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The neoprene carrying case which came with my missing Bose bluetooth earbuds. I tried to throw this neoprene earbud case away recently. But instead of sending it off to the landfill, it became the focus of this episode. I honestly don’t know why I kept it this long. It belonged to the Bose earbuds I lost, so even the case is premium quality. But really, it’s not that great. Certainly not as cool as my expensive pocket knife. The only time I ever pulled a knife on anybody was at a roadhouse in the lush rural wilds south of New Orleans. A man named Nichol Dance violently smashed my cassette recorder on the ground and I feared for my life. If you’re at one remove, you’re already too far gone. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #neoprene #earbud #bose #psychoacoustics #variances #pocketknife #sheepsfoot #bayou #shrimp #boat #captain #minivan #cassette #powerboats --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A collectable plate featuring a monthly calendar for 1973 & personified seasons. This is a plate with a stylized 1973 in the middle of a dense line drawing dominated by a cloud motif. Amidst the clouds are vaguely greek personifications of the four seasons, with outlines and postures that you might see in a map of constellations. I used to take my first girlfriend to the top of a five story train bridge over the Napa River to make out and look up at the stars. But the best stargazing I ever did was on the roof of a borrowed broken minivan on a soft shoulder in deepest darkest West Texas. I never got the hang of astrology, though I never really tried. I’m still trying to get the hang of philosophy but I’m not holding my breath. History is a little easier, and I keep a running list of noteworthy events that transpired in the year 1973. Did you know that Governor Ronald Reagan was across town from me at the moment of my birth? hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #plate #calendar #alamo #gipper #universe #hegel #eforeffort #college #trainbridge #minivan #awful #y2k #gemini --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
I typically don’t throw out medicine that I’ve been prescribed. Even if I no longer need it, even if it has expired, I put it in the plastic zipper bag I have set aside for such an occasion. It’s not a cherished possession, and I probably wouldn’t care if it disappeared. But I don’t want to throw it away. Sometimes I need some old muscle relaxers if my herniated disc acts up and it’s nice to know it’s there if I need it. I remember the first time I ever had a back attack, on a road trip back east back when I was a misguided college student. I blame Bak Shaolin Eagle Claw kung fu but I admit it’s only conjecture. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #drugs #expired #pain #real #natural #rational #irrational #imaginary #nondenumerable #i #xday #conspiracy #1998 #subgenius Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
29 - Spirit Women Vase

29 - Spirit Women Vase

2021-07-2225:05

A hand-thrown ceramic vase, titled and signed by the potter. I found a tall ceramic vase at the Goodwill across the parking lot from the Walmart in Windsor, CA. The vase is embellished with a pair of bronze female silhouettes, sort of primitive cubist nudes. There’s a label taped to the base reading “Spirit Women”. I can make out a signature imprinted in the clay beneath but I can’t bring myself to remove the label for some reason. When I recently unpacked the vase after moving to my new house, I discovered within this vase a small handful of eucalyptus leaves, a dozen pine catkins, and some dirt. I threw out the dirt but replaced the leaves and catkins and I’m at a loss to explain why. Sometimes my own behavior is a mystery to me. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #spiritwomen #ceramic #catkin #testosterone #behavior #roadrage #norcal #archetypes #definitions #judgement #penpal Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
In 2015, at my mom’s house in Napa, I recorded myself while digging through some boxes of ephemera from The Hoard. The main Hoard, the motherlode, the deep cuts. This was a completely extemporaneous “first episode” of a podcast memoir concept I had been noodling on for months. I had planned on literally burning with fire the contents of each box after reviewing each bit in turn, describing and reminiscing and then incrementally ceremonially disposing of a lifetime’s collection of cherished worthless stuff. I actually did end up burning some of it in the backyard of my childhood home, but I abandoned that project along with the Hoard Explorer podcast. It was years before I could summon up the courage to give it another go. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #episode1 #2015 #ephemera #extemporaneous #fail  Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. DM me for details. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
27 - Hoard Tarot

27 - Hoard Tarot

2021-07-0818:54

An arrangement of things from the former Table of Wonders for the purposes of divination. As I’m putting up some knick knacks around my new digs, I can’t help but notice the the way the assemblages always seem to add up to something. In particular there’s this built-in desk at the base of the stairs to the top floor. Here are numerous built-in cubbies above the desk that are just perfect for interesting hoard objects, and when all the cubbies are full I think it reads like some kind of heterodox tarot card. Or at the very least the desk becomes imbued with arcane symbolism just waiting to be deciphered to those who dare. In my early teens I was a camp counselor and I remember getting in trouble for trying to do a tarot reading for my prepubescent wards. Today I’m going to read from the Desk of God as if it were prophesy and I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble (I hope). hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #desk #tarot #kabbalah #death #gabriel #hermes #jvtv #mariachi #headlessone #beyond #queen #goat #king #sheep #thelefthandofdarkess #turtlesallthewaydown Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
26 - Paul

26 - Paul

2021-07-0123:29

A tall ceramic penguin in my backyard. Paul is a ceramic penguin who lives in my backyard. He took up in a weedy patch of rocks bounded on one side by a short length of knee-high wire fencing. Paul has a blank, slightly surprised stare which suggests an inner serenity. He is an object of contemplation for me, or more like a locus of attention while I myself space out. I could happily sit in my back yard staring at Paul, indefinitely. And if I stare at myself staring at Paul, it's called mindfulness. We’re all just energy, specifically clouds of resonating waveforms. Paul gets it, but I've got a long way to go. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #paul #penguin #homology #vipassana #hebephrenia #heroinhotel #mentalmodels #sadhu #phillipkdick Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A handful of pointless audio clips from my digital archive. I have a substantial collection of field recordings that I’ve amassed indiscriminately over the years. This episode is a clip show of sorts, a little audio menagerie that is representative of the sort of unnecessary recordings that I nevertheless feel compelled to store indefinitely. Back in Napa there is a pile of cassette tapes which capture a very early iteration of myself, back when I had a cassette recording schtick where I would claim to be a journalist just to get people to talk to me “on tape”. I wish I had access to those right now. But tape does not exist in the cloud, so I’ll have to settle for more recent material. You’ll get some fly-on-the-wall snippets of quotidian me, moments that are at once irreplaceable and totally uninteresting.  hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #catan #firsttuesday #portcosta #sitkaspruce #hoytus #dalecooper #fieldrecording #tonguetwisters #cassette #scleepy #technicaldifficulties Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
24 - All My Stuff

24 - All My Stuff

2021-06-1731:28

All of my personal possessions scattered throughout an unfamiliar old house. This episode is a guided tour of my new home. Two weeks ago, I had no idea I would be moving into a different house with almost triple the available floor space. Large finished basement with a utility sink and small side room perfect for recording podcasts. Big backyard with plums and strawberries and figs. Detached garage. Only $300 more than our current rent. Only 2 blocks away from my brother. I still don't believe it, even though I'm already living here. Now most of all my stuff is there, in boxes and in piles, awaiting my personal attention. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #stuff #piles #backyard #finishedbasement #detachedgarage #doorknobs #moving #builtin #portland #boxes #lavalier #walkingtour Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
Two large densely-packed tubs of miscellaneous fabric. Dorothy spent most of her life ensconced in work that involved fabric. I got the impression that her career ran the gamut from clothing to interior design and everything in between. I didn’t know her but I met her granddaughter who explained the yard sale to me. Maybe the most singular yard sale I’d ever witnessed. The entire front yard and virtually all available floor space indoors was crowded with fabric. Yards and yards and yards of fabric collected over a lifetime which had lately come to pass. Crowds of people walked off with trunkloads of fabric and the piles never seemed to shrink. The hashtag  #dorothysfabric was created to track how her late grandmother’s fabric was being used. An unexpected legacy and a fine tribute to Dorothy’s life’s work. We are now storing two great big tubs of Dorothy's fabric.  hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #dorothysfabric #legacy #tribute #milleunaceramica #tatemodern #instagram #oz #sewistsofinstagram #americankennelclub #monomania #anagnorisis #lifelongpassion #noodlenoodlenoodle Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
22 - The Mirror

22 - The Mirror

2021-06-0301:00:33

A heavy mirror in weathered frame purchased at the cat store. This is a conversation I had with Zac about his grandparents’ “intense relationship with objects”. The patrilineal branch of his family exhibits a profound thriftiness and aversion to waste, born of formative midwestern experiences in the Great Depression. The matrilineal branch was consumed with collecting artifacts rather than needful things, amassing a large and wondrous trove of aboriginal art and craftwork from around the globe. There’s evidence that both these tendencies find expression in Zac’s own proclivities. On top of this, his life as a writer and dance critic has layered a librarian’s sensibility with regards to his lifetime’s collection of ephemera. This hoard is destined to be folded into a historical archive, at which point it will transcend him as a personal possession. He loves being a good custodian of his shit. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #mirror #dance #gillianwearing #timeoutchicago #silverspace #legacy #archive #phone #marquetry #squidink #desertstorm #custodian Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
Perfect little handmade demitasse made by flawless hands in dreamtown. If I could pick a moment in my life to return to, I think it would be the second time I visited the Amalfi Coast. It’s a highly specific moment, less than a minute really. I was standing on this terrace at the edge of one of those cliff clinging villages, taking in the unobstructed view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. That would be a very good place to which I’d turn back the clock. I remember a time when I didn’t know where food comes from. And I time I won a clown boxing match. Those were good times, but I would take the terrace instead. It’s not even a choice. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #amalfi #pogerola #demitasse #poem #flawless #mastino #milleunaceramica #clownboxing #münchen #škoda #framerate #pope #loureed #dairy Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
20 - Quail

20 - Quail

2021-05-2038:23

A hand carved hardwood sculpture of a quail. Don’t know about quail but Dad definitely hunted pheasants. I don’t have all that much experience with guns but I’ll share most of what I’ve got. The pandemic introduced me to food insecurity personally, whereas before it was only through the filter of the food bank I volunteered with in West Sonoma County, or West County as preferred by its residents. There is an arts & ecology center out there where the food bank’s master gardener would sometimes take us. I discovered both the bank and the center through the unlikely portal of HIV/AIDS. It could get kind of lonely up in semi-rural Northern California, so I was just grateful for the company. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #quail #dirtyharry #eggdumping #billcos #soap #food #insecurity #hunger #multipathogen #westcounty #compostingtoilet #lemurs ======================================================== Hoard Explorer also has a music show on Freeform Portland community radio! https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ ======================================================== Hoard Explorer also has a magic money concept store on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/usr/hoardexplorer Support this podcast by purchasing Creamer Dog for $1,000. Comes with NFT certificate of authenticity. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
19 - Boxes

19 - Boxes

2021-05-1332:39

A stack of various sized empty boxes situated in the middle of my basement. I have a collection of empty boxes. I have not broken down any of these boxes in anticipation of the day I will need them in order to move out of my current house. I have not desire to leave this location any time soon, but I think about it. I remember a time when I was 20 years old and more or less homeless, living in the back of a van with Mr. Happy Hat and 3 other people. I did a lot of drugs as a young adult and this was one of those times. In my mid 40s I explored my feeling about tiny homes and intentional communities, but for now I’m just happy to be ensconced in my small (but not tiny) house, reading general audience books on physics. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #box #boxes #donuts #unrest #homebuyingseason #tinyhouse #boulder #coughsyrup #milkyway #empty --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
18 - Guayasamín Scarf

18 - Guayasamín Scarf

2021-05-0648:56

A long grey scarf made of heathered jersey and printed with heads designed by Oswaldo Guayasamín. This is a conversation I had with Shya regarding my conversation with Chad. He was concerned that nobody brought up the fear of death crouching behind the hoarding impulse. We forgot to talk about death for most of it, we mostly talked about our living mothers and how they each handle the possessions amassed over their lifetimes. We drift into the topic of legacy, describing heirlooms and feelings about any sense of “heritage”. Shya reveals part of his origin story: his birth from the forehead of the 60s on a commune in Maine. I go on the record over my desire to inherit a numbered block print by Guayasamín hanging in the house.   hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #oswaldo #death #nft #divest #eatenbymice #innuit #mittens #hemp #heirloom #bloodline #mother #facinator #guayasamín #arbitrary #horcrux #enigmatic --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A mint condition Game Stop exclusive edition of the Bojack Horseman Monopoly boardgame, including collectible tokens. This is a Bojack Horseman Monopoly game that I picked up at Mojosales flea market in Santa Rosa CA. It still has the shrink wrap on it. I bought it thinking that I could turn around and sell it as a collectible. It turned out that this doesn’t fetch a high price on eBay. As a Bojack fan, I admit I see a little of him in me. That box reminds me of my time as a North Bay lush, sucking down some of the world’s best wines for free. Which reminds me of the historic fires raging all around me in 2017. Also, in this episode I officially announce both my magic money concept store as well as my new show on Freeform Portland community radio: https://www.freeformportland.org/program/hoard-explorer-music-dump/ Listen to past episodes of Hoard Explorer’s Music Dump on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/hoardexplorer/ hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #hoard #bojack #monopoly #drinking #firestorm #geology #babyseahorse #fleamarket #fortbragg #ava #wineindustry --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A small mismatched pair of ceramic plates probably bought sometime on a road trip to Montreal in 2016. Chad and I continue our conversation, which veers away from plates and Canada toward his personal stash of ephemera. We debate the value of a single vintage Band-Aid and wonder why it’s so hard to throw away. Chad shares his concerns about memorabilia’s dormant power, suggesting that sentimental attachment to objects can have a toxic effect on the mind. We discuss evidence of early consumer culture found in his midden, and ponder our own relationships with plastic bags and yogurt cups. We compare personal anecdotes of encounters with “clinical” hoarders, speculating on the psychological mechanics at the root of this disorder. We wrap up with a little 90’s rock reminiscence, and then I have to pee. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #hoard #johnsonandjohnson #bandaid #redstring #yogurtcup #consumerculture #value #garbage #nostalgia #ephemera #upstateny #toxic --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A pair of small mismatched ceramic plates acquired somewhere on a road trip to Montreal in 2016. I have only the vaguest memory of the roadside stall where I picked up these two delightful little handmade plates, but I’m fairly certain it was somewhere between Montreal and the small farmhouse in upstate New York where my old friends Chad and Megan currently reside. Chad lacks even the vaguest memory of these dishes’ provenance, but that doesn’t stop me from calling him and recording it for this podcast. Two hours later, I realize that I have a two part episode on my hands. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #hoard #montreal #wabisabi #midden #fossil #wartrophy #couchetard #pickpocket #romanticentanglement #expertadvice #childhoodhome #sanmarino #rekha --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A small terracotta vessel handmade by a family of potters in a village outside Bundi, India. A shorter than average episode, wherein I leverage my digital hoard as a memory aid to fill in blurry memories of India. I explore (in the words of Rudyard Kipling) “a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams -- the work of goblins rather than of men.” I find a little clay bud vase at the end of a day in the back of an autorickshaw, jouncing around the Rajasthani backroads to go step in stepwells and soak in timeless village life. And there’s monkeys. hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #hoard #india #pottery #memory #autorickshaw #stepwell #rudyardkipling #rajasthan #bundi #fort #langur #macaque #goblin --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
A carved saltrock turtle from the Wieliczka Salt Mine outside Kraków, Poland This episode centers on my business junket to Poland in 2016. My boss was dying of stage 4 pancreatic cancer and I had somehow inserted myself into the delicate task of selling his business before he died. So I checked in to The House of the Klezmer, did some catholic stuff on the side, and spent some quality time underground in jazz dives and salt mines.   hoardexplorer.com #hoardexplorer #memoir #hoard #junket #wieliczka #salt #turtle #ashkenazi #justice #mergersandacquisitions #noveltysocks --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hoardexplorer/message
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