Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fuego - SPAC

New York City

I missed it, but Phish played a three night run up in Saratoga Springs. On July 4th, the boys from Vermont busted out a gnarly rendition of Fuego, the title track from their new album. It's still in its infancy, but the more they play Fuego, the better it gets...

Friday, July 04, 2014

Inside Dope: Behind the Scenes of Ep. 23 [Degens of Summer]

Los Angles, CA

The latest episode -- Episode 23 - Degens of Summer -- focuses on a well-known degenerate gambler and scam artist in the poker world known as "PSUMike1999." We also had an interesting discussion of first-time heroin experiences. Dope Media selections included doc film 112 Weddings (on HBO) and Kid Cannabis movie about a pizza delivery kid turned marijuana smuggler.

Here's the setlist for Ep. 23...


Listen to Ep. 23...


Download link for Episode 23.

Subscribe to Dope Stories on iTunes.

Listen to previous shows with full description of every episode... DOPE STORIES - EPISODE GUIDE.

Also, check out other Inside Dope posts, which give you a behind the scenes look at the development of each episode.

Here's Inside Dope for interviews we conducted...
Inside Dope - Ep 7: Greg Merson (WSOP Champion)
Inside Dope - Ep 8: Dr. Carl Hart
Inside Dope - Ep 11: Sean Azzariti
Inside Dope - Ep 16: Ben Sinclar and Katja Blichfeld from High Maintenance
Inside Dope - Ep 22: Jordan Morgan
Here's the Inside Dope for the last month of episodes...
Inside Dope - Ep 19: Lost Vegas
Inside Dope - Ep 20: Dr. Shulgin, MDMA and New Reefer Madness
Inside Dope - Ep 21: Dope Economies
Thanks for listening.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Keep On Running: 50 Years of Island Records

Los Angeles, CA

A friend of a friend pointed out this documentary from 2009, which celebrates 50 years of Island Records. If you listened to any music in the last half-century, you probably came across an artist from Island Records. It started out as a niche label that imported records of Caribbean and Jamaican artists. Island Records originally filled shelves in immigrant neighborhoods in London in the early 60s before it finally got widespread distribution in West End London record shops. Chris Blackwell, the owner of Island Records, started signing local acts like The Spencer Davis Group and the rest is history.

Here's the documentary... Keep On Running: 50 Years of Island Records...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Inside Dope: Behind the Scenes of Ep. 22 [Jordan Morgan]

Los Angeles, CA

Shane stuck around Vegas instead of driving back to LA, which meant he would have to call in via Skype to record the latest episode of Dope Stories -- Episode 22 with Jordan Morgan. We have a kick-ass producer (DJ Trent) who cleans up the audio on Skype calls, which can get dodgy at times. We try to minimize Skype usage and prefer to record as many episodes as possible inside the Dope Stories studios in the Slums of Beverly Hills, however, Shane was stuck in Vegas and forced to call in.

On the flip side, because Shane was in Vegas it was easy to wrangle our guest for the episode -- professional poker player Jordan Morgan. It' common for pros to share hotel rooms when they are on the road and Shane often traveled with Jordan. They were roommates in Vegas this past week. When we started recording the episode, Jordan had just won a WSOP tournament (and his first-ever WSOP bracelet) and he walked into their hotel room while I had Shane on Skype, so we literally interviewed Jordan the moment he returned to his room. Perfect timing!

Jordan Morgan is one of the nicest guys on the circuit and he's been friends with Shane for a decade. Jordan recently was prescribed Adderall by his local physician and Jordan claimed the ADHD drug helped him get his life back on track. For his interview segment, we spoke about the effects of Adderall and how it helped him get out of a rut in his life. Pretty crazy coincidence... only 90 days after getting a script for Adderall, Jordan finally breaks through with his first WSOP win after playing that event every summer for the last 8 years!

Jordan's interview occurs in the second-half of the episode. The first part of the episode is a discussion on Electric Daisy Carnival and some of the worst festival experiences that Shane and I encountered. I told the story about Coventry, Vermont and the spun-out girl who wanted to trade a puppy for cocaine. Yikes!

Shane also quizzed me about my writing process. He knew I was working on the second draft of a new novel Fried Peaches, but wanted to know how all of that happened. I told him about how Ray Bradbury directly and indirectly inspired me as a writer. I wrote about Ray Bradbury's influence before. I'm not a huge fan of his work, but I was deeply affected by one of his interviews in which he explained how fictional characters came to him and he simply transcribed their stories.

Here's a condensed version of the Ray Bradbury interview that partially inspired Fried Peaches...


Here is the setlist for Ep. 22...


Listen to Ep. 22 here...


Download Link for Episode 22.

Subscribe to Dope Stories on iTunes.

Listen to previous shows with full description of every episode... DOPE STORIES - EPISODE GUIDE.

Also, check out other Inside Dope posts, which give you a behind the scenes look at the development of each episode.

Here's Inside Dope for interviews we conducted...
Inside Dope - Ep 7: Greg Merson (WSOP Champion)
Inside Dope - Ep 8: Dr. Carl Hart
Inside Dope - Ep 11: Sean Azzariti
Inside Dope - Ep 16: Ben Sinclar and Katja Blichfeld from High Maintenance
Here's the Inside Dope for the last month of episodes...
Inside Dope - Ep 18: We Are So High
Inside Dope - Ep 19: Lost Vegas
Inside Dope - Ep 20: Dr. Shulgin, MDMA and New Reefer Madness
Inside Dope - Ep 21: Dope Economies
Thanks for listening.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Inside Dope: Behind the Scenes of Ep. 21 [Dope Economies]

Los Angeles, CA

Short and sweet. This week's episode included a mentioning of Dock Ellis LSD no-no. But for the most part, we discussed a documentary called Crackhouse USA, which was just like The Wire. We also chatted about how legal weed in Colorado and Washington state will affect the future of marijuana growers in Northern California.

Here's the setlist for Episode 21...


Listen to Episode 21...


Download link for Episode 21.

Subscribe to Dope Stories on iTunes.

Listen to previous shows with full description of every episode... DOPE STORIES - EPISODE GUIDE.

Also, check out other Inside Dope posts, which give you a behind the scenes look at the development of each episode.

Here's Inside Dope for interviews we conducted...
Inside Dope - Ep 7: Greg Merson (WSOP Champion)
Inside Dope - Ep 8: Dr. Carl Hart
Inside Dope - Ep 11: Sean Azzariti
Inside Dope - Ep 16: Ben Sinclar and Katja Blichfeld from High Maintenance
Here's the Inside Dope for the last month of episodes...
Inside Dope - Ep 17: Get High With A Lil Help From Strangers
Inside Dope - Ep 18: We Are So High
Inside Dope - Ep 19: Lost Vegas
Inside Dope - Ep 20: Dr. Shulgin, MDMA and New Reefer Madness
Thanks for listening.

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