MikeyPod 277 | Artivist Styngvi

I first learned about Styngvi through my gurl Honey LaBronx. Styngvi is an Icelandic artist who uses his talents to inspire and educate others. His designs are simple, and yet powerfully engaging. I’ve been really inspired by the sheer volume of his work and the way he spreads the word about animals and the environment in such an accessible way. I know you’ll love this interview!

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MikeyPod 276 | Poet Gretchen Primack

I have been wanting to invite poet and educator Gretchen Primack on the podcast for way too long, and I am so happy to have her here now to discuss her latest book of poems, Visiting Days. We talked about her work as an educator in prisons, the path that led her to create this collection of poems, and so much more!

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MikeyPod 275 | Author Camille DeAngelis Returns

Author Camille DeAngelis, returns to the podcast to follow up on our discussion from episode 275. This conversation goes deep into ego, self doubt, creating from a place of abundance, and success vs. satisfaction. I was absolutely invigorated by our conversation! Let me know how it resonates with you!

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MikeyPod 272 | Musician Brett Gleason

I was inspired to invite musician Brett Gleason to be my guest on the podcast when I read his new year’s day post on Patreon, How We Beat My Imposter Syndrome in 2018. Brett is a real inspiration to me as an artist, and this post was a real great example of why.

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MikeyPod 271 | Musician ANIIML

I first met ANIIML back in 2016 when I interviewed her for the Our Hen House podcast. We connected so deeply in that conversation, just like we did on this one. She writes music for underdogs of all species, a beautiful mission that is deepened by her warm spirituality.

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MikeyPod 270 | Cartoonist Jason Porath

Picture it: exhausted, I am saying my last goodbyes at the closing party for Patrecon. There’s my pal Science Mom chatting in the stairway. I decide to quickly interrupt to say a quick goodbye, only to realize that the person she is talking to is cartoonist Jason Porath, whose creative work celebrates “women of history and myth who were too awesome, awful, or offbeat for the animated princess treatment.” We need to talk.

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MikeyPod 269 | The Return of Mr. Hip

My friend Mr.Hip just released a new album entitled Vegan Paradise, which was just the excuse I needed to bring him back on the podcast. We talk about the album, his inspiration behind it, and coping with the holidays as a vegan. Hip is a constant source of inspiration in my life, so I know you’ll love this interview! Continue reading →

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Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he created The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which he began touring in the Summer of 2017.

In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.

Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country. Michael is a Moogfest artist who presented No Permission Needed: Create with Senator Jaiz at Moogfest 2017.

“Michael Harren brings you brilliant piano stylings, a firm sense of the absurd, and a genuine originality that is refreshing and honest, and he’s a very lovely man.”
Sandra Bernhard

“Harren’s work takes the science of a composer like Eno, and the spirit of a composer like Oldfield, and combines the two in a bold display of human dichotomy.”
Replicant Ears Magazine

“Magical!”
Eve Beglarian

“Awesome writing and very cool music and approach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.”
Christopher Willits

“There are few artists out there presenting their work with such a wonderful mix of courage and care, with a never ending eye toward giving the audience a wonderful experience and a sublime uniqueness of voice.”
Adam Fitzgerald

“When Michael Harren’s writing isn’t smart and hilarious, it’s emotionally devastating. He is both a gifted musician and a great man. I am lucky to have worked with him.”
Steven Strafford

“…a beautiful sound artist and musician.”
Gardiner Comfort

“Fuck! You were great!”
Ed Asner