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A series of lively, deep and often hilarious interviews conducted by Lydia Lunch, one of the most vocal spoken word artists of this or any century and Tim Dahl, musician and general know it all.

A series of lively, deep and often hilarious interviews conducted by Lydia Lunch, one of the most vocal spoken word artists of this or any century and Tim Dahl, musician and general know it all.
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A series of lively, deep and often hilarious interviews conducted by Lydia Lunch, one of the most vocal spoken word artists of this or any century and Tim Dahl, musician and general know it all.




Episode 13 Billy Shire

The Los Angeles art gallery La Luz de Jesus, has long been synonymous with the lowbrow art movement. The Los Angeles gallery has brought about artists like hot rod icon Ed Roth, “Cranium” board game designer Gary Baseman, photorealist illustrator Ron English, and Robert Williams to name but a few. But La Luz isn’t a stuffy museum. It sits in the back of a store, the legendary and eclectic Los Feliz store Soap Plant/Wacko store. The man behind the concept is Billy Shire, guest of episode...


Episode 12 Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli sits down to talk with Lydia and Tim. Michael is best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award. He also wrote five episodes of the show and was co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam, directed by Spike Lee. In addition to appearing in six of Lee’s films, he has also acted in films by Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Walter Hill, Peter Jackson, and the Hughes...


Episode 11 Kembra Pfahler

Lydia and Tim sit down with Lydia's friend Kembra Pfahler. Kembra is an artist, actress, teacher, and musician, best known as the painted lead singer of the theatrical death rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. She coined the term “availablism” to describe her approach of making work with whatever materials are available. Touring extensively with her band is only one aspect of her work. Kembra was also one of the main instigators behind the Future Feminist exhibition, which...


Episode 10 Chris Campion

When writer Chris Campion was in his early twenties he did a stint as Lydia's bagboy while she toured around the United Kingdom. Since then, Chris went on to become a writer. He has written numerous articles for The Guardian, as well as several books. Chris wrote the unauthorized Police(Lydia'a least favorite band) biography Walking on the Moon. For the past eight years, he has been working on the definitive biography of Papa John Phillips. While researching a subject Chris follows his...


Episode 9 Chris Hanley

Lydia and Tim are back in Joshua Tree for an outdoors interview with former music equipment trader, music producer, father of American karaoke and, film producer Chris Hanley. Chris is best known for producing independent films such as Buffalo '66, The Virgin Suicides, American Psycho, Spun, Spring Breakers, and London Fields. Lydia and Chris talk about his early interest in electronic music. During the interview, he describes how music led him to start a career trading in hard to get...


Episode 8 Maria Beatty

Maria Beatty is a filmmaker who for the past two decades has been working with themes of feminism, subversion, abjection, body politics and the agency of womens’ desire. Maria is inspired by expressionist German cinema, French surrealism, American film noir, and gay underground filmmakers such as Jean Genet and Kenneth Anger, who set new standards in erotic cinema. After a start in the ’80s as a photographer for musicians and performance artists, Maria started filming in Super 8, making...


Episode 7 John Tottenham

Lydia and Tim are back in Joshua Tree, where they have an outdoors chat with writer John Tottenham. At the request of Lydia, John generously reads several of his poems. John is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle on the subject of work-avoidance, indolence, and failure. Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment, a sequence of mean-spirited love poems, was published by Penny-Ante Press in October 2012. A sonic and cinematic interpretation of The Inertia...


Episode 6 Eva Aridjis

Lydia and Tim are back in New York where they talk to filmmaker and writer Eva Aridjis. Eva was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Mexico City. Her father Homero Aridjis is a well-known poet and the former Mexican Ambassador to both the Netherlands and Switzerland. Eva’s mother Betty Ferber de Aridjis, is a translator. Eva discusses how her parents' creative life influenced her growing up. Eva studied Anthropology at Princeton and then received an MFA in Film and Television from...


Episode 5 Dave Catching

After a few days in Los Angeles, Lydia and Tim headed out to Joshua Tree. Their first stop was the legendary recording studio Rancho de la Luna to hang out with owner Dave Catching. Catching is a busy man. Aside from being a producer and recording engineer, he also plays guitar. Dave has been the guitarist for well-known bands Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Tex and the Horseheads, The Ringling Sisters, earthlings?, Mondo Generator and the Masters of Reality. That is not...


Episode 4 Robert Williams

The artist Robert Williams' artist statement describes both himself and the position he has taken as an artist very well. Robert writes: "In the late 20th and 21st century diverse forms of commonplace and popular art appeared to be coalescing into a formidable faction of new painted realism. The phenomenum owed its genesis to a number of factors. The new school of imagery was a product of art that didn’t fit comfortably into the accepted definition of fine art. It embraced some of the...


Episode 3 Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks founding member of the band L7 sits down with Lydia and Tim at her apartment in Los Angeles. Donita recounts meeting Lydia for the first time and riding the Coney Island Cyclone. Lydia talks to Donita about being show folk, a term Lydia learned from Donita while they ate lunch at Musso and Frank. Donita shares with Lydia and Tim the history of L7. In addition to L7, Donita has been busy with many other projects. Other projects include drumming in the band Lou Man Group a Lou...


Episode 2 Ron Athey

Lydia Lunch and Tim Dahl head over to Silver Lake to artist Ron Athey's apartment to talk to Ron about his life and art. Ron is an internationally known performance artist. Some of his many notable works include Four Scenes in a Harsh Life(1994), Incorruptible Flesh Series(1996-2013), Solar Anus(1998) and Acephalous Monster(2018). Ron describes what it was like growing up in Pomona California in a 1960s fervently religious household, where he was encouraged to speak in tongues. He talks...


The Lydian Spin Inaugural Episode

Lydia and Tim travel to Southern California. The day after arriving in Los Angeles, they sit down to chat with the actress and burlesque star Kitten Natividad. Kitten talks about how a boring career path led her to becoming a burlesque dancer. They also talk about Kitten's time both in front of and behind the camera with director Russ Meyer. Kitten also tells Lydia and Tim why actor Tom Selleck was the best lover she ever had and what it was like to strip at Sean Penn's bachelor party....