<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:08:35 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Watch LIVE performances from Yukon Blonde and more on the MAINSTAGE at CosmoFEST 2016]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:55:37 +0000 The Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO was absolutely lit this year, with performances from Big Wreck, Yukon Blonde, Brass Transit, Mark Wood, and Serenade Duo. Watch the performances below:

Yukon Blonde - Saturday Night

Yukon Blonde - I Wanna Be Your Man

Yukon Blonde - Como/Wind Blows

Brass Transit - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Brass Transit - Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away

Mark Wood feat. The Markville Orchestra - Any Way You Want It/Don't Stop Believin'

Serenade Duo

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<![CDATA[You're Invited to a Special Screening of the CBC and the Tragically Hip Presents 'The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration' at Cosmo Music]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:02:31 +0000 SOLD OUT - Thank you for your interest in this event.

Check out any of these other local screenings of this historic event:

 
Cosmo Music invites you to a special screening of the CBC and the Tragically Hip Presents 'The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration'

On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Hip will put a cap on the Man Machine Poem tour with a hometown show at Kingston's Rogers K-Rock Centre, and CBC will be there to broadcast it to all of Canada, commercial-free, across our television, radio and digital platforms.

The video broadcast will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, you can tune in to the CBC Radio pre-show, where host Rich Terfry will be playing your favourite Hip songs based on the results of this poll.

Join the conversation during the show using #CBCTheHip on Twitter or leave your comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/cbcmusic.

CBC Hip Screening

Special Screening: CBC and the Tragically Hip Presents 'The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration'

Date: Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Time: 8:30PM (Doors open at 7:30PM)
Location: Cosmo Music (inside the Cosmopolitan Music Hall), 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 0B6

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please PRINT your RSVP tickets or PRESENT electronic copies upon entry

Only RSVP ticket holders will be permitted entry inside the music hall

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK WILL BE permitted INSIDE THE MUSIC HALL

DESSERTS, SNACKS AND DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT LA ROCCA CAFE (INSIDE COSMO MUSIC)

Donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research in association with the Sunnybrook Foundation will be accepted at the door

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<![CDATA[Free Piano Teacher Workshop: My First Piano Adventure Featuring Jon Ophoff]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:19:31 +0000 In Conjunction with Faber Piano Adventures and Hal Leonard

Workshop | Giveaways | And FUN!

Join us in welcoming Jon Ophoff from Faber Piano Adventures for this informative workshop before the Fall rush!

 
Explore the world of a 5 to 6 year-old, where fun motivates play and play is the child’s magic formula for learning. Through songs, games, and engaging pedagogy, the My First Piano Adventure® course shapes the small hand for good piano technique, builds rhythm skill and develops especially strong music readers.

Plus, energize your Fall teaching with these exciting new releases: Scale and Chord Book 2, Piano Adventures Player app and Adult Piano Adventures — now with Classics and Popular books and new online video support!

My First Piano Adventure Piano Teacher Workshop

My First Piano Adventure Featuring Jon Ophoff (Piano Teacher Workshop)

Date: Tues August 23rd, 2016
Time: 9:30AM - 12PM
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Tickets: FREE!
Casio PX-160 Privia Digital Piano

Door prizes & a Casio PX-160 Privia Digital Piano will be given away!

Value: $629.99 - COURTESY OF SF Marketing

PLUS receive discounts on all Hal Leonard publications including Faber Piano Adventures and all pop, broadway and movie collections for piano

RSVP Details (space is limited)
Cristina D'Alessandro
Dept. Head, Print Music
905-770-5222 x310
cristina.dalessandro@cosmo.ca

About Jon Ophoff

Jon Ophoff is Production Manager of Faber Piano Adventures, working with Nancy and Randall Faber on all aspects of book production and multimedia support. As a workshop clinician, he educates teachers in effective use of the publications in studios across the United States and Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music where he studied Film Music Composition, and was a winner of BMI’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship. He has produced custom music for media, with brands including Best Buy, Levi’s, and Dockers. At the Faber Piano Institute, Jon enjoys teaching students of all ages. He encourages creativity through composition and improvisation, incorporating music technology alongside traditional tools.

And there's more...

Richard Formidoni

Casio Celviano Grand HybridRichard Formidoni from Casio USA will be on hand to chat with teachers during workshop breaks about Casio's Celviano pianos that will be used throughout the session. There will be an opportunity for teachers to touch and try all of the models listed below:

Casio GP-500BP CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-500

Casio GP-400BK CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-400

Casio GP-300BK CELVIANO Grand Hybrid

Casio GP-300

An EXCLUSIVE special event savings package will be available on the above models for attendees.

About Casio CELVIANO Hybrid Grand Pianos

The Perfect Combination of Innovation and tradition

AUTHENTICITY BEGINS AT THE FIRST TOUCH.
From the moment your hands touch the keys, the Grand Hybrid delivers the authenticity your performance demands. The revolutionary new Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard is made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos. A keypress sends a hammer along the same vertical path as a grand piano, with the same essential weighting and pivot points, resulting in a true and uncompromising piano touch.

THREE LEGENDARY GRAND PIANOS
Casio’s new AiR Grand Sound Source provides not just one, but three of the world’s finest grand pianos. Dubbed the Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna Grands, each one is the result of countless hours of precise analysis and study of their unique characteristics. They are faithful and expressive recreations of these distinctive pianos. with the Berlin Grand sound having been developed in collaboration with C. Bechstein. String/damper resonance, mechanical sounds, and other subtle nuances complete the experience of owning three of the finest pianos on Earth.

GRAND ACOUSTIC SYSTEM
Our hearing goes beyond simply left and right, and we can detect the origin of sound in all directions. Using an exclusive six-speaker amplification system, the new Grand Acoustic System reproduces the three-dimensional sound field generated by an acoustic grand. The top speakers present sounds normally heard rising upwards, and the downward-facing speakers present sounds heard from below the soundboard. This simulation fills the room with rich, complex sound, reaching both the performer and the audience.

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<![CDATA[Exciting NEW Piano Books Series - The Lang Lang Piano Method Books]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:49:22 +0000 "I loved making my new series for complete beginners and presenting a new way of learning the piano that 21st Century children can relate to." Lang Lang 

Join the super hero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Series.

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 1

Level 1

Level 1 introduces complete beginners to different five-finger positions, note reading, moving around the keyboard, and developing both hands equally right from the start. The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally, and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano." ---Lang Lang

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 2

Level 2

Level 2 builds on the first book by introducing eighth notes (quavers), simple hands together, and thumb-under technique.

Lang Lang Piano Method Book 3

Level 3

Level 3 continues the progression by extending the note range to an octave, exploring different keys, and including more hands-together in pieces.

All 3 Level books are NOW AVAILABLE and in-stock at Cosmo Music!

Hear some words from the man himself on his new series here:

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<![CDATA[NEW Fender Deluxe Series - Fender tradition, and then some]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:41:11 +0000

The Nashville Tele guitar, introduced in 1997, set the tone for the Deluxe series of guitars and basses. The new Deluxe models have the traditional look and feel, but with powerful pickup variations and other specialized features. Today’s Deluxe series includes Fender’s hottest-sounding Stratocaster and Telecaster models, several of its most powerful active basses, and the enormously successful original Jaguar Bass.

To your left, is a FULL LISTING of all the Deluxe series instruments coming to or already in-stock at Cosmo Music!

Below is a detailed overview of each model in the Deluxe series.

Fender Deluxe Series 1

Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster

With its classic body contour, timeless Fender styling and more, the Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster features upgraded electronics for scorching Texas tone, including three high-output Texas Special™ pickups. A special V6 rotary switch delivers six distinctive tone settings and can be bypassed by the guitar's built-in S-1 switch, giving this guitar some serious horsepower.

Disguised as the middle tone control knob, the Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster's new V6 rotary switch gives you six distinct onboard preamp tone settings, from wiry single-coil to searing lead.

 
Fender Deluxe Series 6

Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster

The updated Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster delivers versatile hot-rodded Texas tone, with a powerful combination of hot-sounding Texas Special neck and middle pickups, a full-throated Fender Twin Head humbucking bridge pickup, and an S-1 switch built into the volume knob to select the outer coil of the bridge pickup for single-coil tone.

Fender Deluxe Series 7

Deluxe Stratocaster

A tonally versatile guitar with time-honored Fender style and sound, the Deluxe Strat has a few tricks up its sleeve. Special switching unlocks extra pickup combinations for those moments you find yourself needing a little extra kick to stand out. Combining noise-free performance with enhanced playing comfort, this sleek instrument is a truly deluxe performer that excels on stage and in the studio.

Three Vintage Noiseless™ pickups offer all the clarity and articulation you’ve come to expect from Strat pickups—with no hum. A push/push mini-switch discretely tucked away between the tone controls, yet still easy to reach, activates the bridge pickup in positions four and five on the selector. Use the bridge and neck pickups together or combine all three pickups for flexible tone that can meet the needs of any song. Enjoy smoother travel when using the tremolo bridge, thanks to the modern two-point synchronized design, which includes bent steel saddles for classic aesthetics. A contoured neck heel and 4-bolt asymmetrical neck plate make it easy to comfortably reach the upper registers of the neck. The flatter 12”-radius fingerboard makes it easy to play fast leads and perform deep bends without fretting out. Locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free playing and enhanced tuning stability, along with quicker string changes.

The ash body bears a highly durable gloss polyurethane finish that will easily stand up to hard playing, keeping the instrument like new for years to come. Classic aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware and a three-ply B/W/B pickguard, along with aged white pickup covers, control knobs and switch tip. Melding classic Fender style and sound with upgraded modern components, the Deluxe Strat is perfect for players who need a wide variety of authentic Fender tones on tap.

Fender Deluxe Series 8

Deluxe Stratocaster HSS

Fat, hard-rockin’ sound and elegant Fender style unite in the Deluxe Strat HSS, a versatile tone machine with power to spare. The rich, warm humbucking bridge pickup adds a touch of thickness to the instrument’s voice, while special electronics ensure traditional Strat tone is close at hand; ready to go at a moment’s notice. A time-tested performer on stage and in the studio, this graceful performer with smooth, comfortable playing feel will easily handle any sonic needs that arise.

Two noise-free, highly articulate Vintage Noiseless™ pickups inhabit the neck and middle positions, cranking out traditional, crisp Strat tones. The Twin Head Vintage humbucking pickup in the bridge position has moderate output, warm tone and even string response, as well as including a thick aluminum base plate to reduce magnetic interference. For traditional Strat tones, simply tap the S-1™ switch atop the volume knob to select the rear coil of the bridge pickup—voila, instant classic Strat sound. Enjoy smoother travel when using the tremolo bridge, thanks to the modern two-point synchronized design, which includes bent steel saddles for classic aesthetics. A contoured neck heel and 4-bolt asymmetrical neck plate make it easy to comfortably reach the upper registers of the neck. The flatter 12”-radius fingerboard makes it easy to play fast leads and perform deep bends without fretting out. Locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free playing and enhanced tuning stability, along with quicker string changes.

The alder body bears a highly durable gloss polyurethane finish that will easily stand up to hard playing, keeping the instrument like new for years to come. Classic aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware and a three-ply mint green pickguard, along with aged white pickup covers, control knobs and switch tip. Sporting authentic Fender style and versatile sound, the Deluxe Strat HSS is the ideal instrument for players who need a variety of tones for the stage or the studio.

Fender Deluxe Series 3

Deluxe Nashville Telecaster

As down-home and sophisticated as the city it's named for, the Deluxe Nashville Tele® guitar comes with a Tex-Mex™ Stratocaster pickup in between two Tex-Mex Telecaster pickups. This array, combined with five-way Strat-o-Tone™ switching, makes it one of the most versatile Telecaster models we make. Features include ash (Amber, Honey Blonde) or alder (Candy Apple Red, Brown Sunburst) body, maple or rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, brown shell pickguard, vintage-style tuners and vintage-style six-saddle bridge.

Fender Deluxe Series 4

Deluxe Telecaster Thinline

Light in weight, but not sound, the Deluxe Telecaster Thinline is crafted with timelessly elegant style and authentic Fender tone. Crisp and articulate, with a versatile voice that cuts through a busy mix, this stage-tested design is the ideal combination of modern features and traditional aesthetics. With a little bit of extra ‘magic’ up its sleeve, this instrument is as flexible as it is distinctly stylish.

Two noise-free, highly articulate Vintage Noiseless™ Tele pickups produce rich, detailed tone, with the balanced string response, definition and twang you’ve come to expect from a Tele. The semi-hollow construction imparts seductively warm overtones to the traditional Tele sound, creating a slightly throatier voice. Four-way switching adds an exciting dimension to the traditional Tele pickup combinations—position four combines the bridge and neck pickups in series for hotter output and punchier midrange. Enjoy increased sustain and slightly thicker tone that complements the famous Tele twang, thanks to the modern six-saddle sting-through-body bridge with block saddles. A contoured neck heel and 4-bolt asymmetrical neck plate make it easy to comfortably reach the upper registers of the neck. The flatter 12”-radius fingerboard makes it easy to play fast leads and perform deep bends without fretting out. Locking short-post tuning machines with vintage-style buttons provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free playing and enhanced tuning stability, along with quicker string changes.

The alder body bears a highly durable gloss polyurethane finish that will easily stand up to hard playing, keeping the instrument like new for years to come. Classic aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware and a four-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, along with knurled flat-top control knobs and a black switch tip. For players who want classic Fender semi-hollowbody tone with a bit of edge, the Deluxe Telecaster Thinline is ready to step up with its modern features and authentic style.

Fender Deluxe Series 5

Deluxe Active Dimension Bass

A bold entry into Fender’s legendary family of electric basses, the Deluxe Active Dimension Bass brings upgraded features and components to the working musician. A true player’s instrument, designed for discerning bassists, this bass is ready to hit the stage with authentic Fender tone and standout modern style. Easy on the eyes (and the wallet) this instrument delivers at every level.

A pair of Dimension humbucking pickups powers this tonally diverse beast, offering rich, full-range sound with smooth highs, beefy lows and punchy mids that are just right for powering through a mix. The five-way pickup switch offers tons of tonal variety, allowing you to select any combination of pickups as well as using just the inner or outer coils. Combining the muscular 18V preamp and active three-band EQ with these versatile pickups unlocks a wealth of sonic variations that will match any song’s needs. The modern “C”-shaped neck profile is ideal for all playing styles and makes it easy to play fleet-fingered lines. The contoured neck heel allows you easily reach the upper registers, while the 12”-radius fingerboard with medium jumbo frets is designed for comfort and speed. The HiMass™ bridge creates increased sustain along with enhanced intonation accuracy and tuning stability.

The sleek contours of the double-cutaway body are designed for ergonomic comfort, hugging the player’s body while showing its Fender pedigree. The stylishly functional aesthetic appointments include knurled flat-top control knobs, nickel/chrome hardware, 3-ply B/W/B pickguard and pearloid dot inlays. Offering pro-level performance at an affordable price, the Deluxe Active Dimension Bass is perfect for tonehounds who need a variety of tones night after night.

Fender Deluxe Series 2

Deluxe Active Jazz Bass

The Deluxe Active Jazz Bass® guitar was designed for the working bassist, with classic styling and modern features including an alder body, "C"-shaped maple neck, two dual-coil ceramic Noiseless™ Jazz Bass pickups with nickel-plated pole pieces, three-band active EQ with treble, mid and bass boost/cut, four-ply brown shell pickguard and a variety of finishes (see specifications).

Fender Deluxe Series 9

Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special

For players who find themselves alternating between a variety musical styles at a moment’s notice, the Deluxe Precision Bass® Special is the perfect companion on stage and in the studio. Designed for powerful, flexible tone with smooth playing feel, this robust and rich-sounding bass combines the best features of Fender’s classic basses to create a “hybrid” model with sleek, authentic Fender style but is packed with new tones.

There’s a wealth of useful tones hiding inside this bass’ pickups and electronics. Powered by a punchy vintage-style split-coil Precision Bass pickup in the middle position and a growling Vintage Noiseless™ Jazz Bass bridge pickup, this bass rises to any occasion. The robust control scheme includes a three-band active EQ with treble, mid and bass controls—each with boost and cut to accurately shape your tone—along with a pan pot for precision blending of the pickups’ potent sound. The active/passive switch makes it easy to access both vintage-styled and modern voices, further extending this instrument’s sonic flexibility. The Fender HiMass™ bridge improves every note’s sustain and resonance, while enhancing the attack for lively tone that lets your sonic personality shine through. The “C”-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles and hosts a 1.5” synthetic bone nut and fast-playing 12”-radius fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets.

The alder body bears a durable gloss polyester finish that looks great under the spotlight while being tough enough to shrug off the abuse of gigging and traveling. Classic Precision Bass appointments include knurled flat-top control knobs, nickel/chrome hardware, black pickup covers, pearloid dot inlays and a 3-ply B/W/B pickguard. A pure tone machine with classic Fender sound and style, the Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special is a true performer, equally at home on stage and in the studio. Includes deluxe gig bag.

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<![CDATA[Jimmy's Album Review - The Avalanches Triumphantly Return With 'Wildflower']]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:25:32 +0000

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 I Left You'. With each passing year, and the likelihood of a follow up album seeming less and less likely, the album has grown to have a legendary, almost mythical status. Rightfully so, as 'Since I Left You' took sampling, and the genre of plunderphonics to another level. With no original music recorded, the album consists of thousands of samples, including melodies from obscure Motown B-sides, flamenco guitar, dialogue from instructional/self-help videos, disco grooves, clips from 1950's Western movies, and to top it all off, the bass line from Madonna's 1983 hit 'Holiday'. That's just a sampling (pardon the pun) of what made 'Since I Left You' such a groundbreaking album. The very fact that this kind of music requires searching for and listening to hundreds of records sounds time consuming enough, not to mention finding creative ways of using those samples to make new, orginal music. I just don't think most people imagined it would take 16 years for them to finally release the follow up album. So, with those definitions and backstory out of the way, I think we can finally begin the review of The Avalanches new record, 'Wildflower'.

Our memories can often be confusing; are we ever really sure that what we're remembering is what actually happened at the time? Most of us tend to be nostalgic for the past, whether it's reminiscing with old friends about exaggerated versions of high school stories, or chalking up painful memories to experience, or even laughing about things that once seemed so serious. Perhaps the great Bruce Springsteen said it best in his 1973 hit 'Rosalita', "Someday we'll look back on this and it'll all seem funny". So, while listening to 'Wildflower', the idea of memory is persistent, and feelings of nostalgia are unavoidable. The very nature of the music evokes the passage of time, as the musical samples span several decades, often within the same song. Just as our memories can be distorted and intertwined through time, so too does the music have a similar effect, with different genres intermingling with one another, and snippets of half-heard conversations and atmospheric sound effects fading in and out. Clever production choices, like songs that sound like they're stuck between stations on the radio, and melodies that can be barely heard underneath ambient street sounds, make for incredibly atmospheric moments. I found these moments to be particularly meaningful in that they brought up some childhood memories that I hadn't thought of in years. One such memory may seem to be inconsequential, but perhaps because of the detail and beauty of the image, it transported me back to the my 10 year old self. The memory was of me playing in a park and hearing the faint sound of a lifeguard's radio being drowned (again, pardon the unfortunate pun) out by the joyful screams of children at an outdoor community pool on the hottest day of the summer. Why that particular memory? I have no idea. All I know is that this album seems to have the power of uncovering long forgotten memories.

It's astounding how musically eclectic this album is, starting with the joyful Motown soul of 'Because I'm Me', and the calypso infused, 'Sound Of Music' referencing 'Frankie Sinatra'. The next track, 'Subways' conjures images of the gritty 1970's New York of 'Taxi Driver', 'Saturday Night Fever', and 'The Warriors'. While 'Colours' and 'Harmony' are slices of Beatlesque 1960's psychedelia. Not to mention the short instrumental interlude pieces ('Zap!' and 'Wildflower'), which provide some of the album's loveliest moments. 'Zap!', with its swirling strings, chirping birds, and lonely harmonica, provides the backdrop for a young boy's monologue about his love of the freedom of flying, while also lamenting "the only bad part about flying is having to come back down". On title track 'Wildflower', a woman's deep sigh is the only lyric necessary to accompany its beautiful descending chord progression. It's this attention to detail that truly makes 'Wildflower' a special record, and one that creates an emotional connection by tapping into the idea of our memories and how confusing and beautiful they can be.

It's not very often that a record can make you remember long lost memories, or feelings that you had long ago forgotten. This, alongside the fact that the music is just so vibrant and eclectic, is what really sets 'Wildflower' apart from every other album I've heard this year, making it my front runner for album of the year. So, I guess the inevitable question to sum up this review is: was it worth the 16 year wait between 'Since I Left You' and 'Wildflower'? If it wasn't obvious enough from this review, of course the answer is yes, let's just hope it doesn't take quite as long for the next album.

About The Vinyl:
The band members of The Avalanches spent many hours searching through record stores, scouring the bins for rare, oftentimes forgotten vinyl. So what better way to experience the fruits of all of their labour ('Wildflower') than listening to it on vinyl. Explore the beauty of the warmth of analogue with this 2 LP set, complete with colourful inner sleeves, and Sly and The Family Stone referencing album cover.

Order Wildflower Today

Key Tracks*

- Because I'm Me

- Subways

- Harmony

*Even though I just listed my key tracks, this album really needs to be experienced as a complete album to get the full effect.

If you like this album, try these:

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<![CDATA[The NEW Flea Signature Bass is red hot]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:36:28 +0000

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, as well as with the supergroup Atoms For Peace.

A pair of vintage-style, American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups provides classic, original-era Fender tone with clear articulation, clear low end definition, up-front midrange punch and singing high end. The vintage-accurate stacked concentric controls shape the pickups’ volume and tone, as well as allowing the pickups to be blended in any ratio. The Flea Jazz Bass plays fast and easy, thanks to its period-accurate 21-fret “U”-shaped maple neck with a smooth RoadWorn® urethane finish on the back, plus a 7.25”-radiusrosewood fingerboard with a 1.5” wide nut. The vintage-style bridge sports four threaded steel “barrel” saddles, adding a touch of crispness to enhance the attack for tone that can power through a busy mix.

Shell Pink is the rarest of Fender’s classic Custom Color finishes, and Flea’s ’61 Jazz Bass is quite possibly the only one in existence. We’ve carefully recreated his personal instrument’s exact faded shade as it exists today, and then applied an eye-catching Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish that perfectly replicates Flea’s playing wear. A special neck plate engraved with Flea’s own artwork commemorates the inspiration behind this instrument. Other aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware, 3-ply tortoiseshell pickguard and aged white dot position inlays. Melding rhythm and melody with fierce personal style, Flea’s left his mark on modern music, and the Flea Jazz Bass is the perfect tool to make your own.

Click here to order today.

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<![CDATA[Advance Stream of 'Loud Hailer', Jeff Beck's Latest Musical Statement]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:01:34 +0000

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 content to repeat himself, always wanting to explore new musical territories. On his latest record - his first studio album in six years - "Loud Hailer", this is no exception. Enlisting two female vocalists, Rosie Bones and Carmen Vandenberg, who co-wrote the eleven tracks alongside Beck, the album features funk, electronic music, and soul and blues, with a particular emphasis on vocal songs. Describing the album as a statement of the world today, Beck said "I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view."
- Jimmy Ruddock

Stream Jeff Beck's "Loud Hailer" right now before it is released on Friday, July 15th below:


Also Available from Jeff Beck:

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<![CDATA[The NEW Limited Edition Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar®]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:52:36 +0000

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 for the discerningly unconventional guitarist.

Now available in this limited edition colour. Click here to order today.

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<![CDATA[The New and Improved Zoom H4n Pro is here. Record cleaner, clearer, and closer than ever before.]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:12:01 +0000 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.

Click here to get yours today!

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