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Blackbird Pedalboards finds new nest

Blackbird Pedalboards finds new nest

SOME BUSINESSES are born out of necessity. Some are built out of desire. Still others... are just flukes. You’ll find by talking with many of the smaller gear manufacturers around, that their businesses were born from first doing a little something nice for themselves... and then that ‘little something nice’ catching the attention of a fellow musician, and snowballing from there.  more...
The many shades of Baroness

The many shades of Baroness

WITH THE release of their new album, Purple, the members of Baroness — John Baizley – vocals and guitar, Pete Adams – guitar and vocals, Nick Jost – bass and keyboards, and Sebastian Thomson – drums — find themselves fielding an endless list of media requests. Purple is, in many ways, a landmark album — it’s the band’s first time writing and recording with Jost and Thomson, their first with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney), their first on their own label, Abraxan Hymns, and of course their first since 2012’s horrific bus accident, which left permanent scars — physical and emotional — on the band, resulting in two members’ departures, and Jost and Thomson joining the group.  more...
Sublime Guitar Company branches out

Sublime Guitar Company branches out

DID YOU EVER hear the one about the guitar start-up founded by a drum company? In 2011, Terry Platt, chief executive of Crush Drums and company co-founder Chad Huang returned from the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, with the germ of an idea: What if Crush started a guitar line? Terry recruited brother Tommy to help create what would after several months of development become Sublime Guitar Company.  more...
John Jorgenson’s tuneful triad

John Jorgenson’s tuneful triad

While other artists release digital CDs and EPs, or sometimes singles in lieu of full-length discs, John Jorgenson has taken the road now much less traveled by releasing Divertuoso, a box set of new material. Three new albums, three distinct styles, three different groups of musicians, released at the same time. Even he admits that it is an unorthodox undertaking.  more...
Satriani on trees, concepts and fame

Satriani on trees, concepts and fame

IT’S AN enjoyable experience for some, a necessary evil for others, and the bane of many beginning musicians’ existence. Practice. It’s the punch line to the generations-old question, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” It’s also what Joe Satriani was doing prior to beginning a day of interviews. “It’s one of those discouraging facts,” he says. “When I was young, I always thought that I’d practice for a couple of years and then I’d be good, I’d be set, and I could just go and have fun. But decade after decade it’s like, ‘Man, I’ve got to keep practicing all the time; otherwise my fingers forget what they’re supposed to do and how hard it is to do it.’”  more...
Black Cat Pedals purrs along

Black Cat Pedals purrs along

TOM HUGHES loves gear. He isn’t shy about it. So stoked are the flames of his passion for the lineage of vintage noisemakers, that back in the early 2000s he set out to compile a book that would be become the go-to tome for those seeking knowledge regarding old school pedals… Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects. Color us unsurprised to find when we visited the Black Cat Pedals shop in New England that a pair of glass cases full of top-flight stomps was there to greet us, including a Mike Beigel-signed Mu-Tron III, a Bob Sweet-autographed Mojo Vibe, a Hot Chili Tubester, big-boxed Gainster, a gold Klon Centaur and a variety of wood-boxed Electro-Harmonix pedals among others.  more...
Aloke, Linden, Division, DeCourcey

Aloke, Linden, Division, DeCourcey

DOWNTOWN Peekskill, New York, is busy for a Sunday morning. People are shuffling in and out of buildings, circling the block in search of parking while the police set to cornering off Division Street and its restaurant row for a nearby local art show and to be more pedestrian friendly for the coming lunch hour. Nestled among the eateries between Central Avenue and Main Street is Division Street Guitars, a venture that started out as a repair workshop, but soon evolved into a full-service guitar store.  more...