In this episode of the solecast I speak with Phil Neel. Phil is the author of Hinterland, a new book out on University of Chicago Press that examines what class conflict looks like as we zoom outward from the financial hubs and downtowns to the rural, suburban and exurban communities. In this conversation we talk about how logistics function on a global scale as capital has become diffuse and what this says about the way our system functions. Phil talks about places like Ferguson and Anaheim as examples, and gives context as to why things break down in these locations and what it means for the present & future. We talk about climate disaster, the nuances of so called “Trump Country”, and the importance of analyzing data instead of projecting our own ideas onto situations. We end the conversation with some take-aways from the book and how it can inform our thinking (and our actions).
In this episode of the Solecast I speak with my longtime friend Ceschi. I really can’t say enough good things about this guy, when my career was in the dumps his label had my back and brought me back from the dead… He has gone on to make some of my favorite music to come out of the indy rap scene and is a one of a kind performer blending rap, punk and folks into a unique and compelling package. In 2019 he is releasing a trilogy of records and then ending the “ceschi” monicker, so like our coastal island cities and marginal desert eco systems… catch it before its gone!
In this conversation we cover a lot of ground. We talk about his roots in the bay area, his motivations, his relationship to revolutionary politics and why he does what he does. We discuss how his experience in prison has made him a more empathetic person and he gets into his criticisms of the left, the right and these sick modern times. We talk about race, indie hip hop, Marxism, his label Fake Four and so much more. We close the interview with some live performances from his forthcoming projects.
his new record Sad Fad Luck is available at sadfatluck.com
In this episode of the solecast i speak with anarchist rap innovators Drowning Dog And Malatesta. As far as I know them and Test Their Logik are some of the first rappers to come out and really rep anarchy front and center. They’ve been making music together for about 2 decades and have self released a number of ground breaking records, like Got No Time , Black Cat and their most recent “Sick Of This Shit”
Now living in Berlin by way of Italy and San Francisco we have an awesome in depth and highly informative conversation about a myriad of topics. The main thrust of our conversation is how their music relates to anarchist politics and radical struggle and what they’ve learned and seen living and traveling in all these different places. We talk about the importance of food, of multi generational spaces and why its important to have a more romantic view of daily life. We talk about the legacy of radical struggle and squat culture in Europe and some of the complexities of it. They highlight some of their favorite revolutionary projects they’ve encountered, talk about the pitfalls of fetishizing struggles elsewhere without considering context and most importantly how they approach their art and what its origins are…
In this episode of the Solecast I chat with Jasper Bernes. Jasper is the author of "We Are Nothing And So Can You" which is an epic poem inspired by the global uprisings around 2010. Jasper is also the editor of Commune Mag and we have a conversation about that project, its goals, and the ongoing discussions about "the commune" and what it means. We also talk about an excerpt from his forthcoming book about Agriculture, Logistics and Revolution and have a look-back on the Occupy movement and how intoxicating that moment was(for some people). Excellent episode which combines 3 of my favorite things: farming, poetry and philosophy.
In this episode of the solecast I chat with Abby Martin of The Empire Files. Abby is a grassroots independent journalist who has worked previously for RT, Telesur and helped found Media Roots. Her show Empire Files does in depth analysis on the US empire with wide ranging guests from Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Chris Hedges, and Noam Chomsky to name a few. Due to US sanctions on Venezuela Telesur’s funding of Empire Files was cut off so now they continue that work and are a 100% viewer funded operation. This is a wide ranging and at times funny conversation with some huge takeaways. There were many things Abby articulated in this interview I’ve never heard articulated elsewhere. Abby’s vantage point has given her a one of kind approach and analysis that you will not hear anywhere else.
In this podcast we discuss:
How the “fake news” narrative has negatively impacts independent journalists
The ways corporate media algorithms & clickbait are shaping our world
Making sense of Donald Trump’s foreign policy
The strange evolution of conspiracy culture
A recent historical backdrop to the Venezuela situation and her recent personal experiences there
How NGO funding models impacts “independent media”
The importance of art and nature to remain grounded in the fight
This episode of the solecast I chat with Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery about their new(ish) book out on AK Press, “Joyful Militancy.” This book is a critical examination of the toxicity that seems to be so common within activist subculture. They talk about the (potential) influences that schooling, religion, hierarchy, and empire has on our lives and how it can even seep into our organizing. The text is full of nuance and offers many pathways for how we can look at and work through these tendencies within ourselves, our spaces and our communities. They talk about how militant joy, art, and practices that empower us all to thrive can make our movements stronger and healthier. This book is a must read and The Solecast highly recommends this for reading groups to open up conversations on how we can rid ourselves of rigid radicalism, and open up the possibilities for joyful militancy.
On this episode of the Solecast I talk with Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nurseries about some unusual edible trees to use in your backyard garden, orchard or food forest. We get in depth about tree care, disease resistance, picking which species of trees to grow in your area and how to propagate them. This is a long interview, he answers some audience questions about growing fruit trees, controlling pests and dealing with water distribution. He also lays out his approach to creating polycultures of mutually beneficial plants for trees. This is the second time Aaron has been on the Solecast, last time we talked about perennial veggies. To order some seeds, trees or plants hit him up at Edgewood Nursery Online Store and follow him on the gram.
In this episode I premiere a mellow new track “Measuring My Cage” from my upcoming album Destituent, that is available for pre-order here.
Preview of my new single “Battle Rap Against Oblivion” and announcing my new album Destituent. Pre-order a copy here. I’ve teamed up with Fake Four to release it on vinyl, cd, & digital formats. All physical copies come with professionally printed full color zines of the lyrics (original artwork by sole).
An awesome in depth and thoughtful conversation on the Two Paychecks podcast about my thoughts on art, anarchy, race, the origins of my podcast, modernity, survivalism and more. Check out the Two Paychecks Podcast here.
In this Solecast I took a trip down to Soulfolks Records in Biddeford, Maine to interview Rory Ferreira, the artist formerly known as Milo. Milo is a rapper, producer, poet, shopkeeper, and member of the Ruby Yacht Collective. Milo has a wide ranging catalogue of rap songs which are experimental, poetic and informed by study of his craft and literature. Milo infuses a sense of wonder into his work, toying with the medium and keeps his work engaging without playing into the music industry or its pseudo-hype machine.
In this interview we discuss:
How growing up around a preacher helped shape his approach to rap & philosophy
How poetry informs his work
Maine life and why connection to nature is so important
His time working as a farmer
His politics (he wants Black folks to win)
Why Ruby Yacht shits on police
Why he opened a record store in 2018, in Maine.
His mother, Shay Stewart Bouley
In this Solecast I chat with Chris Steele Aka Time. Time is an anarchist rapper/writer/journalist/podcaster from Denver , Colorado. He publishes regularly through Truthout and collaborated with Noam Chomsky on his recent “Occupy” book. He just dropped a new album and is currently working on books about the history of anarchist repression and an anthology on Common Ground w/ Scott Crow.
In this interview we talk about:
His band Calm’s new album, “Things I Learned While Dying In Denver”
How anarchism influences his journalism
Themes on his new album; empathy, housing, subverting capitalism & white supremacy
His new podcast called “TimeTalks”
His experience in academia
Thoughts on how white rappers should engage in a black art
Random shit talking anecdotes about FTP marches and Denver in general
In this episode of the Solecast I chat with folks from Woodbine NYC. Woodbine is an experimental hub in Queens that has been going for 5 years strong. Its hard to pin down what they do to any specific ideological persuasion, instead they draw from a wide range of influences and backgrounds to try to find new ways of looking at things to the skills to meet the challenges that face us. They host a multitude of events from poetry readings, educational events, assemblies, skill shares, gardening and too many things to list. At the time of this interview they are fundraising for 2019 operations, please consider donating something here and follow them on fedbook / twitter.
In this conversation we talk about:
Why spaces like this are so important under Trump
How Woodbine came about & the thinking that went into it
The concept of the anthropocene and why it serves as a good way to frame things for this century
Concepts of revolution vs autonomy
What there is to learn from the models of Rojava & Chiapas.
The importance of breaking out of an ideological approach and pointing to specific liberatory practices
Amazon HQ2 coming to Queens and what this means
Silicon Valleys role in our society
The importance of “sharing”
In this episode of the solecast I chat with Rodrigo Starz of Rebel Diaz. Rebel Diaz is a Bronx/Chicago based political rap group that's been killing shit for over a decade. Whether its Ferguson, Occupy or a myriad of other social struggles, Rebel Diaz has been there and engaged. Their family left Chile after their father who was a political prisoner was released and they settled in The Bronx. They have made numerous musical & political interventions over the years and set up one of the only hip-hop squat/community centers in the US called the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective… in the Bronx. Check out their music on Bandcamp, and follow them on twitter.
In this interview we also discuss:
Analysis on the socialist wins in Central /South America / North America over the past decades and the subsequent rise of fascism globally.
Their new album America vs America
Cultural differences between rap shows in the US and elsewhere
The role of deportation & immigration in spreading and influencing hip hop culture
Thoughts on early rap history in the Bronx & neo-liberalism (a fancy word for capitalism)
The history of their autonomous hip hop center in the Bronx
Fatherhood & multi generational struggle
His viral intervention against Ted Cruz
The power of culture
In today’s episode of the Solecast I speak with Sima Lee. Sima Lee is a truly revolutionary artist who was raised on Black Panther-eque / Black Nationalist communities of self defense and mutual aid. Her entire life has been spent making rap music and doing revolutionary organizing. I discovered her music through submedia’s Trouble documentary on Hip-Hop, check it out here to learn more about her and other radical rap artists. In this interview we discuss:
Her upbringing and how she came to anarchism
The ideas of the maroon communities and how it informs her work
Her work at the maroon House in DC and the mutual aid practices they employ in the community
The importance of self defense and building lasting power beyond mobilizations
How to create stronger ties between (mostly) white anarchists and communities of color
Her new album “Trap Liberation Army”
Here is an interview I did on the Coffee With Comrades podcast a month ago about Nuclear Winter 3. It was a fun conversation ranging from art theory stuff to permaculture/food autonomy, revolutionary organizing and “self care.” Great talk with some great folks. If you dug this conversation check out more podcasts from Coffee With Comrades.
Get a free download of Nuclear Winter 3 here.
In today's episode of The Solecast I’ll be speaking with some folks about a new project slash book called Inhabit : Instructions For Autonomy. Inhabit takes a look at what it means to live and fight in a world that is burning around us. It side steps the radical identity and ideological labels and focuses on a set of liberatory practices for building a new world in the ruins of this one. While silicon valley types want to escape the ravages of climate change by building fortresses for the wealthy, Inhabit imagines a world of autonomous territories, sharing resources, skills and power.
To hear more interviews about Inhabit, check out this interview with Its Going Down.
Today is the first episode of my “Food Autonomy” series where I will be expanding my coverage on things from gardening, food production and how it relates to a revolutionary practice. I started this journey with vegan cooking on a shoestring budget, so thats where I will start this series. In this episode I talk about quick and inexpensive ways to cook dope healthy food for you and your peeps and most of these are good for feeding large amounts of people. These are my go-to recipes and cooking styles when I have limited time and many are focused on storing food to eat throughout the “work week.” In this podcast I cover a number of best practices, recipes and methodologies, including:
How To Bake Tofu
Chick Pea Salad
Tuna Fish Salad
Cooking with lentils & other dried legumes
Cast Iron Skillet Stir-fry
Vegan Mac & Cheese Casserole
Seitan From Scratch
Grilling With Tofu
Nutritional Yeast Gravy
In today’s episode of the solecast I sit down with Frank Lopez to discuss Submedia’s new film in their ongoing Trouble series, “And You Don’t Stop.” And You Don’t Stop is a documentary about radical hip-hop as done by grass roots activists. Its an excellent look on hip-hop’s roots, its evolution and highlights some artists that are doing amazing work today.
In our conversation we talk about:
Hip-hop rising from the failures of Neoliberalism in the South Bronx
The rise of the Zulu Nation
The importance of aesthetics
The role music can play in social movements
Public Enemy and some of Franks favorite artists of the 80s/90s
Combatting sexism in hip-hop
What rap can learn from punk and why we need to build up a network of radical hip hop based social centers
Frank also goes in depth talking about the artists he highlights in the documentary, the work they do and their music.
Outro music: “Black Anarchist” By Sima Lee
Trouble #15: And You Don’t Stop
It’s often said that hip hop is more than just a type of music…. it’s a way of life. A code, a set of practices, an aesthetic and a way of handling yourself. And despite the efforts of industry executives to commodify it and strip it of its subversive potential, hip hop remains a lifestyle firmly rooted in the daily struggles faced by oppressed peoples around the world. It is a weapon, masquerading as culture.
In this month’s episode of Trouble, subMedia explores hip hop as a potent site of revolutionary politics, drawing on the first-hand knowledge and experiences of some of Turtle Island’s baddest grassroots emcees: Ant Loc, Mic Crenshaw, La Marea, Sima Lee, Lee Reed and Mare.
Just a heads up that some of the dialogue in the film is in Spanish, so for English speakers we recommend turning on the subtitles by clicking CC on the video player, and/or downloading the SRT file – particularly if you plan on using a hard copy of the video for screening purposes.
As a bonus, The Stimulator brings us a very special sedition of Burning Cop Car, featuring the music of the emcees we interviewed for Trouble #15. Click here to check it out.
On today’s episode of the Solecast I speak with a member of the Black Rose Federation. Black Rose Federation has chapters across North America and utilizes an anarcho-communist tendency called “Specifismo:” which (according to wikipedia) has been summarized as:
The need for a specifically anarchist organization built around a unity of ideas and praxis.
The use of the specifically anarchist organization to theorize and develop strategic political and organizing work.
In this interview we discuss:
Their organizing principles
Their approach to building working class power from below
Grass roots power vs local politics vs electoral politics
The need for a rigorous educational program within movements
Discussions on anarchist infrastructure projects
Thoughts on "protest,” their limitations and what they are good for
The life of Bakunin much more
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Todays episode is with Margaret Killjoy. Margaret is an anarchist science fiction writer and electronic producer. Her latest album "Always Forever" by "Nomadic War Machine" is available now on bandcamp. Margaret has published several short stories and books, is currently working on a novel and releases a sci fi short story every month through patreon.
In this podcast Margaret also reads one of my favorite short stories she has written called The Northern Host about a civil war in the year 2035, with some incredible plot twists.
In this interview we talk about:
The tension between insurrection and prefiguration
Her new project Nomadic War Machine by Always, Forever
The role culture plays in building revolutionary potential
Living off the land and how it fits into a revolutionary strategy
The importance of infrastructure
Our relationship with technology
The writing process, the format of short stories
Weaving anarchist themes into science fiction and fantasy writings
The importance of radical honesty
and much more
Other Suggested Radical Sci-fi Readings:
"The Fifth Season" by NK Jemisin,
The short story "The Ogres of East Africa," by Sofia Samatar
"The Devil In America" by Kai Ashante Williams.
Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny
In today’s solecast I sit down with Zoe Samudzi to discuss the new book she just co-authored with William C Anderson called “As Black As Resistance.” This book puts forth a compelling argument for a Black anarchism rooted in self defense & autonomy. In their book they discuss the importance of linking Black liberation to Indigenous struggles, and point back to the Seminole War where Indigenous and Black folks successfully fought side-by-side and achieved the first emancipation proclamation. In this podcast Zoe talks about the failure of respectability politics and how appealing to liberals and the state gets Black People nowhere, because it is a system rooted on exploitation and killing of Black People. Zoe also breaks down how people must overcome their own fears & potentially undermine their own class interests for a truly liberatory politics. We also discuss some of the challenges of building movements rooted around autonomy in areas of rapid gentrification and the need to create new kinds of movements/politics that don’t leave people behind. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, and it barely scratches the surface of the book, pick it up now on AK Press.