this world, and he was letting us know, and saying goodbye. Leave it to the man–the GOD–to eulogize himself. Last night, the heavens just became far more interesting. I just know Bowie and Lou Reed are already working together on a new project.

Somehow, I never imagined how I would feel should David Bowie ever die. Now I know, and it is not good.

Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

#PraiseHim #PleaseBeKind

LINKS
DavidBowie.com
David Bowie and Klaus Nomi on SNL, 1979
David Bowie – Blackstar on Amazon