Mokai 
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I'm a local Americana fingerpicking singer/songwriter. Keep an eye out for local gigs!

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Playing a show with Jim Page at the Subterranean Arthouse, March 8 in Berkekley

Updated on February 29, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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Re: “Joe Rut Versus the World

Glad to see this well-deserved article on Joe Rut. Thanks for the great job you do covering local musicians. The Plastic Jesus story is a great hook, but I don't think the article fully conveys how good this guy is.

I first heard him as lead guitarist for Loretta Lynch, one of my favorite local bands. I was really impressed with his guitar work. Then I caught him at an intimate cafe gig. Man, really good original songs, solid vocals, charming stage presence, the whole package of what I want in a singer/songwriter. For all I know he has six pack abs, but I won't hold that against him. And yes, he's got some really funny songs, but he also has some beautiful deep ones.

Looking forward to the GAMH show.

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Posted by Mokai on 07/11/2012 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Jim Page

Last minute update: Mokai will be joined for this show by master string instrumentalist James Nash of The Waybacks! Mokai's songs sound extra juicy with James' mandolin and guitar accompaniment.

Thanks to all the DJs who've announced the show and played Jim and Mokai's tracks, including Kevin Vance, Bonnie Simmons, Betty Beasley, Larry Kelp,

Special thanks to Tim Lynch for having Jim live in the studio on KPFA on Dead to the World on 3/7. http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/78513

Also be on the lookout for Jim and Mokai on KPFA -Tonight! Thursday evening, 3/8 around 5:30, live on Flashpoints.

Posted by Mokai on 03/08/2012 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Fire Dan Richards, the Cougar-Killer

Lion hunting is cruel and that's why it was banned. That other forms of hunting that are less than sportsman-like or impact endangered species have not been banned just shows how weakened the environmental movement has been since the 70s. The vindictive attitude towards environmentalists shown by many on Fish and Game is more evidence how little voice those who really care about the future of habitat protection and wildlife preservation really have today.

Richards should be fired just for his statements since this blew up, like calling his detractors 'terrorists' and showing he doesn't respect the will of the people of California. Salmon populations in all of Northern California's important rivers are in danger of extinction and many endemic salmon runs are already gone. and he's off in Idaho hunting lions. Or wait no, pheasants. Or killing Lions as a 'favor' or wait no, I didn't mean to say I accepted a $7000 gift. Any way it's no one's business.

What the hell? Lions are a 'problem' because developers have continued to build farther and farther in to areas that encroach on habitat. Often in places that actually have no water. Richards is tone-deaf and so are all the lawmakers who allow this kind of unsustainable development to continue. They need to learn the simple lesson of carrying capacity, or this state will be a wasteland in a generation. So called orwellian Habitat Conservation Plans and lax regulation of Timber Harvests Plans are destroying our rivers and habitat and along with it an irreplaceable natural heritage. The Fish and Game commission is a joke.

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Posted by Mokai on 03/08/2012 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Pay to Play

It gets even stranger, because BMI, ASCAP, etc. are only collecting money for the public performance of the recording, so the money should go to the artist who recorded the song. But if it's a cover, in that situation the original writer of the song doesn't get their songwriter's royalties. As josiebee points out, how do they know what was played? They do a sampling of all the public venues, and then have some arcane calculation of who is getting played enough for them to cut a check. Meaning, most of the money goes to Justin Beiber and Michael Jackson's estate. If a cafe features local artists or less well-known bands, they don't necessarily get the money, as they have to build up to a dollar amount before they get sent a check.

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Posted by Mokai on 02/29/2012 at 3:37 PM

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