Here's an odd pairing for you: Mastodon has teamed up with Canadian singer-songwriter Feist -- who you might remember from those "1, 2, 3, 4" Apple commercials from a few years ago -- to put out an exclusive split seven-inch single. It's all part of that growing new phenomenon, Record Store Day, which takes place April 21.
Jack White's new album, Blunderbuss, will be released April 24, and we've posted previews and videos of two singles, "Sixteen Saltines" and "Love Interruption." But for those of you who wonder what inspires White these days -- let alone what a blunderbuss is -- The New York Times has the answer: death (not the band, of course).
In last month’s column, I demonstrated a variety of ways to transform standard A minor pentatonic-based licks into modal runs and patterns using the A Aeolian mode (a.k.a. the A natural minor scale: A B C D E F G). This month, I will expand on the concept by applying a slight rhythmic variation to a standard A minor pentatonic pattern, again transforming it to A natural minor, and then examine these newly realized melodic shapes in different areas of the fretboard. We will then transpose the new melodic ideas to another very commonly used mode: A Dorian (A B C D E Fs G).
We're only a few days away from the release of Jeff Loomis' second solo album, Plains of Oblivion, so we thought we would bring you one final taste of the new album to keep you satiated until next week.
Albert King's classic 1972 album, I’ll Play the Blues for You, will be released May 22 as part of Concord Music's Stax Remasters series. The album has undergone 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino and features four previously unreleased bonus tracks, plus new liner notes by music journalist and roots music historian Bill Dahl.