Month: January 2008

MikeyPod 116 | Special Guest Host Curtis Hill

My pal Curtis is my special guest host today. We talk about cool stuff and play cool musics. Plus, there is a big CD giveaway contest. Listen for info!

cool stuff:
the Quiet times podcast
Curtis’ Flickr photos
Curtis’ LiveJournal
My LiveJournal

cool musics:
Fujyia and Miyagi – Ankle Injury
Belle and Sebastian – For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea (Courtesy of Matador Records)
Microfilm – Chicago (Courtesy of the Artist)
Burial – Ghost Hardware (courtesy of IODA Promonet)


MikeyPod 115 | January’s Featured Artist Ann Karp

I am joined today by my friend Ann Karp. She has been a part of the Koinonia community for four years, and is my featured artist this month.

Ann welcomes commissions, and much of her existing artwork is for sale. you can check it out on her flickr.

Viva La Persistence – Kimya Dawson
Send in the Clowns – The Tiger Lillies


MikeyPod 114 | Pushing Musical Boundaries

All music today, for your pleasure. I know alot of you guys don’t like my music, but you need to stop being pussies and branch out a little bit. Here’s your chance!

Track List:
War and peace (AOKI takamasa Remix) – Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cancelled Pieces – Steve Jansen
Fit Song – Cornelius
Situation – Ex-Boyfriends
Lay Down Your Weapons – Scissors for Lefty
Sex Machine – The Flying Lizards
Lullaby for the Taken – Kimya Dawson
Myriad Harbor – The New Pornographers
Trampoline – Page France
Nations and Borders – Dave Bianchi
Blueprints – Amanda Jayne
All There Is To Tell – Reuben Butchart


The Mongo & Joe Show New Year’s Eve Special

Click the photo above for 14 minutes of Mongo and Joe New Year’s hijinks! Kudos to Joey for his editing! Damn fine work my friend.



I had intended to hit the ground running with podcasts in 2008, but as I mentioned before, my old mixer died. The good news is that this was the inspiration I needed to get my new (to me) Mackie 1202-VLZ Pro mixer up (thanks luke kurtis!) and running. In the meantime, starting on Monday I will be offering “re-runs” of my favorite shows. I realized recently that there are a ton of them that are worth listening to again, and since I may have to wait for my next payday to get the podcasting rig going, I’d like to keep things going. Let me know if you have any special requests.

Joey is diligently editing our New years Eve video podcast, so look for that soon as well!

The Art of Ann Karp

I first met this month’s featured artist, Ann Karp, as I was planning my four month internship at Koinonia Partners in 2006. She was welcome source of calm and serenity during my time as a part of the community, always able to put things into perspective by taking me out for a run through the pecan orchards or keeping me laughing with her covert “vegeterrorist” actions. Maybe we will cover vegeterrorism in the podcast interview!

I had planned on starting the new year with an interview discussing her work, but had to reschedule when I came home to find my trusty mixer has apparently bitten the dust. Instead, I offer you this, a look at some of her artwork accompanied by her own comments about her work. Enjoy! (please note that clicking on the images will take you to a full size version.)

‘This Machine Kills Fascists’ was the line famously lettered by the old folk singer and wanderer Woody Guthrie on the front of his guitar. In this design I wanted to give my own generation a sense of his vagabond, subversive, uncertain freedom.

This ink-on-paper was drawn from an arresting photo from the book A Day in the Life of America. The caption: “Lizzy Mack, 12, lives with her mother, brother and sister in a single room on Manhattan’s West Side. The room is paid for by New York’s Emergency Assistance for Families program. Photographer Letizia Battaglia says, ‘Lizzy is like a First Lady, a star of society. She is intelligent, good and beautiful–but she is poor. That is the only difference.'” With both the photo and the drawing, I felt almost as if I should say “Good night, Lizzy” before shutting the book–she’s so tangibly there. The photo is from 1986. I wonder where she is now.

These fallen leaves were gathered from trees at Koinonia, the community where I live, and dried, lettered, gilt-edged, and glazed by hand. I like the idea of small, portable totems that remind the bearer of a truth. Usually, though, the truth is cliched. I’m not challenged by a stone that says “Love”–I too easily reduce it to an easy ideal. I’d rather have words that magnify and complicate a leaf’s simultaneous qualities of miraculousness and commonness, power and frailty, structure and decay–qualities we humans also embody.

This creature “grew” out of an ottoman in my friend Jo’s cozy living room one morning. I was in a daydreamy stupor, vaguely worrying about wrapping a lot of Christmas presents, and my pet rats were romping over the furniture. I’d like to do a whole series of spooky children’s furniture beings sometime.

All of these (and most of the others on my flickr site) are available either in the original or as prints. I also adore commissions; you dream it, I dream it onto paper (or leaves, wood, etc.)

-Ann Karp

vegan, baby!

I haven’t said it here for realz yet, but I am trying again to stick to being vegan. Today is day three. YIPEE!

Featuring Artists for 2008

I have been trying for some time to think of a way to involve the visual arts in what I do here at MikeyPod. When my pal Ann Karp and I started talking about an alternate cover art design for the podcast it dawned on me that I could invite some other artists to do the same.

MikeyPod Cover Art by Ann Karp

Here’s how it works:
Each month I will feature a new artist with a podcast interview and spotlight entries featuring his/her work. Ann’s design is up at the blog now, and I will be interviewing her soon (after I get some technical difficulties worked out with my soon to be old mixer).

I still have space for a few more artists this year, so let me know if you have any suggestions!