conversations with matt dwyer

Year thirty-three day twenty-six.

Welcome to Oregon.

6.24.14

Oregon/California Border

I don’t usually write much on this blog as I am a photographer, not a writer. I tend to have an easier time expressing myself visually rather than literally, but I’m about to try my best to do the latter. 

This photo was taken while in the midst of a road trip I am currently on with my boyfriend and partner in life, crime and art, Matt Dwyer. We drove from Glendale, CA to Fort Bragg, CA to our current location in Astoria, OR where we are staying with our very generous and gracious friends Shane and Amy Bugbee. Matt and I (and our two dogs, Jack and Charlie) have embarked (no pun intended) on this trip not to relax or vacation, but to create an art project via Matt’s podcast Conversations with Matt Dwyer and my photography. Along the way we have met some extremely interesting and generous people, beginning with Heather Brown of the Department of Imagination in Fort Bragg, who was kind enough to put us up in her kick ass vintage Air Stream trailer and introduced us to Madame Chinchilla and Mr G of Triangle Tattoo & Museum as well as Ruth Weiss, an extremely influential poet from the beat generation. We are so fortunate to have been able to meet and make friends with these very awesome people. 

Meanwhile, in Astoria… (see next post).

Jim Putnam, musician Radar Bros. EP. 37 - 01/30/13

Before I moved to LA the Radar Brothers were one of those bands I had always heard about. At any party while having a “Let me tell you what I am listening to because I am cooler than you” conversation someone would inevitably bring up the Radar Brothers. For some reason beyond me I never investigated their music. 

One fine evening at Spaceland (now The Satellite) through friends I had a long humorous conversation with a fella. After he parted my friend Demorge asked me, “You know who that was, right?”

I shrugged, “Nope." 

Demorge pointed in the empty space the guy once inhabited, "That’s Jim Putnam of the Radar Brothers.”  

(Jim post interview on his couch with his old and wonderful dog.)

Over coming months Jim and I became friends and I became a fan of his music. I especially fell in love with his side project Mount Wilson Repeater. Sir Putnam and I always had very glib open and fun conversations. 

Jim is a highly soft spoken individual but with a subtle wit that can kill me. He also had a very interesting childhood growing up around some of the biggest names including Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Jim’s dad was BIll Putnam who invented some highly innovative recording devices back in the day and thus engineered some of the biggest names in music.

On this episode Jim and I have a very laid back conversation about music, the spirituality of dogs  and heartbreak. He’s a really great guy and his music is super duper.

You can listen here: http://feralaudio.com/15813/

or free on Itunes.