News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/guitarworld%22%3EGuitarWorld%3C/a%3E%3C/new_bay_media/new_bay_media/GUITARWORLD-2809832 en Hughes & Kettner Announces 30th Anniversary NOS Limited Edition Tubemeister Amps http://www.guitarworld.com/hughes-kettner-announces-30th-anniversary-nos-limited-edition-tubemeister-amps <!--paging_filter--><p>This year marks the 30th year of Hughes &amp; Kettner’s quest for the perfect guitar amplifier tone, and the brand is celebrating by producing a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Series of its groundbreaking TubeMeister range — with a difference.</p> <p>The amps, which are set to be available as TubeMeister 18 Head and TubeMeister 36 Head models, feature Soviet “New Old Stock” EL84 power tubes that were built long before Hughes &amp; Kettner was born.</p> <p>Manufactured in the legendary Saratov factories, the tubes comply with military-grade specifications for the aircraft industry (which require the highest levels of reliability and the strictest tolerances), and are built to last for a lifetime with a consistent quality and power. They deliver noticeably more output than standard EL84s, which results in more headroom for clean tones and even more punch for overdrive sounds.</p> <p>TubeMeister itself is celebrating its third anniversary of Rocking on Stage, Playing at Home and Recording at Night in 2014, and these new limited edition models – which also come with a black glossy chassis, and proudly show the 30th anniversary logo on the front panel – are sure to become sought after collector’s items.</p> <p>As well as the NOS tubes, the new models feature everything that has made TubeMeister a global guitar amp sensation: diminutive dimensions, powerful tones from the EL84 and 12AX7 tubes, the industry-standard Red Box DI output for pain-free recording, a flexible Power Soak… and, of course, the ubiquitous blue-lit logo that can now be seen on stages, in studios and in practice rooms across the world.</p> <p>Hughes and Kettner amplifiers are distributed in North America by Yorkville Sound.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hughes-kettner-announces-30th-anniversary-nos-limited-edition-tubemeister-amps#comments Hughes & Kettner Amps News Gear Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:49:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22233 Epic and Legacy Announce 'Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' Box Set http://www.guitarworld.com/epic-and-legacy-announce-stevie-ray-vaughan-and-double-trouble-complete-epic-recordings-collection-box-set <!--paging_filter--><p>Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Epic Records will release <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MJFQ24W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MJFQ24W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=legacy_recordings-20&amp;linkId=CHYXZD3UETANYCFN">Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</a></em> October 28. </p> <p>A definitive, career-encompassing 12-disc library, <em>The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</em> brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album canon, including the inaugural commercial release of <em>A Legend In The Making</em>, a collectible (formerly) promotional-only recording of SRV &amp; DT's performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983.</p> <p><em>The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</em> also features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.</p> <p>Below you'll find the complete contents of the box set.</p> <p><strong><em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Disc 1: <em>In The Beginning</em> (KLBJ-FM radio broadcast produced by Wayne Bell</strong></p> <p><em>Recorded April 1, 1980; Austin, Texas</em><br /> In The Open<br /> Slide Thing<br /> They Call Me Guitar Hurricane<br /> All Your Love I Miss Loving<br /> Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Tell Me<br /> Shake For Me<br /> Live Another Day</p> <p>Originally released as Epic 53168, 1992 / Peak chart position: #58</p> <p><strong>Disc 2: <em>Live At Montreux 1982</em> (July 17, 1982; Montreux International Jazz Festival)</strong></p> <p>Hide Away<br /> Rude Mood<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Dirty Pool<br /> Give Me Back My Wig<br /> Collins Shuffle</p> <p>Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001 / Peak chart position: #178</p> <p><strong>Disc 3: <em>Live At Montreux 1985</em> (July 15, 1985; Montreux International Jazz Festival)</strong></p> <p>Scuttle Buttin'<br /> Say What!<br /> Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Life Without You<br /> Gone Home<br /> Couldn't Stand The Weather</p> <p>Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001 / Peak chart position: #178</p> <p><strong>Disc 4: <em>Texas Flood</em></strong></p> <p>Love Struck Baby<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Tell Me<br /> Testify<br /> Rude Mood<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Dirty Pool<br /> I'm Cryin'<br /> Lenny </p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble / Executive Producer: John Hammond / Originally released as Epic 38734, 1983 / Peak chart position: #38</p> <p><strong>Disc 5: <em>A Legend In The Making—Live At The El Mocambo</em> (recorded Toronto, Canada, July 20, 1983, originally released for radio broadcast only)</strong></p> <p>Testify<br /> So Excited<br /> Voodoo Child (Slight Return)<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Tell Me<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> You'll Be Mine<br /> Hug You, Squeeze You<br /> Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun<br /> Lenny<br /> Wham!<br /> Rude Mood</p> <p><strong>Disc 6: <em>Couldn't Stand The Weather</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Scuttle Buttin'<br /> Couldn't Stand The Weather<br /> The Things (That) I Used To Do<br /> Voodoo Child (Slight Return)<br /> Cold Shot<br /> Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Honey Bee<br /> Stang's Swang</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer / Executive Producer: John Hammond / Originally released as Epic 39304, 1984 / Peak chart position: #31</p> <p><strong>Disc 7: <em>Live At Carnegie Hall</em> (Recorded October 4, 1984; New York City)</strong></p> <p>Intro--Ken Dashow/John Hammond<br /> Scuttle Buttin'<br /> Testify<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Honey Bee<br /> Cold Shot<br /> Letter To My Girlfriend<br /> Dirty Pool<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> The Things That I Used To Do<br /> C.O.D.<br /> Iced Over<br /> Lenny<br /> Rude Mood</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan / Originally released as Epic 68163, 1997 / Peak chart position: #40</p> <p><strong>Disc 8: <em>Soul To Soul</em> (1985)</strong></p> <p>Say What!<br /> Lookin' Out The Window<br /> Look At Little Sister<br /> Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love<br /> Gone Home<br /> Change It<br /> You'll Be Mine<br /> Empty Arms<br /> Come On (Part III)<br /> Life Without You</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen / Executive Producer: John Hammond / Originally released as Epic 40036, 1985 / Peak chart position: #34</p> <p><strong>Disc 9: <em>Live Alive</em> (Recorded July 16, 1985, Montreux International Jazz Festival; July 17-18, 1986, Austin, Texas; July 19, 1986, Dallas, Texas)</strong></p> <p>Say What!<br /> Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Superstition<br /> I'm Leaving You (Commit A Crime)<br /> Cold Shot<br /> Willie The Wimp<br /> Look At Little Sister<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Voodoo Child (Slight Return)<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Change It<br /> Life Without You</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble / Originally released as Epic 40511, 1986 / Peak chart position: #52</p> <p><strong>Disc 10: <em>In Step</em> (1989)</strong></p> <p>The House Is Rockin'<br /> Crossfire<br /> Tightrope<br /> Let Me Love You Baby<br /> Leave My Girl Alone<br /> Travis Walk<br /> Wall Of Denial<br /> Scratch-N-Sniff<br /> Love Me Darlin'<br /> Riviera Paradise</p> <p>Produced by Jim Gaines &amp; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble / Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California /<br /> Originally released as Epic 45024, 1989 / Peak chart position: #33</p> <p><strong>Disc 11: Archives/Disc One</strong></p> <p>Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Empty Arms<br /> Come On (Part III)<br /> Look At Little Sister<br /> The Sky Is Crying<br /> Hide Away<br /> Give Me Back My Wig<br /> Boot Hill<br /> Wham!<br /> Close To You<br /> Little Wing<br /> Stang's Swang</p> <p><strong>Disc 12: Archives/Disc Two</strong></p> <p>May I Have A Talk With You<br /> Boilermaker<br /> The Sky Is Crying<br /> Shake And Bake<br /> So Excited<br /> Slip Slidin' Slim<br /> Chitlins Con Carne<br /> Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun<br /> Boot Hill<br /> Life By The Drop</p> <p>Archives/Disc One, Track 1 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble; Executive Producer: John Hammond<br /> Archives/Disc One, Tracks 2-12 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer; Executive Producer: John Hammond<br /> Archives/Disc Two, Tracks 1-8 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen; Executive Producer: John Hammond<br /> Archives/Disc Two, Track 9 produced by Jim Gaines &amp; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble<br /> Archives/Disc Two, Track 10 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jim Gaines</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">If you're interested in this Stevie Ray Vaughan fellow, check out the all-new October 2014 issue of Guitar World, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. We count down Vaughan's 30 greatest guitar performances, check in with his Number One Strat, celebrate 60 years of the Strat and more.</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-28%20at%204.39.30%20PM.png" width="620" height="458" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 4.39.30 PM.png" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/epic-and-legacy-announce-stevie-ray-vaughan-and-double-trouble-complete-epic-recordings-collection-box-set#comments Stevie Ray Vaughan News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:31:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22232 Check Out This Gigantic Flying V Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rocking-out-giant-flying-v <!--paging_filter--><p>Holy crap! Is that a giant Flying V, or has someone finally invented the shrink ray?! </p> <p>Nope, we're pretty sure it's just a guy rocking out on a giant Flying V. </p> <p>According to the video's caption, the man in question is Ralph Ciociano from The Guitar Shack in Port Jefferson Station, New York, who is showing off this homemade, super-sized Flying V guitar at a fairly recent New York/Long Island Guitar show.</p> <p>Apparently, the guitar, which is modeled after a Fifties Flying V, took six months to complete and is considered the world's largest, playable guitar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qTX3CaTWbkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>P.S: We thought we'd also include this video because we really like it:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WMKmQmkJ9gg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rocking-out-giant-flying-v#comments Meytal Cohen WTF Videos News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:55:26 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13453 Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer Talks Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory — Exclusive 'Death Punch'd' Videos http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punchs-jeremy-spencer-talks-jason-hook-and-zoltan-bathory-exclusive-death-punchd-videos <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents two exclusive videos from Five Finger Death Punch — both of which herald the release of <em>Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem,</em> the new memoir by FFDP's Jeremy Spencer.</p> <p>The book will be published September 2 by HarperCollins.</p> <p>In the top clip, Spencer, FFDP's co-founder and drummer, discusses a wide range of topics — but mainly FFDP guitarist Jason Hook. In the bottom clip, Spencer puts the spotlight on guitarist Zoltan Bathory.</p> <p>Check them out below and be sure to share your opinions in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Spencer's journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock and roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment. The first-time author offers a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today. </p> <p>"The day I left treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, I decided to write my story," Spencer said. "I was feeling raw and exposed and hoped just 'getting it all out' would be therapeutic. And it was. </p> <p>"Sitting on a tour bus with little to do, I found myself writing two or three thousand words a day. It didn’t occur to me until I’d written 50 or 60 thousand that my story might be helpful to others who need encouragement in pursuing their dreams and for those struggling with addiction." </p> <p>The book is available for pre-order at <a href="http://www.deathpunchd.com/">deathpunchd.com.</a> </p> <p><strong>Jeremy Spencer talks Jason Hook</strong>:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/__AADCXJ4U4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Jeremy Spencer talks Zoltan Bathory</strong>:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/THNO8_1WFs8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punchs-jeremy-spencer-talks-jason-hook-and-zoltan-bathory-exclusive-death-punchd-videos#comments Five Finger Death Punch Jeremy Spencer Videos News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:57:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22230 Musicians Institute Introduces “Bring Your Own Device” Policy, Delivering Lessons Digitally http://www.guitarworld.com/musicians-institute-introduces-bring-your-own-device-policy-delivering-lessons-digitally <!--paging_filter--><p>Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California, is going beyond the classroom in fall 2014 with a new paperless “Bring Your Own Device” (B.Y.O.D.) policy and a "flipped classroom" model. </p> <p>The school's blended learning system will deliver music lessons digitally—anywhere, anytime.</p> <p>Students will utilize their mobile phones, tablets and laptops on any platform of their choosing (iOS, Android, OSX, or Windows) to foster an efficient, 24/7 learning environment. Select lectures will be viewed through online videos, so that class time can be focused on hands-on learning and Q&amp;A sessions. </p> <p>MI’s innovative 360-degree approach to music education is paced unlike any other college, with fully revised Degree and Certificate programs for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology and Vocals. </p> <p>Centered on Harmony, Theory and Ear Training, core subjects in Reading, Technique and Performance will be synchronized on a weekly basis, so that every topic can be explored, mastered and applied by students when they enter the working world after graduation. Performance students will also have access to expert Entertainment Industry Studies instructors for Audio Engineering, Music Business, Guitar Craft and the Independent Artist Program.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://mi.edu/">mi.edu</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/musicians-institute-introduces-bring-your-own-device-policy-delivering-lessons-digitally#comments Acoustic Nation Musicians Institute News News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:29:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22229 Jeff Beck and ZZ Top Announce Tour Suspension; Beck to Fill Dates Through August http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-announce-tour-suspension-beck-fill-dates-through-august <!--paging_filter--><p>Jeff Beck and ZZ Top have announced the suspension of the remaining scheduled double-bill tour dates due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill.</p> <p>According to a story posted by <a href="http://www.wcsx.com/zztopannouncement.aspx#.U_9BzcakSDX">wcsx.com</a>, Hill, who is 65, slipped and fell on his hip while in his tour bus last night. </p> <p>As a result of his injury, which requires immediate attention, ZZ Top's shows have been suspended while he recovers. Dates affected by the suspension include all of the scheduled concert bills shared with Beck through September 13.</p> <p>Earlier today, Beck's camp provided the following update:</p> <p>Jeff and his band — Jimmy Hall on vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar — will move forward with the following three previously scheduled dates, with Tyler Bryant opening:</p> <p>• August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY<br /> • August 30 The Concert Venue @ Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ<br /> • August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT</p> <p>Dates scheduled for West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Augustine, Atlanta, Thackerville and Houston will potentially be rescheduled. Patrons should hold onto their ticket stubs for a possible future announcement.</p> <p>“While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery,” Beck said.</p> <p><strong>Canceled dates include:</strong></p> <p>• August 28 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL<br /> • September 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA<br /> • September 3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD<br /> • September 4 Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7ZAgJMKjfjY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-announce-tour-suspension-beck-fill-dates-through-august#comments Jeff Beck ZZ Top News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:09:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22228 Essential Listening: 10 Stellar Headphone Albums http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-albums-headphone-listening <!--paging_filter--><p>What, exactly, is a headphone album? Well, the definition changes depending on who you are. </p> <p>For audiophiles, a headphone album is a work that is so exquisitely recorded that it demands you listen to each beautifully recorded note under a sonic microscope. Miles Davis’ <em>Kind of Blue</em> fits that bill. </p> <p>For others, a great headphone album is one that makes an intimate album more intimate (such as Bob Dylan’s original mono recordings), or a loud album louder (Rage Against the Machine’s debut album).</p> <p>We’re an unsubtle and hyperactive bunch at <em>Guitar World</em>, so our favorite headphone albums are those that have a lot of activity in the stereo field. As dumb as it sounds, we love it every time a guitar solo takes a shortcut through our skulls as it zooms from one ear to the other. </p> <p>If you don’t know what we’re talking about or you’ve never experienced any of these great albums under the influence of some high-end ear buds, we suggest you go home, put on your best set of ‘phones, turn out the lights, turn up the volume and prepare to have your mind blown sky high.</p> <p><strong>The Jimi Hendrix Experience, <em>Electric Ladyland</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p>If you haven't taken LSD, the good news is you don’t have to. Save your brain cells and listen to this masterpiece under a good set of headphones to get the complete psychedelic picture. On <em>Electric Ladyland</em>, Jimi Hendrix and his brilliant engineer, Eddie Kramer, create a wonderful, three-dimensional sonic world and invite you to step in. This album is not necessarily stoned, but it certainly is beautiful. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TLV4_xaYynY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Pink Floyd, <em>The Dark Side of the Moon</em> (1973)</strong></p> <p>TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. DING DONG! BRRRRRRRANG!!!! WIIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLYYYYYY WHIRL…HA HA HA HA! I mean, what else can you say about the <em>Citizen Kane</em> of headphone albums? </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nDbeqj-1XOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Edgar Winter Group, <em>They Only Come Out At Night</em> (1972)</strong></p> <p>This is a little on the obscure side, but it ranks right up there with <em>Dark Side</em> as an essential Seventies listening experience. The star of the show is the extended version of the hit instrumental “Frankenstein,” but almost every song on the album is a sonic thrill ride.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kbr4qNnffi8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Santana, <em>Caravanserai</em> (1972)</strong></p> <p>This album was originally mixed and released in both stereo and quadrophonic. Designed to be an all-encompassing, complex and exotic listening experience, the percussion surrounds you while the soaring guitars lift you to the heavens. This is the best-recorded album of Carlos Santana’s career, and probably his best album overall. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XdmevPWZTRg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dukes of the Stratosphear, <em>Psonic Psunspot</em> (1987)</strong></p> <p>The Dukes of the Stratosphear was a pseudonym used by the British rock band XTC in the mid-to-late Eighties, and their <em>Psonic Psunspot</em> album was a brilliant homage to the Sixties psychedelic pop of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Zombies. While the project was a bit of a joke, the songs are brilliant and, due to advancements in recording technology, the sound of the album eclipses anything actually recorded in London in 1967.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0bbqezgfqD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Cure, <em>Disintegration</em> (1989)</strong></p> <p>They say that guitarist Robert Smith was using hallucinogenic drugs throughout the coarse of this beautifully textured album. Like Hendrix’s <em>Electric Ladyland</em>, the sound of the album reflects his trippy state of mind. Listening to <em>Disintegration</em> under headphones is like stepping into someone else’s dream—and a rather dark one, at that. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X8UR2TFUp8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Radiohead, <em>Kid A</em> (2000)</strong></p> <p>In the late Nineties, Radiohead wanted to shake up their music. Their solution was to work as a collective—one that would make interesting “sounds”—rather than with each person in band playing a prescribed role. The result was an album that sounded unlike anything else before or since. This philosophy extended to the album’s sumptuous mix, which can only truly be truly appreciated with a pair of speakers right next to your ears.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X3pPvCo-Rt0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Tool, <em>Lateralus</em> (2001)</strong></p> <p>In 2005, four years after its original release, Tool’s <em>Lateralus</em> was released as a limited-edition two-picture-disc vinyl LP in a holographic gatefold package. It took them a while to do it, but they were finally able to create a package that adequately reflected the multi-dimensional music offered inside.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EDlC7oG_2W4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dream Theater, <em>A Dramatic Turn of Events</em> (2011)</strong></p> <p>While everything sounds “good” these days, it’s hard to find albums that sound “great.” Everything is engineered so loud and compressed that most modern recorded music lacks the kind of space and depth that allows for a true headphone experience. Dream Theater probably doesn’t really give a damn about what is happening in popular music, which is why this album sounds as good as it does. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zJYcVwOP-Gg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Beatles, <em>Abbey Road</em> (1969)</strong></p> <p>Every collection has to have some Beatles, and this is by far their best and most modern-sounding album. Enjoy.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IrW7dlDHH28" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tool">Tool</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/radiohead">Radiohead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-albums-headphone-listening#comments Brad Tolinski Dream Theater Essential Listening Pink Floyd The Beatles Tool Guitar World Lists News Features Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:52 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22195 Richard Lloyd: 'Alchemical Guitarist' Guitar Lesson DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/richard-lloyd-alchemical-guitarist-guitar-lesson-dvd <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The Alchemical Guitarist: Fretboard Secrets Unlocked</em> presents the 12 best videos and accompanying columns from <em>Guitar World</em> columnist Richard Lloyd. </p> <p>In this insightful instructional DVD, Lloyd gives viewers a new and comprehensive way to understand the fretboard, one that unlocks the mysteries that so often confuse and frustrate guitarists, whether they are beginners or advanced players. One of <em>Guitar World</em>'s most popular instructors, Lloyd presents lessons on topics that include hexatonic blues scales, emphasizing minor thirds in pentatonic patterns, the cycle of fourths and fifths, and much more. </p> <p>With more than two hours of lessons, <em>The Alchemical Guitarist</em> will give you the power to transform your guitar playing into pure gold.</p> <p><strong>The Alchemical Guitarist DVD contains these lessons:</strong></p> <p>• Magic Circles: The cycle of fourths and fifths<br /> • Skeleton Key: Unlocking the modes with the mystical major-scale diagram<br /> • Call Me: Two telephone numbers and an introduction to vertical knowledge<br /> • Five Chords &amp; the Truth: The five-chord cycle<br /> • The Dark Stuff: The modes in order of descending brightness<br /> • The 48-Step Program: The modal step-down practice method<br /> • Box Cutters: Breaking free with pentatonic trees<br /> • Diagonal Diatonics: Another way out of the boxes<br /> • Back in the Box: Positional play and the pentatonic boxes<br /> • Minor Issues: Emphasizing minor thirds in and out of the boxes<br /> • Opening Your Third Eye: Three maps for moving in and out of the boxes<br /> • The Hexatonic Blues Scale: Inviting the devil back to the party</p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/dvds/products/the-alchemical-guitarist-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=AlchemicalDVD">The Alchemical Guitarist: Fretboard Secrets Unlocked DVD is a Guitar World Online Store EXCLUSIVE. You won't find this product anywhere else! It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mNmEq-cP9Oo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/richard-lloyd">Richard Lloyd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/richard-lloyd-alchemical-guitarist-guitar-lesson-dvd#comments Richard Lloyd News Features Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:39:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16693 Blake Mills Premieres New Song, "Shed Your Head" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/blake-mills-premieres-new-song-shed-your-head-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Shed Your Head," a new song by Blake Mills.</p> <p>The song is from Mills' new album, <em>Heigh Ho</em>, which will be released September 16 through Record Collection/Verve Records.</p> <p>“The goals for <em>Heigh Ho</em> were songs, sonics and capturing performance,” Mills said. </p> <p>“I love my first album and how it sounds, but since making <em>Break Mirrors</em>, I feel like I’ve heard a lot of records that strike me as overtly ‘lo-fi’ or reverb-saturated; so I was interested in finding a combination of sounds that I hadn’t heard used together before. So I was very fortunate to be able to call on this group of people to help me map some new terrain.”</p> <p>To that end, Mills asked his musical heroes—including Jim Keltner, Don Was, Jon Brion, Benmont Tench, Rob Moose, Mike Elizondo, and Fiona Apple (who duets on the slow-burning “Seven” and timeless sounding “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me”)—to collaborate on the new album.</p> <p>“Different songs feature slightly different bands,” Mills said. “These guys are world class musicians, and also some world class record producers. That combination produced something rare; a wide open way of playing that consistently delivers the spirit of a song. It reflects the spontaneity, maturity and tastefulness of my all-time favorite records.”</p> <p>Recorded at Ocean Way studios in a room built for Frank Sinatra and used by everyone from Bob Dylan to Ray Charles, Mills created an album that references a range of genres without really belonging to any. “Sometimes it’s just necessary to make music that is without genre,” he says. “Fiona Apple once said that music can be categorized either as honest or dishonest. That honesty is what draws me in. It’s what I always hope is guiding me through my own work.” </p> <p>Check out the song below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook. You can find his current tour dates below the Soundcloud player.</p> <p><strong>For more about Mills, visit <a href="http://www.blakemillsonline.com/">blakemillsonline.com</a>. <em>Heigh Ho</em> is available for pre-order <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heigh-ho/id895909873">right here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164771662%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-4YGSo&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Heigh Ho</em> Tracklisting:</strong></p> <p> * If I'm Unworthy<br /> * Cry To Laugh<br /> * Just Out Of View<br /> * Seven<br /> * Don't Tell Our Friends About Me<br /> * Gold Coast Sinkin'<br /> * Silence is Sincerity<br /> * Half Asleep<br /> * Three Weeks In Havana<br /> * Before It Fell<br /> * Shed Your Head<br /> * Curable Disease</p> <p><strong>Blake Mills U.S. Headlining Tour</strong></p> <p>9/17 - Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, AZ<br /> 9/18 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA<br /> 9/19 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA<br /> 9/20 - Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA<br /> 9/22 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR<br /> 9/23 - Columbia City Theatre - Seattle, WA<br /> 9/26 - Amsterdam Bat &amp; Hall - St. Paul, MN<br /> 9/27 - Space - Evanston, IL<br /> 9/28 - Mayne Stage - Chicago, IL<br /> 9/30 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA<br /> 10/1 - (Le) Poisson Rouge - New York, NY<br /> 10/6 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC<br /> 10/8 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY<br /> 10/9 - World Café Live - Philadelphia, PA</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/blake-mills-premieres-new-song-shed-your-head-exclusive#comments Blake Mills News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:28:37 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22224 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos: Guitarists and Rockers Get Moist for Charity http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video <!--paging_filter--><p>What if there were one place where you could tune in to see ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos by your favorite rockers, guitarists and manufacturers of your favorite gear?</p> <p>Dream no more!</p> <p>Because there are new Ice Bucket Challenge videos being posted every day, we've decided to make one file out of them, updating it daily — or at least whenever something applicable or interesting comes along.</p> <p>Right off the bat, below, you'll find videos by Homer Simpson (who was, of course, a member of the Be Sharps), Robert Plant, Steel Panther, Orianthi, Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss and the Alice Cooper Band, Tommy Emmanuel, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Corey Taylor, Eddie Vedder, Brian May, Dave Davies (full Kinks reunion in 2015, please!), Geddy Lee of Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, dudes from Carvin Guitars, Paul Reed Smith, Seymour Duncan and, well, the list goes on. Hopefully!</p> <p><strong>For more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (and to donate whatever you can afford), visit <a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html">alsa.org</a>.</strong></p> <p>Let the videos begin! If you know of Ice Bucket Challenge videos by other artists, let us know about them in the comments below or on Facebook! 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class="field-item even"> <a href="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/def-leppard">Def Leppard</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alice-cooper">Alice Cooper</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jason-becker">Jason Becker</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robert-plant">Robert Plant</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/duff-mckagan">Duff McKagan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/motley-crue">Motley Crue</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video#comments ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dave Davies Eddie Vedder Nita Strauss Richie Sambora Videos News Features Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:44:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22205 Fender Releases Limited American Standard Guitars, New Classic Player Models and Special Edition Blacktop Model http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-releases-limited-american-standard-guitars-new-classic-player-models-and-special-edition-blacktop-model <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has released several new Limited Edition American Standard Series guitars, new Classic Player Series models and a Special Edition Blacktop Series guitar.</p> <p>All the details can be found right here:</p> <p>The venerable <strong>American Standard Stratocaster</strong> now comes in a new limited-edition model featuring Fender’s innovative channel-bound compound-radius fingerboard and the time-honored look of a Dakota Red or Sonic Blue gloss finish. The fingerboard is inlaid into the neck in a design with an elegant appearance and a distinctive fretting-hand feel in which both edges are comfortably rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard. </p> <p>Further, the fingerboard’s 9.5”-14” compound radius graduates smoothly from a more rounded profile at the nut (great for chording) to a more flattened profile near the body (great for soloing).</p> <p>The workhorse <strong>American Standard Telecaster</strong> is also available as a new limited edition model featuring Fender’s innovative channel-bound compound-radius fingerboard and the time-honored look of a Dakota Red or Sonic Blue gloss finish.</p> <p>In addition, Fender introduces two brilliant new limited edition looks for the American Standard Stratocaster—Vintage White with a tortoiseshell pickguard and rosewood fingerboard, and Mystic Aztec Gold with a parchment pickguard and maple fingerboard. All the acclaimed features, sound and style of the archetypal American Standard Stratocaster, now in even more beautiful finish options.</p> <p>Former Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Fleming has taken his previous design for the <strong>Classic Player Baja Telecaster </strong>and upgraded it with full-on 1960s features and vibe, including a rosewood fingerboard and a comfortable ’60s “C”-shaped neck profile. The guitar also features an alder body, 9.5” fingerboard radius and 21 medium jumbo frets, single coil American Vintage ’52 Tele (neck) and ’58 Tele (bridge) pickups with special four-way (including both pickups in series) and S-1 switching, three-ply pickguard, American Vintage string-through body Telecaster bridge with three brass “barrel” saddles, special Custom Shop neck plate engraving and more.</p> <p>Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov has designed an entirely new model for the Classic Player series that blends ’60s and ’70s styling with modern high-performance. The <strong>Classic Player Strat HH</strong> has special touches including dual Wide Range Special humbucking pickups, five-way switching with coil splitting for more traditional single-coil Stratocaster sounds, and a sultry Dark Mercedes Blue gloss finish with a matching headstock. Other features include a maple neck with a comfortable ’60s “C”-shaped profile, bound rosewood fingerboard with 9.5” radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, three-ply black pickguard, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with modern plate and vintage-style saddles, and vintage-style Fender “F”-stamped tuners.</p> <p>Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause has designed an unusual take on the Telecaster for the Classic Player series. The high-performance <strong>Classic Player Triple Tele</strong> rocks three slanted Nocaster single-coil bridge pickups for truly distinctive modern tone and the classic look of a black finish and pickguard paired with a one-piece maple neck/fingerboard. Other features include a thick “C”-shaped neck profile, 9.5” fingerboard radius and 21 vintage-style frets, five-way Stratocaster-style switching, vintage-style string-through-body bridge with three brass saddles, special Custom Shop neck plate engraving and more.</p> <p>Originally created in the Fender Custom Shop by Master Builder Jason Smith, the <strong>Rascal Bass</strong> joins the Fender lineup as a sleek short-scale Classic Player model loaded with distinctive features and personality. With its ’60s-era Bass VI body, three Seymour Duncan lipstick Stratocaster pickups, 30” scale and gorgeous gloss Ocean Turquoise finish with matching Coronado-style headstock, there’s no other Fender bass like the Rascal. </p> <p>Other premium features include a flat-sawn maple neck with a comfortable “C”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and special inlay scheme (bass-side dot markers from 3rd to 9th frets, double dots at 12th fret, treble-side dot markers from 15th to 21st frets), vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, white pearloid pickguard, five-way pickup switch with chrome “barrel” tip, push-pull master volume control that delivers seven pickup configurations, master tone control, distinctive bridge with four adjustable steel “barrel” saddles, vintage-style tuners and more.</p> <p>The <strong>Blacktop Jazzmaster</strong> is now available in a scorching special edition HH model with dual humbucking pickups for even more supercharged tone. Further, a new all-black look features a Candy Apple Red racing stripe that takes a sleek cue from the great “competition stripe” Fender models of the late ’60s and early ’70s.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.fender.com/">fender.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-releases-limited-american-standard-guitars-new-classic-player-models-and-special-edition-blacktop-model#comments Fender Fender Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:32:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22225 Inquirer with Alex Lifeson of Rush: "When I Sit Down and Play Guitar, I Melt Into the Instrument" http://www.guitarworld.com/inquirer-alex-lifeson-rush-when-i-sit-down-and-play-guitar-i-melt-instrument <!--paging_filter--><p><em>FROM THE ARCHIVE: </em>Guitar World<em> asks Rush's Alex Lifeson some tough questions.</em></p> <p><strong>What inspired you to play guitar?</strong></p> <p>My brother-in-law played flamenco guitar. He lent his guitar to me and I grew to like it. When you’re a kid, you don’t want to play an accordion because it would be too boring. But your parents might want you to play one, especially if you’re from a Yugoslavian family like me. [<em>laughs</em>]</p> <p><strong>What was your first guitar?</strong></p> <p>My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.</p> <p><strong>Were you inspired by any particular guitarist?</strong></p> <p>The Beach Boys had a really cool guitar sound. I also liked the guitarists in the Searchers and the Dave Clark Five. Then Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend hit, and it turned the guitar world on its ear. The more I got into playing guitar, the more I enjoyed music and the broader my listening became. The instrument itself became important to me, and I started messing around with classical guitar and took classical lessons.</p> <p><strong>What was the first song you learned who to play?</strong></p> <p>The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The songs starts off with the three most important chords—E, A and D—and I learned them. I learned the lead line, as well.</p> <p><strong>Do you remember your first gig?</strong></p> <p>Yeah. In September 1968, Rush played for around 20 people at a small hall in a church basement. We played songs like “Spoonful,” “Fire” and “Born Under a Bad Sign,” and got paid $10. Then we went to a nearby deli and ordered Cokes and French fries, and started planning our future.</p> <p><strong>What was your most memorable gig?</strong></p> <p>Probably the 2002 show we played in São Paulo, Brazil, during the <em>Rush in Rio</em> tour. It was before an audience of 60,000, the largest number of people we ever played for. It was pouring rain, and the huge crowd was singing along to our songs. It was really amazing, because people don’t even speak English there.</p> <p><strong>What advice do you have for guitarists?</strong></p> <p>Do it because you love it, and never give up. It’s great to be able to do it for your entire life. I’ve been playing for 40 years, and I love it more than ever. When I sit down and play guitar, I <em>melt</em> into the instrument. I can play for hours by myself. Playing guitar has given me such a wonderful life, and I’m grateful for it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/rush">Rush</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/inquirer-alex-lifeson-rush-when-i-sit-down-and-play-guitar-i-melt-instrument#comments Alex Lifeson Articles GW Archive Inquirer Rush Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:03:26 +0000 Joe Lalaina http://www.guitarworld.com/article/966 Songcraft: Singer-Songwriter David Poe Discusses His New Album, 'God & The Girl' http://www.guitarworld.com/songcraft-singer-songwriter-david-poe-discusses-his-new-album-god-girl <!--paging_filter--><p>Credited by <em>Rolling Stone</em> as having given "the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt,” composer/singer-songwriter David Poe has issued numerous literate, melodic, major-label collections as a solo artist. </p> <p>At the same time, his songs have done well in the hands of others; they've been recorded by pop-rockers Grace Potter and Daryl Hall, Broadway composer Duncan Sheik and jazz singer Curtis Stigers. </p> <p>Poe’s eclectic compositions have also appeared in TV shows, including <em>Dexter</em> and <em>Nashville</em>, and in theatre productions such as <em>Shadowland</em>, the landmark dance piece by American troupe Pilobolus.</p> <p>In addition to his duties as a world-touring troubadour and in-demand songwriter, Poe also has collaborated with uber-producers T-Bone Burnett and Larry Klein and is a Composer Fellow of the Sundance Institute.</p> <p>Songcraft recently cornered this talented New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, as his latest album, <em>God &amp; The Girl</em>, neared release to talk songwriting, deities and the women who love them. </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: First off, congrats on the new album. I love it. It’s very smart, with this beautiful quality of hushed intensity to it. And <em>God &amp; The Girl</em> is such an amazing album title, the allusions are unending. Do titles serve as sparks of inspiration for your songwriting or are they more just a necessary result of the process?</strong></p> <p>"Hymn &amp; Her" sounded glib. The album title refers to the subject matter of the songs. Half concern faith, half concern love, or the lack of either. Some of them, like "The Devil" and "When I Fly," are an attempt to address both, to compare spiritual and romantic love.</p> <p>A song’s title is its thesis statement, the bumper sticker, the controlling idea. Traditional pop songs are a lot like old jokes: something happens three times — three verses — and the chorus is the punch line. </p> <p><strong>On your self-titled debut album, you had the chance to work with producer extraordinaire, T Bone Burnett. From a compositional standpoint, what does a producer of that caliber bring to the table in terms of the formation of a song?</strong></p> <p>Every producer imparts special information; Emile Kelman encouraged minimalism. Brad Jones taught me about layering. Larry Klein has deep intuition. Rick Parker conjures a vibe. Pete Min is a master of process. John Alagia understands how tonality impacts songs. Steve Rosenthal knows history. Ed Ackerson rewrites it. Buddy Miller captures lightning in a bottle. They all do. </p> <p>T Bone can love a record into being. In the studio, enthusiasm works wonders, and having the enthusiasm of someone who is an American hero is powerful. He is known as a unique producer who has come to the rescue of the culture multiple times, but T Bone is also one of our great songwriters, and his solo projects, especially <em>Tooth Of Crime</em> and all that came after it, are, to me, as influential as records like <em>Bone Machine</em> or <em>Time Out Of Mind.</em></p> <p>So yeah, having an experienced songwriter produce the debut of an aspiring songwriter made sense. Working with him was inspirational. Still is. Always is. </p> <p><strong>You’ve done a solid amount of co-writing. Do you approach that process any differently than you would when writing solo? Is the creative head-space the same or different?</strong></p> <p>As a co-writer, my job is to help gather wood and build the fire. Sometimes you’re in the wilderness rubbing flint and steel until there’s a spark. Sometimes a burning bush appears. I keep a match in my back pocket.</p> <p>The goal is to help create something an artist can sing for the rest of their career, starting with a fundamentally sound lyric and melody. There are a lot of factors in the making of a hit song, and some of them — marketing, bribery, the politics of the music business — have nothing to do with art. A songwriter’s responsibility is to render a beautiful thing that is simple but profound and enhances rather than betrays the culture. The Pilobolus choreographer and founder Robby Barnett says, “The idea is the best idea until there’s a better one,” which is a good approach to any collaboration. </p> <p>Another way to say it is “don’t negate, create.” Rather than say “I don’t like that,” say “how about this?” It’s important to be generous with your creativity and to have faith that the song will arrive. When it doesn’t, take a walk. </p> <p><strong>To date you’ve written pop music, music for theatre and music for the screen. Are all aforementioned exercises just slight variations of the larger process, or do you approach writing for each genre differently?</strong></p> <p>A good song works in any genre, but not necessarily in every medium. Music married to a narrative is its own thing, magical when it works, and everyone feels it.</p> <p><strong>What’s the most important piece of compositional/songwriting advice you’ve absorbed in your experience at the Sundance Institute?</strong></p> <p>Be brave enough to edit and revise. Or reject. No music is ever wasted. Every chord progression you learn, every bit of discarded lyric or melody will suit a future piece.</p> <p>The Sundance Institute encourages innovation and serves as an antidote for that sect of the entertainment industry that has a deep contempt for the general public – the ones who say “people are stupid,” even though we’re smarter as a culture than we ever have been. When aspiring artists collude with that sect in order to have a hit, the culture gets flooded with pap and confused. But the best artists have always been at the vanguard of social change, and the pursuit of a distinct vision is its own reward. For me, the reward is in the writing process, especially when others sing a song I’ve worked on. They always sing it better than I ever could, and the thrill I get from hearing it is like when people sing "Happy Birthday" to you, then give you cake. </p> <p><em><a href="http://www.markbacino.com/">Mark Bacino</a> is a singer/songwriter based in New York City. When not crafting his own melodic brand of retro-pop, Mark can be found producing fellow artists or composing for television/advertising via his <a href="http://www.thequeensenglish.com/">Queens English Recording Co</a>. Mark also is the founder/curator of <a href="http://www.introversechorus.com/">intro.verse.chorus</a>, a website dedicated to exploring the art of songwriting. Visit Mark on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mark.bacino">Facebook</a> or follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkBacino">Twitter</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/songcraft-singer-songwriter-david-poe-discusses-his-new-album-god-girl#comments David Poe Mark Bacino Songcraft Blogs Interviews News Features Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:00:56 +0000 Mark Bacino http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22206 George Lynch Demos ESP Guitars ESP E-II ST-2 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-demos-esp-guitars-esp-e-ii-st-2-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The blokes at ESP Guitars have posted a demo video for the company's new E-II ST-2 model, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-e-ii-st-2-rosewood-rdb-guitar-video">which was reviewed by <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario in our September 2014 issue.</a></p> <p>Best of all, the video features none other than Mr. Scary himself, George Lynch!</p> <p>In the clip, which can check out below, Lynch puts the guitar through its paces and provides a detailed, helpful demo.</p> <p>The E-II ST-2 is made at ESP's factory in Japan. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/products?categories=st-series-guitars">espguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o9FfNItu3co" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/george-lynch">George Lynch</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-demos-esp-guitars-esp-e-ii-st-2-video#comments ESP Guitars George Lynch Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:45:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22223 Bad Seed Rising Premiere “King Kong” Lyric Video http://www.guitarworld.com/bad-seed-rising-premiere-king-kong-lyric-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Maryland-based teenage rock band Bad Seed Rising released their debut EP, <em>Charm City</em>, earlier this year on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/charm-city-ep/id852275541" target="_blank"> iTunes</a> via Roadrunner Records.</p> <p>Today, the group has teamed up with Guitar World and Revolver to premiere the lyric video for “King Kong.” Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>For more about Bad Seed Rising, visit their <a href="http://www.badseedrisingband.com/" target="_blank">official website</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/badseedrisingband" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NMZwqHiWBUE" height="365" width="620" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/bad-seed-rising-premiere-king-kong-lyric-video#comments Bad Seed Rising Videos News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:15:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22222