Solecast 42 w/ Sage Francis : Keeping It Real In Trumped Up Times

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olecast # 42 is an interview with indy rap legend, iconoclast and label-head Sage Francis.  We have an in depth discussion about his views on society, music and life.  We talk about his latest world tour, his new album “Copper Gone” and his decision to leave Epitaph records and put out his music on Strange Famous.   Obviously we cover Trump, the state of journalism and have a critical discussion about the role of politics within art.  We talk about shifts in the music industry related to technology, and various experiences we’ve gone through over the years.  Sage also lays out the thinking and concept behind his new record label SFR Digital and what he is doing with it to help indy rap artists gain a toehold in the rap game.  

Grab his new album, Copper Gone here.
Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Solecast 41 w/ Amanda from Cleveland 4 Support Crew: On FBI Entrapment, Security Culture & Community Organizing

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Episode 41 of the solecast is an interview with Amanda from the Cleveland 4 support crew. We have an in-depth discussion about this harrowing and heartbreaking tale of FBI entrapment.   It has now been five years since the Cleveland four was blocked in prison for terrorism charges stemming from an FBI informant hatched plot to blow up a bridge in Cleveland.  We also have a wide ranging and informative discussion based around Security culture, best practices, and old school community organizing and resistance building.

The Cleveland Four are still in prison and will be there for another 4 to 5 years, check out their Amazon wish list to send them some books, make a donation for the commissary fund, or write them a letter, anything helps!

Music on this episode is provided by Skyrider & Pat The Bunny.

Solecast 40 w/ James Livingston : "Against Work"

A critical discussion challenging the ethics, morality and punitive nature of work.   James discusses the ideas behind his amazing new book “No More Work

How do we view intellectual labor in the information age when everything is free?  

How can we praise work as a noble enterprise when there is no correlation between work and pay?  

What studies have been done over the past century examining these imbalances?  

Why are the jobs never coming back?

Follow James on twitter, check his website, and buy his new book "No More Work"!

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Solecast 39 w/ Chris of Unicorn Riot on Counter-Counter-Insurgency & How to FOIA

Solecast 39 is a conversation with Chris from Unicorn Riot.

This epioside is mostly a how to on shaking the tree of government bureacracy through the usage of Freedom Of Information Act requests and similar requests on a state and city level to gain useful intelligence.  Chris has had great success uncovering information on Police tactics in Denver and in North Dakota at Standing Rock.  He has used these requests to gain access to crowd-control manuals, officer records, gained confirmation of under-covers and affirmed many things that most people assume about the methods police use to spy on protestors and neutralize them.   He is a collective member at Unicorn Riot, is a radical techo DJ that goes by the name of Kill Mckinley and can be found on twitter at @RiotDoge.  

Solecast 38 w/ Josh Harper on The Lessons of SHAC

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Solecast 38 is an in-depth interview with former animal liberation prisoner Josh Harper.  Josh is one of the SHAC7, and he went to prison for his work against Huntington Life Sciences.  Huntington Life Sciences at the time was one of the biggest companies doing tests on animals and was targetted for their usage of “live vivisection.”  The tactics employed by the SHAC campaign were wide ranging and effecive; they went after every link in the supply chain to bring this company to the verge of bankrupcy.  Josh is currently living in the Pacific North West and helps run “The Talon Conspiracy” which is an online archive animal rights publication from the recent past.  

Follow Josh On Twitter and Check out The Talon Conspiracy

Topics Discussed:

  • Josh’s involvement in the Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty campaign & animal liberation struggles
  • Lessons from SHAC for current struggles against Trump & fascism
  • The conflict between mass movement building & effective interventions
  • The approach, philosophy and tactics emplyed in the SHAC campaign
  • Some thoughts on the political moment we are in
  • Comical anecdotes about the Talon Conspiracy & him briefly being a suspect for the 9-11 attacks
  • Thoughts on being a political prisoner and how important support is, inside and out

Solecast 37 w/ Daedelus on Weaponized Absurdism and Radical Art

On Solecast 37 I catch up with LA Based electronic music pioneer Daedelus.  Daedelus has 17 or so full length albums and worked with such labels as Alpha Pup, Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder and many others. He also runs a small imprint called Magical Properties.  He tours the world with his intense & unique live electronic PA sets and stands apart as a true innovator.  Check out/ support his music, and follow him on twitter.

Topics Discussed:

  • The life of an electronic musician in 2017
  • How the ruling class have weaponized absurdism 
  • Current trends in rap and electronic music
  • Hacking, circuit bending, & the rebelliousness of anologue music
  • Reacting to trump and coping with it
  • The assault on truth
  • Economics & the future of labor
  • Science fiction writers & the present 
  • The role of record label
  • The LA underground hip-hop scene of the early/mid 90s & its evolution to the LA beat scene.
  • The transitory nature of things.

Solecast 36 w/ Frank Lopez on Submedia's New Documentary Series "Trouble" & Much more

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Solecast 36 is an interview with Frank Lopez of Submedia.tv.  Frank is the founder of submedia and for 10 years wasknown by his alter ego The Stimulator.  Stimulator was “the foul mouthed news anchor” on submedia’s flagship shpw “Its The End Of The World As We Know If And I Feel Fine.”  Todays interview is a discussion about his new documentary series called “Trouble” and how he sees its role in breaking social media alienation and getting people engaged and connected locally.  Trouble is a monthly documentary series highlighting uprisings from around the world and taking an in depth and analytical look at them.    

Other Topics Discussed:

  • Montreal’s maple syrup and its cultural divergence from New England
  • The evolution of submedia over a decade
  • Basic thoughts on anarchism, and Submedia’s engagement with it
  • Mutual aid based projects that are replicable
  • The relationship between anarchism and indigenous struggle
  • The tension in social movements between the resistance and movement managers
  • 90s hip-hop and its role in radicalizing him

Trouble drops the last Sunday of every month.  The first one is Sunday March 26th, organize a showing in your area & find new comrades!  

Here are some previous collaborations I have done with Stimulator:

Solecast 35 w/ DJ Pain 1 on Hip-hop Culture, Madisons War on Rap, Defeating the Algorithm & Mushroom Hunting

Solecast 35 is an in-depth conversation with frequent Sole collaborator, DJ Pain 1.  Together we have made 2 albums, a remix album and a couple EP's worth of material.  We are currently working on our 3rd Studio album.  
DJ Pain 1 is has produced music for everyone from Young Jeezy, to Ludicrous to Public Enemy.  He is an educator, a DJ, an activist and one of the hardest working and consistent people I have ever met.   

In our interview we discuss a myriad of topics:

  • Madison's War on Hip-hop
  • How he utilizes social media to maintain his autonomy
  • The origins of rap & how neoliberalism influenced it
  • His role as an educator both in schools and through youtube beat-making videos
  • The importance of a healthy lifestyle
  • The origins of hip-hop and its political implications
  • The Revolutionary potential and limitations of hip-hop
  • Latent racism in white hip-hop fans & anti-blackness is Wisconsin
  • Mushroom Foraging

    Check out more of his work on his website, follow him on twitter & FedBook
     

Solecast 34 w/ Sonia Kennebeck on National Bird

Solecast 34 is an interview with documentary film maker Sonia Kennebeck about her film National Bird.  National Bird will be on PBS in the spring and will be released digitally mid-February.  National Bird is a documentary about the impacts of drone warfare, as told by drone whistleblowers and survivors of the drone program.

In this interview we discuss:

- Security & legal precautions that were necessary to make such a film.

- The Experience of traveling to Afghanistan to interview Drone survivors.

- Her feminist approach to film making.

- The collaboration between the two of us on the song “National Bird” and its use in the documentary.

-  The impact of the film & lessons learned.

Solecast 33 w/ Greek Antifa Participants

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Solecast 33 is an interview with Greek autonomist antifascists. These are folks I met when they brought me to Athens with Antifa Live. Antifa Live is an anti-fascist concert series that happens in squatted locations throughout Athens, but concert promotion is just one small aspect of what they do to broaden the struggle.  They share some history on the situation in Greece, tactics they use and explain the philosophy behind what they do. 

Topics Discussed:

  • The economic situation over the past 2 decades

  • The rise of the far right

  • The lessons of Syriza

  • The refugee / migrant crisis

  • Explanation of “autonomism”

  • Antifa organizing strategies

Resources:

 

Antifa Live

Autonomia (on semiotext)


Prior interview with Italian Autonomst, Franco "Bifo" Berardi
 

Solecast 32 w/ Stephen Polk on Anarchy, Permaculture and Struggles For The City

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On This episode I interview Naropa Professor, Stephen Polk. Stephen is a long time Denver organizer who has done a lot of work in Denver surrounding housing justice and ecology. Stephen just launched a new website examining these ideas called popular-power.com.

We have a wide ranging discussion on the relationship between anarchist philosophy/practice and permaculture.  We discuss alternative economies and the discourses within permaculture surrounding capitol and economy. We also talk about struggles for the city, cooperative housing and the needs to create more cooperative relationships.  

Audience Questions Pt 1 on Art, Inspirations, Political Views, Self Sustainability and A Whole Bunch of Random Shit

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This is an experimental episode of the solecast, consisting solely of audience questions. This is a special year end edition, covering a multitude of topics. This is a wide ranging conversation about politics, life, business and art. Topics covered include:

  • Favorite and most inspirational books, and resources for resistance

  • The relationship between gardening and being self sufficient

  • What inspires sole's art, his artistic motivations and the process involved in creating music

  • Personal relationships between various family members and old art comrades

  • Random questions about spirituality, music, gardening and business.

  • What it is like to be expecting a child in Trumps AmeriKKKa

  • The evolution of sole's support base & artistic direction through 20 years of music making

Also mentioned in this podcast:

Zach G and his battle against Nazis trying to sabotage his album

Spice Station in LA

Milo (rapper)

Tim Ferris' book "The 4 Hour Work Week."

A bunch of books and websites, like Its Going Down, Crimethinc, Submedia, Society of The Spectacle and Gaia's Garden

30 "What The Fuck Do We Do Now?" w/ An Editor Of Its Going Down

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Solecast #30 is an in-depth discussion with one of the editors of It's Going Down.

It's Going Down is an anarchist news and counter information website and has become a hub for radical activity & analysis in North America.

From their website, "We are a network of friends and comrades across so-called North America that seeks to provide news and analysis of when it goes down: riots, strikes, sabotage, occupations, expropriations, rebellion, revolt, insurrection, whether together or alone – we support liberatory revolt."

Topics Discussed:

  • Discussing their approach to spreading radical ideas, and allowing for a platform for people from various radical currents to come together
  • Forming a radical pole against liberalism and the far right
  • What a Trump administration means and what some possible points of interventions are over the next four years
  • The need to reach out to working class folks in rural areas and getting out of the “radical” bubble
  • A discussion of some of the most inspiring actions happening in the US right now from pipeline resistance, the prison strike, solidarity networks, fast food workers & tenants organizing, and the rise in anti-fascist organizing
  • Placing the rise of white nationalism in the states & worldwide in historic context
  • The challenge of dealing with liberals who wish to contain the struggle
  • Why a dual approach pursuing electoral politics and street resistance will not work
  • The growing conversation happening in the states now, people dropping their pretensions and moving forward
  • How to contribute to IGD

29 w/ Abby Martin on The Empire

Solecast 29 is an extensive conversation with Abby Martin.  Abby is the host of The Empire Files on Telesur and former host of RT’s “Breaking The Set.”  


Topics discussed:


Her recent experiences in Palestine
The Empire (hegemonic western powers and their corporations)
The Crisis of investigative journalism
The US Election & its grim prospects
The aftermath of 9-11 and how conspiracy theories have derailed the quest for answers. 
 

 

Solecast 28 w/ Franco "Bifo" Berardi on Capitalism, Mass Killings, Suicide & Alienation

In depth discussion with Italian Autonomist/ Philosopher Franco "Bifo" Berardi on his book Heroes.  Franco is the author of over 2 dozen books, played a deep role in the Autonomia movement in the 70s and helped found Radio Alice one of the first pirate radio stations in Italy.  Heroes is a groundbreaking exploration of the links between capitalism, alienation, mass killings and suicide.  

Topics of discussion:

  • Mass killings & the society of the spectacle
  • The relationship between ISIS & alienation
  • Nihilism as the prevailing ideology of our times
  • Black Lives Matter vs Black Power
  • The crisis of the white race & patriarchy
  • Neuroplasticity & The coming techno fascism

Heroes is out now on Verso Books.
 

 

Solecast 27 "Beyond Democracy" w/ a crimethinc participant

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“Generals always are fighting the last war
We want to be fighting the next war”

Solecast 27 is a discussion of crimethinc’s most recent text, “From Democracy To Freedom.”  Sole sits down with one of the crimethinc’s participants to have a wide ranging conversation about the perils of representative democracy and direct democracy.  Crimethinc makes the distinction between freedom and democracy, that we need to begin a rigorous examination of the notion of democracy if we are ever going to create a truly liberatory politics.  

“Democracy To Freedom ” is a reflection on many of the most recent resistance movements and revolutions, all fighting for one form of democracy or another.  Why has every revolution failed?  What is democracy exactly?  Everyone from dictators to protestors to presidents express their love of democracy, its become a stand in for everything and nothing.   

“The things we hold in common are not the most beautiful things about us.”

Topics of discussion:
- Democracy’s origins as a system of control, the rulers vs the ruled.  Citizens vs non citizens.  
- Democracy as a race to the middle
- Bernie Mania & The electoral spectacle
- How revolutionary projects & technologies get picked up and used by our enemies
- What happens when our demands are actually met?
- The role of policing
- Developing egalitarian systems of cooperation vs coersive institutions
- Creating spaces of encouter vs governing bodies

“The only hope of the human race is to find new ways of living in which we are not trying to rule each other.”

More information:
From Democracy to Freedom text
From Democracy to Freedom Audiozine:

Solecast 26 w/ Adam Brock on Social Permaculture & Urban Gardening


Solecast 26 is with Adam Brock cofounder of the Grohaus.  Adam is a permacultist, activist and educator.  The Growhaus is a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace and educational center in Denver's Elyria-Swansea neighborhood.  Their vision is a world where all communities have the means to nourish themselves, and our mission is to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, production, education, and economic development.  Sole and Adam have a wide ranging conversation about gardening and its relationship to revolutionary politics.    Adam has a book coming out in 2017 called Social Permaculture, which takes lessons from permaculture theory and applies them to every day struggles.

Topics discussed include:

DIY Gardening as part of a revolutionary practice
Food justice
Use of permaculture to regenerate eco systems in the face of global warming
Application of permaculture concepts in society
Lots of gardening tips, ideas & concepts
Experimental gardening

 

Solecast 25 w/ Scott Campbell on Anarchism, Palestine, Chiapas, & The Electoral Spectacle

In depth conversation with Its Going Down writer/activist Scott Campbell about his life of throwing down for revolutionary struggles.   

Scott talks about:
His take-backs from living in Palestine & Chiapas
His involvement with Occupy Oakland
A recent piece he wrote for the Institute of Anarchist Studies about anarchism with principles
A critique of Bernie-mania & the electoral spectacle

Music by ceschi