Posts tagged music

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Captain Beefheart’s Ten Commandments of Guitar Playing: ‘Your guitar is not really a guitar’

Captain Beefheart hired Moris Tepper to be his full-time guitarist in 1976, a position he held until the Captain’s retirement in 1982. Along the way he imparted these handy guitar tips:  

1. Listen to the birds.

That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren’t going anywhere.

2. Your guitar is not really a guitar.

Your guitar is a divining rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you’re good, you’ll land a big one.

3. Practice in front of a bush.

Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush doesn’t shake, eat another piece of bread.

4. Walk with the devil.

Old Delta blues players referred to guitar amplifiers as the “devil box.” And they were right. You have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you’re brining over from the other side. Electricity attracts devils and demons. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub.

5. If you’re guilty of thinking, you’re out.

If your brain is part of the process, you’re missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.

6. Never point your guitar at anyone.

Your instrument has more clout than lightning. Just hit a big chord then run outside to hear it. But make sure you are not standing in an open field.

7. Always carry a church key.

That’s your key-man clause. Like One String Sam. He’s one. He was a Detroit street musician who played in the fifties on a homemade instrument. His song “I Need a Hundred Dollars” is warm pie. Another key to the church is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of Liberty—making you want to look up her dress the whole time to see how he’s doing it.

8. Don’t wipe the sweat off your instrument.

You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.

9. Keep your guitar in a dark place.

When you’re not playing your guitar, cover it and keep it in a dark place. If you don’t play your guitar for more than a day, be sure you put a saucer of water in with it.

10. You gotta have a hood for your engine.

Keep that hat on. A hat is a pressure cooker. If you have a roof on your house, the hot air can’t escape. Even a lima bean has to have a piece of wet paper around it to make it grow.

i don’t personally subscribe to ALL of these, but, in one way or another, they are a good set of commandments.

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Lazaretto-World’s Fastest Record RSD Recap

On April 19th, 2014 — RECORD STORE DAY — Jack White and Third Man Records succeeded in delivering the World’s Fastest Studio-to-Store Record to fans in Nashville! See how the magic happened step by step in this video tracking the day’s events.

Listen to the Official Audio of the song below:

[From the new album Lazaretto, out 06/10 on Third Man Records]

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"laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind"

(Source: BuzzFeed)

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Give it to me eee 😩😊😍💗

a shirt made for my fiancé… and honestly, at a “club”… made for me too.


Give it to me eee 😩😊😍💗

a shirt made for my fiancé… and honestly, at a “club”… made for me too.

(Source: newbyoes)

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  1. People who can't draw: Drawing is fucking hard
  2. People who don't try at all: Drawing is fucking hard
  3. Teachers: Drawing is fucking hard
  4. Beginning artists: Drawing is fucking hard
  5. Pro artists: Drawing is fucking hard
  6. Famous artists: Drawing is fucking hard
  7. Extremely famous artists: Drawing is fucking hard
  8. Long gone, passed away artists who went down in history: Drawing is fucking hard
  9. People who are upset an artist won't draw for them for free: Drawing is easy!
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Some numbers on the audience for music


The NCAA basketball finals, held last night, were watched by over 18 million people at their peak. That’s 6% of the U.S. population. In contrast, Pharrell’s “Happy,” currently the #1 single in the country, has sold about 3 million copies, or 1% of the U.S. population. (If…

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the guy didn’t even tell them about having to have AA batteries…

also, i’m stoked about the few kids that get it. “well, an iPad costs you $700…”

sure, it’s also a computer, but you know, new tech costs money!

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On the song, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s high pitched yelp and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López’s frenetic, reverb-heavy guitar theatrics work in tandem to showcase their undeniable chemistry that’s carried them throughout their At The Drive-In and Mars Volta days. A brooding and chugging bassline from Flea gives the track some proto-punk flair, as Bixler-Zavala sings about atheists in foxholes and “falling out of the sky.”

vocals can make it or break it for me on tunes. Bixler-Zlava’s has always been a bit too brash for me, but the tune is solid. this is a welcome combination. i have a feeling Omar Rodriguez-López will be looking for another new combination NEXT year.

(other released tracks: 4am, Hanging in the Lurch)

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This Is Why Switchfoot Won't Sing Christian Songs Anymore

i don’t like the title of the article, but the content is wonderful. Switchfoot has held this stance for a LONG time and has reached a LOT of people with their approach to music as Christians. Jon Foreman is very well read and very well spoken. The comparison that he makes to C. S. Lewis,  J.R.R. Tolkien, and J. S. Bach are important. The works of these men are made from Christian minds for the world at large as - if i remember correctly - Christ came for the world at large. 

Anyway, i find that this also points at quality of art as well, but that’s another rant.


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That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.
Dave Grohl (via psych-facts)
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My little brother and his band, Rivermaker, at House of Blues, Sunset: rocking it. #music #live

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just in that mode and listened through it in it’s entirety for the first time in at least a year… love this album. so formative for me. and it still holds up so well. goodness.

(Source: Spotify)