From Twitter Spaces to the zillions of streaming music stations in Melbourne alone, live radio has been quietly clawing its way back one tech platform and DJ mix at a time. In a pandemic context, it’s unsurprising; anything offering the chance for synchronous shared experiences has been given a bump (ahem). What sets Clam and Jackie Bam apart is what always feels fleeting and precarious in the careerist arts: they casually dispense hilarious, blunt critiques that more power-proximate Media Personas wouldn’t touch, and have a genuine sense of absurdity in their arsenal. Do you need more proof? Find the mock John Safran NGV audio tour around twenty minutes in.
How long can this last?