IE046 - Bradley Hathaway

Spoken word artist, musician and writer Bradley Hathaway joined us from his rural home in Arkansas for an in-depth conversation about his new album "FLESH EATER," the influence William Faulkner has had on him recently, how he views his previous work, the current state of the music industry and how it affects artists like himself and many other facets of life, faith, social media, creativity and growing as a person.

Listen to and purchase "FLESH EATER" and Bradley's whole catalogue of albums at bradleyhathaway.bandcamp.com/

He is @bradleyhathaway on Twitter and @bradleyhathawayofficial on Instagram

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IE045 - BILL VENCIL OF CHORDS OF ORION

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The very kind and insightful Bill Vencil joins The Goodboys to discuss his unconventional entrance into the "ambient" music world, how he has garnered a following, his view of art in all forms and how he interacts (or doesn't) with social media.

Bill's music under the moniker Chords of Orion can be found at chordsoforion.bandcamp.com

His tutorials, gear reviews and other various things can be found on his YouTube channel youtube.com/user/chordsoforion

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IE044 - Dave Mantel Returns! with a new Naal album

Josh has a new story out! Part of Andy's Emery tour got cancelled! This episode got all messed up! We'll explain all this and more, but the most important thing to glean this week is that Dave Mantel is back on the show and he has a new record out for his ambient music project Naal entitled "A703."

To find out more about Dave's project Naal and preorder the new album "A703," please visit naalmusic.com/

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IE043 - Depression & Motherhood with Andi Kirk

Josh sits down with Andi Kirk for a conversation that quickly goes into deep and vulnerable territory surrounding anxiety, depression, anti-depressants, therapy, contemplating suicide and how being a wife and a mother of three factor into these heavy realities. We also touch on the current feminism movement, President Trump and the ambiguous boundaries that have crept into culture defining what we can and cannot say without being ridiculed.

Andi writes a blog to document her journey and experience in real time at failingmotherhood.com

Lowercase Noises' new record "The Swiss Illness" is available now and Andy will be touring a bunch this summer, performing both house shows with Hotel Neon and supporting Emery on certain dates. Info and tickets can be found at lowercasenoises.com/tour

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IE042 - FIGHTING AUTHORITY & BUCKING CULTURAL TRENDS

This week Andy and Josh break out the guitars for a little on-mic impromptu hootenanny before digging into why Josh has big issues with authority figures and ambiguous cultural obligations. We discuss how those come into play in regards to work, church, holidays and even marriage. This one gets deep and brutally honest. Get into it.

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IE040 - The Enneagram, Inspiration & the Passage of Time

This week Josh revisits the Enneagram results for his personality type 4w5 and shares how the answers there were revealing and helpful. Josh expounds on new writing projects in the works which leads to discussing how inspiration often comes from outside sources than one's own craft. Andy then shares a detour he took coming back from Denver this weekend and how it was deeply tied to nostalgia and fond memories but also heaviness and discomfort.

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IE039 - TIM & BETONY COONS OF GIANTS & PILGRIMS

Above are the pieces by Betony Coons that she specifically makes reference to on this episode.

Tim and Betony Coons are a husband and wife team who have collaborated to build a unique project together called Giants & Pilgrims: A Marriage of Art and Music. Josh drove out to their home and art studio in Greeley, Colorado to speak with them about what the project is, how it began, their desires behind it, and how they go about integrating life themes with artwork and music. Because this is Ink & Echo, we also dive into how having children can change one's view of mortality, the darker aspects of some of Betony's work in particular and where Tim and Betony individually find inspiration and life to fuel them as artists and parents. Prior to the interview portion, Andy and Josh discuss a few new things surrounding Andy's next album, how busy-ness has been beneficial to Andy in the past week, Josh tells an airport layover story in which he learned a lot more about the Burning Man Festival, and we close the show with a curious email Andy received in response to his music.

See and hear Tim and Betony's collaborative art and music at giantsandpilgrims.com 

Giants & Pilgrim's music can be purchased at giantsandpilgrims.bandcamp.com

Prints of Betony's artwork can be purchased at graysparrow Etsy shop.

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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/

For Marshall's compositions that can be licensed for TV, film, wedding videos and other media, check out his artist page on SoundStripe: https://app.soundstripe.com/artists/59

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

Exclusive to listeners of Ink & Echo: Visit www.cwhemp.com and use offer code InkEcho10 now through April 30, 2017 to receive a 10% discount off your entire order!

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.

To find out more about Charlotte's Web and try it for yourself, please visit www.cwhemp.com

Pre-order Andy's new Lowercase Noises record "The Swiss Illness" on CD/LP/Digital at www.lowercasenoises.com/preorder

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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