Jake Austen & Joe Losurdo – The Modernist Society Ep. 10

Jake Austen & Eric “Dutchie” Ottens, back in the day.

In this episode, we talk to a couple of Chicago countercultural heroes: Jake Austen and Joe Losurdo. Jake is best known for his long-running Roctober zine and Chic-a-Go-Go public access program. Joe is a hardcore legend, having sung and played bass for Life Sentence in the late 80s and with his wife Cristina runs Regressive Films, which brought us the wonderful documentary on the first wave of Chicago punk titled You Weren’t There.

Joe Losurdo with Life Sentence, back in the day.

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Here for your convenience, and in no particular order, are links to some of the things we talked about:



Regressive Films

Zoetrope [why is this pronounced “E-trope?”]

Andre Williams

Phil Cohran

Klaus Nomi

Hardcore Legend

Life Sentence

Thirsty Whale

Burger King


Los Crudos

Cabaret Metro

Another State Of Mind (currently features a “Manscaping” ad prior to viewing, you’re welcome)

The Ratboys


The Monks on Beat Club


Black Monk Time by Eddie Shaw


Ratso Meets Dead Moon

Richie Cunningham

Learn more about The Phantom Creeper and Dom Nation
FBI records search

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