older Past Episodes
Ep. 1-The Grateful Dead Made Me Not Feel Like A Stranger
The first episode of a new podcast talking about the love of the Grateful Dead, psychedelics, and living a life that is part of the Long Strange Trip. The Conductor introduces himself, sets up what we're all about, and tells his story of how he got on the bus.
Ep.2-How the Grateful Dead Took The Weight
An interview with fellow traveler and friend for 30+ years talking about his first experience with the Dead and way too much psychedelics. We dive into his first setlist, Phish, the road, dancing during Space, and what it's like when your best friend becomes a Deadhead and you're not.
Ep.3-how the grateful dead make a family
Our interview with the Matriarch of the Schapladay Pad and the twisted tale of two roads intersecting and becoming one. We hear how the two met and became intertwined for this incarnation and how the Grateful Dead make a family.
Ep.4-The Grateful Dead Made Him Lose His Moves
Our interview with musician and friend Tanner Polednak. We discuss losing his moves, his first experiences with jamming, and what it's like to hear with different ears.
EP. 5-THE REVOLUTION WILL BE PODCASTED
This episode started as a 30 second intro and somehow became a 45 minute episode. We cover guitars becoming Shiva, the lost art of ritual in modern society, the call of change, and how the revolution is being podcasted.
EP.6-THE DEAD KEEP FOLLOWING HIM
A drunken afternoon on the porch becomes one hell of a funny episode as we interview Danny from the Portland cannabis scene. We cover listening to the Grateful Dead and fall foliage, how audio engineering can be what turns us on, and the majesty of Hall & Oats.
EP.7-getting real with actress and model sydney schafer
Melanie and Aaron interview actress and model Sydney Schafer (their Daughter) and talk about what it's like to grow up with psychedelic parents, getting real with yourself, and finding your own path in the world.
Follow Sydney on Instagram @syderoni
EP.8-going dep with psychedelic milk podcast host ed liu
The Psychedelic Milk is one of the most popular Psychedelic Podcasts. The Schapladay Crew talks with the host of that show and dives into getting to know the man behind the curtain. We cover why he ever was interested in Psychedelics, what kept him coming back, and what tools he's learned through his journeys to fight off the struggle that comes from having the veil of our reality torn.
Check him out at:
EP.9-GETTIN' KICKED BY THE MULE
A post-show recap of Gov't Mule @ the Roseland Theater here in Portland, Oregon. Apple & Aaron spend some time on the porch talking about what went down at the show and feeling really relaxed. Honestly, I don't even remember recording this one.... so enjoy!
EP.10-The Vanzant Perspective
An evening on the porch with part of our found Family from Vegas gets deep. We are truly all over the map on this one folks!!! Everywhere from the Eagles to me as a Virtual Reality Grandpa. You just gotta hear it!!
EP.11-ALex Comes to Casa De Schapladay
We talk this week with Alex from the Portland Cannabis Community about his stay here at the Schapladay Pad, how it feels to be welcomed and accepted, creating a Tribe, and a recap of a recent psychedelic journey here at the house.
EP.12-DIGGING THE TRIP LOG WITH CHRIS
We have our first ever listener On The Porch as we talk about how Chris found the Grateful Dead, tripped at a Rainbow Gathering, and why "the woo" shouldn't be disparaged. Chris' New Podcast "Coming Out of the Emerald Closet" can be found here:
Ep.13-Tacos and finding your tribe
We talk to Tom from Colorado, a 24 year old Head, about the glory of slingin' tacos, waking up to find out that you are the eyes of the world, and how the older generation should embrace the travelers finding their way onto the bus.
EP.14-LEARNING TO LOVE DARTH VADER WITH COMEDIAN DUNCAN TRUSSELL
Comedian and arch-wizard Duncan Trussell joins the Schapladay Crew for a discussion about the Universal Mind, cosmic chefs, Bluegrass Music and LSD, labels, telepathy, 60,000 simultaneous orgasms, and learning to love Darth Vader when he takes off the mask.
Duncan's podcast, "The Duncan Trussell Family Hour" is, by far, the most fun, informative, transformational, inspirational, and chaotic show out there... head over to his site for tour dates, news, past episodes, and merch.
EP.15-FEELING THE LOVE FROM TEDESCHI TRUCKS
We spend a morning on The Porch with the whole Schapladay Family re-capping the amazing Hard Working Americans & Tedeschi Trucks show. It's a talk about couples, family, love, and speaking to a stranger.
EP.16-The WHole Story
A story of heroin's tendrils, love winning, friends before lovers, and what magnetic attraction really feels like. Aaron & Melanie tell the story of how they ended up together and have become the Mama and Papa Bears of the Schapladay Family.
EP.17-INSIDE THE MIND OF ARTGUY CHUCK HUES
We take a journey inside the mind of artist and friend Chuck Hues. He's done pieces for bands like The Grateful Dead and our new friends Wookiefoot. We talk about the process of creation, finding the flow, and becoming one with the music.
To see more of Chuck's art or hire him to do some amazing creation for you got to: IMAGINATION FOR HIRE
EP.18- BREAKIN' IT DOWN WITH THE HOST OF THE BROKEDOWN PODCAST-JONATHAN HART
Johnathan Hart is the host of The Brokedown Podcast. He's a digital wizard that stitches together the music we all love into tapestries of sonic goodness. We spend some time on the porch talking about what makes the Grateful Dead great, listening for the secret, and searching for the sound.
To check out the Brokedown Podcast:
EP.19- ANY WAY YOU LOVE WE KNOW HOW YOU FEEL
The Schapladay Crew recaps the Chris Robinson Brotherhood show. We introduce a couple new members of the Family, talk about the Hippie Vortex, feeling included, and finding somewhere you can just be you. It's an episode filled with good vibes, lots of love, and well intentioned ribbing.
EP.20- LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE WITH ELIGH FROM GRAND TAPESTRY
We spend some time with Eligh from Grand Tapestry. Grand Tapestry fuses traditional Indian music and it's unlikely but perfect companion, a flow of rhymes from a beautiful mind. We talk about psychics, Grand Tapestry's vision for their future, dreaming big, and knowing when to reel it in!
EP.21-FEELING THE WAY IT FEELS TO FEEL WITH JUSTIN THE NSR PRODUCER
It's time to meet the man behind the curtain! Justin is the Producer of No Simple Road and part of The Schapladay Crew. We talk about coming to grips with the man behind the mask, how music is alive, and how vibrations of love and light can ripple out and heal the world. It's an episode filled with Christmas, Yule, Saturnalia, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus, and Winter Solstice Cheer.
EP.22-Getting Down With Oteil Burbridge
It's a Christmas miracle! The No Simple Road Family spends some time with legendary bass wizard Oteil Burbridge. We talk about getting the call from Dead & Company, how the audience is playin' in the band, living in coincidence, the meaning of "Zambi", Col. Bruce Hampton and a whole lot more.
Check out Oteil's new Album "Water In The Desert" on iTunes and anywhere you stream or download music.
EP.23-JOINING THE FAMILY WITH ADAM FROM SWIMM
An early New Year's celebration becomes an episode of No Simple Road. Adam from SWIMM just happens to be my Daughter's Boyfriend so, we took the opportunity to find out what makes him tick. We talk about his start in drumming, living as a musician, meeting your heroes, and Darwin's farts. Its a fun episode filled with laughter, celebration, and New Years wishes. Check out SWIMM HERE and listen on Apple Music/Google Play Music and anywhere you stream...
Info on "Love You Down" Festival can be found HERE
EP.24-DESIGNING THE DEAD WITH ARTIST JEREMY DEAN
It's a New Year and we get right down to business! Jeremy Dean is the Graphic Designer behind the logos for Dead & Company's Summer and Fall Tours as well as the mind behind some of the artwork for John Mayer's shows with Dave Chappell amongst other things. We talk about transforming into a Deadhead, living on your talent, and the combination of hardcore punk rock and Grateful Dead.
You can check out Jeremey's stuff on Instagram @deansnuts
EP.25-CREATING REALITY WITH VISIONARY ARTIST JOE ROBERTS
Not-so-ordinary Visionary Artist Joe Roberts hangs out with the Schapladay Crew and shares with us his vision of the world. We talk about the Other Side, Dimethyltryptamine as a technology, communication with our pets, and hearing the music of life. This was a fun and inspirational talk and one that will surprise you.
Check out Joe's art on Instagram: @lsdworldpeace
EP.26-GETTING BLOOD FROM A STONE WITH ERIC KRASNO
Virtuoso Producer/Guitarist Eric Krasno from Lettuce, Soulive, Oteil & Friends... just to name a few.... talks to the NSR crew this week! We talk about his new Album "Blood From a Stone", how mentors have shaped his playing, playing with his heroes, finding his own sound, and growing up musical!
Check out Eric's new album on iTunes/Google Play Music and anywhere you stream or download music.
EP.27-BEING WELCOMED HOME WITH THE GARCIA BIRTHDAY BAND
The Garcia Birthday Band is Portland, Oregon's homegrown Grateful Dead Tribute Band. Some of the guys stopped by Casa De Schapladay and we talked about being honored to play Dead tunes, the difference between a "Cover" band and a "Tribute" outfit, nonverbal communication, and how accidents can become the most fun you can have! These guys are the real deal!
You can check them out all over the Portland area. For show info and samples of the music GO HERE!!!!
EP.28-HEARING THE MESSAGE FROM MC TAYLOR OF HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
M.C. Taylor, of Hiss Golden Messenger, joins the NSR crew for a candid and thoughtful interview! We talk about his journey, living in The South, the influences that have shaped him, the Grateful Dead, and bath time!
Check out the new album "Hallelujah Anyhow" on iTunes or anywhere you stream or download music.
EP.29-COMING HOME TO THE TERRAPIN FAMILY
The Grateful Dead, 50 years ago, played at the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland, Oregon. This is the Schapladay recap of Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band playing there on that anniversary. It was a night of amazing vibration, realization, and family. This one will just make you FEEL GOOD!
EP.29.5-THE UN-EPISODE EPISODE
We are waiting to release our weekly episode until this Tuesday but we didn't want to leave you all hangin'. So, here's the Schapladay Crew chilling in the basement talking about what is coming up in the next few months and thanking you guys, the NSR Family for being the most amazing group of humans out there! Stay tuned this coming Tuesday for our announcement and an interview with John Kadlecik!
EP.30-LISTENING FOR THE SECRET WITH JOHN KADLECIK
John Kadlecik joins the No Simple Road Crew and takes us to school! We talked about his life's trajectory, the evolution of music, the San Francisco music scene and Family Dog, and really get to know the man behind the beautiful music. You guys are gonna love this one and you are gonna learn a bunch!
Also... No Simple Road had joined a larger family, The Osiris Network which just happnens to be partnered with Relix Magazine! Oh yeah, it's kind of a big deal for lil ol' us (and you guys too)! Check out osirispod.com to find all the cool podcasts in our extended family!
EP.31-THE FORCES TEAR LOOSE FROM THE AXIS: DARKSTAR ORCHESTRA RECAP & TRIP REPORT
This is a long strange episode this week Family! We spend a morning on the porch after Darkstar Orchestra discussing psychedelics, first shows, getting honest with our listeners, and the growing family. We actually do re-cap the show about an hour in but before that is good ol' morning after conversation. It's a heady episode filled with some deep talk. Enjoy!!!!
CALLING ALL NSR FAMILY: Our Brother Chuck from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood Family and Raven's Reels Almanac needs our help. Please visit his GoFundMe to help out with his medical bills. This is a beautiful human being guys and we need to send love, light, and monetary assistance. Visit: Chuck's Medical Fund
EP.32-BLUES FOR SALLAH
The mythical being known as Sallah joins us this week to talk about the LA Dead Night! This is the man behind the curtain of that event and we chat about being a part of the scene, learning a secret language, the next generation of The Family, and a ton of other stuff!
Go to LA Dead Night to get more info and fid out the where and when of the next one and check out Sallah on Instagram @bluesforsallah
EP.33-PICKIN' INTO THE FUTURE WITH GUITARIST DANIEL DONATO
Daniel Donato spends some time with the NSR Crew talking about growing up and finding his purpose, the legacy of the Grateful Dead, the value of working hard at his craft, and how it feels to have to carry his own gear!
Check out Daniel's incredible awesomeness HERE
EP.34-A JOURNEY INTO THE WILDERNESS WITH ESTEBAN DECORAZON OF THE PORTLAND PSYCHEDELIC SOCIETY
Esteban DeCorazon joins the NSR crew for a talk about solo journeys with the sacred mushroom, DMT space, and his personal confrontation with "She Who Shall Not Be Named".
Check out The Portland Psychedelic Society on Facebook: Portland Psychedelic Society for news, information and event info.
EP.35-DYING THE DEAD WITH JEREMY ST.REBEL OF JAMMIN' ON TIE DYE STUDIO
Jeremy St.Rebel drops by to talk the to the NSR Crew about his incredible journey from selling shirts in the lot at the Vegas Dead shows in the '90's to having a successful business, putting on Tie Dye fashion shows, meeting his heroes, and having Oteil walk down his runways!
Check out Jeremy's work at: jamminon.com
and on Instagram @jamminontiedyestudio
EP.36-HAVING OUR FACES MELTED BY UMPHREY'S MCGEE-TRIP REPORT/SHOW RECAP
Umphrey's McGee played the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland and we were lucky enough to be there! The No Simple Road Crew recaps the night's festivities with a talk about dancing bears, trees with different fruit, expanding our musical interests, and basically enjoys the afterglow of an evening having our faces melted right the hell off!
EP.37-NO SIMPLE GREYHOUNDS
Greyhounds join us for a talk about a band coming from a Craig's List ad, wearing different clothes, where the inspiration comes from, being open to new experience and a whole bunch more. We had a blast talking to them and I think you'll dig hearing what they have to say.
Check out the new Greyhounds Album "Cheyenne Valley Drive" on: Apple Music
Google Play Music or wherever you steam or download your tunes!
EP.38-COMIN' AROUND WITH NOLA DEADHEAD
Alex (@noladeadhead) hangs out with the No Simple Road Crew and we dig into how he came into the family from an unexpected avenue, how a concert is actually the original social media, what its like to be recognized for your work, and his experience at his first Dead & Company show. This was a fun interview that could, honestly, have gone all night!
Check out his work at:
EP. 39 - Uncovering the mystery with bestselling author jason louve
Bestselling Author Jason Louv joins the No Simple Road Crew this week for an in depth look at his new book 'John Dee and the Empire of Angels' as well as discussion about how psychedelics and Magick go together, the history behind his personal work, how certain books are 'alive' and a ton more. This is a heady talk and one that lies very close to the heart of NSR.
EP.40-FINDING THE HIDDEN PARTICLE WITH THE HIGGS GUITARIST JOHN LOVERO
Cosmic California has produced some amazing musicians and The Higgs guitarist John Lovero is among that number. He joins the No Simple Road Crew and talks to us about his first psychedelic experience, deciding that music is life, and what it means to give all you have to listening for the secret and searching for the sound!
Check out The Higgs EP 'Change' on iTunes wherever you stream or download music!
EP. 41 - Getting On The Bus With Online Ceramics
The No Simple Road Family hangs out with Elijah Funk and Alix Ross from Online Ceramics. We talk about the genesis of their friendship, what it's like to change the aesthetic of The Grateful Dead, being the outcast, and how the whole scene is opening up to accept a new generation of Deadheads.
Check out their work on Instagram: @onlineceramics
Head over to their website online-ceramics.com to grab your shirts for Summer Tour.
EP.42-JUMPING INTO THE CLEAR LAKE WITH BROTHER HAWK
Brother Hawk joins the No Simple Road Crew this week coupled with the release of their new album 'The Clear Lake'! JB and Nick spend some time with us talking about the invaluable support of family, the genesis of Brother Hawk, what it feels like to be in the groove, what its like to be gaining popularity and a whole lot more.
Check out the new album 'The Clear Lake'
Follow them on Instagram @brotherhawkatl
Ep. 43 - The View From The Skies As The Crow Flies
The No Simple Road Crew takes you inside their journey to see As The Crow Flies at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. We go deep on this one and cover a ton of ground... topics on The Porch this week include not using Patchouli for body odor, recognizing one's potential for greatness, the wonder of watching a master at work, our take on the ATCF show, and a whole bunch more. These post concert trip reports/recaps are personal and deep. I think you'll enjoy!
EP.44 - Deep ellum transmissions from the chilldren of indigo
The Chilldren of Indigo are our guest on The Porch this week! Our conversation dives deep into the origin story of The Indigo Tribe, starting a 'movement', synchronicity creating our path, choosing your family and being a tribe, psychedelics changing our perspective, and a whole lot more. These cats are the next generation of psychedelic explorers bringing their own brand of strangeness, positive vibration, and love to the world!
Download the new Album 'Keepers Of The Fire' on Apple Music
or anywhere you stream or download your tunes!
EP.45-I KNOW YOU RYDER
This is a special episode! The only member of the No Simple Road Crew finally tells his story! Only he can bring you into his world in his special way. We cover how he ended up in Portland with the Family, his first Grateful Dead show and what happened to him that night, and the No Simple Road that has lead up to the point of starting this show and becoming integral is its rise from baby-podcastdom. This is a genuinely sweet hearted human being, Family, and you'll enjoy hearing his tale.
EP.46-DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE WITH THE HIGHERSIDE CHATS HOST GREG CARLWOOD
This week we delve deep into the world of conspiracy theories with The Higherside Chats Podcast Host Greg Carlwood. We get into psychedelics and the CIA, Greg's journey with Salvia, the lame practices of YouTube, and how to stay sane while heading down the rabbit hole of conspiracies. There's a ton here to unpack and I'm sure you guys are gonna dig this one.
Check out The Higherside Chats on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
EP.47-SENTIMENTAL WITH SWIMM
The No Simple Road Family is growing! SWIMM Drummer Adam is the Father of my soon-to-be Grandbaby! We have the whole SWIMM Tribe on to discuss psychedelics as a catalyst for creativity, their new album 'Sentimental Porno', how friendship is the basis for the band, and how having a little one in the mix will affect the dynamics. This is a special Father's Day episode of No Simple Road folks!!!
Check out the new album 'Sentimental Porno' on Apple Music or anywhere you stream or download your tunes.
EP.48-INTO THE MYSTIC WITH JAKE WEAVER
This week's guest is Jake Weaver. Jake has spent quite a while navigating the scene we all call home and has some extremely interesting information he's acquired through his travels. We spent the afternoon talking about how we handled the world after Jerry Garcia left this incarnation, being 'drafted' by The Grateful Dead, the energy field of psychedelics and poking through the dimensions, and so much more I'd be here all day tryin' to get it all in here! It's a heady 3 hour deep dive into our culture and the scene.
EP.49-GETTIN SILLY WITH DEAN SOTILLE
Grateful Dean Sotille joins us on The Porch this week for a little chat! We talk about his early years of getting on the bus with The Grateful Dead, his rise to Blog Stardom, his past in the darkness, meeting Oteil and Peter Shapiro, and a whole lot more! If you enjoy smiling and laughing from the belly.... well... this is your episode!
Check out his YouTube channel: Grateful Dean YouTube
EP.50-A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER WITH HOWLIN RAIN FRONTMAN ETHAN MILLER
Howlin' Rain Frontman Ethan Miller hangs out with the No Simple Road Crew. We talk about the creative process, being aware of who is out there listening, the path that the Grateful Dead have blazed, and the beauty of a much maligned drug. We recorded this live at Mississippi Studios here in Portland and take you to the show with us after the interview.
Check out the new album: 'The Alligator Bride' on iTunes or anywhere you stream or download tunes.
Head over to howlinrain.com for tour dates, info, and some badass merch!