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QtL. 8 – Robert Leslie

International folk troubadour Robert Leslie on his radical decision to leave behind World of Warcraft for the world at large.  Glad I encountered him at the 2nd Ave F stop.  Very eloquent; the man knows freedom.

Discussed: Super Mario Sunshine, “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman, Mac Demarco, The Tallest Man on Earth, “The Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu

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QtL.7 – Talking John Maus with Adam Harper

Adam Harper, author of Heaven Is Real: John Maus and the Truth of Pop, joins us to discuss the cult composer, whose lo-fi “mystical irony” melds 80s synths with Medieval liturgy.

Discussed: Josquin des Prez, Karl Marx, accelerationism, post-romantic utopianism, The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord, Infinite Music by Adam Harper

Buy Adam’s book Heaven Is Real, or read the article on which it was based at his blog Rouge’s Foam.

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QtL.6 – Dan Deacon

Will Dan Deacon’s hyper-dense electro assault unhinge your doors of perception?  An analysis of the cult psychedelic-party artist.

Discussed:  The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley, Mind Play by Robert Wiseman, “The Ways and Teachings of a Cult” by Raphael Rey, Scientific Proof of the Existence of God Will Soon by Announced by the White House! by Adi Da Samraj

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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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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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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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