Episodes

  • Mont Icons Bonus Episode

    In this bonus episode of Mont Icons, we talk about counter-culture, combat aesthetics and our mutual interest in militancy.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 14

    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, his writing process, and the tension between academic and street philosophy.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 13

    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. If anything in this episode triggers distress please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 anytime for confidential telephone crisis support.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 12

    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. 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. If anything in this episode triggers distress please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 anytime for confidential telephone crisis support.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 11

    In this episode, we speak to writer and journalist Erik Jensen. Erik is editor-in-chief of Schwartz, the publisher behind 7am, the Monthly and the Saturday Paper. Erik's book Acute Misfortune is a portrait of Australian grunge artist Adam Cullen. Cullen was a painter devoted to his own larrikin mythology, a construct Erik peels away. In this discussion, Erik talks about 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. Theme: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Bonus Episode

    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. Theme: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Episode 10

    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.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 9

    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. Music: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Episode 8

    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.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 7

    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.

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