Episode 348: GOBI Returns!

• January 30th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i'm good, but it's been a crazy week. i started this songwriting game with my friend cory where i have to write a song every day until february 25th. it's pretty crazy, but i've written 5 songs this week! i've also done 6 podcast interviews, played a solo show and i'm playing with SKYROCKET! tonight (fri 1/30/15) at hanover's in pflugerville and in houston at the continental club tomorrow (sat 1/31/15). anyway, i'm glad i'm playing this songwriting game. as soon as i write some good ones, i'll post them on soundcloud and let you know.

my guests for episode are austin's premier e.d.m. band, GOBI! this is GOBI's second time on the show. they have a fantastic new album, gold on black ice that comes out february 10th. you can pick up a copy before it comes out at their record release on february 7th at holy mountain in austin, tx. we have a great conversation about the making of gold on black ice, playing edm in austin, how they play shows and much, much more. i have a great time talking to phil and dunny. enjoy!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 347: T Bird And The Breaks

• January 27th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are kinda crazy here today and i guess they will be for a while... i've entered a songwriting game with my friends where we have to write a song every day until february 25th. i wrote one last night and one and a half today. i also did 3 podcast interviews and went to the grocery store. i've had a lot of caffeine and i think you can hear it in the intro of this show. anyway, i'll be playing at gueros in austin tomorrow, wednesday, 1/28/15 at 6 pm and the bluebonnets play at 7. we'll be in the courtyard and the whole thing will be on the radio. come by, check it out.

my guests for episode 347 are funk dance party band, t bird and the breaks! they have a new album that comes out today (1/27/15)!!!! it's called harmonizm and it is fucking awesome! if you like funky soul music that makes you feel good, you should buy this album. when momo's was open, we played a lot of shows together and it warms my heart to see their progress. this album, harmonizm, is the culmination of many years of hard work. it's focused. the songs are amazing and it has an overall great vibe. the guys have release shows this week and they're hitting the road for month going to the midwest and west coast find out where they'll be by going to www.tbirdandthebreaks.com i hope you enjoy our conversation. i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 346: Amy Cook Returns!

• January 23rd, 2015

hello friends! i hope you are all doing well and ready for the weekend. i am. SKYROCKET! is back to regular work this week. we're going to houston tomorrow and then lake charles, la on saturday. saturday is supposed to be some crazy mardi gras costume ball, so that should be fun. i hope you guys have enjoyed the three-show-week. we actually got a shout out from KUTX 98.9 here in austin today for our cautiontape show from yesterday. check it out http://kutx.org/austin-music-minute/how-we-shine it's nice to get the recognition.

my guest for episode 346 is the amazingly talented and ultra-cool, amy cook! this is amy's second time on the show. amy just won a black fret grant, she is one of the 10 artists that won $10,000 in the inaugural group of grant recipients. we have a great conversation about everything, recording with robert plant, the magic of david garza, butt implants and much, much more. i love talking to amy, she is one of the coolest people i know. she'll be one of the coolest people you know after you listen to this show. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 345: Cautiontape

• January 22nd, 2015

hello friends! as you can see, we have THREE shows this week! a busy week here at "how did i get here?" headquarters. things are good here. i had a long rehearsal with skyrocket today. it was good and very productive. we recorded some songs over the last couple of weeks and now we have to work some new parts into old songs. how are you? don't forget that you can like our facebook page, "how did i get here?" and find out what shows are coming up, see pictures and keep up with bands that have ben on the show.

my guests for episode 345 are synth-pop band, cationatape! caytiontape just released their debut e.p., how we shine and they have a release show tonight, jan 22nd, 2015 at the spiderhouse ball room in austin, tx. jason and brit stopped by a couple of nights a go and we had cocktails and got to know each other. we had a fantastic conversation about how the band got together, making how we shine with producer robert harrison, dating, pop music, the fact that i have four robes and much, much more! i really had a great time getting to know jason and brit. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 344: Lincoln Durham & Matt Ott w/ Black Fret

• January 20th, 2015

hello friends! i hope this episode finds you slaying the evil dragons of life and rejoicing afterwards. things are good here. i've ben trying to figure out what i'm going to play next wednesday. i haven't done any solo shows since last september. i might need to figure it out soon. also, i'm looking for band people for a new band. i don't know exactly what i want to do, but i'm willing to try some new shit. we'll see. i'll keep you posted. i feel like i've had some false starts over the last couple of years. time to jam.

my guests for episode 344 are matt ott from black fret and one-man-band gothic rocker, lincoln durham. lincoln is one of the recent recipients of black fret's $10,000 grants. we have a great three-way conversation about black fret and how it works from one of it's founders (matt) while getting an insider's view to what it's like to have won a grant. all the while learning about lincoln durham and his amazing and unique musical journey. great guys, great conversation. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 343: Guy Forsyth

• January 16th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. things are good here. i spent the day recording vocals for skyrocket's new demos with my old pal darin. i had a great time. tomorrow, i'm going to my pal kyle's house to record some keyboards for those same demos. yes. two studios are being utilized. it's going well. it's like a little assembly line. people going in and out singing at one place and playing at another. good times. anyway, we have the weekend off and i'm looking for some stuff to do. i'm sure i'll find something.

my guest for episode 343 is the extremely talented and interesting, guy forsyth! now, i've know and seen guy play since 1991, but i have never really sat down and talked to him, so this was a treat. guy is an amazing musician that started out in the midwest and made his way to austin 20 years ago and since then has put out a bunch of albums, toured the united states and europe, been a part of a couple of a mazing bands, had a great solo career, became a dad and much, much more. this conversation is loaded with great tangents. i hope you enjoy getting to know guy forsyth. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 342: Silver Ships

• January 13th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all out there successfully fishing in the stocked pond of life. things are good here. i'm starting to feel normal again. i've been making plans for later in the week. i don't have any shows this weekend. we're just doing a private show at the acl moody theater on wednesday. should be fun! i'm feeling good enough to start working on some new music. i've been itching to make some new songs, but i've felt like such shit the last couple of weeks, that didn't. anyway, i'll let you know when i do. 

my guest for episode 342 is four-track wizard, chazz bessette from the band, silver ships! they've just released a new album, songs from a room that never moves, that is absolutely gorgeous. chazz recorded it himself writing all the songs, playing all the instruments and recording on to a four-track reel-to-reel tape machine. we have a fantastic conversation about coming up a four-track in seattle, math rock, moving to austin, touring and much, much more. i was getting sick during this conversation so please excuse me if i sound grumpy. i hope you enjoy getting to know chazz as much as i did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 341: Elias Haslanger Returns! / Pick With Austin Checks In

• January 9th, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're getting into your new year in style and with all the hope you had on new years eve. i spent the day running errands and i had lunch with my old friend, katrina. it was great catching up with her. i want to thank the folks that wrote in about the dwight twilley episode. i am hoping to get dwight in a face-to-face situation where we can really talk. i'm glad we did it. i'm going to try to do more phoners if i can get ahold of folks. do you like them? hey! if you're in austin tonight, friday, jan 9th 2015, SKYROCKET! is playing at the one-2-one bar on south lamar. we go on at 10. come out. say hi.

my guest for episode 341 is my old friend and jazz great, elias haslanger! elias was on the show two years ago when he put out his album, church on monday. since he was last on, his "church on monday" shows at the continental club gallery have grown, they released a live album, live at the gallery, that has received amazing critical acclaim 4 1/2 stars in downbeat magazine and climbed to #14 on the jazz radio charts. also, tomorrow, elias and his church on monday band will be playing with alejandro escovedo at the acl moody theater as alejandro's orchestra. eli is a great musician and a real inspiration for staying inspired. i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 340: Dwight Twilley

• January 6th, 2015

hello friends! i have been sick since new years day. i'm feeling a bit better today. still not 100% but i was out for four days. wow! anyway, i'm totally fucking stir crazy. i need to do something. i know i have elias haslanger coming over tomorrow. i'll be really excited to see him as he will be the first person i have had contact with since jake came by to check on me last friday. look out eli! anyway, i'm playing with skyrocket this friday at the one-2-one bar here in austin, tx. also free week is going on. i'd like to get out and see some new music this week. maybe i'll be up to it tomorrow or thursday. any suggestions?

my guest for episode 340 is power pop legend, dwight twilley! i have been a fan of dwight's since i was 15 and i heard the song, "girls". over the years, i've gone back to through his catalog and my power pop friends and i have kept up with him over the years and remained fans. he has an amazing new album, always that's available on his website, dwighttwilley.com and itunes and spotify etc. we had a great phone conversation about everything from the making of always, making music in his studio on his own terms, his burgeoning art career, "solid gold" vs. "dance fever" and much more! i hope you enjoy our conversation. i sure did. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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Episode 339: Bang Feather Bang

• January 2nd, 2015

happy new year friends!!! i hope you're all ready for it. i'm not. i am sick. i have some chest thing. it's awful and when i cough it's gross. i had a good NYE playing with skyrocket in houston. we had a great show and we played, "bohemian rhapsody".... in it's entirety. i think it went well. it was a lot of work for us, but we did it. i'm glad we have the weekend off so i can get better... happy new year! let's do some crazy shit in 2015!

my guests for episode 339 are los angeles/austin based blues rock duo, bang feather bang! esther and chili stopped by a couple of weeks ago before chili headed back home to australia and they took a little break. they've been a band for only a year. during that year esther discovered a tumor in her chest, has been treated for cancer all year and had a collapsed lung. all the while, writing songs, developing a sound, touring, recording and being a non-stop bad ass. i had a great time talking to esther and chili, they're great people and they've started something really cool and just run with it. it's raw and it's powerful. i really enjoyed getting to know bang feather bang. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!
ciao! -jg
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