GuitarMania in Phoenix Video
Pixar fans rejoice: Southern California's Disneyland has opened the doors to its new Toy Story-themed ride. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi travels to the "happiest place on earth" for a look at the technology behind the multidimensional experience and why diehard fans are willing to spend the better part of a day waiting in line to ride it.
The iGuitar from Brian Moore Guitars has digital capacity far beyond the next note. The company's president, Patrick Cummings, gives us a look at Demo 2006 in Phoenix.
The iGuitar from Brian Moore Guitars has digital capacity far beyond the next note. The company's president, Patrick Cummings, gives us a look at Demo '06 in Phoenix.
My friend gave me a tarot card reading over the phone one night as I was watching TV with a guitar in my lap. "I've drawn a mountain," she said. "I'm a mountain," I said. So begins a song that became the title track of my new record. Most of these songs have been milling about in my mind for a while now. Some I started writing back when I put down the electric guitar and ding-digga-dinged my way through summer on the back porch. All of them live in the same wide frame and seem to belong together. "I am Aglow," "The Ring," and "I'm a Mountain," are tunes inspired by country music and bluegrass bands, singing for the joy of it, and telling new versions of old stories in song. "The Phoenix" builds on the themes of courage and regeneration and the inspirational "How Deep in the Valley" came from somewhere deep in the hymnbook of my memory. Down low in the picture frame (under a log) is "Salamandre," a children's song written by my friends Kate Fenner and Chris Brown. I am thrilled this modern classic can be part of this collection as it expresses my own love for the magical and precious amphibian and the time-honored relationship between nature and imagination. "Luther's Got the Blues" is my old pal Luther Wright's enduring, scruffy sidewalk lament, and Dolly Parton's "Will He Be Waiting For Me" lives in the world of lost love and yearning that I, too, know something about. I wrote "Goin' Out for an AIDS Vigil," and I am so happy to have my dad singing it with me. He also lends his warm and wise timbre to "Oleander." And finally, casting its glow over the entire record is the new folk song "Escarpment Blues," which tells the story of a current land-use conflict in Southern Ontario on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. I grew up on the escarpment on the farm where my family still lives, within a long green corridor prized for its fresh water resources, its endangered species habitats, its prime agricultural soils, and its wetlands and forests. These lands are under serious threat from the aggregate (sand, gravel, and shale) industry. The problem is large multinational companies want to open new quarries on top of the escarpment and extract the rock below these ecosystems, thereby removing and destroying them. So, after writing the song, I got the idea for the "I Love the Escarpment" Tour and set out in June 2005 with some of my best musical mates to hike the escarpment and make music along the way. Julie Fader (vocals, keys), Jason Euringer (vocals, stand-up bass), Spencer Evans (clarinet, accordion), Joey Wright (mandolin, guitar), and I hit the Bruce Trail (the continuous hiking trail that goes from one end of the escarpment to the other) and spent two weeks rock climbing, caving, hiking, and performing in theaters and community halls along Southern Ontario's spine. All proceeds of the tour went to help finance the research and advocacy work of Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL), a volunteer organization I helped form last winter when the new quarry proposal came to light in my old stomping grounds of North Burlington. After a wonderful tour we put away our hiking boots and went into Reaction Studio in Toronto to capture these songs, all wrapped in up our camaraderie. This record was made for everyone, everywhere. Like the smiles we had on our faces when we made it, we hope it spreads far and wide.
The Battles are almost a traditional rock set up. They deliver mind boggling poly rhythms, complicated time signatures and abstraction that crosses electronic and guitar band lines with intense and captivating power and force!
This is a video trailer from the Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks DVD with voice-over commentary by Stevie Nicks and never before seen home video filmed during the making of five-times platinum Bella Donna album.
With musical guests the Guitar Zeros!
The Scottish group's "Make Another World" is so straightforwardly "rock" it's almost baffling--where are the postpunk riffs? Who lost the house beats? Framed around muscular guitars, lovelorn lyrics, and crisp drums, the LP executes a neat end-around of all things "scene."
When Brit Danilel was in his metal band, Requiem, the melody for "Sister Jack" was furest from his mind. Now Spoon beings us a hand-clapping sing-along with spacey guitar riffs and a beat that will make you stomp your feet all night long.