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Mining Houston's creative community and the occasional extreme fighter for insight and laughs, the Dead Dialect Podcast duo of Brandon Clements (once a Houston Press music writer) and his friend Julian Lara prove that, with the right digital-age tools, the ancient art of conversation has lost none of its appeal. Clements and Lara's long-form, uncensored chats touch on a host of topics, for instance MMA, comedy, social media and, in periodic special episodes labeled "The Drunk Table," booze and its side effects. Mostly, though, the duo loves to talk Houston music, and since May 2014 has done so with dozens of stars like Kam Franklin, Gabe Bravo, Jon Black, Guilla, Handsomebeast, Devil Killing Moth and many more; out-of-towners Warpaint, Dandy Warhols and Silversun Pickups have stopped by as well. Pressing pause after an episode with Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller, Clements and Lara rebooted DDP on YouTube and ventured to Madness On Main and New Braunfels' Float Fest. Right now even greater things await — in July, Clements was chosen as one of 15 winners in skatewear outfitter Volcom's global #ThisFirst contest, which netted him $5,000 and six weeks with a pro mentor. Watch this space.