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The House Show Show with Zen Zenith

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018. Los Angeles Bassist and "Gentlecore" Songwriter Liam McCormack joins us to perform some of his beautiful songs on guitar and voice. We talk about his early 2000's emo influences, learning to appreciate what is already in front of you, connecting with nature, developing tools to cope with depression and our favorite coffee, beer and podcasts. Hear more from Yellowbirddd at

Duration: 01:01:09

Elle Belle

017. Los Angeles producer and songwriter Elle Belle joins us to perform some of his songs on acoustic guitar and voice. We talk developing a character and what can be liberating and confining about that, crafting the perfect jingle, whether to cast a wide net or not when songwriting and shaking shit loose. All that plus a surprise guest appearance from Misty Boyce! Hear more from Elle Belle at

Duration: 00:52:13

Misty Boyce

016. Misty Boyce graces us with songs on acoustic guitar and piano. She talks relationships, being miserable on tour, forging a healthier relationship with music and human beings and being a "gun for hire" vs. finding your own voice. Hear more from Misty Boyce at

Duration: 01:03:13

Curious Quail

015. Mike Shirley-Donnely of the chip tunes influenced indie rock band Curious Quail joins me to perform some of his bands songs on acoustic guitar and Nintendo Gameboy. We talk about how video games have influences his bands sound, the Sci-Fi storytelling throughout his songwriting and the mysterious Cat Portal that has lead him to live with 24 fuzzy roomies. Hear more from Curious Quail at

Duration: 01:02:26

Carsie Blanton

014. Carsie Blanton joins us hot off her appearance on Judge John Hodgman to play some sweet jazz-infused folk and talk sex, love, relationships, New Orleans, following your muse, songwriting and her new card game The Fing Truth. Hear more from Carsie Blanton at

Duration: 00:55:48

Jamie Drake

013. We're back! Jamie Drake is a folk singer songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. On this episode we talk touring Portland, life in a post-divorce world, losing your sense of wonder and much much more. Hear more from Jamie Drake at

Duration: 01:00:13

Modern Huge

012. Modern Huge is the music of Charo Molina, a songwriter and performer based out of Los Angeles, CA who draws influence from the likes of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley and Nelly Furtado. She and Zen chat living in Los Angeles, what it's like to have a gun pulled on you and hosting the queer radio show and podcast 'Homoground'. Hear more from Modern Huge at

Duration: 00:55:15

John Miller / The Holy Dark

010. It's episode ten and Gloom Folk songwriter John Miller sits down with Zen to talk mental health, dealing with depression, fitting in, getting older and growing up, touring with Blaqk Audio and Night Riots and touring for the first time. Hear more from John Miller at

Duration: 00:56:02

Jason Hawk Harris

009. Country Singer-Songwriter Jason Hawk Harris, lead guitarist for The Show Ponies, joins Zen to talk about his new solo project, Harry Potter, his favorite books, how social media and our image-based society is ruining our lives, his love for sad songs and much much more. Hear more from Jason Hawk Harris at

Duration: 00:52:05

Ben Shaw

008. Ben Shaw is a singer songwriter from the Hollywood Hills who plays modern folk with psychedelic Americana embellishments. He and Zen sit down to talk baritone singers, entertainment law, protest songs, getting older and pursuing music! Hear more from Ben Shaw at

Duration: 01:03:31

Derek Ted

007. Derek Ted is a singer songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area who currently resides in Los Angeles. The lead singer of Owl Paws, Dereks solo material shifts away from his prog-rock roots into serious folk indie territory. Him and I sit down to rap about being best friends with THSS alumni Field Medic, getting almost arrested in the desert, what it's like working for SoFar Sounds and more! Hear more from Derek Ted at

Duration: 00:51:47

Eden Iris

006. Eden Iris is a singer songwriter based out of Los Angeles by way of New Zealand who writes exquisitely crafted acoustic pop songs. Her and I sit down at Primitive Ears in North Hollywood to discuss moving across the world, playing board games, collaborating with Grammy Award Winning artists and how drawing from her influences like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Nicks, Noah and the Whale, Bon Iver and Sigur Ros affects her songwriting. Hear more from Eden Iris at

Duration: 00:54:50

Deep Breaths

005. Deep Breaths is the atmospheric indie finger-picked song stylings of Daniel Berkman. Joined by guitarist Trevor O'Neill, the three of us sit down at Primitive Ears in North Hollywood, CA to discuss growing up, moving between the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Portland, decades long friendships, owning a dog and how your influences (Radiohead, The National and Dashboard Confessional to name a few) affect your songwriting. Hear more from Deep Breaths at

Duration: 01:04:26

Kendra McKinley

004. Kendra McKinley is a singer songwriter from San Francisco, CA who is influenced by the likes of Brian Wilson and St. Vincent and writes songs that span the entire spectrum of pop music. She and I sit down at the Ivy Hill Entertainment offices in Berkeley, CA to talk playing music with your siblings, touring, growing up in Santa Cruz, teaching and the songwriting process. Hear more from Kendra at

Duration: 00:45:38

Brian Bergeron

003. Oakland's Brian Bergeron is a singer songwriter and the head honcho over at Ivy Hill Entertainment. Him and I discuss neural feedback, being in business together, working with rock stars and DJing to The Lion King. Learn more about Brian Bergeron at

Duration: 00:48:17

Field Medic

002. Field Medic is the music of Kevin Patrick, a singer songwriter from San Francisco, CA who writes lo-fi freak folk tunes on acoustic guitar, harmonica and boom box. Him and I discuss the songwriting process, hip-hop, living life full time freestyle, Sunroom Records and Salon and that time he got in trouble with an army of San Francisco tech bros. Hear more from Field Medic at

Duration: 00:54:04

Tiny Stills

001. Tiny Stills is the music of Kailynn West, an artist from Los Angeles CA who writes Sad Anthem Sing-A-Longs. Her and I talk about mental health, PTSD, the songwriting process, AIM away messages, jogging, puppets and going solo vs. playing with a band. Hear more from Tiny Stills at

Duration: 00:53:14


Welcome to The House Show Show with Zen Zenith, who is me! I'm a big music fan so I invite my favorite songwriters to come play songs, chat with me and engage in a Q&A all in front of a live audience. This is the result. Our very first official episode comes out Tuesday, March 14th! Facebook: Twitter: Website:

Duration: 00:02:48