The Mike Herrera Hour

Garret Rapp of The Color Morale joins the podcast this week. We talk about the Cornerstone Festival, Warped Tour, Charities and thoughts on depression and happiness. Real talk.

  Later in the podcast I tell a very personal story about my balls. So hide your children cause it gets graphic.

MHH166 - Garret gets on the phone as they get to a rare day off on the Van's Warped Tour. We talk about the new album,Desolate Divine that's out today and we go way into why some festivals thrive (Van's Warped Tour) and why others have gone the way of the buffalo (Cornerstone Festival).

Other Topics:

Band Happy,  tactics for everyday success and happiness. Mentoring, connecting, Hope for the day, Heart support, Depression, Happiness,

 The Color Morale 

Garret Rapp [lead vocals, keys]
Aaron Saunders [rhythm guitar, vocals]
Devin King [lead guitar]
Mike Honson [bass]
Steve Carey [drums]

For the Rockford, IL quintet, treading new territory has uncovered their most poetic, potent, and powerful body of work to date in their fifth studio album,Desolate Divine, which captures the band’s palpable aggression through expansive production, yielding to a bigger sonic backdrop, while preserving the sense of emotional vulnerability they’re known for. Following the success of early albums, We All Have Demons [2009], My Devil in Your Eyes [2011], and Know Hope [2013], the group received a 2014Alternative Press Music Awards nomination in the category of “Best Breakthrough Band.” Shortly after, Hold On Pain Ends debuted at #28 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release—the group’s highest chart position yet. The recording process for Desolate Divine marks a first for the musicians as they enlisted multiple producers and songwriters to perfect the dynamic sound they wanted to achieve—Dan Korneff [Pierce The Veil, The Devil Wears Prada], Erik Ron [Panic! At The Disco, Saosin], Scott Stevens [Shinedown, Halestorm, Nothing More], Arnold Lanni [Simple Plan], and Matt Wentworth. Whether you’re a first-time listener or a long-time diehard, you’ve likely never heard The Color Morale like this before, as the band remains unflinchingly real and unashamedly ambitious in Desolate Divine, slated for an August 2016 release. (

Direct download: MHHp166_GarretRapp_TheColorMorale_on_Depression_and_Happiness.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 6:00pm PDT

Live Performance, DI, Touring, Growing up in Virginia, Humans, Politics, Stoics, Philosophy of life, work ethic, job interview, Waiting the movie.’

MHH165 with traveler and songwriter Mike Frazier

Live in studio performance where I also sit in on guitar on brand new song Big Sky and his currrent single that also happens to be a fun impression of the absurdity of the Donald Trump candidacy and unfathomable narcisism of US politics, The Parrot King.


DIY shows and promoting, Geneva Records, Touring, Trump and how he wrote a song about him.

2nd Half - My friend and now apprentice John Boyce joins me on the second half of the podcast. We get into


Interviewing for a Job. John actually interviews me for a position as a server. This alone is worth the price of admission.

How the Apprenticeship is going and what he's learning. We were really just two guys having a conversation which is kind of nice too. These podcasts are always fun for me.

 favorite things 

Hip Hop Hardcore with Tayves Pelletier @kingyosef_ @cogentofficial and Photographer Ryan McKinnon @RjMKinnon.

iPhone Photography, Product Design, Start Ups with Erik Hedberg, Co-Founder and Designer of Moment App + lenses. Check out Moment here:

MHH163 @moment lens and app startup co founder/ designer Erik Hedberg joins me on the show to talk about his success and vision for a small company that's growing by leaps and bounds.
We discuss a lot here but it is mostly in hte vein of Mobile Photography, Manufacturing, origins of
Startup tactics, Kickstarter, Design, content communities, seattle, remote working, local business and artist communities, Moment Camera App

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follow on instagram @moment @e21 or the website and the blog about mobile photography in Chicago by Neal Kumar

 Mobile Photos of Chicago 
Direct download: MHH163_ErikHedberg_Moment_CoFounder_and_Designer.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 6:00pm PDT

Sherri Dupree Bemis on the new Eisley recording, being a mom, staying optimistic and keeping it real. 

@SDupreeBemis on all Socials. @Eisley

Sponsored by


Sherri sings in @Eisley, Lives in a pink house in TX but travels often. Her days are spent loving her family and drinking gross amounts of coffee. Twit/Snap :sdupreebemis

Music, Family and a whole life of whimsical delights in this episode. MHH162

The 411 on the new Eisley studio album produced by Will Yip
The past and future of the band
Home and family life in East Texas
Social Media
Mentors growing up
Strengths and Weaknesses
Recording process
Eisley Home Studio


Direct download: MHHp162_Sherri_Dupree_Bemis_Eisley.mp3
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The nightmare and what kitchen life is really like with MASTER CHEF and ENTREPRENEUR JOHN NESBY. He and his wife own and operate the Green Light Diner in Poulsbo, WA.

John drops knowledge about food, business, mushroom hunting, clean food, and he even shares a nice simple Avacodo recipe.


The nightmare and what kitchen life is really like with MASTER CHEF and ENTREPRENEUR
JOHN NESBY. He and his wife own and operate the Green Light Diner in Poulsbo, WA.

 Green Light Diner 

John drops knowledge about food, business, mushroom hunting, clean food, and he even shares a nice simple Avacodo recipe. Mise en place.

Mise en place was very interesting to me because it's also what I think of as a musician. I have tools and I do enjoy them in their own place.

(French pronunciation: [mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary phrase which means "putting in place" or "everything in its place." It refers to the set up required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift. -wikipedia

Mor Mor
Green Light Diner

For next time... This is a text I just got from John about the podcast. I will have him back on this summer so send in your cooking questions and I'll ask him. Here's the text:

"I'm bummed, we never even got to talk outdoor grill cookery.  Hour flew by. I've been obsessed with my grill lately.  I cook everything on that thing and have begun incorporating thrift shop antique lodgeware cast iron pans onto the grill for some of the most amazing and simple "clean" dishes ever.  I'm even doing grilled garden vegetable scrambles and cooking the whole thing outdoors at home.  It's so good. Grilled zucchini, crooked neck squash, charred potatoes with green onions, bacon and cast iron scrambled eggs, topped with sea salt and Chulula Sauce. That's what Chef eats at home these days."

Direct download: MHHp161_Master_Chef_John_Nesby.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 6:00pm PDT

Get inspired as we talk Zen this week. Also, thoughts on the new Blink182 album! 

Direct download: MHHp160_My_Journey_of_Self_Discovery_Podcast.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

Ryan Holiday is back on the podcast with news about his new book, Why Ego is the Enemy. Philosophy, stoicism, and Kanye West! 

Direct download: MHH159_Why_Ego_is_the_Enemy_RYAN_HOLIDAY.mp3
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Mike chats with the guys of Millencolin about American politics, beer, travel, and their new album, True Brew. Then Tom and Yuri join him for a recap of the LA shows.

Direct download: MHHp158_MXPX_and_Millencolin.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

Songs, image, collaboration and Austria's own Arnold. 
@Marcus_Smaller joins Mike this week.

Direct download: MHHp157_How_to_be_yourself_with_Marcus_Smaller.mp3
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