'American University' Now Available for Streaming/Download 

A year after its "limited release", I've decided to make the American University album available for streaming and download. To learn more, go here.

If you happen to be interested in a CD, you can also now get it at CD Baby. I recommend the disc so you can get the full Mixerman experience!

I do have higher bit rate files too, so it's possible I'll do an extremely limited vinyl release, even if it's just so I can hear it. I just got a new turntable and I've been completely blown away by the difference…

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#Unspeakable: The Music Video 

Being a musician in the post-MTV world, it’s always nice to have director friends. It works both ways I guess, but today it worked in my favor when I was texted the link to my new music video by my good friend, writer-director-novelist-songwriter-bass player — and I’m sure I’m leaving something out — BC Furtney.

BC and I have been friends since 2001, when we slung video tapes for the man at a low-rent, porn infested post production facility in West L.A. We almost came to blows there more than once, and…

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New Album ‘American University’ Announced on Peter B. Collins Show 

I became a bit obsessed with “politics” after 9/11 and the Iraq War started. The Bush Administration horrified me, and I didn’t dream for years, until Obama was elected. My sleep was black. I really was afraid Bush and Cheney would hold onto power beyond their eight years.

Then when Obama kept up most of the same policies, I realized that it doesn’t matter who is president. I began searching for answers, and I found many by listening to Peter B. Collins’ podcasts.

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Cover Me Turns 10! 

Today was a big day for the 25 artists featured on the new Cover Me Turns 10 album. The fact that the site got 25 artists to turn in their songs on time is pretty amazing. I’ve been asked to participate in previous covers albums that never came out, I imagine because the other bands flaked.

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Pretty in “Punk!” 

I have always been just a guitar player. I used to think singer-songwriters were doing the bravest thing any artist could ever do. My curse was that I loved to write songs. Finding singers to sing them was always a problem, so ten years ago I decided I needed to sing them myself. I began writing and recording like a maniac, completing a new song every week for a year. These were acoustic demos, and I alternated covers with originals to keep it interesting.

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John Dissed and The Discontents Cover Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” 

The world probably doesn’t need yet another cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” but when my drummer Jeff asked if I’d like to record a free song in his studio, it jumped out at me. I always thought the chord progression in the chorus sounded like the Ramones, and I wanted to do something high-energy. I love the reference to assassinations, especially the line, “while we stand aside and look.”

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New "Honeypot" Music Video 

I’ve been a musician since I was 10 years old and have recorded a ton of songs, but I’ve never shot a music video, despite playing in a band with a film director for almost five years.

Anyway, I still haven’t done a properly-planned music video, but sometimes things happen spur-of-the-moment that work out better than the planned ones...

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Veglam "Red Flag" Review by Geordie Pleathur 

Toward the end of 2012, I stumbled upon the radically political rock and roll writings of Geordie Pleathur. I thought a guy with such great taste must have discovered some amazing bands, and searched around for more reviews of his. My search brought me to an awesome LA band with a cool JFK reference in their name, called Slow Motorcade. I emailed Anthony from the band right away, and soon after played them on my podcast. Anthony and I have since become great friends, and Pleathur recently reviewed my "Red

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Blog Post: Still Anti-War/Establishment: Black Sabbath, Hollywood Bowl, 4/26/2014 

I originally didn’t support the current Black Sabbath reunion. I felt ripped off that the mighty Rick Rubin would be producing a new “classic line-up” Sabbath album without a fourth of the magic that was the band — drummer Bill Ward. It was the cohesion with Ward’s drumming that made bassist Geezer Butler sound so great on those early albums. They went hand in hand. It was a (black) magic you can’t put a price on, and I’m still saddened that it didn’t happen.

When I heard Sabbath was playing the Hollywood…

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Punk Globe "Red Flag" Review by BC Furtney 

"America's an empire, the president's a vampire" is the unambiguous opening shot fired by L.A. singer/songwriter, John Dissed, on his long-awaited new LP, Red Flag, a lean, churning, burning collection of so-blunt-they-could-beat-you-to-death tracks that fly in the face of our crumbling modern day America, our cutout leaders and elected officials, and our own seeming consumer-numbed indifference to each mounting injustice.

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