Treasure Valley PodcastSep 07, 2023
#143 - Freeman DeJongh - Finding Inspiration
Freeman DeJongh talks about his newest album "Dreadful Feelings," while describing methods to find creative inspiration.
Find his live performance here:
And his album here:
#142 - Treasure Valley Live - Freeman DeJongh
Treasure Valley Live is back and better than ever! In conjunction with Mixed Metaphor Studios, we're relaunching our music series in a new space with new equipment, new crew members, new music, and a new outlook. We can't wait to continue showing off the Treasure Valley music scene!
For this installment, we invited back Freeman DeJongh - singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been a Boise mainstay for years. Here, he plays selections from his latest album, Dreadful Feelings. A stunning achievement, the new songs show a clear-eyed earnestness that never slides into sentimentality or lyrical navel gazing. It is, quite simply, one of our favorite releases of the year, and as the album grows increasingly emotional on its second side, the title becomes a potent phrase of shared humanity. Dreadful Feelings. By conjuring his, Freeman DeJongh exorcises yours.
#141 - Writing, Recording & Producing Music with Jesse Blake Rundle
Jesse Blake Rundle give advice on songwriting and music production.
See his previous performance on Treasure Valley Live here: https://youtu.be/_OTeLRNNLcY
#140 - Luke Mayville Live from Treefort 11
In this special installment of Treasure Valley Podcast, Luke Mayville discusses the importance of civic engagement, as well as distraction tactics used by agencies with an anti-democratic agenda.
#139 - Wes Schlag Interview
Following his performance on Treasure Valley Live, Chuck and Elliot interview Wes Schlag about music, writing, and all things under the creative umbrella! See his live performance video here... https://youtu.be/C1Vz8pJcxPI
#138 - Treasure Valley Live - Wes Schlag
To end this current iteration, we couldn’t have had a more perfect act. By day, Wes Schlag is the bass player for local mainstay Mylo Bybee, but at night he morphs into this dingy, acoustic folk act. His music’s spirit exemplifies everything we love about the local music scene: the DIY attitude, the humility, the nuance, the ambiguity. Throughout this set, he triumphs in juxtaposing tongue-in-cheek lyrics with musical sincerity. Enjoy these four tunes and check out his full album on 3/31/23.
Cheers to the end of an era!
#137 - Drums, Focus and Relativity with Wade Ronsse
Wade Ronsse, an accomplished Treasure Valley drummer, visits the studio to talk about how percussion has helped him learn to stay focused which leads to a discussion covering a plethora of subjects that relate to music in unexpected ways. You can follow Wade on Instagram @darth_wade.r
#136 - Anxious & Awesome host Maya-Claire
Maya-Claire Carson hosts a weekly podcast called Anxious & Awesome. She gives advice on how to deal with anxiety as well as explains her goal of creating a resource for those who suffer from anxiousness. Visit www.anxiousandawesome.org to hear her podcast.
#135 - Fiddler on the Rock Interview
Chuck interviews loop musician and violinist, Tyler Carson (aka - Fiddler on the Rock). Tyler has played violin since the age of five and currently performs a solo set with the help of a loop pedal and multiple other effects. To see his set on Treasure Valley Live visit https://youtu.be/mZ1lAY8i0N4
#134 - Treasure Valley Live - Fiddler on the Rock
The feature film hiatus is over, and we’re back to Treasure Valley Live! For this installment, violinist Tyler Carson journeyed from Sedona, Arizona to play in our studio. His project, Fiddler on the Rock, is a stunning concoction of folk violin and classical precision. The compositions (built on loops) attack seemingly simple musical ideas from every conceivable direction, slowly morphing from catchy grooves into grand orchestrations. While filming, we were stunned that every note came from this single, solitary person. To be in the presence of such skill is humbling. Enjoy!
#133 - Live from Treefort 10 - Songwriting and Creativity Tips
During our live recording from Treefort 10, we had the pleasure to pick the brains of local artists Riley Anne Johnson of Wend, Dale Hiscock of Endless Atlas, and Jesse Blake Rundle. They share some helpful knowledge regarding music performance and recording. They're advice about creativity can be applied to nearly any artistic endeavor!
#132 - Filmmaking with Producer Catrine McGregor
Catrine has experience producing films on a wide variety of budgets! If you're a filmmaker (or aspiring to be one), this episode is full of pro-tips!
#131 - Captain Snafu Interview
This week I sit down and chat with the members of Captain Snafu. If you missed their live performance last week you can watch it here.
Our interview brought out the fact that this young group of performers have already spent many years playing together and perfecting their craft. Enjoy our conversation!
#130 - Treasure Valley Live - Captain Snafu
This month he returns with his band, Captain Snafu. Joined by Aaron Contreras (Drums) and Jadon Webb (Bass), their music spindles dexterously through rock genres: from garage pop (“All Roads”) to grunge ballad (“Is It Me?”) to 70’s rocker (“The Trap”). This short set has it all. Enjoy! For the video video visit www.treasurevalleylive.com/
#129 - Beliefs
This week, Chuck ponders beliefs, free will, and cults.
#128 - Katie Preston
This week I have a conversation with Katie Preston. She’s an actor and general creative from the Treasure Valley. You may have seen a recent movie she played in, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To. It’s an indie film with one of the most unique vampire stories I’ve ever seen. Katie is currently finishing a web series, Running on Love, which she wrote, directed and starred in. We had a conversation about how training to be an actor can help you in everyday life, as well as lots of other topics related to creativity in general.
#127 - Endless Atlas Interview
What happens when you combine a musician and an Electrical Engineer... into the same person? You get Endless Atlas. This week I chat with the one-man-band (Dale Hiscock) about his influences and why he decided to venture out on a solo musical journey with his custom looping software.
#126 - Treasure Valley Live - Endless Atlas
If you're just listening to this month's Treasure Valley Live, you wouldn't know that Endless Atlas is a one-man-band. Dale Hiscock's arsenal of dynamic sounds is recorded, looped, and arranged through software he coded personally. His computer programing know-how and musical dedication has allowed him to artfully execute his intricate compositions into an impressive live performance. Enjoy!
#125 - Optiflynn Interview
#124 - Treasure Valley Live - Optiflynn
For this month’s edition of Treasure Valley Live, we went on our first field trip. The new setting (the stage at Idaho Arts Charter School) and augmented crew (Collin Insley supplied extra camera angles and JD Stefan recorded and mixed the audio) allowed us to fully capture the creativity, splendor, and sneaky inscrutability of Optiflynn.
A recent addition to the Treasure Valley music scene, Optiflynn is formed around the songwriting prowess of Mike and Jordon Harris with John Shavel and David Kelly supplying cello and drums. Their music stands comfortably in the arena of chamber pop, but a certain thread in their instrumentation and lyrics makes their songs more irreverent and iconoclastic than you would otherwise think. Across these four tracks, the band consistently values sonic tangents and lyrical audacity over predictable song structures. This formally adventurous set rewards repeat listens.
Watch the video here
Visit Optiflynn's bandcamp here
#123 - Happy Thoughts
Chuck prescribes possible solutions to the growing negativity online, in Idaho, and across the country.
#122 - Building The Matrix - VR Talk with Jennifer Lastra
Want to get a feel for what it’s like to fall several stories after a harness failure on a construction site? VR can do that. Do you want to know how it might feel to have a mental illness that causes paranoid voices to comment on your surroundings? VR can do that too. This week I chat with Jennifer Lastra of Boise’s own Virtual Reality company, 360 immersive. It turns out that VR is for more than video games.
#121 - Treasure Valley Live - Parade of Bad Guys
#120 - Parade of Bad Guys Interview
After an amazing set in the LowerGentry makeshift Studio, Parade of Bad Guys has a conversation with Chuck about their musical stylings and how they're always making music fun.
#119 - Real Estate: "It's still okay to buy a home!" with Austin Whiting
What is up with the skyrocketing real estate prices here in the Treasure Valley? Are we in a bubble? Should you wait before you buy a new home? This week I sit down and chat Austin Whiting, a local property developer, owner, and manager who has a background in Economics. He helps shed some light on why real estate prices have shot up so quickly and what we all can do to avoid large corporations from taking over local land development.
#118 - Treasure Valley Live - St. Terrible
In preparation for their 2021 Treefort performance, St. Terrible accepted our invitation to LowerGentry Studios. We first became aware of the band earlier this year when they released An Endless Fiction, an EP that gobsmacked us with its sonic experimentation, formal unity, and lyrical introspection. Their music contains shades of our favorite mid-2000s indie rock releases. It has the earnestness. The musical dexterity. But, there is something wholly original in the way St. Terrible attacks each song’s dynamics. Across this 4 track set, they consistently retire from one deafening high only to ascend to another. Each crescendo is unexpected and invigorating; watching Zach Herbert (vocals, guitar), Sean Dahlman (piano), and Aaron Atkins (drums) traverse these emotional peaks reminds us why we love live music. Enjoy!
#117 - St Terrible Interview
St Terrible performed an impressive live set in our tiny studio. We chat about their unique music compositions and their other creative endeavors!
#116 - Three Act Structure with Elliot Norton
This week I sit down with Elliot Norton to discuss how to write an engaging story or screenplay by focusing on Characters and Conflict while following the simple three act structure.
#115 - BAM"BOO Interview
Gabriel Vazquez aka BAM"BOO comes in to talk about his creative process and share his journey from professional athlete to musician.
#114 Jesse Blake Rundle Interview
This week I play the conversation I had with Jesse Blake Rundle and Nate Agenbroad after their musical performance. We discuss music, God, and everything in between. Also sitting in is Elliot Norton, the camera operator for Treasure Valley Live.
#113 - Treasure Valley Live - Jesse Blake Rundle
The Music of Jesse Blake Rundle was one of our favorite discoveries of 2020. His album, Radishes and Flowers, was released during the height of the Covid lockdown - when there was nothing else to do but continually refresh the news feed on our phones - and the relief it brought made us reidentify with an optimism in humanity. Jesse's tunes can be propulsive. They can be languid. They can be formally adventurous while still carrying enough folk and rock tradition to be immediately understood. It was a thrill to have him in the studio! Here he is joined by Nate Agenbroad for a set of three new songs and the title track of last year's sterling release. Enjoy!
#112 - Addam Chavarria Interview
Chuck talks with Addam about his journey as a full-time freelance musician.
#111 - Treasure Valley Live - Addam Chavarria
Before COVID caused LowerGentry Studios to temporarily stop music sessions, Addam Chavarria came in with a 4-piece band to perform an impressive set from his album Right Now. Addam was finally able to return to the studio this summer to record a set in the way audiences see him most frequently, as a solo artist with only his electric guitar to back up his vocals. In this edition of Treasure Valley Live Addam shows his remarkable musical skill, a result years of experience and countless hours of performing.
#110 - MYLO BYBEE Interview
Chuck chats with Tyler and Wes of MYLO BYBEE about their music creation process and how they maintained productivity during the pandemic.
#109 - Treasure Valley Live - MYLO BYBEE
For this episode of Treasure Valley Live, we hosted MYLO BYBEE in our studio. They were great. Sonically, the band occupies a territory that is at once nostalgic and unfamiliar - an evolution of 90s era alternative rock with a husk of 21st century pessimism. Formed directly before the pandemic, they play a selection of songs from their 2021 EP and their recently released singles.
Watch the video here:
#108 - Jake Freeman Interview
#107 - Treasure Valley Live - Jake Freeman
For June’s episode of Treasure Valley Live, Jake Freeman performed a short set in the studio. Delicate and immediate, Freeman’s songs reflect the most durable parts of the folk music tradition. Joined by Noble Holt on the lead guitar, this duo creates a sonic universe between their two amps - one that holds a mirror to our shared human experience and trembling inner desires.
Link to YouTube video
#106 - Reclaim Idaho Co-founder Luke Mayville
Is the voter initiative process in Idaho now impossible? This week Chuck chats with Luke Mayville, Co-founder of Reclaim Idaho, about how Reclaim Idaho was able to get Medicaid expansion on the ballot for Idaho voters, and how Idaho's legislature is out of step with Idaho voters.
#105 - Ryan Curtis Interview
Chuck talks with Treasure Valley musician, Ryan Curtis, about his upcoming album Rust Belt Broken Heart.
#104 Treasure Valley Live - Ryan Curtis
It's been over a year since we've had any musicians in the studio, and for our first Treasure Valley Live post-pandemic, we wanted the perfect artist - one that would articulate the waste and isolation of the previous year while giving us something to sway our hips to. Enter Ryan Curtis. His brand of boozy Americana made us pine for long ago nights smoking and drinking at dive bars. Buoyed by Sam Alkire's steadfast bass and Dave Manion's casually brilliant guitar work, Curtis's tunes offer catchy hooks, light rhythms, and an unmistakable, almost unspoken, melancholy. Lyrically, his songs oscillate between folksy aphorisms ("Talk a Little Less") and stunning depictions of economic need ("Pour Another Glass"). The people in his songs are lost and confused, and although there are no simple cures for poverty, alcoholism, and the general self-hatred Curtis imbues with each syllable of his gravelly voice, another pint will do for now.
#103 - Property Tax Problem
Economic experts Guido Giuntini and Steve Hall visit to discuss the findings of their investigation into Ada County's property taxes.
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#102 - Bayesian Reasoning
Chuck talks about lazy thinking.
#101 - Successful Resolutions
Chuck explains how building new neural pathways is the key to keeping your New Year's Resolution.
#100 - The Meaning of Life
Chuck shares the meaning of life.
#99 - Bipartisan Hypocrisy
This week Chuck reviews the hypocritical stances of both the Republicans and Democrats.
#98 - Ignorant Arrogance
Chuck explains the Dunning-Kruger effect and how it may be causing confusion during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
#97 - Death
This week Chuck talks about Life Expectancy and how COVID may change that.
#96 - Decisions, Decisions, [expletive] Decisions
Chuck explains how our decision making process isn't what we think it is.
Redux: Dog Stuff - History of the Bulldog and Dog Training
This week we revisit a conversation with Savanna Fernandez, a Treasure Valley dog expert. She explains the history of the bull dog, how to best train your dog, and how to deal with social media bullies!
#95 - The Prisoner's Dilemma: Why We Have Sh*t Candidates
This week Chuck explains why candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties are often so crappy. The cause? A phenomenon known as The Prisoner's Dilemma in Game Theory.