COOL SITE ALERT: The Go Set Blog

One of my buddies back at university was David Kent (otherwise known as Dr Rock), a walking wikipedia encyclopaedia of rock trivia, both Australian and international. Well now you too can tap into the doctor’s endless reserve of music passion at The Go-Set Blog, where he documents the history of Go-Set, a pioneering Australian music magazine which premiered in 1966. There are only a few posts so far so I recommend you to head on over, read them all, then bookmark the site so you don’t miss anything.

New Dream Theater song snippet online

OH HELL YES!!! Check out this clip from the song “Bridges In The Sky” from Dream Theater’s forthcoming album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, their first album with new drummer Mike Mangini. It’s like Images & Words and Scenes From A Memory got it on at a party and had a musicbaby.

And check out the limited edition box set version of the album.

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Guitar World launches new mag – The Buzz Bin

Awesome. First Guitar World overhauls the magazine’s design (making the mag bigger and bringing back the posters! Cool!). Then they crank up their online presence (and you can read my articles for them here). Now they’re launching The Buzz Bin, a new monthly digital magazine dedicated to new and hip boutique guitar gear.

Check out the August 2011 issue right here. I’m really digging the layout (and of course the content).

Mastodon’s The Hunter

PRESS RELEASE

MASTODON PARTNERS WITH TOTAL IMMERSION TO CREATE AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE FOR BAND’S UPCOMING NEW ALBUM, THE HUNTER

NEW SINGLE, ‘CURL OF THE BURL’ CONFIRMED FOR DIGITAL WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON AUGUST 16TH

BAND REVEAL TRACK-LISTING AND MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS OF THE HUNTER, DUE FROM ROADRUNNER RECORDS ON SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2011

Hard rock titans Mastodon have announced that their upcoming new album The Hunter will be released in several configurations that feature an exciting interactive 3D experience known as Augmented Reality. The technology, created by Los Angeles-based Company Total Immersion, combines virtual and real worlds to create a 3D one-of-a-kind interactive experience that users can control. Just by using a camera on a computer, their own face and the cover art on The Hunter, the user can turn themselves into The Hunter sculpture that is pictured on the cover.

Though the track “Black Tongue,” from The Hunter has already made its presence known, ‘Curl Of The Burl’ will be the first official single from the album and will be digitally released worldwide on August 16th through all digital music retailers. A video for the track will be filmed in the near future.

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Musicians’ worst gigs

Check out this rather entertaining piece in The Guardian about famous musicians’ worst gigs. What was your worst gig? I think most of mine have been pretty much okay, except for the time we were supporting The Screaming Jets (whose crew treated all the support bands like royalty, I might add). I went for a 2-whole-step bend and yanked the bridge saddle half way out of my Floyd Rose. Luckily I had a backup axe, but you don’t realise how much ya use your B string until it’s gone.

What about you? Comments below or here on Facebook.

Oh and I like Andy Summers’ entry from the article:

“It was an earlyish Police gig, in a smallish theatre, maybe about a thousand people. We were playing our set when suddenly the doors burst open and about 30 skinheads walk in, fully clad, in leather and bovver boots. And we were like: “Fuck.” They walked down to the front and started pogoing and moshing and screaming “Sieg Heil!” – it was really fucking intense. No one knew where it was going to go. And I have to hand it to Sting, because he invited them all to come up on stage. So they were pogoing all over the place, and it was just ridiculous, us trying to keep playing throughout. Sting got them all singing along. Then he told them to fuck off. And eventually they did. A week later, our very tough London promoter went down to Oxford with a bunch of guys, found them, and divine retribution was delivered.”