Daniel is my neighbor over here in the Easy E as I like to call the east end . I affectionately refer to him as the “hipster homesteader “ he has a fantastic garden including cornfields planted in the easement along his side street and he raises chickens . This skill in urban farming he’s turned into a consultation business called Marigold. He’s also a carpenter, musician and social activist . Whenever we hang it’s usually a Tantric Conversation so I thought it’s time to get one one recorded . It’s a two parter and I think a valuable dialogue between a middle aged guy and a young buck who care about the same things but maybe have different feelings about timetables and methods .
Clay Blancett is a writer, an anarchist, a tradesman, biker and wit. I asked him over on the occasion of the publishing of his first book, Avenue of Champions a novel set in Richmond based around Clay’s experience as a City of Richmond refuse collector(but not on the regular garbage trucks, the special squad who pick up the big loads. (He said load..). He’s been vexing me on Facebook for some time so it was nice to look him in the eye and find out whats up behind the trolling. Grumpy old men past this point.
Meet Alison Miller Barber entrepreneur, writer and sexual liberator(?). This one went awry as many do. I intended to have Alison read her writing instead she read mine, whoops. Still it worked out well, we had a blast. Just remember to check out Throats to the Sky or visit Taboo to get more Alison than you get here.
Hey hey this is my man Dave DiDonato he’s a great axe wielder and an interesting dude. We interacted a bit back in the day through Punchline and once I even tried out for a band he was in but until this talk I had a lot of gaps in the timeline. I knew of HRM, The Ultimate Dragons, The Jolly Mortals and Ipecac, but not really. I just knew I related to Dave’s general love for metal but his non metallic demeanor. I’ve been a fan of the dude for a while even without really fully comprehending the depth and breadth of Dave’s musical output from Richmond to Austin, Texas. After this chat I’m even more of one. A one of kind dude.
An afternoon chat with my friend Jules Kim who was visiting Richmond from her home in NY. Jules is a Richmond native who has been hustling in New York for about 15 years now DJ ing in clubs and developing an international jewelry brand Bijules that can be seen accessorizing some notable celebs who I won’t go so far as to name drop now, but I’m sure you can find evidence to back this assertion up online. Jules is one of my favorite people who I haven’t managed to connect with beyond social media until the Monday after Mother’s Day and I was pleasantly surprised to find what has previously made us friends was as intact as ever. Truly a Tantric Conversation if there ever was one. Ecoutez.
Jason has contributed a great deal to this town, there’s no denying that, and he’s done it while being widely regarded as a mensch. There are few people that I am as happy to see at random in public. Jason was an early supporter of this podcast when I still thought I’d ask others to support it instead of supporting it myself. His restaurants Comfort and Pasture are favorites of mine and have helped to put Richmond on the culinary map while still being accessible to all and welcoming to all regardless of foodie obsession level. What more can I say that won’t be covered in this 2 hour podcast? Dig in.
Jon Brown is a former member of Dragstrip Syndicate, one of my all time favorite Richmond bands and is current member of Horsehead, among other projects. We originally planned on talking about the new Iggy Pop record which we did but it took a backseat to an organic conversation about many other subjects currently on the mind. A concise little chat that gave way to an even more sprawling talk after the mics were off. I reckon that means he’s going to have to come back but for the time being, dig this.