Various Things is a collection of conversations with folks going against the grain to do awesome things, hosted by Gary Llama.
SEASON 2 EPISODE 2 #podcast

Ben Snakepit

Creator of 'Snakepit' comic / Musician
04.12.14

Todays episode is with Ben Snakepit. Ben is a musician and artist. As a musician he has played with the bands Shit Creek, Shanghai River, MODOK and J Church, currently playing with the band Ghost Knife. And as an artist, has created six books of his comic series, “Snakepit”, the latest of which is titled “SnakePit Gets Old”. He also does a column in Razorcake. I first met Ben years ago when he lived in Richmond, and had much fun catching up with him over the phone from his home in Austin, Tx.

SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 #podcast

Greta Brinkman

Bassist / Craftsperson
04.12.14

Todays episode is with Greta Brinkman. Greta got started playing music in the early punk and hardcore scenes of Pennsylvania and Richmond, playing with bands such as 2000 Maniacs and Unseen Force. She then went on to become a touring musician, playing bass with the Debbie Harry Band, and Moby, as well as working as a studio musician in NYC. She now lives back in Richmond, and plays with the band DRUGLORD, and makes beautiful wooden picture frames from reclaimed wood, through her company, Frames by Greta. It was a pleasure to talk with Greta, and I hope you enjoy listening.

SEASON 1 EPISODE 10 #podcast

Jeff Grant

Musician / Co-founder of Houseplant Records
04.02.14

Today’s interview is with Jeff Grant. Jeff got started playing in bands in the mid 90’s as the drummer for the Richmond punk band Target For Agression. He then went on to play with a continual assortment of bands, including taking up guitar and vocals to play with the band Pink Razors, the band Food, and now his most recent projects, The Sands and Full Sun. Along the way, he moved to Bloomington Indiana, and started the record label, Houseplant Records, with his wife, Erin Tobey, an artist and musician herself. I met Jeff when we were in our early teens, and so it was great to catch up with him and what he has been working on.

SEASON 1 EPISODE 9 #podcast

Ben FM

Emcee
04.02.14

Today’s interview is with Ben FM. Ben is a rapper from Richmond, Virginia, was the co-founder of the Hip-Hop duo Luggage, and since I met him in both of our early teens, a very bright and confident person that likes to make other people think with his art. In addition to new solo music he has planned to release, he also is working with others to bring a united banner to the Richmond Hip-Hop culture with the founding of the Richmond Renegades, a hip-hop collective of sorts. You can get music from Ben by sending an email to benfmrva@gmail.com .

SEASON 1 EPISODE 8 #podcast

Andrew Necci

Editor of 'RVA Mag' / Publisher of 'Nothing Is Cool' zine / Musician
03.28.14

Todays Episode is with Andrew Necci. As long as I’ve known Andrew, he has been writing, whether in his zine “Nothing Is Cool”, lyrics for his band Tri-State Killing Spree, or currently, as the Editor-In-Chief of RVA Magazine. In fact, his writing is how I got to know him, when he interviewed my 15 or 16 year old self for a zine he was doing, back in 1995 or 96. So when I started doing these interviews, I knew I wanted to interview him. Enjoy!