When bouncing a work-in-progress song, I listen back to it in the car or through earbuds to hear how a mix performs in different environments. While no substitute for the full mastering process, these settings using plug-ins included with Logic are a quick way to bounce a song at a realistic mastered volume and add juicy vintage saturation.
The most talented band in the world at their creative peak. Ferociously energetic on stage. Crafters of wondrous lyrics that dance into your ears and make you think. Musicians with an endless well of earworms of riffs and hooks to draw on. Charismatic, bona fide stars.
Happy Mondays are none of these. But for one night in April 1999 at the Manchester Evening News Arena, they gave the gig of my life.
Joanne Shaw Taylor, the best modern blues-rock guitarist to establish themselves this decade, released her fifth studio album Wild today. After several listens today, I’m hooked.
This is my listening diary for the fourth Harkive event held on 19 July 2016. Harkive is an annual, online music research project that gathers stories from people around the world about how, where and why they listened to music on a single day.
Rhino and the Ranters have released their new EP Half Quixote featuring four tracks:
- I Can’t Stop These Tears From Falling
- What’s Cooking Mama?
- Dead Live Man
- King of the Undertakers
I spent today sprucing up my first guitar, a 1993 Mexican Fender Stratocaster, giving it a full clean and replacement pickguard.
Seeing a band of Von Hertzen Brothers’ quality and experience up close in a small venue was a rare opportunity and a treat for any live music fan. For VHB fans particularly, this was a great opportunity to catch them before they headline larger UK venues, which is where the band deserve to be.
Fender’s popular Hot Rod range of valve combo amps are loud. Great fun for guitarists but potentially annoying to bandmates and sound engineers. Nobody needs that bassy woof thrapping your trousers and smashing your ribs as you focus on nailing that tricky flute solo.
After reading Paul Allen’s post on tone stacking with two amps and Rich Tozzoli’s tips on multiple amp mics, I wanted to try these techniques with both my amps. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to use two amps simultaneously while recording with Rhino and The Ranters at Base Studios, Stourbridge.
In Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, a three-part series broadcast this month on Sky Arts, Lenny Henry asks why there are so few black British blues singers. Also, why has no black British blues singer achieved international fame? Henry interviews both famous blues stars and unsung musicians playing their local circuits.