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Air Margaritaville opens at Miami International Airport

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From BizJournals: “Miami International Airport lands first Air Margaritaville in the U.S.

A Brazilian company will open the first Air Margaritaville in the U.S. at Miami International Airport.

IMCMV MIA Airport, LLC, a subsidiary of International Meal Company — which operates Margaritaville and Land Shark Bar Grill restaurants throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Panama — will debut the Jimmy Buffett-inspired eatery on Friday in Concourse E in the Central Terminal.

The restaurant will serve traditional breakfast dishes, seafood, salads, sandwiches, tropical drinks and beer.

Update: The ribbon cutting ceremony takes place on Friday September 25th at 2:00 PM ET.

Update from Sun-Sentinel.com:

The tropical-inspired eatery also is expected to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in summer 2017 as part of 25 new restaurants opening in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, airport spokesman Greg Meyer said.

The new Air Margaritaville at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport is part of a push by the airport and the terminals’ new concessionaire, HMSHost Corp., to expand and diversify dining for travelers over the next few years.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2015/09/25/25149/

Jimmy Buffett Answers Viewer Questions

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From WKRG News 5: Devon Walsh had a chance to sit down with Jimmy Buffett and ask him some view questions.

1) Devon: “What your favorite song you’ve ever written?”

Jimmy: “I have a couple of them, but off the top of my head, I would say, ‘Twelve Volt Man.’”

2) Devon: “When will you perform in Mobile?”

Jimmy: “I’m looking at places to play in the bigger arena kind of things, where we haven’t been in a while. An example, this year, we haven’t played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 17 years. So we are playing that this year. So Mobile is on the list.”

3) Devon: “If you could give the Senior Class of 2016 advice, what would it be?”

Jimmy:“Read a lot and travel a lot.”

4) Devon: “How far can you throw a mullet?”

Jimmy: “I have never done the Mullet Toss as a contest, but I have thrown a few back in the water. I can chunk one off a boat pretty well, and I can get the off the hook.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2015/09/24/25142/

John Brown’s Body 2015 Fall Tour

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Together for 2 decades, American Reggae Pioneers John Brown’s Body have announced that they will take their future roots reggae dub music on the road this October on a run that ends a week before the start of winter. While on the road, the group will continue supporting their Kings and Queens and Kings and Queens In Dub releases.

Formed in Ithaca, New York, in the mid 1990s, at a time when there wasn’t yet a far-reaching U.S. reggae scene, JBB was one of a small handful of U.S. reggae bands that began touring nationally. The tour hits eight East Coast cities before hopping out to the West Coast in December for stops in Utah, Colorado and California. Preparation for JBB’s 2015 Fall Tour finds the band fresh off an intense set of summer festival plays including California Roots, Reggae On The Mountain – California, Gathering of the Vibes, and most recently, Reggae on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, among others.

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The tour dates can be found below and from what we’ve been told, more dates plan to be added. The bulk of the released dates are in October and December with opportunity for dates to fill up in November through the mid-west on their way from to the west coast from the east. JBB will share the stage with various groups throughout the tour that include The Expanders, 9 Mile Roots, Juno What!?, Nappy Riddem, Roots of Creation, Spiritual Rez and more. Keep checking back for updated tour dates this fall.

On April 16th, 2013, John Brown’s Body released Kings and Queens, a 12 track album via Easy Star Records that was met with very high praise. After almost 2 years to the date of it’s release, JBB released Kings and Queens In Dub as the group has dub versions of every song from Kings And Queens, from a variety of producers from both inside the group and out. The line-up of Dub Producers for Kings And Queens In Dub include Dubmatix, Dub Fader (of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant), Ticklah, Dennis Bovell (UK Dub Legend), Yesking (from the UK), Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous, guitarist of The Black Seeds), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), former band member Nate ‘Silas’ Ricardson and Jay Spaker.

The overall project was mainly overseen by JBB’s hornsman Drew Sayers, working with Easy Star’s Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer, with input from the rest of the band. Most of the tracks were dubbed over the past half year.

[Related: Album Review: John Brown’s Body – Kings and Queens In Dub]

Here’s what Drew Sayers had to say about the new album: “The band has long wanted to do a project like this – reinterpret an entire album into dub versions. Kings And Queens seemed like a perfect fit musically, and we were fortunate enough to get some of the most legendary and inspiring producers in the game to be involved. I think this album encapsulates who we are as a group: our foundation is firmly rooted in the classics and we sought inspiration from albums like Gregory Isaac’s ‘Slum In Dub’ and Aswad’s “New Chapter of Dub”. But we never look in only one direction and I think what you will hear in this album is a devotion to originality and independence.”

Catch John Brown’s Body on tour this fall and pick up their music on iTunes by clicking HERE!

john brown’s body Tour Dates

Related Links:
JBB Website
JBB Facebook
Easy Star Records Website
Exclusive Easy Star Records Blog

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: JBB – “Fracture Dub”

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John Brown’s Body 2015 Fall Tour

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Together for 2 decades, American Reggae Pioneers John Brown’s Body have announced that they will take their future roots reggae dub music on the road this October on a run that ends a week before the start of winter. While on the road, the group will continue supporting their Kings and Queens and Kings and Queens In Dub releases.

Formed in Ithaca, New York, in the mid 1990s, at a time when there wasn’t yet a far-reaching U.S. reggae scene, JBB was one of a small handful of U.S. reggae bands that began touring nationally. The tour hits eight East Coast cities before hopping out to the West Coast in December for stops in Utah, Colorado and California. Preparation for JBB’s 2015 Fall Tour finds the band fresh off an intense set of summer festival plays including California Roots, Reggae On The Mountain – California, Gathering of the Vibes, and most recently, Reggae on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, among others.

JBB

The tour dates can be found below and from what we’ve been told, more dates plan to be added. The bulk of the released dates are in October and December with opportunity for dates to fill up in November through the mid-west on their way from to the west coast from the east. JBB will share the stage with various groups throughout the tour that include The Expanders, 9 Mile Roots, Juno What!?, Nappy Riddem, Roots of Creation, Spiritual Rez and more. Keep checking back for updated tour dates this fall.

On April 16th, 2013, John Brown’s Body released Kings and Queens, a 12 track album via Easy Star Records that was met with very high praise. After almost 2 years to the date of it’s release, JBB released Kings and Queens In Dub as the group has dub versions of every song from Kings And Queens, from a variety of producers from both inside the group and out. The line-up of Dub Producers for Kings And Queens In Dub include Dubmatix, Dub Fader (of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant), Ticklah, Dennis Bovell (UK Dub Legend), Yesking (from the UK), Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous, guitarist of The Black Seeds), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), former band member Nate ‘Silas’ Ricardson and Jay Spaker.

The overall project was mainly overseen by JBB’s hornsman Drew Sayers, working with Easy Star’s Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer, with input from the rest of the band. Most of the tracks were dubbed over the past half year.

[Related: Album Review: John Brown’s Body – Kings and Queens In Dub]

Here’s what Drew Sayers had to say about the new album: “The band has long wanted to do a project like this – reinterpret an entire album into dub versions. Kings And Queens seemed like a perfect fit musically, and we were fortunate enough to get some of the most legendary and inspiring producers in the game to be involved. I think this album encapsulates who we are as a group: our foundation is firmly rooted in the classics and we sought inspiration from albums like Gregory Isaac’s ‘Slum In Dub’ and Aswad’s “New Chapter of Dub”. But we never look in only one direction and I think what you will hear in this album is a devotion to originality and independence.”

Catch John Brown’s Body on tour this fall and pick up their music on iTunes by clicking HERE!

john brown’s body Tour Dates

Related Links:
JBB Website
JBB Facebook
Easy Star Records Website
Exclusive Easy Star Records Blog

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: JBB – “Fracture Dub”

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John Brown’s Body 2015 Fall Tour

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Together for 2 decades, American Reggae Pioneers John Brown’s Body have announced that they will take their future roots reggae dub music on the road this October on a run that ends a week before the start of winter. While on the road, the group will continue supporting their Kings and Queens and Kings and Queens In Dub releases.

Formed in Ithaca, New York, in the mid 1990s, at a time when there wasn’t yet a far-reaching U.S. reggae scene, JBB was one of a small handful of U.S. reggae bands that began touring nationally. The tour hits eight East Coast cities before hopping out to the West Coast in December for stops in Utah, Colorado and California. Preparation for JBB’s 2015 Fall Tour finds the band fresh off an intense set of summer festival plays including California Roots, Reggae On The Mountain – California, Gathering of the Vibes, and most recently, Reggae on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, among others.

The tour dates can be found below and from what we’ve been told, more dates plan to be added. The bulk of the released dates are in October and December with opportunity for dates to fill up in November through the mid-west on their way from to the west coast from the east. JBB will share the stage with various groups throughout the tour that include The Expanders, 9 Mile Roots, Juno What!?, Nappy Riddem, Roots of Creation, Spiritual Rez and more. Keep checking back for updated tour dates this fall.

On April 16th, 2013, John Brown’s Body released Kings and Queens, a 12 track album via Easy Star Records that was met with very high praise. After almost 2 years to the date of it’s release, JBB released Kings and Queens In Dub as the group has dub versions of every song from Kings And Queens, from a variety of producers from both inside the group and out. The line-up of Dub Producers for Kings And Queens In Dub include Dubmatix, Dub Fader (of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant), Ticklah, Dennis Bovell (UK Dub Legend), Yesking (from the UK), Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous, guitarist of The Black Seeds), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), former band member Nate ‘Silas’ Ricardson and Jay Spaker.

The overall project was mainly overseen by JBB’s hornsman Drew Sayers, working with Easy Star’s Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer, with input from the rest of the band. Most of the tracks were dubbed over the past half year.

[Related: Album Review: John Brown’s Body – Kings and Queens In Dub]

Here’s what Drew Sayers had to say about the new album: “The band has long wanted to do a project like this – reinterpret an entire album into dub versions. Kings And Queens seemed like a perfect fit musically, and we were fortunate enough to get some of the most legendary and inspiring producers in the game to be involved. I think this album encapsulates who we are as a group: our foundation is firmly rooted in the classics and we sought inspiration from albums like Gregory Isaac’s ‘Slum In Dub’ and Aswad’s “New Chapter of Dub”. But we never look in only one direction and I think what you will hear in this album is a devotion to originality and independence.”

Catch John Brown’s Body on tour this fall and pick up their music on iTunes by clicking HERE!

john brown’s body Tour Dates

Related Links:
JBB Website
JBB Facebook
Easy Star Records Website
Exclusive Easy Star Records Blog

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: JBB – “Fracture Dub”

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Photos and video of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach

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Some photos of the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort are available at Fortlauderdaledaily.com and BizJournals.com

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A video of the resort is available at Youtube:

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311: 20th Anniversary of ‘The Blue Album’

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311 Celebrates 20th Anniversary of The Blue Album
An Interview with drummer Chad Sexton

Grassroots Track Listing:
1.) Down
2.) Random
3.) Jackolantern’s Weather
4.) All Mixed Up
5.) Hive
6.) Guns (Are For Pussies)
7.) Misdirected Hostility
8.) Purpose
9.) Loco
10.) Brodels
11.) Don’t Stay Home
12.) DLMD
13.) Sweet
14.) T P Combo

Release Date: July 11, 1995
Record Label: Capricorn Records – Reissued on Volcano

Ah, the summer of 1995. Let’s take a moment and reflect on what happened that fateful year 20-years ago. Well, Coolio was ruling the music charts with Gansta’s Paradise. Alanis Morissette and TLC also took turns at number one. In other news, TLC spent all their money and filed for bankruptcy, Selena was murdered by a nutjob fan and the legendary Jerry Garcia died. Sadly, the country’s love affair with grunge was beginning to fade and was being replaced by everyone’s favorite Canadian crooner—yes, Brian Adams—Motown heartthrobs Boyz II Men and some guy named Montell Jordan.

The summer of 1995 was also the year a little-known band from Nebraska released their third studio album. 311 released the self-titled album in July and quickly received positive reviews from music critics. Singles like Down and All Mixed Up launched the band to mainstream success and introduced many fans to their first taste of 311’s unique blend of rock and hip-hop. The Blue Album changed everything for 311. They went from an up-and-coming band with a strong grassroots following, to getting heavy rotations on MTV and radio. The album would set-up the band for future success and, twenty years later, is still adored by fans.

Working with Ron Saint Germain

In late 1994, 311 returned to their home in the Hollywood hills excited and energized to work on their third studio album. “The Blue Record was a great experience for us,” says drummer Chad Sexton, “we were working with our dream producer, Ron Saint Germain.” For those not familiar with “Saint,” he is a producer/engineer who has worked on 19 Grammy nominated projects, with 14 winners. In addition to 311, he has worked with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Whitney Houston and the King of Pop—just to name a few. But, it was Saint Germain’s work with the legendary punk band Bad Brains that motivated 311 to pursue him as their producer and engineer. “We had always talked about working with him and then on the third record, we reached out and it was as easy as that,” reflects Sexton.

Saint Germain’s creative and technical expertise elevated the band’s sound that helped produce 311’s radio hits. From the technical side, Saint’s engineering expertise helped capture the band’s sound in a new way. The Blue Album was recorded onto two-inch tape with one of the machines set to 16-tracks. “When you record this way, it can give a bigger, fatter sound. So, if you compare albums, you can definitely hear what 16-tracks does for recording. I was especially ecstatic with the quality of the recording on the record,” says Sexton.
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Not only did Saint bring the technical side, he brought a sense of passion and collaboration to a young band seeking guidance. “Ron brought an incomparable amount of passion and energy to the project. He’s fully committed. He’ll work later than anyone. He’ll get the least amount of sleep of anyone. He’ll make it happen,” says Sexton. “Those types of super badass individuals—who can fly planes and understand physics and science, and love entertainment—those types of dudes are not around so much anymore. It was a complete honor to work with him.” To this day, the band draws on their experience with Saint and appreciates his willingness to teach and collaborate. “This band learned so much from the guy. We use it as second nature now. I got a lot of my mixing experience from his teaching and allowing me to be there. He shared and wanted people to learn and was willing to teach. He wasn’t intimidated by people because he was one of the best there is,” says Sexton

With Saint on board, the band spent a couple months solid working out the songs. “We were young and so excited that Ron Saint Germain was there, and we were giving it our all. We probably practiced that record every day for a couple months,” reflects Sexton. After pre-production, 311 had 19 or 20 songs that were recorded, including 5 or 6 b-sides. The band recorded all the songs and chose 14 for the record. The songs were then in the hands of Saint Germain, who mixed the album songs first and then (live sound and studio engineer) Scott ‘Scotch’ Ralston helped mix a couple of the b-sides. “It was a great team. It reminds me of a great time in music. But not that the music was great, but because we were right in the thick of it, in terms of where the music industry was and how people were recording at that time,” says Sexton.

Unlike previous records, The Blue Album was recorded live. Guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills and Sexton tracked live together, along with singer-guitarist Nick Hexum on some tracks. “We made sure we got the drums in those takes,” says Sexton, “…we kept parts that worked and fixed parts that didn’t.” The Blue Album was recorded quickly, with the recording and mixing processes taking about six weeks total. Sexton credits the short time-frame to the album’s continuity of sound and the band’s simplified approach. “It’s a rocker, for a 311 record. Most of those songs are, for us, straight-ahead shuffle rock. There wasn’t a lot of complicated stuff going on,” says Sexton, “the record is more linear than other 311 records. It sold the best, so maybe we could learn something there.”

311 Logo Album Art

The Blue Album’s art is the first time the now-iconic 311 logo appears. The album design is simple and effective, with the logo squarely centered and surrounded by shades of blue. The logo was designed in the early 1990’s by the now defunct production-design company called Pawn Shop Press. 311 had worked with the company previously, including the album artwork for Grassroots. “We worked with them a lot over the years. They did our video for ‘Home Brew’ and we were like ‘this shit look so cool,” says Sexton, “so, we asked them to come up with a 311 logo.”

311 wanted their third album to be self-titled. This decision broke from historic music trends where a band’s first record was typically self-titled, like Led Zeppelin, The Stooges, Ramones and The Allman Brothers Band first releases decades earlier. The album art was also a conscious decision, “We thought it was a cool idea to just include our logo and a color, so that someday people might call it ‘The Blue Album,’” reflects Sexton. Twenty years later, the logo has stood the test of time, as the band uses it to this day. The only time it wasn’t used was the Sound System package. “For whatever reason, we used a completely different logo, but it does make sense because the whole package was designed by a Japanese artist. That album artwork is a combination of Japanese technology graphics and reggae,” say Sexton.

The Blue Album was a game changer for 311. It propelled the band to mainstream success and laid a foundation for future successes. For rock-reggae fans, The Blue Album is arguably one of the most influential albums in the genre. In terms of mainstream success, it’s hard to find other albums that compare. The album helped break barriers and legitimize the blending of rock with hip-hop and reggae. For longtime fans, it reinforced what they already knew—311 is a bad-ass band that can do whatever they want. Whatever your perspective on the album’s impact, there is little doubt it was critical to 311’s nearly three-decade career.

Watch: 311 – “Down”

311 Links:
311: 20th Anniversary of Music Album
311: 20th Anniversary of Grassroots Album
311 MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Exclusive 311 Blog
311 Website
311 Facebook

Article By: Kit Chalberg

Watch: 311 – “All Mixed Up”

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Jimmy Buffett interviewed by WKRG News 5

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From WKRG: “Jimmy Buffett: One-On-One with News 5’s Devon Walsh

Buffett said he is surprised by some of the opportunities he has recently had. He’s had walk in roles in three different movies or TV shows recently. One in “Jurassic World”, one in the movie about airplane captain Sully Sullenburger, and one in Netflix series “Bloodline”.

Jimmy Buffett sat down for an interview with News 5’s Devon Walsh Saturday. At 68 years old, he’s working as much as ever, and enjoying his time on stage. Here are some of the questions Walsh asked.

1) Devon- “Do you get that at thrill every time you go out on stage?” Jimmy- “Yes. It’s a great job…Could be doing a lot worse.”

2)Devon- “You have been quoted as saying you are living a fantasy. Is that still true?” Jimmy- “I have been lucky enough to be here, after a few close scrapes and to have a music career that lasted this long. I have learned from my experiences, and keeping the business side running parallel with it. It’s been interesting ride.”

3) Devon-“Is it still fun for you? Do you plan to retire?” Jimmy- “From what?” Devon- “That’s the way you look when you are on stage, like you are having fun.” Jimmy- “It’s been amazing gift and an amazing lucky run I’ve had. I would have never imagined I would still be doing this. I figured I would buy a boat and move to the Caribbean. The length this has run, the fun this has been, and the stages…It’s still magical the things that pop up, that I can’t believe are going to happen.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2015/09/22/25129/

The Pier: ‘Hotting Up’ with Iration

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The Pier: Hotting Up with Iration

On a scorching California day, we caught up with Iration front-man Micah Pueschel, who led us through an exclusive track-by-track breakdown of the band’s August 28th, 2015 album release of Hotting Up. Over the course of our discussion, Micah revealed his collection of back-stories, inspiration, and subtle homages behind all nine tracks that you’ll only find here.

You can purchase Hotting Up on iTunes by clicking HERE!

1.) Reelin

“I wrote ‘Reelin’ quite a while before we started recording,” says Pueschel. “It was one of the first songs I had written in a group with ‘Nothing At All,’ ‘Hotting Up,’ and ‘You Know You Don’t Mind’ for the album.”

The band released “Reelin” on April 27th as the first single for their new record, and fans immediately took notice of the change in direction the band took with the song, which Micah described as being full of, “Big drums, hard-hitting bass, and synth and rocking guitars.” All elements not typically found in Iration songs.

“It came together really nicely when I wrote it,” says Pueschel of the song. “One thing that was key for me on this song was how it drops out on the chorus and then hits, which I really though was different as opposed to having the chorus come in and hit really hard. We got in the studio with [Producer, King David The Future] and we really wanted to focus on drum sounds and bass to make it really big and punchy…We recorded at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, which is world renowned for their drum room, and that’s where Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and Rage Against The Machine recorded. Pretty much every big rock record of the last twenty-five years or something has had drum tracks cut in that room. So we got in there, rented a vintage drum kit, vintage black beauty snares, and we really went the whole distance. Even though it is reggae, we wanted it to sound big and I think we accomplished that.”

Listen: Iration – “Reelin”

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2.) Stay Awake

“This is a song that Micah Brown wrote, or started,” says Pueschel.

“He had the basic form, like the verses and chordage and stuff, and we all liked it, so then he finally brought it to Dave and they hashed it out together at his studio in LA and they made a basic demo track that’s similar to what you hear on the record. I ended up writing the second verse for the final version of the song, but what’s really cool about this track is that it’s not the kind of song that I wouldn’t have written, it’s a totally different style, and I think it’s good to have that. That was kind of a Micah Brown original thing that ended up becoming an Iration collabo. It’s very unique in the way it sounds and that’s what I love about it. You can really hear Micah’s influence on that track.”

Listen: Iration – “Stay Awake”

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3.) Lost and Found

“This song is in the same vein as ‘Dream’ where it’s a reminiscent song about our childhood growing up in Hawaii. Sometimes you feel like you’ve lost touch with your roots or with who you were when you were a kid. There’s just these memories that bring you back to your center and bring you joy and that’s what this song is about. I thought it was really cool because we were able to use ukulele on a song, which is something we’ve been trying to do for a while, and we got Jeffa Vegas from the band Onetwo Tree to do that. Then we got Micah Brown to play the slide guitar on it and it sounded really cool. That’s one of the songs that for me, I can just listen to and really enjoy it just because it kind of strikes a cord with me. This was one of the songs that was tough to get to come together, but when it finally did, we were like ‘Yes.’”

Listen: Iration – “Lost and Found”

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4.) Midnight

“This was a song that we wrote during the pre-production stage. King Dave and I got together at my house in Santa Barbara and I just had some chords, I think it was like E minor and B seventh or something like that, and I liked the combination of the two chords together, and then he had his computer and keyboard and we kept playing back and forth on a loop. Then I just heard the melody for the hook in my head and I ended up writing the song very quickly.”

Pueschel then went on to explain the Motown origin behind his opening lyrics.

“For some reason that first line of ‘you want it, you got it’ came about because I had heard that song ‘Cruising’ and I felt like it just fit. I love that song; it’s kind of like an Ini Kamoze type thing. I really love Ini Kamoze and this song was kind of a tribute to his style.”

There is also another subtle homage to a 70s classic hidden on this song.

“When I go ‘Don’t stop ringing the bell,’ there’s a little bell sound from ‘Ring My Bell’ in the background.”

Listen: Iration – “Midnight”

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5.) Hotting Up

“This was the song that we had in mind as the rockier track on the record. I originally wrote it on acoustic so it didn’t sound the way it does now obviously, but the idea was to write a song where the hook would be kind of an interesting phrase.”

Although the phrase is rather unique, Pueschel taught me that “hotting up” is in fact a grammatically correct phrase.

“It doesn’t sound correct, in America we don’t say ‘hotting up’ a lot, but it’s actually grammatically correct. I’m a huge soccer fan so I watch a lot of Manchester United and Premier League, and the announcers say it a lot. They’ll say something like ‘the atmosphere is hotting up,’ and I thought we could use that to describe a relationship. Basically the motif is that the guy is in a virtual winter for a period of time and then he meets somebody and the relationship starts to heat up. I thought it was cool imagery and I think a lot of people can understand that concept.”

Listen: Iration – “Hotting Up”

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6.) Nothing At All

“When we started playing this song in the studio, I had this pedal that’s like an octave pedal, and I had never really used it on anything. I used it live when I was playing guitar by myself because we had songs that had guitar harmonies on them and I didn’t have a second guitar player, so I would use it to kind of add a second guitar effect. When we got Micah Brown I didn’t have to use it anymore, which was nice, and so I was like ‘I haven’t used this for anything in a while so let’s mess around with it.’ I really just saw this song as something that would be cool to do live because it has a good beat and that middle section where it kind of drops out, and it has this spacey ambiance kind of thing happening. Dave really has his handprints on this song as far as the beat goes.”

Although the song was conceived as an experiment in sound, Pueschel added a touch of depth in the song’s lyrics.

“I guess it’s kind of like that Gotye song ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ because it’s all about this guy knowing that he’s in love with somebody that’s unattainable or not real. Sometimes you want somebody but you realize the only place you can have them is in your imagination.”

Listen: Iration – “Nothing At All”

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7.) 867

“I wrote this one on acoustic and I never thought it would end up the way that it did. ‘867’ was like my homage to ‘I’ll Be Watching You’ by The Police, which is kind of a creepy song. I thought it was kind of interesting to see how they pulled that off, and I wondered, how do you pull off making a song like that? Everyone’s been jealous, everybody’s seen an ex with somebody else, and how do you make that accessible to the point where it’s not overly creepy? I don’t want people to feel like they have to take a bath after hearing the song. That’s what the goal was and I thought I made it cheeky enough to where it wasn’t creepy. On the pre-chorus I wrote ‘all you do is talk, talk talk, why don’t you just take a walk.’ He’s watching them, and they’re not doing anything, but he’s out there obsessing over the number.”

“I’ll Be Watching You” had a unique sound for its time, which is another trait it shares with “867.”

“Dave definitely brought this one up a notch. I think he really wanted to put his mark on one of the songs and this was the one. There’s a lot of crazy synth sound. We didn’t want to do a whole record of songs like this, but we wanted to do at least one because that’s [Dave’s] wheelhouse. I think it’s cool because it’s the most unique sounding song on the record and it kind of opened us up to a different place that few bands in the genre go to.”

Listen: Iration – “867”

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8.) Guns Out

When I listened to this song for the first time, the piano arrangement reminded me of the one from Elton John‘s “Benny and the Jets.” After hearing that several tracks on Hotting Up were inspired by older tunes, I had to ask if this song was in fact inspired by the Elton John classic.

“When I wrote that song, it was in a weird chordage. We couldn’t get the rhythm of it so we kept putting it on the back-burner because none of us could get it and I couldn’t really hear it in my head. So when I got together with Dave, we were just sitting in the living room and he was playing piano and we were trying to figure out how to get it. So instead of the standard reggae offbeat we tried an on beat and I was like ‘dude that kind of sounds like Benny and the Jets.’ So then we were jokingly playing it and funny enough the song only worked with that piano rhythm. We didn’t go full ‘Benny and the Jets’ on it, but we put it in there so some people could hear it. We recorded ‘Guns Out’ on this bad-ass grand piano and I thought it was cool to pay homage to ‘Benny and the Jets’ because I love that song.”

Listen: Iration – “Guns Out”

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9.) You Know You Don’t Mind

“This was the first song I wrote for this album, like maybe a year ago. Basically, I really liked the chordage. It’s a major chord reggae song so its just A-B-A and it varies across between those three chords. It’s a simple reggae song but I really like the idea of doing a running chorus. I like doing one or two of those very simple reggae songs. That’s what ‘Falling’ is, that’s what ‘Wait and See’ was, that’s what ‘Mr. Operator’ was. It just goes back to doing that straightforward type of reggae thing, that’s how we learned how to play music and it’s very much in our wheelhouse to do that. We obviously want to push ourselves, but it’s nice to have one or two songs on the record that we could just lay into.”

Now that you’ve gotten some new insight into Hotting Up, try listening to it again, or check it out if you haven’t already. Whether you hear it differently or not, this discussion gives us a small glimpse into the artist’s mind, and shows us that inspiration can come from anywhere and anything.

Listen: Iration – “You Know You Don’t Mind”

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Article By: Andrew Aroche

Iration – Hotting Up Track List:
Iration-hotting-up 1.) Reeling
2.) Stay Awake
3.) Lost and Found
4.) Midnight
5.) Hotting Up
6.) Nothing At All
7.) 867
8.) Guns Out
9.) You Know You Don’t Mind

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Destin Florida

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Wow, what a great week Sunshine Cindy and I had. It started out last Monday evening at Crab Island Cantina’s new bar, Charley’s BBB. (Beer, Burgers and Bourbon!) You can add sports to that too as they have tons of TV’s and the sports packages. They were having a soft opening and we got invited to attend. Julie joined us for a fun evening. We tried some burgers that were great as well some of the other appetizers they have. With many different types of bourbons and craft beers, this place is going to be a big hit. Charley’s is the inside bar at the Cantina. Go check them out.



Friday night we went across the bay to visit Sunshine Cindy’s parents. They had returned from a trip to Minnesota. They had a good time visiting family and friends but they were glad to be back home in paradise. It was a nice visit we had and they had some fresh apples for us too.

Saturday was a typical Destin day down on the harbor. Sunshine Cindy and I started out at the Red Door Saloon. They have upgraded their menu at the Red Door. They used to only have hot dogs but now have a full range of bar food. It’s good and the beer is still some of the cheapest in town. Kyle was behind the bar taking care of us. We got to talking about football. Kyle is originally from Cincinnati so we had fun with me bring a Browns fan.

Wayne joined us. He had been in Cincinnati a few weeks before and promised to bring us a can of Skyline Chili. Everyone in Cincy loves Skyline Chili. Well, he had the can with him so I had to show Kyle what we got. He joked we better not turn our back or he would take the can…he loves that chili that much. LOL  While at the Red Door we saw some biker friends we have not seen in many months. We also talked to Bruce who is the weighmaster for the fishing rodeo. The rodeo runs the entire month of October and Bruce is there every day. He is ready!

Now this is where the typical harbor crawl part begins. We decided to walk down to Charley’s. On the way we talked to Jonelle who was working a charter booth. Then we ran into Missy who was also hanging out. At Charley’s we got “our” table and enjoyed some food and drinks. Carlos came out to see us and he made us some Enamine. It was really good. I will have it again. We watched some football and enjoyed being in air conditioning as it was pretty warm out.

As we left Charley’s Renee was having dinner at the Cantina. Her husband is now the chef for the Cantina. Good for them. As we walked back down the harbor we noticed Shark Shack and Hooks were both closed. Turns out they didn’t have any water. What a tough day to be closed as there was a lot of people walking the harbor. We went on and stopped at the outside bar at Tailfins. A lot of people were inside watching college football but we pulled up a couple of chairs to enjoy the fresh air.

As we sat there Bobby walked by. Bobby is a Cajun who was celebrating the LSU victory. Not too much later Skip and Brenda also walked by and talked to us. Wayne joked that is seemed like we knew almost everyone that was out on the harbor. And that’s what makes it a typical Destin harbor stroll day.



From there Wayne headed home and so did Sunshine and I. But we decided to make one final stop at The Palms to see what the bar situation was like now that Brink and Spoon was closed down. The inside bar was not open but the outside back bar was. A big crowd of regulars were there. Tommy, Shannon and others we knew by sight but not name were all there having a good time. Now we know we can still get a drink there if we want to.

Sunday was a little more subdued but not by much. I wanted to once again watch the Browns game. We went back to Tailfins to watch the game and had the same table as we had the previous week. The view of the harbor makes watching the game from Tailfins so cool. You have the water and boats on the harbor and the football game at the same time. You can’t beat that. And the Browns won too! That was icing on the cake. As the game was winding down Ken and his lady came to watch the Ravens game that was coming on next. We stayed for a while with them then headed home so I could be ready for the upcoming work week. All in all we had another great week in Destin.

I did hear some news about a new chain store that is coming to Destin. The shopping center that has Bealls and Bealls Outlet will soon have a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. This is supposed to be a 50000 sq ft store. The shopping center will undergo a major rebuild to accommodate Dick’s. Several of the retail outlets that are currently there will either move or be bought out of their lease. The Vietnamese restaurant will be closing. I don’t know what is going to happen to Wendy’s Kitchen. They seemed to be doing well. There is also a car rental and gulf cart place that I don’t know about either. The dentist is being relocated by Dollar Tree. Yep, more changes for Destin.

Don’t forget we have our Crab Island Mambo tee’s, tank’s and long sleeve shirts on sale. Here’s all the details and how you can order your own piece of Destin! http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-Merchandise.html

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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