Nov
29

Doomtree- Rap Won’t Save You, An Interview.

Doomtree is a record label. Doomtree is a rap crew. Doomtree is a family. Over the past five years Doomtree has become one of the most highly regarded hip-hop collectives in the Midwest, thanks to our innovative recordings, explosive live shows, and tireless work ethic. By combining the blueprint of hip hop with the DIY ethos of punk and a slew of disparate artistic and musical influences, Doomtree has won the favor of a broad range of audiences. We are as likely to find fans at indie rock shows as we are at rap shows or basement dance parties. In the past several years the collective has grown to include the lyrical and production talents of more than a dozen core members. The members of Doomtree come from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical interests, but join together to create some of the most forward-thinking beats and rhymes this side of 1987. (doomtree.net)

The following interview was conducted on 11.27.10 at the Middle East Night Club in Cambridge, MA. I am very grateful to all of Doomtree, especially Dessa (and Teal) for their help coordinating this.

The Doomtree Interview
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Nov
23

Author Gary Renard On Love & Forgiveness, Mass Metaphysical Denial, And The Lost Message Of Jesus. Part I of II

I picked up my first copy of the book A Course in Miracles circa 2005. I had heard it referenced by many of the spiritual teachers I was into at the time and figured I should probably check it out. One of my first memories of reading the Course was sitting on a hospital bed while waiting for x-rays on my ankle from a skateboarding accident. I remember reading the introduction, which said, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Sounds good right? Well I’d be completely full of shit if I said I had some revelation, or really even any clue as to what that meant. It sounded neat and esoteric however, so I read on. After a couple of weeks, I put the Course aside as it was the equivalent to readin a book written in Chinese. I happily went back to reading my books by Ram Dass and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche….At least I could understand some of them, or at least pretend to when talking about them.

Fast-forward to 2007. I was in a local library when I stumbled on an audio book called Secrets of the Immortal: Advanced Teachings from a Course in Miracles. I’d again be lying if I said I had any revelation from this audio book, not because its content wasn’t sufficient, but because I downloaded it to my computer and never listened to it. Again, I went back to reading my others spiritual texts, at this point I’d advanced to the like of Ken Wilber & Sri Ramana Maharshi, definitely much harder to pretend to know what they were saying in conversation, but I tried.

One year later, in 2008, for whatever reason, I looked at my copy of A Course in Miracles and made the resolution that I was going to finally read it, and not only read it, but understand it! Well, I can say that this time I stuck with it, for the most part. I remembered the audio book I’d ripped to my library the previous year, so I uploaded it to my trusty Ipod and started listening to it on various commutes. Secrets of the Immortal actually broke the Course down in a comprehensive, yet user-friendly way that I could work with.

About half way through the audio book I realized I didn’t even know who I was listening too (damn bootlegged copies), so I went back to the computer and found out it was Gary Renard. That name really meant nothing to me at the time, nor did any of the other Course teachers like Kenneth Wapnick or Marianne Williamson, as this is not a particularly sought after spiritual path. Not because it’s a strict discipline, or there is dogma attached to it. If anything, it’s the complete opposite of that.

After completing Gary’s audio book, I moved on to the first of his two books published by Hay House, titled The Disappearance of the Universe. I picked up DU (as it’s often referred to by it’s readers) and was literally engulfed from the moment I started. Not only did it continue to break down the Course in a way that I could understand, but it also talked about many contemporary issues, and how they could be seen differently through the Course. I finished DU in about a week and picked up a copy of Your Immortal Reality.

Your Immortal Reality really solidified my faith in Gary’s teachings as after I finished it, I had absolutely no problem reading and understanding A Course in Miracles. That’s not to say I don’t have to sit with, and contemplate many of its passages from time to time, but without Gary’s work, my copy of A Course in Miracles would still be collecting dust on the bookshelf. So just what in the hell is A Course in Miracles? Read on and find out! (*Note- I would like to reiterate that while A Course in Miracles is my own, personal spiritual path, I, in no way, wish to promote, or endorse it more than any other spiritual tradition, many of which have been wonderful catalysts on my spiritual path, and I still draw from to this day.)

The Gary Renard Interview- Part I.

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Nov
17

Gary Mader Of Eyehategod- Take As Needed For Pain.

The first time I saw Eyehategod live was sometime in the late 90’s. I had just joined an old CT band and was playing probably my third or fourth show with them at the Pearl St Nightclub in Northampton, MA. We opened the show, then  there was maybe one or tow more bands before Today Is The Day took the stage. They were amazing and my night was pretty much complete at that point. I honestly hadn’t really gotten heavily into EHG at that point, and I’m sure some of you are scoffing at me right now. I really can’t say why. They were just one of those bands that while I was familiar with the name, had sort of slipped under my radar. Well that changed about five seconds into their set. I don’t remember the song they played, but what I do remember is singer Mike Williams immediately smashing a beer bottle over his head and the blood began to flow. I sat sort of in a trance for the remainder of their 45 minute set and have been a fan ever since. I had the chance to speak with bass player Gary Mader about EHG’s upcoming album, their side projects, what scares him the most in life, and more.  The following interview was conducted on 11/17/10 while in the throws of some crazy sickness. Seems only fitting I suppose. (To enhance this interview, read Gary’s answers in a slow, thick, Louisiana accent.

The Gary Mader Interview
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Nov
13

An Interview With Linda Howe, Founder Of The Center For Akashic Studies.

  Life. Is. Changing. 

The Linda Howe Interview
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Nov
11

The A To Z Of Jade Tree Records With Co-Owner Darren Walters

The year is 1991 and Darren Walters, along with his partner Tim Owen, have a vision. They want to create a record label that releases quality music, without restrictions regarding genres or ethics, and to be the best they possibly can.

Fast forward to 1995, a 17 year old kid (yours truly), immersed in a love of independent/underground music, attends The Really Loud Music Fest is New Bedford, MA. Onstage is the band Lifetime, ripping through their song Neutral Territory off the Hello Bastards album released on Jade Tree Records. Kids are flying around everywhere, singing along, smiling, and having a great time. When I think about Jade Tree Records, I’m bombarded with a plethora of memories such as this, many of which, a Jade Tree band provided the soundtrack to.  

If you’re a fan of indie music, there’s a good chance you have a Jade Tree release somewhere in your collection. They’re responsible for such artists as Jets To Brazil, Avail, J Church, Four Walls Falling, Universal Order Of Armageddon and so many more! That being said I hope you enjoy this romp down memory lane with Darren Walters, co-owner of Jade Tree Records.

The Darren Walters/Jade Tree Records Interview
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