HTG Podcast #18: Aller Retour

In this episode of the Head The Gong Podcast, I notice that the path upon which I’ve been traveling for the past twenty years or so just might be a loop. Maybe I’ll pay better attention this time around.

Stuff referenced in this podcast:

  • Barbara Kraft Interviews Henry Miller (via the Anais Nin Podcast): http://skybluepress.com/podcasts/podcast17.mp3
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    Pod smack

    I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but sometime in these past couple of years I’ve become a podcast junkie. Listening to podcasts is now far and away my go-to form of entertainment. I listen while I do chores, exercise, — even while I’m sitting on the toilet. Yeah, it might be problematic. In any event, there are many podcasts that I absolutely love, including:

  • The Waking Up Podcast, by Sam Harris
  • The Joe Rogan Experience
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • Common Sense, with Dan Carlin
  • Philosophize This!
  • Star Talk Radio, with Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • We The People Live, with Josh Zepps
  • And that’s just to name a few of the programs I listen to on a regular basis. Again, I might have a problem. Here are a couple of gems I’ve listened to in the past few days:

  • Waking Up With Sam Harris #47 – The Frontiers of Political Correctness (with Gad Saad):
  • Barbara Kraft Interviews Henry Miller (via the Anais Nin Podcast): http://skybluepress.com/podcasts/podcast17.mp3
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    HTG Podcast #17: The grind

    In this episode of the Head The Gong Podcast, I find a spare moment to whine about not having enough spare moments.

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    Liar

    “Don’t go to bed yet. Just push record and see what happens…”

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    HTG Podcast #16: Job hunting, illiberalism, and the Wachowski sisters

    In this episode of the Head The Gong Podcast, I babble about job hunting, the ascent of illiberalism in progressive circles, the Wachowski brothers — er, I mean, sisters –, and the latest from the Las Cruces indie/singer-songwriter scene.

    Stuff discussed:

    The Liberal Blindspot, by Nicholas Kristof

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    HTG Podcast #15: Graduation Day

    In this episode of the Head The Gong Podcast, I metamorphose from graduate student to societal leech.

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    Las Cruces rocks

    It’s been a full year since I ventured out to Art Obscura and got my first taste of the local indie rock scene here in Las Cruces. I blogged about that show here, and since then I’ve quietly supported the scene by buying CDs, promoting new tunes on social media, and even creating my own music every now and again. Unfortunately, my work/grad-school schedule has conspired with my personal demons to keep me from experiencing very many live shows over the course of this past year.

    Tonight is no exception, as there will be another big show at Art Obscura that I can’t make, this time celebrating the release of Back of a Car‘s excellent new record, Unconditional Loathe. Check it out right here:

    Another local artist I will be sorry to miss tonight is the wonderful KT Neely. KT has been busy this past year putting out great music, including the lovely, heart-wrenching tune, Coyote.

    Kt Neely | Coyote from The LNG Company on Vimeo.

    One of my local favorites, Alabama Deathwalk, will not be performing tonight, but they continue to put out great, soulful songs, like their latest, 2-Weeks.

    Simeon Beardsley, another soulful, acoustic guitar-strumming maestro, who may or may not be playing tonight with KT Neely, has also put out tons of great music over this past year, including this gem (On your way).

    Last, but not least, is a brand new (to me) musical discovery who goes by Mosaic Mountains (Not on tonight’s bill, but I’ll keep my eye out for a future show). Cut from the same cloth as KT Neely, Mosaic Mountains is a young woman named Courtney who has produced some gorgeous, stripped-down, soul-bare, acoustic tunes that are pretty freaking awesome, including Protocol Soul and Melancholy My Good Friend.

    Great music is indeed alive and well in Las Cruces. If only I could catch a show!

    Next time…

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    Being in love

    Being in love (Jason Molina)
    Being in love means you are completely broken
    then put back together
    But the one piece that was yours
    is beating in your lover’s breast
    She says the same thing about hers
    Is beating in your lover’s breast
    She says the same thing about hers

    However I have gotten here
    I have plans to be with you
    And for the first time
    It is working
    It is working
    It is working

    And I am proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn
    I am proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn

    What’s left after that’s all gone
    I hope to never learn
    But if you stick with me
    you can help me
    I’m sure we’ll find new things to burn

    Cause we are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn
    Yeah we are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn

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    Louis C.K.’s Top 10 Rules For Success (Video via @EvanCarmichael)

    There’s a ton of great shit here that is relevant to anyone who is trying to live a creative life.

    1. Try new things

    2. You can’t please everybody

    3. Always try to improve

    4. Don’t waste time

    5. Get rid of your best weapons

    6. Survive failure

    7. Be interested

    8. Be calm

    9. Use pressure to motivate you

    10. Appreciate life

    [Bonus]. Speak from the heart

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    HTG Podcast #14: Warts and all

    In this episode of the Head The Gong Podcast, I try to get back on the creative horse after getting kicked around a bit by, I don’t know, another horse? Half-marathons, job interviews, and mindfulness meditation all get mentioned at some point.

    Other random/awesome things referred to in this episode:

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