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THIS IS NOT A TEST - books, music, movies, art, culture and truth

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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Apr 11, 2015

Why do we name things the way we do? How do we come up the terms we use every day? Language is a funny thing.

I’ll also talk about asbestos, pizza, the military, news people, ASMR, scientists, stink bugs, audiophiles (again), Dianetics, being uneducated, Deadwood, artist’s statements, belonging, communicating, and the rise of our evil canine overlords.

Warning: I should mention that I was kind of drunk when I recorded this one. Or more drunk than I usually am. So I would suggest that for the optimal listening experience, you also have two or three (or eight) drinks before you listen. Level the playing field. I was tempted to re-record it when I was slightly less drunk, but then I thought, screw it, so here you go.

Apr 4, 2015

This one is about the Podcast Awards (yes, that’s a real thing), but I might also mention Carol’s art show, NMX, NAB, what conferences and trade shows really are, Las Vegas, desperation, The Rose Parade, The Webbys, Smurfs, and a few other things along the way. What can I say, my mind wanders.

Mar 28, 2015

In part two of my interview with iconoclastic Los Angeles art writer and gallerist Mat Gleason, we talk about art schools, MFAs, philosophy, Catholic school, Nietzsche, Goldman Sachs, capitalism, mercantilism, consistency, selling out vs. sneaking in, loyalties, art about art, artist’s statements, Nicole Panter, CalArts, the cost of transparency, Art World Boot Camp, Tower Records, President Reagan and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Mar 21, 2015

In part one of my interview with iconoclastic Los Angeles art writer and gallerist Mat Gleason, we talk about the Los Angeles punk scene, The Atomic Cafe, the new paradigm, SST Records, the South Bay, conservative culture, art-as-time-machine, feminism, diversity, tolerance, Greg Ginn, Mike Ness, Mr. Brett Gurewitz, prog rock, The Misfits, the burden of facts, The Velvet Underground, Coagula Art Journal, Grad school, Mike Kelley, Green Day and careerism. Among other things.

In other words, a typical conversation with Mat.

Mar 14, 2015

Reality TV. You love it. You hate it. You watch it. Admit it.

There’s no shame in it. Really. Stop beating yourself up.

Mar 7, 2015

"Marley Natural" is a new company created to sell legal herb with Bob’s name on it. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Feb 28, 2015

This is it, the only Oscar ceremony wrap-up you need.

Forget the big networks, and even the tiny networks that no one watches, like E! You don’t need them. I cover all the bases, every category, every wonderful minute of the Hollywood’s greatest night! You don’t want to miss it.

Feb 21, 2015

The strange and terrible world of unboxing videos, Facebook, the Book of Revelations, Heaven’s Gate, Marketing, Betamax recorders, Internet communities, the discomfort of silence and more.

Feb 14, 2015

How does one live simply when there is so much junk everywhere?

It’s a first world problem, having too much stuff, I know. But here I am talking about it anyway.

On the way to that subject you’ll also get to hear about how to be an awesome podcaster, landlords, eBay, yard sales, people in the 1920s, credit cards, and a teaser about a pretty cool upcoming episode.

Feb 7, 2015

According to Wikipedia (my favorite source for quasi-truth and hamfisted misinformation) an Internet troll is: a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

I suppose that’s as good a definition as any. But did you know you can be trolled in real life too? It’s true. Let me tell you about it.

By the way, why do we say “in real life” when we talk about things that happen away from the computer? Am I not participating in real life when I do things online? Am I in some kind of suspended life or pseudo life? I don’t like that term, but it’s better than meat world.

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