The guest for this episode is Rick Giordano, member of the synth-driven horror metal trio from St. Louis, The Lion’s Daughter. They have a new album out, Skin Show, via Season of Mist that dropped on April 9th, 2021. The thing that really pops out with Skin Show is the visuals, from the album cover artwork to the cinematography of the music videos. It really makes them stand out, almost intriguing to someone who has never heard them before. During our conversation, we talked about those visuals and how they complement the music, the making of Skin Show and how that differed from previous album, how they got discovered, and 80s horror and action movies!
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We have a return guest for this episode, comic book writer Erica Schultz, as she just launched a Kickstarter campaign for her newest graphic mini-series, The Deadliest Bouquet. Working with Schultz on The Deadliest Bouquet is interior artist Carola Borelli (Destiny: NY), colorist Gab Contreras (The Final Girls), cover artist Kevin Wada (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scarlet Witch) and editor James Emmett (I Am Hexed). Three sisters trained by their Nazi-hunting mother must come together to help solve their mother’s murder, all while dealing with their own issues with each other. It has that 90s grunge meets pop feel to it taking you back to the pop culture many of use experienced in our youth.
The guest for this episode is Butcher Bear, the Austin, TX-based owner of (iN)Sect Records, co-founder of Exploded Drawing, and drummer in the band Black Mercy. Always donning the full-on bear costume, I go way back with him from the days of my original Renaissance Soul website (I did a (iN)Sect podcast mix a while back called ‘The Demon Within’), and Butcher Bear has always been a huge supporter of Detroit music having released projects on (iN)Sect Records featuring Guilty Simpson, House Shoes, Self Says, Chanes, Dakim, and Nameless. As long as we have known each other, this was the first time we talked at any length, and it was great to finally catch up with Butcher Bear.
The guests for this episode are members of As Everything Unfolds, the 6-piece melodic post-hardcore band from High Wycombe, U.K., vocalist Charlie Rolfe and guitarist Adam Kerr. They just released their debut album Within Each Lies The Other via Long Branch Records on March 26, 2021. From the time that Charlie Rolfe looked for musicians to start a band on an online directory, As Everything Unfolds have quickly become a band creating quite the buzz in the metal world while becoming a family of their own. Charlie and Adam run through the creation of As Everything Unfolds and the lessons about life and music they went through growing in adulthood as a band. With a mix of beautiful melodies over edgy riffs, Within Each Lies The Other shows the organic talents of the member of As Everything Unfolds. The youthful energy of the band comes out in their music and every part of their public personas as being able to chat with Charlie and Adam made me just fall in love with this band.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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