Episode 55: You Can’t Go to Heaven Until You Spend Some Time in Hell

Friend of the podcast Bill Toms stops by to discuss his excellent new album Good for My Soul.  In the process of me exploring my geek love for his music, we explore Bill’s musical influences, the difference between love and infatuation, and Bill surprises me with a literary connection that I should have seen all along.

You can find out about all things Bill Toms from his official website. Updates can also be found at Bill’s Facebook Page, and please do consider going to one or both of the Good for My Soul LP Release Shows, on October 20th and 21st in 2017 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh.

I don’t think we swear, but it’s just too much of a pain to take the explicit tag off in iTunes.

Episode 54: This is Work

“This is Work” is the title of the first poem in Kristofer Collins’ excellent new book Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern from Hyacinth Girl Press.  Joining Kristofer and I is Hyacinth Girl Press head Margaret Bashaar.  During this podcast we discuss the book, editorial control, and Roland Barthes’ notion of the death of the […]

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Episode 53: The Almost Sound of Snow Falling

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Robert Walicki is a fantastic poet, who also happens to be a plumber.  In this podcast we discuss what it means to be a working class poet, Robert reads a few poems, and we discuss poetry in this era of US history.  Also, we get deep into his creative process for anyone who wants to […]

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Episode 52: Intrusions/Poems

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Jameson Bayles has lived in Pittsburgh for less than 24 hours, and I thank him for taking time to join us on the podcast during his first Pittsburgh day.  During our talk, he reads some of his poems, we talk about the connection between poetry and place in these troubled times, intimacy in the age […]

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Episode 51: Pigment on a Surface

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Gene Marsh is an artist, educator, and all around nice guy. Unfortunately, Gene had a slight set back with his creative endeavors due to a fire at his studio.  In this podcast we discuss the importance of art and the creative process through looking at his own work.  Along the way we discuss “the hell […]

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Episode 50: Fumbles Revelations

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Four time guest Jason Baldinger is here to promote his new book Fumbles Revelations on Grackle and Crow Press which is affiliated with the Lilliput Review.  Jason is also the co-coordinator of The Bridge Series, a monthly reading series at The Brillobox at 4104 Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh that brings together people from the literary […]

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Episode 49: Muskrat Friday Dinner

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Scott Silsbe stops by to talk about his fantastic new collection of poems entitled Muskrat Friday Dinner, and yes, the title really does refer to the act of eating muskrats on Friday for dinner. Now that’s out of the way, I am also happy to say that we also have a very in depth conversation […]

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Episode 48: It’s Been Recorded

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John Charney is an accomplished guitarist and music director.  We are both passionate about our music fandom, but the venn diagram of our musical tastes has very little overlap.  In this podcast (recorded on location in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Loretto, Pennsylvania on a perfect spring afternoon) we have a very civil dialog about what we […]

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Episode 47: Let’s Get Physical (Media)

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For this episode The One and Only Matt Miller stops by to talk about his forthcoming cassette release for his band Small Pollen entitled El Cortisone La Corazon.  For this cassette, he’s going to insert dried, pressed flowers into all 150 cassettes (for real).  Also, joining us is Derek Zanetti of (and also who is) […]

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Episode 46: Salmon with Earworms

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For this episode, I got to sit down with the excellent folk rock group Pairdown in their practice space.  Pairdown performs exquisite songs full of hooks, immaculate playing, and harmony.  Their new album Reach to Ring is out on April 14, 2017, and the Pairdown Reach to Ring LP release show is April 18, 2017 […]

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