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Wayne Static Tribute at

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Wayne Static was part of my life’s soundtrack for what seems like as long as I can remember.  Growing up in the midwest, playing in bands, always loving heavy music and with some electronic elements.  When I first got a taste of Static-X I was in love with that sound.  I had the same love affair with Powerman 5000.  A combination of heavy, angry powerful music but music that had a drive and an audible bounce.  People had fun at those shows.  In retrospect it was the beginning of the end for music as I knew it.


These bands were popular when there were still rockstars, well before the homogenized version of music we get today.  It’s unfortunate that music that is fun has all but disappeared.  But that’s for an entirely different rant.  Maybe later tonight.


For now, here is a great post from over at   Called When The Pighammer Falls.  Click the link and check it out.  It’s worth the read!

Butcher Babies On Tour with Black Label Society and Hatebreed

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Unfortunately, this tour isn’t getting very close to me but if it’s in your neck of the woods it’s 3 fun bands to see!!

BUTCHER BABIES have just completed recording for the follow-up to their debut full-length, Goliath. Due out summer 2015, this currently untitled album was produced by Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH), who also worked on the band’s recently released covers EP, Uncovered (the video for the cover version of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” can be viewed here). For a preview of new material, be sure to catch BUTCHER BABIES on the road, where they will be debuting tracks for the first time live!

To purchase BUTCHER BABIES’ latest release, Uncovered, head over to iTunes for a digital copy or Best Buy for the CD.

12/27/2014–Studio Seven–Seattle, WA
12/28/2014–Knitting Factory Concert–House Spokane , WA
12/29/2014–Commodore Ballroom–Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014–Kelowna Community Theatre–Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014–Flames Central–Calgary, AB
1/2/2015–Shaw Conference Centre–Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015–Convention Hall–Arts Centre–Regina, SK
1/4/2015–Burton Cummins Theatre–Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015–The Community Auditorium–Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015–London Music Hall–London, ON
1/8/2015–Kool Haus–Toronto, ON
1/9/2015–Metroplis–Montreal, QC
1/10/2015–F Shed At The Market–Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015–Reverb–Reading, PA
1/13/2015–State Theatre–Portland, ME
1/14/2015–Webster Theater–Hartford, CT
1/16/2015–Royal Oak Music Theater–Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015–The LC Pavillion–Columbus, OH
1/18/2015–The Fillmore Charlotte–Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015–Diamond Ballroom–Oklahoma City, OK
1/21/2015–Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland–Kansas City, MO
1/22/2015–Sokol Auditorium–Omaha, NE

Unreleased Dimebag Track Whiskey Road

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Guitar World Magazine is preparing their tribute issue to Dimebag for their Feb 2015 release. With that, they have released a solo track of Dime’s titled Whiskey Road. According to GW this was recorded by Dime in 2001 during the last leg of the Reinventing the Steel U.S Tour and features Dime on all instruments including vocals.

The upcoming issue appears to be loaded with coolness including a private tour of Dime’s home and a segment on his most cherished guitars. It looks to be a great issue so pick it up!! But until then check out the tune!!

iZotope Iris 2 Release

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

If you’ve ever used any iZotope stuff you know it’s incredible.  Here is a release from them for their new sample based synth called Iris 2.  Surely to be killer!!

iZotope Releases Iris 2
New sample-based synthesizer includes
11 GB of versatile patches and samples

Cambridge, MA (November 20, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has just released the newest version of their sample­-based synthesizer, Iris. Iris 2 is a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth.

New features include a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.

Iris 2 is built so that new sounds can be discovered right out of the box, including soaring leads, growling basses, classic synths, and percussive effects. More than 350 patches with intuitive controls are included, so that users can easily produce and perform music that they have tweaked and customized.

“After listening carefully to feedback from hundreds of musicians, producers, and sound designers, it became clear that Iris is a one-­of­-a-kind tool in their craft,” says iZotope Product Manager Bradford Swanson. “We’ve designed Iris 2 to help inspire musicians with new possibilities and sounds that are easy to access and tweak, but still totally unique.”

The core of Iris 2’s creative engine is the ability to layer samples. Endless combinations can be made by mixing a built-­in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sound library of samples, and users’ own audio files. Dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps can be achieved through up to five adjustable ­curve ADSR envelopes, as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options. Iris 2 is rounded out with multiple effects, like eight distortions, a classic synth chorus, digital and analog delay options, and a warm plate reverb emulation.

iZotope’s award­-winning spectral filtering technology contributes to the Iris experience. Users can visualize and edit their sound with incredible precision by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.

The world is your instrument.


See Iris 2 in action:

Hear the sounds of Iris 2:

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Iris 2 is available now at and at select retailers.


Iris 2 is on sale for $199 USD ($99 USD upgrade) through December 11, 2014. After that date, Iris 2 will be available at the regular price of $299 USD ($149 USD upgrade).

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Iris 2 pricing.


Iris 2 runs as a plug-­in or as a standalone application.

Operating system requirements:

Windows: 7, 8 Mac: OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

Plug­in formats:

32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Plug­in host compatibility: Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Bitwig, and many more.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

I got a cool email today from Hal Leonard about a new book they’re releasing titled The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information.  If you’re a fan of Fender products this looks like something that would be a great edition to your collection!!!

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information

Montclair, NJ (November 11, 2014) -Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information. Written by Tom Wheeler with foreword by legendary guitarist James Burton, The Fender Archives is part history, part archive, part scrapbook, and part treasure chest, telling the story of an American icon through it’s rich past.


In The Fender Archives, Wheeler takes

the reader on a research expedition, a sort of archeological dig through several sites: file folders in Fender’s offices; the family archives of Don Randall; author/curator Richard Smith’s collections; the photo galleries of John Peden and Fretted Americana; jammed metal cabinets in a sweltering warehouse near the Corona factory; and the home of the late Bob Perine in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, just blocks from the beach where he and Ned Jacoby took now-iconic photos of high school kids, surfboards, palm trees, and chrome-clad rocket-ship guitars in Shoreline Gold and Daphne Blue and Candy Apple Red.


“Tom has compiled a captivating collection of artifacts that is guaranteed to satisfy the most passionate Fender fanatic,” said Richard McDonald, executive vice president of the Fender brand.


The Fender Archives
looks at the company from the inside; handwritten letters, production totals, personal logbooks, in-house memos, Leo Fender’s drawing-board sketches, financial reports-such documents are freed here from long confinement in cardboard boxes and filing cabinets, dusted off, and promoted from background to spotlight.


The Fender Archives sheds new light on the inspirations for revolutionary instruments and amplifiers, their sometimes-difficult births and growing pains, the environment into which they were unleashed upon the world, and the motivations and personalities of key players. Featured are rare and previously unseen photographs and documents from Fender’s decades-long rich history as well as reproduced historical documents, posters, and other items housed in several folders bound within the book.

About the Author:
Tom Wheeler is a writer, educator, and musician. After freelancing for Rolling Stone, Wheeler held the post of editor in chief of Guitar Player Magazine and became the founding editorial director for Bass Player. He has authored several books, including The Guitar Book, American Guitars, The Stratocaster Chronicles, The Soul of Tone, and The Dream Factory. Wheeler currently serves as a professor at the University of Oregon’s School of journalism. He lives in Eugene, Oregon. 

The Fender Archives
$45.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00103138
ISBN: 9781476817477
Width: 12.0″
Length: 9.0″
96 pages


For more information, please visit – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

How To Adjust Your Acoustic Guitar Action

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I did a quick youtube video when I needed to adjust the action on my acoustic guitar. I found a lot of people that didn’t know what that was about so I shot a quick vid to document my adventure. As most anything with an instrument it’s not that difficult you just have to have the stones to rip into it. That being said, if you’re concerned you may murder your instrument phone a friend before you euthanize your prized guitar!!!

Finally Back From Another Great Namm Show 2014

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

612A6460I can’t say how much I love that event enough. I hear other people talking about how they hate it, can’t wait to get home… Blah Blah Blah… I’ll tell you this. No other place on the planet are their more like minded people that at the Namm Shows. Where else can you rub elbows with some of the best musicians on the planet and every piece of gear you can imagine. We’re certainly looking forward to hitting it again next year.

While I’ll be posting some individual things that caught my attention this is just a little blurb of everything that was awesome. First the weather 🙂 It was like -40 at home with the with wind and a ton of ice and snow. When we finally got into Anaheim after a nightmare of flight delays and being diverted from LAX to Orange County (which was actually what I would have wanted anyway) we changed out rental car pickup to over by John Wayne. When we picked up the car the girl at the counter actually said it’s too bad you guys didn’t get here last week. The weather was so much better its pretty cold right now! (It was 72)

So enough of the gabbing what kicked the most ass? That’s really tough. So let me start with guitars.

Probably the biggest standout to me at least as far as mass produced guitars was Legator. Honestly, anymore bigger manufacturers are just what the are. Everyone that knows me knows that my heart lies with Ibanez and while I stray from time to time (Scheter Loomis) I generally go back. And that’s just a comfort thing as I actually search out old Rg’s, generally send them to a great luthier to get tuned up properly for whatever messed up tuning I’m going to use and away I go. But Legator was the only booth that I sat down in and said “Holy S**t” I really wanted one after I was done. I spoke to the owner bit who was super nice as well.

Now when I say mass produced, they’re not the size of an Ibanez or Jackson. But they are not the odd ball we build 4 guitars a year type. I’ll post another separate blog about them later but it’s totally worth your time to check out.



What else was cool for guitars? Well tons but I the Jackson booth was killer, so was the EVH booth. Plus lots of cool custom stuff, more than you can even look at.

For drums the biggest thing I saw that people were gabbing about was the new DW Direct Drive pedal picture (poorly) below. People were swarming all over those and unfortunately they didn’t have anyplace where you could actually try them out. You could push on them on the display but that was that. They look decent but who knows. I would love to get some time on them to better review them.





So these are just a couple of things just to get you lathered up. I could talk for another week about the cool stuff. EV had a great display for their new live PA gear, Line 6 has a great new product out. And on and on and on….

Hope you’re well. Thanks for reading as always!!


Jason Newsted Gives More Detail Into Leaving Metallica

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Here’s a killer hour long interview from Scuzz with Jason Newsted. At about the 30 minute mark he gives a lot more detail on the moment he knew it was time to leave Metallica.

If you want to skip to that its around the 30 minute mark. Enjoy!!