Shadercast Episode 12 Intensely Relaxin’ While Others Panic

It’s all cold lamping all the time in this Episode 12 of Shadercast. We begin live from New York City, with a subway song recorded by your plucky podcaster, followed by an excerpt of a field recording of someone we’ll call “Missy,” regaling us with tales from her young adulthood in the West Village bar scene. And how else can we go from there but to dive straight into the gnarly with “Notes on Point Street,” a Camden-centric chapter from Shader. Commentary follows, and we wrap it all up with a track from legendary Camden/Philly rock legends, True Detectives, and their landmark recorded samples epic, “TDs Intensely Relaxin’ While Others Panic.” Enjoy.

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Up on The Millions: “Group Therapy: Was It Really a Game?”

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So cool to have published an essay at the illustrious website The Millions. Here’s the first paragraph:

Before A Question of Scruples, Loaded Questions, or Curses; decades before Cards Against Humanity, Drunk Stoned or Stupid, or Never Have I Ever; before Nasty Things, What’s Yours Like?, or Disturbed Friends, there was Group Therapy, the original psychological adult board game. Released in 1969, Group Therapy straddled the free-love ’60s and the ’70s Me Decade, groovy and real, a plain black box with white text, just the name and question: “Is it really a game?”  Yes, reads the instruction booklet, Group Therapy is a game. “But Group Therapy is for people who want to do more than just play games. For people who want to open up. Get in touch. Let go. Be free.”

Take a look some photos of some of Group Therapy’s cards above, and the piece itself here.

 

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Shadercast Episode 11 Main Street Music and Clerk Nostalgia

We return with “Notes on Main Street Music,” a cornerstone chapter from Shader, as well as some preliminary impressions from our podcaster’s outings to see Guns N’ Roses in concert in Philadelphia, as well as Jane’s Addiction with Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour. A fair amount of reflection is given to the record clerk and record stores, and how both will be missed, more by the podcaster than bookstores and bookstore clerks. It’s just his opinion, man. Oh, and an opener monologue from Todd Colby!

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Shadercast Episode 10 Garden Path Paragraphs

Who’s your daddy? I am, for the next 50-odd minutes of your life in this Shadercast episode. We kick off with some field recordings of the Nester Sisters, Miriam and Beatrice, after a day of frolic and water hijinks. Then a reading of “Garden Path Paragraphs,” being an account of the author and his partner’s experience with fertility and IVF. This excerpt from How to Be Inappropriate first ran in Packingtown Review. Music provided by UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schnorr.

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Shadercast Episode 9 Like a Hobo Born to Walk Alone

Unlike hobos, you weren’t born to walk alone! We begin with some riffs from Derek from Shader, talking about such record nerd subjects as Zappa, rock critics, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Following this, we are treated to some observations on a Whitesnake concert as well as a crucial lyric difference between the 1982 and 1987 recordings of the band’s anthemic ballad, “Here I Go Again.” Then, two readings from two different Daniel Nester books: the “Mr. Bad Guy” chapter from God Save My Queen II,  and “Notes on My First Girlfriend” from Shader. Music provided by UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schnorr.

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