MikeyPod 126 | Musical Comedy Improv with Veal

On a very special episode of MikeyPod, the musical improv group Veal kindly let me sit in on one of their rehearsals. We talk about their process for creating musical comedy on the fly, they take me through their warm up process and create an opening number before my very eyes.

Please accept my apologies for the heinous sound quality during the song Holy Water. Yeah, sound is bad, but it was too hilarious to cut from the show.

Find out more about Veal on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube or see them live on Dec 13th at 10:30 at under St. Marks.


MikeyPod 125 | Authors Joi Ito and Christopher Adams

Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito and publisher Christopher Adams visit the show to talk about Joi’s new book of photographs, Freesouls.


portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto by Joi Ito
A brand new Halloween track from Gavin Castleton, Since 1968 which is released on iTunes today. This track is popping up all over the place today including Buzznet and RCRD LBL. Thanks to my pal Angela Poe for introducing me to Castleton’s music!


Since 1968 (The Overclock Orchestra Remix) -Gavin Castleton
Fortune – Kristin Hersh
Leaving – Dirty on Purpose

p.s. please excuse the current lame layout of my site, I am still recovering from the site having been hacked. It will look prettier soon, I promise!


MikeyPod 124 | Musician Paul Doucette

[Lost episode! For an unfortunate period in 2008 I stored a few podcasts on a different server, and then forgot that they were there when I shut it down. If you happen to have a copy of this episode, I would be thrilled to have it again!]

I got to chat with Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) in the bluhammock music office this afternoon about his new project The Break and Repair Method. Here lies our conversation, along with a few tracks off the album which won’t be available till Sept 16th.

You Won’t Be Able To Be Sad
This City (Is Bound To Do Us In)
Life Gets Beautiful

Many thanks to Ralph Cutler and Christina Duren from Ariel Publicity for setting everything up for me!

In other news, I have decided to make MikeyPod a weekly music only podcast. In the next month or so I will be setting up another podcast feed for everything else. This last year or so in NYC has been such a learning time for me, and a struggle in so many ways, but at last I am feeling like I am where I want to be– loving the city and ready to get my activist self moving again. It always felt so awkward to try to cover both passions in one place: music and social justice. Many times the two intersect, of course, but it makes more sense to me to branch out in this way. Stay Tuned!

p.s. Don’t forget about Meat Free Radio for all of your vegan and vegetarian needs.


MikeyPod 122 | Filmmaker Jamie Moffett

Jamie Moffett joins me today to discuss his film The Ordinary Radicals.

About the film:

In the margins of the United States, there lives a revolutionary Christianity. One with a quiet disposition that seeks to do “small things with great love, and in so doing is breaking 21st Century stereotypes surrounding this 2000 year old faith. The Ordinary Radicals is set against the modern American political and social backdrop of the next Great Awakening. Traveling across the United States on a tour to promote the book Jesus for President, Shane Claiborne and a rag-tag group of “ordinary radicals” interpret Biblical history and its correlation with the current state of American politics. Sharing a relevant outlook for people with all faith perspectives, director Jamie Moffett examines this growing movement.

Music: (courtesy of Potter Street Records)
Girard Ave – NevereveN
Try on Life – Jes Karper


Ordinary Radicals: advance clip of interview with Shane Claiborne

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This afternoon, I interviewed filmmaker Jamie Moffett about his upcoming film The Ordinary Radicals. The topic of Christianity and Homosexuality came up, which prompted him to send me this clip from the film. It is part of an interview with with author/ speaker/ general bad-ass Shane Claiborne.

Look for my interview with Jamie on Monday.

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MikeyPod 120 | Musician Christopher Willits

Guitarist, electronic musician, composer, and all around bad-ass, Christopher Willits joins me this week to discuss his collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ocean Fire an lots of other stuff.

Music featured:
Toward Water – Willits + Sakamoto (from the album Ocean Fire) amazon
Colors Shifting – Christopher Willits (from the album Surf Boundaries) emusic iTunes amazon
Or With the Tea – Christopher Willits (from the album Folding, and the Tea) emusic iTunes

Special thanks to Evan Balmer at KAB America.

Christopher Willits
U.S. tour April 12th – May 7
Christopher Willits’ mailing list
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Creative Commons

MikeyPod 119 | Vegan Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s Veganomicon cookboook has been this newbie/aspiring Vegan’s best friend since it hit my mailbox about a month ago. Isa Chandra Moskowiz was kind enough to take time out of her busy s’more eating to talk a bit about her philosophy and the inspiration behind what many consider the vegan Joy of Cooking.


photo by eight double
Post Punk Kitchen
Sweet & Sara
4 Course Vegan
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center

2080 – Yeasayer
Wot? No Meat! – Captain Sensible