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Board to Death Ep. 24 - Broken Social Scene

Uri Garcia

Brendan Canning and Andrew Whiteman give us a look at a portion of their effects arsenal while on-stage with Broken Social Scene in this tag-team episode of Board to Death.

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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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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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EarthQuaker Devices and The Nightlight Present "EarthQuaker Devices: A Mini Movie" & "Goodnight Brooklyn - the Story of Death By Audio" Double-Feature!

Aaron Rogers

We've got movie sign! EarthQuaker Devices and The Nightlight present "EarthQuaker Devices: A Mini Movie" and Goodnight Brooklyn - The Story of Death by Audio double-feature for one night only, Tuesday 12/27 at 6:45pm and 9:15pm!

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Studio Series - Nathan Larson (Late Night With Seth Myers, Shudder to Think)

Aaron Rogers

Welcome back to the EarthQuaker Devices Studio Series! We caught up with film composer, Late Night With Seth Myers guitarist, and former member of Dischord's Shudder To Think, Nate Larson to chat about his creative process and how he uses EQD pedals on a variety of sources for gigs in movies, television, and rock and roll...

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Pedal City, pt. 1

Lauren Gilbert

I'm a lady, a lady who turns her cheek to any pedal that takes a iota of my classic Peavey, hot rod SG tone. I like pedals that are not designed to change things because change is bad; everyone knows that. Think of the empty parking lot you walked through as a short cut becoming 300 fancy condos, WHY CHANGE? FOR WHO??? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE???

They aren't my people, they aren't classic Peavey people . . . They are, "Look at this $12,000 guitar I play Eagles songs on from the comfort of my recliner," people and that's really fine. Maybe it will make a Trader Joe's open up, then we can all get fat on cookies and instead of being an It city, we can be a Fat city. Either way they won't hear me banging out songs in my practice room at all hours of the day, noodling until something cool happens.. They aren't the noodling kind. Unless it's $15 bowls of Ramnen?? Ramen is best enjoyed sitting on a curb slurped from a gas station Styrofoam cup or crunched in the bag and eaten like granola. 'Cause who can afford granola with all these condos going up?


I like having options. Change? Not so much. But options, yes.

If you think any pedal is gonna give you a signature sound you're sitting in a recliner eating expensive ramen for sure. Given enough options though, things can start to take shape - like rock and roll pentatonic box shape - and now you're cooking with gas Daddy. Don't stop.

If you are full of the good ramen and like taking shortcuts, you are ready to let the guitar play you. You are ready to toss it in the air and see what happens, to slide your hand down the fretboard lawlessly until it sounds like the ground is falling beneath you. That's power, you got a fat wallet and nice car, must be your drug of choice.

Click here to read "Pedal City, pt 2."

Click here to read "Pedal City, pt. 3."

LG is the lead singer and guitar player for the power trio Thelma and The Sleaze. She currently resides in Nashville, drives a 1979 Ford Ranchero and has a brown dog named Waffles


Aaron's Bass Hole - Compression 101

Aaron Rogers

“When the Levee Breaks.” “In the Air Tonight.” Californication. One of these things is not like the other. Compression can make or break a song, or an entire album, and yet remains a mystery to most listeners, puzzling even the savviest of musicians.

Dynamic range reduction, or compression, is present at every stage of the recording process from individual instrument rigs...

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Pedal Spiel with Nick Reinhart

Nick Reinhart

Hello pedal enthusiasts. Nick Reinhart here, doing some guest blogging for EarthQuaker Devices. Some of you may know me from my music, namely Tera Melos, or my work with Zach Hill, or possibly a new band I have with Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Greg Saunier called Big Walnuts Yonder...

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