December 8, 2015

There’s been a lot of bullets flying lately. TDW discusses the recent shooting of SF resident Mario Woods, the San Bernardino shootings, and the death of Laquan McDonald after an office shot him 16 times. Murder is happening, Death is happening, so let’s Kill the complacency.

Show Notes:

The TDW team has been sending thoughts and condolences with the rest of the world as recent attacks have darkened our screens. But as so many citizens and so many public officials are saying- what are thoughts, condolences, and prayers accomplishing? We’ve tried nothing. So nothing’s happening.

None of us is an expert on gun laws or psychology, but we have our own opinions on what’s been happening in the news. Our thoughts AND best efforts for change go out to the families of those killed in the San Bernardino shootings, the family of Mario Woods, and the family of Laquan McDonald.

And on a much lighter note, for those who live to the ripe old age of 103, did you know you can have your body placed in a diamond to pass down through the family?

“Becky, will you marry me?”
“Yes, Dave! Oh, the ring is beautiful!”
“Thank you, it’s my grandma.”
“It was your grandma’s?”
“No. It IS my grandma. If I couldn’t get you stop saying ‘fuck’ so much through a curse jar, maybe you’ll stop with Grandma Maggie on your finger.”

You can also become a tree, a coral reef, a firework, a tiny cube shot up into space, and so much more. This ain’t your grandfather’s funeral anymore!

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December 1, 2015

AND A MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS TO YOU! We do not hate Christmas music, but we do not like buttloads of it starting the instant our tryptophan naps wear off. This Damn World presents to you our first gift this holiday


We do not hate Christmas music, but we do not like buttloads of it starting the instant our tryptophan naps wear off. This Damn World presents to you our first gift this holiday season: 30 Days of Damn Good Tunes. Every day for the next 30 days, we will release three songs; one from Dom, one from Jenn, and one from Aya. They will be posted to our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram daily. At the end of the month, we’ll release the playlist on Spotify so you can jam your way right into 2016.

And for more damn good tunes…

Our first episode of TDW Unplugged was really exciting for all of us. We first heard about

Loco Tranquilo

back when Kate joined the team. She immediately started raving about this awesome band she works for, and we obviously said yes, we’d love to meet them. The guys walked into our studio with cool clothes, gorgeous instruments, and long, flowing locks (except for one, and then Aya and Jenn were like, “Is this guy new, or lost?”)

Some might think five is a lot for a band, but each brings their own spirit to the jams. Julian Gervasi charms the vocals and plucks soothing melodies from his guitar. Craig Jacobs coaxes a symphony of rhythms from his many drums. Mazin Jamal swims through the songs with percussion and additional vocals. Jack Sundquist is small on spoken words but monumental in his bass guitar additions. Jesse Elkin Rubin ties it all together with the soulful hum of his golden saxophone.

Together, they aim to provide a healing presence with their music and to spread a message of love. The band describes their relationship as polyamorous, in that they all have love for each other and individually strive to create love through their songs. (Caution: beware of “spiritually transmitted diseases.”)

Hands down, the hardest gig ever played has been Ruby Skye- up at an ungodly hour of the morning and playing before most of the world was even awake. The best was Paradise Backyard Vol. 1, an event hosted by Kate, Julian, and several others as an appreciation of freedom, open minds and connection. According to Aya, it was one of the chilliest settings with the most open and creative people.

Loco Tranquilo’s music is perfect for kicking back, closing your eyes, and soaking up the universe’s positive energy, whether you’re with your friends or taking a moment alone to realign. Listen to their songs on SoundCloud and follow their social media on Facebook and Instagram.

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November 24, 2015

Dr. Strangelove’s fluoride mind control theory. Stanley Kubrick’s falsified footage of the Moon Landing. USOs trailing alien lights through the open, unexplored sea. Ishak Kang reveals that the truth is out there- if you’re willing to look.


The Truth Is Out There – Ishak is our idea of the absolute perfect guest: he walked in, grabbed a Singha beer, and immediately the banter began. September 11 initially spurred his interest in conspiracy theories. The myriad of explanations for one of the biggest and most confusing incidents in our US history led him deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, uncovering more mysteries along the way. We didn’t even get to half of the stuff we wanted to talk about- futurism, David Icke’s Babylonian Brotherhood theory, tin foil hats, Men in Black, the actual savings of outlet malls- because there’s just so much to cover.

Among these topics were OUR personal favorites: mermaids for Jenn, brainwashing aliens (aka the government) for Dom, and unidentified submerged objects (USOs) for Aya. Although not all USOs are as terrifying as they’re made out to be.

Ishak openly said within the first minute that he doesn’t believe in any of this; it’s just really, really interesting to see what the world comes up with. And who knows? Maybe there is some truth to it- eh, Jar Jar Binks?

We definitely plan to have Ishak back for another episode. To contact him with YOUR favorite conspiracy theory, hit him up on Twitter. You can also reach him through us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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November 17, 2015

Life is a highway- a long, fun, scary, humbling road. Take a moment to appreciate your little guilty pleasures. Look back on when you learned the important things, like how to not care what anyone thinks and how to do those fucking taxes. And sometimes it is literally a long road- tune in for details on Donnie and Alyssa’s upcoming journey, a cross-country community exploration called “A Place and All Its Creatures.”

Show Notes:

Let’s be real. Sometimes adulthood feels like looking both ways before crossing the street and then getting hit by a boat. You try your best in every situation, but some days you just have to roll with the punches until your bed can hold you close again.

Dom, Jenn, and Aya have all been schooled on their fair share of lessons. From three separate walks of life, we independently gathered that other people’s opinions ain’t shit and it’s okay to say no to stuff you don’t like. We learned to relish the guilty pleasures of extravagant breakfasts, making commentary on ‘16 and Pregnant,’ and the unhygienic glory of sitting down on public transportation. We each learned to do our own thing- regardless of obstacles- and that is when the real world began.

In 2016, our friends Donnie and Alyssa will embark on a mission to discover how peoples’ lives shape and are shaped by their communities and landscapes. They will climb into the seats of their 2006 Ford Econoline van, outfitted to become the ultimate mobile home, and take off on a 9,000 mile, 6+ month trip across the United States. Stops will include Quartzsite, AZ; Taos, NM; New Orleans, LA; Tangier Island, VA; Detroit, MI; South Dakota; the North West, and more. Their plan is to photograph, shoot, and produce video vignettes, as well as blog about the communities they encounter. (Basically, the thing you fantasize about in your cubicle. Except they’re actually summoning their balls and doing it.)

Donnie and Alyssa’s goals are to create exposure around alternative lifestyles and explore how people around the country interact with each other and the land. They also want to better understand the impact that the land and community have on people’s health. This Damn World will be following these highway nomads throughout their journey on the blog “A Place and All Its Creatures,” as well as Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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November 10, 2015

Civil rights law is stereotypically a field without creativity. For Melanie Popper of the Revelatory Center for Arts and Law, it’s an opportunity to illuminate the emotional side of crimes we’ve learned to overlook, the true art of law. Listen to stories of powerful court case, a year-long exploration of the Caribbean, and the importance of appreciating your life.

Show Notes:

Melanie’s approach to law applies a creative touch and an alternative viewpoint to civil rights crimes we as Americans have learned to not even see. Whether it’s denying job promotions on the basis of discrimination or heterosexual people being bullied for ‘acting gay,’ we still live in an age of civil injustice. Melanie’s work seeks to answer the question: “what makes that a crime?”

Her idea stemmed from Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” where victims act out painful scenes again and again and again until the rawness is no longer as present. When a crime occurs, Melanie has her clients do the same, allowing them to work through the situation and come out stronger on the other side, a sort of theatrical therapy. Additionally, Melanie uses actors and actresses to reenact the situation and to illustrate for the opposing party exactly where a wrong was committed.

And Melanie has seen her fair share of wrongs.

It’s no deep statement to say that the United States and the Caribbean are two completely different worlds. The latter is a society that still clings to the old ways. Judges wear the robes and tightly coiled wigs of their predecessors. Women are treated as second class citizens. Anti-sodomy laws are genuinely legal and a racist slur is as run of the mill as an ordinary greeting.

Leaving at the age of 3, Melanie and her family relocated to the United States. Years later, she traveled first to Jamaica and then the Caribbean to work as a civil rights lawyer. She encountered both the bad and the good, traditions that at first seemed backward but soon became a new viewpoint on a way of life.

For more information on the Revelatory Center for Arts and Law, or to become one of Melanie’s actors, contact her at Check out her website here.

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