Episode 517: Money Chicha

• August 23rd, 2016

Hello friends! I hope you're all surviving the end of summer heat and floods. It's crazy out there, right?

I got to see Alice Cooper on Sunday night! I was amazing. I want to thank my friend, AJ Vallejo for inviting me. I had a blast seeing AJ's band, BANG before the Alice show. It was a great night all around. Alice's show is an onslaught of costume changes, snakes, giant frankenstein monsters and heavy metal. Plus, he's super old and still rocking like a champ. it was inspiring.

My Guest for episode 517 is Greg Gonzalez, the bass player from Money Chicha, Brownout and the Grammy winning, Grupo Fantasma! Money Chicha has a fantastic new album out, Echo En Mexico. I've been a fan of Money Chicha for a few years now and I've gotten to see them a few times during their residency at The Continental Club Gallery here in Austin and i'm a big fan. Greg and i have a conversation about balancing, touring and making music with three high-profile bands, growing up in Laredo, teaching composition, making Echo En Mexico, the history of Chicha music, playing with Prince and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know Greg. I sure did. Let's get down!

Ciao! jg
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Episode 516: Free Kittens And Bread

• August 19th, 2016

Hello friends! I hope this episode find you well and and having a successful summer. It's been raining since Saturday here in Austin. It's been nice to get rid of the heat for a little bit, but the rain is a little much. Quick plug, Skyrocket, the band i'm in, is playing this weekend. Friday, August 9th, we'll be playing the new Hanovers 2.0 in the North Austin/Round Rock area. Saturday, August 20th, we'll be heading down to Houston to play The Continental Club. find out more details at skyrockettheband.com

My guests for episode 516 are Austin punk/pop band, Free Kittens And Bread! Their brilliant new album, American Miserablist was released recently and they just got off of a tour of the US. Their single, "Brainless" already has over 35,000 plays on spotify. (i accidentally said "35 plays" in the intro, but i meant 35,000. sorry guys.) Chase Spruiell and Mark Hawley came by and we had a great conversation about combining punk music, folk music and power pop to create their sound, meeting in film school at St. Edwards, playing house parties on tour vs. clubs, the genius of Steve Poltz, touring the US and much, much more! I hope you enjoy getting to know these guys. I sure did. Let's get down!

Ciao! -JG
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Episode 515: Magna Carda

• August 16th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you well. things are good here. i'm doing some writing and recording this week. so far, it's been fun, frustrating and ultimately, liberating. i have some gigs with skyrocket this weekend. if you live in north austin, we'll be making our debut at the new hanovers 2.0 in round rock on friday, august 19th and saturday, august 20th we'll be at the continental club in houston. come out and say hi.

my guests for episode 315 are megz kelli and dougie do from austin hip hop sensations, magna carda! their amazing, new album, cirqlation is out now! they're going to be playing the austin city limits festival and the sound on sound festival this fall. we have a great conversation about how megz and dougie met in college, megz displacement by hurricane katrina, the austin hip hop scene, making cirqlation and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliant young artists as much as i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 514: Patrick Husband

• August 12th, 2016

hello friends! i hope you're all holding up in this insane heat. some days i feel like i'm gonna melt. hey! if you're listening to this show the day it comes out. skyrocket will be playing tonight, friday august 12th at sam's burger joint in san antonio. come on out and join the party. on the original music front, i'm going to be writing with the members of my band, ladyband johnson next week. we have a show coming up in november. i'll be sure to let you know when that happens. 

my guest for episode 514 is the amazingly talented, patrick husband! i met patrick around a month ago at a listening party for his gorgeous new e.p., simple house. i got hear the album and see the brilliant video for his single, "if you want it". needless to say i was blown away by patrick's songs and the great production by same sky productions' andre cantave and david messier. patrick and i have a great conversation about a tough upbringing after losing his mother at a really young age, how music saved his life, finding his sound, recording simple house and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know patrick. i'm sure you will too. stay cool out there... literally. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 513: Drop Out Vegas

• August 9th, 2016

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you all happy and healthy. if you're a musician in austin and are planning on releasing music in the form of a single, e.p. or full-length album, i have a panel for you. the austin music foundation and arlyn studios present: releasing your music, a panel sovering distribution channels, release shows, traditional and grassroots marketing, d.i.y. publicity and much more. it all takes place wednesday, august 10th from 7-10 pm at arlyn studios in austin, tx. here's a link to the event details. austinmusicfoundation.org come out. it's informative, it's free and i'll be moderating. 

my guests for episode 513 are houston pop duo, drop out vegas! these super-talented guys have just released a new single, "sleep alone" on their own and they've gotten a ton of press for it and believe me, it's well-deserved. i came a cross these guys on social media a little over a month ago. they looked cool, so i went and listened to their music and fell in love. skylar and jason came by my hotel when i was in houston a few weeks ago and we had a great conversation about growing up in the church music programs, writing songs together and apart, the woodlands vs kingwood, making pop music in houston and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know skylar and jason. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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Episode 512: Those Poor Serfs / The Eric Bee

• August 5th, 2016

hello friends. i hope this episode finds you well. i need to make an important announcement about a dear friend and very important part of the music community, bass player/producer, george reiff. george has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. he had a brain tumor removed on friday and is recovering. he has a long road ahead of him and that road is going to be very expensive. his family has started a gofundme page so that we can all help out. please go to gofundme.com/georgereiff and give what you can. let's help this beautiful man and his family get through this. let's do it for george.


episode 512 is a double-header featuring two new austin bands, the soul-infused americana band, those poor serfs and garage-rockers, the eric bee! first up, those poor serfs frontman, derek kinsaul stops by and we have a great conversation about working with the afore mentioned, george reiff on their new e.p., city view. if you live in austin, you can see those poor serfs tonight, friday, august 5th at lambert's. go to thosepoorserfs.com to get their music and find out where they're playing next. the second part of this double-header is eric bee from the band, the eric bee! their brilliant, new self-titled album recorded live in just two days at public hi-fi studios is available now! see them live in austin on saturday, august 20th at the one-2-one bar. find their music and show schedule at theericbee.com i hope you enjoy getting to know these two new bands. don't forget to get get out and support local music where ever you are! let's get down!

ciao! jg





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Episode 511: Tee Double Returns Again!

• August 1st, 2016

hello friends. i hope you're all doing well. i need to make an important announcement about a dear friend and very important part of the music community, bass player/producer, george reiff. george has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. he had a brain tumor removed on friday and is recovering. he has a long road ahead of him and that road is going to be very expensive. his family has started a gofundme page so that we can all help out. please go to gofundme.com/georgereiff and give what you can. let's help this beautiful man and his family get through this. let's do it for george.

my guest for episode 511 is artist/producer/entrepreneur/activist and austin's hip hop ambassador, tee double! he's just released his 27th album, ambassador status. he's started "black mics matter " a new musical project that will feature new artists with stories of passion and solutions for the black community and the world during these challenging times. you can find out more about by going to his gofundme page and help him realize his vision. tee double and i have an amazing conversation about making his new album, ambassador status, his goals with "black mics matter", race relations in today's crazy times, austin's hip hop scene, music licensing and much, much more. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 510: Jackie Venson

• July 29th, 2016

hello friends. i hope this episode finds you all doing well. i'm good. i'm glad that these conventions are over. i thought it was exciting to see the first woman accepting her party's nomination for president. i watched it live. i like what she's saying. i'm really glad these conventions are over. i feel like this campaign has been going on forever. hey! if you want to get away from all things political and you're listening to this show the day it comes out, skyrocket is playing tonight, friday, july 29th at speakeasy here in austin. come out and party with us. 

my guest for episode 510 is musical powerhouse and guitar hero, jackie venson! jackie has a new album, live at strange brew, coming out on september 16th and is heading out on a west coast tour starting next wednesday, august 3rd. go to jackievenson.com to find out if she's coming to a town near you. jackie and i have a great conversation about growing up austin, her time at berklee college of music, making a switch from classical pianist to blues guitarist in 2011, recording her new live album, why she likes short guys and so much more. i had a great time getting to know jackie. i'm sure you will too. let's get down! 
ciao! -jg
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Episode 509: Eric Tessmer

• July 26th, 2016

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. i had a good weekend of shows with skyrocket. i did a podcast with a band called, drop out vegas when i was in houston on saturday. they're an amazing pop band and we had a great conversation in my hotel room. look for that in a couple of weeks. i'm looking forward to making some new music this week with some friends and shooting a cooking show with aj. friday, skyrocket will be playing at speakeasy in downtown austin. it's our first gig in this awesome venue. come out and say hi if you can.

my guest for episode 509 is guitar hero, eric tessmer! eric's new e.p., EP1 comes out this friday, july 29th. he'll be playing release shows this weekend. friday, july 29th at antone's in austin and saturday, july 30th at dan electro's guitar bar in houston. eric and i have a great conversation about miraculous guitar purchases, growing up in richland center, wisconsin, making EP1, working with the great jacob sciba, living in his rehearsal space, getting sober and much, much more. you can find out more about eric at erictessmerband.com. i hope you enjoy getting to know eric as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 508: El Tule

• July 22nd, 2016

hello friends! i'm sure that most of you are suffering "decision 2016" fatigue. i feel like the intensity of this election has been kept at a fever pitch since last summer. that's a little much for me. having said that, i've been watching it. i've been watching it on c-span and starting to watch around 5 or 6 when the band is playing a lot. the band leader is the great, g.e. smith from hall & oates, bob dylan's band, saturday night live in the 90's and much, much more. it's interesting and sad watching him work, but at least he's working. it seems like a long, hard gig. i wonder how much it pays...

my guest for episode is john dell from the latin band, el tule! with their mixture of cumbia, salsa, merengue and reggae, el tule has become a festival favorite gracing the stages of the austin city limits festival, pachanga, sxsw and many more. they'll be playing the viva big bend festival next friday, july 29th. if you live in austin, you can see them next wednesday, july 27th from 5-8 at the wine down at 3ten austin city limits live and the event is free. john and i have a great conversation about growing up in mexico, exploring latin music, the evolution of the band, making their newest album, cuatro and much more. i hipe you enjoy getting to know about john and el tule as much as i did. let's get down!

ciao! -jg
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