Best of 2011: Colin Stetson

Somehow I completely missed Colin Stetson‘s 2011 release New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges until it started showing up on people’s end-of-the-year best-of lists.   What to say?  Dude’s a monster.  Also engineer Efrim Menuck, producer Shahzad Ismaily and other producer Ben Frost did an amazing job capturing and mixing this.   From what I’ve read, something like[…]

Background Rockstar

Watch CBS News Videos Online Lucky Dog Charles Wyrick runs up to NYC with local songwriter James Scott Cook to play with Julian Lennon on the CBS Early Show. I know! Check out Charles’ vest-less performance (above) and the interview. Proceeds to benefit Lupus research. We’re pleased to present one of Charles’ many brushes with[…]

Pedal Talk Vol. 2: Real Estate

                                                                                      The Pedals of Martin Courtney, IV: •MXR Phase 90 •Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory[…]

PODCAST PREMIER! Pedal Talk Vol. 1

At long last we’ve launched Pedal Talk, our new podcast devoted to talking about magic and mischievous guitar effects pedals. In this installment we focus on a quartet of stomp boxes currently residing in the esteemed pedal-board of Chris Michaels. Check it, in this episode we demo: • MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay • Electro-Harmonix[…]

The Anthologist: A Mixtape

  TRACKLIST: COLDPLAY – Viva La Vida LUDACRIS – Money Maker RAY LAMONTAGNE – Saved By A Woman iiO – Rapture (Armin Van Buuren Remix) HARRY NILSSON – Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back) RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – Dani California ROOT BOY SLIM – Boogie ‘Til You Puke SLAID CLEAVES – Sinner’s Prayer SINEAD O’CONNOR[…]

Lowboy: The Mix

I compiled another book mixtape this week, this time from John Wray‘s amazing new novel Lowboy. The majority of the tracks on this mix come directly from the book. Lowboy loves the Dixieland cornetist Bix Beiderbecke so there are four Bix tracks here. But Lowboy also name drops Clarence Williams, Nat King Cole, Fats Waller,[…]

Who/What Are The Winners of Eurovision?

Saturday is the finals of the 2009 Eurovision song contest. I can’t say that I know any more about this contest other than that it is the Euro-only Olympics of song. So I’m assuming there’s gonna be lots of songs with thump thump thump Euro beats. I don’t know. I’m a little baffled by the[…]

In Bb 2.0

In Bb 2.0 is one of the coolest youtube projects I’ve seen lately (well, not including yooouuutuuube). When I first saw this, I thought it was an API that autotuned performances of solo musicians. But In Bb 2.0 is even radder than that. Conceived by Darren Solomon from Science for Girls, the site pools 12[…]

Maxcast 3

Check it, your’s truly talking and spinning some of my favorite tunes straight from the vinyl as a part of Max Recordings new Maxcast series. Download’s available both from Maxcast and Tracklist: Minutemen – Joe McCarthy’s Ghost Fleetwood Mac – Think About Me Jessamine – Say What You Can… Or What You Mean Nuno[…]