Gavin Troy is a phenomenal visual artist. Enough said. But wait, there is more to the story. He also has a storied career in skateboarding and was involved deeply in the 2nd wave of skateboarding in the 70's and 80's. We discuss all of this and 80's punk rock, his time growing up in central Arizona, photography, competing in skateboarding tournaments, and what fuels the creative process. This episode is Troy & Trojan!
Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Punk Rock, Las Vegas, Vedic Astrology, Vagus Nerve....just a slew of what is to come in this episode. What fun we will have as we merrily roll along life's lazy river.
Josh has a storied career as a native from Las Vegas with degrees as an Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner and Vedic astrologer.
Common Roots Acupuncture-
We take some brief time to review our band history together(The Brambleberries, The A.M., and Kirtan groups). Mainly, Will discusses his extensive musical training in India and tells some amazing stories about his time in the classical Indian music scene. Pretty wild stuff! If you have ever wanted to understand the deeper roots of ragas, this show is for you.
Will we get into some deep topics? Will we talk the talk? Will we laugh out loud? Yes, yes, and yes! Will Duncan a man of a thousand lives. He is a dear friend and gifted teacher. Normally, i can think of some quick witted ways of delving into my guest's character, and for this episode I am going to highlight how great the Will Duncan is by borrowing the bio from his website:
Will Duncan has taught throughout the world including Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, South America and throughout the United States. He is a lecturer, meditation teacher, yoga instructor, retreat leader, and lavender farmer. At the age of 14 he met his teacher, Murray Rogers, and began a 23 year apprenticeship with him studying the world’s scriptural traditions as well as a systematic approach to meditation. In 2010 Will completed 7 years of training in the open and higher teachings of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Upon completion he entered a traditional 3-year meditation retreat where he engaged in silent and solitary deep practice from 2010 - 2014. Upon completion of retreat Will was asked to begin teaching by his lamas.
Following in all of his teacher’s footsteps, Will’s passion is in bringing to life the relevance and living profundity of the scriptural traditions. Deeply devoted to the Mahayana and Bodhisattva ideals of the cultivation of limitless compassion, Will draws on various traditions to shed light on the potential and urgency of waking up into our day-to-day lives.
Known for his down-to-earth humor and ease, Will teaches by way of inquiry and lively discussion pushing students to think clearly for themselves and to uncover their own insights.
Enjoy the time together with us.
Skull Valley Lavender-
Will Duncan Instagram-
Skull Valley Lavender Instagram-
Ash Ritter and I hang on the porch with herbal teas galore and romp through her past. She is a master herbalist and has such extensive training and unique experience with plant medicine. We spend time talking about where she grew up and her artistic, musical family, her father's music past and him drumming on Purple Majesty, the first record produced by Joey Ramone! We discuss some fun plant medicine friends such as chamomile, schizandra berry, yarrow and more. Check out her candy of the month club and get some!
Me and my yonkey-yonk Geoff Sobelle break bread over the world wide web of wonder. The man , the myth the mogul, Geoff Sobelle has had a storied career in the theatre world as a company member of Pig Iron Theatre, founding member of Rainpan 43, along with collaborations out to wazoo. You absolutely need to see him perform in this very life. We have been friends almost 20 years and here's to another 20!
Our Hollow Earth
We just couldn't stop the recording process so here is an entirely extra chunk of the post show fun we had. There was even more after this but we didn't record it. I guess it is somewhere in the ethers floating around for someone to hear on a distant star.
Time to O.D. on some Doug O'Donnell! Let's do it together. Doug and i stepped into the wayback machine and had some fly by nights and dum dum day-trippings. Doug is a humble fellow and a gleaner of the finest pop and sub cultural phenomenons. He is a founding member of Dr. Dog as well as a found hound of The Overtones, Doublehorse!, York Street Hustle. He also brings some insights into the legendary Sloppy Joe and the Cruise. Come together right now.
Wagdog, as I know him, came by for a visit and we got to squalking! One of the first guys I met when I moved to Tucson back in 2003, we have slowly gotten to know each other over the years and worked together on many musical puppet projects. He was a founding member/puppeteer of Tucson Puppet Works and a very knowledgable brain on Permaculture. I also think Eric is one of the wittiest people I know. Pull up a throne and let's get to the goods.
"It's Coming Down" & more rainwater songs
Scott and I are bumbling our way to you like a couple bees buzzing your brow. I have known this buddy for 23 years to the day. Scott McMIcken is a multi talented songwriter, musician, producer, artist and funny funball. If you haven't heard his band Dr. Dog then you now have a chance to catch up on a 20 year back catalog of tunes. He also has an extensive solo career and is a founder of Press On Records. What a mega-sode we got here. Unedited, unadultered, undying!
Dr. Dog: https://www.drdogmusic.com
Press on Records: https://pressonrecords.com
My old friends Matt Tarditi, Erik Price, Adam Bozarth, and I all reminisce and wax nostalgic on our time growing up as tweens in the early 90's. This was the time of shopping malls, Exhilarama, the cineplex, Sega Genesis, ball tag, and play-o all day-o! Join us in the fun on this belated swan song to the 1990's.
Check out: The Exhilarama
Two of my favorite brothers join me for a cannonball run through the past. We get into where they grew up, the origins of music, Philadelphia time at New Planet collective. And get a load of their amazing band names from days of future past: Anal Sausage, Hiroshima Nagasaki, and Make a Rising. Jesse was storyboarder/writer on the epic cartoon "Adventure Time" and art director on "Midnight Gospel." Justin is an inspired rock climber, woodworker, musician, artist, and he's single and ready to mingle(at least the time of writing this).
Eliza is a multi-talented instrumentalist, vocalist, funny person and maker of amazing quilts. She has toured with musicians such as Strand of Oaks, Grace Potter, Iron and Wine and more. You are going to love her! Need i say more?
We are taking a dive and a doggy paddle into some fascinating world music with Matt Moon Nelson. Matt and I have played for years together in the folk-kirtan group Chaparral Kirtan Band. He is a kind, warm hearted man and one of the people in charge of Arizona Trails and gives some cool insight into the history of the organization. Matt also has some incredible stories of working with the reburial programs of Native American tribes. And he is an amazing radio DJ on KXCI’s Global Rhythm Radio.
Jonas is a fine, feathered friend. He cuts to the quick and slows it when need be. We are talking about his time in the Philadelphia legendary band The Teeth. The history of the band and their escapades. We also discuss his time in the subsequent band Purples and his touring with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. We continue on with the late 90's/early 00's Philadelphia area music show series.
The Teeth documentary--
We get into the meaty (substitute) questions and continue on the late 90's/early 00's Philadelphia area music show series I have been harvesting. John was one of my first college buds! We talk about our punk rock histories, West Chester University, and playing in bands together: Unleash the Bastards and Traffic Jam. Plus his stint in Its Turbo Time! He asks me the hard hitting questions too! Check it, don’t wreck it . Part 2 of 2.
We get into the meaty (substitute) questions and continue on the late 90's/early 00's Philadelphia area music show series I have been harvesting. John was one of my first college buds! We talk about our punk rock histories, West Chester University, and playing in bands together: Unleash the Bastards and Traffic Jam. Plus his stint in It's Turbo Time! Check it, don’t wreck it . Part 1 of 2.
Ep 5. Two of my college era buds Andrew Jones and Rory Connell step into the cyber realm and we get goofed. This begins my late 90's/early 00's Philadelphia area music series. Today we are in for a treat talking RACCOON! Philadelphia legendary indie rock band. Raccoon consisted of Andrew, Rory and Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman who went on to found Dr. Dog. We talk about Raccoon’s entire history and all the goodies that came out of this great band. Part 2 of 2.
Two of my college era buds Andrew Jones and Rory Connell step into the cyber realm and we get goofed. This begins my late 90's/early 00's Philadelphia area music series. Today we are in for a treat talking RACCOON! Philadelphia legendary indie rock band. Raccoon consisted of Andrew, Rory and Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman who went on to found Dr. Dog. We talk about Raccoon’s entire history and all the goodies that came out of this great band. Part 1 of 2.
Jason Milci is a super sweet soul with a honey glazed heart. A powerhouse on bass guitar in the band Shooda Shook It and artist extraordinaire. He is a fantastic visual artist and master craftsman. We talk about early days of musical discovery, his growing up in Connecticut and Tucson, writing and recording, and many more blips and blops.
What more can you say about Walter Benjamin Smith? A lot! An extremely talented painter, artist, comedian and rabble rouser, he and I caught up a lot in the summer of 2020 and now we put it on record. He tells me his story of his time at PAFA, 90's punk and working at our favorite macrobiotic restaurant. Find him here:
First episode of the podcast! Getting into some fun stuffs with my oldest friend Martin Zinkel. We have been friends since we were babies! You'll get to hear all his exciting adventures growing up in rural Pennsylvania and his work in indie film and his time at QVC. Thanks for tuning in!