12. A Really Happy Time. [Austin Wong.]

Austin Wong is a lifelong pop culture junkie. His mom once lamented how much knowledge he could have in his head if he stopped filling up his brain with song lyrics and movie trivia. Now that he works as an entertainment lawyer, and as a producer, writer and director, those skills are now coming in handy. He’s married with a baby girl, but it doesn’t stop him from going to every diva concert that blows through town. He can’t wait until his daughter is old enough to join him—unless she turns out to be into metal, in which case he’ll try to send his husband.

Austin and Michael discuss gay conversion therapy, being friends with football jocks and art nerds at the same time, the career trajectories of Gaga and Madonna, falling in love, and dancing until you hurt yourself.

Austin’s Five Songs:

Grease by Frankie Valli.
Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order.
Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis.
Just Dance by Lady Gaga.
Vogue by Madonna.

Show Notes.

This is Your Playlist! Every song we've featured on every episode, in order (...if they're on Spotify).

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11. Spacey Polyrhythms. [Alison Dennis.]

Alison Dennis grew up in various cities and towns in Oregon, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Her involvement in music started at a young age as she participated in church choirs and school band.  She received a literature degree and some a cappella choir experience from Oberlin College in Ohio before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she has lived, with the exception of a short stint in New Orleans, for over a decade. Currently she writes, records and performs music under the name Dr. Something, performs keyboards, sax, and vocals in the psych rock band All I Feel Is Yes, creates visual art, and works a mundane office job to pay the bills. Alison and Michael talk about learning music in church, being a spacey kid, rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, artificial intelligence as metaphor for queer liberation, and losing control over being a control freak.

Alison’s five songs.

Up on the Roof by the Drifters.
Quem Vidistis Pastores by Francis Poulenc.
Starting Five by dios (malos).
Mushrooms and Roses by Janelle Monáe.
Control Freak by Counterfeit Madison.

Show Notes.

Dr. Something. Listen to and support Alison's music.

This Is Your Playlist. All the songs from every episode of This Is Your Mixtape, provided they're on Spotify.

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10. The Romantic from the Cove. [Juanita Critch.]

Juanita Critch grew up in a rural Newfoundland community of fewer than 50 people.  After attending Memorial University, where she graduated with a BA in religious studies and folklore, she settled in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with her husband Brian. By day, Juanita writes steamy contemporary romance for Harlequin/Mills & Boon, but by night she drinks margaritas and dreams of living on a tropical beach. Juanita and Michael talk about one-room school houses where your mom is the teacher, good teens who like angry music, religious studies, the publishing industry, and missing important phone calls.

Her Five Songs:

Aunt Martha's Sheep by Dick Nolan.
Faith by Limp Bizkit.
This River Is Wild by the Killers.
One Particular Harbor by Jimmy Buffett.
Spaceship by Kanye West.

Show Notes.

Juanita's official website. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.

This Is Your Playlist! A Spotify playlist of every song from every episode of This Is Your Mixtape [if it is on Spotify].

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9. I Am Still Here. [Kari Bentley-Quinn.]

Kari Bentley-Quinn is a playwright based in New York City. She grew up in Connecticut, but adopted New York as home just in time to witness the September 11th attacks.  Kari's plays have been produced and presented in New York, Chicago and Dallas. She's a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater company based in the beautiful borough of Queens, championing new play development. Kari has an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College. She's won the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award, and was a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award. Kari and Michael discuss childhood optimism, musical improvisation, suicide, terrorism, polyrhythms, having a calling, why immigration is awesome, and making friends in your thirties.

Her five songs:

I’m a Believer by the Monkees.
Marianne by Tori Amos.
Toxic by Britney Spears.
Sawdust and Diamonds by Joanna Newsom.
New York by St. Vincent.

Show Notes.

Youth Dew. Kari's personal essay about the sudden passing of her grandmother.

Song Exploder 114: St. Vincent. St. Vincent goes in depth on the writing and recording of “New York.”

Kari on Twitter, Instagram, and the web.

This Is Your Playlist! A Spotify playlist of every song from every episode of This Is Your Mixtape [if it is on Spotify].

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8. The Precarity is the World. [Beth Martin.]

Beth Martin grew up in rural Ontario, in a farming community near Lake Huron—the kind of place you'd recognize from the fiction of Alice Munro. Music was a tool Beth used to establish a cohesive identity, and later to probe her relationship with the outside world. She recently completed a PhD in English Literature, and is one of the co-founders of the Megaphonic podcast network, where she co-hosts It’s Just a Show, a deep-dive into 90’s cult classic show Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Beth and Michael discuss escapism, futurism, modernity's terrifying velocity, and raising a child in a world that sometimes feels doomed.

And hey: MEGAPHONIC PARTY! We'll be celebrating at The Bastille, 16 Walmer Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, March 24th, 7-11pm. Join us! Free drinks and snacks! Me, Beth, and all the other Megaphonic crew will be there to meet and greet.

Her Songs:

Book of Days (Gaelic Version) by Enya.
Army of Me by Björk.
Winter's Love by Animal Collective.
Vessels by Philip Glass.
4 Degrees by Anohni.

Show Notes.

It’s Just a Show. Beth's Mystery Science Theatre 3000 podcast.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. An episode of 99% Invisible about the failed housing project Beth discusses in the context of Philip Glass's Vessels.

This Is Your Playlist! A Spotify playlist of every song from every episode of This Is Your Mixtape [if it is on Spotify].

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7. Music is Sublimated Desire. [Drew Brown.]

Drew Brown is a freelance writer living in St. John's, Newfoundland. He grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, a small town in Central Newfoundland. Once upon a time he was a PhD candidate in political science, writing a dissertation about affect theory and the Canadian museum of history. He has since quit grad school to write for money. He and Michael discuss growing up in a small-scale apocalypse, angry teen boys who fall for Ayn Rand, epiphanies on public transport, quitting PhD programs, and whether there is cause to hope for the future (probably there is).

His songs:

Peter Street by the Irish Descendants.
Anthem by Rush.
Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend.
The Beast by Austra.
Call to Arms by Sturgill Simpson.

Show Notes.

Drew's work at Vice.

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6. Not Like Me. [Ned Raggett.]

Ned Raggett writes about music for a variety of locations around the world and on the web. He's been doing it for 25 years now and he doesn’t want to stop—or perhaps, he tells me, he’s lazy and used to routine. He lives and works as a library assistant for the University of California in San Francisco.

We discuss the Muppets, exile in Siberia, the necessary lie of genre, listening to music from various perspectives, and not “fitting in” like people expect you to.

His Five Songs:

Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie.
Live to Tell by Madonna.
You Take the World by The Veldt.
Always and Everywhere (I Will Follow You) by Marc Almond.
Queen by Tracey Thorn.

Show notes.

Ned’s Bonus Beats. The previous podcast appearance that Ned mentions.

50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time. Pitchfork album where Ned insisted on The Veldt’s inclusion.

Vazim Kodim. Wikipedia article on famous gay Russian singer who originally popularized Always and Everywhere (I Will Follow You).

Ned’s tumblr.

This is Your Playlist! Every song we've featured on every episode, in order (...if they're on Spotify).

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5. Queer Curation. [Michael Lee Richardson.]

Michael Lee Richardson is an award-winning writer whose short film, My Loneliness is Killing Me, about loneliness in the gay community, begins production in January 2018. He's also a passionate advocate for Scotland's LGBTQ youth. Michael lives in Glasgow, but he grew up in an isolated region of England's north. You can find him on most social media as @HRFMichael (Her Royal Flyness), but he's most frequently on Twitter, where he describes himself as a “general pain in the arts”.

We discuss queerness, drag, Geri Halliwell, cult followings, sad disco, empowerment anthems, gay men and black women, is Kate Bush a Tory?, the curatorial impulse—and loads more.

His five songs:

Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid.
Viva Forever by the Spice Girls.
The Magic Position by Patrick Wolf.
The Loving Kind by Girls Aloud.
Flawless (Remix) by Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj.

Show Notes.

This Is Your Playlist! All the songs featured on This Is Your Mixtape [if they're on Spotify].

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4. Mustachioed Persona. [Paul Fowler.]

Paul Fowler reads lewd material for a living. He’s long been involved in the publishing industry, and he’s participated in many literary endeavours. Paul grew up in a small and isolated town on the coast of Labrador, but he has lived in Toronto for more than six years, and he assures us they’re actually not all that different.

His five songs:

Seven Spanish Angels by Willie Nelson ft. Ray Charles.
Santa Monica by Savage Garden.
Call of Ktulu by Metallica.
Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.
What Happens When You Turn the Devil Down by The Mystery Lights.

Show notes.

My Mama Said by Aqua. Late 90s Danish bubblegum Barbie Girl band’s more recent, surprisingly dark and haunting material.

Resurrection by Moist. Canadian 90’s alt-rock that’s really quite poppy. Paul’s co-first album, along with Savage Garden.

Satellite view of L’anse au Loup, Labrador.

Paul and Paul’s Warhammer work on Instagram.

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3. Lush, Vivid, and Strange. [Anna Wilson.]

Anna Wilson recently completed a PhD at the University of Toronto. She’ll be starting at Harvard as an assistant professor next year. But erase all thoughts of a dry tweedy scholar from your mind. Anna is one of those scholars whose work and whose life intertwine—bringing together medieval mystics, queer theory, and fanfiction.

Her five songs:

Graceland by Paul Simon.
The End by The Doors.
To Be Alone with You by Sufjan Stevens.
On the Radio by Regina Spektor.
Wait for It from Hamilton.

Show notes.

The fanvid discussed is “This is How It Works” by Lim.

Anna’s article “Full-body Reading” at Aeon.

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2. Dramatic Fantasies. [Nadia Halim.]

Nadia Halim is a community organizer, writer, arts administrator, and general bringer-together-of-people in Toronto. Nadia grew up bookish and mixed-race in a small town in the Ottawa Valley, where neither quality was necessarily well-understood.

Her five songs:

Guantanamera by Pete Seeger.
New Moon on Monday by Duran Duran.
Devil With the Green Eyes by Matthew Sweet.
Fake Palindromes by Andrew Bird.
Atop a Cake by Alvvays.

Show notes.

Backstreet Boys’ Larger than Life video.

Venus Fly by Grimes and Janelle Monáe.

 

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1. The Sublime in the Everyday. [Chris Piuma.]

Chris Piuma is a musician, writer, designer, podcaster, ex-academic, and general jack of many trades. Chris grew up in suburban Philadelphia and Queens, New York, before relocating to Portland, Oregon, where he had a band, The Minor Thirds, and co-founded Spare Room, a poetry reading series. He now lives and does stuff in Toronto, Ontario.

His Five Songs:

I Feel Fine by the Beatles.
Things That Scare Me by Ed’s Redeeming Qualities.
Fifty-Eight by John Cage.
We Are the Most Beautiful People in the World by Celesteville.
Stay On It by Julius Eastman.

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