YabYum Seven: Chris Nunley

chris nunley 011. Who are you and what do you do?

Allo, Spacecadets! My name is Chris Nunley. I’m a newbie staff writer at YabYum, specializing in stirring the pot and agitating the local music community with the new series “Yab Yuck”. When I’m not pissing off the natives with my non-conformist views of their crappy music, I devote my creative energy to my evolving experimental electronic music project, Sliide.

2. How did you get your start?

Sliide was originally intended to be a remix alias and creative outlet back in 2009. I had purchased a new laptop, Ableton Live software, and began just messing around with ideas and getting comfortable with the workflow of the program. I did a few remixes here and there for some contests on Indabamusic.com and for a few local artists over the years. But it wasn’t until I bought a MIDI keyboard and started noodling with sounds that I became interested in creating original music based around certain concepts or ideas. As for YabYum, I read an ad that was posted somewhere looking for volunteers to write about the local art and music scene. I cracked my knuckles while my forked tongue curled over my green teeth and responded with a sinister delight. (jk)

3. What inspires you?

For my music project, inspiration comes from either an idea or concept. My first release “PentaRAM” was based around randomizing sounds within certain pentatonic scales, and then letting the computer generate patterns that I would later go in and chop up into an arrangement. Other ideas include personal supernatural experiences to drones turning against humans. I’m currently working on a batch of songs combining minimal techno beats with no-input mixer noise. But in general, what inspires me the most are the artists that aren’t afraid to be different and who lead rather than follow. If you’re doing your own thing, you earn my respect and admiration as a fellow artist…and I’m gonna write good things about you. 😉

4. What do you like about Arizona?

I love the smell of the air after it rains in the summer, the incredibly vivid sunsets, the sounds of coyotes at night, and just how geographically diverse the state is as a whole. The centralized location to other major cities like Vegas, L.A., San Diego and Albuquerque is really convenient for weekend getaways. Natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, the meteor crater are great if you’ve never seen them. I’m a huge sports fan and Phoenix has almost everything here. I just wish the MLS would consider an expansion team here because I do enjoy a good soccer match and it would be a great revenue stream for the city. Spring training ball in March is always a blast, even if you’re not a baseball fan. Arizona is also rich with history, and I like that most of the smaller towns and cities in the state embrace their roots from the Old West days to Route 66. Plus it’s damn cheap to live here haha!

chris nunley 025. Where can people see/hear your work?

My reviews and ramblings can be found here at YabYum…be sure to “like” them on Facebook too! As for my music, my first two releases can be heard at here, while my last 3 and future releases can be found here.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I would like to take a trip to Europe and tour all of the recording studios where my favorite records were made. Spend Christmas in New York City. Record one artist that goes on to win a Grammy. Convince the world once and for all that MP3’s suck and that earbuds are bad for you. I also want to achieve the perfect tan on my German/Irish frame.

7. What’s your mantra?

“Be careful of whose feet you step on today, because it might be that person’s ass you’re kissing tomorrow.”

chris nunley 03

Radio Phoenix Podcast: Ruca


Haley Grigaitis joined us live on the air at Radio Phoenix for a lively hour of music and conversation. The complete playlist can be found below. Listen to the podcast here…

Complete Playlist:

 Ruca “The Leavin'”

Fayuca “Dirty Girl”

Coobee Coo “Never Gonna Leave Your Side”

Bogan Via “Kanye”

Fairy Bones “Yeah Pretty Yeah”

Mergence “White Bark”

 Ruca “You Crossed Me”

The Hourglass Cats “Too Damn Rude”

Pride Through Strife “2 Fingers”

Taylor Upsahl “Sunflower”

Luna Aura “Dancing with Your Ghost”

The Veragroove “Eastside”

Bear Ghost “Dotab”

Catfish Mustache “Take Me Away”

Scattered Melodies “Community”

Recorded live on January 20, 2016.

Why You Should Listen: Prize Fight

prize fight 01by Frank Ippolito
Associate Editor

When I was in high school I was forced, I mean, there was an assignment to pick a city in Arizona and write an essay on it. I chose Prescott.

Music in a sec, first, a little history lesson.

Prescott is known for being the first State capital, before it was moved to Tucson, and then was relocated to Phoenix. (Tucsonians say, “stolen,” but I digress.) It’s also known to be home to one Vigil Earp, of the famed Earp brothers, and of course, its infamous “Whiskey Row,” well, I’ve heard there’s a street, lined with bars, not that I’ve ever gone from one to another drinking everything alcohol…at least I don’t remember doing that.

And apparently, Prize Fight is looking to make Prescott known for one more thing: punk rock. The trio, hailing from Prescott , and their new self-titled album just might do that.

I’m a big ol’ school punk rock fan. And after a couple of listens to Prize Fight, I’m not too sure if their sound is punk, but Josh Rezek (bass/vocals), Stephen Hernandez (drums), and Justin Ames (guitar/vocals) sure do put a lot of “punk energy” into their songs. And that’s exactly what gets them a free pass for the genre faux pas.

First off, the guys can play. Fast. Like, real fast. The musicianship is pretty spot-on, and lyrics are pretty decent. They tread on some well-traveled themes, but all in all, not bad in the least.

Why you should listen: Because if you’re a metal fan, you’re in for treat.

What you should listen for: The mixing on this album is really good. And I’ve got to say Ames has some solid guitar chops.

What they sound like: Metal.

Perfect listening for: That night when you had a crummy day at work, but instead of punching your supervisor, you thrash about in the safety of your home. You know, that way you don’t get fired.

My favorite part: In all seriousness, I can feel these cats dig what they’re doing and believe in the music. So yeah, good on them.

Check out Prize Fight by Prize Fight below.

LightSpeedGo Prepares for Blast Off with Felony Records

lightspeedgo-just-a-memory-epby Tom Reardon
Contributing Writer

Valley band LightSpeedGo is celebrating the release of their first EP on California-based label, Felony Records this week. The record itself is a no nonsense pop-punk slab of wax with tight rhythms, nicely blended vocal harmonies, and just enough sass to make the biggest Screeching Weasel fan smile and maybe even turn their cap around backwards before going into the pit. The three(ish) year old band is fronted by Rico Caldera on guitar and vocals, Paul Levesque on bass and vocals, JD Stooks on guitar, and Marty McDevitt on drums who are all vets of the Phoenix scene.

LightSpeedGo plays the Rebel Lounge on February 26 to celebrate their release. They were good enough to have a chat about the release, life in Phoenix, and music in general. Chiming in for the chat was also Bill Marcks, formerly of Authority Zero, and now LightSpeedGo’s manager.

YabYum: What inspires you to play music?

Rico: My family has always been very musical. Some of my first memories were hearing my Dad play Spanish guitar around the house. I think that is why I love acoustic music so much, especially classical. It’s the gateway drug to metal, so it’s something I’ve always reverted back to.

JD: Without an artistic outlet I would go a little crazy, so it’s nice to be able to still play guitar in a band rather than in my room.

Paul: Being a part of something with my friends that we all love doing and connecting with strangers through the music we create. It’s an incredible feeling when someone tells you that they have a connection with something that you have written and it has helped them in some way or another.

Rico: When I’m depressed, happy, or anytime I feel overwhelming emotions, whatever it is I can’t help but pick up my guitar and write. It keeps me sane.

YY: Tell me about the band…history, previous bands, you know the drill.

Rico: We formed about 3 years ago. Paul and I were separately looking to join a new project, and we had both recently been in bands that disbanded. Eventually, we were connected through a couple of mutual friends (Johnny No Gimmick and Angela RoseRed).

Paul: My previous band (Lookout Look) had broken up a few months prior and I was going crazy not doing anything.

Rico: After some back and forth on the FB, Paul and I found we had similar influences and decided to start writing songs together. Paul brought in his buddy Marty to sit in on drums and I asked my longtime friend JD (Stooks) to play some guitar. All of us have been playing locally for a long time, in bands such as No Gimmick, Off the Mark, Lookout Look, The Ultramatics, and The Dead Irrelevants. I think this has really contributed to us getting a lot of really great shows and opportunities. The longtime friendships in the band has really helped make the writing process easy and fun.

JD: I’ve been in LightSpeedGo for two years. I was a later addition. I was in No Gimmick from 1996-2004. I did a solo project under my name from 2004-2011.

YY: What led to you guys signing with Felony?

JD: Paul is friendly with the owners and they made us a great offer. We like the other bands too. That helps.

Paul: I had met Ron at punk rock bowling a few years ago. We kept in touch over social media and I would run into him at shows in California quite often. Marty and I ran into him again at the past year’s punk rock bowling. He had said he was interested in putting out a LightSpeedGo record on his label. We had talked back and forth about it for a few months. He and Kris came out to a show we played in Oceanside. I guess they liked what they saw and offered to put out our newest record on Felony.

YY: Tell me about the record…where did you record…all the good stuff?

Rico: Two of the songs were recorded at Double Time Studios in San Diego with Jeff Forrest, he is known for recording Cheshire Cat with Blink 182. Most of this record was recorded at Underdog Studios with Kristen Taylor of the band Miles To Nowhere. We also had legendary local producer Bob Hoag (The Format, the Ataris), who is quite the character, mix the EP. Finally, we had Jason Livermore of the Blasting Room (famed Fort Collins, Colorado studio) put the final touches on the EP and handle the mastering. We are very proud of this record, we worked with some great people and are so excited for people to listen.

JD: I didn’t play a note on the thing. All the guitar work is done by Rico. He has a great style and I didn’t want to get in the way. Less cooks in the kitchen kind of thing.

YY: What surprised you the most about your new record when you listened to it the first time after it was mastered?

Rico: Well, we picked some really great people to work with (so) obviously we were in good hands, but when I heard the recording first time, it was mind blowing how everything came together. It’s one of the best parts of the musical collaboration process.

JD: Nothing surprised me. By that point I think we were happy to have a completed project. I’ve probably heard those songs 1000 times by now so it was tough to be surprised. It sounds great.

Paul: What surprised me the most was the transformation of the music from what was recorded originally to the final product. Bob Hoag is a mad scientist behind that board. The songs sounded better than I thought they ever could. Then add Jason Livermore’s final touches on top of that. It just blew me away at how good the final product sounded as a whole.

YY: Well, it sounds really good. What’s the best thing about being a band from the Phoenix area?

Rico: The local Phoenix scene is awesome, but living in Tempe is great because we are close to everywhere cool. Vegas, California and Mexico, or even just going downtown. It makes traveling so much easier!

JD: Great access to other areas is nice. In a weekend we could play in a number of other great cities depending on what direction we drive. LA, San Diego, Denver, Salt Lake, etc. We have really great promoters and venues in Phoenix. Pretty strong music scene out here.

Paul: Right now in Phoenix the punk scene is really starting to take off again! There was a span of time where the scene had become stagnant. There were really not that many punk bands around. But within the last few years it has really picked up. All the bands support each other. Every show I go to, I see members of other local bands whether they are playing or not and that’s pretty rad.

lightspeedgo 01YY: So Bill, how has the transition been from string bender to string puller?

Bill: I’ve enjoyed the transition. I’ve been in their shoes before and earned my stripes. I’m playing the same game as I did in Authority Zero, networking and grinding, without having to do it from a Flying J in Alabama or a Motel 6 in Clinton, Iowa. (Laughs) I dig being at home and chilling.

YY: What is it about Lightspeedgo that made you want to help out?

Bill: I review local bands’ albums and help the scene as much as I can on my site, GringoBill.com and was listening to their first EP, New Direction. It brought me back to Face to Face and old Blink 182. The album was over before I realized it because it flowed so smoothly. I really dug their style.

Paul hit me up out of the blue to fill in for J.D. for about six gigs while he was on his honeymoon. I really got along with the boys and knew they had a shot! I figured I’d do my best to blow them up.

It helped me come to my decision to manage them when I saw Paul’s hustle. He’s a workhorse like me. Marty is a cool cat and I’ve known J.D. and Rico for at least 10 years. We (Authority Zero) used to play with them all the time in No Gimmick. It was a good fit all around.

YY: Awesome. What does a successful 2016 look like for you guys?

Rico: I think a great year would be having a tour lined up and getting back in the studio to record our first full length album. Going on the road is always a blast, but I love being in the studio and creating.

JD: I would love to keep playing great shows and keep getting the music out to an audience. It’s nice to know someone is paying attention in such a saturated music world.

Paul: Hopefully doing some touring and expanding outside of the southwest. I also hope that we are back in the studio recording our first full length before year’s end.

YY: Toughest lesson learned playing music so far?

Rico: Facing myself and realizing who I am as a person. Writing music, I found out things about me I never knew. Good, bad, and everything in between. I also learned that staying true TO yourself in music is one of the hardest things to do. There has not been a day that has gone by where we didn’t have to fight for the integrity of the band.

JD: Don’t leave equipment in your car overnight.

Paul: For me it’s compromise. Being in a band is like having 3 relationships at the same time. Everyone has different tastes and different idea. It’s not Burger King. You can’t have it your way all the time.

YY: If you guys had a vote for the AZ music hall of fame, who do you vote for?

Rico: Although he is from Michigan but has lived in Arizona for so many years, Alice Cooper deserves a spot. Growing up in Phoenix I have had friends who were on his son’s little league team, so I’ve learned he is an amazing person outside of the stage persona. As a kid I would listen his music and radio shows all the time. It’s amazing to see how his career eventually lead into owning his restaurant, Cooperstown. As a culinary student, it inspires me to see how music can expand into other areas I’m passionate about.

JD: The Meat Puppets…they’re probably in there already though.

Paul: There are a few bands that come to mind. I would have to say my choices would be JFA, Authority Zero, and Jimmy Eat World.

YY: Advice for new bands on dealing with show promoters?

Rico: Have your sources ready. They will ask to hear your music, see pic’s and probably want to watch videos to make sure you’re not a hack. HAVE YOUR SOURCES READY.

JD: You’re lucky in Phoenix. All the big ones are very legit and genuine fans of music. All around nice men and women too. It’s not like the 90’s at the Mason Jar or anything.

Paul: Don’t burn any bridges! Most of the promoters are friends. Be smart!

YY: Any pre-show no no’s? Any superstitions about playing?

Rico: As a pleasantly plump fella who likes to eat, I try to avoid greasy foods that can affect my vocals or cause bubble gut. I do like my rum, but avoid consuming too much before the set. When I was drumming for a former band, I had to run off stage in the middle of the set to take a piss. The guys started to play the next song, when they realized I was gone they were gone they were pretty steamed. Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson.

Paul: Definitely do not get wasted drunk before playing a show!! I’ve been that guy on a few occasions in my time playing out. The outcome is hardly ever a good one!

YY: What shows do you have coming up?

Rico: We have our CD release show on February 26th at the Rebel Lounge. Also, we are doing the Unwritten Law show at Pub Rock Live on March 11th.

For more information about the release show, head here.

lightspeedgo 02

The Haymarket Squares Flare on Light It Up

haymarket squares 01
Photo by Rachael Smith

by Garyn Klasek
Contributing Writer

It’s often noticeable that many bands evolve in a musical direction, oftentimes losing that initial intensity as they mature and develop a wider range of fans. While The Haymarket Squares have certainly gotten more popular over the years, they definitely don’t let fame go to their heads, continuing to release their own music, manage themselves, and even produce their own videos. While their sound has obviously progressed over time, they have constantly maintained their raw energy and frustrated, albeit funny, lyrics. Their fourth and latest installment, Light It Up, is yet further evidence of all the talent, hilarity and chaos that The Haymarket Squares have to offer.

The album starts off with the tongue-in-cheek, anti-gospel, Americana song “Heaven,” kicking off with their trademark barbershop style vocals feeding into one rockin’ tune filling the air with Jayson James’ fiddle, Mark Sunman’s piano and shredding guitars. Then, they bust straight into their anger-filled punkgrass with “Horrible Inventions,” chock full of screams and harmonies. The urgency continues with “Working Reward”; a beautiful, nihilistic country punk tune spliced with waltzes and killer mandolin from Sunman and Mark Allred’s slide guitar solos.

If you can’t imagine this album getting any better, “Let’s Start a Riot” is a slow-building yet fiercely dark bluesy anthem that makes you wanna do far worse than call in sick to work tomorrow. The Haymarket Squares simmer down just a little in the dire swing song “High Demand,” led by the incredible clarinetist Chris Hoskins of Captain Squeegee fame. If their skill hadn’t already shone through on this album, breathtaking latin-styled folk tune “Jump The Border,” makes you want to hit the road for good but not before listening to the sick guitar laid down by John Luther.

Light It Up moves forward with an Americana folk song, “King Me” with its outstanding mandolin and fiddle shining. The Haymarket Squares really mellow down though with the gospel country tune “No Such Agency,” dedicated to the NSA. However, they pick it right back up on a mandolin-charged punkgrass song “Gritty City”, going no-holds-barred when it comes to their sarcastic, dark humor.

They pull back a little on the bluegrass gospel tune “Part of the Problem,” with a mesmerizing piano and upright bass breakdown, courtesy of Marc Oxborrow. Light It Up busts right back out with their ferocious punkgrass take on “Fortunate Son,” chock full of stunning slide guitar and fiddle. The Haymarket Squares close the album out with the frantically joyous and harmony filled punkgrass tune “Goodbye,” spinning a jovial take on humankind’s demise. Light It Up is a glorious listen, offering The Haymarket Square’s original punkgrass sound while impressing listeners with its mind-blowing ingenuity.


The Haymarket Squares new album Light It Up will be released on Feb. 26th. On Saturday Feb 27th, they will have their Light It Up release show at Last Exit Live. Show is at 9PM, is 21+ and features Front Country from San Francisco and local favorites the Pubes. There will also be a video premiere, vegan food truck, and a free lyric booklet. For more info and tickets, head here. Check out the first single “Let’s Start A Riot” below. Video directed by Matty Steinkamp of Sundawg Media.

haymarket squares 02

An Insider’s Introduction: Charles Kendall

interfate 01An Insider’s Introduction is a new series that focuses on the creative individuals that help make Arizona’s music scene so diverse and resplendent. 

by Mark Anderson
Senior Editor

Charles Kendall is an unassuming individual. Soft spoken with a relaxed attitude so I was intrigued to find out he played drums for the hard rock band Interfate.

Over time, I discovered that he was working with a management company and was told where to play and how to dress. Not knowing many musicians who were in this particular vein of the music industry I began asking him all sorts of questions about it and what it was like to push hard with Interfate.

Not long after that I found out he played Brazilian samba and live hiphop too! And, having decided to pursue percussion full time, began offering drum lessons as well. I realized someone so dedicated to their craft was worth asking some questions for (digital) print so I compiled what I knew and fired away…

YabYum: How long have you been playing with Interfate? Please describe the band for those uninitiated.

Charles Kendall: I joined the band about two years ago after finding their ad on Craigslist. I was just preparing to post my own ad to look for a band, to say that I played in the style of Chevelle and Breaking Benjamin, but when I clicked on their ad it said looking for professional drummer…. who plays in the style of Chevelle or Breaking Benjamin! We met, and within a few months we were recording a new EP!

YY: Obviously you do the drumming, do you have other roles in the band as well? Not sure if you’re the guy who books shows or does web stuff or what…

CK: We all do some of the booking. Since we are all very busy with work and/or school it turns into everyone doing whatever they are able to do. I tend to lean more towards the Facebook promotion than any of the other responsibilities.

charles kendall 02
Samba de Cavalo

YY: Could you describe for us Samba de Cavalo and how you got involved with them? Can anybody join the group?

CK: My high school percussion director started a community group about three years ago, before my involvement with Interfate. I really wanted to play drums, regardless of the format. So I showed up and slowly but surely the group is growing into a serious professional performing group. The best part is it is completely open to anybody willing to learn. No experience necessary just show up to Dobson High school Monday nights at 7 and listen for the loud drums. You will find us, lol.

YY: What other bands/acts do you play with? There’s some hiphop right?

CK: There is. The hiphop scene is not really my thing but, hey, drumming is drumming. It’s a completely different world: the shows sell out, and people actually buy your merchandise. Right now, I play for the Knuckleheadz, and also Bsmiley. They are two separate entities but they are doing a combined record at the moment.

YY: I know that you’ve toured with Interfate some. Where has been your favorite place to play so far?

CK: The tours have been amazing! You get to meet and hang out with so many other cool bands, most recently the Ataris and Blood On the Dance Floor. Interfate got to open for Puddle Of Mudd at the Whisky a Go Go last fall. That was by far the coolest venue I have ever played. The staff is super cool, the sound is glorious and there’s hot go go dancers who dance while you set up. You really can’t beat that!

YY: What is your take on the greater Phoenix music scene? The good and the bad from the your perspective. What should change?

CK: It’s pretty miserable, honestly. Nobody wants to go see local acts except for other local acts. It turns into trying to get our friends and family to go see the show for the 100th time and then they leave immediately after and nobody stays for the other acts after us. I don’t blame them though. But when I’ve played shows in California the venues actually seem to sell on their own and the people go on their own to hear whoever is playing. They are there simply to enjoy music whether they have heard the songs before or not. If I could change one thing here, I would say that the venue should do more to help bring in the clientele. As it is, the bands alone work to bring the people in, only to make between 50 and 200 bucks to be divided between 3-6 members, after 100s of hours of practice, thousands of dollars of equipment, and weeks of selling and promoting the tickets sales for that show.

interfate 03YY: Do you have any advice for bands seeking to work with management companies?

CK: Ugh…. Be wary, very wary. I’ve worked with a few as of this point, the last one having multiple lawsuit threats. Even the local management groups seem to have a formula that they will use to manage you. They don’t take into account the kind of band you’re in or the age you are. For example, the management might have a local teen girl band selling cookies on the corner. Sounds fine, right? Now imagine Slipknot on the corner selling cookies or holding a car wash to fund their tour… no go. Put in the time, do the research, and manage yourselves. And once you’re so successful you can’t find the time to keep up with your emails and booking, then maybe look into a booking agent but don’t sign any contracts. Screw that…

YY: How long were you in the Marine Corps? I’ve known you for a little while now but had no idea. I guess you don’t really fit the stereotypical “hard-ass” Marine, you seem so relaxed and calm.

CK: I never did get into the same mindset as the other guys. I remember my First Sergeant saying “we’ve got us a fucking individual” and even though I guess it was meant as a criticism, I took that title with pride. Damned right I’m an individual. I’m pretty damned patriotic, but I believe the Marine Corps is run by only the ones crazy enough to re-enlist. If you are an independently minded person who likes to solve problems without measuring penis sizes or fist fights then the Marine Corps is probably not for you.

YY: I think it’s awesome you’ve gotten into drum lessons for beginner/intermediate students. How long have you been thinking about Stick With It Drum Lessons and when did you decide to move forward with it?

CK: It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever. I enjoy teaching and honestly before I decided to fully go after percussion as a career I was going to school to become a history teacher. So this is probably the best thing ever for me. I put it off for a long time because I wanted to make sure I knew enough so that I could be comfortable and know that I wouldn’t be holding any student back.

swi o4YY: Who designed your logo? It’s great! Is it the same artist that works with Interfate?

CK: The logo was actually made by Jordan Sanchez (leadsinger/guitar player, INTERFATE) and Ty Koil (bassist/vocalist, INTERFATE) But most of our artwork has been done by Adam Brown of Heartless Arts. This guy is stupid good, and very reasonably priced. We will continue to work with him as our future works are released.

YY: What events/shows do have upcoming that you’d like us to know about?

CK: Well Interfate is playing Feb 26th at The Drunken Lass in Prescott.

YY: Anything I didn’t ask that you’d want us to know about you or your bands or anything?

CK: If you have read down this far you are a masochist. I’m not that interesting – what is wrong with you!? Lol, thank you though.


Check out Interfate in Prescott Fri. Feb. 26 at the Drunken Lass and Sat. Feb. 27 in Flagstaff at Mother Road Brewing. Find more info and dates here.

charles kendall 05

YabYum Seven: Sam Johnson

unnamed1. Who are you and what do you do?

I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2010, I started painting. I’m a self-taught abstract painter. While attending Arizona State University, I completed a BS and MSE in civil engineering. Currently, I live in downtown Phoenix and work as a bartender at The Duce.

2. How did you get your start?

I started painting during my undergraduate years at ASU. The stress and formulaic precision of engineering triggered a need to express myself artistically. To paint was my internal calling.

3. What inspires you?

All the other amazing artists in Phoenix and around the world. Viewing the artistic talent and hustle of other artists inspires me to keep creating.

4. What do you like about AZ?

I like Arizona for its natural beauty, colors, weather, and downtown Phoenix’s intimate art scene.

5. Where can we see your work?

Anytime at my studio by appointment. I also have a website (here), as well as other social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook. Find me at Art by Sam W. J. Johnson.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I want to design and help build my own house and art studio. Curate an art show of all my favorite artists from around the world. Invent something useful. Learn to surf.

7. What is your mantra?

Do your thing.
Be patient.
Keep your eyes and mind wide open.


unnamed (1) unnamed (2) unnamed (3) unnamed (4) unnamed (5) unnamed (6) unnamed (7)

Radio Phoenix Podcast: Captain Squeegee

captain squeegee

Danny Torgersen came down to Phoenix Center for the Arts for a new episode of Rise! He brought along a lot of swell tunes to share and filled us in on the Captain Squeegee happenings. The complete playlist can be found below. Listen here…

Complete Playlist:

Captain Squeegee “Seek”

Fairy Bones “Yeah Pretty Yeah”

Bear Ghost “Funkle Phil”

Harrison Fjord “People I Meet”

Twin Ponies “Merciless and Masculine”

Captain Squeegee “The Farce 500-Million”

Steff Koeppen “Celebrate”

Luna Aura “Radio”

House of Stairs “Silence Won’t You Come Back”

Celebration Guns “The Volunteer”

Scattered Melodies “Error”

Recorded live on January 6, 2016.