Saturday, 30 March 2013

Friday, 29 March 2013

Bobby Conn

Gotta love Bobby Conn. If you haven't heard his stuff before then get with the programme!
In fact, do yourself a favour and listen to the album 'Golden Age'!

Here's the man in action from a recent show.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Band

Just found this knocking arounbd on YouTube. Hot damn I love The Band. A really good example of ensemble playing. Everyone doing their thing but with focus on the song with no one person overstepping the mark. Listen and enjoy!


Saturday, 23 March 2013

This Week I Have Been Mostly listening to.....23/3/13

Decided to put together a Spotify playlist of the weekly highlights of my listening habits. I might keep this up, or I might get lazy and sack it off:) If there's something you think I would dig then add a comment!!

So here is a selection of what I've been listening to.....

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Open wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!

Hey all,

Recently i've been doing some of that there mixing for various people, and due to budget constraints i've had to work 'in the box' (that basically means it's all done within the computer), and found myself once more incredibly frustrated at the lack of width that ITB mixes have. Some of you people far cleverer than me may know the reason for this - but when Pro Tools is coded someone has to make a decision as to how the panning laws are used. Maybe it's just in my mind, but here's a test if you have access to a half sharp analogue desk - take a mono source, and pan the source 100% left (or right if you prefer), then pan the source in increments of 10% back to centre. Repeat the same test with the analogue desk and tell me what you hear. I hear that the analogue desk (I was using an SSL G Series something or other) does what you expect it to, Pro Tools does not. Pro Tools feels like it is making very little difference then will jump position. Very annoying. 

Basically this is a blog asking for someone to buy me an analogue studio:)


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Stop the press!!

This just in - The Fierce & The Dead have signed to B.E.M. Records. I'm very pleased about this, it means we can concentrate on making the best music we possibly can. Here's the press release from B.E.M.

Fierce And The Dead sign to Bad Elephant Music for 2nd Album

BEM is delighted to announce partnering with The Fierce And The Dead for the production, release and worldwide distribution of the band's second full-length album.
The Fierce And The Dead - guitarists Matt Stevens and Steve Cleaton, bassist and producer Kev Feazey and drummer Stuart Marshall - was originally born out of sonic experimentation when making Matt's second solo album, Ghost, and they've developed into one of the most original bands in the UK rock scene. Their unique brand of instrumental rock music, fusing rock, post-rock, punk and progressive elements, has made a big impression though one full-length album and two EPs, and their incendiary live performances, most recently as part of the Stabbing a Dead Horse tour of the UK with Knifeworld and Trojan Horse.
David Elliott, founder and CEO of Bad Elephant Music said: "We're proper made up to be working with The Fierce And The Dead. They're absolutely our kind of band, and lovely guys too. I'm looking forward to hearing what Matt, Kev, Stuart and Steve are going to produce for us, and of course it will be an absolute monster. Collaborating with a band of TFATD's calibre is a huge honour for us, and we welcome them with open arms to the BEM family."
Matt Stevens, on behalf of The Fierce And The Dead, said: "We are extremely pleased to partner with Bad Elephant on this album, they are true music lovers and believe in supporting the artist. This will allow us to make the music we want to make and have the support to help us gain a wider audience, without in anyway compromising our vision for our new album. And they like a good curry, which is nice."
The as yet untitled album is scheduled for release in the Autumn of 2013.
Good news I says.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Shotgun Microphone. Literally.

Happened across these the other day. Microphones housed in old shotgun shells.

Erm, WTF? Could be fun? Here's the site - 12Guage Microphones.



TFATD live in Birmingham!


Tonight (Friday March 8th) The Fierce & The Dead are off to the Midlands - birthplace of 'Heavy As Fook' - to play a one off gig with the lovely Godsticks at a venue called The Asylum. Personally i'm really looking forward to it, we've got some new material to play as well. Not sure what time we're on so get there for doors opening at 7.30. And it's only a fiver! Got to the facebook event page for more info yeh?













Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Guitar pedals are fun.

You may or may not have noticed that i'm a big fan of guitar pedals. On the last The Fierce & The Dead tour our guitarist Steve was using one of these - the ZVex Box of Rock. In a nutshell, it sounds like an old Marshall being driven hard, and there's a clean boost thrown in as well. Proper good old fashioned grunt to it. We like.









Big fan of ZVex, they're good people to boot! I was lucky enough to own a Nano Amp many years ago as well. That was incredibly good fun to record with. Sounded huge, even though it's 0.5 watt.

So what are your favourite pedals people? I'm always looking for something fun to make noise with.


Monday, 4 March 2013

The return of The Dame

So, here it is. Bowie's new album is available to stream from iTunes right now. It's officially available on March 11th, but go have a listen and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

I'm selling a massive cymbal.

And you can buy it here if you want. Mega Bell !!!!!!


Reggie Watts at TED

I know i've posted up Reggie's stuff before, but this is just brilliant. Let your mind go with it!