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Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter: Buried American Treasure

Two of the best most never heard of. By the time I finish this piece, Jeff Porter will be finishing his packing. He’s bound for Norway, to do solo gigs and a few songwriting clinics. In a few weeks, Bob Walkenhorst and the rest of The Rainmakers will join him for a tour. In one of life’s little ironies, two …

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Me And The Box: A Classic At 23

  Please don’t misuse this information now…. Back in 1995, two very significant events happened in my life. My best friend and then roommate decided he wanted to dissolve our partnership and have a place to himself, and Scat Records announced that the first four Guided By Voices albums would be issued in a single boxed set (or five, if …

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Ogre’s Trumpet: Guided By Voices Live

When a double album seems too short, you’ve got something.   The first true Guided By Voices live album is an essential purchase for fans, and a good starting point for the curious. There is a point in most old-growth artists careers when the release of new records slows to a trickle or stops. The new records either fade from …

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The Trogotronic 679 Gran Fury: Some Necessary Exposition

http://www.trogotronic.com A handy discussion for the perplexed. An intriguing red box. Knobs. Switches. Buttons. Inputs. A solitary vacuum tube protrudes. The eye is drawn, this is a visually intriguing unit. Trogotronic should be given a great deal of credit for making their product eye-catching, and for producing hype interesting enough to make you curious about their products. There does seem …

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Take This Brother, May It Serve You Well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty8zaBS4Bjg   Press play. Don’t ask any questions. Wait a few moments. Come back to these words.   So the story goes, a man is drawn into an alternate dimension, a parallel Earth where The Beatles never broke up. He is told in no uncertain terms that he can bring nothing back to our world with him. So what does …

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Kevin Birge’s 7 of the Best

Written by Kevin Birge I was ten years old when “Short People” went to number two in the country on the Billboard charts and made Randy Newman a household name for about a nanosecond. For most people, it was another of the decade’s signature novelty songs. Like “Disco Duck” and “Convoy“, the song burned white-hot as a single and for …

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Because It’s Cool: A review of Gene Simmons Vault Experience by a man who will NEVER be able to afford it

Guest Writer: Kevin Birge Gene Simmons Vault Experience. Heard of it yet? Ten discs, one hundred and fifty unreleased tracks. This by itself would be a yawn. Why, you will likely be able to Pirate Bay that stuff to your cell phone before the set is even in the stores. Business as usual. Except it isn’t. Gene has a problem …

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Q&A Today: Rich Handley

It’s not every day that we get to enjoy seeing author Rich Handley chime in on Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, Star Trek, Star Wars and more, so let’s do this, with relish. Q: Which characters from the first two PotA films (1968 and 1970) fascinate you the most, and why do you suppose that is? …