Ep 35 // Steven Pestana & Shout! / ‘The Shape Of Water’

Premiere DateDec 8, 2017
00:00 Intro
01:24 START /// Steven Pestana on the SHOUT! party w/ Matt Ruby
05:29 Before the party
07:21 NYC music scenes at the time (East Village Trash, Rave, Indie Rock)
10:31 Reaction to the scenes / the right club
12:30 Reasons for early success
14:28 Aesthetics (goth+mod = moth) / Looking to DC scene / bands from art school
18:18 Role of a party in a movement / The immersive experience of “going out”
20:17 Rock and roll as religion for non-religious people
20:19 Sordidness
22:08 Old vs. new music / building “the impression of a scene”
25:38 The perfect Bill Maher story / the necessity of name dropping for press
27:20 Other parties
28:28 Keeping the party fresh through reinvention / distinctive flyers
31:02 The importance of a disco ball (and other elements of a good party)
33:22 How the party ended / Scenes need one place /// END
39:20 1st Person: Rich // Running Marathons
42:46 Movie Review: ‘The Shape Of Water’ w/ Charles Hinshaw
44:13 Movie Chat: ‘The Shape Of Water’ (spoiler alert)
60:44 John Knefel // The FBI IS Not Your Friend
63:32 “Summertime Mama” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) Becca Mancari
66:56 Outro / Credits
67:46 Finish.

This week, we have a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Steven Pestana, who was one of the DJs and organizers behind the influential party known as ‘Shout!’ that took place in New York City between 1997 and 2006. The party, which invited people to dance to retro rock and roll, was an early part of the scene which eventually gave rise to bands such as The Strokes, Yeah Yeahs, and Interpol. Steven describes the origins of the party, what accounted for its success, and how it eventually came to an end. We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, The Shape Of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch‘s John Knefel with his thoughts on the ways in which, despite current narratives, the FBI is not actually a friend to progressives and their causes; a man we met at the NYC Marathon Expo named Rich, who shared some of his experiences and motivations for running marathons; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Nashville singer-songwriter Becca Mancari from her upcoming BTR Live Studio session

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

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…
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