Entrepreneur and genuinely generous force in the world, Gret Glyer joins me to discuss his charity plat form, DonorSee. If you’re a regular listener you’re no doubt familiar with this platform, which I can not talk up enough. When I donate, I get constant updates from the aid workers who posted them, get videos and photos upon completion of the people who are helped by my donations thanking me for my generosity.
Gret talks about his experiences in Malawi which drove him to start DonorSee critiques of how charity is often managed, including one problem DonorSee has had with the Peace Corps.
I encourage you to download the DonorSee app, to make things easier for you when I tell you about charity projects on this show. You can also visit DonorSee on PC at donorsee.com
You can find more of Gret on twitter, @gretglyer, and you should also check out his blog and sign up for his e-mail list at gretglyer.com to stay up to date with him.
Love, loss, music, and bliss. I can think of no other words to better describe the interview I had with Joe Scarps, of a two bands quite close to my heart. As you’ll hear in the interview, Joe is part of a small subculture I was deep into some years ago, so we have a sort of kinship from sharing in this community together, and I have many fond memories of going to their shows.
Dead Larry is putting on their own festival called the Galactic Get-Down, which you can find more information at facebook.com/GalacticGetDown and follow Dead Larry at facebook.com/deadlarry
This week’s charity project goes toward buying sewing machines for the Nakaseke Childrens Home from Uganda. Read more about this project, donate, and receive updates on projects you give to by visiting donorsee.com/project/487
Do you think the American culture has some social damage? There’s a song for that. Have you ever pondered what an army of cold zombies sounds like, shuffling it’s way across Eastern Europe? There’s a rock opera for that. Ever heard of the power of different auditory frequencies having neurogenic and psychological effects on the human mind? My guest today knows about this and so much more, which we go over in our episode today during your weekly dose of brilliant independent music. We also discuss a little bit about the current social order as it happens to be, the peculiar phenomenon that we live in such a safe world, yet somehow the worst of the worst stories seem to rise to the top of the news, much like a small splash of oil in a large lake of fresh drinking water. All of this and more, in today’s interview.
Here are some places you can find Cody and his band, The Euclids:
The Euclids on Facebook and DJ Analog on Soundcloud
Special thanks once again to Nic Bommarito for the intro music to today’s show!
Today’s charity project courtesy of DonorSee
What comes to mind when I say “DJ”? In the modern sense, you may expect to see a guy on stage in a club with a laptop and some equipment, dancing around and playing with knobs. Well what if I told you there were still analog producers out there who are manually making the music as it runs? To most of my audience who aren’t audiophiles, this may not make you particularly excited, but the use of analog equipment produces a much higher sound quality without the compressed digitally stored samples that are generally used in this format.
Today, I’ll let you get to know one of those people who produce such a thing as analog music. He goes by the stage name Nutcracker Dungeonist. As always on this show we come to find that my guests are so much more than musicians, but three dimensional human beings with much more behind them than their finished product that you end up hearing in the form of a couple minute songs/tracks. Robert is a truly unique individual and this interview was truly a lot of fun to sit down and record.
Here are the videos of Robert preforming his music: RUN546 LIVE and 8 mil sash
Here’s the video of the DJ Mr Tape that we talked about in the interview
Today’s charity project: https://donorsee.com/project/348 please please please give what you can 🙂
Outro music courtesy of Nic Bommarito. Here’s where you can find him.
Have you ever heard of the hero’s journey? It’s the plot archetype used in Star Wars, for example. A person in a rather ordinary place, doing ordinary things. When suddenly a call to adventure comes, be it out of necessity by being pushed into uncertainty caused by a tragic event or simply a longing for a break from the mundane. This is truly a relevant archetype, because they are the stories which keep our attention and make us feel engaged.
Today’s hero is none other than the member of a band out of Minneapolis (formerly of Iowa City), Mark McGuiness shares the strife in his life, what events have unfolded before him to make him the man he is today which is one in the same with what informs the music he creates.
You can find more of Dead Larry at https://www.facebook.com/deadlarry/
The guys in Dead Larry are also putting on their own festival called the Galactic Get-Down, which you can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/GalacticGetDown/
Today’s charity project goes to fund a fence for an orphanage in Kenya, you can find that at https://www.donorsee.com/project/595
Hip-hop will be a recurring theme on this program. Not only out of my own personal affinity for the genre, but by the very fact that this show is based out of the Twin Cities and our culture is very much driven by a specific kind of music subculture. To this point about hip-hop, here will be no shortage of references to the late Prince on this program, who really did bring this amalgamation of pop and hip-hop into an easily digestible medium and is a rather iconic part of the Twin Cities in general. For this very reason, the independent music in Minneapolis is strongly influenced and momentum sustained by rap.
What does this have to do with my guest today? Well it just so happens that Brandon McCollum is one of those people pumping steam into the Twin Cities rap scene. He founded and manages Nice Guy Entertainment, leading a truly brilliant bunch of artists in his collective. Brandon is not simply doing all of the things behind the curtain, he is an artist himself and we unpack some of his own music in this episode, gaining insight into what drives him.
You can catch B Mc-C at his birthday party at the Pourhouse on April 21st right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
I encourage you to follow Nice Guy Entertainment on Facebook and support your local musicians!
Louis Blackmore. It kind of sounds like a superhero alter ego, doesn’t it? Well, if you get to know my pal Louie, you’ll find he really is a unique and superb individual. In this interview, we talk about growing up in our stomping grounds of North Iowa and other details of Louie’s background, as well as his current endeavors in becoming a music therapist. Louis is a former member of “The Enigmaknots”, but is always active in playing and producing music.
Fans of rap/hip-hop, rejoice! This interview is with 2JD, one of several artists from Nice Guy Entertainment. His album is Gemini Cities (which you can download for free here) tells an introspective story of duality, overcoming ones own dark side in a journey of self discovery.
You can follow 2JD on Facebook and Soundcloud.
In today’s episode, you will get to know a true modern day bard, Dan Mark. Dan is a very good friend of mine that I’ve known since we were just little boys. We have managed to come of age alongside one another, having seen and experienced so much bliss as well as strife together. I really do owe quite a bit of gratitude to Dan for inspiring me over the years, as he was one of the first people I started playing music with and I can’t think of anyone else in my life that has had a more consistent impact on my creative inclinations. In some ways, you could say that without my friendship with Dan, this program may very well not be happening.
Dan has his own web page up where you can purchase his book, “Mourning ’til Morning”, a collective of poems about a particularly dark time in his life which was fraught with emotionally confusing experiences. It is a very thought provoking assortment of words which is sure to take you on a journey and I encourage you to pick yourself up a copy. His domain name is:
I’m breaking format today to give you some background on myself. As I mention in the outro, I find myself putting my guests in some emotionally compromising positions when I ask them questions about childhood, death, and their personal stories that inform their artistic creations, therefore I felt that it’s only fair that I expose a little bit of myself and make myself vulnerable to you, the audience.
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