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Vinyl Podcast

From mid-December of 2004 until the early summer of 2005 (and sporadically for a month or two after), I produced the Vinyl Podcast, a show dedicated to out-of-print music. Each show consisted of a single song, recorded from vinyl in my personal collection, along with some brief background and commentary. I was fairly proud of it. Time constraints and the questionable legality of podcasting major-label music forced me to abandon the project, but I’ve retained a couple of episodes here.

Vinyl Podcast – The Whole Earth Rainbow Band
Vinyl Podcast – The New Earth Rhythm Band

For the time being, the Vinyl Podcast site lives on at, but the show links will cease to work as LibSyn clears their archive, and the layout is a little screwy thanks to a botched WordPress upgrade.


25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hob Weiss // Feb 21, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    Checking in Cody. Email me if possible.


  • 2 Tom Lyberg // Mar 19, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Miss the podcast. Still listen to my vinyl and many of my old euro imports never made it to CD.

    Sorry the goodness had to end. You did a good job with it.

  • 3 Opposite // Jul 16, 2006 at 2:52 am

    :( come back…

  • 4 Gardner // Sep 24, 2006 at 11:22 am


    Should have posted this comment here; feel free to delete the one on the IA post.

    I’m only now reading the obituary at the old site, but even though I’m late to the ceremony I want you to know that I’m still in mourning.

    You did a great job with everything in your show: the commentary was smart, pithy, and to the point; the music was wonderful; and the technical stuff (levels, etc.) was always just right. I did my bit to help immortalize you by giving you a shout-out in my article for EDUCAUSE Review called “There’s Something In The Air: Podcasting In Education,” complete with that great slogan, “Fair Use Of Forgotten Music.”

    Even if some lawyer would take up your cause pro bono, you’d still always be on the threshold of a world of hurt. I completely understand your reasons for quitting the show. But it was magic, my friend, while it lasted, and I’ll never forget it. I too have a nearly complete set. I too got into podcasting in part because of your example.

    You did a great thing, Cody. Best of luck with the master’s, and rock on.

  • 5 laurent // Nov 22, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    hello cody
    i’m laurent
    french guy
    you cannot imagine how your sound where important in my life


  • 6 Tim // Jan 31, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Unfortunately, I never got to listen to any of the podcasts but the idea you had seemed brilliant, always wanted to hear some original Colonel Bagshot tracks and the interest it gained just showed how good it must of been. Don’t dwell and many respects

  • 7 Nick // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I recall listening to some of your Podcasts a few years back when I was a Sophomore in college. I particularly recall the one with Walt Mink’s cover of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon.” Through that I discovered Nick Drake, and more recently bought a Walt Mink album, “Miss Happiness.” Great stuff! Thanks for helping me discover music I would have otherwise never heard about. Peace. -N

  • 8 KC Aceman // Mar 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    This is for KC Jee who left remarks aobut a band from Kansas City called the Mac Truque:

    KC Joe has several things wrong. First, the Peppermint Lounge in New York City closed in 1965 and some years later reopened as a Gay Bar; search Wikipedia for the complete facts about the Peppermint lounge. Second, the concert was not at Caesars in Las Vegas, it was at the International Hotel in Vegas in 1969 not 1968 and the lead singer spelled his name Dani Gregory not Danny. I know because I knew all of the members of that band. Here is something else mister know nothing KC Joe in Kansas City probably does not know. They started out as Dani and the Roulettes back in the early 60′s and played places like the Coke Bar in Ruskin Heights. When Gary decided to change the name is was because others in the band objected to Dani having the lead name for the band. To stop the arguing about it, Gary changed it to The Mac Truque Featuring Dani Gregory, anytime they were playing the Inferno Lounge on Troost Ave, which by the way was owned by the Mafia, specially Nick Cavalla , that is the way the marquee read.

    Also most of the original members of the band quit because they could not stand Garry Mac or rather Macomus which is his real last name. Two of them were Bill and Danny Organ and the first sax player Richard, they started their own band called American Sound LTD, and they were a lot better then the Mac Truque and also put out a record or two. They left the band before 1967 and were playing at the Inferno Lounge in the fall of 1969 and in the spring and summer of 1970 that is when Dani Gregory joined them. I was there several times and heard them. Danny and Bill Organ even bought their own club on 24 Hiway called Peoples in about 1975 and owned it for several years. Danny Organ was killed in an auto wreck a couple of years ago, maybe around 2005. Dani Gregory did not get an offer to go solo; he quit and joined the old band members that started American Sound LTD. Ray Baggby (bags) told me personally in the Merry-Go-round Lounge in KCK in the spring of 1970 that the Mac Truque were breaking up.

    The members of the band form 1967 to 1970 were, Gary Mac, Dani Gregory (Dani quit in early 1970), Tim Ballard (sax) Bud Haney (Bass), Ray Bagby (drums).

    I was even at a party in 1970 where Bags and Tim Ballard were smoking weed, I asked them about the ad that the Mac Truque had done for TV telling kids that they didn’t need drugs to play, Bags said, “Those kids don’t know what they are missing”. Both he and Ballard laughed, by the way mister KC Joe, Tim Ballard was the last sax player of the band before the broke up.

    I talked to Dani Gregory in 1972 about the album they put out as the Mac Truque, he was really mad about the way it turned out. He said the engineers were drunk and bumping into the microphones. That album sounded like crap compared to how great they sounds in person…too bad they could have done better.

    Also James Brown did not ask Dani to join after hearing him. He did make a statement at a concert he did in KC in 1969 saying the he called Dani Gregory James white because he said Dani could really sing and that all he (James Brown) did was scream.

    KC Joe, next time you shoot you mouth off; make sure you know what the hell you are talking about.

  • 9 Kathryn Ballard Shut // Apr 4, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Hey KC Aceman,

    You’ve got my curiosity stoked now! Write to me at and tell me who you are!!

    The mystery apparently deepens regarding the recording of the album itself. Both my father (Tim Ballard) and mother, Sharyn, say that it was actually recorded at the now-demolished Ambassador Hotel in the summer of 1968, in the famous Cocoanut Grove Lounge. What everyone does have correct is that the band was extensively touring between 1967 and 1970, and yes, by 1971, Capitol Records had written to tell Mac Truque that their contract would not be renewed. (Caesar’s was definitely one of the venues on that tour, so I do believe KCJoe when he says that he was there!)

    By ’71, regardless of feelings about Garry as stated, my understanding regarding the breakup also involved the fact that many of the members had other projects in mind (or like my father, Tim, a family) and so the band (sadly) broke up. The bright spot is that the Kansas State Music Hall of Fame found it fitting to induct Garry Mac and the Mac Truque, an accomplishment that all should be proud of.

    I was born in 1972 in Oklahoma, where my dad moved us to start a joint venture into a nightclub and to continue his music career on his own.

    Beyond this, everything that you say about the band of course is true. Tim started as a trumpet man with the band, but was quickly asked to also learn tenor saxophone, which he continues to play this day, as well as sing. Several of his tracks have been featured on Internet radio stations such as’s “Vocal Jazz” and Live365′s “Rhythm and Jazz”. He also starred as a headliner for Las Vegas’ Smooth Jazz 105.7 at a live concert at the Wayne Newton Theatre in 2003.

    Since the old Mac Truque days, Tim has gone on to record 2 solo albums and has been a hit in both Dallas and Las Vegas. I am a partner with him in an entertainment company called TIMKAT Entertainment, Inc, and you can check out our MySpace Music site at as we continue to do a campaign to re-release a great standards album that he recorded several years ago.

    Best wishes,
    Kathryn Ballard Shut (/shoot/)
    Denver, CO, USA

  • 10 Wayne Freeman // Apr 24, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Just a couple of comments about Garry Mac and the Mac Truque. The album was recorded at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. (It is correct that the album did not do the band justice. Their live performances were simply incredible!) Tim Ballard was not the last sax player to play for the group. Rich Gordan came in after Tim left. Also, Joe Wood joined the group on vocals and bass after Buddy Haney left. Buddy later returned to the group playing horns. Finally, the group did not break up due to a dislike of Garry Mac. The group broke up, because all bands eventually break up, and it was just time!

    I played B-3 Hammond for the group from 1969-1971. We did appear at the Internation Hotel in Vegas during that time, but never Caesars Palace.

  • 11 KC Aceman // May 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Wayne Freeman, don’t remember you, but then once Dani left Garry Mac and the Mac Truque, I didn’t keep up with the band except for the one time I heard Tim Ballard singing Three Dog Night’s version of, Try A Little Tenderness, at the Inferno Lounge. It would also be hard for you to have played with them from 69 to 71 since they broke up in 1970, at least that is when Bags told me they were breaking up, in the spring of 1970 at the Merry-Go Round Lounge in Kansas, when I ran into him one night about 2 am. Further more the reason everyone of the origional members did leave the band is because they didn’t get along with Garry or didn’t like they way he ran the band. Which does not say much since he is still going strong and well with Atlantic Express and his other bands, also which by the way sound a lot like the old Mac Truque.

  • 12 KC Aceman // May 4, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    One other thing about the album the Mac Truque recorded. The one song that was done fairly well was Lickin Stick. I think it was the best cut on that album. I have played that cut for several friends and they all though it was James Brown….and The Famous Flames!

  • 13 Wayne Freeman // May 5, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I agree with you about “Lickin Stick.” For a live cut, it’s hard to believe that there was only 4 musicians playing all of that! As for the breakup, I know they were still going strong in 1972. I quit in the the fall of 1971, and Garry called me from San Diego in 1972 to consider coming back with them. When I joined the group in 1969, the original group was still intact. Danny was the first to leave, then Tim, and then Buddy. Danny wasn’t replaced, but Tim was replaced by Rich Gordon, and Buddy was replaced by Joe Wood.

  • 14 KC Aceman // May 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    One other thing about ,The Mac Truque/Dani & The Roulettes. In 1964 they played back up for the Newbeats when they perormed at the Plaza Theater. I went there and it was a great show. Dani & The Roulettes played the music for the Newbeats, songs like Bread & Butter and others that were hits for the Newbeats and they sounded just like the band on the record. The Rouletts also played a single that was supposed to come out but it never did. Dani Gregory told me they got screwed out of that one, which is too bad it was a really great sounding tune, but I don’t remember the name of it. What a great band they were!

  • 15 Todd Michael // Jul 29, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Hey Guys,
    Any of ya’ll ever hang at the Peppermint Lounge and come across a couple of guys from the NAVY that were trying to cut some tunes? One was Bill Lycoff, and the other played Sax, a guy by the name of Cary Hanna. He was my dad. I’m trying to track down some info or anything else that might be helpful. Thanks much, if you can help, i’m at
    Todd M

  • 16 gavin mac // Aug 21, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    if any of you want to know the real facts, not “i followed the band here and there” recollections,
    ask garry mac.
    he remembers every guy that played what, when and where…
    other than that, i’d say tim and wayne should know more than most of you.

  • 17 Hunter Fant // Apr 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Joe Wood was my grandpa!
    I didn’t so many knew about Garry Mac!

  • 18 Wayne Freeman // Jun 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Well, Hunter…..your grandpa was a dear friend of mine, and we played many, many sets together. He was an outstanding talent who left us much too early!

  • 19 debi // Jul 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I am trying to find out what exactly happened to Bags. I almost married him once, and read on another blog that he passed away. Would appreciate any info.

  • 20 debi // Jul 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I am trying to find out what exactly happened to Bags. I almost married him once, and read on another blog that he passed away. Would appreciate any info.

  • 21 Wayne Freeman // Oct 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Debi..You can find a video clip of Bags on the drums during the 2008 Kansas Music Hall of Fame induction at At last contact, he was doing fine.

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