MikeyPod 185 | Musician Craig Wilkins

Photo by Jason Smith
Photo by Jason Smith

Craig Wilkins plays guitar and synth for Houston’s The Wheel Workers, and runs Vegan Houston. We’ve been  Facebook friends and vegan brothers for a while now and I love the latest album from the Wheel Workers so I figured it was time to bring him on the ol’ podcast. We had a great chat and it was nice to be reminded what a great arts town Houston is. Enjoy!

Music:
Burglar – The Wheel Workers
Covet Lounge – A Sundae Drive
Citizen Incorporated – The Wheel Workers

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Check out Space City Rock for more photos from Jason Smith and Houston music news.

 

MikeyPod 184 | Singer Marcus Goldhaber

Photo credit: Eric Van den Brulle
Photo credit: Eric Van den Brulle

I’m so excited about today’s guest, Marcus Goldhaber, who has just come across my radar recently. I caught his show last Sunday  at Bar Thalia and was blown away by his talent and charming stage presence.  We talk about his approach to singing and songwriting and have a great chat about the evolution of the music industry and how we see ourselves within it. Of course, I included a few selections from his fantastic album, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.

Check it out and please comment, subscribe and share the show far and wide. Thank you for listening and if you’re on NYC, be sure to check out Marcus at 54 Below on July 25th!

Music:
Somebody In Love
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
She Knows
(All selections from Marcus Goldhaber’s latest album, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.)

Links:
Marcus Goldhaber
Marcus on Twitter and Instagram
Tickets for Marcus’ July 25th show at 54 Below
Melissa Stylianou
John Hart
Aloe Blacc
#standwithsongwriters

MikeyPod 183 | Actor Kevin R. Free

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Writer, performer and director Kevin R. Free joins me this week to talk about his hilariously intriguing new web series, Gemma and The Bear.  Kevin stays busy with all his various projects, so I was really happy we was able to take a moment to chat. This is a super special episode: I started this podcast right at 10 years ago. Woah.

Links:
Kevin’s Tumblr
Kevin’s Twitter
Fresh Fruit Festival
The Fire This Time Festival
Covenant House Sleep Out

Music:
7th Floor – Yoko Ono
You Can Not Kill David Arquette – The Black Math Experiment

Thanks for hanging around and listening for all of this time. Doing this podcast has taught me so much and has truly given me the momentum to do so many fantastic things that are just a natural part of my life. Here’s to another ten years!

 

MikeyPod 182 | Author Kristin Lajeunesse

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Photo: Phillips Payson

In the fall of 2011, Kristin Lajeunesse left her job and cozy apartment to pursue her dream of traveling around the country to dine at every vegan restaurant in the US.  The trip took her two years during which she visited 547 restaurants, and now she’s published her lovely memoir of the trip, Will Travel For Vegan Food.

Kristin’s journey is a real inspiration to me, so I am thrilled to have her as my guest today. Let me know how you like the show and tell a friend!

Please subscribe in iTunes and check out michaelharren.com if you’d like to know more about my work. Next week will be a special ten year anniversary episode. Don’t miss it!

Music:
Jump Through Fire – Twintapes
Troth – Thomas Feiner

Twintapes’ new album drops on July 10th. Come to their album release party at Rockwood Music Hall that night at 10:00. Get your tickets here. See you there!

MikeyPod 181 | Chanteuse Raquel Cion

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Photo of Raquel Cion by Carrie Jordan

Performer Raquel Cion is my guest today on the podcast. Hailed by the New York Times as “half witch and half cabaret performer,” Raquel is performing her latest work, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie at the Treehouse Theater in NYC this Monday June 29.  As of this writing, the show is SOLD OUT!

Music:
If You’re Waiting For That Kiss (You’ll Be Waiting For The Rest Of Your Life) – Microfilm
T
he Opposite of Love – Corey Dargel

Be sure to check out my friend Adam’s site, Ability Shirts.  Buy a bunch of stuff and spread the word! “Like” the Facebook page too!

Ability Shirts is a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with “unique abilities.” Adam Farris, Director of Ability Shirts, prefers to use the term to categorize those who are considered to have disabilities.

Ability Shirts sells awareness products—some of which are handmade or made by individuals with unique abilities. 

Adam’s unique abilities give him the perspective to lead a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who share them. Adam hopes to have a retail storefront in the future to sell more awareness products, and to hire other talented young men and women with unique abilities.

 

MikeyPod 180 | Artist Scott Teplin

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I met Scott Teplin pretty soon after I moved to Brooklyn and quickly became a fan of his artwork. I’m really fascinated and inspired by his use of crowdfunding and his most recent Kickstarter brought in well above his goal: $26,417.00! A chat we had recently in our local coffeeshop, Steeplechase,  inspired me to invite him to be on the podcast,  and it turned out to be a really great show.  Check out Scott’s résumé here. It’s pretty impressive and I didn’t do such a great job with his intro on the show. Saying stuff is hard.

Enjoy!

Music:
Everynight – Walker Lukens
Burglar – The Wheel Workers

Scott Teplin's "Big Hospital"
Scott Teplin’s “Big Hospital” (Click the photo to make it bigger!)

Please subscribe in iTunes and check out michaelharren.com if you’d like to know more about my work. Next week’s guest will be chanteuse and general bad-ass, Raquel Cion. Don’t miss it!

 

MikeyPod 179 | Isaac Oliver

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I had a great time chatting with author Isaac Oliver about Intimacy Idiot, his debut collection of essays which is already scoring kick-ass reviews. Also on this show, a track from my new remix album and music from CACAW.

Please subscribe in iTunes and let me know how you like the show!

Music:
When Will It Bloom (Known Space Remix) – Michael Harren
Replicant Lover – CACAW

If you’d like to check out the newly released Tentative Armor Reworks, download it for free here.

 

MikeyPod 178 | Victoria Moran

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I’m thrilled to have Victoria Moran on the podcast this week! Victoria is the bestselling author of twelve books, including her latest, The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion. I’ve always known her to be a beacon of positivity and kindness so I am delighted to be able to share this conversation with you!

Be sure to subscribe in iTunes or your favorite podcatcher so you don’t miss an episode. Next week’s guest is author Isaac Oliver whose new book Intimacy Idiot was just released this week!

Music:
Joy – Howard Jones
All We Have – Colonies

MikeyPod 177 | Tranna Wintour

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Comedienne Tranna Wintour joins me on the podcast today and we chat about her one woman show Trantasy which opens next week at Montreal Fringe. Though I’ve been aquatinted with Tranna for quite some time, this was our first chance to really chat. Enjoy!

In other news, I am getting this podcast going for real again. Look for episodes every week. Next week’s guest will be author and vegan goddess, Victoria Moran.

Music:
Just Above Midtown – Sweet Billy Pilgrim
Folle – Fort Romeau

MikeyPod 176 | Author T. Cooper

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Author T. Cooper is my guest on the podcast today. We talk about his latest book, Changers, and its accompanying website. T. is really fun to talk to and I’m thrilled to share this interview with you. Enjoy!

Some links:
T.’s website
wearechangers.org
We Are Changers on Facebook
@RealTCooper
@wechangers

Featured music:
Swayed – Kiasmos
Love is Gone – Oxford & Co.

Learn more about me here.

podcasting about art and activism since 2005