Mindful Self Indulgence

Mindful Self Indulgence

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By Dan Ellis
Mindful Self Indulgence is a monthly podcast hosted by Dan Ellis about people, the media they love and how it has impacted their lives in a meaningful way. TV, Film, Animation, Art, Music... It's all par for the course as we get into the nitty gritty about the things we love and why we love them.
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EP 17 "Traif!" - Robin Hood: Men In Tights With Miriam
This month the lovely Miriam joins us to talk about Robin Hood: Men In Tights. We discuss Mel Brooks, Judaism in his works, problematic content, disability and more! Show links: www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod  www.twitter.com/dellismulligan  Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
53:36
July 2, 2019
EP 16 "I'm Very Lucky I've Not Been Murdered" - Barenaked Ladies With Sara D
This month I sit down with longtime friend Sara D to talk about Barenaked Ladies, her life, mixtapes, getting naked with a bunch of strangers, traveling and our recently departed friend. Show links: www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod www.twitter.com/dellismulligan Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:28:11
May 1, 2019
EP 15 "A Leap of Faith" - Final Fantasy VI With tinahacks
This month we chat with the wonderful tinahacks of twitch.tv/tinahacks fame about Final Fantasy VI, speedrunning and much more! Show links: www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod  www.twitter.com/dellismulligan  Guest Links: www.twitch.tv/tinahacks Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:08:49
April 1, 2019
EP 14 "The Institutional Co-opting of…" - The Muppets With Mark Beall (Part 2 of 2)
In the second half of our discussion we talk about selling The Muppets to Disney, the short-lived 2015 sitcom, Steve Whitmire's exit, not projecting your own interests onto your kids, why movie theaters are magic and close things out with the speedround where I learn facts about Big Bird in the most awkward way imaginable! Show links: www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod  www.twitter.com/dellismulligan  Guest Links: www.retrogradeorbitradio.com Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
39:57
March 15, 2019
EP 13 "Back There Someday" - The Muppets With Mark Beall (Part 1 of 2)
This month we talk with Mark Beall about Jim Henson's Muppets. In part one we get into The Muppets' cultural relevance, the deaths of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Meeting Gonzo The Great and more. Show links: www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod www.twitter.com/dellismulligan Guest Links: www.retrogradeorbitradio.com Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:10:59
March 2, 2019
EP 12 "Vapid Nothingness" - Politics and The 2020 Primaries with Nate Staley
During our conversation on Five Iron Frenzy Nate and I went on a political tangent as we are want to do. We dig into the arc of his political identity and talk about Warren, Sanders and others as potential candidates in 2020, intersectionality, praxis and my reservations about Bernie this time around. Show links: www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod  www.twitter.com/dellismulligan  Guest Links: www.twitter.com/stalenate www.offbaseline.com www.loavesandroses.com Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
51:18
February 19, 2019
EP 11 "Time Is A Flat Circle" - Five Iron Frenzy with Nate Staley
This month we talk to Off Baseline's own Nate Staley about Five Iron Frenzy, smuggling leftist politics into CCM, how we met on a message board 14 years ago and much more before we play our new speedround segment at the end! Also mentioned in this episode: Bleach Shane Claiborne Emil Cioran Video Game Preservation Show links: https://www.twitter.com/mindfulselfpod https://www.twitter.com/dellismulligan Guest Links: https://www.twitter.com/stalenate https://www.offbaseline.com https://www.loavesandroses.com Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:38:14
February 1, 2019
EP 10 "Rad AF Spin Kick"- The Lost FLCL Episode with Angus Henderson
It's the fabled lost FLCL episode! Due to some unfortunate audio issues the planned January episode couldn't be posted so I reached into our archives and figured it would be a good time to share this one. Resident good friend Gus comes back to talk about FLCL, Toonami and late 90s early 00s anime in the west, The Pillows are great, Gus' double puberty, identity and filling someone else's shoes, rad AF spin kicks, how Ninamori and Naota both perform maturity, those eyebrows, episode 4 got dark there for a minute, "You titty touchin?", Naota becomes his own person (and sometimes that person is a dick), the gunslinger robot and hands in anime, "Isn't that too obvious?", fun facts that aren't that fun, and wants and needs interacting in complicated ways. Also mentioned in this episode: Fullmetal Alchemist Teenagers From Outerspace Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and Outro music on every episode is also by written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:36:13
December 31, 2018
EP 09 "Don't Body Shame That Possum!"- The Wonder Years (Part 2 of 2)
On part 2 we wrap up The Greatest Generation and move on to No Closer To Heaven and Sister Cities. We talk "Cul-de-sac" and misreading sentimentality as romance, "I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral" and knowing you did the best with what you've been given, The Lion King game for SNES is jank and the upcoming live action movie, No Closer To Heaven and growing pains, "I Wanted So Badly To Be Brave" and child abuse, trauma and therapy, Sister Cities being their darkest record to date, emotional performativity, possum nipples, pessimism and why it works for me, "Pyramids of Salt" and powerlessness, record release cycles and how hard it is to make a career out of being a musician (based on my limited knowledge of the industry), and wrap things up with a big end of the year thank you! Also mentioned in this episode: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Phantom Pokemon Go Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and outro music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:11:11
December 15, 2018
EP 08 "I Guess You'd Call This Regression" - The Wonder Years (Part 1 of 2)
This month in a change of pace I'm going to be discussing something that means a lot to me: The Wonder Years (the rock band from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, not the Fred Savage led TV Show of the same name) and how their music has been helpful to me over the last decade. My friend Gus (who you might remember from the Steven Universe episode) was nice enough to come in and steer the ship for these particular episodes. In part one we talk about how I found the band, "bad news about Ginsberg", gaslighting and the collapse of my support structure in 2012, panic attacks from end times theology at the age of 12, when I got sick, explaining what living with anxiety is like and "Passing Through A Screen Door", how I interact with music and why, the reason I generally don't recommend music to people and "the age of irony" of the 2010s, thematic and lyrical continuity across albums, "The Greatest Generation" and socio-economics, for some reason we discuss me playing drums growing up, an ever increasingly restrictive diet, and we wrap the episode up with that time I caused a drama club walkout in high school. Also mentioned in this episode: Fireworks Neon Genesis Evangelion The Hold Steady The Mountain Goats David Bazan Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and outro music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis. *Apologies for the audio issues (and the fan)in this episode and the next one. Working on addressing these issues moving forward. Also, I stammer more than usual so, my bad for all the "ums" and "likes" for those sensitive to that sort of thing.*
1:10:42
December 2, 2018
EP 07 "Manifest Density" - Pokemon With FoiledFeline (Part 2 of 2)
On the second half of our conversation with FoiledFeline we continue our conversation about Pokemon and everything else including our thoughts on Gens 6 and 7, dumb bumper stickers and dumber dudes, "privilege isn't a ladder", "why the f@%# am I doing a podcast?", landlines and the evolution of social faux pas, ideas about a possible future D&D episode, "but languages though!", labels and gatekeeping. Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and outro music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
54:54
November 15, 2018
EP 06 "Pikac learned dervolt!" - Pokemon with FoiledFeline (Part 1 of 2)
This month we are talking with FoiledFeline about Pokemon! In our first half we get into our experience with the franchise, how Nintendo consoles are invincible bricks, a hilarious Fire Red bootleg, how ubiquitous Pokemon was in the late 90's, our favorite starters for Gens 1-5, how the "Pokemon Power" guy ruined my childhood, staying informed while managing mental health, baby chickens, having an adventure vs min/maxing, Foiled's incredibly heartwarming and incredibly gay family, my concern that "Oof" is causing me to sidestep emotional labor, the embarrassing origins of our internet usernames, how revisiting Kanto in Gen2 skewed expectations for each successive generation, Nintendo's branding problems, Foiled's scumbag Serperior tactics, how Gen1 is a busted mess (but it's my mess), all while coping with intermittent internet issues. Also mentioned this episode: Toonami Octopath Traveler Street Fighter IV Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and outro music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:16:16
November 1, 2018
EP 05 "Super Hyper Space Feudalism"- Dune with Glitchcat
For October's episode we talk to streamer and musician Glitchcat7 about Dune and it's sequels. We go into how things get lost in translation when adapting novels to film, how pulp cinema is embracing long form storytelling and a wider scope in recent decades, post scarcity, mankind's perpetual cycle of consolidation of power and rebellion,the eldrich horror of omniscience, the trolley problem but with mass genocide and whether media exists in a vacuum. Also mentioned this episode: Saosin Lord of The Rings Star Wars Trigun https://calvinanddune.tumblr.com Conlanging Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and outro music for every episode is also written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:36:37
October 1, 2018
EP 04 "The Boomstick and The Tringle" - Zelda and Final Fantasy Randomizers With Leggystarscream
This month we sit down and talk with the wonderful LeggyStarscream about Zelda 1 and Final Fantasy 1 randomizers, as well as randomizers as a whole. We also talk about finding healthy communities in unlikely places, our approach to internet moderation, growing up with an NES in the house, why Okami is a Zelda game and Words With Friends is a Roguelike, why "In The Six" is the best Super Mario World category, Chrono Trigger's impeccable pacing and how I've never played Final Fantasy VI. Also mentioned in this episode: A Link To The Past Link's Awakening No Man's Sky and several speedrunners including: Protomagicalgirl Megmacattack Authorblues Johncarls Tinahacks Skybilz LackAttack24 Darbian and NESCardinality Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and Outro music on every episode is also by written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:24:39
September 1, 2018
EP 03 "The Pathos of Space and Time" - Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou With Spriteguard (Part 2 of 2)
In Part 2 we talk about about using music as catharsis, anxiety, neurodivergence and living on the spectrum, mental and physical health issues, how the podcast got it's name and how that ties into our mission statement, losing friends and finding healthy communities, and how media can impact our brain (and in my case at least body) chemistry. Other media mentioned in this episode: The Wonder Years (Band) Boy in a Band David Bazan House of Leaves Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and Outro music on every episode is also by written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
50:16
August 15, 2018
EP 02 "The Earth Remembers Us" - Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou With Spriteguard (Part 1 Of 2)
In our first ever two part installment game developer Spriteguard talks about Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou by Hitoshi Ashinano. In this first part we talk about how tragedy shapes a culture, the tension that comes with letting the good and the bad in and how the internet has compounded that experience, nostalgia and being present, problematic media, intent versus net impact from works of parody and commentary and the anxiety that comes with sharing creative works. Other Media mentioned in this episode: FLCL (and an episode of the podcast on it that hasn't come out yet) Mushishi The Band's Visit Fullmetal Alchemist (Spoilers for the manga and Brotherhood) Your Name (Spoilers) Voices of A Distant Star Pedro The Lion Mindgame Fight Club Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and Outro music on every episode is also by written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:11:59
August 1, 2018
EP 01 "Gay Space Rock Opera" - Steven Universe With Angus Henderson
On the first episode of Mindful Self Indulgence I talk to my good friend Gus about Steven Universe, why it's one of his favorite shows, it's erratic schedule as well as how great fusion is as a concept and how it can function as a metaphor for emotional intimacy. Also briefly mentioned in this episode: Darkwing Duck, TMNT, fanfic communities growing up, Anne Rice legal litigation, how neither of us have seen FireFly, Janelle Monae and "Fun Aunts". Mindful Self Indulgence is hosted, produced and recorded by Dan Ellis. Intro and Outro music on every episode is also by written, performed and recorded by Dan Ellis.
1:11:49
July 8, 2018
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