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Friday Dec 04, 2015

hello friends! i hope you've all had a great week and are heading into the weekend with purpose. i'm good. still stopped up from having a cold but i feel a lot better. i had a great time moderating the austin music foundations's "expanding your horizons" booking panel on wednesday. i recorded it for a podcast, but there was so much interaction with the audience, who didn't have microphones, that  we can't put it out. next time. anyway, it was informative and i suggest that if you're a musician here in austin, you check out the austin music foundation. they can help you find your way.episode 422 is a double-header skype show! first up, i have a great chat with tommy siegel from brooklyn based band, narc twain. their new e.p. is out today. check them out on soundcloud. we have a great conversation about the band and how they came together, his other bands, drunken sufis and jukebox the ghost, what the brooklyn scene is like and much, much more. next up i talk to phoenix, arizona'a own sam means! sam's newest album, "10 songs" produced by steven macdonald from redd kross, doesn't come out until january 22nd, but you can check out some tunes from the album and find all things sam at sam and i have a great conversation about his old band, the format with nate ruess from the band, fun.,  scoring movies, his company hellomerch,com, how he's not fronted a band live but is willing to try and much, much more! i had a great time talking to these guys. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Oct 09, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. maybe you're celebrating john lennon's birthday. i'll be on 89.9 kutx in austin today at 2:30 along with stephen doster's band and a lot of other folks singing john's songs. tune in. turn on. and freak out! if you're not in austin, tune in to to listen. hey gang! if you're in houston, tonight friday, 10/9, come out to the continental club and party with skyrocket. we go on at 10 pm. on that same note, if you're in pflugerville, skyrocket will be at hanover's tomorrow saturday, 10/10 we go on at 10 there too. we have three shows coming out next week, so look for shows on monday, wednesday and friday. my guests for episode 422 are returning for the fifth time. they're one of my favorite bands. they're one of the most energetic, creative and fun bands around. they're sphynx!!!! the guys stop by and talk to me about unicorn sex, the highs and lows of the last year of their lives, their new album, live from earth, touring, their dead van, the magic of french pop, their upcoming cmj showcase and much, much more! these guys have been through a lot over the last year/ they're weary but still going strong. they're beautiful people with a very strong musical and brotherly bond that i love being around and so will you. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

hello friends! i hope life is treating you well. things are good here. i got to play at an xtc tribute/SIMS benefit on friday night at strange brew lounge side. there was an amazingly well-rehearsed house band led by my pal jon green. there was a host of awesome singers that got up and threw down on the song they sang. i sang a song by the xtc alter-ego band, the dukes of stratosphear called, "collideascope". it was a very special night and i was honored to be a part of it. i played a benefit for big brothers and big sisters with skyrocket in houston on saturday. i actually did the intro for this show in my hotel room between soundcheck and the show. i hope you like guest for episode 418 is musician/author/artist/actor and one of the coolest guys i know, jesse sublett! jesse has a fantastic new non-fiction book out called, "1960's austin gangsters: crime that rocked the capital". the book is about austin's seedy underworld and follows austin's notorious overton gang and all of the outrageous crimes and wild characters in their orbit. it's a fascinating story that takes you through brothels in south austin, bank robbing tours through small towns in the south and midwest, darrel k. royal's u.t. football program, the "dixie mafia", bugged jails and crooked sheriffs and much, much more. go to jesse's website for yourself! i loved this book and in our conversation, jesse takes us deeper into the lives of some of austin's most nefarious and colorful characters. i hope you enjoy this conversation as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Jul 03, 2015

hello friends! i hope this holiday weekend finds you rocking out on some body of water with a cocktail in one hand and a sparkler in the other. i'm well. i'm playing guitar tonight with my friend, amy edwards and then i'll be sitting in on some songs with the bluebonnets. this all goes down tonight, july 3rd at stubbs in austin, tx. cautiontape is also on the bill. good times! i'm looking forward to enjoying my 4th of july at my pool. i might even go buy a float with drink holders. happy 4th of july!!!my guests for episode 392 are austin synth-rock band, knifight! knifight is the austin music foundation's band of the month for july. so i went down to the amf and met these guys in the conference room and we talk about everything, screaming at the audience at the punk clubs of tyler, tx, finding depeche mode and new order, which version of "blade runner" is the best, the making of their new album, V and much, much more. great guys. great conversation. plus, i sit down and catch up with alex and jen from the austin music foundation and they explain their function and role in the community as well as all of the events they have planned for the summer. check it out, have a fabulous 4th of july! stay safe. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Episode 376: A.J. Vincent

Friday May 08, 2015

Friday May 08, 2015

hello my friends! i hope you're all doing well. i just got some horrible news that there is an "allergy tsunami" coming. is that sensationalism or am i in trouble for the coming months and according to the news, coming years as well. yuk! i just got on flonase a month ago. it seems to be working. how do you control your allergies? my guest for episode 376 is one of austin's best, most innovative and entertaining musicians, a.j. vinent! he's just joined austin's hard rock heroes, scorpion child! you might also know aj from his time as the keyboard player for the bright light social hour, or from his insane solo shows. he's won best keyboard player in the austin chronicle music awards. he's got solo music out and it's awesome you can hear it at we have a fantastic conversation about  being born and raised in austin, cutting his teeth in a metal/hardcore/indie rock band in high school called, poor man's opera, hearing pink floyd, boston, led zeppelin and tower of power all in one day, we discuss our idea for "speedos" the woman's answer to "hooters", people buy him leslie cabinets, keyboards, joining scorpion child and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know aj. i sure did. let's get down!

Episode 374: Ethan Azarian

Friday May 01, 2015

Friday May 01, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all doing well. i want to remind you about chepofest! tonight, may 1st 2015 at the cactus cafe' in austin, tx my friend, david' garza is heading up an all-star jam in honor of our friend chepo pena who's fallen ill as of late and needs some help with hospital bills. david' brings the party. let's party for chepo!my guest for episode 374 is amazing musician/artist, ethan azarian! we have a great conversation about growing up in rural vermont, moving to austin, the orange mothers, his duo with jeff johnston (they play wednesday night happy hour at the hole in the wall in austin, tx), making art. where all the cows in his paintings come from, fatherhood and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know ethan. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Friday Apr 24, 2015

hello friends! i hope you're all happy, healthy and kung fu fighting your way through these crazy times.  things are good here. i am about to head out of town to play with SKYROCKET! tonight at a deb ball. should be interesting... if you;re in houston tomorrow, saturday, april 25th we will be playing at the continental club. the show starts at 10. it's always a good time at the continental club. also, if you're in austin this weekend, check out art city austin! it's an amazing art show that's going on saturday, 4/25 and sunday 4/26 with tons of art and artists showing their work. this year there will be music at the black fret stage both days with such notable acts as danny malone, jazz mills, elias haslanger, amy cook, today's guests, east cameron folkcore and many more. just go to  for info and tickets!my guest for episode 372 is east cameron folkcore's frontman, jesse moore! if you live in austin, you might have just seen east cameron folkcore on the cover of the austin chronicle a couple of weeks ago. if you live in europe, you might have seen these guys on their yearly european tours. they've just released their thrid and most intense album, kingdom of fear, on april 7th. these guys are using music to spread a message about waking up to the catastrophic realities we have coming our way through, climate change, surveillance, impending water shortages and much, much more. a lot of us, including myself, would rather watch a funny video on youtube or check twitter than learn about these gigantic issues facing society. well, jesse and the rest of the band are not scared to face these issues, write about these issues and go sing about it all over the world. this is a great conversation, east cameron folkcore is an important band and jesse is a really nice, smart and entertaining guy. i hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as i did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

hello friends! we have a lot of new listeners coming to the podcast this week. welcome. i hope you enjoy these candid conversations between folks in the biz. i have all kinds of musicians on the show. scroll through the archives here on the podbean page. or subscribe on itunes, stitcher or via the podcast app for iphones. we have new shows coming out every tuesday and friday. so, twice a week you get a peek into the lives of musicians and other people in the entertainment biz through candid conversations hosted by your truly. if you like what you hear, "like" our facebook page and you'll get photos of guests, updates from former guests, pictures of me with the guests and much more. my guests for episode 369 are welsh dream/pop band, paper aeroplanes and sitting in with them is elen roberts from music wales who was hosting a show for paper aeroplanes during sxsw at the brittish music embassy. i caught up with them during sxsw and we got to chat about the state of music in wales, what music wales does for welsh artists all over the world, paper aeroplanes new album, "joy" and much, much more. i hope you enjoy getting to know these fine folks. i sure did. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

hello friends! i can't believe it's already february... can you? i hope you're doing well. things are good here. still doing this "song a day" thing. it's pretty hard to keep up. i fell behind over the weekend and now i'll be writing songs every day until feb 27th. all good. i need it pretty badly. do you write songs? what do you do to get everything kickstarted? do play some games? do you do something special? share it with us at the facebook page . we'd love to guests for episode 349 is ghostland observatory frontman and now leader of aaron behrens and the midnight stroll, the amazing aaron behrens! i have been a fan of ghostland observatory for years, then i saw aaron did a solo project, i checked it out and reached out to him. he knew the show and was happy to come by and chat. we have a great conversation about growing up in a small town, finding music, ghostland observatory, touring like mad, being a dad, opening his own studio and much, much more. i had a great time getting to know aaron. i'm sure you will too. let's get down!ciao! -jg

Tuesday Jan 20, 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 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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