(Un)Popular Culture with Chris Tarantino is a weekly show on East Village Radio which examines the seedy underbelly of pop culture through the prism of new music and irreverent in-depth conversations with artists of all disciplines. Airing live Fridays 4-6pm EST on East Village Radio (or on the free iOS/Android app) as a much-needed stopover for new thoughts, ideas and sounds from the fringe, completely unmotivated by profit margin…and also, occasionally, logic.
Chris previously hosted 91.1 WFMU’s The Private Sector with Chris Tarantino with guests including Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, Night Plane, Crazy P, Walker & Royce, Plant Plants and the first ever radio appearance of future Domino Records stars Hookworms. He created and produced UPC with former Radio 4 bandleader and composer/music supervisor Anthony Roman (“This American Life,” “Maron,” “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” Sleepwalk with Me, and Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s) as well as LCD Soundsystem/Sabres of Paradise member and composer Phil Mossman (Out of Sight, Ocean’s 11/12/13, Cop Car). All live band sessions are recorded at Brooklyn’s Ring The Alarm studio and engineered by Mossman and Phil Palazzolo (St. Vincent, Neko Case).
The show regularly hosts live in-studio musical performances, guest DJ mixes, call-ins, and special themed episodes around our guests which include an assortment of international musicians, actors, writers, comedians and general bon vivants. We’ve hosted artists as diverse as superstar techno producer Daniel Avery, bizarro video archivists Everything is Terrible!, Nitehawk Cinemas whizkid John Woods, avant-pop UK “band” LA Priest, Replacements biographer Bob Mehr, film director John Pirozzi, UK rock journalist Barney Hoskyns, Paradise Garage photographer Bill Bernstein, DJs Larry Gus, Parov Stelar, Max Pask, Mojo Filter, as well as members of Obits, LCD Soundsystem and label bosses from Tee Pee Records, Black Booby, Reinhardt Records and Rüf Kutz.
Streaming/downloadable archive with all episodes and full tracklistings available below and on Soundcloud (while that’s still a thing).
Occasionally, we’ll even have some bonus video content too. Like this: