Episode 46: Salmon with Earworms

For this episode, I got to sit down with the excellent folk rock group Pairdown in their practice space.  Pairdown performs exquisite songs full of hooks, immaculate playing, and harmony.  Their new album Reach to Ring is out on April 14, 2017, and the Pairdown Reach to Ring LP release show is April 18, 2017 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh.  During our conversation I get to indulge my geek love for the band, we discuss why folk rock is or isn’t really what they do, and a surprisingly frisky debate breaks out over which one is worse, hydro-fracking or mp3s.

I don’t remember swearing, but you know how it is.

Episode 28: Making Music

For this episode we go to Acoustic Music Works, a shop people travel from far and wide to visit.  There we talk to Raymond Morin, who is a luthier, and his apprentice Adam Rousseau.  Not only do they explain what a luthier is, we have a fascinating conversation about what goes into making an acoustic guitar.  We also discuss the difference between a shop like Acoustic Music Works and the Strip Mall Monolith Music Store, how making instruments changes the way one experiences other aspects of music, and I find someone else who had a childhood love of Bloom County.

You can find out more about Acoustic Music Works from their web site.  Acoustic Music Works is on Twitter. You can hear more from Raymond through his excellent blog called Work and Worry. Finally, longtime listeners of the podcast remember Adam from his great band Triggers.

I think we say the bad word for poop twice.