The FunkZone Podcast with Ted Mills







March 2016
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31


bailey landscape
Rock Poster Artist, now back from Chicago to bring the art to the Funk Zone!

Today on the show we have poster artist and screenprinter Alana Bailey. Back in February I went to a show at Studio 111 here in the Funk Zone and that’s when I first saw Alana’s work, over 90 rock posters, all screen printed, limited editions. As I say in the interview, seeing these all came from her time in Chicago, it really made me realize how in need of a poster culture is Santa Barbara. And that turns out what Alana Bailey is back in town to do.

bailey blue square

This is early days yet, but we have so many talented artists here, that we could conceivably to do that. And it’s not just up to Alana, it’s up to us out there to get this thing going. What’s the worst that can happen? Rock posters, man!

In this interview we talk about her work, her life in Chicago, what makes a poster culture, her life, her family, and her hopes for our town.

bailey calendar

You can find a little bit of her work at

I mention a Periscope broadcast in the interview, but the original link is dead. But I saved it to YouTube.

Mentioned in this interview:
Jay Ryan
Matthew Daley
Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher - Sonnenzimmer Studio
Steve Walters' Screwball Press
The Hideout, Chicago
Peter Power
Mucca Pazza
Flatstock Vol. 1
Gig Posters Volume 2

Direct download: 68_068_Alana_Bailey.mp3
Category:creativity -- posted at: 9:58pm PDT

Your host and Anabel Ford in her office

Archeologist who discovered the "forest gardens" of the Maya!


Today on the show we have ethnographer and author Anabel Ford, who spends her time between UCSB and El Pilar, and archeological site on the Belize-Guatamala border. El Pilar is an ancient Mayan city, and in 1983 Anabel was the first archeologist to map it. The part that interested me was what she discovered later, and that is this: What we see as jungle was actually very complicated forest gardens.

Now, Anabel has written several books on this, and the most recent is The Maya Forest Garden, that came out last year from Routledge Press. We talk about her discovery, what a forest garden is, her book, how it's under threat from logging, lessons we can learn from the Mayans, and plenty more topics. I know this is kind of a bit outside the "Funk Zone" but I think you're gonna dig it.

Anabel Ford is head of UCSB's Meso American Research Center and if you want to read more on her, check out her page here where you can see photos of the area we're talking about.

Also mentioned in this podcast:
Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources by M. Kat Anderson
Exploring Solutions Past (Anabel Ford is president of this non-profit).


Direct download: 67_Episode_067_Anabel_Ford.mp3
Category:creativity -- posted at: 12:40am PDT

2016-01-11 16.05.29-1
Curator of UCSB's Special Wax Cylinder and 78 rpm record collections!

My guest for today's show is not an artist, but he's in charge of preserving and curating a bit chunk of the arts. We have David Seubert on the show today, and he is Curator of the performing arts collection at the UCSB library, and is in charge of their massive collection of wax cylinders and 78 records.

David and his department at the UCSB library recently moved into a fancy new building and I got a tour of the new facility. Their are thousands and thousands of records, all cataloged and in nice new sleeves, but more importantly over the years the library has been busily digitizing their collection for all of us with an internet connection to check out. Go to their website to start browsing the collection. Thanks to UCSB library for having me and obviously to David for giving me the full tour. They have art and manuscripts and rare books and so much more. And it is accessible to the general public, so check it out.

In this interview we talk about the collection, about copyright issues, about wax cylinders and how they were sold, along with little big about David himself, like how he parlayed his love of music into this job.

Direct download: 66_Episode_066_David_Seubert.mp3
Category:creativity -- posted at: 7:07pm PDT

King of Comedy Tour Promotions and creator of!

Today on the show we have Scott Montoya, who I got to interview back in October when he brought the LOL Comedy Festival to town for another year in a row. One of the artists from that fest was a previous guest on the show: Kate Quigley, episode 57, and around the same time is when I talked to Scott.

Scott started his comedy producing career in 2002 with The Original Latin Kings of Comedy, and from there he's produced The Payaso Comedy Slam, The Original Latin Divas of Comedy, Joan Rivers: Don't Start With Me, Andrew Dice Clay: Indestructible, Snoop Dogg Presents the Bad Girls of Comedy, Jay Mohr: Funny For A Girl, Tommy Chong: Comedy at 420, and loads more. He started lolflix Standup Comedy Films in 2012 and then started up LOL Comedy Fest, which brought major stars to Santa Barbara and other cities since 2011, including the very funny Brad Williams. A lot of these shows are streaming so don't just take my word for it.

But we go into his background in this interview and I hope you'll see what it takes to get into event promotion and the circuitous route that he took. You can follow LOLflix at Thanks to Stephanie Hope for helping set up this interview.


Direct download: 65_Episode_065_Scott_Montoya.mp3
Category:creativity -- posted at: 11:55pm PDT

The voice of Goofy since 1987 (and many many other cartoons)!

Today on the show we have Bill Farmer, currently best known as the voice of Goofy, that he's been doing since 1987. So if you're a fan--or maybe your kids are--of The Goofy Movie and Goof Troop, well, that's who we're talking to. He also did some of the voices in Space Jam, he voices Secret Squirrel in Harvey Birdman, and Bugs and Daffy on Robot Chicken.

In this interview we talk about how he got into business, the difference between Disney and Warner Bros., how he learns voices and accents, and I try not to crack up because please understand, Bill Farmer in just doing all these voices a few feet away from me.

This interview took place at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, and I'd like to thank Carol Marshall for making it happen.

You can find Bill Farmer at and on Twitter as @goofybill

Direct download: 64_064_Bill_Farmer.mp3
Category:creativity -- posted at: 6:50pm PDT