Tom Anderson Project Finished

Finished my first guitar project in quite some time.  My Tom Anderson Classic got a makeover.  While many people probably liked it the old way, I’m much happier.  It looks less pretty and sounds more gritty.  Didn’t do too much, but removed the stacked humbucker TA pickups and put in some Lindy Fralin VH single coils.  Wired for standard strat wiring (1 Vol, 2 tone).  Replaced the tortoiseshell pickguard with a white one.  Replaced all the gold hardware with chrome.  Kept all the same hardware though, Sprezel locking tuners, Wilkinson tremelo (VS100 I believe it’s called), etc.  So now it sounds and looks more like an older strat but plays a lot nicer. read more

Random recordings and musical musings

Here’s my random collection of music.  This is all recorded rather hastily at home.  I tend to get a rough idea and just hit record and improvise most of what I’m doing.  As I get more into the recording/writing process again, these should improve – at least in the recording quality, not necessarily the musical content, hehe.

all by unclemeat

Immersive Music
Background… for years I’ve been in a creative funk (and not the good kind like George Clinton made). I had a lot of stuff taking up my free time, and when I had time to myself I was usually too tired/stressed to do anything creative. So I played guitar here and there, but nothing much came of that effort. When I would try to sit down and write/record a song, I usually got 1/4 of the way through and gave up out of frustration. read more

This immersive music thing, kind of tested

Background... for years I've been in a creative funk (and not the good kind like George Clinton made). I had a lot of stuff taking up my free time, and when I had time to myself I was usually too tired/stressed to do anything creative. So I played guitar here and there, but nothing much came of that effort. When I would try to sit down and write/record a song, I usually got 1/4 of the way through and gave up out of frustration.

Background... for years I've been in a creative funk (and not the good kind like George Clinton made). I had a lot of stuff taking up my free time, and when I had time to myself I was usually too tired/stressed to do anything creative. So I played guitar here and there, but nothing much came of that effort. When I would try to sit down and write/record a song, I usually got 1/4 of the way through and gave up out of frustration.

NAMM 2008 – Anaheim, CA: 2 months late

So this year, thanks to Kevan @ Tremol-No and some help from the Hoshino crew, I got into NAMM for the first time. For those who are unfamiliar, the NAMM show is the music industry’s big trade show. It’s turned into a global event and as the music equipment/supply industry keeps growing, so does the show. It’s a place for everyone from a huge guitar manufacturer like Fender or Gibson to show of their newest and staple products as well as knockoff companies and 2-3 person operations just getting their feet under them. By the way, it’s massive. The show takes place in the Anaheim Convention Center, which has over 800,000 square feet of space. They not only use all of it, they use more. There’s stuff outside, in the lobby, everywhere. I spent maybe 8 hours there on Saturday (pretty much from open to close) and aside from a quick lunch with a friend, it was all walking around, talking to people, looking at stuff. I played a lot of guitars, from fairly inexpensive Ibanez or Carvin models to borderline unaffordable Vigiers or similar high end brands. Best playing guitar there was by far in the Ernie Ball booth (they had a 30’s gangster theme, so all the guys were dressed in pin-striped suits with top hats, cool company, I liked the idea). I am now very eager to buy a John Pettrucci model. No joke. The 6 string version definitely surpassed anything else I touched at the show in terms of playability (there were plenty that were probably built better or looked nicer or sounded better). I’m going to start saving my spare change for one of those. read more

Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

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 read more

Whatever happened to Remy Shand?

Remy Shand?  I bought his album almost immediately after it hit the shelves back in the first half of 2002. He had a great sound, he seemed to really know R&B (you’d think the guy grew up in Harlem with Al Green as a dad, not Winnipeg with a bunch of white folks).  The title/opening track on his only album to date (“The Way I Feel”) was good enough to convince me to buy anything else he put out.

Anyway, I checked out his website.  The last entry in the “news” section was in April of 2003.  That’s over 3.5 years with nothing happening in the life of an enormously promising musician?  How does this happen?  Not even a few sentences to say “new album due out in the next 10 years” or “Remy Shand checks into rehab”???  So I blame Motown.  I don’t know if they dropped him or what… so I went to the Universal/Motown site.  He’s not listed as an artist.  They have people on their who are dead (Aaliyah), but not Remy Shand. read more