Last week on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, August 4th), producer/host Ted Coe discussed the story of Tiki kitsch culture with special guest Otto von Stroheim, a production & design specialist from the San Francisco Bay Area who created the popular 1990s zine Tiki News. During their interview, von Stroheim elaborated on the relationship between the original Tiki phenomenon of the 1950s-1960s and its playful, punk-inflected revival.
An edited podcast of their conversation is now available online for streaming or download (see below).
Three thousand fans of “Polynesian Americana” (and other retro revivalists) from around the globe will reassemble this weekend (August 14-17) in San Diego for Tiki Oasis 2014, to celebrate the music, dance, cocktails, food, fashion, art, architecture, design, collectibles, literature, culture, and history of the pop-culture sensation that has loose, stylistic connections to totem carvings and mythologies of the South Pacific — alongside related obsessions with other contemporaneous US subcultures. (von Stroheim co-produces the annual event with his wife Baby Doe.)
Later today (Monday, August 11th), “The Freak Power Ticket” resumes its convention preview with more from Otto von Stroheim, who will expound upon: the preservationist origins of Tiki Oasis and its connection to Mother’s Day; the challenge of maintaining a personal “Tiki palace” while renting in the San Francisco Bay Area; and a selection of interesting Tiki-related documentaries and videos for future research.
The upcoming program will also feature Tiki, Exotica, and tropical tunes, plus an added musical repertoire of garage and surf rock, Swingin’ Beatnik jazz, lounge, “go-go soul,” Space Age Pop, and more.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the summer from 11am-1pm PDT.