The Post Relevant Podcast
By Phil Ristaino
Phil Ristaino is an actor. An artist. A songwriter. And now a podcast host, with a show that celebrates the rebirth and imminent demise of the nigh-eternally defunct Post Relevant Movement, a movement for the End of the End of Time. Join Phil and special guests as they explore and decipher film, art, music, comedy and improvisation, the esoteric and occult, the extra-terrestrial and other-dimensional, the spirit and the surreal, and all things Post Relevant. Witness wild wayward wonders descending from the seven heavens to be made manifest at the crossroads of absurdity and eternity!
22. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 22 - "Under the Silver Lake" Watch-A-Long
Happy 2023! Welcome to Season 2 of the Post Relevant Podcast. Your host Phil Ristaino here. Sync up your TV or computer or home theater with this episode, because we've recorded a watch-a-long to explain the A24 hipster-bizarro-noir "Under the Silver Lake." I know, I know, I said I was done with explaining the movie...and I am...but brother Andy and I thought it would be a cool thing to record this last gasp to ring in the new year and put the final stamp on my 21 episode explanation of this brilliant symbolist film. Honestly, I could probably do 21 more episodes just trying to get this movie right, so stop me now, before I go insane.... Season 2 of the PRP offers lots of new experiences for you podcast fans who love a full on Post Relevant 5D experience: 1. There's a new website that will be the home for the show -- www.PostRelevant.com -- its rad. 2. This show features a brand new theme song, written by Phil and guitarist/producer Allen Towbin, aka The Crawfthsmen, aka Agents of Venus. It is also majorly rad. 3. PRP merch to come in the near future. My prediction for the merch is it will be bad-rad. And bad meaning 'good.' 4. Future Season 2 episodes will have a whole new approach, ranging from serious-style real interviews with fascinating weirdos from the Arts and Esoterica to comedy-style fake interviews with actors and improvisors that still explore cool ideas like ETs, magic, other dimensions, conspiracy, you name it. And don't worry, the serious-style interviews won't be too serious. There will also be shows exploring music and music festivals, the origins of the Post Relevant Movement, live free style raps, and lots more. Every episode will still have the dense, imaginative production style you've come to enjoy from the show. I hope you will stick around and dig in to all the auditory goodness. Thanks for listening to the Post Relevant Podcast! Super-psyched to go on this whole new boogaloo with all y'all.... Support the show! No commercials means we need your help to keep making the cast. Go to www.patreon.com/postrelevant to donate. Learn more about the Post Relevant Podcast by going to www.postrelevant.com See tons of samples of Phil Ristaino's acting, art, and music at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Check out all the posters, lyrics, videos and more for the show at Phil's instagram www.instagram.com/philristaino See all of Andy Ristaino's amazing illustrations, comics and character designs at www.AndyRistaino.com Theme song for the show was created by Agents of Venus - get their album "Boduvt" at https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com The songs "You're Magic," "Game On," and "Horizon Ending" featured on the show were created by Soft and Furious. You can find their music at https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Soft_and_Furious You can contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram or at email@example.com
January 18, 2023
21. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 21 - Sam Swims to the Moon - Explaining the End of "Under the Silver Lake"
Ahoy, Post-Relevanteers! We be steerin' the 'cast into our final destination, and quite a heavenly body is she. She be the most Silvery of Lakes.... Welcome back to the final installment of our season long decode of the film "Under the Silver Lake." We've dog-paddled all the way to the surface of the moon, the first heaven, finding ourselves washed up on a strange and shining midnight shore. Host Phil Ristaino and returning champ Andy Ristaino sit down in Treebeard Manor to peer through the many watery layers of truth and into the portals to the underworlds, the overworlds, and all the liminal spaces betwixt. You are in for another 3 hours of infotainment, interpretation, original music, ancient literature, etymology, mythology, prophecy, post relevancy, and the actual dog-damn moon landing, stewing together for one last deep dive beneath the luna-sea. This episode includes the new song "Mr Victory" and a reading from a classic from the ancient world, Apulieus' "The Golden Ass." Plus, humorousness! Opinions! Confessions! Special guest appearances! And, of course, we talk for ten minutes about what the lyrics from the song "Safety Dance" really mean.... Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/postrelevant See Phil Ristaino's acting, art and music at his website: www.TheseAreDreams.com See Andy Ristaino's art at his website: www.AndyRistaino.com Original song "Mr Victory" from this episode is off of the album "Songs from the End of the End of the World" by the Troy Westfield Experience. Check it out here: https://thetwe.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-end-of-the-end-of-the-world All other music used to score this episode is by HoliznaCC0 found on https://freemusicarchive.org/music/holiznacc0 Support Holizna on his patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Holizna Special shout out to Carl Ristaino Sr, Jean Ristaino, Carl Ristaino Jr, Anna Tanner, and Rowan Ristaino for their special appearances on this ep! Thanks again to everyone who listened to Season One of the Post Relevant Podcast! More to come....
December 08, 2022
20. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 20 - The King's Chamber part 3 - Thru the Lion's Gate
Hale Hale, hearty listeners! You have answered the sphinx's riddles, donned the Wadget, the all seeing eye, and discovered the Lyre of Orpheus, alit in the sacred temple of Abydos by the starlight of the constellation Lyra itself. As you strum the lyre's silver strings, a 7th dimensional tone turns the locks etched into the walls, held aloft by the lion goddesses Sekhmet and Bastet for centuries in living stone. Granite walls shimmer and slide, revealing the golden portal to the solar system of Vega, home of the Lion Angels. Yeah, verily, you have discovered the legendary Lion's Gate! Are you brave enough to step through? Welcome to Post Relevant Podcast Super Mega Episode 20 - The King's Chamber part 3 - Thru the Lion's Gate! This 3 hour episode is a culmination of a years worth of podcasts dedicated to unveiling the mysteries behind the film "Under the Silver Lake" and exploring the larger mythological themes to which the film alludes. Join host Phil Ristaino, along with his guests mycelium aficionado Mark Ristaino and artist Carl Ristaino (host of the podcast "Welcome to the Art Shed) as they dig up mushrooms and follow a trail of golden teachers past Hadrians Wall to forge a path through the Egyptian underworld and up into the Great Pyramid of Giza itself. Jumping off from the scene in "Under the Silver Lake" where the main character Sam is confronted about dog biscuits by the Homeless King, this episodes begins with the original song "Someday," co-written by Phil, and a reminiscence of early 80s Cheech and Chong, leading into fully-musically-scored conversations about growing Lion's Mane mushrooms, walking across England, the elegance of the mycelium underground network, panspermia, the genius of 16th century Hermeticist Gordiano Bruno, the conspiracy of Gordon Wasson introducing psychedelic mushrooms into American society in the 20th century, and Mark's adventures at Burning Man. The episode is framed by chapters 4-8 of the King's Chamber, which honor the legends of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris and the Great Pyramid's connection to the constellation Orion and the star Sirius. The show eventually culminates with the brand new original song "Thru the Lion's Gate" and Phil's story of his experience taking Ayahuasca. Its a super-mega-episode fit to bust and kick up the mythological dust! Follow our footprints...thru...the Lion's....Gate.... You can support the podcast at https://www.patreon.com/postrelevant Check out original posters, lyrics, videos and more from the Post Relevant Podcast at Phil's instagram : https://www.instagram.com/philristaino See more of Phil's acting, art, and music at www.TheseAreDreams.com Check out Mark Ristaino at https://www.instagram.com/markristaino Check out Carl Ristaino's art at https://www.instagram.com/carlristaino and https://www.facebook.com/CarlRistaino Check out the Welcome to Art Shed podcast anywhere you listen to podcasts. This episode includes the original songs written by HoliznaCC0: 'Stealing Glimpses of Your Face,' 'Puppy Love,' 'Mundane,' 'Lost in Space,' 'Dusty Attic,' 'Keeping Cool,' 'Poor but Happy,' 'Come Again,' 'So Broke,' 'Lost in the City.' You can find all of his royalty free music at his page on freemusicarchive.org -- https://freemusicarchive.org/music/holiznacc0/ More Post Relevant Podcast to come! Stay tuned!
October 04, 2022
19. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 19 - The King's Chamber part 2 with Mark Ristaino
Howdy! Welcome to the King's Chamber part 2. We are full on peering into the heavens from the vantage point of the apex of the original mountain of creation, which birthed the phoenix bird and rose up the djed pillar at the very center of the globe. In this episode, we expand on the ideas introduced in episode 18 with the decode of the King's Chamber scene in "Under the Silver Lake." We talk Mayan Astronauts! Wrestling! Randy Bonesaw Savage! Naked bike parades! Meeting bears and mountain lions! The secret war between the hermeticists and the Roman Empire! Hallucinogenic lizard wine! Andrew Garfield's quite storm! Mushrooms! Plus! Chapter's 1-4 of the origin story of the Egyptian God Osiris! Host Phil Ristaino and special guest mycelium enthusiast Mark Ristaino roam the countryside to uncover more mysteries! And a special appearance of Brother Andy! All this plus music, sound effects, chaos and catharsis! It totally slaps! The Post Relevant Podcast. Kicking esoteric ass from the top of the Great Pyramid. Support the podcast at https://www.patreon.com/postrelevant See poster art, lyrics, videos and more for the podcast on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philristaino See Phil's original acting, art and music at his website: www.TheseAreDreams.com Check out Mark Ristaino on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markristaino Check out Andy Ristaino at his website: www.AndyRistaino.com All music used to score this episode is by HoliznaCC0 and found on https://freemusicarchive.org/music/holiznacc0 Support Holizna on his patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Holizna
August 18, 2022
18. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 18 - The King's Chamber part 1 - Sam's Moment of Truth in "Under the Silver Lake"
If a feather fell from a weather bell, would you wonder whether your will would be well? Or would wonder well in your whither well till your whethers wilt as your feathers filled? Do you know the answer? It takes puzzling the sphinxian riddle to cross the threshold into the King's Chamber. But cross it we do! Welcome back for the first time to episode 18 of the Post Relevant Podcast. This just might be the very most ultimates-est and super-bestest episode of the podcast ever created in three-dimensional time space! Or even in 7 dimensional thrime-space! (Thrime-space is sort of like time-space, but in in the 7th dimension...it's too hard to explain right now....) Reaching new levels of sound design and special effects, the King's Chamber is a right banger, I must say! Brother Andy returns once again to hash it out with show host Phil Ristaino, and they re-create the scene in "Under the Silver Lake" where Sam is chained to a chair in a bear cave and has to explain his way out of possessing dog biscuits to the mysterious Homeless King. You might ask, how can you make a two hour podcast about a 5 minute scene in a movie from 2018? Well, look, its possible, ok? You gotta listen to the show to find out. You should get an answer right around the 2 hour mark, keep listening.... Here's how the truths are revealed: 1. We enter the great pyramid and confront the futuristic riddle. 2. Phil and Andy make several left turns at Albuquerque as they remember Bugs Bunny's "Wackiki Rabbit," ask why brother Mark is avoiding being on the show, how Death loves showbiz in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey," how to speak English with a bad Swedish accent, who is a hamburger and who is a hotdog, and how to effortlessly create your own foley for a podcast by banging and clanging stuff off-handedly while recording. Among other things! This beginning of the show is most non-heinous! 3. Max Flackman (aka Matt Kalman, guest from the infamous episode 13 where Phil and Max get drunk) re-emerges from the woodlands of upstate NY to respond to Phil's revelations of all the lies Oliver Stone foisted on the unsuspecting public when he released his 90s epic "The Doors." Hint - Jim Morrison never killed a duck. Gasp! That's just scratching the surface.... 4. Yet another brand new song is played, entitled "Tall Girl." Pretty self-explanatory. 5. In the decode section of the show, we talk about being pregnant in a float tank and arguing with Judge Mablean on national TV. Andy talks about the imminent arrival of his new baby. Phil explores the UTSL reddit. Phil digs into the relationship between Homeless King actor David Yow and Kurt Cobain. Phil re-investigates the Horned God/Osiris/Green Man connections in the movie. Phil and Andy re-ennact the aforementioned scene between the Homeless King and Sam. Is the truth revealed? We notice Sam's been sitting on his gun the whole time. Phil and Andy finish the episode still trying to figure out what "Hamburgers Are Love" means.... Support the Post Relevant Podcast by going to www.patreon.com/postrelevant Check out Phil's acting, art and music at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Check out episode art, lyrics, videos and more at Phil's instagram - www.instagram.com/philristaino You can contact Phil @ philristaino on instagram and Facebook and by finding post_relevant_70 on the UTSL reddit. Check out Andy Ristaino's art at www.AndyRistaino.com This show is scored by the royalty-free songs "The Wild Truth," "Sons of the Cornucopia" and "From the Future to You" by 23 and Beyond the Infinite, the songs "Chased," "Mage," "Cake," and "The End" by Ketsa, and "Two Mountains at a Time" by Pachyderm. All songs found at freemusicarchive.org.
July 29, 2022
17. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 17 - Ladies of the Hour part 2 - An interview with Laurelle Rethke
I am Infinite. I am cosmic. I am purple, obsequious, and clairvoyant. I am POST RELEVANT. I AM the END of the END of TIME.... Fall into the cosmic crystal oceans along the edge of the Lagoon Nebula and surf the silver tides of Aldebaran! The time has come for the grand entrance of the Ladies of the Hour. Let's all live in a swamp and be three dimensional! You are about to witness the return of the Elfling herself to the show for the first time ever! Ladies and Gentlemen, Its Laurelle Rethke, performer, healer, and curator of the Faerie Den crystal shop in NYC. I knew she would be perfect for investigating the deeper themes of the scene in "Under the Silver Lake" where Sam brings a gun to a hut and meets the Final Man and his three brides. And she was! She is! Laurelle and host Phil talk about what parts of the film were spooky, why she remembered UTSL as a bunch of scenes with pretty girls in them, and then we got in deep on the Moon. We dive like dolphins into the Moon's glades of significance - as a tarot card, as a temple, as a tempest temperature taker. We wander across the wonderland of the body's bioelectric fields , feet like salmon zodiacs transform into the apostles and figure out how many snakes Ophiucus is holding. We cast lines to catch the queen of the Fish Tower, Mary Magdalene, and slather on the nard to understand how the Ladies of the Hour applied the medicine. And we wonder about mystery witches wandering Mu.... Its a musical odyssey to make your honey hustle as Phil and Laurelle explore the multiversal moving picture known as "Under the Silver Lake" to a complete musical score. Also! A new song -- "Her Mystery School" -- debuts on the show. The "School" rocks like a crystal shop as the lyrics linger along levels of the edge of orange mirrors - see if you can decipher them on instagram.com/philristaino. Plus! All this and lowly comedy, too!!! Meet a real city-dwelling faerie as she skates the shapes of Persephone's fate and teaches us to cleanse our crystals in the moon light. You'll feel the magic as real until you are dull and boring and omnipresent! Learn more about Laurelle Rethke on her websites https://thefaerieden.com and https://www.5sensehealing.com and contact her @thefairieden on Facebook and Instagram. Check out Laurelle's Book "Connecting with Crystals," available online now. Check out Phil Ristaino's acting/art/and music at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. And visit https://www.instagram.com/philristaino to see the art and videos that accompany each episode. Become a patron of the show by going to www.patreon.com/postrelevant Hear the album "Boduvt" featuring the show's theme song "the Post Relevant Movement" at http://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com This show features the royalty-free songs "I'm Back" and "Darkness" by Alex Productions, "The Old Tower Inn" by Random Mind, "Brazilian Streetfight" by Punch Deck, "Falling Into the Game" by Soft and Furious, all found at Chosic.com, and the songs "Quiet Moonlit Countrysides," "Lost on the Freeway," "Thought You Were Cool," "Final Level," and "Advertisements" by HoliznaCCO, "Spacenight" by SPCZ, and "Xanadont" by Mystery Mammal, all found at https://freemusicarchive.org.
June 23, 2022
16. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 16 - Ladies of the Hour - decoding the scene in the Hut in "Under the Silver Lake"
The time has come to meet the Ladies of the Hour. Tuck your pistol into your pants and enter the hut as we decipher the ascension secrets of the Final Man and this 3 Brides. Have some tea. On second thought, you might not want to drink that.... The Post Relevant Podcast has returned once more again, and with this revival, we proudly welcome back Brother Andy to the show! And whadayaknow? Its an actual, honest-to-god decode of one of the final scenes of "Under the Silver Lake." Together with very special returning champ sister Christine, PHD (of episodes 12 and 13 where we explore Dante's "Divine Comedy"), we break down the scene where Sam brings a gun to a hut near the Hollywood sign and confronts Creepy Jesus and his spaced-out consorts about their true machinations in Tinsel Town. Join us as we explore the spiritual significance of the "Ladies of the Hour" in ancient pre-Christian religions, as well as Mary Magdalene, that grand lunar dame herself, and how their horny traditions explain what these crazy tea drinkers from UTSL are up to as they prepare to be buried forever in the Hollywood hills. This episode also features the debut of the new tune "Tommi and the Needle's Eye." Its another Post Relevant Powerhouse Podcast so good you'll want to have all your teeth removed and lie down on the floor! Prepare to ascend and watch TV!!!! Its definitely not just another sad, sawdust-filled rabbit. Check out Phil Ristaino's acting/art/and music at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. And visit https://www.instagram.com/philristaino to see the art and videos that accompany each episode. Become a patron of the show by going to www.patreon.com/postrelevant See Andy Ristaino's art, animation and comics at https://www.andyristaino.com See Christine Ristaino's books at her website https://www.christineristaino.com Hear more from the album Boduvt by the Agents of Venus, which features the show's theme song, "The Post Relevant Movement" by going to https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com This episode features the royalty free songs "The Fall of the Village of the Infinitesimal Forest at the Hands of the Royal Aggressor" by Room 34 and "Space MTV" by Komiku from Chosic.com and "Biogas" by Defrini from freemusicarchive.org
June 15, 2022
15. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 15 - Lloyd Booker part 2
Welcome back to part 2 of an epic conversation with actor/producer Lloyd Booker. In this half of the conversation, Lloyd and host Phil talk almost exclusively about the short film they both appear in, "House of Brotherly Love" by writer/director Max Kane. Max has created a challenging snapshot of a wealthy Black family throwing a New Years Eve party in 2020 in their home outside of Philadelphia, and how their lives, already fractured in many small ways, become upended when the family's daughter brings home a belligerent white boyfriend to meet them. This film is a great model for sparking conversation about the struggles of racism and prejudice for all ethnicities in modern America (and the world). Lloyd has a lot to say about how to interpret and understand symbolic and controversial moments in the film and about what the film's larger implications might be. He encourages audiences to speak up about how this movie affects them, and wants us all to ask questions and engage in an ongoing dialogue about the film's subject matter. This is an intense, humorous, and wide-ranging interview, not for the faint of heart. It also comes with lots of spoilers for the film "House of Brotherly Love." I highly recommend watching the film before you hear the conversation. You can watch the 18 minute film for free on Vimeo.com right now. Just follow this link to see "House of Brotherly Love": https://vimeo.com/658954522 If you are listening to this episode on Wednesday, June 8, and you are in the Philadelphia area, you can see a live screening of the film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (PIFF): Date: Wednesday (6/8) Time: 7-8:20pm Where: SeraPhi Studios, 941 N. Front Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 Tickets: $10, can be purchased here: http://pifffilms.tv/ticket/ Lloyd Booker is looking for an agent - if you're interested in working with Lloyd, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Lloyd requests only serious inquiries, please). Find out more about Lloyd on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3239688/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Check out Phil Ristaino's website at www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil and see original art and videos for the Post Relevant Podcast on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philristaino Hear the full theme song to the podcast, "The Post Relevant Movement" from album "Boduvt" by Agents of Venus (Phil's project with co-writer Allen Towbin) on Bandcamp: https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com All other music from this episode was created by the artist Ketsa and found on the website https://freemusicarchive.org
June 08, 2022
14. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 14 -- Interview with actor/producer Lloyd Booker part 1
Strap in and hold on tight, Post-Relevantians! You're about to be Booker-ized! In this episode we take a detour from our investigation of the film "Under the Silver Lake" to speak to a working actor and producer from out of Philadelphia, the raconteur of Philly Cool - Lloyd Booker. Lloyd appears in the same short film as me (your host Phil), a film called "House of Brotherly Love." In episode 7 of the PRP, I interviewed the writer/director of the film, Max Kane. Lloyd heard the interview and contacted me with hot takes and in-depth interpretations about the film, so we figured it was time to have a loooong conversation on the show. Plus, HOBL is about to be screened in Philadelphia, so the planets have aligned for this epic interview. In part one, Lloyd talks about his band "Mad Man and the Mental Problems," his various musical experiences, meeting musical legends like Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie, and the time he saw James Brown play a show until the sun came up, all the while crooning some of his favorite songs live on the show. Then he tells us tales of watching Laurence Fishburne give his famous speech in Zion during the shooting of "The Matrix," smoking with Keanu Reeves in the park in NYC, and 'beating on' Charles Barkley in local Philly basketball. Next, we go into Lloyd's first acting gig - being cast as Samuel L. Jackson's stand-in on M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable." He talks about the auditioning process for the film, getting his production assistant to stop traffic for him, his first meeting with Sam Jackson, and the advice Sam gave him about how to get noticed as an actor. Finally in part one, we go into his experiences acting in and producing an original award-winning film recognized by the Academy Awards called "Ageless Love." Stay tuned for part 2, dropping tomorrow, where we talk exclusively about Lloyd's expansive thoughts on the importance of our film "House of Brotherly Love." Check out "House of Brotherly Love" online here: https://vimeo.com/658954522 You can also see a live screening of the film in Philadelphia this Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (PIFF): Date: Wednesday (6/8) Time: 7-8:20pm Where: SeraPhi Studios, 941 N. Front Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 Tickets: $10, can be purchased here: http://pifffilms.tv/ticket/ Lloyd is looking for an agent - if you're interested in working with Lloyd, please contact him at email@example.com (Lloyd requests only serious inquiries, please). Find out more about Lloyd on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3239688/ And a few more interviews with Lloyd here: .https://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2021/11/interview-with-philly-actorproducer.html and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOFKgDTTIGw Check out host Phil's website www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil and see original art and videos for the Post Relevant Podcast on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philristaino Hear the full theme song to the podcast, "The Post Relevant Movement" from album "Boduvt" by Agents of Venus (Phil's project with co-writer Allen Towbin) on Bandcamp: https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com
June 07, 2022
13. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 13 - Dog Paddling in the Deep End of the Silver Lake
The Post Relevant Podcast episode 13, "Dog Paddling in the Deep End of the Silver Lake," has crawled its half-blind way out of the life-slime of the cement pond and is now roaming the city streets for warm-blooded crowds to consume and the tallest building on top of which to build its gigantic nest. This is a lively and strange discussion, a wild ride of a conversation, inter-splicing two talks in time, and featuring a complete musical score, with actor/writer/director/editor/woodsman Matt Kalman. Matt has been listening to the podcast and now has some insightful theories of his own to share. We talk about our past doing weird theater together, Matt's film projects, and then we go deep into his theories on "Under the Silver Lake." Plus! I get really drunk! Honestly and truly. Also! A brand new song mostly about "Under the Silver Lake" called 'Jodorowsky's House Keys.' Its time travel, I say! Quality podcasting found wherever podcasts lurk.... Learn more about Phil at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. And check out https://www.instagram.com/philristaino to see the art that goes along with each episode. Hear more from the album Boduvt by the Agents of Venus, which features the show's theme song, "The Post Relevant Movement" by going to https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com
May 06, 2022
12. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 12 - Dante Ascends Over "Under the Silver Lake"
"There both, I thought, the eagle and myself did burn; and so intense the imagined flames, that needs my sleep was broken off." Yeah verily, dear listeners, we have arrived at the cliffs of purgatory, with nothing but stairs upward and the heavens before us! Its part 2 of my conversation with Christine Ristaino, PHD, as we explore and expand through the 2nd and 3rd segments of Dante's "Divine Comedy," in an effort to figure out if this magnificent epic has anything to do with the cryptic facilities of the film "Under the Silver Lake." Turns out, it does! It Does! And we figure it out and talk about it at length. Come with us as we lose our "p's," dream of eagles, release all seven of our deadly sins, wander through the Garden of Eden, bask in the glow of the beatific Beatrice, and arise with her through the 7 heavens (aka 7 planets) and into the eternal light of the "Prima Mobile." Its quite a lark! We discuss how the Dante's masterwork relates to the themes of "Under the Silver Lake," and even discover that Dante's journey into the Paradiso actually explains some of the final moments in the film! You will learn how the ever present moon plays a crucial role in both stories. Its sooooo cool. All this, plus a special musical surprise! An episode so special, it was written in the stars. Learn more about Phil at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. And check out https://www.instagram.com/philristaino to see the art that goes along with each episode, plus many prints of the incredible engravings created by Gustav Dore for the "Divine Comedy" in the 19th century. Dore's art is awe-inspiring, and it perfectly illustrates the levels and events described in the today's podcast. Find out more about Christine at her website https://www.christineristaino.com Hear more from the album Boduvt by the Agents of Venus, which features the show's theme song, "The Post Relevant Movement" by going to https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com
April 21, 2022
11. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 11 - Dante Descends "Under the Silver Lake"
Welcome baaaaaacckkkkkk! Put the bag back in the backpack. Put the backpack back in the back of the Cadillac! Do it! The Post Relevant Podcast is back (again), and this time we are taking an epic journey deep below the Silver Lake, as we journey into the Dante's "Divine Comedy" in an attempt to relate its mytho-poetical themes with the hidden story inside our obsession, the film "Under the Silver Lake." More specifically -- This is the first half of an epic interview as host Phil Ristaino talks with his sister, Professor Christine Ristaino, about the most tragic 3rd of Dante's story, The INFERNO. Join us as Christine describes in depth the 9 levels of Hell as told by Dante Alighieri. Witness the elegantly ironic torture of giants, demons, sinners, evil popes, bearers of false witness, adulterers, sodomites, human trees, heretics, poets, the unbaptized, Greek heroes, politicians, Biblical betrayers, and even Satan's junk, or anybody else Dante had a grudge against that week. Christine has seen "Under the Silver Lake" and insists that its strange storytelling is reflected in the frozen pond that traps the worst of souls inside the deepest levels of Dante's epic. And Phil puts her theories to the test! Will either of them be proven right? Tune in and find out! Bonus! Hear the original BackPack Battle Rap between Phil and Laurelle Rethke, featured with a video game musical score, because, well...because someone has to put the backpack back in the back of the Cadillac, and they decided to be those someones. Learn more about Phil at his website www.TheseAreDreams.com Contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. And check out https://www.instagram.com/philristaino to see the art that goes along with each episode, plus many prints of the incredible engravings created by Gustav Dore for the "Divine Comedy" in the 19th century. Dore's art is awe-inspiring, and it perfectly illustrates the levels and events described in the today's podcast. Find out more about Christine at her website https://www.christineristaino.com Hear more from the album Boduvt by the Agents of Venus, which features the show's theme song, "The Post Relevant Movement" by going to https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com Special thanks to Chosic.com for the royalty free video game songs. The songs included were "Extreme Trap Racing Music" by Alex Productions, "Back to the Volcano Castle" by Babsamas, and "Battle (Boss)" by Boxcat Games. You can find them all at Chosic.com.
April 13, 2022
10. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 10 - The Apotheosis of Kurt Cobain - Sam's True Identity in "Under the Silver Lake"
He's the One, who likes all those REM songs, and he likes to shoot the Songwriter's gun, and he likes to call his Mom, but you don't know who he is. You don't know who he is. And I say "yeah!" The Apotheosis of Kurt Cobain is here, and with it, the revelation of Sam's true identity in "Under the Silver Lake." Its taken 10 (technically 11) episodes to get here, but we think it has been worth the ride! Strap in, tap in and get to adaptin'. We are going for an epic, nay, mythological journey, ultimately culminating with another HUGE KEY to understanding the true story hidden inside of this crazy-ass Slacker/Hipster Noir. (Slipster? Hacker? How do you combine two euphemisms two generations of young people?) First, Phil runs down Kurt C's significance to the larger story, as well as a few of a few of UTSL characters' connections to music's pop culture legacy. Next, Phil and brother Carl Ristaino (host of the podcast "Welcome to the Art Shed") have a rambling conversation about many relevant topics while freezing their butts off in the legendary Art Shed. This convo is accompanied by a full on musical score, to keep the dream and the theme of this episode alive. Good stuff! No Apologies! Last, Phil and brother Andy keep the decodes In Bloom, as Phil finally lays out his case for the real identity of Sam from "Under the Silver Lake." This is Phil's full court press to impress, and he leads off with an explanation of what the Bird Lady's parrot is actually saying, and most importantly, why the bird is saying it. Then he breaks down all the clues throughout the film that reinforce Sam's ID. Finally, Andy and Phil decode the wonderful scene where Sam discovers the map in Nintendo Power Magazine #1. There's Something in the Way this Negative Creep turns the Lake of Fire into a Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. Its Endless, Nameless.... See all Phil's acting/art/music at www.TheseAreDreams.com. Contact Phil @PhilRistaino on Instagram or Facebook. Check out the instagram for the 5D experience at https://www.instagram.com/philristaino Join in on the PRP's UTSL reddit thread here: https://www.reddit.com/r/underthesilverlake/comments/r8fc88/check_out_the_post_relevant_podcast_created_to/ See Andy's art at www.AndyRistaino.com See Carl's art at https://www.madspiral.com Check out Carl and Andy's podcast Welcome to the Art Shed anywhere podcasts are found. Check out the Troy Westfield Experience's music at https://thetwe.bandcamp.com Check out the Agents of Venus album "Boduvt" at https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com Special thanks to Ed Guild for use of his song "the Mad Carl Stomp" (theme song for the Welcome to the Art Shed podcast) featuring Ed and Andy Santospago on guitar. Hear Ed's music at https://thetransparency.bandcamp.com and Andy's music at https://andysantospago.bandcamp.com Special thanks to all the royalty free music on the episode. Credit to Bensound.com, FesliyanStudios.com, Lonetree Music, and Ivan Tregub.
February 24, 2022
9. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 9 - The Temple of Diana : the Eternal Moment in "Under the Silver Lake"
Meanwhile...at the Temple of Diana! Step lively, Post Relevationers! We are entering the sacred temple of the moon goddess herself. The gateway to the heavens! Prepare to have your skull exploded...in a good way. Oh, and have I mentioned I really like your shirt? I do. Strap in for a ride, as this, the ninth episode of the Post Relevant Podcast, careens headlong hither and yon. Its one part chaos, one part wacky, one part deep, one part info-dump, one part fun-and-games, one part revelation, one part soundscape, one part bossanova, and one part halloween! That's nine parts. All nine parts combine to equal one huge Silver Lake, as we dive straight into the section of "Under the Silver Lake" where Sam and Millicent Sevence go for a dip in the titular Silver Lake Reservoir itself. This episode yields many fruits, as well as paving the way for the ultimate revelation of episode 10. A must listen. Honestly, and this is Phil talking here, I think this is the coolest episode of the podcast to date. Please check it out, share it with your friends and enemies, butterflies and hornets alike. The Temple of Diana is the gateway to the heavens, I shirt you not.... Learn more about Phil at www.TheseAreDreams.com and contact him at https://www.instagram.com/philristaino and https://www.facebook.com/philristaino. You can see all the original art and more from this podcast at https://www.instagram.com/philristaino Learn more about Andy at https://www.andyristaino.com Check out https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com to hear the entire album from whence the theme song "the Post Relevant Movement" cometh. Bossanova music in this episode created by https://www.bensound.com/ Halloween commercial music created by John Carpenter? I don't really know, honestly. peace and love, keep making 2022 the best 2022 ever.... I really like your shirt....
February 11, 2022
8. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 8 - aka THE GODKiLLER : Slaying the Songwriter in "Under the Silver Lake"
Post up, Post Relevantizers! The podcast is back, and we have a few questions for you. Are you tired of worshipping a celestial being who's constantly lying to you? Denying you? Side-lining, side-eyeing, and side-winding you? Me too! It's time to slay your duplicitous deity, and what better way to slay than while listening to this episode, aka THE GODKiLLER? Join host Phil Ristaino, along with the triumphant return of brother Andy, as they engage in a bout of verbal chess to unlock more highfalutin' mysteries of "Under the Silver Lake." We climb out of the mercurial pond and follow the trail of barking dogs to keep up with our hero Sam as he feeds knuckle sandwiches to Jesus during his holy leavings, fights off the fatal advances of the Owl's Kiss, and trails 3 Shooting Stars to the Mt Olympus of the Hollywood hills where he finally confronts THE SONGWRITER. THE songwriter? Yeah, that's the one. The guy who blows his nose with Foreigner hits. Has every song we've ever loved been written by an immortal piano player with a pistol and a pissed-off perspective? Probably. He wanted it that way. But Sam has Kurt Cobain's guitar and Pete Townsend's mean windmill swing to show the old hoss who's really boss. Who says rock won't set us free? All this, and Andy reads "Ode to Joy." Plus, we hear one of the original Post Relevant songs, a little ditty called "4 Syllable Word." This episode slaps the taste out of the mouth of the gods! Revenge is a dish best served bold.... Find out more about Phil at www.TheseAreDreams.com and contact Phil @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. And make sure you check out Phil's instagram for the full 5D experience. Find out more about Andy at www.andyristaino.com "4 Syllable Word" written by Mike Gordon and Phil Ristaino
February 01, 2022
7. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 7 - Interview with Filmmaker Max Kane
Purple tidings, Post-Relevantians! Today we are like kings making a royal decree to be different, as the podcast steps away from its regular obsession with the film "Under the Silver Lake" to talk to an up-and-coming film writer and director Max Kane. Max has created an excellent new short film called "House of Brotherly Love," and he cast your host Phil in it to play the ne'er-do-well character 'Lucas Pickering.' And it was a blast! The film is now online to be seen, so Phil and Max throw down the blueberry-colored gauntlet of conversation and talk about travel, NYC vs Philadelphia vs LA, assembling the ideal cast, filming in your parent's house, making movies with your friends, and more. Then Phil tries to understand if Max has made a film about racial injustice during the pandemic, or just about being overprotective of your kid sister. All this, and Phil reveals how he worked "listening to Coldplay on acid" into the script, and how Max figured out how to cut it out of the movie. This interview is great, and so is the movie. Check it out! You can see "House of Brotherly Love" on Vimeo, YouTube, and Directorsnotes.com, where you can watch the film and read an interview with Max here: https://directorsnotes.com/2021/12/23/max-kane-house-of-brotherly-love/ If you have a response to the film, you can contact Max at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see all of Phil's acting, art and music on his website www.TheseAreDreams.com If you have any comments about the episode, contact Phil at https://www.facebook.com/philristaino or https://www.instagram.com/philristaino/
January 21, 2022
6. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 6 - Skipping Stones from Sag Harbor to the Silver Lake
Grab your hats and sling your flats (stones), the Post Relevant Podcast is BACK!!! Happy 2022! We passed...a kidney stone. Well, Phil did. On January first! Is it good luck? Dare we call it...auspicious? Big things are afoot as we doggy paddle around the Silver Lake. After a month away, episode 6 has finally dropped (like a stone to the bottom of a lake?) (too many stone metaphors, sorry). Here's how we rock (sorry) the pod: 1. Phil welcomes you to 2022 and tells the harrowing tale of painting a house and purging a crystal pill. 2. Phil drops (sorry) a killer new tune based on REM's "What's the Frequency, Kenneth," which, as we all know, is featured in UTSL. It's a rap song called "The Frequency is This." It officially bangs. 3. Phil and Andy discuss if William Shakespeare was and enlightened master, or just that bastard Francis Bacon. 4. Phil and brother Andy dip back into the next killer section of Under the Silver Lake, specifically, two major scenes: The scene where Sam decodes the song 'Turning Teeth' and the scene where Sam meets the Homeless King. We explain why the Bird Lady is window washing, admire how the movie demonstrates what inspiration looks like, marvel at Shooting Star #1's effortless exposition style, and reminisce with Topher Grace about how any moron could just look behind a rock (sorry) and find a new mystery. Also, can you solve a mystery by jerkin' it? 5. Finally, we rub Dean's head and stand under Newton until the Homeless King appears, which causes Phil to drop (sorry) a MAJOR DECODE, explaining what the sequence of Sam meeting the HK and wandering through the tunnels into a 'bomb shelter' and, finally, drinking milk, really means. You won't find this information anywhere else! All this, and the 2 brother's mother makes her debut on the cover image of the episode, hobnobbing with James Dean's head itself. Oh, and Osiris's phallus makes its debut, too. We are paddling into the deep end of the lake, there is no turning back from here....
January 14, 2022
5. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 5 - Wading into the Silver Lake
Come with me! Its old music night at the Crypt Club! Welcome back to the Post Relevant Podcast. You've arrived at episode five. Imagine that. No, really, imagine it. Are you imagining it? Its another Under the Silver Lake decode banger, as we descend into the LA underworld with our perplexed protagonist. The episode starts off with Phil telling a successful D&D story (drugs and dancing). Then we take a left turn and interview artist and liminal space dweller Anna Tanner in an attempt to understand what a thoughtful-artsy-type lady might think of this lewd movie. Finally, Phil and brother Andy wade into the Silver Lake where they eat all the cookies and follow all the balloons across the glamorous graveyard and down into the hipster mausoleum, eventually dancing the metaphorical Watusi in Batman's disco. Questions asked: Does anyone in this movie give a shit about anything? Do skunks and weed have different smells? Do you like the movie? (I'm talking directly to you). Do we have to call Topher Grace "Bar Buddy," or can we still just call him Topher Grace? What is the actual gosh darn Frequency, Kenneth? And finally, can you call sleeping off a hangover in front of Janet Gaynor's grave 'working?' I say YES. But who am I...? You only get one chance to enjoy your body, and this is that one chance! It's time to make it with the Balloon Girl, or puke trying. May the best Kurt Cobain cosplayer win!
December 10, 2021
4. The Post Relevant Podcast episode 4 - Moon Day Manifesto : A Key to Overstanding "Under the Silver Lake"
Happy Moon Day, post-relevantites! Welcome to a very special episode of the PRP. Today we reveal a very important piece of the "Under the Silver Lake" puzzle, a pivotal key to understanding the real meaning of this movie. If you had to listen to only one episode of this podcast, THIS SHOULD BE THAT EPISODE. But please, don't do that. Listen to them all. Maybe...uh...listen to this one twice? It's that big a deal. On this episode, Phil gives his Moon Day Manifesto in the form of a musical story about an unusual encounter with the Moon herself. Then Phil and brother Andy dive into why the moon is so important to overstanding "Under the Silver Lake." No more shall be revealed in this episode description, the price of revelation is far too high.... Find out more about Phil at www.TheseAreDreams.com and contact him @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. Find out more about Andy at www.AndyRistaino.com. Theme song written and produced by Allen Towbin and Phil Ristaino. You can hear their full album as the band Agents of Venus by searching Agents of Venus on Bandcamp and Spotify.
November 29, 2021
3. The Post Relevant Podcast Episode 3 - Standing Barefoot on the Shore of the Silver Lake
Welcome back, toe-dippers! Ready to paint your toenails silver? The water's sooooo refreshing! Its time for more "Under the Silver Lake" deep dives with the Ristaino brothers Phil and Andy. In this episode, we lead off talking about broken third eye management while attempting to relate to Sam's fractured psyche. Then we get into decoding the next section of the film, where we discuss 'good puking,' Sam's magic TV remote control, insightful media analysis while bathing in tomato juice, and the glamour of auditioning in some shmoe's garage. And of course, we ask that important question: Why is Vanna White so angry? We also head over to the the conspiracy cartoonist's house, where we call bullshit on Christopher Columbus while we peep the life masks, the Cult of the Whale, hobo codes, subliminal ads, and the orgy of evidence of the Owl's Kiss conspiracy all over this well-adjusted man's walls. Favorite headline? "Headless Man in Topless Bar." Oh, you think that's weird? Find the Spacestones in your crawlspace, its a great time for a cold beer on a hot day!
November 18, 2021
2. The Post Relevant Podcast Episode 2 - Standing outside the fence surrounding the Silver Lake
So, you've come back to stare into the depths of the Silver Lake? Fingers gripping the fence as you try to understand the ever-shifting facets of this mercurial pool. You've left a dog biscuit and lit a candle, now you're hoping for some inspiration.... On this episode of the Post Relevant Podcast, Phil and brother Andy spend the whole time trying to find a foot hold on the rocky shores of their brains in an effort to 'get' just what the hell the film "Under the Silver Lake" is trying to say. Listen to them ask dumb questions and toss out theories like idea-frisbees to the ghosts of good dogs roaming this infamous LA reservoir. Listen as they puzzle their way through the puzzling actions of slacker Sam aka the nameless one while he feeds nutritious eggs to children, slithers into empty apartments to sniff for clues, and runs that weird run with his arms at his sides after three brides in a rabbit across the Echoing Park and into shallows of Purgatory itself. The bros spend some quality time lurking around this underground party, but do they use it wisely? Throw your pins away, the balloon girl is dancing! She's dancing! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Find out more about Phil at www.TheseAreDreams.com -- contact Phil @philristaino on instagram and Facebook. Find out more about Andy at www.AndyRistaino.com Theme song by Agents of Venus, find them at www.agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com
November 11, 2021
1. The Post Relevant Podcast Episode 1 - Reading the Post Relevant Manifesto while standing across the street from the Silver Lake
Hey! You've found the Post Relevant Podcast Episode 1, with your host, Phil Ristaino. We are standing across the street from that strangely poetic Silver Lake over there, trying to look nonchalant as we glance at our retro copies of the Post Relevant Manifesto. Don't want to draw any undue attention while we're trying to decipher this mystery. And decipher we do! Here's how it all plays out on this magnificent first episode of the Post Relevant Podcast: 1. Phil welcomes us to the podcast, defends his initiative, and lays out the skinny as to the sequence of events. 2. A strange and gnarly, tripped out tale of high adventure unfolds as our intrepid host journeys about Prague, leading to.... 3. ...The invention of the Post Relevant Manifesto, which is read aloud for the first time in 25 years. Shield your eyes! 4. Also for the first time in 25 years -- we hear the original demo of the song "Prague" by Phil's old SF band, the Globs. Shield your ears! 5. Finally, we dip a toe into the Silveriest of Lakes, as Phil and his brother, artist Andy Ristaino, dig into, tear apart, and reassemble the deeper meaning of David Robert Mitchell's 2018 masterpiece "Under the Silver Lake." This is the first in a series of conversations as the two bros attempt to unlock the secrets and solve the cyphers of this esoteric hipster noir. A mystery a minute! More interpretations than you can shake a skunk at! Bark once if you know what that damn bird is saying! Turn your teeth and shoot for the stars, Soda Pop, its swimmin' time! Find out more about Phil at www.TheseAreDreams.com. Contact him @philristaino on Facebook and Instagram. Find out more about Andy at www.AndyRistaino.com
October 28, 2021
0. The Post Relevant Podcast episode zero -- with your host Phil Ristaino
Hey! Welcome to episode zero of the Post Relevant Podcast, with your host Phil Ristaino. This is a brand-spanking-new podcast created by actor/artist/musician Phil as a way of celebrating the rebirth and imminent demise of the nigh-eternally defunct Post Relevant Movement, a movement for the End of the End of Time. It's just a joke, really. The Post Relevant Podcast is an optimistic excuse to explore Phil's interests in film, art, music, symbolism, interpretation, the esoteric and occult, conspiracy, spirituality, extra-terrestrial and astronomical ideas, the surreal and absurd, lost histories and future mysteries, and whatever else lurks in the periphery of his cosmic eye. Hopefully this podcast will, somehow, be entertaining for whosoever ears stumble upon it. Show notes for episode zero: 1. Introduction (featuring the Post Relevant Movement theme song, written, recorded and produced by Allen Towbin and Phil Ristaino. 2. Phil greets the listener, waxes semi-poetically/semi-pathetically about our train wreck of modern times, and, eventually, he cries. 3. Phil presents a recent recording of his acapella interpretation of the song "Piece of Dirt" by They Might Be Giants. 4. Phil talks about his fascination with the hidden alchemical story inside the 2018 film "Under the Silver Lake," written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. 5. Phil and his brother, animator and comic artist Andy Ristaino have a conversation about their love of the film "Under the Silver Lake," and prime the listeners for the epic upcoming series, where they launch an exhaustingly detailed investigation and interpretation of the the film "UTSL." They hope and pray that you, the listener, will follow them as they strive to discover what mysteries swim cryptically beneath the surface of the most silvery of lakes. 6. We finish the episode with a special treat, as Phil plays you the entire Agents of Venus song "The Post Relevant Movement." Find out more about Phil at his websites: www.TheseAreDreams.com and www.PhilRistaino.com. You can contact Phil @ PhilRistaino on Facebook or Instagram. Find out more about Andy Ristaino at his website www.AndyRistaino.com Check out the album "Boduvt" by the band Agents of Venus at https://agentsofvenus.bandcamp.com or on Spotify. Look out for Episode One of the Post Relevant Podcast, where we launch our multi-part, in-depth investigation and interpretation of the mysterious and brilliant film "Under the Silver Lake," plus more about the origin of the Post Relevant Movement herself, and more music and funny shit, too. Coming in one short week. See you there!
October 17, 2021