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The Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the science of COOL. Johnny Gwin, the Crusader of Cool, is not particularly a "Cool" guy. Actually, he has never had a seat at the COOL KIDS table in the lunchroom and to this day is just a bit "out of the loop". However he is a genuine curious soul has a "calling" to discover all the fascinating sights, sounds, people, places, businesses, products, ideas and all things pop-culture that excites those "in the know." The Crusader of Cool is on his quest to track down those trending stories, people and artifacts that seem to be setting the world on fire and making it a more kick ass plant. Join The Crusader on his quest to become a more enlightened vessel in the world of "how cool is that" by learning from the Zen-like teachings COOLOLOGISTS who live on the top of Mt. Badass and other sage like Fonzies throughout the world wide web-o-shere. Contact The Crusader of Cool at http://on.fb.me/1VQ3EIt. To contact Johnny visit johnnygwin.com or tweet him at @thejohnnygwin.
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Feb 21, 2017

Crusader of Cool - Joe Cain - Rebroadcast - Mardi Gras - Wayne Dean


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This is a Crusader of Cool rebroadcast of one of the first podcasts we ever recorded at Deep Fried Studios. (Originally aired: March 28, 2016)

Since it's Mardi Gras season here in the birth place Mardi Gras - Mobile, Alabama - we thought we would replaying the riveting story of our patron saint of revelry, Joesph Stillwell Cain. Wayne Dean, the third person to embody the spirit of Joe Cain - Chief Slac - and one heck of a storyteller walks us the through the wonderful tale of revelry, rebellion, exhuming bodies, raising skulls to the sky, tradition, myths, legacy and the origin and meaning of Mobile's "People's Parade".

I want to thank Greyson Capps for the gracious use of his song "Ol Slac" in this episode. You can purchase the song on iTunes.

Everyone have a safe and happy Mardi GRas and in the wise words of Joe Cain - Have fun but not too much fun.

 
Crusader of Cool WTF?
Crusader of Cool podcast is a quest to search out and find truly fascinating real-life characters and let them discuss what really blows them away as being "cool". Stories, ideas, art, music, products, technology, other people (living, dead or fictional). I'm Johnny Gwin and I invite you fellow cool crusaders to join us on our journey of  pop culture discovery, enlightenment and hopefully a little bit of danger.

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Apr 27, 2016

Coolologist: Lynn Oldshue
Trade: Music Writer / Art Reviewer / Blogger / Publisher / Mom / Raconteur
Guild: thesouthernrambler.com & oursouthernsouls.com

This episode is a lively discussion with the founder, writer, and heart & soul of The Southern Rambler - Lynn "Elizabeth" Oldshue. Lynn is a true fan, storyteller, curator, and taste- maker (*she wouldn't admit this) of local/regional art, music, interesting people and all things creative in and around the Gulf Coast. We talk about her likes, passions, life and her family trip to see The Rolling Stones last month in Cuba. In one of my favorite discussions Lynn and I manage to mention every "cool" person we possibly can in 40 minutes. {Editor's note: if you feel slighted to be left out - I promise we just ran out of time.}

Definition of Cool: Someone not scared to be themselves or tries to make themselves "Cool"
Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web
Favorite Album: Mulligan Bros.
Cat or Dog Person: Cat
Spirit Animal: Undetermined

The people praised in this episode (no particular order):
Trina Shoemaker
Grayson Capps
Keith Richards
Mick Jagger
Eric Erdman
Ross Newell
Mulligan Bros.
Scott Lumpkin
Jeffrey Cain
Harrison McInnis
Blake Ells
Ryan Balthrop
John Milham
Will Kimbrough
Anthony Crawford
Savannah Lee
Bruce Larson
Fidel Castro
Raul Castro
President Obama
Rex Danko
Doctor John
Max Morey (Cresent Theater)
That "guy" who wrote Infinite Jest
Just to name a few...

Check out Lynn's (2 Part) Rolling Stones In Cuba thesouthernrambler.com story: http://bit.ly/1WSXwS6


Crusader of Cool WTF?
Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the social science of COOL.

Apr 21, 2016

Coolologist: Blake Ells
Trade: Novelist / Music Writer / Raconteur
Guild: al.com / Weld for Birmingham / Arcadia Publishing / Auburn Fan

Recorded at the 2016 SouthSounds Music Fest Podcast Live event writer and reporter Blake Ells talks about the SouthSounds Music Fest, up and coming southern bands, music writing, and his book Muscle Shoals and the Legacy of Fame. A whole new crop of great songwriters and bands starting with Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers, Fiddleworms, Jason Isbell, to the inclusion of The Pollies, Alabama Shakes, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones have put FAME studios back on the music map and Billboard charts. Blake shares with the Crusader of Cool (and our live studio audience) the stories and the causes of the rebirth and the next generation of the legendary Shoals music sound and magic.  Plus, we find out what he thinks passes for "what's cool" and why Johnny won't get a little "beer buzzed" before his next live interview.

What you will hear:
> Who's the next great North Alabama musician or band out of the Muscle Shoals area?
> Can a music writer be a fan and a critic?
> Better music scene: Birmingham or Mobile?
> Getting back stage passes from Eagles of Death Metal.

Buy Blake Ell's incredible book - The Muscle Shoals Legacy of Fame at amazon.com.

Special thanks to BugMaster for sponsoring SouthSounds Podcast Live and for Dan West and his recording and sound engineering Jedi skills.

Crusader of Cool WTF?
Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the social science of COOL.

Johnny Gwin, the Crusader of Cool, is not a "Cool" guy. He has never had a seat at the COOL KIDS table in the lunchroom and to this day is just a bit "out of the loop". However, he is a genuine curious soul that loves to discover fascinating sights, sounds, people, places, businesses, products, ideas and all things pop-culture that excites him and hopefully makes the world a more kick ass place. Join The Crusader of Cool on his quest to become a more enlightened vessel in the world of "how cool is that" by learning from the Zen-like teachings of the COOLOLOGISTS, who live on the top of Mt. Badass.

Apr 13, 2016

Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero, Communicating Vessels) is my first guest at the 1st SouthSounds Podcast Live event in Mobile, Alabama. Jeffrey talks starting a band in Mobile, Alabama, making a record, opening for Radiohead, surviving rock-n-roll, making your art for a living, and the role of a record producer. Communicating Vessels is Jeffrey's newest gift to the world of music, and he was such a generous guest to share his talents, stories and spirit with me and our live audience.

Coolologist: Jeffrey Cain
Category: Musician / Producer / Artist / Racentour
Trade/Guild: Remy Zero / Communicating Vessels / Isidore w/ Steve Kilbey

Definition of Cool: Someone that walks with their own rhythm
Favorite Book: The Famished Road - Ben Okri
Favorite REM Album: Murmur
Favorite REM Song: Pilgrimage
Cat or Dog Person: Both
Spirit Animal: Whale

Check out Jeffrey Cain's Communicating Vessels (Birmingham, Alabama) and their catalog of eclectic and beautiful Neo-Southern Music.

Crusader of Cool WTF?
Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the social science of COOL.

Johnny Gwin, the Crusader of Cool, is not a "Cool" guy. He has never had a seat at the COOL KIDS table in the lunchroom and to this day is just a bit "out of the loop". However, he is a genuine curious soul that loves to discover fascinating sights, sounds, people, places, businesses, products, ideas and all things pop-culture that excites him and hopefully makes the world a more kick ass place. Join The Crusader of Cool on his quest to become a more enlightened vessel in the world of "how cool is that" by learning from the Zen-like teachings of the COOLOLOGISTS, who live on the top of Mt. Badass.

Apr 5, 2016

Diane Gibbs is a graphic designer, educator, founder of rechargingyou.com, and an all around joy to be around. Diane's Design Recharge Web Show is seen by hundreds weekly, and her superpower is helping you finding and unleashing your unique superpower. In this episode, Johnny and Diane discuss doing and teaching in the marketing and design communication universe, Diane and Lenny Terenzi's (@heymonkeydesign) Creative South Workshop, and her love of the movie Harold & Maude. Want to know how to add POWER to your life and career? Diane Gibbs and her rechargingyou.com online course and coaching might be the secret ninja training you need to find that spark and unleash the superpower hidden within you.

Coolologist: Diane Gibbs
Category: Graphic Design and Superpower Huntress
Guild: Educator, Graphic Designer, Motivator

Favorite Book: Siddhartha ~ Hermann Hesse
Favorite Album: Harold & Maude Soundtrack ~ Cat Stevens
Favorite Movie: Harold & Maude
Favorite Designer: Saul Bass
Cat or Dog Person: Dog
Spirit Animal: Bulldog

Register for Diane and Lenny's RECHARGE AND IGNITE YOUR LIFE Creative South Workshop (4/7/16): Click Here

Check out Diane's Design Recharge Show every Wednesday at 2.30pm (eastern) and her find your superpower online course at rechargingyou.com. https://rechargingyou.com/


Crusader of Cool WTF?
Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the social science of COOL.

Johnny Gwin, the Crusader of Cool, is not a "Cool" guy. He has never had a seat at the COOL KIDS table in the lunchroom and to this day is just a bit "out of the loop". However, he is a genuine curious soul that loves to discover fascinating sights, sounds, people, places, businesses, products, ideas and all things pop-culture that excites him and hopefully makes the world a more kick ass place. Join The Crusader of Cool on his quest to become a more enlightened vessel in the world of "how cool is that" by learning from the Zen-like teachings of the COOLOLOGISTS who live on the top of Mt. Badass.

Mar 28, 2016

Just a warning to the listener, you might want to listen to this show on a full stomach. Stacy and I became incredibly hungry just talking to Tommy about the things that you can make on The Oyster Bed Le Grande

The Oyster Bed is incredibly cool and beautiful to look at. It's a piece of cookware that claims to "help you take command of your seafood cooking." Invented and created by two brothers from Louisiana, Tommy and Adam Waller, and what started out as a challenge from their mother to create an invention that might make them a little money, and maybe a little famous. The Oyster Bed was an answer to keeping up with the amount of oyster consumption they had at family outings. Especially the gatherings before Tommy's multiple deployments overseas.

On a journey that started with using muffin tins, to taking clay and pottery classes, to eventually leading to the doorsteps of one of the most prestigious and oldest cookware companies in the nation, these two brothers have created something that is not only convenient to use but is just as beautiful to on your kitchen wall. Seriously, The Oyster Bed makes one of the best oyster dishes I have the ever had the privilege of not only making but eating.

Luckily, after the interview, we got to test drive The Oyster Bed. It is as easy to use as advertised, and is amazing in the design and makes your oysters fantastic. The Oyster Bed is not only a unique and amazing product, Tommy and Adam Waller's The Oyster Bed Company is a purpose-driven company that's giving back to the community, and to the region by helping the gulf coast area create more oyster beds and more oyster shelves, which helps with preventing coastal erosion. This product, The Oyster Bed, is not only perfect for the professional chef, but it's also fantastic for the weekend warrior griller. I love this product. I think it's an incredible tool to have in your kitchen. Tommy is a very cool guy. He is a Marine. He is a maker, a doer, and we really enjoyed talking to him. I hope you enjoy this show as much as we did making it.

To get your very own The Oyster Bed, visit theoysterbed.com

Mar 28, 2016

Max Morey - owner and soul of the Crescent Theater in Mobile, Alabama - is a movie buff that opened a single screen “art house” movie theater. The Crescent Theater is the hub of independent film fanatics and the casual movie-goer to see the best movies on the Gulf Coast. Embraced by the whole community, Max and his staff have created a “Certified Cool” spot to see your next favorite movie. Being able to get a beer and/or wine while watching a flick is pretty cool too. Max’s movie biz knowledge and expertise makes him the perfect “Coolologist” to talk to us about the Oscars and the Hollywood Red Carpet. So grab some popcorn, and maybe a beer, and enjoy the show. Oh…and please NO TALKING and remember to turn off your ringer during the podcast.


Crusader of Cool WTF?
Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the social science of COOL.

Johnny Gwin, the Crusader of Cool, is not a "Cool" guy. He has never had a seat at the COOL KIDS table in the lunchroom and to this day is just a bit "out of the loop". However he is a genuine curious soul that loves to discover fascinating sights, sounds, people, places, businesses, products, ideas and all things pop-culture that excites him and hopefully makes the world a more kick ass place. Join The Crusader of Cool on his quest to become a more enlightened vessel in the world of "how cool is that" by learning from the Zen-like teachings of the COOLOLOGISTS who live on the top of Mt. Badass.

Visit the Crescent Theater: http://www.crescenttheater.com/

Mar 28, 2016

Beginning at the ending of the Civil War

The Mobile Mardi Gras was no more

The Union soldiers occupied the town

Wouldn’t let anybody party down

The Lost Cause Minstrels, into town they came,

With a man dressed in feathers and a walking cane

Stole a coal wagon and an old gray mule

Marched downtown despite the ridicule

Somebody tell me, what’s his name?

Somebody tell me, what’s his name?

Somebody tell me, what’s his name?

Joe Cain!

What’s his name?

Joe Cain!

What’s his name?

Joe Cain!

— From ‘Old Slac’ by Grayson Capps and the Lost Cause Minstrels

In the birthplace of Mardi Gras, Mobile Alabama, a man named Joesph Stillwell Cain decided to start a rebellion of frivolity and revelry. In 1868, a local "man of wit" donned on a make-shift costume to portray a proud Chickasaw Indian Chief and joined by a band of his merry mates, called the Lost Cause Minstrels, paraded illegally in the streets of an occupied southern city of Union troops. Taking the name Chief  Slacabamorinico, Joe Cain resurrected a sense of civic pride with a bit of theatrical absurdity. This movement was the drum beat heard around the city that has lit the flame of the modern-day Mardi Gras celebrations of Mobile, Alabama.

The Crusader of Cool podcast had the privilege to talk with the Patron Saint of Mobile Mardi Gras, Chief Slacabamorinico IV, Wayne Dean. The Chief left his mythical Wragg Swamp and talked to Johnny Gwin about the legends, legacy, lives and resurrection of Joe Cain and the Joe Cain Procession.

Southern troubadour Grayson Capps has said that he was inspired to write his song "Ole Slac" because he just could not get this childhood memory of one of the "craziest, zaniest and most debaucherous day" he had ever seen. That day was Joe Cain Day. Greyson's song is another homage to the retelling and resurrection of the "Spirit" and "Lifeforce" of the original Joe Cain that Julian "Judy" Rayford (Chief Slac II) fought so long and hard for to be remembered. Digging up Joe Cain's body, creating a annual jazz funeral and citywide celebration has a rich tapestry of truths, myths, and outright unbelievable events. Join Wayne Dean (Chief Slac IV) as he explains the "passing of the feathers", partying with 100 thousand of your closest friends, and having fun without being bad.

Credits:
Grayson Capps - Ole Slac
Purchase Ole Slac on iTunes
Learn more about Greyson: graysoncapps.com


Thanks:

Wayne Dean (Chief Slac IV)
Stu Cookson - Producer
Mike Dumas - thanks for pictures
Bienville Books

Intro music by Hamilton Sims and his band Pacific Mean Time - http://www.pacificmeantime.com/

Recorded at Deep Fried Studios ~ Mobile, Alabama
deepfriedstudios.com

Mar 28, 2016

Mike Herndon - @themikeherndon - long-time sports writer for the Mobile Press Register and AL.com talks SEC sports journalism and breaks down the Crimson Tide 2015-16 football team and the Alabama vs. Clemson Championship Playoff Game.

Crusader of Cool Podcast is more than a review show of "what's cool." It's a quest to learn what makes something "COOL" and how we use that knowledge to be a more intriguing and smooth conversationalist and drinking buddy. It's a study in the social science of COOL.

Johnny Gwin, the Crusader of Cool, is not a "Cool" guy. He has never had a seat at the COOL KIDS table in the lunchroom and to this day is just a bit "out of the loop". However he is a genuine curious soul that loves to discover fascinating sights, sounds, people, places, businesses, products, ideas and all things pop-culture that excites him and hopefully makes the world a more kick ass place. Join The Crusader of Cool on his quest to become a more enlightened vessel in the world of "how cool is that" by learning from the Zen-like teachings of the COOLOLOGISTS who live on the top of Mt. Badass.

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