Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers

This is me.  My name is Arthur Hatton.

I’m posing with my newest toy – I’ve worked at a guitar shop since 2006 but have only now been able to take home a beautiful, prized possession:  a Martin SWDGT with a Fishman pickup that I installed.  I’m standing next to a painting that I did recently that was inspired by a song by John Wesley (the one who plays for Porcupine Tree) that I have decided to put on the cover of the album I’m currently recording.

I am scheduling this post to go up on June 28th, 2011, which is exactly three years and a day after the very first post of Linescratchers went up.  I have told a little bit of my story to my contributors, and one of them mentioned that it might be interesting and useful to tell the story so far to our readership.  Some of you have only recently discovered Linescratchers.  Just a few of you – and you know who you are – have been with me since the very beginning.  Our contributor Charles has eloquently explained why keeping records is important, so in that spirit, I’d like to tell you the story of Linescratchers from the beginning, complete with the controversial and the embarrassing details that make these things bearable to read.  Hopefully it will give you an idea of what Linescratchers is for, why I started it, and where I want it to go in the future.  Please forgive the long exposition on myself, but it should give you some context. Continue reading “Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers”

Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers

Podcast – October 8th, 2009

HALLOWEEN EPISODE! Special episode featuring an interview with Kristen Lawrence (and her music).

Mostly Ghostly – Kristen Lawrence
Your Siren Song – Jeff Zentner
Twilight – Keith Driskill
Cats in the Catacombs – Kristen Lawrence
Souling Song (All Hallows version) – Kristen Lawrence
Souling Song (Samhain version) – Kristen Lawrence
Vampire Empire – Kristen Lawrence

For more information about Kristen Lawrence and her music, please visit:
http://halloweencarols.com AND/OR
http://kristenlawrence.com AND/OR
http://halloweenorgan.com

Podcast – October 8th, 2009

Checkpoint Charley

cc01Listeners of our podcast (especially my Dad) have raved about an epic band from Southern California, and their song Bellyfish.  The band is Checkpoint Charley, and there’s plenty more where that came from.  Kevin Packard is the guitarist and singer from Checkpoint Charley, and he’s agreed to answer some questions for us about his faith and the new Checkpoint Charley album slated for next year. He talks frankly about the state of the world today and the state of LDS music.  You’ll find their songs are indeed epic, and as noted in the interview and our podcast, they draw from such diverse and bombastic influences as Weezer, Jellyfish, the Beach Boys, and Queen.  Sounds too good to be true?  Check them out. Featuring Ian Fowles and Kristin Lawrence.

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Checkpoint Charley

Kristen Lawrence

ORGAN/HALLOWEEN

Kristen Lawrence is a very interesting Linescratchers interviewee. Not only is she an accomplished organist and composer, her spooky, complex yet accessible music is centered around Halloween. With October fast approaching, Kristen’s interview kicks off the music of the season perfectly. The air seems crisper after reading it. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and Southern California, and lists what is, for this interviewer, a wonderfully diverse web of influences. Kristen talks about growing up in a musical family, her ideas about the pathos of music itself, the Halloween season, and Danny Elfman. For a sampling of her music, check out www.kristenlawrence.com and look up “Ghost of John,” a swirling musical journey fit for headphones or a reverberating cathedral.

To find Kristen Lawrence on iTunes, click here.

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Kristen Lawrence