MikeyPod 238 | Author and Activist Ren Hurst

I have been looking forward to my stay with Ren Hurst for months, and the experience absolutely did not disappoint. Ren is a former horse trainer turned activist, author of Riding on the Power of Others, and founder of The New World Sanctuary Foundation. Our conversation came at the end of the six days I spent with her and her horses, camping out in gorgeous Northern California without electricity or plumbing. In spite of my general distaste for the outdoors, my experience was simply glorious, and I know this interview will inspire and open you, just like my time with Ren did me. Enjoy! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 235 | MikeyPod Live! With Joel B. New, My Demon Sister, Anna Copa Cabanna, Anna/Kate Band, and Sharisse Francisco

Photos by Jenni Walkowiak

Here it is!  A very special episode of MikeyPod, recorded live at the Kraine Theater for the Queerly Festival on June 26, 2017. It was tempting to edit the imperfections out of this recording, but I resisted the urge and decided to leave it as is. I hope you enjoy these “live” moments like I do! Thanks to all the artists who performed! Please check out their websites below! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 234 | Andy Tabar of Compassion Co.

Andy Tabar

This week’s guest is my pal Andy Tabar, founder of the vegan fashion brand Compassion Co. and co-host of the fantastic podcast, The Bearded Vegans. Andy and I have been internet friends for longer than I can remember, but I became especially interested in his life when I realized that he is living out of and running his business from a van! With my tour coming up, it was a perfect time to have Andy on the podcast to talk about his life on the road. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 233 | Electronic Musician Eban Crawford AKA Senator Jaiz

Eban Crawford

I met Eban Crawford back in the early EARLY days of podcasting. We’re talking, like, 2005 or so. Since then we have found so many more interests in common, producing electronic music with Ableton Live, growing beards, and veganism, among other things. I’ll be working with Eban in a few weeks at Moogfest presenting his No Permission Needed: Create workshop, so I figured it was high time to have him on the podcast. Come and see us in Durham! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 232 | Musician Walker Lukens

Walker Lukens

Walker Lukens is an Austin-based musician who Free Press Houston called “one of the best songwriters in Texas.” Walker has long inspired me with his commitment and perseverance as an indie musician. He just released a new EP and it, like all of his music, is simply fantastic. I’ve been wanting to bring him onto the podcast again, and this new release gave me just the excuse I needed to both talk with him about his new music and get a little pep talk about my upcoming tour. Enjoy! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 231 | Electronic Musician Jeff McIlwain of Lusine

Jeff McIlwain of Lusine

Jeff McIlwain’s music has been providing a buoyant soundtrack for my life (and long runs!) for a number of years now. In my excitement about his latest release as Lusine, I reached out to his label, Ghostly International, to set up an interview and they kindly obliged. Jeff and I chat here about the path that led him to success as an electronic musician, his fondness for manipulating vocal tracks, and his latest album, Sensorimotor. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 230 | Filmmaker Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole is the writer, director and star of 37 Problems, a raunchy new comedy series about fertility and growing up. Ebersole plays a struggling 37 year-old screenwriter who finds out she has one egg left. Suddenly she has to get a guy to fertilize the egg, freeze the egg, or do nothing and live a different life than she imagined. The series is smart, raunchy, and moving — three of my favorite things! You can watch the whole thing in one evening and I highly recommend you check it out! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 229 | Composer Ben Brody

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing MADArt Creative‘s Inner Reaches: Year II, the second installment of a performance series that sought to serve as a chronicle of the quantum universe through dance, music, and design. Ben Brody composed music for this dance piece to be played by drummer Ian Chang using Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse. The performance was phenomenal, and I was thrilled to get to talk to Ben about his extraordinarily diverse work.

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