minisode V - Bob McKenna (Clubhouse on Highland)

This is a magical and inspiring interview with a man who is of the bravest of hearts I have had the pleasure of knowing. Bob McKenna operates the Clubhouse on Highland, an elegant wedding destination in Southside Birmingham, which, we come to find out, also serves as a nexus of loving and expansive endeavors of all kinds during the week. Bob has worked as a clinical psychologist, and according to an unbiased review of one of his wedding clients, is a “prince of a man,” a sentiment I will enthusiastically second. In this interview we talk of struggle, compassion, our pervasive curiosity and hope for the future, and how to form a business and a life around the mission of love. Book your wedding or art show or function of any sweet kind at the Clubhouse on Highland, with links below. 

Music for this episode comes courtesy of my bill-mates at the Nick back in March, the esteemed Polly Panic (Asheville), and Poly Action (Austin). Murder of Jane Crow also joined us, and you can hear all about their work on our own Episode 27. First is Poly Action with their eponymous song recorded live at DZ Studios outside of Chicago in Hickory Hills, IL. After the interview we’ll ride out the feelings with Polly Panic’s cello-monium in the track “Purpose.”

Thank you for listening, as we rejoin you in the interview room at last. To progress, to purpose, to the future. Semper paratus. Welcome back to the Earth Hotel. See you back in the Lobby on Sunday. 

https://pollypanic.bandcamp.com/ + + + https://polyaction.bandcamp.com/

Introduction - 0:00:00
“Poly Action” Live at DZ Studios - 0.01.44
Interview with Bob McKenna - 0.04.14
Polly Panic - “Purpose” - 1.11.40

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Harbin Hot Springs - https://harbin.org/

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA - https://www.esalen.org/

Clubhouse on Highland - http://clubhouseonhighland.com/

Our blessed and plentiful thanks to Bob for being a part of our experience here. Mahalo.

Episode 50 - Joel Nelson (President of West Coast Internal Affairs, 2018)

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0.00.00 - Introduction to the Podcast & “The Inner Lobby 3: Rabbits Part 1 (X 8/73)” //
0.02.54 - “The Earth Hotel Sonata (translated) v130” //
0.07.07 - Opening Monologue: “Imaginary Solutions” //
0.09.16 - “Evil” - Joel Nelson et al //
0.14.13 - News from the EH //
0.21.23 - Dates //
0.26.13 -“The Cost of It All” - Flag Day (Brad Davis, Joel Nelson) //
0.30.34 - Interview with Joel Nelson, recorded post Pataphysical Freakout Tour, early July 73//
01.10.04 - (break): “Kinetic Irony (for Davey Williams)” - Joel Nelson //
01.13.40 - Interview continues //
01.45.15 - Post-interview music: “Amazing Grace,” Transmuseq Live, 2007 LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Anne LeBaron //
01.48.15 - Reading: “Magic and Loss - The Summation” - Lou Reed //
01.51.28 - “Forgotten” - Dylan Burchett Duo //

“Evil” Joel Nelson, performed at Mills College, Littlefield Concert Hall, V 73. Players are Naomi Harrison-Clay (sax), Timothy Russell (Drums), Lee Hodel (Bass), Maia Ziaee (Synthesizer)

Henry Cow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cow_discography
Ubu Roi - https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ubu-roi
Alfred Jarry - https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alfred-Jarry
Bob Ostertag - https://bobostertag.bandcamp.com/
Expression (John Coltrane) - https://www.allmusic.com/album/expression-mw0000197323
Interstellar Space (John Coltrane) - https://www.tinymixtapes.com/delorean/john-coltrane-interstellar-space
A Power Stronger Than Itself - https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo5504497.html
Roscoe Mitchell - Nonaah for solo sax - https://www.allaboutjazz.com/roscoe-mitchell-nonaah-by-clifford-allen.php

Surrealism and Pataphysics in the South - FIND IT!

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Episode 49 - Calliope Pettis

The seat across the from the Operator desk is filled this week by Calliope Pettis, a songwriter and performer from the old Montevallo days who has come into her own since those Eclipse Open Mic nights. To recap after a joint gig at Tropicaleo in Birmingham, and in preparation for her appearance at Fork and Spoon Recordings in Panama City Beach, we sat down and had a vibrant chat about music, creativity, and breaking into new expressive territory.

Links: Meredith Monk - meredithmonk.org
PCB: Moonlodge Cafe - facebook.com/moonlodgecafe/
Fork and Spoon: forkandspoonrecordings.bandcamp.com
Calliope Instagram: calliope9muse.ic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuPJTfliSTdWat-5z6XJuEw
Andreareally.com
John. E. Funk and the Skunks - theskunks.band
The Inner Lobby channel: theearthhotel.org/the-inner-lobby

0.00.00 - NuMusal Retentive Calliope Music
0.05.19 - Calliope in the Mountains
0.06.18 - Opening monologue
0.09.25 - Dates
0.13.02 - "Strange Little Genius"
0.16.29 - Interview with CP
1.06.25 - "Syncopation Psychonation"
1.08.45 - Freddie v. Vicious fact-check and Eclipse reminiscing
1.24.44 - Bar Sticker "Give It Up"
1.29.11 - “The Smoke Off” by Shel Silverstein
1.34.30 - INNER LOBBY #2 - From the Desk of the Operator, Nightwatch (9-15-73)

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Episode 48 - Top Shelf Burlesque

The marvelous ladies behind Birmingham's own Top Shelf Burlesque share some time with the Earth Hotel to talk about the art of stage seduction and why Birmingham might have such an interest in the erotic arts. See them Sept 21 at Brennan's Irish Pub and in future spots throughout the Southeast. Follow their Instagram accounts to be kept in anticipation. 

Instagram: @TopShelfBurlesque @patsyfineaswine; @theangelalucy @therubylarouge

https://nomoreexcuses.bandcamp.com/

SUBMISSIONS: CRAYFISH

The EH is announcing two new channels! Send in your words and ideas for the open-world project The Inner Lobby (above) in order to gain free access to our VIP Annex, The Astral Lounge, currently in production. 

0.00.00 - From the Basement of the Third Floor of the Earth Hotel
0.01.25 - Announcements/Dates
0.05.25 - Bar Sticker Song: “Masks” by No More Excuses
0.08.40 - Interview with Patsy Fine, Angela Lucy, Ruby LaRouge of TSB
0.48.23 - Message from Carl JR + “My Dog Spot” Live from Tropicaleo
0.51.22 - Basement Cut-Up #1
0.53.25 - Reading from Burlesque, Yoga, Sex, and Love (A Memoir of Life Under the Albuquerque Sun) by Anne Key

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Episode 47 - Jess Marie Walker of FLUSNOIX

I speak with the progenitor of the sound operation known as FLUSNOIX, the Birmingham installation of sonic artists who seek to communicate with each other and effect the good folks out there however they choose to be taken by the movement of air. 
Jess Marie Walker is the organizer and central cerebral hub of the improvisational group of musicians, and she has served in the ranks of the Southern avant-garde for many years. We discuss her journey from doodling in art class to performing complex multimedia art in galleries and exhibition spaces across the country. 

”it ran” and “into” - 
Jess Marie Walker : flusdrawxing, flusvoxing
Joel Nelson : guitar
Jasper Lee : bass, cello
Cody Iott : electronics
Improvisations recorded March 2 & 16, 2016
at the Kewahatchee Lounge, Birmingham, AL
Recorded & Mixed by Jasper Lee
Mastered by Sean McCann
https://sweetwreath.bandcamp.com/album/flusnoix

”19:19”
Jess Marie Walker : flusdrawxing, flusvoxing
Joel Nelson : guitar, clarinet
Cody Iott : electronics, guitar
Michael Pihakis : guitar
Jasper Lee : bass
Walker Yancey : percussion 

Improvisations recorded March - May 2016 in Birmingham, AL
at North Birmingham Savings & Trust, the Nick, Shift & the Kewahatchee Lounge
https://sweetwreath.bandcamp.com/album/two

https://www.facebook.com/flusnoix/

0.00.00 - Welcome to the Show
0.03.56 - ”On Time” - Khalil Gibran read by Jess Marie Walker
0.05.51 -Interview Pt. 1
0.23.38 - “it ran” - Flusnoix, March 71
0.26.09 - Interview Pt. 2
01.05.45 - “into”
01.07.22 - A Message from Beers and Broads
01.08.08 - Question of the Week and Thanks
01.09.43 - Flusnoix at Monotonia, March 73
01.36.00 - Future News
01.38.02 - “19:19” - Flusnoix, March 71

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