Ready 2 Rock!

I have two bands, El Borko Surf! and the Miller Brothers Band. El Borko is usually a duo with myself and Jon Neher. Miller brothers is a dance band playing 20th Century Pop Music. Since the pandemic began, we have…

Thump & Chime

Ahh... chunky lows, chimey highs, and thick, bright single notes. I call it "Thump & Chime". The three main factors in getting this sound are the player's touch, the guitar pickups, and the gain structure from guitar to amp. I…

Son Of Drinkula

Count Drinkula is a wine swilling vampire. Because he's a vampire, he stays inside and does title searches for his wife, Anita who sells real estate. They live in a gated community called Pendejos Ricos in Las Casas, California. They…

New Things

This Monday, May 24 El Borko is the featured band on “Electric Beach Party”, a fun weekly surf music show from Cape Hatteras. https://www.radiohatteras.org/listen-live 
EASTERN TIME: 9:00 PM and 12:00 midnite 
PACIFIC TIME: 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
99.9 WHDX-FM…

The Surfy Universe

Why do we like surf? Well, for starters it's a big guitar sound, that whomping low bass and sparkling treble. The sound of surf is like a beautiful leviathan exploding from the sea. Surf evokes the power of waves and…

Live Shows

When I was in eighth grade, the youth group at our church brought in a band. This was at someone's house and the players were "big kids" from high school or maybe even college... oooh! We all listened to records…

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Then & Now

Listening to "No Time" by the Guess Who. I was in 7th or 8th grade when it came out. How they made that sound was beyond my comprehension. The song took me beyond the boundaries of my youthful experience into…

Four & Twenty

Tomorrow is 4/20 but...

I don't smoke that weed no more. 
It used to make my lungs so sore, 
That getting high was just a mess, 
Of coughing paranoid distress. 

So I must say I'm getting bored, 
By two times…

Tijuana Brass

It's been my goal this year to post a blog and a video once a week. It's been going ok, but some weeks I get caught a bit short, like this week. But... working on a song for this week's…

Seeking Duende

Merriam-Webster describes Duende as a mystical force. They quote the poet Federico Garcia Lorca that Duende "is a power and not a behavior... a struggle and not a concept." Oof! What does that even mean? 

I think when a piece…

Surf Party!

This post began as one thing and ended up somewhere different. Like Gypsy guitarists seeking  Duende, surf guitarists chase "the drip". This cavernous percussive sound is a defining element of surf. It takes a combination of technique and the right…