Quick to Listen

QtL. 5 – Ray Lynch

New Age pioneer and “headless hermit” Ray Lynch breaks his long silence to give us insight into openheartedness, his composing process, and his upcoming book on sacred mathematics.  This is Ray’s single most in-depth interview.

Discussed:  Scientific Proof of the Existence of God Will Soon Be Announced by the White House! by Adi Da Samraj, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes, “My Favorite Things by Bach” by Bernard Chazelle, “Beethoven Was a Narcissistic Hooligan” by Dylan Evans

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Quick to Listen

QtL.4 – Alicia Amiri of Nightmare Fortress

Gothy singer-songwriter Alicia Amiri reveals the philosophy behind The Wanting, the new album from Nightmare Fortress: “I believe in power, and power crushes what’s fair every single time.”  Bonus never-before-heard demo “Ring the Bell,” the recording that sparked the band.

Discussed:  No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, Either/Or by Søren Kierkegaard, On Pessimism by Arthur Shopenhauer, The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

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Quick to Listen

Q&A with Tommy Wallach

 

Tommy Wallach and I cheerily discuss his New York Times bestselling novel We All Looked Up, our certain deaths, and the consolations of “Do You Realize??” in this episode of Quick to Listen.

You’ll notice that I’m hosting this podcast under the name Don Myrma.  My reasons for that and every heteronym (The Empty Mirror; Haden Laas; Grant Valdes it itself one of them) are taoist — “the Grant that can be named is not the eternal Grant.”  Additionally,  I think it’s better that the show not appear to be an underhanded effort, week after week, to indirectly spotlight my work as Grant Valdes, songwriter, esq.  So let’s leave that name out of it.  It’s still me hosting, and still of a piece with what I do elsewhere.

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Quick to Listen

QtL.1 – Maybe Billy Corgan Is This Totally Insane Creature

Presenting the first episode of my podcast:  Quick to Listen – what music is saying

Inside MACHINA, the Smashing Pumpkins’ mad, misunderstood masterpiece. Dismissed in 2000 as the work of an egomaniac, the project instead shows Billy Corgan fearlessly deconstructing his ego and belief mechanisms, and coming to some scary conclusions.

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Brownout

The best bits from Brownout (Side B) are now on iTunes and Spotify.

To hear Brownout in its full 17-track form,  both sides A and B, you’ll have to buy the cassette.

  • Leave Me Alone (Michael Jackson cover)
  • Armageddon (CocoRosie cover)
  • Overture (A Hard Rain A-Falls)
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