24. Invisible Shackles. [Brad Dunne.]

Brad Dunne is a writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His debut novel, after dark vapours, tells a gothic werewolf story through a postcolonial lens. His journalism has appeared in Maisonneuve, The Canadian Encyclopedia and The Walrus. He recently launched his own podcast, Deconstruction Junction, where he uses philosophy to find unconventional readings of popular media.

Brad and Michael talk about how music creates self-confidence, playing in a punk band, virtuosity, rap as the most literary musical genre, and how to cope when life unexpectedly throws a series of curveballs your way.

Brad’s Five Songs.

Scar Tissue by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Decline by NOFX.
All The Things You Are by Joe Pass.
Sounds of Science by the Beastie Boys.
Atlas, Rise by Metallica.

Show Notes.

Brad’s website and Instagram.

His podcast, Deconstruction Junction.

Brad’s novel, after dark vapours.

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23. Fantasy Potential. [Lochin Brouillard.]

Lochin Brouillard is a Chinese adopted Québécoise who has been Anglicized and who cultivates a love-hate relationship with France. She went from being the goth high school president to a PhD student in medieval studies who’s interested in monks, family, and gender. She’s a social nerd, a feminist geek, a close reader with big ideas, and a consciously kind Slytherin who tries her best to use her power for good.

Lochin and Michael talk about “world” music, cultural Catholicism, postmedieval Quebec, gender roles, and racialized identities.  

Lochin’s Five Songs.

A Different Drum by Peter Gabriel feat. Youssou N’Dour.
Il est venu le temps des cathédrales by Bruno Pelletier.
Montréal -40C by Malajube.
Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.
China Girl by Iggy Pop.

Show Notes.

[Correction: David Bowie co-wrote China Girl with Iggy Pop.]

Lochin chats with Chris about The Return on The Scene Of The Scene. It's a movie about Korean-born people adopted by westerners returning to Korea as adults.

She has also appeared on two other episodes of The Scene Of The Scene, discussing the films Becoming Who I Was and The People’s Republic of Desire.

Lochin recommends people read Anna Wilson’s work on fanfiction, such as her essay Full Body Reading. Anna was a guest on This Is Your Mixtape 3. Lush, Vivid, and Strange.

Placebo’s cover of Running Up That Hill.

Within Temptation’s cover of Running Up That Hill.

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22. Horror is a Comfort to Me. [Adam Clarke.]

You might know Adam Clarke as one of the hosts of It’s Just a Show, a podcast deep dive into Mystery Science Theatre 3000. He’s also cohost of A Part of Our Scare-itage, a new podcast about Canadian horror films. Adam grew up in Newfoundland, but he’ll often claim that he was raised by a VCR. He has been a successful film critic, standup comic, actor, playwright, and short story author.

Adam and Michael talk about film scores, the contract horror films make with their viewers, the devolution of humanity, moving beyond sloganeering, and finding the joy of independence.

[Content warning: Sections two and five of this episode contain some strong discussion of physical violence. There are warnings beforehand, and if your podcast app supports chapter markers you can skip ahead to avoid any graphic descriptions.]

Adam’s Five Songs.

Godzilla to Tokyo Bay by Akira Ifukube [from the Godzilla soundtrack].
Halloween Theme by John Carpenter [from the Halloween soundtrack].
Peek-a-boo by Devo.
Ping Pong by Stereolab.
Tenebre by Goblin.

Show Notes.

Adam and Sarah’s new podcast about Canadian horror films, A Part of Our Scare-itage.

Adam and Beth’s deep dive into Mystery Science Theatre 3000, It's Just a Show.

Adam, Beth, and Chris discuss the original Godzilla film on fellow Megaphonic podcast The Scene of the Scene.

Adam’s storytelling podcast, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, where each episode he asks a guest to share the most interesting thing that's happened to them.

Late-breaking podcast synchronicity! Song Exploder released a discussion with John Carpenter about the Halloween theme today.

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21. It Doesn’t Make Any Sense At All (And I Love That). [John Allison.]

John Allison is the creator of comic series including Giant Days, Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round. He studied journalism and worked as a designer for five years before becoming a professional cartoonist in 2003. John lives in Letchworth Garden City, halfway between Cambridge and London in the UK.

John and Michael talk about independent-minded children, seizing the means of production, the nature of creativity, the beauty of All-Music Guide, and shady business practices during the dot-com bubble.

John’s Five Songs.

Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry for Loverboy) by Scritti Politti.
Say Anything by Aimee Mann.
All I Wanna Do by The Beach Boys.
The Moon by The Microphones.
The Garden of Secrecy by Tenement.

Show Notes.

The John Allison Cinematic Universe is sprawling, and it can be difficult to find a place to start if you’re new to it. I might suggest the first volume of Bad Machinery (available digitally at Comixology and in pulped wood format from Topatoco) as one possibility. It’s about a group of school-age friends who solve mysteries (often with a supernatural element).

In addition to books, John has many prints, t-shirts, etc. for sale. This print of Lady Gaga drawn in the style of Audrey Beardsley is a favourite, and to my mind captures some of the essence of what’s delightful about John’s style and sensibility.

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20. A Kind Sea Witch. [Catherine.]

Michael’s good friend Catherine would like to one day be described as a kind sea witch. She enjoys continually learning new things and delights over her two happy pets. She plays a few musical instruments and sings, and finds that she is primarily drawn to beautiful and haunting sounds rather than any sort of lyric. Michael and Catherine both grew up learning classical piano in Newfoundland, but their experiences were different in a few key ways.

Catherine and Michael talk about unexpected lullabies, musical education, loving classic rock in high school, the private joy of music that's just for you, and being a powerful feminist witch.

Catherine’s Five Songs.

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode.
Waltz Opus 64, No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin.
Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.
If I Had a Heart by Fever Ray.
Megafauna by The Night Terrors.

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