Spare ticket for Steve Hillage / Gong on 14th November in Southampton
Engine Rooms. Starts 7:30
Cost me £30. I’ll take £15
Hi. Now that I’ve lost a bit of weight, I’d like advice from the massive on where to buy a good pair of jeans.
I currently buy trousers for work and ‘loungewear’ from Marks & Spencer. I don’t know how their jeans compare to other outlets. It has been many years since i bought anything in denim
I want something good quality that will feel comfortable and will look right on a man of my advancing years.
I bought myself a new guitar for my birthday. It’s a little early. My birthday is not til October but I couldn’t pass up the chance to own this guitar. It’s rather special.
It’s a Squier Classic Vibe 70s Telecaster Custom Maple Fingerboard 3-Color Sunburst.
Squier are relatively cheap guitars made in Indonesia (I think) under license from Fender.
It’s based on an early 70s design with a single coil pickup in the bridge position and a wide range humbucker in the neck.
Keith Richards had one of the originals and played it on all those classic 70s Stones albums.
It sounds stunning. The back pickup nails the Keef tone perfectly. The front is beautifully mellow.
I’m off to put the guitar into a G tuning and make a bloody racket 🙂
I’ve been quietly recording songs in my home studio for a number of years now.
It’s about time there was an end product so I am in the process of investigating modern song distribution methods. To this end, I have just released my first single. It’s called “Folding Bicycle” and is currently available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal and Deezer. It will soon be available, hopefully in a few days on Amazon, Pandora, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox and MediaNet.
Feel free to have a listen, stream or buy and let me know what you think.
Intrigued by the riff to “Keep yourself alive” (I still think it’s a corker), I bought the first three Queen albums before deciding it wasn’t really my kind of thing.
I owned several albums by the reggae band Third World. I went off them quite quickly.
I bought Moondog Serenade by Cashman and West and it only took a few days before I said to myself “What was I thinking?”
Any bands that you all liked and then didn’t?
My wife just started work in farnborough.
She went out lunchtime to see what was available for lunch…
My office chair has finally given up the ghost and I need to buy a new one.
Here’s the problem. It seems to be impossible to buy office furniture “on the high street”.
I don’t really want to buy online. I want to sit in it. See how comfortable it is.
Do the massive have any suggestions of an actual shop I can go to to buy a chair (Ideally a comfortable “executive” type chair).
Somewhere within a 30 mile radius of Fleet, Hampshire would be ideal.
This was something I wrote as a calculated attempt at a “happy song”.
In keeping with that theme, I tried to capture the feel and excitement of early 70s glam rock which
I always associate with innocence and joy.
It’s also the first song to feature my new Vox AC10 guitar amp. It’s very loud and has that traditional amp smell (warm valves and sawdust).
I bought myself a compressor pedal.
The choice was bewilderingly huge so…. I went for the MXR Dyna Comp because it’s the one Lowell George used. Is that good enough reason?
Anyway it sounds awesome. It hasn’t improved my slide playing any but at least I sound a bit like Lowell while doing it.
Here’s a short clip of the first thing I did with the pedal when I got home (Yes I know there’s too much chorus on it).
This one was written in the 90s.
At the time I was playing in a covers band and frequently driving back from gigs in the early hours of the morning, struggling to keep awake.
In order to capture the unsettled feeling, the song is in 5/4 apart from the chorus.
Because it’s 5/4 and has copious amounts of Moog Synth, I have tagged it on SoundCloud as Progressive Rock.
This is actually quite an old song of mine. I wrote this in the late 80s and have re-done it now I have the technology to get to sound how I heard it in my head. Guitar parts are done with my new Fender GT40 modelling amp which I’m very pleased with. In keeping with the 80’s feel there’s quite a lot of Moog synth on it too. The image is of me as a nipper and is even older than the song 😉
Many years ago (1978 i think it was) I was in a band called Eclipse. We had an audition for the newly revived Jack Good Oh Boy Show.
Our keyboard player who played a Fender Rhodes piano borrowed a Minimoog from a friend for the occasion. Nobody owned synths back in those days. They were just too expensive so we had no experience of them.
The audition started and we were up ready to play our song. It plodded along averagely until it got to the keyboard player’s solo which was normally a tinkly electric piano thing, whereupon he let rip with the Minimoog. The other guitarist and I stopped in our tracks and looked at each other, jaws agape. Man what a sound. From that day on I vowed that one day I would own a Moog synth.
Well… fast forward to December 2016 and that has finally happened. I bought this little fella as a Christmas present to myself (see image).
On my recordings up until now I have been using the various synth plugins that come with Logic and to be fair they do sound really good but… » Continue Reading.
I love the Man album, Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day.
I had it on vinyl with the fold out map.
I’ve never investigated any of their other albums.
Is there any other that would be recommended?
Following on from Twang’s excellent album, In the spirit of outrageous self promotion, here is a new song from me.
This is a song I wrote during a period when I was suffering a long bout of creative block. I figured the best way to tackle creative block was to write a song about it.
The original recording I made was dull and uninspired. When I came to re-record it I thought what can I do to improve it? What would Bowie do? Well, he would make it more funky and add some weird Robert Fripp-like guitar (In his case, actually using Robert Fripp). The end result is much improved I think (My clumsy attempts at Frippertronics are on the fade out). Enjoy
It’s that time of year. I have to create a video for the my company’s Annual conference.
The theme this year is “We’ve been around for 20 years”, so i’m thinking hmm… 1995
First off I will record a lyrically modified version of Prince’s 1999 so that ‘s the soundtrack taken care of.
Next up is more tricky…. i want to do little skits referring to significant things that happened in 1995, only I can’t think of many.
So far, I have:
1) Eric Cantona kung-fu kicks a Crystal Palace fan 2) 1% of the population have internet access (600,000 people)
Err,.. that’s it
Another one and the last one is obviously going to be REL Field Marketing are formed (huge fanfare)
But, really need more than that to do 3 minutes of content.
Any of you AW folk have any suggestions?
PS. The video link is my video that won the contest last year