The Paranoid Strain


New: Secret Societies I, Part 15 - The Freemasons 1

Season 4, Ep. 15

So we've finally reached a secret society that surely every listener to this show has already heard of, the Freemasons. To be totally honest here, we approached this topic more out of a sense of duty than out of genuine excitement. It seemed, when we were planning this series out, that the Masons were going to be one of those groups that, yes, has been around for a long time, and yes is nebulously worked into the fever dreams of many conspiracists, but that weren't all that interesting once you started digging around in their genuine history. Boy, were we wrong. And the person who pointed out exactly how wrong we were is one Professor John Dickie, the author of the incredible book The Craft, and a gentleman who was kind enough to share with us his time and expertise in an interview we'll be excerpting throughout the next five-plus episodes. We hope you, like us, are surprised at the fascinating and intricate history of this group, and we can't wait to share with you the rest of what we've learned. Oh, and seriously--buy a copy of Professor Dickie's book or audiobook. You won't regret it.

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The Paranoid Strain Orchestra presents: 9116--The Rock Opera, Disc 1

Welcome to “Disc 1” of what, as far as we know, is the first ever two-and-a-half-hour podcast episode that is actually a full-on rock opera. Please note there’s a second “disc”--be sure you download that one, too.We’ve been working hard on this thing for months now and are incredibly proud to share it with you. Thanks to Hellfingers, we have both front and back cover album art, as well as simulated record sleeve with lyrics, (front) (back). Easier to read, but far less visually impressive lyrics here. We’ve got credits there, and in the show itself, but we just want to make sure everybody knows who did this remarkable thing:Daniel Arizona: The prime mover behind this whole idea, and the truly superlative songwriter who wrote the lion’s share of 50 great tunes.Moisty: A blinding flash of musical talent and taste, it’s an honor to be in a band with him.Turd Ferguson: The whole reason this album sounds as wonderful as it does, a great musician and perhaps an even better producer.Lucifer Jones: A skilled and perfectionist drummer whose drive for excellence makes all of us do better.Squonkus: Truly, this man and his saxophones are our secret weaponsQH “FJ” Guy: He’s got a weird speaking voice, but I’m glad we let him play the keys.It is one of the great pleasures of my life to call these men my bandmates and friends.Also on the honor roll: Dana Unicorn, the reason people put up with the sound of my voice. The Chads, long may they reign; Mike Schmidt, the 40 Year Old Boy, and my favorite podcaster; The Big D, Some Guy, and I.RI. E, our excellent spoken voice cast; Frenchie St. Vino, Chad number 2, and I.RI.E, our beloved guest singers. Guerilla Studios and Myles Boisen, a fantastic place and person to record with. And once again, with feeling, Hellfingers, whose art is such a defining part of this show.Thanks everyone for listening. See you in (about) three weeks. We need a little time to recover.