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CC: Autographs Ep. #78 – Feat. Nasty Canasta

Today Matt welcomes Nasty Canasta, a burlesque producer and performer hailing from Brooklyn, NY. A producer for Wasabassco, Nasty is known by the tag line “The girl with the 44DD brain.” She was a previously a guest on the Crash Chords Podcast, Ep. #183, where she brought on Donker Mag by Die Antwoord for discussion. Today, Matt inquires into her earliest ambitions and her transition from theater to burlesque. They chat about what she looks for in other performers and the types of acts and...

Duration: 01:05:15

CC: Autographs Ep. #77 – Feat. Alissa May Atkinson

Today, Matt welcomes Alissa May Atkinson, a comedian and bartender hailing from Brooklyn, NY. A bar manager at Precious Metal, Alissa (along with her comedy partner Lauren Vino) produces and hosts monthly comedy shows called Midd Riff Comedy, which are held at Precious Metal on the first Friday of every month. With Matt, Alissa chats about how she got started in comedy and what inspires her joke writing. They also chat about the origin of Midd Riff Comedy and how bartending (doubling as a...

Duration: 00:44:49

CC: Autographs Ep. #76 – Feat. Waylon K. Smith

Today Matt welcomes Waylon K. Smith, a musician hailing from Greencastle, PA. As one half of the band The Positronic Cats, Waylon’s roles as a musician range from singing to playing guitar and electric bass, while his bandmate Jim Taylor plays electric and acoustic mandolin. With Matt, Waylon chats about how his band’s newest record Mortal Cathedrals came to be, from its content to its artwork, and to the music video for its first single “Glitter”, (which stars previous guest Robare James...

Duration: 00:52:15

CC: Autographs Ep. #75 – Feat. Kati Delaney and Robare James Pruyn-Bush

Today, Matt welcomes Kati Delaney and Robare James Pruyn-Bush. Both previous guests on the Crash Chords Podcast, Kati Delaney is an animator and voice-over artist while Robare is a music producer and musician who is a member of many different bands including Rare Spirits, The Waysties, and The Rose West just to name a few. Kati and Robare both hail from Philadelphia, where this interview was recorded on location in their studio. With Matt, Kati chats about her ever-expanding voice-over...

Duration: 01:02:25

CC: Autographs Ep. #74 – Feat. Uncle Meg

Today, Matt welcomes Uncle Meg, a West Virginia born, Brooklyn-based transgender (FTM) rapper. With the release of his latest LP Bug, Uncle Meg chats with Matt about his influences and his writing process, from creating beats to penning lyrics. He also discusses what it was like to have made his transition in the glow of the internet, with some afterthoughts ranging from the public support offered by his friends, family, and fans, to the unique vulnerability of the experience. And so, from...

Duration: 00:31:03

CC: Autographs Ep. #73 – Feat. Theblerdgurl

Today, Matt welcomes Karama, a.k.a. Theblerdgurl, a blogger, YouTuber, and internet powerhouse hailing from Brooklyn, New York. With Matt, Karama chats about the origins of Theblerdgurl and how it grew from its humble beginnings as a Tumblr blog to the full-fledged nerd-devoted website it is today. They discuss her childhood and how her upbringing taught her to think differently. They discuss her many experiences at conventions and what it's like to meet your idols, the culture of social...

Duration: 00:53:51

CC: Autographs Ep. #72 – Feat. Bunny Buxom

This week, Matt welcomes Bunny Buxom, a burlesque producer, performer, singer, and activist hailing from Queens, NY. Producer of many shows in the NYC area including Talons and Tease, Resistance, and Rabbit Hole Presents, Bunny chats about her earliest memories involving the pursuit of burlesque and her transition into making it a full-time career. She describes the origins of Rabbit Hole Productions and explains how important it was for her to create a space that promoted feminism, body...

Duration: 01:11:04

CC: Autographs Ep. #71 – Feat. Viktor Devonne

Today, Matt welcomes Viktor Devonne, burlesque producer and performer hailing from Jersey City. Producer of White Elephant Burlesque, held at Rockbar NYC every Wednesday at 8:30pm, Viktor chats about his roots in burlesque having been born of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. With Matt, he discusses the origins of White Elephant Burlesque, what it's like to run a weekly show, and what goes into making that a success. He also explains how he produces his performances, where he draws...

Duration: 01:05:28

CC: Autographs Ep. #70 – Feat. Fancy Feast

Today, Matt welcomes burlesque producer and performer extraordinaire Fancy Feast, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Creator of the Coney Island show "Maim That Tune" and co-producer of the Fuck You Revue, Fancy Feast discusses her origins in burlesque and how her craft has evolved over the years. She also chats about some unconventional performances, how performing is sometimes just for the performer, and also what it's like to cultivate an audience. And so, from and her day job at Babeland to...

Duration: 01:09:47

CC: Autographs Ep. #69 – Feat. Fernando Pacheco

Today, Matt welcomes Fernando Pacheco, a professional photographer living in New York City whose work can be found at With Matt, Fernando discusses his earliest memories of being interested in art and photography, and about how moving around a lot as child (and moving to the U.S. at a young age) has shaped him and his art. They also chat about how he found a day job in the arts as a product photographer, how phone cameras and the existence of apps like Instagram...

Duration: 00:44:02

CC: Autographs Ep. #68 – Feat. Mischief Night

Today, Matt welcomes Marcus Kitchen, Mallory Feuer, and Andy Siegel, the three members of the band Mischief Night. A psychedelic rock band from Brooklyn, NY, Mischief Night has a new music video out for the song "With Me, Now!", the second single off their newest album, The Great American Worm, to be released this April. Among discussing the band's musical beginnings, as well as the numerous other projects they are currently involved with, Marcus goes into great detail about the process of...

Duration: 00:40:43

CC: Autographs Ep. #67 – Feat. Rachel Schenk

Today, Matt welcomes Rachel Schenk, a musician, comedian, and actress hailing from Astoria, Queens. Rachel is no stranger to the world of Crash Chords; she appeared in ep. #95 (with bandmate Mark Robert Turner) as a member of the comedy music duo Afterbirth Monkey, and also in ep. #166 as herself. With Matt, Rachel chats about her newest day job working for The Ride NYC, her chance discovery that she can freestyle rap, and also about her growth as an artist. They also chat about her newest...

Duration: 00:55:48

CC: Autographs Ep. #66 – Feat. Amy Leland

Today Matt welcomes Amy Leland, a writer, director, and video editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Having written and directed a short film called Echoes, Amy is currently working on a documentary about tap dancer and teacher Sarah Petronio. With Matt, Amy chats about how each project came to be and about her past experience both directing and video editing. They also talk about how she got started in the arts, her plans for the future, and what it's like having a day job that both supports and...

Duration: 01:11:21

CC: Autographs Ep. #65 – Feat. Stache Novak

Today Matt welcomes Stache Novak, a burlesque dancer, host and everyman hailing from parts unknown but currently living in NYC. Having met Stache through his cousin (the delightful Matthew Holtzclaw) Matt and Stache discuss his love of dance and how his show at The Slipper Room in NYC---Stache Novak's Midnight Fingers---came to be. Stache lays it bare as they discuss his questionable choices and carefree lifestyle. They also get into his sensitive side and go deep into his upbringing,...

Duration: 00:33:06

CC: Autographs Ep. #64 – Feat. Ngozi Anyanwu

Today Matt welcomes playwright, actor, and producer Ngozi Anyanwu. Writer of the play Good Grief, which starts its run in LA at the end of February, Ngozi is also one of the producers of the NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival. She has also acted in Mysteries of Laura, Limitless, and Law & Order: SVU just to name a few. With Matt, Ngozi chats about how Good Grief came to be and also how she began writing---specifically playwriting. They chat about the origins of the NOW AFRICA: Playwrights...

Duration: 01:07:05

CC: Autographs Ep. #63 – Feat. Cyn Factory Burlesque

Today Matt welcomes the core members of Cyn Factory Burlesque, producers/performers Mary Cyn, Sarah Tops, and Johnny Caligula, and performer Dick Move. All hailing from New York, New York, the guests share their stories on how Cyn Factory started and how each member joined the group. Mary chats about the other shows she has produced including Original Cyn and Epic Win Burlesque; Dick and Johnny chat about how they found their dynamic in sharing the stage as hosts; and they all share some...

Duration: 01:37:05

CC: Autographs Ep. #62 – Feat. Gary O

Today Matt welcomes Gary O: podcaster, producer, and nerd hailing from NYC. As the holidays are upon us, this episode of Autographs is a bit more casual with Matt and Gary delving into a lengthy conversation on pop culture as a whole. They chat about Gary's experience with conventions, interviews, and creating content; they chat about his previous appearance on the Crash Chords Podcast; and then they cover the top 10 movies of 2016 according to Box Office Mojo. And so, from Disney, to...

Duration: 01:37:27

CC: Autographs Ep. #61 – Feat. Jeff Baker

Today, Matt welcomes Jeff Baker, a pop singer/songwriter hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Jeff's latest single---the "I Am" single---was recently released with an accompanying lyric video. In addition to YouTube, you can sample Jeff's music on Soundcloud. With Matt, Jeff chats about his origins in pop punk and his decision to go solo. He also chats about the time he spent overseas in Thailand and how the music scene differs in that part of the world. And finally, he discusses his plan to release...

Duration: 00:46:31

CC: Autographs Ep. #60 – Feat. Magical Girl Burlesque

In the mood for some girl empowerment? And girls? Well today, Matt welcomes Raina Sinclair, Betty Brash, and Paige Literati as the three producers of Magical Girl Burlesque (and as performers in their own right). Inspired by a genre of manga that focuses on the power and inner strength of girls and women, Magical Girl Burlesque joins Matt to discuss their origins as a burlesque troupe and how they all got their start, individually. From the details on how they create their acts, to...

Duration: 00:55:40

CC: Autographs Ep. #59 – Feat. Three Pints Shy

Today, Matt interviews all four members of the band Three Pints Shy---Jonathan Siregaar, David Anthony, Robbie Taylor, and David Mikofsky---all who identify themselves as a Celtic pub band from New York. With their latest release The Burlap Album now available, Matt chats with the guys on their band origins and their music & performance background. They also chat about their live shows, their songwriting process, and the fun they have with friends and fans. And so, here's presenting Matt...

Duration: 01:09:24

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