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.
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
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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
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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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
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.