Saturday, July 14, 2018

Your Free Audio Book Starts Now!

Your free audio book starts now! Join Mike Luoma, your host, narrator and author, for independent SF audio adventure each week on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio – this week we begin the novel Alibi Jones and the Hornet's Nest. High-tech can seem like magic – does that explain the appearance of a giant ghost ship in deep space? A science fiction ghost story? Listen and find out – The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue with Chapter One of Alibi Jones and the Hornet's Nest on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!    



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Blurred Line Where High-Tech Works Like Magick...

Want free, independent SF audio adventure? Join host, narrator and author Mike Luoma each week on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Sample us this episode - hear the stand-alone short story Alibi Jones and the Wishing Stone – a tale tip-toeing up to the blurred line where high-tech works like magick, as a strange assignment brings Alibi Jones face-to-face with a phantom from his past! Adapted from a comic book short in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #2 with art by Meisha, Inks by Bill Nichols, and colors by Ken Lateer.   

Mike also explains why you're hearing this short story instead of the beginning of the next Alibi Jones novel, as promoted last week and even earlier this weekend. Evidently, there was a timeline error. We blame The Devrizium... Always free to subscribe, download and listen –The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue with Alibi Jones and the Wishing Stone on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!    

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

The Last (Time) Battle

Time traveling aliens try to remove Alibi Jones from the timeline – find out if they finally succeed as Alibi Jones and the Time War of The Devrizium ends this episode with the stand-alone short story Alibi Jones: The Last Battle! Free, independent SF audio adventure with your host and author Mike Luoma. Always free to subscribe, download and listen - The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!  

BONUS MATERIAL AFTER THE STORY! The four stories in Alibi Jones and the Time War of The Devrizium were originally intended for the Alibi Jones comic books. Only the first, "About Time", actually made into a comic book – The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1. As Mike has been promising, he spends almost 20 minutes revealing the Alibi Jones comic books' "sausage making" in this behind-the-scenes account. Mike goes into details on how what came out as the Alibi Jones comics wasn't exactly what he'd intended going in, in terms of story content – and why it took so long to put the issues together.   



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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Memory, Yet Green

Free, independent SF audio adventure – a mind-bending, twisty, time travel tale this week read by your host and author Mike Luoma from his collection Alibi Jones and the Time War of The Devrizium – the stand-alone short story Alibi Jones: Memory, Yet Green! Alibi wakes up an old man. Only... he doesn't remember growing old. He has memories, somehow, but something isn't right! The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Always free to subscribe, download and listen. Now on Spotify! 



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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Best Album of 2018 So Far - The Moondoggies "A Love Sleeps Deep"

My nomination for the Best Album of the first half of 2018 - The Moondoggies - A Love Sleeps Deep

I'd like to thank God, Serendipity, the Powers of the Universe, our Benevolent Overlords, Lords of Karma or whoever pretends to be running the cosmos for pulling The Moondoggies out of my lifelong dreams of the perfect band, lifting them right out of my subconscious or unconscious, very kind of you.

You see, when I was a kid I used to draw this band, all long hair and shaggy beards - think I called them High Castle, and this was when I was young, before I was even aware of Philip K. Dick... My ideal configuration - A singer & rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist (playing some ethereal slide as well, preferably), bassist, keyboardist and drummer, with at least two of the other musicians singing backup vocals. Later, when I tried to start a couple bands, that was even the lineup I'd try to get together.


The band of my drawings bears a great resemblance to The Moondoggies! 



Easy Coming opens A Love Sleeps Deep, introduces the band and sets the tone. This is what's to come - a chiming slide guitar and organ hint at an early Floyd influence, yet the harmony vocals, powerful and layered, owe more to Bruce, Clapton and Cream. Organ fills the spaces while the slide guides the ear through shifting changes, beautiful, melodic riffs, repeated phrases and soaring choruses. They're not afraid to be majestic.

Given my references to those classic bands, know that The Moondoggies are more than the sum of their influences and parts. They mine the past for fuel to power the future - figuratively ingesting and digesting the greats to then bring forth their own beautiful musical constructions.

For A Love Sleeps Deep is a frikkin' ALBUMS! I still get CDs because I still like ALBUMS.

If some kind of definition is needed, I'd classify an Album as a musical work about 45 minutes long with some unifying principle. The "Unifying Principle" could be as simple as all songs by one band. A double album is about 90 minutes. Note: the 70-minute capacity of the CD led some artists to over-indulge - I'm looking at you, Sting! - and bloat a 45-minute work up to 70 to fill the format. Luckily, this did not last.

Although determined itself by the configuration of a vinyl LP, one could argue that the 45 minute album format has some sort of intrinsic form, some Platonic ideal, as after a short period of bloat, released musical works fell back into the traditional 45-minute long configuration.

Oh. And singles were there all along, though their strength and appeal of course grew with the explosion of mp3 downloads. Singles are snack food. The best Albums are meals.

The weakest albums - in "coherence" - are compilations of singles - compare early US releases by The Beatles and the Stones vs. their later complete album works and you can see what I mean. Or any Greatest Hits collection by a band to one of their complete album works. The intention reflected in the art of creating and organizing an album sets it apart, to greater and lesser degrees, the extremes perhaps being the Hit Singles Compilation and the Concept Album.

Ahem.

Digression done.

A Love Sleeps Deep is a great fucking album - don't mind the F-bomb, needed to get back to rock n' roll! Clocks in at 44 minutes - ding! There is intent, and cohesion - it's not (apparently) a concept album, yet opening song Easy Coming and closer Underground (A Love Sleeps Deep) are woven from similar musical cloth - a beautiful tapestry of influences and originality! They run 6+ and 8+ minutes, respectively, allowing the listener to submerge and get lost in them.

And in between? There is a satisfying flow - in fact, track 2 Cinders segues right into track 3 Match. Each tune stands out for different reasons. Sometimes a change in keyboards sets it apart, as when the piano opens Promises, or the more Farfisa-esque organ sound opens Cinders. The opener and closer are the longest tracks, everything else is around four or five minutes.

This is an album - you put it on and leave it on. The only thing that would make the CD more like a classic vinyl release would be if you had to get up to flip it over halfway through. There is a variety to the tunes, yet a unity to the work. The flow here does satisfy. You know... you might find you have to leave it on when you play it!

Soviet Barn Fire is another stand out track. The bare naked guitar riff opening proclaims the six-string's dominance of this one. By the time the lead rips out, another classic heavy rock outfit is recalled, as the tune has the feel of classic Leslie West and Mountain epics like Theme For An Imaginary Western or Nantucket Sleigh Ride - which also share a Cream influence.

Now, I'm calling these older bands "influences", but I don't know how aware of Pink Floyd, Cream, Mountain or other classic rockers The Moondoggies themselves are. Haven't had a chance to ask them. This is what I'm hearing in A Love Sleeps Deep. There's also much that is pure Moondoggies!


The CD packaging is quite Album-like. Released on Sub-Pop's "sister" label Hardly Art, the labels' trademark oversize cardboard sleeve opens to reveal lyrics superimposed on a band photo. The CD inside is protected by an inner sleeve, like a vinyl record, a beautiful sunset photo on one side, a few album credits on the other. And on the CD, some crazy manipulated photo art.

2018 has been a great year for new music so far - setting a high bar for The Moondoggies A Love Sleeps Deep to rise above to become my Best Album of the year to this point. It's one of those albums I want to play for everyone I know - not that many people know the band outside of their native Pacific Northwest. Makes me want to turn more people onto this amazing release - go listen!

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Friday, June 22, 2018

A Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Music Extra with Matt Hutton & Sean Toohey

A special Music Extra! Just heard on WBKM.org... Mike Luoma welcomes musicians Matt Hutton and Sean Toohey into his living room for a conversation about their 25 years of making music together in Spray 9, Envy and The Red Telephone. It's in honor of a special gig Matt and Sean play at Radio Bean in Burlington (VT) this Saturday night, June 23rd, from 7p until 9p: The Hutton – Toohey Disaster: 25 Years of Songs and Sounds – where the two of them will play a set of music from throughout their career. 

From their days in Burlington as students at UVM, through local fame as Envy's popularity increased, to their move to Boston, forming The Red Telephone and signing to Warner Bros. - on to leaving the label for indie success, and up through recent reunions, Matt and Sean share a look back in words and music on a special Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Music Extra!   




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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Remember Two Things?

Join us this week for Free audio science fiction adventure and the stand-alone short story Alibi Jones: Remember Two Things narrated by host and author Mike Luoma on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Alibi Jones and the Time War of The Devrizium continues, as Alibi tries to figure out why he has two sets of memories of a single event – how can he remember something happening two different ways? It's a great time to listen as The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue! Subscribe and/or download Mike's original, independent SF for free – now on Spotify! 



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