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We'll talk about why I haven't posted here in a few months at another time. It's time for me to post a Crizzlecast I've actually held on to because the guest asked me to do so. As you'll listen to this ep, you'll understand why.
I talk to filmmaker/actress Marya Murphy, who certainly dispensed a lot more than I expected her to. She first starts off talking about being a victim of stalking. (Wasn't expecting that.) Then, she speaks on the pitfalls of divorce, as she was severing ties with her filmmaker husband at the time. Then, we finally talk about the films she's worked on and what she wants to accomplish as a filmmaker.
Yeah, this was certainly a surprising, revealing hour that I'm glad to finally put out there. She gave me the go-ahead yesterday, so here it is.
Nistal and I go way back, when I used to see her dance at a monthly club night back in Houston. We talk about those early days, along with her transition into singing, her years working with her jeweler father as a teenager (and the horrific event that made her leave the business) and how she's handling living in Los Angeles.
She also compliments me like crazy during the episode, which I don't know how to handle. And, remember, if you enjoy the episode -- DONATE TO THE PODCAST, DAMMIT!
Yes, after a month of quiet slumber, the Crizzlecast returns!
Today's episode has me talking with New York-based filmmaker Jesse Epstein. After several false starts, not to mention her taking care of her newborn baby, we get into talking about her short films, what got her filmmaking, how she's handling life as a mother and, for some reason, my man-titties.
If you would like to hear me talk about my man-titties more, please donate to the podcast so I can keep this going.
I head back over to Brooklyn -- hipster country -- to holla at another Crizzlecast guest.
Today, I'll be speaking with Lance Scott Walker, the former Houstonian who wrote for a lot of Houston-based publications before heading over to the East Coast to make it as a writer and musician. We talk about his great moments in Houston freelancing, his musical side project the White Papers and the two books he'll be releasing on Houston hip-hop.
Yes, sir -- he's an accomplished author, musician AND he's married to the chick from Elysian Fields. Thank God he lives in Brooklyn -- I have this incredible urge to hit him with a brick just for having it so good! Ah well.
Today, I head back to Houston (via Skype) and talk to one of my former music-journalism colleagues over there, Kwame Anderson.
A former rapper-turned-schoolteacher, we discuss how he still dabbles in music writing for Free Press Houston, which of course slides into what he's hating the most about music today. We also discuss his days dropping rhymes in groups Seeds of Soul and Freedom Sold. He also reminds me that he and I went to college together. (Didn't have the heart to tell him that I forgot all about that.)
Kwame also comes up with the term "snowconing them hoes." If that doesn't end up in a rap song, then I have not done my job as a podcaster.
For today's Crizzlecast, I fiberoptically venture out to Brooklyn, the hipster capital of the world, to talk to guest Nathan Gelgud.
A film critic I share column space with over at INDY Week, the man is also quite the illustrative artist. I talk to him about the various doodles he has done for others as well as on his own website. Of course, we also chop it up a bit about film and film criticism, which we both agree has made us quite tired and jaded even though we're in our thirties.
It's another one of those beautiful episodes where I find a kindred spirit in the most unexpected of places. Enjoy.
For today's Crizzlecast, I take it all the way up to Sundance country to talk to today's guest.
I speak with Scott Renshaw, the head film critic over at the Salt Lake City Weekly. We talk about the Sundance Film Festival as well as his early days reviewing films in high school, what's it like reviewing movies in Utah, his hilarious Twitter page and why it's such a pain in the ass to get a press screening for Star Trek Into Darkness.
Talking with film critics is always hilarious. You'll see why when you take a listen to this.
It's another Crizzlecast where I talk to an old high-school classmate.
This time around, it's Jennifer Kabay Barnett, a lady who often busted my chops back in the day. We delve into that rather uncomfortably, as well as her new career as a published author, her rampant love of Paul McCartney and anything British and why she feels her Texas home is haunted.
By the way, she also break my balls a bit about not reading her book. So, if you want to hear that in all its awkward glory, take a listen.
Yeah, this Crizzlecast is definitely an emotional one.
For this episode, I talk to Pam Nelson, former copy editor for the News & Observer, grammar maven and an old colleague of mine. We discuss how she got into journalism and her wild-and-crazy college days. And, then, we get into the deaths that we've had in our family -- and that's when things get really real.
Take a listen, but you may want to have some Kleenex nearby.
Here's another "emergency" ep of the Crizzlecast for all you hungry listeners out there.
This episode has me rapping with John Munson, who runs the art-house side of Raleigh's Ambassador Cinemas. We delve into his long career playing movies at theaters. We also spend huge chunks of time venting about what's wrong with the movies (publicists, talky audiences, bad movies, etc.)
So, take a listen and I promise that, next week, the Crizzlecast will be back to its regular schedule.
I know, I know -- where the hell have I been?
To put it short, I've been going through things, which I'm sure I'll devote a whole Crizzlecast. But, until then, here's a special "emergency" episode for all my muhf***as who listen to this.
Today's ep has me talking with Toby Leonard, the all-too-cool proprietor of the Belcourt Theatre, the even-more-awesome art-house theater and performance venue, in Nashvile. We talk about how he got to run and program movies at this place as well as his visits to film fests such as Sundance and Toronto in order to see what he's gonna book in his theater.
We also discuss the time I visited the Belcourt and introduced a film there. Let's just say, according to Leonard, they still talk about to this day!
Today's Crizzlecast is special: it's the one where I have a mini-meltdown.
Of course, I wasn't expecting to have one -- nor have it recorded for people to listen to -- but considering how things have been going for me, I decided to get some things off my chest near the end of this ep.
I guess I should also mention I spoke to film critic James Frazier for today's show. We talk about seeing films in the Iowa town where he resides, his politics and how he started Critic Speak with former Crizzlecast guest Danny Baldwin.
When we start talking about what it's like being a freelancer, that's when things get a bit too real for me. This wasn't my finest hour -- but enjoy it anyway.
Here's the deal with today's Crizzlecast.
Last fall, I interviewed Matt Zoller Seitz, film critic, TV critic, video essayist, blog founder -- whatever you wanna call him. Anyway, we discussed the differences between reviewing movies and reviewing TV, his experiences reviewing movies along with Godfrey Cheshire and Armond White, his love for Spielberg, how hectic it is writing about television these days, the death of 35mm film, seeing 48 Hours with his daughter, that time I stayed at his place during the New York Film Festival -- the whole schmeer.
Here's the problem: I had so many other things I wanted to talk with him about, but he had to cut it short because he had to go back to work. At the end of this episode, we agreed to do a second Crizzlecast. To make a long story long, it's April and that still hasn't happened.
So, here is what I'm gonna do: I'll post this episode today, and if you want to hear more, please badger and harass Matt about doing a part two with me. I'd appreciate it.
Sorry for the delay but if you listened to Tuesday's Crizzlecast, you know how things have gotten, well, unfortunate for me lately.
But I just had to drop this ep where I spoke to LA buddy Adam Villani. It starts off rather vanilla, with the former blogger discussing his life with a wife and a new baby. But then, he starts talking about black people and swimming -- and that's when the podcast really gets bugnuts crazy.
Also, in the middle of it, he discusses his experiences being a contestant on both Jeopardy! and Win Ben Stein's Money. So, there's that.
Yeah, things aren't going well for me these days. Thank God I have a pal like Andrew Dignan, who hasn't exactly been living the good life either, to be there for me to vent.
We spend the bulk of this Crizzlecast kvetching about how broke and unemployed we are. But it isn't all woe-is-me stories. We also reminisce about the time I went to Los Angeles and visited him for a few days. We also discuss his on-again, off-again career as a film blogger and his experiences working on a movie starring a ubiquitous, Oscar-winning movie star.
Hope you enjoy the episode -- and if you do, for the love of God, please donate to the podcast. I'm dying over here!
We talk about how he started out interviewing film critics, how he sees movies with limited vision and what's it like seeing films in the Lone Star State. We also get into some weird territory when he recalls how much he loathed an African-American linguistics teacher back in college.
He also tears Jeffrey Wells a new one. Enjoy.
Hey, I've spent weeks talking to guys named Kenji and Dan. Now, it's time to spend a week talking to a couple of guys named Aaron.
First up is Aaron Hillis, a well-known film critic and writer who knows a thing or two about distributing and programming movies. We talk about his new hustle as owner and proprietor of New York video store Video Free Brooklyn, as well as discuss his days distributing indie films through Benten Films.
We also discuss what exactly are mumblecore films -- and I don't know if we figured it out. Take a listen and see if we did.
I once again holla at an old, high-school chum for today's Crizzlecast.
I actually Skype all the way to Argentina to talk to Paula Lifschitz, a former classmate of mine who is now based in her Buenos Aires homeland. We talk about our former teenage selves as well as the rocky road she traveled to get to where she is today. We also discuss her career as a burgeoning artist.
We also break down the differences between England and France that I hope my listeners over there (yes, I do have international listenere) will not take offense to.
This week on the Crizzlecast, I'll be talking to a couple of independent ladies whose intelligence, savvy and beauty can leave a brotha all flummoxed!
First up is Asya Shein, the head of the Fusicology marketing and promotion empire. This convo was recorded right before she took off for SXSW in Austin, and given that she was doing three to four things while I was talking to her, she did manage to speak on her early days promoting raves in Toronto, finding her way into the States to promote shows and artists and her thoughts on popular music today.
By the way, Shein has very captivating hair. I had to ask what she used for it near the end.
For our final Dan Week guest on the Crizzlecast, I speak with Danny Baldwin -- no, not the actor.
Baldwin is a San Diego film critic, best known for his work in Bucket Reviews and, now, Critic Speak. We actually begin talking about other critics, specifically Armond White and previous Crizzlecast guest Victor J. Morton. Eventually, we get into Baldwin's life as a film critic as well as how much of a pain it is watching a decently-projected movie in San Diego.
We eventually talk about Daniel Baldwin, and how people get disappointed when they find out Danny's not him. Yeah, I don't understand it either!
It wasn't until last night that I realized I recently interviewed two men named Dan. So, screw it -- let's have Dan Week on the Crizzlecast!
First up is Dan Sallitt, a former film critic, film blogger, film lister and, more importantly, filmmaker. We discuss how he went from reviewing movies to making them. And we also delve into the making of his latest film, The Unspeakable Act, which I like to call the saddest, least creepiest movie about incest you'll ever see.
Basically, if you want to hear expert indie-filmmaking advice from a bona-fide indie filmmaker, I suggest you give this episode a listen.
You wouldn't know it from looking at the photo, but this white boy knows a lot about R & B.
Today on the Crizzlecast, I speak to one of my colleagues in the Triangle film-critic circle, Neil Morris (aka the Marquee Marquis). Along with talking about his career in film criticism, we discuss his love for '80s R & B as well as action heroes from that same decade. This sets off a weird-ass debate we have about how the movie stars of today ain't got nothing on Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
By the way, somewhere in the beginning, he makes a crack about giving his age. Before our conversation, I mentioned how some of my previous guests didn't want to disclose their age on the podcast. Don't worry -- I didn't rat anyone out. I just bring that up so past guests won't get pissed and call me up.
Believe it or not, today's Crizzlecast also doubles as a therapy session for me.
I speak with Andrew Johnson, who's not a therapist, but a film blogger and fellow podcast host. I talk to him about growing up in Central and South America, going to college in North Carolina and his days reviewing movies for the college paper.
Later on in the episode, Johnson talks about how he used to catch me at movie screenings all sullen and what not. I proceed to tell him there was a reason for that -- and that's when all the deep. dark stuff comes out. Let's just say if you've ever wanted to find out what makes me unbelievably uncomfortable, you need to listen to this ep.
You know when I begin a Crizzlecast singing the Gap Band's "Yearning for Your Love," you know it's gonna be a good episode. And that's exactly what I did when I spoke to today's guest, Monica Castillo.
Another film critic from the Boston area, I talk to the lovely and vivacious Castillo about growing up seeing movies in Florida, her eventual move over to reviewing movies in Beantown and how she aided in launching the Boston Online Film Critics Association. We also get into her side hustle as -- a ballroom dance instructor!
Sometimes, it's hard as hell being a film critic. Just ask today's Crizzlecast guest, Brett Michel.
The first film critic from Boston I'll be speaking to this week, Brett and I chop it up about the exhausting ups and downs a freelance critic (especially one from Boston, where attending a movie screening can sometimes be a painful experience) has to go through. Of course, we also get into why he became a film critic in the first place and how serious he takes seeing a movie properly on the big screen.
I jokingly said near the end that this episode should be dubbed "Tears of a Critic." Listen to today's episode and see if I'm not far off.
I'm just gonna say this: I'm was pretty much in a dark place when I interviewed New Jersey artist Jim McHugh for today's Crizzlecast.
Another freelance illustrator I've worked with, I managed to plow through with the convo even though I was feeling quite despondent and the whole thing was flanked with technical difficulties. Nevertheless, I did get to know more about Jim and his career as an illustrator for hire. We also get into his influences, his side hustles (one has something to do with Star Wars) and how he feels living in Chris Christie country.
Since this talk, I feel slightly better. But I should refrain from interviewing people when I have dark days.
This week on the Crizzlecast, I'll be talking to two illustrators I've worked very closely with over the years.
The first one out the box is Baltimore artist Alex Fine. He's a well-known freelancer whose work has been seen in countless publications. We talk about how he's gotten his work in those publications as well as his influences. We also talk about certain celebs he's illustrated that screwed him over. (Yeah, you definitely wanna listen to that!)
And near the end, I bring up 2 Broke Girls, which sends my boy off on a rant that definitely has to be heard to be believed. Hey, the man's an artist -- homeboy's got standards!
We talk a lot about old and new movies, especially movies that Tatler, a Tennessee-based, reality-show film editor and cinephile, feels has some remarkable editing. We also discuss the sort of reality shows he has no choice but to edit. We close it out with Tatler and I sifting through Film Comment's Top 50 of last year and seeing which films we thought were Muriels-worthy.
By the way, for all those Best Show on WFMU fans, we also talk about unfortunate-yet-sidesplitting moment when I called into the show and got "Bad Companyed" by none other than Tom Scharpling.
Every year, there is this thing that goes on in the online film-critic community known as the Muriel Awards. (This year's winners are being announced over here.) One of the guys who started this loose and wacky alternative to the Oscars (which I've been a voting member of for several years) is Paui Clark, aka today's Crizzlecast guest.
Of course, we discuss how the Muriels came to be, but we also discuss Clark's love of movies and his unorthodox method of rating them. We also delve into how life is treating him now that he's a stepdad and family man.
We also learn that movies are likes is referred to as "Paul movies" by his family. Man, that's messed up.
Oh yes -- it's another Crizzlecast where I talk to one of my old spoken-word colleagues from H-Town.
Today, I talk to Marie Brown, perhaps one of the most dramatic spoken-word artists I know. We discuss our history as H-Town poets, as well as the poetry scene in Houston, of course. We also get into how Marie found the inspirations for her most powerful poems.
She also discusses how one poem I used to do reminds her of this heifer that she works for. Check it!
Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought it would be nice if I talked to a couple of lovebirds for a pre-VD show. I found the perfect couple.
On today's Crizzlecast, I talk to Amber Nimocks (one of my former editors at the N & O) and her husband, Josh Shaffer (a star columnist over at the N & O). We talk about what has made their marriage persevere for so damn long. We also bring up their careers in journalism, and the head-butting me and Amber used to get into back when we worked together.
So, why don't you curl up with that special someone, pop open a bottle of Riunite and listen to me talk to a married couple for an hour or so. Happy Valentine's Day, gotdammit!
William Holden, Tommy Lee Jones, Gerard Butler, Sir Ben Kingsley, Al Pacino -- what do these men all have in common (apart from being movie stars, of course)? They were all interviewed by today's guest on the Crizzlecast, Lewis Beale.
Over a few drinks, I talk to the veteran entertainment journalist about all the good and bad experiences he's had chopping it up with celebrities. We also talk about how he still continues to talk to the stars, as well as persevere as a freelance journalist, while living in North Carolina.
So, this happened.
Somehow, someway, I got film and TV actress (and object of many men's desires) Adrienne Barbeau to be a guest on the Crizzlecast. (Yeah, it baffles me too.) We go through all the bullet points of her career: her time as a Broadway stage actress, her time on the sitcom Maude, her period where she was married to John Carpenter and she was his on-screen muse. We also talk about her life as a mom and her new career as a novelist.
And, for those of you who follow me on Twitter, yes, we do get into that night where I drunkenly tried to make Adrienne Barbeau a hashtag.
Today, Kenji Week on Muhf***as I Know comes to a close with this convo I had with film writer Kenji Fujishima.
An avid arts and culture junkie, I talk to him about Lena Dunham (which seems to be a constant topic on this podcast), his days growing up in New Jersey, his job at the Wall Street Journal and his new gig as editor-in-chief for In Review Online. We also seem to bond over two things only film nerds can bond over: Werner Herzog and the movie Spaceballs.
Don't ask me how we got to that point. Just be glad I got it all for your listening pleasure.
It's Kenji Week here at Muhf***as I Know, where basically I talk to muhf***as I know named Kenji.
The first Kenji up is Kenji Jasper, an accomplished author whose books I've sadly have not read. We talk about how that's a common thing, as well as the current state of book publishing. We also talk about his days writing for Vibe, getting to be the first guy to put groups like OutKast on the map.
He also mentions that he's thinking about getting in brunch-making business. Didn't know that was a business, but that's something we get into a taste. (Get it?)
Here's another lovely Crizzlecast that actually left me floating on a cloud.
I go back to my Houston hometown to talk to an old friend, Jeffrey Thames, better known as "the king of grief." A pop music connoisseur, he hosts the Sound Awake program over at KPFT. Of course, we talk about music -- specifically pop music, the Beach Boys, his old days playing in a stage band, his love of karaoke and the spots in H-Town where he bought records in his younger days.
Believe it or not, I also try to convince him that there is still decent, contemporary music out there. And, somehow, some way, we start talking about tranny hookers. But, basically, it's just two music nerds shooting the shit. Go nuts!
As we all gathered around a table, drinking Maxwell House vanilla caramel international coffee with some Evan Williams bourbon in it, we pretty much lost our gotdamn minds. Just here are some of things we discussed: journalism, women, raccoons, smoking crack, cross-dressing, the meaning of the term "caking," Keith Carradine, Dallas, New Journalism, New Orleans, light-skinned black people vs. dark-skinned black people, messing up on-camera, race and a particular actress who may or may not be a guest on this podcast soon. At some point, the actual owner of the house showed up at the end to throw in his two cents.
I did this one just a couple of days ago, and I couldn't wait to post it. You'll hopefully find out why. Yeah, this episode is pretty epic!
I'll admit this Crizzlecast isn't one of the better-recorded ones I've done.
First off, I did it at the Dunkin' Donuts next to the strip club again. Secondly, there were some loud-ass old people who apparently wanted to make it known this is THEIR Dunkin' Donuts and felt the need to talk as loud as they possibly could. (Unfortunately, I wasn't drunk, so I didn't tell them to shut their asses up!)
Nevertheless, I managed to have a nice convo with Corbie Hill, contributing writer to the Independent Weekly, Creative Loafing Charlotte and other publications as well as guitarist for the band Alpha Cop. We talk about how he juggles writing about music with doing music, along with being a family man.
But, bottom line, I'm not doing a podcast over at that Dunkin' Donuts next to the strip club again.
This week on the Crizzlecast, I'll be talking to two journalists who have covered the music scene, but are also accomplished musicians in their own right.
First up is Tony Green, a veteran music writer whose work I mostly got acquainted with in the pages of Vibe back in the day. We talk about his history as a music journalist, as well as his brief stint as a radio DJ and his current gig as member of the funk band JeZ Grew.
We also ask the Sunshine State-based Green what the hell is up with Florida -- like, seriously. If you wanna know too, take a listen.
As crazy as this sounds, I have fans. And, sometimes, they get really excited to meet me. For today's Crizzlecast, I talk to one such person.
Today's guest is Sheetal Maheshwary, a bubbly lady who's been a fan of mine since my days reviewing movies for the News & Observer. Before you think this is me hollering at this poor woman because I needed some ego-stroking, we talk about things other than her apparent, undying love and devotion for me. We discuss Bollywood movies, her intense love of gaming, her Indian upbringing, whether or not she had "hoe years" in her youth (told you that term would be back), my apparent alcoholism and we get very serious about the shooting in Newtown. We also bring up her Pinterest page.
After this conversation, I ended up becoming a fan of hers. You may become one too.
Yes, friends, a familiar favorite returns to the Crizzlecast.
Today's episode has me going back-and-forth once again with former high-school chum Kayla Marie Williams. Some of you may remember the last Crizzlecast she did, which was also one of the more popular convos I've done. We were supposed to start riffing about the highs and lows of 2012, but we started talking about her radio show, Radio Alchemy. From then on, we went into the holidays, documentaries about hookers, the differences between men and women and whether or not Kayla had her "hoe years" (a term you'll also hear in the next podcast).
I forgot how much fun I could have talking to Kayla. No wonder so many people love listening to her.
For today's Crizzlecast, I hang out outside the patio of a bar (you'll find I do that a lot for this podcast) and spend an hour or so discussing music with today's guest, James "DJ Pangean" Leake.
A local DJ here in Raleigh, Leake has been spinning house grooves and other music around North Carolina for years. In this episode, we basically geek each other out as we discuss our individual histories with house music. We also hit on why the DJ scene in the Triangle is so on the hush-hush.
I believe halfway through, Leake takes a bathroom break and I end up talking to his friend. That's what happens when you record an interview while you're drinking.
Happy new year, kids! 2013 is officially here, which only means one thing: I gotta talk to some previous Crizzlecast guests about what the hell was up with 2012.
This week, I'll be conversing with a couple of my favorite muhf***as about their favorite (and not-so-favorite) things about the past year. Today, I holla at my always-entertaining buddy (and JusFlippin.com editor) Bari Kindle, as we discuss rap music, Katt Williams, Frank Ocean, Django Unchained, Taylor Swift and that Beverly Hills Cop TV show.
So, if you have a hangover and need something soothing to listen to, this probably ain't it. We act a damn fool on this one!
The first time I tried to interview New York-based film critic Vadim Rizov for the Crizzlecast, it was the night before Hurricane Sandy hit. Like a dumbass, I thought it wouldn't be a big deal and I could talk to him amidst all the madness that was going on. Ten minutes into the interview, his phone crapped out. So much for that.
However, I got him on the line a few weeks later, and we managed to pick up right where we left off. I talked to him about what was it like being in the middle of that mess, along with how he got to be a film critic and his rather peculiar family history. We also spend way too much time discussing Lena Dunham and we SO spoil the ending of Leos Carax's Holy Motors. So, remember, you were warned.
As Gumby once said, Merry Christmas, dammit!
I hope you and yours are having a wonderful Christmas. Don't ask me what I'm doing, because it might make you very sad. But I digress. I said I would have a very special treat to give you on this blessed of days, and here it is: A DVD commentary to The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood.
That's right, folks! I recorded a full-length commentary to one of the shittiest sex comedies ever made, starring a Bond Girl, Batman, Sgt. Bilko and Mel Cooley. Why? For one, I've been meaning to something like this with my good friend and fellow film scribe Daniel Johnson. We got together recently and decided to finally record this bitch!
Along with the film, we discuss other things: Daniel's various book projects, the recent movies we've seen, the other shitty sex comedies we've seen in our youths, where the hell our lives are going. Yeah, it's a free-for-all.
If you want to partake in the experience of watching the movie along with us, it's currently on Netflix Instant. (That is, if you don't have it on DVD.) Just start playing the movie around the 2:08 mark of our commentary and enjoy. Happy holidays and please send help!
I once again venture out to La La Land -- that's Los Angeles, to you and me -- to talk to somebody for the Crizzlecast.
Today, the guest is West Coast cinephile Dennis Cozzalio. The man behind the beloved Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule blog, Cozzalio knows his movies. We discuss what films he has recently dug, how he goes about reviewing films on his blog and the LA moviegoing scene. We also compare our greatest -- and not-so-greatest -- moments in sneaking into theaters to see movies for free.
BTW, coming on Christmas Day, I'll have a special holiday gift for all my fans -- all 12 of you. Stay tuned.
I interview a bona fide rock star on the Crizzlecast today!
I make a call to the West Coast to talk to Maria Mckee, the former frontlady for the country rock band Lone Justice. It turns out she's also a big movie nerd. We talk about all of that, along with working with Quentin Tarantino, hooking up with Robbie Robertson and collaborating with her husband on their latest project, the movie After thr Triumph of Your Birth.
I gotta say this one went shockingly well. So, for all you fans of her and her music, you're welcome!
A couple of Fridays ago, I interviewed friend and Houston spoken-word poet Marcell Murphy. During this time, he told me about his awesome new bride, Makeda. Well, I was so impressed with the Mrs., I asked if I could interview her for the Crizzlecast too. Well, today's the day!
I talk to the fellow spoken-word poet (also known as Sassafrass Cypress Indigo) about her poetry, the spoken-word scene in H-Town, how important it is to read anything, her various websites and what she's learned while raising two kids. We also get into what the hell is up with the sistas these days.
See, I told you this lady was awesome!
There are times when I feel like talking to well-known people I know, and there are times when I feel like talking to people I know that aren't so well-known. Today's Crizzlecast guest falls in the latter category.
For the hell of it, I interviewed Simone Erica Noz, a Raleigh resident who's also a server over at local, legendary hangout Sadlack's Heroes. During one noisy, occasionally interrupted dinner over at Piebird, I talked to her about her life, how she deals with drunk, obnoxious folk at her line of work, what she gets out of yoga, her personal goals and why she doesn't consider herself a "Barbie" anymore.
We also recounted the not-so-fulfilling evening (at least for me) where we both celebrated our birthdays on the same night. Just sit back and enjoy the clattering of silverware.
On Tuesday, I spoke to Boston film critic Sean Burns. (Thanks tp all of you who listened, by the way.) Today, we'll be talking to an old college buddy of his, Nashville's very own Jason Shawhan.
Also a fellow film critic (we both serve as contributing critics over at Nashville Scene), he and I touch on a number of film-related subjects. We discuss how me backing out of reviewing a certain film cemented his status at the Scene. We spend quite a bit of time discussing on-screen nudity (as well as come up with a new term for showing audiences the goods.) We also talk about Shawhan's life as both a critic and a gay man.
And, somewhere down the line, we both agree that Jewel is a badass. Yeah, it was one of those nights.
I've known Boston film critic Sean Burns for years. Along with being a close, dear friend, he's one of my favorite film critics. I'm both a devoted pal and a diehard fan of his -- and this makes me feel weird and a little worried that I might be obsessed with the muhfucka!
Sean spends the first half of this two-hour episode (yeah, you heard me!) trying to convince me it's not a big deal, since he's a fan of mine too. (Although the word is never mentioned -- we are men after all -- we both go into man-crush overload during this episode.) Of course, we also talk about movies, specifically, Sean's great, hellraising moments in moviegoing history, along with what got him inspired to do film criticism in the first place.
Basically, it's a big, gooey love-in between two men. I'm almost embarrassed to post this damn thing.
Back in the day, I used to be known as quite the, shall we say, eccentric spoken-word performer in my Houston hometown. A fellow H-Town poet who I looked up to is today's guest on the Crizzlecast.
Marcell Murphy has seen a lot of things in the H-Town poetry scene, and he shares them in very entertaining detail on this episode. He talks about being integral in launching the city's first poetry slam team as well as what's driving him up the wall (and there's a lot!) about the scene today. He also discusses his family upbringing. We also talk about his lovely wife, who I got so enamored with, I ended up interviewing her for a future episode.
I had a great conversation with an old friend, but I feel this might be the shittiest recording I've done thus far. If it is, just bare with it. It's worth the listen.
With her birthday fast approaching on Saturday, I thought it would be a good time to have my friend, Raleigh author, poet and teacher Alice Osborn, on the Crizzlecast. (She better accept this as a present!)
We start off things on a surprising note, where she reveals that Star Wars was a major influence on her life. Then, we discuss what got her into writing poetry, her family upbringing, her toned arms and how good she's gotten at being a liar.
We also talk about the "crush" she has on me. Oh yeah, a drunk bum also makes a special appearance.
They call him "Filmbrain." And, after today's Crizzlecast, you'll know why.
I venture out to Berlin (via Skype, as always) to talk to today's guest, Andrew Grant. Another well-known, online cinephile, we discuss what brought him to Germany, his brief foray into distributing independent films, his new career as a film producer and how difficult it is to get films he truly wants to see down there.
We also get into his rather undying love for Anna Karina. I mean, the man has really got it bad for this chick!
This week, I travel overseas (via Skype, that is) and talk to a couple of American-born mofos I know who decided to live abroad.
For today's Crizzlecast, I head over to New Zealand to talk to Doug Dillaman, a filmmaker, editor and well-known cinephile who also did some living time over in my hometown of Houston. We discuss his early days as an aspiring film geek in H-Town, how he ended up living in New Zealand and the egos he had to deal with when editing a project.
He also educates me on the Detroit tradition known as "Devil's Night" and encourages me to stop worrying and love Lady Terminator. Yes, I learned a lot during this conversation.
Here we go with the second installment of my two-part Crizzlecast with Houston Press writer (and former employer) John Nova Lomax.
I caught him one late, boozy Wednesday evening and we talked about several things: how Apple has screwed up listening to music, Internet trolls, his pride in the city of Houston. We also get into his quite harrowing, childhood experiences growing up in Nashville.
We definitely get into some deep, dark shit for this installment. Proceed with caution.
This is going to be an interesting week for the Crizzlecast.
Today's (and Friday's) guest is John Nova Lomax, better known to you as a member of the folk music-saving Lomax family and better known to me as my old music editor at the Houston Press. I didn't mean for this to be a two-parter, but certain hiccups happened at the end of this recording that forced us to have another convo much later. Today's episode will be known as "the light side," as we discuss his experiences being the music editor for an alt-weekly, the egos he came into contact with on the Houston music scene and, of course, our working relationship.
On Friday, John and I will certainly be going into some dark territory. Stay tuned.
It's another one of those Crizzlecasts where I talk to someone I've never spoken to before -- and end up having one of the best times of my natural existence!
I had a very fascinating time talking to Nick Schager, one of the chief critics over at Slant Magazine and quite the in-demand freelancer. I'm sure a major reason I had a good time is because we mostly kvetched about how hard it is to be a gotdamn freelancer in this day and age. We just talk about how hard it is to get gigs, how difficult it is to champion good, obscure films, how much of a pain it is talking to folk who just want to know if a movie's good or bad or not -- and so on.
This is pretty much an hour and some change of two film critics bitching. Enjoy.
Sorry for the lateness, but I've been fighting off a sinus infection -- or maybe it's a tumor. Nevertheless, I feel OK enough to finally post today's Crizzlecast.
On this episode, I talk my old buddy, Philadelphia Weekly film scribe (and disappointed cinephile) Matt Prigge. We talk about his recent move from Philly to New York, how he's enjoying the movie scene in the Big Apple and what movies did he enjoy at this year's New York Film Festival.
And, for reasons I still can't figure out, we end up talking about The Room and Superman III. Just roll with it, as Steve Winwood would say.
I basically get my Marc Maron on for today's Crizzlecast.
I speak with North Carolina comedians Adam Cohen and Shane Smith, the men behind the monthly comedy night known as the Dangling Loafer. Recorded one late evening at a Dunkin' Donuts near a strip club (I'm SO not kidding!), we discuss what got them doing standup comedy, what keeps them doing it and what they're looking to accomplish in their careers.
And, in fitting Crizzlecast fashion, we somehow end up talking about porn. Have fun.
I've never really spoken to Tess Rafferty before she agreed to be a guest on the Crizzlecast. So, I was a bit worried if she and I could get into a good, hour-long discussion. I soon learned that was a silly thing to worry about.
Rafferty, a stand-up comic, former writer for E's The Soup and author of the book Recipes for Disaster (in stores today, by the way) is a delight to talk to. During this episode, she and I chop it up about her days as a stand-up in Boston, why she had to leave The Soup, how she became a writer for Roseanne's Comedy Central roast and the personal experiences that led her to write Disaster.
Also, every once in a while, we bring up food. This episode is straight-up delicious.
For today's Crizzlecast, I venture back to Houston (via Skype) and talk to another one of my film-critic colleagues, Michael Sicinski.
A very well-regarded film writer (thanks mostly to his website, The Academic Hack), Sicinski unfortunately lives in H-Town, which isn't exactly a town a cinephile like him can indulge in his passions. We mostly talk about that, specifically the theaters in Houston that plays art-house films, his problems with the local film-critic society and how he sees films he can't find there.
We also get into that dark year in his life where he was depressed and seeing three movies a day, and what movies he's looking forward to this fall. So, get your listen on!
For today's Crizzlecast, I speak to Odie Henderson, fellow African-American film scribe and all-around super genius. (As you listen to the podcast, you'll find out that I'm SO not kidding about that.)
It seems quite a few people have expressed interest in hearing me and Henderson rap a taste. Considering this would be our first time speaking, I was wondering how we'd hit it off. As you'll hear in this episode, he's practically my brother from another mother.
We talk about it all: movies, growing up as black nerds, Republicans, racism, why black folks can't seem to get it together, Armond White, Here Comes the Boom, etc. It's another episode that was truly enjoyable for me. Hope you enjoy it too.
When I asked filmmaker and fellow Houstonian Raymond Gayle if he wanted to do the Crizzlecast, there's one thing he immediately wanted to discuss: porn stars who won't do interracial.
We spend a few minutes at the top of this episode talking about that before we go into what made him want to be a filmmaker, his experiences as a "video girl wrangler" and why Live and Let Die is the best James Bond movie. Of course, we also talk about the ups and downs he went through directing his own movie, the black rock documentary Electric Purgatory.
He also ends this podcast handing out some much-needed advice for President Obama. Yes, it's that kind of an episode.
Well, people, in my further attempts to rack up hits and downloads for this barely-listened-to podcast, I decided to pull out all the stops and interview a bona fide member of the adult entertainment industry.
Somehow, I got Alexis Couture, retired adult-film actress, full-time exotic dancer and all-around fascinating gal, to be a guest on the Crizzlecast. And when I say we get into some freaky-sneaky stuff, I AM NOT EXAGGERATING! We discuss how she got in the adult business, her best and worst experiences and her taste in men. (Hint: She takes them like she takes her coffee.) She also details the mess she got in with one of those Bravo Real Housewives and hands out some good advice to those girls who want to make a career in the adult industry.
Believe it or not, this entire episode was an experiment to see if I sould have a conversation with a sex worker and not come off sounding like a gotdamn perv. I think it was a success. By the way, this probably goes without saying, but this episode is NSFW.
For today's Crizzlecast, I go all the way to Hawaii (via phone) and talk to Gary Chun, features reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
We discuss the odd-but-amusing way we first got to know each other (it involves cookies). We also trade war stories about working at daily newspapers, talk about how shows like Lost and Hawaii Five-O have brought awareness to the state and reveal why you should always have a second Twitter account while working at a daily (like he does).
Oh, and Gary also pledges his allegiance to Spam near the end. Have fun!
We're now in week two of talking to journalists about the politics of the journalism business. And, for today's Crizzlecast, I make a call over to Jersey to talk to the entertaining and exquisite Kellie C. Murphy. A former print journalist with her own news site, I talk to her about her experiences in the print field (especially her stint with Philadelphia Weekly) and how she's persevering in this age of new media.
We also discuss the personal hardships she's dealt with, as well as her experiences growing up with a sister with cerebral palsy. We get quite deep and emotional on this one.
For today's Crizzlecast, I go back-and-forth about journalism-related stuff with Sam LaGrone, D.C. reporter, U.S. Naval Institute online editor and a former colleague of mine from my News & Observer days, But it isn't all about journalism -- we also talk about being thirtysomething old farts, his experiences in military school, who the hell is that "Gangnam Style" guy and how people in other countries aren't really feeling Americans like we think they are.
Oh yeah, we also talk about that time I brought a 12-pack of Tab at one of his birthday parties, a party which ended with a ballet dancer fondling my package. NOW, DO YOU WANNA LISTEN?!
For the next two weeks, Muhf***as I Know will be talking to journalists about the politics of the journalism business. And, for today's Crizzlecast, I'll be speaking to someone who's been dealing with a lot of journalism business these past few weeks.
Independent Weekly editor (and kind of my boss) Lisa Sorg will be discussing the North Carolina alt-weekly's future now that it's been bought by another paper. We also talk about how she became top dog at the Indy, as well as her philosophies on life, marriage and the best way to deal with sciatica. She also gives me a nice writing assignment.
By the way, for this episode, the podcast is called Muhf***ettes I Know. Just listen and you'll find out why.
So, what's it like being married to a rock musician? Shelby Bacchus will tell you all about it on today's Crizzlecast.
As we close out Love & Marriage Week, both Shelby and her husband, renowned rock-and-roller Richard Bacchus, discuss the rather sordid tale of how they got together, along with how they manage to stay together even when they're apart. You'll also learn a new term during this episode: "fairly faithful."
By the way, they also tell a delightful story about the time thay spent Thanksgiving at a gay bar in Tulsa. Have fun!
Well, it's Love & Marriage Week at Muhf***as I Know -- because, sometimes, I need to talk some couples and figure out how the hell they do it.
Today's Crizzlecast is a doozy! I speak with Warren & Donna White, a pair of drinking buddies who also has been married for a whopping 40 years! We discuss how they got together, Warren's time in Vietnam, Donna's time working for male chauvinist pigs and just how they've managed to keep their relationship fresh and frisky all these years.
Hey, for all those couples who don't know what the hell they're doing, it's worth it to take a listen to this episode.
It's another noisy, lengthy edition of the Crizzlecast.
If you can stand the occasional gusts of wind and music playing in the background, you'll probably get a kick out of this installment. I speak with film critic Isaac Weeks about a number of things: why he hated Beasts of the Southern Wild and loved Ted, the hilarious shit he got from readers about those two reviews, why most movies blow, women and relationships, the pros and cons of freelance writing, Jennifer Lawrence's rack, why CGI nudity is fucked up and a very inside moment where we match many of our film-critic pals with the Winnie the Pooh character they most represent.
It's nearly two hours of straight shit-shooting. Have fun!
This week, the Crizzlecast goes punk!
I spent a somewhat noisy hour-and-a-half with three members of the Durham punk-rock band the Bastages. We discuss how a bunch of middle-aged white dudes (which includes guitarist and Independent Weekly TV critic Danny Hooley) got together to rock like they were in their twenties. We also discuss old punk-rock memories, the so-called "legacy rock" scene, why being left-wing is better than being right-wing and how Michelle Malkin drives one of them up the wall.
Enjoy at your own risk!
For today's Crizzlecast, I rap a taste with Toledo poetess (and upcoming radio host) Kayla Marie Williams, a former high-school classmate and, as she reminded me, one of the first newspaper editors I ever had.
We discuss whether or not I was a dick in high school, her quite-fascinating family history, her time at Oberlin College (yes, Lena Dunham's name pops up!) and just how vibrant is the literary arts scene in Toledo. We also talk about what foods we can't eat because we're old.
Even though it's another lengthy one, and I sound a bit out of it (this was recorded at the end of a very vexing day for me), I still think it's worth a listen.
I might as well tell you right now: The next few Crizzlecasts are going to be lengthy. This is what happens when you have endlessly fascinating people for friends.
Today, we start with Simon Abrams, perhaps one of the most hard-working, freelance film critics out there. (You can read his published pieces on his blog.) But, along with having one of the most adorable handles on Twitter, he's also a podcaster himself.
I caught him before he took off to the Toronto Film Festival one Sunday night. And, for nearly two hours, we just riffed. We talked about The Reader (Kate Winslet's ass is in there as well), David Cronenberg, Paul Verhoeven, whether or not Lee Daniels is a shitty filmmaker and why must publicists make it so hard out there for a freelancing pimp.
I start to ramble near the end (this was bought on by drinking Francis Coppola wine), and Simon makes a high-pitched noise in the middle that still baffles me when I listened back to it. But, other than that, this is one entertaining-as-hell episode.
Once upon a time, I was involved in Houston's spoken-word poetry scene. Oh yes, Uncle Crizzle could rhyme and flow with the best of them. (OK, I'm kind of embellishing there. I was a'ight.)
I met a lot of verbally talented people in that community. One of them is today's Crizzlecast guest, poet/recording artist Karega Ani. I talk with my old colleague his various travels, starting and restarting a family and the state of spoken-word poetry today. I also play a cut off his latest album.
So, light up some incense and get in the groove!
Today's Crizzlecast is one for the ages!
I speak via Skype to Bari Kindle, editor of JusFlippin.com, fellow Texas Southern University alumnus and all-around gotdamn fool. We spend an hour and some change talking about it all: 2Pac, Soulja Boy, Lance Armstrong, ball cancer, Clint Eastwood's old ass at the Republican Convention, the tv show Daria, donuts, strip clubs, bringing donuts into strip clubs, dropping cell phones in the toilet, Love and Hip-Hop, the various uses for Coke and other ignant-ass things.
I had too much damn fun with this one.
This one goes out to all the foodies and people looking to make it in the restaurant business!
For today's Crizzlecast, I visit Piebird, the Raleigh restaurant, and talk to its owner, Sheila Duncan. We discuss where she got the idea for a pie-heavy eatery as well as her early days as a former interior designer. Halfway through, some wine shows up and that's when things get interesting. All I gotta say is, making Night Train-flavored pastry, what's good and bad about the Oakwood neighborhood and the craziness of Florida enter the conversation.
Man, I was so day-wasted! Enjoy.
I haven't spoken to Houston hip-hopper/producer Andrew Pettinati (aka "Drewski") in years. Nevertheless, when he offered to be a guest on the Crizzlecast, I took him up on it. We ended up having one of the best convos I've had on the podcast so far. This is a must for fans of Houston hip-hop, as we basically spend an hour and some change clocking off the pros and cons of our hometown's hip-hop community -- and hip-hop in general. Apart from the abrupt end (somebody forgot to re-charge their phone -- find out who), this is one nice episode of Muhf***as I Know.
On today's Crizzlecast, I speak with the versatile, fascinating and downright cool Jason Woods, aka Flash Gordon Parks. We discuss his career as a Houston-based DJ, photographer, podcaster and all-around, African-American renaissance man. Please forgive the occasional crackling sounds coming from Flash's end; he was calling from a park and, apparently, it would get a bit windy. Hey, this is a low-rent, low-maintenance podcast -- I ain't polished like Marc Maron yet!
For the test show, I get on the phone with Victor J. Morton, aka Rightwing Film Geek, as we discuss movies, being in certain online film-awards groups, Chick-fil-A (you know that was going to come up!) and where this culture of online nastiness and extreme divisiveness will take us in the future.