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Blindworm Guitars owner Andrew Scott's sound advice


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Andrew Scott is a master luthier and the owner of Blindworm Guitars, a local-focused guitar gallery, repair shop and custom factory on Colorado Avenue. The Oklahoma native is also a commercial artist, an inventor, an avant garde multi-instrumentalist and, as he puts it, a techy nerd with a kick-ass family. Some of his local work includes the front doors and stage tree at Kinfolks in Manitou, and various pieces of artwork and barrel tables at Trinity Brewery.

First record I bought with my own money: Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. One of my childhood best friends and I would act out and record ourselves performing "D'yer Mak'er" and "No Quarter" with extreme devotion. A definite inspiration to my career.

"Wish I'd written that" song: "Tour Life" by Total Ghost. They are a hilarious and brilliant spoofy duo out of Denver, and they completely nail it on this one. I wish I made the video, too. Might be even better than the song!

"Wish I could unhear that" song: "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus. Breaks my heart thinking about how many people have been subjected to it over the years. It was so bad, I moved out of Oklahoma just to get away!

Essential Saturday night listening: A good way to conquer the weekend would be to pop on Ziltoid the Omniscient by Devin Townsend, an intense metal concept album about space gods and coffee woes. I might celebrate my victory of making it through the entire double-album alive with Run Kitty Run, which is an Aussie-Bollywood album by The Bombay Royale, then dig on Cocordion's latest album to round out the evening with a local experimental indie flavor. Then perhaps take my lady to catch some of Charlie Milo's funky grooves around town.

Essential Sunday morning listening: I'm in love with Blind Worms Pious Swine by Omar Rodríguez-López. This whole album is an ethereal seduction a few steps away from his other projects like The Mars Volta. The naming of the album might possibly bias me a little as well. For something a little more meditative, I enjoy Advaitic Songs by Om, an excellent album that is a go-to for testing sound systems as well. Then go get some brunch wherever Roma Ransom or Ben Pratt might be playing.

Artist more people should know about: I've been a longtime fan of Mike Patton's bands and projects, most of which I find awesome. Check out the Oddfellows album by Tomahawk. Or one of my favorites, the song "Neighborhood Spaceman" by Peeping Tom. And, of course, Faith No More, Fantômas, Lovage and Mr. Bungle.

Guilty pleasure: Roky Erickson's The Evil One is always a fun listen. Cheesy tunes about clichéd magical beasts, demons and aliens make for some great rock 'n' roll when you just need something solid and a little weird.

My latest online discovery: Takeo Ischi's "Chicken Attack" Is a truly beautiful anthem. One of the greatest legacies our generation will leave behind.

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