Who said you can't have a hip, edgy, smart audio and video podcast site? One that offers more than a modicum of creativity to the World Wide Web? Well, I started obsessing about my own site for about three weeks -- not a long time, but certainly an eternity in my mind. As soon as my partner Richard got me hip to podcasting, I was hooked and needed to fling myself into the podcasting fray. So I took a running leap and flung myself into it -- belly-flop forward -- and started making calls and begging some hip people I knew to let me interview them.
Richard found our guy John in South Lake Tahoe to help us build out the site, and, of course, in no time, I started whipping him into multi-layered HTML frenzy. I needed "this and that" now as well as all the "maybes" and "hell, yeahs" to get it all moving sideways. I was generally being the moody intolerable bully that I can be. And before you could finish singing "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen -- though I'm partial to a version by The Cramps (off of their criminally neglected classic Gravest Hits) -- substituting "converge" for "bird," we were up.
I wasn't and I'm still not all that interested in the blogging aspect of the site, but John has assured me that it is a good thing, so I will defer to his youthful enthusiasm and knowledge. Perhaps I'm just a lazy writer. No, check that, I prefer listening to myself speak, and so I love to do interviews. In fact, while I was the editor of Creem Magazine back in the '90s, I would often assign myself the plum interviews for that very reason.
Moreover, you and I both know that in very short time all of this text will be gone and you'll be left with just digital files of audio/visual content all in one cool broadband-linked Dick Tracy-like wristwatch.
On occasion I will write (or blog, if you prefer), probably more than I want to. And I suspect I will flex my music and movie muscles in a variety of opinions that will leave some inspired and others questioning my logic, but I dare anyone to question my authority on all things music -- well, expect for classical. I'll leave that up to the site's editor, Steve Holtje, a battle-tested editor/writer from our Creem days.
So if you're interested in in-depth interviews about cutting-edge culture, peering behind the veils of your typical press junkets, stepping over the dung heap of hype, please subscribe to the Culture Catch. Apparently, it's really easy. Just drag the Culture Catch logo at the bottom of our home page into your podcasting directory. Ta da!
And if you have any opinions about who we're bringing -- or who you'd like us to bring -- to your web browser or iPod/MP3 player, drop me a note.
I'll see if it makes sense. And maybe, just maybe, I'll blog.
Converge is the Word!
Dusty Mr. Wright is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He is also a singer/songwriter who has released 3 solo CDs and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was an agent at the William Morris Agency!