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It all starts with a tortilla. Where you go from there is up to you.! A blog about tacos, food trucks, recipes and good food.
Outside The Studio – Boston: Boston
2017-08-16 11:00
By Robert Kaiser I know that the struggle can seem long, with never-ending difficulties.  It’s easy to believe that artists who have changed the music world came to success wit… Read More
Packing For Summer NAMM
2017-08-09 11:00
By Ronny North Well, already time for Summer NAMM in Nashville again. Just seems like a few weeks ago that I did Winter NAMM. When planes are involved, it's always a challenge to do gigs… Read More
Interview – Verity White
2017-08-07 11:00
By Charlie Matthews I don’t really need to reach out to bands anymore for interviews. The blog is popular enough that the “in box” normally has a band request, or two, o… Read More
Interview – Alabama Rose
2017-07-31 12:03
By Charlie Matthews Last week was kind of crazy for the blog. What started as a few people responding to a previously published blog post, turned into a wave of emails, phone calls, Faceb… Read More
Spotlight On Ben Wilshire
2017-07-13 11:47
By Jamie Pittenger Ben Wilshire is a Chapman guitar artist from the U.K. Breaking from the normal and reaching a place that's not familiar is something every musician should do frequently… Read More
Small Venues, Massive Professionalism
2017-07-12 11:45
By Carson Braymer,     So I've been living in Austin for about six months now - six months that have very quickly flown by. While it's been incredible getting to explore an… Read More
Starting Monday With Shakey Graves
2017-07-10 11:40
By Charlie Matthews Shakey Graves is mostly a one man show. He covers folk to blues in a unique and intriguing way, often accompanying himself with homemade drums and percussion instruments… Read More
Tone Of Life
2017-07-05 11:45
By Ronny North I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to judge many guitar contests over the years that feature players of all skill levels. The thing that I have noticed, mor… Read More
Starting Monday With The Mekons
2017-07-03 11:45
By Charlie Matthews The Mekons are often described as post-punk, cow-punk or alt country. Formed in 1977, they are one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British p… Read More
Spotlight On Whitney
2017-06-29 12:21
By Charlie Matthews American indie-rock band from Chicago. They are lyrical, introspective, layered, and melodic. Whitney sounds like summer in a commercial, even when their songs are sad… Read More
Spotlight On Set Phasers To Prog
2017-06-22 12:00
By Jamie Pittenger Instrumental, progressive music from Vancouver B.C. Canada Set Phasers to Prog is: Matt Smith on Guitar Tim Warwick on Guitar Shawn Moran on Bass Dave Evans on Drum… Read More
The Smashing Pumpkins -Siamese Dream
2017-06-21 12:00
By Annie Filer The Smashing PumpkinsAmerican Alternative rock band, Chicago-based, formed in 1988Siamese Dream - Length 62.162nd Studio AlbumGenres: Alternative Rock, Grunge, Psychedelic… Read More
Starting Monday With The Sundays
2017-06-19 11:43
By Charlie Matthews Jumping back to the '90s this morning and checking out The Sundays. The Sundays are: Harriet Wheeler - Vocals David Gavurin - Guitar Paul Brindley - Bass Patrick H… Read More
Guitar Tech – Get The Cheap Guitar
2017-06-16 16:00
By Thad Shumaker Let’s talk a bit about how you don't need to spend a ton of money to have an awesome playing and sounding guitar. We’ll start off with Fenders. I'm a huge Str… Read More
Spotlight On Marco Sfogli
2017-06-15 11:30
By Jamie Pittenger A Progressive metal guitarist from Naples, Italy. Marco has a string of albums and has played in the James LaBrie's band; Labrie is the singer for Dream Theater and is… Read More
Social Media Management For Your Band
2017-06-12 16:00
By Charlie Matthews A few weeks ago Emma Zanger, who runs press and publicity for Friday Pilots Club, reached out to me asking if the band could participate in the Station 219 Records not… Read More
2017-06-08 12:10
By Jamie Pittenger American Math Rock Band from San Diego,California CHON is:  Mario Camarena on Guitar Erick Hansel on Guitar   Nathan Camarena, Percussion Esiah Camarena on Ba… Read More
2017-06-07 16:00
By Charlie Matthews A few weeks ago, I received an email from Banana Blonde, a power trio out of Birmingham, Alabama, asking how Station 219 could help them spread the word on their band… Read More
2017-06-05 16:00
By Ronny North It's always fun to experiment with new tunings to see what you come up with. There's a few that are easy to do and that can open up some new avenues for you to come up with… Read More
2017-06-02 16:00
By Carson Braymer     Finding a rehearsal space that's safe, comfortable, cool, and affordable can be super tough. Part of moving to a tiny, one-bedroom apartment in Austin mean… Read More
2017-06-01 11:30
By Jamie Pittenger An American instrumental, progressive, metal band, based in Dallas, Texas. Polyphia is: Timothy Henson on guitar Scott LePage on guitar Clay Gober on bass guitar Clay A… Read More
2017-05-31 16:00
By Charlie Matthews I started listening to Stephen Kellogg by accident. I caught him with the Sixers on a USO Tour in Bahrain, and was given a copy of their new album “Glass Ja… Read More
Guitar Tech – DIY Finishes
2017-05-29 16:00
By Thad Shumaker Hello, everyone in music world! Let me introduce myself. My name is Thad Shumaker. I'm owner and luthier at Shumaker Guitar Works in Bettendorf, Iowa, and I'm a small tim… Read More
Spotlight On The Aristocrats
2017-05-24 16:00
By Jamie Pittenger This "Jazz Fusion" band consists of guitarist Guthrie Govan, drummer Marco Minneman & bassist Bryan Beller. Guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan hails from Chelmsford,Unit… Read More
Interview – Friday Pilots Club
2017-05-22 17:30
By Charlie Matthews Ok, I am just going to open up with the fact that Friday Pilots Club is killing it! Their EP "South State" is the third release from FPC in the last two years and rele… Read More
Choosing Your Paintbrush
2017-05-15 17:30
By Carson Braymer  In light of last week's slightly more serious blog, I thought I would take an opportunity to have some fun and fill you all in on some of the gear that truly help… Read More
The Little Things
2017-05-08 17:30
Image: Karen Barrezueta By Ronny North Over the years I've noticed that I like my main stage guitars to feel a certain way. Beyond the body, neck and sound, I like the tremolo action… Read More
(Untitled)
2017-05-01 17:30
Bask in the Glory of Failure By Carson Braymer Speed bumps can be a total pain. They force you to slow down and, while you're still driving, you're barely moving. Playing and writing music… Read More
Interview – Shurwood
2017-04-26 17:30
By Charlie Matthews Shurwood, out of Tampa, Florida, was a whole new world of music for me. I am not really familiar with emo and the various different sub-genres that fall under that lab… Read More
Interview – Among Legends
2017-04-19 17:30
By Charlie Matthews  Way back in February I stated trading emails with Among Legends, a pop-punk band out of Waterloo, or Toronto…or Waterloo….they’re from Canada… Read More
Fear Of Broadcasting  
2017-04-17 17:30
By Carson Braymer Over the past few weeks, I've gotten to know more incredible players and writers in Austin than I've met anywhere else. It's like the city itself is oozing with creativi… Read More
Change Your Place To Change Your Pace
2017-04-14 17:30
By Cecil Yancy We often give so much attention to the particulars of making and producing good music that we sometimes forget about the atmosphere that fosters the best work. F… Read More
Interview – Vinyl Moon
2017-04-10 17:30
By Charlie Matthews The 33 RPM record has a made a huge comeback! Vinyl records are available in record stores again, and new online-shops seem to pop up almost daily. In 2017, Forbes is pre… Read More
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2017-04-07 17:30
By Annie Filer WilcoChicago-based Alternative rock bandYankee Hotel Foxtrot – Length 57:574th album by WilcoGenres: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Experimental RockSelf-releas… Read More
Exploring Austin: Records And Gear
2017-04-05 17:30
By Carson Braymer This past Friday I had a really rad opportunity to catch up with Charlie Matthews while he was in Austin on vacation with his family. We grabbed coffee at Vintage Heart Cof… Read More
Gear Review – JBL EON ONE
2017-03-29 17:30
By Cecil Yancy As a single or a duo, how many trips do you make to your vehicle before all of your equipment is on stage at small venues? If you answer, “More than one,” chances… Read More
Interview – Already Dead Tapes & Records
2017-03-24 17:30
By Charlie Matthews Around the beginning of February, I reached out to Already Dead Tapes & Records to see if they were interested in working on an article with me. I was immediately hoo… Read More
Interview With Run With IT
2017-03-22 17:30
By Charlie Matthews This year, my new year’s resolution was to listen to music with a purpose. I wanted to challenge myself to listen to new bands that took me out of my “normal… Read More
The Motivation Of Moving
2017-03-20 17:30
By Carson Braymer     Moving can be daunting. We live in a day and age where relocating can be outstandingly difficult, especially when you’re a musician who relies on mo… Read More
The Decemberists – The Tain
2017-03-17 17:30
By Annie Filer The DecemberistsAmerican Indie Rock Band from Portland, OregonEP: The Tain – Length 18:35Genres: Progressive rock, Indie rock, folk rock, Baroque popReleased: March 4, 2… Read More
Interview With BiRDPERSON
2017-03-13 17:30
Back in December, I started a conversation on instagram with BiRDPERSON, out of Statesboro, GA., concerning their bandcamp page. (Ok, that should tell you something. If your music is good an… Read More
5 Reviewers Of Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
2017-03-08 12:00
By Charlie Matthews This week I have put together a list of five websites that are actually listening and reviewing new Metal and Hard Rock releases. Interestingly, most of these websites a… Read More
Adjusting Your Double Locking Trem System
2017-03-06 12:00
Image: Karen Barrezueta By Ronnie North Being a long time Floyd Rose tremolo user I, thought I’d go over a little proper set up for our readers. Over the years I’ve met so many… Read More
Joy Division – Unkown Pleasures
2017-03-05 12:00
By Annie Filer Joy DivisionEnglish rock band based in ManchesterAlbum: Unknown Pleasures, total length 39:24Genres: Post-punkReleased: June 15, 1979Label: Factory RecordsProducer: Martin Han… Read More
Interview With Wolf Criton
2017-02-27 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Wolf Critton sent me an instant message that started with “my publisher saw your post”. Oh wow, you had me at hello! So we traded some posts, and I start… Read More
Pixies – Doolittle
2017-02-26 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Released in April, 1989 on the British 4AD label, Doolittle was recorded in three weeks at the cost of $40,000.  By June, the single “Here Comes Your Man&rdquo&hell…Read More
Peter Gabriel – So
2017-02-19 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Recorded in 1985 at Peter Gabriels home in England, the album So would transform  Peter Gabriel in to a mainstream superstar. The 9 song album was released in 1… Read More
Interview With The Original Swimming Party
2017-02-13 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Sometimes you stumble on a song and you just have to find out more. That’s what happened this month. I was on Soundcloud and the next song that came up was not some… Read More
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
2017-02-12 12:00
By Charlie Matthews This week we are listening to NWA “Straight Outta Compton”, released on Ruthless Records. Released in 1988, it was sparse, low budget and on point. With viole… Read More
5 Radio Stations That Will Play Your Tracks
2017-02-08 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Every band wants some air time. Here are 5 radio stations that play band submitted music on a regular basis. Remember to address your packages correctly and that you are… Read More
The Show Must Go On!
2017-02-06 12:00
By Ronny North This January I was honored to once again to be invited to perform on the NAMM Stage at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants). This year I was hea… Read More
Beck – Morning Phase
2017-02-05 12:00
By Charlie Matthews This week take some time to put the headphones on and listen to Beck’s 9th studio album, Morning Phase on Capitol Records. Released in February , Morning Phase woul… Read More
Broadcast Your Next Gig Live!
2017-02-01 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Live broadcasting is a must have for your indie band. The ability to stream your gigs, practices, sound checks, and van rides allows your fans to interact with you outsi… Read More
A Campfire Revolution
2017-01-30 12:00
By Dan McCormack “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world. ” ― Joe Strummer As the unique and inspiring frontman for one of the… Read More
Patti Smith – Horses
2017-01-29 12:00
Patti Smith’s’ debut studio album, “Horses”, was released in December of 1975. “Horses” met with widespread acclaim and and climbed the charts to top out… Read More
5 Free Digital Audio WorkStations
2017-01-25 12:00
By Charlie Matthews If you are thinking about starting to use your computer to record at home, you’re going to need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). A DAW is a computer software appl… Read More
Interview With The Cyrenaics
2017-01-23 12:00
By Charlie Matthews At the beginning of the year, a band reached out to Station 219 Records and did the internet handshake. You know….this is who we are, and sorry for the unsolicited… Read More
White Stripes – Elephant
2017-01-22 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Released April 1st, 2003 “Elephant” would be the fourth album by the White Stripes. It was released to critical acclaim and was nominated for Album of the Yea… Read More
Does Your Band Need A Manager?
2017-01-16 12:00
Tara Newman of Tara Newman Artist Management By Charlie Matthews Over the past few weeks, I have been talking to a few bands about what having a manager would mean to their band. Would havin… Read More
10 Audio Blogs That Review Indie Music
2017-01-11 12:00
If you have a music project you are promoting this is a great way to get the word out! Check these 10 Audio Blogs out and start submitting your music. 3hive Promoting MP3s in hope that peop… Read More
Weezer – “Pinkerton”
2017-01-08 12:00
By Charlie Matthews Released in September 1996, “Pinkerton” is Weezer’s second studio album. Self produced and recorded in-between college semesters, this would be a darker… Read More
Tweak Your Guitar For Better Feel
2017-01-02 12:00
By Ronny North As a professional guitar player, I am very aware how different guitars feel from one to the next. A major part of this “feel” is the different radius’ of the… Read More
Songwriting Technique
2016-11-28 11:57
By Cecil Yancy Sometimes, it seems to write itself; other times, the tune and lyrics come about as difficult as pulling teeth with a pair of pliers. Ask a dozen songwriters about the pr… Read More
The Genre Question
2016-11-14 14:00
By Kayla Moss Music is a creative form of expression and allows artists to share thoughts, experience, and feelings. Song writers express joy, sadness, love, and anger through lyrics, as wel… Read More
Community And Great Music And Your Story
2016-11-07 14:00
By Cecil Yancy Even the stained glass seems to be grooving to the walking bass. Soon, rhythm guitar, drums and piano join in and the whole place is rocking as the Rev. Dr. John Kilzer walks… Read More
Switch Guitars To Get New Ideas
2016-10-31 14:00
By Ronny North Every now and then I get in a playing rut, and if nothing else seems to snap me out of it, I’ll switch guitars. Sometimes I even grab one out of storage that I haven&rsq&hell…Read More
Do You Jamkazam?
2016-04-26 21:06
By Charlie Matthews Do you Jamkazam? I do, and it is amazing. Jamkazam is a free app for your computer or tablet that allows musicians to play music together in real time from different loca… Read More
Featured Artist – Tony Manard
2016-04-20 00:15
Photography by Teresa Callicutt By Cj Matthews In late March a good friend of mine shared a MP3 with me along with a text that read something along the lines of “you need to work with… Read More
K/R Studio – Morgantown, PA
2016-04-15 23:51
 By Ryan Cole   In the spring of 2013, Krysta Blocher and Ryan Cole met working at a construction company. While laboring the daily grind, they found they had a whole lot in common… Read More
Mixing It Up
2016-04-06 21:50
By Ronnie North Every now and again we as players run into a creative wall, or for some reason our playing just stops progressing temporarily. When that happens what seems to work for me mor… Read More
Featured Artist – Natalia Vercesi
2016-03-28 22:39
Photography by Angela J. Sanchez Busby By Krysta Marie Soul. Passion. Character. Attributes that define who we are. Meet Natalia Vercesi, a brilliant artist with an abundance of ALL tho… Read More
Adjusting The Action On Your Axe
2016-02-23 22:47
By Ronny North As a pro guitarist, it’s very important that my guitars be set up to make them play as best they can so I can play anything I need to on stage or in a session. I’m… Read More
FOUND: The Blue Van
2016-02-14 00:05
By Cj Matthews I’m a dad, so over the last thirteen years, my movie collection has slowly broadened from “Fight Club” and the Bourne movies to include every single Disney… Read More

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