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Diet Soap Podcast #70: Boundary Dissolution
August 12, 2010 10:08 AM PDT

Musician and podcaster Jon Meade is the guest this week and we discuss his ideas about boundary dissolution, psychedelics, black bloc politics, being a teenager after the events of 911, and the pros and cons of dualisms. A different edit of this same conversation will be featured on his Boundary Dissolution podcast in the near future.
On another note, don't forget to check out my new podcast with my 13 year old son Benjamin: One Thousand Words where we'll be discussing the history of avant garde art and modern art painting every week.

Diet Soap Podcast #69: Fighting the Control System with a Northern Song
August 05, 2010 12:17 PM PDT

Neil Kramer of the blog the Cleaver is the guest this week and we discuss class, accents, the Transitional Alchemy tour, and the control system. The music this week includes Art Tatum's Ain't Misbehavin', Daft Punk's Around the World, a mantra to Ganesh, the Beatles song Only a Northern Song (with vocals removed), Bang on a Can's "Stroking Piece," and the Kronos Quartet's "Four for Tango."

One Thousand Words: Episode One
July 26, 2010 02:01 PM PDT

I'm posting this premiere on the Diet Soap RSS feed in order to let you know about this new podcast called One Thousand Words. Ben and I explore the entirety of art history starting with cave paintings and running through to a statue of George Washington.

Benjamin will be helping with a podcast focusing on Art History. Starting next week we'll pick a new painting every week and talk about the meaning and context around each work. The aim is to cover 100 years of Avant Garde or modern art. From the Paris Commune to the birth of postmodernism. (1870-1970)

Diet Soap #67: Seeing Red Radio
July 21, 2010 11:59 PM PDT

The guest this week is a controversial figure. Anthony Udell is the host of a podcast and radio program called Seeing Red Radio, and he's an out and out Marxist. You'll hear the music of Red Shadow, Albino, Faith Petric, and Kokolo, along with an anti-New Age essay/rant and a collage about psychedelics and placebos.

Diet Soap Podcast #66: Transcending Capitalism
July 15, 2010 02:29 AM PDT
Author and podcaster Eileen Workman is the guest this week as I close out the "Pick Your Battle" book funding campaign and get to work. We discuss her book "Sacred Economics: Transcending Capitalism" and her hope for a society based on maturity and natural systems of indirect giving. I was recently a guest on a movie review/discussion podcast "Flickers from the Cave|" along with KMO. We discussed the film "They Live." Chris Isto White is back this week offering his cover of "If You Wish Upon a Star" and his original song "I Always See Rainbows." Thank you to everyone who backed my book project. One way to get updates about my progress would be to sign up for the free Diet Soap Newsletter. You can find the form for that at dietsoap.podomatic.com.
Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: A Potluck/Dérive
July 11, 2010 10:58 PM PDT

This final supplemental episode is a mash-up. A Potluck/Psychogeographic wander is blended with an essay about the danger of rerunning the past.
The "Pick Your Battle" Kickstarter project was successfully funded on Friday when Eileen Workman made a huge pledge to get the project to 6000 exactly. If you'd like to preorder the book you still have 48 hours to do so, but this campaign is now 104% funded.
Thank you, Eileen! And thank you to the other 162 people who pledged.
That just about wraps up "Picking a Battle." All that's left is a Titanic factoid, and an attempt to start a revolution and alchemical transition.

Diet Soap Podcast #65: The Lain Family and the Problem of Ideology
July 08, 2010 02:27 AM PDT

The guest this week is professor Ron Strickland whose youtube videos on Cultural Theory and Althusser provided the jumping off point for our conversation. Also featured this week are Benjamin, Emma, Noah, and Simon Lain. After Ben's guest appearance on last weekend's podcast the entire Lain family wanted to get in on the act.
There are five days left to my "Pick Your Battle" book project and Kickstarter campaign, we're 84% to the goal, and pledges now are most welcome.

Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: What is the Spectacle?
July 04, 2010 02:32 PM PDT

My 13 year old son is the last minute guest this time and I lecture him on the subject of the Spectacle for 35 minutes or so. Unschooling at work?
The music of Bad Plus is featured prominently in this episode, as are the ideas of Freud, Debord, and eventually Zizek.
The Kickstarter "Pick Your Battle" Campaign is 71% funded and there are 9 days left. Consider pledging?

Diet Soap Podcast #64: The Question of How
July 01, 2010 02:13 AM PDT

Rhetor and philosopher Daniel Coffeen is a returning guest, a guest less interested in what is said than how one goes about saying it. The F-word and other cusses from the 80s get thrown around like we're the stars from Hot Tub Time Machine in this instant classic. Coffeen's UC Berkeley lectures on Rhetoric are available on iTunes U.
The music on the podcast includes Charles Ives' the Unanswered Question, Erik Satie's Gymnopédies, Kurt Weill's Speak Low, and Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale.
The Pick Your Battle/New Age/Self Help/Marxist tract or book project is currently 65% funded with 12 days left to the deadline. Please chip in if you can.

Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: A Bizarro Dérive
June 27, 2010 01:09 AM PDT
Bizarro author Cameron Pierce is the guest for this supplemental podcast for the "Pick Your Battle" Kickstarter book project. Cameron and I discuss how he attempts to service the virus called language through his literary efforts, the concept of psychogeography, and more specifically the concept of the Dérive. You'll also hear clips of Laurie Anderson, My Dinner with Andre, and the Justice League cartoon show.

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