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2018 RSL Music Guide: Must Read, New Info!

2018 RSL Music Guide: Must Read, New Info!

By on Jul 22, 2018 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 0 comments

As you know this year is an important year, and that’s why I’m emailing you today. Check out what’s going on below! Larry would be proud that I have decided to use the RSL Music Guide as a catalyst for us all to leave a lasting legacy. Here’s Our Chance to Leave a Legacy In order for an angel investor to fund the 2018 RSL Music Guide, we need to raise $11,000 for Josie’s Well/Water Access Now, a nonprofit to build a water well for safe water in Ghana. We have until August 15th to raise the funds and still get the Music Guide produced and to the playa.  So let’s work together to create the music guide, create lasting change in Ghana, and leave a lasting legacy. The Why: The Story I didn’t realize how powerful leaving a legacy was until I attended AfrikaBurn in 2017. It was in the wee hours of the morning, sitting under the DMV’s red beduin tent while sipping South African boxes wine at sunrise, that I engaged in philosophical conversations with AfrikaBurn founders Paul Fletcher, Paul Jorgensen, and Robert Weinek. In those wee hours we discussed, “What comes next, from Leave No Trace?” These beautiful, gritty influencers had an intention: Leave a Legacy. For AfrikaBurn it looked like this: save plywood from dismantled camps and build outbuildings for a local school; collect leftover non-perishable food and stock an orphanage’s pantry. “We have so much,” they all agreed. Then earlier this summer I met an eleven year old girl named Josie, from Seattle Washington area, who at age nine, raised $10,000 to build her first well in Ghana.  She created her own non-profit, Josie’s Well, in partnership with the local non-profit Water Access Now, and now at age eleven, Josie have realized her vision threefold. I recently shared both stories with a Burner friend of mine and Music Guide supporter. And on the spot he proposed a challenge:  If I rally the Burner community to raise $11,000 to build a well in Ghana, he’d fund the entire 2018 RSL Music Guide.  Watch this video of me explaining how this all came to be. If eleven year old Josie can do it, WE can...

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Download the 2016 RSL Music Guide Now!

Download the 2016 RSL Music Guide Now!

By on Aug 23, 2016 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 14 comments

Sign up for my free RSL Newsletter & get worldwide dust beats news all year! Download the guide now! Booklet: print in color or grey scale Consecutive Pages: print in color or grey scale Printing Configurations There are entirely *too many printing instruction variations* out there for me to attempt to list. If you have helpful instructions on how to print for your specific home inkjet and/or laser printer, please post instructions with your printer model info in the comments to help your fellow Burners. The Guide on the Playa Pick up a printed guide on playa at BMIR radio, 5:45 & Esplanade, while supplies last. And get the Time to Burn app for iOS and Android that makes searchable all of the 2016 playa events and includes the RSL Music Guide. Photo credit: Geoffrey Squier...

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2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Almost Funded!

2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Almost Funded!

By on Aug 5, 2016 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 2 comments

Donate to my Kickstarter! The 2016 Rock Star Librarian Music Guide has almost hit it’s goal! But with only seven days to go in the campaign, it’s time to kick it up and ask for you to donate, share or re-share since many friends might have missed your previous share. Please donate to my Kickstarter this year! I’ve gotten a peek inside the database at the lineups and schedules already entered. Whoot! It’s going to be a GREAT year! See you out there shakin’ your dusty booties! And do sign up for my newsletter to be the *first* to receive the downloadable digital...

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2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Live!

2016 Music Guide Kickstarter is Live!

By on Jul 18, 2016 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian, Rock Star Librarian Music Guide | 0 comments

Donate to my Kickstarter! It’s time to create this year’s music guide for the playa, and I need your help getting it there. Every donation gets the guide closer to the playa. Why Kickstarter? Simply, the guide has grown from a one page spreadsheet to more than a 32 page booklet. And I believe in paying artists for their work, so I am paying my graphic designer. It’s also a short turn around time from submission deadline to driving the final product out to the playa for you to pick up at BMIR near Center Camp and printing with fast turn around time costs. Please donate to my Kickstarter this year to help bring the the 2016 music guide to Black Rock City and share this with your friends and campmates! See you out on the playa! And do sign up for my newsletter (at the top of the page) to receive the finished digital guide first! Donate to my...

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Listen to 2014 Burn Sets! Wednesday

Listen to 2014 Burn Sets! Wednesday

By on Aug 14, 2015 in Burning Man, Music, Music, Rock Star Librarian | 0 comments

Every Friday leading up to the Burn, I’ll post another day’s recorded sets from the 2014 Burn. Today, listen to Wednesday!  [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/53195486?secret_token=s-o5fcg” params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”350″ iframe=”true” /] If you’ve got a set not included, please let me...

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The Evolution of Western Dance Music

The Evolution of Western Dance Music

By on Oct 18, 2013 in Music, Rock Star Librarian | 3 comments

I’ve blogged about the technical birth of electronic music before, which included primary resources like hours of podcast interviews, with My Inner Music Geek and with The MOOG & the Birth of Electronic Music 2011 blog posts. But here’s a new interactive map and timeline that’s recently popped up on social media that illustrates the movement and birth of western dance music. And almost as fabulous are all the comments either loving or criticizing the map. Click image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays). I can tell you, first-hand, and as a real-life librarian who gets intellectually turned on by indexing and organizing information and who tries my damnedest with the guide, no two people on this planet agree on the order of electronic dance music genres and sub-genres. But, hey, I give mad props to anyone out there who tries their hand at it! Like this guy: Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music. It may not be up to date now, and many may argue his music genealogy, but I do like that you can click on a music style and instantly hear a sample of that genre. And this Bassnectar interview where he, admittedly using absolutisms, explains the history of electronic music. I also recall an interactive art piece exhibited I believe in Amsterdam which also interactively illustrated a wall-sized musical map of electronic music while playing each genre selected as well. I can’t seem to find this art piece now, so if it rings a bell, please let me know who the artists are! If you have a resource, online of in analog format, that you believe does a better job at explaining the evolution of dance music, please share it in the...

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