Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Matteo Ruggiero: jamming with... Shut Up

Shut Up band Live @ Supremo Piacere Highlights

Matteo Ruggiero plays "On the Way" by Jack Thammarat

Marcin Duński: seriously good fusion album on the way

Marcin Duński posts extensive excerpts from two new compositions that will be on his solo album, "History of True Love". This album will be a must have album for all fans of fusion guitar.

Marcin Duński-Historia Prawdziwej Miłości -fragmenty

Paul Antonio Ortiz: MetalSuck Gear review

Paul Antonio Ortiz

MetalSucks is sponsoring the Intrinsic 2012 Tour featuring The Contortionist, Jeff Loomis, Chimp Spanner and 7 Horns 7 Eyes and kicks off this Saturday! Loomis walked us through his live gear setup in a Rigged column a couple of months back, and The Contortionist’s vocalist and keyboard player Jonathan Carpenter just delivered his last week. Today, Chimp Spanner (his daddy calls him Paul) takes us on a step-by-step breakdown of all of his gear, live and in the studio. Next week, 7 Horns 7 Eyes’ Aaron Smith.


Jeff Kollman: Rolling Stone get down with Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats

Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats decided the time was right to unleash their first concert recording, Live Meat and Potatoes, in May on Marmaduke Records. Recorded over two nights in 2009 at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood, the all-instrumental, double-disc set captures Smith and his bandmates – guitarist Jeff Kollman, bassist Kevin Chown and keyboardist Ed Roth – in their preferred environment.

"It's really our most comfortable medium," Smith tells Rolling Stone. "The band was born out of a live setting. We're really about improvisation and taking chances. That's really where we do our best work and shine. We stretched out on the songs – they're like seven minutes long! For a band like us, it's important that we're all in the same room, feeding off each other, listening, and trying to take it different places. We try to play different every night, and we captured a pretty good performance. I think it was over two nights, but most of it's from one night. It's all live – there's no overdubs or anything."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chili-peppers-chad-smith-talks-im-with-you-b-sides-bombastic-meatbats-lp-2012071

Scott McGill: An intuitive approach does not exclude formalism

What about the idea that the untrained ear is everything with respect to musical creativity?

An intuitive approach does not exclude formalism and I’ve known and worked with great players in both categories. The argument “don’t read music or your creativity will be shut off” does not stand up to scrutiny. I can give you examples on each side of that argument in every case. I always wanted to read music so that I could grab some sheet music and use the notes in a different way. It was all about grabbing licks for me.

So, you see a music score as a playground rather than a cage?

Precisely. I listen to a score and think ‘What could I do with that?” For example, I’m doing a couple of pieces that have borrowed ideas from Ravel at the moment.

Full interview http://humandynamics.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/scott-mcgill/

Dhalif Ali: A Night To Remember Improvisation

Improvisational jam of the week!
First time trying out my chroma key recording im pleasantly happy with it! yay!!
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Dhalif Ali - A Night To Remember Improvisation

Rusty Cooley: Evil Genius

Rusty Cooley: Rusty devises an evil plan to cram notes into a scale without redundancy. Evil genius? Me thinks so. (insert maniacal laugh here) Make sure you're subscribed to get the latest from the evil genius of shred. 
LoTW: 4 Note Per Scale

Dweezil Zappa: Zappa plays Zappa UK and Euro tour dates



NOV 10 London, Roundhouse http://www.roundhouse.org.uk
11 Brighton, Brighton Centre http://www.brightoncentre.co.uk
12 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall http://www.trch.co.uk
13 Cardiff, St David's Hall http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
14 Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead http://thesagegateshead.org/
15 Edinburgh, HMV Picturehouse http://venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-picture-house/home
17 Floral Pavillion Merseyside https://www.floralpavilion.com/BuyOnline.aspx?EventID=3977&ShowID=2152
18 Birmingham, Town Hall http://www.thsh.co.uk/
19 Brussels, Ancienne Belgique http://abconcerts.be/nl/concerten/p/detail/zappa-plays-zappa-19-11-2012
20 Utrecht,Tivoli http://www.tivoli.nl/agenda/informatie/atid/455310/datum/di-20-nov-2012/titel/DWEEZIL+ZAPPA
21 Groningen, Oosterpoort http://www.de-oosterpoort.nl/programma/dweezil-zappa
22 Luxembourg, Rockhal http://www.rockhal.lu/agenda/rock-pop/show/detail/zappa-plays-zappa-1/
24 Gothenburg, Congress Centre http://Ticnet.se/
25 Oslo, Sentrum Scene http://www.billettservice.no/
26 Copenhagen, Amager Bio http://www.billetnet.dk/event/zappa-plays

George Lynch: Lynch Mob EP pre order and special ultimate fan bundle!


“Sound Mountain Sessions” is a straight forward, gritty, well-polished American hard rock offering from legendary LYNCH MOB, that truly captures the magic of their genre. It’s got bite, it’s got soul, and lyrically, Oni Logan holds nothing back on this one! Recorded in the traditional “old school” way, the band locked themselves into Sound Mountain Studios for a week straight and put their ideas in the capable engineering hands of Chris “The Wizard” Collier. With nothing more than the desert rats as their audience, a steady intake of ramen noodles, and their passion for Rock and Roll, the band gave birth to “Sound Mountain Sessions”, a four song EP that rivals their previous work from the early years. 

Another fantastic element about these new songs is the addition of bassist Robbie Crane, who brings solid grooves and melodic backing vocals to each track (a little known fact: Robbie was actually the very first bass player of Lynch Mob!). George Lynch does what George Lynch has always done best in this amazing release - he plugs in his guitar and then taps into the universal energy that only the elite guitar gods have access to....and delivers the goods. You are not looking for another “Wicked Sensation”, you are looking for “Sound Mountain Sessions”, a powerful EP that introduces you to the next chapter / best chapter yet, of these legendary rockers. Featured tracks include: "Slow Drag", "World of Chance", "City of Freedom", and "Sucka". Official release date is set for August 7, 2012.

Click here for audio commercial and exclusive pre-order bundles http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/lynchmob 

Lynch Mob ULTIMATE FAN Bundle $125.00



  • EP "Sound Mountain Sessions"!
  • Skull & Snakes hand crafted mini-guitar!
  • 8" x 11" Vintage tour flyer!
  • 1990 Road Crew "VIP" vinyl sticker!
  • 2012 Lynch Mob Skull & Snakes custom T-shirt!
  • 2012 Lynch Mob Skull & Snakes pin back button!
  • 8" x 11" Autographed George Lynch/Lynch Mob photo!
  • Lynch Mob "LIVE" vinyl sticker!
  • Two-sided full color collectable photo card!
For wholesale or media related inquiries please contact: iceraven@ratpakrecords.com

For bookings and appearances please contact Larry Morand: LT3Ent@aol.com

(Coming August 2012)

LYNCH MOB recently wrapped up shooting for their first video single from the new release Sound Mountain Sessions called, “Slow Drag”, which was shot by renown Houston, Texas film producer, W. Ross Wells of Zen Film, and is scheduled for early August release via Rat Pak Records. Additionally, while in Houston, the band was filmed for an upcoming episode of “Live from Sugar Hill”, a rare all-acoustic performance shot at Sugar Hill Studios by Grammy producer Dan Workman and Zen Film. Live From Sugar Hill is sponsored by Vitamin Water/Coca Cola, and will air sometime in mid August.


Paul Gilbert: off to Catskill Mountains of New York

Paul Gilbert:
I'm packing up a couple guitars and getting ready for a week-long guitar camp that I have organized in Catskill Mountains of New York.... . I'm going to bring my video camera and hopefully return with a few exclusive surprises for this site.  http://hub.artistworks.com/student-blog/great-guitar-escape

Paul Gilbert - paulgilbert.com
Guthrie Govan - the-aristocrats-band.com
Tony MacAlpine - tonymacalpine.com
Kid Andersen - kidandersen.com
Scotty Johnson - scottyj.com
Rodney Holmes - rodneyholmes.com
Tom Size - tomland.com
Full Moon Resort - fullmoonresort.com

Paul Gilbert: ArtistWorks Special Lesson for Truth In Shredding

Jimmy Herring: Special Concert Performance and Dinner and more!

The Jimmy Herring Sessions: Return to the Roots

Learn: Perform:Hang with Jimmy Herring Band

For the very first time Jimmy Herring will be conducting a 2 Day Educational and Concert Series

There will be a display of amazing Vintage Guitars, and lots of discussions on gear where you will be able to personally converse and discuss with Jimmy Herring, Jeff Sipe, Neal Fountain and Matt Slocum. A wonderful gourmet dinner will follow after which Jimmy Herring Band will perform a very exclusive concert for the very first time this year in front of a very very limited audience in an audophile environment. As a bonus, all day participants will get to hear the new album – Subject to Change without Notice in a pristine room along with Jimmy Herring.


All Day Pass that Includes Studio Tour, Masterclasses, Jamming with Jimmy Herring Band, Gear Talk, Vintage Guitar Show and the Concert: $1350/All Day, $1950/2 Days (11 AM-Midnight)

Special Concert Performance and Dinner: $300/1 Evening, $500/2 Evenings (7 PM-Midnight)

Date: Friday and Saturday, August 17, 18, 2012

For Reservations contact Michael Tiemann at jh-session2012@miraverse.com

Elizabeth Schall: Dreaming Dead West Coast Tour dates

Elizabeth Schall and Dreaming Dead West Coast Tour 2012

July 13th - Concord, CA - Greenhouse BBQ - All ages/Donation
w/ Burning Monk, Saint Christopher, Barking Spiders & Limes

July 14th - San Francisco, CA - Tidal Wave Fest - All ages & FREE!
w/ Huntress, Spiral Arms, Skitz, Hellfire, Abrupt & Paranoid Freakout

July 14th - Oakland, CA - Center for Creative Abuse
w/ Nux Vomica & Negative Standards
**Making the most out of our trip & playing 2 shows that day**

July 15th - Los Angeles, CA - The Airliner Bar - 18+/$3-$5
w/ Social Overload, Dawn of Ruin, Doomsayers & more!

July 16th - Fullerton, CA - The Slidebar - 21+/FREE!
w/ Torment ID, Apathy, Infinite Death

Dreaming Dead - "Midnightmares" Live @ Los Globos 7/3/12

Dreaming Dead - live @ La Cita

Dreaming Dead - Exile live @ La Cita

Dreaming Dead - Overlord live @ La Cita

Pop Woravit: voting time for the Ibanez guitar solo competition

Time to vote for your favourite guitar player:

Tom Quayle, David Wallimann: Smooth Jam with Backing track available

Backing track at www.guitarplayback.com/four-key-pass
David uses Fender Telecaster American Standard + Fractal Audio Axe FX II
Tom uses Suhr Guitars

Wallimann and Quayle Smooth Jam

Check out the new YouTube online store from David Wallimann: