There's a famous and oft-parodied scene in the 1976 satirical film Network in Peter Finch's character yells, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" The scene may have nothing to do with music, but in a different context, it could serve as a perfect summation of the music on the upcoming debut album from Chicago's The Ex Senators.
I'm using a pretty crazy combination of scales in this Sick Lick. We start with the whole tone scale then move into the diminished and finish with the pentatonic. When I'm combining scales, I always base it around the pentatonic scale. As in, even though I might be using many different scales, I tend to focus the solo or lick around the pentatonic. Basically, I use it like my road map!
"If Nixon were running for president today, he would be seen as a 'liberal" candidate,' and he would probably win," wrote Hunter S. Thompson in 2004. It was a telling statement coming from a man who was watching from the sidelines as Nixon defeated Democratic hopeful George McGovern in the 1972 Presidential election before being practically run out of town following the Watergate Scandal. What the Good Doctor was alluding to was the tragic state of U.S. politics in the new millennium, which he saw as being overrun by crooks and criminals that made old Tricky Dick look like a mischievous scamp in comparison.
Guitar World asked Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak to dissect 11 key songs from the band's catalog. He discusses the guitars and amps he and Pat DiNizio used on "Blood and Roses," "Behind the Wall of Sleep" and "A Girl Like You" straight through to their recent single, 2011's "Sorry." His descriptions also put the songs in context, providing an insider's view into what many feel is New Jersey's greatest rock band.
In continuing their support of the heavy metal underground, Scion AV filmed a special performance from Chicago's The Atlas Moth earlier this year during an exclusive label showcase for Profound Lore at The Glass House in Pomona, California.
Today, one of metal's most prolific and eccentric musicians, Devin Townsend, is releasing a brand-new DVD box-set, By A Thread - Live in London 2011. The four-DVD set features footage from each of Townsend's sold-out concerts in London during which all four Devin Townsend Project albums were played in their entirety.
To say David Ellefson has Jackson is his blood is no exaggeration. Born in the small town of Jackson, Minnesota, Ellefson was drawn to the bass immediately. Over the course of his musical career, Ellefson has inspired many budding musicians to take up the bass guitar.