Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 1

Facebook has been an unlikely source of musical inspiration that I’ve confused and stonewalled for a long time. There is a wanting to “be involved” on social media that transcends a thumbs-up or a re-tweet. By posting status updates are we not inviting others into a conversation? The danger lies in trying to change the conversation by one-upping the guy who posted the original video. … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 1

Bob & Ron’s Record Club Joins Steve Dahl Podcast Network

Bob & Ron’s Record Club Joins Steve Dahl Podcast Network. Congratulations to our two favorite record enthusiasts, Bob & Ron! Nice article on the Chicagoland Radio and Media website, announcing the return of Bob & Ron’s Record Club to the Steve Dahl family of radio broadcasting – right back where they started! Here’s the first half of the article: “Bob & Ron’s Record Club,” the … Continue reading Bob & Ron’s Record Club Joins Steve Dahl Podcast Network

20 Questions with Rajah Cheech Beldone, King of the Gypsies

Let’s get to know… Name? Rajah Cheech Beldone, King of the Gypsies. Place of origin? Technically Edmonton, Alberta, but practically a whole bunch of places. Jeez, I was just looking at the map, if you draw a line across Alberta, east to west, at Edmonton, almost anywhere south of that line I’ve spent SOME time at least, and it’s pretty much all where I consider … Continue reading 20 Questions with Rajah Cheech Beldone, King of the Gypsies

Yes, Thai Psychedelia Is A Real Thing

Psychedelic rock is generally thought to be an American and/or British phenomenon. You think “Thai” you think curry and massage. However, the “psychedelic sound” was popularized in S.E. Asia during the Vietnam War. Then one day, Dangerous Minds posted the following video of a modern day psych-rock band, Khun Narin Phin Sing from the Phetchabun Province in Thailand. A handful of Thai psych bands emerged … Continue reading Yes, Thai Psychedelia Is A Real Thing

Bill Dolan Interview Part 1

For the majority of its existence, Rockford, Illinois has generally been considered one of the armpits of America. It’s a gritty industrial town near the Wisconsin border which has consistently been listed as one of the U.S.’s worst cities by polls and surveys published in major magazines, often winding up in the top ten worst cities. Since World War II, Rockford’s economy had been driven … Continue reading Bill Dolan Interview Part 1

My First Record: Ronnie Kwasman of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s | TVD Memphis

My First Record: Ronnie Kwasman of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s | TVD Memphis Well, this might completely destroy what’s left of my “indie credibility”, but the first vinyl record I ever purchased with my own money was an album by Styx, it was called Pieces of Eight. Let me start off by saying, I grew up in Chicago in the 70s, and … Continue reading My First Record: Ronnie Kwasman of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s | TVD Memphis

DIY Strat and Other Guitar Projects

DIY Strat and Other Guitar Projects: SUPER COOL DO-IT- YOURSELF GUITAR TECH AND MAINTENANCE WEBSITE Like any type of enthusiast, guitar players love to talk shop. I’m wracking my brain trying to remember if I ever met a guitarist who didn’t. Coming up blank. So there are a couple of different types of shop-talk. There’s “I have such-n-such, which I run through so-n-so.” There’s “That … Continue reading DIY Strat and Other Guitar Projects

Aztec Hearts Recording Update: Down With The Bass!

As the world and my daily routine have become increasingly compressed and transparent, I’ve been impressed by just how quickly things can be done (and in some cases, completely and irrevocably destroyed) by the Internet. Yesterday’s Gawker headlines contained no less than five stories about people who’ve either done wonderful things on the web, or have flushed their lives down the toilet by unwisely saying crazy stuff or posting pictures of themselves doing questionable shit on Facebook or Twitter.

And that’s just from the front page. There are dozens more. Click any one of those links, and well, now you know why I’m a cynical fuck when it comes to this kind of shit. But every now and then, something good happens, and it’s my duty as a human being to share that experience.

pbassWith the bulk of drums finished – one more track and a bunch of timing mistakes to fix, so basically one more session and one session beyond my proposed deadline – it was time to direct my attention to bass. Perhaps the most pressing need was finding an actual bass to play. My beloved 1978 Fender P-bass is in a storage space in S.F. At the time, I did not know anyone in Taipei who played bass (and would ostensibly let me borrow their stick for a cupla weeks). I know there are a bunch of bass players out there; I just don’t know any of them. So I went around to several local music stores and inquired about renting a bass. No dice.

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