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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 14 - Ross Robinson (KoRn, Slipknot, At the Drive In)

Aaron Rogers

Producer Ross Robinson brings life to the dead. Dubbed the “godfather of nü-metal,” his raw, unvarnished production on albums by KoЯn, Slipknot, and Sepultura redefined heavy metal by stripping away the glitz and glamour of hair bands still partying on the Sunset Strip in favor of a new sound marked by anger, intensity, and honesty…

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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 12 - Vox Recording Studios

Aaron Rogers

“Anything that resonates, it sticks with you. Then you’re like, ‘I have to have it’ because it’s like a beautiful dream.”

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EarthQuaker Devices Meets Tame Impala's Cameron Avery

Anna Blumenthal

"I want to make a love song that's like when Arnold Schwarzenegger has to kill himself at the end of Terminator." - Cameron Avery

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EarthQuaker Session: The Beyonderers - "Science Friction"

Aaron Rogers

Akron, Ohio gets a lot of credit for being LeBron James’ hometown. More impressive still is the fact that we’re also home to the world’s heaviest surf band, The Beyonderers. Not too shabby considering Lake Erie is our only surfable body of water. Put a championship ring on that, why don’t you?

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EarthQuaker Session: Kaitlin Wolfberg - "Lazy Bones"

Aaron Rogers

Kaitlin Wolfberg’s violin transcends time and space. The prominent Los Angeles-based musican (whose recording credits include spots on albums by Dweezil Zappa and The dB’s) was kind enough to dazzle us with this performance of her tune “Lazy Bones,” recorded live at Juan Alderete’s 5 Starr Sound Labs...

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Playlist: Dean Wareham (Luna, Dean and Britta) - 20 Guitar Solos He Loves

Anna Blumenthal

Luna's Dean Wareham sent us a playlist of his top 20 guitar solos! And we love them too! And we love Luna. It's one big lovefest over here! By the way, have you checked out Luna's new album, A Sentimental Education, and the new EP, A Place of Greater Safety? You really should!

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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 5 - Eric Palmquist (CHON, Thrice, the Mars Volta)

Aaron Rogers

Palmquist Studios is a treasure trove of vintage gear. “When I collect gear . . . I collect very slowly,” he says. “I like to build up pieces that I know are gonna last and be the sounds that I want and sounds that make my job easier. . . The Warden gets used on a lot of records,” he says. “[On] clean guitars, it keeps them punchy and articulate . . . [and] a little bit of the Grand Orbiter always gives that sense of space . . . [it’s] a nice little bit of je ne sais quoi..."

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Juan Alderete Bass Clinic - EarthQuaker Day 2017

Aaron Rogers

When we asked Juan Alderete (Halo Orbit, the Mars Volta, Racer X) what he planned to do for his clinic at EarthQuaker Day 2017, his response was “transverse the effected low end spectrum of the electric bass into your band’s sound.” We’re happy to say he delivered as promised.

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Pedal of the Week: Space Spiral Modulated Delay Device

Aaron Rogers

The Space Spiral is a dark and dreamy modulated delay designed to take you across the highways of fantasy. While the delay may be designed around a “dawn of digital” echo processor, the sound is out of this world, man. If you are a fan of the dreary echoes produced by old oil can delays or the ethereal sound of a well-loved tape delay, the Space Spiral is totally going to tickle your tone bone...

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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 3 - Taka Tozawa (Deltron 3030)

Aaron Rogers

We caught up with Deltron 3030 guitarist Taka Tozawa at his rehearsal studio in a former naval base in San Francisco’s Bay View area to drool over his gargantuan collection of vintage Marshall amps and cabinets, including no fewer than three 8x10 cabs, and one “holy-grail” JTM-45... There’s not always room in the van (or trailer, or bus) for multiple Marshall full-stacks, so Taka counts on his Speaker Cranker overdrive to nail those cranked vintage amp tones on rented backline equipment.

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Tech Talk with Joe Golden: The Diatonic Major Scale

Joe Golden

Most Western music is comprised of 12 tones or notes. I always think of them of as ingredients in a recipe. Each tone responsible for lending its flavor to the dish. To be less hippy-dippy about it, each note has a relationship with the other notes in the scale, and some are tasty when paired...

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Arun Bali Can't Slow Down

Anna Blumenthal

It wouldn’t be farfetched to imagine that the title of Saves The Day’s 1998 debut album, Can’t Slow Down, was inspired by Arun Bali. Bali, guitarist for the long-running New Jersey-based emo band, is one busy dude.

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Board to Death Ep. 3 - Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos, Big Walnuts Yonder)

Aaron Rogers

We met up with Tera Melos / Big Walnuts Yonder guitar wrangler Nick Reinhart at Juan Alderete’s 5 Starr Sound Labs to dig into a few of his favorite settings on the Bit Commander, Transmisser, and Avalanche Run. As if having killer guitar chops weren’t enough, Reinhart has made a name for himself as a tone-tweaker conjuring expressive and bizarre sounds from any pedal he touches. Today is no different...

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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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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 2: David Catching's Rancho De La Luna

Aaron Rogers

David Catching’s Rancho De La Luna sits atop hallowed ground. The recording studio (which doubles as Catching’s private residence, so keep out!) is the musical oasis from which flows the sandy lifeblood of Southern California’s thriving desert rock scene, giving rise to albums by the likes of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and Eagles of Death Metal. The new sacred texts of rock n’ roll...

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Bit Commander Guitar Synthesizer

Aaron Rogers

The Bit Commander is a monophonic analog synthesizer that packs four octaves of ripping square-wave voices plus a rich filter section into an enclosure smaller than the Game Boy you got for your birthday way back in ’92.

Dialing in the perfect sound is easier than Tetris, but the array of sounds is just as deep. The Bit Commander’s Base control...

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