Episode Three: Joe Meno

Chicago author Joe Meno joined us for a live recording of Labor at Chicago’s City Lit Books in Logan Square on a gorgeous Saturday, August 3rd.  Joe is a highly-regarded author whose novels have garnered acclaim from the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.  Topics discussed include little kids, deadlines, getting lost in the woods, and the notion that Fun is for Assholes.  Which it kinda is.

Track List: “Outskirts” from Discontinued Perfume, “Jobsworth,” from the new record; “Moon Sickness” from the new record.  (New record out 11/12 on Hometapes).

Episode Two: Jesse Jarnow

On an incredibly hot night in July, Michael, Dave, and Matt sat down with author Jesse Jarnow at Splitty in Brooklyn and talk about writing, the New York Mets, Yo La Tengo, the Dead, Johnny Bench, and socialism, in no particular order.  Matt also makes a masturbation joke at Michael’s expense, but he takes it well.  Jesse is the author of Big Day Coming, Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham) and the upcoming Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America (Da Capo).

Track List: “The Declarative” from Discontinued Perfume, “I Haven’t Given Up Hoping,” from the new record, due fall 2013; “Jobsworth,” from the new record; “Imitation Air,” from the new record; “Mr. Let’s Find Out,” from Discontinued Perfume.

Episode One: Jonathan Evison

Michael and author Jonathan Evison sit down at DC’s Comet Ping-Pong and discuss, amongst other things, songwriting vs. writing novels, community and how it’s better than fascism, drinking, first novels not actually being your first novel, ADD, and how failure is more important than success.

Praise for Jonathan’s most recent novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving:

“A most stealthily powerful novel…so poignant yet improbably funny.”
-Janet Maslin
The New York Times

Track List: “Lands & Grooves,” from Discontinued Perfume, “Artists in Exile,” also from Discontinued Perfume; “The Truth Hurts Jamie Green,” from Plastic Explosives; “On the Use of Mirrors in the Game of Chess,” also from Plastic Explosives