Rank #1: Solecast: Insights From The Implosion of The Tradionalist Workers Party w/ Chris of Unicorn Riot
An in-depth discussion w/ Chris of Unicorn Riot about what was uncovered in a treasure trove of internal communications on Discord servers that Unicorn Riot leaked. The Unicorn Riot report details a year of the inner workers of one of the most visible & violent neo-nazi groups in the US.
In this interview we talk about:
- The ways white supremacists/neo nazis organize and recruit - Troubling discussions about white sharia, fondness for mass killers like Dylan Roof, and open discussions of violent acts. - Members of the TWP openly collaborating with the Atomwaffen Division, a NEO Nazi group that openly promotes acts of "terror." - How groups like TWP are using leftist rhetoric to appeal to the "white working class" - TWP is a FEC recognized political party, andt heir legal support of William Planer, (a white supremacist who allegedly stabbed anti-fascists in Sacramento) possibly constitutes a legal breach. - How the group was brought down by a strange love triangle - Who these people are, what they believe and why people like them can not be ignored
Apr 16 2018
Rank #2: Solecast w/ Cindy Milstein : Confronting the Despair of the 21st Century
For the season 2 premiere of the solecast i sit down with Cindy Milstein to talk about some recent themes they’ve been putting out through various talks and writings over the past year. Cindy talks about the resurgence of Jewish anarchist organizing in the states and its relation to the upswing of anti-Semitism we have seen in the past few years. We explore the themes of a panel Cindy did with Aaron Lakof and Charmagne Kahn at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair in 2019 entitled “From Another World Is Possible to the Possible End of the World.” We talk about the despair of these times and how to think about building a foundation in which cultures of resistance can thrive. Cindy addresses the machismo within radical circles, under representation of marginalized voices within the anarchist podcast world, and the importance of care/mutual aid. We also address the concept of revolution and scale and why various forms of infrastructure are key to sustaining revolutionary movements.
Be on the look-out for Cindy’s forthcoming anthology on AK Press Deciding For Ourselves (The Promise Of Direct Democracy) and check out our preview interview about Rebellious Mourning.
Jan 02 2020
Rank #3: Solecast: Anarchist Movement Building With Its Going Down
Todays solecast is an in-depth discussion with an editor from Its Going Down.
IGD just launched a new anarchist news podcast called “This is America,” which is meant to be a short, every-other-day digest of anarchist analysis and activity. Check it out.
In this episode have a wide ranging discussion about what anarchist & anti-authoritarian resistance has looked like under Trump and potential paths for the future. We talk about lessons learned from J20, Standing Rock, Prison Strikes, Airport Shutdowns and more. We talk about the things anarchists have done with disaster relief, anti-fascism and pipeline blockades. We discuss certain modes of resistance that people might be interested in replicating, whether its anarchist student groups, unions (like the Burgerville union) or The Black Rose Federation in LA helping to organize resistance against ICE Deportations. We also talk a little about media & ideology.
Jun 14 2018
Rank #4: Solecast: A Conversation About Desert w/ Alfredo of Occupied Southwest Distro
This is a good conversation to have at the end of a strange year. For this episode I am joined by Alfredo of Occupied Southwest Distro to have a wide ranging conversation picking up on the themes in the book Desert. Desert is an anonymously written book which offers a sober assessment of our current material conditions and urges us to toss out-dated thinking aside. In light of the challenges and time tables put on us by climate change what are the revolutionary prospects? What does it mean to be an anarchist or revolutionary in the anthropocene? The book offers a number of ways to analyze the situation and our practices, we talk about how its informed our thinking as long term organizers and informed our current efforts.
You can read/download Desert for free here.
Dec 13 2019
Rank #5: Propaganda By The Seed : "Stinging Nettle" w/ Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery
In this episode of the Solecast “plant of the month” series we will be talking about Stinging Nettle. While hated by many, Nettles are highly valuable to those that can appreciate their many positive attributes. Stinging Nettle is an herbaceous perennial that is found all over the world. They have been used throughout history as a medicine, a food source, for fiber, cordage and ceremonies. We talk about how they grow, how to propagate them, how to cook with the leaves and some of their other uses. For some nettle photos checkout the Edgewood Nursery instagram.
This episode is sponsored by Edgewood Nursery, producing unusual edible plants in a regenerative permaculture system in so called Falmouth, Maine. Check out our online storefront and use the code "SOLECAST" at checkout for 10% off your order. While Nettle plants are not available at the time we release this episode, they are available any time the ground isn't frozen at the nursery and can be found at this page.
Outro Music “Like Weeds” by Yacht Communism (Formerly His Hero Is Gone)
Jan 09 2020
Rank #6: Solecast w/ Two Paychecks Podcast on Music, Happiness & Survival
Jan 11 2019
Rank #7: Solecast w/ Ceschi on Sad Fat Luck
In this episode of the Solecast I speak with my longtime friend Ceschi. I really can’t say enough good things about this guy, when my career was in the dumps his label had my back and brought me back from the dead… He has gone on to make some of my favorite music to come out of the indy rap scene and is a one of a kind performer blending rap, punk and folks into a unique and compelling package. In 2019 he is releasing a trilogy of records and then ending the “ceschi” monicker, so like our coastal island cities and marginal desert eco systems… catch it before its gone!
In this conversation we cover a lot of ground. We talk about his roots in the bay area, his motivations, his relationship to revolutionary politics and why he does what he does. We discuss how his experience in prison has made him a more empathetic person and he gets into his criticisms of the left, the right and these sick modern times. We talk about race, indie hip hop, Marxism, his label Fake Four and so much more. We close the interview with some live performances from his forthcoming projects.
his new record Sad Fad Luck is available at sadfatluck.com
Mar 28 2019
Rank #8: Solecast: w/ Abby Martin on Propaganda, Grassroots Journalism & The American Empire Under Trump.
In this episode of the solecast I chat with Abby Martin of The Empire Files. Abby is a grassroots independent journalist who has worked previously for RT, Telesur and helped found Media Roots. Her show Empire Files does in depth analysis on the US empire with wide ranging guests from Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Chris Hedges, and Noam Chomsky to name a few. Due to US sanctions on Venezuela Telesur’s funding of Empire Files was cut off so now they continue that work and are a 100% viewer funded operation. This is a wide ranging and at times funny conversation with some huge takeaways. There were many things Abby articulated in this interview I’ve never heard articulated elsewhere. Abby’s vantage point has given her a one of kind approach and analysis that you will not hear anywhere else.
In this podcast we discuss:
How the “fake new” narrative has negatively impacts independent journalists
The ways corporate media algorithms & clickbait are shaping our world
Making sense of Donald Trump’s foreign policy
The strange evolution of conspiracy culture
A recent historical backdrop to the Venezuela situation and her recent personal experiences there
How NGO funding models impacts “independent media”
The importance of art and nature to remain grounded in the fight
Feb 21 2019
Rank #9: Solecast w/ Phil Neel on Hinterland: America's New Geography of Class and Conflict
In this episode of the solecast I speak with Phil Neel. Phil is the author of Hinterland, a new book out on University of Chicago Press that examines what class conflict looks like as we zoom outward from the financial hubs and downtowns to the rural, suburban and exurban communities. In this conversation we talk about how logistics function on a global scale as capital has become diffuse and what this says about the way our system functions. Phil talks about places like Ferguson and Anaheim as examples, and gives context as to why things break down in these locations and what it means for the present & future. We talk about climate disaster, the nuances of so called “Trump Country”, and the importance of analyzing data instead of projecting our own ideas onto situations. We end the conversation with some take-aways from the book and how it can inform our thinking (and our actions).
Apr 11 2019
Rank #10: Solecast w/ Carla Bergman & Nick Montgomery on Joyful Militancy
This episode of the solecast I chat with Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery about their new(ish) book out on AK Press, “Joyful Militancy.” This book is a critical examination of the toxicity that seems to be so common within activist subculture. They talk about the (potential) influences that schooling, religion, hierarchy, and empire has on our lives and how it can even seep into our organizing. The text is full of nuance and offers many pathways for how we can look at and work through these tendencies within ourselves, our spaces and our communities. They talk about how militant joy, art, and practices that empower us all to thrive can make our movements stronger and healthier. This book is a must read and The Solecast highly recommends this for reading groups to open up conversations on how we can rid ourselves of rigid radicalism, and open up the possibilities for joyful militancy.
For more info visit JoyfulMilitancy.com
Carla is also a filmmaker, check out the Emma Talks video series she talked about in the interview at EmmaTalks.org
Feb 08 2019
Rank #11: Solecast 28 w/ Franco "Bifo" Berardi on Capitalism, Mass Killings, Suicide & Alienation
In depth discussion with Italian Autonomist/ Philosopher Franco "Bifo" Berardi on his book Heroes. Franco is the author of over 2 dozen books, played a deep role in the Autonomia movement in the 70s and helped found Radio Alice one of the first pirate radio stations in Italy. Heroes is a groundbreaking exploration of the links between capitalism, alienation, mass killings and suicide.
Topics of discussion:
- Mass killings & the society of the spectacle
- The relationship between ISIS & alienation
- Nihilism as the prevailing ideology of our times
- Black Lives Matter vs Black Power
- The crisis of the white race & patriarchy
- Neuroplasticity & The coming techno fascism
Aug 26 2016
Rank #12: Food Autonomy: Around The World in 80 Plants w/ Stephen Barstow
This episode of the Solecast I sit down with Stephen Barstow, aka The Extreme Salad Man to talk about his work documenting and popularizing rare edible plants. We are also joined by Aaron Parker from Edgewood Nursery who introduced me to Stephen's work and also grows and sells a lot of these plants.
In this conversation we talk about his book "Around the World In 80 Plants," his website Edimentals.com and his lifelong quest to research, catalogue, grow and experiment with thousands of rare edible plants from around the world. We get into his origin story as a vegetarian in meat-centric Norway uncovering the growing potentials in his region through foraging. He talks about his travels around the world learning about how these plants are grown, used and then bringing those plants home to cultivate. For anyone who is bored with growing the same old shit, or interested in permaculture/forest farming his work is inspiring, informative and coverers a much wider range of vegetables then are commonly discussed in permaculture and market farming.
My guest co-host for this interview, Aaron from Edgewood Nursery sells a lot of the plants and seeds for the perennial plants that Stephen promotes, check out his website at EdgewoodNursery.com.
May 23 2019
Rank #13: Solecast w/ Radical Underground On Let Them Eat Sand
This is an interview I did on Radical Underground Podcast about my new album. Radical Underground is a global music podcast that highlights revolutionary music from around the world. Old supporters were quick to comment that this is one of the best interviews they've heard me do, these folks asked in depth questions based around the lyrics and what they understand/share politically about my work. We spent most of the interview really digging into the themes and inspirations behind the album and also talked about the creative process on how the songs were written and the beats were made. Highly informative and fun conversation with one of my favorite podcasts.
Feb 13 2018
Rank #14: Re-air of Sole On Rev Left Radio: "No God Nor Country" Radical Rap in the Anthropocene
Nov 21 2019
Rank #15: Food Autonomy: Will Bonsall on Vegan Homesteading & Radical Self Reliance
In this episode of the solecast i speak with Will Bonsall about his book “Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide To Radical Self Reliance” and discuss ideas on vegan homesteading and “sustainability.” Will is a pioneer of “veganic” farming which is very similar to permaculture farming practices but without animals and focusing mostly on staple crops. We talk about some of his favorite companion planting pairs for growing things like carrots, onions, beans etc. We also talk about the Scatterseed Project which is dedicated to preserving heirloom seeds and promoting them. We also chat a bit about his fantasy novel, Through The Eyes Of A Stranger that imagine a more ecological society, and how that informs his approach to life(and vice versa). This is a great interview for anyone interested in farming, living off the land and self reliance. If you are vegan/vegetarian and you’ve been hearing your whole life that when capitalism ends you’ll have to eat deer, Will’s work is proof that another way is possible.
Apr 25 2019
Rank #16: SOLECAST W/ TELEVANGEL ON ANTHROPOCENE BLUES EMERGENCY HEART AND WE DREAM OF DRONES
Today on the Solecast I'm interview Televangel formerly of Blue Sky Black Death. Televangel is a beatmaker/composer from Oakland currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Unlike most artists I bring on the Solecast to talk about their work and their politics, Televangel does it with his instrumental music, not vocals.
In this interview we discuss the origins of his project and the general concept behind it. We also talk about the themes he explores in his work; drone warfare, the anthrocene, crisis & mutual aid. We also talk about his path to radical politics and how the internet can be a critical tool for political education.
Televangel's new album Emergency Hearts is available on bandcamp and spotify.
Nov 14 2019
Rank #17: Food Autonomy w/ Evan Doukas: How To Build A Climate Battery Greenhouse
In todays episode i will be doing an in-depth “how to” episode with my homey Evan Doukas from Colorado. Evan is a preacher, a permaculturist, a father, a musician and also publishes homesteading/permaculture videos through his youtube channel, The Colorado Garden. In this episode Evan breaks down how to build a “Climate Battery Greenhouse” step-by-step. A climate battery greenhouse uses the heat from the earth to grow fruits and veggies from tropical & mediterranean regions in temperate climates. For more information check out Evan’s youtube page documenting his work with his. For more background info on these check out this prior Solecast with Stephanie Syson from Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute.
Jun 20 2019
Rank #18: Food Autonomy w/ Aaron Parker on on "Unusual" Trees, Tree Care & Creating Polycultures For Food Forests
On this episode of the Solecast I talk with Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nurseries about some unusual edible trees to use in your backyard garden, orchard or food forest. We get in depth about tree care, disease resistance, picking which species of trees to grow in your area and how to propagate them. This is a long interview, he answers some audience questions about growing fruit trees, controlling pests and dealing with water distribution. He also lays out his approach to creating polycultures of mutually beneficial plants for trees. This is the second time Aaron has been on the Solecast, last time we talked about perennial veggies. To order some seeds, trees or plants hit him up at Edgewood Nursery Online Store and follow him on the gram. In this episode I premiere a mellow new track “Measuring My Cage” from my upcoming album Destituent, that is available for pre-order here.
Jan 24 2019
Rank #19: Solecast w/ Lee Reed: Rapping & Organizing Against The Apocalypse
In this episode of the Solecast I speak with Lee Reed. We talk about his new album “Before & Aftermath” out now on Strange Famous record and his previous album “Steal City” EP which was a benefit for the Hamilton Tenants Union. Lee is one of the longest working rappers in Canada and has a unique and often aggressive rapping style consisting of anti-capitalist prose, well researched topical concept songs shining light on the excesses of capital and people fighting back over updated boom bap style beats. This is a fun conversation between two rapper homies, we talk about everything from economic collapse to why some Canadian rappers have the strangest names. He is about to embark on his first European tour w/ Kay The Aquanot, if you’re on that side of the pond check them out.
May 09 2019
Rank #20: 2019 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Panel w/ From Embers, Solecast, Intersection'elle & The Rebel Beat
This episode of the Solecast is a re-air from Podcast panel at the 2019 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. This panel was hosted by Mugs and its participants were From Embers, Rebel Beat / Changing On The Fly, Intersection’elle, and myself. We discussed anarchist podcasts in general, their role in the movement, Channel Zero, and the sort of feedback we have gotten from our projects. The conversation took some interesting philosophical turns as we talked about privacy, identity and alienation, among other subjects. We also got some great questions from people in the audience about prison abolition, starting a new podcast and how to handle the feedback and permission of interviewees. Much love to the Montreal for hosting this awesome discussion and for its amazing work keeping this vital infrastructure going for 20 years!
Jun 06 2019