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Category Archives: unusual rock instruments

We dedicated a two-hour radio show to the Mellotron, which was a popular keyboard instrument using tape loops as a sound source – the first sampling keyboard, (analog) – popularized in the 1960s in “Strawberry Fields Forever” and many other songs. Though we couldn’t totally avoid King Crimson, Zombies, and early Genesis, the show focused on recent examples. Featuring incidental mellotron music by Paul Kotheimer. Afterward hear a bit of a live in-studio concert by Santah. Download the playlist. Or skip the spoiler and listen with open ears.


Followed by a live performance by Santah on the WEFT Sessions.

Banjologist and Bookglutton CEO Travis Alber hosted our show last night, spinning independent rock featuring the banjo. The show was fun, but educational, but haunting, and yet homey. A fun gathering around the glowing fire of the WEFT transmitter. Throw some mint in your julep and listen in.

A few episodes of Rock Geek FM have come and gone since my last posting here – string sections, Joe Boyd, songs with brass – but I wanted to post the show we did with Rick Halberg on April 28: Psychedelic Soul

This Saturday Cristy and I have a DUEL. That is right. We are in disagreement over which one of us graduated from high school in a better year for rock.

1987 vs. 1996 pt. 1 / 1987 vs. 1996 pt. 2

Who won?