Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dark Roasted Blend

Thanks to darkroastedblend.com for putting a link up to us, they're a great site that goes into wild and wonderful things. Check em out!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 9

(Gossie And Friends Boxset, Designed by Laura Worrick)
In this podcast, I go over newsworthy stories including the merger between Ticket Master and Live Nation, How the economy is affecting touring bands, web censorship, and I interview Graphic Designer Laura Worrick. You can view her work at www.lauraworrick.com. She also has a blog for those who will easily become addicted to her Boston Red Soxs loving, Bum-hating, Stoner-Bashing Banter at lawraws.blogspot.com
Featured music by Trampled by Turtles, The Rich Get Richer, The Decemberists and Black Star!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Babe-asaurus Rex and Some Helpful Websites

Here are some semi-helpful websites for you all to check out. I'm curious as to which people think is better. One is Going.com and the other is Thrillist.com. Both claim to offer the "best" of New York City. Personally, I think they're both overrated and over-hipster. Snarkyness abounds within the electronic pages of both. However, both are free and do occasionally hit the nail on the head when it comes to whats cheap/free and entertaining in NYC. Check em out.
Also, check out this sultry singer-songwriter that puts me to shame. Her name is Lisa Hannigan and I saw her on the Colbert Report a couple of weeks ago. If she were president, she'd be Baberaham H. Lincoln. The H. stands for Hot. The lincoln stands for lincoln. This is her single "Lille"

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 8

This is the Eighth Podcast, featuring instructions on planting an apartment garden, and an separate interviews with Leah T. and Brian Whiteley, two visual artists who are working and living in New York City. The music is great too! Subscribe in Itunes to get episodes 1-7!

Featured Artwork for Brian Whiteley

Entitled : Yellow
Year: 2008
Artist: Brian Whiteley

More works by this artist can be found at www.whiteleyart.com
His work can also be found @

The tea lounge
Buffalo Cantina
Judson Memorial Church
717 Studio
422 61st Street Open Studio
Club Europa

His work can be purchased through his website (email him) or Ugallery.com

Sunday's Guests

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing two great artists that are featured on today's podcast. The first is Leah T., whose artwork can be found at http://www.leah-tacha.com. Sean Kenealy rode shotgun on this interview, and his music can be found on Itunes by looking up thebignothing (as one word). The second interview was with Bian Whiteley, whose work can be seen at http://www.whiteleyart.com/
Both are great visual artists whose work is amazing and best of luck to both of them. I am still looking for future guests so if you know anyone that is an artist in the city (or thinking about moving to the city) send me an email at starvingartistquestions@gmail.com If you haven't subscribed in Itunes, now's the best time to catch up on past podcasts as well as the one I'm about to put up within the next half an hour.

Now get out there and make some art!

Friday, March 20, 2009

This is awesome.

Just had my Mind Blown, No Drugs Involved

I always find it awesome when I find a book or movie that allows me to see the world like a child again. It goes back to when I was a kid and read the book Where the Wild Things Are. Something about that book has resonated with me since childhood. I'm glad films like Before The Music Dies and books like Culture Jam exist to allow me to see the world with the spark of imagination still. Before the Music dies is a documentary from 2006 chronicling the downfall of the music industry. Using interviews of greats like Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews and relative unknowns like ubertalented Doyle Bramhall, writer/director Andrew Shapter eludes to the Titanic Sinking of the music industry pre-Radiohead blowout. Culture Jam, a book written by Adbuster Founder Kalle Lasn in 1999 is 100% dead on as to how the economy bubble burst. He seriously makes economics interesting in his book (Seriously! I never thought I would have to say that!) He also tackles free speech and how to be a culture jammer. Part memoir, the Canuck details the creation of Adbusters in his quest to buy airtime at a local Canadian television channel in order to "un-advertise" the logging industry. Both are very Very cool, and prophetic of how the internet and podcasting has changed the world. if anyone wants to borrow Culture Jam, lemme know I have a copy that I got at Salvation Army for 2 dollars. The link to Before the Music dies is to Hulu.com, which is free~

Johnny $.

Monday, March 16, 2009

free music from NPR via Itunes!!!!

Hey, Check out this free SXSW sampler from NPR here. It's free and they listened to thousands of songs from the bands that are at SXSW this year and came up with these ten as the cream of the crop. It will automatically bring you to the Itunes store, and while you're there, you might as well just go subscribe to my podcast! Why not, both the sampler and my show are free!

"Furr" by Blitzen Trapper from Furr
"Knotty Pine" by David Byrne & The Dirty Projectors from Dark Was the Night
"Lakeside" by BLK JKS from Mystery EP
"Go On, Say It" by Blind Pilot from 3 Rounds and a Sound
"Bag of Hammers" by Thao Nguyen from We Brave Bee Stings and All
"The Rake's Song" by The Decemberists from The Hazards of Love
"St. Joseph's" by The Avett Brothers from The Second Gleam
"The Mountain" by The Heartless Bastards from The Mountain
"Dreamer" by K'Naan from Troubadour
"Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" by Mayer Hawthorne from Just Ain't Gonna Work Out

You know you want to!

It's awesome!

Do it!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 7

Starving Artist's Podcast Ep. 7
In this episode, I talk to independent filmmaker Keith Bracker about filming his own short films and working on feature lengths. We go through the entire process of writing and directing one's own film. To check out his work, watch "I am...Me" and "Anna's Redemption" at Alpha Omega Films.
Books I mention are How to Make a Feature Film for Under $10,000 (And not go to jail) and Robert McKee's Story.
Songs Featured on this podcast are Fitz and Dizzyspells by Andrew Bird, Handlebars by Flobots, Magnificent by U2, Max by Johnny Sanford, and Setting Forth by Eddie Vedder. Enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Late night with Johnny S.

Its goin in on one AM and I've been editing and putting together the next episode of SAG podcast. My guest is an independent film director and he gave me a great interview last week. I don't wanna give too much away but I will be featuring his work on the site when the show goes up on Sunday. I don't mind saying that it's shaping up to be a great podcast. I've gotta get to bed though. Dream on.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Somebody's got a Case of the Tuesdays.

So I'm editing up the seventh podcast and it's turned out well. Drinkin a cupa mud that's slowly gettin colder and colder. I put up a video of my song VanGogh's Dream on myspace but maybe I'll post it here as well. The beginning of it sounds really great. I'll leave it at that. Inspired by a one-off evening and the vangogh portrait "cafe terrace," this is the result.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 6

This is the Sixth Podcast. Each one is getting better and better. This one is a distillation of all of the money tricks I've come up with in the past two years. There are a couple others that I didn't get to, but you'll get the basic gist of the thing. Keep on keepin' on, young jedis. I also gotta give credit to comedian Aaron David Ward for his take on the Federal Reserve, which I feature in this podcast. Stay tuned because he's on the list for future interviews. Check out his stand up, as well as some very funny articles at www.aarondavidward.com. Download the podcast by right clicking "Save link" here. Enjoy.
Songs included are all "money related." I don't wanna give away anything, just take a listen!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Just A Little Update

Alright, Folks. What I've realized is that for this podcast/webblog to get to my intended audience, it needs to go supernova. I've decided to create a street-team to deface New York City discreetly and get the message heard by the megamillion dollar newsmedia. In order to do this, I need you, YES YOU, to sign up for my Street Team by emailing me at starvingartistquestions@gmail.com. You will get twenty stickers to distribute/get rid of and a free starving artists guide tee shirt!
Also, if you haven't subscribed to the podcast yet, do it now! Tommorow's show is the most important one yet. It's the "Money talks, Bullshit Rides the Train" edition.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Incredible PR Advice

(This is the face of my PR-guru, Brett. It was my 21st B-day and we were a bit tipsy.)

I sometimes feel like that magician who gives away all the tricks. He's a dick, I know. He takes something magical and turns it into sometime that anyone with $10,000, a fake audience and a tame elephant can do. But telling innocent artists how to get around the system to become a new system has been around a long time. I'm not alone in this effort. This special lady, Ariel Hyatt, has been doing it for years now. Reading the articles linked below is the first step for a band (or any artist for that matter) starting their own PR campaign and getting their first step towards that door to put a damn foot into. She knows what she is doing, Trust me. For $1500 dollars you can put her in charge of your "cyber pr campaign" but what is the fun in that? I say, read these articles and for under a hundred dollars, a can-F'in-do attitude and some elbow grease (keep those elbows lubricated) you can do the same damn thing. The key to all publicity--network. Or find someone to network for you for free(like Brett on his better days.) But check out her articles here. And don't forget to download my newest podcast! its a doozy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Learn how to Podcast Part 2

The second part, by popular demand.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Another drop in the bucket.

today i was struck with a serious blow to my ego and pocket book. the story is as follows. i was at circuit city marveling at how our capitalist ship is sinking when i found a little 1GB RAM drive sitting for sale. thinking to myself, "that's exactly what i need!" because my computer has been giving me problems as of late, i picked the sumbitch up and brought it to the cash register. i was excited because it was 70% off and i hurried home to install it into my computer. i took of the back latches on my laptop and pulled out my measely 256MB ram drive and pushed the new sucker in. flipping my computer over gently, i pushed the on button. BEEP BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. was its only response. Black screen. It was the death rattle. Somehow i knew that she was dead. Having only gotten my internet back last week, I was devastated. The library is a great place to sit and chill, but it is in no means a fulltime solution to my computing needs. So I am urging you to donate to the Johnny Needs to Pay for a new Computer fund. If you like these podcasts and the news I bring, don't hesitate to donate through Paypal below. It's safe and secure. Think to yourself, "what would the dude do?" oh yeah, the fifth podcast is up as well. hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 5

Hey everyone, you can download the fifth podcast by right-clicking 'save as' here. Or you can get it every week automatically by clicking 'subscribe here' to the right!
Johnny Talks about the Music Industry
This episode is dedicated to the Music industry and where it is going...
3:00 Johnny brings up Pearl Jams new Cd due out in Fall '09
7:30 Radiohead 4 Minute Warning
10:30 Johnny's plea for local music
12:30 Johnny discusses Radiohead and their impact on the record industry
23:00 Conor Oberst Cape Canaveral
27:30 Getting Into the Biz
40:00 Ratatat Remix Get 'Em High
45:00 Recap

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