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Episode 140 - Jake Shimabukuro

A conversation with Jake Shimabukuro

A conversation with Jake Shimabukuro

recorded June 19, 2019

We met up with Jake before his concert in front of a sold out crowd at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington Massachusetts.

Jake became an international sensation in 2006 when a YouTube video of him playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps in Central Park - without his knowledge - became one of the very first viral videos on that site with millions of views.

Jake plays the ukulele - which we also discovered can be pronounced "Ookelele". He has performed at numerous festivals including the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festivaland has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Morning Edition and World Cafe, and has spoken at several TED conferences.

In 2012, an award-winning documentary was released tracking his life, career, and music, titled Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.

Jake is the founder The Four Strings Foundation, which creates music education workshops nationwide and provides ukuleles and other materials and training tools to schools and music teachers.

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Episode 139 - Circus Trees

A conversation with Circus Trees

A conversation with Circus Trees

recorded June 10, 2019

We saw Circus Trees at The Sinclair in Cambridge when we were there to celebrate  The Record Co.and their upcoming new space in Boston.  

Three young women came on the stage in front of a full house. And once they began playing, everyone paid attention. They blew us away.

Finola, 15, Giuliana, 17 and Edmee, also known as Egg, 13, are sisters from Marlborough, MA. And they play sad music. 

We love sad music. And by the time they finished their set we had already gone over to Robert McCarthy - their manager/dad and founder of Five By Two Records - and he kindly gave us some vinyl of their debut album Sakura.  

Giving us free vinyl is a sure way to get on ATB, but in their case they did not need to bribe their way on.

We thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with Egg, Finola and Giuliana and talked influences, writing, rehearsing and how three sisters can get along, collaborate and create intelligent, amazingly sad, but gut-wrenchingly beautiful and emotional rock music in a band that is garnering a lot of attention in Boston.

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Mile Twelve

Matt York

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