Podcast Episode 3 – Arizona Home Solar System Market

Today I rant about the Arizona Home Solar System market. Kate and I are looking into adding Solar to our home to save some money and offset using fossil fuels to power our Air Conditioning. Along the way we have learned a whole lot about inverters and our power company’s, APS, attempt to mess everything up.

Drum and Bass post for Week of July 26th

Ok I am gonna try to start doing a weekly Drum and Bass post, again.

If you arent aware of the music genre Drum and Bass this should help introduce you. If you haven’t yet accepted Drum and Bass as the most significant musical structure of all time then this should help to convert you. Either way I hope to educate you somewhat to at least shake your booty a bit.

Studio Toys Nerdgasm: Rawtekk
This is the first I have heard of Rawtekk and from sampling a few of the songs on their latest album Sprouted and Formed I am a fan, big fan. Much more organic analog sound and really intricate drum patterns make for a great listen. Hard chargers like Photone Recruits and To Be a Space Monkey will satisfy traditional DnB headz while Skrotum Left Its Dwelling takes on a traditional 4×4 hard house technique and rocks it out. Shut up and give them your money!

Little late on this one but whatever:
Drumsound & Bassline Smith: Exclusive Stream, MiniMix PLUS Win Signed CDs!
Buy it Here
These guys have been rocking the scene since 1998 and have put out some very tasty tracks. Give the minimix a listen and then buy the album.

Late on this one as well but again whatever:
UKF Summer Drum and Bass Compilation
UKF puts out an annual compilation of the most popular DnB tracks and not it looks like they are taking on the trend of releasing a summer compilation. While the mixing technique is generally a little light on the mixes included the tracks are top notch. This is going into my rotation for sure.

Top Mix for Roger right this moment:
DC Breaks – FABRICLIVE x RAM Mix
From the opening line: “I’m making this because in a few hours I could be dead and I’ve got a hell of a story to tell.” to the drop at the 25minute mark where Rudimental’s – Right Here (Andy C Remix) and Capone’s – Friday are mashed up in a bassificated orgy of noise DC Breaks rocks it on and on and on and on.

DS Podcast 2 – Medicine Tents Nicholas DiBiase and Mike Logan

Medicine Tent Last Exit Live Show

Medicine Tent Last Exit Live ShowSat down with Nicholas DiBiase and Mike Logan of Medicine Tent the Phoenix Local Funk Dance band that defies genrefication. I had a great time sitting down out side of Lux coffee bar with these two for my first interview in I am pretty sure ever. We get through some of the usual mucisian questions about influences and where the band came from. We also discuss the Phoenix music scene and some of their favorite local acts at the moment.

Nicholas’ Influences : TLC, Parliament, Janet Jackson, Otis Redding, Adina Howard, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Meters, Blackstreet, Chiffons, Ike and Tina Turner, Roni Size

Mike’s Influences are similar to Nicholas’ but also include Nile Rogers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_Rodgers
Allen Toussaint

Interesting places to educate yourself on live music:

Medicine Tent on the Interwebz:
Facebook.com/MedicineTent and MedicineTent.com

Some of our favorite local artists :

DS Podcast 1 – Summer Survival – Flagstaff, Mt Humphries, and Camping


Starting the Podcast thing up with an episode about surviving the Phoenix summer by heading up to Flagstaff, hiking Mt Humphreys, and camping at Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping.

Notes from this podcast:

  • Flagstaff is about 2 hours north of Phoenix via the I-17 and is generally at least 20 degrees cooler
  • Mt Humphreys is the tallest spot in Arizona at 12,600 ft
  • Average hike time up Mt Humphreys is 5 to 8 hours
  • Take a Camelbak backpack with water and food
  • Pack a raincoat as the weather changes quickly and severely at this altitude
  • Have fun by setting a 15 minute timer and take 1 to 2 minute breaks when it goes off. This will keep you rested and solve and group tension that might arise with faster and slower hikers.

West Fork Fire from Molas Pass Colorado

June 2013 Molas Pass Sunset West Fork Fire

June 2013 Molas Pass Sunset West Fork Fire
Got a shot of the smoke could from the West Fork Fire. The shot was taken from Molas Pass which is about 5 miles south of Silverton Colorado. The West Fork Fire is east about 100 miles and is over 20,000 acres in southern Colorado.
There is a smaller fire called the Papoose which is closer.