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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minisode U - "Everything Is Followed By Something" - Thesis by Joel Nelson

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Bailey, Derek, “Improvisation: its nature and practice in music”, (New York: Da Capo Press, 1993), 132

Choucha Nadia, “Surrealism & the Occult Shamanism, Magic, Alchemy, and the Birth of
an Artistic Movement”, (Destiny Books One Park Street Rochester, Vermont 05767, 1992)

Hagberg L. Garry, “Ensemble Improvisation, Collective Intention, and Group Attention”,
in vol. 1 of The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, eds. George E.
Lewis and Benjamin Piekut, (New York: Oxford University, 2016), 481

LeBaron Anne, “Reflections of Surrealism in Postmodern Music”, in Postmodern Music
Postmodern Thought, eds. Judy Lochhead and Joseph Auner, (Routledge 29 West 35th
Street New York, New York 10001, 2002), 41, 43, 37

Lewis E. George, “Gettin’ To Know Y’all: Improvised Music, Interculturalism, and the
Racial Imagination”, in The Improvisation Studies Reader Spontaneous Acts eds. 51

Rebecca Caines and Ajay Heble, (Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon,
Oxon OX14 4RN, 2015), 297

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Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, (New York: Oxford University, 2016) 116 -117

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(Birmingham Alabama: Birdfeeder Edition, 2011), 10

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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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minisode T - Pataphysical Freakout Tour with Joel Nelson

Thank you for listening to the Pataphysical Presentation from the Past, with many thanks to our hosting venues and the newly elected President of West Coast Internal Affairs, Joel Nelson. The trio is Joel Nelson, Ryan Brown, and James Elliot, plus JC, that’s me. 

Joel Nelson: https://joelnelson.bandcamp.com/
LaDonna Smith: http://ladonnasmith.com/
Jess Marie Walker: https://sweetwreath.bandcamp.com/album/flusnoix
Eamon Griffith: https://autopilot4.bandcamp.com/

The Inner Lobby: CRAYFISH (www.theearthhotel.org/the-inner-lobby)
Submit sound and other media files to theearthhotel@gmail.com

The TOUR WAS:

June 15th - Sanctum Tattoos and Comics
Rodney D. Hasty, Amber Locke Ragsdale, Jess Marie Walker;
Brad Davis and Joel Nelson (Flag Day)
Burning Moon

June 20th - Charm on 2nd
Jacquie Cotillard, Brad Davis + Jess Marie Walker, JNC3+JC

June 23rd - SummerSonic Improvisations at Art Town
LaDonna Smith, Flag Day, Flusnoix

June 23rd - Montevallo Freakout at the Playhouse
Jacquie Cotillard and the Joel Nelson Trio

June 24th - Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Co.
Eamon Griffith, Jacquie Cotillard, Softyglyde, JNC3+JC, Flusnoix
 

0.00.00- Introduction and Acquiescence
0.02.11 - LaDonna + JNC3+JC: Charm on 2nd
0.09.47 - Flag Day (Joel Nelson +Brad Davis): Sanctum Tattoos and Comics
0.28.26 - JNC3+JC “The 100 Most Psychotic Things Someone Has Searched in 5 Minutes”:: Charm on 2nd
0.32.37 - Invitation to The Inner Lobby
0.33.33 - Ensemble (Joel, Jess Marie, Brad, Jacquie): Art Town
0.48.54 - Eamon Griffith, solo excusions & 
(0.54.12 - Thanks)
0.54.37 -JNC3+JC “Fixing the Plumbing”: 
Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Co.

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