S02e55 is a b-sides baby, a special lil thing we like to do over here at Lasers where we take some previously unaired conversations from earlier episodes and string them together to create a coherent whole. To kick things off they talk neighborhoods and reverse gentrification (white flight!) before the Lasers talk to DD the Destroyer about grey sweatpants and penis prints. They talk bad decisions by the Habs with Julian McKenzie, bad encounters with birds with Dana El Masri and then the nature of things in rap in Montreal with JT Soul before ranking Jay-Z’s discography and workshopping a pretty awful origin story amongst themselves. They talk boasting for the gram with DD, growth causing discomfort with Dana and the toxicity of the NFL with Julian before talking funk music with JT Soul and exploring confrontation with DD. To close out, they examine Canadian Christmas with Julian and the Stem Cell NFL (trademark) with one another. L@@@@@@sers!
S02e52 is out yall and we have a guest for you guys, podcaster/producer Tom Zalatnai of the Upford Network. They kick things off by sharing some behind the scenes dramedy stuff that happens when you’re trying to make a podcast and take a peak at what it takes to make it successful. Tom shares a little about getting sober and talks leaving the church when you’re deeply invested and Mike shares an awful ending to a night out. They talk marketing a podcast and bang for your buck, hit Top of the Hour to get intimate-ish, and weigh the pros and cons of twitter as a platform. They move on to speaking what you know and zipping it otherwise, the plague that is weekly content creation and share some nitty gritty of producing a podcast before Tom gives us a little insight into a day in the life of dad. They talk the youth pastor journey and aesthetic, different approaches to getting therapied, why you can’t always work with friends and bad podcast pitches. To close out, they discuss getting married, lobster life and the power of denial. lasersssssssssssss...
The Troggs - Our Love Will Still Be There
Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
Valerie June - Pushin’ a Stone
Future - Perkys Calling
Skip Marley - That’s Not True (Featuring Damian Marley)
Juan Wauters - Doing Alright
Oh bebe it’s s02e51 and it’s a b-sides episode, full of unearthed conversations from previous episodes strung together to form one long auditory sausage for yall. It kicks off with some Maky Lavender speak on Superman being problematic and opening for other rappers before the Lasers discuss the difference between inspiration and thievery when creating. They talk being under the influence with Erik Leijon, paper trails and finance with Freddy Lloyd and real friends vs rap friends with Maky before Brittain refuses to accept nerdom. They speak music criticism and new rappers with Erik Leijon, stream farms and fast fashion with Lil Lonely, and burning cocaine lol with Cyber. They talk Dunn’s, cats and stacking cash with Maky and the value of nostalgia amongst themselves before taking a look under the hood of art journalism in the city with Erik. To close out, the Lasers discuss getting grooves back and women no longer taking Ls before Freddy Lloyd breaks down his current projects and they examine the purpose of debate when some things just aren’t up for discussion. Nerds and Viggo Mortensen then catch a bad one. Lasers fakers!
S02e49 is out and the Lasers are cheesed to welcome singer/songwriter Meryem Saci to the podcast to share wisdom and make funnies! They jump right in the stuff and talk Gary Vee and the value of making mistakes early before Meryem tells us a lil about her path and background and Mike tells us we’re gonna live forever. They talk coming of age and navigating your dreams and accountability to self before accountability to others and hit Top of the Hour for fun and games stuff. They call out some fake glass usage amongst them and everyone compares power of vision before talking J-Lo’s abilities and the usefulness of selfies and knowing thyself while Meryem tackles her self-portrait. They talk adulting and growing up vs just getting older and what the hell’s the difference before Mike compliments Meryem Saci’s self-portrait (signature) and they explore access to info, staying ready, staying grounded, and final words. Fasers!!
S02e48 is here and the Lasers welcome youtube personality/gamer Bunty King to the podcast!! They kick off with space talk (would you go, are you scared, are there aliens) before Bunty King talks important issues in gaming and everyone gets deep on AI and puts it into a larger context before disagreeing on Mr Musk. They talk character building through fighting before Bunty shares a tough time and getting through it and everyone agrees that communication in relationships is key, shout out dolphins. They take a look at the impetus behind gaming before they hit Top of the Hour for Q&A and Bunty King gives us some insight into the philosophy behind his youtube and the pitfalls to being shocking online. Bunty King tells a tourism tale and Mike kicks off a gaming game where they try to differentiate the real from the figments of Mike’s imagination and Markings tells us about being excited for the summer of tennis ‘19. They cover hispanic appropriation by white ladies posturing as spanish before discussing the perils of comparing oneself to one’s peers and workshopping dream games that they would bring to market. To close out, Bunty King shares what he likes about gaming and why before they examine some of the darker sides of the lifestyle and Bunty King struggles through his self-portrait. Laters!!!!
S02e47 welcomes singer/songwriter Maryze to the podcast for everyone’s collective enjoyment!! They kick off with a lil bit of astrology content and talk kids and drugs and getting to the bag early before Maryze talks the moon and Brittain talks interconnectedness. They discuss music production and being self-sufficient in creation, especially as a woman in music, and then hit Top of the Hour to reveal some truths. They discuss taking accountability in life, both at the micro personal level and at the macro socio-political-economic one, and the best way forward in re-establishing a lil bit of balance in the world. Maryze shares her musical likes, they talk Grimes’ bananas concept for her new project and examine the particularity of listening to music when making your own. They discuss the different spanish dialects and not understanding the DR before Maryze does her self-portrait and shares a lil about her approach to the big things in life. They close out by examining a balanced life and how to not get caught up in work, especially when entrepreneuring, and how important it is to maintain an identity outside of your profesional one before Maryze, currently on tour, shares a tale of a bad performance and everyone gives some final thoughts on joy, last names and religion (deep stuff). Lalalalalalalasers!
S02e46 has arrived and the Lasers welcome singer/songwriter Janette King to the podcast!! To kick off they talk the cyclical nature of things, sneakers in particular, and get into the nitty gritty of what isssss streetwear. They examine the role of liquor in nightlife and decide who amongst them has the best salsa before tracing the punk style back to its West Indian roots and talking licensing legends’ names. They discuss exactly why Lauryn Hill’s performance style is so abrasive and what it taught Mike about yelling at drummers before hitting ‘Top of the Hour’ to get to know one another a wee bit better. Mike and Markings disagree about pc culture and everyone wonders when it’s funny to be mean (almost never) and they separate the man from the art with Kodak Black. Mike gives us some notes and chronicles his top producers before they talk networking in the arts and releasing music on the available platforms. They play ‘Secret Life of Wax’ before Janette talks Vancouver and asks for more info on Montreal steak spice please. Janette tells us about her move to Montreal and what she got out of jazz school before beginning her self-portrait and then completing her self-portrait to everyone’s horror. To close out Brittain shares a good memory involving handwriting, Markings shares a good memory involving band, and everyone talks Rihanna’s impending music. Lasers losers!!!
s02e45 is here and the Lasers brought through singer/rapper JT Soul to talk music and life. They kick off with a lil bit of background before Markings shares a cypher memory and they explore the pacing of releasing a project in rap. They play ‘Secret Life of Wax’ and examine longevity in music - who has it, who wants it, and how the hell to get it - before JT Soul shares a lil insight into the music he’s gonna drop and they talk peruvian dishes, specifically green ones. JT Soul talks his team and his process and Mike gets insightful about psychedelics before they hit ‘Top of the Hour’ and disagree about the ramifications of ayahuasca. Everyone-ish shares some unreleased musical fire (flames) before JT Soul embarks upon a self-portrait journey and they talk doing stuff just to do it sometimes man. JT Soul talks his upcoming project Goodbye, Lightspeed and shares some background into his next but current single and the unfortunate events that served as the inspiration behind it. LAZzzzzzers.
Nipsey Hussle - Checc Me Out
Tree - Safe to Say
Funkadelic - Uncle Jam
cannonhead - No Freestyles Interlude (Unreleased)
Shmings X lowpocus beat (Unreleased)
JT Soul - Doja (Unreleased)
JT Soul - Lay in the Sun with Your Soul
S02e44 is here and it features podcaster/personality DD the Destroyer! They kick off by contrasting the various iterations of Drake to pick the worst and move on to telling lies and how not to get played by teens. They say no to violence, talk excluding dummies, and call out “pick me”s for being the worst before examining how to keep your cool without losing your human. Mike talks being party drugged without his knowledge and DD shares her favorite ladies before they hit ‘Top of the Hour’ for Q&A time and share some laughs. They move on to cancel culture and get into the Michael Jackson stuff before taking a jab at Grimes and talking raising children young. They figure out the next big drug, examine why kids can be boring and hate on Christopher Columbus before DD shares a little about her podcast journey and where she’s hoping to take it in the future. To close out, they touch on Boondocks and superheroes before Mike shares his podcast notes and DD shares her self-portrait. Lasers bebes!!
A new episode has dropped! S02e43 welcomes musical/visual/conceptual artist Lil’ Lonely to the podcast to discuss processes and good design and also make good jokes. It kicks off with talk of experimentation and putting it to proper creative use before Lil Lonely talks about the concept behind Lil Lil Lonely and they discuss what makes a gimmick and what’s just good marketing. They talk best beans (coffee) and then move into music talk, discussing best guitarists and producers of all time and getting into the nitty gritty between metal and punk. They talk 00s music from nu metal to ring tone rap and a lil bit about gaming before hitting Top of the Hour to answer some Qs. They talk doing everything for self, not being platform dependant and the role of visuals in art and music and hit some podcast notes to explore some random but important thoughts. To close out, they play a new game ‘The Secret Life of Wax’ and discuss mastering one’s craft before Lil Lonely unveils his self-portrait to much acclaim. LaSErs!!!!!!!!
S02e42 is here and the Lasers welcome Freddy Lloyd, creator of the Click for Culture podcast and moderator for Never Was Average to the couches! They kick off with why rappers might not make for good conversationalists and talk marijuana strains before hitting Top of the Hour to answer some questions for yall. They cover the yee haw agenda and talk a lil ‘bout black country before Markings gives everyone a deep dive into Duolingo. They get in depth about what it means to represent Quebec, examine gender politics - specifically when it comes to being heard out here, and then speak on the Canadian grant system and its ills. Mike brings out his podcast notes where they cover STDs in the elderly and ghost vs alien adultery then play a game all about the Culture before getting into exceptionalism and OG criteria. To close out, they cover Joe Rogan and getting too close to the right then talk how much hardship helps before Freddy draws his self-portrait to reveal his inner self. La-Sers.
S02e38 welcomes rapper / producer Maky Lavender to the podcast to chat about music and life and stuff :)) It opens with Maky giving us a little lesson into letting go before everyone talks why clothing used to be xtra large in hip hop and why it’s annoying when people won’t just let you live. They agree that guys are gross and talk just how robot sex can get before taking a closer look at the evolution of what’s acceptable when shooting a shot. They talk what issss cool, why porn at a young age is a problem and why some dudes just can’t achieve sex before Maky shares how clout is benefiting his love life. They wonder why someone would date anyone way younger before hitting Top of the Hour to get through some questions and talking the ubiquity of cocaine. They discuss over-indulging and detail their artist rider before Mike goes through his podcast notes and they take a closer look at sexual behaviour. Maky takes a crack at a self-portrait, talks getting bullied as a youngin and generously shares a demo that he’s been working on. To close out, they talk gaslighting and share some getting the short end of the stick stories before Maky tells us about what’s coming up next. Lasers baby!
S02e37 welcomes perfumer Dana El Masri, owner of Parfums Jazmin Sarai, who just so happens to be the significant other of Markings, to talk all things coupledom and also other stuff with Markings and Mike and Brittain. It kicks off with talk of polygamy, marriages of convenience and the different iterations of love before moving on to using emotion to sell stuff and whether it's acceptable to love your grandparents. Markings explores his ability to New York, Mike and Brittain take stock of their relationship and share some insight into surviving the lows in a longterm union and everyone talks shitty television. They talk growing vs loving and everyone shares the particular version of trash entertainment that they consume before hitting "Top of the Hour" to answer some Qs. Dana and Brittain talk self-love and how it manifests in your relationships with others, Dana shares a little about her background, all the places she's lived and how that's shaped her before they laugh at a show about awful, passive-aggressive tattoos. Mike brings through some podcast notes and they talk death and the disposal of loved ones, Montreal rappers, and social media being stinky, and Dana uses her synesthesia to describe the smell of some sounds and tells us a bit about what it feels like. They talk lying by omission and name unproblematic white people before talking the senses and how intimately smell is linked to memory and emotion. To close out, Dana and Markings share an argument they'd had that morning and talk road-testing a new relationship before the group breaks down the limits of what is white and talk being in love with someone's smell.
S02e36 sees Mike and Brittain welcome writer / journalist and music critic Erik Leijon to the Lasers podcast! To kick off, they talk cannabis going corporate before Erik gives some insight into his process when covering music and his approach when it comes to critique. They move on to the Post Malone apocalypse (a-post-calypse) before talking how to find new music, the problems with the big playlists, whether writers can still break artists and then tear down Justin Timberlake. They play ‘Genre Reveal Party’ and Erik talks being fancy on the Polaris Prize Jury, the diversification of his writing portfolio and what’s going on with the indie bands of yore before they hit ‘Top of the Hour’ to answer some Qs. Mike and Erik talk a lil about their Swedishness and the glory of Stockholm and then everyone talks roving packs of dogs, International edition. To close out, Erik draws his self-portrait as he shares some of his wedding prep and Mike runs through some ‘podcast notes’ that they discuss before examining New York’s stranglehold on hip hop’s narrative. laaaAASERSSSS!!
S02e34 features a compilation of previously unheard conversations from a few of our favorite episodes this season thus far. Conversation kicks off as Mike, Jay and KC consider how to save baseball from its inevitable demise before Markings explains to Mike and Miro LaFlaga how to know when it’s time to let go. Next up, Lex Garcia and Markings discuss how to really really be an ally, Brittain, Markings and Mike talk a lil about addiction and Mac Miller’s unfortunate passing and Jay talks weed strains. Miro LaFlaga and Markings take a closer look at kufis before breaking down some of the highs in Miro’s career and talking why it’s important to acknowledge wins and set goals while growing. Lex Garcia talks about influencing the youth and how quick these new kids are coming up before Mike, Jay and KC speak on Louis CK’s bad behaviour and Mike, Markings and Miro discuss the end of the blogs. To close out, Mike and KC explain curation to Jay, Miro LaFlaga talks everyone being a brand and the cyclical nature of fashion and Jay talks porn and then his stock portfolio.
Takeoff - Last Memory
Freddie “5ive” de Andrade - Drummers Beat (Demo)
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
Wye Oak - Glory
Big Mike - Havin’ Thangs (Featuring Pimp C)
Gabor Szabo - Love Theme from Spartacus
Tree - All
cannonhead - Iceland
Rosa Lee Hill - Rolled and Tumbled
S02e33 is a b-side episode, piecing together previously unheard conversations from certain episodes this season that we saved to entertain you all but really ourselves. It kicks off with discussion between Mike, Markings and Stephen Malhotra on the Drake and Pusha thing before Mike and Jay examine the reality of photography and why we share. Next up Mike, Jay and Markings talk gambling and when it’s fun vs when it’s sad and Mike and Jay decide against a pen pal before Imaan Browne shares his evolving thoughts on organized religion and Stephen Malhotra speaks on how Nas is trying to get with it. Mike gets deep on going inside of oneself, Stephen Malhotra and Markings examine Quebec culture and get into why white people tend to be the worst and Mike and Jay talk Lebron in LA before playing “Who Do You Trust” - a Lasers exclusive. Mike and Imaan talk being decent in these streets, Mike, Jay and KC examine getting bothered by stupid stuff and Markings worries about giving it all away out here on the internet. Imaan Browne and Mike talk best rappers’ best projects and Mike and Jay get real about the status of their working relationship and what’s going on with Lasers. To close out, we hear Markings, Mike and Jay take a deep dive into Life in 1472 for various reasons, none of which matter. Lasers baby!
Emiliana Torrini - Autumn Sun
Jack Harlow - Dark Knight
Danileigh - Lil Bebe
Jorge Ben - Taj Mahal
Al Fatz - Came Down
Tay Money - Trappers Delight
Lil’ Baby X Gunna- Drip Too Hard
Frank Ocean - Pink Matter Remix (Featuring Andre 300 and Big Boi)
S02e31 is here and the Lasers welcome journalist/writer/tv newsman Julian McKenzie to talk a lil bit of everything with Mike and Markings. The discussion opens up with talk of Julian’s investigation into Artbeat and they talk Kaytranada and his 99.9% album and Quebec media’s response to his success. They talk Kanye a lil, what’s going on there and his process in production, and then rundown Julian’s professional life at the moment, including weathermanning on tv. They talk finding samples and Markings puts forth a way to test hip hopness that Mike and Julian dispute before they hit Top of the Hour and answer some questions. They talk a bit about the GOAT conversation and discuss the difference between mixtape and album and whether there is one before discussing some of the artists they’re currently bumping and shouting out Dirtwork for his placement on Carter V. They discuss what it means to be black and talk some of the signifiers and then pick dream guests for the podcast before Julian talks about his biggest interviews to date. To close out they talk the art of the interview, the importance of attention to detail, and the root of all CONFiiiiiid-ence. Lasers!!!
S02e30 has Brittain back to co-host with Mike as they welcome singer CYBER to the podcast to talk all things artistry and other stuff too. They open up by discussing wine, pros and cons, and then examine what it takes to go local to worldwide as an artist in Montreal. Cyber talks about what making it means to her and the group discusses repping the suburbs and living at home forever (and ever). They talk artistic integrity and compromise and balancing the two to achieve those big ol’ dreams before Brittain tries to convince Mike and Cyber to share some unreleased music and Mike explains why he hates to play demos. They talk Frank Ocean and SZA and melodies in modern Rn’B and then compare/contrast Michael Jackson and Prince before Cyber generously shares a demo that she’s working on and they talk vocals. They do Top of the Hour to answer some Qs before Mike and Cyber commiserate over the process and talk how to deal with the business end of music. They choose favorite contemporary singers, Cyber plays Fudge It Pick a Record! and they discuss the impact of Lemonade, the album not the drink. To close out, Cyber draws her self-portrait while Mike reveals his ego-maniac tendencies and they talk the perils of the underground (malls). Laserssssssssssssssss.
S02e27 features Markings back as co-host as he and Mike welcome writer / artist / media personality Lex Garcia to the Lasers podcast! They kick things off by talking how Lex and Markings met and then examine latinos deciphering latinos and what role race plays in hispanic households. Mike wonders how the rest of Latin America views Brasil, they discuss the glory of Guatemala and talk fighting as kids and a little bit adults too. They hit Top of the Hour to answer some questions, discuss it being your own people and then growing up latino. Lex recalls an evening with Coeur de Pirate and mispronounces Dutty Rock for everyone’s enjoyment, they talk slang, and disagree a little on Junot Diaz. Lex Garcia shares his reasoning behind living sober, Markings tells a sax story and Mike shares some wisdom on psychedelics. Lex explains why he pulled down his socials as he draws his self-portrait, breaks down a couple of his upcoming projects and they discuss the twitter eco-system. To close out they talk humbling oneself through removing facial hair, rules for echos and denim shorts with dads. Lasers Lasers!
S02e24 features our favorite guest co-host Markings as the podcast welcomes Montreal creative director Miro LaFlaga to the show!! They kick things off by talking KREAM (kids run everything around me) and Montreal being a creative hub before getting serious about art and commerce and whether the twain shall meet. The crew discusses economics in underserved communities, Miro breaks down his take on branding, and Markings talks the importance of sharing information. Miro gives us some background on his journey and insight into managing your socials and then talks being professional in creative fields. They hit Top of the Hour and discuss the importance of your circle and whether there’s any such thing as a selfless act. They discuss funniest people, best Wu-Tang member and whether cool is dead before they talk face tattoos and who gets the credit. They get pretty deep into the concept of art and draw some lines in the sand between art, content and commodity and Miro gets down to his self-portrait (go follow on the gram to see the self-portraits btw!). They talk influence and how to use it, controversial opinions in music and the class of 2008 for rappers (blog rap stand up!) before closing out with an argument about DMX. ummmmm LASERS!