They came to be called Mixtapes (or Mix Tapes) and were/are looked upon with scorn but they started out a way to share music without having to drag people to your house and forcing them to drink while you played records. They were an outlet for frustrated disc jockeys and vinyl junkies because even though an unusually high percentage of tapes passed from hand to hand were never played, a person had poured over an entire music collection to put together “sets,” a DJ term regarding playing certain songs in a certain sequence. I know. I made them and passed them out like candy. I am sure most who received them rolled their eyes and exited at first chance, but for me it was about the music. For vinyl junkies, it is always about the music.
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Frank Gutch Jr: A Journey and the Soundtrack to my Life; Angharad Drake’s New Album; The Big Bright In the Studio; Plus Notes…Posted in Opinion, Review with tags Alternate Root Magazine, Angharad Drake, Beth Ditto, Beth Garner, Blue Sky Boys, David Gogo, DBAWIS, Don & The Goodtimes, Don't Believe a Word I Say, fotheringay, Frank Gutch Jr., House of Records, Indie Artists, Indie Music, Jesse Ed Davis, John K. Samson, Journey, Larry Coryell, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Lanza, music, music videos, radio, Records, Red Foley, Road Runners, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Sandy Denny, segarini, Six Fat Dutchmen, Sweet Home Oregon, T. Texas Tyler, The Big Bright, The Live Five, The Moguls, The Record Company, Victory At Sea, Wes Swing on April 19, 2017 by segarini
And I don’t mean the band Journey recently inducted into the supposed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. God knows what those clowns think when they make their choices but when I look at the possible choices they could have made besides those guys… well, I won’t go there. Let me just say that I understand when people are upset when I make such statements because they have a soundtrack to their lives as well, but this isn’t their column, is it? I look at it this way— Journey had hits, yes, and made CBS one hell of a lot of money, but they didn’t have an original bone in all of their collective bodies and you will never change my mind. Hall of Fame? Not even close. Not while the hundreds more deserving are locked out. Change that to thousands.
Frank Gutch Jr: Musicians on a Mission: Dan Phelps, Julian Taylor, Wes Swing, and Jimmy Lee (formerly Lee’s Company)… Plus a lugubrious panorama of NotesPosted in Opinion, Review with tags ...and the heart, Amy van Keeken, Bill Baird, Bill Pillmore, Colleen Brown, Crushed Out, Curtis Mayflower, Dan Phelps, danny schmidt, DBAWIS, Devon Sproule, Diet Cig, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Elephant Revival, Frank Gutch Jr., Indie Artists, Indie Music, jess Pillmore, Jimmy Lee, Julian Taylor, Kelly MacGregor, Lila Blue, Lisbee Stainton, Matt Chamberlain, Modular, music, music videos, radio, Records, Reveal, segarini, Sweet Home Oregon, The Secret Sisters, Thee Holy Brothers, Through a Fogged Glass, Tift Merritt, Viktor Krauss, Wes Swing, White Mansions, Zmei3 on April 11, 2017 by segarini
Meet Dan Phelps, if you have not already done so. I first ran across him over a decade ago when he was working with both Bill Pillmore and his daughter Jess Pillmore on their respective albums, Look In Look Out and Reveal. Bill was an original member of Cowboy and I had heard through Scott Boyer, another original member of that venerable band, that he was recording for the first time, to my knowledge, since Cowboy‘s excellent 1971 release, 5’ll Getcha Ten. When I contacted him, he was in full recording mode, working with Phelps, whom he had chosen to produce. To my amazement, Phelps did more than just produce. He was a sideman and a damn good one, a creator of good licks and solid musical ideas. It was a first look at a musician I would follow from that point on.
Frank Gutch Jr: All Things Must Pass— Thoughts On the Record Business; No Small Children and the Radio; plus Notes To Plant In Your Head (Yes, It is Spring, Sports Fans)…Posted in Opinion, Review with tags All Things Must Pass, Barbed Wire Dolls, Dave Coker, DBAWIS, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Flashback, Frank Gutch Jr., Indie Music, KASH, Ken Sockolov, KFLY, KGAL, KISN, KRKT, Lisa Mychols, love, Lovers & Madmen, music, music videos, No Small Children, Petunia & The Vipers, radio, Real Don Steele, Records, Russ Solomon, segarini, Sweet Home Oregon, Takashi Miyaki, The Gestures, The Grass Roots, The Leaves, The Merry Go Round, The Mojo Men, The Vejtables, Tower Records, Wes Swing on April 6, 2017 by segarini
I just finished watching the documentary titled All Things Must Pass about Tower Records and their rise and fall and am going to try to tell you a bit about the record business in which I worked. First, though, a few people to whom I have talked about the film have made comments about Russ Solomon, the man behind the chain, which were none too complimentary. When I heard them, I didn’t say much because I had yet to see it and thought maybe the comments were more toward the film than Russ himself. So let me now respond to those few, none named because the conversations were private and thus not fodder for public consumption.
I’m going to sneak one in this week. I miss writing and Tuesday’s column by fellow writer Frank Gutch Jr. has motivated me. “War stories” of a different type….addiction…”the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.” (Oxford Dictionary) In this case, I’m referring specifically to “a particular substance”.
Frank Gutch Jr: Generation Found; It Was a Long Walk Home (Thoughts Spurred By Separation From Viet Nam-Era Army); plus N-n-n-n-notes…Posted in Opinion, Review with tags Bridget Kearney, Brinsley Schwarz, Buck Curran, DBAWIS, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Frank Gutch Jr., Generation Found, Indie Artists, Indie Music, James Gang, John Mayall, Keb’ Mo’, King Wilkie, Longhair Music Faucet, Malcolm Holcombe, Matt Butler, Mt. Wolf, music, music videos, Peter Green, Pi Jacobs, R. Stevie Moore, Records, Sarah White, Sheldon Gomberg, Steel Wheels, Susan Werner, Sweet Home Oregon, Sweet Relief, Taj Mahal, Ted Pitney, Teddy & The Roosevelts on March 28, 2017 by segarini
For years I have been telling you that music isn’t just music. Some of you understand, mostly musicians who spend a lot of energy and time helping out those in need. Others shrug it off because they know either that there is no good music anymore so what good would it do, or that musicians are either children avoiding growing up or are millionaires waiting for the train. Don’t tell that to the people at Sweet Relief or Musicares or any of the other charity organizations out there. There is a lot of hard work being laid down by scores of musicians and music people, aware that good fortune can turn sour at the drop of a hat.
Frank Gutch Jr: In Anticipation of Moon Palace; The Space Opera Trilogy; and Notes and Nothing But the Notes…..Posted in Opinion, Review with tags Alialujah Choir, Brandy Zdan, Brett Wilson, Child, David Bullock, DBAWIS, Debacle Records, Devon Sproule, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Elkhorn, Fort Worth, Frank Gutch Jr., Indie Artists, Indie Music, Music Radio, music videos, No Vacation, Phil White, radio, Records, Safe at Home, Scott Fraser, segarini, Space Opera, Susanna Rose, Sweet Home Oregon, The Widowmakers, Tim Browning, Zombie vs. Shark on March 22, 2017 by segarini
The stars have finally aligned, sports fans! You can delete my queries about Carrie Biell because I have found her after a ten year search. I should say that my buddy at KEXP radio, Tom Smith, found her. Well, maybe a friend of Tom’s. Or a friend of Tom’s friend. Ach! It doesn’t matter. The important thing that she is found. The other important thing is that she is writing again and has already jumped back into the deep end of the musical pool.