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The Borfski Press

Independent Magazine and Publisher

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Shawn Hatfield

First and foremost, I love music and writing. Since I composed my first pieces of music and poetry I've been obsessed with creative output. Music and writing are a constant puzzle I want to solve, whether it is a blog piece, recording session artists, short stories, or full length albums. I am the owner and head engineer of Groove: Music Studios. Currently, we offer professional audio mixing and mastering services. I am also the Senior Editor/Staff Writer at The Borfski Press, an independent publishing company that I co-own with my wife, Dagney. I am currently working full time in music retail at a small business and part time as a professional musician and writer. I love working in a local shop, building customer relationship management skills, and having the opportunity to sell things I love. My expertise include audio production, live sound, music retail, writing/blogging, and publishing. I especially enjoy writing and learning about music gear, specifically vintage pedals. There's something very special and exciting about stomping a pedal's switch or flipping an amp on for the first time.

The Borfski Blog: Thomas Osatchoff

Thomas Osatchoff, together with family, is building a self-sustaining home near a waterfall. Recent poems have appeared in Abstract: Contemporary Expressions, Cold Mountain Review, CutBank Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Thomas is currently putting together poems for a collection that draws... Continue Reading →

The Borfski Blog: Secret Tween

Juan Ysaguirre is an artist that makes music under the pseudonym 'Secret Tween.' He uses only a phone to record his music and has several releases available for streaming. During this pandemic, a close family friend of Ysaguirre's, Louis Manuel... Continue Reading →

Happy New Gear Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Quick intro and plan for the year. Going to do a lot more videos on pedals, guitars, amps, especially vintage Big Muffs and Stomp Under Foot pedals. Expect more from The Borfski Press as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C5MvNUVh98

(Big) Muff Monday #1 and Introduction!

Hey everyone, I'll occasionally (maybe monthly, maybe weekly, maybe whenever the hell I feel like it) be posting my Big Muffs and their circuits for (Big) Muff Mondays. Since I got this one out so late some of you may... Continue Reading →

28 Years Without Deviation from the Norm

In 1991, Frank Zappa was chosen to be one of four featured composers at the Frankfurt Festival in Europe. Among those composers were American John Cage, German Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Russian Alexander Knaifel. Even though Zappa was fighting prostate cancer,... Continue Reading →

The Borfski Press: Mantrana Agarwal

Mantrana Agarwal is just another person who is crazy enough to believe she can change the world. She calls herself a lazy workaholic, and a disorganized perfectionist. That said, Agarwal writes an article every day in the blog, A Highschooler's... Continue Reading →

Combat Laziness and Anxiety

Is It Worth It? It's easy to find yourself asking if something is worth it. Not trying to get too existential here, mostly focusing on tasks. You can easily misconstrue laziness with tiredness, especially last year with so many people... Continue Reading →

Vintage Ram’s Head and Dinosaur Jr

J Mascis, Billy Corgan, Frank Zappa, and many others have a huge impact on why I’m so drawn to Big Muffs. The Mascis sound is undeniably the ’76 Ram’s Head Big Muff. Such a huge, open, and lush tone coming... Continue Reading →

Head On With the Ram’s Head

For today's 'Muff N' Music' we have a '75 v1 Violet Ram's Head Big Muff by STOMP UNDER FOOT paired with some classic '70s PINK FLOYD albums. The Violet Muff is assumed to be the unit to recreate the “Comfortably... Continue Reading →

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