The Villanizer Custom Guitar: Rock it steampunk

April 30th, 2007

This is a custom job obviously and I am not sure you can get one anywhere, but there is an email addy for the artist who created it…It was modded from a Jackson Rhodes and features all sorts of fun copper tubing and other metal enhancements. I’m not sure if you’d really want to play this in a live setting (unless you were starting a Road Warrior tribute band?) but it would be good to add to your collection of collectible guitars that are off limits to the touch.

The Villanizer Custom Guitar: Rock it steampunk

Thunder Eagle: Villanizer Custom Guitar

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Bjork Earth Intruders: Here she comes again

April 28th, 2007

Bjork is undoubtedly a polarizing artist, you love her, or you hate her…i tend to do a bit of both. My main gripe really being she tends to lack a sense of humor (take peaches as an example of someone who obviously enjoys a laugh even at her own expense). However I am not in much of a position to criticize the great queen of Icelandic electronica, as I am pretty much just a bedroom rocker these days. Bjork did win me over entirely when she lost her shit and smacked the bejesus out of that stupid reporter for being in close proximity to her bjorkspawn. Her performance and musical score for the devastating film Dancer in the Dark were amazing, and a pleasant surprise. Her new record Volta is slated for release May 7th and was mostly produced by Timbaland who has been recently been accused of some stealin’. the album will feature guest spots by goth crooner Antony, and if this first single is any indication will be a return to less experimental material than the previous vocal sample-a-thon Medulla.

Bjork – Earth Intruders:

Bjork: Drowned in Sound Interview
Check out the BBC documentary Posted on CDM featuring Arvo Part and other modern minimalists: Create Digital Music

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Harry Partch: A lifetime of swimming upstream

April 26th, 2007

More great stuff from the BBC here, this time a documentary on unclassical composer Harry Partch. Partch lived through most of the 20th century, and completely discarded traditional western classical music in favor of creating his own musical language using pure tuning, finding tones between conventional notes. He was initially inspired upon discovering the book “On the sensations of Tone” by Hermann Helmholtz, then he developed his own microtonal scale, and further figured out a way to actually write it out. Eventually this led to creating his own amazing instruments. Needless to say this kind of attack on conventional music and thinking doesn’t generally result in living an easy life, and Harry truly railed actively against any sort of convention. He spent a decade or so in destitute poverty, washing dishes, traveling America, yet he continued to document simple things like the speech patterns and dialects of other vagabonds he encountered in his travels. The essence of Partch’s gleeful tragic and often mischievous spirit really comes though in the interviews and video shown here. Partch’s music is difficult to listen to initially for those unaccustomed, and takes some commitment, however any person who is interested in the problem of creating music owes it a listen, Harry after all dedicated his life to it unconditionally.

Harry Partch – BBC Documentary – Part 1 of 6

Harry Partch – BBC Documentary – Part 2 of 6
Harry Partch – BBC Documentary – Part 3 of 6
Harry Partch – BBC Documentary – Part 4 of 6
Harry Partch – BBC Documentary – Part 5 of 6
Harry Partch – BBC Documentary – Part 6 of 6

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Creative Keyboard Drum Solo: Ditch the kit

April 25th, 2007

Why do drummers carry around that huge drum kit (insert clever drummer joke here)…This cat rips it up old school on this (child sized) keyboard. He doesn’t exactly fit the mold of the teen seducing, booze guzzling rock drummer created by Keith Moon or John Bonham, but he’s got chops…the rest will come later.

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Peaches: Real, raunchy, and delicious

April 24th, 2007

She’s dirty, she’s mean, she’s mighty unclean, and she rocks. Peaches combines punk, electronic music, and just plain old shocking rock n’ roll into something fun and alive. It sounds cliche to say she’s not afraid to take risks, but in the case of Peaches it’s bullet true, and this is what makes her such a great artist. She’s not commercial pretty, but she is twice as hot, as she provocatively pummels you with her pussy powered audio attack. Her last album “Fatherfucker” included the gem “Kick It” which was a duet with mr. rock n’ roll himself Iggy Pop, how cool is that for her? Peaches latest album “Impeach My Bush” continues on with the minimal electrotrash bleeps, metal guitar, and the adds an unhealthy splattering of good old fashioned 70’s glam rock. Check out the first video release, and a few really silly funny videos demonstrating the recording process of Peaches.

Peaches – Boys Wanna Be Her:

Peaches: Recording One
Peaches: Recording Two
Peaches: Official Website

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Henry Rollins: Letter to Ann Coulter

April 23rd, 2007

Ah good old Henry Rollins…if I had to pick a spokesman for my American punk rock generation it would be Henry. He never quite reached the poetic heights of the music and words of the Minutemen, but we lost D. Boon too fucking early on this journey, so we are left with the bright mind and intense, yet still somewhat goofy words of Henry as he continues to hand the idiot fucks of the world the delicious thrashing they deserve. Here he is even volunteering to take that wretched reptile Ann Coulter off the public stage of buffoonery she has constructed for herself and give her a nice new home. He has a show on IFC which you should of course tune in for.

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Flame Midi Talking Synth

April 20th, 2007

If you’re looking for a new toy to set you apart from the other low fi circuit bending robot bands out there, this Talking Synth should do the trick. The pedal contains two Speakjetâ„¢ chips which are set up to provide a faux stereo effect. The chips were designed to create artificial speech as well as a variety of other sounds, and the box has been modded out with some extra midi control.

Flame Midi Talking Synth

MP3 Sample: [audio:http://www.analoguehaven.com/flame/miditalkingsynth/001.mp3]

Analogue Haven: Flame Midi Talking Synth
Link Via: GetLoFi
Robot Store: Speakjet Activity Center (cheaper alternative starting point)

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Trans Am Live at Hotel Congress 14/18/07

April 20th, 2007

Ben lies…and he has a wicked badass homostasche that is getting him all sorts of play at the local coffee shops from the boys (or so he claims). We were led to believe Trans Am was playing an early all ages show at Congress which prompted me to arrive at…9:30 or so. Granted Ben also was there and had to endure 3 hours and two opening bands right there long with me…although by the time Trans Am took the stage I was a bit worn down. Last year’s Trans Am show at Plush was one of the best of the year, which is about the only reason we stuck around. The band played without the video backdrop from last year which was another let down, as it provided a nice alternative to shirtless mighty Sebastian and his gold rope chain necklace (totally rad). Sebastian and bass player Nathan Means do a lot of staring out at the audience while the rock out…and rock out they do. Most of the allure of Trans Am, for me anyway, is their ability to lock into a wicked hard groove, and then thanks to the talents of “Seb” throw in some bizarre stops, or flip the beat effortlessly. They did this repeatedly in the set and even treated the crowd to a nice nod to Deep Purple’s Space Truckin’ in the middle of one song. Sadly the set seemed short, and after the long wait through two bands that probably could have played a bit earlier (and less) the show was a bit of a disappointment. Rock out to this fun and trippy video for the song Tesco vs Sainsburys. Oh wait first watch this dude…and his Trans Am, it’s dudes like this and their unyielding love for their metal girlfriends that surely inspired the band name…

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1979 This video is an Introduction to you. Espacially the sound is beautiful…”

Trans Am: Tesco vs Sainsburys:

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Blonde Redhead: Video for 23…it’s easy

April 17th, 2007

It’s easy to make and engaging video when your singer is…easy on the eyes, and Kazu Makino is certainly that (and no it’s not the same suave dude on guitar and drums, they are twins!). I had sort of written this band off a while back, but my musical comrade Tom reintroduced me to them a few years back via the Misery is a Butterfly album. That album was a real gem filled with mature pop songs that were both complex in construction and beautifully executed. Kazu had been in a horrible accident…with a horse, and the Misery album was completed after years of recovery on her part, and alot of the lyrical content was related to the event. It’s been a few years since that album, and the new album “23” finds them exploring new themes. Some of the strength of Blonde Redhead certainly comes from the fact that they can mix up the vocals, and share the songwriting. Initially they wanted to go it on their own, however this lead to some internal struggles in writing the new album, ego clashes occurred, and halfway through they brought in producer Richard Froom to…mediate (a key role for producers). Check out this first video release and pick up the new album. They have also followed the growing trend of releasing a song for you to remix, which is really pretty fun. Visit the website link below and you can download a Garageband (or mp3’s of individual tracks) version of “Signs Along the Path”.

Blonde Redhead: Video for 23

Blonde Redhead: Website for the new album 23 (get tracks to remix a song!)

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Reactable: It’s got lights, knobs, and bleeps!

April 16th, 2007

This is one cool table. It combines audio, lights, and a touch interface into a unique music creation tool, which can accommodate multiple performers. the controls are pretty simple and it sure looks like hours of fun to be had…oh yeah, and it was created by a team of Spanish “digital luthiers”, which is a term i had not heard of until now.

Reactable: Improvisation Demo:

Reactable: basic demo #1
Reactable: basic demo #2

Reactable: Official Website
Reactable: Here is a huge list of “tangible interfaces”

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