We pedal geeks often go on about the delightful idiosyncrasies of vintage effects: “Sure, germanium fuzz pedals are inconsistent and reactive to temperature, but, man, that sound,” or “Yeah, the original Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger was noisy as hell, but, man, that sound!” Modern effect pedals are often sturdier, more consistent, and quieter, but can lack that quirky character that makes the old ones fun and fabulous. Earthquaker Devices new Erupter fuzz brings some of sound and eccentricity that makes us love the pedals of yore.
If there is one record store that epitomizes the spirit of Guitar Moderne, it is Downtown Music Gallery. When I lived in New York, I discovered a wealth of new music there and saw some great shows. Here is a video that gives some of the store’s history and shows the kind of guitarists and other instrumentalists who played there. If you are looking for recordings by your favorite artist and can’t find it at your local record store (assuming you have one), these guys will take care of you.
You could say Nicola Hein is a musical descendant of Derek Bailey and Fred Frith, not because he sounds like either, but because like them, he is exploring his own musical language. As a student of both philosophy and music, he comes well equipped to talk about it.
I recently shared a bill here in Nashville with Dan Phelps and was intrigued by his looping setup. He gave me a quick tour after the gig but went into much more detail during his clinic at Full Sail in Florida. Looping fans will enjoy how the elegance of his simple approach permits a wide variety of sounds.
Here at Guitar Moderne we there isn’t much distinction between advertising and editorial. We love and choose our advertisers because they make great stuff for modern guitarists, so why not spread the word. Here is a new, massive sounding fuzz from Earthquaker. Please click on their ad to read the specs. (Full review coming down the line).