Jim Guittard’s Place

Podcast of Islas de Robinson

Posted in Music, Psychedelic by guittard on October 30, 2008

Recently, I was turned on to a podcast coming out of Madrid, Spain.  What great thing I found.  Well, actually, the podcaster found me on myspace and I checked what he has going.  He has a lot going and real good music.

I recommend this podcast with both thumbs up and if I had anymore thumbs those, too.  The show is in the Psychedelic, Cosmic Country, and Folk-Rock genres.  You’ll dig it if you are into that stuff!

Here’s a list of artists that have been played on the show:

  • The Quarter After
  • The Byrds
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Love
  • STALK FORREST GROUP
  • Bob Dylan
  • David Bowie
  • Sarabeth Tucek
  • Vietnam
  • The Sidewinders
  • Violent Femmes
  • The Yardbirds
  • Radio Moscow

And a lot of bands that I haven’t heard of but are very good.  His podcast will open your ears to some good new stuff. 

In the latest episodes, my song “Breaking the Language Barrier” is included. 

Podcast October 29, 2008

RAY LAMONTAGNE – “HENRY NEAR KILLED ME (IT’S A SHAME)”. DISCO: “GOSSIP IN THE GRAIN”; JAYBER CROW – “SONG OF THE JACK PINE”. DISCO: “TWO SHORT STORIES”; DANIEL MARTIN MOORE – “THAT’LL BE THE PLAN”. DISCO: “STRAY AGE”; DAMIEN JURADO – “GILLIAN WAS A HORSE” . DISCO: “CAUGHT IN THE TREES”; JOSH RITTER – “RIGHT MOVES” .DISCO: “THE HISTORICAL CONQUESTS OF JOSH RITTER”; NIK FREITAS – “ALL THE WAY DOWN”. DISCO: “SUNDOWN”. UNBUNNY – “THE PATH”. DISCO: “SENSORY UNDERLOAD”; DONOVAN QUINN & THE 13TH MONTH – “SISTER ALCHEMY”. “DONOVAN QUINN & THE 13TH MONTH”; ALEXA MARMON – “WEB IN THE SUN”. “GARDEN AT TWILIGHT”. JIM GUITTARD – “BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER”. “BUSTED IN BULGARIA” ( http://www.myspace.com/guittard , 2008); LYSSALANE – “SOAP & FOAM”. DISCO “LYSSALANE”; HUSH ARBORS – “FOLLOW CLOSELY”. DISCO: “HUSH ARBORS”. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – “JADE LIKE WINE”. DISCO: “SHELTER FROM THE ASH”. (29/10/2008)

You can subscribe to his show here: Islas de Robinson

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Rodney Bingenheimer

Posted in Music, Rock and Roll History by guittard on May 14, 2008

Mayor of Sunset Strip
From my journal on May 5, 2004 – Dallas Texas

I went to see the movie about Rodney Bingenheimer called “The Mayor of Sunset Strip.” He is a guy that hung with many of the core music people of the 1960s and 1970s. Rodney was Davy Jones’ double for the Monkees Television series. Rodney knew Sonny and Cher and the Beatles.

He is most known for being the groundbreaking radio DJ for KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles. He was first in putting on “the Runaways, Blondie, the Ramones, Social Distortion, Van Halen, Duran Duran, Oasis, the Donnas, No Doubt, Coldplay, Dramarama, the Offspring, the Go-Go’s, the B-52’s, X, the Vandals, and others.”1

The movie is a nostalgic documentary that shows much of my old stomping ground: the Tower Records on Sunset Blvd., Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Avenue, and the Denny’s Restaurant on Sunset Blvd. near the Guitar Center. There’s even a bit showing a crippled guy who polishes the stars along Hollywood Boulevard.2

Rodney also made his own English Disco Club that operated for awhile in Los Angeles. To me, Rodney’s a strange guy. I’ve never met him but I had a friend in L.A. that knew him well. Some people have talked bad about him but my friend said he was nice. I respect his great knowledge of music.

It seems that music was and still is his salvation. I can relate a bit. As a kid, I often locked myself in the bedroom and listened to the Beatles or Elvis. They were my heroes and took me to different places. At school, I was a freak and even loner, I suppose: the only guy with sideburns when I was sixteen years old. That was in 1990. Sideburns weren’t very in style then.

There was one time in the school cafeteria when I was sitting at the table alone and this bully behind me at the next table made fun of me. He yelled and got my attention. I looked over and he was holding two napkins up to both sides of his face like they were sideburns and laughing. I just ignored him. He was some punk clown.

In my high school days, I read biographies about rock and roll. I read one called Life With Elvis by his kid step-brother David Stanley.

At the age of sixteen, David Stanley found himself at the top of the world, traveling from city to city as a personal aide to his stepbrother Elvis Presley. Touring with the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Dave lived life in the fast lane – a way of living most people only dream about. On August 16th, 1977, tragedy struck when Dave found the king of rock ‘n’ roll lying facedown on his bathroom floor, dead at age forty-two. Life With Elvis tells Dave Stanley’s compelling story about growing up with Elvis, the dangers and disillusionment of life in the fast lane, and how he discovered true meaning in life through faith in God. — from book’s dustjacket.

It’s an interesting read. The book has a bit about how hoods often hastled Elvis about his sideburns in the boys’ room. One time at Humes High in Memphis, Elvis’ future bodyguard, Red West, stepped in to help Elvis. This was the time when short hair and flat tops were in style. Elvis styled his hair after truckdrivers. Elvis eventually became a truck driver for awhile before recording “That’s Alright Mama.”

From Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special

It was natural that I picked up the guitar in the 9th grade and never looked back. Music was my way of relating to the chaotic world around me. Things would explode and erupt but the music remained with me. It is proof that music is power. I really hope that the kids these days can put good stuff in their heads to empower. Elvis, along with many others, instilled in me a philosophy of hope and trust.

I don’t think the kids are getting this message today. What do you think?

Me – With the Highlander Band 1991
Jim Guittard - Highlander Band 1991


up1Wikipedia contributors. Rodney Bingenheimer. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. May 9 2008, at 15:05. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Bingenheimer. Accessed May 14, 2004.

up2I spoke to him a few times en route to the Musicians’ Institute that I was attending.