New Pink Floyd Album In October!

Stop the presses! Wait, is that even a thing any more? Stop the internet! Pink Floyd will release a new album in October! According to David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson (who is a really great writer, by the way) on Twitter: “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”

Polly Samson

And Durga McBroom-Hudson, longtime Pink Floyd backing vocalist, has posted on her official Facebook about a pic she recently shared of a particularly interesting studio session…

Pink FloydShe says: “Remember this photo? It wasn’t what you THOUGHT it was… YES. THERE IS A NEW PINK FLOYD ALBUM COMING OUT. AND I’M ON IT. And there was much rejoicing.”

There’s even more info over at the very excellent Noise11.

Pink Floyd To Release Division Bell Box Set

Pink Floyd The Division Bell 20th anniversary

Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell – which is being re-released in a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set – is not exactly the band’s most critically acclaimed, fondly-remembered album by hardcore Floyd fans, but for me personally it’s my favourite. I can put this down to the fact that it was released when I was 15, and when you’re that age everything new is awesome. So even now when I listen to that album I’m swept up in what I perceived when I was 15: huge Technicolour widescreen presentation and massive soundscapes. If I step back a little and listen more objectively today I hear a much more intimate recording, but that’s the cool thing about memory and perception: you can retreat back into that world 20 years later and access those memories and feelings again. And now, as an adult, I hear things in the lyrics that either went over my head at the time, or that I knew I wouldn’t be able to relate to on a personal level yet. And now Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th Anniversary celebration of The Division Bell. Read More …

8 Whammy Pedal moments you totally have to hear

Steve Vai – Touching Tongues (Sex & Religion)
Vai combines a whammy pedal and delay to create complex harmonies and countermelodies in the chorus of this track from 1993’s Sex & Religion album. Very musical, very creative and very cool.

Living Colour – Wall (Stain)
With a delay effect keeping the groove going, bass player Doug Wimbish picks out certain notes to emphasise with the Whammy pedal before shifting the whole friggin’ riff up an octave over the course of the final bar of the intro. Awesome.

Pantera – Becoming (Far Beyond Driven)
Dimebag stomps on the Whammy pedal on the second beat of each bar of this killer riff. Live he liked to rock out without having to worry about pedals, so his tech did all Dime’s Whammy squealing for him.

Audioslave – Like A Stone (Audioslave)
Tom Morello uses the Whammy Pedal almost like Eddie Van Halen sometimes does with the whammy bar, using it to slide into each note from below. Awesome.

Pink Floyd – Marooned (The Division Bell)
The Whammy Pedal usage in this song is pretty subtle on first listen. David Gilmour uses it to stretch bends out over an octave, but he blends it in with his regular playing style so seamlessly that you can be forgiven for not even noticing.

Joe Satriani – Cool #9 (Joe Satriani)
The Whammy Pedal had been available for a while when Satch released this track on his low key, live-vibed self-titled album, and he’s used the pedal a lot since, but the open space provided by the vamp of this track leaves plenty of room to hear Joe’s intuitive Whammy Pedal technique in detail.

Coverdale/Page – Over Now (Coverdale/Page)
Jimmy Page uses the original WH1Whammy Pedal’s ‘Down 2nd’ mode to slide an A5 chord down to a D5. This setting is still present in the WH1, but these days they call it ‘Drop Tune.’

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (Elephant)
What sounds like a bass on this track is actually a Digitech Whammy Pedal with the pitch dropped way down below the basement. While Jack White loves his vintage analog gear, he’s obviously not shy about the occasional digital chip either.

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NEWS: Guy Pratt, his bass and other animals

Pink Floyd/David Gilmour bass player Guy Pratt will return to Australia to promote his book, My Bass & Other Animals, with a series of on-stage appearances which bring the book to life through music and comedy.
Comedy fans might also recognise Pratt as Minty from the brillian TV series Spaced, for which he also composed music with collaboator Dom Beken.

Dates are:
November 28, Perth, Hyde Park Hotel
December 1-7, Adelaide, The Adelaide International Guitar Festival
December 12, Sydney, The Factory Theatre, Enmore

CLICK HERE to buy Spaced: The Complete Series

CLICK HERE to buy My Bass and Other Animals

NEWS: This week’s new releases

Lindsay Buckingham – Gift of Screws
New solo album from the Fleetwood Macdaddy, with appearances by FleeMac cohorts Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. The word is that there is some pretty scorching guitar playing on this one, along with an altogether darker blues rock edge compared to his previous release, Under The Skin. Buckingham has always been hugely underrated but his tone and note choice are, to quote Cookie Monster, nomnomnomnom.

Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Personally I was never really sold on Buckcherry. However, they do have some nice guitar tones and a cool sleaze-rock vibe, and early reviews proclaim this the best album of their career, so it may be worth a listen for those of us who never really gave them enough of a chance.

The Cure – Hypnagogic States
This EP consists of a few songs from the forthcoming full length album by the gloomy heroes of yesteryear, all remixed by the gloomy heroes of today, including members of My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, AFI, 30 Seconds to Mars, and 65 Days of Static. All royalties from the EP will be donated to the International Red Cross.

David Gilmour – Live in Gdansk
2 CD/2 DVD set by former Pink Floyd guitarist, playing solo tracks as well as Pink Floyd classics. Not a lot of surprises in the setlist, but any chance to watch Gilmour’s tastefully restrained playing close-up should be seized upon and ravaged like a zebra with a trick knee.

Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club – self titled
Former Black Crowes guitarist Ford stakes out his claim to the same guitar hero territory prowled by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, with an album of original blues rock.