photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
in the popular consciousness, the brief two-year run of THE JON STEWART SHOW (MTV, 1993-1995) is best remembered as the cursory introduction of arguably one of the SEMINAL comedic and political voices in AMERICA LIFE. it is not hyperbole to put the continued social-political impact of JON STEWART up there with GEORGE CARLIN, MARK TWAIN or even THOMAS PAINE. he is an institution unto himself and it is great that he has had a bit of a resurgence with his THE PROBLEM WITH JON STEWART (APPLE TV+, 2001-present) program in recent years.
but THE JON STEWART SHOW was really just a RUN-OF-THE-MILL talk show on MTV, which a the time was still playing music videos in heavy rotation and was in the early years of developing and perfecting what would become its highly INFLUENTIAL and PROFITABLE REALITY TV formula via BUNIM/MURRAY PRODUCTIONS. in retrospect, one aspect of the show that absolutely flourished was its live ECLECTIC mix of musical guests which ranged from INDIE ROCK (DINOSAUR JR, GUIDED BY VOICES, BELLY, JULIANA HATFIELD) and POST HARDCORE (QUICKSAND, SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE) luminaries and METAL (SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON) veterans to UPSTART ALTERNATIVE ROCK (FAITH NO MORE, BLIND MELON, HUM, THE BREEDERS, OASIS, HELMET) bands. and the list really does goes on.
it is really IMPRESSIVE the amount of great bands that THE JON STEWART SHOW presented to the world during what are arguably their peak creative years. definitely something worth checking out.
collage by nacrowe
earlier this summer i did a DEER GOD RADIO show on a topic i am particularly passionate about, INDIE ROCK.
i've spotlighted several bands in this genre (LA LUZ, JAPANESE BREAKFAST, EL GUINCHO, GIRL IN A COMA, DRAB MAJESTY, GRAHAM COXON) with several more planned in the coming weeks (WARPAINT, LA VIDA BOHÈME, THE COATHANGERS, IRON REAGAN, ANA TIJOUX, BATTLES, LE BUTCHERETTES). i've also written several book reviews on this topic (GIRL IN A BAND, LOVE ROCK REVOLUTION, MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM) with have several more lined up (SET THE BOY FREE, THIS BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE, CLOSER YOU ARE, HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL). all due to the fact that this is arguably my favorite genre. for me what edges it above METAL and HARDCORE is the experimental aspect of it, the fact that like HIP HOP, it is a form that at its core challenges the musician and listener alike to seek new sounds. this fact makes it infinitely intriguing to read about and explore as people came to it from different viewpoints along gender, class, geographic, political lines that ultimately complicated and strengthened the fabric of the by definition open community.
looking back, this was one of my favorite playlists yet. i see this specific show as being a sister piece to a previous episode dedicated to 1980s HARDCORE, since both were concurrent scenes that supported and in many cases had a similar DIY ETHIC surrounding it. if anything, i see MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC as a community built on that same ethos of independence, integrity and passion.
if the artwork didn't clue you into the playlist, you can always catch that at the episode's page HERE. take it all in and enjoy this show. i definitely had fun with it.