The Avalanches - Wildflower
A Review by Jimmy Ruddock
Before I begin this review I think it's important to start with a few definitions.
1. Plunderphonics: Any music made by taking one or more existing audio recordings and altering them in some way to make a new composition.
2. Crate Digger: A person who habitually looks through crates of vinyl records at music shops, especially in pursuit of rare or interesting albums.
3. Sampling: The technique of digitally encoding music or sound and reusing it as part of a composition or recording.
It's been 16 years since Australian band The Avalanches released their classic album 'Since [...] Read more
Posted on July 27, 2016 by Neil Shukla
The Avalanches - Wildflower
Posted on July 11, 2016 by Neil Shukla
Flea’s funk- and jazz-influenced basslines helped propel the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the top of the rock and alternative charts while redefining the role of bass in the modern era. Flea’s unique playing style brought a welcome breath of fresh air to the musical landscape of the past four decades, inspiring countless bassists to add a funky touch to their sound while exploring new techniques and harmonic possibilities. To celebrate his enduring influence, we’ve recreated his prized Shell Pink ’61 Jazz Bass that he received from a fan and used to record the Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium and The Getaway [...] Read more
Posted on July 8, 2016 by Cosmo Music
Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer
Jeff Beck,the legendary Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame guitarist, is often referred to as the "guitarist's guitarist". So, whenever he releases a new album, guitarists, in particular take note. Throughout his illustrious career Beck has always been a forward thinking musician, always thinking outside of the box, developing innovative guitar techniques. Starting with the British Invasion garage rock of The Yardbirds, to the pre Led Zeppelin bluesy hard rock of the Jeff Beck Group, to the landmark jazz fusion albums "Blow By Blow" and "Wired", and most recently his electronic influenced albums, he has never been [...] Read more
Posted on July 5, 2016 by Neil Shukla
Johnny Marr is best known as the strikingly dynamic guitarist-arranger-songwriter behind the Smiths, who redefined and ruled U.K. pop in the 1980s. A master of melody, layering and texture, Marr has brought his own instantly identifiable genius to the proceedings ever since, in stints with The The, Electronic, the Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs, to say nothing of his solo career and innumerable guest appearances. The Johnny Marr Jaguar is a fantastically non-standard model that is as distinctive as the sounds he wrings from it, with a wealth of highly specialized features ideal [...] Read more
Posted on June 30, 2016 by Neil Shukla
John takes a close look at the innovative and groundbreaking ROLI Seaboard RISE, a truly innovative keyboard.
Posted on June 30, 2016 by Cosmo Music
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
A Review by Jimmy Ruddock
It's kind of a big deal every time Radiohead release a new album. They have released some of the most acclaimed and influential albums of the last 20 years ('The Bends', 'Ok Computer', 'Kid A', to name a few), so expectations were high for 'A Moon Shaped Pool', their first since 2011's 'The King Of Limbs'. From the percussive strings of opener 'Burn The Witch', to heartbreaking closer 'True Love Waits', Radiohead sound like a band full of confidence, ready to meet those high expectations. Subtlety, minimalism, and soul crushing sadness are [...] Read more
Posted on June 24, 2016 by Neil Shukla
The Zoom H4n has been a solid audio recorder for anyone looking to capture high quality audio with built in mics and XLR inputs. The H4n Pro isn't just improved, it's superior in every way. With advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor, the recording capabilities are endless.
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Posted on June 23, 2016 by Neil Shukla
Come into Cosmo Music this SATURDAY and test drive some sweet instruments from Eastman Guitars!
THIS SATURDAY, JULY 30th from 2 - 5PM - Schmooze with the Eastman Guitars Expert!
BILL CONDON from Eastman Guitars will be available in TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR on Saturday, July 30th from 2 - 5PM to answer any of your questions about any of Eastman's acoustic instruments. This is the perfect opportunity to get information directly from the source.
Come in-store, head to TOM'S GUITAR HANGAR, test drive any in-stock Eastman acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin and YOU will have a chance to WIN an....
Eastman AC-GA2CE Grand [...] Read more
Event took place on June 29, 2016 by Cosmo Music
Cosmo Music and Yamaha Canada Music are pleased to present the June meeting of Club Cubase North Toronto inside Cosmo Music.
The new expansion libraries for Groove Agent 4 and the VST Connect remote recording capabilities in Cubase Pro 8.5 will be the focus of this month's meeting.
About Club Cubase
Club Cubase is a user group for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and anybody interested in making music with their computer. Meetings will offer product demonstrations, guest speakers, and a chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with your fellow musicians in a relaxed setting. Meetings are FREE and you do not need to [...] Read more
Posted on June 17, 2016 by Neil Shukla
Omar Hakim is one of the greatest session drummers of all time. That is an unquestionable fact. He's worked with countless legendary artists including David Bowie, Sting, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Madonna, and Daft Punk. I wanted to ask him many questions, but we only had a few minutes. I spoke to him about his recording process with Daft Punk as well as his general philosophy behind drumming.
Yukon Blonde absolutely killed it on the main stage at CosmoFEST. I sat down with Jeffrey and Brandon before the show to talk about their latest album 'On Blonde', as well [...] Read more