Noise music and rap as art

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Welcome to our 2nd show of 2018, we invite my nephew Ethan Rush to the Mic.

Ethan currently resides in Madison WI and works with the underground Hip Hop scene. We begin our discussion with Ethan breaking my heart, yes I do have one, with a discussion on pizza. He is about to order a Dominoes Pizza because they are the only ones that deliver, however, he concedes that the pizza he ate in Chicago is far superior, pizza from Chicago’s Pizza where they flavor profiled the pizza and discovered that Merlot went best with deep dish pizza, specifically Bogle Merlot.

Before we get into the interview, you will notice our bump in music was a wee bit different, we started with the into to Ethan’s song Satan is for Goth Kids. You can pick up more music from Ethan on his Soundcloud Page.

We delve into the proper pronunciation of Bogle and discover that if you play bogle while drinking Bogle Merlot and eat deep dish pizza from Chicago Pizza in Ravenswood Chicago you will open up a slipstream into another universe and really who has time for that.

We discuss the first album/cd that I gave Ethan when he was 8 Miles Davis Kind of Blue. Go get that on vinyl, don’t screw with cd or mp3 bullshit, get the vinyl. This changed his life and was the foundation for his musical exploration. We start the patreon fund for having Miles Davis Quartet from the Kind of Blue era put on Mt Rushmore and removing the other hacks that are currently there. Ethan promises to be the first to do a monthly contribution.

We learn about Ethan’s penchant for finger painting. Also he discusses the benefits of having a marker board on his refridgerator and the need for more space on it and the benefits of seeing a sign after a hard day to make you smile and feel better about yourself.

We discuss the best way to go to the D.A.’s office and I recommend a rum and coke and not to fight people there, Ethan decides that he would like a Jack and coke and agrees to no fighting.

At 16:30 we drop in the full version of Satan is For Goth Kids from Ethan.

We get back into the great pizza debate and my history of delivering pizzas for Little Ceaser’s, home of the 5 buck pizza that stays soggy all day. Also they are not an official sponsor of our show.

At 26:12 we feature If the Birds Don’t Eat Their Wings

Ethan discusses the empowering nature of hip op that often gets lost in all the glitz and glamour.

Discussion of the Word Up Poetry Slam in Chicago and his thoughts on what he learned and how he learned and how that experience made him a better writer.

We discuss what fuels Ethan’s creativity, and it is coffee, but not just any coffee, French Press Coffee, specifically coffee from Metropolis Coffee from Rogers Park Chicago. (Again not an official sponsor of the show, but hey make sure you grab some from the link and tell them we sent you). We discuss the 4 year cleansing process that one must go through to have French Press coffee with me on Sundays. this conversation devolves around Khali and Shiva, old neighbors of mine in Chicago.

We delve into thoughts about being a receptacle vs being and active participant at shows we have seen specifically Saul Williams shows in Chicago. Then we get into Ethan’s knowledge of hockey. His 5 fine points of hockey knowledge.

The Satanic 7 questions are answered. Ethan does struggle with the Hitchiker’s Guide question and the Monty Pytheon Question, but ends strong with 4.5 points our of 7. Respectable and there is no question of favoritism. The magic wand question finds Ethan writting a book about small towns and certain places in small towns, we decide it will take him years but we will see his progress in season 2.

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Indie Film Director and Veteran talks about Inspiration

Episode 9

We are pleased to welcome a good friend of mine and versatile artist Ken Reed to the mic this week. And yes my voice still i snot 100 percent this week, but here is a video of the procedure I had to endure for you my listeners. 


So that is how I imagine Ken looks, we are protecting his actual picture because he may or may not have appeared on the previous iteration of Kimo’s Den of Iniquity as the ever present “Chicago” who battled with “Tennessee” Mike Finlay, episode 6. 

Ken has recently moved out to the West Coast and during the interview he was keeping one eye on his computer and one eye on the fires in Cali as hey were nearing his abode.

Ken has a rich film background doing independent films mainly in the Chicago area with various people. I met up with Ken originally on the job and we quickly discovered that real recognizes real. We had him in the Word Up Poetry Improv Slams and we discuss that aspect of our relationship.  Check out his debut on Word Up Click Here Specifically we discuss the first time that Ken practiced with the troupe and I advised him he would do great and the Chicago Bears wouldn’t win another game that season, sure enough they didn’t win again until this guy came to town. 

We do attempt to get into a discussion about prehensile tailed brown shirted Lemurs, however, that never materializes. 


Our show is not sponsored by Leapin Lemurs, but isn’t that a nice cereal box, I’d buy some right away if I were you. 

We explore Ken’s background in Chicago and how that affected his artistic beginnings. Dick Cavett, Benny Hill, Johnny Carson and David Letterman are among his earliest influences in comedy and started doing Comedy in his early 20’s before he joined the Army. He talks about his time at Columbia College in Chicago and how that influenced his artistic sensibilities. 

He has participated in a number of 24, 48 and 72 hour film festivals where he wrote, acted and even produced a film. These festivals usually have a theme and participants have a limited amount of time to make a short film based on the theme. 

Ken advised anyone that is interested in film to pursue it, don’t think about it just do it, find people around you and make it happen. Ken talks about future projects in directing, writing and podcasting. 

Ken takes on the Satanic 7 questions and scores 8.5 points, and refuses to give any points to the Chicago Bears to help them out. Of note check out question #1 Where he utilizes the Move Inception to discuss his path to creativity. Question #4 is our first question to get a full bonus point, anyone can get a half point, but Ken gets the first full bonus point. His answer to the last question the magic wand question makes us all happy when he mentions Salo , go check out this movie its inspired by the Marquis de Sade. Ken’s project will be a movie without cliche’s. We will make that happen for him next season as a podcast. See you next season. Remember as ken says stab a mime in the gut and see how professional they really are. 








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