November 18, 2017

Episode 73: Mind Science


According to mind scientist (best job ever) Antonio Damsio “More may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990s - the so-call ‘decade of the brain’ then during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience. And marketers need to be steeped in this stuff like a warm cup of camomile.  So we’re going deep into the mind to talk about co-created messaging and mental frames. You will be able to amaze your friends and be the life of any party after this American Music Award winning episode of May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Radio.  

November 17, 2017

Thor: Ragna-REKT


On this episode of Rekt Reviews, Shark, Paul, Erik and Amy weigh in on yet another chapter in a seemingly endless stream of Marvel blockbusters - "Thor: Ragnarok"...and the opinions couldn't be more varied. 

Shark, in his eternal grumpiness, disliked the movie immensely. Erik was all set to love it, but had to sit trough one too many moments that were an affront to his inner man-child and lukewarmed his feelings. Amy seems to have liked the movie well enough, but when asked to elaborate, inexplicably would change the subject to the 90's cult classic "The Crow." Paul seems to have enjoyed Ragnarok the most and it's a good thing he is writing this synopsis, because had it been Shark, the whole thing would be a string of f*@%!ng expletives.

Though not without some shortcomings, "Thor: Ragnarok" definitely succeeds in taking one of the less popular parts of the Marvel franchise and bringing it well to the forefront. Ragnarok comes pretty close to nailing the fun-loving tone of Guardians of the Galaxy with Chris Hemsworth fitting right in with a more comedic take on Thor. One thing everyone did agree on is that Cate Blanchett is hotter than ever and was the best part of the movie. 


On this episode of Sharpen the AXE, Eric and Paul are previewing oh so cool G&L Musical Instruments Gear with a little Rockaway Archer Overdrive and Moog Chorus Pedal thrown in! Powered by EnterTalk Radio

G&L USA Kiloton Electric Bass, Maple Fingerboard, Hard Case - Blueburst

G&L Tribute SB-2 Electric Bass, Rosewood Fingerboard - Bordeaux Red Metallic

G&L USA Doheny Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard, Hard Case - Surf Green

G&L USA JB-5 5-String Bass, Fiesta Red, Rosewood Board, Matching Headstock

G&L USA Legacy Guitar, Satin Silver Metallic Frost, Rosewood Fretboard, Modern Classic Neck Shape (also not on Pitbull Audio website yet)

G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard, Tortoise Pickguard - 3-Tone Sunburst

J. Rockett Audio Designs Rockaway Archer Overdrive / EQ Guitar Effects Pedal

Moog Minifooger MF Chorus Pedal


Southern-born guitarist/vocalist Kat Dyson relocated to Los Angeles from Montreal via Minneapolis where she was a featured guitarist & vocalist with Prince as a member of the New Power Generation. Her contributions to this musical alliance can be heard on the recordings: Emancipation, The Truth and Newpowersoul.
Along the way, she has performed with renowned artists including Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Cole, Ivan Neville, Donny Osmond, rap artist T.I., Seal, Sheila E.,Joi, George Clinton and the P-Funk AllStars, Musique Soulchild, Phoebe Snow, Res, The Winans, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Big Mamma Thornton, Ben E. King, Bo Diddley, Odetta, Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Celine Dion and many others.
Her studio work includes sessions for Keb Mo’, Ziggy Marley, Sheila E., Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Jeff Healey, Jamaican producers Sly and Robbie, Cat Cooer of Third World and Bernie Worrell. Before joining forces with Prince, Ms. Dyson was a contributing guitarist and vocalist on the multi-platinum Cyndi Lauper greatest hits album, “12 Deadly Cyns”, along with ‘Sisters of Avalon”, ”At Last” and “The Body Acoustic.
Since 1998, Ms. Dyson has also been a fixture on such talk-show house bands as The Wayne Brady Show, The Donny & Marie Show and The Magic Hour with Sheila E.
She tours with Italian rock artist ZUCCHERO, and is a member of the rock trio, CHALLENGE with T.M.Stevens and Cindy Blackman-Santana. She also continues to be a go-to guitarist playing for Black Rock Coalition events such as THE BRC all female orchestra. In addition to releasing her EP ‘COLOUR KOMMENTARY, she continues composing music for television and film in Los Angeles.
In the May 2017 edition of Guitar Player, she made the 50 Sensational Female Guitarist List and is included in the compilation SHE ROCKS, VOL.1 on FAVORITE NATIONS RECORDS, Steve Vai's label.



Born into a musical family, Joe Vitale is a veteran musician and drummer whose career has spanned over forty years of touring, recording, song writing, and producing with legendary and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame artists.  Along with vocals, he also plays percussion, keyboards and flute.  His drumming encompasses all styles of music.  A dedicated professional, his quality of performance is evident in his resume. 

He has recorded and toured with Ted Nugent, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Frampton, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and CSNY to name a few.  In addition, he has recorded with Rick Derringer, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Carl Wilson, Don Felder, Boz Scaggs, John Entwhistle and many others. 

Joe Vitale’s songs & performances have appeared in many movies & TV  : Spy Games, Joe Dirt, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Warriors, Devil’s Rejects, Beverly Hillbillies, History of the Eagles, Fringe, That 70’s Show, just to name a few. 

Vitale has also co-produced albums for Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, CSN & CSNY.  His many songwriting credits include the classic Joe Walsh song, “Rocky Mountain Way,” and also, “Pretty Maids All in a Row,” from The Eagles classic album, “Hotel California,” both co-written with Joe Walsh. 

He has three solo albums, “Roller Coaster Weekend,”  “Plantation Harbor,” and “Speaking In Drums,” and a book, “Back Stage Pass,” about his career in music. He’s also produced his son, Joe Jr.’s, first album, “Dancing with Shadows.” 

In 2010 and 2011 Joe played drums for the historic “Buffalo Springfield Reunion” 

Joe continues to tour, record, write and produce. He's also added to his resume, counselor and music director at Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp.  He has no plans for slowing down.  You can read more about Joe on his website:


Born and raised on the South side of Chicago, Morris O'Connor built an incredible name in the Music Business working with numerous award-winning and legendary bands.

Artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight (Musical Director), Teena Marie, The Gap Band, Envoge, Jody Watley (Musical Director), Booker T Jones (Booker T & The MG’s), The Jazz Crusaders, Otis Day & The Knights all have one thing in common. That's Morris O'Connor.

When the biggest names in Entertainment need "that sound", they call Morris for his dynamic ability in genres ranges from R&B, Rock, Fusion, Blues, Brazilian, Jazz and many other styles.

Morris is currently touring with Earth, Wind & Fire as their lead guitarist and background vocalist. He's recorded and composed music for EWF as well as recorded & performed their intricate guitar work both live and in the studio.

From 1996 until 2013, Morris performed with legend, multi grammy-winner and musical genius, Stevie Wonder. Morris notes Stevie as a "true inspiration" since he started playing music at the young age of six. Destiny would have it that Morris' talent would bring him center stage alongside his childhood inspiration, Mr. Stevie Wonder.

Morris was first inspired to play guitar when he heard Jimmy Hendrix at the age of 8. Growing up in a musical family in Chicago, he played guitar throughout High School with the ‘All City Jazz Band’ and decided to move to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue his musical career. He attended and graduated from the Musician’s Institute (GIT).

Morris formed his own Production Company , “Mojamm Production, Inc.,” in 2005. He writes and produces original music for Albums, Artists, TV-Shows and Films. His musical composition can be heard on the compilation CD ‘G-Fire’, as well as many others.

Morris co-wrote the Theme Song for the movie ‘Hollywood Shuffle’ and was featured on-camera during his performance as actor & musician in the Tina Turner smash-hit movie "What’s Love Got To Do With It." He most recently co-wrote the song ‘Belo Horizonte’ on the "Now, Then and Forever" album by Earth, Wind & Fire.



Ron Powell is a percussioinst, accomplished musician, clinician, author and exciting performer. He has over 40 years experience touring and working with artists like Madonna, Santana, Kenny G. , Barry White, Diana Ross, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind & Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Erika Badu and many, many others. 

Ron is considered by many as one of the best in the business and has performed at the White House for three different presidents as well as at The Queens ball in England and a few functions for Princess Diana, the Sultan of Brunei, the King of Jordan and Nelson Mandela.


Justin Young began in music as a drummer and was introduced to a wide array of styles - from R&B and pop to jazz and gospel – by his father, Jim Young, who led and played in a variety of bands, encouraging his scion to play sax. Landing his first professional concert at age sixteen, Young put himself through Michigan State University by playing weekend gigs. He issued his debut album, “Rendezvous,” in 2003. After winning a competition at the famed Capital Jazz Fest in 2007, he released “On The Way.” A move to Southern California helped his following multiply quickly when he booked a year-long residency at Spaghettini, a hot spot for the contemporary jazz crowd south of Los Angeles. Gigs on the national festival circuit ensued as did subsequent recordings, “Home for the Holidays” and “Nothin’ But Love.” 

For over a decade, he’s put out quality soul-jazz albums, but his forthcoming disc, “Blue Soul,” captures an artist hitting his stride on the cusp of a major breakthrough. Mining his Detroit roots, Young’s fourth album, dueNovember 17 via JustnTime Records, features a dozen new songs recorded live in the studio with premier musicians, producers and songwriting collaborators. Paving the way for the collection is the new single, “High Definition,” a vibrant R&B/pop confection just shipped to radio stations, a tune that Young penned with fellow soul-jazz saxmanJackiem Joyner and keyboardist Matt Godina.   

Resourceful and brand savvy, Young produces and plies his effervescent personality as the host of “TheJustin Young Audio Experience,” a podcast that teaches musicians about the business of music. For more information, please visit


Anthony Raya grew up in Southern California and is now a Las Vegas based freelance drummer. He started playing drums at age 5, influenced heavily by his father’s love of Classic Rock bands like Queen, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and more. After high school Anthony attended the Percussion Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute and graduated in 2008. The following years would see Anthony gigging with various original and cover bands including Midnight Satellites, Woody and the Harrelsons, Cecilio & Kapono, and more. In 2012 Anthony auditioned for the pioneering ska-core band Voodoo Glow Skulls and toured with them for two years. In 2014, Anthony relocated to Las Vegas and began working steadily with dozens of bands and production shows, including All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King, Country Superstars Tribute, World’s Greatest Rock Show, Legends in Concert, the Jupiter Year, JV All Stars, Überschall and many more. Anthony plans on wrapping up 2017 gigging with at least 6 different bands, and on 3 different production shows. In 2018, aside from freelance work, Anthony is planning a national tour with new hard rock outfit Code Red Riot, who recently signed to Sony’s Century Media Label.


The professional services business is all about relationships which are (surprisingly enough) two-way streets. And sometimes clients (whether they be internal or external) need to respectfully and politely be shown the business end of the door. Join me for another “Motor Trend Car of the Year” Award-winning episode of May the Best Brand Win where we’ll explore the client/service provider relationship and how to end it if needed. We’ll also hit who’s winning and losing and give you some tips on how to be a great client — so don’t miss it!  

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