Hey folks, I recently bought a batch of Morgan Ågren’s first-ever Solo CD from the label in Japan. It’s called Batterie Deluxe and it’s got guest appearances from Devin Townsend and Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah. And of course, Morgan’s other weird friends!
If you’re in the US you can get Free Shipping on it by entering the code: import
Go check it out, and hope you love it!
I’ve just added a very limited quantity of Mr. Bungle’s Disco Volante on VINYL to my shop.
This was a significant album that contributed to my understanding of “the elements of music” when I was in college. It is also one of the few albums that brought 20th century “film scoring composition” to rock audiences.
Go get it in The Shop!
Alva’s is the best venue for watching complicated music.
Plenty of parking.
Early shows: 5pm.
You get to sit down.
If you forgot earplugs, they’ve got some at the front desk.
The hollow floor resonates, so you can experience the low frequencies through tactile sound.
The Aristocrats (Marco Minnemann, Guthrie Govan, and Bryan Beller) are recording a new album.
They decided to rehearse the material in front of an audience for 4 small shows.
I went to see it with Chuck Parker.
The band sounded great!
You can order their previous albums in my Shop.
You’ve got to check out this French pianist named Enguerrand-Friedrich Lühl-Dolgorukiy.
He has an album on iTunes called John Williams – Piano and a few others, including long-form works for TWO pianos! I’ve been listening to it and am blown away — it gives me that vibe from Steve Vai Piano Reductions by Mike Keneally. Except this is of course very famous musical cues from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., etc. It is quite detailed.
His stuff is also on Amazon. You can preview it on this iTunes player:
I declare: Marco is the strangest of the virtuoso drummers — a studied master of percussion on every level, yet he’s not afraid to record and orchestrate whatever weird sound he wants — and this is his latest CD for 2014! (It’s called “EEPS” for some reason.)
The first 10 orders through my shop will also receive a free Autographed Marco Minnemann Glow-In-The-Dark Flying Saucer.
Order the CD here: http://shop.carlkingdom.com/products/levin-minnemann-rudess-debut-cd
I don’t remember the last time I officially took a guitar lesson. (I won’t count Steve Vai, trying to teach me how to play Freak Show Excess while his band watched me flop-sweat in a rehearsal studio in 2007).
Back in college, I did very well in formal music theory courses (written and aural), and I’ve always had “nimble fingers” — but in all the years I considered myself a musician, I never bothered to learn the names of the notes on the fretboard!
Please. Don’t smack yourself in the forehead so hard.
My reasoning: I had no intention of playing someone else’s music, and playing my own music didn’t require it. (My life is full of these sorts of rationalizations, by the way.) Thanks to the zillions of power-chord notations I read in Guitar World growing up, I did fine on the Low E and A (the James Hetfield strings) but anything beyond that, I’m lost.
I decided that it was time for me to fill in the gaps in my knowledge and seek out a professional: Dale Turner.
Dale is an instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and columnist for Guitar World. So it should not be surprising that he was able to instantly diagnose my problem (stupidity) and set me up with a sequence of mental exercises to get over it. I’m at least intelligent enough to know that memorizing 72 different notes / locations would be a lot easier with a system — and Dale automatically provided that. After explaining the rules of various note-learning games, he demonstrated how that information can be put to use by playing some blues and jazz examples. I don’t really like blues or jazz, but it was shocking how fast he was able to jump around the entire neck in inversions, arpeggios, and voice-leading — while calling out all of the note names — and it sounded like MUSIC, not exercises.
Anyway, if you’re in the L.A. area I highly recommend him for private lessons. I’m hoping I can make my visits to his learning studio a regular thing.
And please check out his first solo CD, Mannerisms Magnified, on which he played ALL of the instruments. You can buy it in my shop.
P.S. his hair is not that long anymore! Also, he is in the process of recording a new album. I heard some of it, and it’s crazy!
His website: Intimate Audio.
My good friend Zeke Piestrup (Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs. The End of the World, Eman Laerton: You Have Bad Taste In Music) used to be in a funk-metal band. Twenty years ago! I convinced him to let me release it to the public, for the first time Since 1994. Give this rarity a listen, then buy the digital download in my shop.
I just got a box of Mike Keneally’s Sluggo! in the mail.
Here’s my initial commentary: Unbelievable. I don’t know what he’s doing with those chords. I loved his piano playing on Vai Piano Reductions Vol. 1, but Sluggo has that same touch applied to a whole band. (Bryan Beller sounds wonderful on this as always). Mr. Keneally has a charming voice and the arrangements are complex. I’m somehow surprised to see that Toss Panos is on this record — he drummed with both Steve Vai and Kevin Gilbert (this album was probably being written at the time Kevin passed away, and there’s even a dedication in the sleeve to him). I’m skipping all over this CD, from track to track, in excitement. Joe Travers is on this, too, of course.
Thinking about what I was doing in 1997. Not discovering this recording, somehow!
Anyway, I’ve added it to my shop. So go get one! Use the discount code “sluggo” to get 10% off all orders (including this item). Expires Saturday, January 4.