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Music CD Release Checklist - Part 1
Part 1: Why, Finishing The Music and Your Website

Three-part, 4250-word article of advice and checklist for musicians who need to plan a release of their album. Part 1 has good background info and asks what you want to accomplish.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-09-27 Read post

Always Be
An Unusual Song ... For Us

Reflections on a song that doesn't really sound like us about a topic most people don't sing about. (Spoiler Alert: it's about suicide)

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-09-20 Read post

Best TV Studio Show Music
Football and Non-Football

We continue a second straight week about the music used in sports television. So it's the second week in a row where we've lost our mind. That said, we've all heard this music a lot!

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-09-13 Read post

The Music Of NFL Films
Feels Like Football

The music of NFL Films has forever been intertwined with pro football highlights. But we feel these songs can stand alone just fine and deserve a listen. WARNING: Goosebumps alert for football fans

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-09-06 Read post

Frankly, Our Oddest Show
Frank Moore's Shaman's Den

Bands always get asked what our weirdest show was. Well, we can tell you all about our weirdest TV appearance was even though it was just local Berkeley public access television.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-30 Read post

That First Time In A Music Studio
What Happens Under The Bright Lights

We recently had some first-timers in the studio and it reminded us of what it feels like to be in an honest-to-goodness music studio and on the mic.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-23 Read post

The Ballad Of Bob Dylan
"Like A Maggie's Positively Leopard-Skin Homesick Blues"

Full disclosure: I'm about to brag a little about a song I love that I wrote and performed. It's a LONG love letter to Bob Dylan that sounds like mid-1960s Dylan while singing in 2020 about his past 55 years.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-09 Read post

John Mellencamp - Underrated Songs
Check It Out

Some John Mellencamp non-hits that I love came up recently in the old random machine. So, I thought I should put 10 of his songs that deserved better in front of you here for your enjoyment. Dig in.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-02 Read post

J.D. Boucharde
We Lost A Really Good Guy

Though I'm not the first person to eulogize San Diego musician J.D. Boucharde or even his closest friend, I've got plenty of great things to say about JD here - many of which I'm now happy that I did tell him when he was alive.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-07-19 Read post

July 4, 2015 - Guemes Island, WA
The 4th of July Festival That Wasn't

A tale of a beautiful island haven in Northwest Washington where the locals love us, even when they temporarily hated the venue we played at.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-07-05 Read post

Favorite SNL Sketches
A Saturday Night Live Playlist

We aren't trying to change a lot of comedy minds here. Just trying to put a lot of (personal) favorite SNL sketches in one place for viewing purposes.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-28 Read post

Rock Critics
The Good, The Bad & The Pretentious

We put on our music fan hats and lament the lack of entertaining and/or useful music reviews over the past 50 years.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-21 Read post

The Lawrence Welk Show
A Counter To The Counter-Culture

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour. You might not know it but we are one of the most foremost experts on The Lawrence Welk Show (of people who are still alive).

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-14 Read post

Prince's "1999"
It's Four Different Songs In Four Decades

An exploration of "1999" by Prince and how a party song actually changes its meaning over the years

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-07 Read post

Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice
The Comic Book That Instead Became A Song

Once upon a time, we wrote and recorded a song called "Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice" which isn't as irreverent as one would think. Here's everything you want to know about the song. And more.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-31 Read post