Moon Interviews: Pussy Tantrum

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https://pussytantrum.com/

Yes, you heard that right, I’m interviewing fellow blogger; the genre master, Pussy Tantrum. My reasoning was originally I was just interested in their work. There is a certain enigma to their respective sites. However, the more I viewed their endeavours the more curious I became.

In a world where outcry/cancel culture is rampant, I worry for artists and writers like Pussy Tantrum. They say themselves that they are not making millions off their work, but they are working none the less. However, they may not be everyone’s proverbial cup of tea and challenge the status quo. So in accordance with this, they often are punished for it.

They were banned from Twitter 5 times according to them, and while they probably more or less broke Twitter’s terms of service, it’s their banishment from Amazon which disturbs me. Although Amazon took down a book, which Pussy Tantrum themselves admits may have been problematic, they also banned them, (and the rest of their 15 other books), for life.

The interview follows, and I would like to whole-heartedly thank Pussy Tantrum for taking the time to answer the questions. Let me know what you think about their answers in the comments down below.

Q1 You go by many names, now I won’t ask you for your real name, but who do you identify as for the purpose of this interview?

I identify as Pussy Tantrum currently. For a long time I went as Kitty Glitter but I no longer like that name, but there is still a slot machine named Kitty Glitter. I actually won $800 playing on it one time.

Q2 How are you feeling right now about social media? I read somewhere that you were banned from Twitter.

I think social media is pretty lame for the most part. I also think the internet is lame mostly, but Instagram is okay, it’s the least bad of the social medias. I was banned from Twitter for being off the hook, they thought that I was too hardcore. It’s probably the fifth time I was banned from Twitter, at this point I have no interest in making another account on there. It seems to be a dying platform and everyone on there is always mad. I feel like the MySpace era was the best time for social media. Everyone on MySpace was fun and happy, it was the time of Stevie Ryan, a time when Stevie Ryan ruled the world and a young Katy Perry was just getting started. Katy Perry was a MySpace star before she ever became a real world star. I miss MySpace and I miss the LG Chocolate telephone, I still feel that it was the best phone ever!

Q3 I’ve listened to your podcast, ‘Pussy Centipede’ and I must admit I’m intrigued. However you received a scathing review on Stitcher 2 months ago. How does reviews like this make you feel about your work?

The Pussy Centipede is the most important podcast ever, but to experience it properly you must listen to the episodes in the proper sequence starting with episode one. I don’t really care about bad reviews. Everything I like has one star reviews. I feel that reviews are just opinions and that they are bound to vary, but if a restaurant has too many bad reviews I won’t eat there. Nothing is worse than gross food, a bad movie won’t make you sick. Make sure to tell everyone you know about The Pussy Centipede though, it’s so important to society, I think it’s going to change the world!

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Q4 Tell me about Jill Banner, you cite her as your muse, what is it about her?

I love Jill Banner. She mostly only starred in the film Spider Baby and some random episodes of Dragnet. She also dated Marlon Brando, people say she was the love of Marlon Brando’s life. She died in a car accident in her early 30’s so who knows what could have happened with her career? Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of Spider Baby, I’m sure if she had lived longer he would have cast her in all his films, I’m sure Rob Zombie would have as well. That’s just the kind of superstar she was. Her performance in Spider Baby is probably the most brilliant film performance ever, and she was only 17 when she did it, and she wasn’t a trained actress. So she was totally an outsider artist, her performance in that film was outsider art! She was also really hot and pretty. I would say that she was hotter than Katy Perry, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Hailee Steinfeld. I think that’s saying alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must watch Spider Baby now!

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Jill Banner in “Spider Baby.”

In addition I would say that Jill Banner is a perfect symbol of outsider art or things that are good. I think Spider Baby is the best movie ever and that nothing has ever been made that is better than Spider Baby. But it’s a movie that’s like on the outside. Being an insider is lame though, and boring. In a recent interview John Waters said that being an outsider is bad now because Trump was an outsider and John Waters hates him or something. But I think he is just old and political now and he is boring now. That’s why it’s good when people die young, if you die young you will stay cool forever like James Dean. But it’s sad that Jill Banner died young.

Q5 You self-identify as a ghetto outsider. What circumstances have directed your life in this way?

I probably identify as ghetto because I grew up in Queens in the 80’s. That was before NYC was totally gentrified and safe. I got into fights all the time and got robbed a lot. The first three bikes I ever had were robbed off me so that hardened me and made me ghetto. People used to throw eggs all over the place on Halloween back then, and it was dangerous. I also worked as a janitor for a long time at The New York Times. I cleaned the toilets and the reporters at the NY Times would poop really bad all over the place, I saw so much bad poop, and that made me be on the outside I guess. I was on the outside looking in while everyone was locked inside the stall of the bathroom pooping and waiting for me to clean their poop.

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Also I’m not rich or famous and don’t really get paid to make the art I do. If Andy Warhol was still alive he would have discovered me and made me a superstar. I would have been chilling at The Factory with Hayden Christensen and Sienna Miller. I would have been an insider, but without Andy Warhol I shall remain on the outside. I am not motivated to be creative, it’s just a compulsion. It’s impossible for me not to make crappy stuff or record crappy podcasts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q6 What is your primary goal in life, and are you living towards that goal?

I once had a goal of a writing a book that would be totally famous and totally notorious. But I already achieved that goal in 2012 by writing Wesley Crusher: Teenage Fuck Machine. If you Google it you will see that it was totally famous and totally notorious. So after that I no longer had any goals. I have seen Katy Perry live on three separate occasions. I have also seen Poppy three times. I guess those are goals. Maybe seeing them both ten times each will be goals. I am currently planning to make a show called Pussy High. I am going to shoot it all on MiniDV tapes and instead of actors I am using a combination of Barbie dolls and homemade dolls. That is probably a goal too. I’m generally living towards that goal. I would also like to lose weight. I am trying to do a keto diet but I keep cheating on it and getting fatter. My goal weight is 190 and I am currently 220, so it’s a realistic goal. Based on my height 220 is overweight but not obese. If I ever crossed the line into obesity I would be depressed, but no offence to obese people.

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Q7 You were also banned from Amazon, firstly do you feel this is an impingement on free speech?

I don’t know if getting banned from Amazon was a free speech violation. I mean I generally think free speech applies to the government, like if the government had arrested me for my books that would most def had impinged on my free speech rights. But these days with all the big tech monopolies it’s hard to even understand what free speech is anymore. At some point we will have to come to a new understanding of what constitutes free speech. I wish somebody would create a free speech publishing platform though, what happened to me is most def censorship and it wasn’t fair!!!! Amazon is crap! I’m so glad that Jeff Bezos is caught up in a dick pic scandal!

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Q8 Also could you speculate as to why you were banned from Amazon?

I know why I was banned from Amazon. I had published a satirical book called Soy Wars: The Soylence Of The Lambs. The book was about a writer named Chuck Wendig and how he goes on an adventure to save his wife’s boyfriend from a gang of Irish kittens. The book was meant to be a mockery of Star Wars author Chuck Wendig, a person I find to be a pompous blowhard and an angry hatemonger. Chuck Wendig was angry that so many people liked my book and he reported me to Amazon saying that my book was threatening to his family and defamation or something. He also got me banned from every other publishing platform except for one. I won’t name that platform here though because he might see the interview and then get me banned from that place. It wasn’t just Wendig though, it was also this other author named Summer Heacock, she is friends with Chuck Wendig and used Twitter to start a mass flagging campaign against me. So Summer Heacock and all her followers mass reported my books. What I don’t understand is why all my books were banned instead of just the one book about Wendig? It makes no sense. I had like 15 books and all 15 were banned.

Q9 I would like people to know more about ‘Wondercat’. Is this a musical project by yourself or friends of you?

Wondercat is a band I had with my fiancee. We did it for about two years, it was music we wrote and recorded together, we tried to record everyone only using four track cassette recorders. I prefer to do everything analog. I mostly played bass guitar on the songs and wrote the lyrics, and my fiancee wrote the music and played guitar. But sometimes I wrote the music and she wrote the lyrics, and sometimes I played guitar. I think the music was inspired by The Vaselines, and sometimes PIL and The Sex Pistols. I really love Johnny Rotten. I don’t think we’ll ever record as Wondercat again but we will probably make music for my Pussy High show like a theme song and score. I still have fourteen copies of the first Wondercat album on cassette and a bunch of stickers if anyone wants to buy some.

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Q10 You say on your website that you’ve retired from writing books. However, would you ever consider writing again? If not, is there any other projects we can look forward to?

I am retired from writing under the name Kitty Glitter. All the getting banned just left a bad taste in my mouth. I also just feel bored with writing fiction right now. But I still write plotlines for The Pussy Centipede podcast, and I am writing scripts for my Pussy High show. I also like to do drawing and photography and film. So definitely keep an eye out for my Pussy High show which I will be posting up on Bit.Tube. And also keep an eye out for upcoming episodes of The Pussy Centipede podcast!!!!! You can also see my drawings on Instagram!!!!

Q11 Finally from my interactions with you and consuming your content, I consider you to be an absurdist. How would you categorise yourself and your art, and is my assumption somewhat accurate?

I think absurdist is accurate to some degree. I am definitely influenced by the Dada movement which I think is related to absurdity. I really like the Gregg Araki films The Doom Generation and Nowhere. I feel like those films are their own genre and I’d like my work to be in that genre. I feel that the only proper reaction to the chaos of the universe is absurdity, I think that’s what the Dada people thought but I’m not sure.

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You can find information on Wesley Crusher here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19223976-wesley-crusher

Wondercat can be found here:

https://wondercat69.bandcamp.com/

Moon Interviews: Tadhg Leady – Guitarist

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Good day to you Moonlings on this fine Friday. We have a brand new interview with a friend of mine, the wonderful Tadhg Leahy. He is a guitarist extraordinaire, and if you are looking for someone who really creates art through his guitar he’s your man.

Introducing Tadhg Leahy

While I have been friends with Tadhg for quite a few years, recently Le’Boo discovered how much of a badass he truly is on his Instagram page which can be found here. The guy not only has the talent, but he also shows how important it is to really care about your craft.

He’s been playing music since birth, (don’t believe me? Listen to the interview), and it’s his full-time gig. He has his fingers in many pies and doesn’t stop simply at the guitar. He has played many instruments over the years including his voice.

He is currently in a cover band called F.M which state their influences as Steely Dan, The Eagles, The Band, and Vulpeck. I can only imagine just how epic their setlist is, and lucky me they are playing in my town on Saturday night!!!

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He is also finishing off original music in the studio which he hopes to have out this year, and man it sounds so exciting. He makes it a habit of surrounding himself with some extremely talented local musicians and he invited them to play on his originals with him.

He also plays with a band called Function Creep which creates original music while also playing members own originals. They are inspired by such artists as Mark Guiliana, Boards of Canada, We Eat Electric Light, The Comet is Coming, and Sons of Kemet.

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Tadhg Leahy

The Wonderful Interview

We began a coffee-fueled interview with the question, “what was our earliest musical memory or inspiration,” and man his answer was killer. We meandered through memories and music from mutual school experiences to unique inspirations.

The interview gets into his own original music, why he struggled for years to record it and trust not just himself but others with it, but also how music strikes nerves inside him that other mediums do not. He talks about essays he has written about music and ideas for essays to come. Perhaps someday we’ll be treated to those, but until then you’ll just have to make do with his ideas in this interview.

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He discusses all the brilliantly talented musicians he’s collaborated with and how music is an equaliser. Regardless of age, if your determination and talent shine through, your age will fall away with each note you play.

We ended the stirring interview with a look back on the past, regarding his own presence of mind before he really decided on music. It seemed when he did, he took the approach we should all admire. He never stops learning, never stops challenging himself, and never stops seeking out those who will remind him you won’t always be the best musician in every room, but you can shoot for it.

A big thank you once again to Tadhg for taking the time out of your busy day to talk to me for an hour. I call these interviews, but they are really more like structured conversations. Listen to the interview below!

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Album Release: ‘Russian Doll’ is out!

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Well Moonling’s it’s finally here. Marie Keane has released her inaugural album ‘Russian Doll,’ and it is all kinds of exquisite. The lovely Lady herself has given me permission to review the album, so naturally, I had to share my thoughts with you. I will link all her

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Marie Keane

details below. However, if you are so ready to purchase the album already you can get that here. You know how much I love music and supporting artists, especially Irish artists are a big deal for me.

Background

If you remember I interviewed Marie last November and that interview can be found here. She gave us some insight into what it’s like being an Irish musician, the music scene in her city and of course the creative process behind the making of ‘Russian Doll,‘ the album. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for it to come out. She has already released a music video for the song ‘Cranes,’ which is embedded below.

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Marie Keane

Album, ‘Russian Doll.’

So talk about the album already Jaycee! Alright, so it’s 13 tracks of genre-hopping goodness. It kicks off with “Tree of doors,” which for me sounds like Marie is trying to connect not only with nature but the wisdom of the past.

“Where worship danced around its face, now lifeless towers takes its place.” – Tree Of Doors

Have we forgotten our ancestor’s reverence to nature? Her deep melodies are transfigured with modern sounds mixed with a Celtic essence. She continues to use her love of music to her advantage when it comes to writing love songs, or even lover scorned songs. She deals out her thoughts about love and attraction in, “Limerance,” and “In the firing line.” Looking around I remind myself that I’m not in fact in a blues café on Frenchmen Street.

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Marie Keane

 

 

The force between us could pen a thousand tales, draw tears from many lovers.” – The Firing Line

 

Then taking on the story of forfeited faith which is commonplace in modern Ireland, a stand out track for me was the stunning, “Stained glass windows.” We are treated to an example of her voice within its classical range. The song is a mix of classical piano and Celticism in a gothic church. She visits this theme in “Faith,” while, “We all can change,” incorporates both her style and a gospel motif. “Faith,” for me could easily be the next Bond theme.

I found my way, but I lost my faith… I grieve my removal… No longer do I carry the sins… I bare all my worship to open ground.” – Stained Glass Windows

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Marie Keane

The social rock/pop commentary of “Theatre of the mind,” and “Addiction,” mixed with the ethereal sounds of “The Homecoming,” makes this album a success for me. I implore you to investigate. Listen to the video below. Visit her website. Tell her I sent you, she’s lovely. I’m heading to the launch party on Sunday, and I’ll do my best to get some exclusive footage. Until then, thanks for reading.

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Kilkelly – Musician

*update: Connor is a fellow WordPresser! You can find him here.

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Welcome back to Moon Interviews my friends. This month I sat down to talk with Berlin-based artist Connor Kilkelly. Born and raised here in the old country (Ireland), Connor moved to Berlin to pursue a music career.

We talk about loads of things. His debut album, ‘The Prick & The Petal,‘ is in post-production, and is out in the spring of 2019. We talked about the music scene in Berlin, and what inspired him to seek out music in the first place, and we had giggles about the music genres we love.

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Kilkelly writes really great music and his info can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/kilkellymusic/

I’d like to thank Connor for his time and I hope you enjoy the rambly chats with two very artsy friends.

https://kilkelly.net/

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Marie Keane – Musician

Marie Keane is an Irish musician self-styled as a mix of folk, blues, and rock. Her debut album ‘Russian Doll’ is due to drop this November. In anticipation, my brain formulated some questions about the album and the creative process.

  1. Who is your dream collaboration?

 

Radiohead/ David Byrne/ Kate Bush / Joan as Policewoman/ Portishead/Breadyman ….(ie. in an actual dream)

 

  1. Who was your earliest musical inspiration as a child?

 

Zig & Zag, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston & Natalie Cole won those titles

 

  1. What has the music taught you during the creative process of ‘Russian Doll’?

 

The creative process seems to span from the conception of a song which may or may not end up as part of the final cut. You’re recounting a segment of your personal journey at that time. Writing the songs is the lovely, secluded part of the creative process. It’s like a dirty secret that you have to vanquish and deliver to a potentially innocuous or facetious listener. However, performing & recording the album is like the ultimate mindfulness exercise where you have to balance alertness with ease and trust in the process and the people around you, but ultimately within yourself, which is the difficult part. You have to let go of any preconceptions of who you are and investigate like an eager child. I also learned that although I wrote most of these songs between 2004 and 2013, it was a complete rebirth in revisiting them, realigning their arrangements and protecting their integrity as an older version of the person who wrote them. The joy was that not only did I not hate them, allowing others to influence their evolution is what has made them grow even more. I know I picked the right people so at least my instincts are still sharp even if my sanity is not.

 

  1. Were you influenced by any musicians/albums while writing Russian Doll’?

 

Lauryn Hill (miseducation album), Joan as police woman (real life), Schubert, sessions I was a part of growing up and with my mates hammering out songs til eight in the morning on trips in the west of Ireland, Roberta Flack, Marlena Shaw, Radiohead (the bends, OK computer), Jeff Buckley, Gorillaz, Bonnie Raitt, Queen, Muse, Beethoven.

 

  1. What are your main motivations to write music?

 

Anything that moves me sideways or that gives me a bubble in my chest that makes me get up in the morning, anything I notice that captures my gra or that gets into my cra.

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  1. How would you describe the music scene in your city and how important was it in terms of writing ‘Russian Doll’?

 

It’s currently at boiling point in a tremendously important way, in fact at least three of the songs were written specifically about Dublin, but most themes that permeate the songs on the album are somehow related to growing up in Ireland.

 

  1. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

 

Roberta Flacks’ live version of Simon & Garfunkels ‘the sound of silence’.

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  1. What’s the best compliment you’ve received regarding your music?

 

When I was talking with my friend recently about the album, although we’ve only reconnected in the last two years following a five year gap, she asked me whether one of the songs she remembers from 12 years ago was going to be on the album and it was so lovely to tell her it was and that she remembered the song, which is one of my favourites on the album.

 

  1. Will we get any music videos from ’Russian Doll’’?

 

We will indeed. I’m heading into Camden recording studios on Nov 10th to do about four tracks so hopefully they’ll all be edited and ready before Christmas.

 

10 What song of yours is your favourite and why?

 

It’s the final track on the album and it’s a piano instrumental, so it’s probably why I like it so much, I don’t have to sing it and it was a tune that I was able to write in about twenty minute. When they come that quickly and easily to you that it feels like it’s a natural thing to play. Although I also love the third track ‘Cranes’ so I suppose it depends on the day I perform them.

 

11. What would you like to say to your fans?

 

Life is fun, keep on moving, go for the love.

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Facebook: @mariekeanemusician

Twitter: @marriekeane

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She is also having a launch party on the 27th of January 2019, in the Sugar Club, Lesson Street, Dublin city.

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