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Junk Filter: a podcast about strange and overlooked artifacts from the worlds of film, music and popular culture with a generous side order of jokes and politics. Hosted by Jesse Hawken with guests from the worlds of Politics Twitter and Film Twitter. Original music for the program by Marker Starling. Follow us now on Twitter: @junkfilterpod
 
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Vanity Fair writer Erin Vanderhoof is on the show to chat about the post-Brexit wave of indie bands in the U.K. and Ireland, including Black Midi, Courting, Shame, Yard Act, Legss, etc. You can read my article about the emerging scene – which is largely focused on Squid, Drying Cleaning and Black Country, New Road - over at NPR. Erin and I recorded…
 
The author Jacob Bacharach joins the pod from Blacksburg, Virginia to discuss selected film adaptations of the work of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. We feature two films that understood the assignment, striking the balance between properly adapting PKD while retaining the integrity of the filmmaker’s vision - Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall and Richa…
 
Access the entire 99 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51136898 This panel discussion episode is a deep dive into the bizarre 1980 maritime action film ffolkes (aka North Sea Hijack) starring Roger Moore and James Mason, made in between Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only.…
 
Montreal-based film writer and programmer Justine Smith returns to the pod to discuss two radical works by the great director Todd Haynes, both based on true stories: his first short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988) and his latest feature, Dark Waters (2019). Dark Waters was written off by many critics at the time of release as a “w…
 
This episode, which is entirely about Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins from 1991 through 1999, features Julia Gfrörer, the writer and artist of the graphic novels Vision, Laid Waste, and Black Is the Color, and co-host of the podcast Lament Configuration. You can find her t-shirt designs on Threadless and visit her Etsy shop.…
 
The New Republic’s Alex Shephard joins the show from Brooklyn to discuss the new Conservative propaganda film Roe v. Wade, filmed three years ago in the hopes of cashing in on the anticipated repeal of a woman’s right to abortion access by a conservative Supreme Court, but only now dribbling out to VOD in the early days of the new Biden administrat…
 
This episode is a sequel to my appearance on Jesse Hawken's show Junk Filter in which we went deep on Steely Dan. This time Jesse and I go EVEN DEEPER by focusing entirely on songs, with discussions of 17 classics including "Show Biz Kids," "Deacon Blues," "Chain Lightning," "Josie," "FM," "Pretzel Logic," "Reelin' in the Years," "Black Cow," and "…
 
This is an episode of Jesse Hawken's podcast Junk Filter in which I guest starred to spend a little over an hour talking about Steely Dan. I'm featuring it here both to get you to check out Jesse's show and hear me on it, but also because the next episode of Fluxpod will feature Jesse and we're going to go further down the Steely Dan rabbit hole. I…
 
Ricky Camilleri of the Thirty Years Later podcast joins the show from Brooklyn to talk about the 1988 James Glickenhaus thriller Shakedown (released internationally as Blue Jean Cop). Shakedown is a prime example of Dudes Rock cinema: films that celebrate and uphold the ideals of male friendship. Peter Weller is an overworked but idealistic NYC pub…
 
This episode features the veteran music critic and academic Eric Weisbard, author of the new book Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music. This conversation covers his career from early days in the San Francisco critic scene of the late 80s/early 90s, his work as a key writer at Spin in the mid-90s, his experience co-editing the influen…
 
Access the entire 68 minute episode (and additional bonus episodes) by becoming a patron of Junk Filter: https://www.patreon.com/posts/49910402 Our first international guest, Belfast-based film critic and editor Ruairí McCann, joins the podcast to discuss the great Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang and his auspicious first feature, 1992’s Rebels …
 
This week's episode is a clip show intended as a starting point for new listeners. If you'd like to get someone into the show, this is something you can pass along! I'd appreciate it if you did. Here's a run down of the segments in this collection – each clip is around 5-12 minutes or so. • Heather Havrilesky on Fleetwood Mac• Nick Sylvester on flu…
 
Robyn Citizen, TIFF’s Senior Manager of Festival Programming, joins the program to discuss one of her obsessions: 1988's box office smash Cocktail. Cocktail was adapted for the screen by Heywood Gould from his own novel, but the dark tale was significantly brightened when Disney refashioned the film as a Tom Cruise vehicle for Touchstone Pictures d…
 
This episode features Chris Ott, a music writer best known for his Shallow Rewards videos and podcasts and his 33 1/3 book about Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. We go deep on a lot of topics including music gear, CDs, online music communities, and IRL scenes. Also, be sure to check out the new episode of Junk Filter where I talk about Steely Dan …
 
Brooklyn-based writer and podcaster Matthew Perpetua (Fluxblog) joins the pod for an extended conversation about Steely Dan, a Boomer band that Gen X had to learn to like (as they got older) but which had a different appeal for Millennials and Gen Z thanks to their music being sampled in hip-hop and their inclusion in “Yacht Rock” subculture. Along…
 
Brooklyn-based writer/journalist Maggie Serota (Spin, Esquire, Rolling Stone) joins the pod to discuss the mysteries of Steven Seagal’s movie career at Warner Bros. in the late eighties through the mid nineties with a deep dive into his bizarre 1991 Brooklyn-set crime thriller Out For Justice. This was clearly Seagal’s attempt at being taken seriou…
 
This episode features Heather Havrilesky, the author of the Ask Polly and Ask Molly advice columns as well as the books What If This Were Enough? and How To Be A Person In The World. We spend a bit of time at the top talking about observations on generational differences before jumping into the main event – judging the advice given in various hit s…
 
Junk Filter patrons have access to the full 73 min episode as well as past and upcoming Premium episodes. Consider becoming a direct supporter of the program by becoming a patron. https://www.patreon.com/posts/49084707 The first panel discussion of the podcast features an in-depth discussion of Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Snyder, 2021). Was it wo…
 
This episode contains spoilers for both films. Comedy writer Ursula Lawrence (Drunk History, Adam Ruins Everything) joins the show from Madison, Wisconsin to discuss the last few years of the career of Ben Affleck. Affleck has had quite the decade: after two big hits as a director with The Town and the Academy Award for Best Picture winning Argo, h…
 
This episode features the musicians Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley. In this conversation we talk about their new collaborative album Broken Mirror, A Selfie Reflection, which was inspired by early '70s jazz fusion, specifically Miles Davis' classic On the Corner. We also discuss White's company Spacebomb, which is a studio/label/artist manageme…
 
Toronto-based researcher and PhD candidate Alex Ross is today’s guest for a discussion of the intersection between videogame culture, film culture and fandom. We go over the initial use of videogames in the 80s as story premises (Tron, WarGames), official videogame adaptations in the 90s (Mortal Kombat), and into the 21st century, when films were a…
 
This episode features Larry Fitzmaurice, a veteran music critic who recently launched an excellent newsletter called Last Donut of the Night. This conversation is largely focused on music media - both independent, like Fluxblog and Last Donut, and our experiences working for corporate publications that are now largely driven by metrics and social m…
 
Junk Filter patrons can hear the entire 100 minute episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/48593297 Defector Media’s David Roth joins the podcast from New York City to discuss The Fan, Tony Scott’s 1996 psychological thriller about a deranged San Francisco Giants fan and struggling knife salesman (Robert DeNiro) who develops an extremely unheal…
 
In this special episode of Fluxpod I am joined by Molly O’Brien and Chris Wade from And Introducing for a symposium on the topic of PARTY ROCKING. We define the concept of party rocking, explore its aesthetics, consider its origins, and ponder its social and political implications. We talk a lot about LMFAO – the foremost icons of party rocking – a…
 
Los Angeles-based film writer Zach Vasquez comes on the show to discuss John Frankenheimer’s sordid 1986 crime melodrama 52 Pick-Up, one of the only legit good movies made by Cannon Films, a slept-on eighties classic. With a screenplay by Elmore Leonard adapted from his 1974 novel, 52 Pick-Up was not well-received upon release but time has been ext…
 
This episode features John Norris, a veteran music journalist who has written for a wide range of publications but is best known for his work at MTV News for two decades. In this conversation we talk about the trajectory of MTV News through his tenure there, discuss recent documentaries about Britney Spears and 6ix9ine, and get into issues of ageis…
 
Dan Boeckner of Operators and Wolf Parade joins the pod today from Montreal to discuss Tha God Takeshi Kitano. Outside his homeland Kitano is best known for his prizewinning violent crime dramas, but in Japan “Beat” Takeshi is a superstar TV comedian whose serious arthouse film career was not taken seriously there for several years. Dan and I discu…
 
Toronto-based writer and film critic Angelo Muredda joins the pod for a discussion of David Cronenberg’s Canuxploitation classic Rabid (1977), a depiction of a horrifying viral epidemic sweeping the city of Montreal that is fascinating to reconsider today as we approach the one year anniversary of the start of lockdowns in Canada related to the rea…
 
This episode features AV Club writer Tatiana Tenreyro. We talk about all the songs on a playlist of indie songs from 2011 that she made, including artists such as M83, Fleet Foxes, Florence and the Machine, Girls, The Black Keys, The Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey, Vivian Girls, Cold War Kids, Panda Bear, and The Horrors. A stroll down indie memory l…
 
PATREON EPISODE: Subscribe to our Patreon to hear the whole 87 minute episode https://www.patreon.com/posts/47584756 Author and political commentator Jared Yates Sexton joins the pod to discuss the Disney Star Wars movies in great detail. Jared and I are both lapsed Star Wars fans and in this episode we talk about a bunch of things: our deteriorati…
 
Minneapolis-based author and Fast Company opinion columnist Joe Berkowitz joins the podcast this week to talk about the found footage horror genre with a focus on Ti West’s 2013 thriller The Sacrament, which presents a fictionalized version of the 1978 Jonestown massacre, set in the modern era and presented as an edgy documentary from Vice Media. J…
 
This episode features Trevor Beaulieu of the podcast Champagne Sharks. This is pretty much a freeform conversation that gets into a lot of different topics – media, comics, blogging, aging with music, record stores, SPIN magazine in the ‘90s, how bad Gen X can be about wokeness, forgettable 2000s rock bands, Eminem's music aging badly, etc. FYI, th…
 
This episode features the journalist Abraham Riesman, author of the new Stan Lee biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. We spend a lot of the full episode talking about the book and his history with Marvel Comics, but in this (rather generous) preview segment we talk about Stephen Malkmus, Beck, Kiki & Herb, and how coming out as b…
 
This episode features Norman Brannon, who is best known as the guitarist for Texas Is The Reason and New End Original, but has also had careers as a writer, educator, TV presenter, and real estate agent. A lot of this episode is about following a muse through different stages of artistic pursuits and careers, the way being in a successful band when…
 
I'm unlocking this Patreon episode of the show to celebrate Rob Sheffield's birthday today! This is part two of an episode in which Rob and I play a game in which I throw two albums back to back on the new Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums list at him and he riffs on what they have in common. Discussed: The Modern Lovers, Björk, The Weeknd, Britney Spea…
 
This week's guest is Chris Wade, the co-host of And Introducing and the producer of Chapo Trap House. We speculate on what will happen with the festivals planned for later in 2021, and eventually get on the topic of artists who get so big they end up mainly competing with themselves – U2 and Eminem as bad examples, and Beyoncé and Radiohead as best…
 
This is a preview of a Patreon exclusive episode featuring Caitlin White, the pop critic for Uproxx and the founder of CNMN. We hit on a lot of different topics in this episode, including Frank Ocean, Rostam, Clairo, Haim, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Apple, and gaming out what a Kanye West comeback scenario might be like down the road. In this segment w…
 
This week’s episode features Jason DeMarco, SVP and Creative Director at Adult Swim. We talk about his very unique career in television, and how shaping the aesthetics of Adult Swim involved exposing artists from labels like Stones Throw, Warp, Brainfeeder, and Ninja Tune to a large basic cable audience, and directly collaborating with hundreds of …
 
This week’s Patreon episode of Fluxpod features the second half of my conversation with Godmode producer Nick Sylvester. Whereas the previous episode focused more on Nick’s career, this episode is more about getting into the details of how music is made and how sounds go in and out of style. This clip goes into detail on snare sounds on rap records…
 
Toronto-based journalist David Hains joins the pod on the eve of Trump’s exit from the White House, in the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Many people in the melee were members of QAnon, an elaborate pro-Trump online conspiracy theory that has picked up more believers during this pandemic year. QAnon hates Hollywood for its su…
 
This episode features Maria Sherman, the author of Larger Than Life: A History Of Boy Bands From NKOTB To BTS. We talk about boy bands and K-pop in the broad sense, and go in a bit deeper on the Backstreet Boys/NSYNC rivalry, BTS, One Direction, and Blackpink, who Maria profiled for Elle last year. We also chat about country music and Iceage, as sh…
 
Spoilers abound during our discussion, please watch Femme Fatale before listening as there is a stunning twist you don’t want us to ruin for you. Femme Fatale is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. No need to watch Domino first, or even at all! For the first of likely several Junk Filter episodes about Brian De Palma, Toronto-based write…
 
This week’s premium episode features Caitlin White, the pop critic for Uproxx and the founder of CNMN. We talked enough that I decided to split the conversation into two parts, and in this episode we discuss Ariana Grande, Adele, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Dua Lipa, Phoebe Bridgers, Guided by Voices, Fiona Apple, Rihanna, SZ…
 
This episode features Nick Sylvester, a producer, musician, and songwriter who co-founded the artist development company Godmode. In this conversation we discuss Nick’s transition from critic for Pitchfork and Village Voice to musician in the band Mr. Dream to the evolution of Godmode. We also get into his apprenticeship with LCD Soundsystem’s Jame…
 
Toronto-based writer Corey Atad joins the pod today to talk about Bane, as a jumping off point to discuss Christopher Nolan, who seemed like one of the villains of 2020 as he was determined to release Tenet in theatres during a global pandemic, but who became a Good Guy at the end of the year when he started feuding with his studio Warner Bros. aft…
 
This is a snippet from a premium Patreon episode of Fluxpod. This episode is a Q&A in which I answer a series of questions largely dealing with music trends and "irony" in relationship with making and appreciating music. The question presented here is basically "Why didn't Electronica stay big in the US?" If you want to hear the full episode and ev…
 
The guest in this episode is Ilana Kaplan, a prolific freelance writer who has written many features for many major publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and GQ. In this episode we talk about how she's gone about writing profiles with major celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, P…
 
On this week’s episode, Toronto-based writer and podcasting magnate Will Sloan returns to the pod to discuss Abel Ferrara’s 2014 film Welcome To New York, a dramatization of IMF chief (and presumptive future French President) Dominque Strauss-Kahn’s arrest in Manhattan in 2011 for the sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid, starring Gerard Depardieu…
 
This is a segment from a Patreon premium episode featuring Sean T. Collins. Unlike our previous episode together, which was focused on industrial music, this is more of a free-flowing conversation that gets into Tears for Fears, Human League, Roxy Music, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Lenny Kravitz, and in this part of the conversation, Guns N' Roses. If you'…
 
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