Showing posts from August 3, 2014

Precious Vinyl

I don't even argue with people when they start talking nonsense about vinyl versus digital when it comes to DJ gigs because nine times out of ten my experience and intelligence with vinyl outweighs theirs.  Most musicians know that this is the dumbest argument in the world.  You never hear musicians say dumb things like, "You're not a real piano player because you are using a MIDI keyboard with weighted keys".  Do you know why you don't hear musicians say that?  Because it's dumb, that's why.  Dumb people say dumb things…but I digress.

I started off as a DJ that used vinyl records and I was more than happy to turn digital when the technology was available.  I couldn't stand to disrespect even one more piece of vinyl.  My upbringing was in a two parent household in the suburbs where there was a father that was a record collector.  Let me be clear, this isn't like the parents that have a few records leaned up against an old off brand turntable…I…

Guardians, Gunn & Pods

I had a bit of nervous anticipation before seeing the new movie Guardians of the Galaxy.  I kept whispering to myself, "Please don't suck-please don't suck- please don't suck".  Why should I care if yet another Hollywood Marvel comics movie sucks?  Well…I care for a few reasons.  Like most creative types, I grew up on Marvel comics and pray for their movie adaptations to do well at the box office because I have pretty much outgrown comics but am a huge fan of comic based movies.  Another reason I care is because I love to see creative people from my hometown of St. Louis, MO become successful.  In this case, that hometown artist would be James Gunn.

Yet another reason for me to cheer on director James Gunn was the fact that I actually knew him back in the early 1990s when he was the lead singer for a rock band called The Pods.  The Pods sounded an awful lot like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but still sounded good and were some of the nicest guys I had ever met.  M…