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Buckethead Suffering From Life Threatening Heart Problem

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

 

 

 

Buckethead (Brian Carroll) was recently featured on the Coming Alive Podcast please check it out and listen to the entire interview.

“Well, really recently – I have a heart problem where my heart beats out of rhythm.

“It’s been doing it for a long time, but recently it just really kicked up and became really intense. I really didn’t know what was going on.

“I just tried to deal with it and let it do what it did, and eventually it would stop. But it got really intense, so I went to the doctor and they said, ‘You’re on the verge of having a stroke.’

“I’m like, ‘Wow…’ Because I felt so good prior to having it, I was doing pretty well and everything.

“They suggested I had a thing called an ablation, they go in and freeze your heart. It’s supposed to do something with the nerves, because they said my heart was fine, but it could be a genetic thing, they didn’t really know.

“I had that procedure, and it didn’t really stop it, and I’m still dealing with it. I take medication, which is tough, because I never took anything my whole life, although if I eat food or drink something that’s probably worse anyway. [Laughs]

“So it’s been really difficult, it’s scary. Even walking across a room is difficult. Luckily the medication I’m thankful for, because it’s kept it from going berserk. But it’s pretty intense.

“It seems like now I’m letting this thing sort of exist now in me, I can’t really escape it.

“I’m always aware of the intensity of my heartbeat, it’s just not something that I’d ever experienced, so it definitely kind of scares me. But I also see that it is also doing a lot of good, because I need to do all of the things I want to do.

“I just feel an urgency now.”

 

On a side note I was lucky enough to go see Buckethead with my Brother a few years ago in a tiny venue.  And to this day I have never been more in awe of a live guitar player.  We wish Buckhead the best!

 

GZ

Derek Sherinian Talks Getting Fired From Dream Theater In Interview With Mike Portnoy And Eddie Trunk Sons Of Apollo

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The time was 1997, My most favoritist band in the whole wide world Dream Theater had parted ways with their keyboard player Kevin Moore and added a fella named Derek Sherinian.  All of us heavy Dream Theater nerds were floored.  It was like if Leonard Nimoy had left Star Trek and they just threw another pointy eared dude in there and still called him Spock.  However, in the words of Charlie Murphy.. This cat could ball…  So it was all good. The album rocked and away the fans went.  Till they canned him…..  For Jordan Rudess.  Who by the way, can also ball.

Derek is in a new band call Sons of Apollo and they’re bad ass.  A super group made up of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).

 

Take a listen to this clip from Eddie Trunks show discussing the firing.

 

Sons of Apollo is the Super Group You Should Be Listening To Check It Here With Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

Mike Portnoy has another super group and I dig it!  He’s reunited with former Dream Theater keyboard player Derek Sherinian as well as Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and also added  Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).

Their debut album titled Psychotic Symphony was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

Sons Of Apollo got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about Sons Of Apollo is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity – a lethal combination!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested Sons Of Apollo and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

 

 

Tracklisting:

“God Of The Sun”
“Coming Home”
“Signs Of The Time”
“Labyrinth”
“Alive”
“Lost In Oblivion”
“Figaro’s Whore”
“Divine Addiction”
“Opus Maximus”

 

Check out the video for Coming Home.

 

Intro Interview Part 1

 

Intro Video Part 2.

 

Signs Of The Time Album Track.

Teaser.

Sons Of Apollo will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring Sons Of Apollo to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”

Check Out New Joe Satriani Tune “Energy” Featuring Chad Smith and Glenn Hughes

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Guitar Superhero Joe Satriani announced his new album recently.  “What Happens Next” is slated to be released January 12.  He’s discussed a bit of what we can expect from the record with his new single “Energy”

Energy is a straight ahead rock track and won’t sound unfamiliar to Satriani fans.  “The son ‘Energy’ shows the power, fun and excitement of true and spontaneous musical chemistry,” Satriani says.  “Chad Smith, Glenn Hughes and me rockin’ out, not holding back, reveling in the moment.”  Keeping things simple on this record is important for Satriani, who adds, “I said to Chad in an early text, ‘No odd time signatures, no progressive stuff, pure rock and soul.  The last two records really showed that I was enjoying playing with progressive elements, and when I reached the end of Shockwave Supernova, I said, ‘I think I’ve done it.  For some reason, I don’t feel like going back over that anymore.”

Satriani also announced the lineup for the next G3 tour in which he will be joined by Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.  Listen to the new singer “Energy” Below and pre-order What Happens Next HERE………

“What Happens Next” track listing:

01. Energy
02. Catbot
03. Thunder High On The Mountain
04. Cherry Blossoms
05. Righteous
06. Smooth Soul
07. Headrush
08. Looper
09. What Happens Next
10. Super Funky Badass
11. Invisible
12. Forever And Ever

 

Does Guitar Tonewood Matter?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

A new tonewood video is making it’s rounds and this is a topic that everyone has an opinion on.  There are clearly two separate camps that get rabid with each other almost to the point of flat earthers vs round earthers. (Except for the clear visual evidence of the round earth)  There was that one scientific study that one time that said there is virtually no sonic difference see HERE!!!!   And then there are bunches of not as scientific studies.  That’s what I like!

People spend a ton of money chasing that “tone” i’m mainly going to focus on electric guitar as acoustic (IMO) is an instrument more critical of it’s construction and materials.  And being that’s it’s acoustic it really only has a few things to shape it’s sound.  Unlike the electric that has the “electric” components that are changing the the way the instrument sounds which can create many variables.

For me personally I don’t spend a lot of time researching tone woods for my guitars.  I look more into finish I am trying to achieve, as well as neck and fret board.  I’m personally a firm believer that if you want to significantly change the guitar sound the easiest and most drastic way to do that is with a pickup swap.  Being that pickups are voiced to accomplish different types of sounds that seems to be the component that would make the most sense.  Next of course being the amp you’re playing with.  For me, my guitars of choice are usually Ibanez RG 550 or similar style, many of my guitars have the electronics attached to the pick guard not even touching the wood directly which to some degree lessens the wood argument.  There have also been various acrylic guitar that sound basically indiscernible from their earthy counterparts.  With all these things considered is it worth your money to go out of your way with a bunch of wood combinations?  Well, no answers here.  But my opinion…..  No.

While I do agree that different woods make sonic differences I believe they’re subtle.  And those subtle differences are going to become less noticeable once time comes to dial your desired tone in with your amp or your choice in pickups.

 

But, here is an interesting demonstration of difference in woods.  While this video is gaining popularity, I do wish this was done in a bit more controlled situation.   Maybe with equipment better than an iPhone and maybe with a mic on a speaker to give some consistency.  But meh, it’s a solid enough indicator of wood impacting tone.

 

 

 

 

 

Metallica Rig Rundown from the “WorldWired” Tour

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Metallica released a nineteen minute video with guitar techs Chad Zaemisch and Justin Crew doing a walk through of not only James Hetfield’s and Kirk Hammett’s guitar rigs but also some of the hurdles and solutions for providing wireless on huge tours.

The rigs prominently feature the Fractal Audio Axe FX II XL’s  as well as Matrix amplification.  Check it below.

 

 

 

Check Out Stone Temple Pilots Unreleased Song ‘Only Dying” From The Crow

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

 

 

 

From Blabbermouth:

A previously unreleased STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song called “Only Dying”, taken from the upcoming 25th-anniversary expanded reissue of the band’s debut album, “Core”, can be heard using the SoundCloud widget below. The track was demoed early in STP‘s career and the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for “The Crow” soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production.

“That song was a little bit of a different direction for us,” bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone. “It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions.”

“I remember Scott [Weiland, vocals] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking,” guitarist Dean DeLeo says. “Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”

“We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed,” drummer Eric Kretz says. “It’s cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott‘s voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It’s a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions.”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS roared on to the scene 25 years ago with “Core”. A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like “Sex Type Thing” and “Wicked Garden”, and has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for their smash single “Plush”.

To mark the legendary album’s silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on September 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album’s original debut. The first is the “Core: Super Deluxe Edition” ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band’s performance on “MTV Unplugged”. Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album’s four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Fans can pre-order a limited edition bundle of the “Core: Super Deluxe Editon” at www.stonetemplepilots.com which includes a bonus replica 7-inch vinyl single of “Plush” that was originally released in the U.K. in 1993. This exclusive bundle is limited to 1,000 copies.

Also available on the same day is a 2-CD “Core: Deluxe Version” ($19.98) containing a newly remastered version of the original album expanded with rare b-sides and previously unreleased demos. A single disc remaster of the original album will be available as well.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz, and vocalist Scott Weiland) debuted with “Core” in the fall of 1992 and by the following summer were one of the biggest rock bands on the scene, powered by exhilarating live shows and a string of now-classic songs from the album, remastered here for the very first time.

Nearly all of the music on the second disc of both versions is making its commercial debut. Of the nine demos included, four were recorded between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. The disc also includes five unreleased demos from their original Atlantic sessions and concludes with four b-sides, including the jazzy “Swing Type Version” of “Sex Type Thing”, as well as two acoustic versions of “Plush” — the “Acoustic Type Version” recorded with the full band and the rarely heard “first take” that was recorded by Weiland and Dean DeLeo for MTV‘s “Headbanger’s Ball” in 1993.

The third disc contains two fiery live recordings from the summer of 1993, the first an unreleased performance at Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater near Los Angeles and the second from the Reading Festival, making its U.S. debut here. These high-energy shows feature performances of all but two songs from “Core” as well as an early live version of “Lounge Fly”, a song the band has just written a month earlier that would appear the following year on the band’s second album, “Purple”.

The band’s iconic appearance on “MTV Unplugged”, recorded in November 1993, gets its first official release on the final CD in the set. This would be their last performance in support of “Core” and includes reworked, acoustic versions of “Wicked Garden” and “Sex Type Thing”, the debut performance of “Big Empty”, which would later appear on “Purple”, and a cover of David Bowie‘s “Andy Warhol”.

“Core: Super Deluxe Edition” also features the original album pressed on vinyl, and a DVD that presents a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of “Core” together will all four of the videos made for the album: “Sex Type Thing”“Plush”“Wicked Garden” and “Creep”.

“Core: Super Deluxe Edition” track listing:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered

01. Dead & Bloated
02. Sex Type Thing
03. Wicked Garden
04. No Memory
05. Sin
06. Naked Sunday
07. Creep
08. Piece Of Pie
09. Plush
10. Wet My Bed
11. Crackerman
12. Where The River Goes

Disc Two: Demos And B-sides

01. Only Dying – Demo *
02. Wicked Garden – Demo *
03. Naked Sunday – Demo *
04. Where The River Goes – Demo *
05. Dead & Bloated – Demo *
06. Sex Type Thing – Demo *
07. Sin – Demo *
08. Creep – Demo *
09. Plush – Demo *
10. Sex Type Thing – Swing Type Version
11. Plush – Acoustic Type Version
12. Creep – New Album Version
13. Plush – Acoustic from MTV Headbanger’s Ball (Take 1)

Disc Three: Live 1993

Live At Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater (July 2, 1993)

01. Crackerman *
02. Wicked Garden *
03. No Memory *
04. Sin *
05. Plush *
06. Where The River Goes *
07. Sex Type Thing *
08. Wet My Bed *
09. Naked Sunday *

Live At The Reading Festival (August 27, 1993)

10. Wicked Garden
11. No Memory *
12. Sin
13. Lounge Fly *
14. Dead & Bloated
15. Sex Type Thing
16. Naked Sunday*

Disc Four: MTV Unplugged (November 17, 1993)

01. Crackerman
02. Creep *
03. Andy Warhol
04. Plush *
05. Big Empty *
06. Wicked Garden *
07. Sex Type Thing *

Disc Five: (DVD) Original Album 5.1 Mix, 24/96 Stereo Audio, And Music Videos

* Previously Unreleased

Bonus “Plush” 7-inch Included with www.stonetemplepilots.com preorder, limited edition of 1,000 units

Side 1

01. Plush (Edit)

Side 2

01. Sin

 

Frank Zappa Hologram Tour Coming Next Year

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Sooo… A few months ago a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour was announce from a company called Eyellusion.  Eyellusion has now announced a new partnership with the Zappa Family Trust to develop Frank Zappa hologram shows.

From Zappa.com,

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Eyellusion, live music’s premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

“I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.”

He continued, “Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn’t enough Zappa coolness, we’re also planning on staging Joe’s Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer.”

“Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums,” said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality.”

“We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience” adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions,” said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. “Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can’t wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting.”

Stay tuned to Zappa.com for tour dates and further lineup announcements.

 

So what are you thoughts?  I never saw Zappa so part of me would like to see this for the entertainment factor of going especially with all the big name musicians that are going to be involved.  But the other part of me isn’t sure if I want my first Zappa live experience to be a hologram.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably buy a ticket.  But having all these hologram concerts featuring artists of the past does raise the question.  Do you want to see these guys?  Want to go see Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughn?  When you start to go down the list of the greats, it does sound like it would be some cool shows!  On a personal note!!!  Bring on Thing-Fish!!!

 

GearZombie

Musicians Don’t Get It As “Cash Me Outside” Girl Danielle Bregoli Signs With Atlantic Records

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

 

I don’t normally write articles like this or many at all as my blog is mostly about gear reviews.  But my social media feeds have been rabid about Danielle Bregoli, the “Cash Me Outside” Dr. Phil girl, signing a record deal with Atlantic Records a few days ago.  The posts really give me the giggles.  Things being said like, “She’s not an artist”, “Listen to the Autotune”, “She has no talent”…… Here’s the problem, you’re all absolutely correct.  But what everyone throwing a fit can’t get their head around is none of that matters.  I’m going to try to decode this in a few paragraphs.

Music is in a total state of disarray it’s an absolute mess.  It’s so bad guitar sales are down something like 50% even from last year and have been declining for a while (don’t absolutely quote me on those numbers, I read them in another article I’m choosing not to quote) but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or even an avid musician to see how screwed the art form we love really is.  You also have no business crying about it in my opinion when we are not only part of the problem, but also largely failed to adapt to the current climate.

Here’s the thing, all the musicians and bands that are upset they’re not getting the attention from labels that “Bhad Bhabie” is as she’s penned herself just look at the freaking stats.  Dr. Phil blew her up because her and her mother are a collective mess, however as far as ratings are concerned she was a gold mine for Dr. Phil.  Pair that disaster with a repeat visit to Phil, toss an arrest in there, some probation all of which is keeping her relevant in the 24 hour American gossip news network and what you end up with is a recipe for stardom.  I’m not certain who the architect of her latest rise is but that person is a damn genius and I wish they could manage my band.  Stay with me here.

 

Her video “These Heaux” which is… you know… pronounced “ho’s”…  Has been on YouTube for approximately 3 weeks at the time of writing this. In that time, she’s pulled 27,330,859 views.  575,616 likes and 339,531 dislikes.   Like it or not, those are freaking stellar numbers.  But the planning on this is what built the perfect storm.  Not that I would encourage you to watch the video but if you do you’re going to notice a few things.

First being the audio production.  The music is good, no 2 ways around it.  They obviously had someone that knew what they’re doing put together the beat for this song.  The beat itself is catchy and well put together.

Second, it has a hook.  Again, someone that knew what they were doing was smart enough to make a catchy hook stick in your head.  This drives the replay value which generates revenue.

Third, Video Production Is Spot On.  There is actually a making of with this video.  Which I tried to watch but she talks a lot in it making it mostly not worth the watch.  But the take away from it is this…. The video is very well done.  They claim it’s a single take video.  They had to run it multiple times but it’s start to finish done with what appears to be a DJI Inspire or something similar.

This was well orchestrated, well produced and planned.  And when someone can gather 27 million hits on a video in 3 weeks you can be absolutely certain a major label is going to take notice.  Whoever her team is gambled their resources, rolled the dice and scored.  Now this is all piggy backing on her ability to stay current.  We know she’s not a rapper she’s being coached along.  She clearly can’t sing otherwise we would hear at least a small section without pitch correction. But not only is she breaking her ground but she could also be seen as someone who’s filling a void left by the sudden collapse of Iggy Azalea’s career with Danielle being the new fake accent girl in hip hop.


 

Here is my bigger problem with the music community’s response and it’s the lack of understanding.  People still think they should be heard because they’re an artist, or they’re good at their craft.  And logic would tell you that should be the case but 30 seconds looking into the big picture can show you that none of it matters.  Nobody cares about artistry anymore, they generally don’t care about music much anymore.  Have you tried to play a live show lately?  You better be a cover band, and you better have a unique spin on it or you’re playing for the opening bands and that’s it.  The music industry has one thing it’s concerned about and that’s profit.  And like it or not, 27 million YouTube hits in 3 weeks = Profit.

Hip Hop is losing ground as a genre.  It took it longer than Rock and Country but it happened and now what’s left of the industry is looking for something to keep the lights on for a bit longer.  But artists need to work harder than ever in order to make it in the music world.  If there really is a “make it” anymore.  And the bigger question is do you want to “Make It”  I wasn’t able to find any specifics on her deal but if I had to guess it’s a 360 deal, small advance and she has zero control.  This will blow up soon enough but until then they will get the spotlight.

Atlantic was the best spot for her to land.  They have a heavy stable of hip hop and pop artists they can pair her with.  So it will be interesting to see which artists are going to sell themselves to the devil in order to try and boost sales.  But remember, this girl needs to turn a profit what’s it going to be like when she tours?  We’re not exactly looking at artists that worked their way up.  Paid their dues and are now reaping the rewards of their effort.  Americans love a couple different types of stories they like coming from the ground up stories, and they love watching train-wrecks.  And Danielle Bregoli has found a way to tell both stories simultaneously.

 

GearZombie

 

Guitar Isolation Cabinet or ISO Box Build

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

 

 

Here is my quick write up on my isolation box.  As you can see I have it loaded with my Mesa Boogie 2×12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30’s and I love this thing.  The specs are pretty simple.  Basically it’s like this…

 

The front and back panel are 28″ tall x 36 1/2″ wide 3/4″ MDF.

The side panels are 28″ tall x 38″ wide.

The top and bottom panel are 38″x38″

If I were you I’d play around with the dimensions until you get what seems workable for you.  I wanted to have room on the top and in front for mics and such.

 

I screwed mine together with simple deck screws I had.  I use 2 hinges for the top that are 6″ hinges.  I used a simple weather strip door seal with adhesive back to go around the edge leaving a gap for cables.  And then a handle on the top.  Inside I used a staple gun to staple my 2″ foam and I used around 50 squares of 12″x12″ acoustical foam.  And of course I put casters on the bottom for easy movement.

My biggest recommendation if you decide to build one would be to make sure you build it where you want it as it’s going to be wider than a lot of doorways leaving you disassembling it when you want to change rooms.  This problem actually kept me from tolexing it which I wanted to do but hey, Namm stickers will always do.

Lastly, while this does cut a lot of volume it’s not quite and I think you’ll notice while it kills 20+db it really kills the top end so from outside the box all you’re really hearing is rumbling which isn’t as piercing .  My studio is on the other side of the wall and with the door closed, I can use my studio monitors to dial it in without much bleed through the wall.  However it is still audible upstairs, and if kids are an issue it’s still IMO too loud to not wake them.  (Maybe)  But to be sure, if you want to really cut volume the box in a box method would be your solution.  Basically build a box roughly 6″ or so bigger all the way around and then foam also between the boxes as air gap and foam will create greater noise reduction.