Director Ace Salisbury

MikeyPod 214 | Director Ace Salisbury

I ran across the new web series Everything’s Okay last week (via Shark Party Media) and fell immediately in love with it. The very next day I found myself conducting an interview with its creator,  Ace Salisbury, which I share here for your listening pleasure.

EVERYTHING’S OK is an episodic series best described as a ‘post-apocalyptic cardboard punk’ adventure. Its first episode debut’ed as a short film at Cannes this year, and the entire 8-episode series will be premiering online, one episode every other week through the coming months. Most notably, the series was scored with brand new, original music from Rob Crow of Pinback. The brand new trailer includes the song, “Dismal Failure (Hold Me Stay Away)” by Rob Crow, exclusively heard in this trailer and in the series finale of Everything’s Okay. Continue reading →

Lady Bunny

MikeyPod 213 | Lady Bunny

This week, I was thrilled to talk with legendary drag icon, Lady Bunny, about her new show, Trans-Jester, which is running now at the (also legendary) Stonewall Inn. It was so much fun to talk with Bunny about her work, and our currently somewhat sensitive culture. Bunny’s long history as a drag queen gives her a unique perspective on the language that we use to describe ourselves that I can’t wait for you to hear. Even if we don’t all precisely agree, these are conversations that need to continue. Please feel free to join the conversation here in the comments or on my Facebook Page! Continue reading →


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 →

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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.