Episode 72 – The Armoires Return

This episode sees the return of LA band, The Armoires, just back from their UK tour. Rex Broom, Christina Bulbenko, Derek Hanna, Clifford Ulrich, and Michael talked about touring, England, London, Robyn Hitchcock, The Armoires lineup, The California Institute of Abnormalarts, Big Stir, day jobs, fretless bass, side projects, concerts, celebrity deaths, Prince, David Bowie, 1970s showbiz, music from childhood, Neil Young, 560 KLZ-AM, variety shows, answer songs, UK stories, hearing your song on the radio, kismet, Incidental Lightshow, favorite albums, touring bands, and building music community.

LINKS
The Armoires
Cait Brennan
California Institute of Abnormalarts
VisualabDesign
International Pop Overthrow
Kenny’s Plumbing

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Something happened on the day he died…

“I’ve heard a rumour from Ground Control / Oh no, don’t say it’s true”

There will be no new episode today. For those of you who listen, you know we lost our God last night, and we are devastated.

I can scarcely remember a time in my life when Bowie wasn’t in it. I remember as a child hearing his music all throughout the 70s, watching him live with Klaus Nomi on SNL in 1979, watching the music videos throughout the 80s and 90s, being in the front of the pit seeing him live with Nine Inch Nails in 1995, marveling at his ability to constantly reinvent himself, and worshiping him utterly.

He and his work sit on the throne at the very center of a Kingdom of music, art, culture, and counterculture that pumps in our veins and makes us who we are. He is the single most influential artist in the history of modern music. Without him, there would be no punk, no post-punk, no Goth, no New Wave, no Alternative rock, etc. So many other music careers and genres were begat by him, and to him they owe their successes.

His career spanned five decades, and he was–and always shall be–relevant. Fuck you, Eli, wherever you are. Stop what you’re doing and go buy or listen to his last album, Blackstar, just released on January 6. As it turns out, he knew he was not long for this world, and he was letting us know, and saying goodbye. Leave it to the man–the GOD–to eulogize himself. Last night, the heavens just became far more interesting. I just know Bowie and Lou Reed are already working together on a new project.

Somehow, I never imagined how I would feel should David Bowie ever die. Now I know, and it is not good.

Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

#PraiseHim #PleaseBeKind

LINKS
DavidBowie.com
David Bowie and Klaus Nomi on SNL, 1979
David Bowie – Blackstar on Amazon

Episode 22 – Rocket Scientists

This week is a full-length episode with 20-year LA Progressive Rock band, Rocket Scientists. Eric Norlander, Mark McCrite, Don Schiff and Michael talk about musical instruments, showbiz stories, playing in Vegas, reading music, album production, progressive rock techniques, intersecting musical genres, musical roots, album-oriented rock, first bought albums, collecting music, record vinyl, album art and packaging, their newest album Refuel and EP Supernatural Highways, French horn, music videos vs. touring, Steam Punk, and far too many bands and artists to list.

LINKS
TheTank.com
Rocket Scientists on Facebook
Rocket Scientists on YouTube
NS Stick Instruments
Galileo music video
Progressive Rock

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Episode 20 – Andrew Michael Harlander

Our guest this week is actor, writer, musician, radio and club DJ, Andrew Michael Harlander. Michael and Andrew talk about having deaf parents, acting, band politics, tightrope walker Philippe Petit, Criminal Minds, starting a creative career, radio DJing, Heath Ledger, Seattle and Portland, the evolution of Alternative music, music videos, stand-up comedy, voiceover acting, finding your voice, working toward your dreams, and the recording industry.

LINKS
Andrew Michael Harlander on IMDB
@DJdrewling
Andrew Harlander on Facebook
Kill Switch…Klick
Philippe Petit
Zoe Kazan
On the Edge on C89.5

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Episode 16 – Heidi Hornbacher

Our guest is writer, actor, producer, director, the talented Heidi Hornbacher. Heidi, her husband Carlo Cavagna, and Michael talked about music video production, female empowerment, writing, Viva Variety!, comic book movies, Watchmen, Batman, Doctor Who, Reality TV, Hollywood Trades, Renaissance Faires, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, navigating adolescence, college radio, equality and social justice.

LINKS
Heidi Hornbacher official site
PageCraft official site
Impact Personal Safety official site

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