Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rich Hill Deserves to Pitch Opening Day. The Dodgers Owe Him

Aloha, everybody, 

With Clayton Kershaw out, the Dodgers have announced Hyun-Jin Ryu is the front-runner to pitch on Opening Day. They couldn't be more wrong. 

Dick Mountain deserves that ball - the Dodgers owe it to him. 


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Beer Review: Aventura Mexican Lager from Hangar 24

Aloha, everybody, 

Hangar 24 Brewery has created a Mexican Lager that comes pre-loaded with sea salt and fresh lime juice. Let's check how successful they were. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Art: Giclee Prints From Paintings Part 1

Aloha, everybody, 

I had some Giclee Prints made from an oil painting and a multi-media work on paper. The prints are made with archival inks on archival surfaces. This makes it possible to offer my work in different formats, for less than the cost of an original painting. Check it out. 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Yasiel Puig Badmouths Dodgers - Puig Fans Taking Sides

Aloha, everybody, 

Yasiel Puig is saying some harsh things about the Dodgers. Puig fans are caught in the middle and taking sides. 


Friday, March 15, 2019

Vinyl Lovers: Three Top Things to Look Out For Collecting Vinyl

Aloha, everybody, 

These are my top three tips to help you select the best albums for your vinyl collection. 

As always, thanks for watching. Aloha!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Beer Review: Strange Visitor Double IPA from Unsung Brewing Company

Aloha, everybody, 

A strange visitor dropped by to help me review Strange Visitor, a double IPA from Unsung Brewing Company, outta Tustin, CA. 

A strange review was the result - Aloha! 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Lost 80s Vinyl: CODE BLUE Must Have Vinyl for a New Wave Collector

Aloha, everybody, 

Is this Code Blue LP in your 80s New Wave collection? 
This trio's music stands the test of time and is a must for 80s vinyl collectors. 


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Beer Review: SHAKE Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer Co.

Aloha, everybody, 

Here's my beer review of SHAKE, a chocolate porter from Boulder Beer Company, outta Colorado. 

As always, thanks for watching. Aloha! 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Dodgers Spring Training News: Kershaw and Pitching Rotation Update

Aloha, everybody, 

Here's the latest on Clayton Kershaw possibly headed to the disabled list, who the Dodgers are considering to take his place if that happens, and updates on the rest of the Dodgers' starting rotation.  

Bonus: Kenley Jansen news in my video report for LA Dodger Report. 


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Vinyl Collecting: Dave Alvin (The Blasters) Solo Album

Aloha, everybody,

As a fan of The Blasters and Los Lobos I added Blasters founder, Dave Alvin's solo album to my vinyl collection. It features the added bonus of David Hidalgo from Los Lobos adding guitar and vocals.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Beer Review: Pepper & Peaches from Claremont Craft Ales

Aloha, everybody, 

Time for a beer review. This time it's a citra-hopped, West Coast style IPA made with peppercorns and peaches. From Claremont Craft Ales, Claremont, CA. That sounds worth reviewing. Here's how it did. 


Monday, March 4, 2019

Used Vinyl Review: George Thorogood "Maverick"

Aloha, everybody,

"Maverick", George Thorogood's sixth album was released at the height of his radio dominance. Does it still hold up as a good Rock & roll album? 


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ripping A 2019 Heritage Blaster

Aloha, everybody, 

Let's rip open a  blaster of 2019 Heritage. Was it a lucky box? 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dodgers Offered Bryce Harper $45 mil - Their Minor Leaguers? Scraps

Aloha, everybody,

The Dodgers' $45 million offer to Bryce Harper has shown how much they will print money to land one player. Lots of fans were happy to hear the Dodgers were willing to do that. 

That generous offer got me to thinking about something else. It also highlighted their (and all MLBs) resistance to pay a living wage to minor league ballplayers. 

Beer Review: Cherry Sournova from Almanac Beer Co.

Aloha, everybody, 

Let's review a beer today. Coming outta Alameda, Ca., from Almanac Beer Co., is Cherry Sournova.

It's a sour ale aged in oak barrels with cherries and vanilla. ABV 5.8% 

As always, thanks for watching, and Aloha! 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Art: Small Cactus Painting Oil on Board

Aloha, everybody, 

Time for me to drop a new painting. This one is a small, simple painting inspired by my front yard cactus and her flowers. Enjoy. 


Monday, February 25, 2019

Used Vinyl Review: The Brat (East L.A. Punk Rock)

Aloha, everybody, 

Today's video is a used vinyl review. 

Back in the first wave of Los Angeles Punk Rock, there were two scenes: Hollywood and East L.A.  The Brat hailed from the east side, and their music still rocks on. 

Check out their album and their connection to the biggest punk band to come out of Los Angeles. 


Saturday, February 23, 2019

My Art: Small Abstract Painting on Board

Aloha, everybody, 

Here's the third in my three-part series of small abstract paintings. 

This one is untitled (for now), it's 12 x 16 inches, oil paint on board. 

(Yes, PennySleeves, you've seen this one) 

Thanks for watching. Aloha! 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Uh-Oh - Clayton Kershaw Put "On Hold" - Not Pitching

Aloha, everybody, 

In breaking news out of the Dodgers' Spring Training camp, Clayton Kershaw's pitching routine has been stopped "for a couple of days". 

Kershaw reported feeling discomfort after a bullpen session on Wednesday. Should Dodger fans worry? 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Used Vinyl Review: Pearl Harbor and the Explosions

Aloha, everybody, 

Another hit on my quest to replace my old Punk/New Wave vinyl. 

Pearl Harbor and the Explosions came from the New Wave scene outta San Francisco. Does their music hold up over the years? 


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Picasso Calling: Me and the Greatest Album Cover Ever

Aloha, everybody, 

The Clash's London Calling album cover is the greatest in rock and roll history. 

This is the story of my humble connection to that immortal photo of Paul Simonon crashing his guitar onto the stage of the NY Palladium's stage. 


Monday, February 18, 2019

Dodgers Spring Training News: Andrew Toles Not Reporting to Camp

Aloha, everybody, 

In breaking news out of the Dodgers' Spring Training camp, hard-luck, fan favorite, Andrew Toles, has not reported to camp, and there is no timetable on when he will. 

The unfortunate part of this story is Toles has a long history of these kinds of situations. More in my video below.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Used Vinyl Review: Downy Mildew

Aloha, everybody, 

Let's take a look at one of my favorite alt-rock bands to come out of the late 80s - early 90s. 

The first wave of Punk rock and New Wave were fading. New bands were popping up across the country and college radio was exposing me to their new sounds weekly. 

Downy Mildew hit the spot with male/female vocalists, moody, atmospheric tunes and tight musicianship. They come highly recommended. 

As always, thanks for watching, and Aloha! 

Friday, February 15, 2019

My Art - Small Paintings Series: Fire in the Temple

Aloha, everybody, 

Here's the second in my three-part series of small paintings. 

Fire in the Temple, Oil on Board, 11 x 14 inches 

Thanks for watching. Aloha! 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chris Woodward Says TX Rangers' Chemistry Better than LA Dodgers'

Aloha, everybody, 

The Dodgers have barely cracked the seal on Spring Training, and they already have their first controversy of the 2019 season - courtesy of ex-Dodger coach/new Texas Rangers manager, Chris Woodward. 

He says the Rangers have better team chemistry than the Dodgers. Is he right? Here's my take.


Used Vinyl Review: WAR - Deliver The Word

Aloha, everybody, 

Next up in my used vinyl reviews is an oldie but a goodie from 1973. Deliver The Word from WAR. 

This album brought us a couple of big hits, a real clunker, and a hidden gem. Enjoy.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My Art: Small Painting - Parkland (17 Shots to the Heart)

Aloha, everybody, 

This video is the first in a series of three showing some recent small paintings. 

Leading off is: Parkland (17 Shots to the Heart) 


Beer Review: Fremont Brewing -Dark Star

Aloha, everybody, 

From Fremont Brewing outta Seattle, WA. Let's check out Dark star, an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. ABV 8% 

Thanks for watching! Aloha! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Album Review: Reggae Greats - Linton Kwesi Johnson

Aloha, everybody, 

New on Netchuc Arts: If you like old school, roots rasta, dreadlock riddum beats set to politically aware poetry - Linton Kwesi Johnson is the artist for you. 

"Vibrating violence is how we move. Rockin' wit green riddum" - Street 66

If you've never heard of LKJ, check out my video below. 


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cardboard Goodies From A Legendary Collector - Part 2

Aloha, everybody, 

Welcome to the second part of the package of awesomeness that good ol' Wes sent to me. 

Did you watch the Part 1 video ? Lemme tell ya, you aint seen nothin' yet. Mi hermano absolutely blows the doors off with the goods contained in Part 2. Wes' Kung Fu is very, very strong. 

Enjoy, Aloha! 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Cardboard Goodies Arrive From a Collecting Legend

Aloha, everybody, 

There's only one man I know who retires from the game, but still continues to lay it down twice as hard as many of us shmucks who claim to be relevant in the collecting game. 

Of course I'm talking about none other than mi hermano from Hazel Green. Of course you know him too, as many of you received packages from good ol' Wes recently. 

I've seen your blog posts showing off the cardboard goodies that he rained upon you. Autographs, memorabilia cards, limited editions - Wes brought all of it. 

Lemme tell ya, he hit me with a package that There was so much cardboard goodness in there, I had to make two videos to showcase it all. 

So indulge me, collecting brethren and sistren (?), as I submit for your approval, Part 1 of the Alabama Surprise. THANKS, hermano! 


Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Surprise Zapping of Tigers from Japan

Aloha, everybody, 

I received a surprise package from Japan, and it turns out it was a Zapping from our old friend, ZZ. 

Inside was all kinda goodness, foreign and domestic (no matter which side of the Pacific you're standing on), and a bonus mini-CD. 

Let's have a look. Aloha! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Beer Review: Calabaza Cowboy From LA Ale Works

Aloha, everybody, 

Here's a beer review to lead off this week's videos on NetChucArts. 

This is a pumpkin-spiced lager from Los Angeles Ale Works. Enjoy the video, which leads into this week's videos of surprise packages from mi hermano, Wes, and the legendary Zippy Zappy. 


Friday, February 1, 2019

How Duke Snider's Presidential Pardon Came Into My Life

Aloha, everybody, 

Duke Snider is gone, but he'll never be forgotten. 

This is the story of how an article I wrote for LA Dodger Report brought me into contact (in a small way) with the Duke of Flatbush. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

TTM Autographs: Closing the Set (& Others in my Player Collections)

Aloha, everybody, 

In my 30 Teams, 30 Players posts, I featured some of the player autographs I received from my long-ago quest for TTM autos. 

Let's take a look at the remaining players in my collection. It's a chance to see a few of the  other guys in my PCs (who aren't Dodgers). 


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Beer Review: Coconut Amber Ale from Four Sons Brewing, HB, CA

Aloha, everybody, 

Amber Ale sounds good. Adding coconut should make it better. 

Four Sons Brewing, outta Huntington Beach, CA tried it. Was it successful?Find out in my review! 


Monday, January 28, 2019

My Greatest Card Shop Find

Aloha, everybody, 

Remember when mom and pop card shops were in every neighborhood? Boy, them were the days. 

We lived high on the card collecting hog and didn't recognize how good we had it. 

Once whilst driving through an unfamiliar neighborhood, I spotted a card shop. I popped in, and made my greatest card shop discovery ever. 

Enjoy. Aloha! 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

NetChucArts New Art Video - Monoprints & Mixed Media

Aloha, everybody, 

Here's the third installment of the monoprints and mixed media series. 

Eventually, I'll be launching an art website for viewing these (and more works). You'll be able to see more still photos and close ups. 

Just as all of my baseball cards are available for trade, all of my artwork is available for sale. Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy these pieces. 


Friday, January 25, 2019

Is the Dodgers' A.J. Pollock Move a Good Thing?

Aloha, everybody, 

Here it is - the Dodgers' big off-season move: grabbing A.J. Pollock. Was dropping Yasiel Puig for Pollock worth it? That's not really the right question.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Vinyl Review: Solo LPs from Mick Taylor and Dave Edmunds

Aloha, everybody, 

Let's take a jump back and review some vintage albums from new wave/rock guitarist, Dave Edmunds and ex-Rolling Stones axeman, Mick Taylor. 

Taylor's guitar play opposite Keith Richards produced some of my all-time favorite Stones albums. I love the spacey blues with a Santana vibe that he brought.
Here's a look at the solo album he released three years after leaving the band. 

Do you remember "Crawling from the Wreckage (and into a brand new caaarrrrr."? There's a lot more than that to enjoy in Dave Edmunds' solo effort. 


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Blog Bat - A- Round: 30 Teams, 30 Players (National League)

Aloha, everybody, 

Yesterday's post featured my American League picks for the 30 Teams, 30 Players Blog Bat - A- Round. 

Submitted for your approval, here are my National League picks. Let's check 'em out. 


Monday, January 21, 2019

Blog Bat - A- Round: 30 Teams, 30 Players

Aloha, everybody, 

I love this Blog Bat -Around idea: 30 Teams, 30 Players. 

I read the original idea was to feature the first player who comes to mind for each team, but Fair Warning! 
I'm going to take that idea and riff offa that in my own way. 

Enjoy and Aloha! 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Super Bowl Rams Beer Review: Dr. Lupulin Triple IPA

Aloha, everybody, 

The Rams did it! Los Angeles return to the Super Bowl! 

Let's celebrate (or grieve, or meh!) with this quickie beer review of Dr. Lupulin Triple IPA from Revision Brewing outta Sparks, Nevada. Enjoy. 

Go Rams and Aloha! 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vinyl Review: The Kinks and Phantom, Rocker & Slick

Aloha, everybody, 

As my buddy PennySleeves likes to say, "Another day, another video". 

This time it's about the vinyl. Let's revisit "Low Budget" from a band everybody knows - and then shift gears to a band I'm guessing few know. 

What do you get when you join two ex-Stray Cats with a David Bowie guitarist? I invite you to check out my newest video and find out! 



Friday, January 18, 2019

Beer Review: Windsor Porter Batch 1 from Russian River Brewing Co.

Aloha, everybody, 

It's been a while, so I dropped a new beer review. This time it's a limited release - Windsor Porter Batch 1 from Russian River Brewing. 

Is it as good as one would expect? Here's my review. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vinyl Review: The Blasters and Gregg Allman Live Double LP

Aloha, everyone, 

Let's check out a couple of albums I picked out of the used vinyl bin. 

The first is from a most popular roots-rockabilly band with roots in the 80's that is still rockin' the dance halls today. 

The second is Gregg Allman's live double LP, recorded in Carnegie Hall, with backing from a 24-piece orchestra. A cool find, indeed. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Art: Monoprints and Mixed Media Works on Paper (Part 2)

Aloha, everybody, 

Thanks for the great response to my first video in which I showcased my artwork. 

I return here with a few more prints and mixed media pieces on handmade paper. Please enjoy Part 2 of the series. 


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Robert Edward Baseball Memorabilia Auction Catalog: A Beautiful Resource

Aloha, everybody, 

Elite collector, Mark H, tipped me off to this beautiful baseball memorabilia resource: The Robert Edward Auction catalog. 

This is a high gloss, educational, coffee table-worthy resource book featuring countless baseball cards and assorted memorabilia. Great visuals and reading material for any collector. 

Check it out...Aloha! 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fifty Year-Old Dodgers in my Mailbox? Yes, Please

Aloha, everybody, 

Elite collector, Mark H. sent surprise packages around the hobby recently, and I was lucky enough to be included in that group. 

Check out my video below as I show off the absolutely beautiful Dodgers that came from Topps wax packs four and five decades ago. THANKS, Mark!

P.S. Please remember to "Like" and Subscribe to my YouTube channel, NetChucArts, for more collecting, art, beer, vinyl, and assorted topic videos. 


Monday, January 7, 2019

It's Been Too Long Since This Arrived From Too Many Verlanders

Aloha, everybody, 

Happy 2019! I've got a few bits of news to drop on you all, and the first order of business is this new YouTube video showing off the holiday cardboard goodies that I received from my long-time trading partner, Dennis, over at Too Many Verlanders. Hope you'll check it out. 

I also hope that you'll continue to check out the content on my NEW YouTube channel - NetChucArts. This ATBATT video is its inaugural upload. 

I created the new channel because I'll be expanding the vaiety and amount of YouTube content I'll be creating in 2019. I'll still be creating Dodgers news and opinion videos, but those will remain on the LA Dodger Report channel. 

I'll be filling NetChucArts, my new YouTube channel, with content about our card collecting hobby, as well as beer reviews, my quest to rebuild my vinyl records collection, and whatever else should strike me as video-worthy. 

In addition, I'll also be showcasing my art work on the new channel. A couple of you know that I'm an artist, so I look forward to you joining me on YouTube as I share my creations. Perhaps we'll shift those shares into the next level as you bring some of my original art into your own homes. 

That's all to come as 2019 unfolds. Please enjoy my first upload and take a few seconds to Like and Subscribe to my new channel.