Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Hohner Clavinet Whammy Mod (Wowsers)

Ha this really is amazing. Only just seen this but apparently they've been around since the '70s... George Duke used to play it. Basically it's a whammy bar attached to the string assembly inside a Clavinet, which pokes out via the hole for the music stand. It's laughably big, hehe. Passes for an electric guitar at a pinch too!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Gonzales Pop Music Masterclasses

Most videos that Gonzales is involved with make it to my blog, and these ones are no exception. In this series commissioned by German Radio station 1LIVE, Gonzales sits at the piano to analyze and play current pop hits

I'm going to embed the one for Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' (which I must admit has given me a new found appreciation for the song), but there are various others, even ones with very minimal musical content, like Makkonen/Drake's 'Tuesday'. He doesn't only talk about songs he loves, the appraisal is very honest and he only really discusses the purely musical elements. There's no bashing here, it would be a lie to say his tongue isn't firmly in cheek though (check the slippers)

I urge you to sit and watch a few of these, they're fantastic. No real musical knowledge is necessary to follow them, which is the mark of a great educator. Put your hands together for the man. HEAR HEAR

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Batteaux (1973)

Happy new year to anyone who reads this blog... to celebrate i'm sharing with you an album I acquired recently in great condition, the S/T LP by brother duo Batteaux (Robin and David Batteau, no 'x') from 1973. This is a FANTASTIC record and i'm baffled as to why it's neither available to buy on iTunes or on Spotify. Could it be out of copyright? Someone needs to reissue this asap.

It's really hard to track down online. A couple of songs are on YouTube, and I did eventually find a crappy rip of it on a Russian mp3 site, which is not the one- It's not even available to download on my usually trusty music-lover type blogs, so... 

I just ripped it myself, and here it is for your delectation... As per usual with my turntable (Technics 1210) the sound becomes slightly more distorted the further towards the end of a side you get, but it's setup as best as possible and with a brand new Shure White Label cartridge too. Bonus info for the audiophile nerdZ; it then goes into a Radial J33 preamp and hitting my Mytek 8 x 192 AD. IT'LL DO INNIT

Anyway, the MUSIC. It's quite hard to categorise really. But basically, very jazzy americana. There's electric piano and plenty of fiddle. But wait, the fiddle is ok. Lots of typical West-Coast dudes on here; Tom Scott, John Guerin and more. It all adds up to my current favourite genre; PROTO-YACHT-ROCK. They're swimming naked with dolphins on the front cover, I mean, these guys rule.


1. Tell Her She's Lovely
2. Living's Worth Loving
3. Wake Me In The Morning
4. Mirror
5. Joe Arnold
6. Dig Up The Love
7. Katy
8. Lady Of The Lake
9. Treat Me Right, Treat Me Wrong
10. High Tide
11. Wishing My Father
12. Maybe I'll Run Away

All songs by Robin and David Batteau

Produced by Stuart Love and Henry Lewy

DOWNLOAD (AAC, 320kbps)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Things to do with a run-out groove

My mate Neil stumbled upon this amazing clip god knows how... musician and all-round creative bod Nick Zammuto has the idea of affixing a circular stencil onto a vinyl record (that the stylus rests on in the run-out groove), and carving notches on said stencil at precise locations (dividing up the circumference of the circle into 1/4, 1/8th, 1/16th, 1/24th intervals)... rhythmic awesomeness ensues. Probably very bad for your needle but hey, those rhythms are worth it