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.
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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
The guest for this episode Kenny Keil, artist and author of the graphic novel Smoove City, a story of four best friends as they try to make their journey towards boy band stardom. Kenny Keil is an artist and writer whose work crosses a spectrum of music, comics, and comedy, appearing everywhere from MAD Magazine and comic books to VIBE Magazine and music videos. During our chat, we talk about his motivation in making Smoove City along with his process creating it. We also talk about what music we both like and what music influenced Smoove City.
For this episode, we are joined by Detroit hip-hop artist T. Calmese, member of the creative counter-culture collective The Black Opera, and his debut album Time and Time Again. After taking an extended break from making music, the feeling never fully left T. Calmese and a few years ago, he started to pick up the pen again in a journey that would lead us to Time and Time Again. Along with a track-by-track breakdown, Calmese shares with us why he took a break from writing, the joy of just being a fan of hip-hop, and what lead him back to making music that would result in finally making a proper debut solo album.
The guest for this episode is Rick Spears, author of the YA graphic novel My Riot, recently released via Oni Press. My Riot, created along with artist Emmett Helen, is a riot grrrl story set in 1981 with its main character, a teenager named Val, struggling with finding her own identity while facing the pressures of conformity. It’s a story about how the counter cultures of our society have been influential to the people that we would later become.
The guest for this episode is Richard Sjunnesson, vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band The Unguided, and they just released their new full-length album Father Shadow via Napalm Records. We get into how the band functions, fine tuning their method of operation of writing and recording the new album after a history of lineup changes and The Unguided being birthed out of Richard and Roger Sjunnesson’s previous band Sonic Syndicate. With Father Shadow, The Unguided go back to their harder roots blurring the lines between a melodic death metal and metalcore sound. And for a treat to their old fans, they even did cover versions of their own classic Sonic Syndicate tracks “Jailbreak”, “Denied” and “Jack of Diamonds”.
For this episode, your host Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier is joined by Hobey Echlin, bassist of the early 90s Detroit shoegaze band Majesty Crush. They were an anomaly in the Detroit music scene as they were compared to bands with the shoegaze sound that typically comes from the UK, but they were oddly connected to so much within the city of Detroit. They were surrounded by other artists who also didn’t fit in any creative box while their lush, dreamy sounds along with the colorful members of the bands (especially vocalist David Stroughter) made them memorable around the city. But it was the passionate lyrics of Stroughter that set them apart and defined them. Majesty Crush captured a vibe of Detroit while pulling from their global influences.
The guests for this episode are Billy Obey, Joey Black, and Lee Carver, the Horrorcore Hip-Hop trio from Ohio known as Alla Xul Elu making their return to Fresh is the Word to talk about all sorts of gross and horrific things, including their new album MauXuLeum, out now via Majik Ninja Entertainment. The new album is produced entirely by Detroit’s own Slasher Dave (producer of late 70s/early 80s influenced original instrumental horror/exploitation soundtrack music and member of metal band Acid Witch), so we talk about how it is to work with one producer for a whole album as we go track-by-track through MauXuLeum. We also talk about our favorite spooky tunes and horror flicks. It’s always crazy shenanigans when I have these Xuligans on the show.
The guest for this episode is Fenrier, drummer the Pagan Metal band Varg from Coburg, Germany, who just released a new album Zeichen via Napalm Records. With this seventh full length release, Varg go back to their Pagan Metal roots, and in my discussion with Fenrier, we talk about the band’s vision for this album and their origins. We also go into Pagan history and how that is perceived in Germany, along with how his home place has been dealing with the pandemic along with social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement. It was great to almost exchange notes on the similarities and differences between our respective societal and political climates. It’s always fun to learn about different cultures through music and this episode with Fenrier is a good piece of education.