4/15/2013 9:06 PM
I'm always on the lookout for great new recordings that fly below the
radar of popular culture. Here are three that I am currently digging,
along with audio streams generously provided by the artists and their
labels. If you dig what you hear, investigate further—and please
consider supporting these fine artists by purchasing the music rather
than copping it for free on some pirate site.
4/9/2013 1:49 PM
Tucked away amidst a mostly pedestrian street, the Douglas Beach House
in Half Moon Bay, home of the non-profit Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, hosts some amazing shows on Sunday afternoons (as well as serving up tasty food and drink).
3/15/2013 1:22 PM
If you are a Duane Allman fan—and who isn't?—you will likely want to
pick up this amazing new 7-CD/129-track box set despite its hefty $120
3/11/2013 1:35 PM
The original guitar solo track is on top, the edited track is below it, and the delays have been recorded on the track below that.
If you want to add delays—particularly long delays—onto just a few notes in a phrase, here’s a tip:
1/18/2013 1:32 PM
... or at least the Fourth Movement.
readers may remember Joe Gore from when he worked at the magazine as an
editor. Those same folks, and others, may also know him from his work
with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Jon Hassell, Lisa Germano, Tracy Chapman, and
many more great artists—or his current duo with drummer Dawn
Richardson, Mental 99.
But Joe also blogs at tonefiend.com
, where he posted Meet the REAL Spiders From Mars! Bartók on Electric Guitar
12/20/2012 1:42 PM
Okay, I'm not a huge fan of "Christmas music" generally, but when I do
listen to it I particularly enjoy the classics, such as Tchaikovsky's The Nutcraker Suite
especially fingerstyle virtuoso Tim Sparks' amazing solo guitar (more
accurately, a "Chema" Requinto made by Enrique Enriquez) version
recorded in 1992.
12/17/2012 4:30 PM
Back in early 2011, I had the opportunity to participate in the $100
Guitar Project, initiated by Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O'Meara. As they
"On Oct 20, 2010, Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O'Meara
(that's us) bought a $100 electric guitar from Elderly Instruments. We
did not know what it sounded like or if it even worked, but we were
charmed by its no-name vibe and single bridge pickup that looks like an
Soon, dozens of guitarists had signed on to spend a
week with the instrument, composing and recording a piece of music using
it (see the list of 65 guitarists below).
12/3/2012 9:27 AM
Here's a fresh batch of CDs worthy of your consideration:
Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane
Sky Road Songs
Heading a powerful and tightly knit ensemble that includes the late
Hubert Sumlin (on one track) and poet/vocalist Eric Mingus, Sharp rips,
roars, stomps, and soars on the seventh Terraplane disc, brilliantly
warping traditional blues via visceral grooves, smoking horns, erudite
lyrics, and a jigger of downtown jazz smarts. [Featured Track:
“Dangerous Lands”] Enja.
11/16/2012 3:10 PM
If you are one of the myriad guitarists that suffer from sore hands
due to too much—or in some cases not enough—practice, consider getting a
pair of Chinese Healthy Balls and taking matters into your own ...
10/30/2012 9:27 AM
Although it was an extraordinarily beautiful day in San Francisco, I
nonetheless descended into the cavernous bowels of the Moscone Center to
quickly scan the wares on display at the AES show—and say hello to some
friends—before heading back out into the glorious Bay Area sunshine.