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Showing posts from February, 2012

EHX Effectology, Vol. 1: Electric Guitar plays Blues Harmonica

In this episode of Electro-Harmonix's "Effectology" series, effect pedal wizard and Chicago studio musician Bill Ruppert transforms his regular electric guitar into a blues harmonica (pedals used: HOG, Micro Synthesizer, Wiggler, Holiest Grail). For more details on pedals and settings, please visit:

New SLASH Album 2012!

Great news, the new Slash album featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, titled 'Apocolyptic Love' is due out May 22nd. If the last Slash album is anything to go by (my favorite rock album of 2010), this should be another awesome album! One of my faves from the previous album: 'Crucify the Dead' featuring Ozzy Osbourne.

Cowboys From Hell... on Ukulele!

This is what happens when you get a new ukulele and you only know how to play guitar!

Matt Corby Acoustic Soul Man

Matt Corby comes into Triple J radio to give the first Australian Like A Version performance of 2012. He starts of with a roaring acoustic version of his track 'Brother' and then slows it down for a cover of The Black Keys' latest song 'Lonely Boy'.

Ain't Nobody - Jon Gomm (Chaka Khan)

Song and guitar tab available only from You can Pay What You Want for the song, and a percentage of what you pay goes to STEPS, a charity that supports people with clubfoot, hip dysplasia and other lower limb conditions, in honour of my beautiful niece Freya. This is my cover of the Chaka Khan dancefloor classic from 1982. When I was a kid, I played gigs in pubs in Blackpool, and often my audience was mostly elderly ladies spending their pension money on bacardi! Quite often they'd tolerate my original songs and blues covers for only so long, and eventually a representative would be sent over to remonstrate with me. "Excuse me young man, please can you play something we can dance to?" So this is my emergency disco song.

OK Go - Needing/Getting - Official Video

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they'd play the right note no matter where they were struck. For more information and behind-the-scenes footage, see and Many thanks to Chevy for believing in and supporting such an insane and ambitious project, and to Gretsch for providing the guitars and amps.

Jon Gomm Interview BBC + Passionflower

Great to see Jon Gomm getting the attention he deserves. As with many people, the first time I heard Passionflower my reaction also was 'wow'. An interesting little bit of insight into his thoughts and views aswell. You can check out more of Jon's work at

Best Gear Demo Ever? Boss RC300

A crazy yet talented European guy demos the Boss RC300.

Guitar Audio to MIDI - i2M musicport

If you think pitch-to-MIDI isn't for metal -- think again! Mat from DESTRAGE, shows what you can do with the Sonuus i2M musicport converter, Garage Band and some great musicianship. The i2M musicport is an ultra-fast monophonic MIDI converter for guitar and other instruments. It also includes a Hi-Z USB audio interface to give you an easy way to connect your musical instruments to your computer. Apple's Garage Band was used for MIDI sounds and tracking.