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THIS IS NOT A TEST with Michael Jerome Phillips


THIS IS NOT A TEST, with your pal and confidant Michael Jerome Phillips

The death of the middle class, The New Media Expo and Bob Heil – THIS IS NOT A TEST #17

Also in this action-packed episode: The Podcast Awards, what entrepreneurs do, chickens, gas stations, bars, rock concerts and room service hamburgers.

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Schedules are so 20th century

I’ll be here at the New Media Expo until Friday. Usually by Friday I’ve already recorded the show for the week, but that’s not going to happen this week. You know, since I’m 275 miles away from my microphone.

All of which is to say that the show may be late this week.

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What’s in a name? (the drunk episode) – THIS IS NOT A TEST #16

Why do we name things the way we do? How do we come up with the terms we use every day? Language is a funny thing.

I’ll also talk about asbestos, pizza, the military, news people, ASMR, scientists, stink bugs, audiophiles (again), Dianetics, being uneducated, Deadwood, artist’s statements, belonging, communicating, and the rise of our evil canine overlords.

Warning: I should mention that I was kind of drunk when I recorded this one. Or more drunk than I usually am. So I would suggest that for the optimal listening experience, you also have two or three (or eight) drinks before you listen. Level the playing field. I was tempted to re-record it when I was slightly less drunk, but then I thought, fuck it, so here you go.

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The 10th Annual Podcast Awards – THIS IS NOT A TEST #15

This one is about the Podcast Awards (yes, that’s a real thing), but I might also mention Carol’s art show, NMX, NAB, what conferences and trade shows really are, Las Vegas, desperation, The Rose Parade, The Webbys, Smurfs, and a few other things along the way. What can I say, my mind wanders.

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Mat Gleason interview – part two – THIS IS NOT A TEST #14

In part two of my interview with iconoclastic Los Angeles art writer and gallerist Mat Gleason, we talk about art schools, MFAs, philosophy, Catholic school, Nietzsche, Goldman Sachs, capitalism, mercantilism, consistency, selling out vs. sneaking in, loyalties, art about art, artist’s statements, Nicole Panter, CalArts, the cost of transparency, Art World Boot Camp, Tower Records, President Reagan and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Art World Boot Camp

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Mat Gleason interview – part one – THIS IS NOT A TEST #13

In part one of my interview with iconoclastic Los Angeles art writer and gallerist Mat Gleason, we talk about the Los Angeles punk scene, The Atomic Cafe, the new paradigm, SST Records, the South Bay, conservative culture, art-as-time-machine, feminism, diversity, tolerance, Greg Ginn, Mike Ness, Mr. Brett Gurewitz, prog rock, The Misfits, the burden of facts, The Velvet Underground, Coagula Art Journal, Grad school, Mike Kelley, Green Day and careerism. Among other things.

In other words, a typical conversation with Mat.

Links mentioned in the episode:
Editor’s Life Unedited Atomic Cafe article
Coagula Art Journal
Coagula Curatorial (Mat’s gallery)

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I reject your reality (TV) and substitute my own – THIS IS NOT A TEST #12

Reality TV. You love it. You hate it. You watch it. Admit it.

There’s no shame in it. Really. Stop beating yourself up.

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Marley Natural: Commodify my soul Jah Jah – THIS IS NOT A TEST #11

Marley Natural is a new company created to sell legal herb with Bob’s name on it. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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Links mentioned in the episode:
Live Talks L.A.

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