In The Church with Rob Lurie

 

We hadn’t seen or spoken to Rob Lurie in six years, when we all lived in North Carolina. Well, it turns out he’s Talus, Or Scree’s biggest fan. And he wanted to be on the podcast. After submitting the requisite proposal, we reviewed the rest of his application and gave him the green light.  We had no idea what to expect from “He Who Concocts Conspiracy Theories In A Cactus” (his words). What we got was a rollicking good time that transitioned its way to a great conversation on everything from his biography of the Australian band The Church to a conspiracy on the identity of  “Jay Varner” to his recent immersion into Martial Arts to the re-imagining of Hall & Oates by a band called Koot Hoomi. And, as we’re apt, it gets dark. Good to have you back in our lives, Rob.


(Originally published August 28, 2011; Re-upped January 7, 2015.)

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Ode On Drag City

 

Thanks to some diligent internet-ing by a faithful listener, we found some information on Burrel Padgett, mentioned in our first episode, via his great grand-daughter! Then, Jay gets all James Lipton and grills Patrick. He asks the hard questions. He gets soft answers. Sommer Browning, Noah Eli Gordon, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson read us poems! Then, to our good fortune, we include an excerpt of a longer interview between Patrick and Rian Murphy from Drag City Records. This interview was dreamt up during Patrick’s tenure as Employee of the Month at Carbon Copy Magazine, but it was just too huge, too full of wonder and sadness and dark, ancient laughter, for a blog post. The full interview will run in a print issue of Carbon Copy! This is a Talus, Or Scree exclusive! While most of the discussion will be in the magazine, some of it appears only on the podcast! Our deepest love and gratitude to both outfits for the opportunity. And just when you thought it was all over, Pookahontas sings us all home with a classic whose title, coincidentally, is what Jay says to Patrick at the end of every conversation they have.

(Originally published September 5, 2011; Re-upped January 7, 2015.)

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Feathers, Stones, and a Failed Detective Agency

 

At long last, we get The Night Editor Jake Hinkson, good friend, advisory board member, film scholar and author of Hell on Church Street, on the show! We hit on a number of hot button issues. These include, but are not limited to, shirtlessness, storytelling, and failed ventures that may or may not explain how we all wound up the way we are today. Pookahontas sings us a classic. Jay goes to Antietam. Patrick sits amazed that it took him this long to have a reason to write that previous sentence.

(Originally published September 28, 2011; Re-upped January 7, 2015.)

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Ingrown Wonka

On the season finale of Talus, Or Scree, the Aging Cheerleader contemplates Christmas tunes under the mistletoe, Jay and Patrick diagnose John Madden with a candy-related injury, our special guest Stephen Usery delivers an essay on his love of Christmas music, Pookahontas pulls deep into his sleigh and delivers a cover of the Big Star classic “Jesus Christ,” Jay gifts us an essay about his love for Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and we have not one but two special surprises at the end. Even if you get a lump of coal in your stocking, you’ve at least got Talus, Or Scree.

See everyone again in 2012!

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Profiled in a Horse’s Eye: A Conversation with Brett Eugene Ralph, pt. 2

Part two of our conversation with Brett includes some talk on Christmas music and a new song off his yet-to-be-released album! Also, two poems from Monica Fambrough! Also, Vick’s Vaporub™!

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Profiled in a Horse’s Eye: A Conversation with Brett Eugene Ralph, pt. 1

Brett Eugene Ralph

Louisville-raised Brett Eugene Ralph checks in from a colleague’s office at Hopkinsville Community College to regale us with stories honed from his days fronting hard core bands Malignant Growth and Fadin’ Out in the 80s to forming Rising Shotgun with, among others, Slint‘s David Pajo and Todd Brashear to his current musical outfit, Kentucky Chrome Revue, to writing poems, some recently gathered in Black Sabbatical, Brett lives a wild and colorful life that manifests in a singular style of storytelling. His tales, like his person, personality, voice and work, are big. So big, in fact, we have to spread them over two episodes. As Sam Cooke says, “ain’t that good news.”

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The Aforementioned Hush Puppies of Jimmy Buffet

We celebrate the National Day of Listening by engaging in a Christmas quiz which leads to a  discussion of the darker side of the holiday, particularly Krampus, The Devil of Christmas. Marcus delivers another Aging Cheerleader, focusing this time on “Gentleman Loser Rock”, investigating the work of such artists as Harry Nilsson, Crooked Fingers, Silver Jews, Rod Stewart, Warren Zevon, and, of course, Jimmy Buffet, among others. Sarah Messer, author of Bandit Letters and Red House, reads us two poems, “Three Centuries of Getting Pregnant by Accident,” which first appeared in Salt Hill, and “Union Street Bridge,” which is brand spanking gnu! She read both from under a blanket in Michigan.

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Lead Singer for an Instrumental Band

Mathias Svalina

This episode is scheduled to be re-upped in 2014. Sorry. 

Jay reads to Patrick from his book of bizarre Pennsylvania folklore, rendering Thanksgiving a haunted and bleak holiday forevermore. Pookahontas delivers two classics: one by Nilsson, the other by .38 Special. Mathias “Babysnakes” Svalina cracks open a Dr. Pepper Ten and talks to us about everything from his new book I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur to death metal to running an independent poetry press and on-line journal and more! And that’s not all! Julia Cohen and Jen Denrow stop by to tell us a joke, read us a poem, and maybe even sing to us. Go listen! Gobble gobble!

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A Continent of Censored Fun

John Beer

This episode is scheduled to be re-upped in 2014. Sorry. 

John Beer stops by for a chat. We discuss baseball, the Occupy what-have-you, Insane Clown Posse, The Doors, and the time Jay had a dream about John, even though they’ve never met. Among other things. Marcus’ considers Rock n Roll in the ’60s akin to Romanticism with another stellar “Aging Cheerleader”. Pookahontas sings to us about the streets. Which streets? Go listen! Thanks as always for your support and continue to spread the word!

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Either Way, We’re Celebrating

Sommer Browning prior to recording Talus or Scree.

This episode is scheduled to be re-upped in 2014. Sorry. 

Sommer Browning, in her tireless campaign to be our most frequently featured guest, stops by for a conversation. We talk about cops, peeing, comedy, poetry (she even answers some of Patrick’s students questions!), comics and more! We made a desperate plea to her, too! Go listen and hear her response! Pookahontas eulogizes R.E.M.!

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