Under My Skin Podcast v4.0: Episode 4

Shit’s getting real in the war on the squirrels in the attic, complete with plans for nasty spike strips to make ol’ Vlad the Impaler proud.

Also, some ugly British celebrity claims to have a sex tape she might sell if she needs the money (but who would want to buy it?), Tommy Lee gives some tried and true tips for smuggling drugs on tour, Trent Reznor has never raped anything (except your ears and your wallet), and mentioning Bukowski leads to a tangent on self-important academic poets (of the sort I suspect Bukowski would have despised), and why pop singers are the more rightful heirs to our poetry traditions.

Plus: U2 Songs of Innocence reconsidered.

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Under My Skin Podcast v4.0: Episode 3

This week I have a new writing schedule that I sorta kinda actually stick to. Sometimes. I’m also working on my writing portfolio, including writing completely new pieces to replace others that seemed good enough even two months ago, which leads to a short tangent about how I was an asshole when I was at UBC 20 years ago and the shy born-again who used to hang around offering me candy.

I also bitch about snow and squirrels, Facebook, and getting conked on the nose by a glockenspiel.

In other news, talking about Van Halen’s album 1984 leads to a tangent about bad CanCon TV and David Mamet’s play ‘7 Stories.’

Also: Jeep pulls an ad after Bruce Springsteen pulls a DWI.

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Under My Skin Podcast v4.0: Episode 2

This week I’ve been updating my blog and a few other places, which leads to me talking about when my site got hacked in 2019. I also reminisce on the time my mom found an interview with the degenerates in Faster Pussycat and I got yelled at for liking their music (granted, I had no business listening to FP at the age I was!), complain about how the squirrels are conspiring to disrupt my sleep, and notice Mick Jagger’s comedic Doppelgänger.

Also: the latest news/scandal about Marilyn Manson leads to a story the late, great metal producer Bill Kennedy told me and a few friends 10 years about about some shitty shit MM did in the 90s. And a review of John Taylor’s autobiography—and the kinda weird pacing towards the end of it—leads to a tangent about Atlas Shrugged’s weirdly abrupt ending and the typical three-act story structure in films.

Plus: chatting with my brother about what the Amazon algorithm thinks I’ve been up to based on some recent Irish-related purchases.

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Under My Skin Podcast v4.0: Episode 1

Well, it’s been… years… but I’ve decided to relaunch my rambling old podcast. Because why start a new podcast when I have one I can dust off and relaunch?

This week includes: a nutshell recap of what I’ve been up to (including moving); the story of a grand but ruined old magnolia tree that had to be removed from my yard; Duran Duran’s Liberty (which I call “the adultery album”); some books I’ve been reading; and a bit about the latest addition to my collection of old tour program books and the missed opportunity DD could have done with their pop-up motif in their tour book if only they’d done it 10 years earlier.

Also there’s a band I won’t admit to liking even though it’s probably pretty obvious, even if you don’t read my blog.

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Under My Skin Podcast v3.0: Episode 4

This week Pyra talks about the time she saw a real live white supremacist minding his own damn business on the Skytrain; demotes herself to bassist, ponders live logistics for live maQLu shows, and rambles on about synths, live acoustics, and the overtone series; critiques Izzy Stradlin’s terrible taste in “comedy” and comments on the Guns N Roses reunion tour; and gets in touch with Mother Nature by planting seeds she will soon start neglecting.

Plus: Twitter hashtag!

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Under My Skin Podcast v3.0: Episode 3

This week: Pyra whines about new tattoos and volunteers herself to do a solo bellydance.

Plus: Frankenskirt teaches Pyra it’s OK to just give up, Pyra’s dad chimps out on some crazy neighbor digging up dandelions in the backyard, and Jian Ghomeshi had the CBC’s best punchlines.

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Under My Skin Podcast v3.0: Episode 2

This week, Pyra complains about her even-more-screwed-up-than-usual sleep schedule, blathers on about DIY bellydance costuming and trying to use up her fabric stash, gets a one-week reprieve on tattooing, and the Wikipedia robots have finally decided/noticed Pyra existed as maQLu in 2010.

Plus: Frankenskirt!

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Under My Skin Podcast v3.0: Episode 1

Yet another reboot: After getting lazy and skipping the show last week, this double-wide episode has a dose of the old version of the show as Pyra raves about the wonders of an obnoxious old cartoon called Kevin Spencer, swaps tickets with a scalper and learns what it’s like to be a Brenda, and despite prior proclamations, finds herself writing new maQLu songs.

Also: Unknown Hinson needs to get a Visa machine for his merch table, and back to belly dance means time to buy new costuming stuff, plus Pyra rambles a bit about DIY halter top costume plans.

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Under My Skin Podcast v2.0: Episode 1

This week, Pyra gets her shoulder hurt, sorta; plans to reformat one of her other podcasts; and discovers she might be accidentally micro-cheating on pranayama but it doesn’t matter since she changed pranayama techniques.

She also reads a blog about her continual mental chatter whilst going to a clear mind meditation class (take a wild guess at the imaginary guest star), talks about a mishmash of her readings and video watchings on Tao and meditation and amusingly honest lamas, and shares some disjointed thoughts on which kinds of desire lead to suffering and self-righteous converts.

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Under My Skin Podcast v2.0: Episode 0

Yes, as per the title, change is afoot here.

Pyra makes a decision about the future of the show: she’ll change the direction and format of this show to be more of a reflection of her changing priorities and direction in life. This week’s in-between episode is a wrapping up of the old version of the show and a preview of the new, in which Pyra talks about stand up comedy and her other projects and her new old obsessions.

She then talks about mini-retreats, new priorities and practises, and gives side notes on why you probably don’t want to search for “Tibetan sky burial” on YouTube (with a side note on the side note about the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party, gawking tourists, and pissed off monks), when karma’s kinda funny, and weird anxiety about rising tides.

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