MONT ICONS



Mahmood Fazal and DX speak to artists, film-makers, musicians, writers, activists and outsiders.

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D+M 2: Confessions of DX and Mahmood
In this bonus episode of Mont D+M, we talk about counter-culture, combat aesthetics and our mutual interest in militancy.

14: Justin Clemens
In this episode we speak to Dr Justin Clemens, a prolific writer, philosopher, and poet. Justin Clemens is best known for his work on the philosopher Alain Badiou, psychoanalysis, contemporary literature, and art.
We discuss getting high on Derrida, continental philosophy, the tension between academic and street philosophy, and his writing process.


13: Brace Belden
In this episode of Mont Icons we speak with Brace Belden about his journey to fight in the Syrian Civil War with the YPG, a Kurdish militia, and following his return to America, his successful campaign to form a workers union.
Brace is the co-host of the True Anon podcast, an investigation into the personal and political connections of Jeffrey Epstein. We speak about Pizzagate, the hysteria of conspiracy theories and the evangelist nature of Q Anon.
Warning: In this episode we discuss issues and experiences that could trigger distress or traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of war, sexual abuse and violence.


12: Ex-Biker Brent Simpson
In this episode we speak with former sgt-at-arms of the Bandidos, Brent Simpson, about gang life, reverting to Islam and his path to redemption. Brent is the host of true crime podcast The Clink, where he invites guests to tell their stories of redemption. Brent is a staunch advocate for The Voice of a Survivor, an organisation that offers support for institutional abuse survivors and victims of personal injuries.
Warning; In this episode we discuss issues and experiences that could trigger distress or traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma.


11: Writer Erik Jensen
Erik is editor-in-chief of Schwartz, the publisher behind 7am, the Monthly and the Saturday Paper.
In this discussion, Erik talks about his book on Adam Cullen, his writing process, the influence of David Marr on his early days as a reporter, and the paradox of being an author who hates being edited. He also talks about his new book of poetry, the revival of narrative journalism, and the difference between being a writer and a journalist.


D+M 1: Confessions of DX and Mahmood Fazal
In this bonus episode of Mont Icons, we talk about drill music, Adam Curtis, the experience of live music after the COVID lockdown and the corruptive influence of Jim Harrison on our lives.


10: Mick Harvey
MONT sits down with prolific musician Mick Harvey to discuss his time in The Birthday Party, tribute albums to Serge Gainsbourg, and writing the soundtrack for Ghosts of the Civil Dead with Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave. We also touch on the early Melbourne punk scene, The Boys Next Door and touring with the Bad Seeds.


9: Elias Rønnenfelt 
MONT sits down with Elias Rønnenfelt from cult Danish punk band Iceage. We hear of the birth of Iceage in the wake of the Copenhagen youth riots, the dangers of nostalgia, insomnia and his forthcoming book.

8: Gary Foley & Jacqui Katona
MONT sits down with Gary Foley and Jacqui Katona ahead of Invasion Day to talk about black power and aboriginal resistance. Topics covered include Redfern in the 1960's, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Jabiluka, indigenous incarceration, the birth of the Aboriginal Legal Service, Gary's ASIO file and CIA intervention in Australian politics.


7: David Obeda
MONT sits down with ex-con David Obeda to discuss imprisonment, co-founding the G-Fam prison gang and life as a Section 501 deportee.


6: John Safran
MONT sits down with author and comedian John Safran to discuss extremism and the problem of Jewish identity politics.


5: Jonnine Standish
MONT sits down with Jonnine Standish, one half of Australian duo HTRK. Jonnine discusses her friendship with Rowland S Howard and the power of dream diaries on her solo project 'Blue Hills'.


4: Andy Fleming (SlackBastard)
MONT sits down with journalist and blogger Andy Fleming (SlackBastard), an icon of the Melbourne anarchist scene. In the wake of the Christchurch Inquiry Report, we hear about SlackBastard's work; archiving and exposing the rising threat of far-right extremism in Australia.


3: Stanislava Pinchuk (MISO)
MONT sits down with nomadic artist Stanislava Pinchuk, a visual artist, writer, tattooist and beekeeper. We hear about her work in data mapping conflict zones, her interactions with beekeepers in Chernobyl and her new project documenting the history of women tattooing women.
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2: Spider Death
MONT sits down with Spider Death, a Melbourne-based visual artist, tattooist and former member of various punk bands. Spider talks about his history in Sydney’s punk scene and Kings Cross tattoo culture. Spider details his obsession with punk icons Sakevi Yokayama (GISM) and Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni).
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1: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
MONT sits down with Amiel-Courtin Wilson, Australia’s foremost arthouse filmmaker. We talk about his experiences with legendary free-jazz pianist, Cecil Taylor, and uncle Jack Charles, a First-Nations actor, musician, ex-prisoner, potter and performer.
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