Interview Ten: Abi Vasquez (Underdark / YURI)
Two new episodes in the space of a week??? Don’t get used to it! Here’s my discussion with Abi about Underdark and YURI. We talked about the process of joining a very good black metal band at age 29, co-writing a cyberpunk novel remotely with a friend, and feeling vaguely hopeful about the future. Enjoy.
September 04, 2022
Interview Nine: Kai Woolen-Lewis (Rope / Hunger Artist / Goodtime Boys)
Surprise, new episode! Here’s my discussion with Kai about Rope, Hunger Artist, and Goodtime Boys. We talked about touring the US, the merits of live recording, European Arts Council funding, and playing riffs in your garage that piss of the neighbours. Enjoy.
August 29, 2022
Interview Eight: Christopher Tenerowicz (Self Defense Family / Twin Cisterns / Thee Visitors)
This episode was recorded in June. We had a load of technical difficulties at the time so I avoided editing it for over 3 months. It’s done now - I’ll rewrite the description later. Anyway, here’s my discussion with Chris about all things Self Defense Family, Twin Cisterns, Thee Visitors, composing for television, and the Great Outdoors.
October 24, 2021
Interview Seven: Charlene Elsby (Hexis / Psychros / Musos)
James spoke with Charlene Elsby, the hyper-productive Canadian author who only writes books with one word titles (thus destroying this show’s episode-naming convention. They talked about making the most of being forced to change academic disciplines, writing about murder realistically, pumping out books left, right and centre, the difference between Clash Books and Porcupine’s Quill, mutual friends and reference points, and genuinely enjoying television designed to kill as many brain cells as possible.
June 19, 2021
Interview Six: Something Classic Games (Shadows of Adam / Quartet)
James spoke to two dudes named Tyler about the JRPG they made together called Shadows of Adam. They talked about life-changing coincidences, game-breaking bugs, surviving Kickstarter, Switch ports & DLC, and playing jazz music for the Navy or some shit. Welcome to GameBoy Summer.
June 06, 2021
Interview Five: Daniel Eastman (Watertown)
James had a really enjoyable chat with Daniel Eastman about his first poetry book ‘Watertown’ (to be released in May 2021 through Back Patio Press). James and Dan talked about the happy accidents that saw this book come to life, working with Back Patio Press (as editors, publishers and friends), Raymond Carver, and Trailer Park Boys. Dan also read a couple of pieces from Watertown at the end of the episode so stick around for that. Nice.
April 18, 2021
Interview Four: Christopher Barling (Inhuman Nature / Group of Man / Mercenary Press)
James had the pleasure of chatting with Christopher Barling about the decade plus Chris has invested into making heavy music, his (positive and negative) experiences touring Europe with Hang the Bastard, MINE, Group of Man, and Inhuman Nature, his debut photo-book ‘Stray Dogs’ published through Strange City Press, and a load of other weird and whacky stuff. Join us.
March 22, 2021
Interview Three: Lindsay Lerman (I’m From Nowhere / What Are You)
James had a really insightful chat with Lindsay Lerman about both of her books published by CLASH, her PHD in Philosophy and how that relates to her work as a translator, her role as an editor at Black Telephone Magazine. (This episode comes with a content warning for a mention of rape between 1:10:00 - 1:14:00)
February 09, 2021
Interview Two: Shwin Bhandari (Night Swimming / Give Up)
James talked with Shwin Bhandari about playing to your strengths, learning new things, their music (Night Swimming / Give Up/ Red Terror) and all kinds of other great stuff!
January 14, 2021
Interview One: Tex Gresham (Heck, Texas)
James has never read Moby Dick before and it shows. Go follow Tex on Twitter over at @thatsqueakypig, read his book HECK, TEXAS published by Atlatl Press, and check out his podcast Mumbo Jumbo (A Movie Podcast) on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
January 03, 2021
Separated from Caitlin by the force of a never-ending lockdown, James lost his mind and began writing on the walls with his own shit. Not really. Instead he got bored and decided to practice recording by chatting to himself about some of the cool games and books he’s been enjoying recently, including but not limited to Serial Cleaner / Hotline Miami Collection / Abzu / Immortal Planet / Thumper / Chainsaw Poems & Other Poems / Watertown / The Bell Jar / HECK, TEXAS / Fucked Up / Ruthless Little Things / Mike Andrelczyk’s Apartment Paintings / Sad Drawings By Jace / Sam Pink’s Instagram / Progress Update for Bad Idea Machine / Call for Dead Dogs
December 09, 2020
Episode Zero: Fish Police with Caitlin Catlin (Harmless Finnuendo or Toxic Bassculinity?)
Caitlin and James take their first small steps out into the Brave New World that is amateur podcasting, armed with just one PGA58, an iPad, and a single-track interface. Early on, our intrepid new podcast hosts face gruelling tests to both their skills and equipment, as his over-reliance on a convoluted script causes James to temporarily lose himself inside the Cave of Echoey Vocals & its’ Tunnels of Performance Anxiety - leaving Caitlin with no choice but to face the void alone as they grapple with the question that defined the Winter of 1992: Should fish be sexy?
October 07, 2020