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For over a year I've been ruminating about culture over on my blog, Plotbox. Lots of thoughts about movies, music, books, comedy and hockey. Don Rickles, Clint Eastwood, Fatty Arbuckle, The Marx Brothers, Motey Crue, Hair Metal, Punk Rock, Crime novels, LF Celine, JG Ballard, Larry McMurtry and much much more. Stop by and check it out.

Nest of Vipers

The Nest of Vipers Podcast is hosted by Danny Plotnick. Like the unholy coupling of This American Life and The Best Damn Sports Show, Nest of Vipers is smart, funny, and irreverent. Each episode features the rantings, ravings and erudite patter of independent musicians, filmmakers, writers and comedians holding court on cultural topics of the utmost importance.

Back in the Near Future

No new episodes since late 2007. I refuse to say the show is done with, but it certainly seems done with for now. Go back and listen to all the episodes you may have missed. And who knows, maybe we'll pick it back up in the future. DP

November 14, 2007

Episode 15: Roommates & Neighbors

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Episode 15: Roommates & Neighbors
Once you leave the family homestead and head out into the world of shared flats and apartments, there's an excellent chance you'll live with slobs or psychopaths of various stripes. This week on the Nest of Vipers, our fundits share stories of sketchy housemates and sketchier neighborhoods. We'll hear tales of colorful characters like Laotian Mafia members, speakeasy proprietors, and thieving hoods from the mean streets of West Philadelphia, as well as wife beaters, drug dealers and bottle throwers from San Francisco's Western Addition. We'll also hear about college co-eds trying to have sex in crowded dorm rooms, and a touching tale of a loveable roommate with an ungodly singing voice and Aspergers Syndrome. Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

Our guests include:

Scott Beiben founded the Lost Film Festival in 1999 and has been traveling the world ever since, showcasing alternative films of the truly d.i.y. variety. In addition to founding Lost Film, he runs Evil Twin Booking for which he books showcases for the likes of the Yes Men and members of the Weather Underground. For the past few years he's been running a project called The ReDefinery which manages the national grassroots campaigns for indie films (The Corporation, Future Of Food, Wassup Rockers, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) and organic & fair-trade products (Steaz Organic Beverages).

Alison Faith Levy is a musician currently playing in kid-rock favorites The Sippy Cups. She also sings for the experimental group Mushroom who have a brand new record out fronted by Levy called Yesterday I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers. She recently has been performing live with Victor Krummenacher.

Bucky Sinister is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry-King of the Roadkills, Whiskey and Robots, and the brand new All Blacked Out & Nowhere To Go. He has also recently released a new spoken word/comedy cd entitled What Happens In Narnia, Stays In Narnia. Bucky honed his writing skills and performing chops as emcee of the outrageous poetry brawl scene at the Chameleon in San Francisco's Mission District during the mid 90's. His poems have been included in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and King of the Roadkills inspired a short-lived clothing collection in Australia.

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October 11, 2007

Episode 14: Take This Job...

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Nine-to-five, punch the clock, bring home the bacon and all that jazz. Let's face it, work can be such a drag. Finding a job you like can be harder than finding inner peace. Even if you do find a job you love, there's office politics, inter-office drama or a borderline psychopath lurking in a nearby cubicle. In other words, the working life provides plenty of material for another action-packed Nest of Vipers. This week's team of fundits share tales of dishwashing, salmon gutting, international banking and working for a major pant concern. Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

Late Breaking News: Nest of Vipers breaks out of the San Francisco micro-celebrity ghetto. Using the latest in modern technology, Pete Jordan (author, Dishwasher) joins the crew live from Holland for this episode.

Our guests include:

Anthony Bedard. Degenerate by night, international banker by day. In this episode Anthony Bedard reveals top secret international finance gossip circa 1994. He also admits to his Jakarta Post addiction and his fascination with the Clove cigarette trade. Since leaving the banking game, Bedard has gone on to run Past It Records and the current comedy label Talent Moat. He is the booker for San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern in addition to playing guitar for the Hank IV.

Pete Jordan was a counter culture hero in the 90s. His wildly popular zine Dishwasher chronicled his quest to wash dishes in all 50 states. Hounded by major publishing houses for years, he finally broke down and revisited and re-chronicled his adventures in the recently published memoir also called Dishwasher. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

Kurt Keppeler has worked at an Alaskan Cannery, as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, sang with an Up With People-like singing group and performed dinner theater as a teenager. He currently plays guitar in the band Fierce Antler. This is his third stint on Nest of Vipers.

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September 15, 2007

Episode 13: Young & Stupid

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Ah.to be young and stupid again. This week our guests share embarrassing tales from their youth, telling stories about foolish behavior that can be chalked up to a combination of inexperience and ignorance. Huffing film cleaner, shoplifting cheap wine, botching a major label record deal, and disobeying traffic laws are just some of the tales told on this episode of the Nest of Vipers. Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.


Guests Include:

Michael W. Dean is the author of the books $30 Film School, $30 Music School, $30 Writing School, and Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women. He directed the films D.I.Y. OR DIE: How To Survive as an Independent Artist and HUBERT SELBY JR: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow. Michael played guitar in the band The Beef People. He sang and played bass in Baby Opaque, and Bomb (Warner Brothers.). He keeps the blog Stinkfight and has an awesome podcast called Clone The Homeless.


Becky Haycox marches to her own homemade drum. A member of various creative communities, she uses more than her fair share of hyphens as crafter-blogger-actor-partygirl-teacher-designer-geek. However, she does not know the definition of turpitude. Her eclectic musings can be found at beckyhaycox.com/hamblog.

Lee Lynch is a filmmaker. His recent feature Transposition of the Great Vessels has been playing the festival circuit for the past year. He is currently finishing a feature length doc on the last wild Buffalo hunt in the United States.

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August 30, 2007

Episode 12: The Old College Try

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Lurking in the closet of every artist is a failed project. Some sort of endeavor that should have been great, could have been great, that just flatlined when launched on the unsuspecting public. Performing as the Tin Man on Hollywood Boulevard, trying to launch a play about fruitcakes, trying to impress the wife's friends with a spooky Halloween spectacle and paying tribute to Abe Lincoln are just some of the tales shared by this weeks guests.


Guests Include:

Rodney Ascher is a filmmaker and animator extraordinaire. His films include the Jack Chick inspired Titanic and Somebody Goofed. He also helmed a failed VH1 pilot for Gene Simmons.


Becky Haycox marches to her own homemade drum. A member of various creative communities, she uses more than her fair share of hyphens as crafter-blogger-actor-partygirl-teacher-designer-geek. However, she does not know the definition of turpitude. Her eclectic musings can be found at beckyhaycox.com/hamblog.

Lee Lynch is a filmmaker. His recent feature Transposition of the Great Vessels has been playing the festival circuit for the past year. He is currently finishing a feature length doc on the last wild Buffalo hunt in the United States.

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August 15, 2007

Nest of Vipers Summer Vacation

Over the next couple weeks Nest of Vipers will be on vacation. We'll be back on September 1 with an all new episode about botched art projects. As a bonus, the next several episodes will have been recorded on the road in Southern California with a whole new cast of characters. In the meantime, catch up on some of the episodes you may have missed. Cheers. Danny P.

August 01, 2007

Episode 11: The Trouble With Travels

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Everybody loves to travel.  But for every fantasy of the perfect vacation lurks the very real possibility of a journey gone haywire. In this episode, our team of world-weary travelers recount bizarre tales including a 50 hour bus ride filled with racial tension, a poodle and a bottle of Perrier, a sixteen year old crusty, hippie-punk passed out in the Jamaican mud at the Reggae Sunsplash, a pathetic Xmas yarn featuring a Blues Brothers cover band and a bus stuck on a snowy mountain pass, and a mad dash from Sacramento to San Francisco in a car falling apart mile by mile. Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

Guests include:

Anthony Bedard is a drummer and guitarist.  He drummed for San Francisco's legendary Icky Boyfriends, a band known to clear the room at lightning speed.  He is currently playing guitar in the panic-skiffle rock combo known as Hank IV.  Bedard also books The Hemlock Tavern, a San Francisco watering hole and rock club.

Jack Boulware, raconteur extraordinaire and chronicler of the depraved is author of the books Sex, American Style and SF Bizarro. He is co-founder of San Francisco's annual Litquake literary festival, and is currently buried in a new book project, a history of punk rock in the Bay Area.

Natalija Vekic is a filmmaker and installation artist.  She's made the acclaimed short films Lost and Found and The Girl with The Pearl Suspended. She's so fancy she was awarded the prestigious Princess Grace Award for filmmaking.

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July 30, 2007

Nest of Vipers: Podcast Awards Finalist. Vote Now!

Nest of Vipers is a finalist in the Cultural/Arts category for the People's Choice Podcast Awards competition.  Over 4,000 podcasts were entered in the competition and Nest of Vipers is one of 10 finalists in the Cultural/Arts category.  If you're digging the show, please vote for us. It's simple.  Just go to the site, find us on the ballot and vote for us.  Much appreciated!

July 14, 2007

Episode 10: Inside The Teachers' Lounge

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Did you ever wonder if your teachers were taking about you in the faculty lounge?  You bet they were.  This week on the Nest of Vipers, we've assembled a crack team of teachers to share their stories of teacher/student interaction.  The stories run the gamut from heartwarming moments to stories that end in failure and expulsion. Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

Guests include:

Doreen Diecke has been teaching English at San Francisco State University for 17 years.  Her new teaching motto is "Getting you to the middle class since 1989."  When she's not teaching she's taking cool photos and getting knee-deep into Photoshop.

Bruce Lamott has been teaching at the high school, college and graduate levels for over 25 years. He teaches Choir, Orchestra and Western Civilization. When he's not in the classroom, he's holding court in the teachers' lounge regaling faculty members with stories for all occasions.

Jan Richman is a poet and novelist who lives in San Francisco.  She is the author of  Because the Brain Can Be Talked Into Anything) and winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is currently working on a novel about Tourette's syndrome and roller coasters.  While teaching at the Academy of Art College, she found herself caught in the middle of a student expulsion case that made national headlines.

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July 11, 2007

Vote For Nest of Vipers Now!

Hey All. If you're enjoying the Nest of Vipers Podcast, please cast a vote for it.

Nominations for Best Cultural/Arts Podcast are underway. To nominate Nest of Vipers go to www.podcastawards.com. You must vote before July 15. So no dilly-dallying.

June 28, 2007

Episode 9: Customer Service Hell

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If you've ever been a mindless drone in the workplace being yelled at by an irate customer or been an irate customer exasperated by the incompetent boobery of the American workforce, then you won't want to miss this episode of the Nest of Vipers. Working the phone lines at Play Station on Christmas morning, being the a/v tech dude at a proctologist convention, being a bag boy in a retirement community, and dealing with couriers that lose your priceless packages are just some of the customer service problems dissected this episode. Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

Guests include:

Anthony Bedard is a drummer and guitarist. He drummed for San Francisco's legendary Icky Boyfriends, a band known to clear the room at lightning speed. He is currently playing guitar in the panic-skiffle rock combo known as Hank IV. Bedard also books The Hemlock Tavern, a San Francisco watering hole and rock club.

Jack Boulware, raconteur extraordinaire and chronicler of the depraved is author of the books Sex, American Style and SF Bizarro. He is co-founder of San Francisco's annual Litquake literary festival, and is currently buried in a new book project, a history of punk rock in the Bay Area.

Bucky Sinister is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry-King of the Roadkills, Whiskey and Robots, and the brand new All Blacked Out & Nowhere To Go. Bucky honed his writing skills and performing chops as emcee of the outrageous poetry brawl scene at the Chameleon in San Francisco's Mission District during the mid 90's. His poems have been included in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and King of the Roadkills inspired a short-lived clothing collection in Australia. He recently completed watching 500 movies on DVD this past year as part of the Q500 Experiment.

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You can check out movie clips of the music, movies and other cultural references we make at the Nest of Vipers YouTube Channel. Below is a clip referencing Episode #9.