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Top 3 editors pick in December 2010 Guitar Player Magazine (WD-41+2 Temi Per Cinema)

#1 spot for the Most Recommended Reviews last 30 days (Dec. 14 to Jan. 14) @ All About Jazz
#3 spot for the Most Read Reviews last 30 days (Dec.14 to Jan. 14) @ All about Jazz
#24 spot in the Top 50 Most Recommended Reviews for the year 2009 @ All About Jazz
#44 in the Top 100 Most Recommended Reviews of “All Time” Peak hit @ All About Jazz

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Upcoming WD-41 Release and So Much More!

February 4, 2015
A lot of things in the works, upcoming WD-41 release with special guests TBA, more local gigs in Austin this year including A.R.T. series at the Badlands and the anual Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard. Heading to Dallas on April 28 for a show at Ash Studio, off to Italy in June for the Y2K15 mini Festival in Florence and some jams in Rome and other parts of Italy. Keep checking here or on facebook for more info.

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Over 20 Musicians Tuning up for an Austin Super Jam!

October 14, 2013
We just completed the Jazz OUTside series 2nd year here in Austin Texas with a run of 9 shows. Coming up is the first extened super jam of non-stop impr0visation in Austin with over 20 musicans rotating in and out of jazz and beyond jazz super jams at Kenny Dorham's in East Austin on Sunday November 3 from 2:pm until 10:pm and beyond. Get more info here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1423380104543404/?ref=22

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Adventurous Music in Austin

May 8, 2013

-at the Sahara Lounge in East Austin with Dave Laczko and Ricardo Acevedo as WD-41 this Monday the 13th. Brazilian Space Program is also on that bill. Also, we will be starting the Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard on East 11th on Thursday the 23rd and will run every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Come on out and support adventurous music.

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The First American Super Session and the Formation of Sketch

May 21, 2007

Well, the first American SuperSession is complete, held May 12 and 13 at Modified Arts in Phoenix. See www.supersessions.org for more info on that one. We had a great time and it was quite a hit leading to plans in the works for another one in Phoenix in October. We had a blast!!! I should hold my tongue as to how I feel about Phoenix audiences until I compile a complete blog on the subject.

Got an old Volvo as mentioned below. A 1966 PV544 Sport for those who keep up on these things.

Besides keeping my hands greasy I have also been playing a lot and forming a new band "Sketch" with Chris Michlaek and Skinny Bishop. We have plans to record very soon with drummer Pat Mastelotto. More as it all becomes.........

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HEY! It Was Chris Boulet!

Sept. 24. 2005

As we gear up the the next 45 hour jam in Italy we have been getting a lot of press. In our press releases we have mentioned many names that get edited, names of promoters, backers. musicians, etc.One of these is Chris Boulet whom without there would be no 45 or 33 and 1/3 or 14 or lots of other events in the Veneto region of Italy. His crazy idea to have a 14 hour long jam is what got myself, Schroeder and Tony Levin to want to do 33 1/3 although Tony did not make it until the first 45. Editors tend to be the sorts that search a name, in this case often the All Music Guide and make a judgement call from there. Since Chris Boulet has only had indie releases with limited distribution it is not likely his name would come up on so many lists, much of the greatest talent does not, as these lists tend to be major label promoted. But, that being said most music critics and editors names never come up either on similar lists, unless they write for the NY Times, DownBeat or Rolling Stone. Catch my drift here? It is thier job to cut things to fit in a paper or magazine and they do what they feel is best to make it a good read but not always leading to a better read. So, let me take this moment to tell you all that without the many varied talents of Chris Boulet these events would not have happened or be happening. Thank you Chris.

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Austin Again, With No Regrets

February 3, 2008
Yes, it's been quite some time since I last posted any news so I will try to give a brief synopsis here as opposed to a long story. Gave up on Phoenix, not much going on there as thought, moved back to Austin just the other day and so far very happy about it. Prices here for apartments have gone up a bit but not nearly as much as most cities have gone up in the last 5 years. Have you looked for an apartment in Los Angeles or San Diego lately? There of course are still a high number of cats in Austin hoping to bring back the '70s. Learn to move forward people and you will be happier.

Going to just hang out for a few days and see what musicians in town are up to and start some good times.

Best,

Willie

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Preparing to Record The Shrunken Head Shop in Germany

October 1, 2014
It's been some time since I last posted any news so let me see if I can catch you up, even if not in chronilogical order.

We are winding up this years Jazz OUTside series at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin TX. The shows are every 4th Thursday of the month. Dave and I will miss the October show since we will be in Italy and Germany visiting and recording the next Shrunken Head Shop album, look for a release date early next year. Hoping to bring in a cool keyboard player but I will not anounce the name until confirmed. Either way it's going to be a great recording.

We just finished a cool house gig here in Austin with Brazilian Space Program. Thanks again to Scott Painter for hosting. Hopefully another one later in the year.

Diverse Arts Culture works is planning on breaking thier record for non-stop improv jam sessions by hosting a 13 hour session in November. WD-41 will be part of that. I will post the date when it is confirmed.

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Art OUTside JAZZ OUTside Event, Let's take it to Italy!

July 2015

Wow, it's been quite a month so far, not the least of which was the amazing Art OUTside event as part of the Jazz OUTside series on July 23, 2015 at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin Texas with live painting to improvised music and spoken word by artists Miko Zen and KD Neeley.

We are looking to take this event to other cities around the world so please contact me in interested.

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