‘Clocking People- An Original Idea’ (Moshin Hamid’s Exit West)

On this very special episode, I come up with a far better idea than podcasting: a Youtube series in which an Australian Death Metal vocalist who wears a grandfather clock on his head runs around town headbutting people. Like, really giving it to them. Unfortunately, to get this million dollar original idea (do not steal it) I had to slog through Moshin Hamid’s Exit West, a very bad book. I also talk about portals, firearms, the Turkish assault on Afrin, the Spanish Civil War, why I had to read Roland Barthes eight times instead of Hemmingway, and I reveal the best vocalist in all of extreme music.

Music by Portal: https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/ion

And the body: https://thebody.bandcamp.com/album/i-have-fought-against-it-but-i-can-t-any-longer

Email me your nonsense at deathsentencepodcast@gmail.com


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The Vile Creature Interview

I talk to Vile Creature, an Ontarian blackened-sludge duo whose new album Cast of Static and Smoke also comes with a short story written by the band. So it’s like writing and metal. Which is what this show’s about. We also talk about roller derby, cookies, being sticky, online dating, Ursula K Le Guin, complicated metallurgy-based fantasy series, anti-oppressive politics, pets and Welsh racial identity.

You can listen to Vile Creature on Bandcamp: https://vilecreature.bandcamp.com/

And buy Cast of Static and Smoke when it’s released on March 7th on Halo of Flies.

The Sarah Podcast (Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book)

In this episode, I discuss what it means to be a Dirtbag in reference to Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book, and relate the true story of my high school years, when I found myself very much in love with a girl (Noelle), who I wanted to take to an Iron Maiden concert, even though she had a boyfriend, but who ended up taking *me* to an Iron Maiden concert in a heartwarming twist. I also talk about Ramen, porn theatres, atonal music, Chapo, Appalachia, academia and I read poetry like I’m fancy or something.

Music by Twilight Fauna: https://twilightfauna.bandcamp.com/

Read this thing here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/01/under-neoliberalism-you-can-be-your-own-tyrannical-boss

And buy The Sarah Book from Tyrant Books: https://nytyrant.com/collections/titles/products/pre-order-the-sarah-book-by-scott-mcclanahan

Blockchain Cryptocurrency Dolphin Sex Bitcoin (Alissa Nutting’s Made For Love)

THE FIRST PODCAST TO BE ENTIRELY ENCODED IN THE CRYPTO-BLOCKCHAIN OF BITCOIN, but is also about sex with dolphins, so there’s no reason to not give me all of your money. I’ll talk about Alissa Nutting (@alissanutting)’s book Made For Love, but also Large Adult Sons, prose style, why I had to be graded 69, orgies, molly, bitcoin, dank memes, dolphin sex, Aziz Ansari breaking my heart, initial coin offerings… and I issue more terrorist threats!

Music by Pink Mass: https://pinkmassnj.bandcamp.com/

and Vastum: https://vastum.bandcamp.com/

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Robot Nut Rising: Revengeance (Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous)

This week I read Autonomous by Annalee Newitz, and for once I actually enjoyed something. As always I ask the important questions: can robots nut? What doth capitalism? When everything can be owned… can robots nut? I also talk about Ready Player One, The Rapture of the Nerds, Metal Gear Solid, conventions of the Noir genre, my snow-plow guy, the politics of the X-men, capitalist realism and whether robots can nut.

Music by Artificial Brain: https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/infrared-horizon

and Rotting Sky: http://sentientruin.com/releases/rotting-sky-sedation

Follow me on @DeathSentencePC

The Calgary-Edmonton War of ’18 (Sebastian Junger’s Tribe)

Sebastian Junger is the author of War and The Perfect Storm and the director of the Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. He’s also bae af, but that’s neither here nor there. His short book Tribe kinda-almost argues against human civilization, so you know I’m into it. I’ll talk about Pirates, Native American torture practices, how to blow up a dam (it’s easier than you think!), the siege of Sarajevo, my plan to fix the city of Calgary through perpetual war with our rival city Edmonton, and I ask Mr. Junger if he would like to see Jumanji.

Music by Paroxysm (https://paroxysmofficial.bandcamp.com/album/paroxysm)

and Spectral Voice (https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/eroded-corridors-of-unbeing)

I also talk about this New York Times article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/18/the-case-against-civilization

A Margot in a World of Roberts

This episode was supposed to be about Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, but mid-way through reading Cat Person came out and the game changed. We’ll talk about viral fiction (trademarked term, please do not steal), feminism, consent, bad sex, moles, SCUBA diving, and trying to not be a Robert.

Music by Ragana and (https://ragana.bandcamp.com/) and Couch Slut (https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/contempt)

The Handmaid’s Fail (We are DEVO)

Louise Erdrich has won every literary award save for the Nobel over a long and distinguished career… and now she’s written a literary post-apocalypse book that does a lot of what The Handmaid’s Tale did in 1985, only worse and with dinosaurs. We’ll talk Catholicism, indigenous identity, the hashtag-resistance, dinosaurs, guns, the literary post-apocalypse genre that should have began and ended with The Road, dinosaurs, and we’ll reveal the long-suppressed truth about de-evolution!

Music by Jassa (https://jassa1227.bandcamp.com/) and Thantifaxath (https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/void-masquerading-as-matter)

American War (What Is It Good For?)

On the first ever episode of DEATH // SENTENCE, I’ll talk about American War, a buzzed-about novel from war reporter Omar El Akkad about a second American civil war that starts because gasoline gets banned. Really. We’ll cover the book’s confused morality, its over-wrought dialogue, Darth Vader, solar panel efficiency, tailgate parties, bio-terrorism and making the jack-off motion so hard that it removes a layer of skin.

Music from Trenchgrinder (https://trenchgrinder.bandcamp.com/) and Malefic Levitation (https://maleficlevitation.bandcamp.com/)