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Tunes in the key of Awesome!

I could not have returned to the UNM culture at a better time!  I am sooo jazzed to be going to the TrapFest (phuturePrimitive and two more similar DJs, as well as some of our best new glitch and hardstyle artists).  It’s March 10 at the Rey.

March 20 marks the annual return of Jeff Abel (Excision) to the ABQ.  Given his creativity, his work-ethic, and his passion – both for his fans and for his art, Jeff is easily the best EDM artist on the planet.  This will be the 7th time I’ve seen Jeff play live.  Four years ago, when he first played the Rey, they sucked so much power off the downtown ABQ power grid that all of central Albuquerque went dark.

Jeff agreed with ABQ authorities that he would always bring his own power if he played again here.  Sure enough he’s returned to the ABQ every year since – and he’s always brought his own juice.  It’s like a whole municipal power station set up in the lot behind the theater!

Damn, dude.  I haven’t seen Cookie Monsta since 2010!!  I never see him on the charts so I thought maybe he’d quit!  Very cool.  That guy’s got serious bass in his soul!



Dead ahead

I was sixteen when an older camp counselor, on our permanent staff like myself at John Knox Ranch in the heart of the Texas hill country, introduced me to the Grateful Dead.  Late that Summer we got to go see the Dead at Manor Downs, a bit Northeast of Austin, and we got to hug Jerry Garcia on his 40th birthday.  That might have been the most significant, most socially intertwined, moment of my entire life.

No one in the band, and no one in the crew around the band, was wound up that night.  Warm, sure.  But very laid back.

There was a beautiful blonde girl dancing in front of the stage that night.

My best friend Diane (40 years later) was there.  She was the beautiful blonde!  She’s still a beautiful blonde!!!  And she’s NOT a real blonde – she just acts like one!




Meanwhile in Taos…

Kalya Scintilla played Saturday night at the Startribe music festival on Taos Mesa – and his show was excellent!  The whole Startribe experience was an ideal introduction, for me, to the local scene.  Playing music outdoors here is complicated by our infamous wind (especially out on the mesa!), but I thought the sound system was up to the task.  We were on our feet wigglin’ for nearly all of Scintilla’s set.

I was pleased to see so many splendid dancers live in the community, and thrilled by all the fire dancing and poi!

There was a cool mystic quality, too, in the full moon on all the surrounding snow-capped mountains and the fires & lights on the desert.  A strangely peaceful, surreal, and spiritual experience!

I have to be back in Bernalillo next week for a few days, namely to pick up a car, then will complete my move to the house here on the Rio Hondo.  Our weather is becoming much prettier, though we’re having little rain showers in the afternoons which remind me more of the weather we expect here in Fall; but the late mornings and midday hours have gotten warm & sunny.

Much to the chagrin of locals, we’ve been named the most scenic place in the state by online travel guides; and, sure enough, there’s been an increase in foreigner sightings.  I’m inspired to spend a lot of this Summer with the cameras and recorders to capture what I can of the place before more development occurs!

Like I said, it still gets cool in the afternoons and pretty darned cold at night; so I’ve not traded the axe for a fly rod just yet!  Still gotta keep enough wood cut to run the stove at night – though we’ve had a few nights without it these last two weeks.

The wonderful things I’m discovering about living in Taos are coming to constitute a rather long list!  I definitely like the music and dance scene, the peace-first attitude of all the local starchildren, the spiritual communities that converge so well in such a spectacular place, the availability of outstanding organic food at the local market, and the sheer magnificence of the wild surrounding country!  We’re only half an hour from access points to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, ten miles from the peak itself, and very close to Red River and Eagle Nest.  We’ve made some good trips already – mainly out on the West mesa and in the Rio Grande Gorge itself around the John Dunn crossing – but we’re really itchin’ to pack up the camping gear and disappear into the hills!

Sheesh!  Between painting, taking photos, playing and recording music, fishing, camping, pokin’ around in the mountains, going to raves, and simply participating in a really cool community, I am going to have a busy Summer!



Heavyweights coming to the ABQ

In addition to the Flux Pavilion makeup show (probably in December), Albuquerque’s Historic El Rey Theater will host a show by Borgore on New Year’s Eve and a heavy heavy must-see show by DJ Carnage on January 15th.

Both shows will likely sell out, so get your tickets while you can!

And don’t forget we have Getter here at Gravity Nightclub on November 7th!

This is an awesome town for electronic music, and it just keeps getting better and better!


Flux coming later!

Flux Pavilion and Loudpvck were stranded by flooding in Dallas and could not make the Albuquerque show on Friday night. Diskord and Nghtmre played extra-long sets, though, and we all get to go back and see Flux and Loudpvck later in the season. Possibly in December when their tour is wrapping up. There’s even a chance that show will feature different opening acts so, in a way, we got two shows for the price of one!

Not to discount the evening, though, as we totally enjoyed Nghtmre’s show! There seemed to be a few glitches with the sound system; but it kinda looked like multiple entities were working together to insure we had a great bass music experience. It’s not easy to stitch multiple systems together without any issues.

Nghtmre is out on the road for his very first tour, and he’s a solid contender in the trap scene. It’s early in the tour, too, so the newness hasn’t yet worn off.  He gave an outstanding and energetic performance!


As always, the crew at the El Rey could not have been better! Their ability to manage large crowds with lots of underage attendees, and to do it with such grace and courtesy, is the mark of excellent management and teamwork! It’s wonderful to walk out of a show at two in the morning and notice that everyone around us looks safe to drive home.  Thank you, El Rey Theater!

We’ll be back…

The Long Wait is Over

Digitech 2112

Goodness. I have wanted a Digitech 2112 for twenty years, and now I finally have one! I am totally jazzed!

Rack mount Digitech processors were a must-have for the blues rock and metal music I grew up on, though I think the 2112 was actually introduced in the 90s. I like the way the model number could be a reference to the great Rush album!

Now that I’m taking lessons and becoming more serious about learning and practicing, I’m relying less on multiple effects pedals to “play for me” – and focusing solely on playing better and developing tone. I’ve got the 2112 running against my all-tube Vox Night Train, and mainly using the drive and tube path of the 2112 to build fat tone. It sounds fantastic! Pretty good clean jazz tone, too.

I was really lucky to find a 2112 this late in the game. They’re anything but expensive, especially if you’re willing to buy one with some cosmetic issues; but they’ve gotten really hard to find in any condition!  Only 2-3 have turned up in the GC system for the last 5 years (or longer), and they’ve all but vanished from Ebay.

I know a lot of hardcore blues and rock fanatics are predicting these things will skyrocket in value so, given the scarcity I’ve encountered and the sheer number of famous artists who’ve used them, this one will likely be worth more than I paid very shortly.

I’ll keep playing with it for awhile, and comparing it to different pedals I’ve been using; but I’m betting I’ll be selling most of my effects gear and relying entirely on the 2112. I’ve already decided the compression characteristics are better than my 4-knob Keeley; and drive through the pair of 12ax7s is wayyyy better than my Ibanez Tubescreamer or the EHX Soul Food. The replication of SRV’s basic tone is very good. So far I’ve not felt the delay effects were quite as good as my Echorec, but I haven’t yet done a real apples-to-apples comparison.

I haven’t opened the cover yet but it sounds like the 12ax7s are GTs or worse; so replacing with some good russian tubes is going to make this thing sound even better!

Needless to say, practicing has moved up to a whole new level of fun!! I probably won’t be able to copy Johnny Ramone’s tone precisely, but I bet I can get close enough! Oh wait. I’m supposed to be improving and getting past the spot where punk was all I could play!