Led Zeppelin doesn’t get a whole lotta love or credit for their live shows from many music historians, but here is some evidence, that they probably deserve a bit more. Check out the pretty great solo section, with some real nice understated work from the dynamic duo of Bonham and Jones (there are none heavier a rhythm section). They flip the beat here and there which creates some really cool tension in the song, and are just rock solid all the way through. Thnx to Ketogah for the link, and don’t forget to revisit the Viking Kittens for more Immigrant Song fun…
The great thing about a small company like Metasonix is they have complete creative control over their products. If you’re tired of that bland Marshal or Fender amp check out the new Fucking Fucker (named after an evil cartoon villain). The amp features some silly artwork, and some badass tubes, all of which you can learn more about on the product page which features some nicely written informative copy (“No, you moron, it’s not available in combo form. Head only. Speakers are available from other suppliers”). While you are over at Metasonix check out the Scrotum Smasher effects box. I still want one of those dammit.
BONUS! Here is a demo audio of the Scrotum Smasher and how it can smash a drum machine-
Frank Zappa referred to them as the “Mothers of the Mothers of Invention” as well as simply calling Don Van Vliet (they were childhood friends and rivals) an “asshole”. You could say everyone from Tom Waits to the White Stripes probably owes Beefheart a thing or two, Ry Cooder even had a brief stint in the original band. He retired from music to pursue the visual arts, or so the story goes, but here is a pretty fun beach party video…dig the top hat Capt…you are the cat’s meow. Here is a nice little bit of text cut from Wiki-
Van Vliet used the ensuing publicity, particularly with a 1970 Rolling Stone interview with Langdon Winner, to promulgate a number of myths which have subsequently been quoted as fact. Winner’s article stated, for instance, that neither Van Vliet nor the members of the Magic Band ever took drugs, but guitarist Bill Harkleroad later discredited this. Van Vliet claimed to have written all of the songs for Trout Mask in one marathon 8-hour writing session, but we now know the band did much to shape them during the 8 months they were rehearsed. Van Vliet also claimed to have taught both Harkleroad and bassist Mark Boston to play their instruments from scratch; in fact the pair were already accomplished musicians before joining the band. Last, Van Vliet claimed to have gone a year and half without sleeping. When asked how this was possible, he replied that he only ate fruit — a typical Beefheartian non sequitur.
A nice performance of Ashtray Heart from 1980 (Thanks to Wildwoodflower for the link)-
Take your band online with this virtual 909. You know what the 909 is, and chances are you can’t find or afford one so here is an opportunity for you to relive that built up desire to create some great dance retro beats on one of the most notorious drum machines.
FL909 attempts to simulate the original sound of the Roland TR-909. This drumcomputer hits the market 1984 and was a long time the state of art in house and techno productions. Shift-Click the Step-buttons for accent triggers. more info…
Well here is a clever idea, what would it sound like if you had human beings aged 1-100 each take a whack at the same drum in succession? This video gives you the answer…I have to confess number 78 was my favorite, I dig his moxy, and hope to be that rambunctious should I be lucky enough to travel that far on this journey.
This is one of the coolest pieces of animation I’ve seen recently for the experimental Canadian band Venetian Snares. The animation was created by the artist David O’reilly (somewhat annoying flash website) who I first heard about via BoingBoing TV. Search for him over there at Boing Boing, he has a few really fun inventive pieces for display.
What’s in a good cover you say? Well my experience leads me to believe it’s a few things. First off what it is not, is just taking someone else’s song and trying to reproduce it exactly like the original. Basically you’ve worked hard to create an original sound for your band right? So taking another song and reconstructing it in your new fresh style is generally the idea…I think one of my favorite cover songs is Devo’s version of “Satisfaction”. Here we have this theory of the cover song expanded one step further…Take a famous band’s style and reproduce a different famous band’s hit song…Thanks to Mr. Fink for the link.
So my pal Aric was disappointed to report that the mini midi drum kit we reported on here had been removed from Youtube, and indeed I can’t find any info on it anywhere. When I was searching around I did discover this little gem of a video. This guy has a pretty fun little Dwarf Metal drum kit going and he rocks it out a full velocity!
I’m not a huge Mars Volta fan…which some of my friends find disappointing, I mean they rock hard as fuck, but I think the vocals just remind me too much of Styx (on steroids of course) or something. This is a pretty fun video for the song Goliath (the sporadic interruptions are what sold me on it), which is a pretty kickass little number for sure. So if you can keep the image of Tommy Shaw out of your head and enjoy the instrumental madness check it out… Incidentally, you’ll have to visit Youtube directly as “univeralmusicgroup” has disabled embedding…because they are fucking retards, who don’t understand online promotion. I’d be much more likely to research your band and provide links to their music directly if you’d let me load their crappy compressed video directly on my blog…morons.
Here is a fun collection of silly people getting some extra mileage from those old, and not so old, vinyl album covers…remember those kids? ALL records used to come in these “sleeves”, and you used to have to get up from the computer, leave the house, and spend time “browsing” in an actual store…without firefox or soulseek. Some really great ideas here, and amongst the Etherbomb staff favorites are of course are Big Black, and Prince. Thanks are in order to Mr. Willis for this fun link. In this alternate universe, people and album covers meld together as one in peaceful and occasional dissonant harmony.
Link via Yadogg: Vinyl Sleeve Heads