Bayard Winthrop, founder & CEO of American Giant

We catch up with Bayard Winthrop. He’s the founder and CEO of American Giant, a San Francisco-based clothing company that specializes in a) making stuff really well, and b) making it in the USA. American Giant has been going for about 10 years now, but before that Bayard ran Chrome, Freeboard, Atlas Snowshoe, and in the heady days of the dot com boom, was the President and CEO of WebChat, which was a big online community that was acquired by Infoseek right before AOL started dominating that space. …


Yesterday I heard the news that activist, historian, and prominent Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim was found murdered in south Lebanon. I hadn’t heard his name in years, but when I did I was immediately taken back to 2012, when I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours recording an on-camera interview with Lokman at The Hangar in Dahiyeh, a predominantly Shia suburb of Beirut.

As is often the way with documentary, only a few sound bites were used in the final product, which no longer appears to be online. So I thought I’d dust off the raw transcript…


L to R: Pierre Kezdy, John Haggerty, Eric Spicer, Jeff Pezzati

We hang out with Jeff Pezzati, singer of Chicago punk legends Naked Raygun and talk about all of the things: AC/DC, UFO, Big Black, comic books, Philip Jose Farmer, HVAC, Condor, and the forthcoming Naked Raygun studio album.

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Naked…


DJ D-Mac and Melody Nelson

We spend a delightful afternoon day drinking and playing our favorite holiday songs with founder of the OG Washington DC chapter of The Modernist Society, Daryle Maciocha (AKA DJ D-Mac). Obscure tracks played and discussed! Arguments had! Digressions… digressed! This is how all Zoom meetings should be.

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Kevin Kelly (Photo: Christopher Michel)

We talk with Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired magazine, former publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Catalogs, and co-founder of the Hackers’ Conference. Instead of talking to Kevin about AI, AR, or any of the other technological forces that are shaping our future, we take him back to 1988 to revisit one of his lesser-known books: Signal: Communications Tools for the Information Age. It’s a big, paperback, counter cultural handbook on self-empowerment, DIY education, and harnessing technology at a time when normal people did not know what the internet was.

We also talk to Kevin about his first trip…


IXNAY PAC teams up with a “coalition of the witching” to defeat Donald Trump

The IXNAY sigil

For the first time in the history of American politics, a super PAC is utilizing witchcraft in a presidential election. IXNAY PAC, an anti-Trump political action committee, has teamed up with transgressive artist and practitioner of the occult, Shane Bugbee, to create a “sigil” that will help bring about Donald Trump’s defeat at the polls.

A sigil is a symbol that practitioners of chaos magic design to represent a desired outcome. Once charged, a sigil is traditionally put to work by experienced witches in elaborate rituals…


Missing Fits-era photo of The Goblins

We talk to The Phantom Creeper and Dom Nation of legendary masked Chicago rock band, The Goblins. Will their secret identities finally be revealed? To be honest… no. But you’ll want to tune in for this short but sweet chat with these American icons.

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Jake Austen & Eric “Dutchie” Ottens, back in the day.

In this episode, we talk to a couple of Chicago countercultural heroes: Jake Austen and Joe Losurdo. Jake is best known for his long-running Roctober zine and Chic-a-Go-Go public access program. Joe is a hardcore legend, having sung and played bass for Life Sentence in the late 80s and with his wife Cristina runs Regressive Films, which brought us the wonderful documentary on the first wave of Chicago punk titled You Weren’t There.


We talk with Michael Bradley of The Undertones about what it’s like being in ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER, what Bono did for Ireland, and that time they covered a Skrewdriver song. Michael is also the host of The Mickey Bradley Record Show on BBC Radio Ulster, and the author of Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone.


In episode “ate” of The Modernist Society, we talk about cooking with puns, punk rock, and post coronavirus food culture with recipe zinester Frank Davis of Bushwick Grill Club.

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Bushwick Grill Club — blog

Bushwick Grill club — shop (buy Frank’s recipe…

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