Jim Guittard’s Place

Introducing the Ragas Art by Henry McGuinn

Posted in Music, The Arts by guittard on January 30, 2009

Here are some paintings done by Henry McGuinn.  They are quite colorful and much like the “Yellow Submarine” cartoon of the Beatles.  During that time, Henry and I watched the Yellow Submarine a thousand times.

Jim with 12-String Rickenbacker and Korg

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 The Ragas at Topanga Beach

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 Jim Sleeps In Bush On PCH Near Malibu

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 The Car Chase

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 3 of Clubs in Hollywood

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 Jim Drinking Stout for Breakfast at Neptune’s Lounge – Topanga Canyon

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Thanks Henry.  The art is rad and really sums up my life in 2000.  Cheers.  Jim Guittard

Listen to a live show of the Ragas. 

The Ragas Live 2000

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Calling for Reviewers at Jamendo

Posted in Music, Psychedelic by guittard on January 27, 2009

If you haven’t heard of Jamendo.com then I guess you are really really out of the loop and not aware of the free music phenomenon.  I suggest you get over there, immediately and get in on it.  As of today, there are 15,287 albums posted there for free downloading.  Did you catch me?  Free!

Most of the artists are not known, including me.  There is some really great quality stuff out there.  I recommend the following artists:

  • Brad Sucks
  • Rancho Relaxo
  • Blancheneige
  • The Zombie Drivers
  • Jamison Young
  • The Golden Dawn

I’m tellin’ ya, get in on this scene.  I give you free music; you give me review. It’s “Quid Pro Quo”, ya dig? A free win-win situation. I’d be honored if you’d do this for me.  Just sign up, it is free.  It’s extremely cool.

My stuff is along the lines of folk-rock, psychedelic, and experimental.  I have posted three albums and if you like the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Byrds you would probably like me. 

Here’s my first album I did in 2002 called “California Daze.” 

Album description

California Daze was recorded in Hollywood, California by Jim Guittard on his 4-track recorder and later mixed with Adobe Audition 2.0. The songs pay tribute to the birth of the Neo-Psychedelic scene that emerged beginning in 2000 in Silverlake, California with groups such as the Beachwood Sparks, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Quarter After, smallstone, the Warlocks, the Tyde, and the Belle Isle.

Jim Guittard played the shaker, drum machine, and sang all lead and background vocals and had the help of friend Vladimir Maskov for bass. Brian McKay engineered the recording of the Beach the acoustic version. Guittard also played all lead and rhythm guitars. The song Beach is co-written by Jim Guittard and Dominic Campanella of the Quarter After.

The “Swing Tune” and “Jazz Tune” are instrumentals written by Jim while attending the Musicians Institute from 1999 to 2000. Jim plays the lead guitar with session bassist and drummer. On the rhythm guitar is a guy from Brazil named Reginaldo. He was a student with Jim at the school. You can hear the teacher, “Mr. Lupo Groinig” giving a critique after the instrumentals end.

Click here for the album:

California Daze

The Eve of the Unknown

Posted in Life by guittard on January 20, 2009

I had to put my first thought down right now before the changing of the guard. It is uncertain, scary, and even confusion what will happen with Obama. It has been so confusing for the past eight years.

I will say this about Bush, he stuck to his guns. He never wavered or flinched. This is a good quality in a President. I don’t agree with much of what happened over the last eight years. The terrorists didn’t get us again. But you know I lost faith really in America during this time. I think a lot of us became cynical with that yeah right attitude.

I don’t kow if Obama will hold the office of the Presidency with a high standard. People are yelling Socialist and other things but I refuse to yell. I think the country is so divided in idealogy but I honestly believe the truth is somewhere on both sides.

I lived overseas for the past two and a half years and quite honestly, I felt ashamed to say that I am an American. Something has gone deeply off course and I pray that America can get back on course. There are higher things at work that we realise. When we take this into consideration, may be we can button our lips and gets things done. Fighting through the division will be hard but the truth is narrow and there.

You may question me for being ashamed of America. I spent 2 years in the Peace Corps trying to represent America in the best light. It was hard because not everyone even wanted to know about America. Alot of people only knew America by what they saw in the movies. Well, America isn’t a movie. America is people. People who get up everyday and fight the good fight. This is the real America. It is time that America stands up with passion.

Serving Two Masters

Posted in Life by guittard on January 7, 2009

Okay, so I’ve been back in the States for over a month now.  It was as if I was skydiving back into this bombed out zone.  I’ve been bombarded with talk on “Bail Outs.”  It’s getting rather old and funny now.  Actually a man on the street asked me for money but he used the word “bail out.”  I think most Americans are obsessed with money and I have way back when chosen to not have money guide my life decisions.

I write this now without a job or that security blanket that everybody is obessed about.  You know the insurance package, the benefits, etc.  I think there is a lot more to life than benefits and insurance and pay raises and working up the ladder and new cars, and houses, and loans. 

And I am aware that once you have kids, and a wife that things change but I will keep my head to the grindstone as they say.  Money is not bigger than God.  I just spent 2 1/2 years over in a poor country called Bulgaria.  It’s a joke how materialistic America has become and I intend not to fall in this trap. 

I know what it is like to have money.  I lived the high life in California for three years before 9/11 tanked the stock market in 2001.  I thought like everybody else.   But when you lose it you begin to think something else is more important.  Back in an article I was in the Dallas Morning News I told the newspaper lady interviewing me that I wouldn’t settle.  I think a lot of people have settled for  a mediocre unfullfilling, meaningless life.  I have had a rough time of it with this decision but it’s not over.  As long as I breathe, I can live.  America needs this!!

Matthew 6:24 (New International Version)

 

 24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.