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Check Out This Pitch-Shifting Crossfader Prototype!

Posted in Hardware, Music, Technology, Videos on February 21, 2012 by dublab

Jack White Shines In “It Might Get Loud”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Videos on February 17, 2010 by dublab

I recently watched a movie titled “It Might Get Loud,” an interesting documentary-style piece starring guitarists Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather).  It was definitely a good watch and although the movie is somewhat guitar-centric, most of the real focus is on each guitarist’s growth as a player and with each of their respective bands.

Some highlights include:

  • A great clip where The Edge where plays a certain riff A/Bing between the wet delayed sound and then the dry sound to point out how important effects are to his sound (or maybe to point out the simplicity in his playing?). The look on his face is hilarious.
  • The summit scenes, where you get a sense of each guy’s personality.  Jack White has this expression on his face – like “shit I’m jamming with Jimmy Page” – which is really quite priceless, kind of like he feels a bit out of place, where Page (apparently the nicest guy ever) seemed to perceive the other two as equals.
  • Some good jam numbers with all three.

Out of all the guys I’d say Jack White impressed me the most. Page is a legend and The Edge is an institution in his own right, but the parts of the film focusing on them rely heavily on archive footage and their history, with a few bits of insight thrown in. The Jack White parts are where we learn the most – the stuff coming out of the man’s mouth is just always right on, from his deep respect for the history of his craft and his love of Son House, to his perspectives and thoughts on playing the instrument and the equipment he uses, the recording process, and the forces that shaped the look and sound of the White Stripes.

To my dismay, the amount of gear porn content is kept to a relative minimum – with the exception of a “guitar spot” for each one of the players (Page’s Strat, The Edge’s Explorer, and Jack White’s Kay) and some random shots of gear being set up for the summit, most of the movie kept the technical stuff off the screen.  Equipment-wise, the highlights are a short scene showing the Edge having “a tender moment” at the beach tweaking his Memory Man’s knobs and another where Jack White whips up a one-string guitar to play through a Big Muff Pi and a vintage amp…  I bet Electro Harmonix was totally psyched.

All in all, I’d say if you are a guitarist or lover of any of these guys’ work, the movie is definitely worth watching. Guitarists shouldn’t expect anything revolutionary in terms of gear porn – don’t expect to hear about their setups or settings – but it is certainly much more guitar-centric than the typical “Behind The Music” special while bringing MUCH more to the table.  Do yourself a favor and go check it out!

Die Antwoord – Can’t Stop Laughing…

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Videos on February 10, 2010 by dublab

Die Antwoord are some sort of new rave-rap group from South Africa.  DJ Hi-Tek makes next level beats with his PC computer, Ninja raps, and Yolandi does the j-poppy female choruses.  I’ve been reading a lot about them online and it seems like no one can quite figure out if they are real or not – the intro and ending to the Zef Side video definitely make this look like an Ali G-style prank, but they apparently play real gigs, and they’ve got a full album out.

So I guess they’re some kind of weird Ali G/Spinal Tap hybrid?  Fake or not, I can’t stop laughing. Checkit…

They’re taking over the Interwebs…

Vico C: Blast From The Past

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Puerto Rico, Videos on January 30, 2009 by dublab

Recently a read a post over at Upset The Setup where PJ calls for suggestions for a kid-friendly hip hop mixtape.  And apparently Spanish is OK.

Kid friendly, strong positive message… sounds like El Filosofo del Rap.  So here’s some early 90’s Vico C for ya:

Explosion

Bomba Para Afincar

It’s a shame I couldn’t dig up a copy of “La Escuela” anywhere online – that is a MUST for the mixtape.

Boricua Music News: New Calle 13 Video and Daddy Yankee CD Burning

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Politics, Puerto Rico, Random, Videos on October 9, 2008 by dublab

Two big items today.  First, according to El Nuevo Dia, a giant bonfire fueled by Daddy Yankee CDs is supposed to be going on right now at the entrance of the San Juan Convention Center in Puerto Rico.  This is in protest of Daddy Yankee’s role as MODERATOR at tonight’s debate between candidates for the office of Governor of Puerto Rico.

Second, Calle 13 has just released their music video for “No Hay Nadie Como Tu” featuring Cafe Tacuba.  The song is off Calle 13’s upcoming album, Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo, which drops on Oct 21st.  Check it:

Sarah Palin Hockey Mom Disney Trailer

Posted in Funny, Politics, Videos on September 26, 2008 by dublab

The people at College Humor saw the same Matt Damon interview that I posted about recently and made a trailer for what the really bad Disney movie would look like.  Check it out.

Intifada – Revolutionary Hip Hop En Español

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Puerto Rico, Videos on September 17, 2008 by dublab

If you look up the word “Intifada” on the Internet, you probably won’t find out much about this group, but you may be able to guess what they stand for.

The Intifada that is the subject of this post is an underground hip hop duo from Puerto RicoMC Luis Diaz (right, with an old-school Jean Book, remember those?) and producer Yallzee. They have released a self-titled debut album as well as a follow-up titled Mundo Nuevo (“New World”), both excellent efforts.  Producer Yallzee has also released a solo album of his own titled El Dia.

Intifada’s music focuses on Puerto Rican and Latin American nationalism, self-determination and independence… their lyrics are raw, evocative, and poetic.  Yallzee’s scratchy sampled beats are straightfoward and catchy, setting the stage for MC Luis Diaz’s passionate delivery – the man is a fine wordsmith and a very talented writer.  Since you’re going to ask, I haven’t found an official way to purchase any of this music, but I’ve asked so I promise I will update the post when I do.  In the meantime, I know some folks have posted the albums to Rapidshare-type places, so they’re out there if you are hungry enough to find ’em.  Update: Luis messaged me back saying they are fresh out of CD’s, so I’ve linked… Luis, let me know if you make more.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, my man Tito Yang guest stars on the track 3:16 on Mundo Nuevo – I went to high school with him and his bro!

Here is a taste, one of my favorite Intifada tracks – Epica del Tiempo:

Intifada

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