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 here. Continue reading →
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 →
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 Sanctuary! Continue reading →
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.
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 →
I met Donald Vincent AKA Mr. Hip a few weeks ago at the Compassion Arts and Culture & Animals Festival here in NYC. He approaches and expresses his art with a humbleness and curiosity that I find especially beautiful and inspiring. I was so thrilled to talk to him about his work, his openness to sharing his process, and how his art is part of everything he does. Mr. Hip is a vegan, jazzy, hip-hop artist, poet, painter, and avid lover of all things art now based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Washington, DC, his music blends an eclectic mix of rap, style, swag, and music for the hipsters as well as the streets. His poems can be found online in a variety of literary magazines. Continue reading →
This week I talk with Karl Larson and Matt Evans, two of the members of the piano trio, Bearthoven, about their most recent album, Trios. Though their third member Pat Swoboda was unable to join us, we dug deep in their process of creating the album, the commissioning of pieces for the album, and the current new music landscape. We talked a great deal about Bang on a Can, who you should absolutely investigate as well. Continue reading →
I’m back in Brooklyn, and back in the New York groove! This week I talk to two of the most passionate animal activists I know, Dietz (Unparalleled Suffering) and Lia (The Evidence Box). Both are fantastic photographers who are especially adept at documenting the experience of non-human animals and the horrifying abuses they are subjected to by humans. I got to spend some time staying with them during my tour, so of course I busted out my trusty recorder for an interview. Continue reading →