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EarthQuaker Session: Actual Form - "In the Food Court of the Crimson King"

Aaron Rogers

When EQD circuit builder Josh Novak isn’t making pedals, he shreds with Akron-based prog-punks (and meme masters) Actual Form. “In The Food Court of the Crimson King” is a happy-meal sized nugget of rock - an entire 70s prog LP’s-worth of twists and turns stuffed into just under three-and-a-half-minutes and served on a toasted sesame seed bun…

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Board To Death Ep 16: Justin Pearson & Joey Karam (the Locust, Dead Cross, One Day As A Lion)

Aaron Rogers

“It’s not musical and I like that,” says Justin Pearson.

For more than a decade Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, Retox, Head Wound City) and Joey Karam (One Day as a Lion) have attacked eardrums and melted faces with their deconstructed avant-grindcore assault as members of the Locust. We recently met up with Justin and Joey at an undisclosed Los Angeles locale to concoct some Plague Soundscapes of our own…

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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 11 - Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Foo Fighters, Tool)

Aaron Rogers

The former Big Business guitarist and regular Melvins collaborator has a long history of engineering and/or producing top-tier rock bands - the bathroom in his Sound of Sirens studio is decorated with platinum records honoring his contribution to albums by Foo Fighters and Tool…

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Countdown to Levitation

Anna Blumenthal

If you weren’t sure how psyched we are to be involved with Levitation, the psych fest taking place in Austin April 26-29, we named a pedal after it.

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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 10 - John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Recording

Aaron Rogers

“I’m a sick person,” confesses John Vanderslice.

He’s not wrong.

Vanderslice suffers from a terminal case of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and it’s spreading...

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Board to Death Ep. 13: SQÜRL's Jim Jarmusch & Carter Logan

Aaron Rogers

In SQÜRL’s music, the twisted scraping of industrial wreckage (to my ears the byproduct of musician/filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s northeast Ohio upbringing) gives way to uneasy drones seemingly stuck in time like crestfallen Lake Erie tides fighting a losing battle against subzero temperatures before resolving at last into saturated but sparkling reverberated arpeggios. It’s what The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly might have sounded like if Ennio Morricone booked studio time with Steve Albini and hired Sunn O))) as session musicians...

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Board to Death Ep. 12: Paramore's Taylor York

Aaron Rogers

“[Pedals] inspire me to do things differently. It’s such a big part of what I do and how I create,” says Paramore guitarist Taylor York.

We caught up with the guitarist of Nashville pop-punk sensations Paramore to check out the gear he uses to bring to life the band’s stadium-sized hooks stuffed with enough ear candy to make every day feel like Halloween.

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EarthQuaker Session: RYAT - "Resonation After the Earthquake Improv"

Aaron Rogers

When we visited RYAT in Los Angeles, she treated us to this somber improvisation titled, “Resonation After the Earthquake Improv.” Here McGheehan’s dreamy vocal floats among subtle reverb-laden Fender Rhodes chords, courtesy of the Afterneath, while the Rainbow Machine (with all knobs set to noon) acts as a tasteful double tracking effect...

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Board To Death Ep. 8: Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Gone is Gone)

Aaron Rogers

The Evil has landed. We caught up with Queens of the Stone Age guitarist and lap steel player Troy Van Leeuwen to take a look at his multi-amp setup combining the best of modern signal routing with the immediacy of old-school, “pedals on the floor” plug-and-play rock and roll raunchiness...

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CHON: "Koalas Are Just Super Baked All Day"

Aaron Rogers

San Diego’s CHON writes intricate, ultra-linear fusion-inspired math rock, but with a twist. You can dance to it...We caught up with guitarists Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel shortly after tracking had wrapped to discuss the making of the album, and find out how they fared upon entering the Wide World of Effects Pedals for the first time in the band’s eight-year history.

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Trails and Trials: A Conversation with Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate

Aaron Rogers

Every cloud has a silver lining. Cliché? Sure, but it seems to ring true for Los Angeles (by way of Louisiana, Austin, and Brooklyn) based guitarist and composer Sarah Lipstate.

Better known as Noveller, Lipstate has a habit of spinning the straw of her personal tragedies into the golden threads with which she weaves her musical tapestries...

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Ghosts in the Machine - Kid Koala at the LA Amp Show

Aaron Rogers

"It's like they add ghosts to your machine," says Kid Koala.

We met up with Kid Koala (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz) at the LA Amp Show to twist some knobs and learn more about how he integrates effects pedals into DJ performances. And we got that. But we also got a lot more than that...

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Studio Series - Jon San Paolo (Electrical Audio)

Aaron Rogers

Jon San Paolo, staff engineer, building manager, and "weekend guy" at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio shines some light on the "Electrical Method" and how he uses EarthQuaker Devices to save himself and his clients the heartache of trying to "fix it in the mix..."

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Aaron's Bass Hole - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Rainbow Machine

Aaron Rogers

The Rainbow Machine is the black sheep of the EarthQuaker Devices family. It’s our red-headed step child, the wizard in the cupboard under the stairs, the one Device to rule them all; the audio equivalent of a map to Luke Skywalker that’ll take your tone to the twilight zone, open your third eye, tickle your lizard brain, and fire up your Improbability Drive faster than you can say “Zaphod Beeblebrox...”

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