Kinky Waikiki LP

There are sometimes records you wish you got to make.  It might just be that they sound like they would have been fun to do, or they’re just fun to listen to…maybe both.  Last April AJ Adams called me to master his most recent recording which was Kinky Waikiki’s s/t disc and vinyl, and it was just one of those.  I had forgotten about it and it crossed my mind as to whether it had been manufactured yet, so I called AJ and last night came home with yet another piece of vinyl.

10500245_10152599720189623_7267998317654726488_nThe cliché that we grow up with and call “Hawaiian Music”, probably because of Elvis Presley movies and TV appearances by Don Ho in the 1970’s might keep you away from what is extraordinary  and cool about that style of arrangement – the uke and pedal steel and guitar.  You can’t really go wrong there.  I think that stuff is great, so as I’m drinking coffee at 5:15 in the morning, I’m listening to it, and I want everyone else to as well.

300x300So do feel compelled to stop by Kinky Waikiki’s Facebook page and say hello, get a digital or vinyl version of the records, and if you’re in South Florida in June, go see them at the Hukilau.

Kenosha Kid – Inside Voices

Kenosha Kid’s Ina2249097645_2side Voices will be released next month on vinyl and digital download.  I think there were some CD’s for radio, but when there’s vinyl you just kind of go for that.

I first encountered Kenosha Kid 12 years ago when we recorded Projector in my former studio in Athens, GA – it was officially the last record recorded in that place.  The band has taught me how to record live players.

Inside Voices is the first half of a larger recording of which, Outside Choices will be released at a later date, and not necessarily next.

As with most of the Kenosha Kid records of the last half decade, Inside Voices is quite organic.  The band was recorded together at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA over a period of a week while the band kept up a series of performances in the evenings at Hendershot’s old house serving as the bands only rehearsals for the recordings.  People who witnessed the Kenosha Kid and The Horns From Hell shows know what I’m talking about.  Inside Voices was mixed by Marlon Patton and Dan Nettles and completed during the Summer of 2014.

Speaking of which, in March the group that performed Inside Voices will take off on a short tour which will be a rare chance to see this entire band.  Details can be found at the Kenosha Kid website and their Band Camp site, where you can also pre-order the Inside Voices vinyl and digital versions of the record.

The Tree of Significance

That is a statement.  I live in a town of happy self aggrandizing kind of nearly nothing nothingness.  Its a hipster thing.  We are well acquainted with the upper surface of our shoes.

This is the secret….there is nothing important about what we’re doing as long as we are so into what we are doing.  No where for it to go.  In a sense, we suck.  In essence, we suck.  Whichever world you’re up for.  Thank God for friends that help us with this huh?  Hack.

I appreciate the work of a man who has to clean a toilet, every day.  Do you ever have the sense in a public restroom that you should leave it better than you found it?

The Tree Of Significance.

I’m happy to be brought in by my old pal (he’s still kind of a young punk) Ferrill Gibbs to ride on the train of this record.  He is a story teller.  He also knows how to clean a toilet.  And that is real.

We’re almost done.  And its good.


The week provides a lot.


Farewell to Howard.

Hello again to my Beloved Lisa.

Strings onto the Tree Of Significance.

A new batch of students into the world.

Well wishes to a Friend in distress.

Short winded though the bullet points are big.

RIP Howard Smith


Yesterday was a strange one, feeling all out of sorts and such.  Later in the afternoon I sent a text up to Ezra Bookstein concerning The Smith Tapes podcast that he’s been working on, not knowing that earlier in the day he had emailed me to tell me that Howard had passed away.  Such a bummer.  When we gathered in NYC for the launch of the project Dec 2012, we knew that he wasn’t in great health.

I’m just glad that he got to see this part of his work recognized in his lifetime, and that people who are interested in the late 60’s-early 70’s period that the interviews were recorded.  The New York Times published a piece on him this morning.

Waving as you fly off man, we love you.