Recently I moved to New Paltz so I could attend the College here, It’s been an interesting process but I’ve adapted well to it. I haven’t really wandered around the town proper, but it’s no big deal as me and my roommates have been getting along swimmingly. I have a pretty great view of the lights at night from my room.
Black Metal is pretty damn eerie, in a good way. Now imagine listening to it down a dark, wooded road.
Bonus clip for fans of the Banjo!
As I do with my porch videos I’ve recently started using the mount in my car to record videos to music, but now while driving. I am fully aware and concentrated on the road while driving, I just hit record on my phone and let it go for about 3 or 4 songs and shut it off while I’m not in motion. I then sift through any good segments of songs and see if the video looks good enough both in quality and content to throw up on Instagram.
So here is my new baby! I’ll keep the story short since the captions on Instagram tell the tale. Walked into SamAsh of White Plains, NY for the first time in years after getting out of the NYS Supreme Court. I was there to take notes on a case for my Business Law class and just felt the urge to walk in, even in the suit an tie. I saw nothing of interest to me at first but then as I was walking out saw this…
After I left I honestly could not stop thinking about this guitar, it drove me nuts. So less than one week later…
I couldn't resist…today I went back to #samash and picked up this beauty. I consider it a graduation present for myself, especially while working and paying for my own education for the past three years, and I couldn't be happier with it. #brenthinds couldn't have designed a more breath taking guitar. #epiphone #flyingv #lacepickups #guitar #newguitar #mastodon #graduationpresent #selflove
My absolute deciding factor for getting it was I met a nice guy at Sam Ash while playing the guitar again. We talked and when he asked if he could try this guitar after I was done I got oddly defensive about letting it go. In that moment I knew I had to have it.
If you want here are the specs of this beautiful instrument.
Body Material: Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Shape: “1958” Rounded Profile
Neck Joint: Set-Neck, Glued In
Truss Rod Cover: Bell Shaped, 2-Layer (Black/White) “Brent Hinds” in White
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Scale Length: 24.75″
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay: Pearloid “Block”
Frets: 22 Medium-Jumbo
Headstock Inlay: Pearloid “Split Diamond” with “Epiphone” Logo
Neck Pickup: Lace Brent Hinds Signature Hammer Claws Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Lace Brent Hinds Signature Hammer Claws™ Humbucker
Controls: 3-Way Pickup Selector, 1-Neck Pickup Volume, 1-Bridge Pickup Volume, 1-Master Tone
Knobs: Black “Top Hats” with Metal Inserts
Binding: Body Top- 7*Layer, Headtsock-5-Layer, Fingerboard-1-Layer
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Bridge: Epiphone LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Traditional “V” String-thru Body
Nut Width: 1-11/16″
Nut: Imitation Bone
Machine Heads: Grover® Rotomatics™, 18:1 Ratio
Output Jack: 1/4″ Epiphone Heavy-Duty, 3-Layer Jack Plate
Other: “2016” Limited Edition Logo and Brent Hinds “Skull” Logo on Back of Headstock
In case anyone was wondering what I look like on a day to day basis.
Just an update for things. This past semester I had to really focus on my schoolwork to guarantee that I graduated with my AS, I did so yay! And the next step it to transfer to a four year school to complete my Bachelor’s degree.
For the summer I will try to keep this a little more updated even though not too many people view it, but I consider it a nice pet project to work on. My creativity has been more active lately, mostly in part to me going to concerts again after finals, as well as getting a new guitar (more on that another time)
Warning, lots of music ahead.
My music taste can easily be guessed, but there are some things in my music collection that I just want to show people because they are, in my mind, interesting or unique.
Henry Rollins started his career fronting the punk band Black Flag in 1981, replacing their old vocalist. He has since gone on to be an actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian (his stand up is mostly rants but they’re funny). He formed the Rollins Band and they released this video for a song they originally were just gonna put on the B-Side of a cassette or as a Demo song. The label liked it so much they made it THE single for the album and it starts off very un-punk, but the theme of the song is what really get’s me. Having a liar in your life is no easy thing, but one who willingly manipulates you is tragic ally an often occurrence.
Die Antwoord…what to say…Honestly this group is just so weird, out there, and crazy that you just can’t love them. What started out as one friend showing me a song to annoy me turned into have that song stuck in my head, which led me to then play that one song nonstop, then proceeding to genuinely get into them after looking up a few songs. The Rap/Rave group from South Africa features is made up of Rappers Ninja, Yolandi Visser, and producer/DJ God (Formerly Known as DJ Hi-Tek) Their live shows are incredible and they just put out so much energy I’d dare even the Grinch to not smile at one of their shows.
I’ll keep this one short since most people have probably seen Westworld. Ramin Djawadi’s rendition of Paint it Black with an old western feel is just to good not to like, and without spoiling anything it is introduced in quite an epic scene.
Polyphia is…well my view on it is a little more private. Great Progressive Metal band that is very chill and relaxing. Almost all of their songs, in my opinion, basically make up a perfect “sexy time” soundtrack. I’ve never been one to like R&B so discovering this band only just a few weeks ago was pretty interesting. All of the guitar parts have that stereotypical smooth jazz twang/R&B twang to them. The bass while being a six string bass isn’t playing at 260 bpm. It’s all very low key, smooth, sexy music.
Ghost is a modern Heavy Metal band with a very 70’s kind of sound. Their gimmick is being a bunch of guys in masks with secret identities singing about Satan, Cults, and other sinful things. The vocalist even dresses like the pope and the band are actively trying to take over the world. It’s honestly all tongue and cheek but this band is the epitome of the stereotypical 70’s band that parents feared. Talking about Satan, trying to brainwash the young people of the world etc.
Alright this one I HAVE to keep short. Vektor’s Terminal Redux is simply a masterpiece, lyrically, musically and just the songwriting in general. The story behind the concept album is incredibly well thought out and backed up by amazing music. I even in my own spare time wrote up a synopsis of the album after listening to it in full for the 15th time. I posted the full album but if you want proof of just amazing songwriting just look at the first song “Charging the Void”. At the 6:20 mark some wonderful guitar melodies give off a sci-fi vibe with some Star Trek-esque vocal harmonies later in the song.
A long time ago around 2003 – 2005 when I was in Elementary School, transitioning into Middle School, before I never had a computer in my house I’d basically get home and pop on MTV2 (before the reality TV shows started) and just listen to music HOPING something rock would play. One day they played something I had never seen before.
So one I’d never heard of Breaking Benjamin before since MTV never ran their music videos until after this album came out. And two the video was so well done I’d thought the game developers had done the video for the song. It was great, I wanted more, little did I know this was already a show on MTV2.
From 2004 – 2005 “Video Mods“ took songs from artists popular at the time and paired them together with video games that were just releasing or popular at the time.
Here are some of the videos they made along the span of the show.
Game: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Artist: Franz Ferdinand
Song: Take Me Out
Game: SSX 3
Artists: Missy Elliot ft. Ludacris
Song: Gossip Folks
Game: Death Jr.
Artist: My Chemical Romance
Song: I’m Not Okay (I promise)
Game: Tribes: Vengeance
Artist: The Von Bondies
Song: C’mon C’mon
First of all I had no idea what this instrument was until I came upon a band’s music video and it just perplexed me. “Wait he’s playing a Xylophone?” To the Youtube comments I said to myself, “Wait. It’s a synth too?”. More on that latter but let’s talk about the instrument itself first. The xylosynth, also known as a “xylophonic synthesizer”, is an instrument created by Will Wernick in 1986, and was originally designed specifically for the English pop band, the Drum Theatre. So far there seems to be only one manufacturer of Xylosynths and that is Wernick Ltd in the UK.
They describe the instrument as “the world’s foremost MIDI mallet percussion controller with a natural playing surface. The solid hardwood bars make the Xylosynth™ stand out in the field of electronic percussion”. It seems that a lot of effort and development has gone into this instrument because they’ve managed to get the latency of each input down to 0.003 seconds or less. “Our revolutionary sensing and filtering technology enables the Xylosynth™ to bring out the best in your playing. With a vast dynamic range, lightning fast response and triggering time, what you play is exactly what you hear.” Wernick offers 2, 3, 4 and 5 octave models of the instrument, they made it lightweight and compact with fast set up and portability.
Here are the prices for a Xylosynth, this includes delivery as well all of the different variants of the instrument. Honestly $2,000 – $4,800 is about what you would pay or even less for a good quality studio/touring guitar that was hand made (not necessarily a custom shop)
Now this band ONI is a Progressive Death Metal band from our (my) neighbors to the north, Canada or more specifically Ontario. Their xylosynth player Johnny DeAngelis plays it for every song, it’s not just a one off thing they do for 1 or 2 songs. Here’s a video of him playing along to a song from their newest album, especially check out the part at 3:22 to see the solo.
In the video description Johnny says “Everyone is always asking me at our shows, ‘what the hell is a xylosynth?’, so I’m glad that our fans can finally see the instrument demonstrated clearly. It’s definitely built and played like a xylophone, but it’s essentially a traditional synthesizer which allows me to play with a wide range of sound options. Everything from solo/lead parts to more textured stuff, like when I’m riffing with the guitars. This ‘Barn Burner’ video is a really good example of what I bring to the table in Oni.”
I won’t even say anything right now……….
Every year I see these huge European festival posters have anywhere from 10 – 30+ bands that I want to see live . now granted every band I want to see has toured in the U.S. at one point or another in the past 2 years, but going to each individual concert costs way more that what it would for a 3 day camping pass for one of these festivals.
Traditionally the European festivals take place over the Summer and are 2-4 day outdoor shows with food and merch vendors, band signings/meet & greets, giveaways, bars, outdoor camping, and of course dozens of bands.
Hellfest which is held in Clisson, France is one of these massive festivals. The festival is SO massive that the camping grounds are not big enough to hold all ~150,000 attendees, so the festival also offers all day shuttles to near by hotels and towns. They even have a sponsored train that brings festival goers to Clisson all day long.
I’ve collected a few photos to show off some of the awesomeness that is Hellfest Open Air
Here is an “Aftermovie” or a wrap up of the 2016 Hellfest