Listen to Wolfgang Van Halen’s debut single. Bring tissues.

Wolfgang Van Halen has just released his debut single, ‘Distance,’ via his solo band Mammoth WVH, and it’s utterly beautiful. It’s a tribute to Eddie, and the video is an absolute tear-jerker.

From the YouTube notes:

“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life. I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.” – WVH

Proceeds from “Distance” will be donated to Pop’s favorite charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation MHOpus.org https://found.ee/MammothWVH https://www.Facebook.com/MammothWVH https://www.Instagram.com/MammothWVH https://www.Twitter.com/MammothWVH https://www.YouTube.com/MammothWVH

“Distance”
I’m so happy
You’ve found a place
That’s better for you
Than this rock we’re living on
I’m so nervous
Don’t know my place
A life without you
I’m not ready to move on

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

I’m so tired
Can’t see your face
My memory of you
Slowly fades when I go on
I’m still cryin’
Don’t want this place
A world without you
I don’t think I’ll ever move on

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
I’m so happy
You’ve found a place

Check out Dean Delray’s new podcast, The Grail.

My buddy comedian Dean Delray has just launched a new podcast called The Grail. You surely know Dean from his Let There Be Talk podcast, and the idea behind The Grail is to talk with people who make stuff, just liked the ‘Handmade’ episodes of Let There Be Talk. Although the podcast will feature all sorts of topics like watches, architecture and who knows what else, the first episode is part one of a chat with Grover Jackson. There’s some great music history weaved throughout this chat and I can’t wait to hear part two.

You can find The Grail on your podcast catcher of choice. Here it is on iTunes.

 

Introducing the D’Angelico Deluxe 175 LE

Re-introducing the D’Angelico Deluxe 175 Limited Edition, a dizzying display of modern aesthetics and vintage-inspired features. Hosting two TV Jones DA-Tron humbuckers and coil-splitting push/pull tone knobs, the 175 ranges from throaty rockabilly to feathery acoustic tones with ease. A fully-hollow sixteen-inch-wide and nearly three-inch-deep body paired with the D’Angelico Shield Tremolo offers acoustic warmth and waves of sustain, all while a slim neck profile and ebony fingerboard promise player-friendly comfort. Available in Matte Charcoal, Matte Walnut and Matte Surf Green—only 50 pieces each, worldwide.

Now available at select dealers. US MAP $1999.99

Someone nicked $100,000 worth of Adam Jones Les Pauls

Sweetwater and Gibson Report Theft of Limited-Edition Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst Guitars

NASHVILLE, TN (November 5, 2020) A pallet of new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitars has been stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN on October 30, 2020. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, IN, the headquarters of Sweetwater Sound.

“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich. “Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person/s knew exactly what to look for and when.”

“These guitars were the dream guitars of 13 Gibson and Adam Jones fans, who had been patiently waiting for them to be delivered,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “We have decided to publish the serial numbers of the 13 stolen guitars and are appealing to all of Gibson’s fans to keep an eye out for them and let us know if they surface. Our fans should ask any third-party sellers for a serial number before purchasing to be sure they are not being sold one of the stolen guitars.”

Anyone with information regarding the guitars should contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at KPolley@whitelandpd.us or (317) 535-8100.

“Our loyal customers have been waiting a long time to receive these guitars and will be devastated,” says David Fuhr, SVP of The Sweetwater Experience. “We hope Gibson and Sweetwater’s tight-knit community of guitarists will be able to help us recover the stolen items and that the people responsible for the theft are caught.”

As announced last week, Gibson and Adam Jones of the band Tool launched a multi-year partnership and collaboration which premiered on Wednesday (Oct. 27) with the new Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar, a limited-edition guitar from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul. Upon release, all of the guitars immediately sold out worldwide.

The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar comes in a limited offering of 79 replicas which have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab–led by Tom Murphy–and are signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom guitars for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.

One of rock’s most talented artists, Adam Jones is renowned as the guitarist for the multiplatinum and multiple GRAMMY Award® winning band Tool, as well as his work as a visual artist, sculptor, videographer, producer, and special effects designer. For the world premiere of the new Adam Jones Les Paul Custom, Adam created and scored the animated short film, The Witness. Composed and performed by Adam, the song “The Witness” also features Adam’s Tool bandmates Danny Carey on percussion and Justin Chancellor on bass, and was mixed by Joe Barresi. Watch and share The Witness, streaming on Gibson TV, Here.

Skink Tank announce 7-track, self-titled cassette

Skink Tank are three mates who like lizards and playing music together. Their style is punchy, defiantly optimistic and full of life, as they explore the wimpy side of pub rock.

Psychic Hysteria is thrilled to be releasing Skink Tank’s debut EP on a limited run of cassettes and digitally November 27. The Skink Tank EP is a collection of catchy tracks that wants you to feel like it’s okay not to feel okay, and that you can even have fun with it. It addresses the big issues in life, such as being a party pooper during New Year’s Eve celebrations, daydreaming in the workplace, trying not to become your Dad, and buying your veggies locally (except for when you don’t).

The EP was recorded in between lockdowns at a disused farm in Lancefield, not far from the ancient Wurundjeri greenstone quarry, Wil-im-ee Moor-ring (“axe-place”).

Lead single and opener Melbourne Water is a jangly ode to bush crew work, and the sense of wonder found in unlikely places. Another highlight, Look at Me Now is a waltzing defence of feeling unsuccessful at adult life.

The Vahlbruch FX PIPELINE v2 reverb looks cool

Vahlbruch FX PIPELINE v2 – the next evolution stage!
Outstanding spring reverb sounds, combined with new technical features

Springe/Germany, 06 November 2020 – The Vahlbruch PIPELINE has long been an integral part on many pedalboards around the world thanks to its unique emulation of classic spring reverb sounds. With the PIPELINE v2, Vahlbruch FX is now lifting its well-known reverb pedal to the next level. A decay control extends the sonic performance of the pedal significantly and the innovative, Vahlbruch-original MagTraB foot-switch replaces the conventional 3PDT footswitch for many good reasons.

The PIPELINE v2 is a handmade reverb unit that delivers the legendary spring reverb sounds of classic tube amps in pedal format. Its unique circuitry combines the advantages of analog and digital audio technology, creating a classic analog and warm sounding reverb pedal with intuitive handling, controllable versatility and superior noise reduction.

In the PIPELINE v2 the direct guitar signal does not undergo any digitalization, so it is completely free of latencies and unfavorable frequency influences. Also the signal processing before and after the reverb generation is 100% analog. Only the reverb simulation is realized digitally and later added to the parallel running analog signal.

The sonic possibilities of the pedal are presented by a switch described with “Springs”. In its positions (S)hort, (M)edium and (L)ong the number and length of the simulated reverb coil springs varies. The “Decay” control, newly integrated in the v2 version, allows the (L)ong reverb duration to be adjusted to individual sound preferences up to rich ambience sounds.
The “Tone” switch affects the timbre of the reverb signal in three stages – (N)neutral, (B)right and (D)ark) – so that analogue warm to high-level crisp reverb sounds can be set as desired. The original guitar signal remains completely unaffected.
Vahlbruch Magnetic Transducer Button Technologie (MagTraB)

Like all Vahlbruch pedals of the present generation, the PIPELINE v2 is equipped with the company’s own MagTraB foot switch, in the head of which a magnet is integrated, whose respective position is detected by a sensor inside the pedal. If the switch is moved, e.g. when it is pushed down, the sensor measures the alteration and transmits it via a micro-controller to a gold-plated relay that triggers the switching process.

The advantages of the MagTraBs:
– MagTraB pushbuttons are virtually indestructible and guarantee an almost infinite number of switching cycles.
– No more annoying, mechanical switch clicking. Instead, switching is very smooth and almost noiseless.

Further information and sound demos are available on the manufacturer’s website: www.vahlbruch-fx.com

Check out the new Intervals video

Torchbearers of progressive, instrumental rock, INTERVALS, have shared ‘String Theory’, the latest single from the band’s highly anticipated full-length, Circadian, due out 13th November.

Featuring a guest performance from guitar virtuoso Marco Sfogli, listen to ‘String Theory’ here:

Aaron Marshall comments: “‘String Theory’ features one of my all time favourite guitarists Marco Sfogliand I’m hyped for you guys to hear his contribution on this tune”.

‘String Theory’ follows the widely praised singles ‘Lock & Key’ and ‘5-HTP’.

Circadian was co-produced by Marshall and fellow Torontonian, Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Obey The Brave, Like Pacific) – marking the first time the esteemed producer had ever worked on an instrumental record. It was also the first time that most of the work on an INTERVALS record was done locally in Toronto. As a result, Marshall had the opportunity to be more involved in the production and mixing process than ever before.

Circadian is meant to be viewed as a singular piece, with obsessive attention paid to the flow of the record. It’s full of motifs, cadences, and themes that are revisited throughout the record and even recalled from previous releases. Circadian intentionally clocks in at eight songs and roughly 40 minutes, as Marshall gave considerable thought to where the sweet spot between listener satisfaction and desire to immediately play it back was. Every minute detail surrounding the record has purpose, and builds towards an all encompassing experience.

Pre-order Circadian here: https://www.sheethappenspublishing.com/artists/intervals

More info:

https://www.facebook.com/intervalsmusic
http://www.intervalsmusic.net/
https://www.instagram.com/aaronintervals/

More information on INTERVALS:

Through the progressive, instrumental rock project, INTERVALS, Aaron Marshall has long been considered an innovator. He’s built a career on trusting his instincts, even when that intuition has led him down a road that is decidedly less travelled. That may mean tearing down genre norms, finding creative ways to interact with fans, or a commitment to self-releasing music even when label opportunities are readily available to him. Marshall has bet on himself continuously, and backed that gamble up with hard work, unparalleled creativity, and an uncompromising desire to make each INTERVALS release a pivotal moment in the lineage of instrumental rock. On INTERVALS’ latest record, Circadian, Marshall continues to push the limit at every turn, resulting in arguably the most dynamic record in the band’s highly-revered catalogue.

Photo: Wyatt Clough

Meet the Revv Generator MKIII Series

The World’s First Stereo-Direct-Output Reactive Load & Impulse Response Amplifiers – Revv is Back for the Attack with Generator MKIII Series 

Winnipeg, Manitoba – November 9, 2020 – Redefining the award-winning Canadian high-gain titans. The Revv Generator MKIII Series took 4 years of research & development based on feedback from world-class touring artists, session guitarists, & audio engineers. Featuring a plethora of tonal updates, all-new noise gate & digital reverb, & integrating advanced Two Notes Audio Engineering virtual cabinet & reactive load technology, Revv Amplification is committed to bringing you the most complete amplifier experience available.

Revv’s MKIII Series 120 & 100 watt heads are available as the Generator 120 with all 4 channels, or the 100P & 100R, which each feature a single high gain channel. 

The Generator MKIII Series features:

  • Go Direct with Two notes Torpedo-embedded Stereo XLR Output
  • Utilize Virtual Cabs & Mics, Twin Tracker Stereo Doubler, Reverbs, & More
  • 4 All-Tube Independent-EQ Multi-Voice Channels Take Your Tone from Clean to Scream
    • 4 Channel Generator 120. Available as 3 Independent EQ Channel 100P & 100R Models
  • Updated High Gain Purple & Red Channel Voicings & New Cut Switch 
  • New Clean Blue Channel Wide Switch & 3 Crunch Green Channel Drive Modes
  • Built-in State-of-the-Art Noise Gate & Digital Reverb (Both Fully Bypassable)
  • Dual Master Volumes, Presence & Depth Controls, & Power Scaling Down to 10 Watts 
  • Fully Programmable with MIDI or Included Footswitch. Two notes Editable via Bluetooth
  • Manufactured in Canada to Rugged Quality Standards. 5 – 12AX7, 4 – 6L6GC

The Generator 120 MKIII is $3299 & the 100P & 100R are $2699. They can be pre-purchased through many fine dealers or directly at www.revvamplification.com starting November 12 2020.