It didn’t take a stroke of genius to come up with the idea for this year’s Jheri Curl June podcast. Rick James may be the most important architect of the genre we call Jheri Curl Music who we hadn’t already commemorated with a long-term feature. He also has a hell of a story: one he told in not one, but two posthumous memoirs–2007’s Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Superfreak and 2014’s Glow–which makes him a perfect candidate for the Dystopian Book Club. A “habitual line-stepper” in both life and art, James was vital in bridging the gap between 1970s P-Funk and 1980s Jheri Curl; his later decline into drug addiction and imprisonment was unfortunate, but could only somewhat dampen his boundless talent and charisma. So join us on this most sacred of occasions as we celebrate Mr. Cold Blooded himself: a man whose artistic potential was the only thing bigger than his larger-than-life personality and appetites. Gimme some ganja!
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been doing Dystopian Dance Party for three years now; I’ve had actual relationships that didn’t last as long as my relationship with this stupid blog. Even harder to believe is the fact that we’re still not running out of steam. Basically, at this point the blog is an act of aggression; we’re going to keep inflicting it on the world, whether the world likes it or not. If you do like what we’re doing (for some reason), check the list below for my completely subjective choices for the 12 best posts in our third year of operation.
The last installment of our Dystopian Book Club miniseries on the memoirs of KISS is finally here, and we’re going out in a big way. Paul Stanley’s Face the Music: A Life Exposed isn’t the best KISS biography we’ve read (or the second best…or even the third), but it’s certainly fertile ground for discussion. Join us for almost two hours on the man, the myth, and the chest hair; and remember, while Dystopian Book Club is done with KISS (for now), WE! ARE JUST! GETTING! STAAAAAAAAHHHTEEED! We’ll be back in June with a special Jheri Curl June episode on the memoir(s) of Rick James. And don’t forget, next month is our annual Memorial Day podcast, when we commemorate the many musical icons we lost in the last 12 months. Show notes, as always, are below.
As you may or may not know, last October my girlfriend Kia and I took a short trip to Iceland, and one of the main things we did while we were there was buy a shitload of vinyl. This April, just in time for Record Store Day, I’m finally getting off my ass and editing together the footage. First up: Reykjavík Record Shop, a lovely little place on Klapparstígur where we spent entirely too much money. Check out the video for discussion of records by Queen, Peter Gabriel, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Fat Boys, Parliament, and Colonel Abrams. Camera by me and Kia Matthews (who also makes a special appearance!), music by Iceland’s own Icecross.
We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming this month, and I think we’ve got a pretty good slate of coming attractions. The big news this month is, of course, the long-awaited conclusion to our series of Dystopian Book Club podcasts on the memoirs of KISS, covering the Starchild himself, Mr. Paul Stanley. In less exciting news, there’s also the return of Zach playing Final Fantasy XV and talking to himself. This is also (probably) the month when he will finally finish that epic post on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo he’s been promising/threatening for so long. And, last but not least, we’ll have a Dystopian Dance Mix dedicated to Ishtar (the Mesopotamian fertility goddess, not the legendary movie flop starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty). There’s a couple other things up our sleeves, too, but for now, we’ll leave it at that. Hope to see you soon!