The guests for this episode are members of the Finnish melodic death/doom metal band Mariana’s Rest, vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa and guitarist Nico Mänttäri. As they were still trying to find their sound, they feel like they are finally at that point with their newest album Fata Morgana, out now via Napalm Records. This album, which takes a journey into the realms of isolation, took on a new meaning as the band and the whole world went into quarantine as a global pandemic spread. During our conversation, we talked about the making of Fata Morgana and how this album represents a monumental landmark creatively for the band, along with diving into the culture of their homeland Finland and much more.
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For this episode of Renaissance Soul, I’m joined by singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and Detroit rock pioneer and legend Suzi Quatro to talk about her new album The Devil In Me, released on March 26, 2021 via Steamhammer / SPV. Now at the age of 70 with 54 years in the music game, Suzi Quatro helped kicked down the doors for the women who wanted to rock! The Devil In Me is the second time she collaborated with her son Richard Tuckey after 2019’s No Control, a decision made after both their touring schedules were cancelled due to the pandemic.
The guest for this episode is comedian, author, journalist, and screenwriter Teresa Lo. She has spent years writing about sex for Hustler Magazine and she currently has a show on YouTube called Talk With T.Lo. She’s been on countless online comedy shows during the pandemic. The first time I saw Teresa was on a Crazy Woke Asians show put on by past guest Kiki Yeung. During our chat, we talk about her Midwest upbring, her YouTube show, sex work, sex education, working for Hustler Magazine, bad relationships, and so much more! Teresa Lo is always a fun person to chat with!
For this episode of Renaissance Soul, I’m joined by Chloë Drallos to talk about her project under the moniker of Zilched with her debut full-length album DOOMPOP. Based on the grunge influences of her teens like Nirvana and Jesus and Mary Chain, this new face of Detroit’s rock scene hits it out of the park with DOOMPOP, a collection of dark and melancholy songs that’s dips into the psyche of the young singer/songwriter during those formative years approaching inevitable adulthood. Together, we go through each track talking about the stories behind them, along with life before writing DOOMPOP, and the making of this album.
The guest for this episode is femdom sex therapist and erotic audio artist Dr. Lovejoy. She is definitely one of the best guests I’ve ever had on Fresh is the Word. It was such a fan interview and she really got me smitten! We talk about why I wanted her on the podcast and how sex workers and sex educators helped me find myself. We also talk about the benefits that sex therapy could have on society if embraced more, plus a whole lot of flirting.
For this episode of Renaissance Soul, I’m joined by indie singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and all around jack of all music trades, Fred Thomas, band leader of Saturday Looks Good To Me as we talk about their 2003 album All Your Summer Songs. Coming from the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, Fred Thomas’ contributions to the Michigan music scene are just as prevalent in Detroit. With a couple local releases for Saturday Looks Good To Me in 2000, All Your Summer Songs was the first real album for this project of Thomas’ – released via Polyvinyl Record Company in 2003.
The guest for this episode is Prika Amaral, co-founder and guitarist of all-women thrash metal band NERVOSA. They have a new album Perpetual Chaos available now via Napalm Records. Originating in Brazil, Nervosa has a whole new line-up – featuring Prika along talented new members Diva Satanica on vocals, Mia Wallace on bass, and Eleni Nota on drums – all hailing from various parts of Europe. Nervosa has a series of videos on YouTube (shown below) to get everyone up to speed and introduce you to the new members. During our chat, we talk about the new album with a new lineup, being a role model to young women, and the realities living in Brazil, along with so much more.
The guest for this episode is scholar, feminist, and author Jane Ward, who is professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. She has written many books including NOT GAY: Sex Between Straight White Men and Respectably Queer, along with her latest title The Tragedy of Heterosexuality. During our chat, we talked about The Tragedy of Heterosexuality along how freeing it can be to explore and accept one’s sexual and gender identities, along with so much more.
For this episode of Renaissance Soul, we go back in time with legendary jazz clarinet player and saxophonist and co-founder of Detroit’s Tribe collective, Wendell Harrison. Back in the end of 2019, the London-based Strut Records released Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014, the first compilation bringing together the modern era recordings of Tribe, Detroit’s acclaimed independent jazz collective
The guest for this episode is trumpet player, cartoonist, composer, and educator Dave Chisholm, whose latest work is Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California — a 144-page graphic novel (via Z2 Comics) commissioned by the Parker estate in celebration of Bird’s Centennial showcasing a stretch of time the infamous jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker spent in California. During our conversation, we talked about how this idea took shape and what sort of research went into developing this graphic novel. We also talked about his music background and how he was able to combine that with comics, along with so much more