I haven't mentioned this in a while, but I do a radio show with the amazing Mike Edison. It's called The Mike & Judy Show and it's on Heritage Radio Network, straight outta Bushwick. (I just thought that sounded tough—we actually have a studio in the back of Roberta's restaurant. You can get a nice Riesling and organic veggies—not hardcore at all.) We go live at 2pm on Sundays for the finest half hour in internet radio.
Above you see my friends Freshkills. They came to the studio, played some music, and were highly entertaining. Zack and Mishka are both accomplished writers and you can buy their stuff by clicking on their names. For about three more days, their latest release, Raise Up the Sheets for five bucks on Amazon. We've also played host to Gary Lucas, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Cudzoo (sans Fagettes), Reid Paley, B from STFU Parents, and a host of other luminaries.
I just finished Mishka's third Kindle Single, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, and it's kind of stuck in my head. I've read and really liked the other stuff he's written, but this one was so disturbing, so creepy! If the genders had been reversed, it would've been outright terrifying, but . . . well, I don't want to give anything away. If you have a Kindle, you should buy it. It's only two bucks! I have to get in on this Kindle Singles game.
This week we welcome Carolita Johnson, who's not only a cartoonist for the New Yorker, but a truly amazing writer; hilarious yet also heartfelt, she's my favorite part of The Hairpin and I can't wait to read her book (once she writes it). It's so nice to get excited about books again, especially after reading the disastrous Mike Doughty memoir, The Book of Drugs. Oy. I know it got pretty good reviews, but I was completely disappointed. Page after page filled with complaints about shitty bandmates and thousands of words spent bemoaning what could've been if he'd been unencumbered by the people he got famous alongside. So bitter I could taste it. I need to go re-read some Redmond O'Hanlon or Jackie Susann to cleanse my palate.
In other news, I still write my Seattle Weekly column, I have a piece coming out in Cosmo (!!!) next month and my new book, The Official Book of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Lists comes out in June. You can pre-order it here or here!