A big sound from a small town. Juneau Disc Golf Club holds events in May. National Record Store Day celebrated in Juneau. Presentation of Earth Day at the Marie Drake Planetarium.


Gustavus may be a small community, but it’s where Sean Patrick followed his passions to produce Sonus, a hard rock album that packs a punch.

On this Juneau Friday afternoon, the story behind the album. How Patrick produced it at Gustavus, at “Rusty Recordings” studios, where Justin Smith engineered and mixed his tracks – using as much analog gear as possible to produce authentic rock and roll sound.

Sean Patrick recording a guitar track at Rusty Recordings in Gustavus (Photo courtesy of Justin Smith).

Also on the program:

  • How the Sport of Disc Golf Takes Root in Southeast Alaska.
  • Why National Record Store Day in Juneau is about more than selling records, it’s about building community.
  • And how the Marie Drake Planetarium plans to observe Earth Day.
Andy Kline hosts Juneau afternoons on Fridays.

Andy Kline hosts this Friday’s Juneau Afternoon, airing Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3. The show repeats at 7:00 p.m. You can also listen online at ktoo.org.

For more information on Juneau Afternoon or to schedule the show time, email [email protected]

Guests: Sean Patrick, singer-songwriter and guitarist. Justin Smith, sound engineer, Rusty Recordings.
Justin Smith’s studio, Rusty Recordings, is located in Gustavus. When recording Sonus, he used as much analog gear as possible to give the album its retro rock and roll sound, achieved with old tube amps and no synthesized music (photo courtesy by Justin Smith).

Sean Patrick was unable to devote himself to his music full time. He runs a construction company in Gustavus, a remote community in Southeast Alaska that is home to less than 700 people. And there are no outlets at Gustavus to perform, unlike musicians in larger communities, except for a weekly Friday night jam with friends. But when it came to recording his new album, Sonus, Patrick and his album producer, Justin Smith, didn’t let live Gustavus limit them. Together they produced nine original songs. Musicians from Juneau to Spain and France were recruited to record some of the tracks. And Smith’s passion for analog recording gear kept it real, and the result was music that Patrick calls “big, small-town sound.”

Guests: Shannon Crossley, Juneau Disc Golf Club. Zoe AnDyke and Dustin Keegan, Uplay Disc Golf.

If the Juneau Disc Golf Club is successful, you will see the sport in every Southeast Alaskan community within the next five years. That’s the goal, at least. But for now, the club is hosting a week of events to promote disc golf in Juneau, including a free community workshop.

Guests: Keith Crocker and Luke Metcalfe, owners of Downtown Disc, interview with KXLL’s musical director, Chandre Boom.
The Downtown Disc Store sells new and used discs (Photo courtesy of Downtown Discs).

National Record Store Day was created in 2007 to keep independent record store culture alive – a time when vinyl enthusiasts, artists and store owners come together and share their love of music.

Juneau will be part of this celebration. KXLL’s Chandre Boom sat down with Downtown Disc owners to learn more about how record stores build community.

Guests: Steve Kocsis, Marie Drake Planetarium.
The Marie Drake Planetarium celebrates Earth Day on Sunday evening with a presentation titled “Earth: Our Blue Planet.” at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The presentation is free.

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