By Nora the Janitor
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Prairie Goth focuses on long-form, casual interviews with art fiends, weirdos and other curious folks that your host, Nora the Janitor, meets while searching for meaning in the Great Plains and beyond. It's a Sisyphean obsession with asking the unanswerable. It's moonrise conversations.
||Explicit#31 Vanity Plate & Robert Kramer||Last August, Vanity Plate and the Juniper Drive came on the podcast after their summer tour. This year, we're doing it again: Jazmine, Zach, Blake, Connor and Robert give me the rundown on their tour to the east coast. We talk about stopping to...||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30 Jake and I Talk About Music, the Internet, and My Eulogy||"My artistic hero Ingmar Bergman, a film director actually, once asked … what is music?" — Jake My friend and old college roommate Jake comes on Prairie Goth to talk about music, the internet, and the place that the art form holds in our society....||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29 Seven Hours in the Biolabs||Please do me a favor! Click these links to follow me on Spotify: Citizen Scientist & Nora and the Janitors I've been quietly taking a break from any new, 'real' podcast episodes this summer. Partly because I've been working on some other projects,...||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28 I Ain't Talkin' Synth, I'm Talkin' WIP||Synthesizer & drum machine. Works-in-progress from my 'other band', Citizen Scientist. Find this episode on the blog. I ain't talkin' s**t, I'm talkin' whip.||5/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 Call Me Yeah Yeah You Know What to Do||Phone calls with Ryan Schweitzer, Lindsey Bertsch, Rod Hadland, Jessy Hegland, Chris Brown, Anthony Howe, Matt Farley, and one other special guest. Learn more on the blog.||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26 Synthesizer Self-Care||Three hours of synth & drum machines recorded on cassettes. I enumerate some of the good things that happened to me in 2016 and discuss my plans for upcoming projects. As the episode wraps up, I reveal something about myself that I've kept private...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25 Cera Pignet||Cera Pignet always knew she wanted to be an artist. Born in California but raised in Minot, ND, Cera has studied at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and Minot State University, focusing on mixed media. You can find her online on Facebook...||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24 Birthday Tapes||Over my birthday weekend & during the follow days, I recorded about five hours of synthesizer music. On this episode, I digitize the cassettes and talk about art, life, emotions & politics. Also Mini Metro. These tapes are works-in-progress...||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 DEMOS by Algorillathym||I review the new set of demos from Minot, ND band Algorillathym. The recordings are a breath of fresh air in this new year — a year that will probably be even worse than last year. The music reminds us not to despair when we are living in our own...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 Happy New Year!!||~~TAKE SOME SHOTS W/ NORA THE JANITOR~~||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 Throw It in the Trash: A Mixtape for 2016||Nora the Janitor, taking out the garbage and setting it on fire. Good riddance, 2016. Please do me a favor! Follow my bands, both Nora and the Janitors and Citizen Scientist, on Spotify. If you want to download music or show your support, check out my...||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Your Spirit Broken Yet?||My band Nora and the Janitors released a new lo-fi album. Figured I oughta debut it here. Check out noraandthejanitors.com to download the album, get a cassette, or sign up for my subscription service. You'll get everything I've released plus some...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 Not My President||This is a nightmare.||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 Saxophone City||I take a call with multi-instrumentalist and mad scientist, Johnny Unicorn, of Seattle, Washington. I met Johnny in August of 2013 at the first Why Not Fest that I attended in Minot, ND. He was touring with his Jam Unit at that time, which was made up...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 Vanity Plate & The Juniper Drive||I spoke with all six members of North Dakota bands Vanity Plate and the Juniper Drive after they returned from their tour to the west coast. Blake Burbach // guitar // VP+JD Robert Kramer // guitar & vocals // JD Evan Morgenson // bass // JD...||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 ConTruman||I take a call with Dan, Tia, Scott and Gabe of the North Dakota bands the Contraceptives and Free Truman. They're in their tour van, in the scorching heat with no AC, and we talk about pyramids of La Croix, immortality sandwiches, and Mac DeMarco.||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 Many Months Left||I got in the van with Bismarck's premier phone booth emo band, Many Months Left, to talk about summoning the positivity of 666 & about how they're maybe on tour right now & I think about the night where she kissed me in the graveyard....||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 Amos the Pizza Boy||"I feel like kinda like at the creative peak of my life." Amos called me while he was at work and we talked about Colorado, dubbing cassette tapes, cool bands, DIY venues and his favorite pizza. He plays in justinedrugs, Wrinkle and Old Sport....||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 Blake's Back||Blake calls me while he's out on tour with his bands Vanity Plate and the Juniper Drive. If you're in North Dakota, you can catch them at their last few dates: 6/18 in Bismarck at Side B 6/19 in Fargo at the Aquarium 6/20 in Grand Forks at Ojata...||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 Kody Ternes||Kody Ternes is a singer/songwriter from Minot, ND and he comes down to Midwest Biolabs with many surprises. Kody and I have very different backgrounds — I mean, I didn't expect to have a youth pastor on the show so soon, if ever, to be...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 Trump in Bismarck||On May 26th, I went to hear Donald Trump speak at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND. I spoke with supporters and protesters outside the event, trying to get an idea of what people here think of the presumptive Republican...||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 Bernie in Bismarck||On May 13th, I walked to downtown Bismarck, North Dakota, the evening of the Bernie Sanders rally, to speak with attendees. The noisy streets, the Loud Muffler Capitol of North Dakota, populated with vendors hawking t-shirts and pins, guys from a...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Enter the Loop Zone||On this week's episode, we enter the Loop Zone with an exclusive stream of the new Citizen Scientist album, Saoirse. You can find Citizen Scientist online at citisci.space or citisci.bandcamp.com||4/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 Grace Clark||Grace Clark is a photographer from Road Town, USA — aka Teardrop Camper Land, America — aka Photography WheelHaus of the World — aka uhhhhhh So Grace is from Moorhead basically, but she was born in Idaho, and now she's living on the...||4/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 Cody Ault||When Cody Ault was growing up in Minot, he always wanted to be in a band. He never really got the chance — until just a couple years ago, when he met his future bandmates, including friends he made at Pangea House. Now, Cody is making up for all...||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 I Quit All of My Bands||Last week, I quit all of the bands that I play music in with other people. This episode is to update listeners but mostly I just needed to try to process all of this. I'm excited for the future, but right now, all of the stress and guilt really really...||3/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 Free Truman||Today's interview is with Tayler, Tia and Scott of Free Truman, a surf punk band from Fargo/Moorhead. Our conversation revolves around topics like Tia's fear of belly buttons, Scott's love of sinners and the joys & hardships of tour life,...||3/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 Robert Kramer (Part Three)||On this episode, Robert and I wrap up our three-part conversation. We talk about going on tour when we were 18, Robert's time in Phoenix & Nashville studying audio engineering, getting drunk & writing songs, and how much better & more...||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 Robert Kramer (Part Two)||This is part two of my interview with Robert Kramer, a singer/songwriter from Bismarck, ND. You can hear Robert's 2014 solo album, The South & Goodbye, on his website: robertkramer.bandcamp.com shout out 2 invader zim||2/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 Robert Kramer (Part One)||Robert Kramer is a singer/songwriter from Bismarck, ND. In this first episode of my three-part interview with Robert, it's all about origin stories. Robert and I met when we were in grade school, our first band was together and we've been making music...||2/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 Cold Sweat (Part Two)||Part two of my interview with Cold Sweat! He's a member of the North Dakota hip-hop collective Zen People, alongside Real Truth and Jantzonia. Cold Sweat's first studio album, The Right to Arm a Bear, will be out March 22nd. Beats by Doc...||2/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 Cold Sweat (Part One)||Rapper Cold Sweat from Minot, ND||1/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMic Test||Welcome to Prairie Goth||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Long live Prairie Goth!
I love that this podcast exists. There’s always fantastic art happening in North Dakota, and there’s nobody better than Nora the Janitor to talk about it. The show is funny, inspiring, and just makes you feel good about the world.
If you're looking for a podcast that represents a largely unknown yet undeniably fertile DIY arts community in an honest and entertaining way, look no further. Nora's passion for the North Dakota scene shines through in spite of the frustrations that come from being an artist in a rural, often backwards part of the country. Digging beneath the surface of the arts community to find the core of what is needed to make a scene thrive, this podcast is a great analysis of a the comeraderie, occasional pessimism, but above all, passions that come together to make a community a haven for artists in need of outlet.
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I waded through a barrage of updates and terms of service I didn't read to let the public know one thing: Prairie Goth is worth it.