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JEFF BECK To Release First Studio Album in Seven Years

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 20, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Jeff Beck guitar tabFor his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Emotion & Commotion will be released on Atco Records on April 13.

Beck recorded Emotion & Commotion late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the album's diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May ("Lilac Wine"), Olivia Safe ("Elegy For Dunkirk"), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone ("I Put A Spell On You" and "There's No Other Me").

To complement the innovative tones he coaxes from his guitar, Beck recorded with a 64-piece orchestra on songs that range from Puccini's immortal aria "Nessun Dorma" and "Elegy For Dunkirk" from the film Atonement to "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" from The Wizard Of Oz and Jeff Buckley's interpretation of "Corpus Christi Carol."  

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Beck says the idea of pairing his guitar with an orchestra evolved from the version of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 he recorded a few years ago. "It turned out amazingly well, but I didn't want to commit to an entire album of classical music. What appealed to me instead was the idea of bringing together these seemingly contradictory sounds on different kinds of nonclassical music." 

Before launching a world tour to support Emotion & Commotion, Beck will unite with Eric Clapton in February for a series of exclusive shows in London, New York City, Toronto, and Montreal. The guitarists—both former members of the Yardbirds—will play separately before taking the stage to perform together.

After the shows with Clapton, Beck will play South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan before returning to America for the U.S. leg of the tour starting mid-April and including an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 1.

For Beck, the new album and tour follows in the wake of a triumphant 2009—his most successful year ever. Among the many highlights were a sold-out world tour; his second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the release of the platinum-selling Performing This Week… Live At Ronnie Scott's, which earned a Grammy nomination for "A Day In The Life"; and magnificent performances with his band at the 25th Anniversary Concert of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden.

Emotion & Commotion Track Listing

"Corpus Christi Carol"
"Never Alone"
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
"I Put A Spell On You" featuring Joss Stone
"Lilac Wine" featuring Imelda May
"Nessun Dorma"
"There's No Other Me" featuring Joss Stone
"Elegy For Dunkirk" featuring Olivia Safe

Jeff Beck Tour Dates (with Eric Clapton)

2/13  London
2/14  London
2/18  New York City
2/19  New York City
2/21  Toronto
2/22  Montreal

COACHELLA Valley Music and Arts Festival Announced 2010 Lineup

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Coachella posterThe 11th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will feature a mix of artists ranging from Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Vampire Weekend, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, Tiësto, Faith No More, Deadmau5, David Guetta, MGMT, and Public Image Limited.  Set for Friday, April 16, Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18 at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA—the same grounds where COACHELLA debuted in 1999—the COACHELLA 2010 line-up will feature more than 130 acts.

This year’s Coachella will feature a variety of options to make the concert experience an enjoyable one.  In addition to expanded camping options--including car, RV and traditional tent camping-- Coachella will allow, for the first time, in-and-out privileges for all attendees. Festival goers will once again have the ability to purchase 3-day festival tickets and various onsite camping options via an easy layaway payment plan. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 22 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster locations and Three-day weekend passes are $269.00, plus surcharges. More details on layaway, camping options and up-to-the minute information, can be found at

For those looking to streamline the weekend’s experience, Coachella has teamed with Valley Music Travel to provide exclusive travel packages, local hotel shuttle transportation and private home rentals with VIP Coachella access.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

FRIDAY APRIL 16:  Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17:  Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ's, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18:  Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.


Fishman Introduces Versatile Clip-On Tuner

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Fishman FT-1 tunerFishman Acoustic Amplification is introducing the FT-1 Chromatic Digital Tuner, a versatile and affordably priced clip-on tuner for guitar, bass and ukulele. 

The FT-1 features a fast and accurate 12 note chromatic tuner that works with 6 and 7-string guitar as well as 4 to 6-string bass. It offers clip or mic tuning and has an extended detection range of 27.5 Hz to 4,186 Hz as well as a special Flat tuning mode.

The FT-1 also has a large and easy to read display that can be seen in a variety of onstage settings. The display lights bright red and turns bright green when the note is in tune. It is powered by a single 2032 coin battery and measures 1.87" x 1.85" x 1.61".

PRS Guitars Unveils the Floyd Rose Equipped Torero Model

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM

PRS ToreroThe SE Torero offers many "firsts" for PRS Guitars, and is dubbed by Paul Reed Smith himself as "a shredder's dream." Features unique to the new SE Torero and first ever for PRS are the use of a Floyd Rose bridge, EMG pickups, and neck-through body construction.

"The Torero has our quality with a Floyd Rose tremolo and EMGs," says Paul Reed Smith. "It's very cool." 

The minimal/unpronounced heel smoothly blends into the body. That coupled with the deeper, lower cutaway increases sustain and gives easier and smoother accessibility to the upper frets while pick-ups provide power, clarity and definition. The bound ebony fretboard with jumbo frets and no inlays paired with a mahogany body and flame-maple veneer give this guitar a very distinct look.

"I am excited to bring this new model to market," commented Doug Shive, SE Business Unit Manager. "We incorporated a lot of firsts for PRS in the Torero that should appeal to players who may not have considered PRS in the past."  

Detailed specifications for the SE Torero are as follows:

  • mahogany body with flame-maple veneer, arm carve, and bound top
  • 3-piece maple neck with thru-neck construction and a wide-thin carve with a heavily carved heel area
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • ebony bound fretboard with no inlay, jumbo frets and a bound headstock
  • standard EMG 81 and 85 pickups
  • master volume and tone, 3-way blade switch, and remote battery box
  • chrome hardware
  • original Floyd Rose 1000 Series bridge
  • standard PRS tuners and standard strap buttons.

Wayne Johnson, PRS Amp team member and a 2008 recipient of "The Ten Hottest New Guitarists of the Month" by Guitar Player magazine forum members, describes this new model as "sonically devastating," and PRS's SE Inspector Dong Chang also offered, "This guitar makes you play harder."

New JOE BONAMASSA Led Supergroup Black Country

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Joe Bonamassa guitar tabJoe Bonamassa, who is finally receiving the recognition he deserves in guitar circles, has reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out an impressive-looking supergroup. Black Country features Bonamassa along with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater), and their debut record, which is being produced by Kevin Shirley, is due out around April.

Here's the latest diary post at Shirley's web site,

So there it is folks - the cat is out the bag! This is BLACK COUNTRY.

I am producing the debut album and we already have six tracks cut. We're going to do the next session in March when I'm through with my current project, and I hope to finish in early April. The band is Jason Bonham on drums, Derek Sherinian on keyboards, Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals and Joe Bonamassa on guitar and vocals. The songs are all original and what a lineup! They are all the very best players in the world, for my money!

Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) is a totally unique drummer and a supreme, yet oh-so-tasty powerhouse. Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper) is super versatile, and is playing mostly overdriven Hammond organ in this ensemble and is the color on the palette. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze) plays bass and sings with a range VERY, VERY few can even get close to, and Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the best Blues guitarist around, plays hard riffing guitar as well as adding his signature vocals alongside Glenn. You'll just have to wait - we're planning to get this out late summer, and it's promising to be phenomenal! Perhaps if you're around San Bernadino about March 17.........

But there's more...... look out for Joe Bonamassa's new solo album, Black Rock, arriving March 23rd. I am holed up producing an album, and am away from my family for a couple of months, and I'm looking forward to seeing my babies real soon!

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BOSS Unveils ME-25 Guitar Effects and TU-3 Chromatic Tuner

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 14, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Boss ME-25BOSS is proud to announce the addition of the ME-25 Guitar Multiple Effects to its popular line of floor-based multi-effects. Sporting a quick and easy user interface for professionals and newcomers alike, the ME-25 features a full complement of COSM amplifier models. The onboard Sound Library comes loaded with 60 effects combinations suitable for a wide range of playing styles. The ME-25 runs on six AA batteries or AC power, and its portable size makes it ready to rock anywhere.

The ME-25 is stocked full of the best BOSS effects—distortions, overdrives, modulation effects, Delay, Reverb, Harmonist, and many more. The built-in expression pedal controls a number of pedal effects, including wah, octave up/down, and a unique freeze effect. Three heavy-duty footswitches allow the user to select sounds and perform other functions, such as accessing the built-in tuner, tapping in delay times, and enabling the SOLO feature.

The ME-25 is the first multiple effect processor at this price point to include BOSS’s renowned COSM amp-modeling technology. There’s a range of classic amps from clean combos to raging stacks, along with a Super Stack function that gets big amp tone from a small practice amp. A 38-second looper is also included for real-time sound-on-sound recording.

The ME-25 also includes USB connectivity, allowing users to stream audio and other data back and forth with their computer. A powerful librarian is available as a free download to manage sounds, and the ME-25 is bundled with Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE for multi-track audio and MIDI recording.

The ME-25 will be shipping in January with a retail price of $276.50. For more information, click here.

Boss TU-3The world's best-selling tuner, the BOSS TU-2, evolves and improves with the debut of the new TU-3. Housed in a tank-tough BOSS stompbox body, the TU-3 features a smooth 21-segment LED meter with a High-Brightness mode to cut through outdoor glare. Choose between Chromatic or Guitar/Bass tuning modes, and enjoy visual pinpoint verification with AccuPitch. The TU-3 incorporates a convenient Note Name Indicator that can display notes of seven-string guitars and six-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to six half-steps.

The TU-3 will be shipping in January with a retail price of $160.50. For more information, please click here.


TAYLOR GUITARS Announces New 8-String Baritone Guitar

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Taylor Baritone 8-stringBorn from a love of tone and a passion for innovation, Taylor Guitars has expanded the possibilities of guitar voicing in its new model, the Baritone 8-String. With a bold, fresh sound, the Baritone 8-String  broadens the tonal spectrum, giving players a rich musical palette that promises to uncork new inspiration of musical harmony. 

Featuring a Grand Symphony body with a richly hued back and sides of Indian rosewood topped with Sitka spruce, the Baritone 8-String embodies the spirit of a traditional baritone guitar paired with Taylor's quality craftsmanship and product innovation. The model features a longer-scaled 27-inch neck and Taylor-designed baritone bracing. The guitar is tuned from B to B and features additional octave strings paired along with the third and fourth (D and A) strings. This feature gives players an extended range of sounds, without compromising tonal integrity or playability.

The Baritone 8-String came to be as Taylor's product development team was deep in the throes of designing several series of 35th Anniversary guitars, including a 6-string baritone (XXXV-B) and a 9-string guitar (XXXV-9). The team decided to experiment by creating a hybrid of the two, as Bob Taylor explains. "We loved the traditional baritone, but missed having some of that upper register. We thought, what if we turned it into a 9-string baritone? So, we made one. But after deciding it was a little too jangly, we pulled off the [doubled second] string, leaving the third and fourth octave strings. It sounded awesome."

Adding the two octave strings, Taylor says, transformed the baritone. "It's a whole new ballgame. It's really, really cool because you can either accentuate those octaves or stay away from them. The beauty of this guitar is that it goes low and those two strings brighten it up, but they don't sound too 'octave-y'. It doesn't give you that 12-string effect as much as it really just extends the range because, as a baritone, the octaves aren't really high. It fills the guitar out and gives it a nice (tonal) spread." 

The Baritone 8-String is tuned a fourth below standard guitar tuning, allowing the player to play songs in a lower register. In terms of the playing experience, Taylor's David Hosler, a member of the product development team, compares the tonal properties of the 8-string baritone to a blend of three different instruments. "When I hear it, I feel like I'm hearing a 6-string, a bass, and a bit of 12-string all in one guitar," he says. "In giving it a good listen, it sounds like standard and alternate tuning at the same time." 

The model's appointments include a mother-of-pearl peghead inlay and delicate diamond-shaped fretboard inlays, a three-ring abalone rosette, and abalone-dotted bridge pins. Premium features include Indian rosewood binding, a bone nut and saddle, and an all-gloss finish. Amplified with the Taylor Expression System pickup and strung with Elixir Baritone strings, the model is also offered in a standard 6-string version.

Available at authorized domestic and international Taylor dealers in mid-winter, the Baritone 8-String will be offered at a suggested retail price of $3,998 and the Baritone 6-String at $3,798.

For more info on Taylor baritone guitars, visit the Taylor web site.

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