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PPP #21: CHRIS WELLS  

Chris Wells is the founder of The Secret City, and he is a high priest of art. He's been known to tower over people in platform shoes, he leads a congregation of art worshippers, his performances make people feel high, and he was raised in the high desert of California. In this episode we discuss what it means to create transcendental, communal gatherings outside the umbrella of "church."  We talk about the somatic response of fight, flight, or freeze, trying to heal the wounds of empire, gay politicians wearing "straight-face," people who let their dogs lick their face, and the performance of being a Reagan-loving, church-going young man. We also discuss Chris' journey into being a radical fairy, dissect the so-called Irish potato famine, queers in the woods, gay liberation not assimilation, and his ongoing mission to bring art-based, ecstatic spectacle to a divided world. A lot of ground is covered!

Episode sponsor: Cats Who Can Type. Opening music: Marchandise by Bad Reputation (French cover of Merchandise by Fugazi). Pixxlatd Cock by Pierre de Gaillande. Songs: Famine by Sinead O'Connor, Hold Me Baby by Christie and the NoNos, Compared to What by Les McCann and Eddie Harris. End music: All One by The Snow.

thesecretcity.org
mrchriswells.com

 

PPP #19: RICK FROBERG  

Musician and visual artist Rick Froberg can't help it, he f*&#ing loves rock and roll. Throughout his career he has fronted loud, uncompromising, agressive, totally original and influential bands like Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes with his partner in crime John Reis as well as Obits, last of the Juanitas, and others. He continues to record and perform all over the world. Rick creates the album artwork for all of his projects, as well as working as a commercial artist. We talked about getting along with Satan, shitty gigs in front of the culchies, being at the same Fugazi show when someone drew blood, saying what you mean with lead and bludgeoning guitars, the wonders of the internet, cigarette Nazis in Australia, learning analog art design, and a whole lot more.

Episode sponsor: Ultra Lubricants. Opening music: Marchandise by Fugazi, performed by Pierre de Gaillande with James Fletcher, drums. Songs: Burn Pigs Burn by Pitchfork. Ant Farm by Night Soil Man. Luau, Super Unison, New Math by Drive Like Jehu. No hands, Death Camp Fantasy, Six Wave Hold Down by Hot Snakes. Military Madness, Two Headed Coin by Obits. 


http://www.drive-like-jehu.com
https://www.obitsurl.com
http://hotsnakes.com

PPP #18: THE BREEDERS  

For this very special episode, we reach way back into the vault and present an interview Pierre did with The Breeders in 1992! We unearthed this cassette recording of an interview with all four members of this massively popular and influential mainstay of 90's alt-rock, the Breeders. Pierre called them from San Diego and interviewed them on the phone in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, in advance of their concert in Tijuana, Mexico, at the legendary Iguana's. The year is 1992 and the Breeders are on the verge of superstardom. Pierre is a college student calling from San Diego and he's quite sleepy, but he's awake enough to ask some pretty incisive and trenchant questions, including "Who will play you in a movie of your life" and "Will Bill Clinton be elected?" Listen as young Pierre tries to play it cool on the phone with all four members of the Breeders; Jim McPherson, Josephine Wiggs, Kelly Deal, and Kim Deal.

Episode sponsor: Pierre Delecto. Opening music: "Merchandise" written by Fugazi, performed by Pierre de Gaillande with James Fletcher, drums. "Hey" by Pixies, translated into French and performed by Pierre de Gaillande, form the album "franglais". Songs: "Fortunately Gone," "Cannonball," and "When I was a Painter" by the Breeders.

PPP #17: PHIL MANLEY  

Phil Manley is a west-coast based rock musician and producer. He runs El Studio in San Fransisco, and he handles the guitar, keyboards, bass, and vocals in bands Trans Am, Life Coach, Terry Gross, and Oneida among others. His band Trans Am spearheaded the Electroclash movement in the 90's and continues to melt faces around the world. We had very pleasant chit chat in his studio about recording very loud bands, Krautrock vs. punk rock, missing the "normal days" of Bush, touring in Europe with a Bush mask on, and how to sheild your kids from the apocalypse.

Episode sponsor: Mother Earth. Opening music: Marchandise by Fugazi, performed by Pierre de Gaillande with James Fletcher, drums. Songs: Orlando, 4738 Regrets, Bagged Agenda, Night Dancing, Cocaine Computer, Alles Verboten, Climbing Up the Ladder, Thing, Washington, DC, and Uninvited Guest by Trans Am. Earthen Sculptor and Abide by the Fucking Champs. Fireball by Life Coach. Shameless Impostor by Terry Gross. Outro music: Nickels and Dimes by Golden.

elstudiosf.com
thrilljockey.com/artists/trans-am

PPP #16: LISA MARR AND PAOLO DAVANZO  

Episode sweet sixteen features Los Angeles-based activists, musicians, filmmakers, and educators Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo. They run a non-profit called the Echo Park Film Center, and they travel the world spreading their vison of inclusiveness, tolerance, creativity and artistic freedom through the medium of cinema. We spoke about both of their musical and artistic trajectories beginning in Canada and Italy, through the wilds of the Orange County punk MIASMA and the Canadian riot girl scene. We chatted about striving for socialist idealism in a capitalist world, the circus of American politics, the short life of the Sassy Pickles, the film mobile, bicycle-driven projection, cuddle core, and so much more.

Episode sponsor: Somebody climbing a mountain. Opening music: "Marchandise" written by Fugazi, performed by Pierre de Gaillande with James Fletcher, drums. Songs: "Oh Happy Day" and "Maneaters" by the Evaporators. "Motel Six" and "New York City" by Cub. ""Hardstance" by Hardstance. "Los Angeles," "Slaughterhouse Ceiling," and "Monday Morning Echo Park" by the Lisa Marr Experiment. "Making Friends the Hollywood Way"  by The Natural Lights. "I Am Always Touched by Your Presence" by The Beards. "In California" by Lisa Marr, performed by Neko Case. "Sure Gonna Miss Him" and "American Express" by Buck. "Shuckin' Sugar" by Lisa Marr and Soda. "Rat Race City" and "Unemployment Line" performed live by Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo. "Hé," "Un de Ces Jours," "Aime Toi," "Maitres de Guerre," "Baiser en l'Air," and "Fasciae" by Pierre de Gaillande/Bad Reputation from the album franglais.

echoparkfilmcenter.org
sellyourtvandcometothecinema.org

PPP #13: DORIT CHRYSLER  

Lucky number 13 is my good friend Dorit Chrysler, a theremin wizard from Austria. She came to New York in the 90's and was the singer-guitarist for the scorching art-rock band Halcion. She subsequently went on tho become one of the world's premiere theremin experts. She performs at festivals and concert venues around the world on a regular basis, and she was the co-founder of the New York Theremin Society. She has scored films and TV sows, including the upcoming German production "M." for Netflix. She will be performing this year with the San Francisco Symphony as well as Moogfest in Durham North Carolina in April. We spoke about the music scene in New York in the 90's,plasticc molds, the legacy of Austrian culture, the "bread and circus" of American politics, and she performed three live songs in the studio.

Sponsor: Exotic Molds. Opening music: "Merchandise" by Fugazi, performed by Pierre de Gaillande with James Fletcher, drums. Songs: "Rubies and Pearls" and "A Happy Place"  written and performed by Dorit Chrysler on live theremin. "Aquarium" by Saint Saens, Dorit Chrysler on live theremin. "Messy Marvin" by Halcion. "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"  by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Durham, Sol Marcus and Eddie Seiler, performed by Pierre de Gaillande (guitar) and Dorit Chrysler (theremin, vocals.) "Arizona Man" and "Eine Huette in den Baumen" by Dorit Chrysler from her album Schlager on Parade. "Spring Breeze" by Dorit Chrysler. "Top of the Food Chain" by Open Kimono, theremin by Dorit Chrysler.

www.doritchrysler.com
www.nythereminsociety.org