John Fahey – In Christ There Is No East Or West

March 30th, 2007

So I was digging around youtube and uncovered this old gem of John Fahey playing a tv appearance from 1969. Much more than an incredible guitar player, he was such a beautiful composer, and really paints a picture that evokes Americana at it’s finest. I have my old man to thank for turning me on to Mr. Fahey at a very young age, his tunes still take me back to a time that seems long in the past, and yet still sound just as important.

John Fahey – In Christ There Is No East Or West

Also visit Revenant Records, the label started by John Fahey later in his life

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Squarepusher can suck my vanilla balls!

March 30th, 2007

God damn Tom Jenkins is amazing. Granted maybe I’m biased as I have been a bass player for almost 20 years now, and he is certainly a monster of a bass player. check out this video of a recent performance in support of his new album. He combines this bass virtuosity with a solid use of supporting electronics to create a really stunning musical vehicle. Also check out the interview.

Squarepusher: BBC interview with the elusive Tom Jenkins

Squarepusher: Itunes
Squarepusher: Official site

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Arturia: Analog Factory

March 29th, 2007

I was introduced to this by my pal Gio about 6 months ago now and it is a really great piece of software. My only gripe about it perhaps is that it takes FOREVER to load initially, oh yeah and the frakin’ USB dongle. It’s a really perfect combination of analog synths packed into one virtual instrument. I was going to create a video showing this in action, but I found they already had one on their site so I’ll post a link to it instead…The guy demoing it is rather annoying but he hits all the important points, and I don’t make any scratch off this site so shut up and watch (or send him hate mail i don’t care really). Here are a few key selling points from the Arturia marketing dept. (but you should buy it because I said so).

  • 2000 analog synthesizers sounds that have defined the sound of modern music.
  • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V and Prophet VS). These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
  • Smart Preset Manager. Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…) and/or by Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…), and find presets according to these filtered choices.
  • Organize Presets view by Name, Instrument, Type, CPU usage, Favorites, or User Presets.
  • Straight forward Editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, ADSR envelope)

Arturia: Analog Factory

Learn More from Arturia: Analog Factory

Analog Factory presentation by Shorn Rah:

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Bin Laden didn’t knock down the towers!

March 29th, 2007

It was you nigga…tell the truth. This tune is from 2004 (and still sadly relevant) by Immortal Technique and Dj Green Lantern, also featuring Mos Def who is perhaps everything that is right about hip hop. Lending big name support is Eminem who himself released a pretty scathing attack on BushCo before the election. Your president is responsible for 911, he is responsible because they supported and BUILT the infrastructure for terror, that is the message, dig?

Link to MP3 download: Bush knocked down the towers

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Percolator Pedals With Steve Albini

March 28th, 2007

Gear Wire chats with the man himself…while he balances on stilts. Steve discusses his favorite Harmonic Percolator distortion pedal, and explains the origin of the imitation pedal “pussyfuzz” created by Mr. Bill of Guitarworks. He gives Bill’s phone number at the end of the video should you have desire for one. A quick search brought up this company that claims to produce an exact replica using the same circuit.
Link: Theremaniacs Harmonic Percolator Reproduction

Percolator Pedals With Steve Albini

Gear Wire: Steve Albini Percolates!

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Trans Am Video: Conspiracy of the Gods

March 27th, 2007

The folks at Thrill Jockey dropped this new video from Trans Am for the tune Conspiracy of the Gods. Let me preface this with the fact that I am a huge Trans Am fan, their last live show here was fucking great. This video however is just stupid, boring and pointless, and that doesn’t make it “hip” (maybe it does for you). I’d rather watch them play the song in rehearsal or something, than this cliche bunch of really ACTION PACKED clips that probably intentionally make no sense…Some sections are in slow motion, or backwards, let the video revolution begin. The hilarious Neil Hamberger lends hisself to it, maybe in a last ditch attempt to try to add credibility? Am i wrong? Is this a work of pure genius? I get the fact that there is some parody and perhaps mockery of the themed type video, but so what, this is less interesting. Feel free to let me know. Where’s the damn car crash and the extraneous explosions! The song itself ROCKS as you’d expect and I am really looking forward to the show here this month.

Trans Am Video: Conspiracy of the Gods

Just to prove I am not a complete video cynic here is an example of a really good band video…too bad the song blows…it’s really bad…so bad it’s hard to make it through the video…but the video is cool. Mathmute or whatever their name is no doubt owe a nod to Spike Jones for this Pharcyde video for Drop which is much more bearable to listen to…

Via: Pitchfork (who really liked it apparently)

Trans Am: Tour Dates (Don’t miss them live…really).

Trans Am: Check out their new album on Thrill Jockey

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Heavy Metal In Baghdad

March 27th, 2007

I just stumbled across this really great video series from VBS.TV called Heavy Metal In Bagdhad. The story goes that Vice magazine had published an article with Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda right after the US invasion and subsequent melee. In Fall of 2006 the cofounder and another Vice mag producer decided to go to Iraq and meet the band…This is the story.

Heavy Metal In Baghdad: Part 2
Heavy Metal In Baghdad: Part 3
Heavy Metal In Baghdad: Part 4
Heavy Metal In Baghdad: Part 5

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Hyperactive – Lasse Gjertsen

March 27th, 2007

It starts with the hair…and it really takes off after that! This kid’s from Norway and he creates music with his “hyper” editing video skills, and he’s quite good at what he does. Check out this other video with piano and drums.

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Rectik Blotus Interview

March 27th, 2007

Rounding out todays Comedy of Metal posts is this Propagandist exclusive interview with the extremely elusive Floridian death metal pioneers Rectik Blotus (most excellent logo here). The interview is hilarious and Rectik Blotus is definitely poised to uh BLOW THE FUCK UP real soon as stated by FreshJive interviewer Eric Stricker.

Rectik Blotus Interview

Rectick Blotus: Freshjive Interview

Check out the free MP3 of their pop hit “Bowel Massacre Part 1”. It’s a Two part massacre, but they probably should have called them both part 2…

MP3 BM Pt1: [audio:http://media.freshjive.net/Bowel_Massacre%20_part1.mp3] : Download

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