Subsonic # 24 – The Scouting Report

We begin today’s episode with a tip of the hat to Walter Becker, co-founder, and musician in Steely Dan before hearing from not one, but two members of “The Scouting Report“.  This band has a truly eclectic and unique sound, incorporating violin/fiddle in a masterful cohesion of genre bending qualities.

Please support my guest, but purchasing their album, Narrows and Neurons via Amazon.

We are also trying to rally donations for victims of hurricane Harvey, at donorsee.com/project/1258

Forbidden Notion #1 – The Blood, The Constable, and The Healer

I present to you, the first edition of the new segment, “Forbidden Notion”.  Today I lay out the general direction the show will be taking, lay the groundwork for what to expect, and talk a little bit about the ideas behind why we’re taking it in this direction.

We’ve probably all seen the video going around of the University of Utah Hospital’s nurse Alex Wubbles being arrested by Detective Jeff Payne of the SLCPD.  That’s what I’ll be introducing with this new segment with, and expect to see solo episodes like this, interviews with experts and people who know a hell of a lot more than me.

Thank’s for sticking around during this paradigm shift in the nature of the content of this show.  I know you’ll enjoy it.

Also, folks, Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and they need your help.  Donate, at donorsee.com/project/1258

#23 – Scott McLain

I’m joined today by Scott McLain.  Like a lot of the artists you hear on this podcast, he represents the spirit of Americana as a blanket genre and has a lot of personal anecdotes to embellish his body of work.

It’s back to school time, help these kids get the resources they need!

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#22 – Philip Jamieson (Caspian)

You’ve all heard me talk a lot about what is called “post-rock” and have been hearing an artist named Nic Bommarito’s music in the outros in a lot of the interviews, but today I have a founding member of one of my favorite bands of this genre, Philip Jamieson!  

I was pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was to talk to Phil.  I was worried that I would just fanboy out with him and get nervous, but it really just ended up being a conversation between two people that love this style of music.  We reflected on growing up in the Christian faith, how departures from this have shaped our experience, introductions into the world of this rather nebulous blanket genre of instrumentally driven rock.  

Songs featured in this episode:

Moksha from Caspian’s sophmore release, and first studio album, The Four Trees

The Raven, from the album Tertia, dropped two years following The Four Trees

Echo and Abyss of the band’s most recent 2015 release, Dusk and Disquiet

You can find Caspian’s music here

Please also see this week’s charity project, at donorsee.com/project/1086

#21 – Ruthless Ruth

I’m joined today by Ruth Lapointe, otherwise known by her stage moniker “Ruthless Ruth”.  We reminisce about coming of age in the rural Midwest communities of North Iowa, which as you may have learned by now, is fertile ground for discussion with yours truly, being as we come from the same general area.  Ruth really is a talented musician with a downright angelic voice and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.

This week’s charity project goes straight to repair a much needed road to an orphanage in Uganda, a landlocked country torn by a history of conflict, destabilizing their economy making it one of the most destitute countries on the globe.  Please consider donating, even the most meager donation can help bring this road up to a usable standard.  Find more information at donorsee.com/project/867 or download the DonorSee mobile app.

#20 – Dan Smotz (The Dawn Retreat/Goulash Media)

Any former emo/scene/hardcore folks out there?  Well Dan Smotz and I are from these sort of circles of musicians in the Midwest making loud, angry sounding music often with a message of empowerment and I hope you can relate to us on some of these subjects.  We get into Dan’s and my own thoughts on “Christian” music and how his faith has evolved over the years, thoughts on growing up in fundamentalist households and where our experiences overlap in that department.

As far as his solo stuff under the intuitive moniker, Smotz, Dan takes us through a genre bending experience where roots in the aforementioned musical stylings which Dan is familiar with such projects like his full band, The Dawn Retreat, while also heavily geared toward using rap as a lyrical force, sprinkled with a toe tapping jazzy riff here and there such as in “Nicotine” (which is featured on this episode).  It really is a unique listening experience.  He also has a band called The Dawn Retreat

Dan is a super busy guy, being a media producer by day.  If you need multimedia work done of all sorts, audio, video, graphic, et al, get ahold of him at goulashmedia.net.  He also has a podcast called “The System is Down” which you can find anywhere you find podcasts by typing those words into a search bar, also the same for the show’s facebook page.  His podcast is on this general concept of things which make people a bit uncomfortable with topics so far centering around religion, mysticism, and conspiracies.  In fact, I was a guest on his show which you can find at tsidpod.com

The charity project I’ve been promoting to build a water well for a village in Malawi to provide clean drinking water to 300 please visit donorsee.com/project/823 to donate or download the DonorSee app for a more direct user interface.

#19 – Philip Westfall (Blood Brother)

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Today we’re joined by Philip Westall, aka Blood Brother, a one man band.  This one would be especially interesting inside-baseball for other musicians out there, as Philip is somewhat of a gearhead and his instruments are customized.  His banjo is is somewhat of a mix of a banjo and a bass with a splash symbol mounted on it where he can strike it with his thumb.  His music is unique and quite relaxing, so please consider buying his album and keeping up with his show schedule at bloodbrothermusic.com

Also please consider donating to this week’s charity project at donorsee.com/project/823

#18 – Andrew Spreck

Fans of country/blues rejoice, I have a Minnesota gem for you.  Andrew Spreck’s most recent album, Devotion, is aptly named as he has a genuine passion for playing music.  His lyrical style is candid and genuine, coupling with his prowess around a guitar makes for a relaxing listening experience.  Find more on Andrew at andrewspreck.com/

This week’s charity project funds a water well for the Chinguluma Village in Malawi.  Donate with the DonorSee app or visit donorsee.com/project/823 for more information.

#17 – Dylan Boyle (Electric Jury)

This episode is honestly exactly what I envisioned when I started this project.  A conversation between two people with a passion for music, a conversation you’d like to be a fly on the wall to listen to.  Dylan and I talk about the history of progressive rock, how it has informed modern music, including one of my personal favorites, post-rock.  We provide a bit of commentary on man’s relationship to this beautiful monster we’ve created with technology known as social media.  I say beautiful because we can not honestly throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.  After all, it has freed up the means to broadcast a message from someone like myself to bring you an hour to provide an ear for the well deserved artists like Dylan.  I don’t think I have to really explain why I simultaneously consider it a monster, we all are familiar with the problems of social media.  During this interview, Dylan and myself really threw a lot of band and artist’s names out there, so I threw together a list of all of the ones I was able to pluck from the audio:

Yngwie Malmsteen
Terry Riley
King Crimson
Gentle Giant
Porcupine Tree
Genesis
John Cage
Le monte Young
Swans
Electric Wizard
Stoned Jesus
Opeth
Dimmu Borgir
Meshuggah
Elmore James
Bonnie Tyler (the album Natural Force)
And last, but not least, Dylan’s own Electric Jury and purchase their album The Lake on iTunes.

Places to find Dylan: Bandcamp for his solo work as well as dylanboyle.org

Please donate to this week’s charity project at donorsee.com/project/487

#16 – Benjamin Kath (Ben Jammin’ K with Nice Guy Entertainment)

You know how there are those people in this world who just radiate that positive energy, like it’s just overflowing and they have more than enough to give without expecting anything back?  That’s the kind of person I have as a guest today, and I’m pleased to welcome Ben Kath on this edition of Subversion.  Not only is Ben himself such a positive person, but his music is without question a reflection of himself.  The beats are dope, the delivery is prime, it all just flows together perfectly.

Ben also recently launched is new project where he will be selling his services as a beat producer.  You can find information on that at benjamminbeats.com.  Support independent art!

Also please consider donating to this week’s charity project, which is being brought back out since it hasn’t been completely funded.  It goes toward supplying three sewing machines for struggling children in Uganda.  Find more info at donorsee.com/project/487, and also consider downloading the app for a more direct use of the DonorSee service.