Monthly Archives: June 2011

Ari Eisinger

The Guitar Artistry Of, The Ragtime & Blues Guitar Of Blind Blake
Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
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Ari Eisinger doesn’t look like your typical bluesman. A science teacher, maybe, but not a blues singer/guitarist. Which proves Willie Dixon’s line – “You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover.” Behind his low-key demeanor and DIY aesthetic, Eisinger can play the blues – specifically country blues of the ’20s and ’30s – […]

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Family of the Year Gear Stolen


The management company for the band Family of the Year informed VG the band was the victim of theft the night of June 23 when its equipment van was stolen after a gig in Los Angeles. Among the gear in the van at the time was a Fender Telecaster with a sunburst finish and black […]

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Blue Lunch

Wilberts Records
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Bob Frank’s Band Blue Lunch prowls the musical alleys haunted by the spirits of Bill Doggett, Dave Bartholomew, and the Five Royals, whose “Monkey Hips and Rice” makes for some of the finest moments on this album.  Frank and company remind us why a musical category called “rhythm and blues” exists. While Frank is a […]

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Catalinbread Revamps Drive Line


Catalinbread has introduced two new pedals to its Drive Line, the DLS MKII and the CB-30. The DLS MkII is an overdrive pedal designed to create the sound and response of a ’70s-era Marshall amplifier. A “foundation” overdrive, it forms the core of a player’s guitar sound, and can be enhanced with boosters, fuzzes, filters, and other […]

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Rock and Roll Lover
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Viva Viva DeConcini’s band plays cabarets in New York City and sounds like nothing else – and her guitar playing is as unique as her band, as evidenced by the nasty rock solo on the title cut. (more…)

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Martin Bringing New Ukes to NAMM


Martin has announced it is bringing six new ukulele models to NAMM this July. Originally introduced to international dealers at Musikmesse, in April, the six ukes will be join three previously unveiled models and a line of additional instruments. Dealers attending Summer NAMM will see: 2 Uke – features a solid mahogany body, solid East Indian […]

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Raul Malo

Sinners and Saints
Concord Music Group
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From the opening trumpet notes, you know Sinners and Saints won’t be your ordinary country CD. The title cut sounds like the end result of a Ventures meeting with Nino Rota at a seaside bar in Cuba, then having them sit to write the title tune for the next Clint Eastwood spaghetti western. Ex-Mavericks front-man […]

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TC Electronic Introduces Limited-Edition Nova


TC Electronic’s limited edition Nova multi-effects pedal has presets programmed by Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Peter Thorn. Each created 20 presets they use when touring with Guns N’ Roses and Chris Cornell, respectively. TC product specialist Russell Gray (more…)

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TWA Intros Great Divide GD-01 Octave


The TWA Great Divide GD-01 octave pedal has five continuously blendable analog octave voices, including Dry, Octave Up, Octave Down, Sub and Synth. Its Sub voice can be user-assigned as -1 Octave Down, -1.5 Octaves Down, -2 Octaves Down or -2.6 Octaves Down The Synth voice combines octave waveforms to create synth-fuzz octave effects. It uses […]

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Hasse Fröberg & the Musical Companion

Future Past
Reingold Records
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Do you like Queen, Boston, and other purveyors of ’70s rock anthems? If so, check out the debut from singer/ guitarist Hasse Fröberg, who’s best known as co-vocalist for Sweden’s Flower Kings. Hasse (pronounced Hah-see) holds down the heavy rhythm riffs on his trademark Les Paul goldtop, while leadman Anton Lindsjö adds fretboard-scorching leads that […]

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