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Breaking Bad Happy Hour Ep.1
In this episode of The Starving Artist's Guide, Chipman and I get into in-depth coverage of the new episode of Breaking Bad, as we drink a lot of beer. This show contains spoilers of the new season and the post-show coverage brings in new information from the current episode. Don't listen to this show until you are fully caught up with the past seasons!

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Have you heard this songstress? She’s a demigod in my eyes, particularly because of her album “I Speak Because I Can.” It rotates between lovey-dovey acoustic numbers to I-Hate-You-Because-You-Broke-My-Heart angsty acoustic numbers. Throughout the paradigm she sets up is her lilted soothing voice. Its almost as if she is channeling Alanis Morrisette as she sings the title track. Check it out!

Permaculture at work.

IF you’re like me, you’ve been in a state of transition. The winter seemed to drag in a perpetual state of inbetween this year. Here in Brooklyn, we’re already seeing some pretty awesome spring blooms. Bees are humming, compost is composting, and the birds are flyin’–its time to get-a-plantin’. It’s been almost a year since I wrote “The Urban Survival Guide”, which can be downloaded/read here, but I’ve only just begun my experiments in permiculture. To get me off to a quick start, I just bought a copy of The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen. So far, it’s been a great read. Its the first physical book I’ve bought in a long time, and the design work is wonderful. It’s full of helpful tips for folks in the city that want to green up their experience. They talk about porch gardens, raising chickens, worm farming and the like. Its very funny, too. There are a lot of simple tips, like growing out garlic so the shoots can be used in all kinds of dishes. This was a wakeup call! The veggies that you buy at the grocery store are still alive! After a winter hibernation that had me, for better or worse, skipping out on fruits and veggies more than I should have been, it was the motivational push that got me thinking green again.
Case in point, I just started putting out my trays for spinach. Right now is the perfect time to start planting spinach and lettuce if you live in New York City. In my experience, it doesn’t need too much soil (about 3-4 inches) and it’s a great way to feel connected to the food you are eating. I went and purchased some domes for my spinach this year after reading that they like to be at a constant moisture level. The trays are inexpensive (1.99). Get the ones with holes in the bottom so you don’t drown them. The 5-inch clear domes were expensive ($5.99). To supplement/experiment, I only bought two domes and for the other trays I used clear garbage bags and some used toilet paper rolls to keep the bag from sitting on the soil. This was simple, but less attractive. Then I poked some aeration holes into the bag. I’ll keep this post updated as my spinach, mesclun mix and wheatgrass trays begin growing. I used Bloomsdale Spinach (Fast, 5 days to sprout) and Franchi Mesclun mix. These should sprout in 5-10 days. The wheatgrass is Red winter Wheat, which I found at a local shop. The wheatgrass and spinach is listed as organic, but the mesclun is not.
I’ve also found that as I start to become more active in my greening pursuits, I’m also writing more. I just updated my other site, sublimeminds.com with a small review and link to Andrew Bird’s new album, Break it yourself. I also played an hour long set this past weekend of some of the tunes off my latest record Mountain Sons. Hopefully this momentum will build and continue into the spring! In two months, I’m set to begin my adventures in Beekeeping! While I’m planning on doing this upstate, I haven’t barred the idea of city beekeeping in the years to come if I can find a spot that is out of the way to do so. The city needs bees more than ever as more and more people jump onto the permiculture train that will lift us from reliance on the big ten producers of American food.

A year's worth of composting now hard at work.

I’m also looking to do a few new podcast episodes of
Starving Artist Radio as soon as I can secure some guests!
If you have any suggestions or want to plug some music and be interviewed on the show, send some samples to starvingartistsguide@gmail.com

Hope everyone is happy and healthy.

Johnny

Hey Ladies and Gentlemen!

We’ve got 48 hours to go to fully fund my kickstarter campaign! Just $60 in preorders to push it over the top! I’ve been working hard to get this to you and your loved ones for the Holidays. Here’s the track listing…. in no particular order yet.

Weather Man (See video above)

Winter Jamboree

Moses

Built to Last

Forty Days Lost

World

Festivus!

Mountain Sons

There ya have it! The first LP.

It’s super close to being funded, so if you haven’t done so yet, go for it! They’re sounding as good or better than anything I’ve ever recorded. If you already have put in some $$$, thanks a ton! I can’t wait for you to hear it!

Johnny

Mountain Sons

Here’s a link to get  The Starving Artist’s Guide to New York City on your iPad!

 

hope you enjoy it!

** This is an excerpt from The Urban Survival Guide, the most recent update to The Starving Artist’s Guide to New York City. It’s available as a free download here (also, it’s cooler looking than plain text), or for $7 as a paperback here.

A Re-introduction to The Starving Artist’s Guide

            It’s happening all around us. The world seems to be
spinning out of control. Tsunamis, hurricanes, blizzards,
earthquakes. Why does mother nature seem so pissed off these
days? What happened to our sense of connection to nature? Why
is it that so many people seem so unhappy? Can we stand up and
change our society? How can we prepare for the worst while not
giving up our sense of well being?

             I won’t answer all of these cinder block-shaped questions
in the short time I have in this (mini?)book. This is not a guide on outdoor survival. If you want one of those, pick up a copy of The Armed Forces Survival Manual. It has all the information a layman needs to survive in harsh, outdoor conditions. Or catch up on some Man vs. Wild or, my favorite, SurvivorMan (both available on Netflix.)

On the contrary, this book is for the young soul who
moves to New York City or another creativity-driven city in the hopes that they will make something of themselves in the world of art, music, comedy, film etc. Having lived here for over four years, I know a few of the pitfalls along the strange journey that NYC has to offer.

       This is only an addendum. Pick up a copy of the first
edition to see a ton of other advice that I’m not going to repeat in this document. It’s got everything you’ll ever need, and then you can move up to speed by reading this here thing in front of you.

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Hey folks,

Today marks the birth of my new website, sublimeminds.com, an umbrella site for the Starving Artist’s Guide. On the new site, I’ll do artist interviews, book reviews, album reviews and eventually begin releasing books and albums under the Sublime Minds Press Label. I’ll also ask outside writers to do pieces for the blog to get a broader scope of the world today My goal is to lead a conversation about deepening our consciousness and motivate our audience (including you!) to become vocal about your own ideas in a constructive, innovative manner. I also want to throw big parties every time we release anything from Sublime Minds.
So if you feel like you are a good fit for being featured on Sublime Minds, contact me at sublimemindspress@gmail.com.
I want to push the envelope. To begin, I started with a pretty crazy story that you had to see to believe…Thank god for cellphone cameras! These pictures were not doctored in ANY way, shape, or form. Check out the story here!