Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks

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November 22nd, 2017    

Ep. 14: Friendship, Nashville Labels, and Growing Up: A History of Royal Ruckus from 1998-2003 with Flatline

Flatline aka MPWalker aka Mike Walker.

15 years since Self-Titled!

Review of last episode.

Chunjay’s hotel for the night.

On the origins of Chunjay’s name. Church camp. Chunjay’s first release was a cassette under the name of Cleva-MC.

First Cleva recording was professional. Next record was on a 4-track with a punk band buddy. Working with Yoda from Royal Ruckus.

On the collaboration with J-Dog, and the beginning of Royal Ruckus. Chunjay: “We made a rap song about how we tried to make a rap song and it didn’t work out.”

“Why don’t you join our fake rap group?” Chunjay to Flatline.

On the haters and our album Love Us or Leave Us.

Flatline was building a Royal Ruckus website from scratch.

Pioneers of internet music.

7Ball Magazine, Cameron Strang, Relevant Magazine, and the beginning of us talking to record labels.

Royal Ruckus History: Cleva-MC, then Cleva and J-Dog, then Cleva and J-Dog and Flatline, then Cleva and J-Dog and Flatline, then back to Cleva and Flatline.

On Flatline getting grounded. On seeing his father in his own interactions with his kids.

We started talking to record labels.

Working with Pigeon John.

 

Shout to “Pocket Lint and Spare Change” album, available free at NoiseTrade.com/RoyalRuckus

 

“A Las Chinas” from the Coalition compilation and Pocket Lint album by Royal Ruckus, co-produced by Pigeon John, featuring The Skalastix. NoiseTrade.com/RoyalRuckus

 

Fun LA Symphony facts about “Seabreeze,” “Move On.”

How we decided to make a demo with Pigeon John.

On Pigeon John’s enjoyment of intellectual theology.

B-Twice showing up late for a show.

On exploring tours, on-off shows, and major label interests.

 

On good deals in hotel rooms, and Chunjay’s 21st birthday party. A bucket of Heinekens.

Chunjay “We negotiated a record deal before we moved to Nashville, but we did not sign it until we got there.”

Decision to sign with the label.
Flatline opens up about his discomfort with the Christian industry, but how production quality helped him feel comfortable. 

Flatline: “We felt like we would have a little more room to be ourselves.”

On being youth group kids, being young, and trying to figure out our identity as a group. Our songwriting process at the time.

On praying before a performance and taking shots of tequila.

 

On writing Self-Titled.

 

Next Best Thing.

On deaths in the family. On gratitude in the midst of heavy life stuff. On the decision to write for the Christian industry, but remain who we are.

 

Geeky Music for Kidz.

 

Wink and a Nudge. On sexuality. On Chunjay having a shipwreck. Flatline tries to make Chunjay feel better. On Josh’s dynamic production.

 

Irate Caller #1.

On hip-hop record interludes. On how to listen to a record in a post-skit world.

 

Check It Out.

 

I Had a Dream.

 

Let’s Start a Boy Band.

On writing and producing this song with Pigeon John.

 

Coffee shop stuff. On drinks we hated making.

 

Latte Show.

Mike and Jamey arguing over a piece of pizza. Other stuff about the writing of that song and the album. On pop culture.

 

Double Take.

 

Bob Went Crazy.
On telling Bob we wrote a song about him.

 

MP Free.

On Napster and free music. On anticipating the transition to streaming.

 

B-Side Rock

On critiquing the Christian music industry.

 

Multi-Purpose Room

On posse jams.

 

Background music: J-Dilla, MF Doom, Flatline, and some of the folks listed below.

Shouts: Sackcloth Fashion, MP3.com, Q-Tip, Josh Babyar, John Hayden Miethe, Flynn Adam, Pigeon John, Bob Herdman, Old Navy, N-Soul Records, TruHipHop ListServ, Mars Ill, Future Shock, Opry Land Hotel, Audio Feed, The Giant and the Taylor, Everyday Sunday, Wyclef Jean, Run the Jewels, DJ Sean P, Sesame Street, Moby, Weezer, Carson Daily and TRL, Talladega Nights, etc.

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November 16th, 2017    

Ep. 13: Coffee Nerding, Classic Hip-Hop, Songwriting, and Producing Beats: A Conversation with Flatline

MPWALKER aka Michael Walker aka Flatline

What are you up to?

Coffee making

Nashville songwriting at Starbucks, and all walks of life in Starbucks.

On celebrities at Starbucks. BEN FOLDS!

A Ben Folds meet-up?

 

“Arrive at Something” (original version) by Royal Ruckus

 

Meeting Moonhooch, clip from Number 9. Clip from “The Waitress Song” by Royal Ruckus.

How Ben Folds inspired some of our songs.

One of Chunjay’s favorite songwriters is Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie or The Postal Service.

Flatline on producing beats: “We don’t sound like hard-hitting gangster, New York rap, by our beat standards, but having that inspiration…okay, this really changes everything.”

“You have to prove you’re a creative person in the hip-hop scene because there is so much biting going on.”

On natural talent in music. On our history together and training in music.

Flatline: “There’s only so much mumble rap I can get with before I can be like, ‘I don’t have enough cough syrup to drink to keep up with you bro.’”

What are we drinking? Flatline discusses Wild Gift Coffee in Austin, TX. On Mexican Coffee.

Memory lane: coffee tasting like wine tasting.

Extended discussion of how to enjoy coffee.

French press. Hand pour.  V-60?

Flatline loves Indonesian and Mexican coffees. He explains why.

“Indonesian coffee tends to be earthy, mushroomy, musty, moist smelling. It doesn’t smell sweet, usually.”

 

“Gimme Dat” by Cookbook and Flynn Adam from the Best in Class EP.

 

On organic coffee and fair trade designations. More about coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Sam Adams Pumpkin ale. Guinness and other ales.

Chunjay on Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach. Both gentlemen discuss Guinness beer and other drinks.

 

“Cafe Marata” by Royal Ruckus. Shouts to Mase and Alice Cooper. Shout to Sphereofhiphop.com

 

Flatline’s favorite taco: Al Pastor. On breakfast tacos. On Chunjay gaining weight in Austin eating tacos, drinking beer and liquor, and working on the album. Chunjay on the origins of Al Pastor: Lebanese immigrants brought the style to Mexico. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_pastor

On beat production and dope hip-hop.

Flatline and Chunjay growing up together.

Pete Rock beat instrumental inspiration. Remix of Juicy by Notorious BIG. Flatline shows his cards.

 

“Behind the Scenes” by Royal Ruckus from Pocket Lint and Spare Change (Deluxe Edition).

 

On making beats together, and writing to other people’s music.

On Flatline’s beats vs. buying beats online.

How Royal Ruckus makes music together. On solo projects together. On Shadow of the Locust and other side groups.

On hatred of phone calls.

Chunjay: “Only sociopaths make phone calls without texting first, unless you’re a telemarketer. What do you want?”

Royal Ruckus anniversaries: 1 year for Summer of the Cicadas, 15 years for Self-Titled, 20 years for the group.

On The Royal Ruckus and booking shows.

Closing song: “The Chicken-Filled Donut Caper” by Royal Ruckus from Pocket Lint and Spare Change (Deluxe Edition).

Background beats by Flatline, Cookbook, Ben Folds, Moonhooch, Pete Rock, Panos Kiamos.

Extra Shout-Outs: Taboo Tales Podcast, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bill Gaither, Jimmy Wayne, Lance Bass from N*Sync, Pattie Griffin, RZA from Wu-Tang, Beastie Boys, Herb Alpert, Flatline’s dad, Delinquent Habits, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Soul Assassins, DJ Muggs, DJ Lethal, Funkdoobiest, Wu-Tang, UMC’s, Liquid Swords by GZA, Groovebox drum machine, Panos Kiamos, Tom Green’s “Undercutters,” Dr. Laura Schlessinger, The Royal Ruckus, AudioFeed Festival, The Giant and the Tailor.

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November 9th, 2017    

Ep. 12: Porn, Guinness, and Authentic Friendship: A Conversation with Author and Speaker Nate Larkin (and Tra Jones)

Nate Larkin interview

Pornography, Guinness, and Authentic Friendship

Introduction.

Taking walks with friends. 60 minute walk daily. Real talks and seeking clarity on life’s issues.

How Chunjay met Nate. Public speaking class.

On coffee. On beer. On mystery taps.

“Gentlemen, what we are witnessing here is kidney success and bladder failure.”

Nate shares his story, which includes hardcore pornography and prostitutes, while serving as a pastor.

“I quit a hundred times.”

“I was doing irrational things for non-rational reasons trying to solve the problem by rational means, and I could never think my way out of it. And I would pray to God to take it away, to fix me, always asking him for a private solution to my private problem.”

“Probably would have made me into even a bigger asshole than I was, and I wasn’t even aware I was an asshole.”

“My biggest problem was, and remains…practice in false modesty.”

 

“Jon & Stacie” by Royal Ruckus with Pigeon John from Pocket Lint & Spare Change album, available for free at http://noisetrade.com/royalruckus

 

“As best as I can figure, reconstructing it later, I probably spent $300,000 on pornography and prostitutes. And really, the tragic part is that I spent my children’s childhood and 20 years of my wife’s wife, and 20 years of mine, going down that road, trying to meet a need I didn’t recognize.”

Snippet of “Shipwreck” by Cookbook and Uno.Mas from the Robertson Bullies EP.

On burdening one’s wife with sexual struggles.

“I didn’t bring my true self into those relationships. I brought the person I thought they needed, or the person they would like…. What was missing from my relationship with God was never God, it was me. I always sensed some religious persona.”

 

“He Spread His Arms” by Royal Ruckus from the Pocket Lint & Spare Change (Deluxe Edition) album, available for free from http://noisetrade.com/royalruckus

 

Introducing Tra Jones, who walked in.

What is The Samson Society?

“What I thought was a unique story turned out to be pretty damn common…. I never told my story to a guy who hasn’t done something sexual he’s ashamed of… I’ve never yet met a man who doesn’t have something in his life that is bigger than he is.”

“What I’ve found is that when I could tell my story, that made it safe for him to say, ‘Ya know, I’ve never told anyone this before…’”

“Even though I’m calling a guy who’s an idiot, he’s NOT ME!”

 

“In the Trap of the Mountain King” by Royal Ruckus from The Lonely Christmas EP.

 

Tra raises a question about loneliness and isolation.

The Trinitarian reality of God.

“We’re never complete, and we’re never fully happy, until we’re connected.”

On finding someone to marry.

“There are things I need that my wife can never give me, that I can only get from another man. And there are things that my wife needs, that I can’t give her. We all need to be part of a larger community.”

“This Disney idea that’s sold to us by Hollywood that you don’t need anybody else. All you need is that one person to complete you…is bullshit. And couples that buy it die.”

 

“Summer’s Last Call” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP

 

Pornography as the DRAGON of our time.

“In sexual arousal, and in climax, our brain is flooded with chemicals.”

On chemicals during orgasm.

“Over time I can bond with phantoms to the point where I lose my ability to bond with human beings.”

The problem of Virtual Reality Porn and such.

Neglected infants die.

On facing fear of rejection in a sexual relationship and how porn fits in.

Tra loves phone calls and hates texting, and finds a way to connect it to pornography. 

Anxiety in adolescents tied to pornography use.

“This strikes at the very roots of culture.”

Erectile dysfunction?

“This is having a huge effect on dating, on pursuit. Unfortunately, it’s become more about seduction and conquest than anything else.”

On anonymous sex partners among college students.

On neuro-pathways and sexual sobriety.

“The longer I got sober from porn, the more beautiful my wife became.”

On fathers and daughters.

“A woman needs to hear from a man, from her father, that she is beautiful, worthwhile, that she is seen and known and valued. And it has to be more than beauty.”

“Pornography teaches us to objectify the human form.”

“What we need to be able to do is connect emotionally. Not just to our spouse, but to our children.”

“Closer Than You Think” from the Royal Ruckus album Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

SamsonSociety.org, virtual Samson meetings, Samson app

Closing song: Ray Stevens, “The Streak.” Not really sure how this is a rap song, but the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. 

Mentions: McCreary’s Irish Pub in Franklin, TN, Guinness stout, FightTheNewDrug.com, The Porn Myth by Matt Fradd, Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin, Discipleship.com, Beyond Accountability: Life Changing Power of Authentic Friendship by Nate Larkin, NoFap Subreddit.

Music: Funkdoobiest instrumentals.

 

 

 

 

 

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October 18th, 2017    

Ep. 11: Gay Liberation, Writing, Death Threats, and Recovering Faith - A Conversation with Author Thom Nickels

Thom Nickels interview.

Rain storm. Northern Liberties in Philadelphia. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Liberties,_Philadelphia

“Gone are the days where you go to a bar and there’s just the sound of conversation.”

What we were drinking: Thom had Coors Light, and plotting on French wine. Chunjay drinking PBR and bourbon, the Philadelphia “City Wide Special.” 

https://billypenn.com/2016/01/20/the-philly-citywide-special-index-whose-combo-packs-the-most-punch/

Sharing a memory of a Russian New Year mishap.

Thom’s faith past. Roman Catholicism, agnosticism-atheism, Orthodoxy. Walking out on Ash Wednesday.

“My father tried to break down my door, because he wanted me to stop reading.”

Discovering his sexuality, discovering gay bars.

On 1969/1970: “To announce that you were gay to your family then, was really paramount to saying you had a mental illness. Nobody talked about it.” 

Working in the hospital. 

Falling in love with all the wrong people. One night stands. Collecting experiences. On marijuana and drugs.

The Gay Liberation Movement. The Black Panthers.

Homosexuality in black and Latino communities. His first partner was black.

On pacifism. Bringing his partner home to his family.

On wrestling with homosexuality and faith.

“The whole concept of a gay emotional life, a gay person, didn’t exist then.”

“Were we to be in an automobile accident, and were a priest to come to our bedside, we would confess our ‘gay sins,’ as it were.”

“We are all slaves to our baptism. I can’t entirely liberate myself.”

“Certainly promiscuity, wild ‘Don Juan’ promiscuity, whether you’re gay or straight, it may feel wonderful, you get a diverse hors dvours sense of tasting of the lights when the moon is full…. But falling in love changes the speedometer.”

“I think that promiscuity whets your appetite for more promiscuity. Once you’ve opened those doors, really really wide, it’s really hard to go back and settle for one person.”

St. Mary of Egypt and promiscuity.

Visiting an older gay man in the hospital who was near death.

Chunjay introduces "Bad Haircuts" and misremembers the age of a girl mentioned in the song.

 

“Bad Haircuts” Demo by Royal Ruckus from Seventeen Candles, free at http://noisetrade.com/royalruckus

 

Chunjay talks about Samson Society. 

Straight men with same-sex attraction. Does bisexuality exist? “Situational homosexuality.” A band-aid.

“Some straight men, let’s face it, are so tired of doing what society expects, worshiping and pleasing the woman.”

“When you go to situations where there’s no emotional connection, that feeling of let down will easily turn into disgust, because there’s no real human connection. You’ve both used each other as a way to get off. That’s when our higher selves, our spiritual nature, reminds us that we’re not total machines, we’re not sexual robots.”

How Thom found his way back to faith in Christ. Considered being a monk or a priest. An experience at a Benedictine monastery. His work as a writer, exploring reincarnation and New Age thinking.

The death of a friend.

On Western Rite Orthodoxy.

 

“The Lone Gunmen” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas LP.

 

On being a newspaper writer. Being the first openly gay writer in the mainstream press? Death threats. 

Should gay men grow beards?

On transgender issues.

On writing gay fiction.

Chunjay’s experience in 2002 with a gay bookstore. The shifting culture.

50 Shades.

My Father the Devil. Important people in Philadelphia.

Biography of writer Dominic Dunn.

Find Thom Nickels at Philadelphia Magazine online, HuffPost, Icon Magazine, and buy his books at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

On dancing to rap music. Disco dancing is great.

 

"Rhymer's Block" by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP. Video available at http://summerofthecicadas.com/videos

 

Mentions: St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, James Joyce’s "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Elizabeth Taylor’s film Ash Wednesday, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Macklemore, The Pirate Monk Podcast, Milo Yiannopoulos, Bill Clinton, Thom Nickels’s Walking on Water book, The 6000 Beards of Mt. Athos book, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Bishop Spong, The Get Down on Netflix, more.

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October 7th, 2017    

Ep. 10: Tacos, Adult Graffiti Artists, and Changing Careers - A Conversation with Graffiti Artist Peas of DCV

What are we drinking? Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

Avocado farm in Hawaii.

We met at church. Urn of FSU.

“Within two minutes. You guys didn’t even wait. It was like a hit-up. I got tag-banged at church by two white guys.”

What is a tagging crew?

The sociology and psychology of graffiti.

The many kinds of graffiti artists. Nerds, skaters, ghetto dudes, preps, goths.

“It’s an insecurity. You’re doing something. You’re saying, ‘I’m here.’”

How Peas got into higher-level graffiti.

Self-destructive faze led to getting into more artistic graffiti. 

Tame from Artifacts.

Chunjay getting his record collection taken away by his parents. Artifacts wrecked that.
Old dudes doing graffiti.

“Instead of going to the golf course, they go buy Krylons. Rustos, actually, to be exact. Krylons suck.”

 

“Wrong Side of the Tracks” by Artifacts.

 

On the scene in Bakersfield, looking at Tame’s mural, as well as some messed up sloppy murals over other people’s murals.

 

“Concrete Art Gallery” by Royal Ruckus featuring Yoda.

 

Shipwrecks?

A break-up, some moves, a car accident.

Difficult times in Peas’s life.

How he got back into graffiti, and why he thinks it matters.

How to date a girl and tell her you do graffiti.

About God.

“Heaven’s what you make it, hell’s what you’re going through.”

“I don’t go to church… But I believe in God… A lot of the downfall in my life was me being an idiot, you know, and making wrong decisions, and taking responsibility for your actions.”

On losing a “career” several times. Looking

“When I look at my life, what did God teach me? What is the main thing that God taught me? To be humble and to be grateful and thankful for the stuff I was blessed with in my life.”

“I was a hard-headed mother fucker.”

On Jesus: “That’s still the battle for me…. We’re sinners, we’re ‘condemned’… ‘I’m a piece of shit’…. I don’t believe that. So what I’m saying is, that one’s hard for me. But I do believe there is a God.”

“The afterlife thing? I don’t know, because I ain’t in it.”

“I just don’t know. I’m not gonna say it didn’t happen, I’m not gonna say it did happen. I’m not sure… I know there’s God. And I believe he teaches you things.”

Friend zone?

 

“Graffiti Art” by Sharlok Poems and Soup the Chemist from the LP Left.

 

Favorite taco? Cabeza y tripas.

The Taco Gauntlet.

Duck fat fries.

Temblor 661 Kolsch.

The transition from 805 to 661 in our area.

Trim beard care? Coworkers on some haterade stuff.

RZA “Can’t Stop Me Now”

Shout outs: Jeb Wilson of Nashville Photography Group, JNCO, Fear of DCV (Death Crown Villians), http://facebook.com/tacogauntlet, True Legends Thursdays, Change of Mind Podcast,

Background music by Wu-Tang.

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September 29th, 2017    

Ep. 9: Demons, Women, Jesus, and Silence, Pt. 2: The Four Temptations of Steve the Builder in the Wilderness

If you heard the first part, you'll be really excited about this episode. Because this is the fun stuff.

Listen to this one. Because, seriously this is the good stuff.

 

Universal salvation? Steve discusses hell. “It’s a good thing I’m not God.”

Meet the girl. Get the girl. Lose the girl. Contemplate death. - Garabed Sarkessian

 

“The Pressure is On (Showdown)” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP

 

How Steve drinks his scotch, and enjoys gin and tonic.

Bourbon, honey, and lemon juice cocktail that Chunjay had.

PBR - “I’m not a hipster, but I do enough to keep them guessing.”

Steve on smoking pipes.

Steve on beard care.

Royal Ruckus hand-made beard oil for sale.

On guns, martial arts, and self-defense.

On wearing all black.

Steve’s pets. Moo the Turtle.

Steve’s podcast, Steve the Builder, and why he isn’t podcasting much right now.

 

“Love Slave” by Royal Ruckus featuring kidDEAD from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP.

 

On “falling in love” while married.

On an emotional affair: “It was so incredibly consuming.”

“I would have remarried my ex…. This was more about me than it was her. It was like, why am I falling for this type of woman?”

On an obsession with a woman you meet casually.

“Anytime I find myself in a relationship and something’s going wrong, something’s going screwy…it’s like what is inside of me that it’s dragging out.”

On Chunjay’s ex-father-in-law. On saying goodbye to someone forever.

On reading books. On listening to music. On watching TV. 

“I live in my own head in silence for the most part.”

“Try putting down all the books. Try putting away all the media. All the noise, all the sound, all the background stuff, and live in silence. Give that a try.”

On Facebook and getting sucked into comment-box wars.

On the meaninglessness of so much mainstream entertainment.

“Our ‘inner culture war’ is to extricate ourselves from that kinda shock that it takes for us to feel something about anything.”

Closing song: "Time for Us" by Royal Ruckus (featuring Maddy Montes and Bonafide of GRITS) from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP.

Shouts: St. Anthony’s monastery in Florence, AZ, Steve the Builder Podcast on mediocrity, The Lost Book of Mormon: A Quest for the Book That Just Might Be the Great American Novel, Samson Society, Costco liquors, Fr. Deacon Aaron Scott Taylor, Dragoon Brewery in Tucson, PBR, Primo (Hawaiian beer), Fire from Ashes book with Fr. Joseph Honeycutt, Father Knows Best,

 

 

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September 25th, 2017    

Ep. 8: Special Edition: Hurricane Irma and the #EvacuationTour: Chunjay Discusses His Experiences Evacuating Florida and Raising Money for Disaster Relief

Special Episode: Hurricane Irma

 

Chunjay was planning on staying in South Florida.

The decision to leave. #EvacuationTour.

Coming home to Florida. Fence down. Lost food. Paleo stuff.

Seven Lakes, NC: Shout out to Matt and Patty Bianco. House show.

IOCC Disaster Relief. 92 cents on the dollar goes to the people they are serving.

Washington, DC. Shout to Peter and Jess Dimmick, and Kyle and Nik Pool.

Drinking moonshine and IPAs.

Offer: make a donation to a charity for disaster relief, send us your receipt, we will send you free stuff. Email the receipt to Jamey@jameyb.com.

Philadelphia, PA. Shout out to Yards Brewery.

Shouts to Garabed and Monique Sarkessian.

“I am of the belief that every house should have at least one piece of original artwork.”

On playing a church coffee hour. On “He Spread His Arms” from the Royal Ruckus album, Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

Ephrata, PA: The Keiths’ show at St. Boniface Brewing Company. Potluck!

Ron Jon the rapper. Robyn Atticks. Kairos band.

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick in Emmaus.

Trivia night with the Keiths.

Monongahela, PA: The Provans and Broughs.

Doing Q&As with audiences.

Stephen Maynard in Erie, PA.

Fr. Matthew Moore from Whiskerino. Chunjay’s skull beard tattoo.

The Craigs in South Carolina.

Daniel and Jenny Larkin in north Florida.

Bold City Mad Manatee IPA.

Days Inn in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Take a shot of vodka!

 

“Jacked up on These Girls” by Royal Ruckus, featuring KRUM and Joey the Jerk of LA Symphony.

 

Shout to Mara Henderson. Seeing people’s faces during a performance.

A story about Anglican priest Fr. Heath McClure, evacuation, and care for friends.

Breaking news: Landfall in Florida is inevitable.

Flatline texted Chunjay with loving comments.

On Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers clip at the end of our song “These Things Remind” from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP.

The 143 story.

Shout out to Jeb Wilson and Savannah Edwards.

 

“More of the Same” by Royal Ruckus and David Mathewes from The Summer of the Cicadas.

 

Shouts: McCreary’s Irish Pub in Franklin, TN, Todd Collins, KJ-52, John Reuben, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Upper Darby, The Extreme Tour, Ben-Hur movie, Waze app, Johnny Simmons,

 Music: Instrumentals from The Summer of the Cicadas

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September 23rd, 2017    

Ep. 7: Demons, Women, Jesus, and Silence, Pt. 1: The Four Temptations of Steve the Builder in the Wilderness

 

Introduction.

How we met.

Monasticism.

Demonic attacks in a monastery. “Logosmoi” and the ego.

“Fuck it if it didn’t happen again.”

“Jerusalem Syndrome”

Steve plays Jesus.

Olivia Chug makes herself known.

 

“Shipwreck” by Cookbook & Uno.Mas from The Roberson Bullies EP

 

Steve has an affair.

“It was at that point that I knew that my own sense of who I am and my own sense of my spiritual life and my own sense of how to be a Christian is never to be trusted.”

“I never doubted my Christian faith. For me that has just been a given in my life…. I have never really thought about “Am I saved?’”

“I know that there is a god. I don’t experience God. I don’t, in a sense, consciously think about God.”

Steve works in absolute silence.

“I don’t consciously pray. I just live in a sense of this presence of God. It’s there. It’s nothing spectacular. It isn’t even something that I feel.”

“I am grateful for the good things, and I don’t look for the judgment of God in the bad things. I’m grateful for the good things, and I wrestle through the bad things. But I don’t attribute them to a malevolent or benevolent god who is looking at my life going, ‘Oh you did good there, Steve, here’s your brownie.’”

 

“We Are the Music Makers” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP.

 

All things are meant for our salvation. We should look to difficulties as opportunities for growth.

“If I start attributing good and evil to God, then it almost puts me in a position of manipulating God for less of one and more of another.”

“Am I going to take this as an opportunity to be loving and kind, or am I going to be a jerk?”

Chunjay talks about Samson Society.

“When somebody comes in broken and needing help, those are actually the people that are the most helpful.” - Chunjay

 

“Samson (You Are Not)” by Royal Ruckus featuring Brotha SouL from Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

 

Chunjay on daily devotionals.

On the importance of prayer and the struggle to maintain it.

Steve’s struggle with church services. On structured services.

“This year, Lent just sucked.” - Chunjay

Steve’s multi-generational household.

Steve talks about his grandchildren.

Steve’s priorities.

On excommunication and adultery.

“I screwed up big. Really big.”

On Church of Christ practices related to marriage and divorce.

“Everything I believed about myself was all turned to crap. And I kinda realized I was full of crap.”

 

“Next Best Thing” by Royal Ruckus from Self-Titled. Available for free at http://noisetrade.com/royalruckus

 

Steve on being driven out of a church.

“I don’t think I could walk away from God and Christ permanently.”

 

“Easily Forgotten” by Royal Ruckus featuring Pigeon John, from Pocket Lint and Spare Change. Available for free at http://noisetrade.com/royalruckus

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August 30th, 2017    

Ep. 6: Divorce, Dope Underground Hip-Hop, and Orthodoxy - A Conversation with DJ Trey-Qel from Future Shock

Divorce, Dope Christian Hip-Hop, and Orthodoxy

DJ Trey-Qel from Future Shock

Intro
How we know each other
The name DJ Trey-Qel-Drama comes from Star Wars!
Liner notes!
How Future Shock started from three different rap groups. One crew, a family.
“I started stealing records from my parents and scratching them, ruining our turntables, trying to make the scratch sound.”
How Future Shock came together with the Tunnel Rats with the help of Pigeon John.

“A Place Called Hip-Hop” by LPG, beat by DJ Trey-Qel and Peace 586.

Where the podcast was recorded: Newport Beach, CA on top of a house right on the beach.
Reminiscing about a Bible study one night in Oceanside, CA where the whole Future Shock crew was present.
Jayson was a DJ *AND* a rapper. “Once you’re an emcee, you’re always an emcee.”
Chunjay wanted to be a DJ but became a rapper, and Trey-Qel wanted to be a rapper but became a DJ.
Hyborean Warriors side crew, featuring Man of War, Sintax.the.Terrific, Absent Minded, Sundance, Gypsy (RIP), and Trey-Qel.

“Rejected” by Man of War with the Hyborian Warriors.

Time for shipwrecks! Divorce. Self-righteousness?
“We were married and we took those vows and everything. But looking back on it, it was as though we were high school kids dating for a long time who broke up.”
“It’s a shipwreck, ‘cause it really IS a shipwreck. I became a man out of that, that really woke me up. I was thoroughly humbled.”
Going through a divorce at the same time as Ajax.

“The Wind” from the Fashion Expo project by Trey-Qel and Ajax of Future Shock.

More about divorce.
Jeremiah Dirt’s album release party, LA Symphony, and Future Shock.

“San Diego” by Brainwash Projects

Shadow of the Locust’s three volume release.
Royal Ruckus and the liner notes fiasco, as well as naming our album “Self-Titled.”
Dax’s party house with open mics, Pigeon John, and a battle between Raphi aka Shamesworthy and Poetic Lee, Soup the Chemist, etc.

“Can’t Wait” by SFC featuring Poetic Lee from A Saved Man in the Jungle.

Chunjay met SFC when he was 12 at a Christian bookstore.
The time that Soup the Chemist came to Nashville and stayed with Royal Ruckus, along with a bunch of others.
What are we drinking? Mission Brewery Shipwrecked Double IPA, Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Oceanside, CA, with Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch Whiskey.

“Rap Is Not Music, Son” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas Double LP.

Jayson’s conversion to Orthodoxy. His questions from where he was.
Disclaimers: Non-Orthodox people often really love the Lord and are great people.
Shout out to Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick’s Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy podcast, blog, and book.
Hip-Hop Pet Peeves: Mumble rap.
We gotta pee off the top of the roof!

“Scandalan” by Future Shock from the album, Remember the Future.

What is the current state of hip-hop? You just gotta know where to find it.
https://www.latashaalcindor.com/

“Olympian” by Propaganda from the album Crooked.

Chunjay’s view on artistry and appreciating people where they are coming from.
“Is it fresh?”
An anecdote from Chunjay.
“I’m not used to being the best rapper in the building… But I was like, dangit, I want to take the microphone and dis these guys.”
Rap over your own CD.
What podcasts are you into? “I listen to a lot of finance podcasts these days.”
Adventures in Finance Podcast.
Ancient Faith Radio “Station of Podcasts”: “The Morning Offering” by Abbot Tryphon.
Chunjay shouts out to Luke Nieuwsma for visiting the monastery.
Favorite rap song of all time? Freestyle Fellowship’s “7th Seal.”

Jayson curates @BeatsRhymesCuts! Check it out now!

Shout outs: Cookbook & Uno.Mas of LA Symphony, Jeremiah Dirt of Shadow of the Locust and his albums “Plague” and “A War to Restore,” Faze, Berean Christian Bookstore, Technic 1200s, EPMD “You Gots Ta Chill,” Freedom of Soul, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, Funkdoobiest, DJ Muggs, Brainwash Projects, Pigeon John, LPG, Peace 586, SFC’s “A Saved Man in the Jungle,” Dynamic Twins, The Bible Answer Man Radio Broadcast, 12th Tribe, Shadow of the Locust, Redcloud, Malachi Perez, Fros’T, Feed Magazine, Anglican Christianity, Father Andrew Stephen Damick’s Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by Elder Thaddeus, shout to Dropjaw, Philly’s Mad Squablz, Latasha Alcindor, Propaganda and his album “Crimson Cord,” and so on.

Background music by J.Rawls, Lupe Fiasco.

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August 18th, 2017    

Ep. 5: Star Wars, LA Symphony Rap Crew, & (Losing/Not Losing?) Faith - A Raw Conversation with Rapper Cookbook

Not safe for work, ya turkey.

Hanging out at Peter Winsky’s house.

Game of Thrones references we don’t understand.

The guys take a shot of Jameson together. They’re also drinking water.

Other drinks: Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Popfuji by Brouwerij West in San Pedro.

On beards. On growing hair with Flynn Adam.

Star Wars. Lots of Star Wars. More Star Wars.

“As far as me and my house, we will serve the Force.”

The political side of Star Wars.

Rogue One. Ewoks. Oh my.

About films and music: find your niche; do your thing. Add a personal touch.

Royal Ruckus Christmas Postcards

 

“Presente!” by Cookbook and Uno Mas from C & U Music Factory album.

 

Chunjay tells a urination story about him and Peter.

Peter and Cookbook talk at length about Game of Thrones.

 

“Phantom Menace” by Cookbook and DJ Rhettmatic from the Phantom Menace EP.

 

Next drink: “It smells like Tang and beer in here.” Colt 45 Pile Driver beer.

 

“Tang” by Bob & Tom.

 

LA Symphony was known as Christian dudes, right? No Christian gimmicks.

LA Symphony history. Clubs, bars, church shows, and so on.

On the unique nature of church shows vs. mainstream shows.

 

“Broken Tape Decks” by LA Symphony from the unreleased album, Call it What You Want.

 

LA Symphony as “the bad boys” of Christian rap.

“In life you choose what you do and what you don’t do. We weren’t making good choices, we were letting it happen to us instead of saying, ‘No, we dictate who we are and how we present our brand.’”

“The one rule we always obeyed as LA Symphony is basically, ‘Keep it real.’ So whatever we felt, we were allowed to talk about it. But there were rules, there were parameters…”

Cookbook’s journey out of Christianity.

“We’re all still on a journey. I don’t claim to know anything. Really.”

“Like nobody knows, really knows, what happens after you die. Nobody knows that. You know who knows? My dad. You know why? Because he’s dead.”

 

Clip from “Where Will I Go When I Die?” by self-proclaimed Christian rapper from the 80s, Stephen Wiley, from his album Rap it Up!

 

How Cookbook started questioning his Christian faith.

On questioning prayer. Living in gratitude.

 

“California Grit” by Royal Ruckus, featuring Cookbook, Uno Mas, and Manchild of Mars Ill from the Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated LP.

 

Cookbook’s feelings about death while he was a Christian.

“I don’t think that nothing is out there. I just don’t know what he or it is.”

Cookbook on why he doesn’t pray anymore.

Olivia Chug voices her opinion.

On Islam, non-Christians, and hell? Religious faith in cultures.

People who claim to know with certainly? Cookbook says you’re “arrogant and full of shit.” J

 

“Blood Suckin’ Freaks” by Cookbook & Blu, featuring KRUM (formerly Playdough) from the Yes EP.

 

Cookbook wants to know what’s up with denominations.

Chunjay on the historical road of Eastern Orthodoxy. On Roman Catholicism.

Cookbook pushes back on Biblical authority and Christian denominationalism.

“The God of the Gaps.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_the_gaps

“I live by Biblical principles. I feel like you can bank on that. ‘You reap what you sow.’ You can bank on that, that’s true. How you treat others, you know, and giving love and all those things, you know, serving people, those things’re important and you can live by those things.”

 

“Little Shirts” (Remix) from the Cookbook & Uno Mas Stereo-Types LP.

 

“Do you ever fear death?”

“We all die, so it’s about how we live.”

“Do you ever miss the Jesus story?”
“What’s your favorite taco?”
On mofongos and pasteles.

Hip-hop pet-peeves?

Game of Thrones podcasts are awesome.

Socials: @cookbookthepr
Favorite rap song? Slum Village “Fall in Love”

 

Shout outs: C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Dewar’s ice cream and candy shop, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Steve Taylor, KJ-52, Lecrae, and Rootbeer (Pigeon John and Flynn Adam), Really Tho??!! Podcast, Stereo-Types Radio Show. 

Background music: The 37th Chamber by El Michels Affair, and Wu-Tang’s The 36th Chamber.

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