Starting around Rosh Hashanah 2016 and culminating a day after Hanukkah ended, I bootlegged my own audiobook as a present for my grandma because she can't see too good anymore and I didn't want her to have to hear the shmuck my publishers hired read my book. Then I put it up on Bandcamp so people besides her can hear it too. This was very fun to record and I think I did a good job even if I made some mistakes and some of the self-conscious asides are too long. Cover art is from my dear friend Yusuke Okada's Neu Yorker series.
"In his podcast, Radio Harvester, Colin Atrophy Hagendorf interviews fellow WEIRDOS, and FREAKS in their favorite pizzerias. This show is a must listen for all Punks, Skins, Rudes, Weirdos, Freakniks, Grease Balls, Dirt Brains, Bad Gas Bad Acne Having Ass Losers and all other Counterculture Types and General Roustabouts. NO COPS! NO CREEPS! PEACE IN THE PIZZERIA!"
ITUNES // STITCHR // SOUNDCLOUD
Check out some of my favorite episodes below:
This month I sat down with Ted Leo over a giant vegan pizza and we talked about his punk roots in Jersey, why going to college is stupid, how to dress well as you get older, Skrewdriver records, touring, etc, etc etc. Ted is a handsome mensch who makes good music and you should listen to what he has to say! He has a new record he's kickstarting, so bless him with some cash. If you're wondering why we didn't talk about the current political climate it's because this interview happened a long ass time ago! Luckily, Ted was on This Week In Atrocity last week talking about the artist's place in the current political climate and it's a great convo, so if you can't get enough of the man TL, listen to that.
Brontez Purnell (of Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!, The Brontez Purnell Dance Company, author of F*g School and co-author of The Cruising Diaries with Janelle Hessig) talks to Colin about growing up queer and black in the Deep South, finding punk, his familial history in Oakland, studying and performing dance as an extension of punk performance plus talks mad shit on white garage rock douchebags and everyone else from Alabama.
This month I sat down with Osa Atoe of Shotgun Seamstress fanzine! She is so cool and smart and it was really cool to hang out with her. We talk about Shotgun Seamstress, Osa's zine "by, for, and about black punks," and the complicated, sometimes conflicted relationship between Osa's black identity and her punk identity. It's not all somber or serious! We laugh a bunch and it's a really complex and enlightening conversation. Check out Osa's website, please!
This month I sat down with my hero Tom Scharpling of the Best Show. I'm just gonna let this interview speak for itself. If you're unfamiliar with Tom's work, head to http://www.thebestshow.net and check it out. He's a force of nature, this guy.
It is SHOCKING that Golnar and I had never actually met before this interview. We have all the same friends, we're the same age, both spent our teens lurking at No Rio, I used to go to shows at her old house Jane Doe when I was in my early 20s. And Golnar is as cool as it is weird that we didn't already know each other (very cool). During this interview Golnar claims to be the only punk. We also discuss the pros and cons of growing up in the 90s vs. growing up on the Internet, Golnar's time as coordinator of Maximum Rocknroll, and B|ta'arof the Iranian culture magazine that she edits now. We don't talk about Golnar's band In School, but check them out, they shred. I neglected to mention this in the actual recording because I'm a dunce, but we ate at Louie's Pizzeria on Baxter Ave in Elmhurst and the pizza was fucking GREAT.
Xara Thustra is the first ever stranger I interviewed, and I feel super lucky it was her! He is a true freaker artist in San Francisco who has collaborated with a ton of my friends and we got to eat fancy pizza and talk about toxic masculinity, the culture of The Streets, how dancing can improve your life. Visit their website, please: www.xarathustra.com.
Cristy Road! We have been penpals for 16 years and actual homegirls since whenever she finally moved to New York. We talked about being punk teens with punk zines, growing up, queer identity in the pop punk scene. Visit croadcore.org for more info!
Sue Jeiven of East River Tattoo, maybe the only truly punk tattoo shop in the world, talks about tattoos, taxidermy, and dealing with terminal illness. Check out some of her work here.