I know thinking about the state of music in 2013 certainly hasn’t helped my state of mind. Bad pop is so pervasive in our culture that even if you want to avoid cornball showbiz garbage like Miley Cyrus, The Voice, Imagine Dragons and the preposterously pitch-corrected mewlings of Katy Perry, it’s damn near impossible.
Former Joan Jett & The Blackhearts guitarist — and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee — Ricky Byrd and the Skeleton Crew will perform 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Blackthorn 51, 80-12 51st Ave., Elmhurst, New York.
What?! You weren't able to attend last week's interview with Guitar World Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski as he appeared live at the Apple Store in SoHo (NYC) to talk about his new book, Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page? Don't fret! Apple has just released this exclusive conversation, which was moderated by journalist Alan Light, as part of its Meet The Author podcast series.
Be part of the audience of a live taping of the Apple "Meet the Author" series featuring Brad Tolinski, editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine, as he discusses his new book, Light & Shade, Conversations with Jimmy Page. This event will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, at the Apple Store in SoHo, 103 Prince St., New York. Space is limited, so get there early!
In the current issue of Guitar World magazine (March 2013), we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s revolutionary debut album, Texas Flood. But while SRV is on our cover, another bluesman has been occupying my mind.
Usually, this is where I bitch about the horrible state of the music industry and what slim pickings there are for true guitar hounds … but this year was actually jolly good fun. A lot of veterans stepped up to the plate (Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Edward Van Halen), and so did a few new, impressive hot shots (Periphery, Gary Clark Jr., HAARP Machine).
You shouldn’t really have to use EQ in the studio if the instruments sound good. It should all be done with microphones and microphone placement. The instruments that bleed into each other are what creates the ambience. Once you start cleaning everything up, you lose it. You lose that sort of halo that bleeding creates. Then if you eliminate the halo, you have to go back and put in some artificial reverb, which is never as good.
I’m not a collector by nature. It seems like after 20 years in the business I’d have all sorts of valuable music-related artifacts. Instead, my office is dotted with just a couple of guitars, a blizzard of press releases and small handful of weird memorabilia that has somehow stuck to my walls and shelves like chewed gum on the bottom of a shoe.