Back in 2004 I caught up with my old friend from high school, Jesse Krakow. He had just released this incredibly strange and lovely album “Oceans in the Sun” made up of over 30 songs he recorded alone in his New York apartment, many of them less than 100 seconds long, a lot of them about his cat.
I produced this 11 minute podcast like thing (not safe for radio) as one of my first attempts at cutting up an interview and adding music. I think it still holds up pretty well despite the fact I didn’t know what I was doing.
Jesse was working in advertising at the time he made this music and it wasn’t a good fit in my opinion. He was lonely. The songs are incredibly silly and fun, but they are also dark and weird.
From the interview:
“I became re-acquainted with somebody through Friendster and we got pretty close. We started writing regular emails to each other and having phone conversations. It was really amazing. You know it’s really romantic when you can grow close to somebody through their words, and see how they formulate a sentence. I don’t mean to be completely clinical but grammar and seeing somebody’s approach to it it’s very telling. It’s very intimate. I remember hearing that Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed bonded over punctuation at one party. They just sat in the corner and talked about punctuation. Now they live together and they are very happy. I was really into that idea with this girl. Unfortunately she came to New York and we had a horrible time. Nothing became of it. Now she’s dating some other dude and I’m still in love with my cat.”
Google Book Search is really neat, and it could be the future of reading. It also can be very creepy to imagine Google reading over your shoulder, and passing it’s notes to the government without judicial oversight.
This mini radio doc (or long news-ish feature) aired on the KPFA Morning Show on Feb 8th 2010. It was funded by spot.us. Brian Edwards-Tiekert is the host of the show, he’s the first voice you hear, he was also the “peer review editor” for the piece.
Using nothing but his creativity, his cunning, and his considerable skills as a composer and user of digital technology, my good friend Scott Bruzenak has kept a roof over his head in Southern California for nearly a decade without ever holding down much of a regular job. He has found gigs throughout the entertainment industry at the lower ends of those totem poles. What he has to share about that experience is ugly, amusing, and educational.
This half hour program aired in late 2008 on KPFA in the “Open Book, Cover to Cover” slot.
All the music, with the exception of the 30 second opening theme, was made by Bruzenak.
Crows Nest Radio – season 2 – episode 1 The Portland Intergenerational Women’s Choir opened up their practices to my microphones and shared with me how they really feel about singing together every week.
This is the first episode of the new season of the Crows Nest Radio podcast, now from Portland, Oregon. You can download the mp3.
Last summer I sat in as host/producer of KPFA’s “Living Room,” an hour long news and public affairs show.
For the second half of the show I covered Moe’s, Berkeley’s biggest used book store on historic Tellegraph Ave. Moe’s daughter Dorris gave me a tour of the store and introduced me to some of the book people who have worked there for decades. Book stores are going out of business at an alarming rate, and this piece seeks to answer what will be lost if they all go down.
I presented the audio in one and two minute clips while I live hosted. Then I opened the phone for listener call ins. I am especially proud of this format of radio and I hope I can do it again soon.
One highlight was the call from my friend who may very well be the only person under 40 trying to make a go at selling used books in a brick and mortar shop. Back when Moes Books was young, in the 1960s there were pleanty of his kind in the Bay Area, now he stands alone and what he has to say about his situation is real interesting.
I hosted ‘Letters and Politics” on April 22, 2011 – which was the day President Obama concluded three days of fund raising in the San Francisco Bay Area, which he kicked off with a “Facebook Town Hall.” As I was producing coverage of the president’s trip, I was surprised to learn about Facebook’s growing political foot print. We spoke with Dave Levinthal, editor with OpenSecrets.org at the Center for Responsive Politics; as well as Carla Maranuci, the political writer with the San Francisco Chronicle.
Maranucci was reporting from Obama’s fund raising breakfast in San Francisco when a group of ticket holding donors stood up and sang the president a song against his will: “…we payed our dues, where’s our change?”
Finally, I spoke with Heidi Shierholz, an Economist with the Economic Policy Institute about the dismal state of employment for young people during this Great Recession. America’s Lost Decade?