Congratulations to modern guitarist Anthony Pirog for being lauded in the New York Times. His new band with the rhythm section from the legendary Fugazi recalls Sonny Sharrock, surf music, punk and other influences, while centering them all in a cohesive whole. Look for another interview with Mr. Pirog (as they say in the NYT) soon.
I have come to realize that Sandy Ewen is something of a rare bird: the Avant performer who began by playing experimentallly, without any background of performing mainstream music with more typical technique. I was lucky to see her on tour in Nashville, in a small enough space to fully experience her unique use of a pan pedal that moves her prepared guitar sounds across the stereo spectrum. Since moving from Houston to New York she has become a fixture on the improv scene there in a surprisingly short time.
Guitar Moderne featured the Gamechanger Audio Plasma Pedal in the 2018 NAMM report. The Plasma is a unique dirt pedal that transforms your instrument’s signal into a series of continuous high-voltage discharges within a xenon-filled tube. Pre-orders are now available through an Indiegogo campaign. Along with other perks, the $299 pedal is available for a limited time for as low as $159 through the Indiegogo push. At post time they have raised $73,752, so this pedal will see the light of day.
In another innovative move, they are launching an online testing platform that will actually let anyone in the world take the PLASMA Pedal for a test-drive via a YouTube live-stream. There, you can upload your sound sample, dial in your desired knob settings via remote controlled motors and watch your track being played back through High-Voltage Plasma distortion. Try it–it’s fun!
I was lucky enough to see the first time Cline and Lage performed together. It was in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge for a celebration of Downtown Music Gallery’s 21rst Anniversary
Since then they have toured and recorded together as a duo. Now, for his second record on Blue Note, Cline is featuring a quartet with Lage as the other guitarist. It will be released April 13th. Here is a teaser:
NAMM 2018 was even bigger than last year, yet much more manageable. The brand new ACC (Anaheim Convention Center) North building housed most of the high tech and pro audio stuff, allowing guitars and related products to be centralized in one area on the main floor of the original building. NAMM further reduced the spread by offering the new boutique manufacturers—previously relegated to downstairs Hall E—smaller, more affordable booths in the main guitar product ghetto. Thus, I was able to cover the show in two relaxed, rather than three grueling, days.
The new AAC North building