This Week’s Radio Shows – May 3 2017

My guest this week was Brooklyn musician John Russell (Hair Club, Grace Kelly All Day). We also premiered our new Post-Trash Radio theme, courtesy of the geniuses in Brooklyn supergroup Ubetcha. Dig it!


Post-Trash Radio playlist:
Ubetcha – Post-Trash Theme
Melvins – The Decay of Lying
Milk – Too High To Drive
Palehound – Room
Big Walnuts Yonder – I Got Marty Feldman Eyes
Anna Altman – American Gothic
The Cowboys – After Sunset
Ubetcha – Caught In The Cloam
Big French – Apartments For The West
Fat History Month – Heart Takes A Beating
The Coathangers – Parasite
Otoboke Beaver – Love Is Short
Taiwan Housing Project – Eat Or Be Eat
Skydaddy – Sweep The Floor
Anna McClellan – Loom
Two Inch Astronaut – Play To No One
Thanks For Coming – Escape From Planet Earth

Last week’s radio shows

So I have been a little scared to post (go ahead, ask me why), and now I’m getting over that fear again. Since Feb 2017 I have been hosting a couple weekly radio shows on KPISS.fm.┬áMy plan is to share on this blog the shows I upload every week. Last week on Radio Yazan my guest was Adam Silvestri of Brooklyn band Radiator King. Check out Adam’s new record “A Hollow Triumph After All”, out now, and catch him on his US tour this month. Enjoy!

Five Years Later

My dad died five years ago last week. He died of lung cancer, though he had quit smoking over 13 years before he passed. I would like to share some of the things I’ve learned in dealing with his illness, his passing, and my life since:

-Stress is a part of life, and having a constructive outlet to process the stress and trauma experienced is essential to maintaining mental and physical health. Arts are healing, especially when the work tells your story, and you share that work with your community/family/friends. If my dad had integrated into his life a creative outlet that allowed him to share his story, I think he would have lived for a few more years at least, and would have been way happier. Unfortunately he came from a culture where repression of feelings is the norm, and thus never felt comfortable expressing (or even investigating) his deeper issues.

-Children unconsciously inherit the traumas of their parents, especially if the parents have accumulated stress without a constructive outlet for it. All the material comforts and luxuries provided still will not insulate a child’s psyche from the influences of his/her environment. These children then grow up burdened with the baggage of traumas past, possibly passing their trauma onto their own children, and continuing the cycle of stress and violence. To break this cycle, our lives must allow for us to express ourselves honestly and without fear of judgment, and integrating opportunities to be honestly expressive into the lives of young people is essential for a healthier society.

-The passing of a parent is a regular rite of passage into adulthood. It is the way things are meant to go according to the cycle of life. However, illness and suffering are unnecessary, and we should aim to live lives that avoid burdening our children or caretakers from having to take care of us as sick people.

-After your parents pass away, you have an opportunity to re-invent yourself as a new type of adult. Maturity generally peaks as a person becomes a member of the oldest living generation of their family. Though losing a close family member can be traumatic, it is also an opportunity to free yourself from constraints and expectations that have been put upon you since infancy that you may have lived with unconsciously.

My father was a great man in his accomplishments, especially given that his life started in conflict, and that he grew up in refugee camps until early adulthood. He provided the utmost for his family, and was a radical in his attempts to steer our world into a sustainable path. I have had the privilege of a well-rounded education (which I am very grateful that my parents insisted my brothers and I have access to), and have discovered what I need to do to heal myself from those inherited traumas, so I am hoping to continue my family tradition of being an agent for radical, constructive change in our world.

Saleem and Yazan
Saleem and Yazan