Thanks to Mamrie, I'm in the process of downloading all of your mixes, and I just have to tell you how much I freaked out when I listened to "Drop It Like Its Bart." My brother is 8 years older than me, and growing up I kind of stole his Simpsons cassette tape. Do the Bart Man was my favorite song. ahhhh, you're amazing. There's a good amount of these songs that I don't really like/listen to in their original form, but I can't stop listening to your mixes!
From birth, “The Star Spangled Banner" is instilled in every American. It is powerful, beautiful, and inspiring. It’s also over 200 years old. Much has happened since it was written. This is why The Occasional is thrilled to honor the United States of America with a new National Anthem, one that accurately reflects all that our great country has experienced in the past two centuries.
It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show I talk to musician Leanne Macomber of Neon Indian and Ejecta. Growing up in football-loving Texas to parents who skewed more towards the athletic side of things, Leanne wanted to pursue art and music since she was a teenager. But she had to justify its practicality to her parents by being in things like the school jazz band. Since leaving the Lone Star State, she’s been able to play music professionally and has toured all around the world in bands like Neon Indian and her duo Ejecta with Ford & Lopatin’s Joel Ford. Ejecta’s album Dominae was released last year, and it is fantastic.
During the first week of May, Leanne came over to the Beginnings studio in Harlem to talk about growing up on army bases, the Vietnam war, Native American reservations, the financial crash, shame and being a good kid, playing your gender, having a disconnect with your parents, and playing a character. Then in the second half of the show, I talk to my friend, UCB performer and voiceover artist Dan Chamberlain (AKA Chambaland) about how the character you play in public relates to the “real” you. Er, also, we talk about Gremlins and Munchies and a bunch of other stuff too.
When I was a freshman in high school, I made a series of battle plans along with my older brother and his friends that detailed how we’d take out our entire school once we obtained guns and bombs.
This happened while huddled over my dining room table, and it was funny. We drew blueprints. We made maps. We organized lists of ammunition and inventory and all the different things we’d need to make our military raiding of our own school a success. We figured we’d all have cyanide pills to take ourselves out before we got arrested. We knew we had to take over the nurse’s office first – it’s where all the medical supplies were and it also had no windows, which made it a perfect place for our final showdown when we were inevitably backed in by police as we burned out in a blaze of glory in our bold last stand.