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Travelogue: the Orange County

This is the Travelogue episode that took the longest to make… Five years to be exact! There is footage in this episode that never made it into my very first episode ever!
Wild!
In this action-packed episode, I visit my brother-from-another-mother Rick Apodaca, Owner of “the Tiki Monster” Soda Emporium of Stanton, CA. His shop is filled with soda curiosities and friendly folks! Check him out and SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES of Orange County!
Later I hang out at Golf n’ Stuff in Norwalk, where I talk a lady into letting me “borrow a club to shoot just one hole.” I also geek out just a bit because of the “Karate Kid” references there.
Also, I fulfill a lifelong goal for this series, and shoot inside of a Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant!
What fun, free things there are to do in Orange County if you just open your eyes to your neighborhood!

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Travelogue 017b: Bay Area Punk

This Travelogue dives into the world of “Independent Record Labels” in the form of a two part interview with the Bay Area’s legendary labels Fat Wreck Chords (and Owner “Fat Mike” Burkett) and Asian Man Records (and Owner Mike Park).

Mike Park is a humble, unassuming, and handsome record label owner. When not touring the country with one of his many musical endeavors (including, but not limited to, Skankin’ Pickle, The Bruce Lee Band, the Chinkees, or as a solo artist), Mike has been running an ultra-DIY record label since 1996 that has been home to such incredible and legendary acts as Alkaline Trio, The Queers, The Lawrence Arms, Slapstick, and The Toasters.

Mike shows you around his famed “parents garage,” where he has run the label since its inception. We also get a little slice of horticultural heaven in the form of Mike’s mother’s meticulously-manicured back yard. What a treat.

Get in touch with Mike if you’re ever in the South Bay. He is quite a cool cat.

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Travelogue 017a: Bay Area Punk

This Travelogue dives into the world of “Independent Record Labels” in the form of a two part interview with the Bay Area’s legendary labels Fat Wreck Chords (and Owner “Fat Mike” Burkett) and Asian Man Records (and Owner Mike Park).

In these tours, you’ll find out some interesting tidbits about how these labels started, and have managed to survive and thrive while the rest of the music industry tanks.

The people at Fat Wreck Chords are great. Fat Mike was surprisingly candid and casual during our interview and the warehouse tour. It may have been the jet lag he had from just returning from South America (where he’d just wrapped Season 2 of his own TV show, “Backstage Passport”), but we really got along like gangbusters.

Go visit fatwreck.com and find out when their record shop opens next, it is well worth the trip to pick up your favorite record for cheap (as well as colors of records exclusive to the store)!

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