New Keneally Album Out Now!

You Must Be This TallYou Must Be This Tall, the new album my Mike Keneally, is out now! It’s Mike’s 24th album, and it features 12 largely instrumental pieces with musical assistance by Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Joe Travers, Rick Musallam, Missy Andersen and XTC’s Andy Partridge. And Mike says “this is an album that rewards dedicated attention with a good set of headphones,” which bodes well! Get more info and find out how you can help Mike promote the album here. And below you’ll find “You Must Be This Small,” a sampler of bits and pieces of the album, as well as the video for the song “Popes.” Enjoy! Read More …

New Fender Custom Shop Goodies

Fender Custom Shop Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

It’s always fun seeing what the Fender Custom Shop comes out with throughout the year. It seems that every few months there’s another interesting reissue, unique reimagining or ‘I can’t believe they’re making that!’ artist model. It just so happens that with this newest round of offerings the Custom Shop has made two instruments that have tipped my ‘Oh awesome‘ trigger, as well as two that are simply cool. The two that are currently making me pawn my kidneys are the Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass and the Closet Classic™ Rosewood Telecaster. Are you kidding me? Geddy Lee’s Moving Pictures bass and George Harrison’s Let It Be rooftop-gig Telecaster? Shut up and be owned by me already!!! Anyway, here’s the press release with plenty of info about each model. Read More …

The Return Of The Fender Starcaster And Coronado

FenderWow! Folks have been hoping for this one for a looooong time. Fender has reissued the hollow-body Coronado and Starcaster models. The Coronado was released in 1966, featuring a pair of Fender’s Wide Range humbuckers. The Starcaster followed a decade later. These new models, part of the Modern Player range, aren’t straight reissues – but that’s probably gonna make many players happy, since the original versions weren’t without their critics. Plus, modern construction techniques are probably gonna make these puppies a little more consistent than their vintage ancestors. I’m totally psyched about these and I can’t wait to try one. Here’s more info, and check out the video below of artists from Local Natives, The Mowglis, Frightened Rabbit, Surfer Blood and The Soft White Sixties  reacting to the new models. Read More …