Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Feb. 18 @ 12:02 p.m. / Coastal Currents
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Feb. 17 @ 5:16 p.m. / In Studio
Austin songwriters Jon Dee Graham and Mike June stopped by for some music and poorly-conceived interview questions. Graham, whose voice is alternately described as "ductape on a Stradivarius" and "a very expensive chainsaw", was the subject of a documentary titled "Jon Dee Graham: Swept Away."
Mike June, effectively gentrified out of New Jersey's Bergen county, has lived in Austin for the last seven years. His songs explore Americana, justice, and are seared with the same urgency that fellow Garden Staters Bruce Springsteen and Ted Leo are known for.
We talked about about the value of Texas cred, Kid Rock, and destroying lawn ornaments in a runaway vehicle designed for paraplegic use.
And if that's not enough, Graham got Henry the golden retriever to balance a dog toy on his head.
They perform tonight at the Palm Lounge in Eureka. 8pm, $5.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 17 @ 9:34 a.m. / Trails
Emily and I talk about progress on local trail projects such as the Bay Trail and Arcata's progress on phase one of the northern part. Also Emily was just in Ukiah and got a first hand look at their new Rail With Trail Project pictured to the right.
Mike Dronkers / Friday, Feb. 13 @ 12:02 p.m. / Comedy
This won the internet yesterday. You should probably watch it. The six-second loop below doesn't do it justice.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Feb. 12 @ 4:58 p.m. / Music
Local post-rock band Free Rain just finished their debut studio album and will release it Friday at Humbrews. Guitarist Piet Dalmolen happens to be a studio wizard up at Universal Balance studios, so he recorded/mixed the new album.
Since Dalmolen obviously had access to the stem tracks (recordings of individual instruments), he brought them to the studio, acting as a tour guide for the recording and mixing of one Free Rain song.
Dalmolen talked about:
- how to record the whirling Leslie speakers of a Hammond B3
- why he had a guitar amp in his bathroom
- why you should never, ever spend more than $100 on headphones
Click "listen" below for unparalleled access to the Free Rain recording process.
A draft of the ordinance included such rules as "always keep your feet on the pedals," "always lock your bike in an official rack" and "no acrobatic, fancy or stunt riding!" (We're paraphrasing.)
At a community meeting last month Eureka Police Department Chief Andy Mills said the ordinance is aimed, in part, at curtailing crimes committed by GMOBs, or grown men on bikes. But numerous cycling enthusiasts have taken offense at this approach, arguing that it's overly restrictive and profiles cyclists.
If you're among this group, you can now accessorize your GMOB pride with coasters, magnets, hoodies, stickers -- even a water bottle that looks perfect for a long ride.
As for the ordinance, it's slated to be considered at an upcoming meeting of the City's Transportation Safety Commission.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Feb. 11 @ 9:16 a.m. / History
This morning it was my pleasure to talk with Bill Morrill about his new 3 part TV series called "Stories from the Clarke" airing on KEET-TV. The first 2 episodes have already aired, but the 3rd installment, which I had a chance to see in a sneak preview, will air on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:30pm. We talked about the virtually unknown fact that Humboldt County had a HUGE ship building industry for many years. In fact it was one of the biggest in country at the time. We also talked about the music scene. In the 30s Eureka was much bigger than both Redding and Santa Rosa so it was a natural place for big acts touring the west coast to stop. Also before the advent of TV, local swing bands would regularly fill large local venues with 1000 plus locals looking for a good time.
The other Humboldt music renaissance we talked about was the era of the Old Town Bar and Grill. During its time large crowds of locals were entertained by some big and up & coming names in the music industry like Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray. Locals like Dr. Ross also played to big crowds at this historic venue.
I also had a chance to talk to Rich Ross briefly who recently wrote a song called "The Old Town Bar & Grill" which is featured in this series. KEET-TV will be repeating this series. Check the schedule to find out when.