JWN

JWN

Author: Joseph W Nienstedt

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Explore how to get the most out of life through creativity, skill, and self-improvement. I'll be talking with people who have found meaning in their lives by mastering their crafts, overcoming great challenges, or by just being all-around awesome at living life to the fullest. It's about finding passion in the things that you never knew you could be passionate about. From writing a song to running a marathon, or from cooking an amazing meal to painting a masterpiece, discover how seemingly ordinary people are actually quite extraordinary.
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JWN #37 Solo Show

JWN #37 Solo Show

2020-10-3034:15

On this solo episode I talk about shopping for holiday gifts before Halloween as well as going to Disney World during a pandemic. I discuss the members of AC/DC hunting the Loch Ness Monster, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark coming clean on that old Tom Waits album cover, the game show Jeopardy throwing gas on the old White Stripes vs. Black Keys fire, and David Bowie’s new biopic featuring podcast pioneer Marc Maron. All that and much more! What do you think of my Halloween costume? Is it Phoebe Bridgers or Donnie Darko? You decide! You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #36 Emily Heller

JWN #36 Emily Heller

2020-10-2601:06:18

Emily Heller is a running enthusiast who created her own YouTube channel in 2019 that filled the void of women’s voices in the world of running shoe review videos. Emily’s channel “Run Like Hell(er)” provides an inclusive look at the competitive world of running shoes. As her channel grows, subscribers have become fascinated with her honest & professional approach and have become intrigued with her distinct personality. I also wanted to uncover more about her creative background and career. Even if you’re not a runner, I know you’ll get something out of this conversation about doing what you love and creating something that’s bigger than you ever imagined it could be. Also, yes, Ruby the dog gets some much deserved love during this discussion as well. Youtube: Run Like Hell(er) https://www.youtube.com/runlikeheller @runlikeheller on Instagram & @emilyaheller on Twitter You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #35 Solo Show

JWN #35 Solo Show

2020-10-2326:24

I start off with a story about an angry customer and how doing the right thing makes everyone happy. I do get a little political during this episode because, well, we’re deep into this nutty election season. I quote Carl Sagan in response to the Trump jab at Joe Biden’s support of science. I also cover Shepard Fairey’s Time Magazine cover, The TikTok challenge that’s bringing awareness to dementia, Sasha Baron Cohen’s new film making waves, the Velvet Underground’s new documentary, & why I think Run The Jewels is making the world a better place. Here’s some links to stories and media referenced in this episode: Carl Sagan on Humility, Science as a Tool of Democracy and the Value of Uncertainty Shepard Fairey’s new ‘Time’ cover tells us to vote How An Obscure Six-Hour Ambient Record Is Terrifying A New Generation On TikTok Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film The Velvet Underground Documentary, Directed by Todd Haynes, Is Coming to Apple TV+ Run The Jewels Yankee and the Brave Run The Jewels Holy Calamavote You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #34 Pip The Pansy

JWN #34 Pip The Pansy

2020-10-1901:44:49

Music wasn’t always Pip The Pansy's passion, but the need to create and share her art has carried her though some of the worst obstacles the music industry could conjure up. After a rough start in the business, she emerged with her current identity as a more realized version of herself that continues to evolve without compromise. This was such a fun conversation and I had a blast getting to know more about her and her art. You can connect with Pip The Pansy though her website at www.pipthepansy.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook at @pipthepansy. Check out her music videos on www.youtube.com/pipthepansy, her music on Spotify, and you can support her on her Patreon page as well https://www.patreon.com/pipthepansy You can connect with the JWN Podcast though the show’s website at https://jwnpod.com & follow me on Instagram at @JoeL8X --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #33 Solo Show

JWN #33 Solo Show

2020-10-1634:05

In this solo episode, I start off talking about my return to in-person trail running & racing. I also discuss the amazing Jack White performance on Saturday Night Live (music in this podcast - “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” by Blind Willie Johnson is in the public domain) and comedian Bill Burr’s monologue. Apple announced some new stuff and I was a bit disturbed by some of the examples of what they envision using a new HomePod or iPhone for. In the news, I talk about the “perfect” TikTok song as determined by artificial intelligence as well as Google’s Frightgeist list of popular Halloween costumes. Don’t forget to support Crystal Wellman’s Unbound Ballet Project at https://www.crystalwellman.com You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #32 Crystal Wellman

JWN #32 Crystal Wellman

2020-10-1201:08:36

Crystal Wellman is a classically trained professional dancer who’s been dancing her entire life. Her persistent need to create art has led to the formation of the Unbound Ballet Project & Collective, which was conceived as a way to collaborate with other dancers during their off season to explore new and daring artistic expressions custom tailored to unique spaces where dance is not usually performed at this level. On this episode we discuss her creative background as well her next project, which she has organized with three other choreographers combining modern dance and ballet styles. Using the opportunity to create without financial compensation, the dancers are performing two free shows at Tradesman Brewery in Charleston, SC with the hopes of bringing the dance to more safe venues in the area. You can learn about Crystal and her Unbound Ballet Project at http://unboundballet.com and follow her & the group at @crystal_kw and @unboundballetproject respectively. Don’t forget to subscribe & share the show. You can reach out to me on Instagram at @JoeL8X and visit the show’s website at jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
Bzzzzz Bzzzzz Bzzzzzz…. On this solo episode I talk about the anxiety around trying to make something positive out of 2020, I mourn the loss of Eddie Van Halen and I discuss what attracts flies & causes pink eye. I also figure out what a Snozberry is! In creative news I talk about the legal victory for the graffiti artists of New York’s 5Pointz and an English student’s controversial art installation called “Grounding”. Finally, I discuss the commotion around Pantone’s new color. Don’t forget to reach out to me on Instagram at @JoeL8X and visit the show’s website at jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #30 Gil Shuler

JWN #30 Gil Shuler

2020-10-0501:18:10

Gil Shuler began his career as a graphic designer when it was still an analog craft. Having maintained a successful graphic design career & studio through the shift to digital in the 90’s, his ability to design with intent & vision has only sharpened. We sat down for a wonderful discussion about growing up in the rural south, discovering art, & his love of rock n' roll. There's a lot of history of Charleston, SC's independent music scene discussed that is uniquely lowcountry. Gil is celebrating the release of his new art book “Barn Jam Posters”, which is a collection of 180 of his favorite designs for the Awendaw Green’s weekly Barn Jam showcase of upcoming musicians. For art enthusiasts & musicians alike, this collection is a masterclass in design & creativity that showcases a seasoned professional’s intersection between the love of his craft & his love of music. You can purchase his book on his website at gsgd.com & follow him on Instagram at @samplethedog --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
Happy Inktober! This is a solo episode and I’ve decided to follow up with what some of my past (and future) guests are up to, as well as cover some other news in the creative world. I talk about what Marcus Cripps (@marcuscripps) is doing this month for Inktober, Cusses singer Angel Bond’s (@bondangelbond) health update after her thyroid surgery, and Babe Club’s (@joinbabeclub) new music video & single Automatic Love. Banksy has some legal struggles over the ownership of his artwork due to his anonymity, and is Twitter’s algorithm racist? Coming up on episode 30, Gil Shuler (@samplethedog) will be my guest to promote his new art book, “Barn Jam Posters” which is available at gsgd.com Please be sure to subscribe on your favorite platform, but if you could leave a rating & review on Apple Podcasts, that would really help grow the show. Get in touch with me on Instagram at @joeL8X & check out JWNPod.com for more info. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #28 Tim Showers

JWN #28 Tim Showers

2020-09-2801:25:21

Tim Showers is a Charleston based pop artist who’s distinct style can be recognized by his bold, dramatic lines and exaggerated details. His color work is often ultra-bright and glowing, while his monochromatic pieces are full of contrast and style. His primary vehicle for connecting his artwork with fans is through comic book conventions, but this otherwise shy and introverted artist has been examining his options during a time when cons aren’t happening. You can find Tim on Instagram at @tmshowers --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
On this solo episode of the JWN Podcast, I discuss what self care means to me. I break it down into the 3 ways I’m currently taking care of myself: Diet, exercise, & spirituality. I also talk about some upcoming running races & how they’re preparing to hold these events in a pandemic, as well as other current events. You can follow me on Instagram & Twitter at @JoeL8X as well as keep up with the show on our website https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #26 Angel Bond

JWN #26 Angel Bond

2020-09-2101:15:22

Angel Bond has spent her life looking for ways to help other people. Through an unbelievable journey early on in her life that took her around the world, she eventually stopped long enough to find her musical voice on stage performing as the lead singer of the band Cusses. The best word to describe their live show is powerful - It’s something you'd have to see to believe.  What’s even more powerful is hearing Angel’s struggle with her health that has lead her to come face to face with the possibly of not only losing her ability to sing, but other life altering complications as well. Angel is a selfless and kind soul who’s coming to grips with the concept of taking care of herself at a time when the urge to help others is stronger than ever. You can check out Cusses on cussesmusic.com and follow Angel on Instaragam @bondangelbond. There's also a GoFundMe set up to help her with her medical expenses: https://gf.me/u/yzv99n --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
On this solo episode I talk about my memories of one extraordinary day getting attached to a musical recording. Specifically, how the Superchunk record “Here’s To Shutting Up” is forever connected to how I navigated September 11th, 2001 in New York City, and why it still emotionally brings me back to that day in Manhattan almost 20 years later. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
Jason Eisenberg grew up in Charleston, SC at a time when tattooing was still illegal. It wasn’t until 2006 that the ban on tattooing was lifted in the southern state, but by that time Jason had already mastered the craft. Today he owns & operates Holy City Tattooing Collective, which is one of the most respected tattoo shops in the south.  He took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about skateboarding, punk rock, tattoos, and running a successful business as a creative.  You can find Jason on Instagram at @jasoneisenberg73 & his shop at @holycitytattooingcollective & check out their website at https://www.holycitytattoo.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
On this week’s solo episode of the JWN Podcast I’m excited about the prospect of going to see live music once again. I discuss the downfall of one of the world’s most famous guitar manufacturers, and discover a little bit of information about the Podlasie Province in Poland.  I also reference this post on Reddit if you’re interested in looking into that further. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
JWN #22 Babe Club

JWN #22 Babe Club

2020-09-0701:32:05

Jenna Desmond & Corey Campbell began their musical partnership as members of the indie rock band Susto. After touring extensively they decided to part ways with Susto and begin their own project, which became known as Babe Club. Mixing their influences of 70’s new wave & 90’s alt-pop, their alluring melodies are fused with powerfully evocative and existential lyrics, yielding songs that explore self-realization, honest emotions, friendship and themes of love. As they prepare to release their debut EP “Remember This Feeling” Jenna & Corey sat down with me to discus how they got their start in music and how they came together in life and in creativity. You check them out at joinbabeclub.com where you can pre-order the new record, or purchase their current single on Bandcamp. Keep up with them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets with their handle @joinbabeclube --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
This podcast is legally allowed to drink in the USA! Happy 21st episode!! This is a solo show, and I start off getting into a POD-WAR with rival podcast In Yo(ur) Shoes With Amy & Kelli!  I talk about some of the things that happened during what I'm calling the longest week of the longest month of the longest year, aka the last week of August 2020, including a story of almost ruining a photo job that I should have been prepared for. I also discuss David Blaine's Ascension stunt, and why I appreciate his stunts. Connect with me at JWNPod.com and on Instagram & Twitter at @JoeL8X --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
Seth James DeMoor is a YouTube creator who found his niche by doing something he was passionate about. When he started his daily vlog, it was more of a lifestyle channel that struck a chord with people & started growing when he began documenting some of his trail runs in the scenic mountains of Colorado. As he was honing his skills as a storyteller with his camera, the running community started showing up every day. This pushed not only his creative skills, but his running abilities as well. Last year he represented the USA in the World Mountain Running Championship in Argentina. This year, he won his first Golden Trail Marathon at the Pike’s Peak Marathon. The day after his big win, his YouTube channel surpassed the 100K followers mark. He’s had a great week! You can check out his daily vlog on his YouTube Channel, and follow him on Instagram & Twitter at @sethjamesdemoor. You can check out his running stats on Strava & he also runs a private Facebook group called DeMoor Global Running that supports a friendly & supportive running community. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” - James Baldwin This solo episode is my reaction to the current events during the end of August of 2020 when this was published. I took a deep dive into the conversations & speeches given by the late James Baldwin & how they are still so important & relevant today. Warning: This episode contains strong language & stronger emotions. Some of the material used in this podcast comes from the following: “The Struggle of the Artist” Appearances on the Dick Cavett Show An Interview with Mavis Nicholson James Baldwin's National Press Club Speech --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
John Kenney is one of the owners of The Royal American, a dive bar located in what was once an iron forge that’s now the center of the downtown Charleston, SC independent music scene. Before creating a home base for original musicians, he was a world traveling musician himself as the guitarist for the DC rock band Rotoglow. His journey so far has led him to becoming a father figure of one of the most inclusive music scenes in the south. From punk rock to hip-hop & country to pop, the only rule to playing the Royal American is to be original and be good. Follow John on Instagram at @john_r_kenney and The Royal American at @theroyalamerican or visit their website at https://theroyalamerican.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message
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