Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ep.10 Guitarmageddon: A Decade of Shredding!

Guitarmageddon is not for everyone. It is blatant, unadulterated guitar wanking at its finest. It is over the top and out of control.  A modern day battle at the crossroads but instead of playing for your soul we play for a hangover in the morning.  Hosted by some of the Bay Area's top guitar players, Guitarmageddon is in its 10th year of turning it to 11!   Check out what Josh Clark, Sean Leahy and Simon Kurth have to say about my favorite shit show.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ep. 10 Fruition: On the Rise

I'm not really sure what it means to be a "band on the rise" anymore.  There is no proven business model to follow in the music industry these days, but the path that Fruition is on seems to be working for them. With an never-ending tour schedule and a new album to promote, Fruition is making noise all around the country --and the country is listening.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Ep. 9 Jay Blakesberg: Shooting on a High Frequency

Jay Blakesberg is not just your typical rock photographer -- some of his work has become as iconic as the performers he's capturing.  With an archive spanning over 30 years, Jay is about to open up the vault and release his new coffee table book JAM. Take a listen to this week's episode as Jay discusses touring with the Grateful Dead as a teenager, working with Tom Waits, and what it takes to snap those special concert moments.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Ep. 8 Natalie Cressman: The Old Soul

An old soul is somebody who is described as being wise beyond their years.  Some people even believe that they might have acquired their knowledge from past lives and experiences.  I'm the kind of person that can be quite skeptical when hearing a term like that, but listening to Natalie talk about her music makes me somewhat of a believer.  She speaks both about her music, and the business that she is trying to make it in, with the maturity of a life long musician yet she is only in her very early 20's.  Take a listen and hear for yourself.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ep. 7 Jennifer Hartswick: Living the Luckiest Life

Jennifer is a superstar to an enormous community of music lovers.  With both the sound of her voice and the sound of her trumpet, she has been blowing away the audiences of all of the projects she is involved with, and gaining the fans of the countless other bands she has performed around the country. Let's just say she has a knack for stealing the show.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ep. 6 James Petralli: White Denim

White Denim performs a very intense brand of progressive and psychedelic rock and roll.  Their live shows are full of key changes, tempo shifts, and controlled chaos.  The music moves at the speed of a freight train that is about to derail, but never does.  It's their trust in each other's musicianship that allows them to pull off their impressive live show.  There is also a delicate and melodic side to James Petralli's songwriting.  His songs can be catchy just as much as chaotic and I assume that is what helped grab Jeff Tweedy's ear.  Not only did he take White Denim out on tour with Wilco, he helped produce their upcoming album Corsicana Lemonade.  There seems to be a ton of great momentum behind these guys right now and I highly suggest you catch them live if you can, as much as you can.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ep.5 John Scofield: Uberjam Duex

Listening to a recording of myself trying to have a conversation with one of my idols has proven to be personally painful.  Since I was a teen I've been mentally preparing a list of questions of what I would ask John Scofield if I ever had the chance.  Here was my chance and not a single one of those questions came out.  Instead my brain went into fight or flight mode.  My heart was racing like a teenybopper sitting across from Lady Gaga.  All I can hear is how shaky my voice was, and after watching the video how extremely fidgety I can be when I'm nervous.

With that being said, what a dream come true it was for me to actually have a conversation with Scofield.  There is not much I could add to the accolades he has already received worldwide from musicians, critics, and fans.  With his instantly recognizable guitar tone, out of the box use of harmony, and sound twisting effects he has helped revolutionize electric rock and jazz guitar. The amount of groundbreaking artists he has collaborated with is nearly endless -- Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, MMW, and Bill Frisell are just a few on a list full of legends.  The man has been in the top of his profession for over 30 years and after listening to his new release Uberjam Deux, he shows no sign of stepping down any time soon.