MikeyPod 212 | MikeyPod Live at The Queerly Festival!

In celebration of the 11th anniversary of this here podcast, I present to you the first ever MikeyPod Live! I had a blast putting this together for The Queerly Festival at The Kraine Theater. This podcast was the thing that got me off my ass and up to New York City, it’s given me an excuse to talk to some really outstanding artists and activists and it’s just super fun to share with you these things that I love.

So, enjoy the audio version of the show, and a multitude of thanks to my guests: Eve Beglarian, Victoria Libertore, Duncan Pflaster, Will Shishmanian,  and Sugar Vendil. Continue reading →

Joshua D. Fischer

MikeyPod 211 | Author Joshua D. Fischer

Joshua D. Fischer joins me on the podcast this week to discuss his book, Meet the Regulars, which features stores and portraits of the everyday and famous people who frequent Brooklyn’s hottest (or most underrated) hangouts. Joshua and I talk about his work with the book, gentrification, and one of my favorite topics: how to cope with big city living without succumbing to misanthropy. Continue reading →

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MikeyPod 210 | Musician Joy Askew

I’m a long time fan of Joy Askew, both as a musician and as a person. She’s a fantastic musician, a tireless activist, and a great friend. Joy has performed with some brilliant artists as well: Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, and Joe Jackson, to name only a few.  We talked about the current climate for independent artists, both the good and the bad, our mutual appreciation of crowdfunding, and Joy’s inspiration behind her songs. The new album, Queen Victoria, sounds like it’s going to be fantastic and you should seriously consider pre-ordering a copy on Joy’s Pledge Music page. Continue reading →

Will Shishmanian

MikeyPod 209 | Musician Will Shishmanian

Will Shishmanian is a fantastic singer/songwriter and one of my guests for the upcoming MikeyPod Live! event that I am producing for the Queerly Festival here in NYC. I just ran across Will’s music recently and am so proud to have him as my guest both at the Queerly Festival and here on the podcast. We cover a great range of topics from getting acclimated to being a NYC resident to writing songs about cats. Give it a listen, and make plans to join us on June 27th at the Kraine Theater! Continue reading →

Photo of Duncan Pflaster by Rex Lott Photography

MikeyPod 208 | Playwright Duncan Pflaster

Duncan Pflaster is an award winning playwright and creator of The Naughty Jewish Boys calendar. He has appeared as a musician in several shows, and will be seen this July composing music for “The Social Avenger” by Lenny Schwartz in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. We have been internet friends since the LiveJournal days of old, and he has always inspired me with his steady flow of new work. I was so happy to have him on the podcast once again to chat about where he finds his inspiration to write and how he goes about getting it done. Continue reading →

Finnegan Shanahan photo by Jonah Rosenberg

MikeyPod 207 | Composer Finnegan Shanahan

Four days ago my pal Jill Strominger at New Amsterdam Records sent me Finnegan Shanahan‘s new album, The Two Halves. She knew I would love and it she was right. I am fascinated by the fact that it is inspired by a map, and in love with the spirit and buoyancy of the music in this song cycle. Continue reading →

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Michael Harren has been podcasting about art, music and activism for over ten years. Since the launch of the podcast, Michael has lived in Houston, then rural Georgia at the intentional community Koinonia to his current home in Brooklyn, NY. Each Thursday Michael  presents interviews with fellow creatives and presents his perspective as a professional musician and performance artist in New York City. Notable guests include musician Jane Siberry and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.

Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.