Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Or: I used to write a weekly column. I've got a big piece about coins and COVID in the works, but it's been stuck at the 88% done mark for a few weeks. Maybe this'll help to break the blog content logjam? (It did!) Well, I actually have drafts of several mundane blog posts gathering … Continue reading Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

James Mercer and the Shopping Mall

An abandoned mall.

James Mercer has often used the mall as lyrical metaphor. Well, at least for a few productive years he did. Before that, the mall was more mall than metaphor. ...At some point, Mercer and the mall had a falling out. The Early Mall Period: The Mall as Friend Know Your Onion - The Shins - … Continue reading James Mercer and the Shopping Mall

I’m a fan of the Joyo American Sound effect pedal. (JF-14)

"American Sound reproduces the sound of a Fender 57 Deluxe amp, which performs great from clean, driven, and everywhere in between." So says Joyo. I can’t argue with that. Here's my review. It's a good amp emulator/cab simulator. Up until a few days ago I had three reasons for my American Sound love affair: I … Continue reading I’m a fan of the Joyo American Sound effect pedal. (JF-14)

New Pedal – JHS Kill Gaze!

Great new JHS shoegaze guitar effects pedal. Dial it in using five different controls over the Kill Gaze. Ah… Just kidding. Though JHS did sell a Shoegazer mod, they didn’t actually make the JHS Kill Gaze pedal. It's pure parody. I'll clarify early on that I'm not insinuating JHS wants to kill gays. Nor does … Continue reading New Pedal – JHS Kill Gaze!

Tap Tremolo Pedal Comparison/Guide

Updated for 2020. When this UX snob of a pedal junkie caught the tremolo bug, he started referring to himself in the third person and made a spreadsheet comparing 30+ different tap tremolo pedals. ...Then he blogged about it. If you're lazy or impatient, use these links to skip to a juicier section of the … Continue reading Tap Tremolo Pedal Comparison/Guide

Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals

Wherein Dan talks himself into buying one via this arpeggiator pedal roundup/shootout. (Spoiler alert: I bought the Tararira.) What is an arpeggiator pedal? An arpeggiator is a sequencer. A sequencer plays a series of sounds based on a source and parameters set by you, the user/musician. In the case of an arpeggiator pedal, the “source” … Continue reading Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals

A Long Acronym

  I enjoy a good acronym or three. (correction: initialism, not acronym) WOUB.org is putting the finishing touches on an article about my latest musical endeavor which is only relevant here because I strung three acronyms together this morning while politely refusing to stream one of my old songs along with the article. "Naturally, if … Continue reading A Long Acronym

Cum on feel the noise

fender rhodes

Need some good tunes? Bored with plain Jane kid music? This track is too precious. Maxwell "the silver hammer" Schoen, barely out of diapers, covers the Quiet Riot classic "Cum On Feel the Noise". How many takes did this kid require to knock this one out of the park? One. I particularly enjoy the guttural … Continue reading Cum on feel the noise