NEWS: Ginger auctions THAT Les Paul for charity

The legendary Ginger of The Wildhearts is auctioning his famous Gibson Les Paul and donating the proceeds to the British Red Cross.

This is from the eBay listing:

“Released in 1978 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Gibson Les Paul, I bought this guitar around 1987 when I was asked to join New York rockers The Throbs. After a short term in NYC the guitar came back to England with me to form The Wildhearts. I formed the band and recorded every Wildhearts album with this guitar (also Silver Ginger 5 ‘Black Leather Mojo’, Supershit 666 and multiple solo projects). This fine guitar acted as my main guitar on every tour The Wildhearts ever did, including the AC/DC ‘Ballbreaker’ tour, as well as appearances with Sex Pistols, Manic Street Preachers, and many more. And it rarely needed tuning onstage. Basically if you ever saw The Wildhearts I was playing this guitar and if you ever heard The Wildhearts then you were listening to this guitar. Every song was written, played and recorded with this instrument. THIS is history.”

COOL GEAR ALERT: DigiTech Whammy DT

All hail the DigiTech Whammy! I used to have a Whammy II, a very cool pedal that I no longer felt I needed when I got a multi-effects unit from another brand, so I got rid of it. Well of course I quickly got the sellers’ remorse over that one. I haven’t bought a DigiTech Whammy to replace it yet but I’m gonna find it hard to resist the new Whammy DT. Check out these new additions:

‘Shift Down’ and ‘Shift Up’ modes for changing the tuning down by as much as seven steps or an entire octave up or down.

Momentary switch for ‘hammer-on’ and ‘pull-off’ effects – step on it to alter the pitch, and lift your foot off to retun immediately to the regular unaltered note. Trillorrific!

True bypass

FS3X input for hands-free selection of Whammy and Drop Tune settings

MIDI input

Sounds awesome, no? More info at DigiTech.com.

 

NEWS: Line 6 releases Pod Farm 2.5

PRESS RELEASE

NOW AVAILABLE: POD FARM™ 2.5, POD FARM™ 2.5 PLATINUM AND POD FARM™ 2.5 FREE TRIAL VERSION SOFTWARE PLUG-INS

—New software plug-ins feature stunning collections of POD® tones for any DAW and more—

CALABASAS, Calif.—May 17, 2011—Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, just released POD Farm™ 2.5 and POD Farm™ 2.5 Platinum, the latest updates to their premium tone plug-ins that add world-renowned POD® tone to any digital audio workstation. A new, free trial version is also available.

POD Farm 2.5 is the latest offering in the Line 6 POD and Amp Farm® modeling software legacy.  Its new features include compatibility with any USB audio interface, 64-bit support, standalone capability and the new free trial version.  Upgrading to POD Farm 2.5 is free for owners of POD Farm 2.

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NEWS: Primal Scream ‘Screamadelica’ DVD goodness

Back in the olden days, music fans ‘bought’ a think called ‘albums.’ Physically buying an album and listening to it from start to finish was what people did before there was YouTube and torrent sites. (A creature of habit, I still engage heavily in this antiquated passtime). One such classic album, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, is getting the big-time DVD/Blu-Ray/CD treatment, coinciding with the album’s 20th anniversary.

PRESS RELEASE

ONE OF THE SEMINAL ALBUMS OF THE 1990s—SCREAMADELICA BY PRIMAL SCREAM—RETURNS!

EAGLE ROCK TO RELEASE SCREAMADELICA LIVE CONCERT ON DVD/CD & BLU-RAY!

~Award-Winning Documentary Series Classic Albums Goes Behind-The-Scenes On Blu-ray-Only Exclusive~

On May 31, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a Blu-Ray and a DVD/CD package celebrating one of the seminal albums of the 1990s, Screamadelica by Primal Scream. The DVD and Blu-Ray will contain the full Screamadelica Live! concert production as performed by Primal Scream in 2010 at London’s Olympia, the first time it had ever been performed in its entirety. Additionally, a second eight-song “Rock Set” of the band’s most powerful tracks is included.

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