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  • Seeking the analog in a digital world

    Seeking the analog in a digital world

    Starring Mary Ellen Mark, Bukowski’s LouJon press books, book art, letterpress, getting your hands dirty, kissing the paper, manual typewriters, nostalgia, home tanneries in Brooklyn, synthesizers, late 50s Les Pauls, craftsmanship, Kalamazoo Michigan, robots, green wood, perpetual motion, Detroit steel, making rich people more rich, buying Bukowski’s boyhood home, gentrification, turning all of Los Angeles…

  • Hey politicians, enough with the Jesus talk already

    Hey politicians, enough with the Jesus talk already

    If you listen very carefully you may also hear me say something about ripping CDs, Google Play Music, The Philadelphia train wreck, the World Trade Center, Hiroshima, Jesus H. Christ, Antonio Villaraigosa, death, The American Journal of Psychiatry, communism, chicken pot pies (oh wait, I didn’t talk about that, I’m just really hungry right now),…

  • The begging culture of the Internet

    The begging culture of the Internet

    Kickstarter, Patreon, tip jars, donate buttons – some days when I’m bouncing around the web it feels like I’m idling at a freeway entrance ramp and the entire web is a cardboard WILL WORK FOR FOOD sign. I may also mention things like B. B. King, Charles Lindbergh, PayPal, fan sites, scanner bulbs, lyric sites, bots, forums, crime, gauze,…

  • A Passport and a Clean Pair of Socks

    A Passport and a Clean Pair of Socks

    You really deserve a gripping, original podcast every week. One where I’m rhapsodizing about something I love but that you just don’t understand, or me frothing at the mouth over (a perceived) grievous social injustice. That’s what you deserve, but this week I’m going to read you a bit of a book I’m working on…

  • God bless our troops

    God bless our troops

    You may also hear me talking about office chairs, Malcolm Gladwell, technical people not being great communicators, baking pies, fundamentalism, the death of white America, dinosaurs, carbon, Rodney King, living in a cave in the desert, heads on pikes, Mad Max, Goethe, and Mozart. [subscribe] Transcript

  • Is this the Golden Age of TV, or is it all just fool’s gold?

    Is this the Golden Age of TV, or is it all just fool’s gold?

    I might also mention airport security, the lack of seasons in Los Angeles, VCRs, fish heads, what I would do if I was smart, the Pony Express, Mark Twain, Costco, giraffes, world travel and sitting and doing nothing. [subscribe] Transcript

  • The death of the middle class, The New Media Expo and Bob Heil

    The death of the middle class, The New Media Expo and Bob Heil

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

  • Schedules are so 20th century

    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. [subscribe]

  • What’s in a name? (the drunk episode)

    What’s in a name? (the drunk episode)

    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…

  • The 10th Annual Podcast Awards

    The 10th Annual Podcast Awards

    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. [subscribe] Transcript

  • Mat Gleason interview – part two

    Mat Gleason interview – part two

    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…

  • Mat Gleason interview – part one

    Mat Gleason interview – part one

    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…

  • I reject your reality (TV) and substitute my own

    I reject your reality (TV) and substitute my own

    Reality TV. You love it. You hate it. You watch it. Admit it. There’s no shame in it. Really. Stop beating yourself up. [subscribe] Transcript

  • Marley Natural: Commodify my soul Jah Jah

    Marley Natural: Commodify my soul Jah Jah

    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? Links mentioned in the episode: Live Talks L.A. [subscribe] Transcript

  • The 2015 Oscar ceremony wrap-up

    The 2015 Oscar ceremony wrap-up

    This is it, the only Oscar ceremony wrap-up you need. Forget the big networks, and even the tiny networks that no one watches, like E! You don’t need them. I cover all the bases, every category, every wonderful minute of Hollywood’s greatest night! You don’t want to miss it. [subscribe] Transcript

  • “Unboxing” videos – the seventh sign of the apocalypse?

    “Unboxing” videos – the seventh sign of the apocalypse?

    The strange and terrible world of unboxing videos, Facebook, the Book of Revelations, Heaven’s Gate, Marketing, Betamax recorders, Internet communities, the discomfort of silence, and more. [subscribe] Links mentioned in the episode: World’s first unboxing video Hosho McCreesh Transcript  

  • Living simply: it sounds so…simple

    Living simply: it sounds so…simple

    How does one live simply when there is so much junk everywhere? It’s a first-world problem, having too much stuff, I know. But here I am talking about it anyway. On the way to that subject, you’ll also get to hear about how to be an awesome podcaster, landlords, eBay, yard sales, people in the 1920s,…

  • Trolls: they’re not just under bridges and on the Internet

    Trolls: they’re not just under bridges and on the Internet

    According to Wikipedia (my favorite source for quasi-truth and hamfisted misinformation), an Internet troll is: a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal…

  • Throw away your records

    Throw away your records

    Carol: “What’s your podcast about this week?” Me: “Oh, you know, it’s about how CDs sound better than records, stuff like that.” Carol: “What? You’re crazy, I think you’re wrong…” Me: “I know, everyone thinks I’m wrong.” But hear me out. Maybe I’m not completely crazy. It’s funny, a lot of people sold, gave away or threw…

  • Getting to know me

    Getting to know me

    Who am I? That’s not an existential question, though I suppose it could be. But it occurs to me that many of you who are listening to this may not know much – or anything – about me, so you might rightfully wonder why the hell I’m here foisting my views and opinions onto an unsuspecting and…

  • Size matters

    Size matters

    Turns out I was making the audio files way too large. Twice the size they needed to be. So I’ve remedied that and replaced all of the existing episodes with their thinner and more chic counterparts. If 64k is good enough for NPR and the BBC, I suppose it’s good enough for us here. I’ll figure this…

  • Cultural pioneers

    Cultural pioneers

    Wherein I talk about disco, Mad Max, the music business, Louise Brooks, disillusionment, boredom and death metal bands. [subscribe] Transcript  

  • Los Angeles artist Carol Es

    Los Angeles artist Carol Es

    Wherein I speak to artist Carol Es about artists being put into boxes, process, music, the value of art and risk taking. You can (and should!) check out her art right here. [subscribe]

  • The senseless, tragic rape of Charles Bukowski’s ghost

    The senseless, tragic rape of Charles Bukowski’s ghost

    Wherein I lay the sad tale of the senseless, tragic rape of Charles Bukowski’s ghost by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press at your feet. Do with it what you will. You can read more about the subject here. [subscribe]

  • Getting to know you

    Getting to know you

    Wherein I introduce myself to you and attempt to explain what This is not a test will be. Or what I hope or promise it will be. No guarantees implied. Set your expectations to LOW and hop on. Glorious. [subscribe]

  • Leaving the terminal

    Leaving the terminal

    This is where the mjp Books THIS IS NOT A TEST podcast will live in 2015. Preparing for takeoff. [subscribe] THIS IS NOT A TEST is brought to you via the magic of the Internet, and with the help of Heil PR 40, Audio-Technica AT2035 and Shure SM58 microphones, a humble TASCAM DR-40 digital recorder, the…

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