Xzibit, Part 1 – “Moral Compass” – TWP029

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When Alvin Joiner was sixteen, he lost his home, his family, and his direction in life. Eventually, after living a life of violence and anger, he decided to make a change. But his past would come back to haunt him in a strange but familiar voice, the one that had been implanted in him by his long deceased mother: his conscience.

Todd Komarnicki, Part 3 – “Discipline” – TWP028

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Most writers will tell you that their most useful weapon is self-discipline. During our interview with Todd Komarnicki, he shared with us a useful insight into this concept. All that, and take a hike with Branan and Anson as they try to uncover the whereabouts of missing beavers!

Todd Komarnicki, Part 2 – “Christmas Movies” – TWP027

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Todd produced what has become one of the seminal Christmas movies of all time: “Elf”. Join us as Todd unveils the little-known cookies hidden inside his film that allude to many other holiday classics, and why Christmas movies have to power to make us laugh, cry and hug.

Todd Komarnicki, Part 1 – “Spectacularly Saved” – TWP026

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Writer/Producer Todd Komarnicki is a man of profound love and profound faith. Both have served his pursuits as an artist. Join Anson & Branan as they venture deep into a Christmas story that took them over a year to unearth: how Todd once lost his faith, and in-so-doing, almost lost his life. Happy holidays to one and all.

Season One Finale – TWP024

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Anson and Branan recap the first season of The Well Podcast and talk about plans for season 2.  Also, Anson talks about filming “Star Trek: Discovery” and what it’s like to join the larger Star Trek family.  Oh… Anson Branan his a tree with his truck.  Enjoy, and don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list on our website.  We’ll be sending updates via newsletter.  Have a great summer!

Music for this episode was provided by Little Glass Men under a Creative Commons Attribution license.  Tracks:

Cloud Launching


Open Door


Lou Barlow, Part 3 – “Lou at Play” – TWP023

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Playfulness is it at the heart of the creative process and it can take many surprising forms. Lou Barlow has been playing with his sound, his process and his ideas since he was a kid. In this episode of THE WELL we look at the importance of staying loose and indulging in play.

Music from this episode in order of appearance:

Up From the Well

You Fell Down the Stairs

Mr. Genius Eyes

I Feel Good Inside About Me

Pet Your Puppy


Colix Jauntarah

Ride a Hearse, Build a Throne



Lou Barlow, Part 2 – “In His Own Orbit” – TWP022

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Lou Barlow is one of our generations most unique and prolific singer songwriters. In this episode he reflects upon his resistance to identity as a songwriter and performer. He shares what drives him as a writer and how it feels after 20 years to be playing with J Mascis in Dinosaur Jr again. To see the last known photo of Ray, the Day Kitty, go here.

Music from this episode in order of appearance:

Rise Below Slowly

Lou Rap

Cougar Hood

That Kind of Year

Don’t Call Me Writer


Freed Pig

Ballad of Day Kitty


Lou Barlow, Part 1 – “A Partial History of Lou Barlow” – TWP021

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Lou Barlow’s creative output goes by many names, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion, Sentridoh, and Loobiecore. Throughout his career he’s carved out a niche for himself as a the unofficial godfather of low-fi folk music and/or emo. For some he is the Bob Dylan of the alternative music scene; uninhibited, brutally honest, sensitive and a touch avant garde.  Our own Branan Edgens has been a big fan for over 25 years and is excited for you to join him on part 1 “A Partial History of Lou Barlow”.


Music from this episode in order of appearance:

“Poledo” – Dinosaur Jr. 

“Meaningless Dead End” – Sentridoh

“Severed Lips” – Dinosaur Jr. 

“My Own Religion/Ride the Darker Wave” – Sebadoh

“Brand New Love” – Sebadoh

“The Freed Pig” – Sebadoh

“Sexual Confusion” – Sebadoh

“Natural One” – The Folk Implosion

“Free To Go” – The Folk Implosion

“Caterpillar Girl” – Lou Barlow

“Goin’ Down” – Dinosaur Jr.