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Perfume Genius

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Perfume Genius

Oct 15, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

We’ve all been having a bit of an out of body experience during quarantine, but at least we got to chat with Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, about how dancing helped him connect with his body in a novel way before we all got stuck inside. As a writer and singer, he has explored some gorgeous emotional landscapes, but in dance, he found a way to express those feelings that just can’t be translated into words. Whether it’s performing on livestream to an empty theater, or channeling his inner chihuahua energy, Hadreas never fails to enthrall us.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Future Islands, Sondre Lerche, and Sad13, shimmy over to our streaming options or visit us on YouTube.

For more from Perfume Genius, go say hi to him on Instagram or on his genius Twitter feed. His new album Set Fire to My Heart Immediately is now on Matador. You can also revisit his self-directed video for album single “On the Floor.” Bonus points if you dance along.

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Future Islands

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring William Cashion of Future Islands

Oct 08, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

We had the pleasure of chatting with William Cashion of Future Islands all about his new solo ambient project Postcard Music and the ways that transcendental meditation have informed his work. From collaborations with his bandmates to paintings with his wife, William creates with a calm sense of curiosity that comes from quiet introspection. We are excited to hear his latest work with Future Islands, which was all mixed remotely during quarantine, and see where his creative journeys take him next.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Phantogram, Foster the People, and Local Natives, hit our (not so hidden) cache of streaming options or visit us on Youtube.

To keep up with Future Islands, hit up their Instagram and Twitter. To send Will some love, drop by his personal Instagram and Twitter. His solo album Postcard Music is out now. Future Islands’ new album As Long as You Are is out this Friday on 4AD. While you wait, revisit album singles “Born in a War,” “Moonlight,” and “Thrill.”

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Aluna

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Aluna

Oct 01, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

While the world hit pause, Aluna has been busy Zooming up a storm to make the dance music world a more inclusive space for both artists and audiences. We got to chat about the nature of ongoing social change, and how she manages her activism with her creative musical life. Aluna reminded us that it’s vital to create a space where others can share their voice and to stay curious about their experiences in order to gain empathy and create better art. She asks that you check out Black Women’s Blueprint while listening to her interview.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Sudan Archives, Mxmtoon, and Ioanna Gika, boogie over to our host of streaming options.

To keep up with Aluna, hit up her Instagram and Twitter. Her solo debut Renaissance is out now. Got a few minutes? Take in the splendor of the video for album single “Envious.”

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Thirst Aid Kit

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Thirst Aid Kit

Sep 24, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

We caught up with Nichole Perkins and Bim Adewunmi of Thirst Aid Kit right at the end of their epic run as the best podcast about female desire and cultural narratives. As producers, writers, and storytellers, both women had so much to share about the vulnerability of sharing ourselves creatively with others and the magic of a good friendship cry. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next and in the meantime, we highly recommend you laugh along with our interview then head straight over to Thirst Aid Kit’s podcast page to binge every episode.

While you’re listening, Nichole requests that you click and learn more about Black Girls Code. Bim requests that you learn more and donate to the trans community in Nigeria.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Welcome to Night Vale’s Joseph Fink, Mara Wilson, and Lane Moore, direct yourself to our multitude of listening options.

To keep up with Nicole and Bim’s post-Thirst Aid Kit projects, visit them on their respective Twitter accounts.

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Joe Wong

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Joe Wong

Sep 17, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

Balancing his work as a TV composer, drummer, and podcaster is no easy feat but Joe Wong nails it. We loved getting to chat with him about how his creative process thrives within the framework of films and in the studio, where he created his first solo project with the production help of his good friend Mary Timony. Joe reminded us that though we can learn by listening to others, comparison is the thief of joy so we should all embrace our singular creative visions. While you listen Joe requests that you research and donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Rob Graves, Kathleen Hanna, and Jehnny Beth, shimmy over to our listening options.

For more on Joe, swing by his Twitter and Instagram. His new album Nite Creatures is out on Sept 18. In the meanwhile, catch up on weekly episodes of his podcast, The Trap Set.


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Sad13

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Sad13 and Lustra

Sep 12, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

For this special double episode, we got to chat with Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis and Lustra, aka Helena Marzec-Gołąb, about the magic of language and how it transforms our perception. When she’s not making music, Sadie spends her time crafting poetry and writing artist bios, both of which play with the power of words to shape our identity and emotions. Meanwhile, Helena studies the nuances of translating songs from English to Polish and back again, all while examining the ways our native languages affect the images and metaphors we use. Both women are passionate about helping others. Helena requests that you check out the Ef Kropka Foundation which helps support Polish mental health services. Sadie asks that you learn more and donate to Prevention Point in Philadelphia, where she’s donating a portion of the proceeds from her album sales.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Kathleen Hanna, Soko, and Jehnny Beth, climb our linktree of listening options.

For more from Sad13, stop by her Instagram and Twitter. Preorder her new album Haunted Painting, or her equally haunted tea on Bandcamp. While you wait, revisit her single “Hysterical.”

To keep up with Lustra, say hello on Instagram. Fans of Ladytron or Purity Ring take note: you can buy her industrial/pop EP on Bandcamp, and enjoy the spooky video for her single “Wczoraj.”

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Nite Jewel

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Nite Jewel

Sep 03, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

At the beginning of Los Angeles lockdown, we virtually sat down for a chat with Nite Jewel, aka Ramona Gonzalez, to talk about all things musical, educational, societal, and revolutionary. As a musician and music production instructor pursuing her PhD in ethnomusicology, Ramona commented on how our desire for the mythology of artists is crumbling in the face of the reality of our multifaceted and often oppressive experiences within Western culture. More than ever, artists need support and stability as well as acknowledgement of their vibrant humanity to keep creating the works we love.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including HANA, White Sea, and Ioanna Gika, hit up our plethora of listening options.

For more from Ramona, be sure to swing by the Nite Jewel Instagram and Twitter. She’s got a deep bench of music, and is widely considered to be the originator of chillwave—so scoop up her back catalogue at Bandcamp.

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Lido Pimienta

Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring Lido Pimienta

Aug 27, 2020

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with the Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives.

When she’s not fundraising for families in Columbia or crafting visual art, Lido Pimienta is creating songs that transcend all cultural and linguistic barriers. Living a “hyphenated existence” as she puts it has given Lido a unique and beautiful perspective, one that shines through her kaleidoscopic songs and videos. We loved getting to chat with her about how she’s staying busy in her space during the lockdown and how we can all tap into our own star energy and communities to create time traveling art.

While you listen, Lido requests that you donate to the GoFundMe for Solidarity Fund for Vulnerable Families: Colombia.

For updates, be sure to follow Why Not Both on Instagram and Twitter. For previous episodes, including Juana Molina, Soko, and Kathleen Hanna, shimmy over to our listening options.

For more on Lido, visit her on Instagram and Twitter. You can also buy her Polaris Prize-nominated album Miss Columbia at Bandcamp.

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