#19 – Philip Westfall (Blood Brother)


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
John Cage
Le monte Young
Electric Wizard
Stoned Jesus
Dimmu Borgir
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.

#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