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Friday, March 6, 2015
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

MUSIC NERDS DELIGHT: Unpacking A Free Rain Song, One Instrument At A Time

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.  

Free Rain audio

 



Man Issues GMOB Call to Action: 'Grown Men on Bikes, Stand Tall'

Ryan Burns / Thursday, Feb. 12 @ 2:58 p.m. / Activism , Government

Local artist Zeke Smith fashioned the above logo in response to a proposed bicycle ordinance in Eureka, and he's made it available on a line of products through cafepress.com.

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.



Stories from the Clarke

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.

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Trailhead Labs

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 10 @ 9:06 a.m. / Trails

Today Emily and I spoke with Ryan Branciforte about their company Trailhead Labs whose goal it is to make trail data and transit data available in real time in a open source format to be available to counties, municipalities, and individuals.

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The South Side | Friday Nights 7 to 10pm

Chas Lewis / Sunday, Feb. 8 @ 8:10 p.m. /

The South Side




The South Side
started on public radio in February of 2001 and has been holding down the Friday night slot on KHUM since August of 2007.

Start your weekend right with hand-picked blues, soul and R & B . . . classic tracks, obscure treasures, new releases and your requests.

 

 

The South Side
is sponsored by The Art Center
and Wildberries Marketplace.

 

 



Harlem Shake For Non-Degenerates

Mike Dronkers / Friday, Feb. 6 @ 1:23 p.m. /



Humboldt Business Challenge

Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Feb. 5 @ 8:57 a.m. / Business

This morning I spoke with Rachel Callahan about the Humboldt Business Challenge. This is a challenge for budding local entrepreneurs to submit their basic Business Plans for a chance at $5000.00 to help start your business. The deadline is fast approaching, it will be here Monday. For more information and guidelines, go to HumboldtBusinessChallange.org

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