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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bo Diddley, Booker T, Hoopi, Parliament Tunes Named to National Recording Registry

 

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected 25 sound recordings that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come.The voices of former slaves, the sounds of Native American culture, the creative wordplay of “Rapper’s Delight,” Donna Summer’s electric 1977 hit and the only surviving recording of a stage icon […]

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Buffalo Fx Intros Germanium Fuzz, Tonebender Mkii

 

Buffalo Fx is set to release its take on the classic Tone bender Mkii circuit and a revised version of the original Buffalo Fuzz. The Bender MKii is based on the original circuit, using NOS germanium transistors, with the functionality of external bias, tool-free battery change, and 9-volt power capability. Learn more at buffalo-fx.com.  

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Osiamo Set to Offer Mooer Micro Pedals

 

Osiamo will introduce Mooer Micro effect pedals to the U.S. market at this summer’s NAMM show. The pedals are compact, use true-bypass switching, and utilize many chips that replicate classic effect pedals. The current line includes the Ana Echo (analog delay), Black Secret (distortion), Blade (distortion), Cruncher (high gain distortion), Ensemble King (analog chorus), Green […]

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Los Lobos Releasing Anniversary Edition of “Kiko Live”

 

Los Lobos will release  the 20th Anniversary Edition of  Kiko Live on CD, DVD and a 2-disc Blu-ray/CD set on August 21. Released in 1992, Kiko was embraced by fans and hailed by critics as the band’s defining moment. Kiko Live captures their February 24, 2006, performance at the House Of Blues in San Diego, CA, where […]

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Recording King Updates Slope Shoulder Guitars

 

The updated Slope Shoulder guitars are available in two different models and have an extended scale length and vintage styling.  Both guitars have a 1-11/16″ bone nut, an ivory body and fretboard binding, and pearl fretboard dots. The scale length has been extended to the full dreadnought scale of 25.4.” The RAJ-126 has a solid […]

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Tab Benoit Wins Blues Music Awards

 

Tab Benoit took top honors at the 33rd Blues Music Awards, receiving three awards: Contemporary Male Artist, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and Contemporary Blues Album. The award-winning 11-track album, Medicine, includes seven Benoit originals co-written with songwriter Anders Osborne. For more information and a complete list of 2012 BMA winners: www.blues.org/  

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IBMA Preps to Move Annual Conference

 

The International Bluegrass Music Association will move its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next three years. World of Bluegrass Week includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. World of Bluegrass 2013-2015 will be hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center, the […]

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Höfner Ignition Club Bass

 

The new Höfner Ignition Club Bass offers classic style and tone with a definite 60s vibe. Lightweight and short-scale, the Club bass offers real playability, particularly for those who find a standard scale solid instruments simply too big and heavy. It has a  spruce top, and flamed maple back and sides. Other classic features include the […]

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DigiTech Introduces the Whammy with Chordal Pitch-Shifting

 

DigiTech’s new Whammy pedal introduces chordal Whammy pitch-shifting, additional Whammy intervals, and true bypass.The Whammy lets guitar and bass players raise and lower their tuning by up to two octaves, to create pitch shifts from subtle to extreme. The Whammy now incorporates new pitch-shifting technologies that enable the player to bend entire chords up or […]

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Legendary Bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn Passes

 

Donald “Duck” Dunn, the bassist who, alongside guitarist Steve Cropper, helped create the sound of Memphis soul at Stax Records as part of Booker T. and the MGs, died in his sleep May 13. He was 70. One of the most respected session players in the history of popular music, Dunn’s bass is heard on […]

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