Episode 40: Enter the Skullcast 8

Skull Fest is a punk festival that draws fans and performers from around the world to Pittsburgh.  Dusty Hanna is the principal organizer and lead singer for the great Pittsburgh Peace Goth Punk band Silence.  He stops by to tell everyone about the great things in store for Skull Fest 8: Skulls in Space.  In the process we talk about what punk means, what it’s like to accidentally start a festival, and somewhere in the bottom 5 is a story about a severed fox head.

Skull Fest 8 will be held in various locations around Pittsburgh on August 18th to 21st.  Tickets can be found at the Skull Fest Web Site and at Cruel Noise Records in Polish Hill.  You can find out more on The Official Skull Fest 8 Facebook Event Page.

As always, there is swearing.

Episode 39: Is There Hope for Humanity?

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Well, no.  Jason Baldinger and I conclude that pretty early on.  Anyhow, he can spin a pretty good yarn and he read some damn good poems. So, there. Jason also reads some poems for us.  You can hear more at Jason’s Bandcamp page.  You really should find out more about his books The Studs Terkel Blues and The […]

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Episode 38: Any Alternative

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Greg Murray is a lawyer by day and creator of energetic songs about frustration by night.  He stops by to talk about his cassette 33/34, which I am somehow unable to figure out how to say.  We sample the song “The Riverside” and discuss how creativity is a kind of stewardship.  There’s also mild swearing and […]

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Episode 37: For the Love of Poetry

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Dessie Bey is an accomplished poet by her own right, but on this episode she discusses the collection she edited called Know Thyself: An African American Poetic Journey.  It is a collection of poems that tells the history of the African American experience that counteracts the cultural violence of colonialism in a way that reclaims […]

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Episode 36: The Clothes Make the Team

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For this episode the funny and knowledgeable Doug Keklak to talk about sports uniforms and how good teams can get away with looking bad. In the process we talk about baseball greats Larry McWilliams and Floyd Rayford; how important baseball cards were before cable TV and the Internet; and just how horrid the New England […]

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Episode 35: Silhouettes

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Bonnie Resinski was part of the creative force at the theatre at St. Francis University for 46 years, and a huge influence on my life.  In her spare time, she created an amazing one-woman show that chronicles 100 years of women’s fashion.  In this episode, she speaks about how fashion is a mix of style, […]

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Episode 34: Silence: The Sound of a Band That is Absolutely Something

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Silence is a very exciting Pittsburgh band on the verge of a very big year.  They are a little bit crusty, a little bit gothy, and their politics are left wing, which is the better wing when you think about it.  In this podcast, we talk about their two upcoming 2016 releases, and maybe somebody remembered […]

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Episode 33: St. Paul: A New Formalist Close Reading

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Okay, so we don’t do a true new formalist close reading, but Mike Miller of Endless Mike and the Beagle Club stops by for an intimate conversation about his wonderful new record St. Paul. During our time together, I give that record what might be the most painfully awkward record review in history.  We also talk […]

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Episode 33: Accumulating Interest

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Janette Schafer is a banker, and we talk about why you should care about banking.  We also discuss how and why financial literacy and creativity are the same sides of the same coin.  She also has this amazing collaboration with other playwrights called The Beautiful Cadaver Project, which you can find out about from their […]

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Episode 32: There’s a Man Named Brook Pridemore.

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In this episode Brook Pridemore and Derek Zanetti stop by to talk to us about what it means to draw from personal experiences when making art.  In the process, we talk about the complexities of putting one’s personal life on display, the tyranny of perfection that a lot of Americans live under, and Brook has one hell […]

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