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THIS IS NOT A TEST is Los Angeles author and musician Michael Phillips talking about books, music, movies, art, culture and truth.
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Now displaying: January, 2015
Jan 30, 2015

Carol: “What’s your podcast about this week?”

Me: “Oh, you know, it’s about how CDs sound better than records, stuff like that.”

Carol: “What? You’re crazy, I think you’re wrong…”

Me: “I know, everyone thinks I’m wrong.”

But hear me out. Maybe I’m not completely crazy.

It’s funny, a lot of people sold, gave away or threw out their vinyl LPs in the 80s and 90s, and now they are out there buying them back from smug hipsters in tiny shops in Highland Park (or your city’s equivalent newly gentrified area). It would be a mistake to do the same thing with CDs, to ditch them because you feel they are as unfashionable as a glove compartment full of WHAM! cassettes.

I don’t talk about that specific thing in this episode, but I probably should have.

Jan 24, 2015

Who am I?

That’s not an existential question, though I suppose it could be. But it occurs to me that many of you who are listening to this may not know much – or anything – about me, so you might rightfully wonder why the hell I’m here foisting my views and opinions onto an unsuspecting and uncaring world.

So here’s what amounts to my life story – the good bits anyway – in 30 minutes. Try doing that yourself some time. Though if you do, I should warn you that you may just realize that you haven’t really done much of anything. But that’s liberating in its own way. Right?

Jan 17, 2015

Wherein I talk about disco, Mad Max, the music business, Louise Brooks, disillusionment, boredom and death metal bands.

Jan 10, 2015

Wherein I speak to artist Carol Es about artists being put into boxes, process, music, the value of art and risk taking.

You can (and should!) check out her art right here: http://esart.com

Jan 3, 2015

Wherein I lay the sad tale of the senseless, tragic rape of Charles Bukowski’s ghost by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press at your feet. Do with it what you will.

You can read more about the subject here: http://mjpbooks.com/blog/the-senseless-tragic-rape-of-charles-bukowskis-ghost-by-john-martins-black-sparrow-press/

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