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EP21 - Chris Ballew (The Presidents of the United States of America, Casper Babypants)

Solving Sounds

Release Date: 06/25/2019

EP41 - Brent Lyons & Don Farwell (TBT - Lyons Mane) show art EP41 - Brent Lyons & Don Farwell (TBT - Lyons Mane)

Solving Sounds

On this special Track by Track episode of Solving Sounds, I flip the spot light on to myself and talk about the album that I made called Lyons Mane.  I am joined by my great friend and record producer/engineer Don Farwell to dissect each song from a song writing and producing point of view.    This record would not have existed without Don and Earwig, so in an effort to assist the studio during this difficult time, I am releasing the album on Bandcamp and donating the money to Earwig’s gofundme.  At the same time, I am also selling Solving Sounds t-shits on my Bandcamp...

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EP40 - Kathy Moore (TBT - I Won't Let the End of the World Bring Me Down) show art EP40 - Kathy Moore (TBT - I Won't Let the End of the World Bring Me Down)

Solving Sounds

We have a real treat for you this week!  Not only is Kathy Moore back as our first repeat guest, she also brought a copy of The Kathy Moore Super Power Trio’s upcoming album I Won’t Let the End of the World Bring Me Down!  Listen to us talk about how each song was written and recorded in the second installment of Track by Track.  Most of these songs have yet to be released, so come check out these exclusive clips of Kathy’s brand new music!   Learn more about The Kathy Moore Super Super Trio here:   If you enjoy the podcast, it really helps us out when you...

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EP39 - Lindsay Johnston (Vanna Oh!) show art EP39 - Lindsay Johnston (Vanna Oh!)

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Lindsay Johnston aka Vanna Oh! is our guest on this week’s podcast!  We talk about all sorts of interesting things, including how she became a full time musician, how she approaches songwriting and playing guitar, and how she has been spending her time during the quarantine.   Check out the Vanna Oh! website here: Watch the Vanna Oh! music videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFbK3bl0cXyA8VBSjaR7lTA/videos Buy the Chaperone T-Shirt here:     If you enjoy the podcast, it really helps us out when you subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes. Thank you so...

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EP38 - Brandon O'Brien (TBT - Chemical X) show art EP38 - Brandon O'Brien (TBT - Chemical X)

Solving Sounds

We are introducing a new version of the show this week called Track by Track.  Instead of covering a musician's entire career, we will spend our time doing a deep dive into one album that they have made.  We will cover everything from where it was recorded, who engineered, tracked, mixed, and mastered it, who played what instruments, how the songs were written and constructed, and what the tracks mean to the artists who made them.   My first guest on Track by Track is my old friend Brandon O'Brien.  Together, we will deconstruct his band's self titled EP, Chemical X. The...

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EP37 - Floyd Reitsma (Engineer, Producer, Mixer at Studio Litho) show art EP37 - Floyd Reitsma (Engineer, Producer, Mixer at Studio Litho)

Solving Sounds

Our special guest this week is producer, engineer, and mixer Floyd Reitsma.  Floyd primarily records at Studio Litho in Seattle, but also records in many studios around the city.  In this episode, we talk about how Floyd cut his teeth as a young producer, his philosophy around making creative choses, and how he goes about understanding an artist’s vision so he can best assist with bringing that to life on record.   Find Floyd online here:   If you enjoy the podcast, it really helps us out when you subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes. Thank you so much for...

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EP36 - Dr. Quinton Morris (Key to Change) show art EP36 - Dr. Quinton Morris (Key to Change)

Solving Sounds

We are honored to have Dr. Quinton Morris on today’s podcast.  Dr. Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker. He is an associate professor of violin and chamber music at Seattle University and the founder/executive director of Key to Change, a nonprofit organization that provides violin and viola lessons to students living in South King County. He performs and presents lectures all over the world.    Clearly, Quinton is a very busy man, so I really appreciated the fact that he took the time to speak with me and open...

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EP35 - Sean Foe & Emily Koo (Echo Ravine) show art EP35 - Sean Foe & Emily Koo (Echo Ravine)

Solving Sounds

Sean Foe and Emily Koo from Echo Ravine call in from Tacoma this week and tell us what it was like getting into the Seattle music scene after moving from Massachusetts, how their sound and style has evolved over the years with different bandmates, and how they wrote and recorded their amazing new record that will hopefully be released soon.   Listen to Sean and Emily’s music here:   If you enjoy the podcast, it really helps us out when you subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes. Thank you so much for listening!   Find us online and stay in touch here: Email:...

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EP34 - Justin Tamminga (Assertion, Pig Snout, Blind Guides, Dying Trades) show art EP34 - Justin Tamminga (Assertion, Pig Snout, Blind Guides, Dying Trades)

Solving Sounds

My guest this week is Justin Tamminga from the bands Assertion, Pig Snout, Blind Guides, and Dying Trades.  If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Justin is also a well known local music teacher who has created a special program engineered towards people on the autism spectrum.  Listen in to hear us talk about his background in playing and recording music, and to hear us pick up where we left off with William Goldsmith on all things Assertion.   Follow all of Justin’s bands here:   Assertion: https://assertion.bandcamp.com Pig Snout: Blind Guides:...

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EP33 - Emily McVicker (Singer, Songwriter) show art EP33 - Emily McVicker (Singer, Songwriter)

Solving Sounds

I thought we could all use a lil boost in positivity and joy right about now, so this week I’m bringing out a secret weapon, Emily McVicker!  We actually recorded this interview before all of this COVID19 stuff, and listening back, I found it somewhat therapeutic to listen to a normal conversation about music and being a musician.  That, plus Emily’s infectious energy make this a great pick me up that I needed and I thought you might too.   Follow Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilymcvickermusic/ Follow Emily on Facebook (and check out her new show Coffee and...

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EP32 - Dick Rossetti (Ball Bag) show art EP32 - Dick Rossetti (Ball Bag)

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The semi-iconic Dick Rossetti joins us this week to talk about all things Ball Bag, Twink the Wonder Kid, Squirt, and more!  Hear us explore Dick’s inspiration for writing lyrics, what he thinks of the current state of radio, and how he champions the smaller cities and towns often overshadowed by Seattle.   Listen and follow Dick’s band Ball Bag here:   https://www.facebook.com/BALLBAGUSA/ https://www.instagram.com/ballbagrenton/ https://twitter.com/BallBagRenton https://youtu.be/OqddujuefhI   If you would like to watch Dick’s documentary, Semi-Iconic, (which I highly...

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On this episode, Chris Ballew shares his secrets about putting on a good rock show, the hard work of constantly creating, and the art of staying positive and putting everything in perspective.

 

Stay up to date on Chris’ music and upcoming shows with Casper Babypants here: babypantsmusic.com

 

Catch all of Chris’ visual artwork and ambient music here: chrissballew.org

 

If you enjoy the podcast, it really helps us out when you subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes. Thank you so much for listening!

 

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