Thursday, March 24, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.
Monday, March 14, 2011
The Beastie Boys will release their long-awaited next album on May 3, the band has confirmed.
Announcing the album on their website, Beastie Adam Yauch wrote, “Since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before, there was a silent order who were tasked with a mission. On May 3rd The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will be unleashed on the general public. Hold fast ye heathens.”
If you’re wondering where The Hot Sauce Committee Part One is, it was originally due in September 2009. But it’s not yet finished, so the band decided to release its sequel first. This may be the first time a sequel has been released before its predecessor, unless you count the Star Wars trilogy or the Dumb & Dumber prequel.
The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will include the 2009 Grammy-nominated single “Too Many Rappers” (with guest star Nas), “Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win” (with Santigold) and 14 other tracks.
The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will be released by Capitol Records.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I wish I had Liam’s budget. Big ass production, live videos at Abby Road with the best engineers and camera equipment that money can buy. Throw in a fair amount of industry support and all you have to do is release a mediocre rock record and you’ll sell enough to keep your ass in the best hotel beds for the next few years.
Ok - enough of my jealous bitching. Different Gear, Still Speeding is actually a pretty rad record. The tunes are rocking and rolling, the production is great and the tones are rich and not over produced. There’s no serious lyrical content but I never really wanted that from the ex-Oasis brawler. I wanted songs about sexy girls, fighting and hangovers and that’s pretty much what I got.... and some Beatles lines for good measure.
Listen to it - it may not be the best 60mins of your life but they definitely won’t suck.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I did live sound for these guys for my first gig in London. Nothing could have prepared me for the weirdness that was to follow. Glad to see there are bands out there making this kind of music. Even though the keyboardist was doing all he could to blow the system, the crowd stayed and loved every minute of it.
Check them out here :
Man Man is an experimental band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Man Man is known for their exuberant live performances. When performing, the members of the band sometimes synchronize their dress, often seen in white outfits and, more commonly, war paint.
The band uses pseudonyms—the frontman is Honus Honus, and its other members are Pow Pow, Chang Wang, Turkey Moth, and Jefferson.
They're known for their multi instrumental style that centers on the piano playing of lead singer/lyricist Honus Honus accompanied by a wide variety of other instruments played by the rest of the band. On recordings, Honus usually plays piano but during the live shows he uses aRhodes Piano or a Nord Electro 3. Other instruments played by the rest of the band include a clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, sousaphone,saxophone, trumpet, French horn, flute, bass clarinet, drum set, euphonium, Fender Jazz Bass, Danelectro baritone guitar, xylophone,marimba, melodica and various percussive instruments including pots and pans, toy noise makers, chinese funeral horns, spoons, smashing plates, and fireworks.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Before the Reverend Wright left South Africa for California the Mystery Train Gamblers got into the studio to cut one more track.
This instrumental track was a song that the band had played a few times live and after seeing the reaction of the fans to the song, decided it would be a good idea to give the fans a chance to hear it even after the Reverend had headed back to California.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Filmed for SABC3's Jam Sandwich, this track was the child of 4 days of drama and shit that had 2 members of the band quit and numerous scars appear in the fabric of our reality.
For starters Ampie Omo was not allowed to be with us for the filming - this was a huge blow to me as Ampie had become an invaluable part of DVBB. He was the voice of reason in a cloudy room. Not having him there was a BIG set back for me personally. Secondly, we were the first artists to go through this process and the studios were not finished being built so we were recording against the back drop of workmen and chaos.
I'll stop moaning for a second to say that it was a pleasure to work with Amu. The prospect of working with as crazy a bunch as dvbb is enough to make most musos back away but he embraced us and even let us into hs house to meet his Mum. Kudos. We had great fun in the times where there was less people around to make noise.
I found the writing of this tune nearly impossible. The system with DVBB generally has been one of "jam it till it's sweet" but the limited time and pressure of everyone to get their voices heard made the already steaming pressure even ... steamier.
After all is said and done we did get the job done to the best of our ability. Would I do it again? Hell yes. But I would definatly do it differently.