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Update: Much Sickness in the Household

Sorry we haven't been on the usual posting schedule.

There was a nasty bout of Strep Throat that went through my household these past couple of weeks. Everyone is on the mend, so Thermionic Studios will be back to a regular posting schedule soon.

Around the office, we have attempted to sort out our thoughts regarding the differences between club owners and musicians, and we WILL post something on it shortly.

Thanks for your support!

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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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Les Paul's Gibson Pickup Winder Refurbished and Working

*Not an April Fools' story:

Throbak Electronics is a company that we've been following for a while. We were going to post something else, but we thought this story was too cool and felt we had to post it as soon as we could. In the wake of the Les Paul Estate Sale, Throbak has recently posted that they obtained yet another vintage Gibson pickup winder. This is *THE* pickup winder that Les Paul took from the Gibson factory when Gibson left Kalamazoo and relocated to Nashville.

Nearly identical Stevens pickup winder at Gibson in the 1950's
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Metallica Revisiting Earliest Days - Release News

We've been pretty clear, at least in an earlier article, about our feelings about Metallica, so we won't belabor them here. However, in order to be consistent with and to those feelings, it seems only fair to give credit where credit is due. Metallica is launching a reissue project where they're taking their cassette release from 1982, "No Life Till Leather", and remastering it and apparently a bunch of other material, and releasing it.

Metallica No Life Till Leather
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Bandcamp: Quick Review of Latest Palatable Offerings

Most of the metal that's up on Bandcamp is screetching banshee or growling cookie monster nonsense. My own belief, is that bands put out music like this because they can't get vocalists who are any good and end up doing the banshee/cookie monster stuff to cover up that fact. How these bands ever get listeners is beyond me. However, we've found a few gems to share with you and they will hopefully tide you over for the next few days...

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Quatermass: The Album That Destroyed Deep Purple

Proto-metal aficionados rejoice! (Long post follows)

So I went looking for some deep tracks - the kind that you rarely ever hear of. THEY ARE OUT THERE. In fact, it's amazing just how much material is available now through YouTube and other places that simply was never available on a mass-market basis before. The real challenge is cataloging it and separating the wheat from the chaff. I believe we have just such a find today.

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25 Things Every MUSICIAN Should Know

Found a great article, linked just below. It's geared for guitarists, but just about anyone who is looking to become a professional musician can learn from the advice posted. The article is titled "25 things every guitarist should know". If you're an aspiring musician, there's some really solid advice about getting your act together to become a working musician. Like all articles, this does not encompass everything that you ought to know and put into practice (that would require a book), but it's a very reasonable place to start.

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