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Aug 26, 2020

Beginning in March of 2020, while most of the world was in lockdown mode due to COVID, Daniel Romano did something truly remarkable: He began releasing an album nearly every week on his Bandcamp page.

On this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk to the Canadian musician about his prolific output this year: from a track-by-track re-creation of Bob Dylan's Infidels album played as if the Plugz were Dylan's backing band, to his British folk-inspired Alias Ensemble album, and all points in-between. We hear about some of the self-imposed rules he gives himself when recording, his current gear of choice, his forthcoming (ninth) album for 2020, 'How Ill Thy World Is Ordered' (out Sept. 18, 2020 on You've Changed Records) and a lot more. Romano is one of our favorite musicians and it was great to get a peek at his creative process.

Further reading: The story of the Plugz and Bob Dylan's appearance on Letterman

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Aug 19, 2020
Chase Bliss Audio makes some of the most interesting pedals created today. On this week’s Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk to founder Joel Korte about his company's rapid rise in popularity, his workflow, some of their latest creations and their ongoing collaborations with both pedal makers and musicians. 
 
We also talk about the human element found in Chase Bliss' output, some of the noteworthy videos they’ve produced, Korte's unique career path and plan for the future, mushrooms, and more. 
 
Stuff mentioned: 
Chase Bliss
https://www.chaseblissaudio.com
 
The Story & Retirement of Chase Bliss Wooden Boxes (video): 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7A5X10k8U8&t=7s
 
The Chase Bliss Blooper campaign on Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chaseblissaudio/blooper
 
Paul Stamets on Joe Rogan (excerpt)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVhd56KYS6s
 
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Aug 11, 2020

For forty years, Bruce Harvie (Orcas Island Tonewoods) has carved out a nice existence for himself in the instrument making world as a tonewood supplier. His one-man operation is based in one of the most beautiful spots in North America (Washington State's San Juan Islands), where he sells spruce, redwood and other raw materials to mandolin and bowed instrument makers around the world. He's also a prolific musician. 

Though he makes his living selling hand-selected wood, Harvie is quick to point out that there's great instrument-making materials all around us, for cheap. "It's amazing how many mandolins get burned," he says. "I've gotten a lot of wood out of firewood piles."
 
On this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk to Harvie about his early instrument building days, how he sources his tonewoods, and about some of the lesser-used woods in instrument making that deserve a chance. 
 
Follow Orcas Island Tonewoods here and listen to Bruce's new album here

This episode is sponsored by Mono Cases and Retrofret Vintage Guitars

 
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