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BruceM last won the day on November 3 2019

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    80 Sunburst,95 Cruisebass,97 Eclipse 12,98 Phantom Black,99 Vanguard,03 Studio Custom,04 Korina Jr,Fender Tele,Taylor 810-CE
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    Dr. Z Carmen Ghia head w/Dr. Z 1x12 Cabinet, Dr. Z Z-28 4x10 Combo,Dr. Z 2x10 Cabinet, Top Hat Club Royale 1x12 Combo

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  1. This was a week ago Sunday on the back deck of the 4-3-2-1 Club. Famous Volcanoes have been turning our outdoor practice sessions into neighborhood performances this summer. We've even managed to learn some new songs in the process, apologizing to our friendly neighborhood fans in advance for playing songs we don't know yet. Two new covers include Rose Garden and Pictures of Matchstick Men. Too much fun, and it's good to play in front of people, for sure. Early in the year we were joking that this was going to be the Year of the Volcano because we had a monthly paying gig lined up at a local b
  2. Glad I could help! My Dr. Z purchases, my Carmen Ghia and Z-28, both happened over 20 years ago, and I still couldn't be happier. I purchased the Ghia first and fell in love with the less-is-more approach to tone control. I still won't consider anything with too many knobs. I still keep shopping for a Maz-18 NR head. One of these days the right one will pop up locally.
  3. AC/DC - Thunderstruck Instant goosebumps when I hear the opening riff, which last until those killer crunch riffs kick in and then my eyes start watering. It's a conditioned response at this point in my life. Happens with the cello guys' version, and with the bluegrass version too. I can't think of another song that has such a visceral reaction on me. I just played the song at high volume to make sure. Yup, still works.
  4. And here's the first photos I have of Ray in action at the 4-3-2-1 Club (drinking isn't really action, is it?), taken on November 10, 2007. My memory is foggy, but I must have sold him the orange Newport in June, 2007, I'm thinking. He showed up to the first party, and most of the parties thereafter, until he couldn't any more. I miss Ray, and more broadly, I'm now missing ALL my HFC friends. We most certainly have missed an HFC Jam this spring, and who knows when the next one will be?
  5. This is the earliest photo I've found yet, taken in the kitchen at the 4-3-2-1 Club on July 21, 2007. Here's to you, Ray!
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    Eric Otten

    I did a deep dive into my photo archive this morning, and found these pictures of Caddie. These were taken on May 3, 2008. RIP, friend.
  7. I'm a bit late to the Marty Stuart fan club, but better late than never. The first album of his I picked up was Way Out West, about 2 years ago. It's a phenomenal album, and creates a very moody soundscape. The album that these two songs comes from, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, is also quite good. I've since started looking up his earlier stuff as well, and I liked his reverent commentary on other artists in the Ken Burns Country Music documentaries. Thanks for sharing the video.
  8. Oh wow. Thanks for sharing. I'm a big fan of Missing Persons. The song I always wanted to play in the 80s, but could never convince my friends to try was Destination Unknown. I may have to dust that one off. The Lady Gaga parallel is strong in this video: I like the dark mood of the songs on the new album.
  9. Technically, I don't think this is power pop, but I think I found my guitar lesson for the day, and my bass lesson too. I love this stuff.
  10. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't have this in my music library, but I found the CD in a shoebox upstairs! Woo hoo! I also found my copy of The Best of the HFC, Volumes 1 & 2. ha.
  11. I've also included the three Under the Covers albums from Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet in my playlist: Good stuff, guys. Again, thanks for all the suggestions.
  12. I'm not much of a daytime TV watcher, so I end up playing my stereo most of the day when I'm sitting at home alone. Power pop makes me happy. I'm going to add a lot this to my playlist. Thanks again, guys!
  13. I'm feeling a little lazy to do a bunch of research, so I thought I'd ask my esteemed experts to list their favorite power pop bands. I'm looking to listen to some new stuff, and welcome your ideas and suggestions. I'll start with the obvious bands I can quickly think of off the top of my head: Cheap Trick Shoes Matthew Sweet The Bangles Derrick Anderson Sloan Fountains of Wayne Help, please...
  14. David, aka Mrs. Smith, is a friend of mine from the olden days, and has shred a few times at the 4-3-2-1 Club. She's one of my heroes. Thanks for posting!
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