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Music is a powerful tool for personal and political change. Unfortunately, cis women, trans, and gender-expansive folks have not always been well-represented at the mic (or guitar, bass, drums, keyboard… you get the idea!). If you are a music gear manufacturer, retailer, or venue-owner who wants to learn how to make your customers’ and employees’ experiences better or a musician who wants to hear both hilarious and horrifying stories from folks like you, Mid-Riff can help. Hosted by Hilary B. Jones, Mid-Riff features interviews with musicians, makers, and sellers from a variety of experiences and identities as well as tips to create awesome music spaces and workplaces.

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Music is a powerful tool for personal and political change. Unfortunately, cis women, trans, and gender-expansive folks have not always been well-represented at the mic (or guitar, bass, drums, keyboard… you get the idea!). If you are a music gear manufacturer, retailer, or venue-owner who wants to learn how to make your customers’ and employees’ experiences better or a musician who wants to hear both hilarious and horrifying stories from folks like you, Mid-Riff can help. Hosted by Hilary B. Jones, Mid-Riff features interviews with musicians, makers, and sellers from a variety of experiences and identities as well as tips to create awesome music spaces and workplaces.

Follow for more:
www.hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast
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    019 / Pamela Cole and Ellen Angelico (Fanny’s House of Music) on the Tornadovirus and Catalogue Guitars

    019 / Pamela Cole and Ellen Angelico (Fanny’s House of Music) on the Tornadovirus and Catalogue Guitars

    Hilary talks with Pamela Cole and Ellen Angelico (Fanny’s House of Music) about creating “Nashville’s Most Comfortable Music Store,” the specificity of oppression, and treating everyone like Joe Bonamassa. Plus, Music Store Salesperson Tropes.
    Huge thanks to this episode’s sponsors! 
    EarthQuaker Devices (https://www.earthquakerdevices.com/)- extra special effects pedals made by hand in Akron, OH!
    Studio 121 (https://skylarbatz.wordpress.com/)- recording, production, beats and more in Providence, RI!
    PAMELA’S BIO
    Pamela Cole (she/her) is a co-owner of Fanny's House of Music in Nashville, TN. Cole is a bass player and music industry veteran. Driven by the mission that music stores should be comfortable for everyone, including women and young girls, Cole and co-owner Leigh Maples founded Fanny's in 2009. Since then, Fanny's has become a cornerstone of its East Nashville neighborhood. Never straying too far from the mission, in 2020 Cole and Maples announced the creation of Fanny's School of Music, a nonprofit that will greatly increase Fanny's ability to serve the neighborhood with lessons, workshops, performances, and music therapy.
    ELLEN’S BIO
    Ellen Angelico (she/her) is a musician and employee at Fanny's House of Music. Known for her professionalism, style, and bright personality, Angelico has been featured on numerous records and played just about everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Križanke. When she is not backing up a variety of talented acts (Cam, Uncle Kracker, Delta Rae, and many more) you can find her behind the front counter at Fanny's House of Music. In 2015, Angelico began producing light-hearted YouTube videos for Fanny's in a series called Ellen's Favorite Thing at Fanny's of the Week. Now closing in on its 200th episode, Angelico committed to providing earnest, medium-quality gear reviews for folks who are bored.
    MENTIONS
    Libby Callaway / Leigh Maples / Brittany Howard / Musicman / Fender / Harmony / Kay / Gretsch / Rickenbacker / Dismal Ax / Goya / 3rd Power / She Rocks Awards / Bonnie Raitt / Joan Jett / Elizabeth Cotten / Third Wave Music / Silvertone / Mesa Boogie / Joe Bonamasa / Robert Plant
    FANNY’S LINKS 
    Fanny’s House of Music (http://fannyshouseofmusic.com/)
    Fanny’s School of Music (http://fannysschoolofmusic.org)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/fannyshouseofmusic)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/fannyshouseofmusic)
    MID-RIFF LINKS
    Website (http://hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/midriffpodcast)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/midriffpodcast)
    Newsletter (https://hilarybjones.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=43bb95b305fb0c7d53fbc8d3a&id=146b44f072)
    Blog (https://www.hilarybjones.com/blog)
    Thanks for rating/reviewing on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-riff/id1494997227)!
    CREDITS
    Fanny’s Bumper Track: “Hawaii (https://ellenangelico.bandcamp.com/album/rootin-tootin-boot-scootin-hootenanny)” by Ellen Angelico
    Theme Music: "Hedonism" by Towanda (https://towanda.bandcamp.com/)
    Artwork by Julia Gualtieri (https://www.juliagualtieri.com/)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    018 / Ash Farrand (hissquiet) on Falling in Love with Turning Knobs

    018 / Ash Farrand (hissquiet) on Falling in Love with Turning Knobs

    Hilary talks with Ash Farrand about the potential of genderlessness on the internet, the gear tinkerer community, and the importance of just starting. Plus, the patriarchy’s negative impact on men.
    Huge thanks to this episode’s sponsors! 
    EarthQuaker Devices (https://www.earthquakerdevices.com/)- extra special effects pedals made by hand in Akron, OH!
    Studio 121 (https://skylarbatz.wordpress.com/)- recording, production, beats and more in Providence, RI!
    ASH’S BIO
    hissquiet uses glistening tones and dark ambience to blur the lines between comfort and chaos. With a refined minimalism and lightning focus on sound design the one person music project displays an ability to create scenes and emotions through vast evolving soundscapes. hissquiet, aka Ash Farrand, is also an experienced graphic designer, fine artist, and web developer.
    ASH’S MENTIONS
    Elektron / Chase Bliss / Tomkat / Dwarfcraft / Ableton / Roland / Moog / Adobe / Jamuary / True Cuckoo / Anne Sulikowski / Black Moth / EarthQuaker Devices / Fender Squier / Korg / Black Circuits / Otto Klammer / Anne Sulikowski / Krost / Marci.DH / Yonat Hafftka / Illixie / Moxy Martinez / Helene Vogelsinger
    ASH’S LINKS
    Website (http://hissquiet.com/)
    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_hissquiet_/)
    MID-RIFF LINKS
    Website (http://hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/midriffpodcast)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/midriffpodcast)
    Newsletter (https://hilarybjones.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=43bb95b305fb0c7d53fbc8d3a&id=146b44f072)
    Thanks for rating/reviewing on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-riff/id1494997227)!
    CREDITS
    Ash’s Bumper Track: “Murmur (https://hissquiet.bandcamp.com/track/murmur)” by hissquiet
    Theme Music: "Hedonism" by Towanda (https://towanda.bandcamp.com/)
    Artwork by Julia Gualtieri (https://www.juliagualtieri.com/)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    017 / Roz Raskin (NOVA ONE) on Comfort and Custom Guitars

    017 / Roz Raskin (NOVA ONE) on Comfort and Custom Guitars

    Hilary talks with Roz Raskin (NOVA ONE) about emotional labor, safer spaces, and entering the pedal universe.
    ROZ’S BIO
    Roz Raskin is a writer, musician, community organizer, and teacher based in their hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. They currently serve as a board member and keyboard instructor for RIOT, a non-profit organization that empowers youth through music and creativity. Roz toured for over ten years with their critically acclaimed art rock band, Roz and the Rice Cakes (Team Love Records), and can more recently be seen touring in their cosmic pop project, NOVA ONE (Community Records). Roz also curates safer musicians show spaces under the name SELF LUV and teaches songwriting and piano locally.
    ROZ’S MENTIONS
    Nord / Holcomb Guitars / Korg / MXR / Boss / Fender / Empire Guitars / Mike Samos / Billie Eilish / Big Nice Studio / Bradford Krieger / Chaimes Parker / RIOT RI / Self-Luv Booking / Rhode Island College / Better Help
    ROZ’S LINKS
    Website (http://ilovenovaone.com)
    Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/novaonenovaone)
    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/novaone_)
    Twitter (https://twitter.com/NOVAONE_) 
    Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC35y6U1VyB3ZkXKoTLLqI7A)
    MID-RIFF LINKS
    Website (http://hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/midriffpodcast)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/midriffpodcast)
    Newsletter (https://hilarybjones.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=43bb95b305fb0c7d53fbc8d3a&id=146b44f072)
    Blog (https://www.hilarybjones.com/blog) (Music Gear Bechdel Test, What Men Can Do, etc.)
    Scene on Radio (http://www.sceneonradio.org/men/)
    Thanks for rating/reviewing on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-riff/id1494997227)!
    CREDITS
    Roz’s Bumper Track: “Lovable (https://novaonenovaone.bandcamp.com/album/lovable)” by NOVA ONE
    Theme Music: "Hedonism" by Towanda (https://towanda.bandcamp.com/)
    Artwork by Julia Gualtieri (https://www.juliagualtieri.com/)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    016 / Seana Carmody & Joyce Raskin (Swirlies, Scarce) on the Power & Pain of Heavy Gear

    016 / Seana Carmody & Joyce Raskin (Swirlies, Scarce) on the Power & Pain of Heavy Gear

    Hilary talks with Seana Carmody (The Swirlies) & Joyce Raskin (Scarce) of the Red Jumpsuit Podcast about moving in with your podcast-mate / bandmate, getting kicked out of Nation of Ulysses, a green room visit from Drew Barrymore, and the joys of playing a Gumby guitar. Plus, tips for men in the industry to make change.
    RED JUMPSUIT BIO
    Staring into the sea, Seana and Joyce toyed with the idea of making a podcast. Why not contribute to the already flooded podcast market? So it began experimentally into the phone. Joyce bought a red jumpsuit and Seana said, "There you have it." They delved hard into the murky past of music adoration and the joys of indie rock freedom. Thankfully, their badass lady friends also signed up to converse about such topics. We hope you love our rock talk. Seana and Joyce have been playing music collectively in bands for a long time including The Swirlies, SyrupUSA, Scarce and Reindeer among others. During the pandemic they formed a new band called Nightspell and they will be recording in the fall.
    MENTIONS
    Karen Orsi / Nation of Ulysses / For Heaven’s Sake / Thee Hydrogen Terrors / Girls in Vinyl / Nada Surf / Kim Coletta / All Your Things Are Gone / Roger Lavalle / Aching to Be / Michael Barbiero / Guns ’n’ Roses / Hole / Courtney Love / Superdrag / Nada Surf / Drew Barrymore / Mr. Music Peavey / Electro-Harmonix / ProCo / Boss / Fender / Guild / Ludwig / DW
    SEANA & JOYCE’S LINKS
    Red Jumpsuit Website (https://www.redjumpsuitpodcast.com/podcast-episodes)
    Red Jumpsuit Instagram (http://instagram.com/redjumpsuitpodcast)
    Red Jumpsuit Facebook (http://facebook.com/redjumpsuitpodcast)
    Scarce Bandcamp (https://scarce1.bandcamp.com/)
    Scarce Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/allthingsscarce)
    Scarce Instagram (http://instagram.com/scarce_the_band)
    Seana’s solo Bandcamp (https://seanacarmody.bandcamp.com/)
    Reindeer Bandcamp (https://reindeer1.bandcamp.com/album/just-be-cool-ep)
    Seana’s Art (http://hexyshop.etsy.com)
    Joyce’s Book (https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/joyce-raskin/aching-to-be-a-girls-true-rock-and-roll-story/paperback/product-17qqjep6.html)
    MID-RIFF LINKS
    Website (http://hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/midriffpodcast)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/midriffpodcast)
    Newsletter (https://hilarybjones.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=43bb95b305fb0c7d53fbc8d3a&id=146b44f072)
    Thanks for rating/reviewing on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-riff/id1494997227)!
    CREDITS
    Seana & Joyce’s Bumper Track: “All Day Long” by The Shop Assistants
    Theme Music: "Hedonism" by Towanda (https://towanda.bandcamp.com/)
    Artwork by Julia Gualtieri (https://www.juliagualtieri.com/)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    015 / Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz, Raining Jane) on Being Present with Drums

    015 / Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz, Raining Jane) on Being Present with Drums

    Hilary talks with Mona Tavakoli (Raining Jane, Jason Mraz, Ebi) about playing Sesame Street, crushed NBA dreams, and reintroducing herself to her culture. Plus, tips for companies to make change when they don’t know where to start.
    MONA’S BIO
    Mona Tavakoli is a Los Angeles-based drummer, singer and performer who believes in making music that unites, elevates and connects.
    While Mona is equally comfortable performing as a drummer and a percussionist, she is especially known for adapting the cajón to unexpected genres such as rock and pop. She began playing the Peruvian percussion instrument as a college student taking a flamenco dance class. She’s since designed a signature instrument called The MT Box.
    Mona started playing drums at age 11 and blossomed into a tenor drum star in her High School marching band. She began her professional musical career in 1999 at UCLA as a founding member of  (http://jasonmraz.com/). In support of the album they toured internationally for two years. As a solo percussionist, Mona has collaborated with Pat Benatar, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, and many more.
    She is a co-founder and co-director of the  (http://www.rockcampforgirlsla.org/), a nonprofit that encourages girls to find their voices through music during an intensive, weeklong summer day camp. Mona also promotes music education by hosting rhythm workshops at elementary schools and colleges around the country.
    Mona is endorsed by: DW Drums and Hardware, Gibralter Hardware, Latin Percussion, Remo Percussion, Roland Electronic Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Sennheiser Microphones and Vater Percussion.
    MENTIONS
    Raining Jane / Sara Bareilles / Jason Mraz / Christine Stevens / Ebi / Pema Chodron / Kelly Clarkson / Guitar Center / Daisy Rock / Latin Percussion / Shure / Pearl / DW / Band Lab
    MONA’S LINKS
    Website (https://www.monatavakoli.com/)
    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mona_tavakoli/)
    Twitter (https://twitter.com/mona_tavakoli)
    Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh3uU1sy3WS3MHFZfz7GGw)
    Raining Jane (http://www.rainingjane.com/)
    Jason Mraz (https://jasonmraz.com/)
    MID-RIFF LINKS
    Website (http://hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/midriffpodcast)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/midriffpodcast)
    Newsletter (https://hilarybjones.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=43bb95b305fb0c7d53fbc8d3a&id=146b44f072)
    Thanks for rating/reviewing on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-riff/id1494997227)!
    CREDITS
    Mona’s Bumper Track: “IWF Mother’s Day V2” by Mona Tavakoli, Shiva, Becky Gebhardt & Houda Zakeri 
    Theme Music: "Hedonism" by Towanda (https://towanda.bandcamp.com/)
    Artwork by Julia Gualtieri (https://www.juliagualtieri.com/)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    014 / Penny Haas (Reverend Guitars) on Calculating the Jerk Ratio

    014 / Penny Haas (Reverend Guitars) on Calculating the Jerk Ratio

    Hilary talks with Penny Haas (Reverend Guitars) about short scale basses and accessibility, working with Meshell Ndegeocello, Jen Wasner, and Mike Watt, and a pandemic escape to Brian May’s butt muscles (you’ll see!).
    PENNY’S BIO
    Penny Haas is the COO of Reverend Guitars, in charge of all social media and outside marketing, as well as the day-to-day operations at Reverend. She brings a civilized charm to the booth in contrast to the sometimes unruly behavior of Ken and Joe, and “makes the trains run on time”. Penny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History & Film, has been a pianist since 1981 and a guitarist since 1999. She’s also a proud mom/step-mom of four.
    MENTIONS
    Polka Floyd Show / Korg SV1-73 / Reverend Hellhound / Meshell Ndegeocello / Jen Wasner (Wye Oak)  / Mike Watt / Ron Ashton (The Stooges) / Brad Howser (Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians) / Reverend Sentinel  / Brian May / Joe Naylor
    PENNY / REVEREND LINKS
    Website (https://www.reverendguitars.com/)
    Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/reverendguitars/)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/reverendguitars)
    Twitter (https://twitter.com/ReverendGuitars)
    MID-RIFF LINKS
    Website (http://hilarybjones.com/midriffpodcast)
    Instagram (http://instagram.com/midriffpodcast)
    Facebook (http://facebook.com/midriffpodcast)
    Newsletter (https://hilarybjones.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=43bb95b305fb0c7d53fbc8d3a&id=146b44f072)
    Thanks for rating/reviewing on Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mid-riff/id1494997227)!
    CREDITS
    Theme Music: "Hedonism" by Towanda (https://towanda.bandcamp.com/)
    Artwork by Julia Gualtieri (https://www.juliagualtieri.com/)

    • 45 min

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