Recent Posts

Why, Despite My Affection for High-End Coffee Drinks and Boutique Hotel Lobbies, I Will Never Be Fully Gentrified

Yah, ‘cuz “a few days” spent on a photo shoot with them dern country folk earns you the right to drop yer gerunds.

(Broken in, so you won’t have to weary yourself.)

Also, do you even know what “rustlin'” means? (Hint: STEALING LIVESTOCK.)

Climbing off my high horse (a stubby grumpy donkey, really) to be fair (and I’m serious here): MADE IN USA. So in an instance of unironic irony, this refined purveyor and its customers are actually supporting those good ol’ American values we hear so much about (and that are unintentionally lampooned in the ad copy). I salute them, and should get back to work myself. Hugs all around.

But give me a minute.

“Roughneck Grace” Getting what we both deserve

Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). Today’s column, “getting what we both deserve” can be seen online here.

Podcast of The Pines Episode Now Available

In this week’s Tent Show Radio episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ –Mike sorts out Facts and Fanticies.  Then – in clodhopper terms – he defines the Big Dang Word “termagant.”

This episode welcomes musical guests The Pines, and a special archive performance by the Punch Brothers.  Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years.

Download the podcast here.  Of course you can also listen on the beautiful radio (or stream) in real time. List of stations and times right here.