Cheap Hooch

Blasphemy, a Band, and Buddhists Behaving Badly

Thursday, October 24

Lightning_and_the_ChurchSeptember 29th, will go down in Cheap Hooch history as “a bunch of…nothing good,” as one listener described it. Although I thought D$ and I did a pretty good job considering how drunk we were. But I hear ya, listener. I’m no Holly Hooch. Fortunately for us, Holly returns this Sunday.

Our special guest was Oakland band and all around fun dudes The Electric Church. And they were into it.

Lead singer, van driver, and son of Alice Simon, Jack Simon was hilarious, as were all the guys. (Enrico, call me.)

Our topic of discussion was hypocracy and dishonestly in religious tradition, specifically the role of orthodox practice in religious identity. (I know!! Can you believe that shit??)

We may have strayed from the topic a little, and I may have bent the rules about ethnic humor, but as I always say, “you can say it if you are one.” And though the guys from The Electric Church did question my Japanese, Jamaican, Belizean, Cuban, Korean, Irish, Indian, and “Jew-ish” ancestry, I can assure you, I am mostly some of those things.

The testosterone in the air was so thick it nearly short-circuited the mind lamp. And as if these guys weren’t sexy enough, some sexy dude named Emanuel called in to the studio to contribute to the discussion. (Dear Penthouse, I never thought it would happen to me…)

And of course, DJ D$ played some tunes that were, shall I say, divinely inspired?

Then I blacked out.

If you didn’t get a chance to hear the show live, check it out on the podcast page. And go see The Electric Church live at Kip’s in Berkeley, Friday, October 18th at 7:00pm.

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