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A Tom Waits Celebration: Part 1
Six Degrees Of Tom Waits

People either love or hate Tom Waits, not too much room in-between. In Part 1 of our celebration, we define the six degrees of Tom Waits

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-17 Read post
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Don't Give It Away
How Some Bands End Up Playing For Free

Bands have to do a lot for free to be heard, but playing at a club where there's an audience is not one of them.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-10 Read post
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October 12, 2004 - Chicago
Wise Fools Pub show

We try to convey how fantastic this little 30-person show was in Chicago on a small Midwestern tour from a small California band in 2004.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-03 Read post
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ASCAP OnStage
20 Extra Bucks, If You Play Your Royalty Cards Right

A little peek into how songwriters get money (via P.R.O.'s) when anybody plays their songs live - maybe even at a Girl Scout campfire.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-04-26 Read post
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4:20
Bah Humbug

Why we wrote and recorded the 4:20 song about the tradition of 4/20

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-04-19 Read post
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The Ultimate Sesame Street & Muppet Playlist
You Need To Revisit These Songs

You didn't just love these songs as a kid because you loved the Muppets. You also loved these tunes because several of them are legitimately killer songs. Let us highlight their best.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-04-12 Read post
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Score One For Our Side (Part 2)
How Our Music Fit Into A Movie

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour. Second of 2-part article detailing how we came up with music for an indie documentary.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-04-05 Read post
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Score One For Our Side (Part 1)
Writing Music For Film & TV

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour. First of 2-part article detailing how we came up with music for an indie documentary.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-03-29 Read post
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My 25 Favorite Piano Players
Charlie's Favorites

Charlie provides a list of his 25 favorite rock piano players - and the players who made him want to play the piano hard and loud.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-03-22 Read post
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THE Best Fast Food Items
Eat This

When you have driven all across the U.S. you become eminently qualified as an expert on fast food. The Ringer once put out a controversial list of best 50 fast food items. Our list has 100 items, so it's twice as good.

Posted by The Bigfellas on 2022-03-15 Read post
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Why It Took 3 Years To Release A Finished Album
Hiya

Our album Hiya was pretty much in the can in Summer 2017. Why in the world did it take us until October 2020 to release it?

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-03-08 Read post
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In Defense Of The Accordion
Not Just For Italian Restaurants

Reprint of Charlie article for San Diego Troubadour, focusing on one of the most underrated and reviled musical instruments around: the accordion

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-03-01 Read post
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50 Songs For 50 States
Best Song About Each U.S. State (Playlist)

A simple concept for a playlist. Includes embedded list, link to Spotify, but also the rationale, tough decisions and some great runners-up.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-02-22 Read post
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Thank You Cards
Trust Us On This One

Making a great argument for writing thank-you cards, no matter what racket you're in. It's the right thing to do and it'll also pay dividends if that's all you're after, too.

Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-02-15 Read post
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Why Does Neil Young Need To Be On Spotify, Anyway?
A Multifaceted Answer

It's easy to armchair criticize a rich musician and expect them to be principled at their expense. But Neil Young has long put his money where his mouth is and the Spotify - Joe Rogan situation is just the latest example.

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