The Steer

Hosted ByJoshua James Amberson, Karleigh Frisbie Brogan & Jeff Alessandrelli

Hosted by Joshua James Amberson, Karleigh Frisbie Brogan, and Jeff Alessandrelli in Portland, Oregon, The Steer features leading musicians talking about their favorite writers and books and leading writers talking about their favorite musicians and albums. Conversations often go elsewhere and following each talk is a playlist of songs or sounds discussed during the interview. New episodes drop every two weeks.

All Episodes

Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel–Playlist

10,000 Maniacs–Because the Night

Nirvana–Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22): I. Allegro / Maurice Ravel played by Nigel Kennedy & Lynn Harrell

Black Sabbath–Black Sabbath

PJ Harvey–In the Dark Places—Live at Sydney Festival

10,000 Maniacs–Because the Night–3:39

Ane Brun–All My Tears

Thom Yorke–Analyse–Live (2006)

Patti Smith Group–Because the Night

Essayist Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel

Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel talks to Sunny and Jeff about her recent essay collection Fear Icons, how as a child growing up in a conservatively religious home Ozzy Osbourne was a near stand-in for ol’ Saint Nick himself, and what a “shadow text” is vis-a-vis the framework of Fear Icons.

John Beer–Playlist

The music that John Beer talked about, as heard on KZUT 99.1 FM LA. Tracks include: Ellen Arkbro – Three, Ellen Arkbro – For Organ and Brass, Eve Egoyan – Simple Lines of Enquiry Movement 10 & 11, Sarah Davachi – for piano, Sarah Davachi – for voice.

Poet John Beer

Poet and pub quiz player extraordinaire John Beer, whose poetry collection “The Waste Land and Other Poems” won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, talks about his eclectic tastes in music, a brief life in Berlin, and the importance of poetry critics. He’s a busy man but “sometimes,” he says, “I just sit and listen to music.”

Jamondria Harris–Playlist

Jamondria Harris’ EP “meroitic,” plus tracks from Alice Coltrane and Cocteau Twins. As heard on the radio episode of our show, broadcast on 99.1 FM Los Angeles.

Poet & Multimedia Artist Jamondria Harris

Interdisciplinary artist Jamondria Harris talks about growing up in the vastness of Texas, how Alice Coltrane impacted their life, and their sound art including the work they do under the name meroitic. Jamondria also reads an excerpt from their new collection “quaerere,” out now from Magic Helicopter Press!

Novelist & Short Story Author Sam Lipsyte

Acclaimed author and former frontman of the grunge/not-grunge band Dungbeetle, Sam Lipsyte talks about his early successes and failures, his surprise love for teaching, getting an award from President Ronald Reagan as a kid, and his new novel Hark, published by Simon & Schuster.

Sam Lipsyte–Playlist

Music from the Sam Lipsyte episode, as heard on and KZUT 99.1 FM Los Angeles. Also, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem talks about overcoming failure.

Wendy Bourgeois–Playlist

Tracks from musicians talked about during Wendy’s interview, as heard on and KZUT 99.1 FM Los Angeles.

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