LiveTunes: Is That An Arena In Your Pocket?

LiveTunesAn app that adds crowd noise and reverb to studio recordings? On the surface that sounds to me like kinda a gimmick. And I guess it is. But at the same time, it also sounds kinda fun! Not gonna lie, sometimes I’d like to hear an arena crowd screaming and cheering in response to my music, but unless I crowdsource the funds to pay a crowd, that probably ain’t gonna happen. So at least I can load my tracks into the new app LiveTunes, drink way too much wine and gaze mournfully at the rain through the window as I dream of what could have been, had I somehow managed to spearhead an arena-instrumental-rock revival. Anyway, here’s the press release! Read More …

Johnny Marr Unveils New Song, Tour Dates

d424475aEarlier this year the legendary Johnny Marr released his first ever solo album, The Messenger. Marr’s new song, The It-Switch, which is streaming now at Pitchfork, is the b-side to his new single New Town Velocity, a track from the album. The single will be released exclusively in the U.K. next week as a limited edition 7″ vinyl, and an iTunes download. By the way, Marr’s signature Fender Jaguar has got to be one of the coolest guitars in the current Fender catalog – hell, it’s really the ultimate Jaguar, with everything that’s great about the Jag and none of the bad bits that kept some players away. Check it out here. Read More …

“Chet” Willis Presents The C-Dub Project

Chet WillisPress Release: Originally formed in Dayton, Ohio, iconic funk pioneers The Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the mid 1970’s, their sweet, sticky, soul-satisfying sound scored them three consecutive platinum albums, two number one singles on the billboard pop charts and five number one R&B singles. Joining The Players in 1975 as lead guitarist was Clarence Willis, a charismatic, educated musician with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Art Education. The Players labeled him ‘Chet’, the name stuck and for almost 40 years Clarence has played, sung, wrote and produced several gold and platinum selling recordings with The Players including mega hits Love Rollercoaster and Skin Tight. Read More …

Ola Englund Gets Washburn Signature Model

WashburnWashburn has announced that monster guitarist, gear expert and all-round nice guy Ola Englund (Feared, Six Feet Under and now The Haunted) is being honoured with his own Washburn signature line called the Parallaxe Solar Series. Ola posted a pic to Facebook the other day of one of these in-development axes, with a Seymour Duncan TB-6 Duncan Distortion trembucker in the bridge position, an SH-2 Jazz at the neck and a Stephen’s Extended Cutaway. This is bound to be a high-performance guitar of the greatest quality and I can’t wait to check them out in person when they’re launched next year. Here’s the press release: Read More …