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Locust Radio is Locust Review’s monthly podcast on the weird, the political, and where they intersect in fiction, art, poetry and creativity. Hosted by editors Tish Turl and Adam Turl, Locust Radio features discussions of the radical weird, history and current events, interviews with artists, writers, and musicians, and readings of conceptual art, poetry and fiction. Read more at locustreview.com. To get bonus content and subscribe to Locust Review, support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon ...
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In this episode of Locust Radio, we read excerpts from Bertolt Brecht’s War Primer (1950); listen to readings from Locust Review (2022-2023) — R. Faze’s “My Body’s Portal to Another Dimension;” Adam Marks’ “Rites of Obodena;” and Tish Turl’s “Immortality Beaver” (Stink Ape Resurrection Primer). We also listen to music from Pet Mosquito, Omnia Sol, …
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Our first segment focuses on the history of socialism and science fiction (SF) in the early to mid-20th century United States, in particular the novels of George Allan England and the Popular Front SF of the Michelists in the 1930s and 1940s. Our second segment discusses the efforts of organizers in the Carbondale Assembly for Radical Equity (CARE)…
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In this Locust Radio “Special Report” — a preview of a segment from forthcoming episode twenty-one — we discuss organizing mutual aid and solidarity with trans and queer persons being forced to flee the increasingly draconian laws and regulations being put forward (and often passed) across the country. According to some studies, as many as 130,000 …
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In this episode, recorded downwind from an increasingly immolated Canada, we interview Alexander Billet, author of the book, Shake the City: Experiments in Space and Time, Music and Crisis from 1968 Press (2022). We discuss music, the city, cultural fragmentation and the accelerated alienation of neoliberal culture, the “blue note,” Fred Ho’s conce…
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In this episode of Locust Radio, Tish, Laura, and Adam discuss the theme of, and editorial for, Locust Review #10, “The Monsters Are Coming,” the social construction of the monstrous, the idea of “solidarity with monsters,” differentiating between “their” monsters and “ours,” and how every accusation from the far-right is an admission of guilt. We …
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In this episode we listen to music from the Whistle Pigs, These Magnificent Tapeworms, The Flowers of Evil, and Omnia Sol, and have readings of stories and poetry from Tish Turl, Donald A. Wolheim, and Adam Ray Adkins. And Tish, Adam, and Laura discuss collective social PTSD, the public freakouts Reddit, an increasing intolerability of daily life, …
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This is a preview of the second half of our Halloween episode. To hear the full episode become a Locust Review patron. In the second half of our Halloween episode our digital recording system continually glitches in a gesture of solidarity to help free us from the grip of capitalist machines. In between glitches we brainstorm about gothic and haunt…
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In this Halloween episode of Locust Radio, Tish and Adam discuss folk horror, folk devils, and ghosts, listen to music from Fat JackRabbit, Omnia Sol, Hans Predator, and Worthless Scarecrow, and hear poetry from Mike Linaweaver and Leslie Lea. Our co-host Laura Fair-Schulz was out sick and we look forward to their return in the next episode. Our di…
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For the second half of our show -- which first aired for Locust patrons on December 29, 2020 -- Tish Turl and Adam Ray Adkins share more of their work. Adam Turl, Tish Turl, and Alex Billet also talk with Omnia Sol and Adam Ray Adkins about Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and narrative conceptual art, and why the Peoria Cookie Monster mural is so much more…
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In this second half of episode three (originally posted to our Patrons in December, 2020) Adam, Tish, and Alex share some of our current writing and research, including a report on a much-overlooked group of writers who tried to claim sci-fi for communism in the 1930s, and an overview of the work of Hugo-nominated fantasy writer Chuck Tingle. You c…
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From the second half of our second episode — initially made available to our subscribers and patrons on December 11, 2020 — we discuss Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and Roger Corman’s 1964 film adaptation, in light of then-president Donald Trump catching Covid. We also read a few more answers from the Irrealist Workers Survey and ri…
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This is a preview/excerpt from the second half of Locust Radio 16. To get the full second-half subscribe to Locust or join our Patreon. In the second half of episode 16, Alex McIntyre, Tish Turl, Laura Fair-Schulz, and Adam Turl discuss demanding our mayors fight bears, abolishing Wednesdays, mildly amusing riots, exploding the continuum of history…
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Our guest this month is Alex McIntyre from the Irrealist Combat League, Revolutionary Education Distro, and formerly the Cooper Point Journal. We discuss the idea of politics as theater, the irrealist rejection of the world as-is, Leninist fan-fiction, theatrical action (in a Brechtian sense) vs. a capitalist digital gesamtkunstwerk, sectariana, “p…
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Our guest for the second half of Locust Radio episode 15 is our very own Alexander Billet. Alex is a writer, artist, and editor at Locust Review. They join us in the virtual Locust studio to discuss the editorial for Locust Review 8, “The Utopia Principle,” which Alex took the lead on writing. This is a compilation of excerpts from the episode. To …
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After the opening reading, a sketch based on an excerpt from the Stink Ape Resurrection Primer, Tish and Adam interview Ken LeBlanc, a rank-and-file member of the Main Street Carbondale, Illinois Starbucks union organizing committee. The Starbucks Workers United organizing effort went public in Carbondale in late May. LeBlanc discusses organizing, …
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This is an excerpt from the second half of Locust Radio episode 14. To get the full episode subscribe to Locust Review. In the second half of the episode, we continue to talk to Crystal Stella Becerril about making art as a human compulsion vs. making art for pleasure, how pleasure is distorted by capitalism, art and community, organizing for repro…
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Tish and Adam are joined by our new co-host Laura Fair-Schulz, our new co-producer Omnia Sol, and our guest, poet, writer, and comrade Crystal Stella Becerril. Crystal Stella Becerril collaborated for several years with Locust Radio co-producer Alexander Billet, Omnia, and Adam at the Red Wedge project in the 2010s. She is a freelance writer, podca…
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After Sewerbot rises into the city to take revenge on the surface meat, Tish and Adam talk to Locust collective member and artist Omnia Sol and their new album Sunshine Tapes. They discuss vaporwave, glitch art, NFTs (the “Funko Pops of digital art”), sabotage and strikes vs. scientific management/Taylorism as “glitch,” improvisation in glitch art,…
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In the second half of episode 12 — for patrons and subscribers only — Tish, Adam and Holly Lewis focus on questions of art, culture and individual subjectivity as they relate to the pandemic, the idea of the working-class seizing virtual technologies, automatic writing vs. anxiety and death, haunting the rich, revenge and utopia, the sculpting of r…
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With the pandemic still crawling along, and with so much of the dominant narrative telling us it’s over, we thought it would be helpful to have a discussion about the plague. So our good friend, philosopher and writer and editor at Spectre Holly Lewis, joins us to talk disease, capitalism, ideology, and reclaiming our cultural experiences for the s…
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In the second half of the episode — for patrons and subscribers only — R. Faze reads their story, “I Live an Hour from My Body” from Locust Review #4. We then continue to discuss art and politics with Laura Fair-Schulz, including her works, “Song of the Barren Tree,” “Circuit Eye Vines,”and “Dysmorph Becoming Aware.” We also discuss Laura’s process…
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Why does this extraterrestrial on a talk show say the aliens want to “help us,” and why are they so interested in our water? Seems fishy… Adam and Tish speak with artist, writer, and Locust Arts & Letters Collective member Laura Fair-Schulz about her work, and how labor, identity, gender, abstraction, dysphoria, and liberation all inform it. At the…
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In this episode Tish and Adam talk to the poet Richard Hamilton about his new book, Rest of Us (Recenter Press, 2021). Richard Hamilton shares a number of his poems. We also discuss, among other things, the relationship of the social and the subjective, absurdist aesthetic strategies, the afterlife of slavery, remixing time, the “MFA industry” and …
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In this episode begin with an excerpt from the Locust anthology series, Swarm Stories, and then Tish and Adam move on to discussing art, politics, and propaganda with Locust member Anupam Roy. Anupam Roy is an artist and propagandist with the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation. We also discuss Anupam’s drawings, appearing in Loc…
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After the council of oil snakes convenes to discuss the worm spider rebellion, Adam and Tish review the theme of Locust Review’s first “theory annual,” Imago. Co-host Alexander Billet was on assignment during the recording of episode eight, but will return for the second half of the episode (for patrons only). To subscribe to Imago, sign up for the…
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In the second part of our show, available to SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, Tish and Alex read some new poems. We also continue our discussion about surrealism, particularly how it might pertain to our organizations and the possibility of transformation. Can the odd and nonsensical allow us to envision our lives and cities dramatically reshaped? If you want to …
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After Salvador Dali receives a well-deserved beat-down, Tish, Adam and Alex talk surrealism! Widely known, but frequently depoliticized in our current day, surrealism is a cornerstone of the critical irrealist project for us at Locust Review. We discuss its origins, missions and goals in liberating the mind from the fetters of capitalism and empire…
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In the second part of our show, available to SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, Mike and Leslie join us to talk about how utterly feeble most conceptual poetry and art are, and contrast it with their own vital experiences in Corpus Christi’s underground music and arts scenes. We ponder how the pandemic relief packages may have provided some breathing room for the w…
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We’ve got Locust contributors and Texan communists Mike Linaweaver and Leslie Lea as guests this episode to talk about the disaster in Texas after winter storm Uri knocked out the whole state’s power. We discuss the uneven (and deadly) consequences of the catastrophe, the venality of the state’s conservative rulers, the ineptitude of liberals’ supp…
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For the second half of our show, available to SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, Alex reads a long excerpt from this massive essay in the newest issue of Salvage. Also, Tish, Adam and Alex talk about the aesthetics of the GameStop short squeeze, how capitalism presents us with the illusion of justice, and how we might see through the veneer. If you want to hear mor…
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Lots has happened since our last episode: the storming of the Capitol, the fascists’ disorientation, and the inauguration of a new president who can’t wait for us to get “back to normal.” Tish, Adam, and Alex discuss what it is about capitalism’s obsessions with normalcy that is so detrimental to working and oppressed people. Also, an unexpected gu…
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We have guests! Artists Omnia Sol (whose music you will recognize as a regular feature at Locust Radio) and Adam Ray Adkins (a.k.a. Dirt: Son of Earth and co-host of the Acid Left videocast) come on the show to talk their own work, the impact of acid communism, and what it means to build a 21st century psychedelic reason. Each of our guests shares …
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Adam, Tish, and Alex discuss all manner of post-election oddities, and what they tell us about an imminent Joe Biden presidency. We also talk about the prospects for anti-fascism, the tasks of radical art, and why brunch is a stupid idea for a meal in the first place. Plus, poetry from Tish and fellow Locust editor Mike Linaweaver, and the final th…
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Happy Halloween! No surprise we love the scary season here at Locust Radio. To celebrate, Adam, Tish and Alex discuss some of their favorite artifacts of radical(-ish) horror: Larry Cohen’s Maniac Cop, Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant: The Oral History of Buster Casey, and clipping.’s There Existed an Addiction To Blood. We also check in with some spooky pal…
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Welcome to Locust Radio! The weird, the eerie, the irreal, the eldritch, the fantastical and just plain horrifying; they’re everywhere today as the world seems to fall apart. In this, our first episode, Tish, Adam and Alex discuss some of these ideas and others that went into the creation of this podcast and Locust Review. We talk about the history…
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