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Ep. #299: Jay Ryan

Jay Ryan is a respected and prolific screenprint poster artist who is based in Chicago, Illinois. He has been making screenprinted concert posters for some of the world’s greatest bands and musicians and festivals for over 20 years and runs his own print shop called the Bird Machine. He has served as vice-president of the American Poster Institute and hailed as a cultural hero by Time Out Chicago. Akashic Books has just published No One Told Me Not to Do This, the third volume of Ryan’s work, annotating and compiling selected screenprints created between 2009 and 2015. I first obtained one of Ryan’s prints when I went to see Fugazi, Shellac, and Blonde Redhead play the Congress Theatre in Chicago on Friday May 8, 1998 and collected two more of his prints on subsequent trips to the city in 2001 and 2006. I’m a fan; we arranged to chat about his work a couple of weeks ago. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Related links: thebirdmachine.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #49: Howe Gelb

Howe Gelb is an immensely prolific and well-respected musician, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Tucson, Arizona. In the mid-1980s, Gelb founded a music collective called Giant Sand, which began a vast slew of collaborations that he continues to this day. Aside from Giant Sand, he’s operated under Arizona Amp and Alternator, The Band of Blanky Ranchette, OP8 and under his own name. The latest Howe Gelb record is a lovely and evocative one called The Coincidentalist and features an all-star guest list, including Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums, M. Ward on guitar, and featured appearances by the likes of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, KT Tunstall, Andrew Bird, and Jon Rauhouse. The Coincidentalist is available now via New West Records and here Howe and I discuss why things are weird in the desert, time, coincidences, his initial interest in music, why he thought I was Jian Ghomeshi, his penchant for collaboration, the song “The Coincidentalist,” and much more.

Related links: howegelb.com newwestrecords.com vishkhanna.com

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