Ep 210 // Music, Identity, & the Pandemic w/ Ilithios / ‘News of the World’

Premiere DateApr 16, 2021
00:00 Intro
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01:17 START /// Interview w/ Ilithios… about the project
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06:00 The pandemic’s role in the start of the project
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11:00 Debut album: ‘Florist’
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15:30 “Think B4 U Spk” Ilithios
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17:40 New single and a shift in lyrical specificity
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21:00 “Way of the Future” Ilithios
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23:50 The rise in anti-Asian/AAPI incidents / an incident involving his mother
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28:35 Experience with Asian/AAPI culture and how it informs the music / also Greek influences
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34:00 Upcoming video for “Way of the Future” references Korean and Greek backgrounds via home movies
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39:50 Responsibility in this moment as an “Asian-American artist” / suggestions
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44:38 The future of Ilithios as we hopefully near the end of the pandemic / outdoor shows + DIY efforts / East Williamsburg Econo Lodge + bandNada
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50:40 Wrapping up / of birds and eggs… /// END
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51:30 Movie Review: Charles Hinshaw on ‘News of the World’
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52:52 Movie Chat: Charles Hinshaw + J. McVay [SPOILER ALERT]
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68:35 "I Want To Tell You" (BTR Live Studio, 2021) Veronica Bianqui
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73:40 "Elbow Grease” (BTR Live Studio, 2021) LAPÊCHE
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78:30 Outro/credits
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79:26 Finish.
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Manny Nomikos joins J. McVay to discuss how both the pandemic and his bi-racial identity – along with his Korean and Greek cultural backgrounds – have all played a part in the musical project known as Ilithios that he’s pursued over the course of the last year.

Later in the show, Charles Hinshaw joins J. McVay to discuss the film, ‘News of the World,’ directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel – distributed by Universal Pictures.

Plus live performances from Veronica Bianqui and LAPÊCHE, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: J. McVay
  • Contributors on Movies: Charles Hinshaw
  • Composer/Editor: Hansdale Hsu

Mentioned in the Episode:

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Charles Hinshaw

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