Yellowbirddd

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018. Los Angeles Bassist and "Gentlecore" Songwriter Liam McCormack joins us to perform some of his beautiful songs on guitar and voice. We talk about his early 2000's emo influences, learning to appreciate what is already in front of you, connecting with nature, developing tools to cope with depression and our favorite coffee, beer and podcasts.

Hear more from Yellowbirddd at http://www.yellowbirddd.com

Elle Belle

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017. Los Angeles producer and songwriter Elle Belle joins us to perform some of his songs on acoustic guitar and voice. We talk developing a character and what can be liberating and confining about that, crafting the perfect jingle, whether to cast a wide net or not when songwriting and shaking shit loose. All that plus a surprise guest appearance from Misty Boyce!

Hear more from Elle Belle at http://www.ellebellemusic.com

Misty Boyce

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016. Misty Boyce graces us with songs on acoustic guitar and piano. She talks relationships, being miserable on tour, forging a healthier relationship with music and human beings and being a "gun for hire" vs. finding your own voice.

Hear more from Misty Boyce at http://www.mistyboyce.com

Curious Quail

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015. Mike Shirley-Donnely of the chip tunes influenced indie rock band Curious Quail joins me to perform some of his bands songs on acoustic guitar and Nintendo Gameboy. We talk about how video games have influences his bands sound, the Sci-Fi storytelling throughout his songwriting and the mysterious Cat Portal that has lead him to live with 24 fuzzy roomies.

Hear more from Curious Quail at http://www.curiousquail.com

Carsie Blanton

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014. Carsie Blanton joins us hot off her appearance on Judge John Hodgman to play some sweet jazz-infused folk and talk sex, love, relationships, New Orleans, following your muse, songwriting and her new card game The Fing Truth. 

Hear more from Carsie Blanton at http://www.carsieblanton.com

Jamie Drake

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013. We're back! Jamie Drake is a folk singer songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. On this episode we talk touring Portland, life in a post-divorce world, losing your sense of wonder and much much more.

Hear more from Jamie Drake at http://www.jamiedrakemusic.com

Modern Huge

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012. Modern Huge is the music of Charo Molina, a songwriter and performer based out of Los Angeles, CA who draws influence from the likes of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley and Nelly Furtado. She and Zen chat living in Los Angeles, what it's like to have a gun pulled on you and hosting the queer radio show and podcast 'Homoground'.

Hear more from Modern Huge at http://www.modernhuge.com

Nik Bartunek of Picture Atlantic

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011. Nik Bartunek, lead singer for Picture Atlantic, sits down to treat us to some solo acoustic versions of the Alternative Indie Bands tunes. He and Zen go deep on Dungeons and Dragons, the Music Industry and being a Christian in the modern world of music and divisive politics.

Hear more from Picture Atlantic at http://www.pictureatlantic.com

Jason Hawk Harris

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009. Country Singer-Songwriter Jason Hawk Harris, lead guitarist for The Show Ponies, joins Zen to talk about his new solo project, Harry Potter, his favorite books, how social media and our image-based society is ruining our lives, his love for sad songs and much much more.

Hear more from Jason Hawk Harris at http://www.jasonhawkharris.com