Host John T. is a Montrealer, a writer/translator/editor, a broadcaster, a tikiphile, a mid-century modernist… His other radio/music-related projects include scripts, features, and segments for CBC Radio and Sound Source Networks, artwork and photos for live recordings by Stan Ridgway, and production of the DVD Ridgway's Raw Feed Live. John has written chapbooks that have garnered attention locally and abroad, including Dollar Days (a surreal account of his days as an ad copywriter), Mental Notes (a poignant/funny collection of anecdotes), and the Montreal underground classic The Official St. Leonard Dictionary (a dictionary of local Italian-Canadian slang); first published in 1994, the Dictionary continues to be a cult item and was nominated for an Expozine small press award. John also founded The Montreal Tiki Appreciation Society, the Mai Tai newsletter (1998-2005), and the website maitaionline.com. • Philosophy of my radio show: 50s-60s-70s instrumental and vocal pop, real & imagined soundtracks, exotica, novelty tunes, audio art brut, obsessions, oddities… and the occasional cocktail recipe… all of which is usually centered around a specific theme. • Five artists LuxuriaMusic listeners will hear on my show: At any given moment you may or may not hear music relating to Ennio Morricone, Lee Hazlewood, Stan Ridgway, Vic Caesar, The Exponians of the Steel Orchestra, and more… or less! • To derive maximum pleasure from my radio show: Mix up a couple of cocktails, sit yourself down, and bask in the warm glow of a blowfish lamp. • When I’m not DJing I can be found: Roaming through the ruins of Expo 67, wondering where yesterday’s tomorrows went. • Secret superpower I possess: The ability to survive winters in Montreal.
Atomic Cocktail producer Gene Sculatti (who’s never been photographed with Vic Tripp) helmed, with Art Fraud, The Cool & The Crazy radio show (1984-87, KCRW, Santa Monica), is the author of The Catalog of Cool, Too Cool and San Francisco Nights: The Psychedelic Music Trip and has written for Creem, Crawdaddy, Billboard and USA Today.
Noelle Vaughn is a writer, celebrity photographer and jazz singer. Her writing has been featured in various publications covering the arts and entertainment (specifically film), and her photography has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, and Radio Times, with commissions from celebrities and production companies, including the BBC. She has a passion for 20th century literature and the golden age of Hollywood, spanning music, photography, movies and fashion, and her love for this is often found reflected in her art.
Brian J. Waters has been a fixture in the LA music scene since moving there from Miami, FL in 1988. His first gig was at Bleecker Bob’s Records LA, where he spent the better part of a decade specializing in buying and selling vintage vinyl. In the early 90s, Waters joined fellow Miami transplants in the magnetic punk rock band “Coma-tones,” and then went on to form his own soul-inspired, high energy rock-n-roll combos “The Countdowns” and “The Flash Express,” where the LA Weekly called him “a hopped-up locomotive, screaming into his Telecaster pickups, luring women in the audience and shaking his God-given white ass.” (Oh Good Lord!!!) He’s also graced the stage and recording studio with artists ranging from Andre Williams and Rudy Ray Moore to DeeDee Ramone, Jane Wiedlin of the “GoGos” and most recently, the LA 10-piece, death doo-wop combo, “Jail Weddings.”
Guitar Hero Johnny Witmer has been collecting records since the age of 5 when he hi-jacked his parents record collection, and thanks to his brother, has some of the best taste in music. He loves rockin' with his bands The Stitches & The Crazy Squeeze. He also loves beer, women & cheese (in that order). His show features high energy rock 'n roll, proto punk, glam, power pop, punk, rockabilly, blues & r&b non-stop. Keep rockin' kids...