IE038 - MARSHALL USINGER OF BE STILL THE EARTH

We're joined this week for the whole episode by our new friend Marshall, a longtime listener, a fellow musician and composer living in Denver and an insightful person. The discussion starts with Andy sharing how he has been going through some of the most intense depression of his life, the reasons why and how he is dealing with it. We talk about struggling to have motivation within day jobs, having integrity towards our employers and the benefit (or necessity) of tension between doing hard work that is unfulfilling alongside pursuing creative projects that are. We also discuss how self worth or value as a person does not come from productivity or quantity of output, no matter how much the present culture would have one think so. Marshall talks about how he got into making music and the ways in which it has grown for him even over a short period of time, as well as how he thinks about writing music or stepping into a new project and how it differs from Andy's approach.

To hear and purchase Marshall's music under the moniker Be Still The Earth, please visit https://bestilltheearth.bandcamp.com/

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE037 - Vulnerability Isn't Everything

This week the Goodboys discuss Brene Brown's "Daring Greatly" and why Josh wasn't into it as well as Josh's recent work on himself to undo years of psychological issues and misled principles due to guilt and shame. Also, Josh is excited to write again because of Stephen King. The talk then moves to productivity, workflow and disciplinary practices in how Josh and Andy plan out (or don't plan) their respective work days, and how lack of motivation, distraction and anxiety are so prevalent in society's approach to being creative and getting things done. We touch on how Andy's new album preorder is going and how it differs from previous releases now that he is on a label and we close with talking about views on college education, our own (very different) experiences and how we think of it in relation to our kids.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE036 - Joel Stanley, CEO of Charlotte's Web Hemp

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Joel Stanley is the CEO of CW Hemp, the Colorado-based company he began with his brothers known for developing "The World's Most Trusted Hemp Extract." Joel sits down with Josh and Trevr Merchant for a fascinating and educational conversation regarding the cannabis industry, the physical and neurological benefits of hemp, how hemp differs from marijuana, how the pharmaceutical industry and government agencies factor into the running of their business, how CW Hemp got its start, a number of stories regarding specific cases in which people have benefited from the product, what they have in mind for the future and more.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE035 - Brandon Vedder, Director of "Strange Negotiations," the David Bazan Documentary

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Brandon Vedder is the director of the upcoming "Strange Negotiations," a documentary exploring the existential, artistic and family life of musician David Bazan. He sat down for an hour with us to discuss his background in film, the origins of his current project, his relationship with David and how it has grown and morphed over the course of this doc being made, how the Kickstarter has gone thus far, the true cost of the film and how festivals and potential distribution will factor in.

The Kickstarter to fund "Strange Negotiations" is still live until April 6th, 2017 at 8:00 AM! Go here to find out more, see the array of awesome perks and support the film: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/864557968/strange-negotiations-the-david-bazan-documentary?ref=nav_search

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission www.blackmapmusic.com

IE034 - Steven Kemner of Hotel Neon // The Sound of Rescue

Steven is a musician living in Ohio and 1/3rd of Hotel Neon (remember Andrew Tasselmyer from episode 009?), the band that toured with Andy in 2016 on the Slow Spaces Tour. He joins the Goodboys for the whole episode to discuss his process of writing music both individually and for the groups he is in, the way in which he views music in general and the profound meaning it holds for him in life, his struggles with sleep and learning to take better care of himself physically, his affinity for high ABV beers and a few stories from the road. OG Maco's ineffable gem "U Guessed It" may or may not be highlighted once again on this episode.

Hear Steven's music in all its iterations at https://stevenkemner.com/

Hotel Neon will be playing AudioFeed Festival in Summer 2017 along with Lowercase Noises. Get tickets and more info here: http://audiofeedfestival.com/

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE033 - Imposter Syndrome

The Goodboys are flying solo for a sprawling talk about the woes, joys and methods of parenthood, Josh having a mental breakdown last week because he worries so much about what people think and that his close friends don't care about him, Imposter Syndrome and how Josh and Andy have individually experienced it, the fact that there are so many ways in which to contact a person because of technology and apps, people ending friendships by deciding to stop responding, Internet Comments make a comeback, privacy online in relation to one's notoriety and Andy shares a closing tweet he had written while having diarrhea.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE032 - John Chong

John Chong is a drummer and producer who grew up in LA and was formerly a member of the band Run River North.

He is @JohnCHONG on Twitter and @john.chong_ on Instagram.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com 

IE031 - Stefan Tomlinson #3

Stefan Tomlinson joins The Goodboys for some impromptu banjo and guitar singalong songs, Bambi the book and animal-centric novels, what the hell happened to Richard Simmons and what artists "owe" to their fanbase, the status of Stefan's new Stemson album, self-driving cars, how Josh is bad at finding new jobs and how the current workforce culture might perpetuate dissatisfaction with jobs, how Josh's mom thinks he is very bad, retaining memory and the consumption of various forms of media and weighing their respective values.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE030 - DIFFERENCES

This week Andy and Josh are all over the place, discussing the latest on Andy's (nearly complete) studio build, the book Josh is reading for people who are skeptical about God (plus Andy's skepticism about the book itself), the fact that both goodboys have been listening to a lot of Joe Rogan lately and the different things they've each gleaned from the show, Josh's recent lack of inner peace and inability to enjoy reading fiction, the goodboys implementing the idea of minimalism into their lives, a brief discussion of CBD, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms. Scattered though it may be, this episode hits on some good(boy) notes.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE029 - DAVE MANTEL OF NAAL // BROKEN LIGHT RECORDS

This week we're joined for the whole episode by our friend Dave Mantel, a fellow musician and producer from Chicago with a unique personal story and outlook on life. The discussion begins with a basic background of where Dave is from, what he does and how he has been in communication with Andy for the past few years, but quickly transitions into a deeper conversation about Dave's history with working for a church in various roles, his struggle with anxiety and depression (as well as how he has taught himself to address those things in a more healthy way), several vulnerable stories involving deep personal pain and loss and his disenchantment with the form of religion in which he was raised, and how he approaches faith today.

Find Dave's own music and the artists on his label at www.naalmusic.com and www.brokenlightrecords.com

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE028 - Devin Shelton of Emery // BC Supply

Devin Shelton, vocalist and bassist of Emery and a solo artist in his own right, joined us for a conversation about leaving his job as a worship pastor within a church to pursue his music career and to manage several facets of the BadChristian clothing and merch line. He speaks openly about the discord of working for a church versus being a musician with full creative control, the (unpleasant) nature of formulaic worship music and Christianity as a money-making industry, his own journey of questioning and uncertainty while maintaining faith and shares a deeply personal story about the passing away of his mother last year. He closes on a lighter note with a hilarious story from the road involving the other members of Emery and fireworks.

Hear Devin's brand new solo record "Sensation" at http://shop.badchristian.com/collections/devin-shelton

Devin manages BadChristian's new line of high quality goods which can be perused and purchased at https://bc.supply/

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE027 - Travis Terrell & Micah Sannan of SoundStripe

We're joined by two entrepreneurs out of Nashville for a conversation regarding their music licensing service, SoundStripe, which gives filmmakers and video content creators access to unlimited use of music (for only 10 bucks a month) from an ever-expanding library of songs by a hand-picked group of prolific composers. Travis and Micah discuss how their company works, how it benefits both the content creators and the artists, the status and constant shift of the music industry, the value of music and the differences in how its value is perceived, why they believe their model will have longevity in the business and a story about their first business venture in real estate which was ultimately short-lived.

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE026 - David Ferry Jr. & Ariel Rakes of 8292 Productions

Josh talks with two filmmaker friends from Albuquerque, Davy and Ariel, who operate their own production company through which they produce artful advertisements for commercial clients as well as their own original creative content. They discuss the music video they made together for Josh's band in 2011, running 8292 and their respective roles, how they balance their day jobs as the company grows, the feature film that Davy wrote and directed, general production challenges and collaborating with many different people on a film, a couple of soapbox rants about the slew of current disposable media, remakes and reboots, and finally, an in-depth talk on the work of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings including Davy's passionate defense of Peter Jackson in relation to the The Hobbit trilogy.

See Davy and Ariel's current work at: http://www.8292productions.com/

To watch the trailer for Davy's feature film "The Garden," visit: http://www.thegarden-movie.com/trailer

To watch the music video that Davy and Ariel helped make for Josh, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT06K873gY0

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE024 - Mark Engles of dredg // Black Map (the band who provides I&E's theme music!)

Mark Engles, guitarist of dredg and Black Map (and a long time musical influence of Andy's), joins us for a conversation about his playing style, how Black Map began and what their writing process looks like, details on their upcoming sophomore album "In Droves," his relationship between being a touring musician and having a day job, life in San Fransisco, how they met Chevelle, and lastly, a hilarious story from dredg's tour in Belgium and the elaborate prank that happened there.

Hear Black Map's music and pre-order their new album, "In Droves," available March 17th 2017, at www.blackmapmusic.com

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Our show theme music is provided by, coincidentally enough, Black Map. Used by permission.

IE023 - Knate Myers, Photographer & Timelapse Cinematographer

Knate Myers is a self-taught photographer from Albuquerque, NM who has garnered a substantial following through his landscape photography, long-exposure photos of the starry night sky and compiling stunning timelapses. His vibrant editing style and affinity for capturing epic locations has gained him attention around the globe. Knate has been friends with Josh and Andy since before he ever picked up a camera, and he joins us for the whole episode to discuss the progression of his career, working with local photo co-op galleries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, collaborating with the annual International Balloon Fiesta, how he has overcome personal obstacles in advancing his talent and business, and his impending transition out of a dayjob to pursue photography full time.

Knate's work can be found at: http://knatemyers.zenfolio.com/

Andy even collaborated with Knate and provided music specifically for one of his timelapse videos, which can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/46599918

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The show theme is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE022 - Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive

Colin Frangicetto, guitarist for Circa Survive and an accomplished fine artist across a number of mediums, joins us for a conversation regarding the band's history and how it relates to his personal life, what life between touring and recording albums looks like, the growth and current status of his artistic career, his use of psychedelics and how they have had a positive effect on the way he sees things, the relationship between dredg's "el cielo" album and the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and a couple of stories from the road involving Drew Roulette of dredg, Anthony Green, mushrooms and marijuana.

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The show theme is "Gold," by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE021 - TYLER BARSTOW OF VINYL ME, PLEASE

Tyler Barstow, co-founder and co-owner of the curated monthly record subscription service Vinyl Me, Please, joins Josh for a conversation about the company, music, life, marriage and some existential thoughts on death and human legacy.

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Our show theme is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE020 - The Goodboy Show #2 (feat. Stefan Tomlinson): Gender Pronouns, Race, Social Justice Warriors, Faith and More

This week we cover a lot of possibly controversial or difficult subjects such as issues of race, gender identity pronouns, social justice warriors, our new culture of acceptance, faith and spirituality, the Millennial generation's propensity to be easily offended, public shaming and more. We do not claim to be experts or even well versed in any of the above, but these are merely things we believe are worth talking about and which we ourselves are trying to navigate, understand and learn how to live alongside in a way that is respectful and loving. We end on a lighter note by sharing our respective favorite curse words and insults.

Much of this conversation was inspired by the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, episode #877 with Jordan B Peterson: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/877-jordan-peterson/id360084272?i=1000378365812&mt=2

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE019 - Brady Smith of Old Blood Noise

 

Brady is the founder and owner of Old Blood Noise Endeavors, a "weird, niche based" guitar pedal company out of Norman, Oklahoma. Brady talks about the origins, growth and operation of his business, his history being the first hired employee at Walrus Audio, working there for three years, and ultimately departing. He also touches on his period as a touring guitar tech for Brand New, where the knowledge and inspiration comes from to create and build new takes on pedal effects, working at Keeley Electronics, and how OBNE strives to be different in the way they present their products in the current state of guitar and pedal culture.

Old Blood Noise Endeavors' pedals and their newly released headphone amp can be found at http://www.oldbloodnoise.com/

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com

IE018 - Trevor Eagleman

This week we have the privilege of thanking our first Patreon supporters! To find out more and become a supporter of Ink & Echo yourself, please visit www.patreon.com/inkandecho. In the show, Josh tells Andy something extremely serious, important and vulnerable, then Andy poses a question as to how he should address a music commitment that he would like to get out of.

The guest today is Trevor Eagleman, a talented artist out of Lawrence, Kansas (who also happens to be Josh's cousin). We discuss the fact that Trevor never really adopted social media and only recently has any sort of internet presence, as well as how he prefers a flip phone over a smartphone. Josh mentions how Trevor is a rare breed for his age in the best of ways, in that he is incredibly present in person and an attentive listener. We talk about Trevor's approach to artwork, his ability to be productive without having urgency or beating himself up about not doing enough, some specific works of his including an ongoing accordion-book project, how he would like to progress and grow as an artist, his attraction to the grotesque beauty of life, and some artists whose work he admires.

See Trevor's work at www.trevoreagleman.com and follow him to watch new pieces arise at https://www.facebook.com/trevoreaglemanillustration/

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Our theme music is "Gold" by Black Map, used by permission. www.blackmapmusic.com