#15 – Eliott B

I’ve always had an affinity for lo-fi production.  The warm fuzz of a low quality mic is oddly calming to me, as it captures the visceral relationship between a growing artist and their instrument.  There’s this sort of trademark of the kind of music that Eliott shared with Subversion.  It really puts you right in the room with the artist, as opposed to the kind of audio production we generally consume which is, for lack of a better word, sterile and is missing a key element of placing oneself in the very moment in time it was captured through a medium of permanence.   It’s rather difficult for me to come up with the words to describe it, so for sake of brevity, Eliott’s music evokes a nostalgia in me which isn’t conjuring any specific memory of mine, it’s simply this fluttering in my core that reminds me of something familiar.

This week’s charity project goes toward helping to build a water well for a village in Malawi.  “The well should last for 20 years which means providing clean water for a family for a year only costs $1.48.”

#14 – Todd Partridge (King of the Tramps)

Allow me to pose a question for you:

How joyful do you think someone is who sings the blues?  Well, I can tell you with certainty that our guest, Todd Partridge, sings the blues yet emanates mirth and curiosity which is clearly borne out in his music.  Even though the genre in its purest form is outwardly woeful and bleak on the surface, evoking the deep and familiar emotion of despair we often run from.  However, Todd and King of the Tramps has managed to take the curious arrangements of these tones of which we are so familiar, having the ability to use their charm to transform them into something that skirts along the edge of blues, yet compels one feel a sense of inspiration.

You can find King of the Tramps at kingofthetramps.com

This week’s charity project will be revisited from one a few episodes ago which hasn’t yet completed it’s funding goal.  It goes to fund a fence, which will soon house 100 orphans, but securing the perimeter is the first step.  I urge you to help me fund this project, at donorsee.com/project/595

#13 – Ty Davis (Nice Guy Entertainment and Bottle Kids)

Today’s guest is yet another Twin Cities artist from none other than Nice Guy Entertainment. We talk about the simpler times of being a kid, suburbia, depression, Poke-mon, death. You know, average every day small talk. But I have to say, you could throw some of Ty’s tracks on the radio and no doubt, people would ask “who’s this?” in the way one asks the question because it sounds like something they’re familiar with.

You can find more of Ty Davis at the tag realtylerdavis: Twitter, Soundcloud, Instagram

This week’s charity project will go to Light for Orphans Ministry to give orphans, who are the lesser talked about victims of the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, shoes and school supplies. Find this project and more at donorsee.com/project/750

Bonus Episode – Founder and CEO of DonorSee, Gret Glyer

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.

#12 – Joe Scarpellino (Smokin’ Joe & Dead Larry)

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

#11 – Cody Fedeler (The Euclids/DJ Analog)

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

# 10 – Robert Lindberg (Nutcracker Dungeonist)

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.

#9 – Mark McGuiness (Dead Larry)

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

#8 – B Mc-C (Founder of Nice Guy Entertainment)

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!

#7 – Louis Blackmore

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.