“Casualties Of Cool is one of my favourite things, if not my favourite thing I’ve done to date. It’s pretty left of centre, and now that my big Z2 project and all its chaos is nearing completion, it means even more to me. A dark and quiet place to go.
Finally, its available for people who didn’t order through Pledge, and I’m proud to present the video for ‘Flight’, done by long-time friend and collaborator Konrad Palkeiwicz. Konrad moved to an Island and filmed his interpretation of the song and I think it’s beautiful.
We have been rehearsing for our upcoming shows at Union Chapel and Savoy Teatteri in Finland, and it’s really a pleasure to have the ability to do this type of music. Thank you for the support!
Those magnificent folks over at Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines and MusicRadar.com present The Gear Show, a new monthly helping of guitar goodness featuring the hottest new product demos, killer tone from pro players and much more. The first episode is embedded below or you can click here to open it in a new window. In episode one, you’ll find a Mesa/Boogie Recto Verb 25 demo; Yamaha LL16D ARE, LS16M ARE & LJ6 ARE acoustic demo; What’s In Store with GAK (Gibson 1959 ES-335 Dot Reissue and, later, Wampler Ace Thirty); Simon McBride on his PRS 408; Tone King Royalist demo; Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster; Meet Your Maker with Taylor Guitars; Single-pickup guitar round up; and Me & My Guitar with Max Helyer from You Me At Six. The production values are awesome, the tone is relaxed but informative, and I can think of very few better ways to spend an hour.
Aah, now this is interesting! The good folks at MI Audio recently had the venerable KLON Centaur in their workshop, and after playing it for awhile they realised that it had a similar tone to the MOSFET setting on their own Super Blues Pro pedal. So they did a quick A/B shootout “We were able to dial in some verrrrry close tones although the two pedals are very different designs,” they say. “The Klon is a fairly unique circuit, and the Super Blues Pro is from the Tube Screamer family. So we recorded a very quick clip to compare the two pedals. Now, we’re not at all claiming that the Super Blues Pro is identical to Klon. It’s not, and that was never the intention with the Super Blues Pro. However, it was surprising that given virtually any setting on the Klon, it was possible to dial up a setting on the Super Blues Pro which got pretty damn close.”
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The really very excellent Van Halen News Desk has just posted links to a bunch of videos of Van Halen performing in Fresno in 1978 and 1979. You should head over there to see all of ’em, but here’s an especially cool one: “I’m The One” from 1978, with a killer Ed solo and plenty of David Lee Roth acrobatics.