What R. Stevie Moore said!

How well do YOU know R. Stevie Moore? Please-let me know in the comments!

R. Stevie Moore agreed to give a quick interview so I could not only get to know him a little bit better, but so I could also help spread the word to our planet’s musical ears and show off this man’s musical artistry and creativity….along with some personal thoughts on his current life and career.

I’m so excited-so here we go!

R. Stevie Moore “Pop Music”

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MFP: Hello, R. Stevie Moore, and thank you for taking the time for this interview! I’ll start with this: When you first began creating music, what was your initial intention as you were bringing your music in to the world? What was driving you?

*R. Stevie Moore: Aaaaaaaaaaaaas is often the common answer to this question, no no no there was never any intention! The only intention is to let out the creative musical energy from within. where it lands is irrelevant, but …. it has GOT TO COME OUT. Pressure valve. That is what was driving me. art is not a plan, art is exhaled.

 

MFP: I’ve ALWAYS wanted to ask you this….are you a self taught musician?

*R. Stevie Moore: Yes, generally so. however, conversely, I inherited the genes of a very intense musical father. Never forget. Not sure who Id’ve been without that in my DNA.

 

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WATCH R. Stevie Moore Discusses The Meaning Of Life +1

MFP: Even after being known for releasing over 400 albums of music, do you feel there is still more you have yet to accomplish?

*R. Stevie Moore: Pride. Never of one single part, but of the gigantic whole. and sadly, no, i don’t feel there’s much else to accomplish. I’ve absolutely surrendered to old age fatigue and lazy loss of any firm direction; there will never again be well-thought-out song composition, and/or smartly grounded full-length album assembly. My pop sense is in chaos.

MFP: It seems, at least to me, that social media has been a great tool for many artists and musicians, do you feel satisfied with your current connection with your fans and audiences?

*R. Stevie Moore: Somewhat satisfied. it’s a slippery slope. Wires connecting me to global people, is it good? shall i cut the ties that bind? Vulnerability bites.

Rare physical CD’s and Vinyl by R. Stevie Moore 

A QUICK JOURNEY THROUGH R. STEVIE MOORE

MFP: As I’ve read up on you, I’ve noticed that you tend to be introduced in names like “Mr. Lo-Fi Legend”, “Grandfather of DIY music”. What would you prefer to be known by?

*R. Stevie Moore: Just name tags, come on. Matters not.

MFP: You’ve gained a LOT of respect and admiration from well known and respected artists and musician’s. Even so, has “the road” through your musical journey been a satisfying and/or good ride for you?

*R. Stevie Moore: Oh no. Decades of struggle.////

MFP: As far as the music/record industry as we once knew it, meaning when music was pretty much controlled by major industrial forces, do you feel you could have actually thrived in it, knowing what you know now?

*R. Stevie Moore: No way.

R. STEVIE MOORE’S LIFE ON PLANET EARTH

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MFP: I once read this quoted from you and it felt really good to my spirit, “It’s about songcraft, diverse music creativity, talent, intolerance for mediocrity…”. I LOVE this!

What is the greatest experience that music has ever given you? Examples would be, like being inspired by a moment or a muse, the freedom that comes with creation, the music after it’s created and the feelings that come with it, and so on.

*R. Stevie Moore: Too many to mention AND I rarely rank favorites/greatests. All or nothing at all.

RSM Tapes

WATCH: R. Stevie Moore documentary TAPE TO DISC

MFP: Do you feel that you came to this planet at the right time? That you really did come here to do what you were supposed to do -and at this particular time? Like, maybe your calling was to bring something very specific. Very particular and very unique to those of us also here at the same time?

*R. Stevie Moore: Who knows!

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R. STEVIE MOORE SOUND PAINTING COLLABORATIONS AND COMPILATIONS
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Ku Klux Glam
Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore
Released February 12, 2012….

MAKE IT BE (CD)
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner
Released March 10, 2017….


MFP:
Do you feel that the momentum of Make It Be is still going pretty strong? (why or why not?)

*R. Stevie Moore: 6 months since release date, it had a quick buzz then vanished. very very saddened it acquired no legs. got some nice reviews, but basically tanked? idk

RSM JF

LISTEN: R. Stevie Moore interview about this 5- year in the making release of Make It Be.

MFP: What happened with the compilation record where a bunch of artists were covering your music?

*R. Stevie Moore: Not a compilation record, per se,,,,, an online project (still ongoing), 10+ volumes by now, all on bandcamp.

MFP: Do you have any plans or dreams of collaborating with any other artists and musician’s in the near future?

*R. Stevie Moore: Plans. Dreams. 2 different animules. i wish i wish i wish.

R. STEVIE MOORE ON WHAT IS STILL TO COME

MFP: I’ve recently heard through the grapevine that there is a documentary about to come out about you. Do you have the status of this documentary?

*R. Stevie Moore: The new documentary is called COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF RSM, directed by Imogen Putler & Monika Baran (UK). Still in production & desperate for further funding. dying for it to be stillborn! No clue to project its expected unveiling. 2019?

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R. STEVIE MOORE ON WHAT INSPIRES OUTSIDE OF MUSIC

MFP: When you are not creating music, what currently inspires your soul energy?

*R. Stevie Moore: I do not really spend time creating new music anymore! I archive my life’s work + self-promote online. Hard working man.

MFP: I’ve heard that at this time you will not be touring. Have you given any thoughts to maybe doing live shows from your home?

*R. Stevie Moore: Not sure.

MFP: What do you feel your ultimate life mission here is?

*R. Stevie Moore: Mission accomplished. taped my life, push play.

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THE END OF ONE CHAPTER IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER…

***To follow R. Stevie Moore and his UPCOMING SHOWS & HAPPENING’S, please visit R.StevieMooreNewsPage!

MFP: Thank you to the inspiring eclectic sound painter R. Stevie Moore for sharing his time with me today! I am so grateful to have found your music!

Remember, I encourage comments! Let me know what you thought of our interview today or just share your own thoughts. Thank YOU!

RSM Lego

***QUICK LINKS***

R. Stevie Moore Bandcamp Page

R. Stevie Moore WEBSITE 

RStevieMoore Vinyl & CD page

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“Pop Music” by R. Stevie Moore 

R. Stevie Moore Discusses The Meaning Of Life + 1

R. Stevie Moore – Tape To Disc Documentary

I’m A Genius (And There’s Nothing You Can Do About It)

Cool Daddio – The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore Facebook page

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PURIFICATION…RAIN….EVOLUTION

My intention here is to share an experience that might resonate with you. Sometimes we hold on to things because we think we need them…
….sometimes because we feel we are “missing” something, and filling up a space that might feel incomplete. For me, those “things” were actually distractions, like boulders, disrupting my receiving of inspiration and creation.
As always, I invite YOU to share with ME your own experiences of little to big evolution’s and experiences of your own awakening!
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So my story starts last Friday night, after an EVOLVE conference. I had a dream about fire. The smoke from this fire was dark and grey and covered a large amount of a city off in the distance, and was said to be coming our way…I said a short prayer before turning away from the window to heading back to sleep.
When I awoke, I went back to the window and saw HUGE flames burning furiously just a few houses away from our home!
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Waking up for real this time, I looked up fire in dreams. I found a word that truly spoke to me: PURIFICATION.
Purification
Purification Definition: 
To make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates,or 
contaminates: to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to free 
from guilt or evil. to clear or purge.
There was also a healing stone that I had acquired from the EVOLVE event and written on it was HOPE.
HOPE stone
HOPE was not really speaking to me so I went and looked it up, in case I was missing something. I certainly was. It was TRUST.
The next day, back at the EVOLVE event, I had so many CLARITY aka, “AHA!” moments and realized I had to let some things in my life, things I’d grown attached to, – go.
Two days later…many of what I now call “distractions” were lovingly set free. It was seriously like MOVING BOULDERS!!!
Boulders
Boulders in place of what was in the way of my being available to RECEIVE. 
As soon as that space was open, I received SO MUCH INCREDIBLE INSPIRATION at INCREDIBLE SPEEDS! OCEANS of ideas were there, patiently waiting for me!!!
Alive! Present! Grateful! Inspired! Creative! Action! As Is! Doing! Awake! Aware! Breath. Breath. Breath.
Today….it rained….and that rain felt SO GOOD on me….like washing ASH from FIRE.
The Grass and ash
I am receiving again, continuing an evolution in every moment through the experiences of physical body and mind….
Inspiration was ALWAYS there-the space was just blocked from to receiving it.
THE WHO "Reign Over Me"

The Who “Reign On Me”

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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Thank you to the following resources-
Evolve2017
The Who
***Photo in rain by KingCobra Richards

Mychols Monster alla Truck-ish Kitchen

Time for some new Cookbook reviews that include taste tests of monster drinks, sheet supper tacos and homemade taco truck pickles starting with….

…a cookbook exploration of, “Shut Up and Cook!” by Erica Reid.

Shut Up and Cook

This book starts with great healthy inspired food information and a nice look inside the author’s actual story, and why she calls this book, “Shut up and cook!”

As for the recipes, I admit that at the beginning, it seemed like the author was going in a direction of only vegan-ish recipes-but turns out, her recipes DO twist and turn quite nicely! I’m pretty dang sure anyone can find a nice handful of favorite looking recipes to bookmark-like I have!

All in all, this cookbook felt really personal to me. Her personality really shines brightly, bubbly and authentic. I felt like I was reading a book that a really good friend would have written!  I thought Erica Reid did a really nice job here with her BEAUTIFUL and HEALTHY intention!

Available at Amazon/Shutupandcook!

Erica Reid’s website Ericareidcooks.com

Next up…



 

A cocktail book that pairs up drink recipes with horror movies!
by Jon Chaiet (Author), Marc Chaiet (Author) 

Monster Smashed

I found this cocktail recipe book to be scary…lol-I mean, funny-scary…and sometimes a tad disturbing. Seriously, ready to be deliciously haunted by killer cocktails? This book offers a nice punch of everything entertaining so, of course, I had to try at least one out…just to make sure these authors were actually serious!

I chose THE SKIN SUIT from the Shots section of the book. (You’ll have to guess what movie THAT came from!)

Sep 2

This drink was SO EASY to make (hint-homemade Jalapeno Simple Syrup), yet so elegant at the same time! I chose to NOT put the pork rind garnish in…yea, I just couldn’t go there-but imagine how impressed your guests would be if you DID serve THAT at your next scary cocktail party!

I can’t say enough about this book except, “CHEERS…Bwahahahaha!!!”

Sep 1

Just in time for Halloween, right?

Available at Amazon/LetsGetMonsterSmashed

 



 

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian
Raquel Pelzel

 

Sheet Pan Suppers Cover

 

Okay so I personally didn’t know that “sheet pan cooking” was even a thing, and so I was very excited to dive in to what this cookbook had to offer!

There are LOTS of great recipe ideas for food with family, food with friends, or even food for one, which obviously includes leftovers-YAY!

I’m not a vegetarian anymore, but I found PLENTY of great “event oriented” recipes to choose from for the brunch I made today! I went for ROASTED POTATO AND POBLANO TACOS with TACO TRUCK PICKLES.

Of course, what sometimes (or usually) happens to me, is that I wont find an ingredient or two…like on this one! But it was fine! I used Anaheim pepper’s instead Poblano peppers and it turned out GRRRREAT!

I threw these on a sheet pan along with the rest of the ingredients suggested, then went ahead to make the TACO PICKLES…

Sep 4

EASY!

As soon as the Taco Pickles and Potatoes (with the substituted Anaheim peppers) were all ready, I took a tortilla and just filled it up. As I was about to take that first bite, I realized…wait. There was no particular spices in this dish.

I continued on to that first bite anyway and…

YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM! This was so absolutely perfect, in it’s own whole and simple way!

What a PERFECT choice for a simple brunch right next to my Monster Smash jalapeno-tequila cocktail!

So YAY to ALL the authors here! Thank you for making books that are FUN to review and blog about! I wish each cookbook GREAT success!

(Pictured: Low carb tortilla, potato/pepper filling, taco truck pickles and fresh cilantro!)

Sep 3

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian from Amazon/SheetPanSuppersVegetarian

Raquel Pelzel’s Website http://www.raquelpelzel.com/

All photos by Mychols/Richards

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How To SET A TABLE

How To Set A Table

I FEEL INSPIRED TO ENTERTAIN AGAIN!!!
I knew right away when I received this book that it would be exactly what I was hoping for! A book where I could never mess up my next table setting, haha!
Seriously, my Mom brought me up with how to set a table properly and yet this book is my forever refresher course and a book that I can hand down to my kids! To me, this is a really FUN book-AND elegant enough to sit beside the fancy dishes I display from my dining room! 😀
The greatest inspiration I took from this book, though, were the fun ideas it gave! I’m talking about the author’s eventful THEMES and IDEAS! OMG-I feel so excited to entertain again and I am so grateful to have found this sweet and perfect little set a table book!
Although I LOVE this book, I WISH it would have given more ideas on napkin folding. Still to me, it’s a GREAT TREASURE…
…and a perfect gift to give yourself and to pass down to family!
Available NOW on Amazon.com/HowToSetaTable

Thank you for stopping by Mychols Fabulous Kitchen Blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments and questions here with me! 

XO-
L Mychols 

Mychols Fabulous Playground (Lisa Mychols Newsletter)


Happy September to YOU, oh Fabulous One! I’ve got LOTS of MUSIC NEWS to share for September 2017 that I am OVER THE MOON about!

But first, I want to encourage you to respond to this music newsletter and introduce yourself so I can get to know YOU better!

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Great! Now let’s dive in to our news!

We have been releasing music like CRAZY over here and I hope you’ll be as excited as me when you find out what we’ve been releasing!



DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS (FEATURING LISA MYCHOLS)

Davie Allan Cover

 

Falling under the genre of melodic grunge, distorted guitar and rock/country rock vocals, comes the release of Davie Allan & The Arrows and featuring Lisa Mychols on vocals!!!

***WANNA KNOW MORE?

This release is available NOW at CDBaby/DavieAllan!
For music samples: CDBaby.com/DavieAllanandtheArrows

Here is a VERY special Music Video I put together for the instrumental version of
“Is The Grass Really Greener” 
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***You can subscribe to LisaMycholsYoutubeChannel to be automatically notified for NEW MUSIC VIDEOS, like the soon to be released music video for, “I Don’t Like Living My Life Alone” also by Davie Allan & The Arrows (Featuring Lisa Mychols)

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This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio
“To the topper-most of the popper-most of pop radio”
(Various Artists Compilation)

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This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 4 is a brand new musical compilation of bands and artists, and includes the brand new Lisa Mychols track, “Almost Didn’t Happen” !!!

🌈🌴😸 meow meow meow meow….

***WANNA KNOW MORE?

Orders are being taken through Kool Kat Music  KKM

Check out This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio With Dana & Carl on Sunday nights 9pm-Midnight Eastern
http://westcottradio.org/

TIRnRR’s Facebook page:  fb

Follow the TTRIRR BLOG for the complete 30-part track-by-track commentary for this new compilation CD This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl to learn more about each artist and band!!!

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Sounds of  “girl group” hits of the early ’60s
 
GIRLVILLE! – New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits!
(Various Artists)
Girlville
This new release features a collection by Dana Countryman and features 19 songs from different gal singers including, “I’ve Run All Out Of Tears” (To Cry Over You) and “Proud To Be His Girlfriend”,  (Featuring Lisa Mychols)!
***WANNA KNOW MORE?
Lisa Mychols “Girlville” Radio Interview  GV with Alan Haber Pure Pop
You can purchase this album digitally and/or physically!
BUY (Physical CD) at  KKM
BUY (Digital w/ Samples) at  GV
For LOTS MORE COOL info, including interviews  GV
Here is the young love inspired MUSIC VIDEO I made for “I’ve Run All Out Of Tears (To Cry Over You)     Youtube


SONGS. BOND SONGS
The Music of 007
(Various Artists)

Bond Songs

This VERY GROOVY collection of Curry Cuts includes, “The Man With The Golden Gun” (Featuring Lisa Mychols)!!!

Wanna know more?

This CD is NOW AVAILABLE (Physical CD & Digital) at Bandcamp/SongsBondSongs

The VIDEO we did for our track can be seen at Youtube/TheManWithTheGoldenGun

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***FOLLOW Songs. Bond Songs on Facebook at  fb

 


Co-Op Connunique Volume 3
(Various Artists)

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This CD includes, “Asleep Beyond a Dream” by Lisa Mychols
***WANNA KNOW MORE?
You can get your FREE DOWNLOAD of all these bands and artists over at Bandcamp/The Co​-​Op Communique Volume Three!
You can FOLLOW the Co-Op Community Facebook page over at  fb
You can read my interview with Dw. Dunphy, “Behind the Co-Op Curtain” at WordPress/Dw.DunphyInterview!


***Stay tuned for MORE MUSIC NEWS along with More Videos, and New Interviews!
QUICK LINKS!!!
Davie Allan and the Arrows Website http://www.davieallan.com/
Girlville (Dana Countryman) website http://www.danacountrymansgirlville.com/
Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio https://purepopradio.com/
MORE QUICK LINKS!!!
Lisa Mychols Music FACEBOOK PAGE
Lisa Mychols Music Videos (Includes latest 2017 single releases!)
Lisa Mychols Covers,Side Projects and more…
Lisa Mychols Bandcamp
Lisa Mychols CDBaby

Cookbook Review Blog…

Baking Class by Deanna F. Cook

 

Baking

 

Explore this extraordinary magical world of baking for kids, all rolled up in this new release, Baking Class! This baking book of fun recipes is so thorough with it’s baking tips, baking tools, baking lessons (with photos!), and ideas to make baking an exciting event. I think the author had WAY TOO MUCH FUN putting this book together, because it truly shows! From simple and savory baked items to pies, cakes and all sorts of various sweet treats, this book is on it!  Any child even with the slightest bit of interest in backing, will absolutely LOVE this book-even if just to flip through. A+ on Baking Class!

***PLEASE check out Deanna’s website

Available NOW on: Amazon/BakingClass

Author and Her Other Works: Deanna F. Cook Page

Author’s Website: deannafcook.com

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The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking by Natalie Perry

 

Slow Cooking

 

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Hard to beat Paleo in a slow cooker!

Wow-this book has it ALL, and the best part is that it focuses not just on Paleo cooking but Paleo INGREDIENTS which have recently been my go to for replacing foods that don’t agree with me.

I had a lot of fun going through this book. The recipes are appealing and pretty dang easy! It’s not just a “throw a bunch of recipes together” kind of book, it truly focuses on what it stands for and offers nice personal notes with each recipe.

From all the cookbooks for this months reviews, I chose to try the slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower (from page 106). Since it was totally on a whim, I had everything except the main ingredient-chicken. Turns out, I also was short tomato paste and 1 more Tbsp. of Cumin but I proceeded with the recipe anyway, knowing I could just freeze the marinade and red bell pepper sauce (separately) and then put it all together later. HA!

The day  before I made this Tikka Masala with Cauliflower dish, I defrosted both the marinade and the red pepper sauce. I added the raw boneless chicken to the marinade to let it sit overnight (to make the chicken more flavorful, as the recipe suggested).

This recipe did not photograph well AT ALL for me, so we chose to stick with making a video instead.

NOTE: We paired this recipe with a NON SWEET, more on the side of a fruit forward melon/papaya and fresh citrus zing Argentine Torrontés (white wine), and it was a PERFECT match!

A lighter and healthier recipe like this really pushes me to appreciate how fresh food and wine pairings can really highlight each other!

CLICK FOR VIDEO!

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***Please check out Natalie’s website

Available NOW on Amazon/BigBookOfPaleo

Author’s Website: Perry’sPlate.com 

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The New American Heart Association Cookbook

 

Heart Assoc Cookbook

 

Even though this book is chalk filled with tons of recipes, I DO miss not getting to see any photos (except on the outside of the book itself). But I DO like how each chapter gives a rundown of the recipes coming in that particular chapter-especially since there are so many recipes IN each chapter.

I also LOVE that each recipe comes with a little “forward” to make the recipe a little more interesting….since the recipes to me are just not that-at least not for me.

Updated or outdated? The recipes themselves seem a bit “old” or from the past. I don’t mean the past of ham in jelly but more like 80’s’ish…if that makes sense. Just not very appealing or exciting to my own personal tastes, BUT there may be PLENTY of folks who DO love recipes like the ones in this cookbook, so of course, I encourage reading other reviews if you have an interest in this heart healthy cookbook.

So another big bit of a put off for me was that this book encourages the use of white flours, cereals, aluminum foil, vegetable oil, (Please check out this funny video, “Why Coconut Oil Kills”) low fat/fat free….free with additives (!)…it just seems so odd to me that in this day and age…could these recipes be stuck in old habits….old ways?

This book is indeed intended to be about heart health, but I ALWAYS encourage anyone I know and care about to not just get their doctor check-ups but to also stay food educated and to put more focus on what works, in regards to your own personal body. Doctors don’t know everything and that’s okay, that’s what nutritionists are for-and there are so many different ones out there to choose from. Simply put: Educating ourselves is KEY!

So that is my review for The New American Heart Association Cookbook. Thank you so much for reading!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

More about the author: The New American Heart Association

Available on: Amazon.com

The Musical Garden of Adam

Pretty HAPPY is how I felt when Adam said YES to doing an interview with me!

I met Adam some years ago through music. He even adopted a real live monkey for me on my birthday, one year! (Species Adoptions). He seems to be another one of those friends of mine who has his hands in many different projects so….

let’s just dive in to the musical garden …..of Adam! (Applause!)

PGR COMPILATION PROJECTS

LM: As far as Pop Garden Radio Compilation projects go, how many compilations have you put out so far? 

ADAM: I have released a total of 7 compilations so far.

Four in the Rock on the Road series, two Rick Nelson tributes… 

…and one Christmas collection. 

LM: What is the latest musical compilation you are now working on? 

ADAM: When the Rick Nelson tributes were released I wanted to jump right into a new project that would bring in new artists that were not necessarily Rick Nelson fans. I’ve always been a Creedence Clearwater Revival fan, and from discussions with several artists, it was clear that I was not alone. I started the CCR tribute in 2014 but due to some real-life delays I had to put it aside for a while. I started the ball rolling again in January 2017, aiming for an October 2017 release. It is called Commotion: A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

LM: Are you working with a label or are you putting this out yourself?

ADAM: As with all of my releases I will be self-releasing this project. That said, I’m not doing it all by myself. Several of the artists are helping me promote it. I have a good group of people helping me out this time around.

LM: Have the compilations you’ve put out before done what you wanted them to do? Why? or Why not? 

ADAM: They have, yes. I mean, I’m not taking on any of these projects to make money. It’s about getting the music out there for people to enjoy. For some artists it’s the opportunity to be on a published CD and being heard by a whole new audience. Similar to what I do each week with Pop Garden Radio, the CDs share the great indie artists for all to hear and enjoy.

LM: What are you hoping this latest CCR compilation will do and what might YOU do differently this time? (if anything)

ADAM: I’ve learned a lesson in the past that these projects take time and should not be rushed. I also now know that it’s OK to accept help from others. It’s a group effort, under the Pop Garden Radio Presents banner. I want the CCR disc to reach a wider audience this time around. The artists are all excited about it and I am certain that people will really dig what we have done

 

LM: What fuels the passion behind PGR Radio? 

ADAM: Since the beginning, back in 2005, I have thought of the show as me in my living room, hanging out with friends, sharing the songs that I am into. The show still has that same feel as it did way back when I first loved music. I grew up around Country Music, and musicians. It’s always been in my life. I can remember listening to my Dad playing guitar all night and how much I loved every second of that.

By having many friends who are musicians and artists, I get the privilege and joy of sharing their music with the listening audience. It’s an honor, really. It will always touch my heart when I get to air new music on the show. Very recently an artist from L.A. was visiting Miami, FL, which is about 3 hours from me. She drove all the way up from Miami to be interviewed and to play a few songs and head right back to Miami. It blows my mind that someone would do that just for the show.

LM: Is there an online “live” chat available during your shows that we can share with out readers? 

ADAM: There isn’t one any longer, no. The audience can always listen live at http://www.1510wmel.com and at http://www.popgardenradio.com . Archived shows are available on the Pop Garden Radio page as well.

LM: COOL!!!! Do you play only current music or a mixture of old AND new music? (and the reason behind the music you CHOOSE to play)

ADAM: It’s a mix of old, new, classic, comedy and off the wall stuff. An eclectic mix. I mean, were else could you hear Jethro Tull, followed by The Partridge Family and closed out with The Corner Laughers. Another would be Bread, followed by Meatloaf and closed out with another Bread song. (Think about that for a moment)

ADAM: I chose songs that feel good and move me in some way. They don’t always have to have that jangle, they just have to feel good. I’m not sure if that makes any sense at all. When a song moves me, I’ll play it.

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LM: Where do you hope to be in 5 years with radio and the music you release?

ADAM: In 5 years I would be happy to still be on WMEL sharing the music that I love. Maybe I could be on the air more than just the one night a week.

LM: Do you have plans for any more PGR on the Rock on the Road festivals/shows? Why or Why not?

ADAM: My day job has changed in recent years so I haven’t had the opportunity to have another Rock on the Road show in a while. I miss it. Those shows were a lot of fun for everyone. I do get asked frequently when the next one is though. Michael Slawter (Heyday Guitars) and John Borack (Popdudes) were both a great help with those shows, and they are both still on my side.

LM: What are you most excited about in the music world right now? (bands, the music industry, upcoming festivals, an upcoming promotion on the station, upcoming projects, etc).

ADAM: Oh goodness, there seems to always be something new coming out. Each year someone new pops up. This year I’ve already been introduced to artists like Sean Solo, Irene Pena and Dieselle May and I look forward to hearing more from them.

LM: Are you currently looking for more artists and bands to play on your show? If so, where can musician’s send their music? Also, what about comedy music/artists?

ADAM: I’m always looking for new music. The contact page is at Pop Garden Radio Contact Page and my email address is popgardenradio@gmail.com. Music, comedy, spoken word, ….yep, I’m always looking for something new.

Now we step in to….

Adam Waltemire Profile

ADAM THE ARTIST

LM: You’ve done your own creative projects in the past, like Ruin the Rain (which I hear is coming soon to PGR’s Bandcamp page) along with some of your own original comedy. Any plans to do more of either in the near future? 

ADAM: I’m working on my next comedy CD right now, also slated for an October 2017 release. It is called Mullet Over. 

This comedy album will be something different from my last comedy albums. In addition to individual tracks featuring the characters that people have come to expect from me, there will be a full suite entitled Sowbelly City. Side two, if you will. The suite will feature Uncle Red Chester and his co-horts with a common plotline.

LM: …and other original music?

ADAM: I’ll have a song on the Creedence project as well. Just this week, Ruin the Rain started collaborating on new music. It’s the first time since 2005, actually. I’m very excited about that as I have really missed those guys.

LM: Who to you, is your targeted audience right now? Are you working on growing your audience? If so, what do you have in mind?

ADAM: I get asked this often. I don’t know what my target audience is. I mean, I want people with good taste in music and a sense of humor to be able to find something in the show. They could be 8 or 80, doesn’t matter to me, as long as they enjoy what I am presenting to them.

LM: Do you also listen to radio shows outside of your own?

ADAM: I listen to a lot of country music and oldies, and occasionally I will listen to the Beatles channel on XM.

LM: HOW and WHERE do YOU discover new music?

ADAM: Social media is great for this. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all great sources. Noisetrade is another wonderful resource. Bandcamp is a good too and you can purchase the music directly from the artist.

AND NOW….FOR THE LAST AND MOST MAGICAL QUESTION OF ALL…..

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LM: What do LOVE to do for fun and what is your favorite way to relax?

ADAM: Walt Disney World is my oasis. It’s my escape, my relaxation time. I’ve had many conversations with artists to and from the parks. Heck, not only have I been interviewed on other radio stations from Magic Kingdom, my first telephone interview with my current job was done on the dock at Tom Sawyer Island.

NICE!!!! Thanks Adam!

And thank YOU, readers, for reading!

You can check out Adam’s radio show at:
Pop Garden Radio
AM 1510, FM 94.7, 99.9, 100.7 WMEL
Friday Nights
12:05am Eastern!

POP GARDEN LINKS

Pop Garden Radio Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/popgardenradio/
Pop Garden Radio home page http://popgardenradio.weebly.com/
Pop Garden Radio on BANDCAMP http://popgarden.bandcamp.com/
Commotion: A Tribute to CCR https://www.facebook.com/pgrccr/

EXTRAS!!!

*Disney World’s Magic Kingdom GALLERY of PHOTOS
*Disney World’s Magic Kingdom PDF Brochure

*The number 5 image taken from free public domain pictures.

Wellth – Book Review

Wellth
I LOVE educating myself not only with my own lessons, but even through the lessons and different perspectives of others. I also believe that we each hold the real truth for ourselves within – it’s up to us to FEEL that what we are reading resonates with that truth. This book, for me, “felt” good to my truth.
In reading Wellth, I realized that although we are raised within a belief system through family, friends and even ourselves, further educating ourselves gives the opportunity of choosing to stay within that current belief system, or to evolve it to support us living an even BETTER life than we are currently living now.
The author fills this book up with great personal stories and tips that fit well with each chapter’s lessons, along with some physical exercises and even questions we might want to ask ourselves.
Great stories-great tips-and a fabulous direction to help one live a more fulfilling, deeper, healthier, creative and richer life!
Wellth available here at Amazon.com

Keith Klingensmith Matters

As I continue my journey of clarifying who my music friends are and what they do, here I present to you my friend Keith Klingensmith-musician, label guy, promoter and more! –

Hey Keith! So- can you go through all the music projects you are currently involved in?

My main band is and always will be The Legal Matters. Our first self-titled record came out in 2014, and we followed that up late last year with “Conrad”. I love those dudes and hope to work with them until I cease to exist.

 

 

I’ve also been a part of a Facebook group called Theme Music for a handful of years, filled with loads of like-minded people. We record songs based on a bi-weekly theme. The 2 week deadline cuts a lot of the garbage most of us subject our poor brains to and forces you to just get the song done.

I’ve actually got a few active side-band projects going as a result of that group, including Sunshine on Mars (who did a song for Andrew Curry’s Lite Rock compilation) and Smile Factory, who has a song on the upcoming 12 String High compilation coming out on You Are The Cosmos records.

 

 

 

What is your role in the music scene right now? How did you get into our particular pop music scene? In fact, so I don’t have to insert a whole other blog here at this time….can you maybe define what music scene you are actually in?

Eh. That’s a tough question. We’ve become so compartmentalized. I’m a guitar pop guy and always will be, and unfortunately that means we’re almost automatically limited in our reach. Between The Legal Matters and my Futureman Records label, I sure hope my role is to help spread the Good Word that classic pop still lives and breathes and remains a viable medium!

As far as music scene, we’ve got a pretty tight group of guitar pop brothers here in Michigan, with the Hangabouts, Nick Piunti, Ryan Allen, Stereo Tiger, and Donny Brown, along with Chris Richards & The Subtractions and Andy Reed’s various projects. But it’s more of a recording scene, with us guesting on each other’s records etc.

There isn’t any real local scene in Detroit that might include old-timers like us, and most of us have settled into the pleasures of making records as opposed to playing live all the time anyway, so we’re happy with our lot right now.

What is your past musical history (record collecting, bands you’ve been in-music you’ve been involved in-go back as far as you’d like) and how did it lead you to where you are now?

I’ve been a music nerd my whole life. Found the Beatles early and never let go. First band was Hippodrome with Chris Richards, late 80’s. Which means he and I have been working together now for 30 years, which is nuts. I got burned out on playing live, but Chris and I got back together as the Phenomenal Cats in the mid-90’s. That’s the configuration that had the good fortune to cross paths and eventually add Andy Reed to become the Legal Matters.

Mychols wants to know….what musical instrument/s do you play?

I play guitar but not well. I’m a strummer. Luckily Chris and Andy are both amazing, so there’s not a lot of need for me to do anything other than sing in TLM’s, which is the one thing I can do fairly well!

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Hey! It’s Keith!!!

Do you write music, as well? If so, what is your favorite subject you tend to write about most?

I write, but am the opposite of prolific. I get a song ready when it’s time for TLM’s to record. Subject invariably is my sad-sack life.

Do you record at home or somewhere else?

Real band records at Reed Recording Studios in Bay City, Michigan. State of the art, and run and engineered by a genius. Everything else I do at home.

What have you personally and most recently released and where can music lovers find it?

We were lucky enough to have the Legal Matters 2nd record “Conrad” released by the best label in the world, Omnivore Recordings.

I still love “Conrad”! People can find our sweet boy at Omnivorerecordings.com, or hopefully at their local record store! Our website though is thelegalmattersband.com. Lots of goodies to be found there, including a free ep we put out last x-mas with Teenage Fanclub, Big Star and Beatles covers, along with a track from “Conrad”.

Are you working on anything NEW musically? (Your own music or with your band/s)

The Legal Matters probably won’t start our next record until late this year, if not the start of 2018, but I’m always keeping busy with the Theme Music group. I’ve actually got 5 volumes of fun pop covers I’ve done over the years up for free on Futureman , should anyone want to take a gander.

 

What do you LOVE about the music industry and social media, as it is right now?

I love that labels like Omnivore are still out there digging up amazing releases and getting them out there in real record stores, in physical form. As far as social media, it’s love/hate, as I’m sure it is with a lot of people. I love being a click away from people like you, and all the other classic pop musicians and fans out there around the world. But it’s super tough to use social media, which is really all we have available to us, to get anyone outside of our bubble to take any notice of anything. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE OUR BUBBLE, but sometimes I want to be able to get a particular record to scream “I AM HERE!” outside that bubble.

Besides for the music, who else are you and what else do you do? 

Haha, I don’t know how to answer this! All I really do is the band, the label and do things with theme music in the gaps. I’m married with 2 kids and 2 cats and a job and a car and umbrellas and stuff.

FUTUREMAN RECORDS

 Your Futureman Records label….how did that all come about?

I had a good pal, Rick McBrien, who I met on the old AOL power pop message boards in the late 90’s. Rick played guitar in a great band called Paranoid Lovesick. Rick and PL were from Cleveland, but Rick actually grew up, and his family still live, a couple of miles from me in Grosse Pointe, MI. Anyway, Rick and I started tossing around the idea of doing a split-ep with both PL and the Phenomenal Cats doing songs from a record we both loved, The Who Sell Out. Rick and I both knew a ton of great bands, so that idea eventually grew into the full tribute The New Sell Out, which wound up having us along with The Jigsaw Seen, Splitsville, Brendan Benson, Zumpano, The Pearlfishers, The Vandalias, and loads more.

He and I created Futureman specifically to put that record out, but tragically, Rick passed away in 2003. Record never wound up seeing the light of day, for mostly financial reasons. Once digital became a viable thing I started the bandcamp site and put TNSO up, finally, in 2012, dedicated to Rick. I hadn’t really thought of expanding it until I realized how perfect bandcamp was to allow tiny labels to exist, so away we went.

Do you carry a specific genre of artists and bands? If so, why is that? Can you share current and/or upcoming releases from Futureman Records?

I only bring bands on that I personally love, and I love guitars and harmonies and great songs. We did a Sloan tribute record last year, which was amazing due to the huge list of talented friends in our virtual rolodex. Won a couple best-of year things along with a surprisingly high ranking on The Big Takeover’s Best Records of the Year list. Had a blast doing that one, so most of the usual suspects are involved again on our tribute to Matthew Sweet, which is our current project.

Added a load of new names to this one, bands and artists I love and have been wanting to work with forever, including the amazing Lisa Mychols (who we’ve worked with plenty before but have missed!) We’ve also got releases coming up from Mark McCrite, a re-release of his lost classic 2000 release “Getting To The Point”, which sure sounds like classic Michael Penn to me, and a great new band from Atlanta called The Lord High Admirals, which features Paul Schwartz from The Big Fish Ensemble and Rob Gal from The Coolies.

How does an artist/band benefit from being on Futureman Records/Bandcamp?

In my mind, Futureman works as a co-op. Everything goes to the bands, we don’t charge or keep anything, with the idea being that the more eyes that wind up on ALL of our releases, the better for all of us, so it’s really win/win. I help promote and do anything else I can do to help bring the eyes over.

TAKE ME TO THE FUTUREMAN RECORD STORE!!!

What is your role at Futureman Records? What is your your mission? Do you plan on taking it further? Questions questions questions!

Futureman is all me, so whatever there is to be done, I’m doing it. (Both Chip Saam from the Hangabouts and Lindsay Murray from Gretchen’s Wheel have been a big help lately though, more of that!) I just love to unearth the gems that people haven’t had a chance to find, be it never released before, or things that never made it to digital.

I like to work with the artists to add a few interesting bonuses to something that was only previously available on cd to give our release a good reason for existing. Sometimes that leads us to a classic one-of-a-kind release, like Erik Voeks’ seminal “Sandbox”, which has been near impossible to find for the last 15 years or so. I worked with Erik to add six of his original demos from that record, which may never have been heard otherwise. (and I personally am a demo nerd..)

Do you think it’s an exciting time for music again? Why or why not?

I have the same answer most of us would. It’s a super exciting time in that we can all make music so easily now. We can all release music so easily now. The problem is getting anyone to care. Sooo much out there taking up people’s mental bandwidth, you’re totally lucky if you get someone’s attention for 10 seconds, but even then getting them to actually take action, like clicking “buy” or remembering to look for you on next record store trip is a total crap-shoot.

Okay…THIS was a really fun interview and I cannot thank you enough for it, Keith! I finally understand who you are and what you do! You…and ALL of it, MATTERS!

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QUICK LINKS 

 
 
The Legal Matters: Thelegalmattersband.com
Legal Matters on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thelegalmatters/

 
 

The Other Side Of The Wall

Have you ever wondered where you fit in on the planet and what the heck you are really supposed to be doing here?
Throughout most of my waking life when not creating, I was pretty much ….asleep. I just couldn’t figure out how to be happy and where my art would ever fit in. I just always felt so out of place.
As a young adult, I continued forward but with no focus, no direction, and always waiting for something “out there” to tell me what the heck I was supposed to be doing on this planet I couldn’t disappear from. I mean, I wanted to be seen, but I felt SO EXPOSED when anyone was actually looking!
A TRUE TORTUROUS SCENARIO!!! TORN AND CONFUSED!!!!
The Earth journey would go a little something like this:  “How to get through life and when will it end? A journey you can trust!”
“But how can you be so sad when you are so PRETTY!!!!” Said the nice men I met after work once. (Really?!!!!!) Well…they WERE just trying to help, I guess.
THE HIGHER OFFERING
Inner Bliss
Around the mid nineties and in the middle of the night, I am pretty sure help came. It was a voice (yes-a REAL inner/outer audible voice) asking me if I was “ready”. I was totally freaked out and asked back, “Ready for what?”
My fears raced, with the biggest fear being the possibility that I’d be taken through outer space by aliens! I didn’t wait for “it” to answer again and I quickly blurted out, “NO!”, with that connection quickly broken!
…but what if…… it was an angel??? (sigh).
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That night stuck with me for many years after because I WAS asking for help from the Universe, but with my conditioning at the time I just couldn’t trust what I didn’t recognize. I always knew that I may have turned away something good.
THE ROAD OF THE TORTOISE
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I continued chasing the answers for, “How to get through life and when will it end?” and it led me to counseling twice a week. I explained to the therapist that I was looking for life tools and well, “how to get through life and when will it end?!”
The counselor tried to put me on medication but I felt it would probably numb my creativity-the one part of me that I liked!
NOTE:
I learned later in my healing journey that pain energy is meant to be felt! That’s how it gets noticed! From here we can heal it! If we try and ignore it -or numb it- it will always remain in the “pain body”. 
Through therapy, my counselor and I would begin digging up various pain energies through my stories, memories, and moments that may have taken place during the day. She asked a lot of questions, and I took down a lot of notes!
When not in therapy, I was in a constant cycle of cursing myself for every moment I was feeling “bad”.  “Oh no! I’m NOT supposed to be feeling like this!” I was attaching myself with the emotional hell I carried around with me!
May I present to you this lovely designer junkyard carry on for the gal-on-the-go!
ENDING THE BELIEF that living life is a struggle….
Inner Bliss Journal
As the counselor and I continued digging stuff up and putting them under a magnifying glass, I continued writing all sorts of things down in my creative journals (yes, I still have them).
I questioned my courage over and over. I questioned my “trust programs”. I questioned my “faith programs”. I wondered how there could ever be another side to the wall before me that had no doors or windows.
Alas, I DID finally make it to the other side! After months of giving counseling and writing my 100%, that wall magically dissolved! (It’s written down in my journal!) -I continue to believe in magic! -Which to me is really the “unseen” of miracles.
My spirit had awoken and I was seeing LIFE differently! Through spirit-and through heart! I was able to put together the greatest band I’d ever have because of my new mindset and clear path! My new beliefs were guiding me with all the wonderful things I could do!
I found myself in FLOW AND HARMONY with life for the very first time! I was inspired! I was thriving! I was creating and having fun! Many chances to prove my courage would come, but I was DOING what I LOVED and I always powered through, effortlessly.  Every breakthrough would lead to another and then to another.
The first healing was complete.
THE SECRET ATTRACTION
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All in all, music has always been a constant for me-the good and the not so good. I believe that it’s what’s got me through that first part of my life, which I now believe was always meant to be a journey of healing.
The path I initially chose was probably a lot slower than it could have been…but still…I feel….
I’m right on time!
There is more. There is always more.
May you have courage. May you have faith. We are never alone, even if at times we feel like we are. We are not alone.
Inner Bliss Circle

Behind the Co-Op Curtain…

The Co​-​Op Communique Volume Three by Various Artists is OUT NOW and FREE!!!

Download here: 
https://coopcommunique.bandcamp.com/album/the-co-op-communique-volume-three

So I decided to catch up with my music friend Dw. Dunphy and find out what’s been going on in his musical world. Funny, how I’ve known him for a while now, and yet I’ve never really understood what his actual mission was-at least as far as The Co-Op Community Facebook page that he’s created. What is this community all about?

Like me, he has a LOT going on! Let’s see how well we can clarify all the great work he’s doing!

But first, let me just clarify something with you, the reader. Notice the co (lower case o) and then the Op (uppercase O) resulting in Co-Op. Cool! Now let’s move forward to the man himself-Dw. Dunphy!

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So, Dw., when a person clicks on your Co-Op Community Facebook page, what are you hoping they will find?

First and foremost, I hope people will find a place where they are understood. One of the peculiarities about creative individuals is that we often create compulsively. We don’t have strict regimens about it. If anything, our compulsions mess up other regimens. So I hope that being a part of the Co-Op means that you don’t have to explain that.

Second, I hope the group allows people to collaborate. The page should be more than just an outlet for musicians, but also for writers, illustrators…origami folders. How brilliant would it be if a traditional painter connected with an origami folder and did something.

Finally, I want people to promote their work. So often on these Facebook pages there’s an overarching dictum about it being okay to talk about what you ate for lunch, but not about what you make or do. Seems kind of backward that we would celebrate the mundane things but not the things that express talent and effort. Therefore — so long as it is not incredibly offensive or comes from a place of hate & intolerance — the Co-Op welcomes your creativity and wants you to talk about it.

B. What is it you hope will keep the Co-Op community coming back?

The idea that this is a real community, that you should be inspired by stopping by, and — I hate to use the word “empowered” because it’s so overused to the point of cliche…how about — emboldened to do your own thing and be proud of it and to show it off. I think that would give people a reason to come back.

C. I am clarifying that your CD comp releases are technically called “The Co-Op Communique” (?)

Yes. The Communique is an annual collection. I hope that in future installments it can be expanded to include a PDF booklet about the musicians, but also include visual contributions. That would continue to push the arts community aspect forward.

2) How would you LOVE to see the Co-Op community “participating” more on the community page? Has it been as active as you’ve wanted it to be, up to this point?

Collaboration and the freedom to take a bit of ownership of it. Frankly, there’s only one rule that I hold as far as the page goes. It’s pretty simple. “Don’t be a jerk.” Show each other some respect and support. Definitely collaborate, strike up conversations. But if you’re there to stir up trouble that is the one thing that will cause someone to be ejected. And frankly, there are plenty of places to be a jerk on the Internet, and not so many where you can express your creativity. So I want to see participation, interaction, and hopefully lots of collaboration.

3) You are also a label for artists but you don’t necessarily “sign” artists, right? What is your role, as a record label?

I started making music a long time ago but found it incredibly hard to stay motivated because it often felt like there was no audience. Or rather, that support system that said, “You’re onto something here, keep going” wasn’t in place, so there was often a struggle involved with staying motivated. Nothing is as deflating as working on something for months and months, and then you drop it into the world, and the response is the same as if you’ve done nothing at all.

So my primary goal with the Co-Op, the label (Introverse Media), and all the efforts that surround them is to be that megaphone that shouts out, “You should see/hear/read this!”

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Although I’ve run Introverse for more than a decade, it’s been only for my own purposes but that might change soon. The fact is that I’m doing this on a shoestring, financially. I’m hoping to scale up so that my ability to be more of a help to everyone is that much greater. There are opportunities. I think that there’s going to be a genuine need to support the arts independently, and very soon. I’ll keep this from getting political in either respect, but suffice it to say that the days of government-funded arts is probably over. I’m hoping that independent concerns like mine can fill the void and I’ll be able to work with patrons who can help grow this.

That’s another thing about the Co-Op Communique. I don’t charge artists to be included. I know of other annual compilations that do, and I know why. There’s a certain amount of overhead involved, and maybe that’s necessary to carry forward the final product. But I feel very ambivalent about taking money from artists, and generally refuse. You spend months writing a song. That’s a valuable-enough contribution. To have to pay to get it heard — that just rubs me the wrong way.

In lieu of money, I strenuously encourage the people involved with the Co-Op to help promote. Doesn’t have to be paid either, and I don’t want people going out-of-pocket anyway. Using one’s social media to connect their fanbase(s) with the compilation, and expose them to new artists and songs, that’s pretty effective too. Spread the hashtag #CoOpCommunique like crazy. Word-of-mouth is very effective!

4) What are the methods you are currently using to help promote the artists you support?

I will put out a press release upon the compilation’s release — a paid release with good reach into the media. I also will pay for social media ads and, in fact, have been promoting Co-Op 3 for more than a month now, even though it doesn’t come out until the end of May. That will continue.

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Available May 26, 2017

Once it does come out, not only will I be promoting each song and artist on Volume 3, I’ll be doing the same for the artists on Volume 2 (which presently is the combined Vols. 1 & 2 on Bandcamp). That’s another thing. I’ve structured this so that once you’re in, I won’t forget you come the next time around. I hope to give each Co-Op Communique volume as much spotlight as the previous one. There are ways to accomplish this. You can do it if you really want to.

And this promotion will continue well after the initial release occurs. I think that’s what people have appreciated most. I get emails back saying, “Thank you for continuing to back me. It’s been 9 months since this came out and you’re still tweeting out my song and spreading the links to my CD Baby and Bandcamp pages.” I think that’s what means the most to artists, that they haven’t been forgotten. That incentivizes continued work and effort.

5) As you continue your work on The Co-Op Communique Volume 3, what do you hope will happen, that didn’t happen with the last volumes….or do you feel the last 2 volumes were successful in reaching people and promoting the artists?

It’s a steady process. You do have to establish a name and identity for the overall concept. But like I said before, the folks who contributed to Vols. 1 and 2 will get continued push when Volume 3 launches, and it is my intention to funnel that rising tide that lifts all the boats.

As far as the success rate…sure, I would love to be able to talk about this on a larger stage. And I will talk about this to anyone who will speak to me on it! But there is a growth pattern that has to occur. People are reticent to jump into things without a track record to go on, both for producers and consumers. The task is to keep it up and keep pushing forward. I will insist that those who contributed in the first round continue to get heard and seen by the third, fourth and fifth round. I think this, too, is something that differentiates the Co-Op Communique. I don’t want to leave anyone behind.

6) Besides for promoting artists and their musical recordings, what else do find yourself promoting (art, theater, other arts…)

I’m a Senior Editor at the website Popdose.com. We cover everything, but we have a heavy focus on new and independent artists. That’s always encouraged by the Editor-In-Chief Jeff Giles. I don’t tend to promote myself there, but I have run reviews of artists who appear on the Co-Op Communique. I’ve also run interviews with artists who do other things. For instance: musician Dan Pavelich also has a comic strip called Just Say Uncle. I’ve covered both his music and the comic strip. Popdose has covered releases from the label Curry Cuts and artists like Brandon Schott. It’s all about pushing creativity forward, I suppose.

7) What else are you enthusiastically working on, as far as the Co-Op Community page goes?

Everything — within reason. My only rule in that is to be respectful and play nice, but by all means, play.

FABULOUS! I get it now! 

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Dw. Dunphy-The Man Behind The Co-Op

Dw Dunphy

You are a musician yourself. Can you tell us more about the music you write and record?

I come from a 60s-70s pop and prog rock background. A lot of listening to Beatles, ELO, Yes, Rush, The Cars, Pink Floyd…so all of that tends to get filtered into what I do.

What is your musical background? (Bands, professional lessons, etc…)

I’m self-taught, but that’s kind of facetious, really. My grandfather always had instruments around and played almost everything. My parents both loved music and surrounded the kids with it. My sister had an outsized influence there. While kids my age (at that time) were listening to “kiddie records,” we were listening at least ten, fifteen years beyond that.

I’ve been in a couple of loose collaborations and was a part of an experimental unit called Nightmare Variations. I’d like to play more in a group setting but, primarily, I’m a one-man band in a DIY setting.

How long have you been creating, playing and performing music, on a professional level?

Since the mid-90s. Lots and lots of cassette releases. Having a graphic arts background as well, I was able to package them up and do okay in that respect. I wasn’t necessarily punk, but I had a bit of that renegade mentality. That’s really how Introverse started (and yes, that’s also an allusion to a bit of an introverted personality…but I do try!)

What instruments do you play?

Keyboard, guitars, a bit of percussion. I like doing multiple vocal harmony parts. I think if you can nail the perfect multi-layered vocal harmonies, there’s nothing better than that.

Do you do your own recordings, or do you record somewhere else?

It’s all me, at home with my modest computer rig. That’s one of the best things about the age we live in. It can be done, and the only limitation is your determination to do it.

That said, I’d love to see Abbey Road Studios. I’d love to see Real World Studios. I’m an idealist, but I’m not crazy! 🙂

Do you collaborate (or have you before) with others?

I’ll collaborate anywhere that I’m welcome to. Preferably, I’d collaborate with people I know and have a good rapport with, and are okay with my personal “isms.” If you are mainly a solo artist, you do pick up traits in process, so I like to work with folks who get that about me. I don’t really have much call to collaborate, but I’m definitely open to it.

After searching for your music, I came up with these main sites. Can anyone purchase your music from them at this time? 

On Bandcamp: https://dwdunphy.bandcamp.com/music
On CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DwDunphy
On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/D.W.-Dunphy/e/B001LICDVO

Most are available. A couple aren’t, and on earlier releases you can definitely hear a learning curve taking place. You are your own harshest critic, but I think I do well, and I’ve made several albums I’m really proud of. I haven’t done too badly as a “bedroom pop” pioneer!

What are your current releases?

The First Thing That Came To Mind came out late last year, and I’m prepping a 7″ record release that has songs from two previous albums, Modernism and The Radial Night called:  Your Saturday Sins Limited Edition 7″ Record.
***(CLICK HERE TO LISTEN/PURCHASE)***

What else can we look forward to from you in the near future? 

Currently, I’m putting everything I’ve got into Co-Op 3. We’ll see what progresses at the end of the year. I definitely want to devote my energy to Co-Op 3 though.

Apart from that, I’m going to have a few paintings and drawings hung at a local arts community center here in New Jersey around July, so I’m excited about that.

Any live shows/events scheduled? (even if it’s via internet).

Nothing live slated for now. The one-man band thing is an impediment, but I have considered finding a couple of folks in the area who might want to do some acoustic trio sort of thing, mostly just for fun, maybe just show up at a park and do some songs…annoy some deer, that kind of thing.

LOL-Nice!

Where can we find more of you and what you are writing about? 

My website, which needs to be updated more often, is www.dwdunphy.net and I write an awful lot at www.popdose.com.

Popdose is a great site with tremendous writers and a great sense about the world and the arts. I’m extremely proud to be a part of it.

And there you have it! A fabulous guy with a fabulous mission. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Dw.! 

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Links!
Dw. Dunphy’s Facebook Page
Dw. Dunphy’s Website
Dw. Dunphy’s Newsletter Sign up
Dw. Dunphy’s Blog at Popdose
Dw. Dunphy’s music for Preview and/or Purchase: Bandcamp and CDBaby