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Ilana Kaplan on Halsey, Phoebe Bridgers, and writing celebrity profiles in a pandemic

Ilana Kaplan on Halsey, Phoebe Bridgers, and writing celebrity profiles in a pandemic

December 30, 2020
The guest in this episode is Ilana Kaplan, a prolific freelance writer who has written many features for many major publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and GQ. In this episode we talk about how she's gone about writing profiles with major celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Lenny Kravitz during the pandemic, her very positive experiences with Halsey and Phoebe Bridgers, and how Rob Sheffield inspired her to become a writer.
 
Here's a few of the articles that Ilana wrote this year that are mentioned in this episode:
 
Premium Preview: Sean T. Collins on Guns N’ Roses

Premium Preview: Sean T. Collins on Guns N’ Roses

December 26, 2020

This is a segment from a Patreon premium episode featuring Sean T. Collins. Unlike our previous episode together, which was focused on industrial music, this is more of a free-flowing conversation that gets into Tears for Fears, Human League, Roxy Music, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Lenny Kravitz, and in this part of the conversation, Guns N' Roses. If you'd like to hear the full episode and get 4-5 premium episodes every month, you should hit up the Fluxpod Patreon

Rob Sheridan on creating the visual world of Nine Inch Nails

Rob Sheridan on creating the visual world of Nine Inch Nails

December 23, 2020
This episode features Rob Sheridan, who worked as the visual director of Nine Inch Nails for many years. This conversation covers how a teenage Rob came to work for Trent Reznor in the first place, how his collaboration with him evolved through the years, and how he created live visuals for NIN shows that remain many years ahead of the curve. Rob is also a noted glitch artist and is the co-creator of the Vertigo comic High Level with Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Fajardo. You can find the fan-edited live video of the NIN Lights in the Sky tour that Rob mentioned here, and the High Level soundtrack created by Steven Alexander Ryan and Justin McGrath can be found here.
Premium Preview: Ronen Givony on Pearl Jam

Premium Preview: Ronen Givony on Pearl Jam

December 19, 2020

This week's premium episode is an interview with Ronen Givony, the promoter behind the Wordless Music series, about his new book Not For You: Pearl Jam in the Present Tense. If you're not particularly into Pearl Jam this is still worth checking out as we talk a lot about his background in instrumental and modern classical music and creating the Wordless Music series, and the discussion of Pearl Jam is - like the book – really more about the culture of the '90s in general. If you want to hear the full episode, you can subscribe to the premium feed on the Fluxpod Patreon

Sean T Collins on Industrial: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM, Pigface, Meat Beat Manifesto, and more

Sean T Collins on Industrial: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM, Pigface, Meat Beat Manifesto, and more

December 16, 2020

This episode features the writer Sean T Collins  – the Original Bad Boy of TV Criticism! We recently collaborated on a playlist called Burning Inside: Industrial 1986-1994, which we made as an introduction to and celebration of the genre. This episode is basically a live "liner notes" for the playlist in which we discuss all the major figures and songs featured in the mix. 

You can find the playlist on both Spotify and Apple Music

Cates Holderness on Tumblr’s year in music - K-pop, Harry Styles, sea shanties, Hozier, and more

Cates Holderness on Tumblr’s year in music - K-pop, Harry Styles, sea shanties, Hozier, and more

December 14, 2020

Cates Holderness, the managing editor of Tumblr, is here to break down what music was popular on Tumblr in 2020. Gen Z kids make up a huge portion of Tumblr's user base, so some of what's big there is about what you'd expect – K-pop, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift – while other things, like the huge popularity of sea shanties and the singer-songwriter Hozier, may come as a surprise. 

Here's a list of all the songs featured in this episode:

Agust D "Daechwita"
The Mechanisms "Drunk Space Pirate"
The Amazing Devil "The Horror and the Wild"
Hozier "Wasteland, Baby!"
The Longest Johns "Oak & Ash & Thorn"
Harry Styles "Sunflower, Vol. 6"
Orville Peck "Drive Me, Crazy"
K/DA "Pop/Stars"
CNCO "Tan Enamorados"
Blankpink/Selena Gomez "Ice Cream"
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Premium Preview: Sam Humphries

Premium Preview: Sam Humphries

December 12, 2020

In this clip from a Patreon exclusive episode of the show the comic book writer Sam Humphries and I talk about some live shows we've seen, including Sam witnessing a Nirvana reunion of sorts and me recalling an awful but very memorable experience seeing Steely Dan in Los Angeles. 

Emily Gould on Perfect Tunes and passing music down to children

Emily Gould on Perfect Tunes and passing music down to children

December 9, 2020

This episode features internet legend Emily Gould, the author of the new novel Perfect Tunes. We talk about her new book, writing process stuff, and a lot about how people pass music down to children – and specifically, how she's been doing that with her young children. 

Premium Preview: Bianca Gracie on R&B

Premium Preview: Bianca Gracie on R&B

December 5, 2020

This is a preview of a Patreon exclusive episode featuring the music journalist Bianca Gracie. The full episode goes deep on Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Bianca's childhood listening to dancehall and reggae, but this clip has us talking about the arbitrary limitations people often put on R&B as a genre. You can hear the full episode by subscribing on Patreon – $5 per month will get you 4-5 extra episodes every month. 

No Joy

No Joy

December 2, 2020

This episode's guest is Jasamine White-Gluz from No Joy. We mainly talk about her excellent new album Motherhood, but also get into Boards of Canada, Nine Inch Nails, and Madonna as well as some discussion of how arts grants work in Canada.

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