ARGH! New David Bowie Album! YES!!!

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Wow! I never thought I’d see it, but David Bowie is releasing a new album! I choose to take sole and total credit for this, of course. He must have read this recent post. Hehe.

Bowie’s new single “Where Are We Now?” is online right now at the new DavidBowie.com. His new album The Next Day will be released on March 8 in Australia, March 11 in the rest of the world apart from the USA, and March 12 in the USA. Preorder links at Davidbowie.com.

And here it is!


Tracklist:

1. “The Next Day”
2. “Dirty Boys”
3. “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
4. “Love Is Lost”
5. “Where Are We Now?”
6. “Valentine’s Day”
7. “If You Can See Me”
8. “I’d Rather Be High”
9. “Boss of Me”
10. “Dancing Out In Space”
11. “How Does the Grass Grow?”
12. “(You Will) Set the World On Fire”
13. “You Feel So Lonely You Could Die”
14. “Heat”
15. “So She” (Bonus Track)
16. “I’ll Take You There” (Bonus Track)
17. “Plan” (Bonus Track)

Fender Competition Series Effect Pedals. Cool.

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Wow! Love the Mustang-inspired styling!
FENDER® RELEASES COMPETITION SERIES EFFECTS PEDALS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (January 4, 2013) — Fender is proud to announce the Competition series pedals, a whole new line of effects pedals designed and built to provide inspirational tones in a reliable package at an astounding value.

The Fender Distortion pedal drives tube or solid-state amps into thick distortion and singing sustain, evoking the edgy hard-rock tones of the ’70s and ’80s. Great with many different amplifiers, it’s responsive enough that a guitar’s volume control can be adjusted to the exact amount of distortion desired, from aggressive crunch to full-on saturation. It can be used to create a distorted tone or as a boost for higher-gain rhythm and solo tones.  Read More …

Rob Caggiano Leaves Anthrax

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Wow, didn’t see this one coming. Guitarist Rob Caggiano has left Anthrax after two albums and a gazillion tours. Fans on Twitter are already calling for former lead guitarist Dan Spitz to return to the band. And Dan tweeted this a couple of hours ago:

“Now playing….
Caught In A Mosh….
With the lead break (I wrote) note for note perfectly executed. Anybody want to listen to it”

But back to Rob. He says:

“I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. Read More …

Music Radar previews 2013 Ibanez line

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Wow! Didn’t expect these to be announced so soon, but Music Radar has the scoop on several killer new Ibanez models for 2013, including the RG550-XH, effectlively a new version of the RG2011SC, the 30-fret beast released a few NAMMs ago (and used in the studio by Dragonforce, according to Herman Li in my April 2012 interview), the new Iron Label series and … a Premium version of the venerable ‘green dot’ Universe 7-string!!! The UV70 features DiMarzio Blaze pickups and the same basic styling as one of the most missed early Universe models. Get the lowdown here.