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Zack Urlocker
Santa Cruz, CA
Software executive, runner, guitar player
Interests: Music, writing, running, cycling, IF
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Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols recently published his long-awaited autobiography "Lonely Boy." I've read lots of rock bios over the years, and this is certainly the funniest, but also the starkest. Jones pulls no punches as he tells of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GuitarVibe.com
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Infocom author and gaming legend Bob Bates is running a Kickstarter project to support his new IF game "Thaumistry: In Charm's Way." Bates was the only non-Infocom employee who wrote for the company with two classic IF titles to his credit ("Sherlock" and "Arthur"). Bates also co-founded Legend Entertainment, and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Z-Machine Matter
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It might have been a slow Sunday evening for some folks, but I managed to score great seats to Elvis Costello & The Imposters playing at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. I've seen Elvis about half a dozen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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New Jersey's elder statesman of rock, Bruce Springsteen, published an epic memoir "Born to Run." I'm not a Springsteen super-fan, but as far as rock docs go, it's well above average. The book clocks in at just over 500 pages,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
I admit, I'm a sucker for rock operas. And if you throw in some HP Lovecraft, well then you've definitely got my attention. "Dreams in the Witch House" is a full-blooded modern rock opera based on one of HP Lovecraft's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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In 2014, I managed to see the legendary band Televsion live in Toronto --something I never thought would happen. This is one of my all-time favorite bands since 1977's Marquee Moon. Alas, they broke up after their second album, reformed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Following out this week's concert extravaganza, the third gig in 7 days was Cheap Trick. I've seen Cheap Trick before and despite the legal drama with original drummer Bun E. Carlos, they are still a great live band. Following Cheap... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Dweezil Zappa, eldest son of musical iconoclast Frank Zappa, has been keeping his father's work alive by touring as "Zappa Plays Zappa." Or at least, he has been until a family fallout has made it impossible for him to use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Noted IF author Chris Huang is back in action with a short piece of IF called "Mustard, Music and Murder." Though the title seems a bit eccentric, maybe that's the point. This is a tie-in with Huang's golden age detective novel "Murder at the Veteran's Club" which is available for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Z-Machine Matter
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Eighties rocker Billy Idol stepped on the main stage at the Traverse City Cherry Festival Sunday evening for what was mostly a great concert. The Cherry Festival, like any typical summer state fair, attracts it's share of oldies bands, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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I was able to corner indie musician Mike Marlin between sets at Wilbert's in Cleveland in order to find more about his musical career, opening for The Stranglers and how he writes songs. He's a much more upbeat and friendly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Next weekend musical instruments mega retailer Sweetwater is holding their annual Gearfest event. If you've got GAS (Gear acquisition syndrome) this could be the perfect therapy for getting the latest demos and buying some new equipment at good prices. There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Stephen O'Grady at RedMonk has launched a new Podcast called Hark. In his second episode, he and Agile programming guru Kent Beck have a thoughtful discussion around the ideas in O'Grady's book "The Software Paradox." Even though software is "eating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at TheOpenForce.com
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Indie rocker Mike Marlin is on tour with his band the MeloManiacs hitting the midwest and eastern US for a couple of weeks to promote the new album "The Secret of My Success." They'll be in Chicago, Wisconsin, Cleveland, New... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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IF community member, author and reviewer Chris Huang, is publishing a book called "Murder at the Veteran's Club" that looks to be a classic "golden age" detective novel in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton, P.D. James, Agatha Christie and others. His award winning "An Act of Murder"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Z-Machine Matter
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I managed to catch Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band live this week at The Palace at Auburn Hills, Michigan. I'm not the biggest Springsteen fan, but I have friends who have been telling me for years about his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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As a guitar player, it's fairly rare that I delve into the world of synthesizers, drum pads and other assorted electronic gear. But the Novation Circuit, might just be the kind of instrument that gets even the casual musician to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, has resumed his daily rock and roll radio show Jonesy's Jukebox, now hosted at KLOS. The show is noon daily for two hours and is available for streaming and podcast. Sadly, the podcast version... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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With those memorable words, Johnny Rotten ended the final Sex Pistols concert at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in January 1978. Rotten parted company with the band, though they released a few other singles without him as well as the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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Rock fans who lived through the late '70s and early '80s are generally pretty aware of The Clash --"the only band that matters." Their 1979 double album "London Calling " was a breakthrough album, and 1982's "Combat Rock" was even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at GuitarVibe.com
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About two years ago, I moved to Michigan where my wife's family is from. I started working for an Ann Arbor based software company, which has been a lot of fun. But I really missed playing music with my tech... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at TheOpenForce.com
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If you thought 2015 was a rough year for the financial markets, you ain't seen nothin' yet. So far, 2016 has every sign of being a full-on bear market, meaning a 20% or more decline in the major stock markets.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at TheOpenForce.com
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My buddy Rob and I are almost finished with our epic '70s homage rock opera Underground Radio. It's been nearly two years in the making. It includes 20 original songs, 4 vocalists, a slew of vintage amp simulations, guitar effects,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at GuitarVibe.com
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My buddy Rob and I are almost finished with our epic '70s homage rock opera Underground Radio. It's been nearly two years in the making. It includes 20 original songs, 4 vocalists, a slew of vintage amp simulations, guitar effects, hammond b3 organ, handclaps, cowbells, backwards guitars and more. Also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Z-Machine Matter
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Don't Worry - Winter Is Coming There's been quite a bit of press recently about whether there's a tech bubble or not. Certainly, things are overheated in the valley. Traffic is out of control, competition for talent is fierce and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at TheOpenForce.com