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  1. Mumcast 65 Frank Muffin's Sgt Pepper
    22 Nov, 2017
    Mumcast 65 Frank Muffin's Sgt Pepper
    In 1967, we opened our new copy of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", expecting something brilliant and groundbreaking. Turned out to be much more, as Pepper became one of the most influential albums, not only in the Beatles' canon, but in all of contemporary music.  Members of local Lafayette band Frank Muffin, along with 20 musicians from the community and elsewhere, will be staging that album from start to finish, with extras, December 9, at Lafayette Theater. It's a
  2. Mumcast 64 To and From the Soul-Charlie and Gail
    08 Nov, 2017
    Mumcast 64 To and From the Soul-Charlie and Gail
    Gail Davis and her Unitarian minister husband Charlie make music to and from the soul. They hope to provoke reflection, understanding, empathy, and peace. They are in the middle of a 4-album journey through the emotions, and the effects of modern life on the soul. The second of the four is recently released and entitled "Scared". It addresses not only fear, but the idea of standing up to it with strength and perspective. The album was produced by Michael Kelsey, musician and producer
  3. Joe Peters in Prophetstown
    24 Oct, 2017
    Joe Peters in Prophetstown
    Joe Peters is a natural man. What I mean by that is He spends a lot of time in natural settings, and creates music out of that natural spirit. His latest release "Prophetstown" is no exception. From a lilting, upbeat "Wanderlust Blues", to a personal vignette in "Mother and Her Sons", and the shameful history that inspired the title track, Joe covers the emotional bases. And to do it so well, he works with guitar wizard, studio chief Mike Kelsey. Kelsey is as flexible in the studio as he is
  4. Mumcast 62 Mosey Down Main
    13 Oct, 2017
    Mumcast 62 Mosey Down Main
    Mosey Down Main Street is a music festival that happens throughout the summer in downtown Lafayette Indiana. It has become a perfect example of how the right planning and a willing community of store owners, vendors, and musicians working together to make something unique. The vibe at the Mosey is excellent, which is a big draw for the event. You can wander (or mosey) down Main, get a bite to eat, and hear good bands on 3 different stages. And the musicians are mostly local, which is another
  5. Mumcast 61 "The Good Life" with John Bower/Brandon Reed
    23 Sep, 2017
    Mumcast 61 "The Good Life" with John Bower/Brandon Reed
    The last time we spoke to John Bower on this podcast, we talked about the hard grind that is a career in music. Those careers often include full-time side jobs, bad gigs, math-challenged club owners, sketchy promoters, and more. Now, John is seeing the culmination of all that hard work. In fact, you could say he's "livin the good life". The Good Life is a new tune by Bower and songwriting partner George Domiano, with some bars from Brandon Reed, also well-known in local circles for his solo
  6. Mumcast 60-Three Cities Keeping Rock Fun
    11 Sep, 2017
    Mumcast 60-Three Cities Keeping Rock Fun
    Three Cities is a band on a mission to keep the fun in hard rock. We spoke to Patrick Barry Brown, guitarist for this rock band whose members hail from Indy, Fort Wayne, and Marion, IN. They recorded a live set in May at the Lafayette Theater, in Lafayette, IN. The theater is a beautifully renovated and expertly run music venue that was once an Art Deco style movie theater.    Three Cities' "Live from Lafayette" release consists of a few favorite originals from their previous sets, along with
  7. Mumcast 59 Bye Bye Becker/Mungion Update
    04 Sep, 2017
    Mumcast 59 Bye Bye Becker/Mungion Update
    This Labor Day weekend included a tragic loss for the music community. Walter Becker, one half of Steely Dan, died at age 67. The Dan have influenced legions of musicians with their potent mix of jazz, rock, and r&b influences, not to mention the sardonic wit and their brainy, sometimes obtuse take on songwriting. Their music isn't for everyone, a big reason why those who get them love their ethos. We read an excerpt of Rob Sheffield's Rolling Stone article on Walter, which describes and sums up
  8. Mumcast 58- Mungion Needs You
    30 Aug, 2017
    Mumcast 58- Mungion Needs You
    Mungion are an incredible band from Chicago, Illinois. Their music shows a number of influences; pop, rock, jazz, funk. And it's all done with incredible musicianship, intricate arranging, and a great sense of humor. At some point along the way, the Mungions met some guys from out HQ in Lafayette, Studio 37s Scott Ausherman, Noah Freeman, and LD Miller. Noah is Mungion's FOH engineer. The band has done some recording at 37, and Noah has been traveling with them. It was on one such trip that
  9. Cecil! A Kid's Eye View of the Arts Mumcast 57
    23 Aug, 2017
    Cecil! A Kid's Eye View of the Arts Mumcast 57
    In this episode, it's a family affair. We spoke to my 11-year old nephew Cecil. But this is no cutesy give-a-kid-a-mic interview. Cecil Mummey is already a serious composer, and has written a musical produced by his school, and acted in a number of productions. He is now working on a musical about Albert Einstein. He'll talk about the process, and his hopes for getting the piece produced in a larger venue. It's a kid's-eye view of the creative process that you'll find refreshing and
  10. Mumcast Ep 56 Cheryl Fletcher- It's About Time
    16 Aug, 2017
    Mumcast Ep 56 Cheryl Fletcher- It's About Time
    Cheryl Fletcher is a gifted songwriter from Lafayette, Indiana, which is fast becoming an incubator of amazing talent. Cheryl, after waiting , writing, and maybe a bit of procrastinating, has issued an EP of original music called "It's About Time". We talked motivation, inspiration, and Pokemon Go. On "It's About Time" Cheryl had help from some stellar musicians, including guitarist Jason Wells (soon to be bluesin' up a venue near you) and wizard Mike Kelsey, who played guitar and worked his
  11. Music Matters-Mumcast ep 55
    01 Aug, 2017
    Music Matters-Mumcast ep 55
    RickerRocker and Jason Wells are major dudes in the Lafayette, IN music scene. They have organized, for the 2nd time, the Music Matters Festival, a two-day event in Darlington IN this Friday-Saturday 8/4-8/5. A dozen bands over two days, with diverse styles. Locals include Uncle Buck's Mojo Box, Sheeza, Frank Muffin. Rick gives us the details. And we aadd a new segment called "Everyday I Write The Book", which features excerpts from a writing project I'm starting. Love to hear your comments on
  12. Nicky Kerr's Paper Towns
    01 May, 2017
    Nicky Kerr's Paper Towns
    Nicky Kerr knew from the start what she didn't want: the picket fence, the Ivy League school, becoming "Suburban Royalty". Her mission is well laid out and accomplished on her new CD "Paper Towns". It's an autobiographical set of 10 tunes, produced by wizard Micheal Kelsey.  She'll perform those songs on May 6th at the beautiful Delphi Opera House (a beautiful, award-winning restored building) with Mike (Tickets and details here). The title tune, "Paper Towns", sums up the message about living
  13. #52 Artists and Politics-To Speak or Not to Speak
    09 Jan, 2017
    #52 Artists and Politics-To Speak or Not to Speak
    Should artists, having achieved fame, use that platform to speak their minds on politics? Opinions run the gamut: absolutely yes, absolutely no, in small doses, etc. Don't drag us through the mud or keep us aware...are either of these options an obligation of artists?    Meryl Streep lit things up at this year's Golden Globes with a lengthy dissertation of her feelings on the political climate, waxing eloquent about what are now the standard criticisms of the President-elect. Some folks
  14. All We Are Saying......
    31 Dec, 2016
    All We Are Saying......
    This post is based on a Facebook discussion, but I wanted to give it some context and clarification. There's been a lot of discussion about giving the new President a chance. You may be a supporter, you may be a #notmypresident person, ya gotta admit: there are some concerns, to put it lightly heading into a new presidency. There are always, but the divide seems so wide this time around. But in a way, we can't avoid "giving a chance" because there's no alternative. Protest, bug your
  15. #51 Holiday Blues and More
    13 Dec, 2016
    #51 Holiday Blues and More
    Who doesn't love the holidays? Well, to be honest, a lot of us. But we muddle through. And somehow, year after year, we repeat the behaviors: days, sometimes weeks of planning, spending, driving, all for a few hours of gift-giving and as much manufactured merriment as we can stand. Some of us even manage to scrape up a little "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men" for a few days. I noticed that the "War on Christmas" annual rant-fest has been pretty quiet this year. Is it because we've been
  16. #50-Mumcast 50th Episode
    29 Nov, 2016
    #50-Mumcast 50th Episode
    How time flies! We have now done 50 episodes of Mumcast: The Rick Mummey Show!    We appreciate all the support we've had and look forward to doing more. On this episode, we selected some interesting nuggets from among our 50 shows, including excerpts from our chats with musician/writer Tim Brouk, Songwriter extraordinaire Scott Greeson, Nashvillian/Musicians Hall of Fame curator/BR-549 bassist Jay McDowell, SF Jazz Collective's Matt Penman, and guitarist/songwriter/great guy Pat McClimans.
  17. Mumcast 49   Joe Peters, a Boy and His Yeti
    16 Nov, 2016
    Mumcast 49 Joe Peters, a Boy and His Yeti
    Joe Peters is an accomplished singer, songwriter, performer, humanist, and world traveler. His songs reflect his varied experiences and his love for people. If there's a theme that runs through all the songs he's written and recorded it would be "Love Yourself. Love Life. Love everybody else." Not the easiest thing in contentious times. We caught up with Joe while he was attending a songwriters' retreat in Michigan. We talked about his music, the idea of honing one's craft, what musicians can do
  18. How to Prepare for the Golden Age of Trump: 5 Survival Tips
    11 Nov, 2016
    How to Prepare for the Golden Age of Trump: 5 Survival Tips
    How to Prepare for the Golden Age of Trump: 5 Survival Tips        1. Assess Your Demographic. This may seem obvious, but remember who you are, and adjust your panic accordingly. For instance, in these last few days, I have sought solace in the fact that I'm old, male, and white. On the Ten Scale of Political Panic, I'm at a 3. My spouse is female, which raises her level, but she is white and (clears throat) middle-aged, and does not
  19. Mumcast 48  Shelter From The Storm
    08 Nov, 2016
    Mumcast 48 Shelter From The Storm
    Just completed posting my 48th edition of Mumcast: The Rick Mummey Show.We thought a long time about what to present in an episode that comes out on Election Day. I decided: Why not try to prevent a brief meditative time folks could turn to and take refuge, if, like me, they'd like to step away a minute or 15? This piece is thunderstorm and ocean sounds, with instrumental music improvised by me on the mighty EWI (electronic wind instrument). Use it on election day or any weird day, of which
  20. Mumcast #47  Flat Five-A World of Love and Hope
    01 Nov, 2016
    Mumcast #47 Flat Five-A World of Love and Hope
    Flat Five are a Chicago group of amazing musicians that bring their individual influences together for a gumbo of quirky covers and originals. To quote the Facebook bio "Alex Hall, Kelly Hogan, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Nora O'Connor Kean -- separately, these folks are in-demand touring and recording musicians for bands like Neko Case, The Decemberists, NRBQ, Jakob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, J.D. McPherson, Robbie Fulks, Wanda Jackson, The Mekons, The New Pornographers, Alejandro

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