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Y Niwl: We’ll keep a twang in the hillside

If you don’t love this, you may be dead.
(via The world’s oldest record shop: on the vinyl frontier since 1894 | Music | The Observer)

Black Walls – Acedia pre-release

Black Walls’ new album Acedia is available for pre-release purchase.

I’ve had Ken’s artwork on my wall as a huge print for the last couple of years. I’m stoked that this is now out.

Robyn Covers Syd

Robyn Hitchcock plays The Drake this weekend. Last night he covered Syd Barrett’s Terrapin. His Fylde has never sounded better.

Robyn Hitchcock - Terrapin

No-drill tremolo arm options for an American Standard Fender Telecaster

I’ve got a hankering for some surf twang from my Tele. As it’s quite a nice guitar, I’d prefer not to drill it. After not much luck asking on tdpri.com, I had to do some digging myself.

There are a bunch of options for Vintage-style telecaster bridges. Those are the ones with the familiar “ashtray” bridge, three saddles for a bridge and four screws securing them to the body. One of these is the Vibramate; their V5-TEAS for the Standard is coming out later in the year.

But the Standard bridge is different; it has six blocks, three screws, and is a different length from the Vintage bridge:

Options for these are fewer:

  • The ZZGuitarworks Bigsby EZ-Mount System W/B3R Bridge looks promising. (The B3R is for right-handed Standards; B3L for lefty Standards. Similarly, B4R is for Vintage 4-screw ashtrays.)
  • The Stetsbar fits both Standard and Vintage. It does require neck shimming, though.

chris coole at the local

Chris Coole – The Local, Toronto – 7 December 02008:
Chris Coole at The Local

First Set

  1. Sail Away Ladies – medley
  2. John Henry Blues
  3. Hey Porter
  4. John Hartford intro
  5. Let Him Go On Mama, Don’t Put Him Down For It Now
  6. Chilly Wind Blues
  7. beautician’s school – cold guitar tuning
  8. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
  9. I Know What I Know
  10. The Bandit Cole Younger
  11. Walking Boss intro – gourd tuning
  12. Walking Boss
  13. Little Sadie Intro – more tuning
  14. Little Sadie
  15. There’ll Be Hell To Pay intro
  16. There’ll Be Hell To Pay
  17. one more tune – tip jar – Slurf Song intro
  18. Slurf Song

Second Set

  1. Bonaparte’s Retreat
  2. re-intro
  3. Big Steel Rail
  4. John Hartford – batman cape anecdote
  5. Wish We Had Our Time Again
  6. recyclable banjo tuning
  7. Six Days On The Road
  8. Civil War Medley
  9. Introduction to Townes van Zandt
  10. Pancho & Lefty
  11. Railroad Blues
  12. Shelter from the Storm
  13. Old Dog
  14. Medley intro
  15. Turkey in the Straw, Soldier’s Joy
  16. tip jar – Uncloudy Day intro
  17. The Uncloudy Day
  18. tuning
  19. Lonesome Whistle
  20. thanks – and buy banjo CDs
  21. Cannonball Blues

i was the sound man (kinda)

I went to hear Chris Coole yesterday at The Local, and got pressed into the not-very-arduous duty of looking after the levels. With only voice and instrument, it’s not that hard, and I only once managed to produce an ear-splitting blast of feedback. There was a slight ring if Chris leaned forward and his guitar started to feed back a couple of times.

I also ran my first soundboard-audience matrix recording rig, with the PMD620 recording off the board, and my old minidisc recording from my table. The Local’s not short of ambient noise, so it’s nice to control it. The board gives a clean but rather dead mono recording, while the audience mics pick up lots of colour (and dropped plates, door chimes, …)

I haven’t put the full matrix together yet, but tried it on one excerpted song. Once you know what you’re doing, aligning tracks in Audacity is pretty simple – just find a clear note or beat in each track, get the tracks roughly aligned with the Time Shift tool, then zoom in as close as you can to refine the match. I suppose I should have delayed the audience track by about 0.01s to mimic the distance from the stage, but that’s a bit nerdy. Limiting the audience to 25% of the final mix, I get a great warm sound, but one that’s unfortunately almost entirely monaural.

Chris Coole at The Local

Chris Coole plays a relaxed set at The Local every Sunday. He had his new custom guitar last Sunday; it looks and sounds great.

He played his version of Michael Hurley‘s Slurf Song. He let me upload it, so here it is: Slurf Song [mp3].

bo the spider

We have quite the colony of largish, leggy spiders in our basement. They pretty much keep to themselves, as they have plenty of work thinning the woodlouse herds.

I was improvising a barre-chord hambone beat on the tele, when I noticed one of the spiders walking towards me. I stopped; it stopped. I started again; so did it. I switched to the 12-string acoustic and started bashing out the same rhythm; spider was like “meh” and stayed put.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a spider with the soul the late Mr Diddley in our basement …

am I good, or what?

Presenting the Stewart C. Russell not-patent pick holder:

stewart's pick holder

Yes, it’s just a plastic eraser with knife cuts in it cable-tied to the guitar stand. It works, and both items were in my kitchen drawer. Now I’ll always be able to take my pick …

the dire effects of Whiskey Before Breakfast

This is allegedly what happens when the battery runs out on your Zoom H2 while recording: whiskey before breakfast. This is Nichol playing his Collings during a lesson.

Ken Reaume | Wavelength Music Series + Zine

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Interview: Ken Reaume | Wavelength Music Series + Zine

January 20th 11pm18th, 2008Ken Reaume– at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College St, Toronto)

“Four Horses” CD release

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