Dustin Harder AKA The Vegan Roadie

MikeyPod 247 | Dustin Harder AKA The Vegan Roadie

Dustin Harder returns to the podcast this week to talk about his adventures filming season three of The Vegan Roadie in Italy and his brand new project, The Simply Vegan Cookbook! I love the way Dustin carved out his own path in advocating for veganism using something he is passionate about: FOOD! He’s a great friend and always a great guest. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 246 | Activist Musician Jason Oliver

New year, new focus!  Starting with this week’s episode of the podcast, I’m narrowing the focus of my guests to artists and creators who make work about their activism, and I couldn’t think of a better guest to start with than Jason Oliver. Jason is a singer-songwriter who is also extremely active in open rescue of animals with Direct Action Everywhere. Though his activist work takes him to some of the most hellish places on earth, his music and spirit seem imbued with a lightness and hope that is irresistible. I hope you love this interview as much as I did, and please be sure to support Jason’s work by buying his album hereContinue reading →

MikeyPod 245 Jonathan David Smyth

MikeyPod 245 | Photographer Jonathan David Smyth

I met Jonathan David Smyth through our mutual friend and collaborator luke kurtis of bd-studios.com. I was really excited to talk with him about his debut monograph, Just One More: Self-Portraits 2012-2017. I continue to be intrigued by Jonathan’s photos, and even more so by his video and text work, which you should absolutely check out on his website. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 244 | Filmmaker Chris Hines

I met Chris Hines and his crew last month when they interviewed me for Taking Note – The Vegan Music Documentary. Chris started the project as a means to find out how veganism has influenced musicians themselves. I was really excited they chose to include me in the film, and I have been really excited to discover more about Chris’ work in veganism and video on his youTube channel. He just did a 24 hour live stream to raise money for Sale Ranch Animal SanctuaryContinue reading →

MikeyPod 243 | Center for Animal Protection and Education Co-Founder JP Novic

I stayed for several days this summer with JP Novic at the Center for Animal Protection and Education and really just had a glorious time.  She put me up in a tiny cabin on the property and so kindly brought me coffee and breakfast every morning before we went to work with the animals.

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MikeyPod 242 | The Vegan Mos

I interviewed The Vegan Mos, Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman way back in May just as their brilliant NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple cookbook was released. Well, the tour happened, then more shows happened, and sadly this recording fell into the great podcast abyss. I listened to the interview this weekend, and it holds up so nicely I just had to share it. Ethan and Michael are among my closest friends, so I am really so happy to share this interview. We chat about veganism (of course), the intersection between queerness and veganism, and eat lots of food made from the recipes in their book. 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 will begin 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