Magic and Mystics
Music artist overview: This episode is scored by Threshing Floor, a group made up of indie music all-stars Alan Licht, Rebecca Odes, Gretchen Gonzales, Nate Young and John Olson from underground bands such as Wolf Eyes, Love Child, and Slumber Party.
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Dr. Justin SledgeScholar of the arcane, Content Producer, Popular Educator on Esoteric and Occult Topics
Dr. Justin Sledge works as a part-time professor of Religion and Philosophy in the Detroit area and is the host of the popular YouTube channel Esoterica with nearly half a million subscribers. His academic expertise is in Western Esotericism, especially the metaphysical and philosophical background of early modern occultism. His educational work focuses on a range of topics including alchemy, magic, kabbalah, gnosticism, hermetic philosophy and the occult. In addition to his academic work Dr Sledge is also a collector and dealer in arcane antiquarian books. He is also a distiller and recently teamed with Detroit City Distillery to recreate a historically accurate Absinthe following 19th century protocols. Dr. Sledge lives in Detroit with his wife, Rabbi Alana Alpert, his two children and their dog Mississippi.
Nate Young & John Olson (Wolf Eyes)Michigan Homemade Audio Duck Tape'd Mystic
Nathan Young & John Olson aka Wolf Eyes is an American experimental music group from Michigan, formed in 1996 by Nate Young. Currently the group consists of John Olson and Nate Young. Wolf Eyes are a prominent act within contemporary noise music. They have collaborated with a variety of artists from different countries and art forms. The group has released 297 recordings during their 21 years of ceaseless prolific activity. Official releases have appeared on labels including but not limited to the Lower Floors, Hanson Records, Bulb Records, American Tapes, Fusetron, De Stijl Records, Sub Pop, Troubleman Unlimited, AA Records, Gods of Tundra, Freedom From. They have collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Merzbow, Sonic Youth, Black Dice, Double Leopards, John Wiese, Mammal, FLUCT, MV Carbon, Twig Harper, Jaimie Branch, Richard Pinhas, and Smegma and many more.
Gretchen Gonzales DavidsonReboot Board Member
Gretchen Gonzales Davidson grew up in Flint, MI. She graduated from Michigan State University with a dual-degree in Anthropology and Environmental Policy. She moved to Detroit in 1998 as a musician, where she played in numerous bands. Gretchen has an event production company and serves on numerous boards including Detroit Children’s Fund, Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and CultureLab Detroit. She has three boys with her husband Ethan.
Rebecca OdesMultimedia Artist and Writer
Rebecca Odes is a multimedia artist and writer. She is an author and illustrator of four books about life stages and personal identity and the cofounder of gurl.com, wifey.tv, and most recently, thecherrypicks.com.
Alan LichtMusician and Writer
A musician and writer, Alan Licht’s has appeared on over 100 recordings that range from indie rock to minimalist composition to free improvisation. Recent releases include Currents, a solo acoustic album, and Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow, a collaboration with Tetuzi Akiyama, Rob Mazurek, and Oren Ambarchi. A contributing music editor at BOMB magazine who has written frequently for Artforum, Art Review, Modern Painters, Parkett, and many other publications, he is also the author of Sound Art Revisited (Bloomsbury, 2019) and the editor of Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Faber & Faber/W.W. Norton, 2012).