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Emil Amos' Drifter's Sympathy

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Emil Amos tells disturbing and often humiliating stories about growing up in a small town in the 90’s with co-host Jonah Bayer. Every other episode digs into the archaeology of lesser known music

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1: THE SATAN SELLER

1:02:35 | May 31st, 2018

✨🐍✨Episode 35... this is the finale of Season 3✨🐍✨ In 1998, Emil has been living deep in an alternate universe with the other campus leper 'Crazy Jeff' up in the mountains of North Carolina. Jeff is almost a decade older than all the other stude...Show More

31: *OUTER REGIONS*

1:00:56 | May 6th, 2018

This cast opens up the vault exposing all of Grails' early International influences. Turkish, Polish, Greek, Brazilian, German, Japanese and Dutch records are dug through in an effort to overturn the most satisfying junctures of experimentalism and t...Show More

WHAT HAPPENS TO A GURU

54:57 | Apr 23rd, 2018

...One of the most important chapters of our tale!📕   The towering myth of Ron's benevolence is put into perspective as his trust with Emil becomes fractured. Emil begins to see Ron as fallible and human just like the rest of us while his second gu...Show More

*PLASTIC FLOWER PEOPLE II*

58:31 | Apr 9th, 2018

Emil heads back down to the initial crossroads where we naively wander across the dividing lines of various sub-cultures and get sucked under their psychological tide. He sees a somewhat unfortunate Grateful Dead show with Ron at around age 15 which ...Show More

JOURNEY TO THE EAST

55:36 | Mar 26th, 2018

In 1998 Duncan Trussell (comedian), David MacLean (writer) and Emil (musician) went to India and Sri Lanka together for 3 months.  They lived in Dharamshala for a month with Tibetan Refugees and Buddhist monks and then traveled to Agra, New Delhi an...Show More

*THE CASE FOR POLVO*

1:04:27 | Mar 12th, 2018

EPISODE 30 ✨🔦✨  In this episode Emil travels back down to Chapel Hill to try and re-assess the landscape that gave birth to his musical outlook in the early nineties. He uses the flashpoint of Chapel Hill's underground music explosion to argue that...Show More

*DRIFTER'S SYMPATHY PATREON*

07:04 | Feb 5th, 2018

On March 5th the next episodes of Drifter's Sympathy will start rolling out!💥 We've set up a Patreon for people to support the podcast so it can run ad free for the rest of the season. The 3rd Season has 6 more episodes to go, but if you want to s...Show More

SACCHARINE TRUST

1:17:13 | Dec 18th, 2017

Episode 29 tells the genesis tale behind the song 'Saccharine Trust' that was named after the classic SST band of the '80s. The first half of the cast meditates on the unstable period of life the song is about and then segues into a lesson on meeting...Show More

*THE TERRORISTS*

1:21:09 | Dec 4th, 2017

'The Terrorists' digs down into the music that shapes our minds when we first become indoctrinated in the language of the punk spirit. Another version of the loner/outsider, The TERRORIST anticipates their marginalization and amps up the aggression ...Show More

TO ABRAXAS WITH HEADACHES

1:15:50 | Nov 20th, 2017

This is the story of how the first song on the first Holy Sons record was channeled during a precarious bender and super-faded viewing of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1997. This bender eventually leads to a semi-disastrous conclusion at a ...Show More

*LONER LEGENDS II*

1:21:12 | Nov 6th, 2017

Loner Legends returns for a second round to help define the impetus behind Drifter's Sympathy. The 'loser' is an archetype that still needs a good bit of ironing out... and for this episode we're presented with classically wayward examples like Arch ...Show More

DAWN OF INDIVIDUATION

1:05:35 | Oct 23rd, 2017

'Dawn of Individuation' launches Season 3 of Drifter's Sympathy by grappling with the etymology of nostalgia as an 'acute form of homesickness'. Its a mellow opening that digs into the initial chance you get to invent yourself at age 13, the mating r...Show More

*LONER LEGENDS*

1:13:23 | Jun 26th, 2017

LONER LEGENDS brings the second season of Drifter's Sympathy to a close with special spotlights on Pete Hamm, Roger Rodier, Moondog and the great Skip Spence, who might've unknowingly kicked off this entire genre. Spence's story is used as a jumping...Show More

THE LECTURER

1:12:18 | Jun 13th, 2017

To bring Season 2 to its thematic close, Duncan guest-hosts with Emil and they try to sum up their thoughts on the light and dark sides of the nature of the Guru. The episode is named after a Universal voice that Duncan dubbed 'The Lecturer'... an ...Show More

*BRITISH MASTERS II*

1:19:00 | May 29th, 2017

British Masters returns for a second volume to mine early Bowie obscurities, classically-influenced prog-folk, private press demos of failed songwriting teams and a short spotlight on Andrew Loog Oldham (producer of the Stones, Del Shannon and Billy ...Show More

THE OUTSIDER

1:09:20 | May 16th, 2017

This cast is about the slow attempt we make to repair ourselves while staring into the heart of absurdity. Its about the family of people who've inadvertently helped each other through death and re-birth... the writers, thinkers and artists who have...Show More

*LIBRARY MUSIC*

1:13:30 | May 1st, 2017

Emil's bandmate Alex Hall from Grails and Lilacs & Champagne is in town from Berlin and they deliver an introduction to "Library Music"... The term goes back as far as the twenties when stock music began to be composed to accompany the first films ...Show More

INSIDIOUS MIND CONTROL

1:15:11 | Apr 17th, 2017

Duncan Trussell & Emil Amos have been sitting on an archive of prank calls they did in college & talking about releasing them for 2 DECADES now. Some of Emil's favorites have been cleaned up for this exclusive episode of Drifter's Sympathy.✨🌺✨ It ...Show More

*CARAVAN & KALEIDOSCOPE*

1:28:41 | Apr 4th, 2017

Drifting deep into our UK roots on many drinks, Emil dedicates an entire episode to two unheralded pioneers that got lost in the initial flurry of British invasion-isms. Caravan hid behind the shadow of Pink Floyd without ever truly stepping out into...Show More

RECKLESS LIBERATION

1:06:40 | Mar 20th, 2017

This episode details the story behind the song "Reckless Liberation" from the Holy Sons' record 'Survivalist Tales'. Emil enters college and immediately descends into an inner-storm of disassociation and profound confusion; ...existing up in trees, o...Show More

*SLEAZY LISTENING*

1:14:14 | Mar 6th, 2017

Re-visiting the entry point at which we all encounter the idea of sex and the mystique/power it holds at a distance, we dive into some of the geniuses behind the music that soundtracked the classic softcore porn films. The centerpiece is on the Em...Show More

BACK TO BOSTON

1:05:43 | Feb 20th, 2017

This cast is about the absolute peak of recklessness... when you spin the wheel just to see where everything lands. It picks up the thread left off in "Center of the Cyclone", the darkest chapter of Drifter's Sympathy, where Emil had a classical gui...Show More

*AMERICAN TRAILBLAZERS II*

1:19:20 | Feb 6th, 2017

American Trailblazers returns and seeps into all new cracks of our abandoned history. In a half-drunken fit of mispronunciation, Emil calls up producer John Agnello to set the record straight on the various producers of the Eagles, uncovers various ...Show More

HIGH SCHOOL

1:11:06 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Episode 13 kicks off the second season of Drifter's Sympathy.💐 Like an archaeologist going over the same prehistoric site twice, we go back to High School in an attempt to return to more optimistic times. That strategy backfires completely as we d...Show More

*PLASTIC FLOWER PEOPLE*

1:26:51 | Jan 9th, 2017

In the late 60's new advances in recording technology collided up against the rise of the flower children and a new genre of insincere bohemian music was pushed into the wake of a new youth market. Some of it was QUITE GOOD as a few very genuine art...Show More

CENTER OF THE CYCLONE

1:17:32 | Dec 19th, 2016

This is the 'season finale' of the first 6 month run of Drifter's Sympathy. We've already covered that there's inevitably a moment in the 'hero's journey' where one doesn't know what they're doing anymore and has lost all sense of safety and dire...Show More

*RARE SOUNDTRACKS II*

1:13:14 | Dec 6th, 2016

Rare Soundtracks is back. ⚡ This episode digs back into the folds of Grails' influences by focusing on the great 'British Crime' film composer Roy Budd, pointing out the cancerous effect of Tubular Bells on modern horror films and including a small ...Show More

I WANT TO KNOW

1:03:53 | Nov 21st, 2016

Fantasies eventually have to turn to sour to reveal the true way forward. Transgression, Adventurism and pushing the boundaries of one's own psychology are a central piece of the hero's journey. So this episode dives deep into the gutter where one b...Show More

*EUROPEAN PIONEERS*

1:14:21 | Nov 7th, 2016

This week's episode dives deep into forgotten European songwriting and record production. Several shadowy heroes are covered here with a special section on Laurence Vanay and the Château d'Hérouville, the legendary studio in the French countryside w...Show More

MY BEST FRIEND

1:09:43 | Oct 24th, 2016

The tide turns as a new Guru comes to town. This episode sits at the crux of 'Drifter's Sympathy' as it visits the ultimate transformative moment when a young kid is inducted into underground culture and falls in love with the pursuit of making art i...Show More

*BRITISH MASTERS*

1:24:43 | Oct 10th, 2016

This Episode goes back to the era of the Beatles reign, focusing on lesser known British geniuses in songwriting and contrasting their early work with what became of them down the line. Emil's band Holy Sons are also setting off on tour to support...Show More

LOW BROW SHAMANISMS IN '94

1:09:17 | Sep 26th, 2016

Pink Floyd comes to North Carolina in 1994 and Emil accidentally takes 9 hits of acid in the back of a station wagon alongside Ron, the gay deadhead who'd previously inducted him into the cult of LSD. Sadly, this is the final episode of 'the Ron ...Show More

*AMERICAN TRAILBLAZERS*

1:16:30 | Sep 12th, 2016

Episode 4 dives into the history of lesser known American record production and songwriting, uncovers various Neil Young imitators and features a mini-section on the significance and extreme depression of Del Shannon. Under the same spell of classic ...Show More

THE SPOILS OF VANITY

1:14:08 | Aug 29th, 2016

In 1994 Emil was kidnapped briefly while on LSD, taken to a shack out in the woods and greeted by a teen dressed as Michael Jackson who attempted to coerce him into a three-way along with another boy who appeared to be in witness protection. As this ...Show More

*RARE SOUNDTRACKS*

1:18:08 | Aug 15th, 2016

The storytelling/audio-book aspect of the podcast will return on the 1st of every month. For this episode Emil performs the honorable late-night ritual of drinking heavily and going through the rare soundtrack section of records he's accumulated whil...Show More

MOVING TO LA

1:00:30 | Jul 31st, 2016

To introduce some of the various characters that will be involved in the podcast, Emil tells the story of when Duncan Trussell called him up in 1999 to inform him that he'd arranged for Emil to start managing the legendary Comedy Store in LA if he co...Show More