Bands

John Garcia of Kyuss Interviewed by VICE

So we were listening to Bandcamp, going through different heavy bands, trying to find some good material for a heavy music show. You may or may not know that we've been working a long-time plan for throwing a heavy music festival here in Long Beach, California. Part of getting that happening has been driving around and looking for places to actually host the event (we're thinking a warehouse somewhere).

John Garcia interviewed by VICE
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Planet Caravan Reworked / Stairway to Heaven on the Gayageum

Here at Thermionic, we're not always open to new interpretations of heavy songs, however, the past two days have been interesting. Yesterday, driving back from Santa Monica I was listening to KCRW. DJ Raul Campos played a tastefully remixed version of Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan.

Black Sabbath Planet Caravan Poolside Luna Lee Stairway to Heaven
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Houston Press: Volley Back to Bar Owners

In our continuing saga of Musicians vs Club Owners, there's yet another entry from the Houston Press. How the Houston Press would have come across the posting, especially given its apparently short life on the Tampa Craigslist site is all the more amazing. Clearly when that club owner posted his missive, it struck a chord.

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OnStageMagazine: Open Letter From a Bar Owner

We need to offer some background on this letter first:
1.) It would appear that Chris LeDrew originally found this posting at the beginning of 2013.
2.) It appears to have been reposted by Chris, or someone known to Chris who gave him credits at On Stage Magazine.
3.) Presuming the chain of custody and the chain of information is correct, this Craiglist posting was listed briefly in the Tampa site...

OnStageMagazine Posts Craigslist Rant By Club Bar Owner
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GreatSouthernBrainFart: Letter from Musician to Bar Owners

So we ended up finding out this interesting juxtaposition between a working musician, Bill Lonero, and a club owner. Bill, the musician, laid out his position in a 15 point manifesto. It was a pretty good manifesto. It was reasoned well. It was articulated well. I found it to be a little snarky with respect to the club owner's perspective (by writing "maybe you shouldn't be hosting live music?"), but at the same time I can totally understand where he's coming from.

The Whisky A GoGo - Can We End Pay-to-Play?
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Revolver Interviews Alexia and Anissa of Eyes Set To Kill

Of course, not every article has to be a heavy examination of gear or cultural activity. We also want to be cognizant of why we love and live this music. Because it brings us happiness.

So we also need to hit the lighter side of people and moments in the music business when we found a pretty cool interview in Revolver Magazine with Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez of Eyes Set To Kill. They share opinions on fellow musicians, their fans, and some of their day-to-day life experiences.

Alexia and Anissa of Eyes Set To Kill Interviewed by Revolver
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Oakland's Blackwulf Signs to Ripple Music

This just came through our feeds, but we're always excited when a band gets signed to a good label. So I listened to Blackwulf's latest release on their Blackwulf Bandcamp page. Was very impressed. In fact, I was so impressed, I messaged my buddy Timothy J, of The COAR Radio Show. Apparently, Tim already knew about Blackwulf and has been holding out on me. We'll see about that!

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